September 2020 Report
I think the best news I can report for the month of September so far is that we are moving forward each day with the help and support of a great staff at CHS, very supportive students, and a continued partnership with our wonderful parents as we all continue to try to get into new routines and at the same time, try to keep everyone safe. We miss the energy and excitement that typically fills our halls and the field trips that we annually take at this time of year, but we are so glad to be able to at least see our students and connect with them both in class and virtually. We are also mindful that we want to stay connected with our students who have decided to be all online this semester in the Cardinal Academy. At this time, we have 159 students in the Cardinal Academy Program, and each student has a CHS mentor who checks in on them at least twice a week.
The first day of school on September 8th was quite eventful as the weather did not cooperate and rain poured from the skies at the exact moment students were entering the building and stopped about 10 minutes after the start of the school day. The Senior Class of 2021 also successfully held their drive-through breakfast on the 8th with the help of many parents. Even though they got wet, all of the students were very happy to be back with each other.
I am excited and honored to announce that senior Tate Hostetler has qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2021 National Merit® Scholarship Program sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. As one of approximately only 16,000 semifinalists across the nation, he now has an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. Tate qualified based on his performance in the national PSAT and SAT tests taken by students throughout the nation. Finalists will be announced in the spring of 2021, and we are excited to hear about Tate's progression in the program.
I would also like to announce that CHS students continued to perform very well on the Advanced Placement tests that were taken last May even with the shut down and a change in testing processes. This year was obviously a very different year for AP testing as all tests were taken remotely and the AP Teachers and students worked diligently together during the shutdown to prepare for the assessments. AP tests are standardized tests in 22 different academic disciplines given each May. Students receiving a score of "3" or above generally receive college credit at the post-secondary school of their choice. In May of 2020, 76% of the students who took the AP tests scored a "3" of higher on their tests. This is well above the national average. Students passed tests in all ten of the school's offered AP courses which include English Language, English Literature, European History, Psychology, U.S Government & Politics, U.S. History, Calculus AB, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.
33 students were named as Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars following the May 2020 testing. AP Scholars are recognized by the College Board, the national organization that annually produces AP tests throughout the United States and the world. The following students were recognized as AP Scholars (receiving a 3 or higher on 3 or more total exams): Yasmein Algaradi, Shaima Altashi, Alexa Davenport, Eric Fosdick, Kyle Garland, Alexander Hartman, Sterling Haylett, Jaxon Janusz, Diona Kashian, Grant Kelley, Juana Mancera, Brynn Niedzwiecki, Angel Rodriguez, Abbie Thatcher, Zachary Tong, Melissa Vozar, and Merna Yaldo.
The following students were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor (receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken with scores of 3 or higher on four or more exams): Wala Ahmed, Alyssa Bach, Caleb Brown, Elka Machan, Macie Miller, Carson Perz, Koby Stewart, and Esma Zamzami.
The following students were named AP Scholars with Distinction (students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams): Kyler Galena, Kyle Germann, Aiyya Hajlan, Coltin Haylett, Tate Hostetler, David Roderick, Dylan Targgart, and Kelly Warner. One student, Kyle Germann, also earned the recognition of being a National AP Scholar by earning an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight of more exams.
In regards to the annual events we have at CHS, I wanted to remind everyone that we have postponed our typical Homecoming activities at this time. We are hopeful that we will be able to have some of our typical extra-curricular activities later in the year as more of a “Coming Home” spirit event when we can all be back together again here at CHS. We are anticipating have some dress up days, some spirit days, and other activities that hopefully will engage our students and staff in some fun community building. One of those activities is our Bitmoji Staff Photo Challenge! Students, Parents, and Staff Members are being asked to identify as many CHS staff members as possible from our Staff Photo (Bitmoji Photo) to win prizes. Here is a link to the Bitmoji Staff Photo Challenge photo. Hints will be provided over the next week for everyone to start making their lists. The first one is that Mr. Milnes is waving to everyone in the top corner!
We are also excited that the Athletic Booster Club has once again approved the generous donation of providing a free Coldwater Cardinal Spirit shirt to all new students at CHS. This includes our freshman class of 2024 and other students who have not attended CHS in the past. This has always brought a great sense of sprit to our very appreciative student body. We were not able to collect shirt size information last spring so we are doing that now and hope to have this information collected over the next week.
And finally, we are starting our Class Officer Election process at CHS and hope to have the students select their class officers for the 2020-2021 school year in the next few weeks. This is another process that typically occurs in the spring. Many other routines and activities are taking place as best we can or virtually at this time. The Balladiers have had their tryouts, the Robotics Team is kicking off, the Marching Band is practicing to put on a performance following all distance rules, and several of our clubs have started meeting over Zoom.
Like our rock out front says in big letters: Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you CAN do!
We are continuing to do what we can to move forward finding a way to be better together, and as always – It is a great time to be a Cardinal!
Bill Milnes, Principal
Coldwater High School