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Letter to Parents from the Principal
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Todd Simpson
Benchmarks, Early Release, and Dresscode

Hello CJHS Parents,

I hope things are going well for everyone. It seems that fall has finally arrived and the weeks are beginning to pass by at a hurried pace. So, I just wanted to offer up a few reminders. The first nine weeks grading period will end on October 7th.  Bench mark testing will be conducted on October 5th, 6th and 7th.  The schedule will be as follows:

October 5th Math & social Studies

October 6th Connections

October 7th Language Arts & Science

The benchmark tests are designed to assess students' progress towards mastery of the standards that they have been exposed to thus far. Please encourage your student(s) to adequately prepare for each test and to give their very best effort. Additionally, I wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming early release days scheduled for October 26-28.  Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM each of these days.  Students will be bringing home a notification form that will require you to choose conference date and time.  This form will be sent home with students on Friday, October 8th.   If the form does not make it home, please be sure to contact us and we will assist you in scheduling a conference.

Finally, I wanted to gain your assistance with a minor dress code issue. From time to time the latest trends in "teen fashion" collide with school dress codes. Presently, we are seeing an increase in the number of students who are reporting to school with holes in their garments- particularly their pants. Many of these garments are purchased with holes in them or altered intentionally after the purchase.  Of particular concern are the holes in pants appearing above the knee. Rule 17(C) in the student handbook provides some direction on this issue...stating that holes above mid thigh are inappropriate for school. However, we have found that even some holes above the knee can "move around" during the day depending on the activities and/or posture of the student. So, we have asked students to refrain from wearing any pants with holes above the knee. We will make adjustments to the printed dress code before printing next year's handbook.   One solution to the issues is to sew in some kind of fabric behind the fray or hole. As long as there is some kind of fabric affixed to the garment it will be acceptable for school.  However, wearing tights beneath the garment will not be deemed appropriate. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for all you do to support us each and every day. Have a great week.

Todd Simpson

CJHS Principal

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