Central High School
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school-year! Mr. Dimuccio, Mr. Gallo, Mrs. Walker, Mr. Walker, and I are pleased to welcome all of you back for an exciting year. This is your year to “Shoot Your Shot!” All students at Central High School will be given their own copy of this book as it will form a base for “common conversations” throughout the school year. There are some important changes to our graduation requirements for the Class of 2020 and beyond. Students must earn 21 credits and participate in PSAT and SAT. There are also diploma designations which can be earned. First, a Commissioner’s Seal which will be awarded to students with qualifying scores on the PSAT and/or SAT. To be awarded a Commissioner’s Seal, a student must achieve the qualifying score in Reading and Writing as well as Mathematics (As of this writing, the PSAT Reading and Writing score is 430. Math is 480. The SAT Reading and Writing score is 480. Math is 530.) A student may also earn a Seal of Bi-Literacy. The Seal of Bi-Literacy will be awarded to students based on qualifying scores on RIDE approved exams. More information will be forthcoming on these and other changes.
New This Year, I would like to ask all parents/guardians that you do everything possible to ensure that your child is in school, on time, each and every day. Arriving to school on time every day develops the real world skill of punctuality. As a school, we take arriving on time seriously and we ask that you do the same. Our Assistant Principal team will be working with class advisors to ensure “Every child, in school, every day, on time!”
Likewise, attendance is of utmost importance. I’m sharing these thoughts from www.attendanceworks.org
- Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
- Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
- Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
- Make school attendance a priority.
- Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
- Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick.
- Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
Most importantly, talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
If you are in need of assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s guidance counselor, assistant principal or the school nurse.
We have many wonderful events planned this year. The dates on this calendar represent the preponderance of activities scheduled for the upcoming year. Please note that some dates are subject to change. Some events may be added as well. The CHS website can be found at www.provicenceschools.org/centralhighschool and provides the most up to date school calendar. While you are on the website, please sign up for the principal’s listserv. The listserv will help you to be more informed about what is going on at CHS. Please sign up to follow Central High School on Twitter@CentralKnights
I encourage all members of our community to become involved in the life of the school. Becoming involved is especially important for students. Studies show that students involved with activities are more successful in school. Encourage your students(s) to be involved in their school. Becoming involved in the PACT is a great way to stay connected to the school. Our first PTO meeting is September 13th at 7PM in the library.
On August 30th from 12-5, we will host the annual Freshman Knight (orientation) for the Class of 2024. Many thanks go to our Central Knight Partners for their hard work on this important event. This day’s activities include tours, informational booths, refreshments and distribution of schedules.
I look forward to the start of school for the Class of 2020 and all students reporting on September 3th.
Mr. Scott R. Sutherland, Principal