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Note: Athletic Schedules are posted on the Boys & Girls Sports Pages.

 
April

01: Report Cards
05: Saturday Academy
08: NETC Night - College Connections 6pm  (PTO Parent Night) 
11: Spring Pictures / Talent Show
12: Saturday Academy
14: Spring Break begins (April 14 - 18)
21: Regular School Day (snow make-up)

May

03: Saturday Academy
      Band Banquet  6:00pm
05: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5 - 9)
06: PASS Testing
07: PASS Testing
08: PASS Testing
09: PASS Testing
10: Saturday Academy
17: Saturday Academy
20: Band Concert   6:00pm
24: Saturday Academy
      8th grade Starlight Prom   7-10pm
26: Regular School Day (snow make-up)

June

03: Early Dismissal @ 12:30pm
04: Early Dismissal @ 12:30pm
05: Early Dismissal @ 12:30pm   Last Day for Students
06: Last Day for Faculty/Staff
09: Tentative Summer School (June 9 - 26  Mon. - Thurs.)


              
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Summer Programs 2014


Please call or visit your school counselor (Mrs. Rhonda Wallace) for the programs available during the summer of 2014.


* Women in Science and Engineering at Clemson University

* Summer Leadership Institute at Columbia College - Rising 9th graders

* Project WISE through Clemson University - Rising 6th, 7th, 8th grade girls


New Entry Requirement for 2013-2014 School Year

Attention Rising 7th graders and Parents

South Carolina requires ALL 7th grade students to show proof of a Tdap shot to attend school.

Tdap is a booster vaccine that protects your child from three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough also called pertussis.

DHEC wil be offering FREE Tdap shots during a special clinic on August 14 from 1:00pm until 6:30pm at the Chesterfield County Health Department in Chesterfield.

If your 7th grader has not gotten their Tdap shot yet, I strongly encourage you to attend the special clinic and get a free vaccine.

Thank you,
Penny Jacobs, R.N.
NHMS School Nurse


Chesterfield County Teens and Caregivers Take Part in Adolescent Dating Violence Study: Are YOU and YOUR Teen In?

We are excited to announced that Chesterfield County has been chosen as a site of a large federally funded research project. The project is a four-year effort to learn more about the factors that make teens vulnerable to violence in dating relationships and is conducted in a partnership among Clemson University, the Chesterfield County Coordinating Council and the Chesterfield County School District.

As part of this research initiative, students were randomly selected to participate in the study along with their primary caregiver. Initial contacts with the selected families have been made. If you and your teen have received an invitation to participate in the study, we hope that you consider taking part in this important opportunity to contribute to knowledge about safe and healthy relationships among teens.

If you have any questions related to the study or would like to get more information, please contact Stacee Mosier at (843) 623-5265 or Margaret Mitchell at (843) 623-5274.



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Labels for Education

Please help us collect labels for our school to receive FREE resources. Questions may be directed to 8th grade teacher, Barbara Leaird, .



Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

Most children will not tell their parents they are being bullied; therefore, parents must keep a look out for any of the possible signs of bullying:

* Clothes, books or other possessions are ripped, excessively dirty, damaged or missing.
* Cannot explain cuts, bruises, scratches
* Does not seem to have any friends or belong to any groups at school
* A once cheerful child becomes teary, sad, moody or depressed
* Has frequent headaches, stomach aches or other physical complaints
* Is anxious
* Has low self-esteem

These signs do not always mean your child is being bullied, but they are worth exploring. Let your child know that you are concerned and you want to help, but most of all, let them know it is not their fault if they are bullied. Report the situation to the administrator of the school and tell your child that they can go to the school administrators, school counselor and teachers if the bullying does not stop.

Resources:

www.kidshealth.org
www.stopbullyingnow.com
www.safeyouth.org


After School Services

After School Homework Center available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm in the A+ Lab. To get an application, please contact Ms. Virginia Mills in the main office.








Parental Involvement is the Key

A parent/guardian can be the most influential person in a child's life. It is important that parents remain involved in their child's education, from Kindergarten through high school and beyond. Parents can help students make informed decisions for their education and career plan.

Tips for Parents/Guardians: "How to Get Involved and Stay Involved"

  • Talk to your child about his or her dreams, interests and abilities.
  • Encourage your child to explore several different occupations.
  • Work with the Guidance Counselor and Career Specialist to develop your child's Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) and help your child choose a career cluster.
  • Encourage your child to learn about technology.
  • Serve as a school volunteer whenever possible.
  • Attend parent conferences, PTO Parent Night sessions and any other programs, classes or activities offered for parents. Work with your child's teachers, principal, parent educator, counselor and other administrators to make school a positive experience.
  • Make sure your child completes his or her homework and brings it to school the next day.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of rest so he or she will be prepared for the school day and arrives at school on time each day.

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Job Skills

Getting a high school diploma and continuing your education after high school is very important. In addition to having a good education, employers are looking for individuals with work skills such as:

  • Honesty/Integrity: Being honest with your supervisor. Doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.
  • Teamwork: Being able to work well with others.
  • Communication: Being able to talk with your supervisor and others to convey instructions and work orders.
  • Listening: Listen carefully. Ask your supervisor if you do not understand the instructions.
  • Punctual: Arrive at work on time.
  • Dependable: The employer can count on you to do your work and do it well.
  • Technology skills: Understanding basic computer applications; learning various computer programs.
  • Willing to Learn: Being willing to learn new skills and improve your current skills.

Information accessed through the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Reports located at www.scchamber.net.

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Career Day

Career Day is an exciting event held each year! Students will attend three conference-style sessions, based on their individual career interests. Guest speakers will share information about their occupation and their organization. Students will learn about job requirements, including education and training, increase awareness of the community, and learn about the needs of the competitive workforce. It is important that middle school students investigate as many different types of careers as possible. In the 8th grade, all students must complete an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP), with assistance from their parent, career specialist and guidance counselor. High school courses will be scheduled to support the student's career cluster of choice. Career exploration activities in middle school help students make informed decisions regarding their educational and career plans.

If you have any questions about the career day activities, please contact Karen Brock, Career Specialist, at 843-658-6830, ext. 144.


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Career Clusters

A career cluster is a group of occupations that relate to an industry or profession. South Carolina has adopted sixteen (16) career clusters. The Education and Economic Development Act of 2005 (EEDA) requires all high schools in South Carolina to offer courses in at least three (3) career clusters. Chesterfield County offers courses in Twelve of the Sixteen clusters.

A career major is an area of study within a larger occupational field or career cluster. EEDA requires all students in South Carolina to complete an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) in the eighth grade and declare a major of study in the tenth grade. Students may complete more than one major in high school.

South Carolina's 16 Career Clusters
* denotes clusters offered in Chesterfield County

* Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
* Architecture and Construction
* Arts, AV Technology & Communications
* Business, Management and Administration
* Education and Training
* Finance
* Government and Public Administration
* Health Science
  Hospitality and Tourism
  Human Services
* Information Technology
* Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
* Manufacturing
  Marketing, Sales and Service
* Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

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Sunflower Seeds Not Allowed

Sunflower seeds are not allowed. We have had several issues, including the fact they are a nuisance and create problems for the custodial staff. Any student found to have sunflower seeds will be issued an office referral.





Central High School Athletics

Attention Parents and Students: Middle school students are not allowed to attend football games at Central High School without parent/adult supervision, due to previous incidents regarding behavior. Adult supervision is required. Entry at the games will be monitored by school officials. If a student is removed from the Central game due to behavior issues, the discipline will be addressed by Mr. Scandrol.




Uniform Dress Code

Students are expected to dress in accordance with the Student Dress Code Guidelines established by Chesterfield County School District. 

New Heights is a Uniform School. Uniforms should consist of the following:

Pants/Skirts or Jumpers/Capris/Shorts:  Khaki
   Shorts/Skirts and Jumpers must meet school dress code regulations for length.
   No multi-colored argyle socks
Shirts:  Light Blue, White, Navy Blue  (Golf Shirt Style)
   Dress shirts or blouses are allowed (must be school colors)
Sweaters: Light Blue, White, Navy Blue  (No Hoodies)
 
No Hoodies, Hats or Winter Garments in classroom 
        
Hoodies, Hats and other Winter garments should be placed in locker when arriving in the morning. Students will have time at the end of the day to retrieve items before afternoon dismissal.

No Brand Names, Emblems or Symbols allowed on clothing.

No Beads, Silly Bands, Cargo Pants, Hooped Earrings

No Open-toed shoes, Flip Flops or Sandals

No Items may be worn displaying advertisements or slogans relating to profanity,
        tobacco or other drugs, alcohol, gang-related colors or signs.

Bookbags must be purchased from New Heights for $5. These will be drawstring type bags.

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