Principal News and Notes

January 2020

Principal Lucas

Hello Cavalier Family and Happy Holidays!

Welcome to the first-edition of the Cavalier Caller for 2020! Students returned from the Winter break on January 2nd and we now have turned our attention to charging hard towards the end of the 2nd quarter on January 24th. Your student’s report cards will be available for viewing January 31st.

There is little doubt that your involvement with your son's or daughter’s education has a direct and positive impact on his or her grades, so we encourage you to check Home Access Center (HAC) regularly with your student and talk about his or her progress. If you have any questions or concerns with the grades, please reach out to your student’s teacher, guidance counselor or assistant principal. Clear and regular communication between school and home contributes to student success and we here at CHS are committed to working with you to give our students the best chance for success.

Attendance is another way you can have a positive impact on your student’s success. The state recognizes 10% of missed days from school as chronically absent and Calvert County Public Schools policy suggests students who miss more than 15.5 days are at risk to lose credit for courses passed. More importantly, research shows a direct correlation between student attendance and school achievement. Please try to be aware of the numbers of days your child is absent from school and keep these days to an absolute minimum. I also ask that if your child is absent for a legal reason (illness, family emergency, etc.) you please send in a note to excuse the absence.

On a more positive note, I would like to bring your attention to Black History Month which begins on February 1st. While celebrating Black History month can be traced back to the early 1900s, the official designation of Black History Month was made in 1976 by President Gerald Ford. Here at school, we will be recognizing some local African American heroes during our morning announcements and encouraging all the members of our school community to embrace and celebrate the achievements of African Americans, their importance to American culture, and the need for us all to continue to work for equality and inclusiveness for all Americans.

As for activities here at school, the cold of Winter will not slow down our athletes and performers. The first weekend in January brings a Black Box performance by the thespians of Double Edged Productions and the All Tri-County Band performance. Of course there is also a full slate of Girl’s and Boy’s basketball, Swimming, Wrestling, and Indoor track. The particular dates and times of all of our events can be accessed on our school website calendar. You can also follow us on Twitter @TheCalvertHigh.

Please feel free to contact me any time at (443) 550-8880. I thank you for all that you do for our community and look forward to continuing to serve as your school principal.

Steven Lucas, Ed. D.

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