Monday, December 20, 2010

Spirit Squad Christmas Contest Video

2010 Spirit Squad Christmas House
Decorating Contest Trophy
The Spirit Squad Christmas Contest video has finally arrived!  Please vote by clicking here.
A special thanks to:

  • Eric Lochtefeld (student) for putting together the video and helping me with my blogging technical problems!
  • McSports for donating and designing the trophy
  • Ms. Alicia Sneddon for organizing the contest

Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Powerful Message

Rachel's Challenge has lived up to our expectations and more.  I will post more about the program and our plans to carry on Rachel's message.  For those of you looking for more about Rachel's Challenge and/or the Columbine Tragedy, click on the Rachel's Challenge tab above.  I will continue to post and add to this page.

Below is a video message from our presenter, Ali, recorded for our daily Project Wisdom announcement.  Special thanks to Ali for helping us start our Chain Reaction at Celina High School!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Are You Ready to Take the Challenge?

Rachel's Challenge comes to Celina High School tomorrow, Thursday, December 16th, 2010.  All CHS students will participate in an assembly in the morning, with a smaller number of students participating in a breakout session later in the morning.  At 7 PM, we will be hosting a community event with the presenter from Rachel's Challenge -- all parents, students, and community members are invited to attend.

For more information, check out our Rachel's Challenge page with links to website & pre-event activities.
Our hope is that this event will help transform and shape our culture at Celina High School.  Please consider joining us tomorrow night.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Project 206: Snow Daze

This is the 1st post in a series I intend to make featuring teacher blogs in our school. Teaching 21st Century Skills has become a primary focus for CHS and communicating with students, parents, and the community is a vital component in that process.

Several staff members have started 'blogging' (see my blog roll in the left sidebar). Different teachers have different reasons for blogging... some use it to solicit feedback and writing samples from students, others use it to display student work, and still others post assignments and notes. Here is one post from one of our new English teachers, Mrs. Wenning (formerly Ms. Moorman), fittingly titled 'Snow Daze' on this snow day! Her blog is named 'Project 206'.

Snow Daze

"I'm looking out my classroom window right now and see the snow falling. It makes me wonder, what you would or did do on a snow day?

First, I would jump for joy at having a day off of school and an extra day to do the work that I "forgot" to do the night before. Then, I would proceed to wake up my brothers and let them know that we had a day off of school and that we should build a snow man and have a snowball fight. Most of the time they went along with me. However, I needed to learn that snowball fights were a bad idea...since I was always covered in bruises afterwards. The building of the snowman was the best, though. We always used a carrot for a nose, fly swatters for hands, and my winter hat (if it was a girl) or my brother's (if it was a boy) and our mom's scarf.

Yeah, those were the good days because now my brothers don't get snow days with me, but at least I can sit at home with a nice cup of hot chocolate and watch my favorite holiday movies. Now, if only today we had one...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Rachel's Challenge Parent & Community Event

Looking for meaning amidst the business of the holiday season? Take one night to join us at CHS as we host Rachel's Challenge, which we hope will transform our school. Yes, we have been recognized for our academic excellence but we want more than that: we want to create a place where every student feels welcome and safe, encouraged and empowered. 

You're hoping to give your kids a lot this holiday season... Give them one thing more: attend the Rachel's Challenge session and see how you can help us change the world.

Join us Thursday, December 16th from 7 - 8 PM in the high school Lecture Hall. 

Watch the video below for a little more about Rachel's Challenge. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rachel's Challenge

On Thursday, December 16th, CHS will host 'Rachel's Challenge'.

Rachel Scott was the first person killed in the Columbine High School Tragedy on April 20, 1999.  She left behind an amazing legacy and a simple challenge to anyone who will accept it -- treat others with kindness and compassion and you just may change the world you live in.

Rachel's Challenge presents to more than 1 million people each year and will send a powerful message to students, staff, and the community.  On the day of the assembly, there will be a presentation to the middle school students, a separate presentation to the high school students, a breakout session for a small number of students and staff, and a community event in the evening.

All parents, students, and community members are invited and encouraged to attend the community event being held from 7 - 8 PM in the Lecture Hall at Celina High School.  Please consider attending this important event.

Here is a preview of the event:

For more information, visit