Electronic Flyers

February 16, 2015



Dear Parents:


Earlier in the school year we notified you that we planned a series of school-wide assemblies to address issues students face.  In November, we addressed bullying, acceptance and intolerance through the “Say Something Beautiful” Campaign which we feel was largely successful and has helped changed the climate of CHS for the better.  As we continue the school year, we strive to perpetuate the positive message that was ignited that day.  


The next planned assembly is Wednesday, March 18th which will focus on and address the heroin epidemic that is not only crippling our nation, but stares us in the face here in our community.  In September, Putnam County was designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area by the federal government.  For many reasons, including this most recent designation, we feel it is necessary to address this problem with all of our students. 


On Wednesday, March 18th, CHS students will watch a video called “Chasing-It” which is produced by Peers Influencing Peers Partnership (www.peerspartnership.org/).  Peers Partnership has focused their efforts on the awareness and the dangers of using heroin.  The video features dramatic and heart breaking interviews and the science behind addiction with Dr. Marc Fishman.  Additionally, the students will hear from a member of the community who is currently in recovery.  In the gymnasium, Juniors and Seniors will attend the assembly during periods 2 and 3, while freshmen and sophomores will attend during periods 4 and 5.    


On Thursday, March 19th, as a follow-up, students will debrief the video and the guest speaker in their social studies classes through a series of guided questions.  Additional specialized support personnel will be on hand for both days should students and staff feel they need to speak with someone.


Please note several specific items:

  • There will be no changes to the transportation schedule.

  • The cafeteria will be open with their normal hours.

  • Students are expected to attend the assembly during their designated periods and attend their regularly scheduled classes, before and after the assembly.

  • BOCES students will be excused from sessions 1 and 2 BOCES.


In addition to the above, we invite parents and the community to view “Chasing-It” on Tuesday,
March 3rd, in Casey Hall at 7pm.
  We believe that we are all responsible to do our share in helping shape a better community and to become more aware of the dangers of heroin use.       


We appreciate your support with this important initiative.  If you have questions or concerns, please call or email Mr. Fink at the high school. 


Thank you,


Louis T. Riolo

Louis T. Riolo 


Upcoming Events

Mon, Mar 2 - Thu, Mar 5
Continuing Education Registration 5:30 - 7:00 in Continuing Ed offices
Tuesday, March 3
Board of Education Budget Work Session, CHS Library
NOTE:  The Board is expected to enter into Executive Session at 6:30 p.m.  The public portion of the meeting is expected to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4
CHS Event
CHS 3rd Quarter Progress Reports Online
KPSPTO General Meeting, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 5
Library, 7:00 pm
GFMS/MPES Market Day Pick Up
Lg. Cafe., 6:00-7:00 pm

Important Announcement

CHS Students: Order your 2015 Yearbook Today!  The last day to order your 2015 CHS yearbook is Monday, February 9. Visit carmelyearbooklounge.com or see Mr. Colucci in room 236. The total cost is $86.70.

To Report a Student Absence

To report a student absence, please call
845 225-8441, ext. 454.

Spotlight on CHS

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