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Summer Mailing - Letter Regarding Electronic Sign-Offs

July 2018 

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students: 

I hope this letter finds you well and that you and your family are enjoying your summer and have taken the time to get some well-deserved rest. 

I am writing today to inform you of our continued efforts to streamline our paperwork and processes as well as reduce carbon footprints. Like last year, Carmel High School is taking an online approach to expedite the start of school paperwork that requires parent and student signatures. On the CHS website under Summer Electronic Sign-off, you will find the following documents:

  1. Carmel High School Student Code of Conduct.
  2. Carmel High School Computer Use in Instruction/Responsible Use.
  3. Dignity For All Students Act Policy. 

Please take the time to read and review these three documents, so that there is an understanding of the rules and regulations before the start of school. Once the documents have been read, students may then proceed to log on to Office 365 (using their full district email address and password which are included in this mailing) via the District Website under Quick Links. Once logged on, there will be an email from CHSAdmin requesting that you fill in the fields and electronically sign that you have read and understand the three documents listed above. Please note that Office 365 passwords have changed due to security reasons and your new password is listed below. Additionally, please be advised that Office 365 usernames and passwords are not the same as Home Access usernames and passwords. Home Access usernames and passwords have remained unchanged.

Additionally, please be aware that student locker numbers and locker combinations are included below. Please keep all of this information confidential.

Please know that Home Access Center will not be available to you or your family if these documents are not electronically signed prior to August 20, 2018. 

You will receive the message below if you did not do the electronic sign off: 

Your attempt to log in was unsuccessful. You have entered an invalid username or password, or your account is currently locked out.

Please close out of your internet browser to reset your attempts. If this does not work, contact the district office for further help.

Student schedules will be available on Home Access on August 23rd after 12pm. If you do not have access to a computer or electronic device, please contact an Assistant Principal at Carmel High School who will make arrangements for you to come in to the school and have access to a computer. 

Should you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact an Assistant Principal at the high school. 

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer. We look forward to seeing you on September 4, 2018. 

Louis T. Riolo



Authentic Assessment Announcement

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Over the past year, Carmel High School made an investment in training our staff across multiple departments to develop authentic assessments of student learning. We have done this work to help our students achieve the goals listed in our CCSD Graduate Profile. We want Carmel High School Graduates to display the following abilities: Creativity, Communication Critical Thinking, Compassion, Collaboration, and Citizenship.

Creating more authentic assessment of learning will allow us to improve the rigor of our curriculum, focus on teaching the skills needed for college and career readiness, and raise student achievement.

In order to achieve these goals, it is imperative to change the way we are assessing our students. Therefore Carmel High School will make the following changes beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

The courses listed below will now culminate in a Local Final Assessment, not the New York State Regents Exam:

Algebra 2

The Local Final Assessment will be worth 10% of a student’s final grade, as is our current practice.

Students who are interested in an Advanced Regents Diploma may still choose to “opt-in” to take one of the above Regents Exams at Carmel High School. However, the Regents Exam will not count toward a student’s final grade. During the Fall 2018, information about the “opt-in” process will be shared with students registered in these classes.

As with all of our choices as educators, this move towards using authentic assessments was made with the idea of doing “What’s Best for Kids”. We are confident that this change will benefit the students of the Carmel Central School District.

Louis T. Riolo

Louis T. Riolo
Principal Carmel High School

College Essay Boot Camp 2018



  • 9-11am, CHS Freshman Orientation

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  • KPS, KES, MPES Kindergarten Orientation

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  • Superintendent Conf. Day--No School for Students

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  • Labor Day-No School

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  • School Opens

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Reporting Student Absences

Parents/guardians will no longer call to report student absences.  Every parent/guardian will receive an attendance call when their child has been marked absent.  The parent/guardian will then be asked to send a written documentation of the reason for the absence with their child when they return to school. 

  • Please send all attendance notes to the Main Office by the end of 1st period the day the student returns to school. 
  • All early dismissal notes need to be submitted to the Main Office by the end of 1st period on the day of the early dismissal.
  • Late arrival notes should also be brought to the Main Office as soon as the student enters the building.

If you have any questions about attendance, and our updated procedures, please contact Mrs. Miller in the Main Office at rmiller@carmelschools.org