A Message from the Principal

July 15, 2020

Dear Carmel High School Community,

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter to you as the incoming principal of Carmel High School. As
I enter my 13th year in education, I am excited and honored to lead our school community.

When I first came to Carmel in 2012, I quickly fell in love with our students, faculty, staff, and community
and knew that this is where I wanted to be. Over the years, our faculty and staff have continually astonished
me with not only their dedication to our students, but their constant drive to create innovative lessons while
exhibiting a commitment to excellence. I have had the distinct pleasure to watch our students grow
academically and socially. The support and kindness that our children show each other daily is a tribute to
the parents, guardians and teachers who have helped to shape them. To say that I am a proud member of the
Carmel community as an educational leader would be an understatement.

I believe that by educating our youth, we are empowering them. As educators it is our responsibility to serve
our students by continually looking for solutions to the challenges we are facing. And we know that we are
past few years. It is more important than ever to show compassion, engage in critical thinking, creativity,
and collaboration, demonstrate citizenship, and, of course, communicate. Together, we can get through the
tough days ahead and realize that we are all stronger and more resilient because we will work together.

A quality education begins with a positive environment. I envision Carmel High School as a place where all
students, faculty, and staff feel valued. It is essential to create and sustain a safe space in which diversity,
equity and inclusion are fostered and embraced; CHS will value each individual person.

I look forward to the work we will do together. I hope that you and your family find some rest and
relaxation in these early weeks of summer. If there is anything that you may need, please do not hesitate to
contact me at lsantaba@carmelschools.org or (845) 225-8441 ext. 401.

Lauren Santabarbara
Carmel High School

Class of 2021 Senior Portraits

If you did not schedule a time for your Senior Portraits, there is still time. Go to prestigeportraits.com to select your portrait package and schedule a sitting. If you do not have your unique code, email nbottema@carmelschools.org.


For any rising Seniors wanting to apply for a  

Senior Parking Spot in 2020_2021

Check your student email accounts for an email with instructions on how to apply for a senior parking spot next year. Any questions, email Nancy Bottema at nbottema@carmelschools.org


For any students looking for

Working Papers

Please email the completed Application for Employment Certificate and the Physical Fitness Certification to Mrs. Miriam Liso at mliso@carmelschools.org

Working Papers - Application for Employment Certificate AT-17

Working Papers - Physical Fitness Certification AT-16   (or an Annual Physical dated within one year. Must be signed, dated, and stamped by the physician)

Once completed documentation is received your Working Card will be mailed to your home address on file.



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Reporting Student Absences

Parents/guardians do not need to call to report student absences.  Every parent/guardian will receive an attendance call when their child has been marked absent.  Written notes are required from a parent in these situations:

  • Absence - A note from home, doctor, or medical facility should be brought in for an absence.
  • Anticipated Full-day or Partial Day Absence - a note from home should be brought in, in advance of the absence, identifying the specific reason for the absence.
  • Late Arrival - A note from home should be brought in with an explanation for the student's late arrival.

    All notes should be dropped off in the "Absence Notes" basket located in the CHS Main Office. 

  • Early Dismissal - A note from home giving permission for early dismissal, with the specific reason for the request, should be brought to the CHS Main Office Secretary and she will give an "Early Dismissal Pass" that will allow them to leave CHS at the time you designated.