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September Newsletter 2012

September Newsletter 2012

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September 2012CAPITAL HIGH SCHOOLNEWSLETTER
Principal:
 
Vice Principals:
 Clinton H. Giles
Our job is to improve, not just maintain.”
Daniel RamezanWendy D BaileySusan M YoungAngela S Cruikshank 
Opening Day of School
Friday, August 17, 2012 was the official first day of school for all KanawhaCounty School students.Capital High School has opened its doors to
1293
students. Administrators,teachers, service personnel and students remarked that this was the smoothest opening wehave had in the 24 year history of the school. We had few unscheduled students. A fewstudent schedules needed alterations and additions to some class periods. The vastmajority of teacher rolls were up-to-date.We did open school with two teacher vacancies. Although we have several longterm substitute teachers in the building, all have certifications and endorsements in thesubject areas they teach.Only a few of the 28 school buses that serviced Capital High School that firstmorning had any difficulty making the rounds and they were only as few minutes late.After school there was no significant delay in any bus departure. There were a fewstudents who reported they had missed their bus that afternoon after school had beendismissed promptly at 3:05 P M.There was a bit of difficulty in establishing the correct bus for a moderately largegroup of student athletes. However, after a few days this issue was satisfactorily resolvedwith the assistance of the Elkview bus terminal supervisor. We thank the supervisor forher generous assistance.I'd like to take this opportunity to extend to Mr. Clinton Cope and the custodialstaff much-deserved commendation for the outstanding condition that the building was inon the first day. Clearly, the entire custodial staff had worked tirelessly in order to ensurethat everyone was welcomed back into a sparkling clean, brightly lit, well-maintainedenvironment that continues to be a source of great pride for us all. Although the buildingis not fully occupied, space is at a premium.Ms. Patti Bumpus and our two clerks, Ms. Connie Hanna and Mrs. LauraWoolwine, have worked feverishly since we returned to work on July 9, 2012. We couldnot possibly have had an opening this smooth without their efforts.
 
Our classroom aides did an outstanding job assisting the teachers in theirpreparations for the students to arrive. Most all have gone above and beyond the call of duty on several occasions already this year.Students have been receiving some of the best meals ever served at Capital High School.We thank Mrs. Brenda Morris and the food service staff for that.Only on a few occasions have the meals been served on anything other thanstandard cafeteria trays! Recognizing the additional effort required of the cooks toprovide this added touch everyone is deeply appreciative of the changes that they haveseen so far while the food service program is undergoing a continuing transitional period.As I have remarked recently, whenever an organization - especially a largecomplex organization - experiences success in any way, shape, form, or fashion, there isno single person who can take credit for that success. Many, many people in thebackground working hard and putting forth their best efforts without seeking anypersonal recognition or gain deserves the credit for the success - not one singleindividual.
Open House08/30/12
Our annual Capital High School Open House was hosted on the evening of August 30, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM.During Open House parents were able to pass through a mock schedule of theschool day here at Capital High. The parents were afforded the same six minute walk time between classes that the students have.While they were in each classroom, parents were able to become acquainted withthe teachers, especially those they had not met before. The teachers shared with theparents their course syllabi, expectations for behavior and performance in class and theirgrading scales, among other things.The middle of our mock school day was a time for rest and relaxation from thehectic schedule being followed. Parents and students present observed lunch in thecommons during the respective lunch period (4
th
, 5
th
, 6
th
) of their student. This enabled usto provide parents with an opportunity to sit and recover a bit or congregate together andmeet other parents.During the lunch period, healthy snacks consisting of various fruits and juiceswere served. After the lunch periods, the schedule was resumed with all remainingclasses meeting through the completion of the regular schedule. Subsequently, our mock school day ended and everyone was able to leave and travel safely to their respectivehomes, we hope.We want to thank the many hundreds of parents who attended the Open House.Without your presence and the demonstrated concern for and support of education you soabundantly provided, the evening would not have been nearly as successful.
 
 A special thank you is extended to the faculty and staff of Capital High School.The gracious extension of your time and the effort you displayed working to prepare forthe evening were generous gestures that will not go unrecognized neither will they soonbe forgotten!
New Faculty and Staff Members
Several new faces appear at Capital High School for the 2012 - 2013 school year. We ask that you join us in giving them a hearty welcome to the home of the Cougars!Together, they assist in ensuring that one of the most capable, competent, qualifiedprofessional faculties ever assembled in a public school in West Virginia continues to beemployed at Capital High School. Several recently retired Capital teachers are serving aslong-term substitutes. Additionally, we have added another Capital High Schoolgraduate/alumnus (Anne Endres) to our fine faculty.Subject fields and names for our newest faculty and staff members are:
Regular Teachers
English-12 Ms. Jennifer CogarEnglish-9 CSU Mrs. Mary HarrahExceptional Students Mrs. Julia GarnesMath Ms. Toni D. MarinoSocial Studies Mrs. Valerie Hanshaw LeasureSpanish Ms. Anne EndresFine Arts/Art Mrs. Donna YoungSpeech Therapist Ms. Elizabeth JordanSchool Nurse Mrs. Rebecca Barr
Substitute Teachers
Applied Arts & High School 101 Mr. Bob Scott (Retired)English Mrs. Pat Edwards (RetiredMath ½ Day (Returning) Mr. Terry Ferrell (Retired)
 
Math ½ Day (Returning) Mr. John Vencill (Retired)
Service Personnel
Secretary Mrs. Cheryl GrayCustodian Mr. Denny TaylorCustodian Mrs. Diane Laughlin

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