Chippewa Valley Students and Parents,

I have sent the email messages below through SchoolMessenger or student email accounts since the school closure on March 11. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at tdistelrath@cvs.k12.mi.us.

Todd Distelrath​​​​​​, Principal, CVHS

5-30-20

During our June 1-2 and 8-9 Textbook/Item return (June Pick-Up and Drop-Off Schedule.pdf), we will be accepting laptop returns from seniors and any other student who no longer needs it.

If returning a laptop, please complete this form (Checkout Computer Return.pdf) and place it inside the cover of the laptop you are returning. Be sure to bring the charger. Families who checked out a hot spot should also return the hot spot and hot spot charger when you return the laptop.

5-29-20

It is not too late to order a yearbook before we distribute them on Monday. Go to yearbookforever.com now. 

Refunds for the Senior All Night Pary are being processed beginning today. The committee still hopes to be able to do something later in the summer. 

The message below was just sent to seniors:

Hello seniors,

I really wish that we could have gathered together this morning for a senior breakfast and then tonight for Senior Sunset and All Night Party. I wish that you were coming back next week for awards and prom. I will miss the smiles, happiness, and togetherness that come with those events. I know you feel the same. But I am still so happy for you. You did it! Please know that we keep working on providing more for you. You’ll get your yearbooks on Monday. We’ll decide the best way to get your diplomas to you and to celebrate some more.

Congratulations and I’m proud of you,

Mr. D

5-28-20

June 1 and 2: Yearbook Pick-Up and Drop-Off of Items Belonging to CVHS

These include textbooks, library and classroom books, sports equipment/uniforms, and any other items. If you are not picking up a yearbook, then please wait until June 8-9 to drop off items. Freshmen drop-off will take place at the Ninth Grade Center (Plan sent in separate message).

Drive-thru yearbook pick-up at Door C and Textbook/Item Drop-Off at Door B using schedule below based on last names and grade level. Use the far West Lot entrance.

Monday June 1:

Seniors 

9:00 – 9:45          A – C

9:45 – 10:30        D – H

10:30 – 11:15     I – O

11:15 – 12:00     P – S

12:00 – 12:45     T – Z

Tuesday, June 2:

9:00 – 9:45          Juniors, A – K

9:45 – 10:30        Juniors, L – Z  

10:30 – 11:15     Sophomores, A – K

11:15 – 12:00     Sophomores, L – Z

12:00 – 12:45     Freshmen, A – K

12:45 – 1:30        Freshmen, L – Z

June 8 and 9: Final Drop-Off of Items Belonging to CVHS and Locker Clean-Out

Drive-thru drop-off of textbooks and other items will take place at Door B. Use the far West Lot entrance. Also, any student with items left in lockers (hall, gym, pool, band) will be allowed into the building at their scheduled time. Entry will be through Door D and exit through Door C. Any school items taken from lockers should be left at Door C on the way out. All textbooks and library books will already be removed from lockers. Building entry is only for students with items in lockers. Students are expected to wear a mask to enter.

Follow the schedule below based on last name:

June 8:

8 – 9                      A – BL

9 – 10                    BO – CL

10 – 11                  CO - D

11 – 12                  E – GR

 

1 – 2                       GU – JI

2 – 3                      JO – LE

June 9:

8 – 9                       LI – MI

9 – 10                    MO – PH

10 – 11                  PI – R

11 – 12                  S – SH

 

1 – 2                      ST – V

2 – 3                       W – Z

5-20-20

Hello Seniors,

We’re making progress toward your virtual graduation. Here are some updates and reminders:

  • The ceremony will be shown on June 14 at 10:00 AM. Details about accessing it will come later.
  • Yesterday we began recording some parts of the ceremony, and we will continue throughout the week.
  • You should all have access to MarchingOrder and be working on submitting a picture and a caption. These are due by May 27.
    • Recommended for picture: Wear your Cap and Gown.
    • Recommended for caption: Share info about the clubs, sports, activities that you were a part of; or achievements earned; or thank parents, staff, friends; or share your future plans; or any other appropriate message that you would like to share. (Remember that your slide will already indicate Summa, Magna, Cum Laude, and Student Government or Class Council positions).
  • You should also have received something from StageClip so that you can create a 60 second video clip that you will be able to share with family and friends. Follow the same recommendations as for your caption.

Yesterday the district announced a Drive-Thru Clap-Out for May 26, between 3:00 – 4:30. You will be able to drive through your elementary and middle school parking lots as well as taking another lap through the CVHS lot to see your teachers and be cheered on. We’ll follow the same loop that we used for cap and gown pick-up. All school routes are located here: https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/for-parents/clap-out-routes/

Plans for locker clean-out, textbook return, yearbook distribution and diploma pickup are not yet determined. There are some fines listed in PaySchools that we encourage you to take care of. We understand that some will be removed after you’ve had the opportunity to return school items in June.

Stay well,

Mr. D

5-19-20 (from the district)

Dear Chippewa Valley Families,

Please join us for this fun activity celebrating the hard work of our students!
On Tuesday, May 26th, Chippewa Valley Schools is planning on celebrating our transitioning students.  Some of our elementary schools and all of our middle schools have begun a tradition in our district to invite our graduating seniors back to their prior schools to walk through the halls, visit with former teachers, and be celebrated by the staff and students.  This year, unfortunately, walking the halls is not an option.  On May 26th, we are planning a “drive-through clap-out” for our seniors who are graduating, for our 8th graders who will be transitioning to high school, and for our fifth graders who will be transitioning to middle school. 

We are inviting students and families, to decorate their cars, for seniors to don their caps and gowns, and for all three of these groups of students to participate in a “drive-through clap out.”  The event will be held from 3 pm – 4:30 pm, at every CVS school.

  • 5th Grade - We want our fifth grade families to drive through the parking lot (or identified route) of their school to be celebrated by our teachers.
  • 8th Grade - We want our 8th grade families to do the same at their middle schools.
  • 12th Grade - We encourage our high school students to drive through the elementary, middle, and high schools they attended.  

Our staffs want to see the kids, and celebrate them and their achievements.  This event is one more way for that to happen.  During this event, no students or families should be getting out of their vehicles, and anyone who tries to attend the event on foot will be turned away.  Maintaining social distance and keeping everyone safe is of the utmost importance. Only staff members will be at the schools, and they will be waving and cheering for the students.

Some things to consider:

  • Students and parents should not exit their vehicle.
  • In order to avoid back-ups on roads, cars should move at a consistent and safe speed.
  • Due to the emphasis on good health, social distancing is paramount.
  • Buses with banners will be in our high school parking lots. Please return at another time for photos.
  • Some schools will be combining their routes due to the configuration of our campuses. It will be vitally important that families/drivers follow the identified routes.
  • Some schools will have alternate routes because of parking lot construction.
  • Routes will be posted on our website by this Friday. https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/for-parents/clap-out-routes/

We look forward to seeing everyone on the 26th!

5-15-20

Hello Seniors,

We really enjoyed seeing you the last two days! But we know we missed some things. Next Tuesday, May 19, from 1-4 PM, we will have a Pick-Up Day.

Arrive to CVHS Door C as follows: Students with last names A-F between 1:00 and 1:45, G-L from 1:45 – 2:30, M-S from 2:30 – 3:15, and T-Z from 3:15 – 4:00.

What will you be picking up?:

  • Anything missed on Thursday: caps, gowns, honors medals, NHS cords, and diploma covers.
  • Yard signs or t-shirts, if you didn’t receive them today.
  • Stoles for Activities, Athletics, Band, and Musical Production.
  • Cords or stoles for any organization that provides cords.
  • We also have some Senior Signs that were ordered from the SANP group and a few Varsity Hockey banners to be picked up.

Also, your pictures and captions are due in MarchingOrder by May 27. And don’t forget to finish your school work so that you can earn credit and earn that diploma.

If you have any questions or concerns, let me know.

Stay well,

Mr. D

5-14-20

Hello Seniors,

It was great to see you today! You should have received an email this morning from MarchingOrder regarding our virtual commencement ceremony. It will ask you to submit a picture and a caption for your slide, which will be shown when your name is read during the ceremony. Along with pictures and captions, slides will include academic honors: Summa, Magna, or Cum Laude, and Student Government or Student Class Council positions. You can add anything else that you want in your caption. (Must be appropriate). We recommend that you wear your cap and gown in your picture. Also, sometime early next week we will be providing an opportunity for you to pick up stoles and cords that were not available today.

And don’t forget to finish your school work. You have two weeks left.

Stay well,

Mr. D

5-8-20

If you have not yet ordered a cap and gown, it's not too late. Please go to www.JostensMichigan.com to place your order. Jostens will be at CVHS for cap and gown pick-up to help us make sure that we have what we need and can address any issues that may arise. They also let us know that if you need to call, do not use the 800 number, instead call the local number: 586-781-5618.

I also want to make sure that you are aware of a national celebration for all 2020 graduates. Check out

Graduatetogether2020.com and https://www.graduatetogetheryearbook.com/ to see what is happening.

Again, we're really looking forward to seeing our seniors next Thursday.

5-7-20

Hello CVHS Students and Parents,

We are excited to announce that a date and time has been established for our seniors to come to CVHS to pick up their graduation caps and gowns!

This will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 9-11 AM as follows:

  • Students with last names A-F should arrive between 9:00-9:30
  • G-L from 9:30-10:00
  • M-S from 10:00-10:30
  • T-Z from 10:30-11:00

Pick-up will take place in the front entrance loop at Door C. Students should have their first and last name clearly written on a piece of paper and placed on their dashboard on the passenger side of their vehicle. Students must stay in their vehicles. We will place your items in your trunk or passenger window. We will be delivering caps, gowns, tassels, honors medals, NHS cords, and diploma covers. Distribution and collection of other items will occur at a later time. We are still waiting on delivery of some items.

We've invited staff to come and be a part of this as well. We are excited to see you on Thursday to begin the kick-off of graduation season!  You have our continued commitment that we will do everything we can to provide the best possible celebration of our graduates in the weeks ahead!

Sincerely,

T.Distelrath, Principal

5-1-20

Hello CVHS Parents,

Up until now our focus has been on the development and implementation of the learning plan. We've worked to make sure that we have accurate contact information and that our families have access to the tools and information that they need. We hope that your students are off to a good start with the learning plan and that you are able to communicate questions and concerns with our staff. Remember, that this is new for all of us, and we will continue to adjust as needed to make this the best experience that we can.

Now we are moving on to our next set of issues. We know that you have many questions about what will be happening with prom, yearbooks, locker clean out, book returns, commencement and more. At this time the district is working through all of this, taking into account the stay-at-home order and the concern for health and safety, while also wanting to do the best that we can for our students, especially our seniors.

As we finalize decisions and plans regarding these things we will be sure to share them with you.

Thank you for all that you are doing to help your student through this time. And we will continue to work to make the most out of the situation that we are in.

Stay well,

Todd Distelrath, Principal

4-20-20

Good morning Students and Parents,

Our districts' new online learning plan begins this week. You should have received information from the district about it. Here is a link: https://www.chippewavalleyschools.org/downloads/community_relations/learning_outline_for_students_and_parents_april_2020_-2.pdf

The learning activities shared between March 11 and April 20 have been non-mandatory. Beginning this Wednesday, April 22, learning activities will be mandatory and student engagement in these activities is required in order to earn credit. Here is some information about how grading will work:

  • There is no Quarter 3 (Q3) or Quarter 4 (Q4), only Semester 2 (S2).
  • There will be no letter grades, only Credit or Incomplete (CR/I).
  • The Credit or Incomplete is GPA neutral - it will not help or hurt a student's GPA.
  • There will be no AP bump for S2, only for S1.
  • If students were not passing Q3, they can still earn credit. If a student missed significant content in Q3, the teacher may have them go back and make-up/redo some work.
  • If a student does earn an Incomplete, then they will have an opportunity for Credit Recovery later.

Our Remote Support Help Desk opens today. Students / families needing help related to school logins and school equipment can email cvstechhelp@cvs.k12.mi.us.

While we want to maintain students' connection to our school and to move their learning forward to help ensure their readiness for next year, we also care deeply about their well-being. Please do not hesitate to communicate with teachers, counselors, or administrators with any questions or concerns that you may have. We don't want to add stress to the lives of students and parents. We hope that this period of online learning will be meaningful and beneficial and not overwhelming.

Sincerely,

Todd Distelrath, Principal, CVHS

4-17-20

THE SENIOR ALL NIGHT PARTY COMMITTEE IS CONTINUING TO SELL YARD SIGNS. THEY ARE CURRENTLY ON SALE UNTIL THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 19TH. 

ALSO, PLEASE SIGN UP FOR REMIND:  TEXT @2020SANPC TO 81010. 

NOTE: There are still no decisions about how our school and our district will be honoring our seniors. We should have a better idea of what is possible when the current Stay at Home Order ends on May 1. In the meantime, give them all a hug for us. 

4-7-20

Congratulations to senior Nikolana Zimmerman whose ceramics piece call "FDA Approved" received a National Silver Key Award!  This is one of only 15 National Awards for our Region.

Thank you to CVHS students and staff helping during this pandemic:

CVHS Sewing Instructor, Karen Milczynski has made and donated 200 masks to Beaumont Hospital. She has shared the instructions for how to make these with her students via Schoology in case they have a sewing machine and supplies at home and would also like to make them.

Sophomore William Kummerl is using his 3D printers to make protective masks for Macomb Correctional Facility in Lenox and is working to expand to providing them for Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw.  You can learn more about these masks at https://www.billingsclinic.com/foundation/.

Senior Neel Karia has been working with district representatives to use 3D printers to print face shields for Henry Ford Hospital.

Great job to all of these Big Reds!

4-4-20

Hello CVHS students and parents,

First, I hope that you are doing well and staying safe. I miss seeing students every day. I miss Thumbs Up Thursday and spring sports and band and choir concerts and all of the great things that happen at CVHS. I hurt for students and their families, especially our seniors, who will miss the normal end-of-year activities and celebrations. Please know that we will do everything that we can to make the most of the situation that we are in and to provide what we can for our students and their families. 

I know that there are many questions about credits and grades and many other things. The governor made the school closure announcement yesterday and today some more guidance has been provided to districts regarding how to move forward for the rest of this school year. Our district is working on a plan and it will be shared with you as soon as possible. Our plan must be submitted for approval between April 8 and 28. Again, we will answer all of your questions, including those about grades and credits as soon as they are finalized. Until then, we encourage students to continue to stay engaged in the work that their teachers have provided, and most importantly to stay well. 

Sincerely,

Todd Distelrath, Principal, CVHS

3-30-20

What if I need to borrow a computer? 

CVS teachers are providing learning activities and enrichments for all students.  Many of these are online. If your student does not have access to a device, please complete this survey. If you are unable to access the survey, please contact us at 586-723-2009.  At a later time, we will be making devices available for students to borrow and will contact you with additional information. 

Scheduling

Our counselors are working hard to schedule next year's classes. Please go to the Counseling page on our school website. Click on the latest newsletter for more information, and scroll to the bottom to sign up for regular Remind messages.

Community Spirit

Please see the two attachments related to a district-wide Spirit Week and also a nightly Community Clap Out. Both bring us together to honor heroes.

Secondary Spirit Week final.pdf

Clap Out for Essential Workers.pdf 

3-26-20

Hello students and families,

Please don't stress over the activities that your teachers have shared with you. At this time, there is no stress about grades, points, or deadlines. Use this as an opportunity to focus on learning instead of those things. Use this as an opportunity to own your learning. You can decide which activities are most interesting to you and the ones that you feel will be most beneficial as well. Prioritize those activities. This is an opportunity to work on prioritizing and scheduling and organizing. I encourage you to make a schedule for the day and to set goals. Be sure to include the learning activities that your teachers have provided as well as time to read a book, go for a walk, and spend time with your family. Be as active and engaged as you can be in life and learning. Take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you. 

Also, please know that the staff at CVHS really cares about you. We hope you are doing well. Feel free to reach out to any of us during this time. We look forward to the time when we get to see you again.

T.Distelrath

tdistelrath@cvs.k12.mi.us

3-23-30

Many teachers are utilizing Schoology for posting messages and activities. The link below provides information to help students access Schoology.

Schoology for Students PDF.pdf 

That document along with how to access school email and a link to our district's Learn at Home page are available on the CVHS website:

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Be safe, be healthy, be happy.