Dear Charger families:
As we move towards the end of the 2012-13 school year, I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on where we’ve been this year as a school and where we will focus our energy in the future. Chantilly High School started the year with the theme of Expect Greatness and students and staff have done much to live up to our expectations. This year has been filled with so many successes for our students and staff it is hard to pinpoint what makes me most proud. Is it our athletics programs, academic achievements, performing and visual arts, Academy, or one of many other extra-curricular organizations? All of the above and more!
This year our school focus was on critical thinking and reading skills, character education (specifically, anti-bullying), expanding our service learning opportunities for students, improving our school facilities, and bench marking CHS internationally by participating in the pilot Program of International Student Assessment. Next year, we will continue refining our improvements in all these areas in addition to spending more time building relationships among students and staff. Research has demonstrated that students perform better academically when they have strong personal relationships with adults in the school setting. With over 2600 students, we look forward to developing and growing these many relationships to ensure students understand how important they are to our school community.
I wish the best to all our Charger students and families. Feel free to stop in and say ‘hi’ during the summer months. The building is eerily quiet without you!
Have a safe and relaxing summer!
Chantilly High School
Chantilly HS is exploring the possibility of installing 6 -8 interior cameras in certain locations throughout the building. Those locations are: the cafeteria, senior locker bay, athletic hall, gym lobby, front lobby, inside entrance 2 and between subschools 2 and 4 on the second floor. The estimated cost is a little less than $30,000. This is a rough estimate. A final estimate would be requested from the vendor once permission is granted. Instructional funds will not be utilized for this project. CHS is planning to utilize money earned from commission for the monopoles (cell towers) located on the school property.
We are actively seeking input from our students, our faculty, and our community. We have already met with the Student Leadership classes and discussed this topic with our school staff through a recent faculty meeting. In addition, the information will be presented to the student body through the school news program, The Knightly News, when Mrs. Johnson will request feedback. There will be two formal opportunities for any Chantilly High School parent who would like to come out to discuss interior cameras, share their thoughts, and ask questions. One opportunity will be the evening of February 14th, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the library. A morning parent coffee is scheduled to discuss this topic on February 28th from 7:30-8:30 am in the Lecture Hall. If you want to register an opinion on this matter, please send emails directly to email@example.com. Should there be sufficient support for installing interior cameras, I will request permission from Cluster VII Assistant Superintendent Linda Burke to move forward on installation.