It is impossible to begin the 2020 -2021 school year without looking back at the indescribable 2019-2020 year. It started like many other years with successful athletics, a great Owl Week mural competition, a terrific Owl Week Pep Rally, a beautiful Homecoming ceremony and dance, an award winning band competition, great performances by the dancers, actors, singers and on and on. Also, there were high academic awards given to many students
Then, in March, the world seemed to turn upside down. One Friday afternoon, an announcement was made by our governor, and CHS students and faculty changed to a remote school setting. To accommodate for this, we instituted distance learning, ZOOM lessons, and other creative methods for wrapping up course work to earn course credit.
We got creative to find ways to end the school year in a positive way for all, especially our seniors. Through a virtual Awards Night, we presented 13 Golden Owl awards and numerous scholarships and awards. Thus far, our seniors have been awarded over fifteen million dollars in scholarships. Our Honors Banquet, too, was virtual. We announced 140 students to graduate with honors and announced our eight valedictorians.
To end this strange year, a traditional style 450+ graduation ceremony was video recorded over eight days, one graduate at a time. WHAT AN ENDING TO THE SCHOOL YEAR!
As we enter into the new 2020-2021 school year, we don’t know what will happen. All of us want a productive and enjoyable year. It is going to take all of us being kind, caring, and flexible. For our returning upperclassmen, we encourage you to continue to be the good students you are. For our incoming freshmen, we welcome you to Chalmette High School and know that you will adapt quickly to high school life.
Let us all return to our new normal and work toward making this a special year academically, athletically and artistically. We have all learned lessons over the past several months. Please do your part every day to ensure that everyone has a good day at CHS. Make this a year that you enjoy your school and your friends.
Keep this in mind – The Choices You Make Today Shape Your World Tomorrow.