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Two CCHS Students Win MLK Scholarships
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Scholarship is an essay competition that is only open to high school seniors. Not only is this competition a scholarship opportunity, it is a chance for students to commemorate Dr. King’s powerful message of love, hope, and unity. This year, the M.L.K. Multicultural Council received over 500 applicants for 50 scholarship slots. This is why it is with great pride that we announce that CCHS has two scholarship winners this year—Estania Jean Charles and Cara Edmunds.
In Estania’s essay, she addressed the importance of coming together as equals in order to solve social problems. Estania acknowledged that society has come far since the Civil Rights Movement but there is still much more work that needs to be done. As she pointed out, “Dr. King was a leader in many forms, from being a pioneer in social justice and equality to being a trailblazer in education. Because of him, I am inspired to seek ways to improve my life as well as those from underrepresented and underserved communities here in New Mexico.
Cara has been active in keeping the memory of Dr. King alive as she has worked with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Council, as well as other social justice groups here in Albuquerque. Much of what Cara believes in and strives for has come from King’s legacy. When asked about her thoughts on Dr. King, she relayed, “MLK has left a legacy that still affects us today. He has inspired myself and others to use our voices. It is so important to speak your truth and stand up for what you feel is right—‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’”
We are very proud of Estania and Cara and know that they are on their way to contributing much more to both the school community and the community at large.
Earlier this month CCHS hosted its second annual fall festival, also known as Lunapalooza. There were many festivities,
Like last year, our silent auction was a huge hit with many families and CCHS supporters donating items for resale. Over thirty items were sold including coffee gift baskets, eyeglass frames, and art that was made by students. During our silent auction, parents, teachers and CCHS supporters generously bid on the items and nearly $800 was raised! As with last year’s silent auction, 100% of the money raised will be used in support of student activities.
If you didn’t get a chance to snag a CCHS hoodie or t-shirt they are still available for sale. Talk to Ms. Bielek or Ms. Ladd if you would like to purchase one.
Thank you to all the parents, students, and staff who helped make Lunapalooza a success!
CCHS Staff Participate in Duke City Marathon Relay
Mrs. Beltran, Ms. Bielek, Mrs. Ricci, Mrs. Ladd and Mr. Resch represented CCHS by competing in the Duke City Marathon Relay. The relay was a full 26.2 mile marathon split up into five individual legs of between 4.2 and 6.2 miles. The team finished in 3 hours and 36 minutes, which came out to an average of 8:20 pace per mile. In addition, the team finished in 3rd place in their division. Way to go CCHS staff!
What will you do when opportunity knocks? College and Career High School recently welcomed the Class of 2019 to our school. Our sophomore class comes from all over the city, from private and public schools throughout, in search of academic growth and opportunity. Just thinking of changing high schools and making new friends can be daunting but is the opportunity worth it? We posed these questions to our new students and this is what they shared:
I was a little anxious about the first day of school but the thing I was most afraid of was the change. Usually I am not a big risk taker so it kind of seems like I jumped at the chance to come here without giving it too much thought. What I was most nervous about was that I would stand out. When in reality, when I went to CNM class, no one really cared. I thought people would be able to tell I was in high school but honestly, they were just there to get their education. So I want to let other people know that CCHS is amazing and they don’t have to worry because they will love it here!
I applied for CCHS a day before the deadline and I wasn’t sure I would get in. I was expecting a bigger school, more students in my classes, and really strict teachers. Two weeks later, it seems like it is more like a family between the students and the teachers, which is really cool. If you are anything like me, and you are thinking about coming to this school, it can be a little scary. Some advice I have is to try and relax, everyone is so nice here, and you will make friends. As for the college classes, it’s not as scary as it seems. There are actually a lot of other high school dual credit students in my classes, which is nice.
Overall, I was not very happy at my previous school and I was ready for a change. Entering CCHS was very scary at first and I had multiple second thoughts. My first day here showed me how good of a choice I had made and how great of an opportunity I had been offered. Now, I am very confident in my new school and life. My advice to any one who considering CCHS is to let them know that they are making the right choice. I know it is hard to leave so much behind, but it is crazy how easily you can forget your old life. Friends come and go but you will make friends and also have an awesome future if you come to CCHS. That’s more than any other APS school can offer you.
So…what about you? What will YOU do when opportunity knocks? If you are up for a challenge and want a jump start on your future, College and Career High School is a wonderful, life-changing opportunity!
CCHS Students tour CNM School of Applied Technologies
On Friday, September 9 thirty-three 10th graders went on a field trip to learn more about some of CNM’s programs in the School of Applied Technologies (AT). Joe Schaub, AT Achievement Coach, opened many of the classroom labs so students could learn more about the programs. Faculty members and students from Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, Architectural Woodworking, Welding, Machine Tool Technology, and Electrical Trades talked to our students about the benefits of studying an AT field. These are excellent programs for students who like hands-on work and the faculty and students emphasized that students in these programs need to think creatively on the job every day.
Many AT majors start by earning a certificate or two in the area of study and then completing an Associate’s degree in the final term of the program. Schaub emphasized that these programs have opportunities for immediate employment as well as transferring to a 4-year institution towards a Bachelor’s degree. There is also considerable cross-over between some of the AT programs and other degrees at the college. For example, a faculty member in the Machine Tool Technology program said that some of the best engineers he worked with in his tenure at Sandia National Labs had experience as machinists. Having strong hands-on skills can really set students apart when it comes time to apply for internships and jobs.
Students also had an opportunity to check out the FUSE Makerspace, a lab with state-of-the-art equipment that artists, entrepreneurs, and tinkerers can use for creating and prototyping their designs. Students and community members can purchase memberships to the Makerspace and students who take classes within the Makerspace have access to the equipment free for the time they are taking the class!
CCHS Welcomes Principal Todd Resch
In an introductory letter to the CCHS community Mr. Resch writes "I consider myself a student-centered leader, and will look to build relationships with students and their families along with the members of our incredible staff. My door is always open for students, as they are my highest priority. I will also seek the most effective ways to communicate to the student body on a regular basis."
CCHS-CNM Inclement Weather Policy
Please remember that CCHS closings are determined by CNM, not by APS. Check the CNM website for details on CNM closings.
CCHS gets an "A" for the 3rd year in a row
For the third year in a row CCHS has received an “A” grade from the state Public Education Department.
CCHS was one of three APS high schools to be awarded an “A” grade for the 2015-2016 school year. This year’s grade follows on the “A” grades received over the last two years, with CCHS awarded the highest grade every year since its founding in 2013.
Todd Resch, the CCHS Principal, congratulated CCHS students and teachers. “This demonstrates once again the grit and determination of CCHS students and their families, as well as the dedication of the teachers and staff. We are all very proud of this accomplishment.”
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