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Harmas hires new teachers for next year, reflects on second year as principal

Principal Tom Harmas works on his computer. Harmas said he is currently working on hiring and planning for next year.

Carson TerBush

May 19, 2019

The year is wrapping up with teacher appreciation week this week, graduation and grad fest on May 30, and general preparations for next year, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Harmas said most of his energy is being focused on hiring teachers and making other arrangements for next year as this year is almost done. “We are in the midst of hiring, so we’re doing all kinds of intervie...

Administration to hire new teachers, consider potential later start time next year, Harmas says

At a student recognition convocation on May 15, Principal Tom Harmas presents to students in the auditorium as well as through a CHTV broadcast, alongside senior class president Meredith Lipps, junior class president Ana Mercado and sophomore class president Mia Bruder. Harmas said he is currently working on hiring teachers for next year and drafting a potential new schedule with a later start for high school students.

Carson TerBush

May 10, 2019

On Tuesday May 16, representatives from AdvancedED—a company that evaluates schools—will be on the CHS campus evaluating classes and speaking with administrators, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Harmas also said he has been working on hiring teachers next year and finalizing what classes will be available ...

Teachers Park Too: Students should think of teachers before parking illegally up the trail

Teachers Park Too: Students should think of teachers before parking illegally up the trail

Carson TerBush, Editor in Chief

April 26, 2019

Each morning, the roads surrounding CHS erupt with traffic as students struggle to make it to school on time and find a parking spot. While the student parking struggle is a commonly debated one (see our September editorial about parking passes), a far less discussed issue is that of teacher parking. Adm...

March Madness games in cafeterias, AdvancedED evaluations coming up, Harmas says

Principal Tom Harmas chats with a student in the Commons on March 19. Harmas said March Madness activities will occur throughout the school in the weeks leading up to spring break.

Carson TerBush

April 3, 2019

March Madness games played in all three cafeterias during times when they are on in the days leading up to spring break, according to Principal Tom Harmas. He also said AdvancedED, a company that evaluates schools, will visit CHS as well as other schools in the Carmel Clay School district in the near future to provide feedback for teachers and administrators. Looking ahead to next year, Harmas said a goal date of the first week of August has been set for when all repairs in the Freshman ...

March Madness activities planned as part of Culture of Care, Harmas says

Principal Tom Harmas works on his computer. Harmas said he is currently working on new Culture of Care programs, including school-wide bonding activities and mental health awareness training for teachers.

Carson TerBush

February 26, 2019

March Madness activities are the next school-wide activity planned as part of Culture of Care, according to Principal Tom Harmas. In addition, suicide prevention and mental health training for CHS staff members started this week and will continue throughout the semester, also a part of the Culture of Care program. In addition, Harmas said construction on the school after the Dec...

Culture of Care Week Expands, CHS adjusts after closures, Harmas says

Principal Tom Harmas, assistant principal Toby Steele and social studies teacher Justin Quick sport matching pajama pants on the first day of Culture of Care week. The first spirit day this week was pajama day.

Carson TerBush

February 7, 2019

As this week is Culture of Care week, numerous activities will commence to promote mental health awareness, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Additionally, Harmas said administrators, including Superintendent Michael Beresford, are still debating how to make up the school time lost in last week’s thr...

After explosion, Harmas focuses on rebuilding CHS

Workers piled debris from the explosion in dumpsters while working at CHS on Jan. 2. According to Principal Tom Harmas, work crews have made efficient progress on repairs to the building but he does not know when all of the damage will be completely fixed. Photographer: Nick Beckman

Carson TerBush

January 21, 2019

After the Dec. 26 explosion that occurred at CHS in a boiler room near the fieldhouse, Principal Tom Harmas said he and his administrative team have been focused on facilitating repairs and restoring the building back to normal. Harmas said he is proud that construction crews fixed the exterior roof and clear most debris from the fieldhouse and surrounding areas very quickly, but said he does not know when the overall repairs will be completed or how much they will ultimately cost. Roger McMichael, Asso...

A Way To Stay: Students find unusual ways to stay in Carmel despite parents moving; administrators discuss how to properly facilitate this

A Way To Stay: Students find unusual ways to stay in Carmel despite parents moving; administrators discuss how to properly facilitate this

Angela Li, Raphael Li, Angela Qian, Carson Terbush, Heidi Peng, Rhea Acharya, and Calina He

December 13, 2018

Last January, junior Yueze “Jimmy” Liu came home to a flooded basement. He had just returned from a vacation, only to find the pipes frozen and water everywhere. While most students his age would simply leave their parents to deal with it, Liu solved the problem on his own not because he wanted to...

Counseling drafts student survey, administration brainstorms new locker policy, Harmas says

Principal Tom Harmas looks at an art piece in the art show. Harmas said currently he is working on coordinating a counseling survey to assess mental health among students and brainstorming ways to prevent a locker shortage next year despite an influx of students.

Carson TerBush

November 30, 2018

According to Principal Tom Harmas, the counseling department plans to send out a school-wide student survey about mental health during finals week to assess how the counseling center can improve. Harmas also said administration is considering a new locker policy for next year that will involve students opt...