After disruptions due to COVID-19, administration refocuses on writing, implementing three-year plan on social-emotional learning, equity, inclusion

Rhea Acharya

October 11, 2020

According to Principal Tom Harmas, administration decided back in February that for the next three school years, CHS would focus on developing the areas of social-emotional learning and equity and inclusion throughout the school. This goal-setting process happens every three years: in 2017, CHS creat...

This year’s virtual learning to focus on social-emotional learning, bonds between teachers, students

Senior Sarah Konrad takes notes for class during online-learning time.She said she had trouble for the first few days, but did her best to find a schedule to help her get things turned in on time.

Wendy Zhu

August 13, 2020

In the 2019-2020 school year, teachers taught the final quarter of school entirely online after Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) closed on March 16 and Gov. Holcomb later ordered all K-12 schools in Indiana to remain closed for the rest of the school year. It’s likely that most, if not all teachers were...

Culture of Care week to direct school’s focus toward mental health and positivity

Principal Tom Harmas discusses Culture of Care week activities with Speak of the house Deion Ziwawo. Culture of Care week with take place during next week.

Da-Hyun Hong

February 6, 2020

According to Principal Tom Harmas, Culture of Care week will take place next week. This is the school’s third year of Culture of Care. “Our intention is that it brings the social, emotional learning component of school to the forefront and that that never leaves what we’re doing. It’s the idea of bein...

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...

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...

ESC considers later school start time, Culture of Care expands to teachers, Harmas says

Student body president Tim Metken works on homework in the Carmel Café. Metken said he doesn’t think potential plans for a later school start time would be beneficial to students because of extracurricular activities.

Carson TerBush

November 10, 2018

The (ESC) is currently considering the logistics of a later start time for CHS in the future, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Harmas also said the Culture of Care, an immersive mental health project administration implemented this year, is expanding to help CHS staff members get to know each other better. ...

Principal Tom Harmas coordinates Homecoming parade viewing, new graduation pathways program

Principal Tom Harmas works at his desk. Harmas said recently he has been working on coordinating the Homecoming parade so all students can view it during Homecoming festivities and on implementing the new graduation pathways program at CHS.

Carson TerBush

September 27, 2018

CHS will implement a new graduation requirement system called graduation pathways this year, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Additionally, Harmas said he has been working with student government to coordinate student viewing of the Homecoming parade which has in the past only been viewed by community members. As the school year progresses, Harmas also ...

Principal Tom Harmas makes school safety changes as year begins

Principal Tom Harmas works on his computer in his office. Harmas said as the school year begins, he is focusing on methods of improving safety at CHS.

Carson TerBush

September 5, 2018

According to Principal Tom Harmas, CHS is making some changes to promote school safety this year. Harmas said administration has removed all-school convocations, added stricter...

Principal Tom Harmas reviews success of Culture of Care, plans for next year

Principal Tom Harmas talks to the organizers of the National School Walkout at CHS. After the mental health awareness campaign, Harmas said he hopes to see a continued focus on mental health at CHS.

Manahil Nadeem

March 20, 2018

This year CHS launched its first ever mental health awareness campaign, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Harmas said the program was very well received by students, teachers and other community members.  “I thought the program and the entire initiative went very well. Just seeing the reaction of...

Principal Tom Harmas continues to prepare for Culture of Care week

Student body President Ben Goldberg and speaker of the House Sam Johnson speak at the fall convocation. Goldberg said he is excited to see the implementation of a new mental health awareness program called Culture of Care starting the week of Feb. 26.

Manahil Nadeem

February 15, 2018

This year, CHS hopes to kickstart an initiative, Culture of Care, that will put a greater emphasis on students’ mental health, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Harmas said administrators and counselors are working hard to kickoff the program the week of Feb. 26. “CHS puts a huge emphasis on...