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2020-21 school year features later start times for middle, high schools

Junior Marina Saweeros begins to complete her homework at the start of  late start last spring. According to Saweeros, she likes late start as it is an opportunity to see friends.

Cady Armstrong

August 13, 2020

On May 18, the CCS school board passed a resolution moving all CCS middle schools’  as well as CHS’s start times later in the day from 7:50 and 7:45, respectively, to 8:45 a.m. With this, the academic day will end at 3:45 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. for these CCS campuses. Additionally, CCS elementary sc...

Later school start times next year will allow students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

Later school start times next year will allow  students to sleep longer, improve overall well-being

HiLite Staff

May 21, 2020

On May 18, the Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) school board passed the resolution to move CHS and all CCS middle school start times from 7:50 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.. The school day will end at 3:45 p.m. instead of 3:05 p.m. As numerous studies have shown, later start times are associated with several benefits,...

Carmel Clay Schools close in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Da-Hyun Hong

March 13, 2020

Announced last night around 7 p.m., Superintendent Dr. Michael Beresford released a statement all Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) are to close starting Monday, March 16 through Spring Break until April 10. He said despite experts confirming COVID-19 is low risk for students, this closure is intended to reduce...

Carmel Clay Schools to take preventative measures against COVID-19

Superintendent Michael Beresford explains implications of COVID-19 on Carmel Clay Schools (CCS). Beresford said CCS will follow recommendations provided by public health officials in the situation of a student testing positive for COVID-19.

Riya Chinni

March 12, 2020

With recent coronavirus (COVID-19) cases arising in the United States and a few cases in Indiana, Carmel community members are curious about the steps Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) will take during this time. Superintendent Michael Beresford said CCS will continue to take preventative measures against COVID-1...

Carmel Clay Schools facing bus driver shortage, assigning task force to combat shortage

January 30, 2020

Recently, there has been a national bus driver shortage for school districts. Not only is this issue impacting the majority of districts across the U.S., but it is significantly impacting Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) bus routes.    Superintendent Michael Beresford said that when there is a sh...

Carmel residents to vote on School Safety referendum with Nov. 5 ballot

Superintendent Michael Beresford discusses the upcoming referendum regarding school safety that will take place on the Nov. 5 ballot. Beresford said he is “cautiously optimistic” about the results.

Riya Chinni

November 3, 2019

Carmel residents will vote on the School Safety referendum on Nov. 5, which details a tax increase where all funds will go towards providing more Student Resource Officers (SROs), mental health support and services to Carmel Clay Schools and other safety measures, according to Superintendent Michael Beresford.    Beresford said he is “cauti...

CCS to increase teacher salaries for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years

October 10, 2019

All CCS teachers will be receiving a salary raise for the rest of this current 2019-2020 academic year and also for the 2020-2021 school year as well. Furthermore, life insurance for teachers will increase from $50,000 to $75,000.    Superintendent Michael Beresford said this will increase teacher salaries by 4% for the 2019-2020 academic year and by another 2% for the 2020-2021 academic year.    Once Roger McMichael, Associate Supe...

Carmel Clay Schools to offer informational Community Meetings regarding safety referendum

Superintendent Michael Beresford will host informational nights in September and the first week of October for the community to learn more about the referendum. Beresford said the district hopes to educate the community so that they are aware of all facts and information regarding the referendum prior to voting on Nov. 5.

Riya Chinni

September 23, 2019

In anticipation of the option to vote for a safety referendum on the ballot for the Nov. 5 general election, Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) is hosting informational nights at CHS, Clay Middle School, Carmel Middle School, and Creekside Middle School at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium on Sept. 24, Sept. 26 and Oct. 3.    Superintendent Michael Beresford will be ...

Step Up to Sexual Assault: Administration, students focus on importance of new sexual assault prevention presentation

The men’s tennis and football teams watch the “Step Up to Sexual Assault” presentation. The presentation was shown to the athletics and performing arts departments and student government this year.

Kassandra Darnell

September 20, 2019

Logan Sandlin, varsity track and junior varsity cross-country runner and senior, sits among his teammates in the auditorium before practice as he listens to the “Step Up to Stop Sexual Assault” presentation. The presentation is a new program being presented to the athletics and performing arts department...

Hit Snooze: Superintendent Michael Beresford explains proposed changes to daily schedule

Hit Snooze: Superintendent Michael Beresford explains proposed changes to daily schedule

Kassi Darnell

May 23, 2019

Why is the administration considering these changes now? It’s a big swing. The reason for the 6-12 study that we’re doing is that there’s a ton of research that says that adolescents benefit greatly from a later start time in school. They kind of set that at around 8:30 a.m. or later. A lot of t...

Superintendent Michael Beresford explains proposed changes to daily schedule

Kassandra Darnelll

May 23, 2019

Why the consideration to implement later start times now? It’s a big swing. The reason for the secondary, 6-12, study that we’re doing is that there’s a ton of research that says that adolescents benefit greatly from a later start time in school. And they kind of set that at around 8:30 a.m. or later. A ...

Spread the Word: CCS to put informative videos regarding vaping on CCS website

Superintendent Michael Beresford comments on the student's excitement for the end of the school year. Beresford said he hopes the school will be improved over the summer for the start of the next school year.

Misha Rekhter

May 13, 2019

With the explosion in popularity of vaping, the action or practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device, among teenagers, Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) has decided to tackle the issue head on. CCS intends to release informational videos exploring the negative r...