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Principal Tom Harmas sits at his desk, wearing a mask to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. He said administration is currently planning for next year by analyzing staffing needs and determining which changes from the current school year, such as staggered bells and mandated lanyards, will remain in future years.

Administration assesses staffing needs for next school year

Rhea Acharya March 31, 2021

Principal Tom Harmas said one of his current priorities is looking at the new class enrollments to determine if the school needs a different staffing plan for next year. He said, “We’re working...

Principal Tom Harmas sits at his desk, holding the book Grading for Equity. He said that this book has helped him gain a better understanding of how grades should reflect student growth. He said that administration has been working throughout this year to make changes to the grading system so that grades are a true representation of a student’s learning and engagement throughout the semester.

Administration navigates construction project starting in coming weeks, discussions surrounding next school year

Rhea Acharya March 11, 2021

Principal Tom Harmas said he is currently working to finalize some of the details for the school’s upcoming multi-part construction project that will take place over the next couple of years. He...

Principal Tom Harmas wears his mask to comply with COVID-19 guidelines while sitting at his desk. He said that administration is redeveloping the school’s Response to Intervention model to best meet student needs during the pandemic.

After semester of hybrid, virtual learning, administration creates new Response to Intervention model to best meet student needs

Rhea Acharya February 17, 2021

Principal Tom Harmas said he is currently working alongside administration to develop a new Response to Intervention (RTI) model, so the school can respond to the academic and social-emotional needs of...

Principal Tom Harmas sits at his desk while wearing a mask to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. He said he believes that all of the changes made this year due to the pandemic have actually made CHS stronger in the long run.

Administration uses lessons learned from COVID-19 while preparing for next school year, late spring events

Rhea Acharya January 27, 2021

According to Principal Tom Harmas, many of his current day-to-day activities center around planning for next school year. Although he said no decisions have been made by Superintendent Michael Beresford...

Principal Tom Harmas sits at his desk while wearing a mask to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. He said that although the colder weather will make it harder for certain activities to take place, he still thinks this school’s plan to combat the effects of the pandemic will be successful in the winter.

Administration focuses on how to navigate hybrid instruction, school events during winter months

Rhea Acharya November 10, 2020

Principal Tom Harmas said many of his current day-to-day responsibilities center around developing plans for how the school will function during the winter months with the ongoing pandemic.  Harmas said...

Student body president Julia Heath talks to a friend while waiting outside after the fire alarms went off on Oct. 7. She said she is excited to celebrate the hard work of the administration and bus staff this week and next week.

Administration focuses on creating plans, schedules for second semester

Rhea Acharya October 30, 2020

According to Principal Tom Harmas, his biggest concern right now is figuring out the details for second semester. He said administration recently sent out a survey to parents, asking them to communicate...

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...

PTO starts the school year off 

Sarah Zheng October 1, 2020

The PTO held a PTO parent to parent night. The goal of the meeting was to introduce parents to the standards for this school year due to COVID-19. During the meeting, Principal Tom Harmas spoke with the...

Principal Tom Harmas discusses winter construction with speaker of the House Deion Ziwawo during a Superintendent's/Principal's Advisory Council meeting. Harmas said QR codes will be put up in ever SRT classroom next year so students can pull up directions to relocated offices.

Construction at Door 4 to take place during winter break

Da-Hyun Hong November 29, 2019

According to Principal Tom Harmas, student resource officers, athletics and student services will relocate in the next couple of weeks in preparation for major construction during winter break. He said,...

Principal Tom Harmas shows the Superintendent's/Principal's Advisory Council updates on the construction on the fieldhouse. Harmas said construction by Door 21 should wrap up by Nov. 1.

Construction by Door 21 to finish by early November

Da-Hyun Hong October 20, 2019

Construction at Door 21 should conclude by Nov. 1, according to Principal Tom Harmas. The new secured entrance will not only feature a buzzer system but will also have an office window. Harmas said, “In...

Principal Tom Harmas converses with students in the hallway during a passing period. He said he's excited to see all the homecoming changes in action and how the student body reacts to them.

New homecoming activities designed to fuel student interest, participation

Da-Hyun Hong September 24, 2019

This year, student government has many new plans for homecoming week, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Changes such as having the senior football players dance at the pep rally, Kiss Queen changing to...

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

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

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...

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