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Removal of shadowing policy leaves potential students without crucial experience

HiLite Staff

November 15, 2019

In the first nine weeks of this school year, CHS administration changed the school’s policy to no longer allow eighth graders to shadow our students. This change may come as a surprise to most. Shadowing is an option at a number of high schools around the state. It provides students with an opportun...

Sharing is Caring: Current parking pass distribution suffices but allowing students to share parking spaces would increase efficiency

HiLite Staff

October 24, 2019

In late September, the student services office distributed the remaining available parking passes by the school to applicable Transition to College Program (TCP) students. Questions of how many  were available and how they were assigned arose among students. According to Rita Winters, secretary of student services, there are five categories for student parking passes at the top ...

Brain Healthy: Administration hires first mental health coordinator to respond to crises in schools, benefit students

HiLite Staff

September 20, 2019

In June 2019, the Carmel Clay board of trustees hired the first mental health coordinator in our district, Stephanie Whiteside, to further its initiative of addressing mental health issues among Carmel Clay students. Whiteside will be responsible for providing critical advice about mental health, supporting counselors and social workers and overseeing the di...

Mental Health Editorial: Additional Q&A With Stephanie Whiteside

Mental Health Editorial: Additional Q&A With Stephanie Whiteside

Leah Tan

September 20, 2019

  What’s your full name and title? Stephanie Whiteside, Mental Health Coordinator When did you start working for the CCS district? Beginning of June, 2019. What exactly is the role of the mental health coordinator? One thing is supporting and providing critical advice, specifically to soc...

Thoughtful Tech: Administration should make sure curriculum makes full use of new available technology

HiLite Staff

August 13, 2019

With adding various technologies like Canvas, CHS is continuing to increase its technological presence. This year, with the addition of more technology carts, CHS will introduce a two-to-one ratio of students to laptops. Next year, the district plans to have a one-to-one ratio. This transition is simila...

Zero out of Ten: Ten minutes added onto school day helps district meet time requirement, creates issues for community

Zero out of Ten: Ten minutes added onto school day helps district meet time requirement, creates issues for community

March 22, 2019

To make up for two snow days, Carmel Clay Schools (CCS) added 10 minutes to every school day. State legislature requires Indiana schools to have 180 days of instructional time (defined as time in which students participate in an approved educationally-related activity under the direction of a teacher) ...

Navigating Naviance: Despite Naviance’s utility, improvements are needed for streamlined use

Navigating Naviance: Despite Naviance’s utility, improvements are needed for streamlined use

October 25, 2018

Every year, the counseling requires teachers to show a video on Naviance. Naviance is a website designed to help students with their long-term goals, whether that’s going to college, joining the military or going into the workforce. And according to the Naviance website, over 10 million students utilize...

Learning in Digital: CHS students should reconsider taking online courses during summer

Learning in Digital: CHS students should reconsider taking online courses during summer

HiLite Staff

May 18, 2018

In light of the addition of AP Government as an online course this summer, many students have been eagerly seizing the opportunity to add the class to their schedule. The combination of a flexible schedule, a full-weight credit and the ability to work from the comfort of one’s own home seems to make f...

A Unique Promposal: CHS administration should work with students to enhance the prom experience

A Unique Promposal: CHS administration should work with students to enhance the prom experience

HiLite Staff

April 20, 2018

Prom remains an integral part of the high school experience for the sake of aesthetic photos and adorable “promposals.” However, according to Cristen Cassler, prom coordinator and English teacher, there has been a recent downturn in prom attendance with 1,468 students attending in 2015 compared to...

No Harm, No Foul: Students should amend harsh criticism of administration’s response to dramatic events at CHS

No Harm, No Foul: Students should amend harsh criticism of administration’s response to dramatic events at CHS

HiLite Staff

March 23, 2018

A string of several troubling events during the week of Feb. 12 caused students at this school to question the administration’s response. For example, Principal Tom Harmas released several different announcements throughout the week, which were often met with harsh criticism, either verbally or online,...

Determining Delays: CHS Administration should be more consistent, clear regarding the explanations of delays, cancellations

Determining Delays: CHS Administration should be more consistent,  clear regarding the explanations of delays, cancellations

HiLite Staff

January 25, 2018

The doldrums of winter bring with them little satisfaction for students. The days are short, the weather is bleak and the third quarter of the school year has the fewest days off. However, retribution often comes in the form of precious delays and cancellations due to weather conditions. Students celebrate...

Giving Back. Donating to others is important all year round, not just during holiday season.

Giving Back. Donating to others is important all year round, not just during holiday season.

HiLite staff

December 14, 2017

Care to Share, the annual holiday fundraiser sponsored by the student senate, starts in November and ends right before finals week. Senate assigns the SRTs a goal value of money raised and collect funds throughout the entire month. SRTs then use money to buy gifts such as clothes and toys for peopl...