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...

Academic transition night to give current eighth graders a chance to get to know CHS better

Principal Tom Harmas works at his desk. He said that Academic Transition Night is a great opportunity for eighth graders to learn more about the school.

Da-Hyun Hong

January 13, 2020

Academic Transition Night will go from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight.  Dedicated to current eighth graders, the students are welcomed to the high school by Principal Tom Harmas and given the opportunity to learn more about CHS. According to Harmas, this night is all about academics; members of each department will...

Q&A with Principal Tom Harmas, named Indiana Principal of the Year

Q&A with Principal Tom Harmas, named Indiana Principal of the Year

Da-Hyun Hong

December 3, 2019

What are the requirements to receive this award? “It’s the Indiana Association of School Principals. It is divided into 12 different regions. We’re in Region 5. There’s probably 60 to 70 high schools in Region 5. With that, you are nominated by somebody—I don’t even know who nominated ...

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...

Harmas explains new structure of PTO meetings this year; first one scheduled tomorrow at 9 a.m. in community room

Student body president Maddie Heath socializes outside the freshman cafeteria with freshman during lunch. She said the extended SRT in the new late start schedule will be beneficial for all students.

Da-Hyun Hong

September 2, 2019

The structure of PTO meetings will better accommodate different student interests this year, according to Principal Tom Harmas. He said the meetings will be thematic; for example, there would be rounds of IB/AP, TCP, and JEL and CTE classes. “We want to make sure everybody doesn’t have to listen to e...

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...

Choirs intensify Holiday Spectacular preparations

Director of choirs Katherine Kouns works on placements for choir students in her office on Nov. 16. “Holiday Spectacular is pretty much on track compared to previous years. We’re right about where we should be. There’s still a lot of work to do, but everyone knows what they’re doing,” Kouns said.

Josie Cruzan

November 30, 2018

Holiday Spectacular will run from Dec. 6 to Dec. 9 and will be in the auditorium. Though students and teachers involved with the choir department have been rehearsing for some time now, the intensity of rehearsals is picking up. Director of choirs Katherine Kouns said, “Everybody is just in full speed mode tryin...

Hear Our Voice: HiLite, other Indiana publications not immune to censorship unless New Voices Bill passes this legislative season

Hear Our Voice: HiLite, other Indiana publications not immune to  censorship unless New Voices Bill passes this legislative season

November 16, 2018

In 2017, it failed. in 2018, it failed again. but in 2019, if we make a strong case to our representatives, House Bill 1130 may finally pass and finally restore freedom of the press to student journalism in Indiana’s schools. HB 1130, known as the “New Voices” bill, would provide scholastic journalists...

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. ...

Pathways to eliminate ISTEP+ requirement for Class of ‘23 and on, Harmas says

Principal Tom Harmas works at his desk. Harmas said he has recently been developing the Pathways graduation program, new teacher evaluations and teacher professional leave days.

Carson TerBush

October 21, 2018

With the introduction of the new graduation pathways program, Principal Tom Harmas said the previously required ISTEP+ tests will no longer be needed for graduation for students currently in eighth grade and below. In addition to coordinating Pathways, Harmas said he is currently working on allocating funds for teachers’ pro...