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March Madness activities planned as part of Culture of Care, Harmas says

March Madness activities planned as part of Culture of Care, Harmas says

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

Culture of Care Week Expands, CHS adjusts after closures, Harmas says

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

After explosion, Harmas focuses on rebuilding CHS

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

Choirs intensify Holiday Spectacular preparations

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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 ...

With Homecoming week approaching, students, staff reflect on long-standing CHS traditions, discuss new changes

With Homecoming week approaching, students, staff reflect on long-standing CHS traditions, discuss new changes

Rhea Acharya

September 21, 2018

Near the end of the school day on Aug. 17, as Lara Staton, varsity women’s tennis player and junior, walked through the E halls, crowds of students cheered her on from either side. This was not Staton’s first time being honored for her accomplishments in tennis; it was her first time, however, being...

Principal Tom Harmas makes school safety changes as year begins

Principal Tom Harmas makes school safety changes as year begins

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 prepares for next school year

Principal Tom Harmas prepares for next school year

Manahil Nadeem

May 16, 2018

After a busy first year at CHS, Principal Tom Harmas said he has started to prepare for next year. To conclude the year, Harmas will be interviewing new teachers and reviewing new practices set in place this year.  “Right now, truthfully, I am just wrapping up everything for this year and preparing ...

Principal Tom Harmas reviews practicality of all school convocations

Manahil Nadeem

April 18, 2018

After the safety concerns that arose in February, school officials review the practicality of gathering all 5,000 students into one room for all school convocations, according to Principal Tom Harmas. Harmas said students, teachers and community members brought up possible safety concerns with the sch...