Head of High School Blog

October 4, 2017

Dear Chartwell High School Community,

We are sending this weekly notice early as the next couple days are very busy with the end of the Project Period and we wanted to make sure you had all the information you might need heading into October Break.

Most importantly, please remember we have a 3PM dismissal tomorrow and Thursday. The students will be working on their Final Project for the majority of both days and ensuring the Fear Museum is curated and ready to go for 10AM on Friday at the Monterey Penninsula College Farmers Market. Please see the attached flyer the student made for the event.

For Friday, students need to be in professional dress. Since they will be outside and moving around a bit and there is some set up to do, they should not wear anything too formal. Rather, business casual is acceptable. There might be some food to purchase at the Farmers Market, but to be safe, students should pack their own lunch to be eaten there. Also, for Friday, the schedule at the Farmers Market is from 10-1. Students can be picked up at 2PM at Chartwell.

Other items we want to make sure you are aware of is that October Break is next week, October 9th-13th. Also, please remember that Monday, October 16th is an In-Service day for teachers; there is no school that day. Project Period 2 will start on Tuesday, October 17th.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.

All our best,

Mr. Swift (and the rest of the Chartwell Faculty)

Other Events & Information
  • Fort Ord Cleanup let us know that they will be performing a controlled burn, starting Thursdaymorning, October 5 (if the weather permits). Parker Flats Cut-Off Road will be closed all the way to Normandy for most of the day. We wanted you to be aware in time to choose another route if that is part of your normal approach to the school. We will monitor the air quality throughout the day and will plan outdoor activities accordingly, keeping the children inside if necessary.

  • As we move into the October Break, we want to remind all students and parents about our Computer Use Agreement and Best Practices when navigating the online world. First, please make sure students are not downloading anything on their computers, are treating the computers we provide them with care, and never let anyone use their school computer (or any of their personal technology for that matter). Also, and most importantly, there are so many different methods to connect and communicate with people with technology via social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc), chatroom communities, groups, gaming, by posting comments, sending texts, emails, etc. Students, please be safe when communicating or posting anything. Digital footprints do follow you and improper, inappropriate, or negative communication via technology can get you in trouble. Be cautious and safe. Please feel free to check out these online tips.
  • Workshop series for this year. All workshops are free. All you have to do is RSVP at this link. Coming up is a workshop of what Chartwell is doing related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) on September 29th, how to navigate the world of college on October 20th, how Chartwell delivers Social Emotional Learning on November 3rd, and how to understand your child's psycho-educational evaluation on December 1st.
Project Period Information:
  • On Friday, October 6th, students will present their Final Projects at the Monterey Peninsula College's Farmers Market from 10-1. The culmination of their projects will make up the Tolerance Museum.

September 26, 2017

Hello CHS Families!

We decided to send out an early weekly notice as we will be camping Wednesday through Friday, and we wanted to make sure you had all the important information ahead of time.

First, we had a long but great day at UCSF's BrainLENS last Friday. Students rotated through three stations where they did an activity about spatial cognition, dissected a sheep's brain, and learned how scientists measure fear. Here are some photos from the trip.

We will leave on our camping trip to Pinnacles on Wednesday morning and will return on Friday by 2PM for the normal pick-up time. Here is a presentation I gave to the students this morning about the trip. Please check it out. Tomorrow, students are to bring their tents. We will put them together during Advisory and the students will decide if they will share a tent with someone or be in their own.

Also, we are rapidly approaching the end of the Project Period. Here is the schedule for the next two weeks. Please take a look. Most importantly, please note that on Wednesday (October 4th) and Thursday (October 5th), we have a 3PM dismissal. Students can stay later if they wish to do work. The After School Program will run to 5PM.

If your child is behind on work for classes, teachers will email you like they do each week. If they are behind, please think about them staying after school for additional support and time to complete anything that is missing.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.

All our best,
Mr Swift (and the rest of the Chartwell Faculty)

Events & Information
  • We will leave on our annual camping trip the morning of September 27th and return at 2PM on the 29th. We will be traveling by bus to Pinnacles along with a couple faculty cars. Here are some important items to remember:
    • We cannot have an open fire at Pinnacles, so please make sure your child has plenty of warm clothes and brings an extra lantern, flashlight, or headlamp if possible.
    • Students can share tents with their friends if they wish or need to. Please note, there will be no mixing of genders in tents at any time.
    • Students must bring their tents on Tuesday as we would like to have them practice setting them up and check to see if there are any items missing. At this time, students will also need to finalize their sleeping arrangements, meaning which students might share a tent with another.
    • All medication should be properly labeled and if the school is to dispense the medication, that can be arranged.
    • Students need to bring a packed lunch on Wednesday. We are providing food for the rest of the trip.
    • As with all Field Experiences, especially overnight trips, students are held to the highest standards possible. If something occurs, we will contact their family and they must be picked up at the family's earliest convenience.
  • We are very excited to announce our Workshop series for this year. All workshops are free. All you have to do is RSVP at this link. Coming up is a workshop explaining what Chartwell is doing related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) on September 29th, how to navigate the world of college on October 20th, how Chartwell delivers Social Emotional Learning on November 3rd, and how to understand your child's psycho-educational evaluation on December 1st.
  • Students have a great opportunity to partake in an art contest to create an advertisement for AIM, a company dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues. Please encourage your child to participate.
  • If any parents of seniors are interested in doing senior photos, previous Chartwell teacher, Randy Postadan would be a great place to start. Here is a link his website.
Project Period Information:
  • On Friday, October 6th, students will present their Final Projects at the Monterey Peninsula College's Farmers Market from 10-2. The culmination of their projects will make up the Tolerance Museum.
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