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Carlson High School News and Notes

Good afternoon Marauder Families,


I hope this email finds you doing well and getting back into the swing of things after a long Thanksgiving break.  December will be a busy month at CHS as we countdown the days to Winter Break and make the final push toward the end of semester 1.  As I think about this past semester, we have much to be proud of and grateful for at Carlson.


  • Don't forget to come check out our students' performance of A Christmas Carol.  The show tonight (11/30) is at 7 pm and the show tomorrow (12/1) is at 8 pm in the CHS auditorium.  Tickets are $5.  I had the opportunity to see the show last night and it was wonderfully done!  Congratulations to the cast and crew on a job well done.
  • One of the challenges of preparing our students to be college and career ready is that it no longer is just about acquiring knowledge.  We know that students have access to almost any fact in the palm of their hand, so the challenge has shifted to helping students think critically about this information, developing problem solvers and designers, and increasing the level of collaboration.  These skills will support the types of jobs that students will encounter throughout their lifetime and all of these require deeper thinking that goes beyond taking knowledge in and spitting it back out.  What does this mean for you?  As we make these shifts in the learning experiences we are providing for our students, it is natural for students to feel struggle because it's different or asks them to think about school and learning in a different way.  Additionally, I don't know about your experience, but school is different than when I was growing up (when I write that, I realize I sound old!).  With these shifts, it may feel even more foreign to you.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher or me so that we can help if something you are hearing or seeing is creating confusion.
  • On Tuesday, December 4th, we are going to be starting a Khan Academy challenge for our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students in MPT.  Khan Academy is a great free resource that adapts the types of problems it exposes students to based on their skill level.  They have an entire course designed to support students to reach the level of challenge required by the SAT.  While we know our students are more than a test on one day, the skills that students will be working on support their learning in math, reading, and writing - areas that are foundations for much of the day to day work they do in school.  If an added byproduct of this work is that students are able to earn more in scholarships or place out of prerequisite courses at the college level, I couldn't be more pleased.  Check out the attached flyer for more details.
  • We are still working on the challenging issue of vaping in school.  I appreciate all of the calls and emails that I have received regarding the concerns that you are having regarding students openly vaping in our school.  It is our number one offense in terms of discipline and is something that has become a challenge for every area high school.  I don't pretend to have all of the answers, but will tell you that we have increased the presence of staff in places where students are frequently found vaping and are partnering with community resources to provide more deterrence from the outside of school perspective.  Anything you can do to support us in this sometimes monumental task is appreciated.
  • Congratulations to our BPA (Business Professionals of America) group for a job well done at the Southern Regional Conference Trade Show in Tennessee.  Our students took 3rd place in the booth competition for their cake pops.  This is huge as many schools had an extra month to prepare because they start school earlier in the south.
  • One of the best parts of my job is that I get to see the amazing work that our students and staff do every day.  Today, I had the opportunity to visit Mrs. Sims 10th grade Economics classroom where they were learning about the job market, opportunity cost, and the role of the government in employment.  I was impressed by the level of thinking that students shared regarding the trends that they see, the predictions that they can make, and the connections to education.  

That's all for now!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Thank you,


Jessica Shultz


Carlson High School


Carlson High School Archives
11-30-2018 Parent Update
Khan Academy Challenge Info
10-23-2018 Parent Update
Baseball Craft Show Info
10-20-2018 Parent Update
9-14-2018 Parent Update
7-30-2018 Parent Update
2018 - 2019 Pay to Participate Information
Parent Directions on Using Online Athletic Payment System
6 -19-2018 Parent Update
Direct College English Information
Direct College Computer Information