Creekside High School
The SHIELD
Weekly E-Newsletter

October 7, 2019
TESTING / PSAT INFORMATION
October 2019 PSAT/NMSQT®
      Creekside High School will administer the PSAT to all students in grades 9-11 on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. - Registration is closed.

All registered students will receive a Testing Notification from their English Teacher. The Testing Notification will provide specifics like the test date, testing room, and time.


Students who are registered will need to bring the following on test day:

  • Sharpened #2 Pencils with eraser
  • Calculator
  • Snack
  • Know important personal information needed - Email address and Home address


PLEASE NOTE: Students not taking the PSAT on October 16th will be supervised elsewhere on campus.
** Dates and times are subject to change. **
SENIOR CLASS INFORMATION
  • October 10– 3rd/Final Senior Order Day! Jostens will be on the CHS campus, outside in the courtyard processing cap and gown orders during all three lunches.

  • October 10 – Final chance to take any Senior Pictures during the school picture make-up day. Seniors will not be able to choose their pose. There is a $15 sitting fee.

  • October 11 – Senior Ads are due! Purchase and create a senior ad by visiting http://www.yearbookordercenter.com. All ads are in color. Pricing: Full page – $400, Half page – $250, 1/4 page – $150. Spaces are limited and purchasing begins on June 1st!

We encourage you to check our senior website http://www-chs.stjohns.k12.fl.us/seniors/ frequently for updated information regarding important dates and information. 

This competition is for seniors only. Please note the following expectations:

  • All of students will need to email Mr. Savage a draft of their essay by 11/1/19 to be considered for the contest.
  • Contestants will also need to be prepared to deliver their speech to a few CHS teachers before school on 11/5/19.
SENIOR & JUNIOR CLASS INFORMATION
Senior Class:
Dear Seniors and Parents/Guardians, Jostens is our official graduation company and they are on campus during lunch on October 10th for order taking. Thanks and congratulations to you and your senior!

  Junior Class Rings:
Dear Parents/Guardians, Jostens is our official class ring company. Please note, Jostens will be on campus these additional dates, during all 3 lunches, for ring orders:
 
10/10
11/14 – final payment due
 
All rings require a $60 deposit and the balance must be paid before delivery. Jostens has free insurance included with each purchase and a lifetime warranty. You can go ahead and design your ring at www.jostens.com/jewelry/high-school-jewelry.html and bring the printed order form along with your deposit to order day.

SAVE the DATE: Whoever purchased a class ring, the ring ceremony will be on 12/10 at 8:30am. If the student cannot attend the ceremony, they may pick up their ring from Jostens on 12/13 during lunches.
 
NEHS TUTORING for WRITING
ATHLETICS TRYOUTS
Creekside CHEER – WINTER CHEER TRYOUTS - JV and VARSITY SIDELINE AND COMPETITION TEAM TRYOUTS!

October 14 th deadline for paperwork.
Email Laura.Clary@stjohns.k12.fl.us for more information.
 
2019-2020 Creekside Knights Girls’ Soccer Tryouts


11 th or 12 th grader plus returning Varsity players:

Monday, October 21 4:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 22 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, October 23 4:00-6:00 pm

Thursday, October 24 4:00-6:00 pm Team Meeting


9 th and 10 th graders

Monday, October 21 6:45-8:30 am

Tuesday, October 22 6:45-8:30 am

Thursday, October 24 6:45-8:30 am

Monday, October 28 4:00-6:00 pm Team Meeting

All GK’s will try out Monday and Tuesday from 6:45-8:30 am then join their respective age groups Wednesday/Thursday. Players must attend all sessions. Please meet by the field next to the tennis courts behind the school. See Coach Johnson in Portable 16 if you have any questions.

CLUB ACTIVITIES

The National Art Honor Society’s applications are due and we will hold our induction ceremony on Thursday, October 22 nd at 8:30am in room 265.
ACADEMY NEWS
Environmental National Geographic Explorer Project

Creekside High School is one of 20 schools nationwide selected to partner directly with a National Geographic explorer actively conducting field research through the National Geographic Explorer Exchange program. The students in the Academy of Environmental Science, taught by Ali Pressel, have been working hard to research their assigned Explorer, Tutilo Mudumba. Mr. Mudumba is a PhD student at Michigan State University, working to address social challenges in the local communities surrounding a National Park in his country of Uganda. He started his career working with lions and wildlife conservation in the National Park and started the nonprofit organization Snares to Wares after realizing that the communities surrounding the National Park needed alternatives to poaching demands in communities that are struggling to maintain subsistence living conditions. Mr. Mudumba is looking to the students in the Academy of Environmental Science to help create environmental education guidelines to share with the local communities in Uganda and help engage the community in sustainable development and ecotourism to protect the valuable resources in the nearby National Park. Students are communicating directly with Mr. Mudumba through online virtual meetings and will also have the opportunity to work with the students from Michigan State on the project in the upcoming months.

Creekside teachers, Ali Pressel and Stacy Ray, will be attending the National Geographic Education Summit in Washington, D.C. this week. They will represent educators from around the United States, gathering together to enhance teaching and learning opportunities in classrooms across the country. The National Geographic Education Summit will feature “innovative strategies designed to ignite a spirit of exploration in students and empower them to create a healthier, more sustainable future”. 

Ali Pressel has been involved with National Geographic for the past two years, participating on the National Geographic Teacher Advisory Council and the Steering Committee for National Geographic’s Educator Network Online Community. 
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES - Save the Date
Creekside Theatre Department presents





Mark your calendars for the first Creekside Theatre production
of the year!

Pride and Prejudice will be playing nightly October 24 th – 26 th at 7pm. 

Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.
PTSO NEWS

A big thank you to all that sent in coffee, tea, cider, hot chocolate, coffee creamers and treats. The teachers and staff truly appreciated it!!! 

Thanks again for making this event a success.


CHS PTSO Members are AMAZING! 😃
NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELORS
Please visit the Guidance Department Web page for an abundance of information:



The Creekside Guidance Department has recently launched a Schoology page. Parents and students are encouraged to join the Schoology page to receive the latest updates.

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College Visits

Please sign up in Guidance BEFORE the day of the visit.
National College Fair 2019 ** NEW**
October 12th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sponsored by: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center
Jacksonville, FL


Students should register prior to arriving for the event to minimize wait times. Registered participants will receive an electronic barcode that will allow them to share their information with prospective colleges.

A list of College Fair Exhibitors can be found at: https://hub.nacacnet.org/CollegeFairDirectory
 
  • Workshop Topics
  • FAFSA Completion Lab
  • Bright Futures Scholarship Program
  • Cash for College: Federal Financial Aid
  • Countdown to College: A Year by Year Plan
  • NCAA Eligibility for the High School Athlete
  • Scholarship Search Tips: Local and National
  • Hot Jobs and Majors in the 21st Century
  • How to Maximize Your Experience at the Fair
  • Scholarship Search Tips: Local and National
  • Writing the College and Scholarship Essay
  • Selecting the Right College
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Easing the Transition to College
STUDENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Earn Community Service Hours by refereeing Upward Flag Football on Saturdays at Fruit Cove Baptist Church. Upward needs high-schoolers to referee games for Kindergarten through 10 th grade.

Please sign up at www.fruitcove.com/upward to referee one or more games beginning Saturday, September 28 th .

You can schedule one week at a time, or schedule ahead for any games you wish to referee.
Games are scheduled as follows:

  • K-1st               8:30 am
  • 2nd - 3rd          9:30 am
  • 4th - 5th           10:30 am and 11:30 am
  • 8th - 10th         11:30 am
  • 6th - 7th           12:30 pm

A confirmation of service hours on letterhead will be provided by Fruit Cove Baptist Church.
IN THE KNOW
Did you know


There is a LOST & FOUND tote located in the copier room at school? Your student may come in and look for their lost items. Items of high value like glasses, keys, wallets, and phones are kept in the front office. Everything else will be routed to the tote.



Now, you are IN THE KNOW!