The Irish Times
 Back to School 2015  

Dear Camden Catholic Families,
The first day of September signifies the end to our summer vacations, but we can easily fall back into what we all call "our normal routines."  I would like to welcome you back to the 2015-16 school year and Camden Catholic High School.

I hope that I can encourage you to add our communications to your weekly routines.  Each week, we will send home this email, our Irish Times. In it, we will highlight all of the events and happenings of the week.  In addition, we will call your attention to items that require your attention.  

We will also update our website regularly as well as add items to Edline.  By now, I hope that everyone has read our summer newsletter.  It has been posted on Edline, under contents.  Our orientation schedule is also readily available.  By reading our newsletter, website, and Edline as part of your weekly routines, you will definitely be well aware of all that is happening around our school.
I introduced new faculty and staff in the August Irish Times Update and have additional announcements to make in that regard. In addition to our new faculty and staff members, we have some familiar faces returning in new roles.  Though she retired, Mrs. Jymme Szurek will continue to teach Senior Health during the first semester.  Mr. Joe Gianfortune, who also retired at the end of last year, will stay on as our Administrative Services Coordinator.  Finally, Ms. Marlene Grimes will be taking the role of Student Services Coordinator.

Summer has been a busy time at CCHS just getting ready for this week.  We look forward to seeing you and your students at our various opening of school activities.  Be sure to mark your calendars for our Fighting Irish Sporting events and come out to enjoy some time with our community.  Keep an eye out for this message on a weekly basis. 

Heather Crisci

Student Handbook:    A number of changes were made to the Student Handbook for the 2015-2016 school year, including the cell phone policy.  Please read the handout posted on Edline.

Uniform:    Boys' hair must be no longer than their shirt collar; buns, ponytails, pigtails and other hair accessories for boys are prohibited.  Nose piercings and ear gauges for both boys and girls are prohibited.  Bandaids may not be worn to cover piercings.  Boys must be clean shaven.  Girls are reminded that they are to wear the white CC ankle socks with the summer uniform; girls opting not to purchase the CC socks must wear their black tights.  Socks can be purchased in the Blarney Store.  Girls have until September 14 to purchase their CC socks.

ID Pictures:    ID photos will be taken for freshmen, seniors, and transfer students during orientation.  Boys must be clean shaven to have their photo taken.

Parking:    Students currently eligible to drive to school must purchase their parking space ($50) by September 11.  Forms and payment should be brought to 114.

Returning Forms:    The Signature Form from the Student Planner and the Emergency Contact form must be returned to the homeroom teacher by September 11.  All seniors must return their Early Release Consent letter to the homeroom teacher by September 11.

Welcome back CCHS students!

The Guidance Office will be meeting with seniors and freshman individually and in classrooms during the month of September/October. 
Seniors:   September 17 and September 22 during Home Room
Freshman:  Guidance Staff will meet with students in their Computer Technology Class around  September 14

Seniors/Parents:  Please familiarize yourself with the Family Connection Website.
College Application due dates vary from college to college, please be aware of these deadlines.
The earlier the applications are submitted the better chance the student has of getting accepted.

*Seniors should have a list of 5 colleges were they are going to apply listed on Family  Connection.
*Teacher Recommendations should be requested personally and then officially on the Family  Connection Website
*Seniors can start the Common Application; follow the link on Family Connection
*Seniors visit your Guidance Counselor to alert them to applications that you are sending

Freshman:  Welcome and know that you can visit your Guidance Counselor in the Sophomore Hall in the morning, at lunchtime and after school.
*If your Counselor wants to see you, you will receive a pass with a time to visit the Guidance  Office.  Please keep your appointment time.
*Guidance Counselors will meet with the freshman in their Computer Class to introduce them to  our Family Connection Website and discuss how to be a successful student at CCHS.

Sophomores and Juniors will have individual meetings and class meetings in October and November.  REMEMBER IF YOU NEED TO SEE YOUR COUNSELOR, STOP IN AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

Freshman Counselor Breakdown:
Mr. Lewis        Ajike-Hardy
Mr. Phipps      Hare-Novoa
Mrs. Cortese   Nutt-Ziegler
Schedules are available on Schedule Star.  Click here to link directly to the CCHS page.
You can sign up for "ALERTS" at the top of the page to be notified of any schedule changes as they become available. 

Meeting for all girls interested in running Cross Country:
Thursday, September 3 at 6 p.m. under the Pavilion at Camden Catholic.
Questions can be directed to Coach Joe Murtin:


Freshman Link Crew Orientation - Thursday, September 3 
This is an orientation for all incoming freshmen. Students should wear casual clothes. We suggest sneakers, shorts and t-shirts. Bus transportation will be available and dismissal is at  11:50AM.

Freshman Link Crew Social - Thursday, September 3 from 7:30PM - 9:30PM 
This event will give your student a chance to reconnect with the students and Link Leaders they met during the day and to reconnect with new and old friends.   Please encourage your student to attend.

Freshman Academic Orientation -  Tuesday, September 8
Freshman full day orientation,  2:37PM dismissal. Students must be in uniform. Freshmen must bring their lunch on  September 8th. The dining hall will not be serving lunches.
Tuesday, Sept 1
Office Closed 
8:15-10:15 for Faculty & Staff Orientation and Mass



September 1 - Freshman Parent Orientation
September 2 - Orientation for Grades 10, 11, and 12 (11:50 dismissal)
September 3 - Link Crew Orientation for Grade 9 ( 11:50 dismissal)
September 4 - School Closed
September 8 - Freshman Orientation ( 2:37 dismissal)
September 9 - First Full Day of Classes
Friday, September 25 at Woodcrest Country Club
10 a.m. Registration & Putting Contest Begins
Noon Shotgun Start. 
Chances to win a Porsche and $2,500-$10,000!

Benefits CCHS Wrestling Program

$150/golfer includes greens fees, cart, buffet and awards reception
$100/person for reception only
Prizes given for Low Gross, Closest to Pin, Longest Drive and Betting Hole
Sponsorships still available!


Mandatory student government retreat on September 2nd in the library from 12-3PM. Lunch will be provided. All government members must be in attendance. Any issues, please contact Mrs. Merenyi via email:

Camden Catholic encourages all of our families to stay up to date on activity surrounding Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia (September 25-27) and the World Meeting of Families happening September 22-25.  

The World Meeting of Families website ( is a wonderful resource to review in preparation for the Pope's visit. At right is the World Meeting of Families Prayer which you can pray with your own family.

Victor Collazo '91 has been selected to sign for Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia. Collazo, a Camden native who attended Holy Name School, Camden Catholic, and Rutgers-Camden is honored to be such an important part of this event. 
Gregory Gardner '11, a Catholic University student, will perform as a member of the official Papal Choir.

The CCHS Parents Association welcomes new members. If you would like to learn more or get involved email
Watch your mailbox for the  Christmas   Frenzy  raffle tickets mentioned in your summer mailing. If you do not receive your envelope with ticket books please contact the Advancement Office at  (856) 663-2247 . For those who want them, additional ticket books will be available for pickup at school in the Main Office, Student Affairs and Advancement Office. They will also be available at Back to School Night. Tickets and money are due back to homerooms by  September 28, the first drawing is October 6th . Remember that the tickets you sell help the school and help offset your student fee. Good luck!
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