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Education Scene
BY TIM ALL Superinten
ARD,
dent Calhoun Community High School
CCHS is Finding a Way to Combat Absenteeism: Washer & Dryer
More often than not students at Calhoun Commu- nity High School have fallen behind in credits due to chronic absen- teeism. While alternative high
schools get a bad reputation as a school for troublemakers, the reality of it is that most alternative high schools are designed to help kids who have lost credits. Most of the kids who have lost credits have done so by missing too much school. Moreover, while it is true in some cases that the loss of time in school may be from out of school sus- pensions for misbehavior, the reality of it is that there are multitudes of other reasons why students miss. At CCHS, what we find is that a lack of reliable transportation is often why students miss school, so too is the lack of having clean clothes to wear to school. CCHS is working to combat both is- sues. Last year a grant was awarded by the Battle Creek Community Founda- tion for purchasing a microbus to help transport students, and this year the Battle Creek Community Foundation awarded the school another grant to purchase a washer and dryer so stu- dents could do their laundry at school and avoid having to miss for lack of clean clothes.
CCHS Crisis Counselor Stacey Olsen said, “If it’s a choice of stay- ing home to avoid rude comments, bullying, or feeling embarrassed because of not having clean clothes or coming to school, most kids will stay home.” Mrs. Olsen went on
say, “Not only did the Battle Creek Community Foundation donate funds but also a private donation from the J. Chris Schweitzer Foundation was made.” She went on to share that her husband Moses Olsen volunteered his time to install the necessary plumb- ing and venting required to have the machines in the school.
Curriculum Diploma. CCHS is the longest standing Alternative High School in Calhoun County and has graduated nearly 2000 students since their inception in the year 2000. For more information about CCHS and how to enroll, see their website at www.calhounhs.org.
Another Chance – A Better Choice
ACCEPTING STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12
A TUITION-FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL ACADEMY
to adding support systems like this to the school.
CCHS is a Public School
Academy chartered by Bay Mills Community College working with grades 9-12 helping kids in the Battle Creek area complete their high school requirements for a Michigan Merit
CALHOUN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
SMALL CLASS SIZES
FEWER CREDITS REQUIRED
ONE- ON-ONE SUPPORT
ON-LINE
CLASSES AVAILABLE
DUAL ENROLLMENT AVAILABLE
Have you lost credit in your current high school?
Are you more successful in a small learning environment with lots of support and one-on-one attention? If so, maybe you should check out Calhoun Community High School. We run a safe and orderly school,
offering the Michigan Merit Curriculum to students who want to
earn their diplomas and move on to college or work.
CONTACT US FOR ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
269-565-2460 • www.calhounhs.org
765 UPTON AVENUE, SPRINGFIELD, MI
Having the community connection makes all the difference when it comes
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