Top 10 Tips for the 2014-15 School Year

Whether you’re just joining the CJ community or returning for another exciting school year, all students and families will find tips, hints and useful information to prepare for back to school.

1. Welcome to CJ
Orientation for students new to CJ is Wednesday, Aug. 13. All students should report for classes on Thursday, Aug. 14. Check the School Calendar and Community Events pages often for things like Out of Uniform and Block Days as well as events for the whole family such as Meet the Eagles Night (Aug. 7) and the Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race (Aug. 16).

2. Keep Your Handbook Handy
The 2014-15 Student Handbook is now exclusively available online. Consent forms, found on pages 52-55, should be signed and returned to OSS by August 30. For forms not found in the handbook (Emergency Medical, Immunization Record, Physical, etc.) check our Health Clinic pages.

3. Dress for Success
There are no new changes to this year’s Uniform Guidelines. Tops must be purchased from one of three vendors: Appleheart, Anyway U Want It Designs, or Casual Image. Parents may also shop for gently used uniforms August 6-8 and during Meet the Eagles Night. And Eagle fans can purchase spirit items at any time from the Official Online Spirit Store.

4. Get Connected
New this year, all students will receive a Chromebook as part of the one-to-one rollout of the Connected Classroom program. Pick up your device at CJ any time before the first day of school. As outlined in the School Supply List, all students must carry their CJ issued Chromebook and a set of earbuds (headphones) every day.

5. Know How To Go
Pick up and drop off your students before and after school along the south side of Franklin Street (view traffic pattern). Students who drive can purchase parking passes during the week of August 4. Directions and a printable Campus Map are online.

6. What’s Cookin’?
Cafeteria services are operated by W.G. Grinders. Monthly lunch menus are posted online and typically include an "Entree of the Day," four to five sandwiches, soups and salads, plus healthy and vegetarian options. Items range in price from $.75 to 3.50; a meal with drink typically costs about $4. Students may pay with cash or parents can load funds onto their child’s Student ID by creating an account with SPS EZpay.

7. Who You Gonna’ Call?
A faculty and staff directory with email addresses and phone extensions is posted online for your convenience. To report an absence, dial 461-3740 x465 by 9:30 a.m. each day your student is absent.

8. Hand in Homework
Don’t forget to finish up your summer homework before the first day of school. Summer Honors and AP coursework is posted online by class. Members of the Class of 2015 are reminded to complete their state-mandated personal finance education online. Log-in information was emailed to seniors' CJ email addresses. For more information, download the parent letter or email teacher Judy Costa.

9. Ways to Get Involved
There are a myriad of opportunities for students and parents alike to become more involved in the educational experience at CJ. Browse our Web pages for information about things from Athletics and Performing Arts to Ministry & Service, CJ STEMM, the Eagles Learning Center, and more. Parents who want to meet new friends and lend a helping hand should look into joining the Blue Green Club and/or the CJ PoPS.

10. Keep in Touch
If you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to our mailing lists to receive the latest news and information in your inbox. Weekly newsletters full of useful information are distributed on a weekly (Parent Weekly), monthly (Eagle Bytes) and as-needed basis. We also encourage you to connect with us on social media. Find the Eagles on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

If you have questions about a topic not listed above, please email or contact Drew Reeder at (937) 461-3740 x221 for assistance.