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Juniors’ LifeSkills training postponed

Carmel High juniors will participate in a judgment improvement workshop planned for Nov. 19 after the program was postponed twice due to student, parent and teacher dissatisfaction with its scheduling.


The Botvin LifeSkills program will be delivered in age-appropriate iterations to students grades three through eight throughout Carmel Unified School District, as well as to students in health class at CHS. Junior year will be the last year that LifeSkills will be delivered.


LifeSkills is designed to promote improved decision-making, time management and communication during and after high school, counselor Jennifer Goodbody says.


“These really are skills for life,” Goodbody stresses. “There’s a misconception that this is a class about drug and alcohol awareness, and it isn’t.”

WASC evaluators to visit CHS in March

Since the start of 2012, Carmel High School has been going through the year-and-a-half process of becoming reaccredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an independent body of…

Science building construction set to start Nov. 1


After a year of debate about the design and location of the new CHS science department building, construction is set to start Nov. 1.

The essential design will include three state-of-the-art classrooms and a shared prep room, but the official blueprint is still being re-drawn.

Last year, $2.6 million was allocated for the new science wing, and the hired architects asked the Carmel High science teachers what they would like in their new classrooms.

Carmel High welcomes three more Padres

Mr. Ward Off the beaten path at Carmel High, the cheerfully decorated walls and supportive environment of Room 9 welcome students and visitors. The quote of the day written on…

Editors welcome readers to re-discover The Sandpiper

When you think of a Sandpiper, what comes to mind? Perhaps the image of a hippie playing the pan flute on the beach appears, or maybe a playful shorebird comes to mind.

According to Danny Funt, former chief editor of The Sandpiper, the student newspaper is “an important voice” for Carmel.

The Sandpiper is the voice that reported on important issues like students stranded by a bridge collapse in Big Sur, the voice that illuminated controversial topics like racism at CHS and the voice that revealed campus supervisor Don Perry’s mysterious past.


Upcoming ballot measure could cut education dollars

On the ballot this Nov. 6 is a state constitutional amendment known as Prop 30, which, according to a Huffington Post article, if not passed would mean cuts to California…

Theater to screen presidential debates

With the presidential debates rapidly approaching, the CHS social studies department has decided to show the debates in the Center for the Performing Arts for interested students. According to AP…

State schools to adopt revised ed. standards

Carmel Unified School District, along with all public school districts in California, is adopting the new Common Core State Standards and testing methodology to replace the current Standardized Testing and…

Cafeteria policy doesn’t stomach well with students

The bagels at Carmel High School have gotten smaller, and the hope is that the waistlines of American children will too.


Heavily advocated by Michelle Obama and signed into law in December 2010, The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is the federal government’s attempt to crack down on childhood obesity in America and its implementation can be seen at CHS and other public schools across the nation for the 2012-13 school year.

School cafeterias are now required to meet federal guidelines for weekly and daily serving sizes of fruits, vegetables—including dark greens, beans and peas, and red-orange vegetables—meats and milk, says Denise McGregor, director of food services for the Carmel Unified School District.


Wi-Fi Wi-Fixed amid complaints

The school year began with a problem as obtrusive as the beige metal cabinets that carried it: the new Wi-Fi system was unreliable, hindering instruction as teachers wasted time each day troubleshooting their classes’ computers.

In the summer of 2011, the district spent roughly $50,000 installing a new, more seamless wireless network to replace the old system, which was made up of stand-alone networks in each classroom more suited to household use. Now after a year of modifications, the new network appears to finally be running smoothly.

“It has been flawless,” says English teacher Barbara Steinberg, who frequently uses Wi-Fi with her students. “Since they’ve fixed it, I’ve had no problems.”