Monthly Archives: September 2012

Carmel girls’ tennis serves hot start; cross country wins with close-knit group

Girls’ tennis aims for title

Carmel girls’ tennis started off strong and has kept the momentum going so far, as they conquered long-time rivals Santa Catalina and Stevenson.

Last season, the girls defeated both Catalina and Stevenson for the first time in CHS history and scored a three-way tie for the Mission Trail Athletic League championship title.

This season the girls are determined to do it again, but claim the title all for themselves. With equal talent among all three teams, this year it is all about being tenacious and having the right mentality.


Songwriters guild tunes up for 2012 debut

The Singers/Songwriters’ Guild has big shoes to fill this year as incoming and returning club members tune their mandolins and write songs of their own to put on quality shows…

What’s on your playlist?

Amelia Moyer-Perez “Jettin’” – Digable Planets “Some Velvet Morning” – Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood “Represent” – Nas “Scarlet and Gold” – The 13th Floor Elevators “Closer (feat. Madvillain)” –…

Class size imbalance creates classroom obstacles


Increasing class sizes has become an issue affecting public schools across the nation, and Carmel High is no exception this year.

The average class size at Carmel High, as of 2010, was 19.4, which if you ask members of the CHS faculty, can be misleading.


“The most striking thing for me is how unbalanced [class sizes] are,” AP Government and Politics teacher Bill Schrier says. “I have two classes in the mid-twenties and two in the mid-thirties.”

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…

Music to fall for this autumn

The xx Coexist, The xx’s newest album, was finally released Sept. 11 after a much-anticipated wait. The xx, known for their dark, melodic beats and harmonious vocals, are an indie…

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…

Drama department to perform ‘Laramie Project’

This week the Carmel High School Drama Department will premiere its production of The Laramie Project, a play written about the aftermath and opinions concerning the murder of gay student…