Career Academy Students, Parents and Stakeholders:
We have had a very busy and exciting school year so far. Our staff has successfully sponsored several very important events that have been excellent marketing tools for our school. In September, we hosted "Explore CATS" - all the 8th grade students in the system had lunch and participated in programs on campus. Students were treated to special events highlighting the skills needed, course pre-requisites and certificates earned for all programs on campus.
The next event was the Cruise-In on October 6, 2018, which we hope will become an annual event on the first Saturday of October. The organizers, Danielle Dixon and Dwayne Troutman, did a terrific job. This event was a true staff-team event. ALL programs participated and helped during advertising, setting up and participating. There were one-hundred twenty (120) cars on display and fifteen (15) vendors. Students in each CATS programs provided additional services; ProStart students had a terrific menu available to the public;first responders displayed their vehicles; nurses sponsored a cake walk and VATS sold snacks and Barkin' Bisquits. We have received very positive feedback from all the community supporters who attended.
Another major event in October was our annual support of My Sister's House in conjunction with Make A Difference Day. As usual, our staff and students went above and beyond. Students gave unselfishly of their time and energy to make that a special day of service.
Our aim at CATS is to make our stakeholders feel welcome and to share our services with our community. We pride ourselves on being a community school. We have our annual College/Career Fair scheduled on November 15, 2018. Students and parents are invited to meet the representatives between 8:30 AM-2:30PM in the Automobile Technology Center and discuss post secondary opportunities.
Report cards are scheduled to go home November 6, 2018 and we will observe Veteran's Day on Monday, November 12, 2018. Students will also be out of school for Thanksgiving from November 21-23, 2018. We are thankful that our first semester has been so positive and busy.
I remind you that there has been a change in our calendar. December 20, 2018 is now a regular school day and December 21, 2018 is a Teacher Workday. The Holiday Break is from December 24, 2018-January 2, 2019. I hope you will have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
I anticipate an even busier second semester and please remember that you are always welcome on our campus.
Larry E. Rogers,Principal