Chris Testone

Fourth quarter has begun and staff is busy setting the stage for next school year. Before we finish, however, we have several important events that will be taking place between now and the end of May. Next up, the CHS theater crew is proud to present it’s spring production, “CLUE.” Our students are proud to put their talents on display for an audience which is invited to stream it online between April 8-11. Click here for information regarding this incredible production!

Next, we would like to remind parents that Juniors will be taking the SAT on April 13. Additionally, this year, freshman and sophomores will NOT be taking the PSAT 9/10. Juniors will also be taking the Illinois Science Assessment on April 14. These are important tests for our students. For Juniors, the SAT score can be used as college acceptance criteria. Results from the ISA help determine how well our students are performing within a higher-level science course. Between the results on the SAT, which focus on math and literacy, and the ISA which focus on skills in science, Central students can be well equipped to see how ready they are for possible college coursework.

Prom season is also quickly approaching. Unfortunately, due to Covid mitigations, we will not be able to host a traditional prom. The good news is that the mitigations have loosened a bit and we will be able to host some end of the year events to help our seniors celebrate the next phases of their journeys beyond high school. This year, Central is proud to present a Senior Extravaganza! This event will be held as an alternative to Prom while still providing seniors to gather, celebrate, and reminisce. The event will be held on May 8th from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Click here for the announcement that was sent as a “save-the-date.”

The Central team is also planning for a senior awards ceremony. We are planning to host this event in the stadium to allow for safe in-person participation. Stay tuned for more information regarding the date and format for this event. We will select a date closer to graduation for this event.

Graduation will be held at the NOW Arena on May 27 at 6:00 p.m. We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate this special day and the achievement of the class of 2021. This year’s senior class have shown a degree of resilience and positive spirit that is difficult to put into words. They have sacrificed so much, yet have also achieved so much. Each member of this class should be commended for their commitment to their success as well as their sacrifice for their community. We are so proud to send off the class of 2021 on a high note!

Finally, thank you to the district, the CHS staff and students, and the broader central community for partnering to bring back in-person learning. It is a much-needed step in the direction of normalcy and we are all grateful to be part of such a supportive community!

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