12/11/2013 8:58:00 AM Info night helps 8th-graders choose school
Eighth-grader Paul Mayoral, kneeling on right, listens as drafting students describe the Auto CAD program, from left, Courtney Federico, a junior; Katie Morley, senior; and Cameron Bloomfield, a junior; during Chino Valley High School’s Choose Chino Night Thursday for eighth-graders and their families. Paul’s sister Alejandra Mayoral, a senior, listens in.
The Pullins family – eighth-grader Mya and her parents Kevin and Velinda – listen as freshman English teacher Sara Rosengren describes the first assignment she gives her class called, “All About Me,” Thursday at the Choose Chino Night at Chino Valley High School.
Freshman Josh Jackson has plenty to challenge him academically at Chino Valley High School (CVHS) with honors classes in geometry, biology and English, as well as the vocal training he's learning in Varsity Choir.
Josh almost didn't enroll in CVHS, however, coming out of eighth grade with the intention of attending Tri-City College Prep High School in Prescott.
"I had heard Tri-City had a lot of one-on-one with students, and had a great academic program," Josh said.
He changed his mind and he's happy with the decision.
"I'm right at my level and it's a well-rounded education," Josh said. At CVHS he regularly communicates one-on-one with his teachers to get his grades up or ask about extra credit.
"They are very kind," Josh said of his teachers, adding with a chuckle, "and very forgiving."
He also appreciates the tutoring program at the high school, although he hasn't had to use it yet.
CVHS educators hope all eighth-graders, who, like Josh, choose to stay in Chino Valley for high school. Information is power and that's why educators offered the Choose Chino Night this past Thursday.
In the high school gym, students and families talked with teachers and other students about classes, clubs, sports and more, heard the band and choir perform, and heard from keynote speaker John Morgan, dean of Yavapai College and former CVHS agriculture teacher. Visitors also got to visit the high school's culinary class kitchen, taste their cookies, and watch a culinary demonstration.
The Pullins family - student Mya and her parents, Kevin and Velinda - stopped at the English Department display table and talked with freshmen English teacher, Sara Rosengren, who described the first assignment she gives her class called "All About Me."
"They answer 20 questions about themselves in free verse, which is a poem," Rosengren said.
Mya loves media arts, plays the saxophone and plays volleyball, and she and her parents were glad to get all the information they need at the event.
"My parents were split between CVHS or going to Prescott High School, but this helped them see what's here and now they leaning toward Chino," Mya said.
"We got a lot of great information," Velinda Pullins added "It would've been nice to have the counselors here, too, and see a print out that shows what you need if you want to go to college."
CVHS Principal Wes Brownfield says CVHS has lots to offer its students, such as four teachers with doctorate degrees, sports, band, drama, choir, art, as well as a 52-acre working farm where students learn hands-on projects, such as how to grow grapes.
"Chino Valley has the highest participation in the Career Technical Education (CTE classes) in the state," Brownfield said.
"Our focus is to develop the whole child, whether it be in sports, agriculture, culinary... It's a pretty unique place; we have a jewel here."
In his keynote speech, YC Dean John Morgan said he's seen many CVHS graduates go on to great things, including those who come back to Chino to start businesses and to raise their families.
"Hopefully they'll come back here and help Chino grow, help Chino's economy," Morgan said. "It's a pretty good place to grow up, right here in Chino. It's Small Town USA."
Posted: Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Please keep in mind those college credit classes only count on your transcripts for college if you attend in the state of Arizona. If you want to attend college in any other state that credits will not count and you will be required to retake the classes. This is something the schools dont tell you.