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January 2015
Center for Creative Arts
Dear Friends and Parents
Dear Friends and Parents,
I trust that each of you enjoyed a restful and
rewarding winter break. Let me take a moment
and wish all of you Happy New Year 2015!
The re-opening of school on Thursday, January
8 will mark the beginning of the 3rd nine weeks.
Report cards from 2nd nine weeks will be
distributed on Friday, January 9 in homeroom
at 3:45.
The second half of the year brings our season
of recruitment. Do you know students who
demonstrate a commitment to arts and
academics? We are the school for students
who, when they graduate, will be prepared for
college and/or have a strong foundation to
further pursue their studies in the arts. This
is possible at CCA due to our commitment to
excellence, productive partnerships with our
parents, community arts organizations, and a
dedicated staff. I encourage you to celebrate
this New Year in the many exciting experiences
that our school network provides.
· Turning in your letter of intent for next year
at the conference.
· Completion of your 18 volunteer hours by
April 30, 2015.
· Students must adhere to the attendance policy
for all magnet schools which was detailed in
the Attendance Contract that parents signed
at the beginning of the school year.
Please support Dinner and the Arts with your
donations. Ask for donations around town and
especially at the places you eat and shop. This
year is going to be an event to remember. The
ideas for the performance are truly amazing.
I hope each of you will plan on attending this
night to remember. Tickets are now $25 each.
This is the only school-wide fundraiser that our
school will do this year.
I look forward to many new and better programs
that support our students in achieving their
goals and making their dreams come true.
Thanks for your support!
Mrs. Deborah B. Smith
It is important that all families remember to
continue to work on their 18 parent volunteer
hours. At least half should be completed by this
time of the year. Other commitments include:
· Attendance at the second student-led
conference on Thursday, February 26.
For the Safety of your Children
Phone calls pertaining to dismissal will not be
accepted. When we take a phone message,
we can’t be sure who the caller is. Parents or
legal guardians must e-mail kerr_d@hcde.
org and blake_judy@hcde.org no
later than 3:00pm if your student needs
to change their transportation after school. We strongly urge you to have this
conversation with your student before
they leave home in the morning. We
understand that sometimes changes
occur or emergencies happen, but
ask that you follow this procedure
to notify us.
Debbie Kerr,
Resolve to Read in 2015!
Can you read
two million words per year?
Of course you can! Just read
30 min. per day!
30 minutes of daily reading
x 7 days per week
210 minutes of weekly reading
x 40 weeks per school year
8400 minutes of yearly reading
x 250 average reading speed
in words per minute (low estimate)
= 2,100,000 words!
Reminder! The CCA library loves book donations
as well as McKay vouchers! As you clean and
reorganize your bookshelves, consider making
donations to the CCA library! THA NKS!
In past years, our student performance has been in the auditorium following the dinner. This year
will be different. Our wonderful students will perform during the dinner. The evening will be truly a
Dinner Show. So, please remember, there will be no $5 show only tickets this year. Your $25 ticket
will purchase your Dinner, access to the Auction and Performance. Call now to reserve your tickets!
Center for Creative Arts
Hamilton County Schools influenza policy
Hamilton County Schools is experiencing high numbers of absenteeism due to reports of
flu. As a result, we have been asked to make parents aware of HCDE’s influenza policy:
When a student is diagnosed with the influenza (flu) virus by their healthcare provider, the
student should be kept home from school at least 24 hours after their fever is gone. (Fever
should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine).
2015 Yearbook
Remember to order your 2014-2015 yearbook. Order forms are outside Ms. Sowders room #124.
Return form and funds (checks made payable to CCA) to Ms. Sowders before February 13th.
BUDS will start again on Tuesday, January 27th from 4:00pm-5:00pm in the
Guidance room for snack! High School Leaders, please plan to meet on Tuesday, January
20th from 4:00pm-4:15pm in the guidance room to plan for BUDS on the 27th. If you
have any other questions, please see Ms. Lancaster.
The Dance Department’s annual fundraiser Retro Dance will
be Friday, January 23 in the Commons from 7:00-10:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 and will be sold at lunch beginning January 12. Tickets will also be available at
the door. Outside guest permission forms will be due Thursday, Jan. 22.
Dress up in the style of your favorite decade and dance to the hits of both past and present. Contests for best costumes and dance style will be held. Concessions available!
Dance majors also have the opportunity to sign up for lunchtime ticket sales and pre-dance
set up. All Dance majors are expected to stay after the dance to help clean up!!
Parent volunteer hours can be earned by donating concessions, contact Mrs. Sarabia.
CCA Parents: want to help support our school
each time you visit your local Bi-Lo?
Sign up for the Bi-Lo Hometown Educational Reward Program by visiting www.bi-lo.com
or calling 1-800-352-4658 and providing your bonus card number and the following school
code: 54797. E-mail JoanneKramer.Kramer@gmail.com with your questions. Thanks for
supporting our wonderful school!
Talent Show 2015 is Coming!
Start Warming Up!
It’s almost time – It’s almost time! What better
way to transition between winter and spring than
to dust off those dance shoes, warm-up those
vocal chords, pull out the harmonica, or even your
favorite dramatic monologue ever and prepare
for the 2015 CCA talent show. Maybe you want to
audition in your major area of arts study, or maybe
you have a hidden talent that is uncommon and
unique. Juniors wishing to audition for hosts of the
show will also audition in pairs. Don’t be shy. Make
plans to audition for the talent show. Auditions
will take place January 14th and 15th, and the
show itself will be February 27th at 2:45 P.M. in the
CCA auditorium. Come show us what you’ve got!
Sign-up sheets will be posted outside of
Mrs. Howard’s door (Room 219)
December 15th – January 12th. A list of acts
accepted will be posted outside of Mrs. Howard’s
room the week after auditions.
Art NU2
On Saturday, January 24, one of CCA’s DI teams will be sponsoring Art N U. From 9:30-12:00, elementary aged
children will have the opportunity to experience the arts the CCA way. Students will have the opportunity to try
dancing, singing, acting, visual arts, and more! This is an excellent way to introduce someone to our school. And
it’s all free! Come join the fun at Art N U Saturday, January 24, here at CCA.
Site Leadership Meeting
Alec West – Senior Class President
December’s meeting was short and
to the point as many departments
were preparing for the holidays.
This month, the middle school
officers attended a STARS retreat
and had classes ranging from
bullying, social media use, and
high school preparation. The hot
chocolate sale sponsored by the
juniors has been going well so far
and hopes to do just as well as
the season continues. The strings
department has also started their
first fundraiser for their spring trip
to Disneyworld: Yankee Candles.
The second quarter was wrapped
up with concerts by the guitarists,
vocalists, and pianists as well as
planning for the Dinner and the
Arts to be held on January 29.
Make sure to buy your ticket to
dinner and the show and bring
in any donations for the silent
It’s never too early to plan for prom!
CCA Prom 2015 is a mere four months away – April 25, 2015, to be exact. We know you have been waiting
for the long awaited reveal of the prom theme, and it’s finally time. After much deliberation and voting by the
senior class, the decision has been made. The junior class wants you to put April 25th on your calendar and
to be prepared to set sail for an “Evening of Masquerade” aboard Pier 2 and the Southern Belle where we will
enjoy a night of masks, mystery, music, and dancing.
Start making your plans now. More details on ticket prices and sales will be forthcoming in the spring
newsletters. See you on the river!
Center for Creative Arts
CCA Middle School Spelling Bee
Congratulations to the following students who have qualified to participate in our 2015 CCA Middle
School Spelling Bee! The bee will be held on January 20th at 9:30 am in the Media Center/Library. Parents of participants are invited to attend.
6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade
Trinity Baxter
Olivia Allen
Eve Ayers
Caroline Britt
Eliza Carpenter
Elizabeth Benedict
Kaile Cooley
Nate Cass
Taryn Bracher
Elizabeth Coulter
Abby Fridell
Anaya Griggs
Abi Garey
Joe Graham
Emma Hall
Thomas Holzmacher
Nathan Lathrop
Hunter Martin
Lyric Loggans
Jeremy Robinson
Zachary Opengart
Haydn Payne
Suezanna Russell
Abby Patterson
Jaden Stephenson
Olivia Speek
Douglas Richardson
Parent Volunteer NEWS
Parents, Make sure you are checking your newsletter mailing label for volunteer hour’s to
date. You should have fulfilled at least 9 of your 18 hour commitment at this point.
The Volunteer Office is open from 8:45-3:45 and closed from 12:00 until 12:30.
(Parent Involvement Office: 209-5952)
Please call ahead to schedule time to come by the school to volunteer.
We are always in need of volunteers! There are projects going on here every day!
Just call 209.5952 or e-mail Mrs. Sarabia at sarabia_m@hcde.org to let me know your availability.
We’re asking all our students and families to get involved with our Dinner and the Arts Auction.
Volunteer hours will be given for donations. Suggested big ticket items, products, services, gift cards
and thematic items to put in auction baskets are listed below.
Family attractions (museums, parks, aquarium, lookouts, etc.)
Movie night (movie passes, gourmet popcorn, movie candy, gift cards, etc.)
Entertainment (bowling passes, sir gooneys, movie passes, etc.)
Restaurants (gift cards from local eateries)
Shopping (gift cards form malls, stores, etc.)
Beauty ( makeup, hair, spa and nail salon gift cards)
UPCOMING Volunteer Opportunities
Monday, January 5 Holiday Décor Removal 10:00 am - break down holiday decorations
Tuesday, January 13 Art Exhibit – Volunteers needed to provide reception snacks and set up,
serve and clean up reception
Friday, January 23 12-15 Chaperones needed for the Retro Dance
Saturday, January 24 Art N U 6-8 parents need to help from 9:00 to noon
Monday, January 26 – Thursday, January 29
pm to prepare baskets for Dinner & the Arts
Volunteers needed daily from 10:00 am to 4:00
Thursday, January 29 at least 4 parents needed to run auction check-in & out lines at Dinner &
the Arts
Thursday & Friday, January 29 & 30 Pick-up & Deliver Linens between 9:00 am & 2:00 pm
Thursday, January 29 Dinner & Arts Auction - 1:00 – 4:00 pm - set up, regulate & monitor
Thursday, January 29 Dinner & Arts Auction - 4:00 – 9:00 pm - regulate, security & monitor
Thursday, January 29 Dinner & Arts Dinner - 2:00 – 5:00 pm - table set up
Thursday, January 29 Dinner & Arts Dinner - 5:00 – 9:00 pm - check in, set up & clean up
The 8th grade needs red construction paper and large lollipops like tootsie pops or blow
pops for Valentine-Grams
Upcoming Bake Sales
January 12th to 16th the 8th grade class will sponsor a Fresh Sale
January 26th to 30th the sophomore class will sponsor a Smart Snacks Sale
Dance Department Wish List
Bottled water for afterschool rehearsals
Lots of pony tail holders & bobby pins
Medium to large Band-Aids
Boxes of Kleenex for studios
Hand sanitizers for studios
Replacement of the white board in Studio B
Combo DVD/VCR players for Studio B and the refurbished downstairs dance studio
I-Tunes gift cards for departmental music for class and choreography
Amazon gift cards for dance performance DVDs and books to use in our study of dance
(All of the above qualify for parent volunteer hours)
Financial contributions (tax deductible) for our ongoing quest to replace worn-out dance
floors in both Studio A and Studio B.
Center for Creative Arts
Dancing with the Teachers Is Back!
Friday, January 16 at 3:00 p.m. will be a special edition of Finale for Dancing with the
Teachers! Tickets will be sold the week of January 12. This is an exciting opportunity
to see CCA’s finest teachers and students learn a dance and perform it in front of
the audience. The audience gets to vote for the “best” dancer. DI sponsors this
event every exciting year, and this year the proceeds go towards Art N U. Guest
choreographer will be CCA alum Jay Echols.
The middle school Homework Store
appreciates your donations!
Students love collecting Homework Dollars so that they can shop for fun rewards at
the Homework Store! Support from parents and PAPA is how we make this happen
throughout the year. When you are shopping the sales in January, please keep us in
mind. We need the following items:
Sharpies of all colors
Cool school supplies - decorative pencils, folders, notebooks, etc.
Locker items - mirrors, dry-erase boards, magnets, locker shelves, etc.
Teen t-shirts and posters
Trendy Duct Tape
Soft drinks (any variety - cans only please)
Individual size snacks - chips, candy bars, cookies, etc.
Gift cards
Please send in items marked HW STORE to Mrs. Sarabia or Ms. Medley with your
receipt for volunteer hours. Thanks ahead of time for your support and donations!
Coffee and Hot Chocolate Sales Continue
In the continuing effort to raise money for prom
and to provide those creature comforts to our
student body, the junior class is once hosting
Coffee Fridays. Sales are Fridays 8:00 – 8:30 A.M.
in the concession stand outside of the auditorium. So far, the students keep coming, and we
keep them pepped up on those long, cold Fridays. We plan to sell coffee of various kinds, hot
chocolate, warm cider, and possibly other beverages that will be a welcome sight as the weather
continues to cool off. The fundraiser will last into
the spring when Mother Nature brings back her
loving warmth. We can’t have our young ones
with a brain freeze now can we? Please send your
donations of coffee, hot chocolate, cider mix, and
other beverage mixes that will help us warm the
bellies of our students and the bank account of
our junior class in preparation for Prom 2015.
We will also be accepting donations of those extras that make hot chocolate and coffee so yummy: sugar, artificial sweeteners, flavored syrups
for coffees, tiny marshmallows for hot chocolate,
and 12 or 16 oz. hot beverage cups with lids.
Donations can be sent to Mrs. Sarabia right on
through the end of March. Thanks in advance for
your support.
A note from your College and Career Advisor:
We are half way through the senior year
already and the countdown has begun for
Graduation. Hopefully all seniors will be
completing their FAFSA for Financial Aid
this month (the sooner, the better!) Most
colleges’ financial aid offices are happy
to answer questions and assist with this
process if you need help. See below for
an upcoming event at UTC that is FREE
and open to the public even if you do
not plan to attend UTC. In addition to
FAFSA assistance, there will be much
more support and information shared
regarding going to and succeeding in
college. Additionally, Chattanooga State
has a Financial Aid night on Monday,
January 26th at 6pm in their Humanities
Auditorium to assist with FAFSA
Now is a great time for Juniors to
begin their exploration into colleges
and programs in which they might be
interested. Check out college campuses
online and start scheduling visits if
possible. Stepping onto a college campus
really helps students feel that college is
a realistic goal for them. Ask some of the
CCA Seniors about their experiences this
year to learn more about what to expect
next year. Learn more about applying
for scholarships and auditions. College
for TN has a wonderful website that
helps with many areas of exploration.
Students and Parents alike can create
an account and research career options,
college programs and majors as well
as learn more about financial aid. Visit
collegefortn.org to learn more..
College Goal Tennessee 2015: Navigating Your Future
A FREE , half-day conference that will
serve as an opportunity for high school
and college students, parents, and
educators to learn from experts and each
other how students can be successful
in college. We will cover topics from
financial planning for college to what
employers are looking for to navigating
the college application for the student
athlete and much more. This conference
will confront real topics that affect the
persistence of students in college, and
it’s a rare opportunity to hear the ideas
and concerns of all these groups at
one conference. Sessions will be led
by business leaders, college admissions
and financial aid experts—the
best in their field. Continental breakfast
and lunch will be served.
At this conference, College Goal
Tennessee will provide free on-site
assistance for high school seniors and
current college students filing the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA). Time: Saturday, January 31st, 2015 9 am - 1 -pm (Registration and meet &
greet at 8:30 am)
Place: The University of Tennessee at
Chattanooga - University Center, East
Fifth Street
Center for Creative Arts
Chili Cookoff
Come have dinner with us at
Febuary 13, 2015
prior to watching Hello Dolly
$5 for all samples and a chili
dinner with all the fixin’s
2 pounds ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
One 8-ounce can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup masa harina ( corn flour, found in the Mexican food section of many supermarkets)
One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Shredded Cheddar, for serving
Chopped onions, for serving
Tortilla chips, for serving
Lime wedges, for serving
Place the ground beef in a large pot and throw in the garlic. Cook over medium heat until browned.
Drain off the excess fat, and then pour in the tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and
cayenne. Stir together well, cover, and then reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If the mixture becomes overly dry, add 1/2 cup water at a time as needed.
After an hour, place the masa harina in a small bowl. Add 1/2 cup water and stir together with a fork.
Dump the masa mixture into the chili. Stir together well, and then taste and adjust the seasonings. Add
more masa paste and /or water to get the chili to your preferred consistency, or to add more corn
flavor. Add the beans and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded Cheddar, chopped onions, tortilla
Januar y 2015
Contact: Don Andrews at 209-5942 or Andrews_d@hcde.org
Winter Break
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Staff, Professional
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Staff, Professional
System wide
Students Return January 8
4:15 – 5:45PM
Student Choreography
Dance Studio
4:30 – 6:30 PM
“Hello Dolly” Rehearsal
5:00 PM
Site Leadership Team
M. L. King, Jr.
4:15 – 5:45 PM
Student Choreography
Rehearsal- Dance Studio
4:15 – 5:45 PM
Project Motion Rehearsal
Dance Studio
4:30 – 6:30 PM
“Hello Dolly” Rehearsal
5:30 PM
Art Exhibit
Scott Leach Gallery
9:30 AM
Middle School
Spelling Bee - LMC
Report Cards Issued
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
All Day
Staff, Professional
4:30 – 6:30 PM
All-State Auditions
“Hello Dolly”
4:30 – 6:30 PM
“Hello Dolly”
1 – 4:00 PM
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Improv Showcase: “Hello Dolly”
“Hello Dolly”
Sandra Black Theatre
7 pm (Laliberte)
4:00 PM
Show Dance
Large Dance Studio
4:00 PM
Talent Show
Choral Room
4:30 – 6:30 PM
“Hello Dolly”
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Intermezzo Schedule
(Arts Meetings)
4:00 PM
Talent Show Auditions
Choral Room
4:30 – 6:30 PM
“Hello Dolly” Rehearsal
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Intermezzo Schedule
(Finale) Campus
7:00 PM
Improv Showcase, Sandra Black Theater
4:30 – 6:30 PM
“Hello Dolly”
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Quality Circles
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 – 7:00 PM
“Hello Dolly”
4:00 – 7:00 PM 4:00 – 7:00 PM
“Hello Dolly” Rehearsal
“Hello Dolly”
4:15 – 5:45 PM
Student Choreography
Rehearsal -Dance Studio
4:00 PM
Rehearsal (Dinner and
the Arts) - Gym
4:00 – 7:00 PM
“Hello Dolly”
1:00 – 4:00 PM
“Hello Dolly”
All – State
Screening (Vocal)
Off Campus
10:00 AM –
Art N 2 U
1:00 – 4:00 PM
“Hello Dolly”
4:00 – 6:00 PM
“Hello Dolly”
Rehearsal- Auditorium
4:00 PM
Rehearsal (Dinner and
Dinner and the
the Arts) - Gym
Arts Event
5:00 PM 4:00 – 7:00 PM
Silent Auction (Dinner
“Hello Dolly” Rehearsal
and the Arts) - Gym
6:30 PM
Dinner and Show
(Dinner and the Arts) -Gym
4:00 PM
Rehearsal (Dinner and
the Arts) - Gym
10:00 – 11:30 AM
ACTSO Orientation
Rehearsal Auditorium
4:15 – 5:45 PM
Project Motion Rehearsal
Dance Studio
Students Return January 8
Center for Creative Arts
7:00 PM
Improv Showcase, Sandra Black Theater
4:00 – 7:00 PM
“Hello Dolly”
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
Chattanooga High School
1301 Dallas Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
Chattanooga, TN
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