Catoctin High School Back-to-School Information
The start of the 2022-2023 school year is quickly approaching and we are excited for all the possibilities that a new school year brings. There are several important dates and information included below. Please take note and contact the appropriate person at school if you have any questions. It is going to be a great year and we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back soon. Go Cougars!
Please make note of the following dates/events:
August 8: Schedules are accessible to students and parents in Schoology
August 8 - 23: Schedule change window (see details below)
August 10: First day of fall sports; contact coach for try-out information.
August 11: Back to School Night
3:30 - 4:00 pm FAQ in the CHS auditorium: (This session is geared towards 9th graders, new CHS students, and their parents; however, everyone is welcome to attend.)
4:00 - 6:00 pm Meet Teachers, Find Classes, Pick Up Chromebooks: Come anytime during this window to find your classes and meet your teachers. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend with your child(ren). We will have printed schedules available for each student. Students may pick up a school-issued chromebook in the Media Center.
Note: Fryzaholic Food Truck and the Antietam Dairy ice cream trucks will be here for those who wish to purchase food or dessert!
August 17: First Day of School!
School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program for 2022-2023
Frederick County Public Schools, Food and Nutrition Services announces participation in the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program for school year 2022-2023. We encourage families who think they qualify (or unsure if they qualify) to complete the free and reduced-price meal benefits application to determine your child’s eligibility. Eligibility for free or reduced-price meal reimbursement is based on annual income eligibility guidelines effective from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Applications for free and reduced-price school meal benefits for the 2022-2023 school year are available at all FCPS schools or may be completed online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application. For more information, visit https://www.fcpsnutrition.com/
2022 Annual CATOCTIN Community School Supply Program
This program is to assist students attending the Catoctin Area Feeder Schools: Emmitsburg Elementary, Lewistown Elementary, Pyramid Program, Sabillasville Elementary, Thurmont Elementary, Thurmont Primary, Thurmont, Middle and Catoctin High. View the flyer here.
Distribution will be held on Tuesday, August 9th, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm at Graceham Moravian Church Parking Lot, 8231-A Rocky Ridge Road, Thurmont, MD. This will be a drive-thru event, please stay in your car and follow the signs to pick up backpacks filled with basic school supplies according to FCPS guidelines.
CHS 2022-2023 Schedule Change Process
Schedule change requests will be open between August 8-August 23. A schedule change request form* MUST be completed and shared with the student's assigned counselor AND signed by a parent/guardian by Wednesday, August 23 at 3:00 pm. (Please note that a schedule will be adjusted only after the counselor receives the form; emails and/or phone calls will not suffice.) Please follow all of the directions on the form.
FCC, AP coursework, Work Study, Internships, and Student Service Learning (SSL) courses require a different level of approval and will not be addressed via the regular schedule change process. Please sign up for an appointment time to meet with your counselor to review these options. Students enrolled in Student Service Learning (SSL) should plan on attending a mandatory meeting on Friday, August 12 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.
If you wish to meet with your counselor to discuss options prior to filling out the form, please sign up for a 15-minute meeting slot using the Calendly links below:
Christy Wahl, Last Names A-G; http://www.calendly.com/catoctincwahl
Cameo Lawlor, Last Names H-O; http://www.calendly.com/catoctinclawlor
Shannon Byrnes, Last Names P-Z; http://www.calendly.com/catoctinsbyrnes
If you have specific questions regarding Work Study/Internships, SSL, AP or FCC classes, please contact the appropriate person noted below:
David Gadra, Work Study/Internships; David.Gadra@fcps.org
Amy Bellarmino, SSL, Amy.Bellarmino@fcps.org
Mary Jacques, AP and FCC, Mary.Jacques@fcps.org
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to limited scheduling options & preservation of appropriate class sizes, ONLY schedule change requests that meet one of the criteria listed below will be considered. Elective courses, teacher changes, lunch shift changes, etc. will not be considered.
Schedule is incomplete (lists fewer than 4 credits per semester)
Student must repeat a failed course
SENIORS who need a course to meet graduation requirements
Courses are scheduled in improper sequence (e.g. Spanish 2 prior to Spanish 1)
Change in instructional level (e.g. English 10 to English 10 Honors)
*Completion of a schedule change form does not guarantee a schedule change can be completed. We will do our best to honor your request; however, class size and seat availability will impact this process. We appreciate your patience and understanding.