Principal's Corner

June 2024

CHS Weekly Update 6.14.24

Student Achievement
CHS May "Students of the Month" - Nominated based on Leadership and/or Achievement and/or Improvement and/or Service are:
9th grade: Maya Kimmel and Benjamin Silverman
10th grade: Gemma Grande and Vincent Silva
11th grade: Daniel Morrow and Claire Werner
12th grade: Madison DeLong and Sophia DeMarco

Notes from the Nurse - Please click here and see the attached form for details.

CHS Summer Reading - Please click here for the CHS Summer Reading Packet!

Entrepreneurial Leap Winners! - Please join us in congratulating the Spring 2024 winners of the Entrepreneurial Leap exhibition, Ethan Costello and Kianna Riera!

Ethan and Kianna proposed a business plan for Luggage Troopers, a travel company that transports and stores luggage for travelers when there is time between check in/out at a hotel and a departing/arriving flight.

As the winners, they will receive a scholarship from local leaders of the E-Leap program.

Ethan, Kianna, and all of the Entrepreneurship students should be very proud of the business proposals they developed and pitched to entrepreneurs in our community! Moreover, a special thanks to faculty and staff who were able to attend today's event - your continued support is much appreciated.

STUCO Award Winners! - We are proud to announce that Student Council won the Community Smile Program Award which recognizes the service hours our STUCO members conducted this year.

Cranford Dixie Giants - Cranford has long been considered a “baseball town,” with its illustrious high school program and well-appreciated Cranford Baseball and Softball League (CBSL). However, one of its most impactful teams has gone unrecognized by the town for far too long.

The Cranford Dixie Giants were a semiprofessional baseball team composed entirely of African-American ball players, due to the MLB’s well-documented color barrier, yet they played against both white and black teams. The team’s manager, Ernest Tyree, was the identifying link that allowed Cranford High School student Daniel Argasinski, his film teacher, Justin Corazza, and school librarian, Christine Szeluga, to learn more about the team after a lesson stressing the importance of local history. Please click here for the full article posted in Dialogue. Please click here for the link to the brochure with team info.

Prologue 2024 - Click here to view this year's edition of Prologue.

A Perfect Pairing with Chef Kat DaSilva - On May 30, 2024, Kat DaSilva, Culinary Chief, Confectionary Artist, and Master Chocolatier, offered our Culinary Arts Academy students the opportunity to engage in an interactive Perfect Pairing: Chocolate and Toffee demonstration. Please click here for the complete article. We are appreciative of the time and talents Chef Kat shared with us and we look forward to furthering our partnership with her as we plan for additional future opportunities.

CHS Spotlight Nomination - Students only: please fill out this nomination form fully and submit to nominate a teacher/staff/faculty member for the monthly CHS Spotlight. Thank you for all your responses!

Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence
What is the CFEE (Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence)?
Started nearly 30 years ago by members of the community interested in supporting innovative educational initiatives in the Cranford Schools, the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellence has awarded more than $325,000 in supplemental funding for educational grants that empower our teachers and impact our students. These grants support ideas that are aligned with the goals and focus areas of the district schools, but are outside the scope of the regular school budget. Please click here for details.

CHS Club Information - Please click here to review CHS' current club selections.

Click here for the District 2023-2024 SEL Calendar!!

Community Partner Memberships - Please join the CHS community partners, support and sign up today! Click the links below:
Friends of the Performing Arts
Booster Club

The CHS Program of Studies has been prepared to acquaint Cranford High School students and their parents with the many course offerings that are available at the high school. Committed to academic excellence and advancement in all areas, we are continuing to work on the proactive growth model that stresses fulfillment of goals. Please review pages 19-21 to become familiar with the CHS CTE Academy Programs.

Gaggle - Please click this LINK to view the Gaggle website and click HERE to view a short video to better understand how Gaggle works.

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Safety Protocols

  • Environmentally safe and allergy free disinfectant will be used by both staff and students to wipe down desks between classes. Students may also bring wipes to use as long as they are environmentally friendly and allergen free
  • Sanitizing stations will be available in all classrooms and in the hallways, offices and bathrooms. Students may bring sanitizers for themselves
  • Handwashing
    • Students should wash hands for at least 20 seconds at regular intervals, including before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing their nose/coughing/sneezing. Students will use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if washing with soap and water is not possible
  • Lunch- Recess will take place in grades Prek-5.
  • Extra-Curricular Activities and Clubs- We are committed to running these opportunities as close to normal as possible, in accordance with current guidelines and orders.

Schedules and Events

2023-24 Rotate/Drop and Bell Schedules

You can also use the helpful Period Notifier to keep track of the schedules (including during half-days, delayed openings, homerooms, and midterm/finals).

Open Lunch:
  • 9th Grade Students do not have Open Lunch but can earn it during their 10th grade year
  • 10th Grade Students "in good standing" have Open Lunch on Tuesday and Thursday
  • 11th Grade Students "in good standing" have Open Lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday


In addition, important information can be found on the right navigation as well as below. I encourage you to take a few moments to review the following documents, and please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

  1. Family Life and HIV/AIDS Curriculum and Grade 9, 11 and 12
  2. Student Handbook 2023-2024
  3. Policy 5600: Student Discipline/Code of Conduct
  4. Regulation 5600: Student Discipline/Code of Conduct
  5. Academic Integrity Procedures
  6. Cranford High School Office Phone Numbers
  7. ADAPT-Alchohol Drug Assistance Program for Teens-REMINDER-a student may be entered into the ADAPT Program based on the criteria below in addition to the possession or use of drugs or alcohol.
    1. Referral by a student's parent for smoking, and/or the use of tobacco, nicotine, vaping devices or other products and devices related to smoking or the use of tobacco.
    2. A student is in possession of or is caught in the act of smoking or using tobacco, nicotine, vaping devices or other products related to the use of tobacco.
    3. Cranford Police Department-Memorandum of Agreement notification

Other Information

  • Join the PTSA, Friends of the Performing Arts, and Booster Club
  • Please remember to review/revise your child's emergency contact information in InfoSnap. Click HERE for instructions. Parents/Guardians should review their emergency contact list prior to school beginning to ensure the individuals on the contact list are willing and able to pick up their child in a timely manner in the event of the student becoming ill. Thank you in advance for taking the time to update this critical information.
  • All parents/visitors will need to enter and exit from the main door. Please ring the bell, state your name and purpose for the visit and have your ID ready.
  • Lockers and Locker rooms-will be utilized at the start of the year
    • Students will receive locker assignments and combinations on the first day of school.
    • All students are assigned a locker with a combination lock to secure their school supplies. Due to security reasons, only school issued locks may be used on lockers, and this lock should be kept throughout high school and returned upon graduation. Students are expected to keep the lockers neat and clean. Students will be responsible for damages and may be assessed the cost of repair. Any damage to lockers should be reported immediately. Loss of a lock will result in a ten dollar replacement fee.
    • Superintendents Letter 8.19.22
Surveillance Cameras
Cranford High School has security cameras inside the building and around the perimeter of our school to ensure the safety of all staff, students, and visitors and to safeguard our facility from vandalism and theft. Cameras will be used in locations as deemed appropriate by the administration. Video recordings will be reviewed if there is evidence that a violation of board policies, administrative regulations, building rules, or laws has occurred.