Principal's Corner

June 2023

CHS Weekly Update 6.2.23

Fake Pills - What all parents. guardians and caregivers should know about fake pills. Please click here for details.

Culture and Climate Update - Please click here to view the Culture and Climate Newsletter.

Cranford Dialogue - is Cranford High School's student-run newspaper. New issues are released every month. Please use this link to view this edition.

Class of 2023 Baby Pictures - Senior families only! Please click here for the details & deadlines to submit baby pictures for the Golden C Yearbook.

Small counseling group opportunities - CHS Student Assistance Counselor, Toni Anthony, is looking to run small groups on a variety of topics including grief, stress, and self esteem. If interested, please fill out interest form.

Seniors, Parents & Guardians - Class of 2023 Commencement information!! Click here to order caps, gowns & hoods. Complete the diploma form as well.

Visitors to CHS - Please be aware, to comply with safety regulations, all visitors seeking entry to the building will need an appointment prior to arriving at CHS. Parents/Guardians picking up students from the Nurses Office will be escorted. All visitors should wait in the Welcome Center until a CHS representative retrieves them for their appointment. Visitors with no appointment will not be permitted in the building.

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

Twitter - Follow Mr. Cantagallo on Twitter @CranfordCougars


Mark Cantagallo


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
  • Hand washing
    • 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

  • The first day of school was Tuesday, September 6, 2022
    • 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students were dismissed at 12:30
    • 9th grade students were given lunch and then participate in Orientation activities until 2:45-3:00pm.
    • September 6th schedule:
Homeroom8:00 - 8:20
18:24 - 8:52
28:56 - 9:24
39:28 - 9:55
49:59 - 10:26
510:30 - 10:57
611:01 - 11:28
711:32 - 11:59
812:03 - 12:30

  • September 7th we will start our typical daily schedule, if a morning lab class rotates next to the first block your lab class will begin at 7:45am.
07:00 - 7:57
18:00 - 8:57
29:01 - 9:58
310:02 - 11:00
Lab 11:00 - 11:27
Block 4 / Lab11:28 - 11:55
411:55 - 12:53
512:57 - 1:54
61:58 - 2:55

  • Student schedules have been available on PowerSchool since Aug. 19th @ 3:00pm
  • Open Campus will be available to seniors who are “in good standing” according to the Open Campus Letter and have handed in their permission slip. Students will be receiving a letter shortly regarding approved or unapproved Open Campus privileges. In this letter will be instructions on how to obtain Open Campus if not approved. 12th graders will have a quick Open Campus meeting in the Lower Gym on September 6th to receive their cards;
  • 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 good standing” for 10th and 11th grade students will be explained at their grade level assemblies the first week of school. Then a letter and form will be sent to parents explaining the requirements related to behavior, attendance, and achievement similar to the 12th grade requirements.
  • Freshman/New Student Orientation-
    • CHS Lower Gym
    • August 31st 10am-12:00pm OR 1pm-2:30pm
    • September 6th 12:30pm-2:45/3:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
  • Class of 2026 Advisor Information
  • Picture Days-
    • Thursday, September 22, 2022 and Friday September 23, 2022
    • Make-ups TBD depending on how many students need a make-up
  • Back to School Night- In-Person -
    • Thursday, October 6, 2022
    • 6:30pm
  • Start Strong Assessment- Test prior to September 30th
    • 9th and 12th graders must take the Science Start Strong Assessment
    • 9th and 10th graders must take the ELA and Math Start Strong Assessment
    • 11th grade Math if enrolled in an Alg. 1, Geometry or Alg. 2 course
    • Grades 9-11 testing will occur in the student’s enrolled class
    • Grade 12 Science testing will occur in Physical Education class because all seniors are not enrolled in a science course.
    • Testing will occur when the class rotates next to lunch on September 21st, 22nd, 23rd, or 28th.
    • Make-Up Testing will occur in the Wolfe Library and Learning Commons on Sept. 29th
  • PSAT-October 12th
    • 10th and 11th grade students-PSAT
    • 9th and 12th grade delayed opening-10am arrival to the Lower Gym


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 2022-2023
  3. Academic Integrity Procedures
  4. Cranford High School Office Phone Numbers
  5. 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.