From the Desk - September 2017

From The Desk of Rick DeMasters September 2017 Walt Disney once said, “Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.” At the time of this statement, he was not talking about Celina, but his words are a reminder for our school district as we brace ourselves for the future.

Our summer vacation seemed shortened this year due to numerous construction projects and the opening of two new campuses for the district. With much anticipation, our school year is in full swing and though we are not perfect, our campuses were able to open last month with not many ripples to unsettle the surface.  With many new faces and those coming from a variety of districts and backgrounds, we will continue to provide our students with the best teachers, best staff, and a safe, caring, and collaborative learning environment for all students.

Changes have also been made to course offerings at our secondary campuses. Celina Junior High for many years has offered Algebra I and Art I for high school credit. This year, Theatre Arts, Digital Production, and Music Study are also being offered for high school credit, giving our junior high students more options before their freshman year.  On the high school level, the district was awarded a grant through TEA to further our offerings of Career and Technical Education courses.  CHS students have new courses to choose from including, Principles of Health Sciences, Medical Terminology, and Computer Science offered through the Texas Virtual School Network.  Also, new this year is the OnRamp program offered through the University of Texas at Austin, which gives high school students an opportunity for dual enrollment providing high school credit with the possibility of college credit if the student has met the rigors associated with the program.

Celina High School Advanced Placement Program, or AP for short, has been growing over the last several years. The AP program allows our students an opportunity to take university-level courses with the potential of earning college credit by scoring a 3, 4, or 5 on an AP exam. For students who score a 3,4, or 5, can potentially have certain courses waived dependent upon the requirements of the college or university they would like to attend.  

The AP Program recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement on multiple exams.  Celina High School offers AP exams every spring to those students enrolled in AP level classes.  Listed below are the levels of recognition awarded to our students at Celina High School.

AP Scholar - Awarded to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.  Celina High School had nine students receive this distinction.

AP Scholar with Honor - Awarded to students who receive an average score of 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of a 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Celina High School had four students earn this distinction.

AP Scholar with Distinction - Awarded to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.  Celina High School was honored to have two students earn this distinction.

The Celina School District continues to look towards the future by expanding opportunities for our secondary students.  Course offerings will continue to grow and expand across the curriculum over the next few years, which will provide our students with opportunities to lessen the cost of higher education and offer classes that exhibit the rigor and demands expected from college level course work. As our district undergoes many changes throughout the next few years, we are ready to take on the challenges that are ahead of us. We will continue to provide our students with the tools necessary for their future once they leave our district, by paving a path filled with expectation, rigor, innovation and excellence that will one day lead them to successful careers.