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Important Information for Students and Parents for the 2017-18 School Year

Dear Pueblo County High School Students and Parents,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

It is a very exciting time to be a Pueblo County Hornet! We are looking forward to a year focused on showcasing the talents of our amazing students and staff! Our programs are top-notch! We are especially proud to welcome The Arts Academy (TAA) into our building. We will offer a full-range of studies focused on career development in vocal music, instrumental music, and theater for our students. From DECA to Ag to SkillsUSA to SEBS to FBLA, there is something for everyone at Pueblo County High School!

Within this newsletter, you will find much important information. Please read it thoroughly, and do not hesitate to contact our office (719-948-3351) with any questions!

Mr. Brian J. Dilka, Principal

Every student at PCH will be issued a NEW Mac Book Air computer for school and home use for 2017-18.

Since we have new machines, this process will be held AFTER we return to school.  All students must be accompanied by a parent to checkout their computer.
Parents will be notified of meeting dates via School Messenger.

Specific meeting dates will be established for each grade. A parent meeting will precede the computer checkout process. A $50 insurance fee must be paid at time of pick up. Adjustments will be made for those qualifying for free/reduced lunch. 

This meeting is for all students and parents. The meeting will include computer orientation and paperwork necessary for checkout. It will also include important senior year dates, graduation information, and general school information.

Athletics & Activities

Mandatory Fall Sports Parent/Athlete Meeting on

Monday, August 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the PCHS Auditorium

FALL SPORTS Start Date: August 14, 2017

BOYS GOLF Start Date: August 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm at Walking Stick

Golfers need to clear in the office with paperwork, physical, and fees before August 7th.

Pueblo County High School will be holding their Mandatory Fall Sports Parent/Athlete meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm at the PCHS auditorium for all fall sport athletes as well as band members

If your athlete wishes to tryout for a fall sport, including Marching Band, information from the coaches will be handed out at this meeting. If your athlete has a current physical, they may submit all paperwork and fees ($85.00 for 1st sport/child, $80.00 for second sport/child) and clear for the start of the fall sport season after this meeting (except golf clears 7/31-8/3/17). If they do not have fees paid, paperwork turned in and they have not cleared through the office, they will not be allowed to begin fall sports.

Please DO NOT DELAY taking care of the clearance of your athlete.

BAND MEMBERS WILL ALSO RECEIVE INFORMATION FOR CLEARANCE OF MARCHING BAND AT THIS MEETING.

A reminder to all parents that activity and athletic schedules may be obtained by going to pch.district70.org and click on PCH Athletic Calendar. Paperwork for physicals can be picked up in the athletic office.

Odds & Ends…

School Pictures: ALL STUDENTS MUST TAKE A PICTURE FOR STUDENT ID CARDS. Pictures will be taken during school on Thursday, August 17, 2017. Please have your student dress appropriately for the picture. Picture order forms will be provided to students. Extra forms will be available in the school office.

Online Information Packets: Please be sure to fill out your student’s online information packet by accessing the update from your Powerschool parent portal. This helps us keep your contact information up to date. This greatly helps us to establish a positive line of communication, as well as updated emergency contact information. If you do not know your Powerschool log in, please call Mrs. Provost at 719-948-3351 and press option #4. Please try to complete this task prior to your computer check out night, as this will expedite the process.

Freshman Orientation: 9th grade students are expected to attend Freshman Orientation Day on Thursday, August 10, 2017. We have a day full of activities scheduled to help 9th graders familiarize themselves with our school and campus. It will begin at 7:30 am and conclude at 3:30 pm. Buses will run. Please check the District 70 website for bus routes.

Class Schedules: 9th grade students will receive a hard copy of their schedule on Freshman Orientation Day. All other students will need to access their schedules via Powerschool. If a student has an issue with their schedule, they will need to sign up to meet with their counselor in the counseling office. Class schedules were made based on needs and preferences indicated during registration last spring.

New Lunch Prices: Lunch prices have increased by $0.10 for the 2017-18 school year. Lunches are now priced at $2.50 per meal.

PCHS Wellness Center: All District 70 students (K-12) are welcome to use the Wellness Center. Parents are asked to complete a consent form prior to students being seen by Wellness Center staff. Please call the Wellness Center, at 719-544-7247, after August 1, 2017 to inquire about fees, consent forms or other questions. Additionally, the Wellness Center can provide sports physicals. Call for an appointment.

Daily Attendance: Daily attendance is incredibly important to your student’s academic success, safety, and wellness. The expectation is that all students attend all classes regularly. Students are to remain on campus at all times, including lunch. If a student is to leave campus, their parent must call the office PRIOR to that student leaving campus. Students MUST sign in and sign out in the office when leaving early or arriving late. It is also important that parents call the office within 24 hours to excuse an absence or tardy. If parents do not call, it may be assumed that your student is truant. Parental cooperation in this area is greatly appreciated.

Fines: ALL fines must be paid prior to computer checkout. Prior to your designated checkout date, fines may be paid in the Activities Office to Mrs. Greenhood.

Activity Passes: Activity passes are available for students and parents to purchase in the Athletic Office with Mrs. Greenhood.  Student passes cost $35.00, and will greatly reduce the amount a Pueblo County High School student must pay to access the home athletic activities for the 2017-18 school year.  Adults may purchase an Activity Punch Pass that gains them access to 10 home athletic activities for $40.00.  With a Booster Club membership fee of $10.00 for the 2017-18 school year you will be able to purchase an Activity Punch Card for $40.00 and receive another one for free.  This year, we will also offer a Senior Citizen Pass (62+) good for home contests all year long for $35. Family Passes are also available for $100, and will get 2 adults and 3 children in to 10 contests. Activity Passes are good for all PCHS home contests, as well as home contests at Runyon Field and Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena.  Post-season playoffs are not included.

Senior Photographs: -Seniors must take their school picture at the beginning of the year. This is your placeholder for the yearbook and your photo ID.

– All other senior photographs will be due by October 13, 2017. No late photographs will be accepted. You must submit online. Go to: pch.district70.org. Locate the Yearbook/Jostens tab. Follow the directions. You or your photographer may upload your image and we will replace it for you. Quality photographs are recommended. We cannot guarantee the quality of reproduction from low-quality submitted photography. No landscape photos please. Yearbook staff reserves the right to refuse any inappropriate photographs.

Senior Tributes: prices can be found on the website. ALL senior tributes must be submitted online by February 16, 2018. Payment is required at the time of placement. No late orders will be accepted. Credit or debit cards will be accepted.

Yearbooks You can order yearbooks online using your debit or credit card. Payment plans are available online @ pch.district70.org – Find Yearbook/Jostens link.

***Back to School Special***

$70.00 – 7/2/17 through 9/29/17

(free icon with purchase of personalization)

$75.00 – 9/30/17through 11/3/17

$75.00 – 11/4/17 through 1/19/18

$80.00   – 1/20/18 through 2/23/18

$85.00 – 2/24/18 through 5/15/18

Yearbooks will also be sold at computer check out.

Welcome Letter 2017-18