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Central Catholic High expanding sports, class options for next year
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The news about education has been pretty gloomy, so I thought you might want to report on this really good news at Central Catholic High School.

Our Fine Arts Department is flourishing and we hope to have more students enroll in dance, music and art next year. This year the Fine Arts Department hosted a fabulous Christmas production showcasing over 150 students in drama, dance and music. WE have plans to initiate a drum line into our music program in the near future. They are currently putting together the Spring Dance Production which will be held in April and A Night of Music featuring our young musicians (mostly drummers and guitarists) which is planned for May. Broadcast Journalism continues to impress us with their technological savvy.  The closed circuit news broadcast keeps everyone updated on daily events and upcoming schedules.  The recent addition of video newsreels added a new dimension to the professionalism of our broadcast.

Our College Academy is extremely successful and we will continue to offer college classes from MJC and CSU, Stanislaus, for juniors and seniors next year.  Our goal with the College Academy Program is to have every senior graduate with at least one semester of college credits.  (WE have not reached our goal, but continue to work toward this effort. Last year the students earned approximately 405 college units through MJC and CSU, Stanislaus and 159 college units through the College Board Advanced Placement Board Examinations.) We plan to completely outfit our computer lab with state-of-the-art computers and classroom furniture as well as update our library this summer.  Our library hours were increased a few years ago to 7:30 a.m .until 4:30 p.m.   

We  still offer field trips to our students as well as class retreats.  The freshmen and sophomores attend a one day retreat off campus and the juniors and seniors go on a two day retreat for spiritual growth. Next year the Decathlon Coach Ken Hildebrand hopes to take students to France to study the French Revolution.

We offer eight dances each year and plan to keep that number the same.  We offer students the opportunity to be in 20 different clubs, our seniors attend an Ethics in the Workplace Seminar every year at Del Rio Country Club where they interact with business leaders in the community to address ethical and moral issues.

We hope to expand our Christian Service Program next year to include what is called a Total Immersion Component.  This program would take students to Salinas where they would work directly with the migrant farm workers.  It is our feeling an understanding of social justice can be greatly improved upon when the students are immersed in the situation. Currently, all students must complete 80 hours of Christian Service for graduation.  

We have a great counselor-to-student ratio with two full-time counselors for 420 students. For additional guidance and spiritual counseling, we have a full-time Chaplain and full-time Campus Youth Minister.  Our average class size is 25 which will remain the same for next year.  

We will expand our sports program next year to include water polo.  All other sports will field the same number of teams.  Cheerleading tryouts are coming up in April and CCHS will have a JV and a Varsity squad.

Finally, we are currently in the process of awarding scholarships and tuition assistance to those students who applied for aid to attend CCHS next year.  Last year our scholarships, tuition assistance and work study programs awarded almost a quarter of a million dollars (I may need to check on this amount) in assistance to students and families at CCHS.