As our school years winds down, so too does our weekly CHIL. And as we get ready to put up the “CLOSED” sign on the school year 2019-2020, it makes sense to take a giant mental step back and breathe a sigh of relief that we made it through. It truly was a school year like no other. I have always said to our students that there are events in each of our lifetimes that leave an indelible mark. Some are private and personal, others like COVID 19 and its impact on our day to day lives now and in the future is one that we will continue to share as a community for a long time to come. And although it may sound cliché by now, CHS-its students, faculty, and program will come out stronger on the other side. We are so proud of our students but we have always known how strong and resilient they are.
Now everyone else knows too!
Our last day of online classes will be this Thursday, June 18th. We always keep that last day open (Friday, June 19th) for students to submit any final work and teachers to submit all final grades. Report cards will be emailed out the week of June 22nd. And finally, we have attached next year's school calendar for 2020-2021 to fill that void on your fridge! Have an amazing summer and we will see you (fingers crossed) at our early August CHS Community Cookout in Montville!
From the Craig Head of School
Dear Craig Parents,
Thank you again for your support over the last three months. I have been working with a “ School Reopening Committee” formally for the last several weeks, and informally since we left our campuses in March. I asked Niles Furlong, Assistant Director of the Lower School to chair this committee. He has involved several others with us as we plan for September. In July, The Craig School will begin sending specific information about school for September. There are two things that will be consistent in the messaging. First, safety and health issues are paramount and will drive each and every decision. Second, the State of New Jersey school requirements will be followed. There cannot be an exception to those protocols. I am confident that over the next almost three months when school is set to reopen for the 2020-21 academic year, there will be many scenarios presented. Please be assured that Craig has been and will continue to be proactive during these unprecedented times.
Mr. Tad Jacks
Boonton Farewell Tour 2020
As we wrap up our school year, we too wrap up our time at Boonton High. It has been a wonderful, dynamic, and enlightening six years and there is much we will miss. And fortunately for us, we have a good friend in the Superintendent of Boonton Schools, Mr. Rob Presuto who in our time together has been an amazing resource and voice of encouragement and inspiration to our students and faculty. He has asked if he could share that voice one more time before we make our way to Montville:
Dear Craig High School Students and Parents,
I wanted to share with you that since I came to Boonton in December of 2015, it has been my distinct pleasure to have CHS with us in Boonton High. Learning about the unique mission and commitment Craig has to its wonderful students was both humbling and empowering for me to help make BHS the best we can offer our students as well. It's been an honor to work with Dr. Cap (the embodiment of smart-passionate-zany-funny), and the Craig Board of Directors through some challenging times. Between the fire we all endured in March of 2018 to the latest flexible instruction due to the global pandemic, the students and faculty of Craig HS have always been great partners and peers in the Boonton school district family.
It's (truly) bittersweet to have CHS leave the "Craig wing" as we refer to it at BHS. While we are expanding our preschool program and adding other academic offerings at BHS, we are losing our smaller sibling school and wish you all the best in your new home. Please know you are always welcome in Boonton, not just the town, but more importantly, at any/all our school events. Congratulations to the CHS Class of 2020!
CHS Program Spotlight
CHS 9th and 10th Grade Summer Reading
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
A modern take on the King Author and the Round Table legend with a few subtle changes and twists! When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind. No pressure.
CHS 11th and 12th Grade Summer Reading
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
WWII is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge in route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustlof. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.