Need help? ‘Observer’ lists five must-know CHS places

Need help? Observer lists five must-know CHS places

The counseling office is one of the most important and popular places to know at CHS.

By Emily Wang, Circulation Manager

The start of the new school year is always chaotic with students racking their brains to try and remember the basics of school.

Freshmen and forgetful upperclassmen often do not know, or do not remember, where to find all the resources CHS has to offer. Listed below are the top five places every CHS student should commit to memory:

1. Media Center:

It might seem obvious, but the Media Center has almost everything students need to do their work. Open from 7 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. almost every day, there are 40 computers, three printers and 15,000 non-fiction books.

The media center is a great place to do last-minute printing. Printing black and white is free of charge. Copying black and white is 15 cents per page and color laser printing is 25 cents per page. However, the media center is a busy place, so finding available computers is not always easy.

“Generally, the most common high volume time is around midterms and the end of quarters, but we’re constantly busy,” media specialist Paige Pagley said.

The media center is located on the second floor in room 245.

2. Counseling Office:

At the beginning of his or her high school career, each student is assigned a counselor for the duration of his or her four years.

According to counseling services director Robin Moore, counselors are “here to meet all students’ educational, emotional and social needs.”

Counselors write college recommendations, so it is a good idea to form a relationship with them so that they can write an accurate recommendation.

The guidance office is located downstairs, room 107.

3. Business Office:

Many students have never heard of the business office or even know it exists, but eventually most students will need to go there.

“We assist students in clearing up obligations, providing forgotten locker information, approving posters and advising students and sponsors on proper procedures when conducting a fundraiser or club activity,” CHS business manager Lisa Wellek said.

The business office also handles AP registration.

“I think they were giving out breakfast on the first day of APs last year in the business office,” sophomore Yeama Ho said.

The business office, room 115, is next to the counseling office.

4. College and Career Center:

This resource is especially beneficial to those who are getting a head start with college planning. Luana Zimmermann, the college and career information coordinator, sets up meetings with students and admissions representatives from colleges and universities and advises students on their goals after high school.

The College and Career Center is located in room 105 and is open for all students during lunch, but only upperclassmen may visit during class.

5. Security Office:

The security office is in room 102 and open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., except during lunch.

The security office deals with the safety of the school, lost items, parking information and identification badges.

“Students can report lost and stolen items by visiting the security office and filing a report,” security team leader Terry Bell said. “This information can also be used for investigative purposes when an item is determined to be stolen.”