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Summer School Information for Rising 9th Graders (current 8th) can be found here 

Robotics & Engineering-Middle School Summer Academy registration open 5/10-5/30.  Flyers English and Spanish.  Link to register here

View the CVHS Incoming 9th Grade Presentation here in English and here in Spanish

Don't forget to register yourself for a Canvas Parent Account!  Here are some resources to help. 

Curriculum Guide

Quarter Report Card Schedule 2020-2021

1st Quarter Progress Reports:  

1st Quarter Grades:  

2nd Quarter Progress Reports:  

2nd Quarter Grades:  

3rd Quarter Progress Reports:  

3rd Quarter Grades:  

4th Quarter Progress Reports:  

4th Quarter Grades:  

Tips for Getting and Staying Organized

Home Work Space - Find a quiet location with good light and a place to store study materials.  Keep materials in the same place so they are easy to find when needed.  It’s often best to have a set study time each day so completing homework and projects becomes a regular part of your after school schedule.  Take a break after an hour if needed, but keep it short. 

Notebooks and Folders - Ideally, keep a separate notebook for each class with separate sections for class notes/study guides, returned tests/quizzes, homework assignments to complete, and homework assignments to turn in.  Handouts should be placed in the appropriate section (i.e. class notes, homework, etc.).  Have additional paper available for class assignments and note taking.  If a notebook is used for more than one subject, separate subject dividers labeled with each subject should be used.  

Backpack - Only carry necessary notebooks and books to and from school.  If you have a class set of textbooks and don't need your textbooks at school, leave these at home for homework use. Keep small items such as pencils, erasers, calculators in a zippered pocket or plastic container for easy access.  Keep all loose papers in their appropriate folders for each subject.  Reorganize your backpack weekly to clear out unnecessary documents and place in their appropriate folders.

Carl Hankey K-8 Academy Guidance Department

Academic Advisor
Mrs. Reider

Academic advisors help students reach their educational goals and achieve success by providing students with skills, resources and on-going support.  Academic advisors collaborate with parents, students and teachers through email, phone calls, individual meetings, group presentations and facilitating parent-teacher-student conferences. Academic advisors meet regularly with students who are struggling with academic courses as well as students seeking academic guidance and planning throughout the school year.  

Middle School students at Hankey work with their academic advisor to select and register for new classes, to understand and plan their courses for high school and to set goals for both middle school and beyond.  If you have questions or concerns related to your student's academic performance, the academic advisor will work with you to determine the needs of your child.

You may contact Mrs. Reider through email at or you may call the school office at (949) 234-5315 during the hours of 8-3:30 pm.  Mrs. Reider works at two schools, and is at Hankey on Wednesdays, Thursdays and every other Friday. The best way to reach me is through email.

Homework Help

Need help with your homework?

1.  Ask your teachers when they offer tutoring or extra help.  Our teachers are always available to work with students needing additional feedback.  You can email your teachers directly through Canvas.

3.  Talk with Mrs. Reider or Mrs. Reid about strategies on how to complete assignments and she can help students and parents communicate concerns to teachers.

Student of the Quarter Assemblies 2020-2021 TBD

Each quarter, teachers and staff choose a student to be recognized for their outstanding demonstration of an IB trait or traits.  Parents are personally invited to attend the celebration is their child is receiving recognition.  Due to current state limitations with gatherings, assemblies are on hold.  


6th - 8th Honor Roll Assemblies TBD

Middle school students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher on their quarter report card will be recognized at an Honor Roll Assembly.  Due to current state limitations, assemblies are on hold.  


Lauren Reid

Lauren Reid | K-8 School Counselor                                  

Capistrano Unified School District has school counselors assigned to each site.  Here at Hankey, the school counselor works with K-8 students in the following areas:

  • Short Term Individual Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Community Resource Referrals
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Social/emotional, Academic and College/career development

You may contact Mrs. Reid by calling the school office at (949) 234-5315 or emailing during the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  To learn more about our counseling program, visit the Counselor Corner by clicking on the link above.

School Psychologist

Jennifer Sherman

Jennifer Sherman: Carl Hankey K-8 School Psychologist

The school psychologist is responsible for evaluating the needs of students in an educational setting and may perform psycho-educational assessments to determine appropriate programs and instructional processes to enable students to achieve maximum achievement and adjustment.  The school psychologist is part of the school's Student Study Team, which assists in understanding and seeking solutions to students' social, emotional, or academic problems and issues.

The School Psychologist provides direct support and interventions to students, consults with teachers, families and other school educators to improve support strategies and collaborates with community providers to coordinate needed services.  The mission of the school psychologist is to help students, families, and educators understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face that may affect their academic success.

You can contact the school psychologist at:

Canvas vs. Parent Portal FAQ

Q - What's the difference between Canvas and Parent Portal?

A - The parent portal should be used for the following:

  • Annual online summer re-registration is available via the portal, saving time and eliminating the need to complete the large traditional paper packet.
  • Emergency contact information can be updated at any time
  • Real-time period-by-period attendance data
  • Medical information can be viewed and updated
  • The following can be viewed and printed at any time:
    • Report cards and unofficial transcripts
    • Test scores, including college test scores
    • Class schedules
    • Graduation status reports​

​      Canvas may be used to:

  • View homework assignments
  • View current quarter course grades/homework/test scores
  • Receive updates on assignments/announcements
  • Email teachers 

Independent PE (IPE) Information

For the 2021-22 school year, we will once again be supporting families interested in participating in the CUSD Independent Physical Education (IPE) program. This link takes interested student athletes to the form needed to formally apply for IPE in the 2021-22 school year. If you are currently an IPE student in the 2020-21 school year, you will not need to complete the form and will be automatically added to the IPE program for the 2021-22 school year., if you plan to compete and apply for IPE as a new IPE student, you will need to complete the linked form below. Please fill out the form and get it to your school site for approval as you prepare for the upcoming school year.

·       IPE Application Link


Progress Reports

The purpose of a progress report is for teachers to be able to communicate with parents when a student is struggling in class whether it is a lower than average grade or below satisfactory work habits or citizenship.  The purpose of this reporting is to describe students’ progress in meeting the district’s learning and behavioral expectations for each marking period.

 The progress report is intended to inform parents about their child’s learning successes and to give guidance for improvement efforts when needed. Progress reports are sent at the midpoint of each quarter and do not go on the student's permanent record (transcript). Progress reports are only sent to students who are receiving a D or F mark, who have behavioral issues, who are in danger of failing a class or whose grade has dropped from and A or B to a C grade. 

FAQ for 8th Grade Parents

What type of information can I retrieve from the Capistrano Valley High School web site?
Answer: School registration dates, curriculum guide information, guidance news, e-mail addresses, your child’s Academic Advisor’s name, daily bulletin, athletics, special events, student grades, general information, etc.  Visit today at the CVHS website.

How will I keep track of my child’s progress?
Answer: Just like at Hankey, parents and students will create an account with Canvas. Canvas provides daily communication to the parent and student (both online and through daily email notifications) by showing current grades and assignments as well as missing assignments. By creating an account, you will have access to each teacher by email.

Do I have to create a CUSD Parent Portal Account?
Answer: Yes. A parent must have an account in order to complete the registration process at the high school.

How many credits does my child need to graduate?
Answer: 220 Credits (See the Curriculum Guide for credit distribution, course requirements, etc.)

Can my student take Honors courses?
Answer: Yes, we ask that they consult with their current 8th grade teachers for appropriate placement.

Can my child go into a higher level math?
Answer:  Incoming 9th graders are placed in a math class based on their score on the district placement test. The placement is based on test scores, grades and the final examination.

Can my student take Health during the summer?
Answer: Most 9th grade students take Health during their freshman year. However, students with an impacted schedule can choose to take Health during the summer.  Information on summer school is located on the district web site or you may contact your student’s 8th grade Academic Advisor for more information on the application process.

If my child is applying to another high school via a school choice, does he/she still need to complete registration at his/her home school?
Answer: Yes.  This will ensure your student is registered for classes at any school within CUSD.