August Newsletter 2019

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Welcome Back!

Dear Clinton High School Parents and Community,

As principal of Clinton High School, I am thrilled to welcome everyone back for another great year in Clinton! I am sure that I speak on behalf of our entire staff when I say that we have missed the energy that our students bring to our classrooms and hallways, and that we are excited and READY for another amazing school year with our Cougar student body. Over the past couple of weeks, our new and veteran teachers alike have engaged in extensive professional development on high impact, research-based instructional practices that have been proven to have a positive effect on student growth and achievement. As a newly hired employee of the district I feel compelled to inform you, our Clinton community, on how impressed I have been with the professionalism and dedication of our CHS teachers and staff. We are serious about our district mission: “ ensure that ALL students receive a solid educational foundation in a safe environment that fosters and sustains lifelong learning and empowers students to be contributing members of our global society.” I could not be more proud of our team and I look forward to the amazing work that they will do in support of our CHS students this year.

Once again, welcome back students and parents! Let’s make it another great year at CHS together!


Tori Franz

CHS Principal

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Freshman First Day

Freshman and New Students First Day - September 3, 2019

8:05 – 8:20 Meet and Greet/Breakfast

8:20 – 12:15 High School Orientation Activities

12:15 – 12:35 Lunch

12:35 – 2:45 Service Learning Activities

***The Service Learning will take place in the community, so students will walk or bus with a teacher chaperone to a volunteer session that has already been organized and approved. Please ensure that your student wears appropriate and comfortable clothing/shoes for this day. Community Service activities include volunteering at the Clinton Library, Azura Memory Care, Alden Meadow Park, Willowick, and assisting Vets Roll.

2:45 – 3:30 Team Building Activities

3:30 Dismiss for Buses

First Day of School for Sophomores - Seniors, September 4, 2019

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When is my Lunch?

Student lunch on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays will be determined by the student's 5th-hour class. Students either eat 5A, 5B or 5C and have class the other time periods:

  • A Lunch: ELA & Lit, Mar Media, English 9, Drawing II, Chem, Weld Fund
  • B Lunch: Economics, GEN MAT, Global Studies, Geometry, Study Hall
  • C Lunch: Alg 2, ENG LA, World History, Foods 1, Bio, Wood Basic

Wednesdays and Thursdays you will have a three-part rotation during Hour 5 consisting of lunch, Advisory, and Power Hour. The order of your rotation will be determined alphabetically, by your last name:

  • Student with last names A-HAH: (1) A Lunch, (2) Power Hour, (3) Advisory
  • Students with last names HAS-NEI: (1) Advisory, (2) B Lunch, (3) Power Hour
  • Students with last names NEJ-Z: (1) Power Hour, (2) Advisory, (3) C Lunch

    This schedule will also be posted in the building and in classrooms for your reference. And, don't be afraid to ask a Cougar staffer for help with this if you need it!

    What is Advisory?

    In order to ensure that each and every student has a "go-to" adult in the building, we have assigned each student a teacher advisor. Students will meet with their advisory cohort, made up of a small group of same-grade level students and the advisory teacher, every Wednesday and Thursday during their assigned Advisory rotation fifth hour. A variety of topics will be discussed during advisory including upcoming school events, PBIS, and character building. Students will also use advisory time to engage in academic enrichment activities, check their grades within the Skyward Gradebook, set goals and priorities for the week, and brief their parents/guardians on their progress. Advisors are listed in student Skyward accounts on the main profile page as well as on student schedules. Or, for an easy to print Advisory Group, just click below:

    What is Power Hour?

    In order to ensure that students have access to regular academic help, each student will have a Power Hour twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Power Hour is a time for students to meet with teachers and peers to collaborate and receive support to supplement classroom instruction. Students can ask last-minute questions before a summative test, rehearse for a presentation, work on a project, or even complete a test retake in a supervised setting.

    For an easy to print bell schedule click below with specific times for lunches, Advisory, and Power Hour

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    Summer School Highlights

    The Clinton Community School District summer school program was a great success! With a total of 478 students enrolled, students had the opportunity to not only have fun but also learn as they enjoyed activities in and out of the classroom. Online registration ran the month of April. The district offered an evening registration to assist families in navigating the website. The night before summer school began, we had an Open House with a lot of community involvement. Roughly 75 students and families took advantage of the evening where they could walk their child’s schedule and browse kid-friendly opportunities in the community such as Stateline Mental Health Agency, Clinton Public Library, Cougar Lanes, Clinton Youth Sports, and Camp Invention. On our first few days of summer school, volunteers from Clinton High School helped our students find their way around the building for both the first and second sessions. Middle School and High School students also served as “class helpers” as they worked with our younger students and served as role models in the classroom.

    This year, students had the opportunity to try a variety of new class offerings during summer school. A summer school play, entitled An Inconvenient Murder, written by students under the direction of S. Atticus Maasz, was presented. Students worked very hard evenings and weekends to write the 23 page script. At least 78 community members attended the evening performance. Unicorns and Horses is another class that was offered this year- designed by kids, for kids! A small group of 3rd graders came up with the idea for the class with Mrs. Kaminski during the school year. It’s pretty important to note that during registration, Unicorns and Horses was the very FIRST class to fill up. Mind Wizards (STEM) & Coding classes were also new and offered this year. Mind Wizards is a class where students were given challenges to design items with everyday household materials such as tin foil, straws, and newspapers. After creating, students would test their creation. The hands-on, science focused class was wildly popular. One student was even quoted as saying, “Mind Wizards is the best class ever!”

    A total of 129 students in grades 7-12 pushed their minds and bodies to the limit in Strength and Conditioning. This student total was declared a new Summer School record! We also had approximately 12 students recover credits for 16 classes. Lastly, to our great surprise, “Going into 4K” had a higher number than expected. Our little ones had the opportunity to meet their teachers and start building friendships with their fellow classmates.

    All in all, Summer School was a huge success with a ton of great things going on. We look forward to partnering with families and the community for the Summer of 2020!

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    Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - Drive Your Tractor To School Day Information!

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    Upcoming events

    Varsity Football

    August 30 - vs Juda @ home 7pm

    September 6 - @ Whitewater 7pm

    September 13- vs Edgerton @ home 7pm (Cougarfest)

    September 21 - @ Big Foot 2pm

    September 27 - vs Jefferson @ home (Homecoming) 7pm

    ****...and enjoy our CHS BAND at ALL home contests!

    JV Football

    September 3 - @ Brodhead 4:45pm

    September 10 - vs Whitewater @ home 4:45pm

    September 17 - @ Edgerton 4:45pm

    September 24 - vs Big Foot @ home 4:45pm


    September 3 - @ North Boone 5pm JV1/JV2, V 6pm

    September 5 - @ Deerfield JV1/JV2 6pm, V 7:30pm

    September 12 - @ Brodhead JV1/JV2 5pm, V 6:30pm

    September 14 - JV1 @ Edgerton 5pm / JV2 @ Delavan-Darien 5pm

    September 17 - vs East Troy @ home JV1/JV2 5pm, V 6:30pm

    September 19 - @ Edgerton JV1/JV2 5pm, V 6:30pm

    September 21 - V @ Edgerton 6:30pm

    September 24 - @ Turner JV1/JV2 5pm, V 6:30pm

    September 26 - vs Big Foot @ home JV1/JV2 5pm, V 6:30pm

    September 28 - V @ Badger 7pm / JV1 @ Beloit Memorial 5pm

    Cross Country

    September 5 - CC @ Cam Rock 4pm

    September 12 - CC @ East Troy 4pm

    September 17 - CC @ Silver Park 4pm

    September 21 - CC @ Belleville 4pm

    September 24 - CC @ Big Foot 4pm

    Girls Golf

    September 3 - G Golf @ Jefferson 3:30 pm

    September 5 - G Golf @ Yahara Hills 3:30 pm

    September 9 - G Golf @ Prairie Woods 3:30 pm

    September 10 - G Golf @ Edgerton 3:30 pm

    September 11 - JV G Golf @ McFarland 3:30 pm

    September 16 - JV/V @ Glen Erin 3:30 pm

    September 18 - JV G Golf @ Lake Ripley 3:30 pm

    September 23 - V G Golf @ Lake Ripley 3:30 pm

    September 24 - V G Golf RVC @ Lake Lawn 8:30 am

    Sports Pictures

    Volleyball - September 10, 2019, 3:45pm (Gym)

    Cross Country - September 11, 2019, 3:45pm (Gym)

    Golf - September 12, 2019, 3:45pm (Course)

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    Picture Day

    September 11, 2019 / Retakes - October 16, 2019

    All Students MUST have their pictures taken for the purpose of student identification cards. Student identification cards will be used to purchase lunch and as an athletic pass for high school students.

    More information on order forms can be found online at Follow directions online or on the flyer when ordering, and be sure to make a separate check or payment directly to Lifetouch.