News You Can Use -- January 2018
January 22: 2nd Semester Starts
January 26: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Professional Development Day
February 16: Midterm 3 ends
February 19: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-8 p.m.)
February 21: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4-8 p.m.)
February 23: NO SCHOOL
February 27th-28th: Junior ACT + Writing & WorkKeys Test
New Bell Schedule for the 2018-2019 School Year
Clinton High School will have a new bell schedule next year. While we frequently make minor changes to improve the schedule for our students and staff, this will be a larger change than normal. We will be moving to what is oftentimes referred to as a Modified Block schedule for the 2018-2019 school year.
In reviewing different scheduling options that would maximize learning for students and provide opportunities for curriculum extension for staff, many different scheduling types were evaluated. The benefits of the modified block quickly brought it to the forefront. The extended class periods, continuity of course curriculum, time for supporting academic needs, a consistent schedule and supporting advisory time were just a couple of the benefits that reinforced the decision.
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays will be our same traditional 46 minute 8-period day structure that staff and students are used to. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, classes will be taught in longer “blocks”. Each block will be 83 minutes long and we will maintain three 25 minute lunch periods. Students will have a rotation of lunch, advisory time, and an intervention/enrichment period. On Wednesdays, the odd period classes (1st, 3rd, 5th, & 7th) will meet while the even numbered classes (2nd, 4th, 6th & 8th) will meet on Thursdays. Written explanations of what a block schedule looks like can be difficult, for a visual representation of the schedule, please click on this link, Modified Block Schedule.
We will continue to work with students, staff, and guardians as we make this transition to a schedule that will allow us to continue the strong academic growth and success that is a Clinton tradition. If you have questions or would like to discuss the new schedule, please attend one of the Question/Answer sessions scheduled during parent-teacher conferences or contact me directly.
Parent/Guardian Question & Answer Sessions
During Parent-Teacher Conferences I’ll be holding Question & Answer sessions in regards to the new Laude system (information was included in last month’s newsletter) as well as the modified bell schedule. Sessions will be held in Room 311 at the high school. February 19th from 6-7 p.m. and February 21st from 4-5 p.m. If you can’t attend but would like to discuss something, please contact me and we can schedule a time to meet.
Spring Semester Student Teacher
Department & Extracurricular Updates
Students in animal science recently finished their sheep unit where they learned more about the US sheep industry, various breeds, and management practices. We are beginning our poultry unit and students will have the opportunity to hatch chicks in the classroom to learn more about development, egg anatomy, and chick care. We have had the fortunate opportunity to have two SIL students aiding our animal students throughout the semester.
Wildlife and Natural Resource students were recently assigned a "learn-create-teach" assignment where they selected an activity for outdoor recreation. Areas of focus were ATVing, Fishing, Sledding, Watersports, and many others. Students learned more about their topic, created an engaging lesson including the history, safety, and involvement, and taught their peers about their activity. Groups were also required to include a visual in their lesson. The class learned many new things like how to properly cast a fishing line, proper protective equipment to wear, various sledding techniques, and how to build a campfire.
Our Landscape Development and Soils students recently had the opportunity to learn more about various careers in the green industry. David Moyer, the founder of Moyer's Inc. and current President of the Wisconsin Green Industry Federation, spoke to our students to enlighten them on the many opportunities available to further their interest in landscape--from entry-level positions to landscape architect, to project manager. Students also practiced their skills and knowledge demonstrating concepts of design in a creative wreath building challenge. Students were given various supplies and created visually appealing wreaths.
Blackhawk Technical College Agribusiness and Farm Management Instructor, Dustin Williams, presented to our students in regards to "stacking your credentials". He discussed opportunities to take advantage of to make individuals stand above their peers and various paths to reach success. He shared his own successes and failures with the students and encouraged them to think beyond high school as they begin to prepare and plan for their future.
United Ethanol in Milton
Biotech students seeing the day to day operations at the UE plant in Milton.
Presentation by Dustin Williams of Blackhawk Technical College
Agribusiness & Farm Management Instructor Dustin Williams speaking about "stacking your credentials".
Biotech Center on UW-Madison's Campus
Olivia Gunnink & Joanna Waite participating in a lab on the UW-Madison campus.
United Ethanol in Milton
Presentation by Dustin Williams of Blackhawk Technical College
The new year has many art students changing classes at the end of the semester. This also means many students are pushing to finish up summative projects to fulfill class requirements. Parents may wonder where much of their student’s artwork is ...and the answer is, it is here and may remain here if the student wishes to enter that project(s) into the Evening with Art which is scheduled for May 5, 2018. If students choose to bring home their artwork they may still bring it back for the show however it does sometimes get lost or forgotten.
That being said here are some awesome pieces created by various students over the last month. (Pictured at top: Batik from Advanced Art 1 class)
On Friday, January 5th, the high school band hosted several Clinton Band alumni for our 5th annual Alumni Pep night. Many people from different eras of Clinton Band participated and had a great time!
The Band is currently transitioning to our Solo & Ensemble unit. As part of the S&E requirements, all students will play a solo and be part of a large ensemble. Students will have an opportunity to perform at Local S&E which will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
The band is also continuing to work towards our Florida trip. The band will be heading to Florida and March 23 and will return on March 30. To prepare for the trip, band students have been working on the pep tune repertoire we will be playing in Florida as well as working on memorizing our parade tune, “On Wisconsin/Semper Fidelis.” We are all working very hard and are extremely excited!
During the month of December, Marketing Media students wrapped up the Selling Unit by putting the “Seven Steps of a Sale” to the test. Students were asked to use the steps to sell hot drink service to teachers. Many students were successful in their sales presentation. The Cougar Cave (retail lab) is now delivering approximately 60 cups of hot drinks to staff weekly because staff had a hard time turning down the excellent sales pitches.
The Cougar Cave also purchased a Cricut. The business and marketing students have been working hard to design, price, sell and promote a variety of personalized items. Leading up to the holidays they sold personalized Cougar apparel and teacher gifts. This kept the students very busy for most of December.
Yearbook editors, Carly Young and Kaila Alonzo, (pictured above, left) along with members of the class have just completed their first submission for the 2017/2018 yearbook. Students worked hard completing 8 spreads (16 pages) by writing stories, taking pictures, and proofreading pages. It is always nerve-racking when you have a deadline fast approaching, but they worked hard and completed the task by the first deadline set. Below is also a sneak peak of the 2017/18 yearbook cover “Always A Cougar.” 2017-18 yearbooks can still be ordered through www.jostensyearbooks.com.
Technology for Entrepreneurs began their much-anticipated teardown/rebuild semester end project. After a semester of learning about how to build and troubleshoot computer systems, students are provided a working computer. For the final project, they must tear the computer down to the case and display all the parts and cables. Once they have done that, they rebuild the computer. A perfect score goes to the students who restore their computer without issues. For many students in the class, this project is the main reason they take the class. So far, 4 students have completed the process successfully!
Business Law students used their newfound knowledge to be the acting lawyer for a character in the movie "Home Alone". After watching the movie in class, students had to decide whether to prosecute or defend one of the alleged crimes in the movie using their new understanding of the legal system.
Personal Finance students are wrapping up an exciting semester of Financial Literacy Education by learning about how to use insurance to protect their wealth. This eye-opening course gives students the tools necessary to navigate their finances in a money culture that is marketed toward "buy now, pay later." With an emphasis on having a strong cash-based budget that makes savings a priority, students are learning how to best avoid debt and when necessary how to pay off debts quickly.
Business - DECA
DECA week was celebrated the week we returned from break. Students participated in dress-up days during the week including hat day, dress for success, throwback DECA t-shirts, and new DECA t-shirts. Hat day money was donated to the local community outreach program. DECA diamonds were also hidden around the school each day. When students found them they could redeem the diamond for an item from the Cougar Cave. During the week we also celebrated Kendyl Bagley (pictured above, right) being recognized as Wisconsin DECA’s January Member of the Month!
To top off DECA week on Saturday, January 6, 20 Clinton Business and Marketing students competed at the District 3 DECA Conference held at Sun Prairie High School. These students competed against 900 students from around Rock and Dane County in a variety of series including Accounting/Finance, Food Marketing, Hotel and Lodging, Marketing Communications, Personal Finance Literacy, Restaurant Management, Retail Merchandising and Travel and Tourism Team. Prior to attending the conference students took a 100 question economics test. At the conference, they took an area cluster test and completed two role plays in front of judges within their event area. Congratulations to the following students who received awards at District: Kallie Inman placed third within the Accounting/Finance Series, also earning a medal in one role play. Kendyl Bagley, Riley Anastasi, and Devontae Sisk all earned awards in Restaurant Management Series. Kendyl Bagley placed fifth (Honorable Mention), while also receiving a medal for her area cluster test. Riley Anastasi received a medal for his role play and Devontae Sisk received a medal for his area cluster test within Restaurant Management. Dustin Bennett won a medal for a role play in his Marketing Communications Series. All five students qualify to compete at the State Career and Development Conference which will be held in Lake Geneva in March. There they will be able to compete against other DECA members from around the state.
Riley Anastasi, Kendyl Bagley, Carly Young, Talia Perez, Jenna Chrayah, Devontae Sisk
CHS DECA MEDALISTS
Kendyl Bagley, Justin Bennett, Devontae Sisk,
CHS DECA MEDALIST
Counseling-Academic & Career Planning
Ask your student about ACP and Career Cruising. Parents can help encourage their student to utilize the vast amount of tools available through Career Cruising. Students often do not fully see the value in this resource, however, the parents we have met with are very impressed with all that it offers. Take a moment to explore the career and education planning features with your student.
Check out our Advisory Lessons (click on the links for more info)
English - AP English Leads to College Success
Some of the most important choices a student faces each year is what classes to take. How will this class prepare me for college? How will it advance my skills? Can it get me college credit? Is it fun?
There are two such classes in the English department that answer yes to all those questions. AP Literature and Composition (junior year) and AP Language (senior year) are two classes set up for students who want to push their reading and writing skills to the next level. And, perhaps most importantly, give them college credit if they achieve a passing score on the AP test in May. It’s a win-win all around. However, don’t take our word for it. Read about how some former students benefited from AP English at college.
Kallista Kuhlow (Graduated 2017, attending UW-Milwaukee): “AP English developed my writing and language analysis abilities, which allowed me to be a step ahead most of my classmates and even helped me finish 18 college credits while I was still in high school. AP English also provided me with academic challenges, such as a 15-page rhetorical essay that essentially made me a continuously active thinker rather than an idle and bored student. And, I mean, it’s also what allowed me to test right out of English in college completely.
“More kids should challenge themselves and go into AP…they tried to put me in general English coming into freshmen year and I had to basically beg them to let me into Honors English 9 which ended up being my best class. Also, there are endless students at UWM that have no clue how to write a paragraph...it’s ridiculous.”
Kailey Nelson (2016, UW-LaCrosse): “I would say that even though the format of writing a paper for many college classes was completely different and often has no set structure you have to follow, I found it way easier to write any of the papers assigned, and I knew it was because of how hard AP English pushed me to work on and perfect each paper I wrote. I could really tell how much AP improved my writing skills when it came to writing an outline, formatting, and knowing what type of corrections I should look for when I thought the paper was complete.
“Overall, I mainly could tell how much AP English benefited me because I felt confident of my writing skills whenever I had a paper come up; I didn’t stress over it, and I knew helpful ways to approach writing it, and I got an A on every paper I wrote for my college English and history classes; so even though I thought AP was hard, I’m so glad I did because it was so worth it and really helped me in all my college classes overall.”
Cameron Klein (2017, Ripon College): “After my first semester at Ripon College, I feel that the AP classes prepared me for my college courses. I used the skills I obtained in my English class, as well as in my accounting, quantitative reasoning, and Holocaust history course. Such skills include improved diction and grammar, text analyzation and writing decent essays within a set amount of time. I rely heavily on the skills used to write essays every day while in Ripon... we are always writing. It’s ridiculous.
Julia Kaster (2015, Southeastern (FL)): “AP class helped me in college because I had credit going into college, and I did not have to take so many general education classes. This helped me start my major core classes sooner and graduate early. Also, AP Literature helped me really become comfortable with the MLA citation style and how to cite sources correctly, which greatly helped me in every college class. It also helped me get used to having large reading assignments, which is pretty much every assignment in college.”
Abby Weidmer (2017, UW-Madison): “Taking AP English in high school taught me how to write an essay efficiently at the college level. More specifically it taught me how to analyze readings and to properly cite sources to use in my writing. Lastly, it taught me the importance of annotating and helped me to figure out the most effective way for me to do it.”
Rudi Gonstead (2015, University of Alabama): “Taking AP Lit prepared me for the amount of writing required for college. This included comprehension and text analyzation skills, as well as the accelerated pace of reading at college.
“AP courses also give students a slight idea of the amount of study time needed for a college class, (not just English) which is something that high school students are not likely to be exposed to in an average level class. I am very glad to have taken an AP class, especially with such great teachers.”
Thad Hahn (2016, UW-Madison): “AP English provided a foundation for success in the classes I have taken in college. By taking AP English, I learned how to analyze readings and understand their meanings, a necessity for classes in which readings are essential to the course. AP English also taught me how to write effectively and in an organized manner, tremendously helpful when writing essays and research papers at a college level.”
Anna Ewing (2014, UW-La Crosse): “Well, AP English has really helped me; really, all my AP credits helped me. If it didn't have a direct impact on my academic career, it had a large, indirect one. With AP English and taking the AP test, I was able to "opt" out of general education class requirements in college. This saved me money and time. I was able to scratch one less class off my semesters, and in the long run, it added up and helped me graduate a full year early. I also use what I learned in AP English almost every day. It taught me how to write well. My archaeology program was a Writing In the Major focus, and I wrote a ton of scientific papers and reading responses to articles and journals and other scientists' works. It also helped me write my 70-page senior thesis to graduate. So I am very thankful for everything I learned. Being in the habit of writing well, having correct grammar and such, pays off and can help you land professional gigs. I also wrote a lot of grants to fund research while in college and continue to write grants for the non-profit organization I work with now. Sounding smart and professional can be a small thing, but if an employer or a company that you want money from is looking at two applications, one has spelling and grammar mistakes and the other doesn't, I guarantee that employer will choose the person with no grammar mistakes.
“AP English also helped me become a better speaker. It made me practice making an outline, speaking from notecards, and simply just talking more in front of people in an academic sense.”
Family and Consumer Science
During the month of December 2017, students in Foods 1 continued with their stir-fry skills and prepared Oriental Fried Rice. For this recipe, cold cooked rice has to be used; hot, just-cooked, rice turns into a gummy mess.
In November, students used the stand mixers to knead dough for pizza. In December, the stand mixers were used to start the dough for cinnamon rolls but then kneaded by hand. Dental floss (unflavored) was used to cut the dough into individual rolls.
We finished off the year by making gingerbread dough and constructing mini houses.
We completed another successful year of our annual FFA fruit sale. FFA members sorted each box of fruit and promptly delivered their items. We were able to donate over 200 lbs of fresh fruit to Rock County families in need around the holidays. If you are interested in being added to our contact list for next years fruit sale please send an email to email@example.com .
Devin Witte, freshman FFA member, was selected from over 3000 applicants nationwide to receive a National SAE Grant. The SAE grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their supervised agricultural experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete. An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience.
Brian Alwin, Jennifer Burno, Zach Ducharme, Clayton Rankin, and Devin Witte were selected as State SAE Grant Recipients for a total of $3,500! The Wisconsin FFA Foundation generously helps fund their ag pursuits as FFA members begin, grow, or enhance their projects areas. These students SAE areas include cattle production, poultry production, dairy goat production, and sheep production.
Clinton FFA received the Sand County Foundation’s Pollinator and Monarch Habitat Grant in the amount of $800! We are very excited to work with the Clinton WI FFA Alumni as we propagate and establish a pollinator and monarch area. We will be growing Red Milkweed, Pale Purple Coneflower, Rattlesnake Master, Blazingstar, and Compass plant. Stay tuned in the upcoming months for progress updates and photos!
Our FFA Officers spent a busy evening volunteering at the Rotary Gardens Holiday Light Show in Mid-December. They were living up to the FFA motto's line of "earning to live" through community service. It was a beautiful evening and we couldn’t have asked for better weather! They assisted guests attending the light show, maintained the lights, and networked with one another!
The AP Calculus class finished up their studies on Differential Calculus and will be beginning their unit on Integral Calculus. The PreCalculus classes are studying Networks, which is an application of matrices. They are using public transportation routes to study the usefulness of matrices. In the near future, the PreCalculus students will be studying the usefulness of matrices that are larger than 2x2. Specifically, they will study the geometric effect in 3 dimensions of adding and performing scalar multiplication. The Algebra 2 classes are studying Trigonometry, specifically how the unit circle makes a waveform. Additionally, we have been doing daily ACT questions. The Algebra 1 classes have been studying statistics and are beginning to learn about best-fit lines.
Collectively, the math department is utilizing Method Test Prep to prepare Juniors for the upcoming ACT. And the Math Team is preparing for the Rock Valley Conference Math Meet on March 6th at Jefferson High School.
Teen Book Club met in early January to discuss Jandy Nelson’s, I'll Give You the Sun. We shared snacks and drinks while discussing what we liked and disliked about this coming of age novel focused on misunderstandings, superstitions, first love, and so much more. Book club will meet again in early April.
The maker space has been very popular. Ms. Sample organized a space in a side room of the library where students may now go to build, design, and tinker with a variety of kits, puzzles, and games. We are hoping to increase interest in S.T.E.A.M. activities while stimulating different ways of thinking.
Phy Ed / Health
Wednesdays have been devoted to “Wednesday Wellness”. This week Mrs. Beals’ classes focused on High-intensity interval training (HIIT), also called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) or sprint interval training (SIT), is a form of interval training, a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. Students learn how to monitor their heart rate and adjust their workout accordingly. Working with partners helps with motivation through the workout.
Some health benefits of HIIT are:
HIIT Can Burn a Lot of Calories in a Short Amount of Time
Your Metabolic Rate Is Higher for Hours After Exercise
It Can Help You Lose Fat
You Might Gain Muscle Using HIIT
The Physics students have been working on conservation of energy. We built Rube Goldberg Devices and Measured the transfer of Elastic potential energy into Kinetic energy and finally Gravitational Potential Energy.
Building Rube Goldberg Devices....
Bill Reetz & Max Gunnink
Wyatt Rudolph, Jordan Decker, & Noah Schultz
Joe Wellnitz, Riley Anastasi, & Jackson Nelson
In Mr. Manske's class, we are continuing our unit on Africa. Students watched Hotel Rwanda as part of their study on genocide. The student response was overwhelmingly positive as it helped them visualize what happened in Rwanda. From there we traveled to South Africa where we started our discussion on apartheid, non-violent resistance, and Nelson Mandela.
Sociology and Psychology students are currently studying drug epidemics and the effects that drug abuse have not only on the individual abusing the drugs, but also the effects that drug abuse has on family members and loved ones of the abuser. Both sociology and psychology classes received a visit from Officer Schoonover (pictured at above, right) in which he informed students of the current opiate epidemic plaguing Wisconsin, Rock and Walworth counties in particular. Psychology and Sociology students were very responsive and enjoyed learning about first-hand encounters and problems that drug abuse creates.
Psychology students have been reading Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle this semester. The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Walls in which she details the struggle and times of triumph her and her 3 siblings experienced growing up with very non-traditional parents. This book embodies topics covered in class such as child-parent relationships, substance abuse, and the influence that environment has on the behavior of individuals and the development of personality.
AP World History students recently completed their first AP (advanced placement) level Document Based Question (DBQ) Essay, pertaining to the rapid spread of the bubonic plague throughout Eurasia. The DBQ is a major component of the AP exam that AP World History students will take in May. Students worked very hard to ensure they understood their rubric for this essay and really stepped up to the plate with putting great effort forth to write high-quality essays.
December was a busy month for the Technology Education Department. It started with 5 high school students and 15 middle school students participating in the District 4 SkillsUSA competition at Watertown High School on December 4th. The events they competed in were Urban Search and Rescue (robotics), Team Engineering Challenge and Job Interview. Andrew and Miles Melson placed 3rd in the Urban Search and Rescue. Andrew and Miles will compete again on January 26th in the regional competition at Southwest Technical College (SWTC).
Two Saturdays in December, Mr. John Eliszewski donated his time to give 5 students OSHA 10 training. The OSHA 10 Construction Industry Outreach Training Program is intended to provide an entry level construction worker’s general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. These students saved time and money by participating in this training.
Students will soon be registering for next year’s classes. If they haven’t taken Technology Education classes in the past, this is a great opportunity to sign up for next year. With rising cost of education at 4-year colleges, looking at 2-year technical college might be a better fit. We are continually aligning our courses with what technical colleges teach and what employers wish to see in future employees. Learning a skill is not a dirty word.
Winter Pep Assembly
The winter pep assembly, planned and implemented by Student Council members, showcased each of the winter athletic teams. These student-athletes work hard both on and off the court to achieve their athletic goals while maintaining the academic success that represents the high expectations that is set for all students at CHS. In addition to our athletics, the pep assembly showcased some phenomenal talent by our music department: Joe Wellnitz performed an amazing drum solo, the Honors Choir performed their competition pieces, while Z-Pierre, Prototype, and Caleb G put on a spectacular performance of music they wrote and produced. Key Club, Student Council, FFA, Math Team, and DECA were also recognized for the continuous dedication and inspiring activities they do for the school and community. Student Council members also believe that teachers help make a school “the greatest school ever;” so, members used the winter pep assembly time to honor some of the staff who have inspired them through their teaching. Mr. Brueggen, Mrs. Gander, and Mrs. Ciochon were the first recipients of the teacher inspiration awards. It is because of great teachers that students are successful; thus, StuCo members also wanted to honor those who achieve academic success. Mrs. Gile agreed to help honor the top five highest ACT scores, congratulating the senior class on their achievement and encouraging the juniors to have the drive and perseverance to do well on the test this year. Culminating the winter pep assembly, the students took the opportunity to defeat the staff in a friendly match of dodgeball. While the Senior class was victorious, perhaps they would like a rematch in the near future.
Work Based Learning
It is always fun to see students in a different atmosphere, including on the job. As the first semester wraps up mid-year job site visits are in progress. Students are working and learning at farms, dental offices, manufacturing sites, retail sites, nursing homes, construction sites and restaurants. Most of the Youth Apprenticeship students are at least halfway to their 450 hours of on the job training to earn their certificate and internship students are wrapping up their 90 hours for credit this semester. Students are interviewing for jobs and starting the program also mid-year. If your child would like to earn credit while working have them stop by the counseling office for more information.
The number of students asking about and obtaining job shadows has greatly increased this semester. We have students completing job shadows at a variety of medical fields, graphic design companies, accounting firms, veterinary clinics, diesel mechanic shops just to name a few. Job shadows play an important part in making career goals and aligning your education plan to it.
Pictured above right: Max Gunnink - replacing the interior of the tractor before it is sent off to get painted.
Sra. Rodriguez Spanish 1 & Spanish 2
Sr. Fontan Spanish 2 through 5Students have been working on their CHOICE BOARDS in Sra. Rodríguez and Sr. Fontan’s classes. These Choice Boards can be modified for bell work, daily work, and/or lesson/chapter we happen to be working on for all of the levels. The purpose of these activities is to help students engage with the target language vocabulary through variety and choice. The activities have a range of difficulty and appeal to multiple learning styles and intelligences. While engaging with vocabulary, students are also learning important skills from simple memorization, spelling and speaking practice. The students like the choices and activities.
(Pictured above right: Alex Alonzo - creating a cartoon strip)
Parent Question & Answer Session
Monday, Feb. 19th, 6-7pm
Clinton High School, Room 311
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Parent Question & Answer Session
Wednesday, Feb. 21st, 4-5pm
Clinton High School, Room 311
During Parent-Teacher Conferences I’ll be holding Question & Answer sessions in regards to the new Laude system (information was included in last month’s newsletter) as well as the modified bell schedule. If you can’t attend but would like to discuss something, please contact me and we can schedule a time to meet.
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