Dolphin Newsletter


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Message from Administration!

Hello Clifford Families,

We had such a great week getting ready to send kids home to find rest and rejuvenation with their families. I know that this time of year brings about areas of excitement, stress, and business, but we truly hope that you find moments to enjoy celebrating with your friends and family.

These last, almost, two years have been trying and brought about stress none of us could have imagined. The kids have endured so much and our staff has risen above and beyond to meet the needs of our students. We are so grateful to the dedication of both our staff and families for being strong in the wake of everything we have endured in 2020 and 2021. We hope that we can look ahead to a positive 2022! Thank you for your encouragement, warm thoughts and gifts this week. You have no idea how much we appreciate and value those sentiments. Happy Winter Break!

Jude & Tiffany

Our Dolphin Promise

To teach students, not subjects or textbooks

To make learning joyful

To be proactive rather than reactive

To teach in ways that respond to our students' needs

To meet students where they are

To keep in mind that learning is a process that takes time and commitment

To keep relationships at the core of how we work together

To help each student feel valued, seen, and heard

To create an atmosphere that welcomes every student to belong

To dream big, have perseverance and grit

To challenge all students to learn at high levels

To inspire and motivate students

To include academic challenges so that all students can explore their potential

To love, protect, and care for our community

To be proud of who we are no matter what adversity we face

To be dependable and reliable

To be an upstander

To be Dolphin proud

Dolphin Creed!

I am a Dolphin

I am a scholar

I am a teacher

I am a friend

I have a voice

I will lead, not follow

I will believe, not doubt

I will create, not destroy

I am a force for good

I will defy the odds

I will set a new standard

I am a dolphin

Ready to conquer the world!

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Upcoming Dates for your Calendar...

December 18th-January 3rd: Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

January 3- Teacher inservice Day

January 4- Students return to school

January 17th- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL

January 19th- Kindergarten Information Night- 5PM |Link|

January 20 Virtual PTO Meeting 7PM |Link|

January 25 SSC Meeting 6-7 |Link|

January 31-February 4- Outdoor Ed. 6th-7th Grade

February 18th- Minimum Day- Thursday Schedule

February 21st-25st- President's Week No School for Students

March 8- End of Trimester 2

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We have Dolphin Award Winners to Celebrate!

The names of students below were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating excellence in our Dolphin Creed character traits!

Dolphin Character- Students earning this award show concern and/or sympathy for others, are sensitive to the needs of others, offer support & give their time, talents, and resources to help others, talking positively about others, considering the needs of others, not just their own. They show understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit. These students exemplify the Core Value of Care!

Dolphin Respect—Students earning this award have demonstrated respect for self, others, learning environment and learning. They have good behavior, good attitude, and participate in class on a daily basis. Students earning this award are the most improved students. These students exemplify the Core Values of RESPECT

Dolphin Empathy - Students earning this award have demonstrated care and concern towards other Dolphins. They consistently reach out to others and help them feel cared for. These students exemplify the Core Value of EMPATHY!

Dolphin Eager—Students earning this award exhibit leadership among their peers, earn high grades in all content areas, and are considered a positive role model for their peers. These students are also asking for extra credit and go above and beyond when working on projects and/or special assignments. These students are never tardy between classes and are always ready to learn from bell to bell. These students exemplify the Core Value of being EAGER!

Dolphin Dreamer—Students earning this award are helpful to others, consistent with their work ethic, and are students who try hard in classes. These students set goals and are always looking to the future. These Dolphin Dreamers are not only creative, but they are resourceful and inspire others to think outside the box. The Dolphin Dreamer is gentle by nature and loyal. These students live above their background and don’t let hard times change their course. Even in adversity, they believe they will still be successful! These students exemplify the Core Value of DREAMER!

TK Winner

  • Ms. Lauren- June Woodward - Dolphin Respect

Kindergarten Winners

  • Ms. Mairani's Class: Roger Larios- Dolphin Respect
  • Mrs. Wilkerson's Class: Anna Merkulov- Dolphin Eager
  • Mrs. Sterger's Class: Chance Marpuri- Dolphin Empathy
  • Mr. Goity's Class: Ava Ma- Dolphin Respect

1st Grade Winners

  • Ms. Smith's -Jayden Dong- Dolphin Respect
  • Mrs. Wilkerson's Class -Abby Cheng- Dolphin Respect
  • Mr. Reilly's Class- Aiden Dunphey- Dolphin Respect

2nd Grade Winners

  • Ms. Collins's- Annie Depold- Dolphin Character
  • Ms. Fowle's- Kealani Lee- Dolphin Respect
  • Ms. Bewley's- Cyrus Shekarchi- Dolphin Empathy

3rd Grade Winners

  • Mrs. Overbey's Class- Gianna Shand- Dolphin Empathy
  • Mrs. Costa's Class- McKenna Wylie- Dolphin Eager
  • Ms. Davis's Class- Miguel Garibay- Dolphin Respect

4th Grade Winners

  • Ms. Eaton's Class- Marian Cajas Castro- Dolphin Empathy
  • Ms. Cody's Class- Michelle Morales- Dolphin Empathy

5th Grade Winners

  • Mrs. Zak's Class- Teddy Stump- Dolphin Empathy
  • Ms. Curtis's Class- Nicole Strathdee- Dolphin Eager

6th Grade Winners

  • Dominick Gonzales-Dolphin Character
  • Jeremi Cajas-Dolphin Respect
  • Horacio Salto- Dolphin Dreamer

7th Grade Winners

  • Wyatt Dunning- Dolphin Character

  • Oliver Rivaje- Dolphin Respect

  • Eliel De La Cruz Hernandez- Dolphin Empathy

  • Sarah Shembri- Dolphin Eager

  • Stella Saucedo- Dolphin Dreamer

8th Grade Winners

  • Savannah Villalobos Sanchez- Dolphin Character

  • Gael Morales- Dolphin Respect

  • Johanna Ramirez-Lopez- Dolphin Empathy

  • Jacoby Kerr - Dolphin Eager

  • Sonjenae (Moriah) Shand- Dolphin Dreamer

Middle School Dolphin Award Winners!

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TK-5th Grade Dolphin Award Winners (Not all pictured)

Middle School Academic Award Winners! Students who won are earning a 3.00-4.00+ GPA!

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Family Connection Corner!

Hello Clifford Families,

We are adding a new section to our newsletter to give our families an insight into the everyday happenings of students at Clifford. We know it has been a struggle to feel connected to our school community when you are not able to visit campus as you were once able to do. We hope this section provides you with insight into the joy our students live out everyday at Clifford. If you have ideas for things you would like to see in this section, please let me know!

--Tiffany Parrish: Assistant Principal

Today, the last day before Winter Break, students are still busy working on fun activities in their classrooms and around campus. Here's what some of our students have been up to at school.

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Message from Equity Coach, Natalie!

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

During last week’s Inclusive School Week many classes took advantage of the various lessons I offered. It was wonderful to connect with the students on the issues around disabilities awareness. As someone who is hearing impaired, I was able to share my own disability with the students and talk about how I learned to advocate for myself. Discussing disability awareness with the students was a good way to show them the importance of being an inclusive school.

This week students who visited the Equity Room learned about some winter celebrations around the world. The common themes in all the celebrations were lights, food, family and friends. However you spend your Winter Break I wish the whole Clifford family a relaxing time filled with warmth and happiness.

All the Best,


Email Natalie

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Clifford School

Jude Noyes- Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Assistant Principal

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