Clark High School

Monday Memo

Clark Events: Sept. 28 - Oct. 2

Monday, September 28

  • Campus PD from 4:30-5:30 in 101B

Tuesday, Sept. 29

  • End of 1st Six Weeks
  • (5:30/6:30/7:30) 9th & 10th Volleyball vs. Williams @ Williams

Thursday, Oct. 1

  • (5:30/7:00) - 9th Football vs. Vines @ Clark Central

Friday, Oct. 2

  • Grades due to Margie by 9:00 a.m.
  • STST meeting at 12:15 in 100W
  • (7:30) 10th Volleyball vs. Lewisville @ Clark

Duty Schedule

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We have lots of birthdays this week!

Collier, Stacie 30-Sep

Dakota, Cindy 30-Sep

Sikora, Farzana 1-Oct

Reeves, Teresa 3-Oct

Kent, Krista 4-Oct

This week’s Scoreboard

The following are the athletic scores that have been shared with me this week:

Clark 9th A football team beat Jasper on Thursday night 28-0!

Clark 9th B football team beat Jasper on Thursday night 46-0!

Clark 10th football team beat Williams on Thursday night 28-6!

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Campus Professional Development this Monday from 4:30-5:30

As you know, we have an Optional Campus Professional Development opportunity on Monday, September 28th. It will be from 4:30-5:30 in computer lab 101b. Three of our wonderful ladies from Instructional Technology will be here to facilitate a PD session on “The next step in Google Classroom and Google Docs.” The trainers that are coming out are the best of the best in our instructional technology department. I really hope you will consider attending since I know many of you have embraced “All things Google.” I have found it certainly is more time efficient.

Guidelines for Giving a Student an Incomplete for the 6 weeks

If a student has outstanding work that he or she is still allowed to makeup, he or she should be given an Incomplete, rather than giving a grade and then changing it later. If a student is given an Incomplete, he or she will become ineligible to compete in UIL activities until the Incomplete is cleared up. If the incomplete is cleared with a passing grade, then the student regains eligibility.

If you give a student an incomplete, you need to notify the parents and make SPECIFIC arrangements as to when the student will make up the missing work. It is critical that the missing work is completed as soon as possible because the longer an assignment or test remains outstanding, the more likely the student will perform poorly on it due to the time between the instruction and the assessment. Naturally, sometimes there are extenuating circumstances that prohibit the incomplete from being cleared in a timely fashion, but in the majority of instances, this is possible if the expectations are made clear to the student and parent.

If you are going to need to give a student an Incomplete, please email your PLC administrator for approval. You will need to provide an explanation as to why an incomplete is needed.

Counseling Info

The Last day for changing from Honors to On-Level courses is Friday, October 9th. After this point, students will remain in Honors until the end of the semester.

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Teachers: did you know that you have free access to professional periodicals and journals through the Clark Library databases? These resources are great for those writing grants or working on an advanced degree. Type into any browser and click on the databases button to access an entire electronic world of information. You can even set up journal alerts to come via email. See me for details-

Library scheduling: This Thursday and Friday The Professional Communications teachers have reserved the library for all periods. Please keep this in mind when planning your week. There will be no study hall/ lunch passes on those two days.

Just as a reminder, teachers may send up to five students during study hall. You can write all five names on one pass, send five individual passes, or make laminated /reusable “study hall” passes. However, please do not send students to the library with a post it note or notebook paper. Thank you!

Special Invitation from our Orchestra Directors, Brian Eaton & Brad Davis

The Clark Orchestra would like to cordially invite you to our two Honor Orchestra performances. They are scheduled as follows:

Friday, October 9th-6:00pm @ Allen High School Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, October 13th-6:30pm @ Christ United Methodist Church

Since the beginning of the school year, the Clark Chamber Orchestra has been preparing to compete in the TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra competition. In addition to daily rehearsals in class, the students have had weekly after-school rehearsals and are working vigorously to prepare for a level of performance that is beyond their years. To give some perspective to this process, all of our orchestras are only required to perform a grade 2 and grade 3 piece (on a scale of 1-5) at UIL Concert and Sight-reading. While many of our orchestras routinely perform pieces above this level in difficulty, the Chamber Orchestra is currently preparing three grade 5 pieces for this contest. This is very challenging for such a young group of students!

This annual competition involves the best high school orchestras in the state competing for the honor of being selected as this year’s TMEA High School String Honor Orchestra. The winning ensemble is invited to perform at the TMEA Convention in February for the largest yearly gathering of Texas music educators. This year there are nearly 50 orchestras competing and only a handful of Non-Varsity orchestras, including Clark, are in the mix. Whatever the outcome of the competition is, we are extremely proud of the hard work our students have put into this process and would love for you to come out and support them at one of our concerts!

Are you updating grades weekly?

Just a quick reminder that all teachers are expected to update their grades each Monday by 5:00 p.m. Naturally, a lengthy essay, long project, or listening exam may take longer to grade, but all daily work and scantron type quizzes and tests should be recorded by 5:00 p.m. on Mondays for any work from the previous week.

Reminder from Human Resources

We would like to take this opportunity to ask all employees to take a few moments to review their current employee record in Employee Service Center ([]

This includes name, address, race, ethnicity, phone numbers, emergency contacts, and privacy flags as related to the Section 552.024 of the Government Code (Texas Public Information Act).

Once logged in to Employee Service Center ([], click on the “Personal Information” bar and then access each tab at the top. After the update is made, click “save” at the bottom of each page. Name and address changes are made by submitting the forms below.

For name changes, please submit updated information to

For address changes, please submit updated information to

As with other situations where employees need to access TEAMS, we ask that departments make available computers for employees to use if they do not have computer stations assigned to them.

If employees encounter technical problems trying to access or change their information in Employee Service Center, they may contact the Help Desk at extension 28767 (469-752-8767) or

4th period attendance collaboration requested

We all want our students to be successful, and study hall is a great opportunity to provide them extra help to reach that goal. In order to minimize attendance confusion with their regular 4th period teacher, please either have them check in with that teacher first or communicate via email with the teacher, so the student is not marked absent by mistake. Thanks so much!

A big thank you from ASL teachers, Lisa McLeroy & Misty Felner

We want to thank everyone for the huge success we had last week for the Deaf Awareness week. Our students have told us numerous times that they now understand the frustration that Deaf goes through every day and what it is truly like to be a Deaf person. We are pleased with our students, and we saw how much they enjoyed this event. We appreciate all of your support and hope that you have learned something too. We are still selling ASL tshirt for $15.00. If you are interested, please let Lisa McLeroy know.

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Other Reminders for the Week

  • The end of the first six weeks is September 29th. Grades must be submitted to Margie Walther no later than 9:00 a.m. on October 2nd. Report cards will be distributed to students during fourth period on Wednesday, October 7th.
  • There is a mandatory campus pd for all professional teaching staff on Monday, October 5th at either 7:45 or 4:30 in 100W. The counselors will be training us for the upcoming Cogat/PSAT testing on October 14th.
  • Mark your calendars for our next Fire Drill-October 5th during 2nd period.
  • Don’t forget PSHS joined us for a tailgate party on Friday, October 9, beginning at 5:30. They are playing Plano East. Hotdogs, Hamburgers, and all the fixings will be served at no charge to you, your family, and friends. The more the merrier. Please let your department chair know right away if you are planning on attending because I need to give PSHS a count for grocery shopping purposed. The PSHS principal will also be passing out free tickets to the game for you and your guests. If you haven’t ever been to a PSHS football game, it is a lot of fun!!
  • October 12th is Parent/Teacher Conference Day. See last week’s MM for details and requirements. Be sure to enter your in-person conferences on the Parent/Teacher Conference Day Google sheet I shared with all teachers, counselors, and admin. The documentation sheet was attached to last week’s MM email.
  • If you do not have a club or organization that is participating in the PSHS Homecoming parade, I hope you will still consider coming out with friends or family. It is so much fun to see our former students! The parade is on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30. It begins at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Roundrock.
  • The fun returns on Friday, October 30th, during all lunches. The PTSA will be sponsoring Cougar Chow again this year, and we will have food trucks and other food vendors. Our favorite DJ will be there too! Stay tuned for additional details.
  • The deadline to complete the mandatory SafeSchool Videos is December 18th.

Janis Williams, Clark High School Principal