The Bird Call
News and Notes from Clever High School
Band students are working hard daily to prepare for marching season.
Apollo 11 Preparation
Students in Mrs. Grant's class are gearing up for the Apollo 11 showcase event.
Coach Jones and the FCA meet every Wednesday morning for fellowship and food, all are welcome.
It's a Learning Experience
Recently, the staff at Clever High School participated in a full day of professional development. These opportunities are so valuable as our teachers are pulled in many different directions and chances to focus on individual and collaborative professional growth are rarely available outside of the school day. So, before I go any further, I want to say THANK YOU from everyone here for supporting our need to take this time during a typical school day. You can rest assured knowing that we do not take these opportunities for granted.
One area we focused on during this recent professional development time is our school climate. A quick internet search of "school culture" or "school climate" provides a long list of articles, books, and other resources for anyone looking to learn more. For our purposes though, school climate refers to the school's effects on students. Peter Dewitt, a well-known educator, describes school climate this way: "I've heard leaders say they want to focus on it but there isn't enough time and they can't handle another thing on their plate. This is flawed thinking because school climate is the plate that everything else sits on". The climate allows for the conditions to exist for learning to take place, social and emotional growth, and for you as stakeholders to engage in the school.
The truth is, we don't have all of the answers to our questions surrounding the school climate here at CHS. What we do know is that we have areas where we can improve. Our students deserve the best experience possible during their four years of high school and this requires more than a robust and challenging curriculum. We believe that students who attend and graduate from CHS must be better people than when they started here. This means the climate must focus on tenets that will improve the whole student, well beyond their academic abilities. Academics will always be a priority and our expectations on this will never change. However, the staff agreed that we also want out students to be:
If we are able to combine these traits with academic excellence, then we are preparing our students for success beyond their time here at CHS. It is a big task. Daunting, even. More than that though, it is 100% worthwhile. It will take time to get there and we may never fully accomplish what we are setting out to do. But, that won't stop us from moving ahead full throttle.
We can't do this alone. Our staff, students, and families will need to buy in and believe that this matters and that we can make a positive difference. The message has to be consistent across the board and I have no doubt that as a team, we can create a better opportunity for our students.
Our character word of the month for September is Responsibility. Our students are already showing the characteristics of a “Responsible Bluejay” by picking up trash that isn’t theirs in the lunchroom and coming in early to get caught up on assignments before the big test. We are so pleased that this positivity and kindness is being spread around school. So far, we’ve had 23 positive referrals for August and September. If your student has received a positive referral, a note will be sent home along with the positive referral for you to keep.
New Tardy Policy
Our tardy policy has changed from last year to this year. This information listed below is taken from our student handbook. Please make sure you are aware of this change and the consequences for period tardies.
Just as important as attendance is promptness. There will be four minutes between each class before the tardy bell rings for class to begin. A person is tardy if he or she is not in the room and seated when the tardy bell rings - unless permission to be late has been granted by an administrator, teacher, or the nurse.
Tardies are accumulated each QUARTER. Students are expected to be in class when the tardy bell rings. Students arriving after 8:05 a.m. in the morning must report to the office for a pass to class and must sign on the daily in/out form.
Students may be tardy cumulatively three times per quarter without penalty. Once the 4th+ tardy has been reached a discipline referral will be generated from the assistant principal’s office. The penalty for subsequent tardiness is as follows:
4th, 5th, & 6th tardy: one-day after-school detention.
7th and 8th tardy: two after-school detentions.
9th tardy: three after-school detentions.
Subsequent tardies: a minimum of four after-school detentions.
A student will not be considered “in good standing” until all assigned detentions have been served.
Make sure you are signing up and taking the October and/or December ACT. If you did not score Advanced or Proficient on the Algebra I EOC, you can still meet the math requirement of the A+ Scholarship. See the list below to see what ACT math subscore your child needs based on their GPA.
17 (ACT Math) or greater and 2.5 (GPA) or greater
16 (ACT Math) and 2.8 (GPA) or greater
15 (ACT Math) and 3.0 (GPA) or greater
Keep checking Canvas for announcements and updates. Included on Canvas is a list of technical and community schools around Missouri that accept the A+ Scholarship. There is also a document called A+ Scholarship 2019. This is a list of 4-year universities offering scholarships for being in the A+ program.
You may begin filling out the FAFSA starting October 1st!
Students of the Month
Fan of the Week
The cheerleaders have been on the lookout for a student to give the title of "Fan of the Week" to and our first winner was treated to a basket full of treats!
Please help keep our students safe in the mornings and afternoons by not driving in the bus lane. The fastest way for parents to pick up students is to meet them on the east side of the building.
Did you know the Clever FFA program has a community garden available to any Clever resident? It is located just south of the AG building!
Fan of the Week
High School Parent 101 - Tips and Tricks
Click here for some helpful information on the vaping epidemic from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We encourage you to talk to your student, be informed of what to look for, and reach out to the school if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help and educating our students on the risks is our top priority.
Teens are vaping at an alarming rate across the United States and Clever is no exception. The picture above shows what was confiscated within the first 20 days of school alone. Below, is a quick summary of the harmful byproducts found in the aerosol produced from vaping.
Seniors Claim the Spirit Stick!
Several College Representatives will be visiting Clever High School. Juniors and Seniors can sign up in the commons.
Mizzou - Sepember 26th @ 8:30
Central Methodist - October 1st @ 11:00
Juniors and Seniors can attend a college fair at Ozark High School on October 4th. Sign up & permission slips are in the commons.
Sophomores are invited to Explore OTC on September 27th. Sign up & permission slips are in the commons.
Clubs an Organizations
Future Teachers of America - Mrs. Neely
Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Coach Jones
Science History Club - Mr. Burry
Clever Student Alliance - Mrs. Money
Art Club - Mr. Schmidt
Future Business Leaders of America - Mrs. Lumpkin
National Honor Society - Ms. Lathem
Future Farmers of America - Ms. Miller
Student Council - Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Waisner
Yearbook - Mr. Boyles
Speech and Debate - Mrs. Scheibe and Mrs. Money
Academic Team - Mr. Walker and Mr. McGarry
Spirit Squad - Mrs. Neely
Theatre - Mrs. Scheibe
Math Club - Ms. Strickland
24th - Senior Gap and Gown orders are due with payment
27th - OTC Sophomore Days
4th - FFA Farm Fest
5th - Valhalla Marching Band Festival
8th - High School Read-a-Thon
11th - FCA Bonfire
12th - Ozark Mountain Marching Band Festival
14th - Columbus Day: No School
16th - FFA Day on the Farm
18th - Clever Choir Showcase
24th - FFA Area Barnwarming
26th - Neewollah Marching Band Festival
29th - 31st - National FFA Convention
30th - Apollo 11 Night
Name: Haylee Rethman
Hobbies & Interests: reading, writing, volleyball, arts & crafts, going to garage sales
Family: Parents: Bill & Renee Rethman, Fiancé: Tyler Anderson, Pets: Esther the cat & Rudy the mini weenie dog
Current Job: English teacher at Nixa High School
College after CHS: Westminster College (Bachelor of Arts) & University of Missouri (Master's in Education)
Degrees Earned: Undergraduate: Secondary Education, English, & Spanish Graduate: Learning, Teaching, & Curriculum
Extracurricular Activities at CHS: varsity volleyball and softball, Bird's Eye View journalism staff, Future Teachers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Art Club, & class officer member
Favorite Class at CHS: It's hard to choose. The ones I remember most fondly (maybe not the material, but the teachers) are upper-level art with Mr. Schmidt, Spanish 4 with Señora Cobb, and Journalism with Mr. Lawson. All of the teachers had a great impact on me and positively influenced me to pursue a career in teaching.
Advice to current CHS students: Take care of yourself, find people who make you a better person and spend your time with those people, enjoy what you do, stay positive, and try to make the world a better place.