Clark High School Monday Memo

April 11, 2016

A Message from Our Superintendent about T-TESS

TEA Rubrics

Dr. Bayyan’s Cultural Competency Corner

In our efforts to reach students from all cultures, this is an interesting info graphic that displays countries, test scores, and student happiness.

Please note where the United States is located and some of the countries where many of our students (and/or their parents) are from. What can we do to catch Singapore????

This info graphic was borrowed from a lesson plan that our own Nicole Vickermandeveloped after her trip to South Korea.

http://www.coolinfographics.com/blog/2014/1/17/where-in-the-world-are-the-best-schools-and-the-happiest-kid.html

We have a new baby...Everly Grey Feldman was born last Thursday at 11:38 a.m. She is 6 pounds, 15 ounces, and 20.5 inches.

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I am so excited to introduce you to The Plano Police Department’s Officer of the Year!!!

Officer Parker received the award for "Officer of the Year" this past Friday night at the Plano Police Departments 41st Annual Awards Banquet. Officer Parker was chosen out of over 250 police officers for this very prestigious award. We are all so blessed to have O.P. on our campus. We definitely have the BEST school liaison officer ever!!
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O.P. and his sergeant, A.D. Paul

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The Three Finalists for Sworn Officer of the Year

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Monica Luckey, Karen Stanton, and Margie Walther were honored for their 15 years of service this past Thursday night at the Plano ISD's 51st Annual "Salute to Service" employee banquet

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Tracy Helms and Margie Walther were both nominated for the Superintendent’s Service Award. The award is designed to honor support staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty as they perform their job responsibilities

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Tracy Helms WON the Superintendent’s Service Award!!

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Tracy celebrates with Melissa and Sandi!

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Tracy’s husband, Greg, was so proud!

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Exciting JROTC News!

Saturday before last, the JROTC competed in their final Drill Meet for this school year at Mesquite High School. Schools from all over Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana participated. Out of all of the Schools, we Placed 2nd place!! Specifically, we Placed 2nd in Armed and Unarmed Drill, and 3rd Place in Female Color Guard. 6 Trophies!! Sergeant Kell is so proud of our Cadets in JROTC!!

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Congratulations to the Plano Senior Varsity Soccer Team for making the Playoffs! Unfortunately, Midland was their final stop, but they fought hard, and we are very proud of our players and coaches!

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PSHS hosted an EOS parent meeting about Advanced Placement for Clark and Vines families last Wednesday night

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Teresa Reeves Shares a Technology Tip from Her Biology Class

Attached are some pictures I took of my students using the Quizlet Live online game to review for the Plant Unit test. The students loved it and many commented how much this helped them prepare for the test.


This online tool requires the students to work as a team to answer review questions and earn points. Students use their cell phones or classroom computers and work together to answer correctly. The 4-person team scores show on the screen so there is a lively competition going on during the game.


A lot of collaboration and noisy, healthy competition and fun was enjoyed by all!

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Reminders from your fellow teachers...


I thought it would be more powerful if you could hear directly from your colleagues:


  • Would it be possible to send out another reminder to teachers to please not send students down to the athletic locker room throughout the day? We are being interrupted in the middle of class during almost every period, sometimes multiple times. It just makes it difficult to seamlessly teach class with the constant interruptions. I think they might be under the impression that it is unlocked and the students can freely come and go and are unaware that the dance and PE teachers are being asked to stop teaching to allow them in to the locker room. Thank you!


  • I am getting a lot of push back from kids. I am hearing from many of them across my classes that a lot of their teachers let them listen to music. Could we maybe put a reminder in the MM or something?


  • Just a reminder that we agreed upon the norm at the beginning of the school year that we would not allow students to listen to music during class unless teachers wanted to allow it during study hall. When teachers don’t follow this norm, it makes it really difficult for teachers that do.

Read Closely if You Have Any Expired Medications

Did you know approximately 25,00 people overdosed and died from prescription drugs in 2014? You can help keep unused and expired prescriptions from being abused. The DEA holds a drug “take back” day where you simply bring any unused or expired medications to a site and drop it off. It is FREE and it is EASY to do! On April 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, you can stop by any collection site nearest you and drop off your medications. There will be sites at PSHS, PESH, PWSH and Clark schools this year. I have included the website if you need a site closer to home.

Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinets and help us fight the battle of prescription drug abuse. Together, we can make a difference!

Check out the article from the Plano Police Department. https://nextdoor.com/agency-post/tx/plano/plano-police-department/national-drug-take-back-2016-20761427/

More fun(draising) news for the 2016/2017 school year

If you plan on having a Fundraiser or collect money for ANY reason the first three weeks of school please make sure you have the proper forms signed and turned in to your office manager, Sandi, BEFORE we leave THIS school year. If you have any questions please make sure you touch base with me for clarification.

Clark groups that collected early this year (2015/16) were;

ASL

AVID

BPA

HOSA

PALS

Yearbook

ALSO;

As we wind down 2015/2016 school year, please notice the following deadlines.

FUNDRAISERS & DEPOSITS

All 2015/2016 Fundraisers need to be completed, deposits** made and all related forms turned in to Sue Daldin by May 2nd.

**DO NOT take any personal checks for any reason after May 2nd. If they are included in a deposit they will be returned to you.

The English and ESL Departments Celebrated Natalie Bauerkemper and Alexis Wilkinson’s Birthdays last Friday!

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The Clark Orchestra Traveled to San Antonio this Weekend for their Spring Trip

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