CHS Newsletter

News You Can Use - December 2018

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Important Dates

Dec. 24th - Winter Break Begins

Jan. 2nd - Return from Winter Break

Jan. 7th - 5:00pm - 9:00pm: 8th Grade Night & Parent Meeting;

PBIS Students & Staff of the Month

Department & Extracurricular Information


Wildlife and Natural Resources

Students just finished exploring the aspects of wildlife management and are now moving into habitat management before break!

Animal Science

Animal science students have been diving into the swine industry as an avenue to explore pathogens, spread of disease, and the use of antibiotics and vaccines in livestock including an injection lab where they gave shots to grapefruit!

Landscape Design

These students are wrapping up the elements and principles of design and will beginning the basics of drafting and computer design programs.


Drawing 1 class has been working hard on incorporating “light logic” into their Metamorphosis Drawings. Next up will be a charcoal drawing while continuing to work with value.

Drawing 2 students are working on a Value study in a choice of media. Next up will be a portraiture unit.

Advanced Art 2 students are working on an acrylic painting on canvas that must contain an element of 3 dimensional.

Photography 1 and 2 students are working on a 2 units - a thematic winter unit and a motion photography unit. We are hoping it snows soon so we can do some snow shots for parts of the winter unit.


The Clinton High School Band recently performed a very successful Holiday Band concert. Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and the High School Jazz Band performed for parents, grandparents, friends, and relatives at the high school on Monday, December 10, 2018.

The high school band has also been hard at work playing pep bands and will be unveiling some new pep tunes to our repertoire in the near future.

Several members of the Clinton High School Band performed at the Winter Wonderland festival in downtown Clinton and braved the cold, even though we experienced frozen valves and and trombone slides.

Since the Holiday Concert is complete, we are now shifting focus towards Solo and Ensembles.

Please stay up to date with Clinton Band happenings by liking our facebook page: Clinton High School Band or following us on twitter: Clinton_Band or follow #GoClintonBand

Business & Marketing

Students participated in Mini Business World hosted at CareerTek. Wisconsin Mini Business World is a competitive academic program that teaches students the values of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and free-market enterprise. Congratulations to the winners who created the "Bend" product. Clinton had 2 participants on that team. These students won free vouchers for this year's summer camp

Marketing classes held a Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday sale. They partnered with Main Street Lettering to offer business casual attire to Clinton Community School District staff members. The sale provided an excellent learning opportunity and served as a great service for our staff.

Cougar Cave - As our spirit wear and convenience enterprises expand, so does our need to be mobile! Our retail lab was able to purchase a new Point of Sale (POS) system for the Cougar Cave. The new POS was purchased through Perkins Grant monies and will allow for better inventory control and sales tracking. Cougar Cave manager Tiffini Elgas has been working very hard to get all of our data backed up before the changeover occurs before break. We are grateful for the opportunity to improve our store and better serve the CCSD community.


The Choir Concert was on December 17th and was an excellent show.

Clinton Honor Society

  • The Clinton Honor Society held our induction ceremony for new members on Wednesday, December 12. Congratulations to all members! Our goal is to complete one community service project each month. For the month of December, we wrote out cards to celebrate the holiday season and delivered them to the residents of Alden Meadow Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Clinton.


DECA partnered with the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to help raise scholarship money during the annual Winter Wonderland celebration. Despite frigid temperatures, hearts and bellies were warmed with chili, cornbread and hot chocolate for a good cause. Our crew were troopers!

DECA members are busy preparing for district competition that will be held at Sun Prairie High School on January 12. Students picked event areas and will be taking an economics test, cluster test, and completing two role plays in front of judges. We are still in need of judges. If you are interested in helping judge please sign up here.

Our DECA members also offered Santa in a Box as a community service project to students in our elementary school who have economic hardships. Our members asked district staff and students to donate items for the cause and wrapped each gift individually. This holiday season is a great reminder of the generosity that exists in our school district. We are #cougarproud!


  • English 9 students have been busy reading outside of class. The overall goal is to read 100,000 using books that are not read in class. This breaks down to about 4 books per student over the course of the school year. Students write down the book they read, the author, and the number of pages, then they stick it to the wall. We have more than 12,000 pages, but we have quite a few pages to go. Winter Break is the perfect time to shut off the video games, put down the devices, and snuggle up with a good book!


This month cooking has focused on food students would possibly consider making during break. Students made gingerbread dough, cut, baked, and constructed mini gingerbread houses. The next lab they had was stir fry. Leftovers from the stir-fry lab were used to make fried rice. The last food lab in December was cut-out sugar cookies. Students made the dough one day, and then rolled it out, cut it, and baked it on a block day. The cookies were then frosted and decorated the day before break.


The FFA wants to send out a huge shout out to the community for your support during our recent Fruit Sale! It was a great success and we look forward to another round next year! On Thursday, December 13th a crew of FFA members volunteered at the Rotary Botanical Gardens Light Show! It was a perfect weather night to explore the show and help out the local community! Upcoming before break we have our final chapter meeting of 2018 on Wednesday, December 19th at 6:30 pm in room 310! This is a joint middle school and high school meeting and there will be dinner served for members! Starting in January we will be starting sign up for CDEs and LDEs, so students should start thinking about what competitions they might like to do! Ms. Braukhoff will also be hosting a proficiency, state degree, and American degree workday over winter break. Date TBD.

The FFA also wants to extend a thank you to Compeer Financial for a generous holiday donation to the FFA chapter!


On December 4th, we hosted Hour of Code (Day of Code) in the LMC, with activities that broaden participation for students in computer programming and coding. The hour of code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. The activities are designed to demystify “code” to show that anybody can learn the basics. We had several students participate and have fun coding and dancing at the dance party.


  • AP Calculus students will be finalizing their study on Differentiation. Students will be studying the graphs of functions and their derivatives along with optimization problems.

  • PreCalculus students are finishing up their study on matrix transformation by finding inverse matrices. Students will then begin their study on applications of matrices through networks.

  • Algebra 2 students are continuing their work with Rational and Radical expressions.

  • Geometry students are working diligently on right triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem.

  • Algebra 1 students are finishing up their unit on Systems of Equations and will be entering into the field of Statistics.

  • Members of the Clinton High School Math Team participated in the 3-2-1! National Quiz Bowl on November 29th. They answered questions related to topics covered in all content areas in high school. They answered 58.5% of the questions correct. Results will be in later in December.

Phy Ed / Health

Fall sports classes are completing their unit of badminton. The Chinese invented the first version of badminton in the fifth century A.D. The first international competition was between the English and the Irish in 1903 in Dublin. The sport became popular in the United States in the 1930’s. Badminton was a demonstration sport in the 1972 Olympics. In 1992 it was a full medal sport for the first time at Barcelona, Spain. Much like tennis, badminton is a great racquet sport that offers a tremendous amount of benefits for participants. Whether it’s in singles or doubles, badminton is a fun and exciting sport to pick up if you’re looking for an activity that boosts your physical, mental and social aspects of health.

Occupational Therapy News

Effects of To Much Screen Time

Text Neck - Too much screen time can affect us posturally, physically, visually, academically, socially, and emotionally. It is important to monitor the amount of screen time that is used per day. Text neck is real.

  • Repetitive strain injury that results from hunched over position while looking at digital devices
  • Neck moves forward (looking down), head drops forward, shoulders round
  • Changes natural curvature of the neck
  • Strains muscles in the neck, shoulders, and lower back
  • Causes wear and tear on the structures of the neck
  • Neck muscles are designed to support the weight of your head (10-12 lbs.)
  • Every one inch that your head drops forward, the load on your neck muscles doubles
  • Looking down at a digital device can put 60 lbs. of force on your neck


  • Obesity due to sedentary behavior
  • High blood pressure from lack of physical activity
  • Reduced quality of sleep
  • Irregular sleep schedule
  • Shorter sleep duration

  • Nearsightedness
  • Possibly due to increased time focusing on things too close
  • Lack of exposure to outdoor activities
  • Excessive eye strain
  • Esotropia (crossing of the eyes)
  • Blurry vision
  • Excessive dry eye


Media use displaces physical activity, hands-on exploration and face-to-face social interaction in the real world, which is critical to learning

More than two hours of screen time per day impedes on a child’s brain development

  • Decreased attention span
  • Underdeveloped or delayed language skills
  • Deficits in critical thinking and creativity skills
  • Decreased intrinsic motivation for learning

Social-Emotional Development

Children who are overexposed to media spend less time playing and may develop a stimulus addiction

  • Hyperactivity
  • Aggression
  • Fear
  • Insensitivity
  • Violent behaviors
  • Bullying behaviors
  • Loss of social skills

The process of being sedentary does not allow for the physical release necessary to dissipate anxieties and frustrations, resulting in anger and aggressive behaviors.

Health Outcomes

Research has shown that the more time that children spend with screens and media, their chances of being impacted by negative health outcomes increases

· Obesity

· Tobacco use

· Drug use

· Alcohol use

· Sexual behavior

· Low academic achievement



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School Counseling

The School Counselor webpage on the district site is full of information for all students and families. The counseling news section and the scholarship opportunities section are updated weekly, so be sure to keep your eye on those spots. You can also schedule an appointment with Mrs. Woodward, find helpful phone numbers and resources, and learn more about Academic and Career Planning.

Reminder, the ACT and ACT WorkKeys tests will be given to all Junior students February 20th and 21st.

Science : Global Health Day @ UW-Madison

See photo below: Kendyl Bagley, Erin Bauer, Sam Carillo,Maddie Diderich, Cora Laatz, Charlotte Mueller, Brenna Mullooly, Gladys Lara, Lauren Corral, Jordyn Waite, Kelsey Beaumont, Mrs. Maureen Howe, and Mrs. Cindy Gander represented Clinton High School at Global Health Days.

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Science continued...

Anatomy students are learning about the skeletal system- structure, function, common diseases, disorders, and types of fractures.

Physics students have been working on Physics applications in the real word. Each student was asked to research a sport of interest and design a presentation that demonstrated an understanding of the physics principles involved in that activity. Currently we are finishing friction and on to momentum.

Types of collisions will be identified and calculations of impulse and momentum will be covered.

From Rutherford’s discovery of the nucleus to Niels Bohr’s insights into the arrangement of electrons, our chemistry students have been working to understand how and why chemical bonds form between different elements. Testing the conductivity of ionic compounds in solution and heating compounds to determine if they have low or high melting points the students have busily working to identify the characteristics of ionic and covalent bonds. Is that Glucose or Copper II Chloride, well our students should be able to exam the data and explain the differences between the two.

Social Studies

In World History students are fresh off of putting Genghis Khan on trial. By popular request we’re going to put several other historical figures on trial in the upcoming weeks as we move into the Era of Exploration.

Global Studies Honors is exploring a similar motif as they are exploring the ideas of empires and imperialism with a current focus on Africa.

Global Studies is beginning to explore Africa, starting with the imperialization of the continent and moving into studying different countries and regions.

Psychology students have wrapped up their Social Psychology unit and are moving into Sensory and Perception. To start the unit off right they are constructing paper models of the brain, ear, and eye.

The economics class is finishing up a project that has them analyzing a particular industry. A number of these projects will be presented in class in front of a business professor from Rockford University who will offer feedback to the student presentations. Our unit after this will be an introduction to macroeconomics including topics such as money and banking, interest rates and the Federal Reserve System.

American Political Studies are completing a unit on the Executive Branch. Students are researching various foreign policy decisions from Nixon to Bush to present to the class.

US History is now exploring the time period of the Civil War and Reconstruction including the rise of slavery in America and the impact this had on American cultural, economic, and political life.

AP US History is studying the mid 1800’s and the social and cultural changes taking place in America. We are also ready to begin our unit on the Abolitionist Movement and the development of the slave economy in the south.

Tech Ed

Students in Welding Fundamentals have been busy working on their welding skills by creating a “Boat Anchor”. It gets the name because they weld so much on it that it weighs enough to be a boat anchor. These students are following the Blackhawk Technical College (BTC) Welding and Blueprint Reading Curriculum, working towards getting BTC credit in both classes.

World Languages


Guten Tag! Grammar is always a focus in class and the various levels of German (II-V) have been busy learning and reviewing modal verbs, the future tense, the conversational past, the simple past, negation, and stem vowel changing verbs. The seniors have been reading poetry from Heinrich Heine (Lorilei), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Erlkonig), and Joseph von Eichendorf (Mondnacht) as well as fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm. But enough of that fun stuff! We have also taken a look at events in German culture that have been happening through the course of November and December. Allerheiligentag and Allerseelentag (All Saints and All Souls Day) were solemn events observed on November 1 and 2. St. Martinstag (St. Martin’s Day) was celebrated on November 11 and officially started the beginning of the holiday and Fasching (Mardi Gras) seasons. And of course let us not forget about St. Nikolaustag (St. Nicholas Day) and the start of Christkindlmarkts (Christmas Markets). All German students had the opportunity to create a Schuhbeutel (shoe bag) with the hope that St. Nicholas would fill it with candy and not coal and a visit from Krampas! All students also had the opportunity to write a letter to St. Nicholas (auf Deutsch) that was delivered to Santa’s mailbox at Macy’s in Chicago during the Christkindlmarkt field trip. Macy’s donates one dollar to the Make a Wish Foundation for every letter mailed. So it was a great writing exercise that helped a good cause as well. The German III and V classes had the opportunity to visit the Christkindlmarkt in Chicago. Here they participated in a Schnitzeljagd (scavenger hunt), talked to some of the vendors in German, and got the taste of an authentic Christmas market with its food, merchandise, and Gemutlichkeit. The one in Chicago is the largest of its kind in the U.S..A great time was had by all! November also saw the annual German Club Advent Calendar fundraiser. We thank all that purchased calendars to help the club support causes such as the 16:49 Project, donations towards the high school yearbook and high school musical, and scholarships for senior German students.


Spanish 1 students have worked with -ER and -IR verb conjugations, numbers, vocabulary related to school subjects along with the pertaining grammar. Also, students have been introduced to listen comprehension activities.

Spanish 2 students have worked with the Most Common verbs in Spanish (100 verbs). They have prepared dialogues and worked with grammatical structures. Besides, students continue practicing reading strategies and

Spanish 3 students have worked on the preterite verbs and have started to learn the imperfect tense. They have created electronic poster boards that illustrate the activities they have performed in the past tense. Also, students have been assessed on the most common verbs in the target language. Students continue practicing reading strategies and how to formulate questions and answers in the target language.

Spanish 4 students have been working with the imperfect tense and other past tenses, They have demonstrated their understanding through a series of activities and presentations. Also, students have been assessed on the most common verbs in the target language.

Spanish 5 students continue reading a novel and they continue working on reading and writing skills for the Language Placement Test along with the grammar and pertaining grammar and vocabulary.

On Friday, December 7th, 2018 the Spanish 2 and 3 classes took a field trip to see “Cache Navideño”, a group of musicians who offer a blend of Latin rhythms. Latin Musical Ensemble Cache MKE has been performing in the Midwest for over 20 years, making a major impact on the local and regional Latin music scene. Students were able to experience the rich vocal harmonies, and a wide variety of navideño music with Latin American roots. Cache offered the students a great multicultural experience through their performance. In addition, students were able to taste a blend of Mexican and Puerto Rican Lunch at Cafe “El Sol” located in the Latino Arts Center as part of their cultural experience. (see photo below)

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Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning opportunities continue to grow! We currently have a total of 50 students participating in the Youth Apprenticeship and Internship programs. The first round of mentor meetings with students and employers have been completed. Students are doing a great job and are learning so much from their mentors on the job. We are very lucky to have business partnerships with local employers that are interested in teaching our students the skills to be successful on the job. Check out the pictures of some of our students on the job. (Emily Maroon @ Clinton PD, top right)

The 2019 Summer Rock Internship Program application is now open and is due February 22, 2019.The Rock Internship Program is a six week paid earn-and-learn experience where students will have the opportunity to work in a career field and/or job that aligns with their Academic Career Plan. Students will be getting more information about this opportunity in January. If you would like more information please visit Rock Internship Website or email

Clinton High School is partnering with The Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to host a Community Career Fair on January 8, 2019 from 1-3:30. Local businesses will set up booths to talk to students about types of jobs offered at their business, what type of training they may need, and offer any job openings that they may have at the time. Parents are welcomed to attend the event as well.