Cougar Courier

Greetings from Dr. Garcia-Groves!

October 29, 2022

November is almost here and we are officially in the second quarter of school. Thank you to everyone who came to Parent Teacher Conferences!

Boys basketball will be holding tryouts this week for boys in 6th-8th grade. They must have an up to date physical on file to participate in tryouts. Physicals that are dated prior to April are not valid. Please use Eventlink to complete all paperwork. Here is the link:

Please mark your calendars for November 8th which will be an asynchronous eLearning day and scholars will be learning from home. This is election day.

Our book fair opened up on October 27th and runs through the end of the coming week. Having libraries at home is a great way to cultivate a love for reading and reading 20 minutes a day is one of the best ways to improve literacy and overall academic skills.

If you are a parent of a current 8th grader, families can check out Adams High School on Tuesday, November 1 and Washington on Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. We hope you are able to learn more about what each of these high schools has to offer. Additional information can be found later in the newsletter. You can also attend the SBCSC Showcase of Schools on November 15th at the Century Center. Doors open at 6:30 and the event goes until 8:00 pm.

Monday, October 31st is the last day to complete the application for free and reduced lunch. Here is the link We are one of the few states that charge families textbook fees, and this is an opportunity to reduce those fees for qualifying families.

Our IB learner attribute for November is caring. We will be encouraging scholars to think about ways they can be caring at school, at home and in their community.

In honor of our football team making history by winning the City Championship for the first time as Clay International Academy, we are having a spirit week! More information can be found below.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


Dr. Garcia-Groves

Congratulations to the 2022 City Champions! Way to go, Cougars!

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It's a GREAT Day at Clay is Back!

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Immunization Update

A reminder that we’re swiftly nearing the exclusion date for students in need of immunizations. Please contact your student’s healthcare provider, your school nurse, or the St. Joseph County Department of Health to get your records OR schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Please note that high schoolers must be up to date on immunizations by October 18, middle school students by November 1, and elementary schoolers by November 15. Proof of immunization appointments will be required in order for your student to attend school.

Prospective Student Nights

Adams High School

Dear Prospective John Adams High School Parent and Student,

We would love for you to be a member of the John Adams High School Family. Applications for the 2023-2024 school year open on November 1st and close December 16th. The application link will be on and and we will email you the link. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

We also will hold our 8th grade information night at Adams on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm. This is a full program and not an open house format. Please park on the east side of the school off Wall Street and enter the school through Door 20.

South Bend Community School Corporation will hold our annual Showcase of Schools on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm at Century Center. This event will include all schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation.

We are also offering in person tours to prospective students. Please sign up for these great events to learn more about what makes John Adams High School an "A" Rated School! Prospective Student Visit Form

For more information about the International Baccalaureate, watch this video or visit our IB Magnet website.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at any time through email. We are very excited to meet the members of the class of 2027!


Principal James R. Seitz

Washington High School

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Dress Code Reminder

I want to take a moment and remind parents that we have a dress code. Spandex shorts are not allowed. CIA shirts can be worn any day and pant colors are black, blue and khaki. Scholars should not be wearing sweatpants to school. We appreciate your help with making sure scholars adhere to the dress code.

We are in need of uniform clothes for our Cougar Closet, particularly for our older scholars. If you have any clothes you would like to donate, please bring them to the main office. Thank you!

Greetings from PTSO

PTSO Meetings are the second Wednesday of the month unless there is no school on that day. All PTSO meetings are in the school library at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. Please enter Door 4.

Also, did you know you can support the Clay International Academy PTSO by shopping on Amazon Smile? Simply use this link:

School Spotlight

Dates to Know

November 8th: Election day (eLearning day)

November 1st and 2nd: Boys basketball tryouts grades 6-8

November 3rd: String-Along Concert at Clay High School 7:00 pm

November 15th: Showcase of Schools at Century Center 6:30-8:00 pm

November 23rd-25th: Thanksgiving break begins. No school

December 22-January 8th: Winter break. School and office is closed.