Colonial Corner

Monthly Newsletter--April 1, 2019

Have a Safe and Happy Spring Break!

WELCOME!

From the Principal

Dear learners, parents/guardians, and staff,


Last month was full of activity and many great things happened. I hope you enjoy reading about the goings on below. April is another busy month, but we kick it off with Spring Break! I hope everyone has a nice week away from the hustle and bustle of school. When we return, it is the sprint to the end of the school year.


So last month I had some interesting and educational interactions with several of our learners. One in particular stands out. This young person has had--we'll call it--a rough stretch lately. Overall, this kid is not a bad kid, but this learner could be doing better academically and behaviorally. While sitting down with this particular young person, we reviewed academics, past ISTEP+ scores, behavior, reading level, and the like. I pointed out that on paper, this young person has many good qualities, and the current performance could be so much more. The learner's response was something like this, "You mean I'm smart? I don't view myself as smart."


This hit me. It hit me so hard that I let that thought float around my head for the next several days. In fact, this stayed with me enough that I wanted to get some ideas down and share them with you all today.


Being "smart" is a relative term, and it's one that can be based on several different scales. Unfortunately, young people are often measured by their grades, their test scores, a long list of accomplishments, clean discipline record, and the like. Intelligence is not really a simple number. It's a complex and abstract thing to quantify, and relying on test scores and things of that nature are not always fair. In my opinion, that often demoralizes learners too much.


I firmly believe all learners--all people for that matter--can learn. Can grow. It is important for us to step back and remember that some times. As educators and parents, we can easily get sucked into the educational vacuum and rely on the metrics mentioned above. However, if we think all learners have the capacity to grow and encourage that, we can potentially get more learners on task, engaged, and eager to learn. While I acknowledge we need to build in limits and expectations, we also need to celebrate victories and give praise. Not every child nor every victory deserves a trophy, but every child deserves to be encouraged. Growth should be acknowledged. Constructive criticism is just that--constructive. Young people need to also learn how to accept that constructive criticism, which needs to be delivered appropriately. A small, "I know it's going to be difficult, but you got this!" can go a long way. And learners need to learn how to persevere in tough times. Together, if we have the appropriate mindset, we can get all learners to succeed and see their worth.

Looking Forward ...

Snow Make Up Dates and Graduation

The last day of school will be Wednesday, June 12. The make-up days are as follows (please note that one snow day was waived):


March 15: Teacher Record Day now to be used as make-up day. School will be in session.

April 8: Built-in make-up day #1

May 24: Built-in make-up day #2

June 7, 10, 11, 12: Days to be made up at end of year


*High School graduation dates remain the same

ISTEP+ Tests for 10th Graders--ROUND 2

All 10th graders will take the second part of English 10 and Math ISTEP+ exams starting April 15. These are important hurdles to clear for graduation.


Again, parents, encourage your children to do their best. Talk to them about attacking the tests with confidence, make sure they get plenty of rest, and are focused the days of their tests. Sophomores, YOU CAN DO IT!

Celebration of Excellence in Teaching

The 40th Annual Celebration of Excellence in Teaching for the SBCSC is on Tuesday, April 16 at 4:30 at Adams High School. Congratulations and best of luck to Clay’s Teacher of the Year Nominee, Mr. Ben Murray-Oates!!


Senior Class Meeting

We will be meeting with the senior class on Wednesday, April 10 at 9:30 am to discuss graduation commencement and end of year schedule. Learners will be given an information sheet to take home. parent, be on the look out!

This Month's Inspirational Thought

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTZh3L6FHzc&feature=youtu.be

Looking Back ...

Multicultural Talent Show

Thank you to all the students and staff who participated in the Multicultural Talent Show on March 8, 2019. The talent was fantastic! We are truly gifted to have many gifted young people in our midst, and we appreciate their talents. Mr. Smith, thank you for continuing to spearhead this wonderful program. This is what Clay is all about!


Need a list of students who participated ...


Photos/videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJxgBkOTIxE&fbclid=IwAR1BacGxPtYHTTB5ewetOa1X_kl69grwUNhqppUEUZLXpHE6U1DNqxLmUF8

More Mock Trial Madness!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Tort Illustrated, the CHS Mock Trial Team! Over the weekend they competed in four extremely rigorous rounds and demonstrated they are among the state's elite.

Clay High School finished ninth out of 23 finalist teams for a Top 10 finish. Veronica Navarro and Mikayla Sorenson were cited among a select group as Best Attorney and Best Witness! Great job ladies!


English teacher, coach, mentor, and moral support Dianna Christopher deserves tremendous credit for nurturing these great scholars! Your hard work is greatly appreciated!

Winter Sports Banquet


We had a great turnout for the Winter Sports Banquet on March 13th. Thank you to all the athletes, parents, coaches, and staff for their hard work this season!


We wish to recognize our award winners from our Winter Sports:


BOYS SWIMMING

MVP--QUENTIN RODRIGUEZ

SPORTSMANSHIP--AXEL HERNANDEZ

MOST IMPROVED--JORDAN DAVIS/EVANTE SIMS

3 YEAR LETTER WINNER--QUENTIN RODRIGUEZ

KIWANIS--QUENTIN RODRIGUEZ


GIRLS SWIMMING

MVP--MEG YERRINGTON

MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--ELIZABETH FARROUGH/ALEX HLAWACZ

SPORTSMANSHIP--ASHTON BAUMGARTNER

3 YEAR LETTER WINNER--MAMIE HODGES

3 YEAR LETTER WINNER--MEG YERRINGTON

KIWANIS--MEG YERRINGTON


GIRLS BASKETBALL

MVP--ALAYJA DILLARD

MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--LATAVIA JOHNSON

SPORTSMANSHIP--MORGAN FRASIER

KIWANIS--MORGAN FRASIER

4 YEAR LETTER WINNER--MORGAN FRASIER


WRESTLING

MVP--JASON WILLIAMS

MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--KAREN RAMIREZ

SPORTSMANSHIP--JEREMIAH ANNIS


BOYS BASKETBALL

MVP--ALLAN PRESTLY

MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--ROBERT ALLEN

SPORTSMANSHIP--TOMIAS HUNT

KIWANIS--ALLAN PRESTLY


CHEERLEADING

MVP--JA’LILA NEWBILL

SPORTSMANSHIP--GRACE MCGHEE

MOST IMPROVED--MADISON BARNETT

KIWANIS--CHRISTIANNA CORKINS

3YEAR LETTER WINNER--KASEY BRIDGES

3YEAR LETTER WINNER--GRACIE MCGHEE

3YEAR LETTER WINNER--JA’LILA NEWBILL

4YEAR LETTER WINNER--KENNEDI BRIDGES

4YEAR LETTER WINNER--CHRITIANNA CORKINS

Lunch Bunch!

Congratulations to our first Lunch Bunch group. These students were recognized by teachers for going above and beyond, showing improvement, or doing something courteous. Great job!

Mrs. Groves nominated Olivia Hupp
Miss Phelan nominated Aaliyah Reid, Patrick Willis, and Ben Aberegg
Mrs. Ćorić nominated Victoria Hallom
Mrs. Bennett nominated Michaele' Clark
Mrs. Foster nominated Kelly Kleppe
Mr. Overmyer nominated Makayla Baker
Mrs. Hartman nominated Sophia Barron
Mr. Appleby nominated Jamie Wilder

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Fine Arts Fair 2019!

This year's Fine Arts Fair was on March 28, 2019. We appreciate the all the work of these talented learners! We also appreciate the supporters who showed up to enjoy the evening.


Great job to all involved!

Counseling Corner

Resources for Families and Learners

Our counselors work hard to assist students on their academic journey and can help in a variety of ways. Visit our counseling page on our website for contacts and links.


SENIORS looking for scholarship $$$$ --please visit the list of 2018-2019 scholarships often. New scholarship information is added as it is received.

Clay Colonials Athletics

Spring Sports

Spring sports are now underway. Come out to support our Colonials this season. Our young ladies compete in tennis, softball, and track while our young men compete in baseball, golf, and track.


For schedules, updates, and information, please visit the Clay Athletics page.

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