Monthly Newsletter--April 1, 2019
Have a Safe and Happy Spring Break!
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
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
This Month's Inspirational Thought
Looking Back ...
Multicultural Talent Show
Need a list of students who participated ...
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:
MOST IMPROVED--JORDAN DAVIS/EVANTE SIMS
3 YEAR LETTER WINNER--QUENTIN RODRIGUEZ
MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--ELIZABETH FARROUGH/ALEX HLAWACZ
3 YEAR LETTER WINNER--MAMIE HODGES
3 YEAR LETTER WINNER--MEG YERRINGTON
MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--LATAVIA JOHNSON
4 YEAR LETTER WINNER--MORGAN FRASIER
MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--KAREN RAMIREZSPORTSMANSHIP--JEREMIAH ANNIS
MOST IMPROVED ATHLETE--ROBERT ALLEN
MOST IMPROVED--MADISON BARNETT
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
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
Fine Arts Fair 2019!
Great job to all involved!
Resources for Families and Learners
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
For schedules, updates, and information, please visit the Clay Athletics page.