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December 2019

Clemens Set to Roll out Not on Our Campus Campaign

As a part of continuous campus improvement, Samuel Clemens is launching a Not on Our Campus campaign. The Clemens Not on Our Campus campaign aims to assist and enable students in creating “safe and inclusive environments” devoid of discrimination and prejudices. Through participation in Not on Our Campus, the student population at Clemens will be empowered to become “upstanders”—not merely bystanders—for themselves and their peers, regardless of race, sexual orientation, color, cognitive abilities—or any other isolating elements.

Clemens’s participation in Not on Our Campus is part of an ongoing effort to empower students in creating the kind of campus atmosphere they can be proud of. Information on how to be (more) involved in the Clemens Not on Our Campus campaign can be found on the campus website, accessible through the main page under the quick link for Anti-bullying resources beginning December 2.

banner for not on our campus campaign with students wearing "turn your back on hate" t-shirts

SCUC Mobile App

SCUCISD has recently released its mobile app to the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. From its main screen, the app allows quick viewing of both District and selected schools’ Twitter feeds, as well as upcoming events on the District & campus calendars. A second screen provides quick links to resources (Transportation, MySchoolBucks, sports info, etc.) for quicker, on-the-go access for the mobile-driven community.

An information link for the app has been added to the main page of Campus websites. Additional information can be found on the District webpage. Download and check out the app today!

Semester Exam Schedule

Semester exams will be held from December 17th – 20th:

  • December 17: 1st & 8th
  • December 18: 2nd & 7th
  • December 19: 3rd & 4th
  • December 20: 5th & 6th

A detailed schedule has been posted to the campus website. The schedule includes early sign-out information for students, as well as lunch information. Note that lunches for December 17th (Tuesday) will be CLOSED CAMPUS.

Holiday Happenings

Food Drive Benefitting SCUC Families

Clemens PIE Club is holding a Food Drive to benefit SCUC families whose children receive free and reduced fee meals. The food will be given to families in two ways:

  1. PIC Food Pantry at Clemens - every Thursday afternoon Positively Impacting Communities, Inc. (PIC) hosts a Food Pantry for Clemens students and faculty that need food assistance. From 3:45 - 5:45 p.m. families can pick up meat, dairy, produce and non-perishables. For additional information, please email info@pictoday.org
  2. Food Giveaway - On Dec. 20th families in need can pick up a box of produce and meat and also select non-perishable items and toiletries. For families whose children receive free and reduced fee meals during the school week, not receiving those meals during the Christmas break can be difficult. Our hope is that these packages will provide needed assistance.

Please donate healthy non-perishables food items including...

  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Soup
  • Protein or granola bars
  • Canned Ravioli
  • Canned meat, vegetables and fruit

Toiletries needed include...
  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Items can be dropped off:

  • Before school in the Parent Drop-off line
  • In front of the nurse's office
  • Indoor Courtyard by the cafeteria

Additional information can be found on this flyer.

Thank you for helping PIE Club help others.

Canned Food Drive to Pay Library Fines

For the month of December, the Clemens library is allowing students to pay off their library fines with canned food. One can of food is equal to $1 (one dollar) in library fines. This canned food drive and payment opportunity end on Friday, December 20th. For additional information, please contact Ms. Weems or Ms. Jergens in the library.

Breakfast with Santa

Families are invited to enjoy eggs, sausage, and coffee or cocoa with specially-made pancakes, taught by Clemens Culinary student chefs to and prepared by your own little ones. Additionally, bring your own camera or phone to take pictures with Santa after!

Choose from two available time slots. Make reservations through MySchoolBucks at a cost of $25 per family. The suggested age range for pancake chefs is 4 - 10.

Winter Concerts

In the Classroom, Around the Campus

Seven Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse

During lunch periods, Buffs Theatre 3 & 4 classes gave performances of the play Seven Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Set during the end of the world with "hordes of rampaging zombies" on the loose, a pair of news anchors discussed the best means of survival.

Students practiced makeup techniques, as well as the technical aspects of stage productions.

Buffalo Trading Co. Gets New Home

Buffalo Trading Company, the on-campus school store operated by DECA students, has a new home. Located at the junction of the downstairs B & C hallways, Buffalo Trading Co. is open Monday, Thursday, and Friday during all lunch periods. Items for sale include short- and long-sleeved spirit shirts, hats, and hoodies. Inventory rotates periodically, so students are invited to stop in from time-to-time to see what's new.

Welcome New Faculty Members!

The student population isn't all that's growing and changing here at Clemens. For the 2019-20 school year, Clemens welcomed twenty-three new members to its faculty and staff. A few more are highlighted below.

Volleyball Regional Champs; Advances to State

Lady Buffs Volleyball are Region IV-6A Champions and have advanced to state semifinals, held Friday, November 22nd at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. Despite a hard-fought series of matches against Byron Nelson High School of Trophy Club, Texas, the Lady Buffs were unable to advance to the final round on Saturday. Despite this, as State Semifinalists, Lady Buffs Volleyball achieved the highest ranking of any Clemens volleyball team in school history.

image of victorious clemens high school volleyball team & coaches

Football Wins District Championship

For the first time since 2006, Samuel Clemens Football has captured the District and Bi-District championship titles. Going into the contest against Brandeis with a 10-1 record, Buffs Football were unable to overcome the team from across town. As head coach Jared Johnston told the team, "If this is the worst thing that ever happens to you in your life, you’re going to be all right...it’s an amazing story.”

Thank you, Buffs, for an amazing adventure, an amazing story thus far.


Mental Health Moment

Each month, the counseling department at Clemens will be implementing a Mental Health Moment to help cope with many of the challenges faced by high school students, including stress, anxiety, and the recognition of drug & alcohol use. Additional resources are also available on the Mental Health section of the counseling section of the Clemens campus website.
Clemens High School Construction Updates

Click this link for regular construction updates for Clemens High School and around SCUCISD.

Samuel Clemens High School

Since opening in 1968, Samuel Clemens High School has served the students and community of SCUCISD. Samuel Clemens offers both traditional and International Baccalaureate (IB) high school diplomas to its students.