Dolphin Weekly


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Upcoming Events...

Next Week...

  • Mon, Nov 25 - Tue, Nov 26 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, No School for Students
  • Wed, Nov 27 - Fri, Nov 29 - No School, Thanksgiving Holiday


  • 12/6 Winter Family Night @ Clifford
  • 12/6 Middle School Dance @ MIT 6-8, tickets on sale 12/2 at Lunch
  • 12/9 Middle School Awards Assembly 10:00 MUB
  • 12/17 ELAC meeting 3-4 Room 16
  • 12/20-1/7- Winter Break No School (Students return on 1/8/20)
  • 1/17/20 PTO Meeting Room 16 7PM
  • 1/20/20- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 2/7/20-2/9/20 Clifford School Play- Legally Blonde Jr.
  • 2/24/20-2/28/20- 7th Grade Yosemite Trip!
  • 3/20/20- Lincoln's Day- No School
  • 3/27/20- Family Dance @ Clifford

Clifford's Academic Growth Over 5 Years! Language Arts & Math

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50% increase in exceeded/met over 5 yr

Met/Exceeded grew from 44% to 66% (22 point increase)

Notable: Exceeded category more than doubled

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Data- Math

77% increase in exceeded/met over 5 yr

Met/Exceeded grew from 30% to 53% (23 point increase)

Notable: Exceeded category almost tripled

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School Tours...

Please spread the word! Tours for prospective Clifford families will be on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 9:15am. To sign up, call the office at (650) 482-2402. These tours are for incoming Kindergarten through 8th grade families!

Office Hours: 7:45am - 4:00pm

*If you need special accommodations for a date/time, please speak to the office manager and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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Highway to High School! Important information for parents of 8th graders!

Dear Dolphin Families of 8th Grade Students,

The process of registering 8th graders for their high school classes at Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) begins in December 2019. Please remember that SUHSD is a separate school district and all questions regarding registration and course placement should be addressed directly to them. By now, you should have received some initial general communications from SUHSD. If not, please contact them to update your address/email/text information.

**Note that SUHSD requires parents to complete an in-person address verification process at the SUHSD District Office. It is recommended that you do this before the end of 2019.

Sequoia Union High School District - District Office

480 James Street, Redwood City, CA 94062

(650) 369-1411

Placement Testing

The Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) requires all entering 9th graders to take reading and mathematics placement tests. Information about testing and course placement is available on the SUHSD website - Information for Incoming 9th Grade Students - located under the Students and Parents tab.

Clifford School will administer these tests during December 2019 & January 2020:

Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test (GMRT)

This is a timed assessment taken over two separate testing sessions

• Reading Comprehension - During the week of December 2nd-6th - 35 minutes

• Vocabulary - Wee of December 2nd-6th - 20 minutes

Mathematics Diagnostic Test For Placement (MDTP)

This is a timed assessment taken in one session

• MDTP January (TBD), 2020 - 45 minutes

SUHSD sends the assessment results to the feeder schools in February and publishes the scores on the Student Information Form (course registration).

High School Testing and Placement Events To Put on Your Calendar

  • December - GMRT - Reading Tests

  • January - MDTP - Math Test

  • Early March - School assemblies with SUHSD Counselors

Students pick their electives & learn about extra-curricular activities

  • Mid March - Students receive the Student Information Forms containing their courses for 2020-2021

  • May - SUHSD sends out the individual online 9th grade schedules. SUHSD will contact parents and students about creating online accounts in April.


Jude Noyes

Principal, Clifford School

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Attention 8th Grade Parents!

Hello students and parents of 8th grade! Every year in yearbook, we create a special page for our graduating class. For this commemorative page to happen, we need each student’s baby photo.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 16th send either a hard copy or digital copy (prefer digital). If you are sending digitally, please send to

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Middle School Dance on 12/6!

Our first middle school dance will be on 12/06/19 at 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM at the MIT campus. This dance will include middle school students from North Star, Roy Cloud, and Clifford! Tickets for the dance will be on sale at lunch the week before the dance. Cost for admission is $15.00 during lunch sales and $20.00 at the door at the dance. The theme for the dance is winter wonderland. Permission slips will be sent home this week. Please return permission slips to the ticket sales table or bring to the dance with you. Additionally, you may turn in the permission slip to the main office.
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Holiday Candy Grams!

Clifford Student Council will be selling holiday candy grams during lunch and after school. Sales will be located in front of the cafeteria at lunch, on Mondays and Wednesdays and after school in front of the main office. Sales are from December 9-18th, delivery to the classrooms on 12/19. Cost for grams are: $1.50 for either a reindeer gram or Santa sack.
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Dolphin Depot! Redeem Your Dolpnin Tickets on Thursdays!

Dolphin Depot is open at 12:30 for TK-K and 1:30 for 1st - 8th! Come and redeem those tickets for some awesome prizes!
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Online Learning at Home with School Learning Apps!

Your child has a google login and password and is able to log in to their student Clever account at home. Here is the step-by-step way to log in at home. If your child doesn't remember how to log in, please ask their teacher for their sign on information. Practicing at home is a great way for them to work on their reading and math skills! Thank you!

Student home login guide

Help your child use learning technology at home

This year, our school district is using Clever as an easy way for your child to access all the learning applications they use at school. They can access some of the resources they use at school in one location, using a single username and password.

I'd love for you to help us increase education engagement at home by helping your child access their online learning applications.

How can I help my child log in?

  1. Go to our district website (

  2. Scroll down and click on the District Link to the Clever Student Learning Portal

  3. Log in using either your child’s Clever Badge (QR Code) or their school issued Google Account.

Student Google username hint: (first letter of first name and first 4 letters of last name)
Student password hint: 55555500 (eight digits)

Helpful resources

Need some help? Contact your teacher if you have any questions or problems logging in at home.

Clever Privacy Policy Visit to see how Clever protects your child’s data.

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A free personalized learning resource for all ages!

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We've also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. Click here to learn more!
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6-8 Middle School Awards on 12/9/19!

We will be celebrating 6-8th grade students for academic achievements and for citizenship on December 9th at 10 am in the MUB. You will be notified if you child will be receiving an award. We are waiting on final grades to be inputted so we can calculate GPAs! Parents are welcome to attend! Families will be notified within the week of 12/2-12/6 if their child(ren) will be earning an award.

Awards will be as follows:

Academic Awards

3.00-3.49 GPA Honors Awards

3.50-3.99 GPA Principal's Award

4.00 + GPA Highest Honors

Outstanding Dolphin Awards are going to be awarded to students by teacher nomination. There will be two students per 6th, 7th, 8th grade. Here are the awards and their descriptions..

  • Dolphin Cares- Students earning this award show concern and/or sympathy for others, are sensitive to the needs of others, offers support & giving their time, talents, and resources to help others, talking positively about others, considering the needs of others, not just their own. They show understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit. These students exemplify the Core Value of Care!

  • Dolphin Respect—Students earning this award have demonstrated respect for self, others, learning environment and learning. They have good behavior, good attitude, and participate in class on a daily basis. Students earning this award are the most improved student. These students exemplify the Core Values of RESPECT

  • Dolphin Empathy - Students earning this award have demonstrated care and concern towards other Dolphins. They consistently reach out to others and help them feel cared for. These students exemplify the Core Value of EMPATHY!

  • Dolphin Eagerness—Students earning this award exhibit leadership among their peers, earn high grades in all content areas, and are considered a positive role model for their peers. These students are also asking for extra credit and go above and beyond when working on projects and/or special assignments. These students are never tardy between classes and are always ready to learn from bell to bell. These students exemplify the Core Value of being EAGER!

  • Dolphin Dreamer—Students earning this award are helpful to others, consistent with their work ethic, and are students who try hard in classes. These students set goals and are always looking to the future. These Dolphin Dreamers are not only creative, but they are resourceful and inspire others to think outside the box. The Dolphin Dreamer is gentle by nature and loyal. These students live above their background and don’t let hard times change their course. Even in adversity, they believe they will still be successful! These students exemplify the Core Value of DREAMER!

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Project Cornerstone in Mrs. Overbey's Class!

We want to thank all of our parent volunteers who support our school and students with Project Cornerstone. We are so fortunate to have an amazing parent and staff community. Here is some pictures of Ms. Arlene reading "My Secret Bully" to students in Mrs. Overbey's class today. Thank you!
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Cocoa with Deputies was a hit!!!

We had such a great time with the deputies on Tuesday. There were so many happy kiddos! Here are some pictures, which captured the fun! This will be a monthly event, so if you missed this last one, there will be more!

PE on Campus

Please be aware to not walk across the yard through the PE classes that are in session. This is for your safety and it disrupts the class activity. Thanks for your cooperation!

Message from the principal...

Dear Dolphin Families,

By now your children are done with their last day of school before Thanksgiving break! I am looking forward to a relaxing break and sharing meals and time with loved ones. I hope every single one of you are able to do the same. From the bottom of my heart, I want you all to know how grateful I am to be able to serve this community every single day. Additionally, I couldn't have asked for a more dedicated and smart group of staff members. I want the best for our kids and I will not accept less for any reason- and I can say that we have the very best of everything here in our school- staff, families, and students!

I want to thank the parents and family members for attending the parent/teacher conferences this week and next week. Parent teacher conferences are a way of collaborating with your child's teacher as a partnership with the school and home. We appreciate sharing a role in educating your child. The teachers depend on parents and families to help support us in making sure your child has the best education possible. We hope that you find the conferences to be meaningful and helpful in understanding the strengths and areas of desired academic growth of your children.

Thank you to the teachers for allowing me to lead and for partnering with me in your roles as educators. Thank you to the parents who trust me with your precious children. Thank you to our staff for allowing me to partner with you in the education of our students. Thank you to the students who show up everyday and allow us to teach you and for impressing and challenging us daily! Thank you to Tiffany, the Vice Principal for being a collaborative partner and for sharing equally in the day to day important work we do.

I am thankful for my own family and for their patience, love, and support as I have grown in my career over the years.

I'll miss your children next week.

Be Safe and Eat Lots of Food! :)

Jude Noyes


Clifford School

Principal: Jude Noyes

Vice Principal: Tiffany Parrish

Office Manager: Mayra Guerra

Office Assistant: Maria Stockton