Clark High School Monday Memo

May 9, 2016

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Special Education Documentation due May 20th to your Department Chair

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Please gather the information below for all students who are MODIFIED in your class and submit to your department chairs by Monday, May 20th. Department chairs...please collect from each teacher and submit to Rachel Spiros or Monica Luckey in the Sped office:


  1. Include two samples per six weeks that exemplify growth on each IEP goal of the course of the IEP year
  2. Include the student’s full name, date, and year on each sample
  3. Write the number of the goal being addressed on each sample


You also need to turn in an accommodation tracker for EVERY special education student in your classes...it doesn’t matter if they receive modifications or not.


Note from Janis Williams-Teachers, I want to be sure you understand why special education is required by the district to collect this information to file away for each of your students. It is to protect you if a parent goes to the Texas Education Agency and reports that you did not following their child’s modifications or accommodations. The samples serve as proof that you were addressing the IEP goals of students receiving modifications, and the accommodation trackers serve as proof that you were providing and/or offering the accommodations in a child’s IEP. Please note this is to protect you if there was to be a TEA investigation, and yes, those happen. If questioned, you want to have documentation to support what you are doing in your classroom. Please contact Monica Luckey with any questions you may have about this data collection.

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week...this week we are thanking our Food and Nutritional Services employees. Please stop by the cafeteria to thank Amy Tang, our cafeteria manager, and her wonderful staff for feeding our students and staff every day...twice a day!!

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Good News for Schools...This weekend, Voters approved $481 million Plano ISD bond package!!

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Please congratulate our May Students of the Month...Maddie Williams and Rand Al Khafaji!

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It’s True...Tracy officially joined the 50 club on Monday!...she looks great!

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Congratulations to Margie and Jimmy Walther on the arrival of their third grandchild...Hudson Thomas Burris was born this past Wednesday and is 8 pounds and 20 inches long.

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Congratulations to Amber Carter on the birth of her nephew, Lincoln! The smile says it all...

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And another baby??

Marcus Bernabo and his wife, Courtney, are expecting a new baby on Oct 31st. Little Sophie will have a little brother (or they think it's a boy anyways).

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Thank you to our wonderful PTSA for making Teacher Appreciation Week so fun!

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"May the fourth be with you"...Clorese Porter and her choir students look for any reason to rock their Star Wars shirts!!

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Christine Lynd, Bill Freeman, and Kayla Olivas took advantage of our partnership with Nepris this past week by helping their students connect with industry professionals. This is a great way to help students see the relevancy of what they are learning and how it relates to the real world.

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Ms. Felner & Ms. McLeroy hosted this year’s ASL Honor Society Inductions this past Thursday night

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The band students had fun decorating Mr. Scott’s office for his 13th birthday!! Sorry, Mr. Scott, but you can’t be 12 anymore since you are getting married this Saturday!!

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Thank you to Mr. Homer Harris for sponsoring Clark’s ESL Soccer Club

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Friday was music day for our CATS students!

Mr. Scott, our assistant band director, brought a xylophone and other instruments to one of our collaborative academic and transitional services classrooms on Friday, and the students did a wonderful job making music. Some of our band students, along with our PALS, joined in on the fun.
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Students in Courtney Clark’s Honors Algebra 2 class played a game of “War” on Friday to review logs.

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Can Anyone Else Relate?? I slept 15 hours on Saturday night!! 7 P.M. to 10:00 A.M., and I’m not even kidding!

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