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November 2019

Homecoming 2019

Samuel Clemens celebrated its Homecoming the week of 21 - 28 October. There were themed dress-up days, a door decorating contest, the Light up the Night pep rally, and a football game & dance, of course. The theme of the dance and door decorating contest was Alice in Wonderland, and our ever-talented Buffs did not disappoint.

HOCO Theme Days

Light up the Night Pep Rally

HOCO Pep Rally - Light up the Night!

2019 Homecoming Court

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HOCO Dance - Alice in Wonderland

Generation Give Blood Drive Competition

Samuel Clemens High School & HOSA will be hosting a blood drive on Thursday, November 7th in the campus library. The blood drive is open to all Clemens students 16 years and older, as well as faculty & community members. Prospective donors aged 16 require parent permission (slips in Ms. Brown's room, C202); non-faculty/student prospective donors must sign in at the front office prior to donation.

The blood drive will be held in the library and is one of several blood drives held at/by Clemens each school year. Success in this endeavor helps not only the 170 hospitals serviced by South Texas Blood & Tissue Center each day but also Clemens and its students. Schools hosting two or more blood drives this school year will qualify to potentially win money for the HOSA program.

For answers to questions, please contact Ms. Brown.

SAT Prep Courses

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a rigorous exam assessing students in the areas of reading, mathematics, and writing. Success on the SAT increases a student's opportunities for not only college admissions but also academic scholarships. Preparatory courses for the SAT are offered by SCUCISD teachers who have received rigorous training on tips & techniques for helping students reach their potential on upcoming SAT administration. Real SAT questions are practiced, evaluated, and explained—including how & when to guess.


Course dates for the remaining SAT administrations for the 2019 - 20 school year have been posted to the Clemens campus calendar. Courses are offered over a series of three, non-sequential days (Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday) leading up to the SAT administration. Cost is $50 for all three days, payable through MySchoolBucks. Note that cost does not include registration for the SAT itself.


For answers to questions, please contact Ms. Merriner.

Battle of the Bands

Garage bands comprised of kids from SCUC ISD will have a chance to jam against their counterparts from nearby communities served by CIS such as New Braunfels, Seguin, Marion, and Luling, among others. A series of concerts will be given from February through March of 2020, with the grand prize winner being selected to headline one of Schlitterbahn's "Rock the Bahn" concerts.

For sign-up and additional details, visit cis-sct.org. More information on eligibility will be shared in the coming weeks.

Communities in Schools of South Central Texas is an SCUC strategic partner, providing social and academic services for students. CIS-South Central Texas was conceived 26 years ago to help students in grades K-12 achieve academic success, graduate, and be successful throughout their lives.

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.

In the Classroom, Around the Campus

Campus Improvement

Mr. Burton shares findings of campus classroom walkthrough observations during Clemens second campus improvement visit with central office instructional personnel and campus leadership team, which includes administrators and department leads. The campus leadership team uses this information to develop and improve best practices for classroom instruction.

Clemens Athletics

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.

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.