Dolphin Weekly

2.7.20

For your calander...

  • /7/20-2/9/20 Clifford School Play- Legally Blonde Jr held at the MIT campus auditorium .Buy Tickets here!
  • 2/14/20- Cocoa with Deputies! 7:30-8:12 front of school!
  • 2/17/20- Presidents' Holiday- No School
  • 2/20/20- PTO Meeting- Dr. Baker attending! 7:00 PM
  • 2/24/20-2/28/20- 7th Grade Yosemite Trip!
  • 3/20/20- Lincoln's Day- No School
  • 3/27/20- Family Dance @ Clifford
  • 3/30-4/3 5th Grade Outdoor Education Trip
  • 6/4/20- 8th Grade Graduation at Canada College
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RCSD Gifted and Talented Education Information

RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders located at Clifford and Hoover Schools. If you would like your child in current grades 3rd, 4th, & 5th tested for GATE this Spring, you can read more information about the GATE program on the Parent Information website.


Parents must complete a permission form for their students to be tested. At the end of the survey, please check that you have seen the "Thank you for your survey" results page. If you do not see this page, then please go back and complete the survey again until you see this page. This confirms you have submitted the permission form accurately.


Testing Permission Form
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100s Day

It is hard to believe we celebrated the 100th day of school this week. The students had so much fun and were excited knowing they are 100 days smarter! It was a lot of fun watching all the creativity shine from staff and students. I am looking forward to continuing our learning and growing just as we did for the first 100 days of school. As always, every day is a wonderful and eventful learning experience for the students and myself at Clifford.
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Project Cornerstone Book for February!

Paul, star guard for the New Orleans Hornets, recalls how through hard work and sheer grit, he overcame being one of the shortest kids in school (“The ball is bigger than you,” teases his big brother) to win a coveted place on the basketball team. The off-court text is mainly standard-issue motivational: Mom reminds Chris to have a balanced sense of priorities and to “Just do the best you can with the gifts you have,” while Chris's grandfather, Papa Chilly, advises, “Work harder than everyone else on the court and your size won't matter.” But when the action concentrates on basketball, the writing soars almost as high as Morrison's (Out of the Ballpark) acrylic pictures, and that's saying a lot. All of Morrison's visual signatures—the off-kilter fluidity, exaggerated dimensionality and cinematic sense of composition—make him a slam-dunk for the subject matter. The spreads exude a raucous energy and genuine empathy.
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Away for the Day!

Recently, I have been reviewing discipline data and issues related to cell phones over this school year. Unfortunately, it appears that misuse of cell phones is a large area of discipline and a cause of many negative interactions between students while at school. Our goal at school is to ensure your child and other children are 100% focused on the learning and that our teachers are 100% focused on the teaching. We do realize that technology can enhance learning and we do have technology in various platforms in the classroom- we just don't see that cell phone use in class or having access to a cell phone in school has been working out for our students.


Consider this following quote from an article re research and student use of smartphones in school:


Richard Freed, a clinical psychologist and the author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age, who works with a wide range of children and families in the San Francisco Bay area.


“High levels of smartphone use by teens often have a detrimental effect on achievement, because teen phone use is dominated by entertainment, not learning, applications.”


I am 100% protective of the learning environment and the teaching environment so our students can reach their highest potentials.


Beginning Monday, February 10, Students will not be permitted to display, turn on, or use a telecommunications device, including a cellular telephone/Smart Phone, or other personal electronic device on school property during the school day. Families are encouraged to have their child leave their device at home or they must be turned off and in a backpack or locker for the school day. At no time will students be allowed to use their cell phone or personal digital device during the school day. No exceptions.



Clifford recognizes the importance of communication and collaboration, and provides devices for students to be productive in the classroom, such as Chromebooks/iPads. To keep the focus on academics and to reduce unnecessary distractions, the school will now enforce the following:


  • Cell phones and all mobile devices shall be TURNED OFF when entering school campus

  • Cell phones and all mobile devices shall be kept in a student’s backpack or locker – not in clothing pockets

  • Cell phones and all mobile devices are not allowed to be used in a classroom, library, common areas, or restrooms

  • Cell phones and all mobile devices can be turned back on at the end of school bell and used to communicate directly with parents/friends who are assisting in transportation

  • Cell phones and all mobile devices are not allowed to be used during transition times or between classes

  • If a student needs to make an emergency call during the day, they may come to the office and/or ask the teacher or other adult for assistance.



In addition to our new rule about no cell phone use during the school day. We are also going to not allow students to wear hats, hoodie hoods, and beanies in the school building and MUB. Also, backpacks will not be allowed on the yard or MUB. Students will either put them away in the their lockers or leave them in the classroom.

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Pick-Up/Drop Off @ Clifford

Recently, we had some children run between cars and almost get hit by an on coming car in our pick up lane. Student safety is number one and for this we must close off the staff lot for drop off and pick up. There will be cones blocking off the staff lot. The pick up horseshoe will still be open for pick up and drop off. As a reminder, please don’t leave your car unattended. Thank you for helping us keep our school safe!

Clifford is an Inclusive School

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Clifford School Behavior Matrix

The school wide behavior matrix lists most locations at the school where desired behavior is expected. This includes areas such as bathrooms, classrooms, cafeteria, library, playground, pick up/drop off, assemblies, hallways, office, and all areas not specified. All expected behaviors are connected to Dolphin Creed and specifically taught. Students are awarded Dolphin Tickets when showing the Dolphin Traits we want to see at Clifford. We are going to be placing posters around the school and within the classrooms and other identified areas on the matrix which display expected behaviors in those areas.

Clifford School

Principal: Jude Noyes

Vice Principal: Tiffany Parrish

Office Manager: Mayra Guerra

Office Assistant: Maria Stockton