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January 2020

2020 samuel clemens course expo

2020 Course Expo

Formerly known as the Electives Fair, the 2020 Course Expo will take place on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Samuel Clemens. Students & their parents are cordially invited to come see the innovative, fun, and exciting courses Samuel Clemens has to offer for the 2020-21 school year.

Parent information sessions for advanced academics, dual credit, and international baccalaureate programs will also be featured while students can visit with teachers and sponsors from all core content courses, as well as many of our career & technology education (CTE) programs.

Teachers, counselors, administrators, and student representatives from Clemens will be on hand to highlight courses, programs, clubs, and organizations.

Samuel Clemens spirit gear will be available for purchase through student clubs and organizations.

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!

Not on Our Campus Campaign

During the month of December, the Not on Our Campaign compaign has taken off on our campus. Student surveys were conducted to gather information about our campus climate from the point-of-view of our students and where might we have some areas on campus that might need more supervision. These surveys were gathered from volunteer students during all lunches via a QR code and iPad device. Student organizations will help analyze and act upon this data to improve our campus climate. We will continue to provide monthly status updates here and on the campus website.

Clemens Follies!

Clemens invites its students & teachers to audition for the 2019-20 Follies, to be held on the evening of January 31st in the auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. Auditions will be held on January 9th & 10th. Applications to audition are available from Ms. Elliott in A102 or Mr. Thonrton in D101.

In the Classroom, Around the Campus

SCUC Students Awarded Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship

Two SCUC ISD students have been awarded the Valero Alamo Bowl Scholarship. Ryan Trevino from Clemens High School and Jenna Magnusson from Steele High School were both presented a $7500 scholarship. Scholarship winners were recognized at the Valero Alamo Bowl Student-Athlete Scholarship Awards Luncheon presented by H-E-B. The students included at least one winner from 68 different San Antonio area public and well-established private schools. The scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, teacher recommendations, involvement in extracurricular activities and varsity sports as well as honors received and a personal narrative. In addition to the luncheon, the winners will be recognized on-field during the Valero Alamo Bowl courtesy of game tickets provided by Frost and the Valero Alamo Bowl. Congratulations to our winners.

Culinary Arts and Spanish Classes Collaborating

TMEA All-Area Band

Members of the Samuel Clemens High School Mighty Buffalo Band​ program participated in the annual Texas Music Educators Association 6A All-District & All-Region Band auditions held Saturday, December 7th at Steele High School. Thirty-four Clemens Band students earned positions for All-District honors. In addition, there were twenty-two All-District students who earned positions in the Region 11 All-Region Band. They will perform in concert the evening of Friday, January 17th at Judson High School.

A very special high honor goes to the fourteen Clemens students who earned the highest chairs at the Region level and were selected to the TMEA All-Area Band. These students will audition Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Texas A&M Corpus Christi for chair placement and compete for All-State honors.

members of the mighty buffalo band selected for tmea band

TAFE State Qualifiers

  • Interactive Bulletin Board, Elementary: Erika Lopez & Cindy Fernandez, Hailey Santangelo & Alyssa Andrew
  • Interactive Bulletin Board, Middle School: Jasmine Clark & Lauren Heine
  • Teacher-created Material, High School & Differentiated Lesson: Jordan Payne
  • Project Visualize-service: Daniel Frisbey & Kylie Gee
  • Impromptu Lesson & impromptu Speaking: Lauren Heine
  • Portfolio: Cindy Fernandez

Buffs Theatre Advance to Nationals

Four students from the Clemens theatre program have advanced to nationals-level competition for their performance at the Texas Thespian Festival. Olivia Jonas, Emily Trevino, Devin Bosch for group acting and Devyn Rowe for costume design were recognized at the December school board meeting for their outstanding accomplishments and representation of Samuel Clemens High School.

RPG Club

RPG (Roleplaying Games) Club meets Monday afternoons in Ms. Jacobs's room, B225. It continues to accept new members, with an especial need for Dungeon Masters. At present, RPGC are enjoying Dungeons & Dragons groups; however, many of members play other table top and card games, such as Magic the Gathering. Join the club, and come meet fellow RPGers who have similar interests to you.

Project Lit Community: Monday's Not Coming

Project Lit Community will meet in the Clemens Library on Thursday, January 9th, at 4:20 PM. Discussion will be over Tiffany D. Jackson's Monday's Not Coming. The book revolves around Claudia's search for her friend, Monday; Monday's gone missing, and Claudia is the only one who seems to care.

Participants are encouraged to have their own copies of the book for discussion; a limited quantity is available through Ms. Merriner. Copies are also available for checkout from the Clemens and Schertz libraries; purchase, Amazon.

Interested in getting involved? Contact Ms. Merriner in room H107

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.


Bowling is off to a strong start with significant showings at the recent Ebonite Classic. Buff Bowlers handily beat counterparts from Steele, Judson, and Johnson high schools.

1st Ever Clemens JROTC Marksmanship Competition

Three members of the TX 82d JROTC competed in our 1st-ever Marksmanship Competition, the 2019-2020 JROTC Air Rifle Postal Competition sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

The participants were: Cadet 2d Lt Vincent Padula, Cadet MSgt Cameron Parent, and Cadet TSgt Ryleigh Clifford.

Considering this is their first time competing in a 3 x 10 course fire (3 positions - prone, standing, kneeling at 10 recorded rounds each) the cadets did quite well. They look forward to refining their skills and more competitions. This first time Clemens Marksmanship competition team is led by CMSgt Jeff Gideon.

Clemens Volleyball State Playoffs Making History - KENS5

San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Coach - News4SA

Mental Health Moment

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.