CHS Newsletter

News You Can Use - January 2019

Important Dates

January 22nd: 2nd Semester Starts

Interested in Driving a Snowmobile to School???

If you are interested in driving a snowmobile to school, the office needs the following information: Proof of Registration, Proof of Insurance and a copy of an operators' license for any students that do not currently have a drivers' license. Those items can be brought into the office and copies can be made or you can scan them in and email them to

PBIS Students & Staff of the Month

Department & Extracurricular Information


ANIMAL SCIENCE - Students in animals science are wrapping up the Digestive System unit with making manure out of pudding and other edible ingredients to then play the veterinarian and diagnose other groups’ digestive disorders. They are soon reviewing for their final exam to earn Blackhawk Tech. credit!

WILDLIFE AND NATURAL RESOURCES - Wildlife and Natural Resources recently finished putting their habitat management skills to use and applying their knowledge of the Tragedy of the Commons to current issues in the world. To wrap up the semester we will be debating climate change and practicing outdoor survival skills!

LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT - These students are wrapping up the semester by practicing scale. They practiced translating a large area or picture to a scale drawing and then into a computer design. To finish off the semester these students will be analysing sites for landscaping and creating their final design to share with the class!


Check out the display of the Rock Valley Conference Traveling Art Show in the High School commons. The show will be here through the end of January and it features top artists from all RVC schools. CHS artists Colin Warpula and Ysabel Imhoff are included in the show.

Drawing classes are finishing up the semester with their final project a portrait. Due on January 17.

Photography classes are finishing up their final slide presentation with a photo challenge. Due January 17.

Advanced Art 1 class is rounding out the semester with finishing up portfolios for their mono print unit. Due January 18th.

Advanced Art 2 students are finishing up their 3D paintings due January 18.

Yearbook students are finalizing their fall pages and are head on into winter submissions.


The Clinton High School Band hosted alumni pep band on Friday, January 11, 2019. Many alumni from several generations came and joined the performance! It was incredible and we thank all who participated! If you want to participate next year, please watch for the alumni date which will be released later this year. In addition to pep band performances during January and February, band students are hard at work preparing for our Local Solo and Ensemble fest scheduled for Saturday, February 23 in Clinton and the District Solo and Ensemble scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at Big Foot High School.

Business & Marketing

Business and Marketing students toured Geneva Supply and learned about third party logistics. Students also had the opportunity to create a podcast in "Kids in the Tank," a part of the BizTank opportunity at Geneva Supply. We visited Lake Lawn in the afternoon. Students learned about the different components of hospitality as they toured the large scale resort.


Choir students are beginning their work on Solo/Ensemble. The festival will be at Clinton High School on February 23 from 8:00-3:30. This is a wonderful time to showcase the talents of the Concert Choir, the Honors Choir (The Blenders) and the group CYC Out! Also, the talent show is scheduled for Saturday February 19 at 7:00 pm on the CMS stage. It’s going to be an amazing show. Finally, The Blenders will be competing at the ICHSA “Pitch Perfect for High School” national competition on January 26th. Wish them luck as they perform Valerie by Amy Winehouse, Beth by Kiss and Shut Up and Dance! It’s going to rock!


On Saturday, January 12, 16 students competed at the District 3 Career and Development Conference at Sun Prairie High School. The week prior students completed a 100 question Economics test at school. At the conference students competed in a variety of different clusters: Accounting, Automotive, Food Marketing, Apparel and Accessories, Entrepreneurship, Retail Merchandising, and Hotel and Lodging. Students took a cluster test and completed two different role plays in front of judges. Kendyl Bagley, Kallie Inman, Erin Bauer, and Brenna Mullooly all brought home medals and earned honorable mention in their series. The top scorers overall for Clinton have qualified for the State Career and Development Conference: Kendyl Bagley, Kallie Inman, Erin Bauer, Colin Tracy, and Drew Holloway will be competing. Cora Latz and Brenna Mullooly are applying to attend as Service Associates. We are so proud of this group of competitors! It is the tightest score range we have had yet and deciding who was going to state as competitors was very difficult.


English 10 Students are hard at work writing their first essay. They are focusing on determining a theme and defending it through direct quotations from the book, and different literary terms.

English 11 Students are also writing their final essay on The Great Gatsby. They are examining how the different historical events of the 1920’s played a major role on the plot and characters of the novel.

AP English Language students are finishing up their latest novel: The Native Son. In addition to reading, they have been practicing and understanding the format of the AP test, and they will take a full AP test before semester ends.

Written Communications students are completing their last paper for the semester! They are writing a Problem-Solution paper in which they need to determine an issue/problem in today’s society and find solutions for that problem. They will also share out the problem/solution through Flipgrid with peers, and students will have to respond to their ideas/solutions; thus, providing communication and analytical thinking and listening.

English 12 students are finishing up their papers that deal with the expectations of “normal” society. Students have to take a position that states what “normal” is (using credible sources to justify their explanations), and then determine if criminals are considered to be part of their normal society.

English 9 students are starting to write their summative paper on how choices have consequences. Students will use two examples from their books and research their own “real life” example of when a person faced consequences for his or her choices. Students will share their research with their classmates in the form of a summative speech.

Junior, Sami Rosillo, (pictured top right) entered her poem “Change is Scary: Present” into a poetry contest through the American Library of Poetry. Her poem was selected to be published in their annual best of collection called Futures. For young poets, Sami suggests to “keeping trying even if people tell you you can’t do it!”


The FFA chapter has some important dates to share with the community! The Beloit Culver’s Thank Your Farmers event will be Thursday, May 9th! Upcoming in the next month students are signing up and preparing for spring competitions including speaking contests and career development events! See Ms. Braukhoff if you’re interested in competing in any of these! Interested families are encouraged to like Clinton FFA on facebook (@clintonwis) and join the FFA google classroom to keep up on deadlines, opportunities, and scholarship information! The google classroom code is iee8yc.


The library has been undergoing some exciting changes. The old desktop computers have been removed to make room for booth seating. A Promethean Activpanel has been installed and the circulation desk has been moved to the middle of the LMC. The Makerspace has been reopened and new projects will be available during power hours.


AP Calculus students will be beginning their study on Integrals and applications of Integrals to real life scenarios.

PreCalculus students will be learning about Networks and how you can model certain applications with matrices. They will also be learning how to solve systems of equations by finding the inverse matrix.

Algebra 2 students will begin their study of trigonometry by developing their understanding of the Unit Circle and the Sine and Cosine curves.

Geometry students began their exploration of trigonometry and how to use SOHCAHTOA to solve right triangles. They will also develop their understanding of the side length ratios for a 45-45-90 and 30-60-90 triangles.

Algebra 1 students will be working on statistics and probability and also beginning their understanding of linear and exponential functions with arithmetic and geometric sequencing.

The Math Team will be traveling to Madison West on February 6th to compete in the Madison Area Math League competition. Wish them luck!!

Occupational Therapy News

Developing Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults:

What is self-regulation? It is defined as being able to control your thoughts and feelings to enable goal directed behaviors and actions.

What Self Regulation Skills are developing at this age:

  1. Persistence on short and long term goals (applying to college)

  2. Problem solving to achieve those goals (staying in school, time management with work and school)

  3. Delaying immediate gratification to meet the goals (saving up to buy a car)

  4. Self-monitoring progress on goals

  5. Directing behavior towards long term goals

  6. Making decisions based on an understanding of others perspectives

  7. Handling frustration effectively

  8. Seeking help when needed (when stress may be too much to handle by themselves)

How do parents/caregivers/school staff help adolescents and young adults learn these skills:

  1. Teach self regulation through modeling, practice, reinforcing skills in a variety of situations that will help them become successful, independent adults

  2. Nurturing relationships that allow youth to make mistakes as they learn to handle more adult like decisions

  3. Provide a conducive, safe environment where discipline can still be positive but there are natural consequences for decisions made. Reduce the intensity of the situation by giving them time and space to calm down.

For additional information you may wish to refer Murray, D. W. & Rosanbalm, K. (2017). Promoting Self-Regulation in Adolescents and Young Adults: A Practice Brief. OPRE Report #2015-82. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Phy Ed / Health

As the semester draws to an end physical education classes are completing their final rounds of fitness testing. Many elements of the FITNESSGRAM are utilized in the three testing periods. Aerobic capacity is assessed through the use of the mile run and the pacer test. Muscle strength, endurance and flexibility are measured through the curl-up, push-up, flexed arm hang/pull up, and sit-and-reach assessments. The acronym HELP can be used to describe the philosophy of the FITNESSGRAM. Health. Promoting activity patterns that lead to reduced health risk and improved health related fitness. Everyone. The assessments are designed for all people regardless of physical ability and help all youth find some form of activity that they can do. Lifetime. A goal of the FITNESSGRAM is to help young people be active now, and help them learn to do activities that they will continue to perform throughout their lives. Personal. No two people are exactly the same or enjoy the same activities. The assessments are designed to personalize physical activity to meet the individual needs of each student.

School Counseling

During the week of February 25th, Clinton High School is taking part in the Wisconsin Online Youth Risk Behavior Survey sponsored by Partners in Prevention-Rock County. The survey will ask about the health behaviors of sixth through twelfth-grade students. The survey will ask about behaviors that result in unintentional and intentional injuries, tobacco use, and alcohol and other drug use. It will also ask about sexual behaviors that may result in HIV infection, other sexually transmitted diseases, and, unwanted pregnancies and dietary behavior and physical activity.

Completing this anonymous survey will cause little or no risk to your child. The only potential risk is that some students might find certain questions to be sensitive. The survey has been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Students will not put their names on the survey. Also, no class or student will ever be mentioned by name in a report of the results. Your child will get no benefit right away from taking part in the survey. However, the results of this survey will help children in the future by influencing health and safety programs. We would like all selected students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. No action will be taken against you, or your child, if your child does not take part. Students can skip any question that they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop participating in the survey at any point without penalty.

We are asking any parents that do not want their child to take part in the survey to return a Passive Parental Permission Form to the school no later than February 22nd. Please click HERE to be redirected to the form to print and fill out. If you have no objection to your child taking the survey, no action is needed.


They say it’s all about balance in life. Well, the same can be said about Unit 8 in Chemistry. Students combusted methane, oxidized iron, switch out copper for iron, created precipitate reactions and decomposed hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen. The hard work came with putting those reactions together into balanced equations. Ex: Most of us heat our homes or cook our food by burning methane also called natural gas or carbon tetrahydride. CH4 + 2 moles O2 ------> 2 moles H2O + CO2

Modeling in Biology is the focus of this past month. Whether students were making models of a plant or animal cell or using them to explain the processes of cellular respiration and photosynthesis, students learned this is just one way that scientists explain complex natural phenomena.

Physics has been filled with the study of conservation laws in science. We have covered both energy and momentum Students have enjoyed labs that have verified the conservation of Energy and conservation of momentum.

Anatomy has been studying the nervous and muscular systems through data collection of the reflex response, reaction time, grip strength comparison, and effect of muscle fatigue on the body. Grip strength is often a predictor of overall general health, heart health, risk of stroke, and biological age.

Social Studies

APUSH students are studying the political rhetoric of Frederick Douglass and the Abolitionist movement. This will lead into the Civil War era.

Economics class will be introduced to a branch of economics called “Game Theory”. A fun way to learn this has been the yearly Rock -Paper-Scissor competition held in class. Twenty-four young economists have signed up to participate in this yearly event. Lasts years grudge match contest pitted Evan “The Machine” Ruplinger vs Logan “The Destroyer” Runnels. Evan won in a very close match! This year in a close match, Sam “Diesel” Duggan a #17 seed beat #3 seed- Joe “The Hammer” Wellnitz.

Global Studies Honors is in the finishing stages of their Africa unit with an eye toward moving into their unit in Latin America.

World History Students are currently in the midst of the Christopher Columbus trial - the jury is still out if he’s guilty or not!

Political Science students are spending time learning about the Judicial Branch specifically the Supreme Court and researching some of the biggest legal cases over the past 50 years.

Psych students are finishing out the semester with a unit on abnormal psych that included a popular assignment on researching a serial killer.

US History students are studying the era of rapid industrial growth of the late 19th century and the mass of immigration that followed.

Tech Ed

We are busy wrapping up the semester by building a heavy metal rack. This isn’t used to store your Led Zeppelin or Ozzy Osbourne records, but to hold our ¼” plates so they can stored without damaging equipment or injuring students. They worked through the design process with Mr. Thieding and came up with a plan. Pictured are some the the students who worked on the rack and it’s near completion.

Our SkillsUSA members will be participating at Southwest Technical College (SWTC) in Fennimore on Jan 25th in the Regional SkillsUSA Conference. They will be competing in events such as CO2 Car design, Urban Search and Rescue with robots and Team Engineering Challenge where they are given a problem when the get there and they must come up with a solution. This will be our 9th time competing at SWTC. This competition gets them ready for the state competition in April.

Work-Based Learning

27 businesses and 250 students make for a great Career Fair! CHS partnered with Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce to host our first Career Fair on January 8. A variety of local businesses set up booths to explain types of jobs offered at their business to 10-12th grade students. Town Bank had a "money tree" to explain careers and raffled off a basket. Students interacted with employers and received feedback on their resumes as well. Thank you to all the businesses that participated including The DeLong Co. that sponsored prizes at the event.

World Languages

Spanish 1 students have worked with numbers, telling time and vocabulary related to school along with the pertaining grammar. Also, students continue working on listening comprehension activities.

Spanish 2 students have worked with the preterite. They have prepared PPT and worked with grammatical structures. Besides, students continue practicing reading strategies and how to formulate questions and answers in the target language.

Spanish 3 students have worked on the preterite and imperfect tenses. They have been engaged in grammar discussions related to the unit. Students continue practicing reading aloud and writing paragraphs.

Spanish 4 students have been working with the imperfect tense and other past tenses, They have demonstrated their understanding through a series of activities and presentations.

Spanish 5 students continue reading a novel and they continue working on reading and writing skills for the Language Placement Test along with the grammar and pertaining grammar and vocabulary.

Guten Tag und ein Gluckliches Neues Jahr! (Hello and Happy New Year!)

German II students are currently learning about verbs with stem vowel changes and the differences between the verbs kennen and wissen which both mean “to know”. They are also looking at words used for emphasis. The cultural theme is dealing with clothing and shopping in Germany along with colors.

German III students are currently learning about the comparison of adjective and adverbs in their positive, comparative, and superlative forms. A powerpoint project demonstrating their mastery of the topic will follow at the end of the unit. The cultural theme is dealing with modes of transportation and travel.

German IV students are currently learning about the genitive case, the fourth and final case of the German language. An extensive review of the other three cases in German, nominative, accusative, and dative was revisited before the introduction of this final case. From a cultural perspective the theme is dealing with eating out at German restaurants and ordering from a menu. Students will have an opportunity to create their own fictitious restaurant and menu at the conclusion of the unit.

German V students are in the process of concluding a fairy tale unit with the reading of three Brothers Grimm fairy tales, Bremerstadtmusikanten, Die Gansemagd, and Der singenden Knochen. Along with reading for comprehension, emphasis was placed on the use of the simple past and the contribution of the Grimm Brothers who put fairy tales on paper for future generations to enjoy.