Dolphin Weekly


Upcoming Events...

Next Week...

  • 12/9 Middle School Awards Assembly 10:00 AM in the MUB
  • 12/9-18th Holiday Grams sold at Lunch Recess


  • 12/16 @ Flag Salute Dolphin Awards Winners announced TK-5 (Parents will be notified that their child will be earning an award, so they may attend flag salute if possible)
  • 12/17 ELAC meeting 3-4 Room 16
  • 12/19- Holiday Grams delivered to classrooms
  • 12/19- Last day before winter break, 1-8th students released at 1:30, TK-K release at 12:30
  • 12/20-1/7- Winter Break No School (Students return on 1/8/20)
  • 1/17/20 PTO Meeting Room 16 7PM
  • 1/20/20- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 2/7/20-2/9/20 Clifford School Play- Legally Blonde Jr.
  • 2/17/20- Presidents' Holiday- No School
  • 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
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District Invites You to Serve on Citizens Oversight Committees

Redwood City School District (RCSD) invites its community to learn more about the operations of the district by serving on oversight committees. RCSD currently has two open seats; one for the Measure T Citizens Oversight Committee and the other for the Measure U Citizens Oversight Committee. Deadline to apply is Dec 13th.

Details & Application

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Please share with potential new families about key dates and enrollment timelines!

Parents of students who will be new to RCSD next school year should take note of these key dates to enroll or fill out a School of Choice form for the 2020-21 school year! You can also download the printable timeline here.

Clifford's Academic Growth Over 5 Years! Language Arts & Math

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50% increase in exceeded/met over 5 yr

Met/Exceeded grew from 44% to 66% (22 point increase)

Notable: Exceeded category more than doubled

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Data- Math

77% increase in exceeded/met over 5 yr

Met/Exceeded grew from 30% to 53% (23 point increase)

Notable: Exceeded category almost tripled

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Project Cornerstone Book of the Month!

Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming) imagines being “an only” in the classroom—what it’s like to be the only one with an accent (“No one understands the way words curl from your mouth”), the only one who stayed home during summer vacation (“What good is this/ when other students were flying/ and sailing”), the only one whose lunch box is filled with food “too strange or too unfamiliar for others to love as you do.” Without prescribing sympathy, Woodson’s poetic lines give power to each child’s experience. She describes the moment when the girl who didn’t go on vacation speaks her truth, her “voice stronger than it was a minute ago.” She has cared for her sister all summer, she tells her classmates, reading and telling stories: “Even though we were right on our block it was like/ we got to go EVERYWHERE.” And “all at once” in the seconds after sharing one’s story, something shifts, common ground is revealed, and “the world opens itself up a little wider/ to make some space for you.” López (Drum Dream Girl) paints the book’s array of children as students in the same classroom; patterns and colors on the children’s clothing and the growing things around them fill the spreads with life. Woodson’s gentle, lilting story and López’s artistry create a stirring portrait of the courage it takes to be oneself: “There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you until the day you begin/ to share your stories.”
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School Tours...

Please spread the word! Tours for prospective Clifford families will be on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 9:15am. To sign up, call the office at (650) 482-2402. These tours are for incoming Kindergarten through 8th grade families!

Office Hours: 7:45am - 4:00pm

*If you need special accommodations for a date/time, please speak to the office manager and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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High School Placement Testing & Information

Dear Dolphin Families of 8th Grade Students,

The process of registering 8th graders for their high school classes at Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) begins in December 2019. Please remember that SUHSD is a separate school district and all questions regarding registration and course placement should be addressed directly to them. By now, you should have received some initial general communications from SUHSD. If not, please contact them to update your address/email/text information.

**Note that SUHSD requires parents to complete an in-person address verification process at the SUHSD District Office. It is recommended that you do this before the end of 2019.

Sequoia Union High School District - District Office

480 James Street, Redwood City, CA 94062

(650) 369-1411

Placement Testing

The Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) requires all entering 9th graders to take reading and mathematics placement tests. Information about testing and course placement is available on the SUHSD website - Information for Incoming 9th Grade Students - located under the Students and Parents tab.

Clifford School will administer these tests during December 2019 & January 2020:

Gates-MacGinitie Reading Test (GMRT)

This is a timed assessment taken over two separate testing sessions

• Reading Comprehension - During the week of December 2nd-6th - 35 minutes

• Vocabulary - Wee of December 2nd-6th - 20 minutes

Mathematics Diagnostic Test For Placement (MDTP)

This is a timed assessment taken in one session

• MDTP January (TBD), 2020 - 45 minutes

SUHSD sends the assessment results to the feeder schools in February and publishes the scores on the Student Information Form (course registration).

High School Testing and Placement Events To Put on Your Calendar

  • December - GMRT - Reading Tests

  • January - MDTP - Math Test

  • Early March - School assemblies with SUHSD Counselors

Students pick their electives & learn about extra-curricular activities

  • Mid March - Students receive the Student Information Forms containing their courses for 2020-2021

  • May - SUHSD sends out the individual online 9th grade schedules. SUHSD will contact parents and students about creating online accounts in April.


Jude Noyes

Principal, Clifford School

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Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program?

Sequoia Union School District is holding their annual "We Are IB" 8th Grade IB Info Meeting- one in English and a separate meeting in Spanish on January 14th.

  • English:
    • Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year? Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program? Please attend Sequoia's 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on January 14th from 6:00 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. Thank you. See link:
  • Spanish:
    • Si su estudiante del octavo grado asistirá a Sequoia High School el próximo año ¿Quiere que sea exitoso en la preparatoria y que asista a la universidad? Para que su estudiante sea exitoso en la preparatoria y aprenda sobre el programa de honores de IB, por favor asista a la reunión del Octava Grado sobre Información del programa IB el martes,14 de enero 2020 en el Centro de Medios/ Biblioteca de la escuela Sequoia a las 6.00 pm. Esta reunión es muy importante para usted y será ofrecida en español. LOS ESPERAMOS


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Attention 8th Grade Parents!

Hello students and parents of 8th grade! Every year in yearbook, we create a special page for our graduating class. For this commemorative page to happen, we need each student’s baby photo.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 16th send either a hard copy or digital copy (prefer digital). If you are sending digitally, please send to
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Magic Wheelchair Hero Reel 2019

Magic Wheelchair!

Published on Dec 2, 2019

Please watch and share! We are thrilled to debut our new hero reel featuring some incredible kiddos (some students from RCSD) and volunteer builders that inspire us here at Magic Wheelchair.
Learn more:

Magic Wheelchair is a nonprofit organization that builds epic costumes for kiddos in wheelchairs — at no cost to families.

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6-8 Middle School Awards on 12/9/19 @ 10:15

6-8 Middle School Awards on 12/9/19!

We will be celebrating 6-8th grade students for academic achievements and for citizenship on December 9th at 10 am in the MUB. You will be notified if you child will be receiving an award. We are waiting on final grades to be inputted so we can calculate GPAs! Parents are welcome to attend! Families have been notified that their child(ren) will be earning an award.

Awards will be as follows:

Academic Awards

3.00-3.49 GPA Honors Awards

3.50-3.99 GPA Principal's Award

4.00 + GPA Highest Honors

Outstanding Dolphin Awards are going to be awarded to students by teacher nomination. There will be two students per 6th, 7th, 8th grade. Here are the awards and their descriptions..

  • Dolphin Cares- Students earning this award show concern and/or sympathy for others, are sensitive to the needs of others, offers support & giving their time, talents, and resources to help others, talking positively about others, considering the needs of others, not just their own. They show understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit. These students exemplify the Core Value of Care!

  • Dolphin Respect—Students earning this award have demonstrated respect for self, others, learning environment and learning. They have good behavior, good attitude, and participate in class on a daily basis. Students earning this award are the most improved student. These students exemplify the Core Values of RESPECT

  • Dolphin Empathy - Students earning this award have demonstrated care and concern towards other Dolphins. They consistently reach out to others and help them feel cared for. These students exemplify the Core Value of EMPATHY!

  • Dolphin Eagerness—Students earning this award exhibit leadership among their peers, earn high grades in all content areas, and are considered a positive role model for their peers. These students are also asking for extra credit and go above and beyond when working on projects and/or special assignments. These students are never tardy between classes and are always ready to learn from bell to bell. These students exemplify the Core Value of being EAGER!

  • Dolphin Dreamer—Students earning this award are helpful to others, consistent with their work ethic, and are students who try hard in classes. These students set goals and are always looking to the future. These Dolphin Dreamers are not only creative, but they are resourceful and inspire others to think outside the box. The Dolphin Dreamer is gentle by nature and loyal. These students live above their background and don’t let hard times change their course. Even in adversity, they believe they will still be successful! These students exemplify the Core Value of DREAMER!

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Candy Grams!

Clifford Student Council will be selling holiday candy grams during lunch and after school. Sales will be located in front of the cafeteria at lunch, on Mondays and Wednesdays and after school in front of the main office. Sales are from December 9-18th, delivery to the classrooms on 12/19. Cost for grams are: $1.50 for either a reindeer gram or Gift Sack.
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Middle School Dance Friday 12/6

Friday, December 6th

MIT Gym @ North Star

400 Duane Street


$15 in advance, $20 at the door

A signed permission slip is required to purchase a ticket. Schools participating are North Star, Clifford, and Roy Cloud.

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Online Learning at Home with School Learning Apps!

Your child has a google login and password and is able to log in to their student Clever account at home. Here is the step-by-step way to log in at home. If your child doesn't remember how to log in, please ask their teacher for their sign on information. Practicing at home is a great way for them to work on their reading and math skills! Thank you!

Student home login guide

Help your child use learning technology at home

This year, our school district is using Clever as an easy way for your child to access all the learning applications they use at school. They can access some of the resources they use at school in one location, using a single username and password.

I'd love for you to help us increase education engagement at home by helping your child access their online learning applications.

How can I help my child log in?

  1. Go to our district website (

  2. Scroll down and click on the District Link to the Clever Student Learning Portal

  3. Log in using either your child’s Clever Badge (QR Code) or their school issued Google Account.

Student Google username hint: (first letter of first name and first 4 letters of last name)
Student password hint: 55555500 (eight digits)

Helpful resources

Need some help? Contact your teacher if you have any questions or problems logging in at home.

Clever Privacy Policy Visit to see how Clever protects your child’s data.

Dolphin Families!

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend. We will see you back on Monday 12/9!

Mr. Noyes

Clifford School

Principal: Jude Noyes

Vice Principal: Tiffany Parrish

Office Manager: Mayra Guerra

Office Assistant: Maria Stockton