CLARK CHIEFTAINS November 2009 Newsletter http://www.clovisusd.k12.ca.us/clark GAME DATES IMPORTANT DATES Game schedules are subject to change. Please see below for lunchtime and after school labs. S, Nov 7 FB vs Reyburn/8:30a-2p M, Nov 2 Staff Development Day-No School M, Nov 9 Winter Sports Begin Band Executive Board & Booster Mtg/6p/S-3 W, Nov 18 V BBB vs Tenaya/4p Th, Nov 5 ASB Mtg during lunch-Activities Office Instrumental Music Italian Dinner Fundraiser/ STAR Intervention Lab: Monday, Wednesday, Friday/ 4:30-8p/MPR 6:47-7:30a/A-1 S, Nov 7 Saturday School/8a-12p/S-7 Math and Language Arts Intervention Labs: M-F, Nov 9-20 Coats for Kids Drive Lunchtime: Winter Sports Begin Monday & Wednesday: 7th Gr. Math /M-8 T, Nov 10 CHS/Clark Fall Jazz Concert/7-8:30p/Perf. Tuesday & Thursday: 8th Gr. Math/M-10 Arts Center-Clovis North High School After School: Th, Nov 12 Site IDAC/8:30a/S-3 Monday & Wednesday: 8th Gr. Math Lab/2:30-3:30p/M-5 CHS/Clark Orchestra Fall Concert/8:30p/ Tuesday & Thursday: 7th Gr. Math Lab/2:30-3:30p/M-9 Performing Arts Center-Clovis North HS Monday-Thursday: 7th Gr. Homework Lab/2:30-3:30p/C-1 F, Nov 13 Spirit Day-CHS Spirit Monday-Thursday: 8th Gr. Homework Lab/2:30-3:30p/S-7 Character Counts Seminar Schedule Detention/Study Hall: Monday-Friday/2:30-4:30p/B-4 S, Nov 14 Saturday School/8a-12p/S-7 M, Nov 16 Dance Ticket Sales during lunch/$3 T, Nov 17 Dance Ticket Sales during lunch/$3 Parent Club Mtg/6-7p/LMC W, Nov 18 Dance Ticket Sales during lunch/$3 Fall Sports Awards/6-7p/Various locations Board Mtg/6:30p/Boardroom Th, Nov 19 ASB Mtg during lunch/Activities Office Dance Ticket Sales during lunch/$4 School Dance/6-8p/Gym/$5 @ the door F, Nov 20 Club Day (9:55-10:25a)-Seminar Schedule Character Counts Pizza Party during lunch M-F, Nov 23-27 Thanksgiving Break-No School Clark Thanksgiving Food Drive-November 16 — Attention! All girls November 20. interested in playing The Peer Counselors will be collecting canned foods in basketball this year. the Academic Block classes during the dates listed. Try-outs begin on Please send non-perishable items. All food donations November 9. Come out and join our program. You will be donated to the Poverello House in Fresno. Any can make a difference! Kristi questions please contact Mr. Shuman in the Counseling Prieb, Coach Center at 327-1546. Attention all Parents of Clark students and Clark Staff…. The Clark Instrumental Band and Color Guard Boosters are having our annual Italian Dinner Fundraiser on November 5, 2009 and would like everyone to help support the Music Program. Tickets are Pre-Sale $7.00 and $8.00 at the door. Anyone interested in tickets can contact a band student or Mr. Jacox, or Ms Moore, band directors. Calling all Band and Color Guard Parents….There is a Booster meeting November 2 at 7 p.m. in the band room. We would like all parents of band and color guard students to attend. CLARK SAYS “NO” TO BULLYING Middle School is a time when bullying among peers increases. During the week of October 19, all stu- dents at Clark were taught lessons on bullying prevention. Lessons focused on how to recognize bullying and what students can do about bullying so that they can be safe and happy at school. Here at Clark we are focused on creating a safe learning environment for all students. Our lessons focused on recognizing bullying, empowering students to report bullying, cyber-bullying: abuse through technology and sexual harassment. Ask your students to talk with you about the bullying prevention lessons. Share your own experiences with bullying, either what you remember from your schooling, or what you have experienced in the work- place. Together we can help our students stay safe and develop confidence and empathy during their mid- dle school years here at Clark Intermediate. Love to miniature golf? Clovis High Girl’s Basketball is hosting a miniature golf day Saturday, November 14th, in the Clovis High South Gym. Come by and play 18, 27 or 36 holes for only $5.00. BBQ hamburger and hot dog lunches will be available for purchase as well. There will be lots of fun and there will be some great prizes to win so come by Saturday, November 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and have a great time miniature golfing. Any questions can be referred to head girl’s basketball coach, Steve Perkovich at 327-1539 or e-mail email@example.com. Thank you for supporting the Clovis High Girl’s Basketball program. Yearbooks: If you didn’t order your yearbook at registration, make sure you purchase now before the prices go up. You can pay at the school with cash or check or go on-line and purchase the book with credit card at www.jostensyearbooks.com Cold Weather PE Clothing As cooler weather approaches, please be advised of the acceptable dress for PE clothing: Students are, at all times, to wear their PE shirt and shorts as their first layer of clothing. Layering the PE uniform over other clothing is not acceptable. Should more warmth be needed, sweats can be worn over PE clothes. Recommended sweats are inexpensive cotton fleece. These can be easily purchased at a variety of local stores. Preferred colors of sweats are in keeping with school colors – blue, gold, white, gray, or black. Hooded sweats, zip-ups, or pull-over styles are fine. Sweat pants are also recommended in school col- ors as well. They are to be worn over PE shorts also. Please be sure that all sweat clothing is marked with the student’s name in permanent ink on the inside collar or waistband. A NOTE FROM THE NURSE-10 Brain Boosting Foods I see many kids in the nurse’s office for various complaints but many complain of having a stomachache and/ or headache. When the kids are asked if they have eaten anything they often reply “no”. Kids who do not eat breakfast have not eaten for at least 14 hours. School requires children to take tests, work on projects and do homework. Experts say what children eat can play a major role in how well they perform in school. According to Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a Detroit nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic As- sociation (ADA), the brain is a very hungry organ—the first of the body’s organs to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. To boost brain growth, improve brain function, memory and concentration, and avoid the stomachaches and headaches, have your child try these nutrition-packed foods, especially before coming to school. 1. Salmon 2. Eggs 3. Berries 4. Beans 5. Colorful Vegetables 6. Milk and Yogurt 7. Lean Beef or Meat Alternative 8. Peanut Butter 9. Whole Grains 10. Oats. (Health Beat, September 2009 Issue) EMPLOYEE CORNER I would like to introduce this month’s featured employee, Jeff Jacox. Jeff is currently the Band Instructor here at Clark , overseeing the entire Instru- mental Music program, including the Color Guard and Percussion Ensem- ble, with the assistance of Krista Moore. Prior to teaching at Clark, Jeff worked for 6 years in the Kingsburg Elementary School District teaching band grades 5-8. Before that, he taught in the Twin Cities area for a dozen years before moving to California. “The biggest challenge I face professionally,” says Jeff, “is just keeping up with the day to day business of the instrumental music program- bookkeeping, organizing trips, helping individual students, managing the inventory of music, uniforms and instruments, etc. The most rewarding, is the individual and group success of my students. The looks on their faces when they really pull together in a rehearsal or performance keeps me go- ing.” “It has been an exciting ride with our instrumental music program since I arrived, there were a lot of pieces in place that we have been able to pull together. Last year was the first year that we have marched competitively here at Clark for some time and we won at both band reviews we entered last year, (Caruthers and Fowler). Our bands and orchestras have earned consistent superior ratings at festivals, the color guard and winter percus- sion ensemble are defending valley champs this year, the Jazz band earned their first superior rating in some time last year and we had 6 students named to the CA All-State band. Approximately 1/3 of the Fresno/Madera County orchestra and 1/4 of the County honor band were Clark Students last year.” Jeff and his wife just celebrated their 10th anniversary last May. They have one son named Joshua who is in the 4th grade.
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