A VISION FOR CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL

On August 26, the CHS Taskforce presented their vision for the future on Clinton High School.  This process has taken over a year of discussion.  Among the key discussion points:  site location, renovation of current building contrasted with a phased teardown/rebuild, keeping historic Yourd Gym versus building a new competition gym, and presenting a proposal that respects the efforts of the taxpayers.

Here is the link to the most current presentation:  https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn%3Aaaid%3Ascds%3AUS%3A55b2e7cd-b9c9-4bc2-83fc-777cc5e9e7db

In the next six months, the Task Force’s goal is to educate and answer all questions the community has about this option as the best step forward for the high school and the community at-large.  We welcome any groups or individuals that would like a tour of the existing building to see for yourself the issues behind the walls and underneath the floors.

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Be the One

Clinton High School is beginning a new approach to engaging parents and high school students in the four year educational planning process.  The process is called “Be the One” where every CHS student will be paired with a staff member.  The following paragraph was in a recent high school communication to families:

There are many reasons we are piloting this program this year. The idea of a pre-conference is a part of our “Be the One” initiative for this school year. The idea behind it is that you and your children have a connection with at least one person at CHS that you know has an understanding of what you and your child want for their future. Sometimes life gets hectic and families don’t know where to turn because they don’t have a name or a face. With this initiative, everyone who has a child at CHS has that name or that face to turn to if they have a question or concern. This is especially important if you cannot get a hold of a specific teacher, counselor, or administrator right away. 

The district is excited by the possibilities of this structure.  The Future Workplace Iowa initiative is going to open multiple career pathways for high school.  Junior and senior year programming will become more focused on specific career exploration and less of the “general studies” many of us experienced in high school.  Much of this programming will be supported by a proposed Clinton County Regional Center and apprenticeship opportunities.

This will produce a need for proper planning of prerequisite classes extending down to the freshmen year.  Be the One is intended to be one major avenue of communication to parents and students to set those goals and have a plan in place to achieve them.

A member of the high school staff will be contacting families for a pre-conference on or before August 26.  Please work with us in this attempt to improve communication about your child’s future educational and workplace plans.

Before and After School Programming

As we move closer to the beginning of the school year on August 23, I would like to remind all parents of the purpose of two childcare services that will meet before or after school.

The first is the Student Adventures Afterschool Program in which your child must qualify based on academic  need.  The criterion for students to qualify is to fall below the 40th percentile as measured on the Iowa Assessments.  The program is available at all four elementary schools and the middle school.  Its description on the district website is as follows:

Our program has an emphasis on academic assistance and academic enrichment activities. The youth experience learning through visits to museums, science and art activities, multi-cultural activities, health and physical fitness activities as well as tutoring in math and reading and general homework assistance. Additionally, youth participants have the opportunity for recreational activities such as swimming, roller skating and bowling, among others.

If you have interest in or questions about this program, please contact Erica at enaughton@clintonia.org or Loras at losterhaus@clintonia.org

The second childcare service is offered by the YWCA.  Based on demand, after school childcare will be offered at the following elementary schools:  Jefferson, Bluff, and Whittier.  At this point, not enough interest by Eagle Heights’ families has been shown.  However, transportation to the other sites will be provided if an Eagle Heights family would like childcare.  Unlike the school based program, there are no requirements to qualify for the YWCA program.

If you have interest in or questions about this program, please contact Shannon Sander-Welzien at ed@ywcaclinton.org

Thank you for your support of Clinton Schools!

 

 

CHS Adds Show Choir

Clinton High School has had a long history in the fine arts area.  We are excited to announce that CHS is adding Show Choir to this list of fine art opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mrs. Donica Vonderohe has spearheaded the effort to get this program off the ground for the upcoming school year.  If you are familiar with Show Choir, there are many components to fill:  costuming, platforms, choreography, and a pit, to name a few.  The plan for next year is to compete at State competition, along with presentations for some community events.  In subsequent years this may lead to Saturday events that are highly competitive.  Since this is a co-curricular event, a student must be in choir to participate in Show Choir.  Auditions will be held in September.

We are happy to provide this positive activity for our high school students.  Please contact Mrs. Vonderohe at dvonderohe@clintonia.org for more information.

Childcare offered at CCSD Next Year in Partnership with YWCA

The Clinton Community School District is excited to announce a partnership with the YWCA to offer before and after school childcare at elementary school sites for the 2019-2020 school year.  This result came from the fruits of an Iowa Big project led by high school students in looking for solutions for the shortage of childcare options for Clinton families.  After extensive research into the current services offered in the community of Clinton, looking at childcare services currently being offered in the Rock Island, Davenport, and Pleasant Valley  School Districts, and the results of two surveys sent to parents of preschool and elementary parents, the data showed that this is a solution for many of our families.

The YWCA will be reaching out later this month and throughout the summer to get commitments for before and/or after school childcare for the 2019-2020 school year.  The YWCA will send out their fee schedule, with opportunities for  discounted rates or DHS assistance, if families qualify.

The goal is to have enough demand at each of the four elementary schools to offer it at each site.  If there is not enough demand at one or more sites, the school district and/or YWCA will make arrangements to transport back and forth to the nearest site.

One of the most exciting options of this service is the opportunity of the YWCA and Clinton Community Schools to work in partnership on joint priorities.  For example, the YWCA currently was a 20-minute reading initiative built into their services that will complement district initiatives.  Also, the YWCA offers a wellness initiative in terms of exercise and healthy nutrition education and practices.

Please be on the lookout for childcare information coming out in the next few weeks and months.  Thank you for your support of Clinton Community School District!

Update of Clinton County Regional Career Technical Education Center

The five Clinton County school districts, along with Eastern Iowa Community College, are continuing to move forward with planning on a regional center for Career and Technical Education for this part of the state.  After multiple meetings with business, workforce, and educational leaders, a wish list of career pathways has been developed to serve the future students of Clinton County.  The following are the recommended educational career pathways to be offered:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Welding
    • CnC
    • Engineering Technology
      • Electrical
      • Robotics
    • Architecture/Construction
    • Health Services
      • Nursing
      • EMT—Career Regional meeting
      • Medical Assistant
    • Auto/Diesel
    • Agriculture
    • Computer Science
      • Coding
      • Networking
      • Programming
    • Human Services
      • Education
      • Culinary arts
    • Transportation, distribution, and logistics

These defined pathways will help Eastern Iowa Community College develop a design of a future  regional center.  The concept is that juniors and seniors from the five Clinton County high schools would have the opportunity to participate in  high quality educational experiences, have an opportunity for concurrent enrollment (receive high school and college credit), earn professional certifications, and find apprenticeship opportunities.

The target date is September 2020 for Eastern Iowa Community College to put this proposal before the voters.  However, there is much work to be done to develop shared curriculums between the Clinton County school districts and to provide a common foundation for students in grades 7-10, so that all juniors and seniors are prepared for the rigor of a regional center.  The school districts understand the importance of communicating the vision of the regional center to its residents, Clinton County businesses, and students, as we try to best meet the needs of the future.

Thank you for your support of Clinton County schools!

Krista Voda

The Hall of Honor Committee has asked current Clinton High School students to interview the 2019 living inductees and write a press release to share with you.  The 2019 Induction ceremony is Friday, April 12 and is open to the public.  Reservations may be made to Deb Deters, ddeters@clintonia.org.

 

Clinton High Professional Career Accomplishments Inductee into the Academic Hall of Honor

By Riley Kramer and Prushia Golden

Krista Voda is one of the first nominees to be inducted into the Clinton High School Hall of Honors. This Hall serves to commemorate many Clinton High alumni with notable achievements in character and in their field. Currently, Voda works as a sportscaster, most notably for NASCAR, but she has hosted many other television programs throughout her career. As a 1992 graduate of CHS, she reminisced fondly about her time there, and how her participation in academic life helped contribute to her character today. She believes that CHS “prepared [her] for life as a professional,” and her time there allowed her “to establish a foundation” for herself. But the path she is on now is not necessarily one that she had expected. Her life experiences have afforded her many wonderful moments of inspiration as well as challenges. Upon her induction into the CHS Hall of Honor, Voda took the opportunity to reflect and expound upon her life. Her comments make it clear why she was chosen to receive such an honor. Ms. Voda serves as a mentor to students at CHS, and students everywhere, who strive for greatness and who never give up the pursuit of their dreams.

Even before Voda’s time at Clinton High, she partook in activities revolving around sports. “I always enjoyed sports,” she stated. She was involved in volleyball and track during middle school. Voda was also a gymnast for the majority of her childhood years.  She spent “a large part” of her childhood competing in various gymnastic meets. The time and effort put into succeeding at those meet “helped form [her] work ethic at a young age.” She carried this success into her high school career, indirectly taking courses that would later help prepare her for her future in broadcasting. Her profession was not always so clear to her. “I wanted to be a sports medicine doctor,” she said. However, she quickly realized that this path “wasn’t a passion” for her. She had “always felt comfortable speaking in front of crowds.” She also furthered her literary skills, realizing “if it was comfort I found in speaking, it was fulfillment I found in writing.” The goals she set then were to “reach further… [to] grow.” Now, she focuses on giving her daughter the same opportunity.

In her pursuit for fulfillment and growth, Voda has looked to many role models. She is very open about those who have inspired her, and those who have been mentors to her in her career. She mentioned the names of sportscasters whom she has worked alongside, including Steve Byrnes and Bob Costas. These two individuals, in particular, taught her “various skills” that she still uses today. She believes the impact of their actions on her “aren’t as much skills, as they are life lessons.”

During her time in Clinton, at CHS, and in the pursuit of her passion, Voda has learned many life lessons. She emphasized one piece of advice: “Don’t be afraid to fail.” In fact, she urges all who read this to “relish the experience.” Not only have failures taught her more than her successes, but also “the lessons learned from the missteps will lead you to greater climbs.”  Voda reflects her 1992 class motto: “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”