May/June, 2014
In this Issue

New issue posted November 1

Principal's Message

Deputy Principal's Message

Stanford News

Yale News


Oxford News

Counseling Center

Library News



PE Dept.
PE Handbook

PE Staff

News in Brief

Cougar Foundation
Support CHS
Zangle Information

Principal's Message

Pam Winter, Principal


On-line Registration for next year - July 28

2014-15 student information forms can be completed beginning July 28

CUSD is continuing to make completing annual back-to-school forms simpler. Online back-to-school registration will again be offered for the 2014-15 school year, starting July 28. This year, the process will be even easier, with the online back-to-school forms available in Parent Connect.

Parent Connect is the district’s existing parent/students information system that allows parents to check grades, absences or tardies, cafeteria balances and much more twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.Parents will be able to use their existing login and password for Parent Connect to access the required 2014-15 registration forms beginning July 28. Current student information will be pre-populated for 2014-15 allowing parents to easily confirm or update their students’ information before the start of the new school year.Watch for more information in CUSD Today and on the district’s web and social media sites.



Deputy Principal's Message

Dr. Pa Vue, Deputy Principal


The end of the school year is right around the corner.  As students and parents prepare for the end of the school year we encourage everyone to try their best and finish strong.  Here are a few tips that can help students achieve success:

  • Attend all classes.  All absences must be cleared with the attendance office at 327-1325
  • Study and prepare for finals.
  • Attend subject specific study labs (posted in each classroom) for additional support or set up appointments with teachers.
  • See your counselor if you have questions regarding summer school.
  • Make good choices all the time.

We are also gearing up for a spectacular graduation for the Class of 2014!  Graduation will be held on June 3rd at 7:30.  During STAR testing, seniors attended two days of meetings and began practicing for graduation.  They received their senior handbooks and signed Senior Agreements.  These agreements outlined the expectations and consequences for all seniors from now until graduation night.  Agreements were sent home with seniors at the meeting and were to be reviewed by seniors and their parents.  Students returned a copy of the signed agreement to their counselor.  If you have not seen the agreement, please contact your child’s counselor. 

Excitement continues to build up at Clovis High School this month with the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.  Clovis High’s Marimba Band and Folklorico Dancers kicked off their annual Cinco de Mayo tour in the cafeteria with an impressive showcase of their talents, comrade, and pride.  The two groups traveled around town and performed at local schools and organizations.  They wrapped up their tour back on campus on the evening of May 2nd where they hosted their annual Cinco de Mayo dinner/show and added the Latin Club Dancers to their program.  The Marimba Band is under the direction of Damian Garcia.  Folklorico is under the direction of Thea Fabian, who is currently on maternity leave but assisted by Pat Gutierrez.  Latin Club Dancers are under the direction of Ysidra Lopez.


Stanford News

Sean Osterberg, Learning Director


English continues to develop innovative teaching practices, set goals, and work closely with their students to facilitate optimum student achievement.  This year all staff has been involved in aligning curriculum to the new common core standards, and pilot tests were conducted throughout the year to assess this alignment.   Several English teachers have also been involved in creating the district assessment tools for these assessments. 

As a reminder to all, the department continues to utilize, a program designed to help detect and discourage plagiarism.  This program encourages students to produce their own writing and prevent academic plagiarism.  With the advances in technology, students have easy access to the Internet, and unfortunately, this has increased the ease with which students find ways to shortcut the process of producing original work.  Teachers continue to teach ways to guard against students plagiarizing assignments.  Please refer to the student-parent handbook for a detailed outline of the CHS plagiarism policy.

Congratulations to our Mock Trial for winning the County Championship this year. 

As we go to press, AP testing has begun.  Students have been prepped by their respective teachers to maximize their results.

History day

This weekend 24 Clovis High students participated in Fresno County History Day. Congratulations to all who participated. The following are winners, moving on the state competition next month:

Winners going on to state:

**Olivia Gartman-Historical Paper

Restricting the Rights of Parents: Family Planning in China

** Monica Tran, Diane Lee, Thanhmai Le, Marissa Yim-Sun- Group Website –Also won a trophy for a topic that covers San Joaquin Valley History

John Muir and the Duty to Save the Environment

** Peter Vera- Individual Website

Rockefeller’s Standard Oil: The American Dream or Industrial Tyranny?


** Averie Basch-Individual Website

Joan of Arc: Her Sacred Duty

** Cloyse Sharp-Historical Paper

Inclusion: Improving the Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities

3rd Place

** Chole Batchelder- Individual Website

Women’s Suffrage in America

Other Participants:

McKenna Hauss, Samantha Cain, Bella Gullidge-Group Exhibit

China’s One-Child Policy: Restricting the Rights of Parents

Jonathan Wiltfang, Anthony Lee, David Wiebe, Anthony Addo-Boateng, Jagdeep

Sran-Group Exhibit

The Emancipation Proclamation: The Birth of Civil Rights

Kaitlyn Aldaz, Isaiah Zamora-Group Exhibit

Magna Carta: The Foundation of the U.S. Consitution

Cassidy Crouch-Historical Paper

A Duty to Save the Environment: John Muir

Manuel Sandoval- Individual Exhibit

Magna Carta: The Foundation of Democracy


Yale News
Kathy Blackburn, Learning Director




Two amazing Clovis High School Drama productions, Exit the Body and Lucky Stiff, were huge successes! As a result, the following Clovis High students are nominated for Danny Awards:

Exit the Body

Jack Kohlruss – Best Actor

Rachel Martinez – Best Actress

Hashem Ibrahim – Best Supporting Actor

Rachel Zegarelli – Best Supporting Actress

Louis Jennings-Melrose – Best Featured Actor

Jesse Nieves – Best Featured Actor

Miranda Chapman – Best Featured Actress

Lucky Stiff

Daniel LaJune – Best Actor in a Musical

Rachel Zegarelli – Best Actress in a Musical

Chris Ortiz-Belcher – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical

Hannah Huyck – Best Supporting Actress in a Musical

Nolan Henson – Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Caleb Macias – Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Kirsten Bangs – Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Presley Fletcher – Best Featured Actress in a Musical

The Danny Awards will be presented Tuesday, May 20th at 7:30pm at the Mercedes Edwards Theater. Come and see the stars arrive on the Red Carpet at 6:30pm!

Science Fair

Recently the Awards Ceremony for the Central California Regional Science, Mathematics & Engineering Fair took place at the Fresno Fair Grounds. Our students did very well. If you see any of them on campus today, please congratulate them. Below is an itemized listing of each student and their awards.

Congratulations to their coaches: Todd Kennedy, Sherra Vongehr, and Scott Davidson!!!

Great job all!!!


Diane Lee and Thanhmai Le

Special Award --- Cash award --- California Mathematics Counsel - Central Division

3rd Place Category Award - Computer Science and Math

Anthony Lee and Soly Lee

2nd Place Category Award --- Engineering --- moving on to State Science Fair


Austin Turner

Honorable Mention Category Award - Physics

Gabriela Avila

Honorable Mention Category Award - Biochemistry

Aspen Emler

3rd Place Category Award - Microbiology

Jenna Murphy

Honorable Mention Category Award - Earth & Space

Megan Walls

Special Award --- $1000 Scholarship Fresno Pacific University

3rd Place Category Award - Earth & Space

Kaitlyn Russo

Special Award --- Central Valley Water Awareness Committee

Special Award --- U.S. Stockholm Water Prize Regional Award

2nd Place Category Award - Environmental Science - moving on to state.


Oxford News

George Alvarado, Learning Director


Counseling Center

Gina Dean, Stephanie Frazier, Barbie Hansen, Gary Prentice, Billy Ware, Sonja Wilson

The 2014-2015 school year has just begun, but the Counseling Center has been full of activity for the past few weeks. Counselors are registering new students, finalizing student schedules, and meeting with returning CHS students and parents.  

On September 8th, counselors went into the American Government/Economics classes to review pertinent information for seniors such as SAT/ACT testing dates, CSU/UC application workshops and deadlines, as well as financial aid and scholarship information.


CSU application window:   October 1st through November 30th   


               CSU Application Workshops:   Library, October 6th (7:15am), and October 20th (7:15am)

Thinking of applying to a CSU campus?  Fresno State Ambassadors will be in the Counseling Center Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am-3:00pm.

UC application window:    November 1st through November 30th (applications available now online)


               UC Application Workshop:   Library, October 13th and November 3rd (7:15am)

               Personal Statement Workshop:   Library Annex, October 27th (7:15am)

Private colleges and universities:   Check admission filing dates for private and out of state colleges

               Thinking of applying to Fresno Pacific University?  FPU College advisor will be in the counseling center the 1st Wednesday of every month 9-12(Oct 2, Nov 6, and Dec 6).  If you would like to do an overnight at FPU (Encounter).

Community College application window:   Complete online application by October 1st

               Community College Application Workshop:   Library, September 15th and 29th (7:15am)




Test dates:      October 11, 2014 (deadline to register is September 12, 2014)

           November 8, 2014 (deadline to register is October 9, 2014)

                        December 6, 2014 (deadline to register is November 6, 2014)

December is the last test date that most colleges will accept scores.  Some colleges, such as CSU San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and CSU San Jose will only accept scores through the November test date so check with individual colleges, as testing deadlines vary.


Test dates:      October 25, 2014 (deadline to register is September 19, 2014)

           December 13, 2014 (deadline to register is November 7, 2014)


College representatives will be on campus throughout the fall! Sign-up in the Counseling Center to meet with the representatives and get all of your questions answered.

September 9th

September 10th

September 11th

September 12th

September 23rd

September 24th

Fresno Area College Night

Wednesday, September 10th

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Fresno Convention Center – New Exhibit Hall


All Access College Fair (Online Fair. Live chat with students & college reps from 150+ colleges)

Thursday, September 18th

7am – 7pm

EUREKA:  Remember, all CHS students also have access to Make sure to take advantage of this resource to explore colleges and careers—CHS site code: NJHXNVC.



Library News
Donna Ervin, Library Media Teacher


Kate Williamson, Activities Director



Jesse Hardwick, Athletic Director

Link to
Night of Champions

Cougars celebrate together at
1st Annual Night of Champions

The Cougars had a wonderful evening May 28th - gathering together to celebrate an outstanding year of athletics. Honored that evening were the reciepents of the Richard Pippig Memorial Scholarship, The Three-Sport Varsity Athletes, the Tim Simons Sportsmanship and Character Honorees, the Sassano Blanket winners for the year, and the male and female Athletes of the Year. Also honored were the TRAC championship teams - Gymanstics, Badminton and Softball. The Valley Championship Girls Water Polo team was honored and the Baseball team was honored for also capturing TRAC and Valley Championships. Baseball was later named the number one team in the state of California. The Wrestling team was honored for winning TRAC, Valley, Masters, and state championships and being named the number one team in the nation. Congratulations to all - we are so very proud of all of you.

The athletes awarded the Richard Pippig Memorial Scholarship are excited to learn their endeavors earned them $1000 scholarships.

Left to right: Malerie Crenshaw, Makalah Vosmera, Brett Stelling and Alejandro Solano

Clovis High was lucky enough to have five outstanding three-sport varsity athletes this year - left to right: Cassidy Crouch, Nick Sabbatini, Gavin Brar, Adam Prentice and Malerie Crenshaw

The Tim Simons Award for Character and Sportsmanship is awarded to an athlete that represents what the Cougars value - Victory with Honor.

Left to right: Jacob Serpa, Giuliana Tragitt, Lindsey Dovali, Joseph Parks, Mathew Czeshinski and Alexis Rodriguez

The Cougars were very excited to meet the 1947 Sassano Blnaket winner Mike Vuicich - Mr. Vuicich met the athletes and presented them with a pin to represent their contributions to Cougar History.

Thank you Mr. Vuicich!

1947 Baseball Sassano winner presents the Sassano to the 2014 baseball winner McCarthy Tatum

Pep and Cheer Nancy Mealer Award - Emily May
Boys Cross Country - Kevin Chavira
Girls Crss Country - Annelis Walker
Football - Alan Crowley
Gymnastics - Morgan Miyake
Girls Tennis - Alexis Rodriguez
Girls Volleyball - Malerie Crenshaw
Boys Water Polo - Jacob Serpa
Girls Water Polo - Giuliana Tragit
Boys Basketball - Luca Pasquini
Girls Basketball - Samantha Earl
Boys Soccer - Christian Duran
Girls Soccer - Jenna Gennusso
Wrestling - Nick Nevills
Badminton - Alexis Rodriguez
Baseball - McCarthy Tatum
Softball - Samantha Blair
Boys Swim and Dive - Jon Stearns
Girls Swim and Dive - Hannah Nabors
Boys Tennis - Isaiah Trujillo
Boys Track and Field - Greg Porter
Girls Track and Field - Andrea Trujillo
Boys Volleyball - Rohit Paul


Clovis High was proud to honor two outstanding athletes as the Clovis High Athletes of the Year.

Athletes of the Year
Nick Nevills
Football and Wrestling

Malerie Crenshaw
Volleyball, Basketball and Track

From the Fresno Bee

VISALIA — Alan Crowley was the right person at the right time to deliver what recently had become an elusive baseball title to Clovis High.

He knew it, and so did Cougars coach James Patrick.

With all the confidence in the world, the senior catcher ripped a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning, driving in McCarthy Tatum from third to lift the top-seeded Cougars over No. 3 Buchanan 3-2 for the Central Section Division I championship Saturday night at Rawhide Ballpark.

It was Clovis' seventh section title, but first since 2003, which concluded a run of three straight championships.

"I really believe in Alan. He's a senior and our captain. He's made for situations like this," Patrick said. "I wouldn't have wanted anyone else up there."

The fourth meeting this season between the Tri-River Athletic Conference rivals ranked Nos. 2 (Clovis) and 14 (Buchanan) in the state by Cal-Hi Sports appeared destined for extra innings before Bears starter Michael Bono walked Tatum to open the inning.

Jacob Gatewood drew a one-out, full-count walk to put runners on second and first, with both moving up courtesy of an errant pickoff throw into center field.

That set the stage for Crowley, who worked the count to 2-1 before hitting a laser into left field over the third baseman's head.

"I wasn't scared up there at all," said Crowley, who was 0 for 2 with a walk before his winning hit. "I knew everyone in the dugout had my back. I didn't want to do it for myself as much as all those guys. I love them."

When Tatum crossed home plate, it set off a wild dogpile celebration in front of the first-base line, where Clovis' half of the announced crowd of 1,400-plus gathered in the finale to the section's initial attempt at staging all six division finals over two days at a single site.

"I just wanted to stop (as soon as Crowley hit the ball) and start jumping in the air," Tatum said. "I was so excited. This was our goal, to dogpile at Rawhide."

It figured Clovis and Buchanan would play it this tight.

After all, the Cougars and Bears played a pair of one-run games during the TRAC season and Clovis won 10 one-run games in all.



Read more here:

Clovis Baseball captures TRAC and Valley Championships

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Clovis High's Nick Nevills added the honor of being the Fresno area's top student-athlete to an already long list of accomplishments.

The CIF State 285-pound wrestling champion and the Co-Lineman of the Year in the Tri-River Athletic Conference for the Cougars' football team was named the B'nai B'rith Student-Athlete Award recipient Monday at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building.

Nevills, who was the nation's top-ranked heavyweight throughout his senior season, was recently named California's High School Excellence Award winner by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, and was selected to the national "Dream Team" of top high school wrestlers by USA Wrestling Magazine.

The Penn State wrestling recruit with a 3.58 grade-point average receives a $2,500 scholarship in the 63rd annual award judged on athletic ability (65%), academics (25%), school and community activities (5%), and citizenship (5%).

"I'm grateful I got selected by my high school," Nevills said. "This is a closing for me to high school, a true last hurrah. I'm so humbled and honored I got to do all the great things and accomplishments that I did for Clovis High."

Clovis wrestler Nick Nevills named B'nai B'rith scholarship winner

The Fresno Bee - May 19, 2014

Star Clovis High wrestler Nick Nevills added the honor of being the Fresno area's top student-athlete to an already long list of accomplishments. Nevills will be headed to Penn State, which this year won its fourth straight NCAA wrestling championship. Pictured above are Nick with his coaches and below, with his brothers AJ and Seth

Badminton finishes strong with league title

Badminton Captures First CHS TRAC Championship

Congratulations to the Girls Badminton as they captured the Cougars first TRAC Championship. The team went on to finish a strong second in the Valley, the championship coming down to the last match. Way to go Cougars!

Signing Day

Congratulations to three Cougars that recently signed to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Volleyball players Rohit Paul and Jacob Shelton and wrestler Matt Czeshinski will all being continuing their winning traditions at the next level. Way to go Cougars!

Three Cougars sign to continue athletic careers

Three-sport Athlete Honored

Congratulations to Gavin Brar on his recognition as the CUSD Most Competitive Athlete. Gavin is a three-sport athlete and very involved in actitivities and leadership at CHS. Thank you Gavin for all you have done for the Cougars!

Cougar Gavin Brar awarded the Rene Errotabere
Most Competitive Athlete Award

How exciting! The Cougar Varsity Baseball team's trip to North Carolina was a great experience and we are so proud of the Cougars. Here is a link to a great website that includes photos and highlights from the trip. Way to go Cougars!


Cougar Baseball shines in
North Carolina






Noel wins

Prep softball: Clovis coach Mike Noel is fifth to 500 victories


The Fresno Bee, March 13, 2014

Clovis High's Mike Noel, here with his 2007 team, has lined up a long run of excellence with the Cougars that in 2014 now has seen him become the fifth softball coach in Central Section history to reach 500 career victories.

Clovis High's Mike Noel became the fifth softball coach in Central Section history to reach 500 wins when the Cougars beat Jefferson of El Paso, Texas, 11-0 on Thursday morning in their opener at the Kick-Off Classic in Las Vegas.

Taylor Tiger had four hits in the victory: a second-inning triple and a third-inning home run along with singles in the fourth and fifth innings.

“It made me think about all the different characters I’ve had,” Noel said. “I’ve had teams that have battled for every win we’ve got. I’ve been very blessed that I was given this job. I can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Noel added to his total later as Clovis improved to 2-0 at the tournament with a 6-0 victory over Franklin-El Paso behind Samantha Blair's no-hitter with 14 strikeouts.

Noel is 501-164-5 since taking over at Clovis with four games left in the 1995 season, according to records kept by section historian Bob Barnett. Noel could move ahead of Del January -- 502-174-4 between stops at Clovis West (1978-79), Clovis (1980-88), Washington (1991) and Buchanan (1992-2003) -- into fourth on the section career list before the end of the current tournament, with Clovis playing twice Friday and at least once Saturday.

“I love working with the kids, that never gets old,” Noel said. “I love competing in the games, and I’ll keep doing that until I don’t want to anymore. But that’s a long ways away.”

Steve Tirapelle and Adam Tirapelle Inducted into California Wrestling Hall of Fame

We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Steve Tirapelle and Adam Tirapelle on their induction into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. Thank you Steve and Adam - your contribution to Clovis High and amateur wrestling is nothing short of phenomenal. Congratulations to you both!

Physical Education

Jesse Hardwick, Learning Director for Physical Education

Welcome to the world of Physical Education! Most of your questions regarding PE can be answered in the PE Handbook. Here is a link to the:  Physical Education Handbook (new 2014-2015 issue)

Physical Education Department Staff:

Peter Tragitt, Department Chair (

Stacey Schiro (

Debby Mennucci (

James Patrick (

John Jones (

Kevin Johns (

Richard Lake (

Johnny Lopez (
Rich Hammond (


Cougar Foundation
Becky Luplow



News in Brief

SUPPORT CHS without spending any extra money

  • Savemart and Food Maxx:  Swipe your SHARES card every time you shop and 3% of your purchase price goes back to CHS.  If you or your neighbors need SHARES cards, there are more in the CHS front office.
  • Target:  If you designate on your Target credit card, then 3% of the purchase price returns to CHS.

Thank you for your support of Clovis High School

Parents: Check Zangle!

Parents please check Zangle, Parent Connect, weekly to track your student’s assignments, grades and attendance.  If you need a password, please email the CHS registrar at, .  If you have questions about what you see on the Zangle Parent Connect report, please have your student ask the teacher or contact the teacher by phone or email.