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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.
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:
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.
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 Turnitin.com, 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.
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
** Chole Batchelder- Individual Website
Women’s Suffrage in America
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
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
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
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!
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
Honorable Mention Category Award - Physics
Honorable Mention Category Award - Biochemistry
3rd Place Category Award - Microbiology
Honorable Mention Category Award - Earth & Space
Special Award --- $1000 Scholarship Fresno Pacific University
3rd Place Category Award - Earth & Space
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.
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
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2014
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)
APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY NOVEMBER 30, 2014
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)
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMS
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.
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 EUREKA.org. Make sure to take advantage of this resource to explore colleges and careers—CHS site code: NJHXNVC.
Jesse Hardwick, Athletic Director
Cougars celebrate together at
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
Clovis High was proud to honor two outstanding athletes as the Clovis High Athletes of the Year.
Athletes of the Year
Clovis Baseball captures TRAC and Valley Championships
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!
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
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
Prep softball: Clovis coach Mike Noel is fifth to 500 victories
BY NICK GIANNANDREA
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!
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)
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