CHS IS OFF TO A GREAT START!
Thanks for coming out to our first PTSA meeting and Back to School Night! We had an incredible turnout!
Our First School Advisory Council meeting is on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm in our Media Center! Please come out and be a part of our team!
CAICC parent meeting is on September 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Media Center.
AICE parent meeting is on September 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm in the Media Center.
NEXT GENERATION ENTREPRENEURS is an annual innovation competition that takes just 5 to 10 minutes to apply online. This year, application submissions are due by OCTOBER 15, 2016.
Ten semifinalists will be chosen to participate in workshops with mentors from November through March and present to judges in the Spring of 2017.
Each year, three winners or winning teams are awarded $10,000, $3,500 or $1,500 in grant monies to help their innovative idea become a new business reality!
More details can be found at pinellaseducation.org, and be sure to attend your campus kickoff announcement briefing at the beginning of the school year.
QUESTIONS? Contact Julie Yaeger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727.588.4816 x2122 for more information or go to http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/7741
Hispanic Heritage Month student art and essay contest
Each year, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott invite Florida students to participate in the Hispanic Heritage Month student art and essay contest. The contest is open to all Florida students in grades 4–12. Three winners will be selected to receive a four-Year Florida College Plan scholarship sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation: one elementary school student (grades 4–5), one middle school student (grades 6–8), and one high school student (grades 9–12). This year’s theme is “Honoring Hispanic American Heroes: Hispanic American Veterans, Military Members, Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders.” The deadline for submissions is Sept. 9. To submit the required documents, visit: http://www.flgov.com/hispanic-heritage-month-essay-contest/
Clearwater High School believes in the philosophy of continual improvement. Over the last few years, we have made numerous enhancements to our curriculum and facility. Our advanced placement, dual enrollment, and honors programs continue to grow and excel. Dual enrolment opportunites are available to our student through Saint Petersburg College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautial University. The Advanced International Certificate of Education program (AICE) is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. Please see your counselor if interested in this wonderful program.
As we all know, students are more engaged with technology than ever before! Thus, we have been compelled to utilize the concept of “Bring Your Own Technology” (B.Y.O.T.). As a result, students are allowed to appropriately use their own technology on our campus, and we encourage it! Students are allowed to engage their own devices for researching the internet, gaining access to digital materials and content, review grades and attendance, and much more! If your child does not own their own technology, or if you prefer, they may check out a electronic reader from our school. As we progress, technology will continue to become a more integral part of our school curriculum. Rules and policies for appropriate technology use while on our campus, and how to obtain an e-reads will be given out during your child's homeroom. Homeroom lists will be posted soon!
To ensure and improve student performance, Clearwater High School implemented a sweeping change from traditional school enrollment to Wall-to-Wall Academies with industry certification options, truly preparing our students to be college and career ready!
These academies function as Small Leaning Communities and are centered on key interest areas of our Clearwater High students. This “academy environment” offers each student more personalized attention, recognition and care from teachers, staff, and peers. Integral to this “Academy Methodology” is the interest and career-themed approach designed to engage all students with learning that is rigorous and relevant!
1. BLIS Academy of Business, Leadership, & International Studies (includes CAICC & ROTC)
2. STEAM Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, Aeronautics, & Mathematics
3. FAME Academy of Fine Arts & Media Education
4. SHARE Academy of Sports, Hospitality, and Recreational Education
If you have a not selected your academy, please see contact your child’s counselor to declare it!
A big thank you to all the parents and students that helped make our Modified Student Uniform Dress Code a huge success! Please review the code to make sure your child are in compliance for this year. You can find it in this newsletter, and online on our school website.
Our New Student Orientation is going to be held in the Auditorium on Thursday, August 4th at 9:00 a.m. Our peer connectors will be working with your child to help familiarize them with our campus, policies, and procedures. That morning, our coaches and club sponsors will also be available for you to meet at 8:30 am in our cafeteria.
Please encourage your child to come to the events, ask questions, and get involved. Also, please join us for the annual Back-to- School Night, Thursday, August 18th at 7 p.m. Our first PTSA meeting will begin at the conclusion of our Back-to-School Night festivities!
Parents, students, community members, coaches, and school staff are working together to produce a successful experience for our students. Thanks again for all of your continued support. I look forward to seeing you at Clearwater High School.
Principal, Clearwater High School
CONGRATULATIONS CLEARWATER HIGH SCHOOL RANKED #1!
The Washington Post recently ranked the most challenging (rigorous) high schools in the nation for their offerings of rigorous course work. As of April 22, 2016, Clearwater High School was ranked 385, which is first out of all the public high schools in Pinellas County!
Clearwater is also in the top 23% of the state of Florida (84 out of 370), and in the top 17% of the nation (385 out of 2300)!
Note: The rankings may change as more schools throughout the nation are added However, the first place designation will not change due to the fact that all of the public high schools in Pinellas have already been ranked!
WAY TO GO CHS!
Congratulations to the City of Clearwater! Clearwater High School nominated the City of Clearwater as our Pinellas Educaton Foundation Business Partner of the year! The City of Clearwater was named a finalist in the Large Business Category (one of three)! Way to go! Clearwater High School is fortunate to have a great working relationship with the City of Clearwater! Many thanks!
• Six students received the AICE Cambridge Outstanding
Learner Award for exceptional results in their Cambridge
Girl's Varsity Basketball - District Champions
• Boy’s Varsity Football - District Champions
• Girl’s Varsity Volley Ball - District Champions
• Boy’s Golf Team - Regional Qualifiers
• Girl’s Golf Team – Regional Qualifiers
• Girls Cross Country – 1 State Qualifier (ranked 20th in the State)
• Boy’s Cross Country – 1 State Qualifier
• Girl’s Swim Team – 1 State Champion
• Girl’s Swim Team – Ranked 6th in the State
• Girl’s Varsity Basketball – 1st Place at the Indian Rocks Christian Holiday Tournament
• Boy’s Varsity Wrestling – 1st and 3rd place at the Eastlake Invitational
• JROTC – District Champions
• Clearwater Drama Department - 1Critic’s Choice, 1 Honorable mention, 13 Superior and 9 Excellent ratings at our District Competition
• Clearwater Marching Band and Color guard – First Place at the Wiregrass Ranch FMBC Regional competition and also won best music, best color guard, best visual and best effect. They also brought home the first runner award up overall trophy for group 1A, 2A and 3A.
• FORD NGL Model School
• Model School Designation from ICLE
• Melinda Gates Grant Recipient for Personalized Learning
• Five Star School award for community Involvement for 15 years
• SACS Accreditation Status – Centennial Member
• Over 300 students were awarded the opportunity to go and see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015 on opening day for reading outside of the school day during our second quarter reading initiative!
2013-2014 = 82%
2014-2015 = 87%
A 5% gain!
Passing Scores in Accelerated Curricula:
AP & AICE 2013-2014= 244
AP & AICE 2014-2015 = 370
Dual Enrollment 2013-2014= 122
Dual Enrollment 2014-2015= 183
An increase of at least 187!
Enrollment in Accelerated Curricula (AICE, AP, & Dual Enrollment):
2013-2014 = 837
An increase of 456 students!
2013-2014 = 657 earned, with 114 on the CAPE list
2014-2015 = 948 earned, with 126 on the CAPE list
An increase of 291!
Learning Gains in the L25:
2013-2014: 60 %
2014-2015: 67 %
A 7% gain!
Congratulations to Mr. Larson and the members of our CHS Swim team!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR JORDYN AVERS, OUR INDIVIDUAL CROSS COUNTRY DISTRICT CHAMPION!
Congratulations Clearwater High School for winning the 1st Annual Clearwater Bowl as part of the Clearwater Centennial Celebration!
Clearwater defeated Countryside 35 to 7!
Mayor Cretekos presented a trophy to the Tornadoes at the end of the game! We had a huge crowd, and it was fun for all!
For the second year in a row, Clearwater High School has been recognized as a Model School by The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Hundreds of schools apply, and only approximately twenty-five of the nation’s highest performing and rapidly improving schools are accepted as models.
As a result of this recognition, Clearwater High School had the opportunity to present several sessions on their school in June at the Model Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia!
Clearwater High School is the first and only school in the Tampa Bay Area to receive this distinction! Clearwater High School is being recognized for the way we continue to raise rigor and relevance for our students by utilizing a personalized learning approach within a Wall-to-Wall Academy Model with industry certifications options for our students. Their program truly prepares our students to be college and career ready!