Congratulations to the Clarke High School Class of 2018!
Last Day of School
This year's senior class attended its last day of school on Thursday, May 17th. The day began at 9:00 a.m. with graduation practice and was followed by their last class picture at 10:00. (Photos may be purchased from Chris’ Photography.) Then the Class of 2018 took their last school bus ride to Clarke Elementary School where they were greeted by hundreds of students lining the halls and handing out high fives and smiles. Seniors took their last walk through the building while “Pomp and Circumstance” played over the speaker system. At the end of the walk the Class of 2018 met the Class of 2030 (kindergarten) in the old gym and a group photo was taken. Finally, the Class of 2018 returned to Clarke Middle/High School for their last walk through. “Pomp and Circumstance” again played while the secondary students cheered the Class on as they passed through the halls.
Graduation was celebrated on Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Ninety-one students received a diploma during the 50 minute ceremony. The graduation ceremony video may be viewed on The Clarke Community Schools Facebook page.
Each graduate has exciting post-secondary plans; forty-one students will attend a two-year or vocational school; twenty students will attend a four-year school; nineteen students will join the workforce; five students will enlist in the military; and six students are undecided where or if they will pursue post-secondary training. Please view the Class of 2018: Future Plans slide show for more information.
Senior Awards Night Highlights
Senior Awards Night was held on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. A reported $565,541 in scholarships were presented from various organizations, businesses, and post-secondary institutions at the event. Dollars for Scholars presented (25) $475 scholarships. A complete list of scholarships, awards, and recipients may be viewed here.
Six students earned the distinguished Silver Cord Award for having accumulated at least 200 volunteer service hours during high school. They were presented with a silver cord that was worn during the graduation ceremony. Those students were Andrew Barnard, Hayley Gilbert, Haley Pollard, Hannah Pollard, Sydney Sickels, and Zachary Smith. Several students were also recognized as Donors of Distinction for their blood drive donations. They were presented with red cords that were worn during the graduation ceremony. Those students were Houston Archer, Brittany Beckett, Jesus Corrales, Riley Elben, Savannah Gilbert, Alexis Grown, Nick Hadley, Andy Hurtado, Timber Kent, Taylor-Dawn Miler, Shailee Patel, Nathan Porter, Kalliann Van Gundy, and Ashton Watson.
The following awards were presented on Senior Awards Night.
Iowa State Bar Association American Citizenship Award - Parker Smith
Better Business Bureau Student of Integrity - Sydney Sickels
DAR Good Citizen Award - Kacie Shieler
U.S. Marine Corp Awards:
Scholastic Excellence Award - Marshall Curnes
Semper Fidelis Award - Remington Cook
Distinguished Athlete Award - Coraima Corona & Nick McVey
Governor’s Scholar Recognition Program - Parker Smith
Des Moines Register Academic All-Star Team - Chynna Beydler
The Bernie Saggau Award - Byron Rivera
E. Wayne Cooley Award - Chynna Beydler
Clarke Community High School theater department will participate in the 2018 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase, presented by EMC Insurance Companies, in honor of the school's achievements for its November production of Disney’s, The Little Mermaid.
Produced by Des Moines Performing Arts as the culmination of a year-long education initiative, the Showcase will be held at the Des Moines Civic Center on Monday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m. and will recognize a total of 68 schools from across the entire state.
Select students, Sam Belden, Madyson Hill and Maddy Mickle, will represent Clarke Community High School by performing in a collaborative inter-school medley led by guest Broadway music director, Adam Jones, and choreographer, Sara Brians.
Clarke Drama will also be recognized with the following awards and honors:
Distinguished Scene, “Kiss the Girl” and also for Outstanding Community Engagement. Brittany Beckett will represent Clarke Drama on stage to explain the Community Engagement and receive the award.
Tickets to the Showcase, which start at $15, will go on sale on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 9 AM at DMPA.org, the Civic Center Ticket Office, and by phone at 515-246-2300.
For the first time, the Showcase will be live-streamed at Iptv.org as part of an exciting collaboration with Iowa Public Television. IPTV will air a highlights special of the evening later this summer.
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If you were not able to attend the meeting on May 14th you can still register and go on the trip.
Clarke High School students took Iowa Assessments last February. Students will receive a copy of their scores in Advisory before the end of the school year.
A copy of the same report will be mailed home with report cards. Students were tested in reading, math, and science and are considered proficient by achieving the 41st NPR. Students who do not demonstrate proficiency in reading may be required to take a remedial reading course next school year. Also, Iowa Code requires students to demonstrate proficiency in reading, math, and science to participate in SWCC programming.
Clarke FCCLA qualified six members for Nationals, which will take place this summer in Atlanta. They will be conducting many fundraisers between now and the end of the year to raise money so these students can attend. One fundraiser is ordering Clarke apparel. All elementary students were given a flyer, and flyers are also available in the middle school and high school offices. These orders are due May 1.
Congratulations to the Clarke FCCLA! Look for more fundraisers to come!
Left to right: Brittany Beckett, Sierra Bray, Madyson Hill, Diana Sagastizado, Cady Crawford, Tannor Olsen
Kindergarten round up will be Tuesday, May 29. Students will attend either a morning or afternoon session. All current 4 year old students enrolled in Headstart, Over the Rainbow or the Clarke Preschool will receive information in the mail. If your child is not currently enrolled, and will be 5 before Sept. 15, please call the elementary office to get signed up at 641-342-6320.
At a recent event to celebrate Osceola and Clarke County's businesses and community, the Clarke Community Schools' Industrial Arts Advisory Board celebrated its inaugural year. Industrial Arts instructor Dave Lyden shared the following video that showcases the partnership between Clarke Schools and area businesses and community organizations. The program has been deemed a huge success so far, with Clarke students gaining "real-world" guidance as well as the school receiving substantial donations.
Charter members of the Clarke Community Schools' Industrial Arts Advisory Board include: