2022 CLINTON HIGH SCHOOL HALL OF HONOR CLASS

The Clinton Community School District and the Clinton High School Hall of Honor Committee are proud to announce the 2022 Hall of Honor Class.  The inductees are Dr. Herbert Burkert, Larry Davis, Duke Slater, and Dr. Addison Killean Stark.

Chairperson of the Hall of Honor Committee, Dennis Duerling, stated that “the third Hall of Honor class continues to show the depth of quality in nominees.  They also cover four of the different areas of recognition of the CHS Hall of Honor: a distinguished military veteran that went above and beyond for his country during wartime, a graduate that broke race barriers while serving in the Chicago judicial system, a nationally recognized artist, and a CHS graduate that has become a national leader in energy innovation.” 

Dr. Herbert Burkert (CHS Class of 1943) was nominated for Distinguished Military Service.  Burkert was drafted into the army on January 18, 1944.  After receiving his training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, he entered World War II in France on August 23, 1944.  Burkert was involved in heavy wartime activity and unfortunately was captured by the Germans on November 30, 1944.  He was taken to Stalag 7A, the largest prisoner of war camp in Germany.  Over a five-month period, Burkert and other prisoners were able to dig a tunnel and he escaped one day before he was scheduled to be executed.  For his military service, Burkert was recognized by the US government by receiving the Bronze star, Good Conduct medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Rifle Badge.  After returning to the states, Burkert attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated in 1948 with a doctoral degree.  He opened a very successful practice in Clinton.  Burkert was heavily involved with the Clinton Jaycees, including serving as president in 1955.  He passed away in 1965. 

Larry Davis (CHS Class of 1963), was nominated in the category of The Arts. He attended the University of Iowa, majoring in Art, with a minor in Education.  Davis was then drafted into the military where he served for four years.  He returned in 1972 and began his career as a professional artist while teaching part-time at Clinton High School.  In the 1980s, Davis began to create a series of annual silkscreen prints depicting the four seasons at Eagle Point Park.  The profits from their sale supported the Clinton Community College Foundation.  This began a lifelong friendship with CCC President Dr. Charles Spence which led Davis to become a teacher at CCC.  During his time at CCC, the Foundation sponsored an exhibit including Iowa artists and those in Iowa’s sister city, Kofu, Japan.  A pivotal time in Davis’ career was when Dr. Spence accepted the position as president of the Florida State College in Jacksonville.  Davis followed Spence and enjoyed a 23 year career in resource development, as a tenured faculty member and as Visual Arts Coordinator.  Davis has since moved back to the Midwest and operates a studio with a regular exhibition schedule.

Duke Slater (CHS Class of 1916) was nominated in the area of Professional Career Accomplishments for breaking barriers as a lawyer and judge in Chicago.  During his career in the National Football League, Slater returned to the University of Iowa in the off-seasons and earned his law degree in 1928.  After retiring from football, he began his legal career in Chicago.  In 1948, Slater became the second African-American to be elected as judge in the city of Chicago.  Later in 1960, he became the first black judge selected to Chicago’s Superior Court, at the time, the highest court in the city.  Slater transitioned to the Circuit Court of Cook County when that court was created in 1964.  Slater’s service as a Chicago judge refuted the ugly stereotypes that existed at the time that dominant black athletes lacked intelligence.  Slater passed away in 1966.

Addison Killean Stark (CHS Class of 2002) was nominated in the area of Accomplishments in Academic Fields.  After graduating from CHS, Stark attended the University of Iowa and earned degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry.  He served on an organization focused on advanced thermochemical conversion to fuels and chemicals, energy innovation in agricultural systems, and intensification of energy conversion reactor systems.  Later, Stark earned his Ph.D. from MIT.  Stark is currently the Director of Energy+Environment at Clark Street Associates, a strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Previously he served as Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Prior to joining BPC, Dr. Stark served as a Fellow at the US Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) focusing on early-stage energy technology development and R&D across sectors including renewable fuels, green industrial chemistry, dry-cooling technologies for water conservation in power generation, advanced sensor systems for agriculture and leveraging advanced manufacturing for the fabrication of energy devices. While at ARPA-E, he also served as Acting Program Director for ARPA-E’s $33 million Energy-Water Nexus portfolio, the Advanced Research In Dry-cooling (ARID) program. Stark is the author of multiple peer reviewed journal articles and popular press pieces on diverse topics in energy technology innovation including the following: advanced biofuels, hybrid PV/thermal solar energy, energy-water nexus, leveraging additive manufacturing for chemical reactor design, and innovation in energy technology and finance.  Stark is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor is to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals are held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.

The induction of the 2022 Hall of Honor Class will be in conjunction with the Academic Awards ceremony scheduled for April 2022.

VACCINATION OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS AGE 5-11

The Clinton Community School District is cooperating with local health providers to offer an opportunity for students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at school. This is a voluntary decision for each family. This is an opportunity for students who are at this age to be fully vaccinated before the Christmas break.

The schedule for the first doses will be as follows:

November 18, 1:00 Whittier

November 18, 2:00 Jefferson

November 19, 1:00 Eagle Heights

November 19, 2:00 Bluff

Families will be receiving an email with more information from the school nurses. The email will also include a consent form.

There will be information coming out from CMS for sixth graders that are 11 years old with the opportunity to get vaccinated.

The second doses are tentatively scheduled for December 9-10.

Thank you for your support of Clinton Schools!

LAST CALL OF CHS HALL OF HONOR NOMINATIONS

There is only two weeks remaining to submit  a 2022 CHS Hall of Honor class nomination. The nomination window  through November 1, 2021.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals are held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.

Here are the members of the first two induction classes and the area they qualified in:

Joan Beck Professional Career Achievements

William Conner Distinguished Military Service

Denise Dudley Professional Career Achievements

Roberta Fenlon Professional Career Achievements

Sandra Fullerton Joireman Humanitarian Service

Wes Golden Distinguished Military Service

Andy Grotelueschen The Arts

Lulu Johnson Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Krista Voda Kelley Professional Career Achievements

Kyle Ketelsen The Arts

Fred Luthans Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Jeanette Petersen Community Service

Charles Toney Humanitarian Service

Nominations from the first two years are still active and will be considered. However, the committee would like new nominations as well to consider. Nomination forms can be found on the district website at https://www.clinton.k12.ia.us/…

CHS BUILDING OPERATOR PATHWAY PROGRAM

A new program by the Iowa Energy Association of Iowa Schools this year is the Building Operator Pathway (BOP).  Clinton High School is pleased to have five juniors among the fourteen students in the state involved in this program.  Only seven high schools in the state offer this program to high school students. 

The program covers two years on the operation and maintenance of a building.  Some of the topics covered are:

  • Energy Efficient Operations of HVAC
  • Employment Skills such as Communication, Teamwork and Networking
  • Measuring Energy Performance
  • Efficient Lighting Fundamentals
  • Customer Service
  • HVAC Controls Fundamentals
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Common Ops for Low-Cost Improvement
  • Smart Building Fundamentals
  • How to Deal With Difficult People
  • Radon Safety and Testing
  • General Industry Safety/OSHA
  • Technical Math

The format of the class is three days of on-site experience and two days of classroom instruction per week.  I want to acknowledge the efforts of Paul Dotterweich and Charles Schantag along with any other plant services employees who are mentoring these students. 

Here is a short video produced about the start of this program:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pstfvr2LYc

Tik Tok Challenges—School Safety

Dear CCSD Caregivers,

The Clinton Community School District needs your assistance in communicating appropriate behavior in a school or workplace setting. If you are not aware, TIk Tok, a social media platform followed by many students, is promoting monthly challenges that in cases violate the law, personal rights of others, or destruction on property. Here is what Tik Tok is advocating:

September—Vandalize school bathrooms. Unfortunately we have had incidents in our school district and other schools have experienced much worse than our school district.

October—Hit a staff member.

November–Kiss your friend’s girlfriend at school.

December—Deck the Halls and show your b**** (show your body parts)

January—Jab a breast (targeting females)

February—Vandalize school signs

March—Vandalize the school’s courtyard or cafeteria

April—Grab some eggs (stealing challenge)

May—Ditch Day (skip school)

June—Flip out in the school office

July—Spray paint a neighbor’s fence

As you can see, many of these activities are illegal, discriminatory, and acts of harassment or bullying. They are being promoted as “fun” activities.

The Clinton Community School District will not tolerate this behavior. We will educate our student body on this expectation. The district will enforce it’s student discipline code and will notify law enforcement if applicable. Your reinforcement at home would be greatly appreciated.

Please support our schools to be a safe environment for all.

SEPTEMBER IS ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH

The month of September is a national attendance awareness month that brings attention on the sheer impact of attendance on the academic growth of PK-12 students. Here is some background into this issue:

September Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide recognition of the connection between regular school attendance and academic achievement. This month highlights the importance of mobilizing schools, families and community partners to promote regular attendance by developing tiered strategies and personalized interventions to reduce chronic absence. A student who misses as few as two days of school a month is considered chronically absent.

Here are some more data points about school absence that might surprise you:

  • “Chronic absence” is defined by Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) survey, which refers to chronic absence as missing 15 or more days each school year.
     
  • In the 2015–16 school year, more than 8 million students in the U.S. were chronically absent.
     
  • Early data shows that chronic absence is likely to have dramatically increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, potentially doubling in size from one out of six to one out of three students.
      
  • One in ten kindergarten and 1st grade students meet the criteria for chronic absence.
     
  • Many school districts also experienced significant declines in enrollment, occurring across all grade levels, but drops were greatest among the youngest learners, with some families delaying participation in kindergarten or preschool given the challenges of the pandemic.
     
  • Absenteeism amongst young students is correlated with lower rates of reading proficiency by 3rd grade—one California study found that only 17 percent of students chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were reading at grade level after 3rd grade.
     
  • Chronic absence is a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school—a study out of the University of Utah found that just one year of chronic absence between 8th and 12th grade increased the likelihood of dropout by 7.4 times.
     
  • Close to half (45 percent) of high schools have high or extreme levels of chronic absence..

The Clinton Community School District believes that high attendance rates correlate with student academic and social emotional growth. Any CCSD student will be successful in their learning if they do two things: attend and try to the best of their ability everyday. Both of these actions are in the control of the student and with younger students, parents.

It takes a village to raise a child. Please support our schools’ efforts to promote student attendance.

CALLING FOR 2022 CHS HALL OF HONOR NOMINATIONS

The CHS Hall of Honor Committee is opening the window for the 2022 CHS Hall of Honor class nominations. The nomination window is now through November 1, 2021.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals are held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.

Here are the members of the first two induction classes and the area they qualified in:

Joan Beck Professional Career Achievements

William Conner Distinguished Military Service

Denise Dudley Professional Career Achievements

Roberta Fenlon Professional Career Achievements

Sandra Fullerton Joireman Humanitarian Service

Wes Golden Distinguished Military Service

Andy Grotelueschen The Arts

Lulu Johnson Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Krista Voda Kelley Professional Career Achievements

Kyle Ketelsen The Arts

Fred Luthans Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Jeanette Petersen Community Service

Charles Toney Humanitarian Service

Nominations from the first two years are still active and will be considered. However, the committee would like new nominations as well to consider. Nomination forms can be found on the district website at https://www.clinton.k12.ia.us/district

NEW STATE PROCEDURES FOR COVID-19 CASES

The Iowa Department of Public Health has a different approach to quarantining and contact tracing on positive COVID-19 cases this year. Here is a section of the IDPH document to schools from August 5, 2021:

Is IDPH currently performing COVID-19 positive case investigations for all positive reports or conducting contact
tracing for COVID-19 exposed persons?

No. IDPH has adjusted COVID-19 surveillance to follow the influenza model; state case investigation and tracing efforts
for COVID-19 now focus on outbreaks and vulnerable populations. Just like with other public health activities, these efforts will be continuously evaluated and adjusted as needed.


Will IDPH issue isolation and quarantine orders for COVID-19 positive or COVID-19 exposed students, teachers,
or other staff members?

No. IDPH is not currently issuing isolation and quarantine orders for COVID-19 positive or COVID-19 exposed individuals.


Can LPH departments require schools to perform case investigations or conduct contact tracing on their behalf?
No. While some LPH are continuing to pursue case investigations, LPH cannot require schools to perform case
investigations or contact tracing. School nurses do have a legal duty to assist a local board of health in a disease
investigation. See 641 IAC 1.7.

You may begin to see notifications of positive COVID-19 cases from one of our schools. Please continue to monitor your child for symptoms. The state of Iowa is treating COVID-19 as an influenza model as stated above.

The district will continue to update this FAQ document as questions and answers are able to be given.

RETURN TO LEARN UPDATE—AUGUST 17, 2021

This blog post is intended to update you on the Clinton Community School District’s Return to Learn plan for the upcoming school year. Certain laws were passed at the state level this spring that will have an impact on procedures going into this school year.

Masks: State and federal law dictate the policy this year. There is a major difference between school property and public transportation. A memo from the Iowa Department of Public Health released on August 5, 2021 states that masking is required on all public transportation, including school busses. Any students riding the Clinton MTA are also required to be masked. The memo also states that masking cannot be required in schools. Clinton Schools will support masking in schools, but not require it and to follow the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines. The August Iowa Department of Education guidance document can be found at: https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/61/covid19/resources/School%20Update%20Fall%202021.pdf

Learning Modes: The district will offer in-person learning as the primary delivery model. If a family wants the option of an online model, they need to contact the building principal and meet several criteria, including being successful in that model last year.

Accelerated Learning Options: This summer the district provided free opportunities for students through Jump Start or Summer School. During the school year, there will be some after school academic opportunities as well. The district has added some additional teaching positions to provide targeted support for students with learning gaps.

Social Emotional Supports: Clinton Schools is happy to announce a continued relationship with Life Connections who provides mental health therapists in every building in the district. The school district also employs school counselors in every building and has a district social worker. Every building has implemented “Capturing Kids Hearts” as a social emotional structure to support students.

Quarantine Situations: The Iowa Department of Public Health guidance now treats COVID-19 much like the common cold. Students and staff with symptoms will be sent home and anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be isolated for 10 days. However, close contacts do not have to be quarantined unless they show symptoms. Contact tracing will no longer be supported by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Sanitation: The school district will continue with sanitation practices from last year. We have applied a Bio-Static product on high touch areas like keyboards, desk tops, door handles, etc. that kills viruses for 90 days. Handwashing and sanitation routines will remain in effect.

Vaccinations: The school district will follow Iowa Department of Public Health guidance by recommending vaccinations for staff and students. There will be another opportunity at CHS and CMS in September for any staff or student wanting to receive the vaccination.

Visitors: The district will allow visitors for educational reasons..

These procedures are subject to change due to the state of the pandemic and subsequent changes to state and federal guidance.

Thank you for your support of the Clinton Community School District!

Apptegy—New CCSD Mobile App

Clinton Community School District is proud to announce our new app coming soon. It will be a wonderful tool for the upcoming school year and coming years. CCSD does a great job with sharing information via social media, our website and other communication channels already, however, our goal is for the new app to be a one-stop-shop to find most general information. We agreed that many people want to quickly find an answer within 2-3 clicks on their phones instead of having to search the web continuously for a single piece of information.

The app will have a Live Feed, as you see on many social platforms; the Live Feed is where you will find posts created by different district employees regarding the district as a whole, important updates, activities, events and more. The app does allow users to turn on notifications about one specific school so that they’re only getting information that may be most relevant to them.

Some other features include a food menu section, showing the daily breakfast and lunch menu, which will be a great option for parents and students to see while on-the-go. We will be able to send out alerts using the app by sending push notifications to phones. Alerts would be commonly used for school delays or cancellations as we already do via text.

We fully believe our new app will be a wonderful addition to our district and will be a great way to find various information. The district will continue to utilize other communication channels as well; our website http://www.clintonk12.ia.us is updated often and continues to be a key source of information.

The app will be available in the App Store and Google Play Store and is available for anyone to download. There will be more information to come (soon) about the app’s launch date.