Announcements week of April 17, 2017

April 13, 2017

Save the date

8th grade parent optioning meeting – Wed. Apr. 26, 6:30 pm 

Jr/Sr. Prom – Sat. Apr. 29, 8:00–11:00 pm @ The Redmoor – Tickets: $60; sold during high school lunches

Senior Project Night – Wed. May 10, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Clark "Cafe"/atrium

Chess tournament

Clark is participating in a chess tournament vs. Hughes High School on Wed. May 17th at 4:30. Please email Mr. David to sign up. Cost is free. All levels of chess players are invited.

LSDMC parent reps needed

Our Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) is looking for parents to serve as committee members.  Meetings are held once a month. Please email Monika Hines if you are interested.

Health Expo – Sat. Apr. 29, Washington Park

The Center for Closing the Health Gap is holding its 14th Annual Health Expo. The expo will feature 20 free comprehensive health screenings, fitness demonstrations, child friendly exhibits and presentations, a variety of vendors and exhibitors, entertainment and a wealth of health-oriented information. For more information, call 513-585-9879.

JH testing dates

April 26 - 8th grade Science
April 27 & 28 - 7th grade Math and 8th grade Algebra 1

Support your student by making sure they have a good night’s sleep and a good breakfast, and they are present and ready to do their best.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

The Clark Montessori Foundation is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the Staff Appreciation Luncheon in May. This volunteer would organize all efforts for the luncheon including organizing other volunteers, coordinating sign-ups for food, collecting food for the event as it is dropped off at school and managing all aspects the day of the luncheon. Students will be assisting on this day.  If interested, please email Please send a message and we will contact you soon!  Thanks! 

Amazon Fundraiser

Please consider ordering items via All orders placed simultaneously support Clark students and teachers.

Student Community Service Opportunities

American Red Cross Smoke Alarm Megablitz – Sat. Apr. 29 

The American Red Cross is saving lives by installing smoke alarms in the homes of those who need them.  They are having a "Smoke Alarm MegaBlitz" event to help meet their goal of installing 1200 smoke alarms in a single day, and volunteers age 13-17 (as well as adults) are needed to be part of this effort.  Youth ages 16 and 17 may serve with adults on 3-person in-home installation teams. Youth ages 13 – 15 may serve in support roles at the program base. For more information and to register, visit the Red Cross Smoke Alarm Megablitz webpage.

Kilgour Carnival – Sat. May 13, 9 am – noon 

Volunteers are needed to help run game booths and the Redemption Table. Lunch is provided.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Sara Lippert or call 513-325-8274 for more information.

Paddlefest – Fri. Aug. 4 & Sat. Aug. 5 

Paddlefest is a canoeing/kayaking day trip/fundraiser that helps promote and protect the Ohio River and is led by Cincinnati paddling legend Brewster Rhodes. All proceeds from the event benefit the Outdoor Adventure Clubs (OAC) of Cincinnati. Volunteers are needed both Friday evening and Saturday morning.  There is a celebration and boat drop off event on Friday from 4-9 pm, and then the Paddle is on Saturday 7 am-12:30 with food and music after. On both days, volunteers can help with booth and table set up and tear down, loading and unloading rental boats, handing out T-shirts etc. To sign up, email Donna Luggens or call/text her at 513-503-5080. 


See our Athletics webpage and our dedicated Athletics website for more info about sports.

Games/Meets this week

4/17: Varsity Baseball @ Lockland –4:30 pm

4/17: Varsity Softball @ Lockland – 4:30 pm

4/17: Boys Tennis @ Seven Hills – 6:00 pm 

4/18: Varsity Baseball vs Seven Hills @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/18: MS Baseball vs Aiken @ Daniels Field – 4:30 pm

4/18: Varsity Softball vs New Miami @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/18: Varsity Track @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/19: Varsity Softball @ Cincy Christian – 5:00 pm

4/19: MS Track @ Norwood – 4:30 pm

4/19: JV Lacrosse vs Turpin @ Clark – 4:30 pm

4/20: Varsity Baseball vs Deer Park @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/20: MS Baseball vs Withrow @ Withrow Grass Field – 4:30 pm

4/20: JV Lacrosse @ Madeira – 6:00 pm

4/21: MS Baseball @ Cincy Country Day – 4:30 pm

4/21: Varsity Softball @ CHCA – Double Header: 4:00 pm & 5:30 pm

4/21: Boys Tennis @ Mariemont – 6:00 pm

4/22: Varsity Baseball vs Roger Bacon @ Reds Urban Youth Academy – 11:00 am

4/22: Varsity Track @ Taft – 10:30 am

Volunteers needed 4/18 for the Home Clark track meet

Volunteers are needed from 3:00-8:00 pm. No experience needed. If you are able to help, please email Athletic Director Brian Meyer or call 513-363-7080.

Fall Cheerleading: upcoming dates

Meeting: Apr. 27, 2:45p @ Clark Cafeteria

ConditioningMay 2nd, 3rd, & 4th, 2:45-5:30 pm

TryoutsMay 10th, 2:45-6:00 pm

Postsecondary Planning

See our Postsecondary Planning webpages for more info about student employment and college/career events.

Juniors & Families – free ACT at Clark Wed. Apr. 19

All juniors will take the ACT Plus Writing. For test prep information, visit Clark's college testing, or Learning Express Hub's college test prep webpage.

It will be very important for your student to arrive on time that morning as there is no retake for the ACT. Thanks in advance for your support.

AP Exam Schedule

The cost for each AP exam will soon be added to student fees.

  • US History – Fri. May 5, 8:00 am 
  • Biology, Music Theory – Mon. May 8, 8:00 am
  • Calculus AB & BC – Tues. May 9, 8:00 am 

Parents of Seniors - Fees Owed to Clark

It's important to keep up with payments to Clark for all fees owed. When students graduate, unpaid fees have serious consequences.

  • CPS policy requires that we hold the diploma and final transcript for any student owing fees.
  • Colleges, universities and programs require the final transcript for students to enroll and register for classes.
  • Without the final transcript, federal funds, including grants and loans, will not be deposited into a student's account.
  • Additional grants and scholarships from the college or university will also be withheld. 

Please be sure to pay all fees before the end of the school year. Contact Barb Barnett, 363-7100, to pay final fees.

Article about "followership"

Not Leadership Material? Good. The World Needs Followers. Read this NY Times opinion article by Susan Cain about how the glorification of leadership skills, especially in college admissions, has emptied leadership of its meaning and often deterred students from finding their true calling. 

The article speaks about leadership more in line with what we experience at Clark every day--leadership that reflects Montessori’s core values of Learning, Community, Hard Work, Respect and Peace. Our teachers and counselors also emphasize these values in letters for post-secondary program and scholarship applications for Clark students.  Enjoy!

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) youth opportunites

  • FREE Teen takeover Night – Fri. May 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St. 45202 – Students can stop by the CAC to meet local artists, make art, and learn more about our youth program
  • FREE CAC 2017/2018 Youth Program – Application due May 31
    • What: Once a month, teens explore contemporary art through hands-on workshops, field trips, gallery tours and a large, student-planned event for other teens in the community
    • Cost: Free!
    • Application Deadline: May 31, 2017
    • Details: Must include ONE letter of reference from a a teacher, guidance counselor or community sponsor with the application

Summer opportunities for students

  • Youth Summer Programs/Jobs Fair – Sat. Apr. 22, Sharonville Convention Center

Organizations from all over Cincinnati will gather in one place to offer registration/application for youth summer opportunities:

  • academic and enrichment programs
  • university-based youth workshops
  • summer scholar programs 
  • residential and day camps
  • employment and internships opportunities
  • UC Architecture Summer CAMP – July 9-15
    • Who: Rising 8th & 9th grade students
    • Where: the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) at the University of Cincinnati.
    • Cost: $75 for the entire week, with scholarships available
    • Application deadline:  May 1, 2017 (Apply as soon as possible – there are only 32 spots available!)
    • Information and application: visit UC's DAAP Architecture Camp webpage
    • Details: Camp is led by SAID faculty, and they will be partnering with Macy’s Design and Construction Department again this year.   
  • Redcross Leadership Development Camp – July 13–16, Xavier University
    • Who: youth ages 13 – 17.  
    • Cost: $225; some financial aid is available
    • Application deadline:  May 15, 2017
    • Information and application:  go to the Red Cross Leadership Development Camp webpage or contact Diana McVey Wood; 513-579-3095
    • Details: A speaker is available to provide information for any interested youth or parent group
  • UC's KING Program for Black, Latino and Asian-American males -  June 12-16 
    • Who: Black, Latino and Asian-American males who are rising high school juniors and seniors
    • What: Access to college planning resources and enrichment in ACT prep; opportunity to develop Leadership, Team-Building, Identity Awareness and Personal Branding skills while networking with Business Leaders in the Cincinnati area
    • Where: University of Cincinnati
    • Cost: $50, but scholarships are available.  
    • Registration: visit the King Program for Black, Latino, and Asian-American Males webpage.
  • UC (free) Information Technology Coding day camp
    • Who: Students in grades 9 and 10 who show an interest in and an aptitude for learning how to program applications for Apple mobile devices
    • What: Eight all-day sessions writing apps for Mac and Apple products
    • When: once a week in June and July
    • Where: the Kenwood Apple Store
    • Registration and information: email Robin Storch
    • Details: Univeristy of Cincinnati instructors and Apple Store representatives will teach students the basics of writing code using the Swift programming language, which is used to develop App Store applications for devices like the iPhone and the IPad. These skills are currently in great demand in the technology job market.