Announcements week of April 24, 2017

April 20, 2017

Important items for you to know

  1. Yearbooks are still available to order.  We have changed our format to a paperback “portraits & teams” book this year that includes a link to thousands of full-color pictures and videos.  The cost for both the paper and digital book is only $20, so order one now!  Visit the Josten's Clark yearbook webpage.
  2. Ohio State Testing in math, science, and social studies will take place this week.  Please make sure that your children are getting a good night’s sleep and plenty of breakfast so that they can do their best. 
  3. Prom is this Saturday, April 29, and TICKETS MUST BE purchased by Wednesday.  Please make sure your juniors and seniors are ready to meet this deadline!
  4. The Prom Committee has organized a Spring Spirit Week, starting tomorrow Monday is "dress as your favorite character" day; Tuesday is "Tie Dye" day; Wednesday is "Super Hero" day; Thursday is "Throwback" day; Friday is "Clark Spirit" day.   Have fun and dress up, but please keep within dress code policy; and NO MASKS, please.
  5. Please respond to the Clark parent survey if you have not already done so – we are looking forward to using your feedback to plan our next several years at Clark!  
  6. All 8th through 11th grade students will be selecting next year’s classes through our “optioning” process.  Please be sure to ask your students for the appropriate forms, discuss their options, and help them plan for next year!
  7. We have opened 10 parking spots for students, available on a first-come, first-served basis in the rear, woodside part of the parking lot.  Students who arrive late should not take a teacher spot, as some teachers are part time and arrive after the bell.  Students parked in teacher spots risk being towed, so please proceed to Erie Avenue if there are no student spots remaining.

The child is endowed with unknown powers, which can guide us to a radiant future.  If what we really want is a new world, then education must take as its aim the development of these hidden possibilities. Maria Montessori

Events this week

Spring Concerts – Mon. Apr. 24 –  Jr. High 8:15 am; HS 11:45 am

ILT mtg. – Wed. April 26, 3:45 pm, Rm. 1007

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

Jr/Sr. Prom – Sat. Apr. 29, 8:00-11:00 pm at The Redmoor – TICKETS ($60) MUST BE PURCHASED BY WEDNESDAY!

Save the date

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

Ceramic Intersession display

Participant's work is currently on display at Queen City Clay, 3130 Wasson Ave. in Hyde Park. The exhibit will be up until Fri. Apr. 28.

Chess tournament

Clark is playing a friendly chess tournament vs. Hughes High School on Wed. May 17th @ 4:30. Please contact 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.

AFS Intercultural programs

Do your part for world peace! AFS Intercultural Programs welcomes high school exchange students from 90 countries to live with host families while attending high school in the Greater Cincinnati area.  We are currently placing students for the upcoming year, both first semester and full year students.

For information on becoming an AFS host family, email Georgia Moore or call 513-675-2320. To talk to a Clark parent who has hosted AFS students, email Suzanne Kammer. Vist the AFS-USA website for more general information on all of our programs. 

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.

Parent Volunteers needed for Tree Planting at Clark – this Friday, 12:30-3:30 pm

Please come and help us dig and plant. Amazon's Product Imaging department has raised funds to purchase trees for Clark Montessori in an effort to promote sustainability in our region. Taking Root, Cincinnati will be advising, educating, and helping with the planting of the trees, alongside volunteers from Amazon and Clark Montessori students and staff. Call the Clark office, 513-363-7100, for more info.

Student Community Service Opportunities

Mt. Washington Elementary family event – Fri. Apr. 28, 6-8:30 pm 

Mt. Washington School (1730 Mears Ave.) is in need of volunteers to help with set-up, running game booths, and cleanup. Dinner is provided. To sign up, email Ilene Hayes or call 363-3835. 

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 

Student 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.

Mt. Washington Elementary Spring Carnival – Sat. May 20, noon-3 pm

Mt. Washington School (1730 Mears Ave) is looking for volunteers to help run games. Please email Kathleen Shockey or call 513-703-3366 if interested in volunteering.

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

4/24: Varsity Baseball @ Seven Hills – 4:30 pm

4/24: MS Baseball @ Sycamore Jr high (5757 Cooper Road, 45242) – 4:30 pm

4/24: Varsity Softball @ North College Hill – 4:30 pm

4/24: MS Track @ Finneytown – 4:00 pm

4/25: Varsity Baseball vs Seven Hills @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/25: MS Baseball @ Walnut Hills (Lablond Park: 2323 Riverside Dr. 45202) – 4:30 

4/25: Varsity Softball vs Cincy Country Day @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/25: MS track @ Cincy Country Day – 4:00 pm

4/26: Varsity Track @ Taylor HS – 4:00 pm

4/26: JV Girls Lacrosse @ Walnut Hills – 6:00 pm

4/27: Varsity Baseball vs Shroder @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/27: MS Baseball vs Hughes @ Withrow Grass Back Field – 4:30 pm

4/27: Varsity Softball vs Seven Hills @ Withrow – 4:30 pm

4/27: MS Track @ Taylor HS – 4:00 pm

4/27: JV Girls Lacrosse vs Madeira – 4:30 pm

4/27: JV Boys Tennis @ Norwood – 6:00 pm 

4/28: Varsity Baseball @ Cincy Christian (2400 Hancock Ave, 45011) – 5:00 pm

4/28: MS Baseball vs Princeton @ Withrow Grass Back Field – 4:30 pm

4/28: Varsity Softball @ St. Bernard (Ross Park: 5122 City Park Drive, 45217) – 5:00 pm

4/29: Varsity Baseball **Senior Day** vs Cincy Christian @ Withrow – 11:00 am 

4/29: Varsity Track @ Seven Hills – 12:30 pm

4/29: MS Track @ Seven Hills – 9:00 am

4/29: JV Girls Lacrosse @ Miamisburg (1860 Belvo, Miamisburg, OH 45342) – 11:30 am

Fall Cheerleading – upcoming dates/events

  • Meeting: Thurs. Apr. 27, 2:45 pm, Clark "Cafe"
  • ConditioningMay 2, 3, & 4; 2:45-5:30 pm
  • TryoutsWed. May 10, 2:45-6:00 pm

Postsecondary Planning

Vist the Postsecondary Planning webpages for more info about student employment and college/career opportunities.

AP Exam schedule

  • 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 

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

Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) youth opportunities

  • FREE Teen takeover Night – Fri. May 12, 6:00-8:00 pm – 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 teacher, guidance counselor or community sponsor with the application

Summer opportunities for students

  • UC Architecture Summer Camp – May 1st deadline and a limited # of spots left!
    • Who: Rising 8th & 9th grade students
    • When/Where: July 9-15 at 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
    • 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: Visit 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: Instructors from the University of Cincinnati's Information Technology (IT) program 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.