Announcements week of March 6, 2017

March 2, 2017

Students Tyler and Ethan Marsh honored

Special Congratulations go out to Tyler and Ethan Marsh.  Both of these young men auditioned and were selected for the All District OMEA Honor Jazz Band.  Over 90 of the best young jazz musicians from all the schools in Hamilton County auditioned.  This is one of the highest honors a young musician can accomplish.  Bravo!

Teacher Craig Rush quoted

If you haven't already seen it, it's worth taking time to read Enquirer Opinion Associate Editor Keven Aldridge's Forum Cover column in Sunday's editions. He quotes CPS Curriculum Director Anna Hutchinson and Clark Montessori Teacher Craig Rush, both of whom did an excellent job conveying how African American history is incorporated holistically and in an engaging fashion in CPS.

“But, above all it is the education of adolescents that is important, because adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of [adult]hood and becomes a member of society."

Maria Montessori

Events this week

LSDMC mtg. – Tues. Mar. 7, 4:00 pm, Rm. 1004

ILT mtg. – Wed. Mar. 8, 3:45 pm, Rm. 1004

Music Boosters mtg. – Mon. Mar. 13, 7:00 pm, Clark Cafeteria.

Save the date

Jr. High Band Concert – Fri. Mar. 17, 7:00 pm in the Clark gym; 7th & 8th Grade Steel drum, White Band, &  Blue Band will perform.

High School Spring Intersession – March 13-24 

SPRING BREAK – March 27–31

12th Annual Spring Fling – Clark Montessori Athletic and Music Boosters Fundraiser – Fri. Apr. 7 (see announcement below for details)

Urgent: High School Intersession permission slips and medical admin. forms

Please make sure any field trip permission forms or medical administration forms needed for intersession are turned in to your intersession teacher by the due date!

Spring Fling Fundraiser – Fri. Apr. 7, 7-10:30 pm

Please join other Clark adults for a ROCKIN' GOOD TIME—the Sports/Music Boosters "Spring Fling"! 

  • Location: Receptions Western Hills, 3302 Westbourne
  • Cost: $40/person in advance, $50 at the door
  • Details: Music and Dance Floor, OPEN bar (beer/wine), dinner and dessert, and Silent Auction
  • Purchase tickets: go to a live link to purchase "Spring Fling" advance tickets

Panel Discussion on Eugenics

Senior Zara Houser is hosting a panel discussion on Eugenics and its global impact on Fri. Mar. 10 at 6:30 pm in the Clark cafeteria.  This event is free and open to the community.

Panel speakers will include:

  • Dr. Annulla Linders from the University of Cincinnati Sociology Department.
  • Dr. Carolette Norwood from the University of Cincinnati, Department of Womend and Gender Studies Department.
  • Aalap Bommaraju, a Phd student in Sociology

Community Service (students)

Parker Woods Montessori (PWM) Science Night – Sat. Mar. 11, 11 am - 2 pm

Volunteers are needed to assist with activities, demonstrations, student projects and food.  A few exhibitors will include Ethicon, Virtual Reality with the University of Cincinnati Research Team, Chemistry by Cincinnati State, Happen, Monarch Mission, Raptor's, Inc. and more.  There are over 12 volunteers needed per hour; register to volunteer at the PWM Science Night volunteer signup.


Find more information on the Clubs/Activities webpage.


Rowing season starts Monday (tomorrow) at 3:30 pm at the marina.  Parents are welcome (especially new ones).  Students will start rigging boats and sorting out equipment.  We should be done around 5:30. Questions? Contact Pedro Palacios.

Chess Club

Chess Club is now meeting every Monday after school until 4pm in the health room or Jo Guido's room on the 2nd floor. You do not need to know how to play to join. There will be lessons, play, puzzles, snacks and training for competition. Contact David Nguyen for more information.


Find more information on our Athletics webpage and our dedicated Athletics website.

Sports events this week

3/6: Baseball Meeting for both MS & HS – 6:00 pm,  Clark Cafeteria

3/6: Track Meeting for both MS & HS – 7:00 pm, Clark Cafeteria

3/7: MS Baseball tryouts – 3:30-5:00 pm, Clark Turf field

3/7: HS & MS Track opening practice – 3:30-5:30, Withrow Track

3/7: Swimming Awards Night – 6:30 pm, Clark Cafeteria

3/9: Girls Basketball Awards Night – 5:30 pm, Clark Cafeteria

Registration for Spring Sports

Make sure your student athlete is registered before their first day of tryouts/practice or they will be sitting on the sidelines.

Also, your child must have a valid physical on file. The OHSAA physical form must be filled out and signed by a doctor:

If you think your child's physical is expired, you can call the Clark Athletic Office to check: 363-7080

Postsecondary Planning

Find more information about student employment and college/career opportunites on the Postsecondary Planning webpages.

Juniors & Families: Free ACT at Clark Wed. Apr. 19

All juniors will take the ACT Plus Writing at Clark on the morning of Wednesday, April 19. It will be very important for your student to arrive on time that morning, as there is no retake for the free ACT here at Clark. Thanks in advance for your support.

Juniors began prepping for the ACT during the fall post-secondary intersession. For additional free online ACT prep, go to the College Testing webpage or see the links below.

Seniors & Families – Acceptances and Scholarships

Not only do we like to share in the joy of college acceptances and scholarships, we also need this information to provide regular updates to the district. Please forward electronic acceptances or bring us your letters to copy....the sooner the better please!

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.

To pay school fees online, go to the CPS fees payment portal.

Xavier U Spring College Fair – Tues. Apr. 4, 6:30-8 pm, Cintas Center

The Xavier University Spring College Fair takes place during the first week back after Spring Break. Last year over 150 colleges, universities and programs were represented. This college fair is great timing for juniors.

AP Exam Schedule and partial fee waivers

Friday, May 5, 8:00 am – United States History

Monday, May 8, 8:00 am – Biology, Music Theory

Tuesday, May 9, 12:00 noon – Calculus AB & BC

Cost per AP exam is $93.00, but if a student is eligible for free/reduced lunch or meets Income Eligibility Guidelines (listed below), the fee will be reduced to $53.00. There may be additional funding from the state or district to reduce the cost, but we will not know until a later date. Your student’s Clark account will be charged the fees once they have been determined.

We are passing out the Income Eligibility Guidelines in each AP class to remind students. We must know if your student is eligible for a fee waiver before exams are ordered on Mon. Mar. 13. Call or email Steffanie Gentile: 363-7153 or


NUMBER OF MEMBERS   IN HOUSEHOLD(including head of household)1


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1. The household size should be the number of household members plus the filer on the family’s current tax statement. A student who is in foster care is considered a household size of one person.

2. Income levels are based on the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Income Eligibility Guidelines used by schools, institutions and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program. To view the full table, go to and select “Income Eligibility.”

More than six members in the household? To determine income levels for families with more than six household  members, take the annual allowance for six members ($60,273) and add $7,696 for each   additional member.