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Student Artwork Will Be On Display During The Clearwater Art Walk
The Clearwater Art Walk is a family friendly event that promotes the arts in our community. Spend time with family and friends walking around the downtown area all while enjoying live music and visual art created by local artists. Artwork created by Clearwater Middle School students will be on display inside Pizza Hut. The event is free and several business are also serving light snacks and refreshments. The second annual Clearwater Art Walk is Friday, April 8th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Whitley's Artwork Displayed at State Capitol
The Kansas Art Education Association celebrated the start of National Youth Art Month at the state level, by featuring an art exhibit at the Capitol Building in Topeka on March 5, 2016. Art created by K-12 students from across the state was featured. The purpose of the exhibit was to showcase the talent of Kansas students and the importance of visual art education. There was only room for one piece of artwork from each school to be displayed. The drawing created by Jesse Whitley titled, Native American, was selected by his peers to represent CMS in the exhibit. Jesse wrote the following artist statement: “This project was created to exercise the use of detail. The method used to make it was the grid drawing technique. I selected the image for this drawing because it was easy to see detail in the face like the wrinkles. Value was the focus of the project and the range of grays were achieved by using a blending stump.”

Kindergarten Round-up 2016
An informational meeting to introduce next year’s kindergartners and their parents to our school is set for Monday, April 4th at 6:30 at Elementary West. There will be pre-enrollment forms that will need to be filled out and turned in that night to start the enrollment process.  Health forms will be given out to take to the doctor and birth certificate forms will be available, if needed, to send to Topeka.  Physicals and birth certificates are required before starting school.

Book Fair
The 2016 book fair will take place at the Intermediate Center starting on March 8, 2016 and will end on March 11, 2016.  The online book fair will take place from March 4, 2016 to March 16, 2016.  The online book fair may be accessed by clicking this link.  We will be having many events during the fair including a kick-off breakfast for students and parents at the CIC on March 8th (Tuesday).  Biscuits and Books with Groovy Gravy to go with our theme Feeling Groovy (60’s) .

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Bennett (mbennett@usd264.org)

Drivers Education Information
There will be a mandatory parent/student meeting on Thursday, March 10th at 5:30 PM in the HS theater.  

To participate in drivers education this summer:
  • Student must be 14 years old before January 1, 2016
  • The student must have an instruction permit valid through July 1, 2016
  • The student must be available for instruction between May 13 to June 30, 2016
  • Enrollment fee of $140 is due March 10, 2016
  • Students and a parent/guardian must attend the mandatory meeting on March 10, 2016.  Please bring a list of medications that might affect driving.
For more information and enrollment form, please click here.

KAY Club Hosts Sheep Party to Raise Funds for Heifer International
On Wednesday, KAY Club hosted a fundraiser to buy a sheep for a community in need. Students could decorate their own “sheep” cupcakes, play “pin the wool on the sheep,” and could enter a drawing for a prize.  KAY Club raised $92 toward the purchase of a sheep.
Heifer International is an organization dedicated to ending poverty and hunger in third world countries. Their goal is to teach communities how to use sustainable gifts which will lead to sustainable livelihoods.
KAY Club is a service and leadership organization.

CHS Drama Department Presents Our Miss Brooks
CHS Drama Department presents Our Miss Brooks this Saturday, February 27 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, February 28 at 2:30 pm in the CHS theatre. This comedy is based on the old 1950's television sit com by the same title starring Eve Arden. Miss Brooks, a high school English teacher, is looking forward to her summer vacation and finishing the year without the responsibility for directing the school play. She also will not have to fight the coach (for whom she has developed some affection) over the use of the gym for play practice. However, the principal decides at the last minute to give Miss Brooks the play responsibilities, the star athlete get the leading male role, and the daughter of the school board does not get the leading female part. This is just the start of her problems.

Intermediate Center Students Spread Cheer
On Friday, CIC students spread Valentine's Day Cheer around our community. Student made cards for community members, local businesses, and the seniors at the nursing home and assisted living center.

Teaching As A Career News
Thank you Lori Jensen for speaking to the high school's Teaching as a Career class. Ms. Jensen, employee of the South Central Education Service Center, provided insights into the politics and government laws that are a part of public school education.

Archery Meeting
On Monday February 22 there will be an informational archery meeting beginning at 6:00 in the MS theater. This meeting will be for 4th-12th grade students and their parents. If you are wanting to participate in archery this spring we encourage all parents to attend. If you have questions please contact Mr. Moore at mmoore@usd264.org.

CHS Singing Valentines
The Clearwater High School Blue Notes, Bel Canto and Blue Man Crew groups are offering "Singing Valentines" for sale.
Song Only = $3.00
Phone Orders = $2.00
Song + box of chocolates = $5.00

For more information, click here!
You can also order from any of the Blue Note or Bel Canto group members or email Mrs. Rhoadarmer at arhoadarmer@usd264.org

CHS Student Council Taking Polar Plunge For Special Olympics
The Clearwater High School Student Council is once again taking the “Polar Plunge” for Kansas Special Olympics! Please visit our team page for more information & to donate.
CHS Ice Warriors Team Page - https://www.firstgiving.com/team/312616

We are committed to grin and “bear” it for the athletes of Special Olympics Kansas. On February 6th, we will be taking a Polar Plunge® into the frigid waters of Kansas. I know, I know – you are probably shivering just thinking about it! The coldness I feel will only be temporary; the positive effects of the money raised on the lives of over 4,000 athletes will last a lifetime. We have set a team fundraising goal of $500. We need your help to accomplish it! No, we are not asking you to take the plunge with us; instead, I we asking you to make a donation to Special Olympics Kansas on our behalf. Any amount would be appreciated! All of it goes to a great cause and every dollar and cent gets us closer to our team goal!
If you wish to support us, you can make a donation to us over the web through the link above. This is a fast, convenient and safe way to sponsor us via your debit or credit card. If you prefer to make a donation by check, please make your check payable to SOKS and return the check to Jason Crist at the high school. If you want to learn more chilling details about this terrific event, please visit www.plungeks.org. After you make your donation, please think warm thoughts for us as we make a splash for the athletes! We will be awesome and do our very best to make a brave “plunge” and make our supporters proud!
Thank you for your time and support!

CHS To Host Blood Drive
American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or special suits, and their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the “gift of life.” The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to become hometown heroes and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.
Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Clearwater High School, Friday, January 29 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Clearwater High School Gym at 1201 E. Ross, Clearwater, KS Walk In Donors Welcome but Appointments will be given priority.
Please contact Linda Stearns, or Lex Rhoadarmer, at the High School for appointment times (620-584-2361).

Click here for more information

CHS Blue Notes to Perform With Newman University
The CHS Blue Notes will perform with Newman University on Sunday, December 6th at 3:00 pm.  The performance will take place at De Mattias Performance Hall. Click the picture below or here for more information.

CMS Holds Annual Food Drive
Tribal Council held its annual food drive from November 17th to November 23rd at Clearwater Middle School.   Students and staff collected 4,992 cans or 7,488 pounds of food. The donations were sent to the local food pantry at the Methodist Church in Clearwater.   
Select members of Tribal Council also travelled to the Open Door Food Pantry in Wichita.  Members spent the morning helping distribute Thanksgiving meals to over 500 Wichita families.  Open Door supplies roughly 2,500 Thanksgiving meals each year.


EW Teacher Tree
This holiday season located in the main hallway at Clearwater Elementary West will be a Teacher Tree.  Located on the Teacher Tree you will find ornaments with each teacher’s name and things that they would like to have in your child’s classroom.

If you would like to help purchase items to be used in your child’s classroom, please come and visit the tree.  Find an ornament with your child’s teacher and the item you are willing to purchase for the classroom.  Take that ornament off the tree, purchase the item, attach the ornament to the item and drop it off at the office.  The office will make sure your classroom gift gets to the correct classroom.

Some items that you will find on the tree include things like books, games, modeling dough, foam letters, highlighters and sharpies, Legos, reward prizes, gift cards, and much more.

Some of the items on the tree are items that your child’s teacher would normally just go and purchase using their own money to have in the classroom.  Teachers are open to getting these items for the classroom instead of a personal gift during the holiday season.

Thanks for your support of Clearwater Elementary West!


CHS AND SKT Hosts Reality U
Clearwater High School and Southern Kansas Telephone Company hosted "Reality U" for all the high school sophomores on Nov. 3.  Jennifer Clark and Jennifer Haslett hand R. J. Stimson's "baby" to him.  Reality U is a simulation that helps the students budget for the necessities of life.  The hands-on financial literacy morning was a success thanks to the adult volunteers from our community.  Thanks to all who helped!
Fire Prevention Week
On Tuesday October 6, the Kindergarten students at Clearwater Elementary West got to ride on top of Fire Trucks down main street. They learned about fire safety during Fire Prevention Week. The firefighters also showed the students their equipment and taught them how to keep themselves safe in case of a fire.

Archery Tournament Set For November 14, 2015
The 3rd annual Clearwater Invitational NASP Tournament will be on Saturday November 14th. Fall archery begins Monday November 2nd for Clearwater students. Grades 4th-6th will practice at the MS from 3:15-4:30. Grade 7th -12th will practice from 4:30-6:00. We will have a parent meeting on Thursday October 22 in the MS theater at 6:30pm. Please help spread the word! You will find the tournament registration and waiver form in the link. If you have questions please contact Mr. Moore mmoore@usd264.org or 584-2036.
For more information and registration forms, click here.

Blue-White Scrimmage
The annual Blue/White Scrimmage will take place Saturday, November 28, 2015 at Clearwater High School. The CHS Girls Basketball team will take the floor at 6:00 pm followed by the CHS Boys at 6:45pm. The Men’s Alumni Game will take place at 5:15 prior to the scrimmage. Come out to support CHS Basketball. Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/543187039170736/
CHS Entrepreneurship Class To Host Market Day November 10, 2015
Eat Lunch With Us! CHS Youth Entrepreneurship Class Market Day Tuesday, November 10 High School Commons 11:30 to 1:00 We will be selling breakfast burritos, hamburgers & chips, mac n cheese in a bread bowl, cupcakes, brownies, and grilled cheese with cheezy fries. Everything is homemade! For more information, click here.

Drama Department Presents Musical November 7-8
The drama & music departments at CHS would like to invite you to our fall musical, Cyrano de Burger Shack (a pop musical) on Saturday, November 7 @ 7:00 PM and Sunday, November 8 @ 2:30 PM.
The show takes the classic French play of Cyrano de Bergerac and places it in a modern setting with contemporary pop music from artists like Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, Billy Joel, Pat Benatar, and Madonna.
For more information, click here.
The tickets are $5 per person with Clearwater students free with their student id

Elementary West To Host Book Fair

Clearwater Elementary West will host a Scholastic Book Fair on Monday, October 12 – Friday, October 16th with before school and after school shopping hours. Funds raised will help purchase books for our elementary school library as well as classroom libraries. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

The Book Fair will feature a special Moonlight Madness Night of Shopping. The fair will remain open until 7PM. This is an excellent opportunity to come visit the school’s library and see what all the book fair has to offer.

The Book Fair will be open daily from 7:15-8:30 A.M.
Tuesday & Wednesday evening family shopping will be from 2:45-6:30PM
Thursday Night we will be hosting a Moonlight Madness Shopping event and will be open until 7.
Friday is the final day of shopping. Hours will be 7:15-12.

Clearwater Elementary West is located at 100 S. Prospect, Clearwater, KS 67026

The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from dozens of publishers.

Book Fair customers may help the school build classroom libraries by purchasing books through the Classroom Wish List program. In addition, the Book Fair will feature the All for Books™ program, where students can share the thrill of reading with others by donating loose change to purchase books from the Book Fair for classroom libraries. Scholastic Book Fairs® then matches those monetary donations with a donation of up to one million dollars in books from The Scholastic Possible Fund, which distributes books to children in need through organizations, such as Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. and the Kids In Need Foundation.

If patrons are unable to attend our book fair they may shop online at
We appreciate the support from our community during this fun and exciting event.

MS and HS Parent-Teacher Conferences Schedule Change

Clearwater High School and Clearwater Middle School have changed the parent/teacher conference date set for Thursday, October 15th. The new date will be on Tuesday, October 13th. The times will not change with the MS conferences taking place from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and the HS conferences taking place from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. The change was necessary because of the amount of MS and HS activities on Thursday, October 15th. If you have any questions, please contact the MS at 620-584-2036 or the HS at 620-584-2361. Conferences for the Intermediate Center and Elementary West will remain as scheduled.
Kindergarten Grandparents Day

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the kindergarten students at Clearwater Elementary West hosted a Grandparent’s Day celebration in their classrooms. More than 125 grandparents, both near and far, were in attendance for the special event. The students performed a poem, read books, and enjoyed games with their grandparents.
Erica Rupe Nominated For Teacher Of The Year

On Saturday, September 12 Erica Rupe, first grade teacher at Clearwater Elementary West attended a banquet to honor the Region IV District Nominees for the 2016 Kansas Teacher of the Year award. Erica was one of ten Nominees for the Kanas Elementary teacher of the year. Erica fell just short of being selected to the semi-finals. The Kansas Teacher of the Year program identifies, recognizes, and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the classroom. Congratulations Erica on your nomination!

Ann Morris Selected As Teacher Of The Year

Ann Morris, special education teacher at the CIC, was selected as teacher of the year for elementary staff at the Back to School Inservice for the Sedgwick County Special Education Cooperative. Ann is an advocate for her students and a positive member of the faculty at the Intermediate Center. We are excited for Ann and are glad that her hard work with our students has been recognized.
Ann Morris (4th from the left) standing with other award recipients.

Office 365 - Email Upgrade
We have completed our transition to office 365. You may now log on using the Staff | Email link on the menu above. All your credentials remain the same as they were previously. For the username, you must use your full email address (user@usd264.org). Once you've successfully logged in, simply click on the Mail icon to get to your email. For instruction on reconfiguring your iPad, please click here (you will be requested for credentials which are the same as email.

More information will come as we are learning and building support for our new system. Feel free to play around, ask questions and/or share your wisdom with Michael at anytime.

CHS students place 3rd and 4th in MOS Kansas State Championships
Clearwater High students placed 3rd and 4th in the 2015 MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Kansas State Championship. Collin Verbeck placed 3rd and Anthony Hayward placed 4th in the 2013 PowerPoint division. For his 3rd place finish, Collin Verbeck will receive a $200 prize package including things like speakers and headphones as well as other prizes. Anthony Hayward just missed the podium by 36 seconds in the 50 minute competition.

Clearwater students competed against 121 high schools state wide in 6 divisions. Students competed by taking the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification test which is a very rigorous 50 minute exam where students have to create a document using all the tools in PowerPoint 2013. The highest test score is 1,000 and if two students are tied, the student who completed the test the fastest is declared the winner. Collin completed his test in just over 28 minutes.

“I couldn’t be more proud of them! Competing against thousands of students across the state, many from large 6A schools and for them to place is amazing. It just goes to show how talented our students at Clearwater are!” said Mike Welty, computer science teacher at Clearwater High School.

Only the state champion gets to travel to Orlando Florida to compete in the U.S. National Championship against students from the other 49 states, however, if the first place winner is unable to attend the national competition, the runner up is invited to attend in their place.

Air Products Partners with Clearwater Middle School
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. has partnered with Clearwater Middle School and USD 264, to help improve the district's science and math programs. During the past school year, Air Products donated $4,500.00 to the school's science and math programs. Middle school science teachers Emily Foley and Sherys Mellen said the money will be very useful to purchase supplies for their classrooms. With school's budgets being cut, we wouldn't have been able to purchase microscopes and other equipment without their generous donations.

Ross Hufford, plant manager, commented that Air Products is fortunate to work with USD 264. He appreciates the sincerity and energy that the schools put into serving students to make a significant difference in how they see the world through math and science education.

Plans are also being made for Clearwater Middle school students to tour the plant's facilities next fall to see science in action. They will also see first hand the types of jobs available for students with math and science backgrounds.

Photo: Keith Pauly presents Ross Hufford of Air Products and Chemicals a certificate of appreciation for the outstanding contributions his company has given to USD 264.
Left to Right
Melissa Oelkers (executive assistant / community relations), Ross Hufford (plant manager), Keith Pauly (CMS principal), Emily Foley and Sherys Mellen ( science instructors)

HS Entrepreneurship Awards
At the recent annual awards evening for 20 local high school entrepreneurship classes, Aaron Thomas (left) a regional finalist, won $100.00 for his business plan, “The Revolution Cart”. Helped by Brittany Morris, Cody Hanna won best overall business showcase with his business plan “Illuminate The Night”. He received a check for $50.00. Thanks to the non-profit Youth Entrepreneurs and the Clearwater Community Foundation as funded by Charles Engineering for their mentorship and financial support. Overall, the students in the class made a total profit of $1,680.00 for their hard work this year.​

Clearwater BOE Hires New Superintendent
Clearwater had four excellent finalists in the search for a new superintendent. After careful thought and consideration, the board has offered the position to Mr. Paul Becker, current superintendent of Hesston USD #460. Mr. Becker has accepted the position and will officially begin his duties as superintendent of Clearwater USD #264 on July 1, 2015.​

Clearwater Public Library Summer Reading Program
It is not to late to sign up for the summer reading program at the Clearwater Public Library. For more information, please click here.

Entrepreneurship Class Takes Tour
Ms. Meyer's high school entrepreneurship class toured The Farkel Factory on Thursday, April 23. A big thank you to Charles Potter for a great time and the Farkel games

Eighth Grade Students Hold Civil War Museum
The eight grade students in Mr.Shipman’s American History class created and hosted a Civil War Museum for the 4th grade students form Clearwater Intermediate Center. The middle school students conducted research throughout the semester and then created replica artifacts and displays. The students were challenged to create a museum that was fun and engaging for the CIC students. Each project had to include replica primary sources, technology, and a learning activity. Over thirty projects were created with topics ranging from Civil War Medicine, Weapons, Lincoln’s Assassination, and the Underground Railroad.​

HS Students Earn MOS Certification

Several Clearwater High School students recently earned the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification through the Microsoft IT Academy program launched this year. All students taking the Computer Applications II class became "Microsoft Certified" after passing the rigorous exam on Microsoft Office 2013.

Students can become certified in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. The newly certified students are Anthony Hayward, Jordan Chambers, Collin Verbeck, and Conner Branden. Students can also receive 3 hours of college credit through Kansas Newman’s Advanced Standing program.

Achieving MOS certification validates that the students are knowledgeable in Microsoft Office computer skills and it will differentiate them in a competitive job market. Mike Welty, computer science teacher at Clearwater High School and program administrator for the Microsoft IT Academy, stated that "The students accomplished a difficult task in passing the exam and I am proud to say that I have students who are Microsoft certified. It certainly speaks to the caliber of students we work with and level of technology proficiency that they take with them."

The MOS certification is the premier credential chosen by individuals seeking to validate their knowledge, skills and abilities relating to the Microsoft Office application suite. The credential enables individuals who attain it to tap the full features and functionality of the Microsoft Office program, resulting in heightened levels of individual performance, confidence and differentiation in the job market.

Clearwater High School is an authorized Certiport Testing Site so students can conveniently sit for their certification exams without leaving school. ​

Parent Archery Information

There will be a Parent Archery Meeting on Thursday February 5, 6:30 at the MS. In the three links below, you will find the tournaments that we are hosting. You are welcome to fill them out and turn them in at the meeting. If you are not able to come to the meeting please send the registrations to school with your child. If you have questions please contact Mark Moore mmoore@usd264.org or Hope Tjaden htjaden@usd264.org. Blanton's Artwork Will Be On Display At The State Capitol

March is national youth art month. The Kansas Art Education Association have arranged to celebrate at the state level, which features an art exhibit at the Capitol Building in Topeka on March 7, 2015. Artwork created by K-12 students across the state will be on display. The purpose of the exhibit is to showcase the talent of Kansas students and the importance of art education. There is only room for one piece of artwork from each school to be on display. The scratchboard artwork created by Connor Blanton, Clearwater Middle School eighth grade student, has been selected to be featured in the Topeka art show this year. He titled the work A face of a true friend. Connor was inspired to draw a snake because he had a pet snake just like the one he drew in the artwork. The objective of the lesson was for students to learn how to use the art elements line, texture, and value. “The reasons I selected this artwork to represent our school was that the artwork included all components of the lesson, Connor drew nearly every scale on the snake skin, and the snake looked so realistic it could have slithered off the page,” said Tracy Collins, Clearwater Middle School art teacher. “Over one hundred and fifty students have taken an art class at CMS this year and it was very difficult to just select one artwork for the state show,” commented Collins.
Photo 1: Connor Blanton showcasing scratchboard artwork to be exhibited in the Capitol Building March 7.
Photo 2: Close up view of Connor’s artwork.

CMS Students Showcase Work In First Clearwater Art Walk - March 27

Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are fostered through experience in the visual arts. Community members can support art in education by attending activities, encouraging students to take classes, visiting a museum, purchasing local artwork, or even creating art. The first Clearwater Art Walk will take place March 27, at 7 p.m. where local businesses will provide a place for artists to share their talents with the community. Clearwater Middle School seventh and eighth grade students will join in the festivities by having artwork on display for all to enjoy. The event is free and there will be refreshments for attendees. To see more artwork created by CMS students visit www.cmsartroom.wordpress.com.

Piet Mondrian inspired paintings created by CMS 7th and 8th grade students.

Students Do Well At Academic Olympics
Mrs. Helton accompanied four students to Pratt Community College on Monday, February 23rd for the Academic Olympics. Those students included Rachel Criswell, Cordell Robinson, Sarah Rakes and Elijah Sak.

These four students participated in written tests on a variety of subjects. Sarah Rakes finished second place on the English II test. Elijah Sak finished in third place on the General Science Test.

Aaron Thomas Receives Award
Aaron Thomas has been awarded $500.00 for his YE business plan, Revolution Cart, by McPherson College. Aaron has added mobility to a shopping cart. He plans on using the money to buy materials to make prototypes.
Aaron Thomas is in the third row, first on the left side.

CHS Drama Department Presents The Miracle Worker
The CHS Drama Department will present the classic play, The Miracle Worker, this weekend. The performance are Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, April 12 at 2:30 PM.

The play tells the story of Helen Keller, who is deaf and blind, and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, who brings life and language to Helen's dark world.
For more information, click here.

Clearwater Public Library Food For Fines Event
April is Food for Fines Month!
If you’ve got overdue library materials at home, now’s the time to round them up. During Food for Fines month you can make your fines disappear while you help stock the shelves of local food bank.
Here’s how it works:
  • Bring non-expired, non-perishable food items to donate at the circulation desk of the Clearwater Public Library.
  • For each item you donate, $1 of your library fines for overdue materials will be forgiven.
  • Fines can only be forgiven on overdue materials that have been returned, so make sure you’ve looked under the bed for stray books and movies first! You can also log in to your online library account or ask staff at the library if you’re not sure which materials you currently have checked out or whether you have a fine.
  • Sorry, but Food for Fines credit cannot be applied toward fees for items that have been lost or damaged or hotspot fees.
  • ​All donations collected during Food for Fines will be donated to our local food bank.​

Clearwater Public Library Receives Grant
The Clearwater Public Library received the Kansas Book Technology Grant. The grant will help to provide two Verizon wireless hot-spots for check-out.
More information on the grant writers
More information on the grant

C-Club Fundraiser Set For April 1, 2015
What do Elvis, Super Stupid, Wild Thing, Honeypot, Rigor Mortis all have in common? They are all donkeys from Buckeye Donkey Ball LLC, and they will be in action in the Donkey Basketball Games held at the Clearwater High School gym on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m.

Competitors will include your favorite teachers and staff from the High School, Middle School,
CIC, and Elementary West. Also battling it out on the basketball court will be members of the Police/Fire/Ambulance, Clearwater Ministerial Alliance, and Juniors and Seniors students of Clearwater High School.

There will be three games consisting of two 6 minute periods. During intermission, there will be free donkey rides offered for the first 125 children. Only kids age 12 and under, and must be accompanied by a paying adult, are eligible for these free rides.

Advanced tickets are available at the offices of Clearwater High School and Clearwater Middle School. CHS Stuco, and C-Club, members will also being selling tickets around the community. Advanced tickets will be $6.00 (Preschool age free), and tickets at the door will be $8.00.

Call Mr. Justice or Mrs. Stearns at the High School (584-2361), if you have any questions.
Valentines Day Nursing Home Visit

Members of the Clearwater Intermediate Center 6th grade class took cards and flowers to the Clearwater Village and the Ninnescah Manor for Valentine's Day. The students got to visit with the residents getting first hand information on Valentine's Day traditions. Thanks to Risse Zimmerman and the Clearwater PTO for helping get the flowers.

Click here to watch the video

Free Dental Clinic
The Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition is hosting the 8th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day on Saturday, March 7, 2015. The free clinic will take place from 7:30 to 3:30 at the GraceMed Clinic. Gracemed is located at 1122 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67214. The free dental clinic is for children ages 3 to 12 who live in Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner Counties who do not have dental insurance. To make a reservation, call 316-882-1922. For more information, visit the GKAS facebook page.

Driver Education Information
There will be a mandatory parent-student meeting on Thursday, March 12, at 6:30 pm in the high school theater. The following is required to enroll on March 12, 2015 with no exceptions:
  • Students and parent/guardian must attend the parent meeting
  • Students must be 14 before January 1, 2015
  • Completed enrollment forms with social security number
  • Provide a copy of an instruction permit valid through July 1, 2015
  • Enrollment fee of $140
  • Student must be available between May 18, 2015 to June 20, 2015
  • Provide a list of medications that may affect driving
Enrollment packets will be available in the middle school and high school office after February 6, 2015, We will not be able to schedule around camps and vacations.

Kindergarten And Pre-Kindergarten Round Up

An informational meeting to introduce next year’s kindergartners and their parents to our school is set for Monday, April 6, 2015 at 6:30 at Elementary West. There will be pre-enrollment forms that will need to be filled out and turned in that night to start the enrollment process. Health forms will be given out to take to the doctor and birth certificate forms will be available, if needed, to send to Topeka. Physicals and birth certificates are required before starting school.

Applications are now being accepted for the Clearwater USD 264 Early Childhood Program for the 2015-2016 school year. If you have or know of a child who will be 4 on or before August 31, 2015 they are eligible to apply. The deadline to return the application is May 1, 2015 Please call Clearwater Elementary West at 584-2081 for more information

Check Out A Hotspot
The Clearwater Public library received a grant and acquired four Verizon WIFI hotspots to check out for library patrons. The check out period is seven days and patrons must be 18 years old or older to check out a hotspot. For more information please click here or contact the Clearwater Public Library.

HM Dunn AeroSystems Internships
Clearwater High School is pleased to partner with HM Dunn AeroSystems of Wichita, Kansas. Students who have completed machining technology courses with Mr. Ron Cox can be eligible to apply for a school to career internship. The students are placed​ in a rotation schedule where they are introduced to various manufacturing processes. They are earning a wage while learning. HM Dunn also has supplied CHS with machining ​equipment and onsite training. Thanks to HM Dunn for helping educate our students.
Dylan Howland
Brock Webb
Cole Morrow
Cole Morrow Brock Webb Dylan Howland

After Prom Silent Basket Auction
On February 20th, the After Prom committee will be hosting a Basket Auction during the CHS basketball games. Bidding will start at 4:00 pm and will end at half time of the varsity boys basketball game. The event will take place in the CHS commons area and the proceeds will benefit the Clearwater High School After Prom.

Singing Valentines

The Blue Notes and Bel Canto groups are offering “Singing Valentines” for sale.
  • Song Only= $3.00
  • Song +(very small) box of chocolates= $5.00
  • You can add a personal message to your Valentine as well
Delivery: We will deliver to those within the Clearwater city limits in person on the day prior to Valentine’s Day (Friday, February 13th). However, we can also deliver over the phone if you have a Valentine that works or lives out of town.

How to Order: You can order them by filling out the form (link below) and sending it to the high school office. You can also order from any of the Blue Note or Bel Canto group members. We will take orders until 12:00pm on Thursday, February 12th. Happy Valentine's Day from the CHS select groups!
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Freshmen Christmas Tree Tower
Ms. Shurtleff's freshmen English class "built" a Christmas tree out of textbooks and novels after completing a fiction unit. Freshmen Emily Colquette topped the tree with opened books. " The students enjoyed putting together the tree, but my biggest challenge was making sure that no one played Jenga with it," said Ms. Shurtleff.

School Community Service Project
The Clearwater Middle School and Intermediate center character education trait for the month of December is CARING. The two buildings took on the "Household Helpers" project to emphasize the important of caring for others and what good a simple project can do for a community We got in touch with the Clearwater Ministerial Alliance which runs the community food bank and asked what we could do to help out. We came up with collecting household cleaning and personal items. The students in grades 4-8 donated supplies that filled 116 buckets-a total of over 1700 items. The items in the buckets are toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, body wash, hand soap, bandaids, dish rags, dish towels, scrubbies, dishwashing soap, all purpose cleaner, paper towels, toilet paper, and trash bags. The food bank will distribute the items during the month of December and January.

Market Day 2014 A Big Success
Our annual Market Day continues to be a success. The 2014 YE event was held in the high school commons on November 11. We had a good variety of food products for sale this year. Who doesn't like to make money?
High School Programming Team
The Clearwater High School Programming team traveled to Kansas State University on Wednesday November 5th to compete in the state wide high school programming contest. The Clearwater Programming team was in medal contention during the first three rounds of the competition. Unfortunately during the fourth round, they slipped down on the leaderboard and were unable to regain the lead in the closing rounds. They finished 4th out of 40 teams. This contest is a very competitive competition with many high level schools like Wichita, Maize, Goddard, Manhattan, Olathe, Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission and many more schools. Kansas State Universities Programming contest is in their 23rd year which is open to all high school students. Clearwater’s team members were Greg Clark, Adam Heppler, Cole Morrow, and Matthew Adison Townsley. The contest consists of 5 rounds where students are giving problems to solve and have a limited time to complete it. Points are awarded depending on how quickly they solve the problem correctly.

Colquette Performs Anglo-Saxon for Senior English
Patrick Colquette performed an Anglo-Saxon song in senior English first quarter. Ms. Shurtleff’s project instructs students to use their talents to produce some sort of presentation for the class. Patrick wrote the music to “Bede’s Death Song.” Other products included riddles, epic movie posters, and demonstrations.

CHS Yearbook News
The 2014 yearbooks are in and there are a few extra copies available for purchase in the High School office before or after school for only $45. Senior spotlight or grad ad sales have started! Honor your senior student by ordering them an advertisement in the 2015 yearbook. To reserve space for your student respond before November 7, 2014. Visit our class website for more details, a printable pdf order form, or to order online now

KSHSAA Sectional Football Game
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Game Time 6:00pm
November 14th
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Gates open at 4:00pm and no reserved seating is used for post-season events.​

Because this is a KSHSAA post-season event, no passes are allowed, thus, everyone entering the contest must pay admission.

Student passes, employee passes, VIP (senior citizen) passes, Clearwater passes, etc are not valid for Friday’s competition.
Admission for Friday’s game is $6 for adults and $5 for students.
Clearwater Book Fair
Book Fair in the CIC Library on Tuesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 30th from 3:30 to 8:00 pm. Also you can download a free Scholastic Book Fair app and/ or shop online. Our online Fair is open from October 22nd through November 11th. Thank you for participating and helping get books in the hands of our kids! Please check out our Book Fair Online.
C-Club Powder-Puff and Buff-Puff Fundraiser - UPDATE
The boys Buff Puff volleyball matches originally scheduled for Monday, November 10 will be postponed to a future date.
C-Club sponsors Powder-Puff flag football, and Buff-Puff volleyball each year as a fundraiser for scholarships. This event will take place on Monday, November 10, 2014.

  • Women's flag-football at the Football Stadium:
    • 7:00 Freshman girls play Junior girls
    • 8:00 Sophomore girls play Senior girls

Admission is $3.00 to attend all the games. No passes allowed.

Market Day

Market Day
November 11
HS Commons
Join us for a day of good food cooked by your local youth entrepreneurs class. Prices will vary and you can order ahead by calling 620-584-2361


​Clearwater Community Foundation Fully Funds Youth Entrepreneurs Class At Clearwater High School

Clearwater Community Foundation recently presented Youth Entrepreneurs (YE) with $5,451 in support of the local high school class for the 2014-2015 academic year. YE helps to develop future employees and business owners, who can solve problems, take calculated risks and add value in many industries and professions. Charles Engineering funded the gift.

Since funding from these entities began in 2006, more than 100 students have completed the YE course with several continuing their involvement through YE Academy. Jacob Hobbie, 2014 alumnus and Newman University freshman, won third place at the Regional Flyers Business Plan Competition in April 2014, earning $500 of venture capital, some of which he used to purchase software for his computer repair business.

“We are enormously grateful for the steadfast support of the Clearwater Community Foundation as funded by Charles Engineering and their belief in our mission. With their commitment, we will continue to foster the entrepreneurial mindset of area students and work to strengthen this community” said Phoebe Bachura, Chief Development Officer.

To learn more about Youth Entrepreneurs, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. ​

Veterans Day Program Invitation
Clearwater High School would like to extend an invitation to all Veterans of the United States Armed Forces living in our school district to attend our Veterans Day program on November 11, 2014. Please consider being our guest at a luncheon provided in your honor at the high school starting at noon. Spouses are welcome to attend with you.

Following the luncheon we invite you to stay for our program in the auditorium beginning at 1:30. Each branch of the Armed Forces and its members attending will be recognized. There will also be several pieces of military equipment on display along with equipment from our local fire, police, and EMS. The display will be in the north parking lot and will be open all day. You are also invited to take a look at our Wall of Honor in the social studies wing of the high school.

If you wish to attend the Veterans Day luncheon and program, please e-mail or call in your reservation to Mr. Justice. His e-mail is mjustice@usd264.org and the school phone number is 584-2361. Please include your name, branch, years of service, and number that will be attending. If you are a Veteran and will be unable to attend, THANK YOU from all of us at Clearwater High School for your service to our great country!

PTO Fundraiser Starting October 13th
The PTO Fundraiser starts on October 13, 2014. All order packets are due back to the school by October 27th, so start selling now!

Clearwater Archery Club
Archery practice begins Monday October 20 at the MS. We will practice every day next week, CIC students from 3:15-4:30 and MS/HS students from 4:30-6:00. We will also practice Monday October 27 and Wednesday October 29 same times. There is a link to print out registration, waiver and sponsor forms. Registration and waivers are due Friday October 17 and can be turned in to your students’ school office. We will be around to pick them up. Sponsor donations will be due in March. If you have any questions please contact Mark Moore mmoore@usd264.org or Hope Tjaden htjaden@usd264.org. We can also be reached at 620-584-2036.

Archery Club Waiver and Release Form
Invitational Registration Form
Shooting For Sponsors

High School Student Council Ice Bucket Challenge
The Clearwater High School student council invited any student to participate with them in a group Ice Bucket Challenge after the football scrimmage. The 32 students that took part raised over $1,300 for the fight against ALS. Freshman Anthony Hayward was the top fundraiser with $240. The 32 students were treated to pizza for lunch from the student council. Watch the student council's bucket challenge here.

Concerts For This Evening (October 23, 2014)
The Clearwater schools would like to invite you to attend two concerts that will be held tonight, Thursday, October 23rd. The 4th grade program will start at 6:30 pm and be held in the middle school theater. At 7:30 pm, the high school vocal music concert will be held at Clearwater High School. Both of those concerts are free to the public.

Following the high school concert, the CHS vocal music department will hold their annual dessert fundraiser, which is available for a $5 donation. The funds raised from the dessert event will be used to assist with the vocal music trip to Branson later this school year. Go Indians!

Principal Bell's Ice Bucket Challenge
Clearwater Principal, Richard Bell responds to an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nomination. Mr Bell shared the challenge with Elementary West students last week. Watch Mr. Bell's Ice Bucket Challenge here.

Principal Mellen's Ice Bucket Challenge
Clearwater Principal, Bob Mellen responds to an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nomination from former Superintendent Mike Roth. Mr. Mellen receives a little help from his Grandson, Grant Mellen and Son, Craig Mellen. Watch Mr. Mellen's Ice Bucket Challenge here.

School Safety Training
Five representatives from the Clearwater School District and two officers from the Clearwater Police Department attended the school safety table top exercise this week. Read More...

Back-to-School Kickoff for Clearwater Staff
Clearwater United School District started the school year off with a crowd of employees attending the beginning day rally and training session Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The kick-off event was lead by Dr. Diane Gross, Superintendent, and her message was focused on fostering student growth, inspiring dreams and district wide-safety improvements. Board of Education President Stephanie Carlson welcomed the staff and shared a few inspirational stories. Next, twenty employees where honored with years of service awards. The event concluded with several students sharing their career dreams, ideas for district improvement, and thanking the teachers who have helped them achieve their goals along the way.

Police Department Announcement
Clearwater Police Department will begin strict (No Warnings) enforcement, as in years past, of the school crossings and school speed zone which is posted at 20 MPH during peak periods.

Please note that there are additional restrictions of speed on arterial side streets as well. The safety of those that walk or ride their bicycles to and from school are one of the Police Department's highest priorities as well as the safe travel of those students who are properly licensed to drive. A strong seat belt usage enforcement program will be enforced this year to achieve a safer driving environment. Thank you for your cooperation and compliance. Sincerely, The Clearwater Police Department.
Sumner County Vouchers
Families of Clearwater USD 264 Students Residing in Sumner County:

We are fortunate to have an organization that contributes to the needs of our families in Sumner County and gives to the school district.

The Kansas Star Casino makes available vouchers that can be used for school supplies as part of their Kansas All-Star Scholars Fund. Sonya Jackson, Community and Public Relations Director at the Casino, has let us know that on Tuesday, Aug. 12; Wednesday, Aug. 13; and Thursday, Aug. 14 are days that parents may claim the vouchers that have been provided. It is important that you call the Casino ahead of time to find out designated times for pick up.

The number is 316-719-5175.

Notification System Changes
Clearwater Schools uses the SchoolMessenger Notification System to provide timely communication to parents and staff members on matters such as school closures due to weather, attendance, general interest activities and emergencies. New this year is the ability for you to control what numbers and email addresses you want to receive Clearwater Schools communications.

To use this feature:
• Login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal (http://sms.usd264.org)
• Click the "SchoolMessenger" link.
• If you have any messages, they will be displayed
• Click the Contacts tab, then click edit to modify your child's contact information.

The changes you may make will only affect the SchoolMessenger system. You will still need to report any contact information changes to your child's school.
Another way we will be using the SchoolMessenger Notification system is by sending SMS text alerts to your mobile device. You will need to opt in to receive messages. For more information, click here.

2014-2015 Enrollment Information
On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire staff of Clearwater USD 264, we hope that you have had and are still having an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to a terrific 2014-2015 school year. Our online enrollment process starts on August 1, 2014. For more information, please click here.

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