This summer the district office will be open from 7:30 to 4:00 Monday trough Thursday. Individual schools will be open on Monday mornings from 8:00 to 11:00 am. All buildings will be closed on Fridays.
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.
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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.
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