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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.​

 

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. ​  
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.​ 
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!


Volunteer Opportunity
Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity for this summer? Are you entering 7th - 12th grade? Then we have the job for you!  If interested, drop by the Clearwater Public Library to pick up a VolunTEEN application. We will be holding an informational session on Friday, May 8th at 3:30 pm. 
Hope to see you there.
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.  
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More information on the grant

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