Principal's Corner - Messages

The Principal's Corner will be used to share information from a variety of sources (messages, correspondence, Twitter, etc.) The primary form of communication will be from the School Messenger Messages sent to our families. I will paste the messages in reverse chronological order newest to oldest so that you may read them for yourself. Follow me, Dr. Miller, on Twitter as well. I am @DarkHorseDoc on Twitter. I share athletic information, upcoming events, and newsworthy items as well.

DarkHorse Nation: This message contains items related to LadyDarkHorse Basketball, Curriculum Night, ACT/SAT Prep Class, and Junior/Senior Prom. First, please congratulate our LadyDarkHorse Basketball Team. They defeated Bartlett Yancey 68-58 on Saturday to win the Eastern Conference Title. They play next Saturday, March 11 in the NCSU Reynolds Coliseum at 5:00 p.m. Stay tuned for an announcement about pre-sale of tickets and a possible fan bus. Second, I have attached (and will post on the website) a CHS Curriculum Night Flyer. Choosing a pathway and courses for next year is very important for our high standards for academic rigor, placement, and post-secondary opportunity. We open CHS at 5:30 for club and elective offering tables. The Rising Freshmen Parent Session is held from 6:00 to 7:00, and the Rising Sophomore through Seniors Session is held from 7:15 - 8:15. We would love to see you all here that evening. Our Spring ACT/SAT Prep Class begins on March 20. This class is very important for advanced Sophomores and Juniors because it launches their ACT/SAT Scoring Trajectory. These standardized tests are a big part of post-secondary opportunity and specific practice and test-taking strategy are a key to scoring well. See guidance or Mrs. Blount for information about registering. And last, Junior/Senior Prom planning is in full swing. For only $30 each, all seniors and their guests are being treated to a fine meal and pictures at Coharie Country Club. Parent Reps will return on March 17 during all lunches for pre-sale of the tickets for the dinner. Go Horses!

This message contains playoff information, Safety and Security, and ACT Prep Information for Juniors only. First, the women and men's basketball teams are each playing Jacksonville-Northside. Due to this occurrence, the NCHSAA granted a change in night. Our men play at Northside on Tuesday evening. Gametime is 7:00 p.m. tickets are $9.00. The women will now play at CHS on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. tickets are $9.00. There is a women's soccer game at home beginning at 4:30 that evening as well. As parents, please inform your students not to share locker spaces with other students and to keep their lockers locked. Cars should be kept locked at all times as well. It is imperative that you protect yourself and family from being victims of what other persons may do with unsecured property. The last message is for Juniors and Junior parents only, tomorrow is our ACT. Get plenty of rest, arrive in time to each a good breakfast. We'll provide a break during ACT, but be certain to use all time given. The ACT is a standardized test that can open many doors of opportunity. Please take full advantage! Go Horses!

DarkHorse Family: This is Dr. Miller with several important CHS items related to Proactive Policing, SAT/ACT Prep Class, and Curriculum Night. First, please congratulate our DarkHorse Women's and Men's Basketball Teams. Each won their First Round Playoff Games. We play at SMS again on Thursday Evening. Second, at Clinton High we take academics seriously! Your children deserve the very best learning environment. To ensure academic success we periodically practice proactive policing. Clinton PD K-9 Officers as well as Sampson Sherriff K-9 conducted K-9 searches of our locker bay and halls as well as a parking lot sweep. We are very fortunate that the K-9s had a few "false positives" but found very little of concern. We make contact with each family after receiving a false positive in lockers or the parking lot. You have my assurance that we are working overtime to keep your family safe! Third, we will be offering our Spring SAT/ACT Prep Class beginning in April. The SAT/ACT are a BIG indicator for college acceptance. We recommend that juniors and seniors take this specialized course to prepare and build their college acceptance power. More information will come next month. As I mentioned recently, we are excited about our upcoming March 21 Curriculum Night. Our doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and we encourage you to come and see our club advisers and specialized/elective teachers in the Lundy-Fetterman Atrium prior to parent sessions by grade in the Prestage Auditorium. We'll send more information, please place March 21 on your calendar.

DarkHorse Nation: We have a big week at Clinton High School. This message contains congratulations, and reminders for Black History Month, FFA Week, the Miss CHS Literacy Drive, and our Upcoming Curriculum Night. First, congratulations are in order for the Lady Darkhorse Basketball and Men's Basketball. Both teams won the conference AND the Four County Conference Tournament last Friday evening. They play at SMS on Tuesday. Game times are 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7. There are no local passes accepted because of NCHSAA Playoff Rules. We are winding up a very busy and honorable Black History Month with dress up week and assemblies in the Prestage Auditorium. Assembly participation is by invitation only. February is also CTE Month. We have a strong Career and Technical Education Program at CHS and this week is FFA Week. We are still in the midst of the Miss CHS Literacy Drive. We have the CHS Advisory Challenge to bring the most gently used children's books to be re-gifted. The winning advisory group will earn a made to order, Bojangles Breakfast. We end the Literacy Drive on Thursday, March 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss's Birthday. Please give the gift of reading and literacy. Lastly, believe it or not, CHS is entering into our season of registration for the 2017-18 School Year. Please "pencil in" our Curriculum Night. It will be held on March 21. This is the evening that we share all of the strategic information about registering for all of the many, many choices that our students have that lead them to multiple doors of opportunity after high school. We will send more information about the Curriculum night in the upcoming weeks. Good night, and GO HORSES!

DarkHorse Nation: Thank you for everything first semester! We need to continue the academic pace into second semester. To do this, we need students at Clinton High all day, every day! We begin the second semester with a brief advisor to share second semester schedules. Changes are made administratively due to a variety of factors. Unfortunately, student requested changes will be very, very limited because of staffing demands. Please follow the schedule provided to you in advisor and report to counseling ONLY if there is a note on the schedule to see guidance. Please also dress for success. We have seen an increase in form fitting athletic wear. Skin-tight athletic wear must be covered to within 3 inches of a student's knee. Report cards will be issued this week. Please keep an eye out for the report card to come home with your student. We have a mandatory JUNIOR Fifth Block Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for ACT Prep. We will serve a snack to students after the session is over at 3:00 p.m. We'll see you here tomorrow bright and early! Go Horses!

DarkHorse Family: The Clinton High School Family extends their good wishes this season and into the new year for you and your family. This message contains two items related to preparation and testing during the end of semester as well as a request that you complete the SpeakUp Technology Survey to help Clinton City Schools push the envelope for technology improvement. First, please refer to the testing letter sent home several weeks ago and a copy that is placed on the website for specifics of testing dates and logistics. The exam prep leading into testing week and testing week are critically important for students and Clinton High School. Here are some details, now that Saturday, January 7 is no longer a school day, Clinton High will have their Saturday Academy for students in Biology, English 2, and Math 1. Saturday Academy begins at 8:30 a.m. and will end at Noon with a free pizza lunch and some door prizes. Individual teachers will provide information about the benefits that students will receive beyond a final opportunity for exam prep items for these most important exams. Please support your student and Clinton High School with Saturday Academy on January 7 for Biology, English 2, and Math 1. Next, the final seven days of instruction set the stage for semester's end. Please ensure that students are here and engaged each day. With the exception of just a few, exams count as 20% of a final semester grade. Exams are VERY important for your student and Clinton High. Be certain that your student is present each day that they are required January 12 - 18. If your child does not have an exam on a particular day, they will report to the auditorium because all staff members are either administering or proctoring exams. If your family chooses for them not to be here on a day WITHOUT an exam, they will be marked absent for that particular block only. During exam days, students are expected to surrender all electronic devices. They will not be returned until all testing is complete. We are usually able to return electronic devices just a few minutes before dismissal because exams and extended testing are so lengthy. Clinton High Administration highly recommends simply leaving these devices at the house during testing. I suggest to go "Old School" and bring a reading book or magazine instead. We release at 1:00 p.m. from January 12 - 18 to give intervention time from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Teachers assign this mandatory time for the following day. On Thursday, January 12 (the First Block Exam), the 1:00 - 3:00 intervention is for Friday, January 13 (Second Block Exams). We will run the Fifth Block Buses and will have intervention on Friday from 1:00 - 3:00 for the following Tuesday exam because Monday is the Martin Luther King Holiday. Last, I have included a PDF and link to a national SpeakUp Technology Survey. We are interested in having your voice and input on the survey so please take the 15 minutes needed to give us your insights. We value your thoughts! The survey closes on Friday, January 13, so please take the time now. Thank you for your support! Go Horses!

DarkHorse Nation: This message contains information about the End of Semester testing schedule, Mandatory 5th Block, and the FFA Fruit Sale. First, we have placed on the website and attached to this e-mail the End-of-Semester testing schedule. Please note that testing week begins on Thursday, January 12th and is split by the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend. Please keep your student focused on their exams because many of them count for 20% of their total semester grade! With that much weight, marginal performance quickly effects the final grade. Second, mandatory 5th Block begins on Monday for Biology, English 2, Math 1, and ALL CTE Classes. Please make transportation arrangements for a 3:00 p.m. dismissal on the day that your student has one of the previously mentioned courses. Last, the FFA Fruit Sale has been a great success again this year. Thank you to all those of you who support FFA. The fruit is available for pickup on Wednesday afternoon. Thank you for being such strong advocates for Clinton High School. In a season of giving and thanks, we are appreciative of everything that you do to support Clinton High School. Go Horses!


DarkHorse Nation: There is a lot of great academic and athletic news at CHS. Follow us @CHSDarkHorses and @DarkHorseDoc. This message contains information about report cards, Junior College Tour, Miss CHS, the DarkHorse Trade Show featuring Mr. CHS, and Yearbook Orders. First, report cards went home on Friday, November 4. Please review and connect with CHS with questions. Please, please, use the Parent Portal Application to monitor grades in progress. Teachers update the gradebooks weekly to keep you informed of progress. Next, the Juniors will be going to the CACRAO College Fair on Wednesday, November 9. This activity is rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. Students are expected to dress nicely to impress the many, many college representatives. Miss CHS will be held on the evening of Thursday, November 10. Come out and support Miss CHS. It is a great night! On Saturday, November 19, CHS is hosting the DarkHorse Trade Show featuring Mr. CHS. There will be vendors  and clubs here with holiday and fashion items. We'll end the night with the crowning of Mr. CHS. Support the school and scholarships provided to contestants. Finally, we have attached the CHS Yearbook Order Form and will have it on the website. There is still ad space available as well as yearbooks. The DarkHorse Yearbook Team is hard at work with another beautiful book of memories for our students. And last, please come out and support our Athletes as they continue on in post season play. We will have soccer and football games home for the next few weeks. Go Horses! 



DarkHorse Nation: Please listen carefully to this longer than normal message. It contains information about our rescheduled Spirit Week, Senior Scholarship and Financial Aid Night and other Activities. First Spirit Week - We encourage all students to get involved during Spirit Week. Please remember that dress code still applies with the exception of hats that are clearly a part of the student costume. At no time should students use bandanas with a costume. Unfortunately, even in Clinton bandanas are associated with various gang affiliated behaviors! The themes of the days are; Monday is class color day. Freshmen wear green, Sophomore's wear white, Juniors wear purple, and Seniors wear Blue. Staff members will be wearing Pink for cancer awareness. Tuesday is Safari/Tacky Tourist Day. Wednesday is America Day - think Red, White, and Blue. Thursday is costume day (minus masks, face paint), and Friday is Black & Gold Day. PowderPuff is Thursday evening. We play Trask at home on Friday and will have the Homecoming Court Celebration. The PTSO is sponsoring a Homecoming Dance on Friday evening AFTER the Game. Tickets go on Sale this week. Secondly, on Tuesday, all 10th Graders will be taking the PreACT Test in the morning. We will have underclass photo makeups on Tuesday as well. I will send other messages home this week with more specific information about activities. On Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m., we will have our Senior Financial Aid and Scholarship Night. This evening is invaluable to our senior families because it gives them so much information about applying for and being accepted at colleges. See you here this week. Go Horses!


Good Evening DarkHorse Nation: This message has one reminder for Underclassmen Picture Day and a "Heads Up" about Spirit Week. First, Underclass Picture Day is tomorrow, September 26. A PDF of the schedule, sorted by student advisor is on the Clinton High Website and attached to the Messenger E-mail if you choose to receive e-mail. The 2016-17 Spirit Week and Homecoming begin on October 10 and end on October 14. We will have activities throughout the week. A schedule will be sent this week. We encourage spirited AND school appropriate involvement throughout the week. We'll end with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King on Friday evening. The PTSO is hosting a Homecoming Dance at CHS after the game. Stay tuned for additional information about the activities during the week of October 10. Go Horses!


Junior Parents: Believe it or not, it is already time for your junior to think about and then order their Class of 2018 - class ring from our partner, Jostens. We met with all members of the DarkHorse Class of 2018 yesterday to explain all facets of the class ring ordering. Lee Holcomb, Josten's Representative, sent a packet home with information about rings and other class jewelry as well as some of the DarkHorse "gear" available. Please review this packet with your junior and build the ring, jewelry online virtually and then order next Tuesday, September 6 when the Josten's team is here again. There is a special Class of 2018 hoodie offer delivered on Tuesday to your junior with a "day-of" $60 onsite deposit for their class ring or jewelry. If they did not bring the packet home, additional packets are available in the school guidance office. Go Horses Class of 2018!


Senior Parents: Believe it or not, it is already time for your senior to order their regalia from our partner, Jostens. We met with all members of the DarkHorse Class of 2017 yesterday to explain what they must do this year to successfully transition from high school and to begin preparations for graduation. Lee Holcomb, Josten's Representative, sent a packet home with information about regalia and announcement packages as well as some of the senior "gear" available. Please review this packet with your senior and order online on next Tuesday, September 6 when the Josten's team is here again. You may also text events clinton11#17 to number 26098 for routine updates. There is a special clothing merchandise offer delivered on Tuesday available to your senior with a "day-of" $60 onsite deposit for the DarkHorse Package. If they did not bring the package home, additional packets are available in the school guidance office. Go Horses Class of 2017!