We are very excited about our Connections program at Clark High School. Connections is a program that is in place to help students transition from middle school to high school. Research shows that successful students were those that became actively involved in their school community and were able to transition academically and socially. The Connections curriculum is comprised of guest speakers, videos, and activities geared toward getting involved and connected to Clark and helping students to be comfortable with their new surroundings. We aim to acquaint the students with all that Clark has to offer both academically and extra-curricular; we also introduce expectations of students and opportunities available to be successful and get the most out of their time here at Clark. Connections has a nine week curriculum which accessible to the left.
Attending Connections is a requirement for ALL freshmen at Clark. Students will meet Monday-Thursday for the first 20 minutes of lunch. Freshmen are placed in small classroom settings with teachers who have volunteered to be involved with the program. Each class also has one or two Clark Student Ambassadors (CSAs)--upperclassmen who see the value in helping freshmen get connected to Clark. They have all volunteered to give up part of their lunch to be a part of the program because they see the value in reaching out to our freshmen.
Upon completion of the nine weeks, students who have successfully transitioned to high school (and are comfortably passing all classes) will be released. The remaining students will then be transitioned to a smaller class to provide them with more individual assistance. Our goal is to pair students with a teacher who teaches the subject they are struggling with and CSAs who excel in that subject as well; these will be very small tutoring groups. Our vision is that we will catch our struggling students early enough to give them the tools necessary to pass all of their classes for the first semester and beyond!
D'Layne Kelly is in charge of our Connections program. Feel free to contact her if you have questions or concerns. She is also our Intervention Specialist and is available for all freshmen and sophomores and their parents. She can be reached at:
D'Layne Kelly is entering her 17th year at Clark High School. Before becoming the Intervention Specialist, she taught English and also served as the Junior Level Leader. She is also the Head Softball Coach. In previous years, she also coached volleyball and cross country. Prior to that, she taught for two years at Providence High School and one year at the Northside Alternative Middle School. She attended college at St. Mary's University on both academic and softball scholarships. She was an Academic All-American and graduated Cum Laude with a double major in English and Exercise and Sports Science. She has been named to Who's Who of American Teachers six times. She was named the Clark High School Educator of the Year in 2011-2012. She was also nominated in 2007. Additionally, in 2007, she was named the San Antonio Express News Softball Coach of the Year.
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