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For the Parents, Students, Faculty, Staff & Community of Clovis West High School - Fresno County, California

Clovis West High School

Principal’s Message

1070 E. Teague Ave. Fresno, CA 93720 Ph: 559-327-2000 Fx: 559-327-2490

Golden Eagle Family,

Administrative Staff Principal Richard Sarkisian Deputy Principal Tony LeFore Learning Directors Karen Boone Tom Brocklebank Matt Hernandez Blair Lambert Athletic Director Matt Loggins Activities Director Frank Palmieri Counselors Tammy Brisky Janet Duke Tracey Fowlkes Jennifer PageSmith Josie Vargas Andrea Yang

I hope you are all enjoying the summer break with your students and are able to spend some quality time this summer with family and friends. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 on their graduation. Clovis West had a very nice ceremony and we are very proud of our graduates. We are also very excited to be welcoming a new group of students to Clovis West, the class of 2022!

With summer break comes the challenge of keeping our students’ mind active and ready to start the school year in August. Spending time reading, visiting the local library, playing board games or strategy games can help alleviate boredom and promote critical thinking skills throughout the summer. Clovis West is proud of the academic achievement of all its students and we are pleased to announce that both English Language Arts and Mathematics experienced growth in performance on the state SBAC testing. Congratulations to our junior class on a job well done. The State of California has a new accountability model called the California School Dashboard. Over the next couple of months, the state will release information on accountability measures that will not only keep you informed about Clovis West but will also help Clovis West make informed decisions on sustained improvement. Thank you for taking time to read the information in this newsletter and we look forward to seeing all of you at the start of school! Sincerely, Richard Sarkisian



• July 9 – Annual Information Update begins • August 9 – Walk Through Registration • August 17 – First Football Game vs Central Catholic (Modesto) at Lamonica Stadium • August 20 – First Day of School • September 17 – Back to School Night

2 The Torch Did you know Clovis West has one of the finest high school literary magazines in the state? For over 30 years, the TORCH has showcased the emerging talent of Clovis West’s poets, artists, fiction writers, and photographers. Our previous and current contributors regularly attend writing workshops, submit award-winning works of art, and publish a gorgeous magazine each spring. What once started as a simple collection of poems in the spring of 1985, is now a full-color, professionally published magazine that gives a voice to the quiet artists among us. The Torch also sponsors the CW Poetry Slam each spring. As our students like to say, “It’s hot. It’s dangerous. It’s art. IT’S THE TORCH.”

Mason Kinsey Aimed For The Stars In The 2018 National History Day Competition Junior Mason Kinsey earned a fourthplace finish and the “Discovery or Exploration in History” award and scholarship, sponsored by the Library of Congress at the National History Day competition held in College Park, Maryland June 11-14.  To get to the national stage, Mason had earned championships in his category at both the California state and Fresno County competitions.   Mason’s individually produced documentary film, “The ApolloSoyuz Test Project:  Reducing Conflict through Compromise and Collaboration in Space,” used this year’s theme of Conflict and Compromise in History to explore the challenges and benefits inherent in the 1975 joint American/Soviet space enterprise.  Mason’s film beautifully rendered the Cold War tensions in which the two competing super powers collaborated to demonstrate a hope for a better future while opening the door for a number of scientific breakthroughs.   To be so successful, Mason put in countless hours of research, focusing heavily on primary source documents and synthesizing these into a concise analytical framework.  Because of the voluminous research, the emphasis on evaluative and analytical thinking, and the requirement to clearly articulate creative and original ideas, the National History Day competition provides exceptional preparation for college and graduate work.   During his freshman and sophomore years, Mason competed in the documentary category as a part of a group.  This was his first effort working as an individual.  As a freshman, he and his partners Robert Budd and Todd Yu earned the Sweepstakes Award at the Fresno County competition.  

3 Graduate Jacqueline Trafton Miss California Qualified Congratulations to graduate Jacqueline Trafton for qualifying to Miss California. Miss Trafton raised funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  All money donated stays local which assists kids and families right here in our community.  Thank you Jacqueline for representing Clovis West at this year’s Miss California contest.

Officer Galindo Prison Visit CUSD Officer Galindo and GLD Oracio Moreno took eleven students from Clovis West, Kastner Intermediate and Gettysburg Elementary to the Men’s State Prison in Chowchilla, CA. Prisoners shared with students their stories and actions of how they ended up in the prison in an effort to help students learn to make better choices in their life to keep them out of prison. Prisoners are required to take classes as a prerequisite for acceptance into this new youth diversion program. Officer Galindo will be organizing more opportunities for students and will help mentor students to make positive life choices.

The Gold Standard July 2018 • Issue #2 Published Five Times Per Year Clovis Unified School District 1450 Herndon Avenue Clovis, CA 93611

4 Senior Grad Walks at Feeder Elementary Schools Class of 2018 had the opportunity to visit their elementary schools for a final walk thru the halls in their cap and gown as graduates. Our Golden Eagles returned to their roots as Lincoln Lions, Fort Washington Patriots, Liberty Skyhawks, Maple Creek Huskies, Nelson Roadrunners, Pinedale Eagles, and Valley Oak Wildcats. They visited old teachers, took pictures and reminisced about memories of when they first walked on campus as elementary students.

5 “Recyclable Regatta” The CW Environmental Science classes finished the year by putting lessons learned in the classroom into action through the annual “Recyclable Regatta” held at the Clovis West swim complex. Throughout the year students learned about importance of reducing our environmental footprint by reducing what we use, recycling, and simply working towards sustainable alternatives to everyday problems. The Recyclable Regatta is a year ending event designed to give students a chance to apply these lessons in novel, creative, and fun ways. Students are asked to save items throughout the year from their garbage that could be recycled or reused in a beneficial way. This is meant to both reduce their waste stream heading to the landfill, and to get them to think about ways to reuse things rather than simply throwing them away. Using the items, they’ve saved, students must work together to build boats capable of supporting at least one person as they paddle 100 m across the pool and back. Everything they use must be recyclable and cannot pollute the water. On average more than 40 pounds of plastic and other recyclables were saved per boat that would have otherwise simply ended up in the garbage. Everyone had a great time competing for the coveted house cup awarded to the boat that finished first in each class. Special thanks go to the CW administration and PE dept for allowing us access to the pool, without them none of this would be possible. Videos can be found at the following links:





Class of ’84 Anniversary BBQ The Clovis West and Clovis High Classes of ‘84 are organizing a 35th Anniversary Celebration of our senior year on Saturday, September 8th. The evening will include a catered BBQ, Game and Slideshow Watch. Some of the old coaches are even going to attend! A Silent Auction will benefit our Alma Maters and there will be tons of fun catching up and reliving the good ‘ole days! The classes of ‘83 and ‘85 from both schools are also invited. If you are from another class and have interest in joining us please let us know. Ticket information will be coming out very soon but please help us spread the word by inviting everyone who is within those classes that you have on Facebook into the event page. See the flyer below for more information.

Girl Scout Gold Award Malia Yamamura was honored with the highest award in Girl Scouts and one of 13 in the Central Valley to do so. Malia’s Gold Award Project titled Spot of Hope, provides alternative resources for parents with cancer to better communicate with their children about their illness. Malia partnered with the Kaiser Permanente Fresno Cancer Support Group, known as Children’s Lives Include Moments of Bravery (CLIMB). Resources were created for staff patients and children to refer to while visiting the hospital. The resources included hard copied books and tablets highlighting ways for parents to openly and honestly discuss their illness with children of all ages. To ensure the sustainability of her project, she donated electronic copies of her project to Kaiser employees and Kaiser facilities in Northern California, to 25 nurses participating in the Central Valley Oncology Nursing Society and to 30 School Nurses within our district to share at their centers.

7 Everyone Wins When Cancer Loses!! Mackenzie Nury Ruof was nominated as the Clovis West High School candidate for the 2018 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Students of the Year Campaign. Like many people, she has been touched by cancer and wanted to do something about it. From February 15th to April 6th, Team Mackenzie raised $130,414.28 which smashed all previous records of money raised by Students. Her support was overwhelming from Clovis West faculty, administrators, students and CW family’s. Seventy-five percent of all funds are used for research and patient advocacy and stays in the Valley. What an awesome job representing Clovis West – Congratulations Mackenzie!!!

Parent Meetings At Clovis West, we value the input and open lines of communication with our parent community. Our School Assessment Review Team (SART) and our Inter-Cultural Diversity Advisory Council (IDAC) serve as a means for open communication and dialogue with all of you. We welcome your attendance at any of our meetings and you help drive the topics and information that we enjoy sharing with all of you. Below are the tentative dates for next school year. Some dates have been adjusted since the last newsletter due to conflicts with our Master Calendar. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 11:00am Monday, October 1, 2018 6:00pm Wednesday, November 7, 2018 11:00pm Monday December 10, 2018 6:00pm Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:00am Thursday February 7, 2019 6:00pm Wednesday, March 6, 2019 11:00pm Monday, April 1, 2019 6:00pm Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:00am

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8 Athletics Clovis West Athletics social media is a great way to stay informed over the summer. Follow us at the following sites...  Clovis West Athletics Twitter: @ClovisWestAD Clovis West Athletics Instagram: cw_athletics

Start Dates for Fall Season of Sport: • Monday, July 23: Football • Monday, July 30: Cross Country, Girls Golf, Gymnastics, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, Girls & Boys Water Polo       All sports are currently hosting summer workouts in preparation for the Fall season.  Contact CW AD at for summer workout info. All student-athletes must have a 2018-2019 Eligibility Packet (including a valid Physical) submitted prior to attending Fall practice. Packets can be submitted online at

Clovis West Eastbay Team Store is now open. Golden Eagle fans can purchase official Nike CW gear any time of the year. Visit the website below. Order online. Ships directly to you.  Items updated every couple months. Football kicks off the 2018 season on Friday, August 17, vs. Central Catholic (Modesto) at Lamonica Stadium.  Don’t miss your Golden Eagles battle one of the top teams from the Sac-Joaquin Section. JV starts at 4:30 pm followed by Varsity at 7 pm.   

Clovis West High School Newsletter  

July 2018

Clovis West High School Newsletter  

July 2018