On December 5, 19 freshmen traveled to Lake Forest College (LFC) for a tour of the campus and a multicultural panel discussion. Students toured the academic building where classes are held, dormitories, and the sports center. The multicultural panel was composed of current Lake Forest seniors, all originally from Chicago, to give their unique perspectives and advice about college. Our freshmen also visited the cafeteria and were able to eat alongside the student body. Some of the current students at LFC dined with the students and talked informally about student life and college experiences. They also discussed wellness and independence, as our students noticed that it would be easy to put on a few pounds as a freshman at LFC if they weren’t careful. Students at LFC call it the “Forester Forty”, not the “Freshman Fifteen”!
Students also engaged in more serious conversations regarding majors, areas of study, and program requirements. Clemente freshmen were able to hear first-hand how their interests and passions translated into practical steps towards future careers. Several students were interested in the study abroad program and were able to speak directly with current LFC students who had studied abroad. Overall, the trip was a success and we look forward to several of our students making LFC their post-secondary option of choice.
The Clemente JROTC Department recently had the distinct honor of hosting the Borinqueneer Congressional Gold Metal Alliance team. The team is seeking Congressional approval to bestow the Congressional Gold Metal upon the Latino veterans who served in segregated units.
The ”Borinqueneers” were a group of highly trained Latino soldiers that served in the 65th Infantry Regiment from Puerto Rico. This was the only Hispanic-segregated Active Duty unit that played a prominent role in our American military history by participating in three US wars.
Our students were given the opportunity to view a presentation that outlined the numerous successes that the Borinqueneer unit recorded during its period of activation. Our students also had the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with one of the sixty-five living Borinqueneer veterans. Cadet Commander Ashley Roman reflected on the visit and stated, “This was an awesome experience! I never knew that there were so many Latino heroes that helped to ensure the freedom that I have today.”
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Students from each grade level celebrated their academic and attendance accomplishments last week during Quarter 1 awards assemblies.
Senior Awards Assembly
At the senior awards assembly on November 13th, twelfth-graders received awards aligned with characteristics of the IB Learner Profile. Balanced, Inquirer, Thinker and Principled Awards were distributed, as well as honors for attaining different GPAs. The ceremony was also a time to honor students' achievements toward their post-secondary goals. Students who have already been accepted to colleges were recognized, including institutions such as Illinois State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Monmouth College, Dominican University, Black Hawk College, and the University of Iowa.
Junior Awards Assembly
Each teacher in the 11th grade honored two students: one student who showed mastery in the subject they teach and one student who showed growth throughout the first quarter. The awards assembly allowed teachers to personally announce their high-achieving student winners. It also allowed all teachers and students to REFLECT (as they chanted in the auditorium) and brought the junior class closer together.
Sophomore Awards Assembly
This quarter’s assembly gave awards to students in the following categories: Gold and Silver Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, 90% Attendance, most improved within each content area, and specific IB learner profile traits (Inquirer, Risk-Taker, and Principled.) For the content area awards, teachers in each subject area nominated students who they believed improved the most in their subject this first quarter. Finally, the IB learner profile awards were given to students who were first nominated by their teachers, with winners were selected by student vote.
Freshman Awards Assembly
The assembly began with a slideshow capturing the highlights of the 1st quarter. Faculty and staff distributed certificates, Wildcat keys, and gift cards to students who made it on the Honor Roll and to students with excellent attendance. The six students with straight As also received brand-new backpacks. One of the best parts of the assembly was when our very own Wildcat made a guest appearance to “pump up” the crowd and toss t-shirts and other goodies to our amazing students.
Students are looking forward to the next awards assemblies, which will take place at the end of the 1st semester.
This past Saturday, November 16th from 11:00am-3:00pm, Clemente hosted the first Neighborhood Schools Fair. This parent-organized fair brought together 14 high schools, 44 elementary schools, and more than 20 community organizations from all over the city, to show off the amazing resources and opportunities available in neighborhood schools. Participants were able to enjoy face painting, arts and crafts, a DJ, and great food. Most importantly, they received valuable information about their local schools.
A big thank-you to all the Clemente student leaders who helped! The Clemente Steel Drum Band helped welcome participants to the fair, the culinary team contributed some delicious treats to pass around, and JROTC did a tremendous job helping out as well. Thanks to everyone who came out to show support!