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Update from Clarence CSD May 17, 2024

Update from Clarence CSD May 17, 2024

Dear Clarence School Family,

Looking for proof that the “sky’s the limit” with a Red Devil diploma? Check out these images from our “Donuts & Decisions” event in the High School Stadium this past week. Organized by a group of student leaders, the morning marked a fun opportunity for our seniors to showcase where they’re headed in the fall. Whether they will be spending time in higher education, the armed forces, or the world of work, it’s nothing short of inspiring to see what our students will be up to after graduation. (And, for individual “shout outs” on social media, be sure to give @chs24_seniors a follow on Twitter/X.)

Rocket Team to Compete at National Level

Don’t believe me that the “sky’s the limit” here in Clarence? Well, our Rocket Team is headed to Virginia this weekend to compete in the National Rocketry Challenge for the first time in school history. Encouraging students to consider opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the contest challenges teams to build a model rocket carrying an egg to an altitude of 820 feet. The hard part? The rocket has to then remain airborne for 43-46 seconds before it returns to the ground with unbroken cargo. Please join us in wishing Mr. Maroney and his students the best of luck this weekend, and consider checking out this article and video regarding our Rocket Team.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

To open dialogue around mental health, depression, and suicide prevention, our Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team participated in the 2nd Annual 15 for Life Game against Williamsville East this past week. (15 for Life Foundation.) The competition was an important step toward dismantling the stigma that can accompany this public health concern, and it was an opportunity to encourage individuals to seek help without fear of shame or judgement. Our District is a proud member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County, and we have provided a number of hopeful, helpful resources below:

High School Set to Welcome Back Bob Coniglio

After concluding our search process, I wanted to let you know that Mr. Bob Coniglio will be re-joining the High School as an Assistant Principal—a post he held in Clarence for ten years before leaving to serve as the High School Principal of Williamsville North High School. For those who might not know Mr. Coniglio, he is a passionate, experienced, student-centered administrator who could not be more excited for his return. Mr. Coniglio has a unique ability to connect with just about everyone he meets, and we look forward to his official start in July.

Annual Concert at Kleinhans Music Hall

If you are free at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, please consider joining us for the 59th Annual Concert at Kleinhans Music Hall. The evening will involve performances from our High School Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, and the concert will feature soloists Caroline Johnson and Justin Fan. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens.

Spring Athletic Success

The spring sports season comes quickly in New York State, and postseason play has already begun for most of our teams. While we wish all our Red Devil athletes the best of luck in the days ahead, we wanted to acknowledge senior Cory Cummins on his selection as the News 4 Scholar-Athlete of May. Additionally, we wanted to congratulate our Varsity Boys Golf Team on capping off an undefeated season by winning a Section VI Championship. Team members David Brooks and Ben Northman qualified for the upcoming State Championship, and Coach Dan Tarnowski even got a “shout out” on the front sign at the Middle School!

Budget Vote and Board of Education Election Reminder

Finally, I wanted to pass along a quick reminder that our annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election is coming up on Tuesday. I know the days are packed this time of year, but I would ask that you make time to vote at some point between 7:00 a.m.—9:00 p.m. on Tuesday in our High School Gymnasium. (While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by the Jack Hesslink All-Elementary Track Meet at 5:45 p.m. to cheer on our students!)

From concerts to color runs, a new therapy dog to visits from stuffed animals, it’s been another busy week at school. If you’re looking for something fun to do over the weekend, stop by Dawn’s Candy Shack in Clarence Center from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday to support Eli’s Allies as they raise funds to benefit the Make Lemon Aide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Have a great weekend, Red Devils.

Matt Frahm
Superintendent of Schools

PS: We have no objections to this great news—our Mock Trial team is headed to the State Championships this weekend in Albany! Best of luck to Mr. Ron DiNicolantonio and his team as they get ready to compete against the top-performing teams from across New York State.