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Update from Clarence CSD June 3, 2022

Dear Clarence School Family, 

For students to excel in school as well as in life, it is important that they learn to leverage the power that exists in digital devices. To ensure that all Clarence students have needed access to technology, the District has supplied 1:1 school-issued devices in recent years. However, rather than collect the devices this spring, students will keep their Chromebooks during July and August and simply bring them back to school in the fall. Our Technology Department will ensure that all updates happen automatically, and the change in practice will help keep our kids learning and connected during the summer months. (Note: If your child will not be returning to Clarence in the fall, please make arrangements with your building office to return the device before Tuesday, June 21.)

Chrysalis 2022: Horizon

One of the best parts of being a Red Devil means having the chance to participate in an incredible number of athletic and extracurricular activities. For example, members of our Chrysalis Club meet after school to commend and showcase the poetry, prose, and artwork of High School students. Additionally, each spring the group produces a magazine of submitted works. The publication is a reminder that Clarence is loaded with talent, and I would encourage you to check out Chrysalis 2022:Horizon by clicking this link—I promise you won’t be disappointed.

High School Academy of Business and Finance Graduation Ceremony

On Tuesday evening, we honored 39 seniors who graduated from our High School Academy of Business and Finance. Affiliated with NAF, the program prepares students for college and career success through an interdisciplinary curriculum, career planning, networking, and paid internships. The number of graduates is a real point of pride for the District, and it would not be possible without the work of the Clarence Business Department and the Academy of Business and Finance Advisory Board.

Section VI Success

Please join me in congratulating our Varsity Boys Track Team, our Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team, and our Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team on their Section VI Championships this past week! Accomplishments like these don’t happen by accident, and they are a real credit to the hard work of our athletes as well as our coaching staff. You won’t find a community that is more supportive of athletics than #ClarenceProud, and I would ask that you join me in wishing our Varsity Girls Golf team the best of luck as they compete in Saratoga over the weekend.

Weekly COVID Report 

Below you will find the number of COVID cases that were reported this past week by both the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) as well as by families administering rapid home tests. As a reminder, please feel free to stop by one of our buildings or the District Office if you would like to pick up free antigen tests.

  • 3 individuals at Clarence High School tested positive
  • 1 individual at Clarence Middle School tested positive 
  • 1 individual at Clarence Center Elementary School tested positive 
  • 2 individuals at Harris Hill Elementary School tested positive 
  • 2 individuals at Ledgeview Elementary School tested positive 
  • 0 individuals at Sheridan Hill Elementary School tested positive  

Finally, while reflecting on this past week, I am reminded of a line in one of my favorite books, The Power of Moments. When writing about the experiences that tend to stick with us, the authors note that “defining moments can be consciously created. You can be the architect of moments that matter.” From Field Day at Sheridan Hill to visiting Fort Niagara at Clarence Center, from meeting Snickers (the therapy dog) at Ledgeview to launching rockets at Harris Hill, our kids are doing some pretty cool things when they come to school. (By the way, did I mention that Leila Hu competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and that our 8th graders enjoyed the annual Picnic as well as a day at Darien Lake?)

Moments like these are only possible because of your support, and we hope you know how much we value your partnership and trust. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend, Red Devils.

Matt Frahm 
Superintendent of Schools