Clifton CDS has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for our Sensory Garden.
Our grant application was based on the goal of adding a gazebo, arbors, benches, and trellises to our new garden. We look forward to using the Sensory Garden with our students.
The mission of our project is to provide a natural oasis in our urban environment. Our students rarely experience the natural sights, calming sounds, soothing smells, interesting textures and fresh tastes that a sensory garden would provide. We have been introducing mindfulness techniques and social and emotional learning in the past year with good outcomes. Some students and teachers have been doing yoga on campus. The sensory garden would offer students with another mindful space, a chance to work on social and emotional skills while working together to plant, weed, and sow.
We have started our space with six raised beds. Each of the five senses will be represented in a raised bed container (the containers were donated by a staff member). The remaining raised bed will contain plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
The space for the sensory garden is already delineated by crushed granite, which will allow our students who use wheelchairs to participate fully. Arches at both entries will provide a visual invitation to enter and act as trellises for climbing plants. Additional trellises will also be used at one end to create a natural wall to block a view of the parking lot. An arbor will be placed adjacent to the sensory
garden to provide a shaded spot for a bench. We are also very excited to add the gazebo, with benches for seating. This could be a sort of outdoor classroom or spot for staff to eat lunch outside.
All K-12 public schools in the United States are eligible for the Toolbox for Education program. More information is available at ToolboxforEducation.com.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to Lowe's for this grant!
This year in Child Care, we learned many things such as how to change a diaper, how to hold a baby, and how to prepare a bottle of formula. We get certified in CPR and First Aid. Many people think having a child is easy, but in this class you learn that it is expensive, there are a lot of responsibilities, and it will change your life! We also learn about the three trimesters of pregnancy, different ways babies can be born, and how to deal with behaviors. We learned employment skills such as non-verbal communication and the requirements to work in child care. Some of the things we thought were most fun were the Baby Olympics and acting like we work in a day care center. We visited Children's Courtyard and Clubhouse Cadets at Zavala Elementary, and we are going to the Thinkery before the end of the year.
- By Kaelyn, Ms. Wine, and the Bubble Guppies
Clifton FFA Program needs your help to fund:
You can also support our Horticulture program's mushroom growing project here.
May 19th, 2017 marks the end of the 3rd year of Project SEARCH at University Medical Center Brackenridge (UMCB). We could not be more proud of all of our interns this year and the hard work they have put in to gain vocational skills. Many interns have gained competitive employment while others are diligently completing applications and participating in interviews. Thank you to all of our partners and parents for supporting this amazing group of students. Congratulations to our graduating Project SEARCH class of 2017!
-Estrella: Teacher Assistant at KinderCare
-Daniel: Sterile Processing Tech at UMCB
-Brea: Busser and Dishwasher at HEB Mueller
There are still many beautiful plants in the greenhouse, so we are having another sale this Saturday, from 8am to noon! Proceeds will go to our Hospitality activity fund.
For the 5th year in a row, Clifton has earned a No Place for Hate campus designation. This year our campus was more collaborative in our activities. We began with a discussion about communities, how we are a community full of people with various strengths, and when we work together, our community is stronger. We talked about strategies for being an upstander, rather than a bystander, when we see hateful actions. We had an event focused on respectful disagreement, with strategies for staying calm, active listening, and i-statements. We had a day where students visited another Clifton classroom, to see what students in that class do. We played getting to know you bingo, signed a Resolution of Respect, shared Pies for Peace, and did several other fun activities, including the hand collage that is at the top of this webpage. Our goal is for Clifton to be a place where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued. We encourage our students take their learning with them wherever they go, helping to make the world a better place.
Austin ISD will be holding a Budget Community Conversations series of public meetings April 26 and 27 to inform the public on the proposed 2017-18 budget.
Join the live, interactive broadcast April 27 from 6–7:30 p.m. from the comfort of your home or participate online!
Tune in online at AISD.TV, channel 22, on Roku or on AT&T U-verse channel 99. Chief Financial Officer Nicole Conley Johnson will present the preliminary AISD budget, and the community will be able to ask the CFO questions via Twitter, email or phone.
In addition to the broadcast, the district will hold two meetings during the day. The first meeting is 1–2 p.m. April 26 at the AISD Performing Arts Center. The second is 1–2 p.m. April 27 at the Baker Center cafeteria.
Refreshments and interpretation services will be provided at all meetings.
For more information, visit austinisd.org/budget or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to having you join us.
Spring has sprung here at Clifton CDS! Our students have prepared and planted a thriving garden that is now soaking up the spring rains. Among the crops: corn, beans, and squash (known as the Three Sisters in Native American cultures). We have also planted peppers, watermelon, zinnias, sunflowers, and even cotton!
Our honeybees enjoyed the mild winter and are now working overtime to keep North Austin pollenated. We hope to harvest honey sometime this summer- we will keep you posted.
In other news, we are happy to report progress on our latest venture: Clifton Gourmet Mushrooms. Clifton students have been cultivating beautiful and nutritious Oyster Mushrooms, which we have been using in our horticulture, hospitality, and culinary programs, as well as selling to one of our community partners, Austin Farm to Table. You can support our mushroom growing project here.
You can check out these and more of our horticultural adventures at our next plant sale on Saturday April 22. This will be our last greenhouse sale of the season and will be a fundraiser for the Clifton Health Science Program. So come get some plants for your own garden and support the most unique, innovative, and inspiring school in the ATX: Clifton Career Development School!
Animal Science finished up their competition season in January. The final event was the Travis County Youth Show where one of our students took the Blue Ribbon in her class. One of our students Ag Mechanics has been up to some amazing adventures. The first years have started to learn the in’s and out’s of cutting and operating the cutting torch. Including, all of the safety factors that go into setting up and disassembling. Cutting is an art that they are just beginning master and they are doing extremely well. The second and third year kids are deep into their projects. They plan and execute the projects themselves. This year we have some amazing projects in the works. One of the coolest is a water fountain. Another one is a coffee table that is held up by chains. Some of the other projects include a wine rack, fire pit, chess set, and a rustic chair just to name a few.
And don't forget, you can support our program by donating with EdBacker.
If you were unable to come to our Plant Sale fundraiser in March, you have another chance to buy high quality plants!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
AISD Back to School Bash
9am - noon, Palmer Events Center
Monday, August 21, 2017 First day of students at Clifton.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Labor Day. No School.
Culinary Arts $5 lunch!
We have ended our luncheons for the year. We look forward to starting up again in the Fall. Thanks!
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