Clifton Career Development School
Clifton students learned a 2 step strategy to figure out if the news they encounter is fact or fake. They practiced a gut check and then a fact check on several examples, some of which were fake, some real. This topic was the most popular request in a campus survey of No Place for Hate theme ideas.
Students and staff then enjoyed some fun and healthy competition with Minute to Win It games.
Health Science will be hosting their 2nd Bi-Annual Blood Drive with local bank, We Are Blood, on Friday October 20th 10am-2pm! For each donation we receive, the blood bank will donate money to our program.
Sign up for an appointment here!
Clifton's 4th annual Spaghetti Fest is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Clifton Cafeteria. This is an event hosted by 3rd year students and includes an all you can eat buffet with pasta, sauce with or without meatballs, salad, Olive Garden breadsticks and a variety of beverages. Desserts are available by donation. The silent auction portion of our event is shaping up to be even more amazing than it has been in the past. Check back on our website for updates that will include a full list of items that will be up for bid.
The proceeds from our event serve multiple purposes. First and foremost, we help students in financial need obtain the items needed for employment - ID documents, bus passes and uniform needs for the job. It can really get expensive trying to start a new job! We want to ensure that all of our students are able to get to start a job and get to work without any hindrances. In the spring, we evaluate our remaining funds and the students collaborate to plan an end of year trip. For the past few years, we have traveled to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas - North America's largest indoor water park. Students tour the facility and learn about the expectations of working at a hotel/amusement park/kids zone of such magnitude.... and have a bit of fun in the process. Depending on our budget and students' research, we have gone on additional excursions that include The Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco, Carlo's Bakery, tour of the AT&T Stadium, Dallas World Aquarium, and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.
Pre-sale tickets for our event will be on sale by the beginning of October. You can purchase from any 3rd year student or by contacting Jenny Larson at Clifton (firstname.lastname@example.org or 512.841.3374). Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.
Our silent auction is fantastic this year! View our current list. Make sure to check back, as the list is ever growing!
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
Wednesday, May 23
Final student day at Clifton for the 2017-18 school year.
Culinary Arts $5 lunches will return next school year. Thanks for dining with us!
Clifton Career Development School is dedicated to providing students with disabilities quality instruction in areas of Career and Technical Education.
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Clifton Career Development School 1519 Coronado Hills Drive, Austin, Texas 78752 Phone: (512)414-3614 Fax: (512)323-2646