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From the Superintendent: Full Steam Ahead

Student's painting of dog

Dear CCS Families,

Here we are, the beginning of February and the second half of our 2022-23 school year! While we’ve had some chilly days outside, our staff and students are heating things up when it comes to activities and accomplishments throughout the district.

First of all, congratulations to CJHS teacher Alex Sennebaum on receiving the National Daughters of the American Revolution Michigan State History Teacher Award! Mr. Sennebaum was nominated for the work he’s done with 8th-grade American History students, researching early settlers of Clarkston, creating videos, and sharing these via QR codes at Lakeview Cemetery. His nomination will now go to the national level, and we will recognize Mr. Sennebaum at the April Board of Education meeting.

Our students are making news in a big way as well. One junior high and three high school students participated in the All-State ensembles at the Michigan Music Conference. It was recently announced that six of our CHS art students had artwork selected for the prestigious Scholastic Art Exhibit. Additionally, seven student-athletes have committed to study and compete at the next level, signing with colleges around the country.

There also are several events for students and families in February:

  • The ever-popular Daddy Daughter Dance, sponsored by Clarkston Community Education, will be held tomorrow, February 11. This event is always a highlight for our families. 
  • CHS Performing Arts program is gearing up to present the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Oklahoma at the CHS Auditorium on February 16-19. Shows are Thursday through Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. 
  • We’re preparing to welcome parents of incoming Young Fives and Kindergarten students at our annual information night on February 15. At this event, you will learn about the difference between Young Fives and Kindergarten, the enrollment process, and how to prepare your child for school in the fall. Registration opens on February 22
  • The Secondary Curriculum Night and Future Pathways Expo is planned for February 23. At this event, parents and students can learn about the many great opportunities available at the middle, junior high, and high school levels.

Our PTAs and PTOs are also working hard planning all kinds of fun events, from Snowball Dances and staff luncheons to Spring Flings and everything in between! Finally, our team is working on designs and plans for our new junior high school building and timelines for other work as part of the bond. 

As you can tell, we’re busier than ever and moving full steam ahead in this new year. I hope your family can join us for some of these wonderful events over the next few weeks.


Dr. Shawn Ryan, Superintendent


About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of over 6,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have a virtual academy, an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

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