Clarksville students earn more than 3,000 free college credits in recent years

January 9th, 2019

Students in Clarksville Community Schools Corp. are already pretty good at earning their high school diplomas. In 2018, 99.1 percent of students graduated from the system according to new data from the Indiana Department of Education. That rate surpasses state and federal averages as well as the rates of neighboring school districts.

But students in Clarksville Community Schools aren’t just graduating with their high school diploma — many are earning college credits before they even don their cap and gown.

In the past five years, nearly 500 Clarksville students earned more than 3,000 college credits in the course of their high school education.

Students have access to a number of dual credit courses (classes which earn both high school and college credit), including Macroeconomics, Psychology, French, Spanish, Calculus, Creative Writing and Intro to Literature. These classes are taught at Clarksville High School, Renaissance Academy or on campus at Ivy Tech Sellersburg.

The classes are completely free to students so long as they receive a C or better. In the 2017/18 school year alone, the district spent more than $126,000 on these courses, ensuring that finances don’t prevent a student from earning as much college credit as they want. 

Don’t just take our word for it — learn from recent graduates just how these courses helped them succeed.

Board reorganizes, members take oath of office

January 8th, 2019

Justin Hansford and April Hauber took their oaths of office during Tuesday’s board of trustees special meeting. Hansford and Hauber both ran to retain their seats uncontested in the November election. Hansford was first elected to the board in the fall of 2014, taking his first oath of office in January 2015. Hauber was appointed to the board Spet. 6th 2016 after Doug Wacker resigned. This is her first elected term.  

Board president Bill Wilson, vice president Justin Hansford and secretary April Hauber each retained their office with unanimous board votes.

Wilson and Hauber were also voted president and secretary of the finance committee, respectively.

Clarksville Community Schools’ graduation rates go up — again

January 4th, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Clarksville Community Schools’ graduation rate has outpaced state and federal graduation rates as well as the rates of its neighbors. In 2018, 99.1 percent of Clarksville High School and Renaissance Academy students received their diplomas.

That is more than 11 points higher than state and federal rates, 3 points higher than Greater Clark County Schools Corp., 6.5 points higher than New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. and 5.4 points higher than West Clark Community Schools Corp.

This is also the fourth year in a row that Clarksville Community Schools’ graduation rate has improved, moving from 95 percent in 2015 to 96.7 in 2016 to 98.8 percent in 2017 and, most recently, 99.1 percent.

Renaissance Academy Director Dr. Brian Allred credits the high rate to the one on one attention each student receives.

“We are very, very aware of our kids and where they are,” Dr. Allred said. “Our counselors and administrators are constantly working with kids, making sure if they don’t have the courses or credits, they get those made up. We are always on them.”

Though a smaller district can pose challenges — a student or two equates to an entire percentage point — the benefit is a smaller population makes it easier to keep track of students and ensure “no one falls between the cracks” according to Dr. Allred. 

Clarksville High School Principal Adrienne Goldman said the rate is high because “we push, pull or drag them in to get them graduated. We don’t let up … We make it a priority to make sure we are checking on them and making sure they are doing what they need to. Especially our kids who are in jeopardy.”

To district superintendent Tina Bennett, the teachers, counselors and principals make the difference by “making connections with students and personalizing their education so that we are able to help them attain their diplomas and address any gaps along the way.”

“I couldn’t be more proud,” she added.


Clarksville High student nabs Lilly Scholarship

December 27th, 2018

Bethany Johnson always knew she wanted to pursue higher education after graduating high school.

“Ever since I was little I always wanted to go to college,” Bethany said. “It’s something I’ve seen for so long. Ever since I was little, I knew a lot of people in high school … and I knew they went to college right away so I knew I wanted that college experience.”

Bethany already had the grades and determination to make her dream come true and attend Ball State University; she was accepted by the university in November. Recently, another important piece fell into place — the finances. Bethany is one of just two students in Clark County to receive the Lilly Scholarship, made possible by the Lilly Endowment. The scholarship covers her full tuition for four years and up to $900 in textbook and technology costs annually.

For Bethany, who hopes to study Theater Education and one day take over for Clarksville High School’s Theater Director Dan Bullington, the prospect of graduating without debt makes it that much easier to pursue education.

“I think it’s going to help a lot because I was really worried about how I was going to pay [student loans], especially wanting to go into education because you don’t make as much money in education as you would in something like IT. Not coming out with a ton of student loans is definitely going to be so beneficial in the long run.”

Though the Lilly Scholarship covers her upcoming tuition costs, Bethany will have 27 college credit hours under her belt by the time she graduates also at no cost to her. She has taken seven dual credit classes so far and will take two more this spring, paid for by Clarksville Community Schools. Those classes boosted her GPA above a 4.0 and prepared her for what lies ahead at Ball State next fall. She says taking so many dual credit classes wouldn’t have been possible if the district didn’t cover the cost and if she didn’t have mentors in her school.

“I think if they weren’t free I probably would not have been able to take them just because of my family’s financial situation in the past. I’m really grateful they were free and that I did get the opportunity to take them,” Bethany said.

She thanks counselor Christine Allred for pushing her to take dual credit classes and Dan Bullington for developing her love of theater, which drove her to her major of choice.

Renaissance Academy students keep peers fed over break

December 19th, 2018

While students across the district are readying for respite from classes and homework, there’s something else that Holiday Break brings: time off from school lunches and breakfasts. Though not all students struggle with food insecurity, there is a safety net for those who do. 

Renaissance Academy students spent their Wednesday morning preparing more than 100 food bags that will go home with certain students throughout the corporation before break starts. Items filling the bags include pop tarts, canned soup, fruit snacks, instant noodles and popcorn; meals that children can easily open and prepare on their own. Ahead of Wednesday, Renaissance Academy students took inventory of the food donations they received and shopped to fill any gaps. Bags of food items are sent home before each of the three school  breaks in the year. 

Senior Jordan Cunningham, who has helped assemble bags for four years now, said “it’s a cool way to see what the community does for the school and being a part of that is nice. I don’t live in Clarksville, so it’s nice to say you’re a part of something in the community.”

Cunningham also said he will be able to enjoy his time off a little more knowing that other students in the community are taken care of and not going without. 

The event is made possible by Clarksville Cares, a nonprofit that works within the school district. For more information on Clarksville Cares and how you can help, head here

2019/20 School Calendar approved

December 12th, 2018

The Clarksville Community Schools Corp. board of school trustees unanimously approved the 2019/20 school calendar during the Dec. 11 regular board meeting.

The approved calendar is similar to last year’s, with a few a key differences:

  • Students start one day later than usual, returning to school Thursday, Aug. 8th
  • Students will be out of school Martin Luther King Day and Presidents Day
  • Oaks and Election day will serve as make-up days, as needed
  • Students will be released early Sept. 18 and April 15
  • Parent/teacher conferences moved from October to early November

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Little Generals Basketball Team schedule

December 10th, 2018

It’s game time again for the Little Generals Basketball Team. Whether you’re a parent/guardian looking to cheer on your basketball star to be or a community member looking to catch a glimpse of the next generation of Generals, you can find the game schedule and rosters below. All games are held at the Clarksville Middle School gym.


Game Schedule

December 16th December 23rd January 6th  January 13th January 20th
1 p.m. Black vs. Gold 1 p.m. Gold vs. Gray 1 p.m. Gray vs. Black 1 p.m. Gold vs. Black 1 p.m. Gold vs. Gray
2 p.m. White vs. Gray 2 p.m. Black vs. White 2 p.m. Gold vs. White 2 p.m. Gray vs. White 2 p.m. White vs. Black


Black Team roster

K-2nd Grade 3rd/4th Grade
Braxton Lewis | YS Ryan Vincent | YL
Jayden Lewis | YM Keshawn Muckle | AS
Jalynn Moss | YM Jayden Arnold | AS
Brody Lawrence | YS Aidric Stahl | YL
Jonathan Bramer | YS Cami Glover | YM
Eli Craig | YS Robert Cooley | AS
Sklyer Ham | YS


White Team roster

K-2nd Grade 3rd/4th Grade 
Colton Popplewell | YS Tristian Jones | YL
Grady Popplewell | YS Kendra White | YL
Miranda Gomez | YM Ashten Daniels | AS
Michael Michaels | YS Sean Pirtle | AM
Olivia Glover | YS Makayia Nash | AS
Landon Maurer | YS Mekhi Nash | AS
Karter Ruddell | YM
Mason Salyer | YS


Grey Team roster

K-2nd Grade 3rd/4th Grade 
Elliot Basham | YS Leeland Basham | YL
Elijah Washington | YM Jaxson Brooks | AS
Donavan Corrigan | YS Emma Taylor | YM
Shelby Hoskins | YM Ethan Cash | YM
Jayce Reid | YM Jeremiah Freeman | YM
Demetruis Greene | YM Maci Cummings | AM
Kaitlyn Erickson | YS Joey Watson | AM
Easton Dreher | AS


Gold Team roster

K-2nd Grade  3rd/4th Grade
Brandy Ramon | YL Zion Stewart | YL
Donald Highfill | YS Skylar Kidwell | YM
Daniel Scott | YS Carter Short | YM
Kurtis Short | YS Brenden Borho | AS
Tyler Borho | YM Nesun Gicnnstos | YL
James Curry | YM Dominic Popham | YM
Wyatt Capito | YS

Clarksville Cares takes over Walmart

Though it wasn’t a school day, Clarksville Community Schools staff and students, along with community volunteers, were up bright and early Sunday morning. The crew took over Walmart for the sixth year in a row to spread holiday cheer and buy presents for students. Each student had $150 to spend thanks to donations from businesses, churches and individuals in the community. From socks, jeans and coats to acrylic paints, Xbox games and jewelry, each student was able to pick exactly what they wanted. Sixty-eight students shopped on Sunday and 14 weren’t present but shopped for, totaling 82 students whose season will be a little more merry and bright thanks to the generosity of the community.

The event is made possible by Clarksville Cares, a nonprofit that serves students through the district in a number of ways. For more information on Clarksville Cares, go here.



Clarksville Schools state letter grades show improvement

December 6th, 2018

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Inclement Weather Information and Communication

November 14th, 2018


When severe winter weather or other emergency conditions occur, school may be closed or starting times delayed.

Infinite Campus notifications will be sent regarding a delay or closing due to inclement weather by 6 a.m. You will receive a phone call, email and Campus Portal Message relaying the message; if you do not respond to the phone call, a text message will also be sent.

This is good time to ensure your contact information within Infinite Campus is up to date!

The district’s status will also be posted on our website breaking news scroll, Facebook and Twitter. The following television stations will be notified of school closings or delays:

WHAS (Channel 11);
WAVE (Channel 3)
WLKY (Channel 32)
WDRB (Fox 41).

Please be sure to listen carefully to media school closing announcements as we are announced as Clarksville Community Schools.

If schools are closed:

There will be no school for all Clarksville Community Schools.
School will resume the next day unless additional closing announcements are made.
Make-up days will be announced and the school calendar will be updated.

If starting times are delayed:

School will begin two hours late. Buses will run two hours later on their normal routes.
Afternoon dismissal will remain the same.
Full Day Kindergarten will attend on the delayed schedule.
A.M. Preschool will not attend if start times are delayed.
P.M. Preschool will attend at the regularly scheduled time.

In the event of inclement weather, it is possible buses will run later picking up students at their stops. Parents, please prepare children to wait for an extended period of time for the bus to arrive. If you have any questions regarding school closings, delays, or procedures, please contact your building principal.