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6/03/16 > CAJSHS 2016 Lip Dub. Click Here.
4/04/16 > 5 K Run\ Walk For Life


CHS Key Club has decided to host a 5K to benefit the Clearfield-Jefferson Prevention Team. The 5K is in memory of  Jeremy Learish. The event will take place on Saturday, May 21st at CAJSHS.


For more information or to make a donation please contact  a Key Club member or the club advisor Mrs. Borden at 814-765-5511.



Click below for registration form

3/30/16 > It's Coming: PENNY WARS. Click Attachment below FMI.
3/16/16 > CAJSHS Public Speaking Students Compete. CLICK FMI.


On  Tuesday, March 15th sixteen of Mrs. Borden's Public Speaking students spoke at the local Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest.


Three students were awarded cash prizes for their outstanding performance. Those students are Katelyn Ryan 3rd place, Sandra Knepp 2nd place, and Malav Patel 1st place ( for the 2nd Year in a Row).


Malav will move on to compete in the Regional Competition. The competition will be held at the Clearfield Lock Haven campus. The date and time is TBA. For more information contact Mrs. Borden at CAJSHS.

If you would like to know more about the Four- Way Test or Rotary please visit .


2/26/16 > Sophomore Class 2018 Fundraiser. See Attachment for order form.


The Class of 2018 is selling something new this year: Lifetime Guarantee Tumblers proudly displaying the Clearfield Bison Logo, perfect to bring to school or an athletic event. These tumblers keep drinks hot or cold and have a lifetime guarantee.  They are dishwasher and microwave safe and have a double insulation.


The sale is running now through March 4th.  If you are interested in purchasing, money and order forms are due by Friday, March 4th. .  The sophomore class thanks you in advance for your efforts.

11/25/15 > 2015 Bison Marching Band & Bison Band Half-Time Show Video Links. Click To View.
9/29/15 > CAJSHS Student Academic Recognition. Click FMI.





On September 28 th the Clearfield Area Board of School Directors approved the use of the new Student Academic Recognition guidelines. These guidelines highlight honor roll, high honor roll, Summa *** Laude, Magna *** Laude and *** Laude qualifications. This also outlines how student GPA's are found and calculated, with examples for clarification. Click the PDF file below for more information.

9/16/15 > Bison Spirit Week & Homecoming 2015. Click FMI.


BISON SPIRIT WEEK & Homecoming 2015
Next week (Sept. 21-25) is district-wide BISON SPIRIT WEEK, culminating with Homecoming Night at Bison Stadium next Friday when the Battlin' Bison take on the visiting Huntingdon HS Bearcats.  Wear your Bison pride and Be Herd!  

"Magical" MONDAY:  Why wish upon a star...when you can be the star.  Come to school dressed like your favorite Disney Character or Cartoon Character.  Please NO Masks!

"Too Nerdy" TUESDAY: 
Go all out!  Come to school in the dorkiest attire and be proud of being part of the Bison Nerd Herd!

"World Wide" WEDNESDAY:  Take Bison Pride World Wide!  Come to school dressed in clothes from your favorite location in the world!  Example: Texas- Jeans, boots and cowboy hat!  Hawaii - Hawaiian shirts and lei's.

"Throwback" THURSDAY:  Go back in time!  Come to school dressed in the most retro and old-fashioned style of any generation.

"FAN"tastic FRIDAY (Clearfield Color Wars):

Kindergarten - Wear your RED, BLACK or WHITE
1st and 6th Grades - Wear your BLACK
2nd and 5th Grades - Wear your RED
3rd and 4th Grades - Wear your WHITE
10th and 9th Grades - Wear your WHITE
11th and 8th Grades - Wear your RED
12th and 7th Grades - Wear your BLACK

Go Bison!

8/31/15 > Bison Pride T-shirts are on sale NOW!!!! Click FMI and order form.

 Friday, September 11, 2015 has been declared "Bison Pride" day at the area schools and at the football game that evening. T-shirts are on sale until Friday, Sept. 4th.  Click on the order form below. All proceeds benefit the Make-A Wish- Foundation.

6/04/15 > Informational Meeting: The Associates Degree in High School. Click FMI



What:   A meeting to explain the Associates in the High School Program through Pennsylvania Highlands Community College. Dr. Melissa Murray from PA Highlands will be here to discuss the program and answer questions. 

When:   Thursday June 4 at 6:30 PM in the Clearfield Area Junior- Senior High School Auditorium.

WHO:   All parents of current 8th graders who are interested in information about how their child can earn an associate degree while in high school.

Questions?  Contact Dr. Susan Spaid, dual enrollment and associate degree program coordinator at the Junior Senior High School- 814-765-5511 ext 2520

5/29/15 > CAJSHS Child Development Sponsors Fashion Show

If interested in more news, attached is a picture from the Child Development Fashion Show held on May 21st in the CAJSHS Library.

5/07/15 > CAJSHS Celebrates the 11th & 12th Grade Prom, Sat. May 9th. Click FMI.

  The Clearfield Area Junior/Senior High School eleventh and twelfth grade students and their dates will have "A Night of Chance" in a Las Vegas-themed prom this Saturday, May 9 from 7:00-10:30 pm at the Florian Banquet Center on Mill Road in Clearfield.

The Florian will be open to the public to view the decorations on Saturday between 4:00-5:00 pm only. For safety and security purposes, no one will be permitted in the Florian after 5:00 pm.

Parents, relatives, friends, and the community are invited to see the students dressed in their best at the promenade, which will begin promptly at 6:00pm in the Clearfield Jr/Sr. High School Auditorium. Coronation of prom king and queen will immediately follow at the end of the promenade. Students will then proceed to the Florian Banquet Hall for the prom. ONLY prom attendees will be permitted inside the Florian following the promenade.

The advisors for the junior class are Mrs. Leann Adams and Mrs. Tiffany Warlow.

4/27/15 > CAJSHS Advanced Chemistry Students visited PSU.

These students toured the Radiation Science & Engineering Center at PSU:

First Row (L to R): Eva Miller, Tessa Shadduck, Seana Powell, Abby Snyder, Cheree McGonigal, Jilli Neeper, Tessa Munshower, Maggie Sopic

Second Row (L to R): Sadie Hubler, Lauren Butler, Arianne Good, Shelby Jury, Jack Soult, Spencer Herrington, Noah Cline, Gavin Luzier, Joshua Johnson, Nick Hudson

Third Row (L to R): Victoria Ireland, Janelle Wallace, Devynn Ireland, Sarah Hazel, Zac Hefferan, Cole Kephart

On April 17th,  Mrs. Sarah Fye's Advanced Chemistry Students at Clearfield Area Junior/Senior High School visited the Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC) at Penn State University.  The RSEC provides safe nuclear analytical and testing facilities in support of research and education. Also, the Center houses the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, which is the nation's longest continuously operating university research reactor.

During this educational experience, students had the opportunity to learn and explore hands-on aspects of nuclear chemistry that one does not get to experience in a traditional high school chemistry laboratory. Students got to participate in nuclear chemistry experiments such as: detecting radiation in household items with Geiger Counters, observing and exploring irradiated sodium chloride, determining the half-life of silver-108, observing cloud chambers in action, and investigating different methods to block alpha, beta, and gamma radiation.  Students toured the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor while learning information pertaining to the reactor.  Students gained knowledge about the reactor by witnessing how the reactor was operated and controlled. 

4/26/15 > CAJSHS Key Club Members Participate In Local Walk

On Friday, April 24th CASJH Key Club members helped set up for the local Clearfield March for Babies Walk.  

According to the local March for Babies Community Director, Pam Koozer "These students did a fantastic job setting up, and display the kind of maturity, work responsibility and manners that all communities like to see in their youth."

The club also participated in the walk on Sunday, April 26th  raising nearly $750 dollars for the March of Dimes.

Key Club is always looking for ways to help out the community and serve. If your organization needs help please contact the Key Club advisors at the high school.

4/23/15 > CAJSHS Book Club Takes Spring Field Trip

Members of the Clearfield High School Student Book Club pose with the iconic Nittany Lion statue on their recent spring field trip. Students toured Penn's Cave, then visited the Penn State University Park campus to view artwork in the Palmer Art Museum, enjoy ice cream at the Penn State Creamery, and create a piece of ceramic artwork at a local ceramic studio. The day concluded with a unique opportunity to watch the Penn State Theater Department's presentation of "Julius Caesar" on the steps of Old Main. The Book Club members joined Penn State faculty, students, and the public as they watched Shakespeare performed under the stars. The Book Club advisor is Mrs. Michele Moyer.  Shown in the photo, clockwise from top left, are: Abby Snyder, Haley McKendrick, Sarah Aycock, Arianne Good, Shelby Jury, Nick Hudson, Janessa Riddell, Rachel Homan, Madison Root, Raquel Zattoni, Sarah Hazel, Anna Brower, and Maddie Barnes.



4/23/15 > CAJSHS Students Enter Art Show

The 5th. annual Clearfield Area High School Art show, sponsored by the Susquehanna River Art Center, is being held at the Shaw Public Library from April 13 to May 21 and is open to the public.  94 pieces of artwork were entered into the show from 49 students in grades 9 -12. Range of mediums included: drawing, painting, ceramic, photography, crafts, fashion design and 3-D. sculpture.
The art was judged by Patricia Simon with 23 awards given in categories of Best of Show, 1st. through 4th. place, Jurors Awards, and Honorable Mentions.  Prize money totaling $505.00 was donated by the SCRAC members.
The prizes will be awarded to the winning artists at the Award Ceremony and Reception on May 21st from 6:30 - 7.30 at the library.  The artists, family, friends, and the public are invited to attend.
Stop by the Library and check out the awesome work the students at CAHS have created.

The CAHS Art Department would like to give a special thanks to SRAC for all of their hard work in sponsoring and organizing such a wonderful opportunity for our students!  Congratulations to all of the winners and all who participated to make this a truly spectacular show!  You have made CHS very proud! 

The winners are as follows:

Best of Show:   "Reese Frinch-Person on Interest", Danielle McCain

1st Place:   "American White Shepherd", Krissy Turner

2nd Place:   "Get Me Out", Brina Carfley-Bickel

3rd Place:   "Louder Than Words", Jenna Soult

4th Place - "European Deer Skull", Tiara Coudriet


Jurors Awards

"Boardwalk", Kyler Hudson

"Coil Pot", Vanessa Goodrow

"Rose", River Williams

"Trumpet", Megan McCain

"Light at the end of the Tunnel", Rachel Duke

"Ocelot", Matt Ebeling

"Making Headlines", Tessa Waring

"Conflicting Puzzles of Life", Shiane Dunlap

"Sunset", Casen Zitzelberger

"Buterfly", Lauren Butler


Honorable Mention

"Summer Night", Chesney Boal

"Alissa", Meghan Hale

"Batman", Denise Stephens

"Mashed Up Man", Bryanna Casher

"Ladybug", Jessica McDanel

"Society vs. Identity", Amanda Williams

"Squirt", Kirstin Norman




The Junior and Senior High School Helping Hands Club members held a Christmas Shoebox Packing Party on Wednesday, November 19 th . Together, the students packed 43 boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The shoeboxes will be sent overseas to children all around the world.

Pictured from left to right:

Keegan Culbreth, Shaylee Wagoner, Madison Jones, Cassidy Francisco, Christen Wisor, Haylee Stuckey, Paige DeCasper, Brooke Ippolito, Lacy Welder, Ashley Collins, Dustin Maines, Alana Kochan, Dana  Feight, Sabatha Forcey, Hunter Hipps, Ronna Wisor, Emily Zimmerman

11/19/14 > CAJSHS Students Participate in Math Competition.


These students participated in the Lock Haven University Math Competition on Wednesday November 12. They competed with 11 other school districts with a total of 175 students. Richie Shaffer made Clearfield proud by getting 3rd place in the 9th and 10th grade individual competition.

The names of the students in the front row from left to right are

Brandon Socash, Ally Carns, Leann Cowder, Gavin Luzier, and Jena Soult

The second row are:

Ashlie King, Aaron Aycock, Josh Serena, David McKenzie, Will Myers and Josh Sorbera

Standing in the back are:

Victoria Ireland, Sarah Lash, Devynn Ireland, Malev Patel, Eva Miller, Alex Shugarts, Niki Chew, Molly Sartin and Diane Thompson


11/06/14 > Prematurity Awareness Month.... Wear Purple and make Donations on Monday, Nov. 17th!!

Did you know 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely? More than half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States every year.  Prematurity is the #1 cause of death during a baby's first five months of life. Babies born early face serious health risks.

The Clearfield High School Key club is trying to raise money and awareness for the March of Dimes this November.  November is Prematurity Awareness month , and November 17th is World Prematurity Day . In order to raise money we are students and staff members to wear purple and make donations on November 17th .  This campaign is sponsored by the March of Dimes .


Parents and community members  can participate by contacting a CHS Key Club member or the club advisors, Tangi Borden or Sarah Fye, at CAJSH to make a donation.

We appreciate your support!


Thank you,


11/01/14 > CAJSHS Bison Football Team Wins District 9 Title

Photo courtesy of Logan Cramer

Bison Win District 9 Title
Monday, November 3, 2014

 Article courtesy The Progress By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor DUBOIS - The Clearfield football program's recent dominance of District 9 Class AAA continued Saturday afternoon at E.J. Mansell Stadium.The Bison raced out to a 35-0 halftime lead behind several big plays on offense and a suffocating defense, and cruised to their fifth straight district crown with a 35-8 victory over Punxsutawney.The D-9 title was Clearfield's sixth in the past seven seasons and 12th overall.
"I'm really happy for these kids," Clearfield head coach Tim Janocko said. "It was a great game. They played a flawless game in the first half."We kind of took the air out of the ball in the second half to keep the game moving on. But I am very happy for them. Congratulations to Punxsutawney for being here. It was a great game for our kids."Erik Sellers led the Bison offense with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, while Ryan Lezzer added a pair of touchdown receptions, including a 55-yarder just 22 seconds into the contest."It definitely feels good," Sellers said of the title. "I think the biggest thing for us to keep doing this is just staying hungry. One's not enough. Two's not enough. Just like one tackle is not enough and one play isn't enough."I think that really helped us try to build something. It's not just about having one great year and then falling off the next."
After Bison quarterback Cody Spaid misfired on the first play from scrimmage, he threw a strike to Lezzer, who had broken loose in front of the Punxsutawney sideline.
The early fireworks through the air opened up the Bison ground game, which gashed the Chucks for 205 yards in the first half."We knew we needed to be a little bit balanced in the first half," Janocko said. "We knew they would stack up on the run, so we opened things up early on."
Sellers ripped off a 38-yard run in the next Bison series, but Punxsy's defense stiffened and turned the Bison over on downs at its 39.But the Chucks couldn't slow the Clearfield ground attack on the next possession as the Bison marched 63 yards on seven running plays and took a 14-0 lead on Sellers' 1-yard sneak.After a Punxsy three-and-out, the Bison went on the offensive again, taking over six minutes off the game clock during an 11-play drive that covered 57 yards and culminated with Seth Caldwell's 23-yard jaunt right up the middle of the Chuck defense. Caldwell picked up 92 yards on 16 carries.
The Bison broke off six plays of 19 yards or more in the first half and held a 12-2 edge in first downs over the first two quarters of play."Those 25-, 30-yarders are game-changers," Janocko said.
"We thought we'd have some holes start opening up in the second half, but they were opening in the first and we were hitting them," Sellers said. "Our offensive line and our fullbacks ... everyone that was blocking for me did a great job in the first half and made my life a lot easier."
Spencer Herrington's third of five PAT's extended the Clearfield advantage to 21-0 with 6:07 left in the first half.After forcing another Chuck three-and-out, the Bison went on another long drive.
Sellers capped the 9-play, 61-yard series with a 6-yard run to stake Clearfield to a 28-0 lead with 51 seconds left before the break.Just 18 seconds later, the Bison were in the end zone again.
Lezzer caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Spaid on a post pattern one play after he recovered a Punxsutawney fumble.R.J. Ward forced the turnover when he strip-sacked Chuck quarterback Dakota Thomas at the 33. Lezzer scooped up the ball and headed for the end zone, but lost his balance and touched the turf with his knee at the 27.The big play was the exclamation point for a Bison defense that was in complete control of the Chucks.Clearfield held Punxsutawney to no gain or negative yardage on 15 of its 20 offensive plays in the first half. The Bison harassed Thomas all game long, sacking him four times and hurrying him nearly every time he dropped back to pass. Dustin Maines recorded three sacks to up his season total to 13."It wasn't just me," Maines said. "It's the whole defensive line. The whole defense. And it's the coaches. They give us the plays to run, and we execute them."
Punxsutawney got off to a fast start in the second half as Braxton Giavedoni took the kickoff 94 yards for a score and Thomas hit Andrew Fedigan for the 2-point conversion to make the score 35-8 just 20 seconds into the third quarter.But with a running clock in place, thanks to the mercy rule that was enabled by Clearfield's 35-point lead, the Bison were able to grind down the clock on offense, and their defense continued to keep the Chucks ability to move the ball to a minimum.
Punxsutawney had 49 yards of offense in the second half with most coming on a 9-play drive that stalled at the Bison 26 when Maines sacked Thomas on a third-down play. Thomas' fourth down pass fell incomplete, turning the ball back over to the Bison."The defense had an outstanding game, the whole defensive unit," Janocko said. "I can't single anybody out. I thought we played well in the secondary. I thought we played well on the line of scrimmage. Our linebackers ... everybody played well."
Clearfield outgained Punxsutawney in total yards, 323-84. That included a 287-35 edge in the first half.
The Bison improved to 8-2 and have won seven straight games after a 1-2 start."It's huge," Maines said. "We work our butts off every day at practice. The coaches are great. The jayvee that we go against every day make us better.""It's been a journey. It's been a fun journey," Janocko said. "It's taken a lot of patience, but it's been a lot of fun. It's been very rewarding. The fun was the journey itself. I'm really satisfied with these kids and proud of them."
Clearfield is back in action Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bison Sports Complex, playing host to Johnstown in a District 5-6-8-9 Class AAA semifinal.

10/30/14 > CAJSHS Powder Puff Football Game Nov. 9th @ 1 PM @ Bison Sports Complex

Sunday, November 9th at 1:00 pm, the Junior Class will sponsor a Powder Puff Football game at the Bison Sports Complex.  Girls will try their hand at playing flag football with the guys coaching them to victory. There will be a total of 3 games played during the day.  Freshmen will face off against the sophomores and juniors are set to take on the seniors.  The winner of each game will challenge each other in a championship bout to earn bragging rights and hold the title of Powder Puff Queens!  The cost of admission is $3.00/adult and $2.00/student.  There will be concessions available and a 50/50 raffle throughout the afternoon.  Come out and bring the family for a day of laughs and competition to support our students!!  All proceeds will benefit the Junior Class and Prom 2015.

10/28/14 > CAJSHS Lady Bison Win 4th straight D-9 Soccer Championship

Clearfield's Katelyn Ryan makes a pass during Monday's District 9 Class AA title game against Bradford. (Photo by Rich Murawski)  

Lady Bison win fourth straight D-9 championship
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Article and photo courtesy The Progress By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor

DUBOIS - The Clearfield girls soccer team started slow this season as a nearly entirely new starting lineup and coaching staff took some time to put the pieces in place on the pitch.But the 1-2-1 start to the 2014 season is now a distant memory as the Lady Bison downed Bradford, 4-1, Monday evening at DuBois High School to claim their fourth straight District 9 title."That makes me so proud of my team, and what we worked from," senior midfielder Tessa Munshower, one of just four returning letterwinners, said. "We knew this season was going to be a lot different (than last). But everyone stepped up. We played how Clearfield always plays and earned our fourth title in a row. And we did it with a whole new coaching staff. We worked our butts off."
"It's impressive, especially for the seniors" said Clearfield assistant coach Adrienne Peters, who was in charge of the Lady Bison on Monday due to head coach Billy Stratton being sidelined in the hospital with an illness. "It's a great group of girls. I'm hoping with the skill that we have we can continue to be District 9 champions as we look to the future."Raquel Grice led the way with two goals, Munshower added a goal and an assist and Grace Johnson scored to lead the Clearfield offense, which struggled some to find a rhythm in the first half.Clearfield only had three shots on goal over the first 40 minutes of play, and two came off the foot of Munshower on direct kicks.Munshower converted one of those kicks into a goal at 15:21 as the Lady Bison took a precarious 1-0 advantage to the break.
"Hat's off to Bradford. They showed up today and played great," Peters said. "It could have gone either way, and we were certainly prepared for that with the scouting information we had. We knew it wasn't going to be an easy game."The first half showed how close it could be with the only difference being the direct kick."Clearfield took control of the game in the second half, getting goals from Grice and Johnson about 10 minutes apart to gain a 3-0 advantage with a little over 17 minutes to play.
"I think we had a little bit of nerves coming in," Peters said. "We've been here before, and the girls just wanted it so bad that I think we were almost trying too hard. But we relaxed in the second half, played our game and took control. And that's what you have to do in these types of games.
"No one is ready for our season to be over yet, and that's what we're facing at this point in the year. So we have to show up and play the whole 80 minutes each and every game if we're going to continue."
Crisp, pinpoint passes from Munshower, Katelyn Ryan and Emily Ryan in the midfield up top to Grice, Johnson and Ally Lindstrom were key to the Lady Bison attack.Emily Ryan's through ball from the 50 somehow avoided the entire Bradford back line and nestled into an open space where Grice ran onto it, took a few touches and then fired a canon to the far post to beat Lady Owl keeper Payton Llewellyn at 52:29.Grice took another shot less than 30 seconds later, this time eyeing up the near post. Llewellyn deflected the ball, which went behind her and bounced off the cross bar and right into her hands.
At 62:50 Johnson buried a shot that was set up by some nifty footwork by Munshower in the box that drew the defenders to her. She followed that with a quick pass right to the foot of Johnson at the 6.
"When we had them pressured in our offensive third of the field, that's when we were playing our best soccer," Peters said. "They are certainly a skilled team, but that is when they made mistakes and we were able to regain possession and start the counter-attack."Our midfield played great. They played to feet. They are very skilled players. They understand where the ball needs to be and when, whether it has to be on someone's foot or into space. They pick their heads up and take their time, and that's where you get your opportunities."Bradford got on the board at 67:44 when Arianna Brien got loose just outside the goal box and sent a looping shot that was too tall for Lady Bison keeper Madison Jones. The ball avoided Jones, who turned away five of the six shots she faced and tucked underneath the cross bar to close the gap to 3-1.But Clearfield was quick to squash any momentum the Lady Owls had by taking possession immediately after the kickoff and working the ball deep into the right wing.
Lindstrom took a wicked shot toward the far post, but Llewellyn made the initial save. She couldn't control the ball, however, and Grice raced in from the left wing to blast the loose ball into an open net just 20 seconds after the Bradford score.
Clearfield limited Bradford to just one shot in the first half and a total of six in the game as the back line of freshmen Paige Palmer and Kylee Mitchell and seniors Janelle Wallace and Rachele Hale kept the Lady Owl offense in check most of the night."They play smart defense. Their positioning was great," Peters said. "They know where to play the ball when they kick it out. They're not just clearing it to clear it. They're getting it to the midfielder's feet so we can start a play of our own and attack. We regain possession because of our defense, so they certainly deserve credit."And giving up just one goal to a great team like Bradford really says a lot about how strong our defense is."
Peters says the seniors, led by Munshower, Wallace and Hale were instrumental to the Lady Bison win on Monday and the ability of the team to jell during the season."This senior class was great getting everybody together," she said. "They showed their leadership, especially with everything on the line."
"In previous years we've had a great jayvee team to go with the varsity," Munshower said. "Our jayvee went undefeated last year. So we knew we had potential. We just had to put the right girls in the right places."We had Paige Palmer up top at the beginning of the season, and she then transformed into a quality right back. She has great speed as a freshman. We've had multiple freshmen and other players who have not seen much varsity time step up and play well the entire season."
Clearfield improved to 15-3-1, while Bradford ended its year with a 13-5-1 mark.
The Lady Bison are back in action Tuesday in the first round of the PIAA playoffs at a site and time to be determined. They will play the WPIAL runner-up.


Our FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America) Club entered The Box that Rocks Design Contest. The contest challenged groups to build the most creative, clever, and cool TerraCycle collection bin in America using upcycled materials. The top ten from the finalists will be chosen by vote. Winners will receive up to 50,000 TerraCycle points, which can lead to money for our club,  and will have the box featured on the TerraCycle website.

The link to vote is

Our box is entry #10, which is the Doritos Bag/ Lays Bag.


10/27/14 > Freshman Paige Mikesell Claims D9 Cross Country Championship Title

Clearfield's Paige Mikesell wins D-9 cross country crown
Monday, October 27, 2014
Article and Photo Courtesy of The Progress By Rich Murawski Assistant Sports Editor- RIDGWAY

- Clearfield's Paige Mikesell bounced back from what cross country head coach John Jacob called a disappointing finish at the Mountain League Championships to earn a District 9 Class AA individual title Saturday at Francis S. Grandinetti Elementary School in Ridgway.
Mikesell ran a 20:22, nearly a minute faster than her second-place time of 21:17 at the Mountain League Championships, to outdistance Bradford's Riley Crissman by nearly nine seconds.
"We had a little bit of a letdown at the Mountain League Championship, and that is because that is the only girl (Penns Valley's Alyssa Limbaugh) that had beaten her," Jacob said. "But we had an advantage coming here because she had beaten the St. Marys girl before.
"We talked about her race strategy, which was to not run their race, run her own race. Whenever she makes a mistake or doesn't have a good race is when she runs someone else's race. As long as she didn't make a mistake over the last mile, you could tell the race was hers, and I am very excited for her."Mikesell heeded the strategy and paced herself over the first mile as a couple girls were in front of a small pack of four that she was running with.
"Everyone usually goes out fast, so I was just trying to keep myself back and pace so that I could slingshot forward and catch everyone," Mikesell said.A little over the halfway point Mikesell made her move, passing the girls in front of her and beginning to put distance between her and the field before crossing the finish line to claim the title as a freshman."It makes me feel good," Mikesell said."I'm real excited for her," Jacob said. "She has the talent and the work ethic, and she has been working since summer, swimming and running, to get here."
"If she can run her best time at states, that should get her close to the Top 25 and a medal, which is our ultimate goal. I'm not putting all the pressure on her to get in that spot, but I know that is something as a staff that we set for her, and she wants as a freshman."
Joining Mikesell at the PIAA Championships will be teammates Alex Coval and Josiah McClarren, who placed sixth and ninth, respectively, in the boys race.Coval ran an 18:34.60, which was a little over a minute behind Bradford's Logan Caruso, who crossed the line in 17:27:30.
"Alex ran a similar race to Paige to get his qualifying spot," Jacob said. " He was very patient over the first mile and then began to move up. At the two-mile mark, he had moved into the fifth spot. At that point Alex began to pass several more runners to comfortably move in to the third overall qualifying spot."Alex started working for this since the beginning of the summer, and it was great to see all his hard work pay off with a trip to the state championships."
McClarren's advancement to states wasn't as clear-cut as Coval's."Josiah's race was a little more difficult and nearly put Coach (Todd) Winters and I in the hospital with heart attacks," Jacob said. " Josiah had been passing people over the entire race, but with less than a half-mile left was racing five boys for the last qualifying spot."He made a nice move that put him out in front to claim the last spot. One of the boys he was racing was freshman (teammate) Harry McMillen, who was also putting together a nice race."McMillen crossed the line in 12th, a little less than 14 seconds behind McClarren."Harry has consistently been improving this entire season and had his best time today but fell just a little short of his goal," Jacob said.
Also falling just short of moving on were Lady Bison Claire Mikesell and Kristi Fox, who were both battling injuries late in the season.Claire Mikesell finished her race in 21:40.7, which was good for eighth place. She needed to come in seventh to make it to PIAAs by virtue of Bradford's team title. Had St. Marys won the title, Mikesell's season would have continued."She hasn't really practiced in three weeks," Jacob said of Claire Mikesell. "She got the OK to come here and run the race last-minute. To run a 21 after doing very little running over the last three weeks is very good."Fox was 12th with a time of 22:24.3."The story was the same for Kristi Fox," Jacobsaid."She was running a great race but her limited time running also made it hard for her to move up into a qualifying spot."Kristi has had a great cross country career, and her dedication to the program can be seen in our team's record as well as her individual accomplishments. She was part of our Mountain League Championship team, was a two-time Mountain League All-Star, and a two-time state qualifier. Her talents will definitely be missed next season, but she is part of the reason we have had so much success."Also running her final race was Emily Aveni, another team member who has been instrumental to the success of the Lady Bison.
"Emily deserves a lot of credit for our team success," Jacob said. "Over the past four seasons she has consistently been able to compete and pick up valuable points for our dual meets and championship seasons."
The PIAA Championships are scheduled for Saturday at Parkview Cross Country Course in Hershey.

10/24/14 > 2014-15 CAJSHS Senior Recognition Night

Pictured are the senior members of the football team, cheerleaders, and band members that were honored on Oct. 24th for senior recognition night at the Clearfield Bison Football game. There are 40 students that have participated in these activities and they all have done a fantastic job with the many hours of practice and performances they have put into their individual groups. Congratulations on a job well done!!!

10/22/14 > CAJSHS Girls' Soccer prevail over St. Mary's to advance to District 9 Championship Match. Click FMI

Clearfield's Janelle Wallace, left, boots the ball away from St. Marys' Holly Shields during Wednesday's District 9 Class AA semifinal contest in DuBois. Wallace and the Lady Bison prevailed, 2-0. (Photo by Jon Christoff)

Lady Bison blank Dutch, 2-0
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Article Courtesy The Progress,By Jon Christoff, Sports Writer
DUBOIS - The Clearfield girls soccer team inched one step closer on Wednesday night to defending its District 9 Class AA championship, as goals from Raquel Grice and Emily Ryan led the Lady Bison to a 2-0 win over St. Marys in a semifinal matchup at the DuBois Senior High School.Clearfield controlled the play from the onset and kept the Lady Dutch from registering a quality shot in the contest, as it outshot St. Marys 13-2.The Lady Bison threatened Lady Dutch keeper Rachel Bauer three times before finally punching one in and cruising to a convincing win.
"St. Marys came out playing fast and I think we met their pace," said Lady Bison head coach Billy Stratton. "Within five or 10 minutes, I think we cooled down a little bit and started to play our game and that is what I like to see."There wasn't one girl tonight that didn't play a major role in creating the win. ... It was really every player. Our defenders, our midfield ... they all were getting a touch on the ball and passing it looking for an open shot when we were pushed up. It's really nice to see in soccer because I really feel that's the way soccer should be played."Grice and Tessa Munshower each had a couple of opportunities to crack the scoreboard first before the former did so at the 17:38 mark.Munshower had a centering pass come up empty, while her first shot on target and Grice's putback somehow stayed out of the net.
The duo teamed with Ryan to get on the board, as they patiently worked the ball around the middle of the Lady Dutch defense.Grice capitalized on Clearfield's disciplined play to atone for the only goal the Lady Bison would ultimately need.
"Obviously, you want all of those opportunities to go in," Stratton said. "Some of them you're surprised they don't, but you've just got to keep your head up and keep pushing forward, and that's what we did. It happened throughout the entire game, too, not just the first 15 or 20 minutes."We all were touching the ball and making good passes whether it was our defense - (like) Paige Palmer taking it the whole way up to the box, dropping back or hitting Raquel or Emily."Ryan's tally was equally as impressive as the passing display the Lady Bison utilized in netting their first goal, as the Clearfield junior fired a shot from outside the 30-yard line on the football field.
The ball nestled perfectly into the upper 90 for a 2-0 lead and left Stratton shaking his head at how his team extended its lead."It's awesome to see that in high school soccer," said Stratton. "Those are the shots you see - sometimes not even on the college level, but - on the professional level. It was at least from the 30, so you're talking a 35-yard shot and it was placed beautifully. We work on our shooting and we work on our placement, and I hope that is the type of outcomes we have with putting in that work."Despite a comfortable margin at halftime, the Lady Bison continued to pepper Bauer with shot after shot throughout the second half.
Clearfield had eight shots on frame through the last 40 minutes, but was turned away on each occasion.Bauer kept her team within two goals with just under a minute and a half to go, as she turned away Munshower on a penalty kick attempt.The Lady Dutch keeper ended the night with eight saves, while Clearfield keepers Brooke Cline and Madison Jones had one apiece."We talked about it at halftime and they were all aware of how close they were (to breaking it open)," Stratton said. "We just needed to push that extra inch, and that extra inch seems like that would have done it. They went out and created some golden opportunities, but some of them just didn't pan out."
The Lady Bison (14-3-1) will return to the DuBois Senior High on Monday night to face Bradford for the district crown for the second-straight year. A time for kickoff has yet to be announced.Clearfield topped Bradford, 7-2, in last year's title game.
St. Marys ended its season with an 11-6-1 record, which included a 3-1 win over the Lady Owls in the finals of the Bucktail tournament"We're going to go back and practice hard," said Stratton. "We have some things we want to work on and hopefully be as ready as we can be for Monday night."

10/14/14 > Jill Heichel Fundraiser to be held Sunday, October 19th

 A spaghetti fundraiser on behalf of Jill Heichel, a former student injured in a car accident,will be held on Sunday, October 19th at the Clearfield Elks from 12:00PM-3:00PM. Eat in or take out. The cost is $6.00. Tickets are available from Kim Davis in the Jr./Sr. High School office.

10/14/14 > 2014 Winter Sports Passes for all winter sports are on sale now INFO BELOW

The 2014 CASD Winter Season Athletic Passes are now available to purchase for students and adults for all home athletic events sponsored by the Clearfield Area School District.  The 2014 Winter Season Passes will be $20.00 for students for all winter sports and $30.00 for adults for all winter sports.

Winter Season Passes by individual sport are as follows:
Boys' Basketball - $20.00
Girls' Basketball - $20.00
Swimming - $15.00
Wrestling - $10.00

Ticket prices at the door will be for a JH game Adult $2.00; Student $1.00.  The price at the door for a Varsity/JV game is $3.00 for Adult and $2.00 for Student.  Tickets may be purchased at the Clearfield Area Junior - Senior High School Athletic Office.  The 2014 Winter Season Athletic Passes are not valid unless signed.


  • Must be 62 or older (no proof of age required)

  • Live in Clearfield School District

  • Good only for home athletic events, concerts & general admission for student performances.  It does not include playoffs or tournaments.

  • Golden Card applications available in HS office or click BELOW for form


10/09/14 > Trick-or Treat for UNICEF Key Club Campaign

Students (l to r) Emily Aveni,Anna Brower, Jessica Matten, Sam Rockmore and Taylor Dudurich

The CHS Key club is trying to scare up some funds and fun this October by participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. It's an opportunity for local high school students to collect donations instead of candy for a great cause. All money collected by the CHS Key Club this October through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF will support The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). 

Each day about 160 newborns die from tetanus, a disease that threatens millions of mothers and newborns as a result of unhygienic childbirth practices. The goal of The Eliminate Project is to raise US$110 million to support UNICEF and its partners in their efforts to eliminate MNT from the planet. The Eliminate Project will protect millions of women and their future babies who are at risk in more than 30 countries.

To support this global campaign, the CHS Key Club has set a goal to raise $1500 this October.

It costs just US$1.80 to provide a series of three vaccine doses to women of childbearing age. But in many areas, especially those where healthcare is limited, millions of women have not been immunized. The Eliminate Project will provide funds to immunize women of childbearing age, protecting both them and their future babies.

Please look for students from CHS this October with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes. If you are interested in donating please contact a Key Club member from CHS, or contact the Key Club advisor Mrs. Borden at the high school for more information.

10/09/14 > Mrs. Simpson's 8th grade Intro to German Class celebrates Oktoberfest

Mrs. Simpson's 8th grade Intro to German class celebrating Germany's national holiday, Oktoberfest, Oct 3, 2014.   They enjoyed typical German dishes prepared by them. This is our district's first ever Intro to German course.( pictured left to right- Nicky Belkowski, Ariel Wilson, Mason Yocum,Levi Walk, Michael Harvey,Owen Strickland, Makayla Lutz, Chris Andolsek, Haeley Stott and Adara Passmore)

10/09/14 > Mrs. Simpson's German III/IV Classes Celebrating Oktoberfest

Mrs. Simpson's  combined German III / IV class gathered around the table with Bratwurst, Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut, plus lots of side dishes and desserts prepared by the students. ( pictured left to right- Michaela Duez, Jessica McDanel, Melissa Evans, Jake Wingate, Will Plyler, Leann Cowder, Jason Bell, Gavin Luzier, Victoria Ireland, Olivia Smith, Breanna Wisor, Jensen Maines and Tia Lombrado)

10/08/14 > Early Registration Deadline is 10/22/14 for 2014 Bison Stampede 5K Run/ Walk @ CAJSHS Click FMI

2014 Bison Stampede 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run (Benefits the Clearfield Cross Country/Track and Field Team) Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014 (rain, shine, or snow) Registration: 8:00 am to 9:00 am in the Clearfield High School. Time: 5k Walk/ Run held at the Clearfield Junior/Senior High School@9:30 am Kids Fun Run 10:15 am Price: Early Registration must be received by October 22th ($20 Tech Performance T-Shirt / $10 no t-shirt) Late/ Day of Registration: ($20 t-shirt not guaranteed). Kids Fun Run (Make a donation to the Track/Cross Country Club on the day of the race.) Where: Clearfield Area High School 2831 Washington Avenue Clearfield PA, 16830 (Please park in the lots next to the tennis courts.) Awards: Male and Female/ First overall, 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over. Walkers are eligible to receive running awards. There are not separate divisions for walkers and runners.


10/06/14 > CAJSHS Competes @ Ridgeway Invitational

Clearfield Cross Country Teams Compete at Ridgway Invitational Courtesy Gant Daily Posted On 06 Oct 2014 By Jay Siegel 

RIDGWAY - The Clearfield Area High School cross country teams competed on Saturday at the very competitive Ridgway Invitational.Lady Bison freshman Paige Mikesell was able to place second out of 104 entries in the girl's race. She ran a 19:58 to finish in the runner-up spot to Elk County Catholic state medal winner Victoria Dippold, who ran a blistering 18:53. Clearfield only brought three runners to the invite, so they did not score as a team. The boys, however, place seventh out of 14 teams with freshman Alex Coval the top Bison with his time of 18:33, good enough to place 22nd out of 144 runners. Lady Bison head coach John Jacob was impressed with his freshman, "The Ridgway Invitational is starting to get a reputation for having top caliber Cross Country runners. With three state champions competing over the last five years, this race is starting to attract some attention from central and western Pennsylvania schools. Freshman Paige Mikesell let her competition know that she was all business with her second place finish. The only other runner to beat her was a Cross Country and Track medalist from Elk County Catholic, Victoria Dippold. Paige used good race tactics over the first mile to keep her competition in sight, then began to pass runner after runner until her only competition was Michelle Bauer from St Marys. The two runners battled over the last half mile but Paige was able to put on a long drive from that point on to keep a substantial gap and hold her off. This is the first girl over my 13 year career that has broken the 20 minute mark; and to do it as a freshman goes to show Paige's talent and work ethic. Although we did not score as a complete team I know Claire Mikesell, Kristi Fox and Nikol Chew know what they will have to do to make a trip to states this year." About the boy's race, Coach Jacob added, "On the boy's side Alex Coval was the first to cross the line with a time of 18:53. With all of the district competitors at the Invitational, Alex is in one of the spots that will help him make it to the State Championships next month. Josiah McClarren did not have his best time, but he did run fast enough to put him in a position that will help him compete for one of the state championship spots. Freshman Quentin Edwards had a good day finishing third on the team and tying a personal best time for the year. We were looking for a strong finish as a team but with two hard races in one week we took a little step back. Hopefully seeing our competition will help the boys see how competitive they can be when it comes time for the District 9 Championships." The Bison and Lady Bison will host Hollidaysburg on Wednesday in the final tune up before the Mountain League Championships on October 15.

10/03/14 > CAJSHS Crowns Homecoming Queen

The 2014-15 Homecoming Court was announced during Friday night's football game at the Clearfield Bison Sports Complex during halftime under rainy skies. Last year's winner, Colleen Mulhullan, crowned this year's Homecoming Queen, Sarah Lash. The first runner up is Alaina Shaffer, and second runner up is Taylor Reed. Arianne Good, Maggie Sopic, Tessa Waring, Cheree McGonigal and Rachele Hale complete this year's court.

5/30/14 > IMPORTANT INFORMATION for CHS Students Looking to Dual Enroll with PA Highlands for Fall 2014...

Any CHS student wishing to dual enroll a class with PA Highlands for next fall should go to the PA Highlands website and create his or her account if she is not already registered as an ACE student.  There is a $20 registration fee - and that must be paid before a student can register.  The registration must also occur before a student can take the compass test for placement into Precalculus, Calculus, College Algebra, English Composition or Chemistry.  Students are encouraged to see Mrs. Spaid if they need assistance. 


Susan E. Spaid, M.Ed., NCC, Senior and Junior  Class Counselor

814-765-2401 EXT 1803 Clearfield Area High School


5/28/14 > CAHS 2014 SUMMER SCHOOL Begins June 12th: Download Registration Form Here

Students, if you will be attending CAHS 2014 Summer School classes, please download and print the Registration form below.
>The absolute DEADLINE for returning the completed form is the morning of June 12, 2004.
>You must speak with your school counselor BEFORE registering for summer school.
***Full information is on the Registration Form.***

5/19/14 > Eagle Scout Candidate Fights to Save PA Cave Bats

Presbyterian Church Troop 2 Eagle Scout candidate and CHS student Conner Zitzelberger recently completed the construction of several bat roosting habitats at Parker Dam State park for his eagle scout service project.  PA DCNR Parker Dam State Park Environmental Education Specialist, Carey Huber, provided guidance in completing the bat boxes which will be placed throughout the park this spring.  Bats will be returning from hibernation and searching for locations to raise their pups.  The new boxes will support the declining bat population.  Zitzelberger will be moving to Eagle Scout rank this summer.

There is a race to save the Pennsylvania cave bats that are dying at an unprecedented rate.  According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, 6 million bats have died from WNS, or White Nose Syndrome, and the number is still climbing.  This may be the most devastating wildlife disease to ever hit North America, and it's pushing the cave bat populations toward extinction.  For example in Pennsylvania, the Northern Long-eared bat population has been reduced by 98 percent with the Little Brown and Pipistrelle bats not far behind at 90-95 percent.  Eagle Scout candidate and local environmental steward, Conner Zitzelberger, is working with Parker Dam State Park Environmental Education Specialist, Carey Huber, in a race to conserve the bat populations.  Over the past several years, the current residents used the summer roosting habitat within the park's two man-made bat boxes that had once been home for almost 1,000 bats.  At last count, the population has decreased to less than 150 bats.  Zitzelberger refurbished the two large bat boxes located on the gate tower near the lake and built three additional roosting habitats, which will be placed throughout the park.  Providing new summer homes for the little brown bats, the most common species in the park, will support the current bat population, allowing the baby bats or pups to grow and thrive before returning to the same caves where the fungus continues to grow.  First documented in New York in the winter of 2006-07, this mysterious fungus, originating from Europe, is believed to have surfaced in Pennsylvania in 2008 and began killing cave bats in 2009. WNS refers to a white fungus, which starts to collect around the bat's nose.  WNS affects their skin, which wakes the bats out of hibernation.  The bats start searching for food during the time when there isn't any.  Why should we care about whether these bats survive?  Bats are seriously misunderstood.  It is an impressive species making up one-fifth of the mammal population in the entire world.  Although a common fear, humans have a greater chance of contracting rabies from cats and dogs than from bats.  Another misconception is that a bat will fly into your hair.  Bat use echolocation, which allows them to catch a tiny insect out of the air at the same time avoiding a human head of hair.  These furry flying creatures are the only night-time insect eaters, eating roughly 1,000 mosquitos per hour during an evening flight. The U.S. Geological Society reports that bats provide an invaluable service by providing free pest control.  It's estimated that 1 million bats in one year can eat 700 million tons of insects saving farmers approximately $300 million dollars in pesticides, nationally.  Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to support this effort by building their own bat box and hanging it in an appropriate location.  Approved bat box plans and location specifications can be found on the state Game Commission Web site.  Outdoor explorers are discouraged from entering caves during the winter.  It is illegal to kill a bat in Pennsylvania; therefore, residents need to contact experts to safely remove bats from homes or other buildings.  Next time you're outside swatting mosquitos, think of the plight of the Pennsylvania cave bats and support the bat population in your neighborhood.  In addition to supporting the bat residents at Parker Dam State Park, Zitzelberger planted several maple trees in the grove and along the driveway to the Park's Sugar Shack as part of his eagle scout project.  For more information about the park's maple sugaring programs, contact the Parker Dam State Park office at 814-765-0630.  Only 4 percent of boys who start scouting complete the rank of Eagle Scout in the United States.  Scouting encourages boys to develop character and values that they will use for a lifetime.  Anyone interested in scouting can contact the local scout troops or the Bucktail Council in Dubois at 814-371-5650.  Several community organizations and private individuals donated supplies and materials for the Eagle Scout project, including Parker Dam State Park, Lowe's, Lezzer Lumber Company, Vegetation Managers, Kim & Kerry Wood, Evelyn Zitzelberger, the Darr and Zitzelberger families.

5/16/14 > CAHS Cooperative Education 2014 Banquet

The Clearfield Area High School 2014 Cooperative Education banquet was held Thursday, May 15th to honor all of the local businesses who have employed our cooperative education students.  From left to right:  Mrs. Teresa Brownlee, Cooperative Education Coordinator, Madison Lord, Erin Guelich, Keith Biancuzzo, Taylor Humberson, Rachel Dixon, Taylor Snyder, Lauren English, Megan Baker, Amber Hainsey, Austin Luzier, Katelynn Wisor, Arianna Henderlong, Tyler Stratton, and Isaiah Cutler.
Info/photo courtesy Mrs. Teresa Brownlee, Family & Consumer Sciences, Cooperative Education Coordinator

5/15/14 > Tot-2-Tot Summer Fashion Show A Success

On 5/9/14 the Child Development Classes at Clearfield High School hosted a Tot-2-Tot SUMMER FASHION SHOW, held in the high school library.  Open to the public, the show featured the latest fashions for children ages newborn through age 5.  Approximately 30-35 toddlers and infants were scheduled to appear and "model" the latest apparel styles for their age groups to an enthusiastic audience of family, friends and onlookers.  All proceeds from the event benefit Grady's Decision, a non-profit organization.  A huge "thank you" to all who assisted in any way with the show, including the young models and their families, Mrs. Ashlee Graham (show co-sponsor/Tot-2-Tot), and the students in Mrs. Brownlee's Child Development classes.  Thank you!
Mrs. Teresa Brownlee, Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher/Cooperative Education Coordinator

5/13/14 > Freshman Class Field Trip: Play Ball!

The CHS 9th grade class took a field trip to the Altoona Curve baseball game on Wed., May 7th.  The Curve organization hosted an Education Day event and recognized the various schools and students in attendance.  Clearfield High School students Ashley Wisor and Noah Brown were selected at random to throw out the first pitch at the game!

The Altoona Curve is a minor league baseball team based at Peoples Natural Gas Field, Altoona, PA.  The PNG Field complex has a seating capacity of 7,210 and is considered to be one of the finest minor league facilities in the United States.

Photos l-r: Ashley Wisor, Noah Brown.
Info/photos courtesy Emily Zimmerman, English Teacher

5/13/14 > Students in CHS Veterinarian Science Class Earn Certifications

Students in Mrs. Carr's Veterinarian Science class at Clearfield High School recently participated in training/testing to acquire their Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR Certifications.  The certification process was conducted by Ms. Judy Nisewonger.

Congratulations all!

Info courtesy Mrs. Jacqualine Carr, Agricultural Teacher/FFA Advisor

5/01/14 > Poem In Your Pocket Day Celebrated on April 30th

AP English IV students celebrated "Poem in Your Pocket Day" on Wednesday, April 30th, as part of a poetry unit.  April is National Poetry Month.  Students were to pick their favorite poem or write their own, putting it in their pockets and sharing it with people throughout the day!  Students also posted their poems outside the classroom so others could stop by and read on their way to class.

Shown are some AP students sharing their poems!
(Info/pic courtesy Mrs. Tiffany C. Warlow, M.Ed.)

4/22/14 > Lady Bison Signs Letter of Intent with UPJ

Rachel Hoffman, a senior at the Clearfield Area High School, has signed a letter of intent to continue her softball career at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  Rachel was recruited to pitch and play outfield for the Mountain Cats.  In addition to her parents, Rachel would also like to thank the following coaches/individuals for their support in helping her to achieve this goal:  Phil Barroner, Bob Dixon, Tim Dyke, Tom Granville, Justin Hazelton, Danny Rowles, Bob Sabella, Ali Stinson, and Dave Stodart.
Congratulations, Rachel!


Pictured in the front with Rachel are her parents, Laurie and Kevin Hoffman.  In the back row are Robert Gearhart, Athletic Director, Timothy Janocko, High School Principal, and Robert Lewis, Head Softball Coach.

3/19/14 > Civil War History Comes Alive at CHS

On 3/14/2014 Mr. Randy Bartley visited several classes at CHS to present a program about the Civil War and specifically, the battle of Gettysburg.  He visited Mrs. Brownlee's and Mr. Campman's classes in preparation for the upcoming tenth grade class field trip to Gettysburg.  As part of his presentation he brought along some interesting items, including a historically accurate uniform and other items that a Civil War Union soldier would have carried on their person during a military campaign of the day. 

Mr. Bartley (of Brookville, PA) is an American Civil War reenactor, and has been active in Civil War reenacting for 25 years, portraying a member of the 2nd Regiment of the U.S. Sharpshooters.  Besides participating at many Civil War encampments and reenactments each year he also works in the Volunteers In Parks program of the National Park Service as an interpreter.  Bartley served as an extra for the upcoming movie "Gods and Generals."  He is also producing a movie about small towns in the Civil War on BBC.  (Info/photos courtesy Mrs. Brownlee, Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher, Cooperative Education Coordinator)

3/12/14 > CHS Students Shine at District Band Competition

In mid-January, nine CHS band members were selected to participate in the 2014 PMEA District 4 Band Festival located in Lewistown, Pa., at Mifflin County High School.  Brittany Struble, Jensen Maines, Jonmarie Maines, Anna Narehood, Abby Snyder, Allison Carns, Dalton Condon, Devynn Ireland, and Samantha Foster all participated in the event.  Two of those students, Jonmarie Maines and Devynn Ireland, qualified for the PMEA Region III Band Festival to be held at State College High School in March. "It's quite an honor to be selected for events like this, it gives the students another chance to compete at a high level with some of the best in the area.  It's an opportunity that most students don't get," said CHS Band Director Mr. Mandell.  "For Jonmarie and Devynn, they are both sophomores who work extremely hard and obviously are very talented musicians as well".  The next step from regionals would be states.  According to Mr. Mandell, in past years CHS has had students move on to state competition.  The time may be right for Jonmarie Maines and Devynn Ireland to be next in line. (Article/photos reprinted courtesy The Stampede)

UPDATE:  The PMEA Region III Band Festival was held in State College, March 12-15, 2014.  Congratulations, Jonmarie and Devynn!

3/05/14 > CHS Drama Club presents a TALENT SHOW Friday 3/7/14! Mark Your Calendar!

CHS Drama Club presents...
The CHS Talent Show
FRIDAY 3/7/2014  --  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Clfd Middle School Auditorium
Donation Ticket:  $3.00
Tickets will be sold during CHS lunches, and TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!  Donation-based ticket/if you want to come for free, you're more than welcome!


3/04/14 > CHS Sends Seven to PMEA Region III Chorus Festival

The PMEA Region III Chorus was held at Greater Johnstown High School February 12-15, 2014.  The students auditioned at the District Chorus festival in Bellefonte last month and qualified to attend this festival.  The festival was under the direction of Dr. Ryan Beeken, Director of Choral Studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  Pictured are Front Row: Rachel Duke, Carly Colavecchi and Jessica Walk.  Middle Row: Erik Neville, John Lance and Matthew McKenzie.  Back Row: Dalton Condon.
Congratulations all, well done!

(info/pic courtesy Mr. Andrew A Rothrock MM:ME,
Director of Choral Activity CASD)

2/28/14 > CHS German Students Inducted into Honor Society

Seventeen students of the Clearfield High School German program were inducted into Delta Epsilon Phi, the National German Honor Society, on Monday 2/24/14.  Requirements for membership include having an "A" average after at least three semesters of German and at least an 85 percent cumulative average in all subjects.  Students must also have a clean record of conduct.  Seated, from left to right, are Ethan McGraw, Dalton Condon, Justin Fedder, Macy Forrest, Jill Heichel, Sarah Inlow and Breanna Wisor.  Standing, from left to right, are Jensen Maines, Josh Johnson, Allison Carns, Victoria Ireland, Devynn Ireland, Amanda Williams, Timmy Vaux, Christian Rumery, Jake Wingate and Claire Mikesell.

Mrs. Barbara Simpson is the German teacher at CHS and the advisor of Delta Epsilon Phi.  Superintendent Terry Struble presented the new members with their membership certificates.  There are now 41 active members in the honor society.  Also, sophomore student Victoria Ireland was presented with the Award of Excellence by Struble, for having the highest average in German of all new inductees.  The ceremony took place in the CHS library.  Congratulations all!

1/30/14 > National School Counselor Week: February 3 - 7, 2014

PHOTO:  CASD Superintendent Mr. Terry Struble signs a proclamation declaring observance of the week of February 3-7 as National School Counselor Week 2014.  L to R: Ashlee Graham, intern; Jon Mikesell, Clearfield Middle School counselor; Stacey Klepfer, 9th & 10th grade counselor; Susan Spaid, 11th & 12th grade counselor; and Stephanie Errigo, counseling intern.  The CHS Guidance Department will also be holding some fun contests for the students throughout the week in celebration of National School Counselor Week.
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Parents are invited to visit the Clearfield High School Guidance Department on Wed. 2/5/14 and meet the school counselors and staff.   Hours for visitation will be from 8:30 AM until 2:30 PM; light refreshments will be served all day.  You must first report to the Main Office and sign in upon entering the building, then go to the Guidance Dept .   If a parent wishes to visit, but cannot make it during those hours, please call the CHS Guidance Dept., arrangements can be made to accommodate.  Call the CHS Guidance Dept. at 814-765-2401, Ext. 1803 for more information. 

National School Counselor Week: February 3-7, 2014
National School Counselor Week 2014 will be celebrated Feb. 3-7, 2014, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems.  National School Counselor Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career; and recognizes that the implementation of comprehensive school counseling programs is a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century.

1/29/14 > CHS Selected as 2013-14 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant Award Winner

The Clearfield Area High School has been selected as a 2013-14 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant Award winner.  The $500 grant will be used to purchase additional new science equipment as the department moves into the newly renovated science wing.  This award was made possible by Lehigh Gas Corporation and ExxonMobil.  The Clearfield Area High School also received the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant Award in 2011 that was used to enhance tutoring with the implementation of Chicago Math.  A heartfelt thanks goes to Lehigh Gas Corporation, ExxonMobil and Philipsburg UniMart Store for investing their resources in our children's education.

1/23/14 > Prom 2014 Fashion Show Coming to the Middle School Auditorium on Feb. 8th

DATE:  Saturday, FEBRUARY 8th
LOCATION:  Clearfield Middle School Auditorium
TIMES:  Doors open at 6:00 PM - FASHION SHOW BEGINS @ 6:30 PM
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The Clearfield High School National Honor Society chapter is sponsoring a Prom 2014 Fashion Show!  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Prom dresses and accessories from different vendors, including The Prom Closet, Tie the Knot and Trousseaux in DuBois, will be under the spotlight!  There will also be many displays from local salons and florists.  Proceeds will benefit the Clearfield County League on Social Services.

1/21/14 > Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at CHS Will Benefit Student Class Trips

Purchase tickets for $7 at the Clearfield High School office through Thursday, Jan. 30th.  Office hours Mon-Fri 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM, telephone (814) 765-2401.  There will be no tickets sold at the door!

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Clearfield American Legion John Lewis Shade Post No. 6 donated $1,000 toward the Clearfield High School class trips.  The senior class is visiting Washington D.C. on March 28th and the sophomore class is visiting Gettysburg March 19th.  The school and local veterans associations are also holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the trips.  The dinner will be held on Sunday, Feb. 2 from Noon to 3:00 PM in the High School cafeteria.  Cost is $7 a ticket, advanced ticket sales only; tickets will not be sold at the door.  Take-out meals will also be available.  Tickets can be purchased at the High School office until January 30th.  Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM.  

The school district also thanked CNB Bank for donating the tickets for the event.  

From left are John Rowles, All-American commander of Clearfield Veterans of Foreign Wars F. Michael Sicks Post No. 1785; Larry Proud, treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 974 of Clearfield; Larry Putt, CNB Bank and vice president of the school board; Burt Henchbarger, past commander of Clearfield American Legion Post No. 6; Tim Janocko, high school principal; Chase Wise, president of class of 2014; Terry Struble, superintendent; Victoria Ireland, senior class vice president; and Heather Prestash, assistant principal.  (Photo courtesy Jeff Corcino/The Progress)

1/10/14 > Architectural Drafting Students Visit Historic Sites

Students from Mr. Lytle and Mr. Jeffries' architectural drafting classes visited the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house, Fallingwater, during a recent field trip.  Part of their itinerary also included a stop at the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA.

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-Fallingwater, Bear Run, PA  This house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the man many claim to be the most famous American architect of all-time.  Many critics would also identify this house as one of his signature works. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently voted this house the best all-time work of American architecture.
Info/photos courtesy Mr. Brian Lytle

-Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, PA
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1/09/14 > Life 101 Class Complete Service Project

SchoolCenter Picture Students in the Life 101 classes at Clearfield High School completed a service project recently.  They designed and sewed "Monster Dolls" for children who are patients at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.  The class completed and sent about fifty (50) handmade dolls to the hospital just in time for Christmas distribution to sick children.  The students were very creative with designing and constructing the dolls, each one unique and sure to bring smiles to the recipient.  Congratulations on a job well done!

Some colorful characters have found their way to Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

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Info/photos courtesy Mrs. Teresa Brownlee

1/08/14 > CHS Sends Nine to PMEA District 4 Chorus

SchoolCenter Picture The following students will be attending the upcoming PMEA District 4 Chorus Festival scheduled for January 8-10, 2014 at Bellefonte High School.  The students have been preparing their music since October and will audition to advance to the Regional Chorus Festival to be held in Johnstown in February.  Congratulations all!

Students are front row: Jessica Walk, Jensen Maines, Rachel Duke, Carly Colavecchi, Jordan Gilbert, Dalton Condon
Back row: John Lance, Matt McKenzie, Erik Neville
Info/photo courtesy of Mr. Andrew A. Rothrock MM:ME
Director of Choral Activity/ Assistant Marching Band Director

12/20/13 > CHS Students Participate in 20th Annual Science Day

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The 20th annual Science Day was held on Tuesday 11/26/2013 at Saint Francis University.  Senior students enrolled in Mrs. Fye's Advanced Chemistry Class at Clearfield High School had the opportunity to compete in teams in a single elimination science bowl or attend three different presentations across campus.  About 500 students per year come from all around the region to participate.  Students were able to learn and explore aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) on a campus setting with SFU students, faculty, and local professionals. 
Many students got to participate in science presentations which involved exciting hands-on experiences.  Some students participated and worked on human cadavers, while focusing on the thoracic cavity.  Other students learned and witnessed chemistry in action.  Chemistry is behind most technologies what we currently use, from the space program to household kitchens.  Several students explored the phenomenon of "zombification", which is the way parasites manipulate the behavior of their host species.  These sessions were only a mere three of the forty sessions that were available for the students to attend.  Finally, four students had the opportunity to showcase the skills and knowledge that they have learned in their high-school science classrooms. They competed against other surrounding schools in the science bowl.  These students did a fantastic job, placing in the top eight of the competition.


Students who participated in Science Day included:

Front Row (Left to Right): Taylor Stott, Lauren Conrad, Anna Narehood, Colleen Mulhollen, Yesh Patel

Back Row (Left to Right): Jacob Ryan, Matt McKenzie, Alec Freeman, Micah Walker, Matt Bell

12/20/13 > Child Development Classes Host Special Event

SchoolCenter Picture At CHS, students in Mrs. Teresa Brownlee's Child Development class recently hosted a "Pictures with Santa" event.  The children enjoyed making a handprint ornament, they listened to Santa as he read the classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas", and then had their pictures taken with Santa.  They also ate delicious food prepared by the class.  Special thanks to all who participated!
Happy Holidays from the Child Development Classes at CHS!

12/16/13 > Bison Swimming & Diving: Coach Morrison Garners 500th Win

SchoolCenter Picture Clearfield swimming and diving coach Jackie Morrison, center, celebrates her 500th career win with her team in the pool at the Robert L. Shearer Natatorium.  Clearfield swept visiting Huntingdon to give Morrison the milestone.
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HYDE - Art Weiss was the father of Pennsylvania wrestling, baseball coach Sid Lansberry and football coach Tim Janocko are some of the winningest active coaches in their respective sport, and on Friday swimming and diving coach Jackie Morrison became the First Lady of a prestigious Clearfield coaching fraternity.  The school has seen countless achievements from athletes and coaches, and Morrison joined Lansberry as just the second coach in Clearfield history to eclipse the 500-win plateau with her team's sweep of Huntingdon with the man the Robert L. Shearer Natatorium is named after in attendance.  "It's not just me," said Morrison of the accomplishment.  "It's never just the coach ever, and anyone that says it is, is full of mud.  It really meant a lot to me that Mr. Shearer was here.  He's the patriarch of the entire program, and we wouldn't even have this facility if it wasn't for him.  Without this, none of this would be possible.  "I never thought I would coach that long.  Any sport is demanding for a coach, and I don't know if you find coaches that go that long anymore.  It's been tough, but you have coaches at Clearfield like (Janocko) and Sid.  I never thought I'd say I was the old lady of the group, but it happened fast.  It's been fun."  Morrison, the fourth swimming coach in school history, has engineered the Clearfield swimming program since 1989.  During her tenure, Morrison has gotten 261 wins from the boys teams and the other 239 from the girls.  "It's kind of neat that we have that bond that there's only four of us," Morrison said.  "I didn't create anything.  I just tried to continue the tradition of excellence that (Shearer) started.  We just try to hold that standard as high as we can.  It's a struggle some years, but you do the best you can.  "All the parents and families that we have here ... you can't do it without them.  You can't do it without them, without the athletes and without the school's support.  Everybody shares in something like that."

If there was any doubt what kind of night it was going to be, one only needed to see the first race of the evening.  The Lady Bearcats jumped out to a quick lead halfway through the 200 medley relay, but Lady Bison Paige Conrad made up the difference in the breaststroke and Morgan Young closed it out to give their team the win.  The girls downed Huntingdon 111-59, while the Bison were winners by a 110-54 tally.  "We swam well tonight," said Morrison, "and maybe (the milestone) was in their minds like, 'oh, we've got to do this.'  I appreciate that and I appreciate their effort.  There were a number of good swims, and Huntingdon has some good swimmers.  They're going to be tough."  The Lady Bearcats' first two swimmers opened a 4.72 second lead in the medley relay when Conrad hit the pool.  The Clearfield freshman posted a split of 29.62, compared to a 35.10 by Huntingdon's Hannah Lynn, and Young touched the wall just .06 of a second ahead of Abby Border.  The Lady Bearcats got two wins from Claire Atherton (100 back, 100 fly), but the rest of the night belonged to Clearfield, which won all of the other events - boys included - in which it scored.  "That just set the tone," Morrison said of Paige Conrad's breaststroke.  "I was just trying to gain speed in there any where I could ... and all of a sudden at the last second, a light bulb comes on.  I've mapped that relay so many times, but it was right before I announced the lineup it just clicked with me to put Paige in there."  Claire Mikesell (100, 200 free), Kara Thorp (200 IM, 500 free) and Lauren Conrad (50 free, 100 breast) all won two events for the Lady Bison, who swept the relays.  Lauren Conrad, Thorp, Young and Mikesell teamed to win the 200 free relay, while Thorp, Paige Conrad, Lauren Conrad and Mikesell won the 400 free relay.  The Bison had three two-event winners in Wyatt Flanagan (100, 200 free), Kyle Thompson (200 IM, 100 fly) and Michael Spencer (50 free, 100 back).  Clearfield, which won two relays, also got wins from Alex Shugarts (500 free) and Peyton Priester (100 breast).  Priester, Thompson, Nick Veihdeffer and Brandon McGarry teamed to win the 200 medley relay, while Spencer, McGarry, Shugarts and Flanagan won the 200 free relay.  Both teams moved to 2-0 on the season.  "It was neat the team had (the 500th win) to rally around," said Morrison, whose team travels to Tyrone on Wednesday.  "Hopefully, it brings them tighter together because it's something we'll always share as we get older.  "We had fun tonight and that's what it's about.  We had a good time and they swam well.  If you aren't having fun, then they wouldn't do it."
Article/photo courtesy The Progress; by Jon Christoff, Sports Writer

12/10/13 > FAFSA Completion Night Scheduled for 2/11/2014 at CHS for Jr's/Sr's and Parents

Clearfield High School will host a free FAFSA Completion Night (FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on TUESDAY 2/11/2014.    If you need help filling out the FAFSA, bring your 2013 or 2012 tax returns and join us in the High School library at 6:30 PM. 

A financial aid specialist will be here to help and answer any questions you may have about completing the FAFSA. 
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required to qualify for most student aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional awards and low-cost federal student and parent loans. 

Families with questions about the FAFSA Completion Night should contact Mrs. Susan Spaid, Senior and Junior Class counselor, at the HS Guidance Office, (814) 765-2401, Ext. 1803 or .

11/20/13 > CHS Students Attend Arrow Leadership Conference

SchoolCenter Picture Five Clearfield High School students were recently selected to attend the Arrow Leadership Conference held in State College, PA on November 10th-13th.  At the conference, the students learned leadership skills, worked on team building initiatives, and began planning a leadership project to improve and increase student involvement at the high school.  Stay posted for details on the team's leadership project!

Pictured from left to right (bottom row) Seana Powell, Cheree McGonigal, Diane Thompson; (top row) Mrs. Emily Zimmerman, Nick Hudson, Leann Cowder, and Mrs. Tangi Borden.
(Info/photo courtesy Emily A. Zimmerman, CHS English Teacher)

11/18/13 > You CAN Help Your Community Canned Food Drive: Now Thru Dec. 13th

SchoolCenter PictureWe have all heard the age old saying, "IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE", and the Co-Op Club and the English Department at the high school have decided to really put words into action this holiday season.  Together they are hosting the "You CAN help Your Community" canned food drive to kick off the holiday season.  They are running a class competition now through December 14th  to see what English class can put these words into action.  The class period that wins will receive a party of their choice from the Co-Op Club.


Not only can students donate, but so can community members, and teachers too.  If anyone is interested in making a donation please send your donation with a student to the high school or drop one off in the main office.   Please see that attached flyer for your reference.  If you have any questions please contact a member of the English Department or the advisor of the Co-Op Club at 765-2401.  Thank you, and Happy Giving!

11/11/13 > 2013 2nd Annual BISON STAMPEDE 5K Results

SchoolCenter Picture On Saturday 11/9/2013 the Clearfield Bison Cross Country Team held the 2nd Annual Bison Stampede 5K. The event had another successful year with over sixty (60) participants that came out to help support the Bison Cross Country teams.

Alec Freeman was the first overall male and set a new course record of 17:55.  Paige Mikesell was the overall female winner with a time of 20:52.  Clearfield Bison Head Cross Country Coach John Jacob added, "We would like to thank all of our sponsors, local businesses, and individuals that made donations to help make this event so successful."
(Article courtesy GantDaily; photos J. Jacobs)

10/30/13 > Child Development Classes Host Preschoolers

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On October 25th, students in Mrs. Brownlee's Child Development classes hosted a Halloween Party in the Family & Consumer Sciences area at the High School.  Class members invited friends and family under the age of 6 years to attend. 

The students provided snacks, games, a reading corner and a photo booth for their young guests! 
(Information & photos: Mrs. Brownlee, Instructor, Family & Consumer Sciences)

10/21/13 > Forestry Class Gains Hands-On Knowledge of Lumber Industry

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Students in the Forestry Class at CHS recently participated in an agriculture workshop at Robbins Lumber Company.  They gained interesting, valuable knowledge about different aspects of the lumber industry, a major source of employment and commerce in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Lynn Robbins is shown addressing the students, sharing information about the process of grading logs. 
(Info/photo courtesy Mrs. Jackie Carr, Instructor)

10/10/13 > Coming Soon: Bison Stampede 5K RUN/Walk & Kids Fun Run - Nov. 9th

EVENT DATE: Saturday, November 9, 2013 (rain, shine, or snow)
REGISTRATION:   8:00 to 9:00 AM in the Clearfield High School.
TIME:   5K RUN/Walk @ 9:30 AM; Kids Fun Run @ 10:15 AM
Early Registration must be received by Thursday, October 24th
($20 Tech Performance T-Shirt/ $10 no T-shirt) LATE/Day of Registration: ($20 T-shirt not guaranteed).
Kids Fun Run (Make a donation to the Track/Cross Country Club on the day of the race.)

WHERE:   Clearfield High School (Please park in the lots next to the tennis courts.)
AWARDS:   Male and Female/ First overall, 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.  Walkers are eligible to receive running awards.  There are not separate divisions for walkers and runners.

CONTACT:  John Jacob at Clearfield Middle School 765-5302 ext. 3014 or
***ENTRY FORM ATTACHED BELOW - Please Print Off and Return
Also, CLEARFIELD'S FIRST "DOUBLE 5K" CHALLENGE -- In Conjunction with the "Run/Walk for the Ritz"(Benefits the Ritz Theater).  Two 5k races in one day!  Awards will be given to the male and female with the lowest overall combined time.  Pick up race application for "Save the Ritz 5K," at the Ritz Theatre.SchoolCenter Picture
(**Benefits the Clearfield Cross Country/Track & Field Team**)

10/08/13 > Financial Aid Night Scheduled for November 19th at CHS

SchoolCenter Picture FINANCIAL AID NIGHT for parents of CHS seniors and juniors will be held TUESDAY, November 19, 2013 at 6:30 PM in the High School library.  College Costs Money!!   Find out how to make the most of the financial aid process by attending this meeting facilitated by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).


For more information, contact  Mrs. Spaid, Senior & Junior Class counselor, at the High School (814) 765-2401, Ext. 1803 or .

10/01/13 > Eagle Scout Dedicates Satellite Monarch Butterfly Garden

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Why save the monarch butterfly?  The majestic monarch butterfly is an essential part of the ecosystem and in desperate need of help.  Once a common sighting in backyard gardens, the orange-and-black butterfly known for its long migration is on a dramatic decline.  There are several factors for the demise of the milkweed-dependent butterfly.  Luckily, there's a lot to do to help.  Eagle Scout Candidate and local community steward, Casen Zitzelberger, son of Gregory and Jacqueline Zitzelberger, dedicated the new Snetsinger Satellite Monarch Butterfly Garden on Saturday during a program held at Parker Dam State Park.  His project was a collaborative effort between the Snetsinger Butterfly Garden (SBG), Penn State Master Gardeners, Parker Dam State Park and the Presbyterian Boy Scout TroopSchoolCenter PictureNo. 2.

Program information was shared by the following individuals, from left to right, Pam Ford, Penn State master gardener in Centre County; Dr. Bob Snetsinger, professor emeritus of Entomology at Penn State University; Carey Huber, state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Parker Dam State Park environmental education specialist; Zitzelberger; and Doug Ford, Penn State master gardener in Centre County.

Zitzelberger, a student at Clearfield High School, approached Parker Dam State Park with a mission to complete his Eagle Scout service project.  He adopted the garden this spring because of his interest in nature and improving outcomes for the Monarch butterfly in this region.  Penn State Master Gardeners in Centre County provided guidance in designing and choosing native Pennsylvania plants to attract butterflies especially Monarchs.  The number of Monarch butterflies has dramatically decreased this year.  One reason for their decline is the increased use of genetically modified corn grown in the Midwest.  Researchers from University of Kansas reported that these crops are not only grown for higher production, but also to kill off native species like the common milkweed.  Monarch butterfly caterpillars are dependent on common milkweed to thrive and mature into butterflies.  These second generation butterflies are those migrants found in Pennsylvania.  During the program, butterfly enthusiasts Snetsinger and his wife, Wendy, shared their experience creating a three-acre butterfly garden in cooperation with the Tom Tudek Park located in State College.  The park was dedicated in memory of their daughter, Clare, and the Tudek family's son, Tom, who both died tragically at 17 years old.  Both young adults had an interest in butterflies.  The Snetsinger Butterfly Garden's mission is to educate the public about the importance of butterfly conservation and ecosystems, many of which are endangered throughout the world.  Events and activities at the park are scheduled throughout the summer and posted online at .  Penn State Master Gardeners and outreach educators for the SBG, Pam and Doug Ford, encourage localSchoolCenter Pictureresidents to help improve the outcome for butterflies and other pollinators by also volunteering to become community stewards.  Currently, PSU Master Gardeners work with schools, neighborhood groups and community organizations to develop butterfly and pollinator friendly habitats by creating satellite gardens.  Anyone can attract beautiful butterflies by growing native host and nectar plants.  Bee Balm, Common Milkweed, Asters and manyothers are available at the annual Master Gardeners' Native Plant sale.  These plants are easy to grow since they thrive in all types of soil with limited water.  These plants are available in a variety of colors and sizes with varying bloom times from spring to fall.  Information about the sale and list of plants is available on the SBG Web site.  During a camping trip or picnic, visit the new SGB satellite garden and other pollinator gardens at Parker Dam State Park.  For more information about creating your own butterfly garden, contact the Penn State Master Gardener's hotline at 814-355-4897 or Several community organizations donated supplies for the project, including Down to Earth Garden Club and Alvetro's Landscaping in DuBois, Tammy's Greenhouse, Bonnie's Greenhouse, TD Fabricating and Welding and Swisher Concrete.  These organizations realized the importance of the garden and the hard work and dedication to complete this Eagle Scout service project.
Article courtesy GantDaily.

9/24/13 > 2013 CHS Homecoming Queen Crowned

SchoolCenter PictureColleen Mulhollan was crowned the 2013 Clearfield High School Homecoming Queen on Friday, September 20th at the home football game against Huntington HS.  Colleen was escorted by Zach Wood.  First runner-up was Megan Vanderburg, escorted by Micah Walker.  Second runner-up was Carly Weed, escorted by Chase Wise.
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9/17/13 > CHS Alumni Band Night 2013 will be held FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11th

CHS ALUMNI BAND NIGHT 2013: Friday, October 11, 2013
At the Bison Sports Complex during the CHS Varsity Football Game
RECEPTION -- 5:30 PM,  Pre-GAME - 6:30 PM
VARSITY FOOTBALL GAME - 7:00 PM Clearfield Bison vs. Tyrone HS
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"Here's to the praise of Clearfield High"…  That sentiment echoed loud and true throughout the field and stands as 60 alumni Bison band members joined the current Clearfield High School marching band in celebration at the Homecoming football game on a crisp, Friday evening in October 2012. The alumni that participated spanned more than 50 years of band front and instrumentalists from the class of 1955 through the class of 2012.  The one thing they all had in common was fond memories of their high school years in marching band.  These memories could be seen in many forms as these alumni proudly participated in the Alma Mater, National Anthem, and traditional football melodies.  You could feel the emotions through the grandmother who had her daughter and three grandchildren on the field with her, through the several mothers and daughters performing together, through the newlyweds, through the set of four sisters, through the mother whose son was also celebrating a milestone birthday, and through the eyes of the awestruck first grader who is dreaming of the day he can be a part of the band as he watches his mother and aunt.  The reflections go on and on.  The thread that binds these alumni together is their memories and knowledge of how important the music program is at Clearfield High School.

This year's Alumni Band Night is set for Friday, October 11, 2013.  Please join us in an evening of remembering our times in CHS marching band and taking your spot on the field amongst our 2013 band.   Please e-mail Jeanie Jacobs at or call 765-7185; or Ray Mandell at rmandell@clearfield.orq .  Music will be provided by Mr. Mandell.  So bring your instruments, batons, silks,and dress in red and black for the reception that starts at 5:30 PM and pre-game at 6:30 PM.  For those that reply by October 5th, your name will be included in a small program.  Please provide a graduation year and let us know if you are related to any current band members.   Once a Bison, always a Bison!

9/13/13 > 2013-14 CHS Homecoming Court Selected

SchoolCenter Picture The Clearfield High School Senior Class has elected the following girls for the 2013-2014 Homecoming Court .  Homecoming will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Bison Sports Complex.  The 2013 Homecoming Queen will be crowned during halftime of the varsity football game, Clearfield Bison vs. Huntingdon HS.

Pictured from left to right:  Carly Weed, Colleen Mulhollan, Dorothy Celli, Carly Colavecchi, Megan Vanderburgh, Rachel Johnson, Danelle Billotte, and Hannah Kirsch.  Congratulations, ladies!
Go Bison!

9/11/13 > Parent/Guardian Visitation Night at CHS Scheduled for November 14th

Parents and guardians of CHS students are reminded to mark Thursday, November 14th on their calendars.  A Parent/Guardian Visitation Night has been scheduled at CHS from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.  More information will be forthcoming at a later date.

9/09/13 > 4th Annual Lady Bison Volleyball DIG FOR THE CURE Night at CHS Scheduled for October 8th

SchoolCenter Picture On Tuesday, October 8th, help out the Lady Bison Volleyball Team in their 4th Annual DIG FOR THE CURE Against Breast Cancer Night fundraising campaign at Clearfield High School!
WHO:  Lady Bison Volleyball vs. Tyrone Eagles,  TIME:  Varsity - 6:00 PM
LOCATION:  CHS Gymnasium ***Remember to Wear Pink***
The Lady Bison are selling T-shirts again this year, please see the order form attached below.  PLEASE NOTE:  DEADLINE TO ORDER SHIRTS IS FRIDAY, SEPT. 20th!!
Also attached is a Pledge Form, and a poster with important event information.

Questions, please contact Mrs. Tangi Borden at CHS, 765-2401, Ext. 2212,

8/19/13 > PARENTS & STUDENTS: New Traffic Patterns at CHS for 2013-14

PARENTS & STUDENTS :  Due to the CHS Renovation Project, traffic patterns and parking have changed slightly from last year.  Please exercise "extreme" caution when entering the High School campus.  Please pay attention to designated signs and personnel directing traffic.  Also, due to the congestion we are asking everyone to consider riding their scheduled school buses to eliminate any unnecessary vehicle traffic.

♦ NO ONE is to enter the oval area, except for office personnel, school buses and vans.
♦ ALL FACULTY and STUDENT DRIVERS must enter the parking lot and stay to the right of the orange traffic cones.
ALL STUDENT DROP-OFF and PICK-UP please follow the marked yellow lane in the faculty/student parking lot, drop-off and pick-up your students in the yellow lane, and proceed to the top of the parking lot to exit.
FACULTY PARKING is to the front of the horizontal yellow line.
STUDENT/VISITOR PARKING is to the back of the horizontal line.
FOR ALL AFTER-SCHOOL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES AT THE HIGH SCHOOL, public/parents please park on the RIGHT SIDE of the oval -- the activity bus is having trouble getting through due to people parking on both sides.

FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL:   ALL Students, Faculty & Visitors MUST use the cross-walks!  Your cooperation and patience is greatly needed to ensure the safety of everyone.

8/19/13 > At CHS: 9th Gr. Orientation, Student Schedules, First Day of School Information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION for All CHS Students & Parents, Please Read Carefully
Due to construction, 9th Grade orientation will be held on the 1st day of school, August 28th.  All student schedules will be sent out on Tuesday, August, 20th with a map of the high school building.  Students are also able to view their schedule on PowerSchool, if they know their log-in information.  We ask that all students find their 1st Period class on their schedule and report to that room for enrolling.  Class meetings will be held the first day of school beginning with the freshmen class and ending with the senior class.  Freshmen will be given a tour of the building following their class meeting.  

Your school counselors are able to assist you now via email if a schedule change is needed.  You may contact your school counselor at the following:  All juniors/seniors please contact, Mrs. Spaid at .  All freshmen/sophomores please contact, Mrs. Klepfer at .  Faculty and staff will be ready to assist all students with questions and/or concerns.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we all adapt to our changing environment.

8/12/13 > CHS YEARBOOKS: To Be Distributed Aug. 19-20 from Centre Elementary School

High School YEARBOOKS will be distributed from the lobby at CENTRE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL on Monday, August 19th, and Tuesday, August 20th, from 10:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.

Please note the change in location from past years.

7/23/13 > CHS Class of 2013 Provides Donations to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Prior to their graduation in June, members of the CHS Class of 2013 very generously chose to help out two Clearfield community non-profit programs with monetary donations on behalf of their class: 

Marian House , with a donation in the amount of $445.76.  Marian House works to provide shelter, meals, education and support for homeless women and children of the Clearfield area. 

The Good Samaritan Center , with a donation in the amount of $445.76.  The Good Samaritan Center operates a men's shelter with a positive influence, and also operates a furniture repairSchoolCenter Pictureshop and store as outreach ministries of the Center.

Go Bison!

>"Thank you" from Sr. Ruth Ann Madera, CA, Director of Marian House
>"Thank you" from Deacon Tony Indelicato, Director of the Good Samaritan Center

6/10/13 > CHS Commencement 2013: Archived LIVESTREAM Broadcast

SchoolCenter Picture Class of 2013: COMMENCEMENT JUNE 7th - 7:00 PM
At Clearfield High School Gymnasium and Streamed LIVE
~ PARKING: Please follow parking procedures & attendants' instructions the day of graduation ~
Commencement Exercises for Clearfield High School's Class of 2013 were held June 7th, at 7:00 PM in the Clearfield High School Gymnasium.
NEW THIS YEAR, the CHS 2013 Commencement Program will also be broadcast via LIVESTREAM at the link below from 7:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday, June 7th.

View the ARCHIVED Broadcast

Sunday, JUNE 2nd - 6:30 PM, At Clearfield Middle School Auditorium

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsored this year's Baccalaureate service in honor of the Class of 2013 on Sunday, June 2nd at 6:30 PM in the Clearfield Middle School Auditorium.  A reception was held afterwards for all in attendance.  Light refreshments were served.

6/07/13 > VIDEO: CHS Senior Class Video - Watch it here!

CHS Senior Class Video 

Members of Clearfield High School's Class of 2013 embarked on an ambitious project to do a "lip dub" this year for their senior video.  Mrs. Spaid, the senior class counselor, found a lip dub online that was done by Hollidaysburg High School and she showed it to Mr. Janocko and Mrs. Prestash.  They both agreed it would be a wonderful way to highlight Clearfield High School, and the seniors were given the green light to go ahead. 


One of the seniors, Amber Scott, took the project on and did a great job.  She enlisted a team of students, and together they planned and executed the lip dub.  This involved getting a form from every student, and planning the music and timing of the dub.  It took the team a few months to put it all together.  This project was a neat way to showcase all the students and all the good things that go on at Clearfield High School.  Click the Attachment link below, sit back and enjoy the CHS Lip Dub 2013!

6/06/13 > Bison Band Participates in 2013 IPL 500 Festival Parade

SchoolCenter Picture On Saturday afternoon, May 25th, Clearfield High School Bison Marching Band members, under the direction of Raymond Mandell, participated in the annual IPL 500© Festival Parade in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Band members performed "America", "Mission" and "Championship" for the enthusiastic crowds.  More than 300,000 spectators packed the streets of downtown Indianapolis in the pre-celebration ceremonies for the running of the 97th Indianapolis 500© Mile Race.  The Bison Marching Band was one of the largest high school bands, traveling the farthest for the event.  It was the Bison Band's second appearance at the two-mile long IPL 500© Festival Parade, which always takes place the Saturday prior to the famous Indianapolis 500© Mile Race.
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You can view the performance on YouTube at IPL 500 Festival Parade Segment 3, national telecast by NBC Sports.  Supporting local music programs allows youth to take part in events like these.
Go Bison!

6/06/13 > CHS: Class of 2013 - Principal's List Dinner

SchoolCenter PictureCHS CLASS of 2013:  Principal's List
Each year the administration at Clearfield High School hosts a dinner for the graduating seniors who have obtained the top 10 cumulative ranking for their four years of high school.  Parents, the district superintendent, school board members, the senior class advisor and the senior counselor are invited to the celebration as well.  This year, the dinner was held at the Clearfield-Curwensville Country Club.  The seniors shared their plans for the future, where they will be attending college and why they chose their particular school.  Congratulations, Seniors!SchoolCenter Picture

The top ten seniors in the class of 2013 from left to right sitting are:  Kirsten Muirhead, Morgen Turner, Marissa McKendrick, Dr. Thomas Otto, district superintendent, Makayla Ebeling, and Alyssa Broad.  Standing is Mr. Tim Janocko, CHS principal, Corey Root, Dylan Swisher, Connor Renaud, Mrs. Sue Spaid, senior class counselor, Jacob Mandell, Derek Riegel and Mrs. Heather Prestash, CHS vice-principal.

6/03/13 > CHS Announces Students of the Month for April

Clearfield High School has announced its students of the month for April.  Individual teachers select students of the month based on good citizenship, collaboration with others, volunteerism, and attention to academics.  The students of the month for April are:
Accounting I, Megan Shurer
ACE, Advanced Word Processing, Database, and Spreadsheet, Jensen Maines
Advanced Word Processing, Database, and Spreadsheet, Devin Jones
Agriculture, Cory Leonard
Art, Natasha Dixon and Brandon Nishida
Calculus, Alyssa Broad
Economics, Corey Stiver
English, Jonathan McCreadie
English I, Katelyn Ryan and Joe Shifter
English II, Darian Casher and Ronna Wisor
English III, Koral Seaburn and Brianna Spencer
German, Amber Casher
Intro to Word Processing, Database, and Spreadsheet, Paige Spingola
Intro to Computers and Information Processing, Diane Thompson
Literary Seminar, 9th grade, Macy ForrestSchoolCenter Picture
Mathematics, Bradley Barnett and Tony Cantolina
Physical Education, 9th grade, David King
Physical Education, 10th grade, Emily Aveni
Pre-Calculus, Jon Stephens
Public Speaking, Matt McKenzie
U.S. Civics, 9th grade, Katelyn Ryan
World Cultures, Noah Cline and Macala Leigey

Clearfield Area High School students of the month for April are, seated, from left:  Koral Seaburn, Macala Leigey, Brianna Spencer, Emily Aveni, Ronna Wisor, Darian Casher, Cory Leonard, Jonathan McCreadie. From left to right, standing, are: Diane Thompson, Jensen Maines, Brandon Nishida, Bradley Barnett, Amber Casher, Noah Cline, Devin Jones, David King, Paige Spingola, Megan Shurer, Alyssa Broad, Matt McKenzie and Jon Stephens.

6/03/13 > CHS Spanish Students Tour Pittsburgh

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On Wednesday, May 8th, eighty-two students of the Clearfield High School Spanish Department participated in a field trip to Pittsburgh, PA.  Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society members and students of Spanish classes I-IV enjoyed a day of fun aboard The Gateway Clipper riverboat.  Throughout the day they enjoyed a Spanish-inspired meal, followed by dancing, music, and a two-hour tour of Pittsburgh's many historical sights and attractions.  All of the students (Gr. 9-12) had a great time as well as their chaperones, Ms. Crisafulli (Spanish Club Advisor), Ms. Zimdahl (Spanish Honor Society Advisor) and high school teachers Ms. Ross and Mrs. Bargerstock.  Many of those who went participated in a Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser sale that was a huge success.  The profit from the fundraiser helped to pay for the charter buses and a portion of the ticket for the riverboat tour.  Thank you to those that participated in this fundraiser to help make this field trip such a great success!

Article by: Jake Lansberry, Spanish II student and member of Spanish Club & Spanish Honor Society

5/24/13 > CHS 2013 Commencement Exercises: IMPORTANT INFORMATION

SchoolCenter PictureSchoolCenter PictureCommencement Exercises for Clearfield High School's Class of 2013 will be held on Friday, June 7th, at 7:00 PM in the High School Gymnasium.  Admission is by ticket only, however, accommodations will be made for those not having a ticket to view the ceremony at the school.

NEW THIS YEAR, the ceremony will also be streamed live through a link on the District website's homepage which will be provided at a later date.

5/23/13 > CHS Brings Out the Purple for Paint The Town Purple Event

SchoolCenter PictureSenior students Amber Scott, Katelyn Maltais and Derek Reigel decorated the office at Clearfield High School to support the Central Clearfield County ACS's upcoming "Relay for Life - Paint The Town Purple" event, scheduled for Saturday, June 1st.
What Is Relay For Life?
Each year, more than 4 million people in over 20 countries raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay For Life movement.

Find out more about the 2013 Relay For Life of Central Clearfield County HERE

WHEN:   American Cancer Society's 2013 Relay For Life of Central Clearfield County is
Saturday, JUNE 1, 2013
LOCATION:  Clearfield County Fairgrounds, 500 McBride St., Clearfield PA 16830

5/22/13 > CHS Students Complete Work Experience Program

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The students were recently rewarded for their hard work and dedication at an "Appreciation Luncheon", hosted by Goodwill, Inc. Congratulations!  Go Bison!

5/21/13 > CHS FFA Envirothon Team Wins 1st Place at County Envirothon

SchoolCenter Picture The Clearfield High School FFA Envirothon team recently placed 1st in the County Envirothon.  Congratulations! They will be traveling to Juniata College (Huntingdon, PA) to compete at the state-level Pennsylvania Envirothon on May 21st & 22nd.  Go Bison!

Right: Clearfield High School FFA Envirothon team members are pictured with Asst. Principal Mrs. Heather Prestash, Principal Tim Janocko, and FFA advisor Mrs. Jackie Carr.

About the Pennsylvania Envirothon
Hundreds of teachers and professionals throughout Pennsylvania guide high school students through this natural resource environmental education program that combines classroom learning and outdoor activities.  This exposure to nature and seeing how humans impact the natural world provide invaluable lessons for understanding ecosystems and our environment.  At the Envirothon, teams of five high school students compete in field testing using their knowledge in five topic areas - Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Environmental Issues.  A current environmental issue is chosen each year as the "hot topic" for the focus of this station as well as the oral presentation component.  Students are exposed to scientists and experts in the fields of environmental science and ecology who will coach and guide their learning experience.  Teams first compete in a county Envirothon, with winners advancing to the state contest where over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded.  State winners earn the chance to compete at the North American Envirothon, North America's largest high school natural resource education competition, and a chance to win scholarships and North American products.  (Source: )

5/09/13 > Keystone Assessments Begin Next Week at CHS

This notification is to inform all CHS students of the schedule for Keystone Assessments next week.  The subjects involved in testing are Algebra I, Literature and Biology.  Proficiency on these tests is required in the state of Pennsylvania for students to graduate beginning with the class of 2017. 

Testing for sophomores and freshmen will take place between periods 1 to 4 (7:51-10:43) each scheduled day.  All 10th Grade students will test on May 15-16 for Literature, all students currently taking Biology will test on May 22-23,  and all students currently taking Algebra I or who have not achieved proficiency in Algebra will test on May 17th and 20th.  May 21st and 24th are make-up days.

Junior re-tests will also be on May 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st and 22nd. If you have questions regarding the testing, please contact the school and speak with Mrs. Spaid, building testing coordinator.

5/09/13 > CHS Senior Wins 5th Congressional District's HS Art Competition

SchoolCenter Picture WASHINGTON, D.C. - Danielle Anderson, a senior at Clearfield High School, has won the Fifth Congressional District's 2013 High School Art Competition, which was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson.   Anderson's artwork, "Giraffe," a colored pencil drawing, will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Complex in Washington, D.C. for the next year.  "Danielle is a tremendously talented individual and artist and her work is deserving of this recognition," stated Thompson.  "Ms. Anderson should be proud of this beautiful artwork, which will now hang in the halls of the nation's Capital for the world to enjoy."

The contestants for the 2013 High School Art Competition were honored May 4th at the Winkler Art Gallery in DuBois, at 36 N. Brady St..  The winning artworks will be displayed publically for the remainder of the week.  "The artistic creativity of the students of the 5th District of Pennsylvania was on full display this week," added Thompson.   "I want to thank all participants for their hard work, along with the families, friends, supporters, teachers and judges for making this competition such a success."  The entries were judged by local artists from across the 5th District, including Steve Hindman of Clearfield, Bev Verbeke of Erie, Christine Eckert of Lock Haven and Susan Loskoski of DuBois.
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2013 Art Winner *FIRST PLACE*
Danielle Anderson, a senior at Clearfield High School
Title: GiraffeMedium: Color Pencil
Description: "The right side of a giraffe face and ear"


Additional 2013 Winners:
Honorable Mention:  Abby Swales, a junior at Clearfield High School.
Title: Cat   Medium: Colored pencil
Description: "A close-up image of a cat that shows detail in the fur and eye. The eye is the focal point."

5/08/13 > CHS Prom 2013 is Saturday, May 11th: Please see Prom Information HERE

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The Clearfield High School juniors and seniors and their dates will spend an evening in "New York, New York" in a city-themed gymnasium this Saturday, May 11th from 7:00-10:30 PM at the high school.

Parents, friends, and community members may view the gym between 5:15-6:15 PM.  At 6:15 PM, all persons will be asked to leave the gym/front commons area for safety/security reasons.  No one will be permitted to enter the building after 6:15 PM.

The promenade will begin promptly at SchoolCenter Picture6:30 PM.  It will be held outside, weather permitting.  If the promenade is canceled, it will be announced Friday afternoon.

The advisors for the junior class are Ms. Leann Schaeffer and Mrs. Tiffany Warlow.

Right: Decorating the CHS gym is under way!

5/02/13 > 2013 Young American Patriotic Poster Contest Winners Announced

SchoolCenter Picture Clearfield VFW Ladies Auxiliary announces the winners of the 2013 Young American Patriotic Poster Contest.  Each entry was judged on originality of concept, patriotism expressed, and design technique.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary organization supports and funds youth programs and scholarship opportunities.  Rachele's first place win will advance her entry to competition at the VFW District level.

Congratulations and appreciation to all the winners and students for their participation!
Pictured are Rachele Hale, Emily Dearing, and Micaela Potter along with VFW contest chairman Katherine Fridberg. 
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4/30/13 > CHS Announces Students of Month for March 2013

The Clearfield High School has announced its students of the month for March 2013.  Individual teachers select students of the month based on good citizenship, collaboration with others, volunteerism and attention to academics.  The students of the month for March are:

Accounting I: Alyssa Broad

ACE Advanced Word Processing, Database, and Spreadsheet: Abigail Snyder

Anatomy: Jessica Shomo

AP Statistics: Isaiah Cutler

Art: Emily Dearing

Calculus: Mikayla Eberling

Economics: Megan Shugarts

English: Eric Daub and Josh Kitchen

English, Grade 9: Nicholas Veihdeffer

English, Grade 10: Joshua Kennedy and Allison Carns

English, Grade 11: Jill Heichel

English IV AP: Corey Root

English, Grade 12: Taylor McGonigal

Freshman Seminar: Micah Hummel

German: Kyle Thompson

Introduction to Word Processing, Database, and Spreadsheet: Emily Hoover

Pre-calculus: Carson Steiner

Public Speaking: Shannon Reinke and Brenna Berry

Science, Grade 11: Naomi Bradley

Spanish II: Jessica Matten
Swimming Physical Education: Brandon McGarry

World Cultures: Alissa McKenrick and Nicolas Hudson

4/22/13 > Dual Enrollment Meeting Set for May 8th @ MS, For CASD Gr 8-11 Students & Parents

If you are interested in learning about the opportunities for CHS students to earn college credit in high school, please plan on attending!
Wednesday, May 8th at 6:30 PM
WHERE:  Clearfield Middle School Auditorium
A meeting to discuss & explain how students can earn college credits while in high school 
CONTACT:   Susan Spaid, Senior Class Counselor and Dual Enrollment Coordinator, at 765-2401 x 2144 or
Information about the dual enrollment program and ALSO the Associates in the High School program offered by Pennsylvania Highlands Community College will be provided at this meeting.  Students can actually earn an associate degree by their senior year! 
If you are interested in learning about the opportunities for CHS students to earn college credit, please be at this meeting!  A representative from PA Highlands Community College will be here to present information along with representatives from the high school.  For more information, please contact Mrs. Spaid at the numbers or email above.

4/12/13 > 3rd Annual CHS Student Art Show at the Shaw Public Library Until May 4th

SchoolCenter PictureThe Susquehanna River Arts Center is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Clearfield High School Student Art Show during the month of April at the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library in downtown Clearfield.  The 2013 show was judged by Mr. Steve Hindman, and SRAC will award the winners with over $500.00 in cash prizes!!  The awards ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at the Library and will close the show on Saturday, May 4th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  The public is invited to stop by the Library and check out the awesome work the students at CHS have created. 

The CHS Art Department would like to give a special thanks to SRAC for all of their hard work in sponsoring and organizing such a wonderful opportunity for our students!  Congratulations to all of the winners and all who participated to make this a truly spectacular show!  You have made CHS very proud!  The winners are as follows:

BEST OF SHOW/CHS Outstanding Artist - $150.00  Danielle Anderson --'Giraffe', Colored Pencil
1st Place - $75.00  Emily Dearing --'Box Camera & Tree Frog', Colored Pencil
2nd Place - $50.00  Gabby Naddeo --'Giraffe Bank', Ceramic Pinch Pot
3rd Place - $35.00  Brandon Borger --'Iron Man', Colored Pencil
4th Place - $25.00  Abby Swales --'Cat', Colored Pencil
Honorable Mention - $5.00
Ausha Shaw --'Greek Influenced Coil Pot', Ceramic Coil Pot
Althea Lauver --'Sam Winchester', Multi-Media
Callie Keith --'Jagger Browski Miester', Digital Print
Natosha Dixon --'Smile', Colored Pencil
Tia Lombardo --'Clown Fish', Colored Pencil
Michaela Potter--'White Horse', Colored Pencil
Maggie Naddeo--'Rose', Pencil
Juror's Award - $15.00
Kenton Climie --'One Footed Burchell's Starling', Colored Pencil
Kaylee Peacock --'Horned Sea Monster', Ceramic Sculpture
Braze Greenaway --'CD Cover Design', Computer Generated Design
Natalie Lemmo --'Bow Box', Ceramic Slab Pot
Melissa Evans --'Puppy', Pencil
Jensen Maines -Untitled, Colored Pencil
Kenny Conway --'Tiger', Colored Pencil 
Taylor Dixon --'Rooster', Colored Pencil
Natosha Dixon --'Ocean Sky', Digital Print
Brandon Nishida --'Regina Spektor', Pencil
Koral Seaburn --'Colorful Weave', Burlap/Yarn

4/11/13 > National Spanish Exam Administered at CHS

SchoolCenter Picture On April 5, 2013 the National Spanish Exam was administered to 120 students of Clearfield High School currently enrolled in the Spanish program.  Levels 3 Honors and 4AP Spanish students took the test in the morning and levels 1 and 2 students took it in the afternoon.  The tests were voluntary and were taken electronically using laptops to test the knowledge of the Spanish students compared to others throughout the nation.  The district Tech Department staff aided a great deal to help make this possible.

The students were specifically tested according to their level of Spanish.  Each test included an achievement section, which included vocabulary and grammar questions, and a proficient section, which included examining pictures, listening to clips of audio and comprehending paragraphs of Spanish text to answer questions correctly.  The methods of answering questions included by selecting multiple-choice answers, by selecting drop-down menu answers, and by filling in the blank.  Students were given forty-two minutes for each section and were allotted a break in between.

Students paid an entrance fee of $5 in the fall to take part in the National Spanish Exam.  The success of the exam is due largely in part to the Spanish department's contribution to practicing the Spanish language with its students.  Exercises to train for the exam were involved in the Spanish curriculum of both Mrs. Zimdahl-McManus' and Miss Crisafulli's classes throughout the year and especially leading up to the day of the test.

3/26/13 > CHS Student Council To Sponsor Benefit Volleyball Tournament on 4/6/2013

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Come and support the Magagnotti family on Saturday, April 6th at the Volleyball Tournament sponsored by CHS Student Council.  Please get a team together and join in on the fun!  There are two divisions -- a recreational division, and a power division for more serious competitors.

materials can be found at local businesses and at the main office of the Clearfield High School.

Mrs. Magagnotti has recently been blessed with a baby girl.  Shortly after her baby was born, she was diagnosed with liver cancer.  The costs to raise a baby are high.  Adding to these costs are many doctor appointments and her treatment.

There will be FOOD, FUN, and the joy of helping a local family! Thank you for your support! 

3/26/13 > CHS Sends Seven Students to Region III Choir Festival

SchoolCenter Picture This past week seven CHS students participated in the Region III Choir Festival at Curwensville High School.  The students were Jacob Mandell, Vince Kovach, Sara Stettler, Erik Neville, Matt McKenzie, Rachel Duke and John Lance.

Jacob and Vince both qualified to advance to the All State music festival in Erie this April.  Rachel and John both placed in the top 10 of their respective sections.

Congratulations all!

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$300 scholarships were presented to 18 different students to attend the summer music camp at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey.  That's a total of $5,400!

Two of these scholarships were presented to Clearfield students, Sara Stettler and Jacob Mandell.  They are pictured with guest conductor, Dr. Amanda Quist.

Congratulations, Sara and Jacob!  

(Info/photos courtesy Mr. Andrew Rothrock MM:ME, Director of Choral Activity)

3/19/13 > Stone Presents $4,455 to the American Cancer Society

SchoolCenter Picture CLEARFIELD - The late coach Arthur J. Weiss Sr., founder of Clearfield wrestling and the dean of Pennsylvania schoolboy wrestling once said, "I didn't just teach them about wrestling.  I taught them about being a good citizen."  At the Clearfield wrestling banquet, senior Christian Stone defined that legacy left behind by Weiss when he presented a check in the amount of $4,455 to Darlene Rowles of the American Cancer Society.  As part of his senior project, Stone chose to raise money for the local ACS.  "We're required to complete a senior project to graduate.  You can do something simple, or you can do something that has a little more meaning," said Stone.  "I wanted to do something with some meaning to help people.  "And, everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer.  I, for one, have witnessed it first-hand.  It's a really vicious thing."  According to Stone, the monies he raised will assist in funding cancer research and families with financial needs.  He said, "They won't have to worry about that stress, and they can just worry about overcoming cancer."  He said at the time of the team's banquet, he'd raised $4,455; however, "it keeps going up."  Stone said that donors could either donate a flat dollar amount, or a fixed amount per pin by Stone or by the team as a whole.  He said that in 2012-13, the Clearfield wrestling team recorded 104 pins, and he thanked his teammates for contributing "tremendously" to his ACS project.  Stone recorded a team-best 22 pins.

Rowles, on behalf of the ACS and cancer patients in Clearfield County, thanked Stone for thinking of them.  She also thanked the team for wrestling hard to pin opponents this season, saying they helped raise "an amazing amount of money for a high school organization."  According to her, cancer is America's No. 1 health concern with 11 million living who have been diagnosed with cancer.  She said the lift-time risk of people developing cancer now is one of two men and one of three women.  "As Christian said, we all know someone who has been impacted by this disease," said Rowles.  "There will probably be 1.2 million new cases of cancer this year.  That's a staggering number.  Last year in Pennsylvania alone, there were 75,000 cases of cancer.  "That's why we raise hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.  The American Cancer Society funds research.  We have funded more than 45 Nobel Prize winners that have developed cancer research and treatment.  We're the largest non-profit agency funding cancer research."

Stone finished his senior season 34-4 overall.  He had a career record of 128-27, which is tied for fourth best in Clearfield wrestling history.  He's one of just 11 Clearfield wrestlers to achieve the 100-win milestone.  Stone was also a four-time PIAA state qualifier.  "He became one of the leaders and examples of our wrestling program, on and off the mat and in the classroom," said head wrestling coach Jeff Aveni.  "His senior project was absolutely amazing.  Clearfield wrestling, Clearfield High School is going to miss him.  Yes, he won a lot of matches, but he's going to be missed by this school as an example for these younger guys."
Article courtesy Jessica Shirey, Clearfield Wrestling Newsletter Editor Go Bison!

3/08/13 > CHS Art Students Use Creative Talents To Help Out

Art students at Clearfield High School recently created painted bowling pins for The Annual Bowl for Kids' Sake fundraiser sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters.   This orginization provides programs, services, and support for children and families of  Clearfield County.  The decoratively-painted pins will be used as prizes for "red pin" bowling strikes.  Great job on a terrific project!
(Info and photo courtesy R. Nowak)
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2/28/13 > It's Read Across America Week: Feb. 25 - March 1st

SchoolCenter Picture It's Read Across America Week, and to celebrate the CHS English Department is inviting students to join in the fun!  In addition to individual classroom activities, the English teachers are hosting a week-long contest involving daily questions about favorite authors and books, plus a door decorating contest.  Prizes will be awarded. SchoolCenter Picture 

Shown with one of the hallway displays promoting Read Across America are, from left, students Frank Butler, Thomas Summers, Ashley Collins, Brandi Hugar, Sawyer Rowels, Joshua Sorbera, and Curtis Daub.

"Be awesome!  Be a book nut!"
"You can find magic wherever you look.
Sit back and relax, all you need is a book."
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DR. SEUSS (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991)
March 2nd is the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.  Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

2/11/13 > Nine CHS Students Attend Recent PMEA District 4 Choir Festival

SchoolCenter Picture This past week nine (9) students from Clearfield High School participated in the PMEA District 4 Choir Festival at Mifflin County High School. 

Of the nine CHS students who attended, seven (7) qualified to advance to the PMEA Region III Choir Festival scheduled to be held at Curwensville HS in March.  Congratulations!
(Info/photo submitted by Andrew A. Rothrock, CASD Director of Choral Activity/ Asst. Marching Band Director)

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2/11/13 > CHS Helping Hands Club Currently Collecting Prom Dresses & Accessories

SchoolCenter PictureDo you have any lovely prom dresses that need a new home?  Looking for a place to donate them?
The CHS Helping Hands Club is currently collecting prom dresses and accessories for Clearfield Community Action's "Prom Closet", located in downtown Clearfield.  The Prom Closet supplies prom dresses and accessories to area students, i.e. each dress will go to a princess in need! 

If you have any dresses or accessories that could be donated, please bring them to the high school and deliver them to Mrs. Emily Zimmerman in Room 206.  We will be collecting prom dresses now until April 15th.  For each dress and accessory donated, students will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to L.A. Nails. 

DOWNLOAD the flyer at the link below

2/04/13 > 2013 CHS Local Scholarship Packet is Available Now for CHS Students

The 2013 CHS LOCAL SCHOLARSHIP PACKET is now available HERE.
PLEASE NOTE:  The absolute DEADLINE for submitting the completed Application is 12:00 NOON on Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

1/31/13 > New Edition of The Stampede is Online Now!

Check out the 1/30/2013 edition of the CHS online student newspaper The Stampede !

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1/29/13 > CHS Class Rings: Order Class Rings Wednesday, February 6th During Lunches

A representative from Jostens will be at the High School on WEDNESDAY, February 6th, during lunches to take orders for class rings.  Sophomore students have received packets with ordering information.  Extra packets are available in the High School Main Office for any sophomore that may not have received one or any juniors or seniors that may be interested.

1/16/13 > FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion Night To Be Held 2/7/2013 at CHS

Clearfield High School will host a free FAFSA Completion Night (FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid) on Thursday 2/7/2013.  If you need help filling out the FAFSA, bring your 2012 or 2011 tax returns and join us in the high school library at 6:30 PM.   A financial aid specialist will be here to help and answer any questions you may have about completing the FAFSA.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required to qualify for most student aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional awards and low-cost federal student and parent loans. 

Families with questions about the FAFSA Completion Night should contact Mrs. Susan Spaid, Senior Class counselor, at the HS Guidance Office, (814) 765-2401, Ext. 2249 or .

1/09/13 > New Edition of The Stampede is Online NOW!

Check out the latest edition of the CHS online student newspaper The Stampede !

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12/21/12 > CHS Forestry Class/Vo Ag Students Earn Certification

SchoolCenter PictureRecently members of the Clearfield High School Vocational Agriculture Forestry Class completed their Fire Fighter (PA-130) Certification with PA DCNR staff looking on.

The DCNR staff assisted with evaluating and co-teaching the Forestry Certification.  The Vo Ag classes are under the direction of Mrs. Jackie Carr.
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12/21/12 > CHS Students Visit with Santa

SchoolCenter PictureSanta made a visit to Ms. Jennifer Mease-Gisewhite's classroom at the Clearfield High School on his way to the North Pole recently!

From left Mrs. Heather Prestash, Assistant Principal, Alissa Bradley, Bradley Barnett, Alex Spingola, Alyssa Rothrock, Tasha Gearhart, Theresa Hardy, Santa, Tony Cantolina, Rena Fisher, Mr. Tim Janocko, Interim Principal, Bronica Dixon, Brooke, Helena Coble, Josh Barnett and Caleb Haywood.

12/12/12 > New Edition of The Stampede CHS Student Newspaper is Online Now

The latest edition of Clearfield High School's own online student newspaper, The Stampede , has arrived on a momentous date, 12/12/12!  Check it out HERE to read many interesting articles about people, programs and events at our high school.  This issue has the added distinction of not only being entirely written by students, but also having the layout and design done entirely by the students.  Congratulations on a job well done!

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11/28/12 > Food, Pajama & Book Drive Going On Now At CHS, 'Till 12/14/2012!

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'You CAN Help Your Community'

Going On NOW Through FRIDAY 12/14/2012!

We have all heard the age-old saying " IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE ", and the English Department at Clearfield High School has decided to really put words into action this holiday season.  The English Department is hosting the " You CAN Help Your Community " CANNED FOOD, PAJAMA & BOOK DRIVE to kick off the holiday season.  The English teachers at the high school are running a class competition now through Friday, Dec. 14th to see what English class can put these words into action.  Not only can students donate, but so can community members, too.  If anyone is interested in making a donation please send your donation with a student to the high school or drop one off in the main office. PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED FLYER BELOW for your reference.   If you have any questions please contact the CHS English Department at 765-2401.  Thank you and Happy Giving!

Tangi Borden, English Teacher
814-765-2401 ext. 2212

11/20/12 > CHS Bison Cheerleaders To Be In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 9:00 AM on NBC

SchoolCenter PictureKaylee Peacock and Ausha Shaw, CHS Varsity Cheerleaders, will be participating with Varsity Spirit of America Productions in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The group will be opening the parade with a performance in front of Macy's and closing the parade with Santa at Macys. 

The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and the best chance to see the girls in their performances will be on NBC. 

In addition to participating with theSchoolCenter Picturecheerleaders, Kaylee was also one of only twelve cheerleaders selected to be on the float of Jimmy Fallon, the popular talk show host, comedian, musician and actor.  She is shown pictured here after a practice with Fallon and the band Rusted Root.

11/20/12 > CANCELLED -- CHS Bison Band To Participate In Parade

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The Clearfield High School Bison Band will be participating in the Capitol Holiday Parade in Washington, D.C. this Saturday morning, November 24, 2012.  The parade will begin at 11:00 AM, and is to be televised LIVE on ABC television channels.
Go Bison!

11/15/12 > CHS Students See Classroom Physics Applied to Careers

SchoolCenter Picture Clearfield High School students who are enrolled in physics courses visited Penn State DuBois this week to learn how physics and other sciences can be applied to exciting careers.  In all, 33 students toured the campus and took in presentations from faculty members in the engineering and Information Sciences and Technology (IST) departments. 

"They're seeing physics and science and how it applies to engineering and other areas," said Susan Spaid, the senior class guidance counselor at Clearfield High.   "We want our students to see that these fields are real, and that there are good jobs in these areas."  Spaid said the demonstrations from IST and engineering faculty members showed students that jobs in such fields are more than just office work.  She hoped that they realized how education in the sciences can be applied to hands-on careers.  She said, "So often they think that a career after college is just sitting at a desk. I want them to see that a career in an interesting field is possible, where they can be active and solve problems."  The Penn State DuBois faculty members showcased the hands-on education that they offer, which trains students for the kinds of stimulating careers Spaid had in mind.  In the IST lab, students learned how the variety of the tasks that professionals complete can make for interesting work.  In creating and maintaining vast computer and communications networks, professionals in IST often perform all tasks related to networking, from running cables, to writing software programs.    In the engineering lab, students got a close-up look at the new face of manufacturing.  Modern work in powder metals, for example, requires the use of computer-aided machines to produce precise parts for use in automobiles, home appliances, and more.  People who enter these careers are those who have a strong education in the field, but also are not afraid to get their hands dirty.  Engineering and powder metal professionals are also in high demand in today's economy, which means plenty of opportunity for graduates of engineering programs.  "There are a lot of career opportunities in engineering," said Craig Stringer, assistant professor of engineering at Penn State DuBois.  "We can help them get into those careers.  Education is a key to that. It will open up opportunities for them."

SchoolCenter PictureSpaid said the campus visit went a long way in showing her Clearfield High School students the opportunities they'll have in the future, and that they don't have to go far from home to get it.  "We want to broaden the knowledge these kids have.  We want to provide the opportunity for them to see what college is like," she said.  "This is only 20 miles away from home; it's close." 
(Article courtesy:  PSU/DuBois Campus  )

Associate Professor of Engineering Craig Stringer speaks to students about applying physics to engineering fields in the campus engineering lab.

11/08/12 > 2012-13 Bison Winter Athletic Events: Season Passes Now On Sale

SchoolCenter Picture2012-13 Winter Season Passes are now available to purchase for students and adults for all winter Athletic activities sponsored by the Clearfield Area School District.


COST:    Winter Season Passes -- Students $20.00, Adults $30.00
Winter Season Passes by individual sports are as follows:

Boys' Basketball -- $20.00, Girls' Basketball -- $20.00, Swimming -- $15.00, Wrestling -- $10.00
Tickets may be purchased at the Clearfield High School Athletic Office, telephone (814) 765-2401.  Winter Season Passes are not valid unless signed.

10/26/12 > CHS Offers Free FINANCIAL AID NIGHT Thursday 11/1/2012, 6:30-8:30 PM

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Clearfield High School offers
for Junior and Senior Students and Parents 
 THURSDAY, NOV. 1 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM 
 Attendees to learn important student aid information

Clearfield High School will host a free Financial Aid Night on THURSDAY 11/1/2012 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, to be held in the HS library.  District high school Seniors and Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend this informative session to get a better understanding of the student aid process, and how best to begin planning to fund their higher education.  A student aid expert from PHEAA's Regional Office will be available to provide information and answer questions. 
Parents and students will learn what they need to do to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is required to qualify for most student aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional awards and low-cost federal student and parent loans.   Participants will also be briefed on Pennsylvania-specific aid programs as well as the importance of searching out free money awards like scholarships to help pay for education costs.  Families with questions about the free Financial Aid Night should contact Mrs. Susan Spaid, Senior Class counselor, at the HS Guidance Office, (814) 765-2401, Ext. 2249 or .

10/10/12 > CHS Journalism Class Launches New Online Student Newspaper, The Stampede

The Journalism Class at Clearfield High School has produced the first edition of the new school newspaper, The Stampede.  The online newspaper is written entirely by the Journalism students SchoolCenter Picture for the high school students.

Topics in the first issue include the ongoing renovations at the high school, Homecoming 2012, new clubs, and sports.  A number of features on students and a poll about the new lunch menu are also included.  The Journalism Class, instructed by Mrs. Michele Moyer, plans to produce two issues of The Stampede each month.

The newspaper can be found at:

SchoolCenter PicturePHOTO:  CHS Journalism class members are, from left: seated - Taylor Frelin and Allie Freeman; and standing - Macala Leigey, Jarret Forcey, Jake Wingate, Alyssa Amblod, Calley Keith, Megan Shurer, and Sarah Smeal. 
(Article/photo courtesy M. Moyer)

10/04/12 > CHS Student Earns National Merit Scholarship Program Honors

SchoolCenter PictureClearfield High School would like to congratulate Kirsten Muirhead for her outstanding performance on the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.  Kirsten has received a letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship program.  Congratulations Kirsten for a job well done!!

National Merit Scholarship Program
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.  High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) -a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year-and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.

Steps in the 2013 Competition

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit

Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship QualifyingTest (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  

Program Recognition
Of the 1.5 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT®   Selection Index scores (critical reading + mathematics + writing skills scores) qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program.  In April following the fall test administration, high-scoring participants from every state are invited to name two colleges or universities to which they would like to be referred by NMSC.  In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist.

Commended Students  In late September, about 34,000 of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the
PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise.  Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year.

NMSC Mission Statement
The mission of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is to recognize and honor the academically talented students of the United States. NMSC accomplishes its mission by conducting nationwide academic scholarship programs. The enduring goals of NMSC's scholarship programs are:

  • to promote a wider and deeper respect for learning in general and for exceptionally talented individuals in particular
  • to shine a spotlight on brilliant students and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence at all levels of education
  • to stimulate increased support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding scholastic talent
8/09/12 > STUDENT SCHEDULE PICKUP: August 20 & 21, 2012 between 9:00 AM & 2:30 PM

Student Schedules for the 2012-13 school year for all 10th, 11th and 12th Grade students may be picked up Monday 8/20/12 and Tuesday 8/21/12 in the High School main office between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:30 PM.

8/09/12 > 9th Grade ORIENTATION: Monday 8/20/12 at 7:00 PM

Orientation for incoming 9th Grade students and their parents will be held on Monday 8/20/12 at 7:00 PM in the CHS cafeteria.  Schedules for 9th Graders will be distributed at this time.

5/30/12 > Community Connection: CHS Students Experience Clearfield In A New Way

Students from Clearfield High School's Gr. 10 World Cultures class (Mr. Pat Pallo, instructor) recently had a chance to experience and see downtown Clearfield in a new way.  The studentsSchoolCenter Picture visited the Clearfield Borough building, the Dimeling Senior Residence building, and Clearfield County administrative offices.  During their visit they experienced how local and county government agencies operate and also had a chance to explore the former Dimeling Hotel from the "inside out".  Community members shared personal stories about their experiences in Clearfield as well as brief history lessons of downtown.  The group also had a chance to hear unique perspectives from a number of local citizens who have committed to our community in a variety of ways. 

Local government and business leaders who offered their time and effort to the successful day included:  Leslie Stott - Clearfield Borough Manager; Larry Mack - Clearfield Borough Code Enforcement Officer; Vince McGinnis- Clearfield Borough Chief of Police; Kellie Truman - Clearfield Revitalization Corporation; Holly Bloom - Clearfield Chamber of Commerce; Chris Renaud- CRC, Chamber and Boro Intern; Dave Glass  - Clearfield School Board President and Ogden Legacy Insurance; Jim Schell - Clearfield Borough Mayor; Tony Scotto - Clearfield County Controller and Scotto's Pizza; Sweet Art Bakery; Cara Artiola - Dimeling Senior Residence Building, Manager; and John Sobel, Joan Robinson-McMillen, Mark McCracken - Clearfield County Commissioners.

This endeavor was intended to showcase our town of Clearfield so that students, along with local leaders can connect, create and invest in the betterment of our community.  It is hoped that this experience will continue to grow so that more students will be able to reconnect with our past, learn and live in the present, and chart a positive path for our future.
(Article and photos courtesy Brian Lytle/P. Pallo)

5/11/12 > Prom 2012: Parking Info, Times, Parent Info

The Clearfield Area High School juniors and seniors and their dates will experience "Happily Ever After" in a fairytale-themed gymnasium this Saturday, May 12th from 7:00-11:00 PM at the high school.
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Parking for prom attendees is in the student parking lot.  ALL others should park in the faculty parking lot BEHIND the school!  Parents, friends, relatives may view the gym between 5:00-5:45 PM.  At 5:45 PM, all persons will be asked to leave the gym/front commons area.

The promenade will begin promptly at 6:15 PM, and will be held outside, weather permitting.  Parents/community members must still park in the back parking lot behind the school.  They may stand near the oval/front doors of the school to view the prom attendees.  If the promenade is held inside, it will be in the main auditorium.  All attendees coming for the promenade MUST enter through the back commons area (cafeteria) doors and will exit through these doors after the promenade has concluded.  NO ONE will be permitted in the front commons or gymnasium after 5:45 PM.

The advisors for the junior class are Ms. Leann Schaeffer and Mrs. Tiffany Warlow.

4/20/12 > 2nd Annual Juried Student Art Show Going On Now At Shaw Library

SchoolCenter PictureThe Susquehanna River Arts Council is currently sponsoring the 2nd Annual Juried Student Art Show at the Shaw Public Library. The show will be hung through May 5, and conclude with a ceremony honoring the award winners.  Over $300.00 in cash prizes were awarded to the winning artists!  These young artists have represented our school well and we are very proud of them!

The following students have received awards and/or prizes for their work:
First Place- Kristen Henderlong;  Second Place-Emily Dearing;  Third Place-Amanda Lloyd;  Fourth Place-Joshua Maney


Juror's Awards:   Dayna Hedges, Carly Weed, Tyler Rees, Kristen Henderlong, Kara Irwin, Miranda Jones, John Seyler, Juliana Mellgard, Briana (B.J.) Bowman and Katie Stine


Honorable Mentions:   Travis Swoope, Maggie Naddeo, Kaitlyn Learish, Amanda Lloys, Abby Swales, Kayla Brooks and Kenny Conway

The public is invited to stop in at the Shaw Library now through May 5 to view some superb examples of student artwork by CASD students.  Congratulations all!

3/16/12 > Clearfield Mayor Issues Proclamation Recognizing Bison Cheerleaders

SchoolCenter PictureClearfield Mayor James Schell issued a proclamation honoring the Clearfield High School cheerleaders for advancing to the national finals held at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Walt Disney World in Orlando FL where they finished 12th in the nation in the medium varsity division. "I, James P. Schell, Mayor of the Borough of Clearfield, do hereby recognize the stellar accomplishments of the Clearfield High School Varsity Competition Cheerleading Team and encourage the citizens of our community to congratulate the team on their outstanding season and overall record," Schell said in the proclamation.
From left (sitting) Coach Connie Hepfer, Deziray Inguagiato, Nikki Erskine and Coach Jenny Peacock. Middle row, Taylor Stott, Kaylee Peacock, Carly Weed, Kelcie Schultz, Cheree McGonigal, Ashley Collins, Rebekah Stiner and Taylor Reed.  Back row, Tim Janocko, vice-principal of CHS, Schell and Robert Gearhart, athletic director.  (Article courtesy The Progress; photo by Jeff Corcino)
Congratulations on an Outstanding Season - 12th In The Nation!

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2/03/12 > CHS Offers Two FAFSA FINANCIAL AID NIGHTS for Students/Parents

SchoolCenter Picture  Clearfield High School offers TWO (2)
Free FINANCIAL AID NIGHTS for Students and Parents

Attendees to learn important student aid information

Clearfield High School will host TWO (2) free FINANCIAL AID NIGHTS during February, the first on THURSDAY 2/9/2012 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, and the second on THURSDAY 2/16/2012 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.    Both will be held in the computer lab adjacent to the HS library.  CHS Seniors and Juniors and their parents are encouraged to attend one of these informative sessions to get a better understanding of the student aid process, and how best to begin planning to fund their higher education.  A student aid expert from PHEAA's Regional Office will be available to provide information and answer questions.
Parents and students will learn what they need to do to apply for all types of financial aid, including completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is required to qualify for most student aid programs such as the Pennsylvania State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, institutional awards and low-cost federal student and parent loans.   Participants will also be briefed on Pennsylvania-specific aid programs as well as the importance of searching out free money awards like scholarships to help pay for education costs.

Families with questions about the free Financial Aid Nights should contact Mrs. Susan Spaid, Senior Class counselor, at the HS Guidance Office, (814) 765-2401, Ext. 2249 or .

12/19/11 > New PA Teen Driver Laws Take Effect 12/24/2011

Article courtesy GantDaily

HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania's new law aimed at increasing safety for young drivers takes effect at 12:01 AM on Dec. 24, 2011.  The new law increases behind-the-wheel training requirements, places a limit on the number of passengers a young driver can transport and makes not wearing a seatbelt a primary offense for young drivers.  The new law adds 15 hours of supervised, behind-the-wheel training for driver's license permit holders younger than 18, bringing the total to 65 hours.  Ten of the additional hours must include driving at night and five hours must occur during poor weather conditions.  Current permit-holders younger than 18 who have not yet passed the driving skills test before Dec. 24th will have to meet the requirements of the new law.  Also, as part of the law, drivers younger than 18 will not be permitted to transport more than one passenger who is under 18 and is not an immediate family member unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  After six months, the junior driver may transport up to three passengers younger than 18 who are not immediate family members without a parent or legal guardian present, but only if that driver has not been convicted of a driving violation or has not been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash.  The law also requires that junior drivers and passengers under the age of 18 must wear a seat belt, and children under the age of eight must be fastened in a child restraint system.  The seat belt provisions of the new law are primary offenses, meaning a driver can be stopped and cited solely for that violation.

More information on the changes for teen drivers can be found at by clicking on the "New Teen Driver Law 2011″ button. 
For more information on young driver safety, visit PennDOT's highway safety website, and select the "Young Driver" link under the Traffic Safety Information Center.

12/05/11 > Clearfield High School Awarded $500 Grant

The Clearfield Area High School has been selected as a 2011 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant Award winner.  The $500 grant will be used to enhance tutoring efforts to assist with the implementation of the Chicago Math program at our high school.  The Chicago Math program is being used to help raise student proficiency levels in math.  This award was made possible by Lehigh Gas Corporation and Uni-Mart located at 1473 Port Matilda Highway, Philipsburg, PA.

12/05/11 > CHS Physics Honors Students Enjoy Recent Outing

SchoolCenter PictureMembers of the Clearfield Area High School Physics Honors class recently posed for a group photo during a field trip to Penn State on a sunny fall day.
(Photo courtesy Mrs. Sue Spaid)

12/01/11 > Sweet Experiment In Advanced Chemistry Lab

SchoolCenter PictureThe CHS Adv. Chemistry class recently made rock candy as they explored the process of crystallization.  When molecules are in one area, they have a high chance of bumping into one  another, thus forming crystals.  This happens when a solution, which is made up of a liquid and the compound that will be crystallized, is saturated.  In rock candy, the liquid is water and the compound is sugar.  A solution is saturated when the liquid holds as much of the compound dissolved in it as possible.  (Photo courtesy Ms. Sarah Fye) 
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11/15/11 > Battlin' Bisons Win 2011 District IX AAA Football Championship

Article/photo courtesy GantDaily; Dave Glass, reporter
DUBOIS - The Clearfield Bison football team didn't sustain many drives, but they made several big plays on offense and defense to claim the District IX AAA Football title Saturday, 28-7. 
The game started ominously for Clearfield as Beau Swales fumbled on the first play from scrimmage, setting St. Mary's up on Clearfield's 33-yard line. However, the Bison defense came up huge, not allowing a single yard in three plays, and the Dutchmen elected to punt on 4th and 10.  "That early stop was key for our team", said Clearfield head coach Tim Janocko.  After a 14-yard punt, Swales quickly atoned for the turnover, breaking free for a 79-yard touchdown run that gave the Bisons an early 7-0 lead - a lead they would never relinquish.  The teams traded punts the next three possessions before Clearfield's offense struck quickly again, with a 2-play, 66 yard drive that featured a 27-yard run by Curtis Frye, and then a 39-yard catch-and-run touchdown from Frye to Christian Lezzer that gave Clearfield a 14-0 lead.  The Bison defense then made some big plays of their own, with Trey Jordan intercepting St. Marys QB David All on each of the next two Dutch possessions. 

"Trey Jordan had a huge day for us, with those first-half interceptions", said Janocko. The second interception set up Clearfield's final scoring drive of the first half - and their only sustained scoring drive of the game - as the Bisons marched 59 yards in six plays, capped by a Swales 9-yard TD run.  St. Mary's took over at their 11 after that score and mounted their only threat of the first half, with the key play a 38-yard run by Brian Merritt that set the Dutch up at the Bison 37. Again, however, the Clearfield defense stiffened, as Christian Lezzer recorded sacks on first and third down to force another St. Mary's punt. Swales carried twice for 46 yards on the ensuing drive, then the Bison offense stalled out and the halftime score was 21-0. 

The Dutchmen came out with a bang after halftime, as on the second play of their opening drive Justin Quiggle broke loose for a 68-yard touchdown run to cut Clearfield's lead to 21-7. Both defenses settled in for the next eight minutes of the third quarter, with each team punting twice after gaining almost no yardage.  Clearfield's final scoring drive came on their last possession of the third quarter, as a short punt set them up on St. Mary's 39 yard line. Facing a 4th and 7 from the St. Marys 18-yard line, Clearfield called a trick play to put the game away -  Christian Lezzer took a handoff, faked a sweep right then pulled up and connected with a wide-open Dylan Graham for the final touchdown of the day.  "We were able to make some big plays off of variations of what we normally do, and that Lezzer pass was an example…we were able to get some big breaks today," said Janocko. 

While there was no scoring in the fourth quarter, there were still several big plays and Clearfield's longest offensive drive of the day - Clearfield forced three sacks on St. Mary's final two possessions, including two by senior Eric White and one by Corey Knepp. On offense, the Bisons put together an 11-play, 59-yard drive that ran 5:35 off the clock, and ended any hope of a Dutch comeback.  "Eric White had a huge game for us today, I'm so happy for him. He stepped in today with injuries to some other guys and really stepped up," said Janocko. "Jordan Lancaster did a good job on the offensive line, Curtis Frye had a big afternoon…overall we played well on both sides of the ball. St. Mary's played well, getting their quarterback healthy really gave them a different look and we knew it would be tough. I'm very proud of our team." 

With the win, Coach Janocko ties Paul Simcoe's District IX record for victories, with 204.  Janocko and the Bisons will get a chance to break that record next Saturday (11/19/11) in a rematch of last season's inter-district battle against Johnstown.  "Johnstown is tough again this year, they have almost everyone back - we're looking forward to the challenge," said Janocko.   Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM at Mansion Park in Altoona. 

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11/13/11 > Lady Bison Soccer Team Wins District 9 Class AA Championship

SchoolCenter PictureLady Bison SOCCER - District 9 Class AA Champs!
Congratulations to the Lady Bison Soccer team for winning the District 9 Class AA Championship game 11/2/11 by defeating the Bradford Lady Owls 5-0 at Varischetti Field in Brockway.

9/12/11 > Lady Bison Volleyball sponsors 2nd Annual Dig For A Cure Against Breast Cancer Event on 10/6/11

SchoolCenter PictureFor more information about the 2nd Annual Lady Bison Volleyball DIG FOR THE CURE Event to be held THURSDAY 10/6/2011, including a T-Shirt Order Form and a Pledge Form, please CLICK HERE

8/03/11 > Make-up Sports Physicals will be held 8/11/11 at 12:30 PM

 SPORTS PHYSICALS:   A make-up day for Bison SPORTS PHYSICALS is now scheduled for THURSDAY 8/11/11.  All athletes still needing physicals should report to the Clearfield HS Health Suite at 12:30 PM .  To sign up, please call Mrs. Cindy Hinchliffe, school nurse, at 765-2401, Extension 4 (or 2116).  You may also submit your name via email to   In your message please include your name and phone number.

 PLEASE NOTE:   This will be the final date offered for Bison sports physicals for the 2011-2012 school year .  If you are a MS or HS student planning to participate in any school sport for this year, and still need a physical, you MUST sign up for the 8/11/11 date.  Bison athletic teams include boys Football (Gr 7-11), Baseball, Basketball, Wrestling; girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Volleyball; and boys/girls Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field.

 COST:   Cost for a sports physical is $15.00Athletes should also have the Section 3: Health History form filled out prior to their physical.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Hinchliffe.

DOWNLOAD the Section 3: Health History form below

7/25/11 > 8/11/11 Make-Up Day Scheduled for Bison Sports Physicals (tentative)

A make-up day for Bison SPORTS PHYSICALS is tentatively scheduled for THURSDAY 8/11/11 at 1:00 PM in the Clearfield High School Health Suite.  In order for this to happen, a minimum of 15 students must sign up no later than Monday 8/1/11 by 3:00 PM .  To sign up, please call Cindy Hinchliffe, school nurse, at 765-2401, Extension 4 (or 2116).  You may also submit your name via email to   In your message please include your name and phone number.  If 15 or more students sign up, a notification will be made via the school website.

 COST:   Cost for a sports physical is $15.00Athletes should also have the Section 3: Health History form filled out prior to their physical.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Hinchliffe.

DOWNLOAD the Section 3: Health History form below

6/10/11 > Bison 5K Walk/Run Event Was Success

The Bison 5K Walk/Run held Saturday 6/4/11 at the Bison Sports Complex was a huge success with more than 140 people registering for the event.  Congratulations to the Bison cheerleading squad, who won the Community Participation Award (with 21 people registered); Clearfield Elementary School was also well represented with 16 people registered from their building!  A total of over $2000 was raised to benefit Brady's Smile.

SchoolCenter PictureA HUGE thank you to all who helped organize and participate in this event in any way!  (Photos courtesy K. Ward)
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5/11/11 > Annual AgEd Program/FFA Spring Plant Sale Begins 5/16/11

SchoolCenter PictureThe annual SPRING PLANT SALE by the Clearfield Area High School AgEd Program/FFA students will begin MONDAY, MAY 16th!  Many types of annual flowering plants, vegetables and herbs are available.
Questions? Call 765-2401, Ext. 2126.


5/10/11 > CAHS Students Help Plant Trees In Local Park

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This past Saturday a dozen volunteers from the Clearfield High School FFA club, Boy Scout troop # 2 and other community volunteers planted 26 crabapple trees in Clearfield's Upper Witmer Park.  These were obtained from the PA Community Forest grant awarded to the Clearfield Borough in March 2011.  Karen Miller, a community volunteer who coordinated the event said this grant was to continue the memorials start by the Hobby Garden Club in 1974, when the first crabapple trees were planted.  Throughout the east and west side of the Susquehanna Riverbank, these crabapples create a spectacular show the first weeks of May every year.  Many of the bare spots are now replaced with new, young crabapple trees, variety called Purple Prince.  Thanks to these energetic volunteers, the memorials for our past citizens live on.  (Photo: Jim Gillingham - Flowering crabapple trees in bloom, view from Market Street Bridge.)

4/15/11 > CAHS Student Art Show Continues Through May 7th At Shaw Library

SchoolCenter PictureThe 1st Annual Clearfield Area High School Art Show , sponsored by the Susquehanna River Arts Council (S.R.A.C.), will run from April 2 to May 7, 2011 at the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library in downtown Clearfield.  Almost $400 in cash prizes will be awarded to the winning artists during the reception and close of the show on Saturday, May 7th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.  The artists, their families and public are all welcome to attend the reception.

The public is encouraged to stop in at the Shaw Library before closing of the show on May 7th and check out the amazing work that these students have created!

4/13/11 > Bison Swim Teams Win National Academic Honors

SchoolCenter PictureDuring the 2010-11 scholastic sports season the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America has recognized both swimming teams at Clearfield Area High School (girls and boys) with the Bronze Scholar Team Award.  The girls achieved a 3.477 overall team grade-point average, and the boys achieved a 3.21 overall grade-point average.  During this evaluation every member of the team is counted.  Congratulations to ALL of you for putting forth such superb effort, both academically and athletically!
Go Bisons!
(Photo courtesy Happy Events)

4/13/11 > CAHS Student Career Fair Scheduled For 4/20/11

SchoolCenter PictureThe CAHS Guidance Department will sponsor its annual Student Career Fair on Wednesday, April 20th.  For more information please contact the CAHS Guidance Department. 

3/29/11 > Bison Athlete Wins Scholarship
At the Central PA Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 14th Annual Awards Banquet held 3/27/11 at the Penn Stater in State College, Clearfield Area High School's Jack Mellgard was the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship contributed by M&T Bank.  At the beginning of the scholastic football season, the President of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter sends a letter and nomination form to each of the forty-five high school head football coaches in the Centre region.  Each school is asked to nominate one senior member from their football team to receive an award from the foundation.  Each nomination form included a high school transcript and official (SAT/ACT) test scores.  The Scholarship Selection Committee then uses the following three criteria in selecting ten scholarship winners: Academic Achievement-40%, Athletic Achievement-40%, and Extracurricular/Community Service Participation-20%.  The Scholarship Committee carefully evaluates and then selects the ten winners.  Jack became the fifth Clearfield Area High School student and first since 2006 to receive such an honor.  Congratulations, Jack!
Fourty-four area high school's and ten area universities were recognized.  Notables in attendance were Kellie Goodman, Fran Ganter, Tim Curley, Steve Jones, Fran Fisher, and the keynote speaker was former Penn State All American and fourteen-year NFL veteran Bobby Engram.