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Survey: Nearly 90 percent of Clay City High School students are involved in ECAs

Wednesday, March 2, 2005

Clay City Jr/Sr High School enrollment is 434.

The cost per student at Clay City High School is $72.31 per participating student for the school year. (Northview spends $106 per student.)

The actual number of multiple participations by students is 1,611.

The ECA Wages Budget for the school year 2004/05 is $116,493.85 for Clay City Jr/Sr High School. This budget covers grades 7-12.

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Conclusion of a series on extra-curricular activities in Clay Community Schools

The importance of participating in a well-rounded program at school is a major key to success that Principal Paul Sinders and the teaching staff at Clay City Jr/Sr High School is happy to promote among the students.

"We feel that academic activities, along with sports and band, are vitally important for our students. The staff and myself constantly encourage students to participate in at least one activity a year. That repetition of four or five people makes an impact on students," said Sinders, who has spent 28 years encouraging students to aspire to their potential. "Its a tradition, setting high standards and expectations for students, that they take great pride in achieving to do better."

Being a Four Star School, Clay City Jr/Sr High School students participate in extra-curricular activities (ECAs) at the highest rate, 88.56 percent, of any secondary school in the Clay Community School Corporation. Using homeroom and lunch periods during the school day is a way to peak student's interest in participating in after-school ECAs.

While students at the other two secondary schools choose mainly to participate in athletics or band ECAs, most of the students at Clay City High School participate in a well rounded program highlighting the academic and community spirit of the school.

"Several factors have come together, at the right time and place, to form the success and achievement of becoming a Four Star School," Sinders said of the award process. "The staff's willingness to participate in ECAs, and the support of parents and the community, is so crucial to our program working."

Clay City students are involved in multiple activities at an average of seven ECA participations in academic, band and sports. While the students taking advantage of athletics and band are very competitive, programs like Bible Club, Student Council, Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the Junior Technical Engineering Society (JETS) Team are among the most active in the school.

"The JETS Team won their division at the Rose-Hulman contest last week, SADD is the number one club for participations at our school, the marching band has won five state championships, our sports teams are highly competitive and successful and many more of our students are recognized for their achievements," said Sinders. "Students feel good about being successful, making them want to achieve more. ECAs allow them that opportunity."

Statistical information from December 2004 provided by Clay Community School Corporation and an ECA Study/Questionaire during the month of January.



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