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Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23, 2013
Final Exams at Clifton
Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29, 2013
End of Year Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Last day of classes at Clifton. Have a safe and fun summer!
Clifton Career Development School is dedicated to providing students with disabilities quality instruction in areas of Career and Technical Education. Clifton CDS currently offers instruction in the areas of Agriculture Mechanics, Business, Career Preparation, Culinary Arts, Horticulture, and Hospitality. In the 2012-13 school year, the Business program will discontinue, and Child Care Services will begin.
We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities at Clifton. For additional information or to schedule a visit, please contact us.
Recruitment for 2013-2014 in Full Swing at Clifton
Clifton CDS continues to offer courses in :
Ag Mechanics (Animal Science and Welding)
Horticulture (remember the Floral Design class counts as a Fine Arts credit!)
We have openings in all areas at this time. We are encouraging all teachers at high school campuses to refer students. Parents are also encouraged to call and come for a tour.
NEW FOR NEXT YEAR - ALL programs will give students the opportunity to earn articulated credit! We hope that this will help attract additional students.
We are setting up group tours multiple times each week. Just give us a call and we’d be happy to schedule your visit.
CPR with AED
Twenty Clifton students have earned their CPR with AED Certifications this year.
Thanks from the Clifton Pancake Fundraiser
On Saturday, May 4th Hospitality Services, in partnership with Hospitality Practicum II, hosted the annual Clifton Pancake Fundraiser. It was a great success! The students enjoyed serving all the guests and preparing all the food. Service included pancakes, sausage, bacon and a variety of beverages. This year we were fortunate to be able to include a number of local businesses who supported the fundraiser through our silent auction. Money raised on Saturday will go toward an end of the year celebration. With such a successful fundraiser, students are already looking forward to next year! Thank you to all of our sponsors for their support in our silent auction, including:
- Sam's Club
- The Round Rock Express
- Texas Stars
- DoubleTree Hotel
- Holiday Inn - Town Lake
- Holiday Inn - Midtown
- Wyndham Garden Hotel
- Marie Callender's
- Hair by Katlin Smith @ the Venus Day Spa
- Gatti Town @ Southpark Meadows
- Los Barrios
- Ornaments by Desiree Hampton (facebook.com/desmariehampton)
- Third Coast Coffee
With their support, our silent auction raised more than $800!
Student Employment Update
Spring in a busy time of year, especially for job hunting! Practicum II attended several job fairs this month, including The City of Austin Career Expo and job fairs at Baby Acapulco's and HEB. Students have really been putting their interview skills to the test, and the results have been tremendous. Ivan Stansfeld was hired at Central Market as a busser in the restaurant. Arlan Byrd gained a position as a grill cook at Whataburger, and has also been put on the waitlist for summer acceptance into the City of Austin's Youth Development Program Graffiti Cleanup. Luis Hurtado has accepted a maintenance position at HEB and will begin work this summer. Drae Whittley will also begin working at Gatti Town as a Pizza Maker/Salad Bar Attendant. Great job, guys, and congratulations on your new positions!
AISD Bond Information
Clifton repairs and improvments are included in the May 11 AISD Bond Election. See what is included at Clifton Scope of Work for the facts. For more information on the entire Bond program, go to May 2013 AISD Bond Facts.
Clifton Students in Latino Academic Achievment Awards
The Austin Independent School District will honor outstanding Latino students in 6th through 12th grade at the annual Latino Academic Achievement Awards ceremony. Three Clifton students will be honored. Clifton's Young Latino Leader is Elliot Briones, our Appreciation of Culture and Language award goes to Ruben Landeros, and our Outstanding Latino Community Service Volunteer is Jose Velasco.
When: 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11
Where: University of Texas at Austin, LBJ Auditorium, 2315 Red River St.
Background: AISD will recognize more than 120 students and volunteers for accomplishments, including Outstanding Progress in the English as a Second Language Program, Appreciation of Culture and Language, Outstanding Community Service Volunteer and Young Latino Leader. The school district also requested nominations from the community for the Latino Parent Volunteer, Latino Community Service recipient and Latino Excellence in Advocacy awards.
Child Care Program Field Trips
Clifton's Child Care students have been out and about, exploring facilities in Austin. We have visited Children's Courtyard, AISD's Webb Primary School, AISD's Uphaus Early Childhood Center, Teacher Heaven, and this week we will visit ACC's Child Development department and lab school. Big thanks to everyone who took the time to help us connect our classroom learning to the real world
AISD Tweets Clifton
Are you on Twitter? AISD Communications tweeted photos of Clifton's Pancake Fundraiser and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 4.
Annual Pancake Breakfast, Silent Auction and Plant Sale Fundraiser
On Saturday, May 4th, Clifton Hospitality and Hospitality Practicum II will be serving pancakes, bacon, sausage, orange juice, apple juice and coffee. Tickets are $7.00 and will be available at the door. There will also be a silent auction with items such as hotel stays at the Doubletree and the Holiday Inn Townlake, Round Rock Express tickets, salon services, a photography session, and gift certificate to Chuy's. The Clifton Horticulture program will also be having a plant sale in the greenhouse. Come enjoy and support what makes Clifton such a wonderful place!
Clifton Culinary participates in the All Chocolate Affair
On Sunday, April 21st, Clifton's Culinary Arts program participated in the Third Annual "All Chocolate Affair" at the Carver Museum & Cultural Center. The event, hosted by Austin food critic, Rob Balon, featured a sampling of savory and sweet treats and chocolate showcasing the artistry of six other high school culinary programs from the central Texas area and benefited Broadcast Your Love, a non-profit using communication-related programming to encourage health and wellness. Blanca Tovar, a senior from Austin High, represented Clifton in the inaugural brownie competition known as the Texas Brownie Bowl. Each school baked a uniquely flavored brownie that was later scored by local celebrity judges Balon, Todd Boatwright from YNN News, and Aaron Spivey-Sorrells from "Friday Night Lights." After presenting her Mexican Brownies to the judges and audience, Blanca received a medal for her great work! Congratulations to Ms. Hall and Mr. Vela for helping prep all the savory chocolate sweets and most importantly, Blanca, for a job well done.
Practicum II news
Practicum students completed their certification/recertification of the Texas Food Handler's Permit in March. The following passed with a class average of 90%
- Vincente Castro
- Arlan Byrd
- Roberto Ovalle
- Erika Roberts
- Aaron Sweeney
- Adam Acosta
- Eduardo Gomez
- Luis Hurtado
- Jessica Reeves
- Ivan Stansfeld
- Maria Cervantes
- Drae'Yon Whittley
Texas Disposal Systems in Creedmoor recently hired two 3rd year students at Clifton! Jacob Guerrero and Brandon Reyes will be working as Product Assemblers, where they will get to use their creativity and welding expertise to turn salvaged materials into repurposed items (lawn ornaments, decorations, furniture, etc) that will be for sale in the Garden Center.
Ag Mechanics students to visit ACC
Clifton Ag Mechanics Students will attend ACC's Applied Technology Open House for High School Students on April 12, 2013. This event will showcase ACC's Automotive, Building Construction, and Welding Technology programs. In addition to being introduced to excellent post-high school education opportunities, Clifton students will be able to network with industry representatives, and will compete in a welding contest. Wish us luck!
Ag Mechanics students complete 10 hour OSHA training
Clifton Ag Mechanics Students have been working hard to complete OSHA’s 10-hour General Industry Safety Course. This valuable training program will not only help Clifton students be more competitive job candidates, but also make them safer workers who are aware of their workplace rights. So far, 11 Ag Mechanics students have completed their training. Great job guys!
Save the date for an All Chocolate Affair
On Sunday, April 21st, come support area Culinary Arts programs and enjoy a selection of savory and sweet chocolate dishes. This event will showcase the skills of high school students, including the Clifton Culinary program, led by Chef Thelma Hall. The event will be at the George Washington Carver Museum at 1165 Angelina Street, 78702 at 4:00PM. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Plant Sale March 9th
On Saturday, March 9, 2013, Clifton's Horticulture Program will be having a plant sale in the Greenhouse. The sale is from 8am to 1pm at 1519 Coronado Hills Drive. Plants include geraniums, ferns, vegetables and more.
Austin I.S.D.'s Supported Employment Team presented at the Texas Transition Conference on February 21, 2013. The title of the presentation was Work Matters: Making it Work for Everyone”. This was a panel presentation that included: Renee Borders, Supervisor of A.I.S.D. Supported Employment, a parent, Shelley Scott whose son, Matthew, works at The State Capitol and was placed by Gina Matizzi-Fuller in 2008. One of our employers – Marcelino Garza with Walgreen’s, Gina Mattizi-Fuller – Employment Consultant with AISD Supported Employment, and our student worker, Andrew, who was placed by AISD Supported Employment in 2000 at South Austin Hospital – Andrew is still successfully employed there!
Austin ISD Supported Employment is in its 16th year of making work happen for students with disabilities. Practice shows that youth benefit from work during high school. The number one indicator of whether a student with a disability will be employed after high school is whether or not the student was employed prior to graduation.
On Tuesday, February 5, Clifton welcomed over 40 students from O'Henry Middle School. Students took a tour of the facility to learn about future possbilities. This is a great way for middle schools to address transition.
So far this year, Clifton students have earned 92 certifications! 60 students earned Texas Food Handlers Certifications, 24 students earned OSHA 5 Hour Workplace Safety Certifications, and 8 students earned OSHA 10 Hour Workplace Safety Certifications. More certification testing is coming soon.
Also, six Clifton students have earned a combined total of 32 credit hours of articulated credit from Austin Community College through Clifton's Ag Mechanics program.
Clifton's Teacher of the Year is Hospitality teacher Aaron Mason!
Summer Employment Opportunity
Goodwill Summer Youth Employment Program is now interviewing applicants for Summer 2013. Students will be matched up with a paid employment opportunity in the community for 5 weeks in the summer, working 20 hours per week. Parents should call 512-637-7196 to schedule an appointment and register for training. This is highly recommended for students who will be entering Practicum in the future, or for any current Practicum student who will be continuing their education next year and is not currently employed.
Project Search is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year. This is a 9-month internship program for students who have completed all of their high school requirements and are interested in building work skills to enter employment in a hospital setting in the future. Several interested students have already taken a tour of Project Search at Seton Medical Center to learn more about the program. If you would like to take a tour, please contact Miss Larson.
Travis County Youth Show
On January 11 and 12, many Clifton students competed in the Travis County Youth Show. Students from our Ag Mechanics, Animal Science, Culinary Arts, Horticulture and Hospitality programs participated. Clifton students won 5 Grand Champion awards, 9 Reserve Champion awards, and 25 Blue and 20 Red Ribbon awards. Eight of the sheep shown by Clifton students placed high and were auctioned.
This month, Clifton welcomed AISD Associate Superintendent of Academics Dr. Suzanne Burke, Associate Superintendent of High Schools Edmund Oropez, Director of Secondary Education Operations Timothy Gadson, and Director of Special Education Raul Nuques. We are very fortunate to have such support.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The Austin Mayor's Commitee for People with Disabilities 33rd Annual Employment Awards were held on October 29, 2012.
Two of the Internship sites for Hospitality Practicum II received awards:
Distinguished Service Award: Melissa Graves, Director of Human Services, Doubletree Hotel
Chairman's Commendation Award: Holiday Inn, Lady Bird Lake
Congratualtions and thank you to our community partners!
Disability Mentoring Day
The following Clifton students participated in the 10th Annual Disability Mentoring Day on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. More than 100 high school and college students with disabilities participated in the event. DMD activities include spending the morning shadowing career mentors in the community, and in the afternoon, celebrating the day with their mentors and family. Our own Clifton Culinary program provided treats for the get together. There was also an expert panel discussion on personal experience and the world of work.
- Erika Roberts - Austin ISD Police and Cafe Express
- Peyton Murphy - Omni Southpark
- Maria Cervantes - Holiday Inn - Lady Bird Lake
- Blanca Tovar - Holiday Inn - Lady Bird Lake
- John Lee Requejo - Sterling Affairs - Catering and Events
- Eddie Gomez - Sterling Affairs - Catering and Events
- Marvin Medina - Zilker Botanical Gardens
- Thomas Torres - Holiday Inn - Lady Bird Lake
Thanks to the 125 people who attended Clifton's community input meeting on the AAFR planning! Your input and support is so valuable.
Please join us
On Wednesday, October 3, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm for pizza, discussion, and a tour of Clifton.
Austin ISD is preparing a master plan for facility and program improvement, referred to as AAFR (Annual Academic Facilities Recommendation). Clifton programming and facilities will be a part of the master plan. We would like your input in looking at both facility improvements and programming.
6:00-6:30pm pizza and drinks
Please RSVP at 414-3614
Welcome and welcome back!
On Monday, August 27, we will begin the 2012-2013 school year. In addition to a new Child Care program and a new A day/B day schedule, we have some new staff members. We welcome Jennifer Larson, who will teach Hospitality Practicum II, and her new Teaching Assistant, Marie Killion. Delia Botbol is our new Child Care Teaching Assistant, and Kent Chandler is our new Teaching Assistant in Ag/Mechanics. It's going to be a great year!
Now recruiting new Clifton students!
Clifton is now seeking students for the 2012-13 school year. We are changing to an A day/B day schedule to provide students more opportunities to get the credits they need on their home campus. Please call 414-3614 to schedule a tour.
In memory of former Clifton Horticulture teacher Steve Miller.
These bluebonnets are just one example of the legacy that Mr. Miller left at Clifton.
We are now at 89% capacity for next school year. Still accepting applications, especially in our new child care program.
Looks like the Horticulture students are having a great time. We'll get the full story when they return.
A Clifton Success Stories, Volume 1
Oralia was a student at Clifton from January 2008 to May 2010. She decided to come to Clifton because she thought it was an awesome school! She attended the Business Program with Mrs. Wine. She learned many things, but she says the most important lesson she learned was, no matter how hard the situation, never give up on your dreams.
In her third year at Clifton, Mrs. Borders helped Oralia find her job at Faith Presbyterian Child Development Center. She is happily surprised that she still works there and she enjoys making money. She works 40 hours a week as a Teacher Assistant. She is also working on earning her Child Development Certificate at the ACC Eastview campus. Her goal is to keep working and to get a place of her own.
Oralia would like to tell students that Clifton is an awesome school and you could learn a lot by going to Clifton. She also says the staff is amazing! We at Clifton miss Oralia and are very proud of all she has accomplished.
Clifton joins AISD's Advanced Academics Services Department
Due to Clifton's commitment to preparing students for the world of work and college, we are joining Austin ISD's Department of Advanced Academic Services. Clifton students earn certifications and articulated course credits to help them get a head start on their future. The Department of Advanced Academic Services provides support for an array of programs including Gifted and Talented, Pre-AP and Advanced Placement program, Middle Years Program and International Baccalaureate, academic magnets, and college readiness.
We're going to Disneyworld
Nine second year Horticulture students are flying to Disneyworld and staying at a resort at Disney. Students must have worked in the greenhouse and grown the plants that were sold to the public. The funds raised from the plant sales have completely funded the trip. They are very excited! They leave on April 30 and return on May 4. They are going to have fun but also learn about horticulture. Landscaping is a huge business for theme parks, so they hope to learn more.
Clifton's Career Prep and Supported Employment work together to find jobs for students. Here all the students who are working and who placed them in the position:
- Shea Clark - Walgreen's on Airport - Supported Employment
- Alden Sutton - Cafe Express on Lamar - Supported Employment
- Joe Robledo - Bake House on Manchaca Rd. - Placed by Crockett, job coached by Supported Employment
- Zeke Aviles - CVS Pharmacy on Riverside - Career Prep
- Ismael Carillo - Catfish Parlour on Ben White - Career Prep
- Marcus Clark - Family Dollar on Stassney Lane - Career Prep
In a difficult job market, these students received assistance in the job search process and learn how to keep their jobs.
Spring has sprung
The Horticulture class rose garden is now a relaxing area with benches made by Ag/Mechanical students. The Clifton programs collaborate often with wonderful results like this.
The Pancake Breakfast made over $900.
The Greenhouse Sale made over $4000.
The Business cookbook sale made $55.
We thank our volunteers and staff for their hard work, and we thank all of our customers for supporting Clifton!
Plants and Pancakes and Cookbooks! Coming March 10
Clifton's Horticulture program will hold its Annual Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, March 10, 2012. 8am to 1pm. This is a tax free sale. There will be over 7000 plants available.
Lettuce ($3 per 6.5 inch pot)
Tomatoes ($3 per six pack)
Peppers ($3 per six pack)
Thyme ($3 per 4.5 inch pot)
Basil ($2 per 4 inch pot)
Lavender ($3 per 4.5 inch pot)
Rosemary ($3 per 4.5 inch pot)
Ferns ($5 to $20)
Lantana ($2.50 per 4.5 inch pot)
Bulbine ($4 per 6.5 inch pot)
Pride of Barbados ($12 per gallon pot)
Aloe ($3 to $40)
Yellow Bell (esparanza) ($7 per gallon pot)
Annuals: Dianthus ($3 per six pack) Impatients ($3 per six pack) Venca ($3 per six pack) Ornamental Peppers ($3.00 per 4.5 inch pot) Hybiscus (Luna) ($3 per 4 inch pot) Geraniums ($5 per 6.5 inch pot) Blue bonnets ($2.50 per 4.5 inch pot) Petunias ($3 per six pack) Marigolds ($3 per six pack) Begonias ($3 per six pack)
Succulents: $1 to $40
Roses: Antique ($8) Knockout ($15) Ralph Moore ($20)
While you are here, come join us for our Hospitality program's Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction, 8-noon. Tickets are only $7.00.
Also, Clifton's Business program will be selling student created cookbooks for $5.00. Each cookbook comes with a cookie made by Clifton's Culinary students!
The(digital)babies have arrived!
Mrs. Wine received 8 digital babies for next year's Child Care classes. These devices simulate a real baby. Students will learn to respond appropriately to the needs of infants in preparation for careers in the child care field.
ACC guest visits Ag/Mechanics class
Troy DeFrates, Professor from the welding technology department of ACC came by Tuesday, Feb. 28 to speak to the welding students. He came by Clifton to inform students of the upcoming open house hosted by ACC's Round Rock Campus. While here he also spoke about the welding contest that will accompany the open house.
Seven Horticulture students are currently scheduled to take the Texas High School Floral Certification on April 14 in Dallas.
The following Ag/Mechanical students completed their OSHA certifications: Ruben Landeros, Alajandro Riojas, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Shiel, and Ruben Serapio.There was a 100% passing rate for the students that attempted the test.
The following Business students have earned Office Proficiency Assesment and Certification (OPAC) certifications in Power Point: Miguel Santander, Chris Reynolds, Victoria Trevino, and Diana Vara. This brings Clifton's total OPAC certification count to 29. They will attempt Basic Excel certifications in early April.
Second year Business students are learning cashier skills with hands on practice. Students are really enjoying this simulation.
Culinary Arts students will be preparing 75 box lunches for a program at Region 13 on Tuesday, April 3. They are also offering $5 Burger Frydays for Clifton students and staff.
Clifton students Aaron Sweeney and Jacob Guerrero attended Austin ISD's Diversity Fair at Austin High on Saturday, Feb. 4th. They assisted Mr. Dishner in explaining what we do here at Clifton. Thanks gentlemen!
Spotlight on Horticulture
The Horticulture class has set up and is experimenting with a hydroponic growing station. The system uses no dirt, just water and clay pellets. Plant roots are submerged in water 4 times a day while under grow lights. Nutrients are added to the water. In the future, Mr. Vader plans to have Tilapia fish in the water tank to provide the nutrients instead. Clifton students are lucky to experience this technology.
Campus Teacher of the Year announced
Congratulations to Horticulture teacher Clayton Vader, Clifton's Teacher of the Year!
The Hospitality class recently visited the oldest food and beverage establishment in Texas, Sholz Garten.
Clifton students won 8 Champion, 6 Reserve Champion, 19 Blue and 9 Red ribbons at the Travis County Youth Fair this weekend! Click here for the details:
Clifton hosted a regional welding competition on Jan 7. Contestants included students from Clifton, Lanier, McNeil and Manor high schools. Clifton had 4 contestants (Brandon, Carlos, Jacob, and Marcos) Brandon placed in 4th overall and Jacob placed 5th overall. Congrats to all who participated.
AISD Supported Employment was awarded $2000 from Amerigroup. This money is used to help support students moving into paid employment.
Clifton's Horticulture program received $3000 from Farm Credit Bank of Texas to support the work of our students.
New Clifton Program in 2012-13
Coming next school year...the Business program will be changing to Child Care Services. Students wanting to work in Child Care will be able to take Child Development and Child Guidance in the first year, and Practicum in Human Services in year two. Mrs. Wine is looking forward to offering this new program! Stay tuned for more details to come.
All 5 third year Business students have earned his OSHA 5 hour certification in workplace safety. Congratulations to Zeke Aviles, Francisco Macias, Travis Rand, Joshua Hurta and Angel Salazar!
Clifton Business students are taking Office Proficiency Assesment and Certification (OPAC) tests to gain certification in office skills areas. So far, students have earned 25 certificates:
- Alphabetical Filing: Diana Vara, Chris Reynolds, Miguel Santander and Victoria Trevino, Jacob Guerrero
- Basic Math: Miguel Santander, Diana Vara, Peyton Murphy, Victoria Trevino, and Chris Reynolds, Jacob Guerrero
- Basic Word: Diana Vara, Chris Reynolds
- Numerical Filing: Diana Vara, Chris Reynolds, Jacob Guerrero
- Spelling: Diana Vara, Chris Reynolds, Jacob Guerrero
- Windows XP: Chris Reynolds, Diana Vara, Jacob Guerrero
- Windows Vista: Chris Reynolds, Diana Vara, Jacob Guerrero
Students will continue to work on more certifications, including Basic Excel and PowerPoint, throughout the year.
Clifton 4H has registered 16 Culinary Arts and Hospitality students to compete in the Travis County Youth Fair.
Disability Mentoring Day
This year, 22 Clifton CDS students have applied to attend Disability Mentoring Day. For more information on DMD, click this link Disability Mentoring Day (Opens in a new window)
Is Clifton right for you?
Clifton is accepting new students. If you or a student you know meets the following requirements, please consider a visit.
In last 3 years of school in AISD
Receiving Special Education services
Has a goal of paid employment
Independent to work with minimal supports
Congratulations to Mr. Mason, Ms. Jones and their hospitality crew for their pancake fundraiser, and to Mr. Vader, Mr. Gallego, and their students for the greenhouse sale! Both classes' students were super professional and the fundraisers were a big success. Go Horticulture and Hospitality!!
Horticulture student Ashley Lener earned her High School Floral Certification at Texas A&M on Saturday, March 26. Congrats!!
The Business students have earned a total of 14 OPAC certifications so far, and are working on more!
Congratulations to Mr. Mason and Mr. Vader for earning Special Education Teacher Certification.
Clifton's Horticulture students created planter boxes that were on display at the AISD School Board Trustees meeting on Feb. 28.
All 13 of the students in Hospitality Services have successfully completed the Texas Food Handler Certification program! Good job!
Check out the Business program's blog: Clifton Business Blog
Students from Clifton Career Development School Participated in the 2011 Travis County Youth Fair. Students received a total of 33 awards during the show. Nine of these awards were Class Champions (first place) and six were Reserve Champions (second in class).The Fair was held January 21-22 at the Travis County Expo Center. Students participated in Ag Mechanics, Horticulture, Culinary/Hospitality and Goat showing events. We are very proud of our students!!
Clifton welcomes 18 new students for the spring semester.
Students from both the Hospitality Class and Culinary Arts Class at Clifton CDS participated in the Travis County 4H Food Competition. We came away with five blue ribbons.
Check out Dr. Carstarphen's blog post highlighting her visit to our campus: A National Model at Clifton Career Development School (Opens in a new window)
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