• Brandon Barker Announced as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

    Posted by webmaster on 9/16/2020

    Brandon Barker is awarded a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!

    In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. Semifinalists are the highest scoring entrants in each state. Qualifying scores vary from state to state and from year to year, but the scores of all Semifinalists are extremely high. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools. To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the information provided to each Semifinalist.
     
    From the 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
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  • FFA Chapter Officer Leadership Training

    Posted by webmaster on 9/1/2020

    FFA Leaders Attend District Conference

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    Clear Creek Amana FFA Officers pose for a photo after the leadership training.
    Left to right: Alex Cox, Kayla Jiras, Lillie Haman, Bryce Mougin, Arron Feinberg, Katie Anderson.

    Tuesday August 4- Each year Southeast district and Iowa FFA officers plan and facilitate Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) Conferences for FFA members in the Southeast district. Clear Creek Amana welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast district on Tuesday August 4, 2020.
    While at Clear Creek Amana High School on Tuesday, district and state officers lead four interactive workshops for FFA Chapter leaders, many of which are officers, for the annual COLT Conference. The workshops facilitated were local FFA Chapter program focused in the areas of advocating for the agriculture industry, connecting with stakeholders, recruiting for the local chapter, and working as a cohesive team. FFA leaders also received training relative to their specific officer duties within the local chapter.
    Iowa FFA President, Mickayla McGill, stated, “COLT conference provides a chance for FFA members to learn more about their responsibility as a local leader and is a conference for members to meet and connect with state, district and other chapter officers.”
    COLT conference programming is designed as a two-year rotation of local leaders training. The focus areas of next year’s program include agriculture literacy, time management, professionalism, and self-confidence. The goal is to engage FFA members in learning about the tools that would allow them to be successful in anything
    they are part of through high school and beyond.
    COLT conference is made possible with support from Farm Credit Services of America through the Iowa FFA Foundation.

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    About Iowa FFA Association
    The Iowa FFA Association is a youth organization of over 16,100 student members as part of 246 local FFA chapters across Iowa. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Iowa FFA Association was organized by delegates from 23 schools at Iowa State College on May 17, 1929 and is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture.
    The Iowa Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the Iowa FFA Association online at IowaFFA.com, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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  • Students Attend Conference to Advocate for CTE

    Posted by webmaster on 11/7/2019

    This Monday - November, 4. Mrs. Overholser brought Whitney Traetow and Haley Tackaberry to the Iowa School Counselors Association Conference (ISCA) to advocate the benefits of taking career and technical education (CTE) classes in high school to all of the school counselors in Iowa as they have a lot of input on students schedules.

    Photo of students at ISCA conference

    Both girls did a great job representing CCA with their respectful leadership and shared how the CTE classes they have taken have given them skills that will prove useful in any career.

     

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  • ACT News From Mr. Moody

    Posted by Mr. Moody on 10/17/2019

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    CCA High School has shown some tremendous gains and has posted some historical all-time highs for ACT scores.  This is also at a time when we are having record number of attempts taking the ACT by our students. 

    The data by subject area:

    English:  Avg. score 22.3 (state avg. 20.8) This is an all-time high and represents over a 1.0 point improvement from last year.  In addition 80% (state average 67%) of our students scored what ACT considers college ready with a score of 18 or higher on the English portion of the test.

    Math:  Avg. score 22.8 (state avg. 21.0) highest score since 2012.  This is a 1.6 point improvement from last year. 61% of our scores (state avg. 44%) meet the college readiness level of 22.0 or higher on the mathematics test.  This is an 11% gain from last year. Highest score since 2012.  

    Reading:  Avg. score 23.8 (state avg. 22.3).  This is almost a full point gain from last year and an all-time high score posted by our kids!  23.8 ties the all-time high score posted.  

    Science:  Avg. score 23.1 (state avg 21.8)  This is over a 1.0 gain from last year and again represents an all-time high.  23.1 ties the historical high score on the science test.   

    51% (state avg. 44%) tested college biology ready with a score of 23 or higher on the science portion of the ACT.  

    Composite:  Avg. score 23.1 (state avg. 21.6) ANOTHER all-time high. This shows a 1.2 point gain from last year and the first year we have broken the 23 barrier.  This is our all-time high score.  

    College Social Science: 58% of our test takers (state avg. 52%) met the college readiness score of 22 on the reading test.  This score has improved by 10% over the past 2 years.  

    Summary:

    • We have made steady improvement in every testing domain for the last 5 years.  
    • We are above the state average in every testing domain in BOTH average score and percent of students considered college ready by ACT.
    • We set or tied all-time high scores in English, Reading, Science, and Composite.  
    • While math did not tie or break the all-time high score of 23.0, math scores showed the most improvement from a year ago and the greatest gain in college readiness. 
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