Support Programs



Beginning in August 2010 to date, a multi-cultural and diverse group of male students (50-100) were selected and organized within Clay High School to increase academic achievement; support, strengthen, and develop positive character traits; and promote positive outcomes within the Clay High School community of parents, teachers, and students. This group of male students will meet monthly with administrators, teachers, coaches, or support staff with a focus on building positive outcomes and measurable results through improved academics, strength of character, and performing varied community endeavors. Guest speakers will address the group emphasizing academics, character, and community betterment concepts. In addition, throughout the school year, team members will be given different goals to meet, with points awarded by fulfilling these goals or objectives. Goals or tasks (voluntary participation/no penalty) will be based on academics, character, and community outcomes. For example: 

(1) Bring a copy of your transcript and know your credits, graduation requirements, etc. 

(2) Bring a classmate (other than your ethnicity) to join the group 

(3) Bring your “A” graded work 

(4) Bring a positive statement from a teacher about something you contributed to classroom instruction, participation (cooperative group leadership), etc. 

(5) Join AND participate in a CHS club or activity 

(6) Perform a community service activity (at school or in the community) 

(7) College application or inquiry completed or solicited 

(8) Obtain a letter(s) of recommendation for future college, scholarship, or employment application(s) 

Through the years, the AAA Team has participated in field trips to area restaurants (Villa Macri Ristorante, Hacienda Restaurant) for lunch and guest speakers. For example, guest speakers from the University of Notre Dame and the Michiana community have presented inspirational messages to the students. In addition, the AAA Team has presented at numerous pep rallies; multi-cultural celebrations; Black History Month (presenting TheTemptations Revue featuring Nate Evans); Honor Roll Breakfasts; “The Journey Through The Enchanted Forest” literacy event; CHS Teacher Talent Show(s); fundraising activities for the CHS Canned Food Drive; field trips to Chicago, Ill. for educational visit(s) to the Shedd Aquarium the Chicago Field Museum, Rock n’ Roll McDonald’s and Rain Forest Café; and an intra-school musical collaboration with Saint Joseph High School and special guests, The Temptations Revue featuring Nate Evans. The AAA Team welcomes any male student at Clay High School to join and pursue the objectives of academic, attendance, and attitude successes. 

Purpose Statement: To endure a quality education by providing a safe, positive environment for students and staff.

What is PBIS?

PBIS is an acronym for Positive Behaviors Intervention and Support. PBIS is a systems approach for establishing the social culture and individualized supports needed for all students to achieve both social and academic success. This initiative is essential to the South Bend Community School Corporation's mission: to provide quality education for every student, every day.

How it works:

  • We focus on positive behavior
  • We use data for problem solving
  • We emphasize prevention, teaching and reinforcement
  • We value student involvement in the process

How parents can help:

  • Monitor your student's attendance and academic progress using the Power School Parent Portal
  • Attend parent teacher conferences in the Fall/Spring
  • Communicate regularly with your student's teachers

Faculty Team Members

  • Denise Boyd
  • Greg Harris
  • Debra Jennings
  • Ronnie King
  • Yonika Willis 


TRiO Programs boost every child’s chance for success by helping students from underserved backgrounds overcome social, cultural, economic, and academic barriers to higher education. 

The U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO Programs are federal outreach and student services programs designed to ensure equal educational opportunity for all Americans, regardless of race, ethnic background, or economic circumstance. Collectively, these programs assist young people from low-income families and potential first-generation college students as they progress from middle school, high school, college and beyond. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, the University of Notre Dame proudly hosts two of TRiO’s college access and preparatory programs: Talent Search and Upward Bound. 

Since the 1960’s, Notre Dame’s TRiO Programs have been essential to helping thousands of local students lay the foundation for a lifetime of achievement. Through tutoring, mentoring, academic counseling, career exploration, cultural enrichment and community service, today’s students continue to reach higher, dream bigger and expect more of themselves as a result of their experiences with TRiO. 

Notre Dame’s TRiO staff is dedicated to offering unsurpassed learning opportunities that provide encouragement, accountability and ongoing support as students and alumni strive to excel in school, work and life. In doing so, our team advances the University’s core mission to promote the holistic formation of students—mind, heart and spirit. 

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