The Patriot Press

Volume 13... March 13th, 2020

CCA motto: To share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, preparing hearts and minds to impact the world for Him.

CCA Guiding Principles: We teach 1) Christian Principles and Character, through 2) Christ Centered Academic Excellence, while promoting 3) American Patriotism.

March Character Trait: Faithfulness

Since March’s character trait is faithfulness, CCA students were asked what faithfulness means to them. Isaac Curnutte, 3rd grader, said that faithfulness is when you are fully confident in what you’re doing. In 4th grade, Elizabeth Chavez-Walter and Kynlee Stocking both said that having faithfulness is when you trust a person very deeply. In 8th grade, Priscilla Lanning and Jared Wisniewski said that following an idea or a person without fear is what faithfulness means to them. CCA students will work on their faithfulness trait in March.

Scripture Stone & Honoring Mr. Ballard

Anyone can purchase a Scripture Stone in honor of their children, loved one, family, etc. for $1200 (which may be paid for over a 3 year period of time) and the stones are then placed in our "Walk of Faith" at various locations on the CCA Campus. The funds for a Scripture Stone are placed towards the "matching funds" for the auction. Anyone can donate to matching funds until March 31st.

A few individuals in our CCA family are working to purchase a Scripture Stone in honor of Clark Ballard. If you are interested in making a donation, it can be dropped off at the CCA School Office.

Calendar Events: March 16-March 26

  • 3/16--5:15-6:45pm Track Practice at CMS
  • 3/17-- Play Practice in Room 30 from 3:30-5pm; 5:15-6:45pm Track Practice at CMS; 6-7pm Alumni Planning meeting in Room 30
  • 3/18--End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/19 & 3/20 Spring Break
  • 3/21--8:15am-3pm FIRST Lego League Jr. & FIRST Lego League Robot Game Demo at Heartland Regional (see CCA website or Google calendar for details)
  • 3/23--5:15-6:45pm Track Practice at CMS
  • 3/24--Play Practice in Room 30 from 3:30-5pm; 5:15-6:45pm Track Practice at CCA
  • 3/26--JV Track Meet at Sherwood Times TBD; 3-4pm Girls that Code; Play Practice in Room 30 from 4-5pm
  • 3/27--7:15am-3pm 8th Grade Service Project Trip to Sagrada; 3-4pm 4-H Meeting

Donuts at Daylight (formerly Donuts with Dad)

Donuts at Daylight was a huge success this week at CCA for K4-6th graders and their fathers/father figures. Here are some pictures from the event. Please see our CCA Facebook page for more photos from Donuts at Daylight.

Third Grade visits George Washington Carver National Monument

On Tuesday, March 10th, the third graders at CCA went to the George Washington Carver Museum in Diamond, MO. and the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage. MO. When asked about what they learned or liked about going on this field trip, students said they enjoyed the George Washington Carver museum. To no surprise, the boys did not enjoy the Precious Moments Chapel. Specifically, Leo and Matthew both enjoyed being able to make peanut milk, while Hope and Lexi enjoyed walking around to see Carver’s houses. Lexi especially enjoyed the Precious Moments Chapel. She stated that she admired all of the chapel and like the fact that the artist who started the Precious Moments is still alive today!

Retrograde Field Trip

On Friday, February 28th the 5th-8th grade students went to Retrograde in Warrensburg, MO. These students have been studying a video game unit in computer class at CCA and recently designed a video game timeline that lined the hallways at CCA. Retrograde is a video/arcade museum that has an upstairs and a downstairs. The museum contained a room full of old board games and the rest of the rooms were filled with old action figures. In the arcade they showcased a lot of old arcade games including pinball, pac-man, and even Donkey Kong. Students were able to play some of these games while visiting. Retrograde was an interesting, fun learning experience and students were able to view items that were popular in the video/arcade game scene from many years ago.

Track Info

Track Information:

March 9th marked the first track practice of the 2020 CCA track season. Practice kicked off with warm up laps, stretches, and exercises. Capture the flag and line tag were played mid-practice. Practice ended with cool down stretches and laps. The CCA Track coaches are Ashlee Henny, and Laura Mendenhall. For the most part practices will be on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the Clinton Middle School Track, weather pending; however, some practices will be at CCA. Please check your calendar from the coaches closely. If there is a practice change then Coach Henny will send out a text, students will be told and the CCA calendar will be changed. Good Luck Patriots on this year's track season!

The Track Schedule will be coming out soon.

Auction Experience

The CCA public auction was on Saturday the 29th of February. CCA students in 6th-12th grades were assigned a table or two to serve people during dinner. There was a silent auction and a live auction. People placed bids on a ton of different items, even pigs and cows. Food was served to everyone who bought a dinner ticket. This year was Angelina's first time at the auction. She said that it was a great experience, but she was nervous because she was supposed to serve one of the gold tables and this was her first time serving ever. This was also Chris’s first time attending the CCA auction, and he said that serving people kept him on his toes. Casia's first experience was fun, but she was also busy waiting on tables during the event. The auction is a busy place and it takes many people to make it happen but overall it is a great event fundraiser for CCA.


Veteran, Chet Jones, spoke on flag etiquette at the February 4H meeting. When displaying a flag one is supposed to display the stars on the left side of the flag. When folding a flag there are 12 folds if the flag is folded properly. Lastly, we learned some history about flags. Snacks and drinks were provided to 4-H members before the meeting was adjourned.

Next meeting will be held on March 28, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Highschool Parent Meeting

On Tuesday, March 3rd, high school parents and CCA high schoolers met in the cafeteria to talk about upcoming plans for the highschool. Mr. Stevens went over graduation requirements and the options for classes to be taken. Questions were asked and answered regarding Missouri’s A+ Program and about scholarship opportunities for college. Mr. Bancroft was announced as the new college guidance counselor for CCA. The meeting ended with a link to a survey being sent out for students and parents to give feedback about CCA.

March Madness is Cancelled!

The NCAA’s Men & Women's Division I Basketball Tournament has been cancelled. We were going to write about the tournament in this newsletter but with the recent cancellation of the event we pulled our write-up. We do find ourselves asking, "What are basketball fans supposed to do in March now?" It might be a good time to read a good book. This is the first time the NCAA has cancelled the tournament. Please pray for the affected towns and cities and the impact this virus has on our economy during this time. Thank you!

Dr. Seuss' Birthday

On March 2nd, K4 and K5 celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Each student in K4 got a Dr. Seuss book and had it read to them by adults. K4 also had some cake in light of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. K5 celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by doing some fun activities in their classroom. Dr. Seuss was a well-known children's book author who accomplished many great things in his lifetime.


On Friday March, 6th, CCA held an all school chapel. The chapel was presented by the 6th grade class consisting of Logan Cronhardt, Isabella Griffey, Matthew Hansen, Gavin Howerton, Colten Manning, Jake Mendenhall, Mason Plumb, Kaiden Townsend, and teacher, Mrs Sargent. This chapel was special because it was to honor all fathers. The students were fathers from the Bible, including: Abraham, Noah, Joseph, and the Father of the Prodigal Son. In the beginning, there was a host, who would bring out the fathers one by one to talk to their sons. The students, who were the fathers, would be arguing with other students, who were their sons, but they never gave up on them just like our Father, God. At the end of the chapel, students gave all fathers an Award of Honor for being good and being there for their children. The Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin was also sung.