Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

October 6, 2020

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Students Awarded Scholarships

Congratulations to 2020 CHS graduates, Bray Ferrin, Kendall Keithley and McKenna Mason who have been awarded rootEd Alliance Undergraduate Scholarships of up to $10,000. These scholarships are renewable for up to five years and will support our graduates in the pursuit of their bachelor's degrees.

These scholarships were made possible by the generous support of the Steward Family Foundation and the District's partnership with the rootEd Alliance.

The Clinton School District is one of only a few districts in the nation to be a part of rootEd Alliance, a collaborative philanthropic effort committed to clearing a path to a stronger future for students after high school. Clinton High School alum, David Steward played a pivotal role in bringing rootEd Alliance to the district.

Last year's graduates were the first CHS students in the district to be a part of this unique program. Lindy Johnson, CHS Access Counselor, oversees the rootEd program for the District.

A Multi-Sensory Approach to Learning

Third graders in Mrs. Engeman’s class practiced their spelling words using sand & different textured mats last week.

The sand and textured mats provide a multi-sensory approach in teaching the foundations of phonics and reading, and incorporates the learning styles for visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile learners.

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Machine Tool Technology Program

In the Clinton Technical School Machine Tool Technology program, students are introduced to Automated Manufacturing, the branch of technology that deals with the design of a part using Solid Works and Computer Aided Drafting.

Students receive hands-on experience operating the lathe, including the Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) lathe, as well as the mill.

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Going the Distance

We are so proud of our staff who are going above and beyond in these challenging times to continue meeting the needs of our students!

Henry Elementary teacher, Mrs. Lemasson, recently had a student who could not attend school for several days, but that didn't stop learning and relationship-building with classmates from occurring.

This student was able to "Zoom" in to class and played a math game with a fellow classmate.

Advanced Course Offerings at CHS

Clinton High School students in Mrs. Snyder's Pre-AP (Pre-Advanced Placement) Biology class recently studied the process of glycolysis (breakdown of glucose).

Students used blocks to trace carbons, follow phosphates and learned how glucose is divided into pyruvate.

Pre-AP classes prepare students to take Advanced Placement (AP) classes. AP classes are college-level courses taught by high school teachers with a curriculum governed by the College Board. Colleges often recognize the rigor of these classes and use it as part of their admissions process, or will give credit for exam scores high enough to skip introductory courses.

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Happy Homecoming Week!

While Homecoming will look different this year, we still want to show our #CardinalPride. Please see information below about what you can expect this week.

  • All schools are invited to participate in this year’s Homecoming Spirit Week. The theme this year is “Lights, Camera, HOCO” (movie theme). A flyer with the schedule of days can be found below.
  • A virtual pep assembly will be held at CHS on Friday, October 9th. This event will be shared on the District Facebook page starting at 1:30 on Friday.
  • The CHS Cardinal Football team will be taking on Harrisonville on Friday night at 7:00. If you plan to come to the game, the District recommends that you follow social distancing protocols, wear face coverings and bring a lawn chair to sit with your family.
  • Coronation of Homecoming royalty will take place during halftime of the football game.
  • The Cardinal Booster Club will be selling Homecoming Football Mums. The cost of a mum is $5. When purchasing, please list your name as purchaser and who you would like the mum delivered to at the Homecoming game. You can also order a mum by emailing Pam Jones,
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to have the annual parade and Marching of the Halls at each school.
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COVID-19 Update

Superintendent, Destry Brown shared a video update with families last week. If you missed this video, you can view it below.

Also, the District recently shared information regarding services available to our students if they are placed in isolation or quarantine by the Henry County Health Center. Please see details about these services below.


If your child is placed in quarantine or isolation, and you would like to access meals for them during their time away from school, please see the information below.

  • Please contact Food Service Director, Jessica Heggestad at 660-885-2237 ext. 3008 or email at Please provide your child’s name, school they attend and the dates they will need meals.
  • Meal pick-up will occur at the school building where your child attends school (if you have children in multiple buildings, the Food Service Director will work with you to determine which building you can pick-up your meals). Please ring the doorbell and inform staff that you are picking up meals for your child. A staff member will bring the meals to you.
  • A week’s worth of meals will be provided on Mondays, so you will only need to pick-up once a week. If your child is placed in quarantine later in the week, the Food Service Director will inform you of the date you can pick-up meals.


If your child is placed in quarantine or isolation, distance learning will be provided by their teacher(s).

  • Your child is responsible for completing all distance learning work/activities provided by their teacher(s) during quarantine.
  • Unlike the distance learning provided last Spring, STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE GRADES FOR ASSIGNMENTS.
  • Your child’s teacher(s) will provide all assignments through Google Classroom.
  • If your child receives Special Services, their case manager will contact you, or please feel free to reach out to them.
  • If your child needs to borrow a school device (laptop), please contact your child’s school office to request one.
  • Please reach out to your child’s teacher(s) regarding any questions you might have during their time in distance learning.
District Update 10 02 20

We Want to Hear From You

Every year, school districts that receive federal funding are required to provide information to stakeholders regarding their Federal Programs.

Typically, this information is provided in a meeting format, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Clinton School District is providing this information virtually.

We encourage all staff members, parents and community members to view the PowerPoint at the link below.


Please also take a few minutes to provide feedback on how our schools are performing. Survey closes on October 9th.


No School

Clinton Schools will not be in session on Friday, October 23rd for a teacher workday.

A printable version of the school year calendar is available below.

Cardinal Spirit Wear

Henry Elementary and Clinton Intermediate School PTO has Cardinal spirit wear for sale (anyone is welcome to order).

An order form is available below.

Orders and money must be turned into CIS or Henry by October 8th.

Come Work with Us!

The Clinton School District is now hiring substitute teachers and substitute nurses.


There are currently two paths to receiving a substitute teaching certificate.

1). Complete 60 hours of college credit.

2). Complete 20 hours of online training. This pathway was recently approved by the the State Board of Education as an alternative to the previous requirement of 60 hours of college credit.

Additional information regarding the online training, including approved vendors and associated costs, can be found at the link below.

You can find information on applying with the Clinton School District at the link below.

Questions? Contact, 660-885-2237