The Patriot Press

October 9th, 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.

Parent Reminders

  • Oct 10th: Tuition payment due if paying monthly.
  • Did you know that you can help CCA by shopping at Amazon? Simply shop at and a percentage of what you buy will be given to CCA. Also, during prime days (Oct. 13 & 14) donations to CCA will be maximized.
  • Oct 15th: First auction meeting in the gym at 6-7:00 PM. Childcare is not provided. Read over the Auction Info paragraph below for information.
  • Oct 16th: StuCo meeting at 7:30 and FCA for 9-12 grade at 8:35.
  • Oct 17th: CCA family night at Fun Time Farms. this will be a come and go event that starts at 6:00 PM. Group rate admission will be charged and concessions will be open for purchase. Check out Fun Time Farms LLC on facebook for farm details.
  • Oct 27th: Picture retake day. If wanting retakes return your original pictures in your picture envelope on retake day and let Mrs. Griffey know what you would like her to do to make the picture better.
  • Oct 30th: Quarter ends.
  • Oct 30th: Lumberjack club at 7:15-7:45.
  • Oct 30th: 7-12th hayride and bonfire at the Manning's from 6-9:00 PM. Please bring either a side, dessert, or soda to share.

October's Trait: Joy

The October Focus trait Is Joy. Our Bible verse for that comes from Psalm 5:11, “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defined them: Let those also who love Your name be Joyful in You.” We asked several people what joy meant to them. Here are their answers:

“Joy means seeing everyone happy and seeing their smiles,” - Levi, 9th grade. The time of year that brings Levi the most joy is Fall.

“Being with friends” - Carissa, 6th grade. The time of year that brings Carissa the most joy is Christmas.

“Joy is something you choose to have. For example, during a trial, I can choose joy because I know that God knows the outcome, and so I know that He’s working something out for my good...” - Mrs. McClure, PE teacher and Food Service Manager. Her favorite time of year is Thanksgiving.

--Isaiah Salazar & Mary Joy Stevens

Auction Info...

Call To Prayer!

A popular question that I have been asked recently is, "Why are we having an auction meeting so early this year?" So I'm sure that many of you are wondering the same thing. I think that it's safe to say that things are a little "different" this year. We need to meet earlier as a group and start discussing how to adapt the 2021 version of the auction to the current environment.

My first request is to be praying for our auction and what we can do to continue to provide a great event. My second request is to make a strong effort to attend this meeting- we are blessed to have some very capable and creative folks in the parent group and we need your input at this meeting. We will be going through a breakdown of the different income streams from a typical auction year and discuss ideas on how we can generate similar income in the current situation we are in. Please come with an open mind and a willingness to to be creative.
Look forward to seeing you all at our first meeting on October 15th at 6pm in the CCA Gym!

JD Manning, CCA Auction Chairman

Senior Spotlight: Lydia Lanning

Lydia Lanning has been at CCA since kindergarten. In regards to her first coming to Clinton and attending the school Lydia states that, “My family moved to Clinton when I was four so my older brother went to CCA for his first grade year. I went to Kindergarten a few years later.” Her favorite part about CCA is, “The people- I truly have had overwhelmingly positive experiences with almost everyone I have met here.” For her plans after high school she says, “I’m not exactly sure, but I’ll most likely be going to college for English or Criminology or something like that.” Some things Lydia would like to achieve before the end of high school are, “I just want to make sure I get to enjoy life as a teenager before I have to become an adult and have to completely take care of myself.” When it comes to siblings Lydia has an older brother, Jonah and a younger sister, Priscilla. During basketball season Lydia is usually at practice or a game, but when at home she likes to read, write in her journal, and take walks with her dog.

--Mary Joy Stevens

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Townsend

Mrs. Townsend has been teaching music at CCA for eleven years and has been teaching band and working in the office for eight years. She also teaches Publications which is in its second year. Her favorite part of teaching at CCA is “The kids! They are the sweetest, most kindhearted individuals that love learning about Jesus. I love teaching them Bible songs and hearing their sweet voices sing them.” Mrs. Townsend is trying to share with her students how music is a universal language-it is the same everywhere. Mrs. Townsend’s favorite Bible story is Jonah and the Whale and her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10, which says “Be still and know that I am God.” She and her family attend First Baptist Church Clinton. She has been married to her husband Eric for eighteen years and has two kids, Keaton and Kaiden.

--Molly Briggs

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Patterson

Mr. Don Patterson is a Bible and History teacher here at CCA. He has been teaching here for 4 years, but previously taught at Quartz Hill School of Theology for 20 years. He has also previously been a Navy Boilerman, Burger flipper, cabinet maker, and a hog vaccinator. He is also a Pastor at Tebo Baptist Church, Tightwad. He has lived in several places consisting of Rialto, CA; Riverside, CA; San Francisco Bay, CA; Sierra Nevada Mts, NE; Cave Springs, AK; and Lancaster, CA. He came back to Clinton due to having friends here and wanting a slower pace of life. He has a wife named Karen as well as four brothers, two sons, fourteen nephews, one niece and one granddaughter. In his free time he enjoys building things from wood, reading and writing novels, and shooting. When he was 54 he climbed 8,400 feet to the top of the Half Dome in Yosemite. His advice to everyone, “Stop stressing, God’s got this.” His favorite Bible verse is Ephesians 2:8-10, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

--Isaiah Salazar

Varsity Volleyball

CCA hosted a tri-match on September 29th, that consisted of the Training Center Eagles, Our Savior Christian Knights and our CCA Patriots. The Patriots lost to both teams, however they showed improvement from previous matches in certain areas such as communication and returns. Tonight was also senior night for Molly Briggs, the volleyball team's only senior.

--Mikhail Ake

First Varsity win!!

On Friday, October 2nd, the Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Overland Christian School in Overland Park, KS. The week felt a little long, after all it was Friday, and motivation was low going into the game, but the team stuck with it to the end and was able to get their first win of the season. The game was close but fortunately the team held out, and gained more confidence as they continued playing. Jessica had several good blocks and Olivia made some great serves. Coach Miranda Curnutte praised the team by saying, "I'm so proud of them." The team continues to work hard in practice and is making great strides in game play.

--Molly Briggs

Junior High Volleyball

On October 5th, our CCA JH Volleyball girls traveled to Sunrise Beach to take on Lake Christian Academy. CCA had somewhat of a rough start, but pulled it together by talking and volleying well as a team. They have put in a lot of hard work and been persistant this season, and it paid off tonight when they got their first win! Great job CCA! Here are 3 pictures of the JH Girls playing this season...

--Mikhail Ake

Varsity Soccer

On the 28th of September, the CCA Varsity Soccer team played Center Place Restoration School. Even though the team lost, they still played a good game. The final score was zero to three. Jared had a few good shots on goal, but sadly, none of them went in. Defensively, the team played strong, especially Isabella, who was a fierce competitor on the backline. This was senior night for the Patriots and during halftime Josh and Isaiah were recognized along with their parents. If you would like to see the Varsity Soccer in action, you will have to travel, as the remainder of their games are away.

--Chloe Evans

Junior High Soccer

On October 1st, our Junior High Soccer team traveled to Saint Peter's Catholic school in Marshall to take on the Mustangs. Eli was able to score for the Patriots but our Junior High team fell short 1:2. Our defense played very well to the opposing team’s one-on-one offense. This was the second loss to St. Peter this soccer season, but improvements were made overall on offense and defense in this game. Pictures below are of the JH team playing this season.

--Mikhail Ake

Sports Calendar October 9th-23rd

Oct 9th:

  • Varsity soccer at Applewood. Game is at 5:00. Bus leaves at 3:20 and returns at 7:15.

  • 8-12 volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

Oct 10th:

  • Varsity MOKAN tournament at Christian Learning Center. Times TBA.

  • Junior High tournament at St. Peters. Times TBA

Oct 12:

  • 8-12th volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

Oct 13th:

  • Varsity soccer at Overland Christian School at 5:00. Bus departs at 3:15 and returns at 7:45.

  • 8-12th volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

Oct 15th:

  • 8-12th volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

Oct 16th:

  • Junior High and 5/6th soccer at St. Paul. JH at 5:00 and 5/6th at 6:00. Bus departs at 3:15 and returns at 8:00.

  • 8-12th volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

Oct 19th:

  • 8-12th volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

  • Junior High soccer at home vs Trinity. Game at 5:00.

Oct 20th:

  • 8-12th volleyball practice at 4:00-6:00.

  • 5-12th basketball parent/ player meeting at 6:00.

Oct 22-24th:

  • Varsity MSCCA state volleyball tournament in Joplin.

CCA Alumni … Where are They Now?

Victoria Barrow is a CCA alumni who is currently a junior at the University of Central Missouri (UCM), and will graduate in May of 2022. Miss Barrow is currently working as a paraprofessional here at CCA, a cashier at CVS, and a soccer ref. The most influential teachers during her time at CCA were Robin Dicket, Jackie McClure, Roger Bancroft, Clell Stevenson, and Marcia Olson. Victoria misses the Christian environment and small class sizes of CCA the most. A word of advice that she has for current CCA students is to, “Always do your best, even when school gets tiring. Remember the teachers you have here because they teach so much more than the curriculum.”

--Molly Briggs

Velveeta Fudge Recipe


1 lb of butter

1 lb of Velveeta cheese

4 lb powdered sugar

1 cup of cocoa powder

1 Tbs of vanilla

Nuts (Optional)


Heat butter and cheese in a microwave in two separate bowls until melted. Then in a very large bowl, mix the cocoa powder and powdered sugar together until blended. you are going to have a lot of this mixture so use a very large mixing bowl. Next, add the melted butter and cheese the sugar and cocoa. Add vanilla and nuts. Then put the mixture into a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Lastly, place the fudge into the refrigerator. Serve when hardened.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

This short video shows how you can make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home! Below will be a list of places where you can buy ingredients and how much to put in!

Ingredients: White, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, pumpkin spice flavor syrup/coffee creamer, cinnamon, and coffee.

Places to purchase: You can purchase Torani white chocolate sauce and caramel sauce both at Walmart, if your Walmart does not provide it you can order it online. You can also purchase the Torani Pumpkin Spice syrup to use but, if you are looking for a more cost effective way you could also find a Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer instead.

Instructions: Put a pump (or squirt) of both caramel and white chocolate in the bottom of the cup with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. Proceed to put two pumps (or squirts) of the Pumpkin Spice syrup on top, if you are using coffee creamer instead, fill up the cup as much you would typically add creamer to your coffee, and stir. Then add the coffee, stir once again, add whipped cream or any other add ins that are preferred and then it is finished!

--Mary Joy Stevens

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Survey Says...

This week we asked our students 5th through 12th grade whether or not they would rather eat Halloween candy or Thanksgiving dessert.

The 6th and 8th said that they would rather have Halloween candy than Thanksgiving dessert. While the rest of the grades, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th said that they would rather have Thanksgiving dessert. The percentage of students in 5th through 12th grade who wanted Halloween candy was 24% and the percentage who wanted Thanksgiving dessert was 76%.

Chloe Evans and Mary Joy Stevens

4-H Meeting Re-cap

There was a 4-H meeting on the 29th. We interviewed a girl named Brooklyn from 5th grade. She has been in 4-H since preschool. She said that there were a lot of new kids to the club this year. The meeting consisted of discussing 4-H related topics. There was also a demonstration given by Lauren Kernohan, a previous student, about how to make slime. There were around 30 kids at the meeting. They will be meeting again on Saturday, October 30th.

Mrs. Kernohan held a clover kids 4-H meeting in September on the 29th. They did a little activity having to do with the power of washing hands. They put water into a bowl and put glitter in it. She then had the kids put a drop of dish soap on their finger, and then dipped their finger into the water and glitter. The Glitter would then scatter away from the dish soap. Clover kids are open to ages 5-7. They welcome homeschoolers and public schoolers as well. The next time they meet they are planning to start working on their projects for the fair. The next meeting is going to be Saturday, October 30th.

--Isaiah Salazar

Pictures from the CCA Robotics Team Meeting on September 25th

On This Day in History

1866: The first train robbery in the United States took place.

1882: The first World Series game occured. Cincinnati beat Chicago 4-0.

1893: Nabisco foods invented Cream of Wheat.

1936: The Hoover Dam began producing power. This electricity ran over 266 miles to produce power for the city of Los Angeles. The Hoover Dam was built during the time of the Great Depression. The dam used to be called the Boulder Dam but was renamed after President Heberrt Hoover in 1947. The dam took five years to build and to this day the concrete inside of the dam is still curing.

1946: 90°F was the highest temperature ever recorded in Cleveland, Ohio in October.

1993: Michael Jordan retired from the NBA but returned in 1995.

--Chloe Evans

JROTC in Uniform


On October 2nd, the newest members of the student council met at 7:30. During the meeting, new officers were elected. These include Lydia Lanning as President, Kylie Bateman as Vice President, Molly Briggs as Secretary, and Mary Joy Stevens as Treasurer. The students discussed possible events this year including the annual dodgeball tournament, a powderpuff game, and lumberjack club. The council decided that the first Lumberjack Club meeting would be October 30th. The next student council meeting to discuss this event will be on Friday, October 16th.

--Molly Briggs

chapel on 9/25

Leeroy Goodwin came from Mount Moriah church in Calhoun this past Friday on 9/25. He gave a good lesson and sang some songs for us. He very generously donated 5 Action Bibles to our library, Action Bible’s have very nice artwork in them and are formatted like comic books. Along with the Bibles, he gave a praying hands pin to every teacher and a picture of Jesus to the students. CCA’s fourth grade class enjoyed his lesson along with his singing so very much that they wrote Mr. Goodwin cards and sent them to him to show their appreciation. Thank you for coming to speak to us!

--Mary Joy Stevens

Chapel on 10/2

On Friday, October 2nd, Tim Randall from Golden Valley Christian Church came and spoke to our CCA students during Chapel. Tim Randall spoke about various messages from the bible and how they pertain to our daily lives. He gave us praise for giving him a grand CCA welcome. Chapel is always on Fridays at CCA. Each Friday a different motivational speaker from around the area comes to the school to talk to the students.

--Chloe Evans


The 7th and 8th grade FCA meeting on October 2nd was about Diego Mentrida, a triathlon runner. He willingly gave up his third place finish for another runner who had taken a wrong turn. He earned much praise on various social media platforms for his incredible show of sportsmanship. After this discussion, the 7th and 8th graders played games, and had snacks.

--Mikhail Ake

More Outdoor Fall Fun...

Johnson Farms is a Family Farm in Belton, Missouri. They offer fun fall family activities and it’s a chance to get away from the city and enjoy the outdoors. While at the farm, you can pick seasonal fruits, buy many fall plants and pumpkins, eat donuts & enjoy apple cider. Families can also feed the goats, watch pig races, and go on wagon rides. If you haven’t yet enjoyed Johnson Farms, they are open from 9am-5pm and reservations are required, so visit to get your tickets and check out the farm!

--Mikhail Ake