Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

February 3, 2020

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Recognizing Excellence

Developing a culture of excellence is a priority in the Clinton School District. When these high levels of achievement and expectations are attained, it's important for us to recognize it.

At last Monday evening's Board of Education meeting, the district recognized Clinton High School students who scored exceptionally well on the ACT (an average score in Missouri is 20.8 out of a possible 36).

Katie Mitchell (32 composite score and 35 in English and Reading), McKenna Mason (30 composite score and 35 in Reading), Kali Lindsay (36 in Math and Reading), Brooke LaFavor (31 composite score), Luke Manning (35 in Reading), Maddy Bremer (30 composite score), Isabelle Roof (30 composite score and 36 in Reading). Not pictured: Bray Ferrin (31 composite score and 36 in Reading)

The district also recognized bus driver, Tammy Cretel. Tammy goes above and beyond on a daily basis as she transports the district's littlest learners. It was noted that, "Tammy cares for the students as if they were her own".

Cardinals with Vision

The CSD is dedicated to Educating, Empowering and Engaging our students to be successful adults after high school.

One of the ways the District prepares students for their next steps is through Career and Technical Education. These programs provide students with the most relevant training and certifications needed to get jobs in their field of study or to continue their education.

Clinton Technical School recently recognized students who have a strong sense of VISION, "having goals, and plans to meet those goals".

Congratulations to the students below who were Students of the Month for January.

Marshall Whitham (Building Trades), Sherwood
Alana Alexander (Health Occupations), Clinton
Noah Rucker (Health Occupations), Clinton
Drayden Russell (Welding), Sherwood
Tanner Wray (Machine Tool Tech), Clinton
Markus Christensen (Automotive), Clinton
Josh Jeffrey (Computer Networking), Clinton

Gavin Lowe (Machine Tool Tech), Clinton
Trenton Tillotson (Welding), Osceola
Caleb Wirsig (Computer Networking), Lakeland
Emma Owens (Health Occupations), Lakeland
Mackenzie Duskin (Automotive), Osceola
Josie Howell (Health Occupations), Windsor

Avery Adkins (Marketing), Clinton

Kennedy Cook (Business), Clinton

Katie Mitchell (Business), Clinton
Hayden Lawson (Agriculture), Clinton
Not Pictured:
Kylee Phillips (Health Occupations Intern), Clinton

Destinee Young (Health Occupations Intern), Sherwood

See more pictures here.

District Announces New Head Football Coach

Clinton High School is proud to announce it has selected Kevin LaFavor as its next Head Football Coach. Coach LaFavor will take the helm of the Clinton Cardinals football team and will be a teacher in the Physical Education Department at Clinton High School.

Coach LaFavor has spent the last three seasons at Lincoln High School, the last two as Head Coach. As a Head Coach he has amassed a 27-3 record, including State Runner-Up finishes the last two years. In 2017 LaFavor was an Assistant Coach at Lincoln where the team had a record of 11-1 and lost in the state quarterfinals.

LaFavor also has past coaching experiences in basketball and baseball. Coach LaFavor has two degrees from Southwest Baptist University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. LaFavor was also a part of the Bearcat football team for one season.

Coach LaFavor was a standout student-athlete in high school as a Clinton Cardinal, including being an All-Conference and All-District football player. Kevin was also involved in FFA, FBLA, Basketball and National Honor Society. Kevin has also served as a youth coach for the Clinton Youth Football program in the past.

The Clinton School District and Clinton Community are excited to bring Coach LaFavor back to our community to lead our football program.

Jason Abner, Clinton Activities Director said “We are excited to have Coach LaFavor become a part of our Athletic Department and our Football program. We felt hiring someone with ties to the community and who wants to be here for a long time was an important component of this search process. We found that in Kevin LaFavor.”

Coach LaFavor said “I am excited for the opportunity to become a Clinton Cardinal. I appreciate the opportunity to return to my hometown and help lead our student-athletes down a path for success in the classroom and on the playing field.”

Coach LaFavor’s wife, Emily, is also a Clinton High School graduate. She was involved in Soccer, Softball, FFA, and Skills USA in her time there. She has worked as a registered nurse at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton for the past four years. Their son Maxwell is 2 years old. “We are very excited to be a part of the Clinton School District as well as the Clinton Community. Go Cardinals!”

Littlest Cardinals Appreciate Community's Support

The CSD appreciates the continued support that our students receive from our community.

Re/Max Truman Lake recently presented students at the Clinton Early Childhood Center with a generous check to put towards the cost of daily snacks.

The Ladies Auxiliary also surprised students with school supplies. Students and staff are very thankful for these acts of kindness.

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No-Tax Increase Bond Issue

The Clinton School District Board of Education is asking voters to consider a $4,000,000 no-tax increase bond measure on the April 7, 2020 election ballot. Go here to learn more.

If approved by voters, this bond proposal includes:

  • Safety enhancements at school buildings
  • Renovations/improvements of existing classrooms
  • Resurfacing/repairing of driveways & parking lots
  • Improved learning environments through HVAC upgrades
  • Remodeling of restroom & locker room areas
  • Renovating and improving the safety of bleacher seating at athletic facilities.

Superintendent, Destry Brown will be visiting with different groups, clubs and organizations in the community to answer questions and share info. If you are interested in him visiting with your group, please contact Angie Lawson ( or 885-5585) to schedule a time.

Important Dates:

Deadline to Register to Vote: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 (more info on registration can be found here)
Election Day: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (6:00 am-7:00 pm)
Absentee Voting: Begins Tuesday, February 25, 2020 (more info on absentee voting can be found here).

No School-February 17

Clinton Schools will not be in session on Monday, February 17th for President's Day.

Major Saver Card Sales

It's Major Saver Card time!

From January 29th-February 10th students at Clinton Intermediate School and Henry Elementary will be selling these great little discount cards. You can also go here,, to purchase a card online. See example of offers at the end of the newsletter.

All proceeds from the sale of these cards directly support the Education Foundation for Clinton Students Inc. Since 2008, over $103,000 has been raised through the sale of Major Saver cards.

The Education Foundation for Clinton Students Inc. funds many projects in Clinton School District classrooms that fall slightly beyond funded activities and budget limitations.

These cards are a great way to support the school district, while also saving a little cash yourself.

Job Openings

The district currently has the following job openings:

*High School Assistant Principal (20-21 School Year)

*First Grade Teacher (20-21 School Year)

*Fifth Grade Teacher (20-21 School Year)

*Speech Language Pathologist (20-21 School Year)

*High School Social Studies Teacher (20-21 School Year)

*High School Paraprofessional (20-21 School Year)

*Special Education Teachers (20-21 School Year)

*Agriculture Science Teacher (20-21 School Year)

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

*Head Start Teacher's Assistant

Interested in working with us? You can apply online at this link.

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

The 2020-2021 school year calendar was recently approved by the CSD's Board of Education.

You might notice some changes with next year's calendar. One of those changes is that a new state law mandates schools cannot start more than 14 days before Labor Day. Clinton Schools' first day of school will be August 25th.

Another change for next year will be that Clinton Intermediate School and Henry Elementary School will be lengthening their school days by 10 minutes. Next year, CIS will begin school at 8:05 and Henry at 8:10 (doors at both schools will still open at 7:30). With these additional minutes, all buildings in the district will be attending school the same number of minutes every day.

You can find a printable version of the 20-21 school year calendar at the end of the newsletter.

Calling all CSD Retirees

The Clinton School District would like to "catch-up" with our Cardinal retirees. We invite all district retirees to complete the form at the link below. The form will be used to create a comprehensive list of all of those who have retired from the district.

To help us find all of our retirees, please share this with others who have retired from the Clinton School District.

From the Nurse's Office

It is that time of year when we start seeing more illnesses in our students. We just want to remind our families when students need to stay home.

  • Students need to stay home if they have a fever of 100.0 or greater.
  • They should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Students need to stay home if they are having diarrhea and vomiting and should not return until they have had 24 hours of no vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sometimes your doctor will recommend your child stay home longer for certain illnesses. Please follow your doctor's advice.
  • If your student stays home sick, please call their school office to notify them.

This is a great time to remind students to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer often and to keep their hands away from their eyes, mouth and nose.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school nurse.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Do you know how the CSD communicates school closures due to inclement weather?

*DOWNLOAD OUR APP (Search for "Clinton School District" on Google Play or the Apple App Store. When school must close due to inclement weather, you will receive push notifications directly to your phone!)

*PHONE CALL/TEXT MESSAGE/EMAIL (You will only receive phone calls and text messages if we have your current contact information on file. Please provide your current phone numbers and emails to the office. Also, you must opt-in to receive text messages. Text "Y" to 67587.)

*FACEBOOK/TWITTER (Follow us on both platforms to stay informed. Facebook-"Clinton Schools" Twitter-@ClintonMoCards)

*NEWS MEDIA (School closing information will also be provided to KDKD and Kansas City news stations)

Substitute Teachers Wanted

Looking for a part-time position with competitive pay, the ability to choose your building assignments and have your nights, weekends, holidays and summers off?

The Clinton School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.

Candidates should possess 60 hours of college credit, currently have a substitute teaching certificate or be able to obtain one, as well as pass a background check. This position is on an as-needed basis, and the pay is $90 per day. Also important to note, the district reimburses the fingerprinting fee after you substitute teach one time.

Substitute teaching application packets are available at the Administration Office located at 701 S. 8th Street, or on the district website at this link.

For more information, please call 885-2237.

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Only events that appear on the district calendar are listed here. ALWAYS REFER TO THE DISTRICT WEBSITE CALENDAR FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION!
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Get to Know....Jaime Woods

Jaime Woods joined the Cardinal family two years ago as a Family and Consumer Science (FACS) teacher at CMS.

Jaime was born and raised in Fayette, MO. After marrying her husband and Clinton alum, Jordan Woods, Jaime had the opportunity to live in Colorado, Florida and Arizona for Jordan's job and be a stay-at-home mom to their two children Emmett (6) and Kendall (4).

Spending time with her family is very important to Jaime. She also enjoys cooking, reading, spending time outside gardening, riding four-wheelers, and boating on Truman Lake.

"I enjoy working for the Clinton School District because of the support inside and outside of the classroom. I love that my kids go to school where I work!"

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