Clark Middle School PTSO

March 2013

We need your cans!

Clark Middle School is partnering with Habitat of Clark and Madison County in recycling aluminum cans which will convert into more homes built in both counties for our families who qualify. Here's how it works: place your empty aluminum cans in a plastic bag and drop them off in the Walmart parking lot that has the Habitat House. If the little house is full, drop them off at school in the office of Lunelle Matthews, Guidance Counselor. She's fully prepared to have an office full of cans! Please do not leave the cans outside of the building.


We thank you in advance for making a difference in the lives of our families in Clark and Madison County.

DQ Family Night 3/19

Dairy Queen is hosting another family night for us on Tuesday, March 19, from 3:00-6:00 PM. Please note the time change! Now you can stop in before picking up your kids and have time to enjoy that nice MooLatte while you wait! As always 10% comes back to school!

Chili Cook-Off Winner Announced!

Melody Herrington, 6th grade language arts teacher, has won this year's CMS Staff Chili Cook-Off held in February. The winning recipe is below:


Turkey Corn Chili


1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1/2 of a green or red pepper, chopped

1 bay leaf

2 pounds ground turkey

2 T. chili powder

2 T. hot Mexican chili powder

2 T. ground cumin

2 T. cayenne pepper sauce

2 cups frozen corn

3 (16 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes

2 cups chicken stock or broth

3 T. minced garlic

2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese

2 scallions, white and greens, chopped (optional)


1. Pour olive oil into a large skillet and warm, then add onions, green peppers, and garlic. Cook for about five minutes on medium.

2. Add ground turkey, regular chili powder, and cayenne papper sauce. Cook on medium high until meat is cooked thoroughly.

3. In a crock pot, mix chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, Mexican chili powder, ground cumin, and frozen corn. Set on low.

4. Once the meat is cooked, move everything from the skillet to the crock pot and mix well. Place one or two bay leaves in the chili. Cook on low 6-8 hours.

5. Before serving, remove the bay leaves and add pepper jack cheese. Garnish with green onions if you would like.

Volunteer Recognition

We have a debt of gratitude to pay to an extensive list of volunteers who made our very successful Scholastic Book Fair in February possible! They are as follows: Maggie Napier, Robbin Johnson, Kristy Weckwerte, Gina Dreusicke, Robbin Large, Andrea Brandenburg, Barbara Hisle, Shirley Fields, Jennifer Tipton, Michelle Puckett, Lisa Rivera, Vickie Leland, Whitney Snell, Linda Rector, and our awesome student Book Fair "Crew" of Alexis Mack-Jordan, Jayla Dyer, Kristian Watkins, Jordan Hatton, Samantha Wasson, Anastasia Alencia, Jonathan Fitzpatrick and Frost Sallie. It was a fun, smooth-running week and we raised much needed funds for the library! Thank you all!


More volunteer recognition...

In preparation for the May K-Prep testing, the students recently took part in a "scrimmage" test. The following volunteers helped us out with hallway monitoring during the day: Trisha Ratliff, Linda Rector, Robbin Large and Barbara Hisle. Thanks for pitching in!



Speaking of Book Fair...

Check out the CMS Library Facebook page for lots of pictures from the Book Fair! See if you can spot your student! Click Here!

Next PTSO Meeting: Monday, March 25 at 5:00 PM, Library

Contact us: cmsptso@gmail.com

Penny Fitzpatrick, President

Terry Sandy, Vice-president

Renee Ware, Secretary

Jan Beum, Treasurer