Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

September 7, 2021

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Preparing For Their Future at CTS

A few weeks into the school year, and Clinton Technical School Health Occupations students are already expanding their healthcare knowledge and skills.

Students in Mrs. Houk's classroom are getting hands-on experience with taking and understanding blood pressure readings. Students learn these skills by practicing with classmates and their instructor, and will then be able to use these skills during their clinical rotations. Health Occupations students are also expected to expand their medical vocabulary by learning hundreds of new words commonly used in a healthcare setting. Students in Mrs. Foster's class learn 25 new words every week, and last week they were enjoying a little friendly competition to prepare for an upcoming exam.

The Health Occupations classes at CTS have grown exponentially in the last few years. The program now includes two instructors, who serve 63 students in the Clinton School District, and ten surrounding districts. Students can receive Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification during the class, as well as life support, first aid, and dental varnish certification.

During their first year, students begin clinicals at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare and nursing homes under instructor supervision. During their second year, all students who have earned their CNA certification participate in an internship at GVMH, GVMH Medical Plaza, GVMH-Osceola Clinic, Gillis Family Dentistry, H&E Veterinary in Appleton City, or Golden Valley Animal Clinic.

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Great Starts Begin at CECC

Preschool students in Mrs. Petry's class at the Clinton Early Childhood Center have spent a lot of time learning the rules and routine of center time. Students are being creative, learning to share, and working hard....all great skills for a successful year!

The CSD's early childhood programs serve over 120 students. CECC integrates Missouri Early Learning Goals into the state-approved Project Construct curriculum. Additionally, district kindergarten readiness benchmarks are also used to guide instruction.

Without a doubt, our community's children receive a great start at CECC!

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Providing Rigor and Opportunities at CHS

AP (Advanced Placement) Biology students jumped into their first lab last week.

Students are testing for macromolecules by using a Benedict’s test for sugars, Lugol’s Solution for starch, Biuret’s solution for proteins, and Sudan IV for lipids (fats). This is a guided lab in which students can see a guaranteed positive and negative result. Students had the opportunity to experiment on foods of their choice in this inquiry lab.

AP Biology is an introductory college-level biology course, and is one of five AP classes offered to CHS students.

Advanced Placement 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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Board of Education Lowers Tax Rate

On August 23, 2021, the Clinton School District Board of Education unanimously approved the 2021 tax rate at their annual tax-rate hearing. The 2021 blended tax rate was approved at $3.86 per $100 of assessed valuation, a decrease of $0.53 from the 2020 tax rate.

In 2021, a property reassessment year, the assessed value of property in Clinton increased by $39 million, or a little more than 17.5%. The tax rollback approved by the board consisted of $.48 which is required by the Hancock Amendment, and an additional $.05 that the Board of Education believed was necessary to keep taxes stable for taxpayers. In instances of increased assessed valuation, school districts are only allowed to raise their taxes by the Consumer Price Index, this year 1.4%. The Hancock Amendment requires taxing entities, including school districts, to lower their tax rates in order to meet this requirement.

During the 2020 $4,000,000 No-Tax Rate Increase Bond campaign, voters were assured that taxes would not increase, and this roll-back is one mechanism for the Board of Education to keep this promise to voters.

“The Board appreciates the support of the Clinton community. We always try to make the best financial decisions for our taxpayers while also meeting the needs of our students and staff.” - Parker Mills, President of the Board of Education.

Building and Fostering Relationships

One of the core values in the CSD is RELATIONSHIPS. The district strives to ensure that each student and staff member is connected to at least one caring adult at school who encourages them on a regular basis. One of the ways this is accomplished at the middle and high school level is through Cardinal Time.

Each CMS and CHS student is assigned a Cardinal Time teacher, which they meet with daily, for advisement, mentoring, and academic assistance. Students and teachers focus on social-emotional learning, relationship and community building, study skills, grade checks, etc.

Pictured here is CMS STEM teacher, Molly Glover and her 8th grade Cardinal Time students.

Focusing on the Positive at Henry Elementary

Be on the look-out for these signs around town!

Last week, Henry Elementary School began their Student of the Week recognitions. Congratulations to the first students of the week; LeDoux (Kindergarten), Maggie (1st Grade) and Kellen (2nd Grade)!

Students and parents were so excited to learn that they get to display the signs in their yard to tell the community this great news! Each week, these signs will move to the yard of another outstanding Henry Elementary student.

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School Picture Day Info

Picture day is coming to a CSD building near you. **Henry Elementary and CIS held picture day last week, for more information on picture retakes, please contact your child's school office.

Below are school picture dates for each building. Parents also have the option of ordering online. If you are interested in ordering online, please visit and use the access codes below.

  • Clinton Early Childhood Center-September 24th (code 61712S)
  • Clinton Middle School-September 21st (code 61480V)
  • Clinton High School-September 20th (code 61263R)

If you have any questions regarding school pictures, please contact your child's school office.

No School-September 27th

Clinton Schools will not be in session on Monday, September 27th as staff participate in professional development.

Come work with us!

The Clinton School District has job openings for:

  • Paraprofessionals
  • Coaches
  • Substitute Teachers

You can find more information and apply online at the link below.

COVID-19 Data and Notifications

As has been our practice during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clinton School District is committed to communicating with our stakeholders information regarding positive cases in our schools. We will continue to notify families and our community of positive cases in our schools by placing general notifications on our Facebook page and on our website. We will continue to send phone calls out every evening to families whose child was in a class, activity, or bus where a possible exposure might have occurred. In addition, students or staff members that must quarantine due to exposure at school are contacted directly by the Henry County Health Center or the district nurse.

In addition to these layers of communication, the district will also be sharing a COVID-19 Dashboard every Friday evening.

You can find last Friday's COVID-19 data here.

come support your cardinals!

Want to know when and where you can catch our Cardinal athletes in action? You can find a calendar of events at the links below.



A list of this week's CHS activities can be found below.

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free meals and important form information

While meals will continue to be offered at no cost to students in the 2021-2022 school year, it is still extremely important that families complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application. Completion of these forms benefit families and the school district in multiple ways.

Participation rates directly impact schools’ eligibility to receive state and federal funding, which provides valuable resources that play a key role in our students’ success.

In addition, students who qualify for benefits may also be eligible for discounted rates on:

  • Fees associated with applying for college
  • Fees associated with academic tests such as the ACT, SAT, etc.
  • Advanced Placement
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • And more

Please be sure to complete the form that your school provided you with in your beginning of the year paperwork, you can also visit your child’s school office to request a form, or you can print a form here.

**Please note that any additional items (ala carte, additional meals/items, extra milks, etc.) will incur a charge.**

PowerSchool Parent portal information

One of the best ways for parents to stay informed on their child's progress in school is to create a PowerSchool Parent Portal account.

PowerSchool is a secure internet-based website that will allow you to easily keep track of nearly everything your student does while at school. This service will allow you to view your student’s attendance, grades, schedule, food service balance, progress, assignments, emergency information, and more. You can also download the PowerSchool app to your mobile device.

The district has created a short video to guide you through the process of creating a Parent Portal account. Please click the link above and follow the simple steps to create your account. If you should have any questions please contact your child's school office.

school year calendar

Have you seen a copy of this year's school calendar? Becoming familiar with the calendar will be helpful as you schedule dr. appointments, family vacations, and more this school year.

A printable version of the calendar can be found here.

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