The Patriot Press

October 23, 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

10/26: Soccer End of the Year Celebration from 6:30 to 8 PM in the CCA Gym. Bring a individual packaged or wrapped dessert to share. Drinks will be provided.

10/27: CCA picture retakes. Bring back original pictures and let Mrs. Griffey know what you didn't like about the first photo if you are wanting retakes.

10/30: Lumberjack club from 7:15 to 7:55 AM. Cost is $2 to eat pancakes & drink milk or juice. 1st Quarter ends. 4th Grade field trip to Fort Osage; details are on the CCA website calendar.

4-H Meeting from 3:15-4:15pm. 7-12th grade Hayride at the Mannings from 6-9 PM (bring either a side, dessert or soda to share).

11/1: Daylight Saving Time ends. Move clocks back an hour.

11/5: Early dismissal at 11:30 AM. CCA will not be serving lunch or having after school care today. Parent/Teacher conferences 12-6:30 PM.

11/6: No school

October's Character Trait:

October's CCA character trait is Joy. The verse used for joy is Psalm 5:11, which says, “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You."

How do our CCA students define joy? In K5 Kinsley said, “Joy means to be happy.” and

Kaycee said, “My mom and dad make me happy.” Fifth grader Abram said that, “God talked to him through the Joy verse.” Parker, also in 5th grade said “ We should have joy in knowing the Lord and everything we do for Him, because He was persecuted and we should have joy, that is what the Bible says.” Logan in 7th grade said that, “Happiness means joy and building things gives me joy” and Heaven, also in 7th grade expressed that, “happiness means joy and reading brings me joy.” --Chloe Evans

Auction Info...

The first CCA Auction meeting was held on 10/15. Topics of discussion was food, face painting, art projects, raffle tickets and matching funds. Due to COVID-19 some aspects of the auction might have to be changed this year and dinner could be one of them. JD expressed that we need to come up with ideas that would cover $7000 of revenue if we cannot serve dinner on auction night. One idea was to raffle a one year tuition to CCA for the 2021-22 school year, but only sell 200 tickets at $100 each. This is just an idea, not something that is going to for sure happen. We need other ideas for matching funds because this year a donor will match up to $25,000 instead of $22,000. Right now matching fund items are the Gold Tables, Children Art Projects and Raffle ticket sales. Students need to be involved in the making or designing of the item/project to sell for the proceeds to benefit matching funds. If you have any ideas on auction items to cover dinner revenue or matching funds please contact JD Manning, auction chair, at Please check the CCA Google calendar for upcoming Auction Meetings.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Foreman

Mrs. Heidi Foreman is the High School English teacher and Take Flight instructor at CCA. She graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2010. Mrs Foreman has had many previous professions that include, but are not limited to, Remote ESL Teacher, Substitute, Cell Phone Sales Manager, and a Sonic drive thru assistant manager. This is her first full year teaching in a traditional school setting. Her favorite subject to teach is creative writing. Mrs. Forman has an older brother and sister. She is married and has two boys who are both under the ages of 5. In her free time, Mrs Forman enjoys reading, drawing, and playing video games. Her favorite Bible verse comes from Galatians 6:9 “Let us not weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” When she was in highschool she was voted Class Clown, most unique, and best musician in highschool. One of her favorite quotes comes from Albert Einstein, “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” --Isaiah Salazar

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Stevens

Mr. Stevens is CCA’s upper school principal. He has worked at CCA for two years. While his main job is being the high school principal, Mr. Stevens also serves as a Geometry teacher, technology coordinator, and his newest job, being a CCA parent. Mr. Stevens has a total of 9 kids, and has been married to Mrs. Bonnie Stevens for 34 years. Mr. Stevens graduated from Harding University in 1988, where he majored in mathematics. He has had various jobs as a teacher, among other things, but spent 26 years in the military, and worked his way up to a Lieutenant Colonel before retiring. --Mikhail Ake

Chapel on October 9th

Every Friday Clinton Christian Academy students have the opportunity to attend Chapel services and support Missionaries while at school. We call this day our “Dress Down for Missions” event and students along with teachers and staff can participate by giving $2.00 per month to missions. An offering is taken before entering the CCA gym for chapel and students can give their money then. Half of the money collected goes to the Houk’s who are a missionary family that works across the world in Nepal. Michelle Houk, is the daughter of our CCA English teacher Mr. Bancroft. The family mainly focuses on planting churches in order to have the most impact on the heavily populated country. The Houks are currently in the States, and visited us for chapel on Friday, October 9th. Jared began his message by reading Revelation 7:9-10. From this verse he talked to students about how all people from around the world, no matter what tribe or color, can learn the saving truth about Jesus. Michelle picked up where he left off by telling the students the message of salvation. Jesus created the Earth perfect, we sinned, the world is now broken, and we can restore that brokenness through Christ. She ended the message by asking students if they had fellowship with Christ or were still living in sin? Pictures from Chapel are below. --Molly Briggs

chapel on 10/16

Mr Stevens spoke during Chapel on October 16th. The Sophomore class led the pledges to the American flag, Christian flag and Bible. Mr Stevens talked about Saul and his journey to Damascus and his conversion story. He talked about how we can come across our own “road to Damascus”, and change our lives completely. We are all like Paul, someone sinning, in need of the light to show us the way. CCA has Chapel every Friday morning for all students.

--Isaiah Salazar

On this Day, October 23rd, in History

1864- Battle of Westport, Missouri: Union General Samuel R. Curtis defeats Confederate General Sterling Price

1886- Saint Louis Browns win world championship by beating Chicago 4:3

1941- Walt Disney’s animated film “Dumbo” released

1972- Credit cards are introduced in Britain

2001- Apple releases the “I-Pod”

The first I-pod cost $399, and individual songs for the I-Pod cost $1.29 each. A new, in the box, first generation I-Pod has recently sold for as much as $90,000. Today an apple I-Pod sells for $199.

Varsity Volleyball

The Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Training Center on 1/19/20 to play one last game before the State Tournament, which began yesterday. The girls played decent overall, but came up short in each of the individual sets. There were many great serving streaks made by several of our CCA Patriots. The team has worked hard this season and the girls have improved in so many areas. Confidence has definitely been building as they play in the MCSAA State Tourney in Joplin today and will compete in the MoKan Conference Tourney next week. Go Patriots!

--Mary Joy Stevens

Varsity Soccer

The Clinton Varsity Soccer team played against Overland Christian School on October 13th. The Patriots played very strong and came close several times to getting a few goals, but they were unable to secure the win and lost 0-2. They had a stronger second half compared to the first and made some good defensive plays. This was the patriots last regular season game. They ended the season with a record of 0-4. --Isaiah Salazar

Junior High Soccer Tournament

On Saturday, October 10th, the Junior High soccer team traveled to the St. Peter's Tourney in Marshall. The team played their first game against Bethany, but sadly lost. The second game played was against St. Paul and the Patriots won. The third game was against Trinity and CCA won 3 to 0. 7th graders, Colten and Matthew said Mason, Eli, and Jake all had goals. They also said the third game against Trinity was the best game the young Patriots played during the tournament. Overall, the Patriots took home third place. Great job Junior High! --Molly Briggs

Big picture

Junior High Soccer

Junior High and 5th and 6th soccer played on Friday, October 16th in an away game against St. Paul Concordia. The CCA Patriots 5th and 6th grade team played very hard and ended up tying. The score was 0-0. Sadly, the junior high soccer team lost their game that night 0-1. The team said that Jake had some good saves that night. The team was unaware that this game would be the last of their season.

Sports Calendar October 23rd to November 6th

Oct 26: Soccer End of the Year Celebration, 6:30pm in the CCA Gym

7-12 Girl Basketball Practice 3:15-5:15

Oct. 27: MoKan Varsity Volleyball Tourney at Centerplace Restoration School, 5pm game time

7-12 Girl Basketball Practice 3:15-5:15

Oct. 28: 7-12 Girl Basketball Practice 3:15-5:15

Oct. 29: MoKan Varsity Volleyball at CCA at 5pm. Concessions & gate is needed. Call the

office to sign up.

7-12 Girl Basketball Practice 3:15-4:30

Oct. 30: MoKan Varsity Volleyball at Overland Christian School at 4pm

7-12 Girl Basketball Practice 3:15-5:15

CCA Alumni … Where are They Now?

Zachary Adams, son of Jeff (CCA Boy's Basketball Coach) and Kim Adams, attended CCA from preschool to the eight grade. He has 2 siblings, Hannah & Noah, who also attended CCA. During his time at CCA, Zachary played soccer and basketball. After 8th grade graduation, Zachary attended Clinton High School. While at CHS he continued playing soccer & basketball, but added baseball, and cross country to his athletic repertoire. He was involved in FCA (Fellowship of Christan Athletes), FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), NHS (National Honors Society) and Student Council. In 2014, he graduated from CHS and attended college at Central Methodist University where he majored in mathematics and minored in education. After completing his undergraduate degree, Zachary decided to get his masters degree in mathematics.

Zachary’s favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23 which says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord, and not for man”. On July 11th, 2020, Zachary married Krista Adams, and he is currently teaching math at Clinton High School and coaching boys soccer and freshman girls basketball. --Chloe Evans

Survey Says...

According to CCA students, is White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, or Dark Chocolate the best?

Here are the results of which grades preferred which chocolate: White Chocolate was perferred by the Junior class, and Milk Chocolate was the choice of 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th & 12th grades. No CCA class would pick Dark Chocolate as their first chocolate choice.

What chocolate would you pick?

--Mary Joy Stevens


The HS Student Council met on Friday, October 16th. During the meeting, the students discussed various upcoming events. The first Lumberjack club will be on Friday, October 30th, which will be at 7:15am in the cafeteria and will costs $2 to eat pancakes & drink milk and juice. The Council has also began discussing the Veteran's Day Assembly, which they will be in charge of. There will be more information going home with students about a poster and essay contest.

--Mary Joy Stevens


During the High School FCA meeting on October 16th, students played a game and participated in a good discussion based off of a short video that was shown. Within the video it was a form of competition, the athlete in front went the wrong way and therefore the other athlete passed him and could’ve won, the extraordinary thing is that the athlete that could have pulled ahead and won, slowed down, and let the athlete who went the wrong way and got side-tracked, go ahead of of him and win the race, taking third place. This is a very good example of integrity in the world, where, this athlete could have just blown through and won the race, but decided in that short moment to do what he thought was the best choice, and let the other athlete win.

--Mary Joy Stevens

Senior Spotlight

Eli Sargent is a senior this year, but has been at CCA since his sophomore year. He was introduced to CCA through his mother who is the 6th grade teacher. He says his favorite part about CCA has been the people. After high school Eli plans to go to a trade school, but before he graduates he would like to achieve, “Getting more than three hours of sleep each night.” Eli has two sisters and outside of school you can find him working.

--Chloe Evans

Health Occupations

This year, CCA Juniors and seniors are able to take classes at the Clinton Technical school. One of these various classes is Health Occupations, which Jessica, Hailey, and Jack chose to take this year. When asked, they all said they very much enjoyed the class, despite its academic rigor. Hailey said her favorite thing about the class so far is “practicing CPR.” Jack stated the same thing. The Health Occ. students get to practice various medical skills, such as taking temperatures, blood pressure, and they get to travel to Golden Valley to observe various medical skills to see what medical job might interest them. --Mikhail Ake

5th and 6th grade fellowship

Ten 5th & 6th graders attended the 9-Square Fellowship on Sat., 10/17, which was the first event for the Intermediate StuCo. They had a blast! No one was ready to go home after TWO hours of playing! Great sportsmanship and great fellowship was demonstrated and experienced by all! What a blessing! Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Sargent chaperoned the event. Students enjoyed the snacks and fellowship.

Recipe for Fruit Crisp

Fruit Crisp


6 Large Apples, 1 cup of Brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of Vanilla, ¾ of a cup of Quick Cook Oats, ½ cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon, and ½ a cup of unsalted butter.


  1. Peel, core and slice apples.

  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  3. Layer apples into baking dish ( I use 9x9 )

  4. Mix together, flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon in a bowl.

  5. Add in vanilla and cut in butter with a pastry blender or fork.

  6. Work until mixture forms large crumbs.

  7. Sprinkle over the apples.

  8. Bake for 3 minutes or until topping is browned and apples are soft.

  9. Enjoy!