The Patriot Press

May 7th

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.

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Parents, Teachers, Administration and Board:

Please join us at the High School commencement celebration in the CCA Gym tomorrow, May 8, 2021 at 2pm to honor our graduating Class of 2021. Pictured below are our 5 seniors.

Joshua Aaron Marchbanks

Joshua Aaron Marchbanks is the son of Scott and Penny Marchbanks. Josh’s future plans include attending State Fair Community College and pursuing a degree in criminal justice. His favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9 which says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I, Joshua Marchbanks, present my Senior will:

To Jared, I give my #24 basketball jersey.

Mikhail will receive my rusty nail, so he can can complete his writing assignments.

To Jack, I give many energy drinks.

Jon will receive my sparing helmet to protect his head.

Elijah Clay Sargent

Elijah Clay Sargent is the son of Jeff and Amanda Sargent. Elijah plans to attend State Fair Community College to be a machinist. Elijah’s favorite Bible verse is James 1:2 which says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds”.

I, Eli Sargent, present my Senior will:

To Jack, I give my swagger.

To Jared, I give my fantastic mullet. I hope you can pull it off like me.

To Karli, I will give you ukulele lessons and continue our Flash sessions.

Hailey will receive my gently used hat, the one that I forget to take off when entering the CCA building.

Molly Elizabeth Briggs

Molly Elizabeth Briggs is the daughter of Jason and Andrea Briggs. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 16:3, which says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” Molly plans to pursue a degree in education by using her A+ at State Fair Community college.

I, Molly Briggs, present my senior will:

To the Publications class, I leave my overly disinfected computer so nobody gets sick and dies. You can thank me later.

To Mr. Patterson, I leave the 2024 presidential election, you have my vote.

To my car, I leave a new front bumper for hitting the parking thing every day.

To Jack and Mikhail, I leave my yellow crocs since you say they look like Mickey Mouse shoes.

To Josh, I leave lotion to help your wrinkly hands.

To Lydia, I leave a calculator case to protect it from its daily fall to the ground. I also leave you sweet potatoes to replace the ones that you spilled on me.

To all sports members and coaches, I leave the responsibility of bugging parents for pictures and creating every slideshow for all the sports banquets.

Lydia Claire Lanning

Lydia Claire Lanning is the daughter of Ken and Michele Lanning. Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” She plans to go to college at MSU and pursue a degree in business.

I, Lydia, present my last will and testament:

To Priscilla, I leave your ride to school every morning. Good luck finding someone who plays as good of music in the car as I do.

To my basketball team, I leave my number 14 jersey, its one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Troy Bolton, wear it with pride.

To the highschool girls, I leave the girls gym bathroom, may it provide a place to vent, and breakdown when you need it.

To Mr. Patterson, I leave every video I've ever begged you to look up on the board during class. Thank you.

To the students, I leave the swing set. I recommend not flipping out of it unless you want to spend 6 weeks with a broken arm. Please do better than me.

Isaiah Andrew Lee Salazar

Isaiah Andrew Lee Salazar is the son of Felix and Abigail Salazar. His plans for the future are to join the National Guard or become a Police Officer. His favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10 which says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah's last will and testament,

To MJ...I leave a roll of duct tape to fix your bumper.

To Hailey...I leave a toilet plunger to get those dents out of your truck.

To Olivia...I give my height, because you have none.

To Mikhail...I leave my basketball jersey so you can make all those shots.

To Jon...I leave the closest parking spot to the school so it will be easier to get into the school building when you get injured.

To Jack...I leave my Car Insurance.

To the school parking lot...I am sorry for all the times I drifted across you.

Parent Reminders

May 8th:
  • High School graduation at 2:00 in the CCA gym

May 10th:

  • K4 field trip to Artesian Park at 10AM-12PM

May 11th:

  • K4 Promotion at 6:00PM in the CCA gym
  • Incoming K4 and K5 play date from 8-9:30AM

May 12th:

  • 3rd grade field trip to Henry County Museum from 12-2:40PM to present living wax museum.

May 13th:

  • 7th and 8th grade service project to Life Change Camp from 8:00AM-3:00PM
  • K4-2nd Spring Music Concert at 6:00PM at FBC Clinton

May 14th:

  • 5/6th StuCo meeting at 7:15AM
  • FCA for 7/8th Grade from 8:35-9AM
  • Book fees due
  • 3rd grade wax museum in the CCA gym from 1-2:45PM

May 17th:

  • Uniform garage sale begins on stage in CCA gym
  • First grade to the Briggs' from 11:00AM-2:30PM
  • 3rd-6th grade field day from 12:45-2:45PM
  • Art Show in CCA Cafeteria from 6:30-7:30PM

May 18th:

  • Uniform garage sale
  • K4-2nd field day from 1:15-2:45PM
  • 8th grade promotion ceremony at 6:30PM in the CCA gym

May 19th:

  • Uniform garage sale
  • 5th grade to MOPS

May 20th:

  • Uniform garage sale
  • 3rd-5th grade music concert and 6th-12th grade band concert at 6PM in the CCA gym

May 21st:

  • All school talent show event at 10:00AM in the CCA gym
  • 11:30 dismissal; last day of school

3rd Grade to Present "Living Wax Museum"

Mrs. Patterson’s third graders will be presenting their Living Wax Museum at Henry County Museum on Wednesday, May 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parents, grandparents, and the general public are welcomed to attend this event as these characters who were from Missouri or spent most of their life in Missouri, tell how they made an impact in helping to make America the country it is today.
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May Character Trait... Self Control

This month's character trait is Self-Control. We asked three people what Self-Control means to them.

“Self-control is not doing stupid stuff” - Jake W. (6th)

“Self-control means when someone pushes you off the slide, you don’t go and push them back” - Jake M. (7th)

“Self-control is controlling your anger, and not punching people” - Jared W. (9th)

Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Helmig

Mr. Helmig is the Band Director at CCA. He has previously directed Choir at Sweet Adelines and has been an Elementary Principal. He graduated from CMSU with a Music Ed BME in 1987, UCM with a Masters Degree in K-8 Administration in 2007, and UCM Specialist Degree in Administration in 2009. He has taught music for 34 years, and has taught Kindergarten through twelfth grade. He is married to Terri Helmig and they have three children. His favorite pastime is antique picking. His favorite Bible verse is Matthew 7:7 which reads, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” His words of advice are “The world is yours, make a difference for someone else!” He also loves tacos!

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Ramirez

Mrs. Ramirez has taught Spanish at CCA for three years. She has taught K4-12th, and her favorite part of Spanish to teach is numbers. She was born in Chicago, but was raised in Mexico. Mrs. Ramirez has worked as a secretary, waitress at El Camino, which she owns, and an interpreter. Her husband is Manuel Ramirez, and they have four kids: Imanol, Alexa, Arianna, and Isaí Ramirez. Her favorite past times are hiking and reading. Mrs. Ramirez's favorite Bible verse is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13. Her words of advice are trust in the Lord with all your heart.


Pictures are from the Clinton Junior High Meet, which was held on Monday, May 3rd at the Clinton Middle School track.

CCA Received a Grant

We are waiting in great anticipation for the installation of our phase 1 replacement of the rubber mulch on our CCA playground. The pour-in-place surfacing is a product of recycled tires which will be poured under the large yellow piece of playground equipment on the east end of the playground. CCA was awarded a 2020-21 DNR grant in the amount of $30,000. Phase 2 was submitted this week. If rewarded, it is $40,000 and it will replace the area of mulch under the swings. Please pray that we will receive the grant. Thank you to Amber Hansen who volunteered to write this grant for us.

Michelle Slater, a representative of the Quad-Lakes Solid Waste Management Office came and presented an all-school assembly on May 3rd. She talked about plastics, paper, cardboard & tires. On average a person generates 7 pounds of trash per day. It is estimated that 75% of what goes into a landfill could be recycled. There are 13 times more plastic in the ocean than stars in the Milky Way. One garbage truck worth of plastic enters the ocean every minute. Plastics come in numbers, which can be found on the bottom of the containers. Clinton can only recycle #1 & #2. KC can recycle #1-#7. Paper/Cardboard—95% of Americans have access to community curbside and/or drop off recycling for cardboard containers. Every ton of paper recycled saves 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space. Contaminated cardboard cannot be recycled, like pizza boxes because they have residue on the box. Tires—recycling 4 tires reduces CO2 emissions by 323 pounds, which is equivalent to 18 gallons of gas. US scrap rubber manufacturers recycle roughly 250 million tires annually.

Where and what can we recycle? Reduce, reuse, recycle is our goal. Reduce means not creating waste in the first place. Reuse means using a product over and over again. Recycle means converting materials into new products and buying products made of recycled materials. The landfill is a place where trash is buried! This should be a last resort.

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Five of our CCA students placed in the FBLA district competition. Lydia Lanning placed 2nd in Supply Chain Management. Priscilla Lanning came in 5th in Intro to Information Technology. Chloe Evans finished 1st in Intro to Business, 3rd in Intro to Business Communication, and 5th in Intro to FBLA. Mary Joy Stevens placed 3rd in Cyber Security. Finally, Jessica Steward and Hailey Scott placed 2nd in Sales Presentation. Congratulations!
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Survey Says

For this week’s survey says we asked our students if they prefer flips flops or crocs, here are their responses:

5th - Flip flops 83% Crocs 17%

6th - 100% preferred Crocs

8th - Flip Flops 14% Crocs 86%

9th - 12th grade all preferred Crocs over Flip flops!

Survey Says

We asked our 7-12 grade students if they preferred board games or video games, here are the results:

•Board Games - 14.71%

•Video Games - 85.29%

Sports Calendar: May 7th-20th

May 14th:

  • Track end of season celebration at 6:00PM in the CCA gym

CCA Alumni... Where are they now

Our CCA featured alumni story is about Aleksey Lyle. He attended CCA from 2002-2012, and said that CCA impacted him by teaching a Bible-based education that provided a solid foundation for further education beyond school. His favorite CCA teachers were Mr. Bancroft, Mrs. Griffey, and Mrs. Applegarth. He attended Sherwood High School and college at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo. He graduated last year with a Bachelors in Biblical Communication (Preaching), and is the senior minister at the Knob Noster First Christian Church. His future plans are to grow the Church in its love for God and His word, as-well-as grow in himself as a pastor and person! In his free time Aleksey enjoys Football, Baseball, Wrestling and other combat sports. Currently Aleksey resides in Knob Noster. His favorite Bible verse is Romans 10:14-15.

On This Day in History: May 7th

1915: A German torpedo sinks the British Ocean liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people.

1945 : Germany signs unconditional surrender at Rheims in France, bringing to an end six years of war in Europe.

1992 : The space shuttle Endeavour, was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

2007 : Queen Elizabeth II met with President George W. Bush near the end of their visit to the United States.