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Clinton Middle School Newsletter - October 28, 2022

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, October 31 - School Picture Proofs Sent Home, (online purchases only)

Monday, October 31 - 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Tuesday, November 1 - 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Tuesday, November 1 - 8th Grade Field Trip to Piedmont Tech, Newberry Campus

Tuesday, November 1 - Wrestling Practice Begins, 3:30pm in the Old Gym

Tuesday, November 1 - Football Game, 5:00pm @ Wilder Stadium

Wednesday, November 2 - 7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tryouts, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Thursday, November 3 - 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts, 3:45pm - 5:45pm

Friday, November 4 - 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts, 3:45pm - 5:45pm

Monday, November 7 - 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts, 3:45pm - 5:45pm

Monday, November 7 - Winter Sports Parents Meeting, 6:00pm in the New Gym

Wednesday, November 9 - CMS Fundraiser Ends

Friday, November 11 - Veteran's Day Program, 10:00am in the New Gym

Friday, November 11 - School Picture Purchases Due, (online purchases only)

Saturday, November 19 - Vex Robotics Tournament, 8:00am @ Clinton Middle School

Saturday, November 19 - Turkey Trot, 9:00am @ Clinton High School

CMS FUNDRAISER

This year's CMS fundraiser kicked off on Monday. Students can earn great prizes and help the school raise a significant amount of money at the same time! The fundraisers runs through November 9 so please help your child get started right away! It is a great opportunity to help our school while also shopping for gifts that might come in handy during the quickly approaching holiday season. There are also incentives for our students that can market this to their friends and family. Check out the information below and get started today! You can also click on the link to get more details about our fundraiser!

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HALLOWEEN COSTUMES

Students are welcome to wear Halloween costumes to school on Monday, October 31 as long as they comply with the following guidelines:


1. NO MASKS or any other type of face covering or face paint.

2. All costumes MUST COMPLY with the CMS STANDARD DRESS CODE.

3. NO PROPS of any kind.


If you have any questions, please contact a CMS administrator.

WONDERFUL ONE-PAGERS

Students in Mrs. Frazier's 8th grade ELA classes created a one-pager to analyze how suspense was created in the story, "Born of Man and Woman." On their assignments, the students had to identify the diction (word choice) and imagery the author used to create a suspenseful mood. Additionally, they had to write 2 short answer paragraphs that analyzed the literary techniques the author used to create suspense throughout the story. Exceptional work was submitted by Hazlee Bernal-Parra, Jasmine Campos, Aylin Contreras, Maggie Cook, Kevodrick Cullen, Shilah Foy, Owen Glenn, Jordyn Grant, Donasiya'H Jones, Emmanuel Lagroon, Leah Lawson, Zack Lawson, Je'Nevia Smith, Mason Todd, Taryn Underwood, Jamaree White, Brantley Wilson, Kayleigh Woodard, and Nialani Young. Great job, Wildcats!

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

The CMS football team traveled to McCormick yesterday and came away with a 30-8 win. The win improves the Wildcats' record to 6-1. Angelo Cromer scored twice while A'Javion James and Lincoln Alexander also added rushing touchdowns. Owen Glenn connected with Patrick McGowan for a 20 yard touchdown pass as well. The Wildcats won the game at the line of scrimmage. Coach Wilson would like to recognize Ja'Shun Ivory and Alex Chen for their outstanding defensive performances. The Wildcats have their last game on Tuesday, November 1 at home versus JET at 5:00pm. Way to go, Wildcats!

SCHOOL PICTURES

School picture proofs will be sent home with students on Monday, October 31. Purchases are due by Friday, November 11 and they must be purchased online only.

TURKEY TROT

Clinton High School Turkey Trot 2022


When: November 19, 2022

Where: Clinton High School

Time: 5K-9:00 AM 1 Mile Fun Run 10:45 AM

Awards: 11:30 AM


Cost: 5K-$25.00 1 Mile Fun Run-$10.00


Click on the link to sign up for the Turkey Trot!

WINTER SPORTS

7th & 8th grade girls basketball tryouts will begin on Monday, October 31 and will go through Wednesday, November 2 from 3:30pm - 5:30pm in the Big Gym. Interested students need to come appropriately dressed with athletic clothes and running shoes. They also need to bring a water bottle. Students must have a current physical on file or they need to turn one in on the first day of tryouts. If any girls have questions, they can contact Coach Green.


7th and 8th grade boys basketball tryouts will take place on November 3, November 4, and November 7. Tryouts will be held in the Big Gym from 3:45pm - 5:45pm on each day. Students must have a current physical on file in order to participate. If any boys have questions, they can contact Coach Suber.


Wrestling begins on Tuesday, November 1 at 3:30pm in the Old Gym. Interested students must have a current physical on file in order to participate. Any questions should be directed to Coach Wright.

LOST & FOUND

There are some amazing items in our Lost & Found that would really appreciate being able to find their way home. If your child is missing anything (jacket, hoodie, lunchbox, etc.) please encourage him/her to look in the Lost & Found which is located near the cafeteria restrooms. Any items that are not claimed by Monday, November 21 will be donated to charity.

8th GRADE FIELD TRIP

On Tuesday, November 1, 8th graders at Clinton Middle School have the opportunity to attend a career showcase at Piedmont Tech's Newberry campus. To attend this field trip, students are required to have a permission slip. Last week, these were sent home with all 8th graders. We will leave shortly after school begins and return before lunch on Tuesday November 1st. As always, you can call our office at (864) 833-0807 for more information.

COLLEGE OPPORTUNITY for CMS 8th GRADERS

Laurens School District 56 is excited about the possibilities of partnering with USC-Union for an early college experience that would give Laurens District 56 and Clinton High School students the opportunity to graduate from high school with not only a high school diploma, but also with an Associates degree from USC-Union and the chance to have college credits that could transfer to most colleges or universities. The great thing is that our 8th graders, the graduating class of 2027, could benefit from this wonderful opportunity. On Monday November 7 at 6:00pm in the Clinton Middle School Media Center, we will have a representative from USC-Union here to talk with parents and students about the possibilities offered from this program and what students would need to do in order to prepare for this if they are interested.

NOMINATIONS for the CMS PAWS AWARDS

Each month, Clinton Middle School uses stakeholder feedback for our PAWS Award. This is given to any Clinton Middle School staff member who is recommended because of (1) their Positively contributing to our school, (2) their Affirmation of others, (3) their Willingness to go the extra mile, and (4) their Servant attitude. Recipients of the award are recognized by Clinton Middle School with a certificate and gift card! Those who nominate the monthly recipient are also given a prize! To nominate a person for the PAWS Award, simply click on the link.

PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE BIG BLUE EVENT

On Sunday, October 30 at 4:00pm, Presbyterian College Athletics is hosting an incredible event. They are hosting Big Blue Mania (basketball fan day) followed by the Air Elite Dunk show. The dunk team performed at the NBA Finals last year and they are amazing! It will be a fun night for everyone. In addition, students can wear their Halloween costumes and trick or treat with the players after the event and get autographs. They will also have a food truck. This is a FREE event and is open to the public. It will take place at Templeton Gymnasium, 105 Ashland Avenue in Clinton.

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8th GRADE ACTIVITIES

We are excited to offer 8th Grade Activities for students who successfully complete middle school in May. The events include a Promotion Ceremony (8th Grade Graduation), a Promotion Cookout, a Promotion Party/Dance, and an 8th Grade trip to Carowinds. At this point, all 8th graders are eligible to participate in all of these events, however they must maintain their eligibility by upholding behavior and academic standards that we outlined with all 8th graders yesterday. When 8th grade students violate our expectations, they are assigned points and as they earn points, they lose the privilege of participating in activities. Throughout the course of the year, students will accumulate points for disciplinary infractions. The consequences for accumulating points are outlined below:


  • 20 points = Cannot go on the trip to Carowinds

  • 25 points = Cannot go on the trip to Carowinds or attend the 8th Grade Party/Dance

  • 30 points = Cannot go to Carowinds, or attend the Party/Dance and Cookout

  • 35 points = Cannot attend any of the activities including the Promotion Ceremony


Please note the number of points student will receive for certain infractions:


  • ISS = same points as the number of days
  • OSS = double points as the number of days

  • All other infractions are at the discretion of the Administrators

  • Any failing grade in any class on a report card = 5 points for each class


Hopefully, all of our students will be able to participate in all of these exciting events as we look forward to a successful year!

SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR

Click on the link to view the 2022-2023 school year schedule.

MOBILE PHONE POLICY

Students should know that cell phones, headphones, earbuds (for non-academic purposes), and other similar devices cannot be visible and should be placed out of sight upon entering Clinton Middle School. These devices are not allowed at any time that students are in the building between the hours of 7:30am and 3:45pm. Students who violate this policy will receive consequences and repeat offenders will receive out of school suspensions. Please review this policy with your child. Parents should know that if they need to communicate a message to a student at Clinton Middle School, they may do so by calling (864) 833-0807.

PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS at SCHOOL

Fights and all other physical altercations pose a very serious threat to students and staff members. Maintaining a safe environment for everyone is our top priority. Effective immediately, any student involved in a fight or physical altercation will be suspended from school for a minimum of 10 days and will automatically be recommended for expulsion. Additionally, any student that instigates a fight or physical altercation will face the same consequence of 10 days of out of school suspension and will also be recommended for expulsion. Please keep in mind that students can receive these same consequences for making threats against others. All of this has been communicated to students repeatedly since the first day of school.