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Clinton Middle School Newsletter - November 4, 2022

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, November 7 - 7th & 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Monday, November 7 - Winter Sports Parents Meeting, 5:30pm in the New Gym

Monday, November 7 - College Opportunity Meeting for 8th Grade Parents, 6:00pm in Library

Tuesday, November 8 - NO SCHOOL (Election Day)

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)

Thursday, November 17 - Photography Club & Anime Club Field Trip to Greenville

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

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

SCARY STORY CONTEST

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During the month of October, students have had the opportunity to participate in a Two-Sentence Scary Story Contest, during which they turn in the creepiest and spookiest story they can think of. The stories were required to be original and ONLY two sentences long. Teachers and staff then voted on a winner for each grade level. Those three stories were then voted on by teachers and staff in order to choose an overall winner to receive a gift card from Mr. Parks.


Congratulations to our Two-Sentence Scary Story Contest winners: Aubree Watts (6th Grade), Caysen Coats (7th Grade), and Amirah Hill (8th Grade). Amirah was our $25 Barnes & Noble gift card winner! We are so proud of all of our students who participated in this contest! Great job, Wildcats!

VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION

Clinton Middle School will be hosting a Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 11 at 10 a.m. We would like to honor any veterans that are connected to the students and staff at CMS. If you or a family member have served in our armed forces, please consider filling out the attached Google Form. Also, send a picture of your veteran to Chandler Black. This information will be compiled into a slideshow that we will share with students at our ceremony. A light breakfast will also be provided for veterans before the ceremony at 9:30am.

AWESOME ART

Our amazing art teacher, Ms. Hellman, has been working on a website to showcase some of her student's artwork. The website is a type of digital portfolio of the classes and lessons she teaches. She plans to add new projects and images the year progresses. Click on the link to check out some of the AWESOME ART that our students have created. Way to go, Wildcats!

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.

CMS FUNDRAISER

This year's CMS fundraiser kicked off last week. 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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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

The Clinton Middle School Wildcats ended their season with a 14-8 victory over JET on Tuesday, November 1 at Wilder Stadium in Clinton. Angelo Cromer scored twice to lead the Wildcats and Owen Glenn would rush for a 2 pt conversion. JET had the ball inside the Wildcats 5 yard line and on the final play of the game Jishon Ivory tipped a pass on 4th down to end the game. The Wildcats ended the season with a 7-1 record. Way to go, Wildcats!

SCHOOL PICTURES

School picture proofs were 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!

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.

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.

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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.