Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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Students Selected for Honor Choir

Congratulations to the following Clinton Middle School 6th graders who have been selected to participate in the West Central Missouri Music Educators All-District Honor Choir on March 2nd.

Front Row: Josie Vetch, Bailey Pack, and Sloan Roberts

Middle Row: Chelsi Berry, Josi Berry, Patience Pfleiderer, and Serenity Downey

Back Row: Amaya Morris, Hannah Gerhardt, Emily Paul, Abby Jones and Anna Beebe

Students Brave Elements

CHS Wildlife Biology students braved the elements recently to get a first hand experience of what a wildlife biologist does.

Mr. Tennal's students began a tree inventory of the school grounds that will last until May and cumulate into a highly detailed field guide of each species and its location within each of the 10 plots.

Challenging Our 1st Graders

In first grade, students are challenged to use Story Elements (character, setting, problem, lesson, etc) to summarize the books they read.

This activity helps students to fully understand what they have read, as well as providing for deeper levels of comprehension.

Click here to see more students in Mrs. Petry's class, showing what they learned.

FBLA Does it Again

Earlier this month, the Clinton High School FBLA program participated in the District 10 Leadership Conference, and did a great job of representing our district.

Students brought home a total of 35 individual medals and 10 teams earned 23 medals, for a total of 58 medals earned! Thirty-six students will advance to the state conference in April.

Congrats to Katie Mitchell who was selected as the District 10 Vice-President of Membership.

Congrats to all students for the hard work they put into preparing for the contests.

Click here to see additional pictures and information.

"Thank a Farmer Week" Poster Winners

Congratulations to Clinton Intermediate School students, Chloe & Sydnei for their winning Farm Bureau posters!

Both girls participated in the "Thank a Farmer Week" poster contest and were presented books by Farm Bureau Members (and CIS teachers), Rikki Mesh and Donna Engeman.

Success for SkillsUSA

The Clinton Technical School Chapter of SkillsUSA recently competed in the West Central SkillsUSA Competition.

Students from Clinton High School and 8 area high schools represented the Clinton chapter. These students took part in written tests, skills competitions, leadership and occupationally-related competitions.

As you can see at this link, the Clinton SkillsUSA Chapter had a very successful competition, as 63 students will be moving on to compete in the state competition later this spring.

SkillsUSA is a very successful national student organization that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor as a "successful model of employer-driven youth development".

Congrats to our students and their instructors.

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*DISTRICT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT-CHS is hosting the district basketball tournament this week, and both your CHS Boys and Girls are seeded #1 in the tournament! Tournament brackets can be found at the bottom of this newsletter. Please make note of location and time changes to Tuesday's boy's schedule:

*Games at Clinton High School
4:00 start - #4 Eldon vs #5 Knob Noster
5:15 start - #1 Clinton vs #8 Sherwood

*Games at Clinton Middle School
4:00 start - #2 Warsaw vs #7 Holden
5:15 start - #3 Versailles vs #6 Butler


*MAJOR SAVER CARDS-Today (2/19) is the last day to purchase a Major Saver Card. These money-saving discount cards can be purchased from any Henry Elementary or Clinton Intermediate School student, or online at this link.

All proceeds from the sales of these cards directly support the Education Foundation for Clinton Students Inc. Last year, over $11,000 was raised through the sale of Major Saver cards which supported classrooms in the district.

You can see this year's great offers at the end of this newsletter.


*CLASS OF 2023 (CURRENT 8TH GRADERS) OPEN HOUSE-Clinton High School will host an open house for 8th grade students and their parents, on Thursday, February 28th @ 6:00. A brief program will begin in the PAC at 6:00 and an activity fair in the high school commons will conclude the evening (this event is a great opportunity to receive information about organizations and clubs available at CHS). Building tours will also be available. We look forward to seeing you on February 28th for this Cardinal tradition!


*IMMUNIZATION CLINIC-The Henry County Health Center will be at CMS and CHS on February 28th to hold an immunization clinic for current 7th and 11th grade students. Immunizations are required for next year's 8th and 12th grade students before they return to school in August. If you would like your student to participate, please complete the consent form that was mailed to you, and return to your child's school nurse. You may call Julie Balke, District Nurse, at 885-2247 ext. 2 with any questions.


*JOB OPENINGS-Can you believe that we are already starting to think about NEXT school year?

The CSD currently has several teaching opportunities available for the 2019-2020 school year. Current openings can be found on the district website,, under the employment tab.

Take a look, apply, or share with someone you know who is looking for a great place to work!


2019-2020 CALENDAR-At the January Board of Education meeting, the 2019-2020 school calendar was approved.

A printable version of the calendar can be found at the bottom of this newsletter and on our district website.


*INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY-If weather forces the district to alter the school day in the form of an early dismissal, late start, or cancellation, the following are the modes of communication the district will use to inform you of this decision.

*The Clinton School District will notify parents via a phone call and text message. To receive these notifications, it is imperative that the district have your current phone numbers . Please make sure that the building level secretaries have your most up-to-date contact information. The second step is to go here to opt-in to our SchoolMessenger texting service.

*All inclement weather announcements will also be posted through the district’s social media outlets which include the district’s Twitter (@ClintonMoCards) and Facebook (Clinton Schools) pages.

*Our local radio station, 95.3 FM KDKD, will also publicize any school delays, early releases, and cancellations.

*Finally, all inclement weather decisions regarding the Clinton School District will be submitted to the following television stations: KSHB 41, KMBC 9, KCTV 5, and Fox 4.

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Only events that appear on the district calendar are listed here. ALWAYS REFER TO THE DISTRICT WEBSITE CALENDAR FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION!

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified of event cancellations.

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Lauren Olson

CHS Health and Physical Education Teacher, Lauren Olson is this week's Cardinal staff feature!

Lauren was born in Memphis, TN but moved to Lincoln, MO during her Kindergarten year of school. After graduating from the Lincoln School District, Lauren attended college, while also being a stay-at home mom and fitness trainer. After college she accepted a long-term substitute teaching position in Tennessee, before she moved "back home" and began her teaching career as a Clinton Cardinal. This is Lauren's 3rd year of teaching at CHS.

Lauren has two beautiful daughters, and another little girl on the way! Isabella is 9 and in the Cardinal Coop class at CIS. Lauren says, "She's an old soul and has the sweetest personality." Isabella is Lauren's "girly girl" who loves to sing, dance, and draw. Charlotte is 4 and is in Ms. Jessica's class at CECC. Charlotte is the "wild child" and keeps Lauren on her toes, as she's a free spirit and not scared of much! Nora is expected to join the family in about 6 weeks. Lauren's husband, George, is in the Army Reserves and works for UPS. He is currently working on his Safety Management degree at UCM.

When asked about her hobbies, Lauren says she really only has one thing that she truly enjoys doing everyday, and that is, working out. CrossFit is a sport that she fell in love with in 2015. Since then, she has pursued competing in the sport around the region. "I love CrossFit because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment. It's amazing to see just what our bodies are capable of and it's a great way to test my fitness. It's a sport that involves the whole family too." Lauren met her husband at "CrossFit Believe", the gym that they both coach at. Both of her girls attend CrossFit kids classes as well. Her oldest, Isabella, has even competed in a CrossFit competition.

"I love working in the CSD because of the students and staff. I always tell my friends and family members about how lucky I am to have landed in Clinton as my first teaching experience. I feel that the amount of support from the administration and my colleagues is above many other school districts. Everyone that I meet at work or in the community feels like family and it's very easy to build relationships here. I feel my personality and passion for health/fitness has meshed well here. I'm able to be myself (vibrant hair colors and goofy dance moves) while building relationships and educating students on how to live a healthier life."

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