Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

October 7, 2019

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Homecoming Royalty

Congratulations to this year's Homecoming Royalty, who were crowned at halftime of Friday's football game.

Queen-Whitley Klassen
King-Ben Markham
Princess-Hannah Campbell
Prince-Corbin Ball
Wee Queen-Marlie Abner
Wee King-Rowan Johnson

Orientation at GVMH

Students in the Health Occupations classes at Clinton Technical School recently attended orientation at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare.

During the two-day orientation, students were oriented to the policies and procedures at GVMH, received TB skin tests, signed confidentiality agreements and met various Department Heads. The second day included a tour of the facility and orientation to patient rooms on the Medical/Surgical floors. Students are now ready to participate in clinicals in various departments at GVMH, including: Emergency Room, Surgery, Cardiac Rehab, Birthing Center, Lab, Pharmacy, Imaging, Outpatient Treatment Center, and the Pediatric and Orthopedic Clinics.

The learning experiences that occur because of Clinton Technical School's partnership with GVMH are amazing!

We are thankful to have such a strong and supportive community partner that helps prepare our students for a career in healthcare.

National Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 2nd, was a beautiful morning to walk to school.

Over 280 Henry Elementary and Clinton Intermediate School students participated in National Walk to School Day.

Thanks to Coach Johannsen for organizing this yearly event. Thanks also to school staff, Bright Futures volunteers, the Clinton Fire Department, Clinton Police Department, and parents who helped students safely walk to school.

This yearly event encourages students to increase their physical activity, while providing an opportunity to learn about using sidewalks and crossing guards.

Start with Hello at CMS

During the week of September 23rd, students at Clinton Middle School participated in the Sandy Hook Promise challenge, “Start With Hello”.

During Cardinal Time, students played “Peek-a-Who”, a game in which 2 teams are on either side of a sheet. The sheet drops and the first person to say the other person's name wins. Both students and teachers had a blast!

"Start With Hello" is celebrated in schools across America. This program helps to create a culture of inclusion, by teaching and showing students how they can make a difference with their peers in simple, fun, and impactful ways. The program promotes connectedness and inclusion, with the goal of identifying students who are lonely and not connected to peers.

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Clinton Schools will not be in session on October 10th and 11th.


Parent Teacher Conferences are this week.

Conferences will be held at the following times:

*CECC/Henry/CIS-October 10th, 8:00-8:00 (Teachers will schedule with parents).

*CMS-October 9th, 4:00-8:00 and October 10th, 8:30-11:30 (Conferences are not scheduled, so please stop in whenever is best for you. Teachers will be located in the gym and cafeteria).

*CHS-October 9th, 4:00-8:00 and October 10th, 1:00-4:00 (Conferences are not scheduled, so please stop in whenever is best for you. Teachers will be located in the gym on Wednesday and their classroom on Thursday).

*CTS-October 9th, 4:00-8:00 (OPEN HOUSE) and October 10th, 1:00-4:00 (Conferences are not scheduled. Teachers will be located in their classrooms at CTS).

If you should have any questions about conferences, please contact your child's school.

Junior class brown bag tailgate

Don't make dinner on Friday night

Come out to Cardinal Stadium this Friday, October 11th for the annual Junior Class Brown Bag Tailgate.

For $6 (or 2 for $10) you will receive a cheeseburger, chips, 2 cookies and a drink. Proceeds from this annual event supports the 2020 Prom.

See flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info.


Thanks to our community partner, Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, for helping us keep our Cardinals healthy.

GVMH staff will be on-site in November to provide flu shots ONLY to students whose parent/guardian completed the necessary paperwork earlier this school year.

If you have not completed paperwork, but would like your child to receive a flu shot, please contact your child's school nurse.

Flu Shot Clinic Dates:
November 7th-Henry and CIS
November 14th-CMS and CHS


The Head Start preschool program (now located at the Clinton Early Childhood Center) is seeking students to attend their program.

To be eligible for Head Start, a child must be between the ages of 3-5, reside in Henry County and meet income guidelines.

If interested, please contact Roxine Mallory at 885-5845 or by email at

Farm night

Children and their families are invited to CECC's annual Farm Night on Thursday, October 17th from 6:00-7:00 at the Henry County Fairgrounds.

Activities include a hayride, tractor station, petting zoo and MORE!

See flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info.

Jr. Card Squad Cheerleading Clinic

The CHS Football Cheerleading Squad will be holding their annual Jr. Card Squad Cheerleading Clinic October, 15th-17th from 3:30-5:00 at Henry Elementary.

Students will be performing at the October 21st football game


The cost of the clinic is $25. Students in kindergarten-8th grade are welcome to enroll.

Enrollment forms can be found at the bottom of this newsletter, at this link, or picked up at Henry Elementary, CIS or CMS.

Questions-please email Katelyn Panek

book fairs

Henry Elementary, Clinton Intermediate, and Clinton Middle School will hold their Fall Book Fairs in the coming weeks.

Go ahead and put these dates on your calendar and watch for more info.

*CMS Book Fair-Week of October 7th (will be open during Parent Teacher Conferences)
*Henry Elementary Book Fair-Week of October 14th (Family Night, October 16th)
*Clinton Intermediate School Book Fair-Week of November 11th

Need fall family photos?

Looking to get some fall family photos taken?

The CHS Media Productions class will be using some of their new skills to offer 30-minute fall-themed photo sessions. Sessions are $30 and will take place October-November. All money raised will go towards the purchase of new camera equipment.

See flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info.

If you are interested in scheduling a session, please contact Bethany Pierce,

college and career fair

On Tuesday, October 15th, all juniors and seniors at CHS will have the opportunity to attend the annual College and Career Fair. Parents are welcome to attend as well.

Clinton Technical School invites all students and parents from Appleton City, Ballard, Calhoun, Lakeland, Montrose, Osceola, Sherwood, Windsor, and other area school districts. Students do not have to be enrolled at Clinton Technical School or Clinton High School to attend the College & Career Fair.

Universities, community colleges, military, technical & trade schools, and area businesses will be present to share information and answer any questions students may have. This will provide a great opportunity to explore and compare options for students’ post high school endeavors.

See flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info.


Looking for a part-time position with competitive pay, the ability to choose your building assignments and have your nights, weekends, holidays and summers off?

The Clinton School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.

Candidates should possess 60 hours of college credit, currently have a substitute teaching certificate or be able to obtain one, as well as pass a background check. This position is on an as-needed basis, and the pay is $90 per day.

Substitute teaching application packets are available at the Administration Office located at 701 S. 8th Street, or on the district website at this link.

For more information, please call 885-2237.


The district currently has the following job openings:

*Piano Accompanist (for CMS/CHS Vocal Music program)

*Latchkey Program Assistants (after school positions)

*CMS and CECC Paraprofessionals

*Archery Sponsor

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

*IT Technician

Interested in working with us? You can apply online at this link.


The Clinton School District mobile app is designed to offer one place where you can access the most needed information in a mobile, on-the-go format.

The new mobile app also allows for push notifications to be sent directly to your phone. You can download the district app through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for "Clinton School District". More helpful information can be found here.

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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!
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Did you know that last Wednesday was National Custodian Appreciation Day? We are so thankful for all of our custodial and maintenance staff who help provide a clean and safe learning environment for our Cardinals. One of those people is Chuck Garrison.

Chuck has worked in the Clinton School District for 12 1/2 years, and currently works in the Maintenance Department.

Chuck spent many years in the Kansas City area, but moved "back to his roots" in 2001, and has called Clinton his home ever since.

Chuck's wife, Mary Ann, is a paraprofessional at CHS. They have 3 children and 11 grandchildren.

In his spare time, Chuck enjoys fishing, hunting and teaching Sunday School at Straight Up Ministries.

When asked why he enjoys working in the CSD, Chuck says, "I love helping the children".

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