Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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Homecoming 2018 Royalty

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Homecoming Court.

Prince and Princess Candidates (bottom to top)
Freshmen: Adam Walrath and Paityn Cook
Sophomores: Corbin Ball and Madison Goucher
Juniors: Mia Mills and Gage Cooper

Senior Queen and King Candidates (4th and 5th rows)
Ashton Cook, Claire Lowe and Ryan Pitts
Logan Modlin, Justin Berry and Preston Slack

Wee Queen and King:
Neysa Belle Johns and Logan Steffens

Coronation will take place during halftime of Friday's 7:00 football game vs. Smith Cotton.

Digital Literacy Experts

Students in Mrs. Gardner's and Ms. Bracher's Cardinal Coop class at Clinton Intermediate School are preparing for their future!

A recent article in Education Week, spoke of Digital Literacy....."the ability to interpret, create and strategically use digital information." As our students graduate and prepare for their future, they need these skills to succeed in the workforce, as jobs now and in the future require digital literacy.

Last week we saw Cardinal Coop students using Tinkercad to create 3D models of fossil layers!

Students also used Google Classroom to fill out job applications for classroom jobs. Students applied for jobs such as, Social Media Intern, Sanitation Engineer, Office Manager and Technology Assistant!

See more pictures here.

21st Century Skills

Collaboration and Creativity are two 21st century skills that students must possess to be successful after high school, and CHS students in Mrs. Hutcherson's Graphic Design II class are knocking these two skills out of the park!

Student Hannah Brewer shows the creativity she used as she mastered the Wacom Tablet and Illustrator.

Other students have had the opportunity to collaborate and share advice with fellow students.

See more pictures here.

Physics in Kindergarten

Transportation was the name of the game in Kindergarten last week!

Through hands on discovery, critical thinking and collaboration with their peers, students learned all about different modes of transportation.

Students also used what they had learned about the concepts of force and motion to build ramps for vehicles.

See more pictures here.

Next Stop....SECTIONALS!

Congratulations to the CHS Tennis Team!

The team received 2nd place in the District tournament and four CHS Cardinals are headed to Tennis Sectionals in doubles!

Congrats to Ryan Pitts and Ashton Cook for placing 1st in Districts and Reese Potter and Aubrie Wheeler for placing 2nd.

All four will play again this Tuesday at 4:00 in Odessa.

Left to right: Aubrie Wheeler, Reese Potter, Ashton Cook and Ryan Pitts.

Encouraging Kindness at CMS

In honor of National Bully Prevention Month, students at Clinton Middle School are signing a poster that reads, "The world is a better place with you in it!"

The school's Kindness Committee invited all students to sign the poster during lunch.

Later this month, students will also welcome Jackie Moore to their school to share a message of kindness and inclusion.

See more pictures here.

Educating, Empowering and Engaging at CTS

Students in Mr. Brad Stone's Automotive Technology class have been busy expanding their knowledge of electricity and soldering.

Like all CTS programs, Automotive Technology students are able to gain employment with the skills they have learned or continue their education in post-secondary training.

See more pictures here.

Safe Cardinals

Thanks to the Clinton Fire Department for helping keep our Cardinals safe.

Our local firemen provided fire safety and prevention lessons to over 800 of our district's students last week. Our firefighters do a tremendous job of relating to our students...and if you weren't aware, they are great actors!

Thanks CFD for all you do!

See more pictures here.

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  • Spirit Week-This week (Oct 8th-12th), students in all buildings will have the opportunity to participate in a Homecoming Spirit Week (flyer can be found at the bottom of this newsletter).
  • Parade-The annual parade will begin on Friday, October 12th at 1:30. The parade route will start at the corner of Bodine and 8th Street and head south to Clinton Street. The route will then take Clinton Street to 3rd to Franklin toward the Clinton Square. The parade will wind around the Square and conclude in front of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Game/Coronation-The football team will take on Smith-Cotton at 7:00 with the coronation of Homecoming royalty taking place during half-time.

*McTEACHER NIGHT-CIS teachers will be participating in McTeacher Night this Tuesday, October 9th. Teachers will be selling cookies and greeting customers from 4:00-8:00. A percentage of all sales will go back to the school!

*WALK TO SCHOOL DAY-With the help of administrators, teachers, and volunteers, Clinton Intermediate and Henry Elementary School students have the opportunity to participate in National Walk to School Day on October 10th.

Parents can drop students off at Equity Bank (7th and Ohio) between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. on the morning of October 10th. A volunteer or teacher will walk with small groups of students so they can learn how to use the crosswalks and crossing guards on their way to school.

*COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR-To help students and their parents make informed career choices, Clinton Technical School and Clinton High School will host their annual College & Career Fair on Wednesday, October 10th. The fair will be at Clinton High School from 1:00-3:30. All juniors and seniors at CHS will have the opportunity to attend during the afternoon. Parents are encouraged to attend anytime. Read more info here.

*HOUSE FOR SALE-Only one week left to make a bid on the beautiful home built by students in the CTS Building Trades program. This home is located at 1703 East H&W Drive. This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, is approximately 1,630 square feet. This home is located in a quiet neighborhood (behind Walmart) and is ADA compliant. Detailed bid info can be found here.

*NO SCHOOL-School will not be in session on Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th.

*PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES-Fall conferences will be held on Thursday, October 18th from 1:00-8:00. Conferences will be scheduled at CECC, Henry and CIS. CMS, CHS, and CTS conferences are not scheduled and parents can stop by the schools between the hours of 1:00-8:00 to speak with teachers.

*STUDENT ATHLETIC CARDS-THANK YOU to Equity Bank for once again sponsoring Student Athletic Cards for CMS and CHS students. These cards are good for free student admittance to regular season Clinton athletic home events. The cards are available at Equity Bank. CMS/CHS students can receive a card with their student ID.

*CARDINAL HOLIDAY MART-The 2nd annual Clinton Intermediate School CARDINAL HOLIDAY MART, will be held on November 17th at CIS. They are currently looking for vendors, if interested please contact Pam Mifflin at

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Jenni Huffman

It's "Once a Cardinal, Always a Cardinal" for this CSD educator!

Mrs. Huffman was born and raised in Clinton and graduated from CHS in 2005. Jenni graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education.

Jenni has been a teacher in the CSD for 4 years, 3 of which were in kindergarten. This year she is teaching the district's littlest Cardinals at the Clinton Early Childhood Center. Prior to teaching in Clinton, Jenni taught 2 years in Windsor.

Mrs. Huffman and her husband, Kiel, have been married for 9 years. Jenni and Kiel have two wonderful little boys, Charlie (3) and Warren (1). Like Jenni, Kiel was born and raised in Clinton and graduated from the Clinton School District. Both Kiel and Jenni love the "small town" feel of the Clinton community and are excited to see their children grow up as Cardinals.

Jenni has a gift for picture-taking and in her spare time, enjoys using her talent to capture memories for families.

"I enjoy working for the CSD because it was something I have wanted to do from a young age. Working and giving back in the district where I graduated from has been such a blessing. "

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