PAW PRINTS

Clinton Middle School Newsletter - September 10, 2021

Dear Wildcat Family,


It is hard to believe, but we are quickly approaching the halfway point of the first quarter. I wanted to share some reminders that you and your student might benefit from.


We will host our Open House on Tuesday September 14th. I hope you will join us! You will find more information below!


Interim reports are set to go out on Monday September 20th. Please be on the lookout and touch base with us if there are questions that you have!


All of our students should now have Chromebooks. As we continue to struggle with quarantines and positive tests connected to COVID-19, please use this as a means for your student to stay connected to class and access assignments.


Jeff Parks

Principal

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 13 - Volleyball Game vs. JET, 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 14 - MAP Testing (Reading)

Tuesday, September 14 - Open House, 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Wednesday, September 15 - Volleyball Game @ Merriwether, 5:00pm

Thursday, September 16 - MAP Testing (Math)

Thursday, September 16 - Football Game @ Brewer, 5:00pm

Friday, September 17 - Registration Deadline for Wildcat Academy, 5:00pm

Monday, September 20 - Wildcat Academy Begins

Monday, September 20 - Interim Reports Distributed

OPEN HOUSE DETAILS

We believe that it is important to give parents an opportunity to connect face-to-face with the teachers of their student. We also value the safety of our staff, students, and families. With that said, our Open House on Tuesday September 14th will use the following measures as a means of creating productive conversations in a safe environment.


  • From 5:30pm until 6:15pm, we are encouraging the parents of students with a last name of A to M to visit with our teachers and staff. There will be no group gatherings during the evening and instead parents can arrive at any point during the 45-minute window to visit with teachers.
  • From 6:15pm until 7:00pm, we are encouraging the parents of students with a last name of N to Z to visit with our teachers and staff. Again, there will be no group gatherings during the evening and instead parents can arrive at any point during the 45-minute window to visit with teachers.
  • We are requiring masks for all visitors to our building. While we understand that masks can be a sensitive topic in today's climate, it does provide an additional layer of safety for our staff. Our goal is to keep students in school with their teacher delivering instruction. Help us to accomplish that goal!


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday September 14th for our Open House!

WILDCAT ACADEMY!

The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, September 17. Wildcat Academy classes begin the week of September 20 and run through the end of the first semester. Please review the list of courses that will be offered and then click on the link to register for a class. If you have questions, please contact Assistant Principal, Michael Randall, at michaelrandall@lcsd56g.com or call (864) 938-1683.


Chess Club

Fridays, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

The Chess Club is open to all students and skill levels! We welcome beginners who wants to learn how to play the game as well as experienced players who wants to sharpen their skills. Playing chess helps to develop many mental skills that are useful in life, such as strategic thinking, logic and problem-solving. Chess Club provides an opportunity have fun while making friendships and building these skills.


Studio Art

Mondays, 3:30pm -4:15pm

Studio Art will be a face to face open studio format where students will generate artistic ideas, plan and research how they will to turn their ideas into art, and give and receive feedback with their peers.


Makers Space

Tuesdays, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

Imagine and build with electric motors, wood components, and hardware as each day is a new challenge like building a creature with spinning arms or a machine that launches wheels!


Diamond Art

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

The Diamond Art class will meet face to face. It is a hobby where "diamond jewels" are placed artistically onto a pattern to look like a mosaic. It is a fun, creative activity that also helps with stress and focus. It is easy to do and students will produce a beautiful piece of art to hang on the wall or give as a gift!


Drum Corps

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Drum Corps will be face to face. Students will learn cheers, cadences, and street beats using marching drums such as bass drums, tenor drums, snare drums and cymbals. We will perform at pep rallies, football games and the Winter Concert in December. We may also perform for a basketball game and for the Spring Concert in May. Prior experience is not necessary.


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a computer programmer looks like and does. This after school club is for all students (girls and boys) to explore coding in a fun & friendly environment. No experience with coding required and beginners are welcome!


Ultimate Board Games

Wednesdays, 3:30pm -4:15pm

The Board Game Club will be an in-person after school community where students will gather together to play different modern board and card games. Some examples include Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, Sushi Go Party, Yahtzee, The Resistance, and Codenames. This is a great way to learn something new while having fun!


Cooking Up Science!

Thursday 3:30pm - 4:15pm

Join us face to face weekly for some fun in the kitchen. In this class, we will prepare a variety of easy, budget-friendly recipes while learning about nutrition, food safety, and etiquette. Weekly lessons will also include a "pinch" of science.


Gospel Choir

Mondays and Thursdays, 4:00pm

The gospel choir will be a group of students that are able to sing and use their musical talents (piano/drums). The group will possibly perform in front of their family, peers and other locations during the semester. No prior singing experience is necessary and all are welcome.


Tech Lab

Thursdays, 3:30pm - 4:15pm

The Tech Lab is a face to face time for students to come after school to work on coding, design, electronics, or similar projects. Students will work together and collaborate on projects that interest them. They will have access to 3D printing, computers, chromebooks, as well as many other resources. There will also be a virtual option during the same time.


One-to-One Academic Support

Offered Monday - Friday (Times will vary)

Does your child need or want additional academic support in one or more class? If so, these sessions will be very helpful. Students pick the subject(s), the day(s), and the time(s) and we will match them up with a tutor that can support their learning. Tutoring sessions can be done virtually or face to face.


Please click on the link to sign up for the Wildcat Academy.

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

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On Thursday, we had the opportunity to honor our Students of the Month. Each teacher identified one of their students to be recognized for an outstanding attribute that the child exhibited during the month. We held a brief ceremony in the Multi Purpose Room where we awarded them with certificates and celebrated with cupcakes and ice cream. Please join us in congratulating our Students of the Month for September.


Tikerra Adams

William Addison

Jahmius Anderson

A'Diva Anthony

Haley Beasley

Prince Bluford

Jael Bouquet

Shawnziya Brown

Alex Chen

Caysen Coats

Henry Cody

Javen Cook

Margaret Cook

Jaylin Copeland

Kevodrick Cullen

Shilah Foy

Owen Glenn

Charli Holder

Olivia Holtzclaw

Jared Honeycutt

William Samuel Hunt

Randall Johnson

Shane Kiselak

Emmanuel Lagroon

Kailin McGee

Douglas Mena

Sa'Mari Mims

Zeke Murray

Pablo Parra-Hernandez

Zia Patel

Nathan Perkins

Javora Pitts

J.D. Pitts

Miracle Price

Ty'Mere Rosenburg

Liah Simpson

Breasia Smith

Kendasia Smith

Cooper Stinson

Adarrell Swindler

Aubree Tucker

Henry Velasco Orozco

Allie Wages

Kalleigh Watson

Zoe Watson

Jaylin Willis

INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

On Wednesday, September 8th, Clinton Middle School celebrated International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day was founded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to bring awareness to the importance of literacy. We celebrated by having special guests read aloud their favorite book to classes. One of the best ways for students to enhance their learning is to read for at least 30 minutes everyday. Please support our efforts and encourage your children to do so.

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL

We still need additional parents and community members for our School Improvement Council. If you are interested in serving on the School Improvement Council as a parent or guardian of a Clinton Middle School student, please contact Assistant Principal, Ami Vaughn at amivaughn@lcsd56g.com.

MAP TESTING

MAP testing will begin soon. Students will be taking Reading MAP on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and Math MAP on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Please remind students to get a good night of sleep and to make sure they have their chromebooks charged for testing. Students will receive free tea and free ice cream if they come to school with their chromebooks ready and charged on days of testing. Students who meet their goals in both ELA and Math will receive a visit to the Pelicans Snoball truck. Students who reach either goal will be entered into a drawing for prizes including gift cards and ear buds. Teachers will use MAP RIT scores to inform instruction, personalize learning, monitor growth, and set goals with and for your student. Please check out the Parent’s Guide to MAP Growth and reach out to your student’s teacher if you have any questions!

BUS DISCIPLINE - PLEASE READ

Many of our students rely on our district's buses for safe transportation to and from school. It is extremely important that all students follow all school rules when on the bus. All discipline referrals from the bus will be treated as if the behavior happened inside the school building. For example, if a student is involved in a fight or caught vaping while on the bus, they will be suspended from school not just from the bus. The bus and all of the bus stops are considered an extension of the school and all disciplinary actions will be handled accordingly.

MASKS AT CMS

Effective immediately, all visitors must wear masks when inside the building.

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

The CMS vs Wright football game originally scheduled for September 9th, 2021 has been postponed. The new date will be Wednesday, November 3rd at Wilder Stadium. Clinton Middle football will not practice again until Wednesday, September 8th.


The CMS volleyball game that was scheduled for Wednesday September 8th has also been postponed; although, a makeup date has not yet been set.