Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

October 20, 2020

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Dance Team and Marching Band Compete

The show must go on (even in a pandemic)!

On Saturday, October 17th, the University of Central Missouri held its annual Festival of Champions competition. This year, to follow safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was held virtually.

The Crimson Girls Dance Team competed in the Class 3A Indoor Auxiliary competition, and took 2nd place with their "Aqua" routine.

The Cardinal Pride Drumline competed in the Class 3A Indoor Drumline competition, and took 3rd place.

The Cardinal Pride Marching Band with the Crimson Girls Dance Team also competed in the Field Show event, and showed huge improvement in their scores with their 2020 marching show "Aqua".

The Cardinal Pride Marching Band Director is Pat Miles, Drumline Director and Assistant Band Director is Austin Bressman and the Crimson Girls Dance Team is coached by Rikki Mesh.

Congratulations to all students and their coaches on a job well done!


The Clinton School District recognizes the importance of meeting not only the educational needs of students, but also their emotional needs. During these trying times, it's even more important that students are given opportunities to seek help.

Last week, students at Clinton High School learned about the warning signs of depression and teen suicide prevention. Through the Signs of SuicideⓇ Prevention Program, high school students learned how to recognize the warning signs for depression and/or suicide in themselves and others, as well as the steps for getting help.

Following the presentation, school counselors and school social workers from around the district were available to visit with all students who requested to speak to someone.

If your child is struggling and you would like help or resources, please reach out to your child's school counselor or school social worker for assistance.

A is for Apple

Kindergarten students at Henry Elementary recently participated in a week long study of apples. Teachers incorporated a variety of fun and educational lessons about apples into learning.

Students learned that labels provide information and used labels to identify the parts of an apple.

Students created diagrams, conducted science experiments to determine if apples sink or float, created apple art and read books about apples.

The best part of the week.....making and eating homemade applesauce!

See more pictures here.


Family and Consumer Science (FACS) classes at Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School focus on teaching students important life skills, as well as helping them become responsible citizens and leaders in their family, community and future careers.

One of the important life skills that students learn in these classes is food preparation, meal planning and nutrition.

CMS students in Mrs. Hager's classes, have been creating quite the delicious fall desserts. Students recently made a variety of recipes with apples. Apple turnovers, apple fritters, apple crisp, apple dumplings, apple cake and salted caramel dip for apples. Sixth graders also made caramel bubble bread in the microwave.

CHS Culinary Arts students in Mrs. Woods' class have been learning the art of "from-scratch" cooking. Students recently made Fettuccini Alfredo, complete with homemade pasta and from-scratch Alfredo Sauce.

See more pictures at these links: CMS CHS

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No School

Clinton Schools will not be in session this Friday, October 23rd for a teacher workday.

The next upcoming days off of school will be for Thanksgiving Break (November 25-27). If you would like a printable version of the school year calendar, please click on the link below.


Have you downloaded the Clinton School District mobile app to your phone?

For parents, students and community members, the Clinton School District App is designed to offer one place where you can access the most needed information in a mobile, on-the-go format. You can download the district app through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for "Clinton School District".

The app provides calendar events, current news from your child's school and the district, access to school websites, sports/activities information, district notifications (including snow days), access to PowerSchool for grades, attendance and meal balances, breakfast/lunch menus, ability to make online payments, AND MORE!

Some things to note:

*When downloading the app, select "Allow" to receive push notifications with the latest news and updates from the District.

*When adding the app to your phone, make sure you go through the "Start setup" procedures. Completing this step allows you to customize the app to receive information from the school(s) that your child(ren) attend.

*Whenever you open the app and receive the "New Content" prompt, be sure and choose "yes". This will ensure that you are always viewing the most up-to-date info.

Bacon and Basketball

The CHS Girls Basketball team will once again be selling chances to win 1/2 of a hog processed by Hetherington Meat. The package will include bacon, sausage, ham, pork chops and pork roast (valued at $200).

The team will be raffling off TWO HALVES this year and the drawing will be held on November 11th. This year, due to demand for processing meat, the winnings will be available mid-January.

You have until October 27th to purchase a $5 ticket.

Tickets can be purchased from any CHS girls basketball player or by contacting Coach Rogers (

three daily reminders

As we are halfway through the first semester, we want to remind our families of a few important tasks to complete each morning before school.

*Complete the daily self-screening (see chart below). Please continue to be vigilant in monitoring your child for symptoms. If your child develops symptoms listed on the chart below, please keep them home and call their school office.

*Grab your face covering. We have more and more students forgetting to bring a face covering to school each day. Please ensure that your child is wearing a face covering when boarding the bus each morning or when exiting your vehicle at school. You might also have your child keep some extra face coverings in their backpack.

*Don't forget that water bottle. Water fountains have been turned off and replaced with water bottle refilling stations. Please send your child to school with a water bottle each day. Students are allowed to fill their water bottles up as needed throughout the day.

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District Volleyball

Clinton High School will host the Class 3 District 13 Volleyball Tournament next week.

The Lady Cardinals have received the #3 seed and will play the #2 seed, the El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs, on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 pm (full bracket is below).

If you are coming to watch our Cardinals, please remember that face coverings are required and social distancing is recommended.

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Come Work with Us!

The Clinton School District is now hiring substitute teachers and substitute nurses.


There are currently two paths to receiving a substitute teaching certificate.

1). Complete 60 hours of college credit.

2). Complete 20 hours of online training. This pathway was recently approved by the the State Board of Education as an alternative to the previous requirement of 60 hours of college credit.

Additional information regarding the online training, including approved vendors and associated costs, can be found at the link below.

You can find information on applying with the Clinton School District at the link below.

Questions? Contact, 660-885-2237