Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

September 9, 2019

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CHS Welcomes Mrs. Johnson as Access Counselor

Last spring, the Clinton School District announced the launch of the rootEd Alliance and the exciting opportunities this program would offer our high school students beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.

It is through the Clinton School District’s partnership with rootEd Alliance, that Clinton High School now has a dedicated staff member who will help students navigate their next steps in life. Mrs. Lindy Johnson will serve as the district's Access Counselor and will provide students with three things they need to be successful in the next chapter of their lives; advice, exposure, and access to financial resources.

Mrs. Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and served students in the CSD last year as a school-based therapist through Compass Health. Previously, Lindy was a Student Success Coach for four years at State Fair Community College. In this role, Mrs. Johnson assisted students in their college preparation and success endeavors.

Lindy and her husband have four children, one son-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter. In her spare time, Lindy enjoys spending time on the lake with her family, enjoying nature and traveling. She has a love for animals and wildlife rehabilitation.

"My passions lie in walking with students to dream and navigate their way to success planning for life after high school. I look forward to meeting all of you in the present and coming years. Your success and your child’s success is important to me."

rootEd Alliance is a collaborative philanthropic effort committed to clearing a path to a stronger future for students after high school. rootEd Alliance, in partnership with the Ayers Foundation and BDT & Company, provides an innovative new approach to creating more opportunities for our students. Clinton High School alum, David Steward played a pivotal role in bringing rootEd Alliance to the district. The Clinton School District is one of only a few districts in the nation to be a part of rootEd Alliance.

The district is excited to have Mrs. Johnson join our team and look forward to the many opportunities her role as Access Counselor will provide our students.

Students Receive Certification

Students in Clinton Technical School's Health Occupations classes took part in a dental varnishing clinic provided by Ann Hoffman, Dental Hygienist, from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Following the clinic, students received certification in Dental Varnishing.

This is the first of many hands-on opportunities students will receive this school year.

See more pictures here.

CMS Students Design Foot Orthosis

Students in Clinton Middle School's PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Design and Modeling class, are already busy this semester!

Mrs. Glover's students are designing and prototyping a foot orthosis for children with cerebral palsy. The orthosis, if designed correctly, will help children keep their heal on the ground while also stabilizing their ankle. The device must also be removable and comfortable for the patient.

Great work, Cardinals!

Henry Elementary Students Design, Experiment and Build

Henry Elementary School students are enjoying spending time in their school's new Makerspace classroom.

This new classroom provides hands-on ways for students to design, experiment, build and explore with their classmates.

Thank you to Mrs. Briggs who wrote the grants to make this new opportunity available to students.

See more pictures here.

CHS Students Receive Recognition

At the August Board of Education meeting, CHS students receiving a score of 3 or higher on last spring's AP (Advanced Placement) exams were recognized.

Advanced Placement exams are governed by the College Board, and a score of 3, 4 or 5 indicates that a student is "qualified", "very well qualified", or "extremely well qualified" for the content at the college level. Congratulations to these students who have proven themselves by not only taking rigorous coursework, but also scoring well on the national AP exams. These students will be added to the Academic Wall of Fame housed in the CHS commons.

Left to right: Madelyn Bremer, Reese Potter, McKenna Mason, Katie Mitchell and Abigail Hicks

Not pictured: Isaac Bayless, Bray Ferrin, Kali Lindsay, and Natalie Wagoner.

Construction, Engineering and Teamwork at CIS

Third grade students in Mrs. Simon's class were challenged to build a tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti.

During this challenge, students leaned basic construction and engineering concepts, as well as the importance of teamwork. Students also discovered that the strongest structures were made with triangular shapes.

Exploring Through Their Senses at CECC

Students in Mrs. Johnson's CECC preschool class are learning all about their senses.

Students had fun last week painting with jello, taste-testing jelly beans and then followed step-by-step directions to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!

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This year, we are beginning a weekly social media feature called #WednesdayWhy.

Every Wednesday we will be featuring staff members, students and parents and their "Why" for choosing the Clinton School District.

If you are interested in being featured, please use this form to tell us your "why"!


On Thursday, September 12th, Clinton High School will be presenting the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program to all students. This program is a depression self-screening and suicide prevention program. This will be the third year that CHS has presented this program.

On Tuesday, September 10th, at 5:30pm at the high school there will be a parent information presentation.

You can find more information, as well as the letter that was sent home to all parents here.


The Clinton Education Foundation is holding their 4th annual 5K/Fun Run on Saturday, September 28th at 8:00 am. You can register for the event, and find more info at The Education Foundation is offering a discounted rate of $15 for students with the code CSDSTUDENT. Proceeds from the race will go to fund Classroom Impact Grants, as well as student scholarships.


Need some new gear to show your #CardinalPride? Use the link found here to order new spirit wear. This online store will close on Friday, 9/13.


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.


Clinton Schools will not be in session on Monday, September 23rd for staff professional development.


The CHS Basketball programs are offering a Youth Basketball Camp for students in 4th-7th grades. Enrollment forms are available at CIS and CMS or can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.


The CHS Girls Basketball Team is currently selling tickets for a chance to win 1/2 a hog.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased until September 25th from any girl's basketball player. The winner will be announced on October 14th and will receive a $200 value of bacon, sausage, ham, pork chops and pork roast.

Questions-contact David Rogers (


The Clinton School District will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, October 4th. Stay tuned for additional information regarding spirit days, parade and MORE!


Here's a helpful tip about the calendars found on the website! If you see "more events" listed on a specific date on a website calendar, please click "more events" to see all events taking place on that day.


The district will utilize text messages throughout the year to inform parents of events, school closings, emergencies, etc. To receive text messages from the district we must have your current cell phone on file, and you must follow the instructions found here. If your cell number has changed since last school year, please provide it to your child's school and then follow the instructions above. Please remember, if you follow the instructions above and we do not have your number on file, you will not receive text messages.
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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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Through our "Get to Know a Cardinal" features, we will introduce you to some of the members of our Cardinal family.

Allison Olson completed her student teaching with Mrs. Susan Potter and Ms. LeaRae Porta in the Spring of 2014 and has been a part of the Henry Elementary team ever since. She is currently in her 6th year of teaching kindergarten.

Allison comes to us from her hometown of Rich Fountain, MO (small town southwest of Jefferson City). Allison and her husband, Ethan, (2nd grade teacher at Henry Elementary) now call Clinton their home. Their family includes their 16 month old son, Tucker, a black lab named Hudson, and a cat named Aria.

When Allison isn't helping our little Cardinals get off to a great start, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends every chance she gets. She also enjoys spending time outdoors playing slow-pitch softball and disc golf and going on walks. She also enjoys reading when given the opportunity.

"I enjoy working for the CSD because this is my family. Although I didn't grow up here, I feel like a part of this town. I enjoy the people I work with and the kids. I feel like I'm here to help make a difference in their lives."