Clinton Middle School Newsletter - February 18, 2022


February 22 - 25 - CMS SPRING BOOK FAIR

Monday, February 21 - NO SCHOOL, Staff Development Day

Thursday, February 24 - Parenting Children in the Age of Cell Phones, 6:00pm


On Thursday, February 24 at 6:00pm in the Clinton High School Auditorium, Dr. Brooke Spatta, a Presbyterian College professor who specializes in Developmental Psychology, and Todd Johnson, a retired deputy from the Newberry County Sheriff's Department, will join us to discuss the challenges and strategies of parenting the middle school child during the age of cell phones. Dr. Spatta will discuss what is and what is not developmentally appropriate for pre-teens as connected to cell phones, as well as strategies that parents can incorporate to help with the growth and development of their child. Mr. Johnson will talk about the threats to child safety that a phone can present, as well as important information that parents should know to keep their students safe. A free dinner will be served before the program. There will also be door prizes that those who attend can potentially win, including an Apple Watch! This presentation is free and appropriate for parents and students in grades 4 through 8.


The CMS Spring Book Fair will continue on February 22-25! You can click on the link to visit the CMS Book Fair Website. There is information about what you can find at the in person fair and on the virtual fair. All orders made online will be shipped to your home. There are no shipping fees if your order is over $25. Go to the website to set up an eWallet. This is a great way to let kids shop and not worry about them losing their cash. Any money not spent at the fair will be credited back to the person’s credit card that set the eWallet up. Additionally, the fair can accept payment in the form of cash, credit card, debit card, eWallets, or checks made out to CMS. Fliers will be going home a week before the fair. More information will be coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out the Book Fair Website and start planning your purchases.


Every Friday Mrs. Spain's class prepares and delivers hot beverages to teachers around the building. During this time her students are developing life skills in a variety of areas. They are filling drink orders, working with money, and most importantly practicing their social skills while delivering drinks around the building. The money made from selling drinks assist in field trips, replenishing coffee cart supplies, and purchases for classroom cooking activities. The students have appreciated the support from our faculty and staff members!


Last night the CMS Academic Team traveled to Mid Carolina Middle School for their third tournament of the year and they were very successful. They defeated Westview by a score of 36-21, then they beat Hickory Tavern 27-17 and were victorious over Laurens by a score of 25-17. This is the second competition in a row where they won all of their matches. They now have 8 wins and only 1 loss on the year and have scored exactly twice as many total points as all of their opponents combined! The team members include Jackie Alcudia, Madison Edgins, Gemma Gearhart, Ella Kate Haupfear, Sam Hunt, Salaam Jenkins, Jacob King, Matthew King, Ty Medlin, Ada Tiller, and Marlee Williamson.

Next week they will travel to Westview Middle for their next tournament and then the WPEC Championship will be held at Clinton High School on March 9th and 10th. We hope you will plan to be in attendance to support our team. Let's go, Wildcats!


Mrs. Gardner's Challenging Academic Time (CAT) class, Project Based Learning, has been learning about climate change and what we can do to combat it. Students used a multitude of resources to learn about what climate change is and how it is affecting our world, including doing their own research and gathering their own data. Students then chose to try and raise awareness about climate change through a class project that consisted of creating posters and a short video. The video explains what climate change is, its causes and effects, and what humans can do to help. It has been posted on our school's website so please click on the link to view the video!


This week in Mrs. Meadors' math class, students were engaged in an inquiry activity. They explored the relationships among the radius, circumference, and area of circles. It provided the students the opportunity to compare various hypotheses and to reach conclusion about these measurements.


In 7th grade science, the students are beginning a Human Body Systems unit and before they can dig deeper they have to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the levels of organization and why that is important for the overall function of life. This week, they worked with partners and used cups to stack in order from smallest to largest with one partner being the builder and the other being the runner. The runner could use the posters around the room to better familiarize themselves with the vocabulary to be able to help the builder put it in correct order faster. After the stacking competition was completed, they students used the posters around the room to gather information about the levels of organization and entered this information into their interactive science notebooks.


Last night, our winter sports teams wrapped up theirs seasons with a brief awards ceremony. The students that were recognized included the following:

Cheer Team

Most Improved: Paris Montgomery

Best All Around: Alana Jackson

Best Sideline Cheer: Abigale Anderson

Girls Basketball

Most Valuable Player: Nah'shia Wright

Hustle Award: Alana Jackson

Most Improved: Amriah Hill

Boys Basketball

Most Valuable Player: Chris Boyd

Hustle Award: Angelo Cromer

Defensive Player of the Year: Tre Aiken

These athletes were also recognized for being on the Academic Honor Roll for maintaining all A's and B's throughout the season:


Alana Jackson

Haleigh Johnson

Girls Basketball:

Amirah Hill

Alana Jackson

Zykedra McGowan

Kemaria Shelton

Boys Basketball:

Tre Aiken

Christopher Boyd

Jaydon Glenn

Cooper Stinson

Congratulations, Wildcats!


Now that the weather has become a little colder we thought you might be interested in purchasing a CMS Wildcats Hoodie (or T-shirt because we all hope that it warms up just a little). The Hoodies are a great way to show support for our students and stay warm while attending winter sports. We have sizes available ranging from Adult Small to Adult 3XL (currently we are out of Mediums in Hoodies). Hoodies cost $20.00 and the T-shirts cost $10.00. If you would like to purchase one please click on the link to complete the attached Order Form and bring payment to Mrs. Wood in the Library. Cash and Checks made payable to CMS are accepted. Sizes are available on a first come first serve basis.