The Patriot Press

February 12th, 2021

CCA Motto: To share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, preparing hearts and minds to impact the world for Him.

CCA Guiding Principles: We teach 1) Christian Principles and Character, through 2) Christ Centered Academic Excellence, while promoting 3) American Patriotism.

Parent Reminders

  • February 15th: No school, Presidents Day
  • February 17th: 5th Grade to Mops & Midterms go home with students
  • February 19th: Midterms returned to classroom teachers & 5/6th grade fellowship in the CCA gym from 3:30-5:30
  • February 26th: Sophomores to visit Clinton VoTech from 8:15-10am & 4H meeting from 3:15-4:15 in the CCA Lunchroom
  • February 27th: Auction Day!!!

Presidents Day

Presidents day is on Monday, February 15th. We do not have school on this day. We celebrate presidents day to honor our past presidents, especially our first president, George Washington.

February Character Trait... Goodness

We asked students what Goodness means to them, where they see it in our world, and how they show it to others. Here are their responses:

Audrey - “Goodness means doing the right thing and helping other people. I see goodness here at school and on the Basketball court. If I were to show goodness to someone else I would help them up off of the ground if they fell during a Basketball game instead of walking right past them on the floor.

Marlee - “Goodness is being not just nice but really meaning when you are nice. Seeing it in our world today you see it when someone helps someone else out whether it is something small or large. If I wanted to be good to them I could assist someone with their homework by choice, without being asked,”.

Becca - “It means not lying and being nice to people. I see people being good to others by being nice and saying that others look good. If I were going to be good to someone I would say ‘I like your shoes’,”.

Sports Calendar

Feb. 18-20

  • Girls and Boys Varsity Basketball MCSAA State at Joplin

Feb. 22-25

  • MOKAN Varsity Tournament, the high seed will host

CCA JH Tournament

CCA hosted their two day annual tournament on January 29th and 30th. This was the 11th year for the event and this year Applewood, St. Paul and St. Peter boy and girl junior high teams were invited. Each of the 4 teams played each other once in the tournament, for a total of 3 games per team. MVP for the boys was Corban Dody and for the girls Isabella Griffey. The CCA boys took 3rd place and the CCA girls took 2nd. Congratulations! Here are the scores from the games:

CCA Boys vs Applewood 24-22

St. Peter Girls vs Applewood 41-9

St. Peter Boys vs St Paul 31-36

CCA Girls vs St. Paul 26-21

CCA Boys vs St Peter 26-34

CCA Girls vs St. Peter 37-42

St. Paul Boys vs Applewood 32-21

Applewood Girls vs St. Paul 11-20

CCA Boys vs St Paul 39-41

St. Paul Girls vs St. Peter 14-51

Applewood Boys vs St. Peter 17-38

CCA Girls vs Applewood 38-7

MOKAN 2021 Tourney

CCA Boys placed second in the MOKAN JH Tournament, which took place February 2nd through 5th. They defeated Overland Christian School and Center Place Restoration School, but were unable to pull ahead of the Plaza Heights Lions from Blue Springs. CCA hosted the Overland and Center place games, but had to travel to play Plaza Heights to play the 1st place game because we were the lower seed in bracket play. Congratulations to our CCA JH boys!

Spirit Week

February 8th-12th was spirit week at CCA! The purpose of spirit week was to raise school spirit for the upcoming MOKAN boy and girl basketball tournaments, which was recently moved to February 22nd-25th due to weather & cold temperatures. The high school StuCo students set the themes for the week. Monday was pajama day, Tuesday was decade day, but we didn't celebrate due to a snow day, Wednesday was mis-match/crazy day, Thursday was decades day, and Friday was patriot day. Below are some pictures from the week!

Chapel 2/5

Keith Carmichael spoke for chapel on February 5th. His topic was all about thoughts. He had the 5th and 6th grade girls come to the court to read verses and demonstrate his point. The girls walked around him like thoughts going inside our heads. Mr. Carmichael went on to explain how as humans some of our thoughts are not good. He even brought a lasso to show the audience how to take those negative thoughts captive. He finished by telling the students that good thoughts come only from God.

CCA Health Occupations

Area school students had the opportunity to give back to the community last Friday, February 5th. National Honor Society and Clinton Technical School Health Occupations students volunteered at the Summer's Pharmacy COVID-19 vaccination clinic held at the Benson Center. Hailey, Jack & Jessica, CCA Juniors, had the opportunity to work at this event. They are pictured here.

CCA Alumni... Where are They Now?

Ragan DuBoise began attending CCA when she was five years old. She credits her strong biblical foundation and understanding from her time spent at CCA. CCA gave her a challenging academic boost in her early school years, which she feels has been responsible for her success in school. We asked her who her favorite teachers were, and she said, “Mrs. Carolyn Thornton was my teacher for K-5 through 3rd grade, and she still sends me postcards monthly. It is really special to have someone who was so integral to your formation still investing in you as an adult. I always remember Mrs. Thornton using Three Musketeer candy bars to teach us about fractions, and as rewards for reading a certain number of books. I also have started a collection of children’s books, many of which we read in her class. I also have fond memories of my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Robin Dicket. We spent half of that year in a trailer parked at the west end of the building, which was an adventure!” She made a lifelong friend from K-5 who she talks to on a regular basis every week. CCA did not have a highschool when Ragan came to CCA, so she had to attend Clinton High School. After that, she enrolled at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, MO. When asked how many siblings she had, she responded with, “Oddly enough, that’s a challenging question to answer. I have a brother and sister, Adam and Molly, who have both attended CCA. I also have a cousin who is more like a brother named Matt, as well as 15+ foster siblings who have since returned to their biological families. Lastly, I have an adopted sister Kaylee who is currently attending CCA, and her little brother Draiden, whom my family will also hopefully be able to adopt soon. I think that’s 20, but who’s counting?” She graduated in 2017 from MBU with a bachelor's degree in Arts in Human Services. Ragan has worked as a foster care caseworker and a non-profit homeless ministry as a preschool teacher. Currently she works at a doctor’s office as a Medical Administrative Assistant. Eventually she hopes to become a foster parent with her husband Josh in St. Louis. Ragan has several hobbies including, but not limited to, baking, singing, reading, exploring St. Louis, hiking, and traveling. She enjoys traveling and has been all over the US and hopes to make it to Europe sometime soon. Ragan’s favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:6-7. It reads: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Reptile Day

Clinton Christian Academy had special guests Kingston the ball python, Noodle the corn snake, Loki the bearded dragon, and their handlers Kara Burchett and Shawn Batz on Reptile Day in the library with Miss Stevens. Students in 1st-6th grades enjoyed hearing facts about these amazing species. What a blessing to experience some of God's exotic creatures in our own library! We would like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Burchett and Miss Batz for sharing their animals and expertise with CCA! Fun fact...this show-and-tell event came about from a meme that Mrs. Sargent sent Miss Stevens! Inspiration can come from anywhere.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Griffey

Mrs. Griffey is the elementary art teacher here at CCA. She says her favorite part of teaching is, “getting to share life with students all the way through their time at CCA from K4-8th Grades. I love the way they develop both as artists and as people and getting to be a part of that!” Mrs. Griffey graduated high school in Liberty and completed college at Belmont University. She currently works as a photographer in addition to teaching art. Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:13 which says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” She likes this verse because she likes the visual of God holding her hand when she is going through something that makes her anxious.

CCA Auction Art Projects

CCA students in K4-8th grade are working on their annual art project for the auction. Students are painting plates this year. Siblings will decorate plates together so 1 per family will be available for $15 sometime in the near future. We will let you know when the plates will be glazed and ready for purchase. Proceeds from the art project will go towards matching funds.


FBLA has been very busy the last few weeks. We have just finished our Candy Gram Fundraiser. Today, Friday the 12th, we distributed these to the students. We started creating these on the 2nd of February at our monthly meeting. At our meeting we talked about FBLA shirts, our sponsors, Family Movie Night on March 5th, Babysitting Night on March 27th, next year's officer applications, and then Chloe, FBLA president, showed our members how to create the candy grams. Eleven of our twenty-two members were present at this meeting. Below is the information for Family Movie Night and Babysitting Night.

FBLA is sponsoring a family movie night. This will take place on Friday, March 5th from 6pm to 8pm. There will be a showing of “The Lion King” in the gym. You can bring your own blankets and pillows to spread out in the gym. There will be popcorn, soda, water, and candy to purchase at this event. This is for grades K4-12th.

FBLA is also sponsoring a babysitting night. This will be on Saturday, March 27th from 5pm to 9pm. This is a donation only event and proceeds will go to FBLA. There will be a movie, games, coloring center, a snack walk, and also a snack provided. This is for all CCA students and siblings ages three and up.

Student Council

Student council met on Friday, February 5th. They set the days and the theme for spirit week, Valentines day parties, their auction item, and the boys vs. girls basketball game, date pending. For their auction item they are thinking about doing a service to sell, for example house cleaning, babysitting, etc. They also talked about the lumberjack club.


This year, CCA Robotics is taking a step back from competitions. The team is taking time to learn more about programming and the mechanics affiliated with robotics, so that they have a better understanding going forward. Dr. Groff is the advisor for the Robotics team, and he is helping the team learn the basics to enable better performance in competitions for the future.

Survey Says

Valentine’s Day is something everyone is talking about this time of year! We asked students whether they would like a stuffed animal or candy for Valentine's Day, here is what they said: 29% want a stuffed animal while the 71% want candy for Valentines Day.

Groundhog Day

The first graders at CCA did a project to celebrate Groundhog Day. The students made groundhogs and put them on sticks. Mrs. Lanning moved the "sun" around the room so the students could see the shadow behind their groundhog. The conclusion is six more weeks of winter.

Third graders at CCA celebrated Groundhog Day by participating in a game of Groundhog Hunter where if a student predicted correctly which hole the groundhog came out of they got to do a groundhog dance. If they predicted incorrectly, they had to do an exercise. A fun time was had by all!

On This Day in History: February 12th

1809: President Abarham Lincoln was born

1924: Calvin Coolidge became the first U.S. president to deliver an address by radio.

2008 : American film and television writers have voted to end their three-month strike and return to work. Their decision had been approved by 92.5% of the 3,775 Writers Guild of America members. 'The strike is over. Our members have voted. Writers can go back to work,' the W.G.A. the president has said. The votes had been cast in New York and Los Angeles.

2011 : Archaeologists have found the ship that belonged to Captain George Pollard who inspired Herman Melville's novel 'Moby Dick.' The Two Brothers whaling ship's remains were found off the coast of Hawaii. The ship sank in 1823 when it hit a coral reef.