Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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STEM Challenge

Students in Mrs. Gardner and Ms. Bracher's Cardinal Coop class had the opportunity to participate in a hands-on lesson on kinetic and potential energy.

As part of a STEM challenge, students were tasked with designing a marble run that used both types of energy.

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Students "Meet" Author

Eighth graders in Mrs. Pittaluga's science class, recently read the novel, "Ashfall" as part of their study on catastrophic natural disasters, geologic history and animal adaptions. Throughout the reading of the book, students took part in class discussions regarding the story line and learned about the science behind the Yellowstone super-volcano.

To wrap up the book study, students participated in an after-school Skype session with the book's author, Mike Mullin. A great discussion, with an animated question and answer session from the author, was enjoyed by students.

Oreos, Play-Dough and Science

Is there any better way to learn science concepts than with cookies and play-dough?

Kindergarten students recently studied the phases of the moon with Oreos and used play-dough to explore how moon craters are made.

Lots of new vocabulary was learned as well....ask your kindergartner if they can tell you the difference between a waxing and waning moon or what an asteroid and meteorite are!

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CHS Pep Band Chosen to Perform

Clinton High School's Cardinal Pride Pep Band was chosen to play at the MSHSAA State Basketball Tournament held at Missouri State University in Springfield.

Pep bands from around the state auditioned for the prestigious spot to be the highlighted pep band for the state basketball championship games. MSHSAA only chooses the best pep bands in the state to play for the tournament, and Clinton had the primetime spot playing in the JQ Hammons Arena.

The crowd danced along to the music and loved the spirit the band brought to the games. The pep band also had the honor of starting each game by playing the National Anthem. The pep band is directed by Mr. Miles.

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*LAST DAY FOR NOMINATIONS-Today is the last day to nominate a CSD employee for one of the two awards listed below.

Nominations can be made by clicking on the links below. Nominations will close tonight at 10:00 p.m.

Teacher of the Year

Support Staff Employee of the Year


*KINDERGARTEN ROUND-UP-If you have a child who will be age 5 on or before July 31, 2019, we would like to invite you to Clinton School District's Kindergarten Round-Up event.

This informational meeting will be held at Henry Elementary in the Kindergarten classrooms on Tuesday, March 26th from 5:30-6:30pm. You will have an opportunity to tour the classrooms, meet the teachers, and learn important readiness and enrollment information. Information will be provided about Kindergarten Screening and enrollment during Round-Up. Parents will make a Kindergarten Screening appointment for April 17th or 18th. Materials will be provided to parents in order to enhance the skills of pre-kindergartners, prior to the upcoming school year.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to bring along their pre-kindergartner so that school staff may meet him or her. We encourage you to leave other children at home in order to make this night special for your pre-kindergartner.

Please also bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency so copies can be made for screening.


*INFO FROM THE CTA-The Clinton MSTA (Missouri State Teacher's Association) Community Teachers Association is excited to host a Spring Board of Education Digital Forum. The purpose of the forum is to provide an opportunity for you, the voters, to hear from candidates running for a position on the Clinton School District Board of Education.

All candidates that applied for a school board position for the upcoming April 2, 2019 Municipal Election were asked to make a video for the CTA to inform voters of their ideas, concerns, and positions for the district.

You can go here to view the videos (more will be posted in the days ahead). You can also view a sample ballot for the three open positions on the board.

The Clinton CTA would like to send out a huge thank you to each of the candidates for their dedication to the students, staff, and community of the Clinton School District!


*AMENDED CALENDAR-Due to several inclement weather days, the last day of school for students will now be Friday, May 24th. This will be an early release day for students. An amended 18-19 calendar can be found at the bottom of this newsletter.


*JOB OPENINGS-Do you know someone who would make a great addition to our team?

The CSD currently has several teaching opportunities available for the 2019-2020 school year. Current openings can be found on the district website,, under the employment tab.

Take a look, apply, or share with someone you know who is looking for a great place to work!


*2019-2020 CALENDAR-At the January Board of Education meeting, the 2019-2020 school calendar was approved.

A printable version of the calendar can be found at the bottom of this newsletter and on our district website.

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Kim Beaty

Clinton Intermediate School paraprofessional, Kim Beaty, has not only been an integral part of the CSD since 2012, but was also the 2017-2018 Support Staff Employee of the Year!

Kim is originally from the Grain Valley area, but moved to the Blairstown area in 2001 when she married her husband, Matt. Together, they have two daughters, Lacy who is 17 and a junior at CHS, and Miranda who is 12 and a 6th grader at CMS.

When not at work, Kim and her family enjoy spending time outdoors-fishing and hunting and swimming in their pool. Kim's husband Matt is an owner/operator heavy-haul truck driver, and spends many days on the road. When he is away, Kim and her girls enjoy shopping in Springfield and going to the movie theater.

"I love working for the CSD because I work with the best team of educators who truly care about the kiddos and their success. I appreciate the support and encouragement I receive from our team and love the smiles and high fives I get from the kiddos!!!"