Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

September 22, 2020

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CHS Classes Receive Generous Donation

Thank you to the Northrop Grumman organization for generously donating a robot to Clinton High School. This surprise gift will be used in Mrs. Snyder's Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering Design classes. Both of these classes are part of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program.

Students in these classes will design and 3D print an attachment for the end of the robot, and then develop the program to make the robot complete an assigned task with the specialized attachment. One example might be, creating a marker attachment that is then programmed to draw a specific picture. This project will allow students to develop key STEM objectives for the PLTW program, with an emphasis in problem solving.

A special shout-out to Jerette Morris, Northrop Grumman employee, and strong supporter of Clinton Schools, for being a part of making this donation happen. Jerette also gave of his time last week to help students learn how to use the robot.

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Students Learn Life-Long Skills

Parents, do you have dishes that need to be done? We know some kids that might be able to help!

Clinton Middle School students in Mrs. Hager's FACS (Family and Consumer Science) class, are brushing up on their kitchen safety and sanitation skills before they head to their classroom's culinary lab.

Students had a ton of fun participating in a Kitchen Safety and Sanitation Breakout Box (escape room) activity. Students had to work through a series of levels to crack codes to get to the goodies inside!

Students also worked hard at washing dishes by hand.

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Students Learn Through Hands-On Experiences

Students are wasting no time getting hands-on experiences at Clinton Technical School (CTS).

The Clinton Technical School serves students in the Clinton School District, as well as ten area school districts. This year we are excited to welcome our two newest Districts, Weaubleau and Wheatland, to the CTS family.

Clinton Technical School provides nine Career and Technical Education programs to high school students (Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Building Trades, Business Education, Computer Networking and Repair, Health Occupations, Machine Tool Technology, Marketing and Welding).

These programs prepare students for college and careers, as well as provide students the opportunity to learn skills that will allow them to make a positive impact in their community.

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Developing Important Skills in Kindergarten

Development of fine motor skills are not only important for completing everyday tasks, but they are also essential for young students as they learn to write, cut and more.

Kindergarten students in Ms. Panek's class not only worked on their fine motor skills with a cutting and gluing activity, but they also learned some important social skills through the reading of "The Rainbow Fish".

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CIS Cardinals Get Their Hands Dirty

Students at Clinton Intermediate School have been busy working in their school's garden.

Thanks to the donations of gardening tools and mums from the 1st Presbyterian Church, and lavender and chard from Green Street Market, students will have fun watching their garden grow.

This school garden helps to provide hands-on learning, fosters a sense of community and teamwork, shows students where their food comes from and gets them outside and active.

See more pictures here.

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COVID Communications

As outlined in our Return to Learn Plan, when the District receives notification of a positive COVID-19 case, we will follow the communication steps below.

  • Following notification of positive cases of students/staff, the District will post a general message on the District Facebook page (Clinton Schools), Twitter (@ClintonMoCards) and District website. These general announcements will follow all legal and ethical privacy rules and will only provide the name of the school the individual attended.
  • Following this general notification, an additional message will be sent to students who were in the same classroom, activity or bus as the individual who tested positive. This notification will come in the form of a pre-recorded phone call to parents.
  • If your child must quarantine based on close contact (within 6 feet for 15+ minutes) to the individual who tested positive, you will receive a phone call from the Henry County Health Center or the District nurse.
  • To ensure that you receive all notifications from the District or the Health Center, it is imperative that we have current phone numbers and email addresses for you. Please update these with your child's school office if your information has changed.
  • A COVID-19 video update from Superintendent, Destry Brown was provided last week. This video can be viewed below.
Cardinal Update 9.18.20

Do These 3 Things Every Morning

Parents, don't forget to have your children do these three things every morning before school.

1). Self-screen using our Daily Self-Screening Checklist (the checklist can be found at the end of this newsletter, on our website and on our mobile app). Please call your child's school nurse if your child is displaying any of the symptoms or if you have any questions.

CECC (Nurse-Bobbi Wilson) 885-5845

Henry (Nurse-Rachel Vencill) 885-5585

CIS (Nurse-Melanie O'Neal) 885-3179

CMS (Nurse-Nichole Houk) 885-3353

CHS (Nurse-Julie Balke) 885-2247

2). Remember to wear a face covering. The face covering needs to be on before your child boards the bus in the morning or before exiting your vehicle at school.

3). Water fountains have been turned off and replaced with water bottle refilling stations. So, don't forget that water bottle!

Stock-Up on Cardinal Spirit Wear

The Booster Club will be discontinuing the sale of Cardinal apparel. All merchandise is currently 50% off, and as a bonus you will receive a FREE Cardinal scarf with your purchase.

You can find apparel on the south side of the concession stand during home events at Cardinal Stadium. At this time, the next home events are next week (September 28th and 29th and October 1st).

Education Foundation 5K/Fun Run

The Clinton Education Foundation will be hosting their annual 5K Fun Run THIS Saturday, September 26th. Funds raised through this event are returned to CSD teachers in the form of Classroom Impact Grants. These grants are utilized to fund programs or needs that are currently unfunded through the District.

If you are interested in signing up for the 5K Fun Run, you can find a flyer at the end of this newsletter.

**The Education Foundation has developed a COVID-19 safety plan that has been reviewed and approved by Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare. The Foundation will be following all CDC guidelines for this event and will be working to keep runners, walkers and volunteers as safe as possible.**


Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 9th.

As with all things, Homecoming will look different this year. As we form these plans and the changes that will occur, we will share them on our social media outlets.

One thing that you can count on are Homecoming Mums. You can pre-order a Homecoming Mum at the JV home football games on September 28th and October 5th or at the Homecoming game on October 9th. The mums are $5 and will be delivered to the person of your choice at Homecoming.

Come Work with Us!

The Clinton School District is now hiring substitute teachers, substitute nurses and a full-time school nurse.

  • You can find more information and apply online for the full-time nurse position here. An LPN or RN license are required for this opening.
  • You can apply to be a substitute teacher or substitute nurse (LPN or RN required) here.


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.

Questions? Contact, 660-885-2237

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