Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

January 20, 2020

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Sixty Students Inducted into NJHS

Congratulations to the 60 Clinton Middle School 7th and 8th graders who met the requirements to become a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

In a ceremony held last week in Clinton High School's Performing Arts Center, friends and family celebrated these students' special accomplishment.

To be a member of this prestigious organization, students must maintain a GPA of 3.25, demonstrate leadership skills at school and in the community, be a good citizen and role model to peers, as well as complete 8 hours of community service.

Congratulations are also in order to this year's NJHS officers:

President-Kaitlynn Bartholomew

Vice-President-Ava Potter

Secretary-Kaydith Maddox

Treasurer-Harley Lincoln

Historian-Paige McNabb and Raylen Richman

Clinton Middle School NJHS advisers are, Angie Bremer and Erin Houk.

Henry Elementary Students Enjoy Unique PE Experience

Thanks to a grant from the Clinton Rotary Club, Henry Elementary students are riding bikes in PE class. And because of a grant for helmets from the Mid-Day Optimist Club, students can stay safe while having fun.

Students are taught by Coach Gina Johannsen.

CSD Board of Education Approves No-Tax Increase Bond Resolution

During their monthly work session meeting on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the Clinton School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place a $4,000,000 no-tax increase bond measure on the April 7, 2020 election ballot.

This Board of Education vote followed recommendations by the district’s Virtual Citizens Advisory Council, feedback from school staff, a Facilities Assessment conducted by Incite Design Studio, and safety recommendations from Homeland Security.

If passed on April 7, 2020, the no-tax increase bond will provide for the following; safety enhancements at school buildings, renovations and improvements of existing classrooms, resurfacing and repairing of driveways and parking lots, improved learning environments through heating and air system upgrades, remodeling of restroom and locker room areas, and renovating and improving bleacher seating at athletic facilities. The funds used for these projects will have no impact on the district’s debt service tax levy.

“The Clinton community has invested in our students through the use of excellent and up-to-date facilities. It is time to protect and enhance this investment to maintain these high-quality and safe learning environments,” says Destry Brown, Superintendent.

More information regarding the bond will soon be available on the district website, If you should have any questions, please contact Superintendent of Schools, Destry Brown, 660-885-2237 or at

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2020-2021 School Year Calendar

The 2020-2021 school year calendar was recently approved by the CSD's Board of Education.

You might notice some changes with next year's calendar. One of those changes is that a new state law mandates schools cannot start more than 14 days before Labor Day. Clinton Schools' first day of school will be August 25th.

Another change for next year will be that Clinton Intermediate School and Henry Elementary School will be lengthening their school days by 10 minutes. Next year, CIS will begin school at 8:05 and Henry at 8:10 (doors at both schools will still open at 7:30). With these additional minutes, all buildings in the district will be attending school the same number of minutes every day.

You can find a printable version of the 20-21 school year calendar at the end of the newsletter.

Court-Mat Week

This week (January 21-24) is Court-Mat Warming, and it wouldn't be a celebration without a Spirit Week! A schedule of days can be found at the end of the newsletter. Cardinals at all schools are encouraged to participate.

Make plans to join us at the Court-Mat basketball games on Friday, January 24th. Coronation of Court-Mat royalty will take place during halftime of the varsity game.

Calling all CSD Retirees

The Clinton School District would like to "catch-up" with our Cardinal retirees. We invite all district retirees to complete the form at the link below. The form will be used to create a comprehensive list of all of those who have retired from the district.

To help us find all of our retirees, please share this with others who have retired from the Clinton School District.

From the Nurse's Office

It is that time of year when we start seeing more illnesses in our students. We just want to remind our families when students need to stay home.

  • Students need to stay home if they have a fever of 100.0 or greater.
  • They should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Students need to stay home if they are having diarrhea and vomiting and should not return until they have had 24 hours of no vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sometimes your doctor will recommend your child stay home longer for certain illnesses. Please follow your doctor's advice.
  • If your student stays home sick, please call their school office to notify them.

This is a great time to remind students to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer often and to keep their hands away from their eyes, mouth and nose.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school nurse.

Head Start Program

The CECC Head Start program is currently building it's wait list.

If you are interested in a free preschool program for 3-5 year olds, please contact Tori Wilson at 885-5845.

Please see flyer below for more information.

PlayStation 4 Raffle

Make sure you get your ticket to be entered into the Cardinal Booster Club raffle for a PlayStation 4.

Tickets can be purchased from any CHS student council member during school or from the Booster Club during home games. The drawing will take place this Friday, January 24th. See flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info.

Notice of School Board Candidate Filing

The Board Secretary of the Clinton School District #124 will accept declarations of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the Clinton Board of Education to be elected at the annual election on April 7, 2020.

Persons interested may file at the Administration Building, 701 S. Eighth Street, Clinton, MO 64735 starting at 8:00 a.m. on December 17, 2019, and will continue during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the Administration Building is closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur on the following days during the holiday season: December 24, 2019 through December 26, 2019 and January 1, 2020. Filing will end on January 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Names will appear on the April ballot in order of filing.

There are three positions available, all of which are three year terms. Candidates must be citizens of the United States and resident tax payers of the district, who have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election or appointment. Candidates must also be at least 24 years of age; be current on state and local taxes; have not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri or federal law; are not registered or required to register as a sex offender; and have filed required campaign documents for all previous campaigns, if any.

All board members initially elected or appointed in this succeeding election shall successfully complete 18.5 hours of orientation and training within their first 12 months of service as required in Section 162.203 RSMo.

Amanda Cothern


Clinton School District Board of Education

Job Openings

The district currently has the following job openings:

*Special Education Teachers (20-21 School Year)

*Agriculture Science Teacher (20-21 School Year)

*Head Football Coach (20-21 School Year)

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

Interested in working with us? You can apply online at this link.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Do you know how the CSD communicates school closures due to inclement weather?

*DOWNLOAD OUR APP (Search for "Clinton School District" on Google Play or the Apple App Store. When school must close due to inclement weather, you will receive push notifications directly to your phone!)

*PHONE CALL/TEXT MESSAGE/EMAIL (You will only receive phone calls and text messages if we have your current contact information on file. Please provide your current phone numbers and emails to the office. Also, you must opt-in to receive text messages. Text "Y" to 67587.)

*FACEBOOK/TWITTER (Follow us on both platforms to stay informed. Facebook-"Clinton Schools" Twitter-@ClintonMoCards)

*NEWS MEDIA (School closing information will also be provided to KDKD and Kansas City news stations)

Substitute Teachers Wanted

Looking for a part-time position with competitive pay, the ability to choose your building assignments and have your nights, weekends, holidays and summers off?

The Clinton School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.

Candidates should possess 60 hours of college credit, currently have a substitute teaching certificate or be able to obtain one, as well as pass a background check. This position is on an as-needed basis, and the pay is $90 per day. Also important to note, the district reimburses the fingerprinting fee after you substitute teach one time.

Substitute teaching application packets are available at the Administration Office located at 701 S. 8th Street, or on the district website at this link.

For more information, please call 885-2237.

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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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Get to Know....Gary Bowers

From sunny California, to the midwest, this CHS teacher is proud to be a Clinton Cardinal!

CHS teacher, Gary Bowers was raised in southern California, and graduated from Anaheim High School in 1975. This is Mr. Bowers second year teaching in Clinton, but his 36th year in education. He currently teaches Biology and coaches girls softball and boys baseball.

In just a few weeks, Gary will celebrate 40 years of marriage to his wife, Debbie. They have three adopted sons, Zach (30), Chris (23) and Luke (17).

When living in California, Gary enjoyed scuba diving and flying with his sons, but now enjoys hunting in the great state of Missouri.

"Why do I love Clinton Schools? We have an incredible staff at all our schools, leadership that LOVES kids and small class sizes that allow you to get to know all your students. Clinton is the best kept secret in education!"

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