The Patriot Press

January 15th, 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.

CCA's First Week Back

Monday, January 4th marked the first day back to school since Christmas break. Here are some of the student’s thoughts on what their favorite moment was during break, and how school is going for them now that they’re back. Colten's favorite part of break was Christmas, because he got a new phone. He is happy to be back at CCA after a long break. Gavin's favorite part of break was being out of school, although he is glad to be back to see friends. Molly’s favorite part of break was being able to sleep in, and she’s happy to be back since school motivates her. It’s nice to be back on a regular schedule, we are looking forward to what 2021 will bring.

Parent Reminders

Jan 18th:

  • No school due to Teacher In-Service

Jan. 20th

  • Grade cards will go home with students in grades 2nd-12th. Parents should sign and students should return to their classroom teacher by Friday, Jan. 22nd.
  • Girl basketball pictures in the CCA gym at 3pm.

Jan. 22nd

  • 4-H Meeting from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the CCA cafeteria.

Jan. 26th

  • Re-Enrollment meeting in CCA gym from 6 to 7. At least one parent in grades K4-11th should plan to attend.

Jan. 28th

  • Cheer pictures at 3:00pm in the gym.
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January Character Trait... Kindness

January’s focus trait is Kindness. An example of kindness comes from Proverbs 19:22 which reads, “What is desirable in a man, is his kindness,...” We asked 4 students what kindness meant to them. Kent, from 4th grade said, “Kindness is when you see someone fall off the swings and you go over to help them.” Hadley, from 2nd grade replied, “Kindness means helping someone and being really nice to them.” Cassidy, a 1st grader responded, “Kindness means being nice and sharing all the time.” Kaylana, from 5th grade said, “When I think of kindness I think of family, especially around Valentine's day."

Sports Calendar

January 16th

  • JH Boy and JV (5th-9th) Girl Basketball Tourney at St Peter (Marshall). Girls play at 12:40pm and boys play at 4:10pm.

January 18th

  • 5/6 Boy and Girl and JH Boy Basketball at St. Paul (Concordia). 5/6 play at 4:30, 5/6 Girls at 5:30 & JH Boys at 6:30. Bus will depart at 2:50pm and return at 9pm.

January 19th

  • Varsity Girl and Boy Basketball at Home vs. CLC. Girl Varsity plays at 4pm & Boy Varsity plays at 5:30pm. We need concession help from 3:30-5:30. Please email back if available and willing to work.

January 20th

  • Girl Basketball Pictures at 3pm, practice will follow

January 21st

  • 5/6 Girl, JH Boy and JV (5th-9th) Girl Basketball at Home vs. St Peter. 5/6 Girl plays at 5, JH Boys play at 6 & JV Girl plays at 7pm. We need concession help from 6-7pm and 7-8:30pm. Please email back if available and willing to work.

January 22th

  • JH Boy, Varsity Girl and Boy Basketball at Home vs. OCS. This is Parent/Senior Night! JH Boys play at 4:30, Varsity girls play at 5:30 and Varsity boys play at 7. We need concession help from 4-5:30pm and from 7-8:30pm if you are available and willing to help.

January 25th

  • JH Girls 5th - 8th Basketball vs. Outreach CE. Bus departs at 2:30 and returns at 7pm. Game is at 4:30pm.

January 26th

  • Varsity Girl and Boy Basketball at Show Me. Bus will depart at 3 and return at 8:30pm. Girls play at 4:30pm and varsity boys play at 6pm.

January 28th

  • Cheer photos at 3pm. Practice & Game will follow.
  • JV Girl and Varsity Boy Basketball at Home vs. Training Center. JV Girl will play at 4:30, and Varsity Boy will play at 6pm. We need concession help from 6-7:30pm

Varsity Basketball

The CCA boys varsity played against the Plaza Heights Lions on January 8th. The Patriots lost 59-30. It was a close game up until the middle of the second quarter. The boys struggled to score points, and the score increased in deficit.


The CCA girls varsity played against the Plaza Heights Lions on January 8th. The Lady Patriots won 57-15. Audrey had a great game offensively with 5 threes. Molly had a good game defensively with many steals. The Lady Patriots overall played well and continue to improve on the season.


The CCA boys varsity played against the Eldorado Buffalo on January 11th.The Patriots emerged victorious. Jon made several baskets and had a good game defensively. The team overall shot well, made good passes, and ball handling is improving.


The CCA girls varsity played against the Eldorado Buffalo on January 11th. The Lady Patriots came away with the victory. Below are some pictures from the week. If you have sport photos that you would like to share, please email those to office@clintonacademy.org.

5/6th Grade Student Council

The 5th and 6th grade student council met on January 8th. They made locker posters and their theme was hope. Student council chose this theme because of the current state of our nation. They also decided on a 5th and 6th grade dodgeball tournament. This will be held on February 19th from 3:30- 5:30 in the CCA gym. Details are on the CCA Google calendar.

Chapel 1/8

Chapel on January 8th was all about the girls basketball team. The varsity players were recognized for their achievements last season. Jessica, Audrey, Kylie, and Priscilla unveiled the conference banner. This banner was awarded to the girls varsity team for being second in the conference behind only Heartland. Captains Lydia and Molly, revealed the state banner, awarded to them for their championship victory in the Joplin state tournament last year. Afterwards Coach Bancroft talked about his journey as a coach and congratulated the players for all their hard work. Pictures are also on our Facebook page for this event.

FBLA Information

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) is an organization that helps prepare students for life in the business sector. Even if the students do not go into business it is still beneficial as FBLA teaches students how to manage their time and cooperate with others. In FBLA you compete against all of the other schools that offer this club. FBLA districts are coming up, but before the day of districts we need to take our competitive tests. Not all competitions are tests, but the competitions we complete in before districts are tests. We will not receive our results until the day of the district competition later on this year. Districts will also be online, but in the years past Districts have been held at UCM in Warrensburg.

CCA Alumni... Where are They Now?

Shelby French has been a CCA alumni for eight years. She attended CCA for K4 to 8th grade since that was all that was available at the time. Her favorite part of attending CCA was the teachers and the relationship she had with them, as-well-as with her classmates. She says if CCA had a highschool for her to attend after 8th grade, she would have stayed for the Christian education. Shelby was homeschooled for high school and she used Abeka curriculum, since she was familiar with it. She took band at Clinton High School since she still wanted to play her flute. Shelby got her associate degree from State Fair Community College and plans to finish her bachelor’s at UCM. She then plans on getting her PharmD from UMKC. Shelby's dream career was to be a veterinarian, but her elementary goals have changed and she now is focused on being a pharmacist.

Survey Says

The second and fourth grade students were asked whether they would like to have a snowball fight, go sledding, or build a snowman on a snow day. 74% say they would rather have a snowball fight while 26% would rather go sledding. Sadly, no one said they would build a snowman on a snow day.


Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Sargent

Mrs. Sargent is the 6th grade teacher at CCA. After this year, she will have taught here for three years. Mrs. Sargent ended up at CCA because of her eldest daughter, who attended for K5 and 1st, so she was already familiar with the school. Mrs. Sargent subbed here in 2017-2018, and Mr. Ballard asked her to consider teaching the following year. Mrs. Sargent’s favorite subject to teach is Bible. She graduated high school from Calhoun, MO, and graduated college with a degree in criminal justice from UCM. Mrs. Sargent has three kids, a 21 year old daughter, a 17 year old son, and a 10 year old daughter. Her Daughter Kyrstin and son Eli currently attend here. Mrs. Sargent’s favorite bible verse is Psalm 91:4- “He will cover you with his feather; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness is a protective shield.” Some advice Mrs. Sargent has for the CCA kids is to “Believe that God is who He says He is. God is just and merciful. He is so gracious, forgiving and loving, He is always good. He loves you so much.” Mrs. Sargent attends Northeast Baptist Church, and it has been her home since she was 10 years old. She was baptized and married at her church, and her husband is the youth pastor there. Northeast is Mrs. Sargent’s home, and the people there are her family.

Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Kernohan

Mrs. Kernohan is in her second year teaching K4 here at CCA. In the past, she has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in public schools, but she took a break when she had kids. Sarah’s favorite part about teaching at CCA is the atmosphere. She loves that everyone is “warm and welcoming” and that she gets to see her two older kids at school. Her favorite Bible story to teach is Daniel and the Lion’s den because the kids get excited about the story and the songs. She believes the most rewarding part of teaching is being surrounded by kids who are excited about learning and being at school. Mrs. Kernohan has been married for ten years and has two kids who already attend CCA and one that will be old enough to join us next year!

On this Day in History

This Day in History January 15th


1939: Marther Luther King Jr. was born.

1943: The Pentagon is completed.

1967: First Super Bowl- The Green Bay Packers defeets the Kansas City Chiefs in Los Angeles.

2009: Flight 1549 crashes into the Hudson river. All passengers survived and were successfully evacuated.

2010: 7.0 earthquake, strikes Haiti leaving an estimated 45,000-50,000 people dead.