Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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Museum History Lesson

Last week, CHS students in Mr. England and Mr. Lewis' American History classes enjoyed a visit from the Henry County Museum.

Students are currently studying World War II, and museum representatives visited with students about the home front, right here in Henry County, during the war.

Stories and other primary sources were shared. Students read articles about scrap metal drives that CHS FFA students held, they were able to view ration books and even look up family members that fought in the war.

Students also enjoyed a first hand account of someone who lived in Clinton during World War II.

See more pictures here.

CHS Student's Slogan Chosen

Relevant and practical learning are a few of the great aspects of Career and Technical Education.

Students in Mrs. Thompson's Intro to Marketing class were tasked with creating slogans for our community's 2019 Olde Glory Days event.

Students used literary devices proven to catch and hold attention to develop their ideas. Their creations were then submitted to the Olde Glory Days selection committee.

Congratulations to student Rylee Arwood whose slogan, "Small Town, Big Fun", was chosen and will be featured this summer as part of the official logo. Rylee also received a $25 Chamber of Commerce gift card.

CMS Students Participate in STEAM Conference

Twenty Clinton Middle School 8th graders joined hundreds of middle schoolers from across the state at UCM on Monday, March 25th for the annual Middle School STEAM Conference. This event was presented by the Kansas City and Central Regional Professional Development Centers.

STEAM integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and mathmatics in an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning. While there, students had the opportunity to attend different break-out sessions that included presentations by Cerner, Cisco, and many UCM professors. Students engaged in many STEAM activities including coding, drafting, server dissection, and computer programming. Students also enjoyed a visit from Governor Parson.

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The Blue Handprints are Up

Students at the Clinton Early Childhood Center kicked off the Month of the Child by decorating their school with little blue handprints! This is just the first of many events that our littlest Cardinals will take part in during the month of April.

The Month of the Child celebrates the children of our community, raises awareness of issues affecting children and their families, and honors those that serve and care for the children in our community.

Watch for more handprints around our town, as well as ways that you can get involved to celebrate the children of our community.

District Receives Beneficial Survey Information

In late January and early February, online surveys were made available to four key stakeholder groups in the Clinton School District; parents, staff, community members and middle school and high school students.

The purpose of these surveys was to gauge the current views on the district's performance, as well as strengths, challenges and priorities.

At the March Board of Education meeting, Rick Noble with Patron Insight presented the State of the District Survey results to the school board. Over 1,150 stakeholders took the surveys. This is the largest number of responses that Mr. Noble has received from a school district participating in their services.

Through the survey, respondents reported that the three top-performing areas for the district were; "Performance of the Teachers", "Performance of School Principals" and "Performance of the Superintendent", and provided the district with an overall grade of "B".

The district received very beneficial information from stakeholders regarding other areas of strengths as well as areas that are viewed as areas of improvement. This information is being reviewed by administration and the Board of Education and will be used to guide the district's journey towards continuous improvement.

The district also had over 150 community members show interest in serving on a Virtual Citizens Advisory Committee. This committee will serve as a "sounding board" for the district and will allow the district the opportunity to receive more clarity on those challenges that were noted in the survey.

According to Superintendent of Schools, Destry Brown, "This survey allowed us the opportunity to hear from our patrons their opinions' about our performance and what our priorities should be in the future. We appreciate the many people who took time to provide their feedback, and have their voice heard."

Unique Math at CIS

Third graders at Clinton Intermediate School have been learning math concepts in fun and unique ways.

Students in Mrs. Simon's class “excavated” cookies to find hidden “artifacts” (m&ms). Students then used this data to graph the coordinates as ordered pairs.

Mrs. Patrick's students took advantage of the nice weather as they took math outside. Students surveyed their class to determine which days of the week they watched the most television. Students used this data to construct line plots to represent their findings.

See more pictures here.

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*NO SCHOOL-Clinton Schools will not be in session on Friday, April 19th. Schools will also be closed on Monday, April 22nd for staff professional development.


*KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS-If you have, or know of, a child who will be 5 on or before July 31, 2019 and will be attending kindergarten in the Clinton School District during the 2019-2020 school year, a screening must be scheduled. Please call 885-5585 to schedule a screening. Screenings will take place on April 17th and 18th at the Clinton Early Childhood Center.


*PRESCHOOL SCREENINGS-If you are interested in your child attending the district's Early Childhood program during the 2019-2020 school year, please schedule a preschool screening by calling 885-5845. Children must be between the ages of 3-5 (on or before May 2, 2019). Screenings will take place on May 2nd and 3rd at the Clinton Early Childhood Center.


*GRADUATION-Less than six weeks to go for the Class of 2019! Clinton High School graduation will be held on May 19th at 2:00 in the CHS gymnasium, with doors opening at 1:00. Seniors will be provided tickets to distribute to family or friends for admittance to the event. Overflow will be in the Performing Arts Center. More information in the weeks ahead.


*SUMMER SCHOOL-Get these dates on your calendar! Summer School 2019 will be held June 3-28 from 8:00-2:30. Watch for more info and enrollment forms in the weeks ahead.


*CHS SPRING PLAY-The CHS Theatre Department is proud to present a night filled with drama! You will have three opportunities to catch our creative Cardinals in "A Night of One Acts" (April 26 and 27 @ 7:00 and April 28 @ 6:00) in the CHS Performing Arts Center. Admittance is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Find more information on this performance at the end of this newsletter.


*NEED AN OIL CHANGE?-The Clinton Technical School Automotive Technology class is offering an "Oil Change a Day Until May" special! For $5 (plus parts), you can receive a lube, oil and filter service. Details about this great offer, can be found on the flyer at the end of this newsletter.

To schedule an oil change, please contact Auto Tech instructor, Brad Stone,, or complete this online form.


*POWER OF ONE SHIRTS-In conjunction with the Month of the Child celebration at the Clinton Early Childhood Center, the shirts at the link below are for sale.

You can order shirts here.

Please direct questions to Judi Honeywell,


*HELP CECC STUDENTS-CECC has joined the Crayola ColorCycle program. Students are accepting your used and dried out markers, highlighters, and dry erase markers (non-crayola brands are accepted). Rather than going to a landfill, these markers will be recycled by Crayola.

You can help our littlest Cardinals with this project by donating markers at CECC (502 S. 5th Street) or at Henry Elementary (809 S. 8th Street).


*LAST DAY OF SCHOOL-The last day of school for students will be May 24th. This will be an early dismissal day.


*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-A printable version of the 2019-2020 school calendar can be found at the bottom of this newsletter and on our district website.

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Kim Greer

What would we do without our administrative assistants?

Kim Greer has been with the Clinton School District since 2006 and is one of two secretaries at Clinton High School.

Kim was born and raised on a farm outside of Warsaw.

Kim and her husband Jeff will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary next month. Kim and Jeff have two sons. Their oldest, Mitchell, is a sophomore at Drury University in Springfield and is working towards his CPA. For the last two years he has also been employed with Whitlock Accounting Firm. Mitchell is also a fraternity brother in Lambda Chi Alpha and is this year's High Gamma. Their youngest, Riley, will be graduating from Clinton High School in just a few weeks and will be entering the United States Air Force on July 9th.

In her free time, Kim loves to cross stitch and travel. One of her favorite things is when her husband wakes her up for coffee and asks, "Would you like to go for a drive?"

"I have loved working at Clinton High School since the day I started. The kids are my favorite part. You never know what stories you will hear and it makes me smile when they come in on Monday to tell me how their weekend went. I love sharing in the lives of my co-workers also. We ARE one big family!"

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