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Clinton Middle School Newsletter - October 1, 2021

Dear Wildcat Family,


This past week, we had our first taste of fall! The mornings had a crispness in the air and the afternoons had a comfort that we seemingly have not experienced in months! As fall arrives and temperatures begin to cool down, the opportunities available to students really seem to heat up!


Our Wildcat Academy is now underway! This after school program gives kids the opportunity to connect to a class that they cannot get during the traditional school day. The classes are exciting, creative, and cutting-edge. The Wildcat Academy also offers individualized tutoring for students.


Over the past couple of months, our volleyball and football coaches have been working hard to prepare their teams for competition! Our scholar-athletes have tackled adversity in different ways over the last few weeks! However, as they now are in a routine, let me encourage you to show up and cheer for them. Our volleyball team has a home match on Monday! Our football team has spent a good chunk of the season so far on the road; however, they return home during the last part of October for several home games in a row.


It might seem odd to see middle school students performing with high school students, but you will see that in the girls tennis, cross country, and volleyball teams at Clinton High School. All are off to great starts on the year and Clinton Middle School scholar-athletes are playing significant roles in those successes!


Last weekend, the Clinton High School Devil Regiment performed and took second place at the Laurens Band Competition. There were nine Clinton Middle School Wildcat students that were on the field as the band started their competition season! Braydon Goforth, Micah Butler, Jaclyn Scott, Richard Santiago, Kaidence James, Bethany Barber, Colton Tenry, Elijah Dunaway, and Natalie Crawford are all middle school students contributing to the success of the Devil Regiment!


A common thread in students participating in the aforementioned activities is that they represent the best of Clinton Middle School and Laurens School District 56. They look for opportunities to better themselves! They excel academically in our school. They are model students. Let me encourage you to support them as they showcase their academic, athletic, and artistic talents for our community!


Jeff Parks

Principal

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, October 4 - Volleyball Game vs EMS, 5:00pm

Wednesday, October 6 - Volleyball Game @ JET, 5:00pm

Thursday, October 7 - Football Game @ JET, 5:00pm

Friday, October 8 - Student Government Meeting, 3:30pm

SUPER SCIENCE

Some great activities have been happening in Mrs. Burrow's 6th grade science classes. Recently, the students were engaged in exploring the scientific properties of bubbles. They worked individually and in pairs to create bubbles of different sizes and on various surfaces. They made large bubbles, small bubbles, connecting bubbles and even bubbles inside of bubbles. Throughout the process, the students made predictions, recorded their observations, and documented their scientific reflections. We look forward to more exciting learning from 6th grade science!

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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Last Friday night, there was a special recognition during the halftime of the Clinton High School football game. It was an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Clinton High Girls Track team for winning the South Carolina State Championship in the 4x100 relay last May. One of the most amazing things about this was that the team featured one of Clinton Middle School's students, Nah'Shia Wright. Remarkably, Nah'Shia was a 7th grader at the time she and her teammates won the State Championship. She was likely the youngest participant in the finals and for her to win a State Championship as a 7th grader is simply incredible! The team received their championship rings on Friday night and we look forward to many more from the phenomenal Nah'Shia Wright! Congratulations, Clinton!


The Clinton Middle School Wildcats traveled to Greenwood last week to face Westview in a football game. The Wildcats played well in the first half and the game was tied 12-12 at halftime. Clinton scored on a 60 yard pass play from Chris Boyd to Tisyn Witcher to tie the score at 6-6. Before the half the Wildcats would add another long touchdown pass from Boyd to Safyre Tribble. This tied the game at 12-12. The Wildcats played hard for four quarters but ultimately lost 34-12. Captains for the game were Brody Garrett and Javen Cook. The Defensive Standouts included Luke Young, Chris Boyd, and Javen Cook. Tisyn Witcher, Tre Aiken, and Chris Boyd played extremely well on the offensive side of the ball. Clinton will host Northside next week at Wilder Stadium at 5pm on Thursday, September 30.

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CMS STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Congratulations to the following students who were recently elected by their peers as representatives to the Clinton Middle School Student Government. Their first meeting will be Friday, October 8 at 3:30pm. We look forward to the many great contributions they will make at our school.


6th grade representatives

  • Mary Jo Varn
  • Sidney Nelson
  • Caysen Coats

7th grade representatives

  • Cooper Stinson
  • Lincoln Alexander
  • Emmanuel Lagroon

8th grade officers

  • Abi Malone - Secretary
  • Jeff Sanchez - Vice President
  • Alana Jackson - President

iMAGINE!

Is your child interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Math? If so, there is an upcoming regional STEAM Festival on October 16. Click on the link for details!

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT COUNCIL

We still need additional parents and community members for our School Improvement Council. If you are interested in serving on the School Improvement Council as a parent or guardian of a Clinton Middle School student, please contact Assistant Principal, Ami Vaughn at amivaughn@lcsd56g.com.

BUS DISCIPLINE - PLEASE READ

Many of our students rely on our district's buses for safe transportation to and from school. It is extremely important that all students follow all school rules when on the bus. All discipline referrals from the bus will be treated as if the behavior happened inside the school building. For example, if a student is involved in a fight or caught vaping while on the bus, they will be suspended from school not just from the bus. The bus and all of the bus stops are considered an extension of the school and all disciplinary actions will be handled accordingly.

MASKS AT CMS

Effective immediately, all visitors must wear masks when inside the building.