Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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Preschool and Science

Science in preschool? You bet!

Students in Ms. Julia's CECC class enjoyed several different science lessons last week that were both educational and yummy!

Students participated in a STEM lesson as they used toothpicks and jellybeans to build nests and shelters for their Peeps.

Students also predicted, experimented, and explained what happened when they put Peeps in different substances and climates.

See more pictures here.

Seniors Skip to Serve

As our seniors are nearing the end of their time as a student in our district, they took a day to give back to the community who has supported them through the years.

On Tuesday, April 16th, 100 seniors participated in the 4th annual Skip2Serve event. Skip2Serve is a day dedicated to serving others and giving back to the community. Seniors spent their morning at 17 different service sites and then spent the afternoon at the Benson Center taking part in fun activities.

Thank you to all of the volunteers, organizations, and businesses who help make this yearly Bright Futures event, such a huge success.

See more pictures here.

Award Finalists

Congratulations to the following Clinton School District staff members who are finalists for end of the year awards. These individuals were nominated by students, colleagues and parents and are very deserving of this recognition. The winner from each category will be announced on May 24th.

Educator of the Year Finalists (working in education for 6+ years)

Christy Staashelm-Clinton Early Childhood Center, Preschool Teacher

Julia Stone-Clinton Early Childhood Center, Preschool Teacher
Jaime Briggs-Henry Elementary School, 2nd Grade Teacher
Jamie McCoy-Clinton High School, Guidance Counselor
Pat Miles-Clinton High School and Clinton Middle School, Band Director

Support Staff of the Year Finalists

Pam Jones-Clinton Early Childhood Center, Teacher's Aide
Kayla Woirhaye-Henry Elementary, Teacher's Aide
Jana Matthes-Clinton Intermediate School, Nurse
Nichole Houk-Clinton Middle School, Nurse
Amanda Cothern-Central Office, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Secretary to the Board of Education

Cardinal Rising Star Finalists (working in education for 5 or fewer years)

Leslie Powell-Henry Elementary, 1st Grade
Justin Wells-Henry Elementary, Recovery Room Teacher
Brea Ryberg-Clinton Intermediate School, 5th Grade
Sara Vaughn-Clinton Middle School, Guidance Counselor
Bethany Pierce-Clinton Middle School, 6th Grade ELA/Reading

You can find pictures of our finalists, as well as videos of their surprise announcements on our Facebook page.

Job Shadowing Experience

For more than two decades, students at Clinton Technical School have been participating in Job Shadowing.

Through this experience, students are matched with a business or organization that relates to a career path they are interested in. By spending time with this employer, students are able to gain a better understanding of what a job in that field entails. This experience allows students to decide which career path is the best fit for them.

This year, over 100 students participated in the event, this includes students from Clinton High School as well as Clinton Technical School's eight other sending schools.

See more pictures here.

Mini MASH Camp

Thanks to Henry Elementary School's Bright Futures partner, Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, for welcoming 120 Cardinals for the 3rd annual Mini MASH Camp!

2nd grade students rotated through 6 different stations as they learned about CPR, the composition of their blood, microscopes, bones and more. Students then had the opportunity to tour the hospital's ambulances.

Thank you GVMH for providing this fun and educational field trip right here in our hometown!

See more pictures here.

Legacy Tree

What do you want your legacy to be?

Students and staff members at Clinton Middle School pondered this question recently as they created felt birds for their school's Legacy Tree. Each bird contained a message describing what legacy students and staff members want to leave behind.

Thank you to CMS art teacher, Mrs. Bishop, for organizing this activity for students and staff.

You can view the finished project here.

Career Exploration at CIS

Third graders at Clinton Intermediate School enjoyed exploring careers during "Career Day" last week.

Students had the opportunity to hear from Henry County 911, KCP&L, an Agronomist and a Missouri Conservation Agent.

You can view more pictures here.

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*STATE ASSESSMENTS-It is that time of the year for schools across Missouri.....state assessment time is here. Our teachers have worked hard all year preparing our students for these exams and we feel confident our students will put forth their best effort.

Please encourage your student to try their hardest, to get a full night's sleep and a good breakfast (either at home or at school).

The district testing schedule is as follows:

CHS EOC (End of Course) Testing-4/24-5/2

CIS MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) Testing-4/29-5/10

CMS MAP (Missouri Assessment Program) Testing-5/6-5/17

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


*CHS SPRING PLAY-The CHS Theatre Department is proud to present a night filled with drama! You will have three opportunities to catch our talented 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.


*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.


*DECISION DAY-Please join us in a community and school-wide celebration as the Class of 2019 announces their next steps after high school.

On Thursday, May 2nd at 2:00 in the CHS Gymnasium, every Senior who has made a decision will be announced with their plans for work, college, military, technical training or other definitive next steps after high school.

Parents and community members are asked to sit on the west (no seat back) bleachers. Everyone is invited.


*GRADUATIONS AND PROMOTION CEREMONIES-Please put these dates on your calendar and watch for more info in the weeks ahead.

*CECC Graduation-May 14th @ 6:00 in the CHS Performing Arts Center

*CHS Graduation-May 19th @ 2:00 in the CHS gymnasium (doors open at 1:00). Seniors will be provided tickets to distribute to family and friends for admittance to the event. Overflow will be in the Performing Arts Center. More information in the weeks ahead.

*Kindergarten Graduation-May 21st @ 6:00 in the CHS Performing Arts Center

*8th Grade Promotion-May 24th @ 10:00 (seating begins at 9:30) at Cardinal Stadium (weather permitting). Alternate location will be the CMS gymnasium.


*COACHING POSITIONS-The district has several coaching opportunities for next school year. These paid positions are open to the public. If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of our students, please consider applying.

Coaching positions can be found here.


*SUMMER SCHOOL-Summer School 2019 will be held June 3-28 at Henry Elementary from 8:00-2:30 (doors open at 7:30).

Students entering kindergarten-6th grade are encouraged to attend, and enjoy the fun during this year's Summer Safari theme. Several field trips are planned, as well as prize drawings for attendance!

Free breakfast (8:00) and lunch (11:00-12:00) will be available to ALL students attending summer school, as well as to anyone in our community under the age of 18.

Transportation will run two bus routes during summer school, routes can be found here. For more information regarding transportation, please call 885-2644.

After-school care will also be available from 2:30-5:30. Please call 885-5585 for more information.

Enrollment forms will be sent home with students on April 23rd, or can be picked up in the school office.


*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).


*RETIREMENT RECEPTION-Please join us on Thursday, May 16th in the CHS Commons from 3:30-5:30 to celebrate the retirement of 6 CSD employees: Rebecca Fetters, John Glenn, Irma Huffman, Susan Hutcherson, Mark Rogers and Sherry Wymore.


*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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Jill Wareham

One of the first faces that will welcome you when you step into our district administrative offices, is Jill Wareham.

Jill has been employed with the CSD for the last 10 years and serves as a Central Office Administrative Assistant and the district Food Service Secretary

Jill is a proud 1992 graduate of Clinton High School. Her and her high school sweetheart, Clint, are both graduates of UCM, and have been married for 22 years. Clint owns and operates Wizard Lawn and K-BLE Rentals. Two daughters complete their family; Sierra Janelle who is a freshman at CHS and Sydney Belle who is a 6th grader at CMS.

Jill and her family love to go camping and boating. They also enjoy going on motorcycle trips or dinner rides with friends. Jill describes herself as a "beach girl" and looks forward every year to seeing her beach family in Destin, Florida.

"I love the Central Office staff I work with. Amanda Cothern and I graduated high school together so it is really fun to be working with her now. I enjoy seeing the kids and all the excitement in the buildings when you enter because they are so happy to be learning."

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