Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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Board of Education Recognizes Students and Staff

At last Monday's Board of Education meeting, several students and staff members were recognized for recent accomplishments.

Pictured here representing the band and their recent performance in the Alamo Bowl are: Pat Miles (band director), Ben Alleger, Shanyn Simmerman, Taylor Storey, Abigail Hicks, Chloe Marler, Savannah Bailey, Misty Kelley and Kendall Keithley.

Representing the Crimson Girls Dance Team and their recent performance in the Alamo Bowl were: Taylor Storey, Veronica White, Hannah Mallory and Rikki Mesh (dance team coach).

Henry Elementary student, Emersyn Mills was recognized for going above and beyond a classroom assignment of writing her numbers to 1,000 and wrote all the way to 10,000+!

Clinton Middle School students, Briley Wishard and Kaitlyn Bartholomew were recognized for winning 1st and 2nd place in a VFW essay contest.

Clinton Middle School counselor, Sara Vaughn was recognized for her outstanding work ethic and going above and beyond to care for the students and staff at CMS.

See more pictures here.

The Art of Research and Debate

6th graders in Ms. Pierce's and Mrs. Loyd's ELA classes have been taking part in Socratic Seminars with their classmates.

During these discussions with their peers, students are learning how to use research and evidence to support and argue a claim. These beneficial debates also allow students the opportunity to practice effective habits of communication and discussion.

During the most recent debate, students discussed product testing on animals.

FCCLA Regional Competition

Congratulations to CHS students Emma Petry and Madie Hager who competed in the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) regional competition and received a silver medal!

For their project, Emma and Madie researched and created environmentally-safe cleaning products for families to test market. Their creations were highly rated....almost 100% on all of their products.

See more pictures here.

100% Pass Rate

The Clinton Technical School Practical Nursing program received some very exciting news recently.

They are proud to report that 100% of their students in the 2018 PN class successfully passed their NCLEX-PN licensure exam!

Congratulations ladies!

Thanks to the amazing PN instructors who provide a wonderful education and our community for the opportunities for students to learn in a real-world setting.

100 Days Smarter

Our Cardinals are 100 days smarter!

The 100th day of school calls for quite the celebration. From homemade shirts, to students dressing like they are 100 years old, to fun hands-on activities, it is a day everyone looks forward to.

See more pictures here.

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*COURT-MAT WARMING 2019-This week, students are encouraged to show their Cardinal Pride by participating in this year's Court-Mat Warming Spirit Week (flyer can be found at the end of this newsletter).

Join us on Friday evening at CHS as the boys basketball teams take on Lincoln College Prep beginning at 5:00 pm. Coronation of Court-Mat royalty will take place between the JV and Varsity games.


*SURVEY-Time is running out to take our quick 5 minute survey. This is a great way to share your views and provide feedback to our district. This survey closes this Wednesday, February 6th. Links are below.

Community members without students in the district can access the survey at this link.

Parents of CSD students, can access the survey at this link.


*MAJOR SAVER CARDS-Do you like to save money? Then you will want to get yourself a Major Saver Card!

From February 1st-February 12th students at Clinton Intermediate School and Henry Elementary will be selling these great little discount cards. You can also go here,, to purchase a card online.

All proceeds from the sales of these cards directly support the Education Foundation for Clinton Students Inc. Last year, over $11,000 was raised through the sale of Major Saver cards.

The Education Foundation for Clinton Students Inc. funds many projects in Clinton School District classrooms that fall slightly beyond funded activities and budget limitations. These cards are a great way to support the school district, while also saving a little cash yourself.

You can see this year's great offers at the end of this newsletter.


*NO SCHOOL-School will not be in session on Friday, February 15th for staff professional development. School will also be closed on Monday, February 18th in honor of President's Day.


*JOB OPENINGS-Can you believe that we are already starting to think about NEXT school year?

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-At the January Board of Education meeting, the 2019-2020 school calendar was approved.

A printable version of the calendar can be found at the bottom of this newsletter and on our district website.


*INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY-If weather forces the district to alter the school day in the form of an early dismissal, late start, or cancellation, the following are the modes of communication the district will use to inform you of this decision.

*The Clinton School District will notify parents via a phone call and text message. To receive these notifications, it is imperative that the district have your current phone numbers . Please make sure that the building level secretaries have your most up-to-date contact information. The second step is to go here to opt-in to our SchoolMessenger texting service.

*All inclement weather announcements will also be posted through the district’s social media outlets which include the district’s Twitter (@ClintonMoCards) and Facebook (Clinton Schools) pages.

*Our local radio station, 95.3 FM KDKD, will also publicize any school delays, early releases, and cancellations.

*Finally, all inclement weather decisions regarding the Clinton School District will be submitted to the following television stations: KSHB 41, KMBC 9, KCTV 5, and Fox 4.

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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!

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be notified of event cancellations.

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Morgan Patrick is in her 2nd year of teaching 3rd grade at Clinton Intermediate School, but brings 15 years of teaching experience to our Cardinals!

Morgan was born and raised in Butler, MO and graduated from the Butler R-V School District in 1999. After high school she attended CMSU and in 2004 earned a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She later continued her education at William Woods University, receiving her Education Specialist Degree in 2013.

Mrs. Patrick and her family moved to the area a year ago and are excited to settle their roots in Henry County. Morgan's husband, Justin, manages a cattle operation north of Clinton. Their daughter, Atley, is a 3rd grader at Shawnee Mound R-3 and enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and softball. Their son, Adler, is a Clinton Cardinal and attends CECC. He enjoys working on the farm with his dad and playing baseball. Both Atley and Adler love swimming. As a family they enjoy showing cattle and spending time at cattle shows. Morgan enjoys reading, crafting, gardening and spending time on the farm with her family.

"I love working for the Clinton School District! We have teachers who LOVE to teach! I love working in a family atmosphere where everyone strives for the success of all our learners! It's a great day to be a Cardinal!"

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