Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

September 23, 2019

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It was a beautiful night at Cardinal Stadium to honor our servicemen and women during Military Appreciation Night on Friday evening.

The night began with a CHS and Warrensburg joint Color Guard.

During halftime the district also recognized two veterans for their service to our country and our community. Being recognized were Gene Henry and Archie Goucher.


Nothing beats real world experiences and application of classroom learning!

Clinton Technical School Health Occupations students used some of their newly acquired skills at the Henry Elementary and Clinton Intermediate School Health Fairs last week.

Students in the Building Trades class were caught working hard on the home they are constructing (click link below to see pictures). Upon completion, this home will be available for sale.

See more pictures here.


Students in Ms. Jill's CECC class are learning all about dinosaurs.

As students learned about dinosaur bones, they used play-doh and pasta to create fossils.

Students also played the part of a paleontologist as they "excavated" chocolate chips from cookies.

See more pictures here.


Did you know that Tuesday, September 17th was Constitution Day?

To celebrate, Clinton Intermediate School principal, Mr. Boyles read a Constitution Proclamation during morning announcements, and classrooms participated in a variety of activities.

Students in Ms. Voelmeck’s class enjoyed taking part in a Scholastic Classroom Constitution Contest.


In Clinton Middle School's STEM/PLTW (Project Lead the Way) class, students are playing the part of medical detectives.

Students have been learning about viruses and bacteria and ways that doctors diagnose and treat each one. During their end of unit project, students were given a blank medical file with only vital signs and physical exam notes. Students had to work in partners to come up with the right questions to ask the patients in order to lead them to a diagnosis. After asking questions, students used their disease dictionary to make a diagnosis, and then they ordered a test. Students were given results to confirm their diagnosis. To finish the project, students then reported back to the patient to provide them the diagnosis and treatment plan.

Thank you to Superintendent, Mr. Brown, CMS principals Ms. Paschall and Dr. Anthony and CMS teacher Ms. Halbrook for generously volunteering their time to play the part of the patients.

The best news.... all students made the correct diagnosis!


Kindergarten students at Henry Elementary participated in a week long study of apples and the letter "a". Teachers provided a variety of ways that students were able to incorporate apples into their learning last week!

Students enjoyed making and eating applesauce, apple pies, and apples wth caramel and peanut butter.

Students learned that labels provide information and used labels to identify the parts of an apple. Students also practiced counting and graphing as they graphed their classmates' favorite kind of apple.

Students worked on their letter formation by making the letter "a" in applesauce!

Students used real apples to paint an apple tree and worked on their fine motor skills as they tore paper to make paper apples.

Engineering was also part of the fun, as students were challenged to stack apples without them falling down. They used items in the Makerspace classroom to help with this task along with teamwork, problem solving, and some creativity!


The district's school social workers were happy to accept a generous donation from the Clinton Masonic Lodge and Masonic Home to help fund items for the district care closets.

The funds will be used to purchase items to restock the care closets, which are accessed by school social workers when students are in need of clothing, coats, shoes, hygiene products, school supplies, etc.

The Clinton Masonic Lodge has chosen the district care closets as one of their major service projects for this year.

Their generosity is greatly appreciated!

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Looking for a part-time position with competitive pay, the ability to choose your building assignments and have your nights, weekends, holidays and summers off?

The Clinton School District is seeking Substitute Teachers for the 2019-2020 school year.

Candidates should possess 60 hours of college credit, currently have a substitute teaching certificate or be able to obtain one, as well as pass a background check. This position is on an as-needed basis, and the pay is $90 per day.

Substitute teaching application packets are available at the Administration Office located at 701 S. 8th Street, or on the district website at this link.

For more information, please call 885-2237.


The district currently has the following job openings:

*Latchkey Program Assistants (after school positions)

*Clinton Middle School Paraprofessional

*Archery Sponsor

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

*Parents as Teachers Educator

Interested in working with us? You can apply online at this link.


The Clinton School District will celebrate Homecoming on Friday, October 4th.

All buildings are invited and encouraged to take part in the spirit week (Sept 30-Oct 4) that has been planned by CHS Student Council. Please see the flyer at the end of the newsletter for more information.

The annual parade will be held on Friday, October 4th @ 1:30. The parade route will start at the corner of Bodine and 8th Street and head south to Clinton Street. The route will then take Clinton Street to 3rd to Franklin toward the Clinton Square. The parade will wind around the Square and conclude in front of the Chamber of Commerce.

Coronation of Homecoming royalty will take place during halftime of the Varsity football game on Friday evening.


This year, we are beginning a weekly social media feature called #WednesdayWhy.

Every Wednesday we will be featuring staff members, students and parents and their "Why" for choosing the Clinton School District.

If you are interested in being featured, please use this form to tell us your "why"!


The CHS Girls Basketball Team is selling tickets for a chance to win 1/2 a hog.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased until September 25th from any girl basketball player. The winner will be announced on October 14th and will receive a $200 value of bacon, sausage, ham, pork chops and pork roast.

Questions-contact David Rogers (


Mark your calendars for October 2nd!

Henry Elementary and Clinton Intermediate School physical education teacher, Gina Johannsen is excited to announce that students will have the opportunity to participate in National Walk to School Day once again this year.

If your Henry Elementary or Clinton Intermediate School child is interested in participating, you can drop them off between 7:15-7:45 on October 2nd at Equity Bank (7th and Ohio). Staff and volunteers will walk with small groups of students, so that they can learn how to use crosswalks and crossing guards on their way to school.


The Clinton Education Foundation is holding their 4th annual 5K/Fun Run THIS Saturday, September 28th at 8:00 am.

You can register for the event, and find more info at The Education Foundation is offering a discounted rate of $15 for students with the code CSDSTUDENT.

Proceeds from the race will go to fund Classroom Impact Grants, as well as student scholarships.


Clinton Schools will not be in session on October 10th and 11th.

Stay tuned for additional information regarding Parent Teacher Conferences that will be held during the week of October 7th.


The Clinton School District mobile app is designed to offer one place where you can access the most needed information in a mobile, on-the-go format.

The new mobile app also allows for push notifications to be sent directly to your phone. You can download the district app through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for "Clinton School District". More helpful information can be found here.


Here's a helpful tip about the calendars found on the website!

If you see "more events" listed on a specific date on a website calendar, please click "more events" to see all events taking place on that day.


The district will utilize text messages throughout the year to inform parents of events, school closings, emergencies, etc. To receive text messages from the district we must have your current cell phone on file, and you must follow the instructions found here. If your cell number has changed since last school year, please provide it to your child's school and then follow the instructions above. Please remember, if you follow the instructions above and we do not have your number on file, you will not receive text messages.
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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!
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Since the 1940's, there has been a member of this teacher's family either attending or teaching in the Clinton School District!

Katelyn Panek is in her 4th year of teaching Kindergarten at Henry Elementary, and is also the CHS cheerleading coach. Katelyn grew up in Warrensburg, MO, but now calls Clinton her home.

Katelyn's parents live in Springfield, MO. Her older brother and his family live in Peoria, Illinois, and she is the proud aunt to a niece and a nephew, Grayson (2nd grade) and Charley (preschool).

Ms. Panek's mom and sisters were born and raised in Clinton, so she spent a lot of her younger years here, which is one of the reasons she chose to teach in the CSD. Her cousin Michele Bramell teaches 2nd grade, and has always been one of Katelyn's role models. Before becoming a teacher herself, Katelyn always enjoyed visiting Michele in her classroom.

In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys coaching cheer to some amazing CHS students, playing intramural softball, enjoying the lake, relaxing with friends, and spending as much time with her family as she can!

"I love working for the Clinton School District because I get to work with an amazing kindergarten team that has become more like family. They are encouraging, supportive, and fun."