The Patriot Press

Volume 3...October 10, 2019

CCA motto: To share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, preparing hearts and minds to impact the world for Him.

CCA Guiding Principles: We teach 1) Christian Principles and Character, through 2) Christ Centered Academic Excellence, while promoting 3) American Patriotism.

Student Created, CCA Approved.

This Bi-Weekly newspaper has been created by students in the Publications/Yearbook class and will be e-mailed out to you every other Friday during the 2019-20 school year. The Digital Publications class consists of 7th to 11th graders who are not participating in band. The students include: Casia Irick, Christopher Schell, Kylie Bateman, Angelina Chavez-Walter, Lydia Lanning, and Molly Briggs. The class advisers are Mr. Patterson and Mrs. Townsend. This is the first year for the publication class, and we produce this newsletter and will complete the yearbook for the 2019-20 school year as well.

Parent Reminders

  • Mission Days are every Friday. CCA supports two missionaries each year with the money raised on Mission Day. This year we are supporting Jared and Michele Houk, missionaries in Nepal and the Show-Me Christian Youth Home in MO. By giving $2 per month to Missions students can wear a CCA t-shirt/sweatshirt and jeans to school every Friday. Please do not wear jean shorts or capris, only jeans with no rips or holes in them. For students who do not have a CCA t-shirt/sweatshirt yet, please wear your uniform shirt and jeans if you would like to participate. Students may also wear regular uniform shorts with a CCA shirt on these days.
  • Last call... CCA is collecting Box Tops and Best Choice labels. If you have some you would like to donate, please do so by Monday, October 14th. The labels will be submitted and redeemed for cash for the school.
  • Friday, October 11th, there will be no school!
  • School pictures will be going home in backpacks today with your youngest child at CCA.

What CCA Students Plan to Do on Their "No School Day."

CCA has no school this Friday! Instead of students going to school this Friday, they get to have a fun day off. Some students however define fun as sleeping in (Brooklyn, 4th grade) while others define fun by going to Legoland (Grant, K4)! With these fun answers, the publications class decided to take it upon themselves to ask some of the CCA students what they were doing with their Friday off. In K4, Dakota says she plans to celebrate her birthday this weekend. Gianna, who is in 1st grade, said she plans to play with her new puppy while Kaylee plans to play outside this weekend. Miyah and Kaylana, from 4th grade, plan to do outdoor activities this Friday. Miyah plans to ride horses while Kaylana plans to go to the lake and collect arrowheads. On the other hand, the entire 5th and 6th grade class plans to go to the Manning’s hayride this weekend. As you can see each student has very different plans from one another!

Volunteer hour Opportunities

Have you ever found yourself at a game hungry, or maybe thirsty? Well, CCA has a concession stand where you can fill that aching void. You can find such things as drinks, pretzels, chips, candy bars, popcorn and, of course, the famous Patriot Pickle. Proceeds from concessions go to supporting sporting events. We need your help. Parent volunteers make our concession stand possible throughout the volleyball and basketball seasons. Time spent working the stand is equally divided. Half the time goes toward fundraiser hours and half goes toward volunteer hours.

If you would like to help, please contact the CCA office @ 660-890-2111 or 660-885-2191

October's Focus Trait

This month’s character trait is joy! Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!- Philippians 4:4. To celebrate October’s trait we asked some students at CCA what brought them joy. Madison Meads, a 1st grader, told us, “When people hug me I get joy.” Trevor Shriner, a 2nd grader said, "People telling him good job brought him joy." And Olson King, from K4, when asked what made him joyful said, “My mom.” We encourage you to find joy in every situation this month and help your child find it too. For this is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it!

School Events for October 11th through October 25th.

Oct. 11th:

  • No school

  • 5th and 6th grade social event at the Manning's house 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

Oct. 14th:

  • 5th and 6th grade field trip to Fantastic Caverns.

Oct. 18th:

  • K4-3rd field trip to Fun Time Farms 9:15 AM to 2:00 PM.

Oct. 19th:

  • 7-12th hay ride at the Manning’s house 5:30 to 9:30 PM.

Oct 24th:

  • School picture retakes.

Oct. 25th:

  • CCA family fun night at Fun Time Farms 5:30 to 10:00.

  • 4th grade to Fort Osage 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

  • Dental Screenings 8:30-10:30 for those who consented.

Calendar Changes

The Christmas concerts for K4-9th grade at First Baptist Church in Clinton have been changed. The concerts will both be on December 16th. K4-2nd will perform from 6-6:30pm and 3rd-9th will perform from 7-7:45pm. This is a change from the calendar that is in the CCA handbook. Please change your calendar to plan on December 16th. Students in K4-2nd are free to leave at 6:30 when their concert is over.

Grandparents Tea

The Tea began in the CCA gym where Administrator, Robin Ritchie, welcomed grandparents and gave them general information about CCA. Afterwards, the grandparents were released to their grandchild's classroom for entertainment and snacks. Later, grandparents along with their grandchildren, visited the book fair. Here are some pictures from the event. You can also visit our CCA Facebook page to find additional pictures from the event.

Pep Rally

CCA hosted their first pep rally for fall sports on September 30th in the gym! Their fall sports consist of Girls Volleyball and CO-ED Soccer. Soccer is coached by Kevin Griffey and Jeff Adams while Girls Volleyball is coached by Livia Dunham, Brandee Gill, Miranda Curnutte, and Emily Howerton. The students who participated in these sports were announced and applauded for, as they stood with their teams.

Soccer game on Friday October 4th

On Friday, October 4th, CCA played against St. Peter. The Patriots played fantastic as a whole! Jared Wisneiski scored three points through several different ball movements and Jake Mendenhall scored one by dribbling the ball past St. Peter's defense. Not only was CCA’s offense great but their defense was as well. The final score of this game was 4 to 0. Overall, this was a great win for the Patriots and on the year CCA went 1-1 with the St. Peter Mustangs.

Sporting Events for October 11th through October 25th

Oct. 12th:

  • JH volleyball tournament at St. Peters (Marshall). First game will be at 11:00 AM.

Oct. 14th:

  • JH Soccer vs Leesville at home. Game will be at 4:30.

  • JH volleyball vs Leesville at home. Game will be at 5:30.

Oct. 15th:

  • Away JV and JH volleyball at Heartland. Bus departs at 3:00 and returns at 7:15. Games will be at 4:00 and 5:00.

Oct. 17th:

  • HS soccer at Show-Me. Bus departs at 3:00 and returns at 7:15.Game will be at 4:30.

  • HS volleyball at Show-Me. Bus departs at 3:00 and returns at 7:15. Game will be at 5:00.

Oct. 22nd:

  • JH soccer at home vs Trinity. Game will be at 4:30.

  • JH and 5/6th volleyball at home vs Trinity. JH will play at 6:00 and 5/6th will play at 7:00.

Oct. 24th:

  • JH volleyball vs Cole Camp at home. Game will be at 4:30.

Volleyball Highlights

Tri-match on Monday, September 30th

The CCA Patriots faced Grandview and The Training Center in a tri-match on Monday, September 30th. This was the first game back for Coach Livia Dunham after knee surgery. Although the Patriots fell to both teams on Tuesday night, this game was amazing for the patriots. They had great saves, passes, and serves. To top it all off, they played better as a team than ever before!

Tournament on Saturday, October 5th.

On Saturday, October 5th the varsity volleyball team participated in their first tournament of the season. The team won the first match, but they fell to another team. The team placed 5th overall and continue to improve with each game.

Match on Monday, October 7th

The CCA patriots played the Eagles from Garden City, on Monday, October 7th.The Eagles won over the junior high team and here of some of the highlights of the game. Olivia had a really good overhand serve. Mia hit the ball, saved it from hitting the ground and CCA was able to score a point. Violet had a good set over the net which gave us a point. CCA continues to make improvement.

CCA Teacher Spotlight

Mr. Patterson has been teaching at CCA for three years as of this year. His favorite thing about teaching is working with his students as they teach him new things all the time. His favorite thing about the students here at CCA is that they are positive and eager to live their lives. His goals for teaching is that he wants his students to know Jesus and to grow in their faith, and gain an understanding of the value of serving God all their lives. Mr Patterson’s advice for his students is “School work seems hard now, but you will find it easy compared to working a full-time job.'' His favorite story in the Bible is the story of the man who asked Jesus to heal his son. He said, “Please heal him if you can.” Jesus told him he must believe. The man answered “I do believe. Help my unbelief.” and Jesus still healed his son. Mr Patterson likes this story because it shows that God will accept us even if we only have a little faith. His favorite Bible verse is Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form.” Mr Patterson grew up in the church, but did not trust Jesus until he was 16. He started going to a different church where they talked about Jesus and being “born again” all the time. After a month, He asked someone what all the barn again talk meant. She explained the gospel to him and he realized it was what he had been looking for. Mr Patterson asked Jesus to forgive his sins and become his savior that moment. His favorite memory is camping at the beach with his family, and his favorite trip was when he and Mrs. Patterson spent a month in Washington D.C. Mr Patterson's life motto is “Do your best and trust God to do the rest”. If Mr. Patterson could tell everyone in the whole world one thing he would, “Your life will not be complete until you believe in Jesus.”

Club Information

Student Council

Student council met on Wednesday, October 2 to discuss upcoming events for the school. Currently, the students are working on putting together a Veteran's Day assembly on November 11th. This may also include an all school competition so be on the lookout for that. STUCO also ran the concession stand at the volleyball tri-match on September, 30th. They sold a variety of sodas as well as Gatorade to help fund raise. Be sure to come to volleyball games to not only support the team but student organizations as well!

Drama Club

A play may be coming to school this year! Mr. Patterson (upper school teacher) and Mrs. Patterson (3rd grade teacher) are working on creating a play for upper school students to perform after basketball season. There is a sign-up sheet in the upper school hallway so the school can get an idea of how many kids want to participate. This could include acting, making sets, or helping out behind the scenes. If you are interested, make sure to sign up!


The high school robotics team, Patriotech, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4:30. Members are Scott, Joshua, Eli, Jon, and Angelina. The team is working on their project to enter their first robotics meet at Kickapoo High School on Saturday, November 23.

The First Lego League is for all kids in 4th-8th grades. The team meets every Friday from 3-4:30 and every Tuesday from 5:30-7 in the modular. Pictured below is the First Lego League who are using notebooks to come up with an idea for an upcoming competition.

4H News

The first 4-H meeting of the 2019-20 school year had a great start. The meeting began with a game of Peeka-Who. ( A game where there are an equal amount of players on each side of a bed sheet. One turns to the other side and they try to identify each other). After the game, we began talking about what is available to do in 4-H. Here are some available projects: Welding (learn parts of a welder and learn a skill you didn’t have), Beef (learn the reproductive system of a cow and learn to care for your cattle), Small Engines ( learn to work on lawn mowers, go karts, and many other small engines used everyday), Horses (learn the thoughts and feelings of a horse and the best part is you don’t even have to own a pony), Cooking (learn new recipes and get to cooking), Sewing (learn to sew and types of materials), and many more skills. Do you wanna join? If so, 4-H allows anyone from ages 5 - 18, and the meetings are on the Fourth Friday of every month in the school cafeteria from 3-4 p.m. Please come join! You'll be glad you came.

Kauffman Center Field Trip

1st-3rd took their annual trip to the Kauffman Center in Kansas City on Tuesday, October 1. The grades saw Jack Hanna Into the Wild Live! The show included the real, live, Jack Hannah and he brought along these animals: a kangaroo, a penguin, a baby snow leopard, a sloth, and sand cats, among several others. Jack Hanna and his team taught the kids about the different types of wildlife and their habitats. Jack and his wife Suzi are part of the Columbus Zoo through an organizational program that supports wildlife conservation, transformative education, and innovative habits.

Fire Prevention

The fire prevention program took place on Wednesday, October 2nd. Clinton firefighters, led by Lieutenant Mendenhall, came to perform the fire prevention program for the K4-8th grade students. The firefighters reminded the kids how to be safe around fire. They taught their audience when to check smoke detectors and mentioned methods to prevent fires from being started in the first place.


The Christian Motorcyclist Association attended CCA chapel on October 4th, 2019. Bob Dennis, who is from Clinton and is the pastor at Good Hope Baptist Church, was the preacher during this day in chapel. Dennis preached about promoting what we believe, and his question was, “Is Jesus your Savior?” The Bible verse he gave us was Matthew 28:12-20, which says “When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day. Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” The Christian Motorcyclist Association was founded to reach out to others with the love of Jesus “One heart at a time”. The association is made up of 180,000 members from all over the world. The CMA has donated a variety of transportation. In total, they have donated the following: 6905 motorcycles, 6992 bicycles, 40 horses, 42 boats, 1 camel, 4 buggies, 2 snowmobiles, and 10 wheelchairs. The CMA is involved in rallies and different events with other motorcycle organizations, and they are focused on what's going on right her in the “good old USA.”