The Patriot Press
Character Trait: Self-Control
The character trait for the month of May is self-control. We asked a few students what self- control means to them and here were their responses:
Thea & Maddie from K4 said that self-control is a part of the fruits of the spirit.
Kyler, a sixth grader, said that self-control is, “Getting mad but not punching anyone.”
Another sixth grader, Jacob, said that self-control is, “Not getting super angry.”
Taylor from 9th said this about self-control, “Self-control is not doing something when you really want to do it.”
Audrey from 10th said that self-control is, “Whenever someone makes you angry, but you control yourself, even though it is sometimes hard to do so.”
On This Day In History: May 20th
1862: President Abraham Lincoln signs into law the original Homestead Act on May 20th, 1862. The Homestead Act gave an applicant freehold title to up to 160 acres (1/4 section, 65 hectares) of undeveloped federal land outside the original 13 colonies.
1927: Charles Lindbergh who many called the "flying fool" has set off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, NY, today flying the "Spirit of St. Louis" on an epic flight from New York to Paris and is a milestone in flying aviation history.
1956: The first hydrogen bomb dropped from an aircraft is exploded by America over Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific.
2009: The American actor who had provided the voice of Mickey Mouse died at the age of sixty-two of complications from diabetes.
2013: A massive tornado ripped through the suburbs of Oklahoma City in the US state of Oklahoma on a second day of severe weather in the region. The tornado killed at least two people and left several more injured and homeless.
Remaining CCA Events
- 3rd-5th grade Music, 6th-11th grade Band Spring Concert @ 6:00 pm, in the CCA gym
- 10AM Talent Show in the CCA gym
- 11:30 Dismissal; Last Day of school, no lunch or after school care provided
- End of Fourth Quarter
- 4-H Meeting from 11:30-12:30 in the CCA Cafeteria
- Volleyball Open Gym for girls entering 5th-12th grade from 11:30-1:30pm
- CCA Garage Sale begins at 8AM in the CCA Gym. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 1PM until Thursday, July 1st. All items left at CCA after 1PM on Thursday, July 1st will be donated.
- CCA Office will be open from 8AM-3PM
- CCA Office will be open from 8AM-3PM
- Memorial Day; CCA Office closed
June 1-August 13th:
- CCA Summer Office hours are Monday-Thursday from 9AM-1PM
Staff Spotlight: Melanie Dehn
The last staff spotlight of the 2020-21 school year is Melanie Dehn. She has been at CCA for 2 years. Her first year was as a ParaProfessional and her second year, this year, as a financial Secretary. She has been married to Jordan Dehn for 16 years, and they have one child, Asher in 2nd grade. Her favorite food is Chinese food and her favorite drink is iced coffee. Her favorite color is blue. Mrs. Dehn says that her favorite thing about being at CCA is, “ It amazes me being surrounded by adults and children who love the Lord. Also, being able to see my son throughout the day.” Her favorite Bible verse is Isaiah 41:10, which says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Clinton Christian Academy (CCA) held their second High School graduation on Saturday, May 8th at 2pm in the CCA gym. CCA had five seniors who completed the requirements for graduation and earned their high school diplomas. Mr. Clark Ballard, who was the CCA administrator when the 9th grade was added in 2017, was a surprise attendee and gave the seniors some words of advice. Mrs. Carla Crump was also in attendance along with many other past and present CCA teachers and staff members. Miss Lydia Lanning, daughter of Ken and Michele Lanning, was Valedictorian. Miss Molly Briggs, daughter of Jason and Andrea Briggs, was Salutatorian. Both ladies delivered a joint address with words of wisdom for the graduating class of 2021. The junior class of 2022 had some fun "roasting" the seniors at the event before the graduates received their scholarships and diplomas. Mr. Don Patterson, current CCA Bible and Social Studies teacher, was the keynote speaker. Congratulations to Lydia Lanning, Molly Briggs, Isaiah Salazar, Joshua Marchbanks, and Eli Sargent on your high school graduation and the beginning of the rest of your lives.
8th Grade Promotion
Chapel on May 14th
CCA’s chapel this morning was brought to us by 4th grade. They did a comedic reiteration of how Jesus came and washed away our sins. The 4th graders also showed how God’s own people turned away from Him for a time. They reenacted how Jesus came to the cross and sacrificed His life for us. Students each took turns singing verses of two songs.
Please pray for the School of Light. Also, thank you CCA parents, teachers and staff for buying and collecting supplies to send back with the Routon's & Benedict family when they return to Haiti.
CCA Juried Art Show
Summer Well Wishes from CCA Teachers
What words of advice would you give your students as they leave CCA for summer break?
“Enjoy the summer while staying connected to friends and CCA.”
“You were created on purpose for a special purpose by our wonderful Father. Always trust him and know that hard times are temporary, great times are blessings, and at all times, you are very loved!”
“If you never review your math skills over the summer, you will never remember enough to excel in math next year.”
“Read, read, read! Then read some more!”
“Exercise your imagination… read.”
“Enjoy your time with friends and family. Read. Have fun!”
“Pray for our country. Our leaders need God and His leadership. Read the Bible daily.”
“Enjoy every minute of your break, carve out time for Jesus and try to review in the areas you are weak.”
“Enjoy every day and use everyday to practice what you have learned in academics, character, and biblically.”
“Continue to practice some of the fun things you learned in 2nd grade! Practice math facts . Borrowing, carrying and leading!”
“Keep growing in God’s word and keep doing a little homework. If you don’t use it, you may lose it.”
“Enjoy your summer break! Get lots of rest and relaxation. Play outside. Go swimming and fishing. Attend church and Sunday school and spend time playing, reading about and worshiping God.”
“Get tan, take lots of vacations, have a safe break, don’t lose sight of Jesus.”
“Stay active spiritually, physically, and mentally.”
“Don’t be on electronics until after lunchtime. Get outside!”
What book would you recommend to read over the summer?
The Endurance by Careline Alexander
Ernest Shackelton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Happy Birthday Mom
The Wonky Donkey
The Gone Series
Anna Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
Where the Red Fern Grows
What summer activities do you recommend doing?
Read anything that interests you and go to open gym
Football and extra math
Home Improvement projects
Enjoy God’s beautiful creation
Reading and napping
Outdoor activities like ultimate frisbee
Biking at the Katy Trail
Any activity with your family
Outdoors and Sunshine
Sunshine, Outdoor activities, read, practice your math facts, participate in VBS or Sports Crusaders
Swim and explore new places with family
VBS, swim, take a trip out of town, use a tackle box more than an xbox, go on a bike ride with family
Swim, fish, run through sprinklers, catch lightening bugs, and ride your bike
Swim, fish, camp, shop
Read, swim and hang out with friends
Draw, paint, make crafts, and go on walks
Do you have a favorite summer recipe to share with CCA?
Texas Caviar- Drain 1 can black eyed peas, 1 can black beans, 1 can of corn, chop ¼ c. diced jalapeno, ½ c. finely chopped red onion, 1 green pepper and one 1 red pepper both finely chopped, ¾ c. distilled vinegar, ½ c. olive oil, 1 T. water. ½ c. sugar, 1 t. Sal, 1 t. pepper. Mix well and let sit 4 hours before serving. Serve with tortilla chips.
Scotts General Store Peach Nehi Floats
Peanut Butter GooGoos
Fruit Juice Popsicles
Ice Cream in a bag. In a small resealable plastic bag combine 1 cup half and half, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla then push out all the air and seal. In one large resealable plastic bag combine 3 cups of ice and one ⅓ cup of kosher salt then add in the smaller bag still sealed. Shake for 7-10 m
Pineapple Lemonade- 1 cup countrytime lemonade mix, 3 cups cold water, 2 cans of sprite, can of chilled pineapple juice. Add all together & enjoy!
Fruit Pizza: 3/4 cup sugar, 1 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup butter softened, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 large egg
Cream Cheese Frosting: 12 ounces cream cheese softened, 1/4 cup butter softened, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
Fruit Toppings: 7–10 strawberries sliced, 5–6 kiwis sliced, 1 mango sliced, 1/2 cup
blueberries, 1 small bunch of grapes halved
Make the Crust: Mix the butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until well combined. (You can use an electric mixer or just mix with a spoon if your butter is melted.) Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix until combined. Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
Bake the Crust: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 14-inch pizza pan or round baking stone, or line with parchment. Roll the chilled dough out onto it, leaving some space around the edge. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow it to cool.
Make the Cream Cheese Frosting: Using an electric mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the cooled cookie crust and chill again to firm up the frosting.
Make It Fancy: Top with fruit!
What is your favorite pool to visit?
Oceans of Fun
My mom's pool
The Benson Center
The strip pits behind our house
I love to visit the lake behind my house
Clinton Country Club pool
Clinton Outdoor pool
Meadow Lake pool
What is your favorite summer vacation spot?
Northern lake in Minnesota or Canada
Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Puerto Vallarta, México
Monarch Pass, Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Lake or Ocean
The Fun Spot in Kissimmee, Florida
Winter park, Colorado
Bennett Springs, Texas
7th & 8th Service Project
3rd Grade Wax Museum
On Friday, May 14th the third grade class held a wax museum in the CCA gym. This was during school hours and all CCA students was able to attend. A wax museum is where the children dress up as their characters then memorize a speech about their character's life. Attendees go up to the character, press a button on their hand and they come to life, as if they were a real wax figure. The 3rd graders also did this for the public at the Henry County Museum on Wednesday May 12th. Some of the characters they chose were Lamar Hunt, Walt Disney, Sacajawea, Omar Bradley,. and Margaret Thatcher. Awesome job 3rd Grade!