Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

November 4, 2019

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CSD shows great progress on annual performance report (apr)

The Clinton School District’s commitment to educating and empowering students to be successful and engaged adults after high school, has been affirmed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's (DESE) Annual Performance Report (APR). The district earned the highest levels possible (On Track status and On Target status) for all three future-ready standards of the APR; College and Career Readiness, Attendance Rate and Graduation Rate.

The APR represents a report card on the academic health of Missouri school districts, and is one tool for the district’s Board of Education, administrators, and teachers to use to identify strengths and areas of growth in the district. The APR is the accountability system used in Missouri to satisfy federal and state requirements, and is comprised of scores for each of the Missouri School Improvement Program Performance Standards: 1) Academic Achievement, 2) Subgroup Achievement, 3) College and Career Readiness, 4) Attendance Rate, and 5) Graduation Rate.

In addition to earning the highest levels possible on the three future-ready standards of the APR, the Clinton School District also received exciting news regarding students’ academic progress. Out of 553 districts in the state of Missouri, the CSD was one of only 58 to receive the designation of “Exceeding” in the Progress category. This designation was received for Achievement Standards 1 and 2, including both Language Arts and Mathematics.

The district takes great pride in the 2019 APR results, the efforts made by staff and students, and the great progress that is taking place. Although these results are important, the district realizes student achievement should not be measured solely on test scores, and will continue preparing students with the skills they need to be engaged and successful adults after high school.

“Our focus since the beginning of last school year has been on progress and improvement. The results from our Annual Performance Report show that our teachers and administrators are working hard and are making a difference,” said Destry Brown, Superintendent.


The Missouri River Valley Conference voted on Friday to accept the Clinton School District beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.

The Clinton School District will be joining MRVC West which includes; Harrisonville, Excelsior Springs, Oak Grove, Odessa, Pleasant Hill, Warrensburg and Center.

“We are excited for the opportunity to compete and collaborate with like-schools in our area. Our students deserve the chance to compete in a conference and earn postseason recognition, and beginning next year, they will have this opportunity”, says Jason Abner, Clinton School District Activities Director.

brain dissection at CMS

Clinton Middle School students are playing the part of medical detectives in their STEM class.

Students are learning about the nervous system, including the different parts of the brain and the purpose they serve. In order to learn where to find these parts of the brain, students performed brain dissections on sheep brains.

This PLTW (Project Lead the Way) class is taught by Molly Glover.

High Five Friday

What makes Friday even better? When the Big Cardinals come to greet you!

Henry Elementary School students enjoy Clinton High School SALT (Student Activities Leadership Team) students visiting their school once a month for "High Five Friday".

Students enjoy starting their day with high fives, hugs and words of encouragement.

This new Bright Futures Clinton program is another way that the district is connecting students with positive role models.

New program provides exciting opportunities for CHS students

Clinton High School juniors and seniors recently had the opportunity to visit the University of Missouri.

This college visit was the first of several visits that will take place throughout the year thanks to the district's partnership with rootEd Alliance. Accompanying the students on their visit were the school's new Access Counselor, Lindy Johnson, and Guidance Counselors, Jamie McCoy and Stacy Pitts.

Students also were pleasantly surprised to see three CHS alumni during their visit.....Andy Pogue, Alaina Pogue and MacKenzie Hard.

rootEd Alliance is a collaborative philanthropic effort committed to clearing a path to a stronger future for students after high school. rootEd Alliance, in partnership with the Ayers Foundation and BDT & Company, provides an innovative new approach to creating more opportunities for our students. Clinton High School alum, David Steward played a pivotal role in bringing rootEd Alliance to the district. The Clinton School District is one of only a few districts in the nation to be a part of rootEd Alliance.

cis students explore and research pumpkins

Third graders in Mrs. Patrick’s class dissected pumpkins last week.

Each group weighed their pumpkins, found the circumference, and took notes using adjectives to describe their pumpkin. Students estimated the amount of seeds they would find in their pumpkin, then enjoyed baking their seeds with a variety of seasonings.

Students will create Google Slide presentations explaining their observations and research to their classmates.

future professionals learn great skills at Cts

We just can't get enough of the great learning happening through our Clinton Technical School programs!

Students in Mr. Stone's Automotive Technology class are mastering brake system repairs. They are also learning great customer service skills as they schedule appointments and follow-up with customers concerning their vehicle.

Health Occupations students in Mrs. Houk's and Mrs. Foster's classes are receiving amazing opportunities through clinicals at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare.

Look for these future automotive technicians and health care professionals in a community near you soon!

See more pictures here.

Pumpkins and Geometry at CECC

Our littlest Cardinals turned pumpkins into geoboards!

CECC students in Ms. Julia's class created faces, shapes, and discussed different positional words during this fun learning activity.

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a cardinal thanksgiving

School buildings across the district will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal on the dates/times listed at the bottom of the newsletter, and we would like to invite you to join your child(ren) for lunch

The district must receive your RSVP by Tuesday, November 19th (more information on this process is below as well).

Please be aware that to ensure the safety of our students and staff, all guests are asked to bring a photo ID to present when signing-in at the school.

We are very excited to welcome you into our school for a special meal with your child. If you have additional questions, please call your child’s school.

winter sports schedules

Our winter athletes are gearing up for their sports seasons, and would love to see you at their events in the coming weeks.

You can find printable winter sports schedules at this link. Please be aware that the schedules are subject to change.

yummy fundraiser

Check out this delicious SkillsUSA fundraiser that ends today.

You can order gourmet popcorn at this link, pay online and have it delivered to your house! 50% of the profit goes back to SkillsUSA!

If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Foster,

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Come relive a part of your childhood at CHS Theatre Department's production of "Schoolhouse Rock Live"!

Students and staff have been working hard and would love to see you at one of their four performances this month.

11/14, 11/15, 11/16 @ 7:00

11/16 @ 3:00

See flyer at the end of the newsletter for more info.

cardinal holiday mart

The 3rd annual CIS Cardinal Holiday Mart will be bigger than ever.

With over 50 vendors, a book fair, and lunch (Perrymann's Kickin' Chicken), you won't want to miss out. Cookbooks, featuring CIS staff's favorite recipes, will also be available for $15 (you can also purchase a cookbook anytime in the CIS' office).

Stop by Clinton Intermediate School between the hours of 9:00-2:00 on Saturday, November 16th.

Questions-Please email Pam Mifflin

inclement weather procedures

Last week's early taste of winter had us you know how the CSD communicates school closures due to inclement weather?

*DOWNLOAD OUR APP (Search for "Clinton School District" on Google Play or the Apple App Store. When school must close due to inclement weather, you will receive push notifications directly to your phone!)

*PHONE CALL/TEXT MESSAGE/EMAIL (You will only receive phone calls and text messages if we have your current contact information on file. Please provide your current phone numbers and emails to the office. Also, you must opt-in to receive text messages. Text "Y" to 67587.)

*FACEBOOK/TWITTER (Follow us on both platforms to stay informed. Facebook-"Clinton Schools" Twitter-@ClintonMoCards)

*NEWS MEDIA (School closing information will also be provided to KDKD and Kansas City news stations)

basketball fundraiser

Need some new Cardinal gear?

The CHS Boys Basketball Team can help you out! Use this link to check out some new spirit wear.

veteran's day ceremonies

The Clinton School District will host their annual Veterans Day Program on Monday, November 11th at 10:00 am at Clinton High School. Seating will begin at 9:45 am in the CHS gymnasium. There will also be an afternoon ceremony in the Clinton Middle School gym beginning at 2:00 pm.

Each program will last approximately one hour. The district welcomes all veterans, family members of veterans, and all patriotic citizens. The program will feature honors to soldiers throughout history and across all services. Music will be provided by the various school choirs and the CHS band.


The Head Start preschool program (now located at the Clinton Early Childhood Center) is seeking students to attend their program.

To be eligible for Head Start, a child must be between the ages of 3-5, reside in Henry County and meet income guidelines.

If interested, please contact Jill Ragan at


The district currently has the following job openings:

*Part-time Crossing Guard (inquire at Central Office)

*Piano Accompanist (for CMS/CHS Vocal Music program)

*Head Start Preschool Teacher

*Head Start Family Advocate

*Archery Sponsor

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

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


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. Also important to note, the district reimburses the fingerprinting fee after you substitute teach one time.

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.

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GET TO KNOW....sandy halbrook

Meet, Sandy Halbrook, a special education teacher at Clinton Middle School. Sandy once walked the halls of CMS as a student, back when it was Clinton High School. Sandy graduated from CHS in 1980. After living in Kansas from 1984-2011, Sandy returned to Clinton to help care for her parents.

This is Sandy's 3rd year as a special education teacher at CMS, where she currently provides the Special Education Resource Room for the school.

Sandy is the proud mom to two adult children. Her daughter, Elizabeth, lives and works in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She enjoys CrossFit, weight-lifting, running, surfing, SCUBA, and warm, sunny Puerto Vallarta is just the place for her! Sandy's son, Glenn, and his family live in Hillsboro, Indiana. Glenn and his wife, Katie, have four sons, ages 9, 5, 3, and 6 months. The boys call Sandy "The Big Nannie!"

When Sandy isn't at work she enjoys biking and SCUBA diving. She is already making plans to visit Costa Rica this summer where she will SCUBA dive and volunteer at the sea turtle conservatory.

"I love working for the Clinton School District because it is a fabulous school district, and we really care about our students! I am very thankful to be provided the opportunity to teach in my hometown!"

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