Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

November 17, 2020

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National Honor Society students at Clinton High School have been busy giving back and making a difference in our community!

Ella and Ashley were two youth election volunteers who helped work the polls at the Benson Center on November 3rd. This opportunity allowed both students to learn how election polls are run, the strict monitoring guidelines that must be adhered to and helped them give back to the Clinton community. Ella's advice to all eligible voters, "The lines can be long at times but the wait is worth your time."

The Adopt-A-Highway Program relies on volunteer groups to clear litter and debris from state highways. These volunteers are vital to the program and help to minimize roadway maintenance costs and save taxpayer dollars. Fifteen Clinton High School National Honor Society members recently took to the road to do their part in keeping 7-Highway south of Clinton free of debris. In fact, a total of 10 large trash bags were collected from Englewood Cemetery to the first bridge going out of town.

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Clinton FFA competes and excels in area contest

The Clinton FFA organization was extremely well represented at the Area XII Fall Speaking Contest.

Seven students competed and five will be advancing to districts. Four students took first in their respective category. Clinton FFA is sending more speakers to districts than any other area school and won more categories as well.

Results are as follows:
Alana Alexander- 1st MO Pet Breeders
Alyssa Robertson- 1st Young Farmers
Lauren Bailey- 1st MO Farm Bureau
Olivia Kiely- 1st MO Sheep Producers
Gretchen Harrelson- 2nd MO Cooperatives
Camryn Kemper- 3rd Teach Ag
Hope Greufe- 3rd Soil and Water

Congratulations to all students, and their advisor, Tanner Robertson

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Coming to a school near you....UKULELES!

Thank you the Truman Lake Community Foundation for their generous donation of $600.00 to start a ukulele program at Clinton Intermediate School and Henry Elementary.

Pictured here is Henry Elementary and CIS Music Teacher, Vicky Turner and Meredith Cooper with the Truman Lake Community Foundation.

going above and beyond

In honor of American Education Week, we wanted to give you a "behind the scenes" look at the amazing ways we see our staff going above and beyond everyday. Throughout this week, we will be sharing on Facebook some of the ways that our staff are adjusting to this challenging school year and meeting the needs of our students.

To the left in this picture is Clinton Technical School Computer Networking and Repair teacher, Johnathon Lersch. Everyday (weather permitting) Mr. Lersch can be found outside tossing the football around with his students during a mask break.

Like Mr. Lersch, staff throughout the district realize that this year is tough for students. We appreciate our staff still finding ways to connect with students and building relationships with them during this challenging time.

American Education Week, November 16-20, celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every student receives a quality education.

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Thanksgiving Break extended

Our staff and students have been working very hard during a very challenging and demanding school year.

In order to offer some respite to them, the Clinton School District Board of Education has decided to close all school buildings on Monday, 11/23 and Tuesday, 11/24 of Thanksgiving Week (the district is already scheduled to be closed Wednesday through Friday of that week).

Every building across the district will be closed for the entire week of November 23rd, so that all staff members and students have a chance to rest and refuel.

Video Updates

Below are the two most recent video updates from Superintendent, Destry Brown. All video updates can also be found on the district website at this link.
Cardinal Update November 10th
Parent Information about Governor's Announcement

Substitute Teacher Incentives

At last week's regularly scheduled school board meeting, the board approved raising the substitute teacher pay rate by $25 per day. Substitute teachers will now be paid $115 per day for the remainder of this school year.

Also, Bright Futures Clinton understands the crucial need for positive adult role models in children's lives, and the critical need for substitute teachers to provide continuity of instruction during this global pandemic.

In an effort to reduce the substitute teacher shortage, Bright Futures Clinton is partnering with the Clinton School District to offer a reimbursement of substitute teaching certificate fees to qualifying substitute teacher applicants.

To be considered for reimbursement of fees associated with receiving a substitute teaching certificate, a substitute teacher would need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Individuals with 60+ college hours are able to apply for a substitute teaching certificate. The $50 fee associated with this certificate would be reimbursed to the applicant after three (3) full days of substitute teaching in the Clinton School District.
  • Individuals with a high school diploma or GED, are able to apply for a substitute teaching certificate by completing 20 hours of online training. The $225 fee associated with this certificate would be reimbursed to the applicant after seven (7) full days of substitute teaching.
  • Individuals who apply for their substitute teaching certificate after November 4th, are eligible to be considered for reimbursement of fees.

VISIT THE LINK BELOW OR CALL 660-885-2237 TO LEARN MORE!…/substitute_teachers_nurses

helpful tips

The Clinton School District has received notification from parents regarding some of our recorded phone call notifications being "glitchy" and hard to understand.

In an effort to provide communication that is reliable and consistent, we wanted to follow-up with you on this concern and provide some helpful tips and info.

  • The system that provides our calls is a "voice response system", so background noise on the recipient's end could cause the call to stop and start over, or could affect the quality. We have added a feature to our messages that asks recipients of the call to "press 1" before the message begins. This will eliminate the problem of background noise interfering with the call.
  • We have also enabled the system to send an audio recording file (MP3) of the message to the email(s) we have in our system. This will hopefully provide another avenue of listening to the message if it doesn't come through clear enough on your phone.
  • If you need to update any of your phone numbers or email addresses with the school, we encourage you to reach out to your child's school office to update this information.
  • Also, don't forget that to receive text messages from the school, we must have your cell phone number on file, and you must text "Y" to 67587 to begin receiving text messages.

As always, if you have any questions please let us know.

lpn program discount

If you are interested in the district's Practical Nursing Program, here is some exciting news!

The district currently has several spots available for the 2021 Practical Nursing class (set to begin in January). Those who complete the application process and qualify for financial assistance, can receive a $2,000 discount on their tuition.

The one-year LPN program allows students to gain quick entry into the nursing field from an accredited practical nursing program through hands-on experiences and excellent instruction and guidance from a professional and caring staff. Over 200 students have graduated from the program and become nurses in a variety of healthcare fields.

The application process needs to be completed quickly, so call 660-885-6101 today!