Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

January 6, 2020

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CIS "Mathletes" Compete

Thirty-two Clinton Intermediate School students recently participated in their school's first-ever "Math Challenge Tournament".

Students volunteered to participate in this hour-long competition, as they competed against students from across the nation. Students participated in both mental math problems without scratch paper, and problem solving questions in which they were allowed to use paper to compute their answers. Prior to the competition, students were given practice tests to work on at home with their families.

All answer sheets have been sent for scoring. The top 10% in each grade level will be announced at the end of January. If a student is in the top 10% they will be invited to the Masters Round this spring.

**CIS Families**
To help your child with their math skills, CIS has a "Math Challenge" bulletin board that contains two weekly challenges. You can find CIS' weekly challenges (and answers to the previous challenges) at the following link:

Successful CTS Post-Secondary Program Graduates Sixteen Students

For a decade, the Practical Nursing Program at Clinton Technical School has proven to be a successful post-secondary program for our community.

On December 7th, the district graduated another 16 students from this program. First introduced in 2010, the Practical Nursing program has graduated over 200 students. This eleven-month program hosts students from Clinton and our surrounding communities.

Congratulations to all students, as well as their instructors, Marla Gaston (PN Program Director and Instructor), Tanya Snethen (PN Instructor) and Melissa Bedwell (PN Instructor).

See more pictures here.

Recognizing Academic Achievement at CHS

Another plaque has been added to Clinton High School's Academic Wall of Fame.

This new plaque recognizes all students who have scored a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Advanced Placement classes were added two years ago, and help students prepare for post-secondary level coursework with the opportunity to also receive college credit.

CHS currently offers five AP classes, with plans to to add more in the coming years.

A Sweet Success

90 dozen donuts, 350 "dudes", 500 students and some amazing volunteers....Henry Elementary and CECC's Donuts with Dudes events were a ton of fun!

Thank you to Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare who donated all of the sugary goodness to help make this event another SWEET success!

See pictures from these events at the links below.

Henry Elementary


CMS Students Participate in Bright Futures Sponsored Event

In December, students at Clinton Middle School enjoyed staying after school to participate in their school's Bright Futures "Wintergizer".

Students worked with their peers and school staff to decorate gingerbread houses.

Thank you to the CMS Bright Futures Site Council for making this fun activity possible.

See more pictures here.

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Clinton Schools will not be in session on Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Notice of School Board Candidate Filing

The Board Secretary of the Clinton School District #124 will accept declarations of candidacy from any person interested in running for a position on the Clinton Board of Education to be elected at the annual election on April 7, 2020.

Persons interested may file at the Administration Building, 701 S. Eighth Street, Clinton, MO 64735 starting at 8:00 a.m. on December 17, 2019, and will continue during regular business hours, which are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Filing will not occur on days that the Administration Building is closed due to inclement weather. Filing will also not occur on the following days during the holiday season: December 24, 2019 through December 26, 2019 and January 1, 2020. Filing will end on January 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Names will appear on the April ballot in order of filing.

There are three positions available, all of which are three year terms. Candidates must be citizens of the United States and resident tax payers of the district, who have resided in Missouri for one year preceding their election or appointment. Candidates must also be at least 24 years of age; be current on state and local taxes; have not been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony under Missouri or federal law; are not registered or required to register as a sex offender; and have filed required campaign documents for all previous campaigns, if any.

All board members initially elected or appointed in this succeeding election shall successfully complete 18.5 hours of orientation and training within their first 12 months of service as required in Section 162.203 RSMo.

Amanda Cothern


Clinton School District Board of Education

Inclement Weather Procedures

Do 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)

Job Openings

The district currently has the following job openings:

*Agriculture Science Teacher (20-21 School Year)

*Head Football Coach (20-21 School Year)

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

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

Substitute Teachers Wanted

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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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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Get to Know....Kathy Loyd

This CMS teacher has been teaching for almost three decades....all as a Clinton Cardinal.

Kathy Loyd was born in Clinton and lived in Pleasant Hill until she was hired as a 6th grade ELA teacher at CMS in 1992. Kathy has taught Language Arts, Math, and her favorite class, Discovery (the reason she has such a huge collection of pigs in her classroom). Discovery was a project-driven class, students built bridges, windmills, sarcophagus, clay animals, wrote autobiographies, and more. A fellow teacher once told Kathy that her classroom always looked like a pig-pen, thus the reason for her large collection of pigs!

Kathy has been married to her husband, Tim, for 24 years. Together they have three sons; Jacob, Phillip and Isaac. Jacob is happy to change your tire or give you an oil change at Loyd's Tire. Phillip is willing to sell you any outdoor gear at Everharts. Their youngest, Isaac, is a junior at CHS and works at Legacy Memorials installing and repairing headstones. Together, they enjoy outdoor family time; camping, hunting, and fishing. If there's any downtime, Kathy can be found reading.

"I enjoy working in the CSD. I have a lot in common with my students. Some of my colleagues have become my best friends in and out of school. The CSD has put out some incredibly intelligent, hard-working and talented men and women throughout my time here. It's an honor to be part of their educational career."