Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

October 21, 2019

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College and Career Fair

Empowering and preparing students for life after high school is important, and this happened at last week's College and Career Fair.

All of the district's juniors and seniors, as well as 200 students from six nearby districts, had the opportunity to talk to approximately 70 colleges, businesses, union representatives, technical schools, and military representatives during this annual event.

Thanks to Leslie Largent, Career Services Coordinator at Clinton Technical School, for her work in arranging such a successful event.

First Graders Learn About Communities

First grade students in Mrs. Powell and Ms. Raymond's classes have been exploring community helpers and the importance of communities.

Students were able to explore different community roles and occupations and share what types of jobs they would like to have one day. Students also studied and learned about urban, suburban and rural communities and compared and contrasted each type.

After learning about communities, students visited the school's Makerspace classroom to create and build their own 3-D communities.

Food For America

On Friday, October 18th, Clinton High School FFA students provided a great opportunity for area 3rd graders.

In their "Food for America" program, FFA students taught elementary students that their food doesn't just come from the grocery store shelf. Third graders learned about the importance of the agriculture industry and how all of us depend on farmers.

There were many hands-on activities led by FFA students and many students even brought their own livestock to share with the 3rd graders.

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No School

Clinton Schools will not be in session on Friday, November 1st for staff professional development.

Monster Bowl Trivia Night

Who is up for some friendly competition to benefit a great program?

The annual Monster Bowl Trivia Night will be held this Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 at Clinton Middle School. This event supports the SkillsUSA program at Clinton Technical School. If you have additional questions, please contact Barb Houk at

A flyer can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

Cardinal Gear

The CHS Wrestling program is holding a fundraiser through Fan Cloth.

You can check out the available Cardinal gear at this link.

Orders can be placed online through November 5th.

If you have any questions, please email Ethan Olson at

Youth Wrestling Camp

A youth wrestling camp will be held November 12-14. A flyer with more information can be found at the end of the newsletter.

For more information, please contact Ethan Olson at


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 Roxine Mallory at 885-5845 or by email at


The district currently has the following job openings:

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

*Head Start Preschool Teacher


*CMS and CECC Paraprofessionals

*Archery Sponsor

*Bass Fishing Sponsor

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

Need fall family photos?

Looking to get some fall family photos taken?

The CHS Media Productions class will be using some of their new skills to offer 30-minute fall-themed photo sessions. Sessions are $30 and will take place October-November. All money raised will go towards the purchase of new camera equipment.

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

If you are interested in scheduling a session, please contact Bethany Pierce,


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.


The Clinton School District mobile app is designed to offer one place where you can access the most needed information in a mobile, on-the-go format.

The new mobile app also allows for push notifications to be sent directly to your phone. You can download the district app through the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Search for "Clinton School District". More helpful information can be found here.

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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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Rikki Mesh, special education teacher at CIS, is a "hometown girl". Rikki grew up in Clinton and graduated from CHS in 2008.

This is Rikki's 5th year of teaching in the district, where she is also the CHS Crimson Girls Dance Team coach. Prior to "coming home" to teach, Rikki taught in the Centralia and Warsaw School Districts.

Rikki met her husband, Frank (who teaches Computer Information Systems at Clinton Technical School), when they both attended CHS, but they didn't reconnect until Rikki joined the district in 2015. Rikki and Frank were married in 2017, and on August 28, 2019 they welcomed their little boy Luca to their family. Rikki and Frank also have two cats, Louie and Penelope, that help complete their family. Rikki also has a twin brother, but they look nothing alike.....Rikki is 5' 1" and he's 6' 3"!

In her spare time, Rikki enjoys coaching dance, reading, dancing and traveling. Rikki and Frank plan to visit every state. So far they have both traveled to three different states, and their favorite place has been Jekyll Island, GA.

"I love working for the CSD because I am back in my hometown, and I love the building I work in. My co-workers are amazing, and more like a family. I also feel like I get to make a positive difference, and give back to the wonderful community I grew up in."

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