Reindeer Report

August 2020

Greetings from the Superintendent's Office

It is my honor to welcome you to a new school year at the Clarkton C-4 School District. I hope that everyone is as excited as I am to begin this new year. I know that this year might look a bit different than past years. Please know that the staff, teachers, and administration are here and working hard to ensure that everyone has a safe and successful school year. Parents, guardians, and other family members are vital to fulfilling our mission-- "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." I look forward to working with you all this year to make the 2020-2021 school year one of great success!


Melanie Tipton, Ed.S.

Clarkton C-4 Superintendent

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Meet the Principals

Dr. Becca Cook

Hello, my name is Becca Cook, and I am excited to become a Clarkton Reindeer as your Jr./Sr. High Principal for this upcoming school year. I have been blessed to be in education for 22 years; I spent the majority of my time teaching math and keyboarding at Senath-Hornersville Middle School. I live in my hometown of Hornersville, MO where I have been married to my husband, Stoney, for 23 years and where I am raising my 20 year old son, John Kyle, and 17 year old daughter, Kylie. He is a Junior at the University of Missouri majoring in Biochemistry while she is a Senior at Senath-Hornersville High School. I obtained my Master’s in Educational Administration degree in 2007, my Specialist’s in Educational Administration degree in 2010, and my Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2015 through William Woods University. I am excited to enter into this next phase of my career as your principal here at Clarkton. I look forward to meeting and working with each of you as we look to cultivate a culture of “Being One” with each other and our students.

Go Reindeer!

Mrs. Rhonda Nichols

I am originally from a small town in southeast Iowa called Sigourney. I went to the University of Northern Iowa for my undergrad. I have a double major with Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education, with a minor in coaching. I was running track on a full ride scholarship and met my husband, Scott. He was the athletic trainer for the track team at UNI. We married in 1997 and moved to Southeast Missouri. I worked at Scott County Central teaching 2nd Grade for three years. I decided I wanted to raise my own children, I have 4, so I opened a daycare in my home. I then wrote a grant for the Missouri Preschool Project and opened a preschool/daycare in Bell City. We became NAEYC Accredited. I was the Center Director for 8 years. When my children were all school aged, I took a 2nd grade teaching job at Bell City and started working on my Masters in Administration. I have been teaching at Bell City now for 11 years. I have been dreaming of becoming a principal for 11 years. I am excited to be able to fulfill my dream at Clarkton.

New Staff

Brooke Adams

My name is Brooke Adams. I graduated from Risco and I now live in Gideon. I am 24 years old, married, and I have a sweet baby girl. This is my first year teaching. I am excited and ready to get the year started. I am ready for this new journey in my life and to get some hands on experience and learn from some wonderful staff members.

Kayla Carter

Hello! I’m so excited to be a part of Clarkton Elementary! This is my first year teaching, as I just graduated in May from Arkansas State University with my BSE in Elementary Education. I currently live in Dexter, MO with my husband and our two cats, Olive and Willa. Some of my favorite things to do in my spare time are anything involving the outdoors, reading, and just spending time with friends and family. You may also find me in my spare time watching The Office or Friends for the 50th time. I’m so excited to start my first year teaching as well as share my love for education with my students!

Paige Medlin

Hello! My name is Paige Medlin and I'm the new K-12 school counselor for Clarkton this year! This is my first year as a counselor but I worked in special education the last two years in the Cape school district. I am also working on my masters and psych examiners license currently. I live in Malden now, but have lived a little bit of everywhere in Missouri and Tennessee. I have one pet fish, named Lieutenant Conrad. When I'm not at work or school I love listening to podcasts, eating Mexican food, and talking to my grandma on the phone. I am so excited to join the Clarkton district and can't wait for the school year to start!

Bethany Slavings

My name is Bethany Slavings. My husband Robert and I have five grown sons and eight grandchildren. We have lived in Bernie for over twenty years. I began my teaching career as a paraprofessional for the Bernie School District. Upon completion of my teacher certification, I accepted an elementary special service classroom teacher position at Bernie Elementary. After tens years, I became the district Process Coordinator. Five years later I decided I would like to return to the classroom. Last year, I was employed with Dexter Central Elementary as the 3-5 ELA Special Service Teacher. While I enjoyed being back in the classroom, I missed the small school setting. Fortunately, I was blessed with the high school special service opening here at Clarkton. I look forward to working with everyone here at Clarkton!

What's New??

Playground Upgrades

During the summer, the maintenance and custodial staff installed a new swing set. In addition, all of the playground equipment was inspected and repaired as necessary. The area beneath all equipment was resurfaced with pea gravel to provide a safer play environment.

Classroom Updates

Some classrooms in the high school were updated over the summer. Mrs. Geohagan's FACS room got new flooring, was repainted, and the kitchens were updated. Ms. Redden's English classroom also received new flooring as well as new furniture.

Upcoming Events

August 22--Volleyball Jamboree

August 27--First day of school

August 29--Malden JV Volleyball Tournament

August 31--High School Boys Baseball @ Cooter 4:30

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow