Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter

December 9, 2019

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A Cardinal Thanksgiving

During the week of November 25th, the district welcomed 600+ parents and special guests into their schools for the 2nd annual Cardinal Thanksgiving.

It was an amazing event that called for all hands on deck. A special thank you to all of our families that were able to join us. Thank you also to our amazing food service department who prepared and served all of the meals. Thank you to our staff who pitched in and helped wherever it was needed. Thank you to Cardi Guard volunteers and CMS students who helped as well.

See more pictures here.

Cardinals Give Back


Shout-out to our Cardinals who really came through for our community! Students participated in the annual district-wide food drive to benefit The Samaritan Center's, "Project Christmas Cheer".

District-wide, our students and staff donated over 13,000 items! Congrats to CIS who collected the most items....they brought in a whopping 10,501 packages of Ramen Noodles!

Career-Ready at CTS

Clinton Technical School faculty members work to develop career-ready behaviors as well as skills. Students learn the importance of having integrity, confidence, vision, motivation, perseverance and passion in the classroom and in the workplace.

Student of the Month awards were given in November for students who exhibit excellent INTEGRITY.

A.M. Students of the Month:

Jalynn Burns (Health Occupations) Appleton City

Emma Swaters (Health Occupations) Lakeland
Justin Shipman (Building Trades) Lakeland
Billy Sherlin (Machine Tool Technology) Lakeland
Brayden Kottwitz (Automotive Technology) Osceola
Scott Ferguson (Computer Networking) CCA
Braeden Collins (Welding) Osceola
Alex Call (Health Occupations Intern) Lakeland

P.M. Students of the Month:

Natalie Wagoner (Health Occupations) Clinton
Phillip Sanders (Computer Networking) Clinton
Ryan Smith (Health Occupations) Sherwood
Tre' Lory (Building Trades) Sherwood
Alec Gillespie (Welding) Clinton
Brennan Carter (Automotive Technology) Clinton
Zachary Holt (Machine Tool Technology) Sherwood
Autumn Donahue (Health Occupations Intern) Clinton

See more pictures here.

CMS FACS Classroom Receives Upgrade

The Clinton Middle School FACS (Family and Consumer Science) classroom recently received a remodel that provides a safe, functional and fun learning environment for students.

Thank you to Clinton Rotary Club, Walmart, Parks Cabinets and O.P.S. (the district's maintenance department) for making this project possible.

Students in Mrs. Woods' classes are very appreciative of the generosity of our community and are already learning some very valuable skills in their new classroom.

See more pictures here.

Students Thank Veterans

The CSD enjoys, and sees the extreme worth in, providing students service learning opportunities. Through these opportunities, our students learn the importance of giving back and that a community is only successful if everyone does their part.

Second graders at Henry Elementary School recently took the time to write letters of "thanks" to Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare employees, who are also military veterans.

Students then had the chance to travel to GVMH to visit some of the veterans to thank them for their service.

Pictured here with students are just a few of the many veterans who work at GVMH.

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Donuts with Dudes

Donuts with Dudes is THIS week!

Henry Elementary and Clinton Early Childhood Center students are encouraged to invite ONE special "dude" to their school's Donuts with Dudes event (thank you to Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare for sponsoring this event).

Henry Elementary
December 12th
7:30-8:30 am (come and go any time between the hour)

Clinton Early Childhood Center

December 13th
Morning and All Day Classes, 8:20-8:50 am
Afternoon Classes, 12:20-12:50 pm

*Due to space limitations, we ask that only one "dude" attend with each student.

*To ensure the safety of students and staff, all guests are asked to present an ID when signing-in.

No School-Christmas Break

This year's Christmas Break will begin with an EARLY DISMISSAL on Friday, December 20th. CECC will not be in session on December 20th. Their last day of school will be December 19th.

The district will be using an alternative early dismissal schedule (see times below).

School will resume on Monday, January 6th.

****Early Dismissal Times for 12/20****

CHS and CMS-11:45



CHS Winter Formal

CHS sure and send us a picture of your son/daughter all dressed up for Winter Formal on Saturday! We want to share them with our followers!

Pictures can be sent to or PM to the district Facebook page (Clinton Schools).

DEADLINE FOR PICTURES-Sunday, December 15th at 8:00 pm.


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

Musical Cardinals

You can catch our talented Cardinals in several performances this month!

12/10-2nd Grade Christmas Program (7:00-8:00 @ CHS PAC)

12/12-CIS Cardinal Choristers Concert (7:00-8:00 @ CHS PAC)

12/16-CHS Band and Choir Winter Concert (6:30-8:30 @ CHS PAC)

12/18-CMS Band and Choir Winter Concert (6:30-8:30 @ CHS PAC)

A Night In Whoville

The Clinton Early Childhood Center is excited to host "A Night in Whoville" for our community's children and families.

When: Thursday, December 19th (5:30-7:00)

Where: CECC (502 S 5th Street)

Activities include: Snow dough, icicle ornaments, crafts, "Who Hat" creations and much more!

This evening is fun and free!

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)

Head Start Openings

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

Job Openings

The district currently has the following job openings:

*Head Football Coach

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

*Head Start Family Advocate

*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....Annisa Bracher

Originally from Appleton City, MO, Annisa Bracher has been a Clinton Cardinal for the past 16 years. She currently teaches in the Cardinal Coop class, a mixed-age classroom at CIS with fellow teacher, Amy Gardner.

Ms. Bracher is the only sister to two brothers, Steve and David. Her brother, Steve, is married with 3 children; Ethan (27), Emily (22), and Evan (17) are the apple of Annisa's eye, and being their aunt truly is her favorite title. Her nephew, Ethan, operates his own fencing business, and is also married to Annisa's "bonus niece", Lauren. Her niece, Emily, is a full-time nanny, and they love to go on shopping trips together. Nephew, Evan is a junior at Appleton City High School, and in the fall you will find Annisa watching him play football on Friday nights.

In her spare time, Ms. Bracher loves spending time with family, listening to music, and shopping. During the spring and summer, you will find her planting and growing flowers....she especially loves growing hydrangeas.

"I enjoy working in the CSD because of the incredible friendships I have formed in the last 16 years. I honestly couldn't imagine my life without them. Another amazing part of the CSD are our learners. They help us to learn and grow as teachers each year."