Cardinal Connections

A Bi-Weekly Clinton Schools Community Newsletter


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Mystery Boxes in 7th Grade

Mystery boxes led to some great conversation, learning and teaching in Mr. Shomaker's 7th grade social studies class.

Based on shows like Iron Chef and Chopped, where contestants are given mystery boxes of different ingredients to create something edible, students in Mr. Shomaker's class were given two photographs, two blank pieces of paper, a marker, and two "mystery objects".

Student were tasked with working collaboratively with their peers to use all of the objects to answer the question: "Compared to the other European countries, how successful were England's colonies in the Americas?"

Students then presented their group's work to the class.

CHS Students Take Part in "I Apply Week"

In an effort to help high school students prepare for the next step in life, CHS hosted an "I Apply Week" during the week of October 22nd.

A multitude of activities took place including; students received assistance in completing college applications, students wrote college admission/scholarship essays, and students researched and identified schools that were a good fit academically, financially and socially. For students whose plans do not include college, they had the opportunity to apply for jobs or work on resumes.

Thank you to State Fair Community College for sponsoring DONUT DELAY APPLY TODAY. Because of their help, 47 Seniors applied or started the application process to colleges/universities/trade schools!

Technology, Toys and Science

Force, motion, distance and speed......what better way to learn these concepts than by using technology and toys!

Students in the Cardinal Coop used toy cars to study the concepts of force and motion. Students used the cars to measure distance traveled, and timed the car's speed with the stopwatch on their iPads.

Skill-Building in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students have been perfecting the skill of story retell.

After reading the classic, "The Three Little Pigs", students in Ms. Panek's class were given the opportunity to collaborate with their peers to retell the story.

From skits to puppet shows, students were able to build their reading comprehension as they organized and described events that took place throughout the story.

See more pictures here.

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*NO SCHOOL-Clinton Schools will not be in session on Friday, November 9th for Staff Professional Development.


*HELP CMS STUDENTS WIN-CMS students and staff have entered the Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest and have a chance to win money for drug prevention activities at their school (see their entry photo at the end of this newsletter).

Help them win by voting once a day through November 16th at the link below:…/…/177333490

**The picture at the end of this newsletter was created by CMS students and captured by James Hinkle.


*VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONIES-The Clinton School District and Cardinal Battalion JROTC would be honored to have you attend one of two Veteran's Day ceremonies to be presented on Monday, November 12th.

Seating for the morning ceremony begins at 9:45am in the High School Performing Arts Center with the ceremony beginning at 10:00am.

There will be a second ceremony in the afternoon in the Middle School gym with seating beginning at 2:00pm. Veterans are invited to arrive early at 1:30 for a reception provided by students.

The ceremonies will feature presentations by the high school JROTC cadets and will honor all service members throughout our country’s history.


*NEED A HOUSE?-The Clinton Technical School Building Trades program has a BEAUTIFUL, BRAND NEW home for sale at 1703 East H&W Drive (behind Walmart).

Bids will be accepted through November 12th. Find more pictures and info here. Contact CTS director Jake Fowler at or 885-6101 with questions.

Help us spread the word by sharing this info with your friends and family....this would be a GREAT house for you or someone you know!


*FALL PLAY-The CHS Theater Department invites you to join them for A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Students will be performing this classic, November 16th and 17th at 7:00 and November 18th at 3:30 in the CHS Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students (see flyer at end of newsletter).


*FOOD DRIVE-It's time to spread some Christmas Cheer! During the week of November 12th-16th district buildings will be participating in the annual food drive to benefit the Samaritan Center. Each building has been asked to collect the following:

  • CECC and Henry-Ramen Noodles
  • CIS- Boxes of Instant Pudding
  • CMS/CHS-Mac and Cheese


*MEET THE CARDS-Winter sports season is here! Come meet our CMS/CHS winter athletes at next week's "Meet the Cards" event on Thursday, November 15th @ 7:00 in the CHS gymnasium.


*CARDINAL HOLIDAY MART-Have you started your Christmas shopping? The 2nd annual Cardinal Holiday Mart would be a great place to start! Stop by Clinton Intermediate School on November 17th from 9:00-2:00 to visit 46 vendors. There will also be a Book Fair, Silent Auction and a Lunch Special.


*STUDENT ATHLETIC CARDS-THANK YOU to Equity Bank for once again sponsoring Student Athletic Cards for CMS and CHS students. These cards are good for free student admittance to regular season Clinton athletic home events. The cards are available at Equity Bank. CMS/CHS students can receive a card with their student ID.


*TEXT MESSAGES-To receive text messages from the district we must have your current cell phone on file, and you must follow the instructions found here. If your cell number has changed since last school year, please provide it to your child's school and then follow the instructions above. Please remember, if you follow the instructions above and we do not have your number on file, you will not receive text messages.


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Judi Honeywell

If you have little Cardinals, you might recognize this CSD staff member!

Judi Honeywell is a parent educator with the district's Parents as Teachers program, and has been working with Clinton families for the past 7 years.

Judi is originally from Oskaloosa, KS.....a town with 1,200 residents and only one stoplight, but now calls Warsaw her home, where she lives with her husband, Bruce. Judi and her husband have two grown sons, who live in Kansas and Oregon. Judi treasures the visits with her family....especially her two grandsons, Nico and Dima. They enjoy coming to Grandma's house to go fishing, ride 4-wheelers and beating her at the game of Monopoly.

Judi has an associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Before moving to Missouri, Judi taught at Head Start in Kansas for 13 years and then worked for the West Central Community Action Agency Head Start Program.

We asked Judi why she enjoys being a Cardinal, "I get to do my favorite thing, which is play with kids and work with families."

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