OCTOBER 27, 2022
Clinton Middle School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) students are putting the skills they are learning in their Culinary Arts class to good use, as they prepare and serve meals to CMS teachers and staff.
CMS staff recently had the opportunity to purchase delicious Mexican food from students in Mrs. Hager's class. Culinary Arts students are currently learning and practicing their knife skills, so they had many opportunities to practice as they cut up tons of fresh veggies and meat for the meals. Students even made homemade chips!
The funds that are raised through Cardinal Catering will allow students to learn more extravagant culinary techniques in class, as well as provide opportunities for leadership conferences through the FCCLA organization.
See more pictures here.
CHS STUDENT REPRESENTS STATE OF MISSOURI
Clinton High School senior, Lauren Bailey was recently selected to serve as Missouri's representative for the NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) United States Youth Leadership Council.
Lauren was chosen during the Youth Tour trip to Washington DC this past summer. Since 1964, the Youth Tour has given high school juniors the opportunity to visit Washington DC, tour museums, visit monuments, and meet their elected officials. Students also learn about electric cooperatives and the important role they play in communities across the United States. Lauren Bailey is the first NRECA Missouri representative from our local cooperative, Osage Valley Electric.
Lauren was recently asked to speak at the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives in Branson, MO. Lauren shared the impact the Youth Tour had on her, how electric cooperatives will be a part of her future, and the importance of electric cooperatives and building up the cooperative way of life. Lauren will speak at several other events throughout the year, and in March will head to Nashville to the NRECA annual meeting with the other 44 Youth Leadership Council representatives from across the United States.
"Youth Tour is an opportunity to connect with students from all across the state, and nation, of all different backgrounds, and is a reminder that our electric cooperatives are for anyone and everyone," says Lauren. "I can not think of a better way to learn about our government, our nation's history, and the nature and benefits of cooperation than what was provided to us during the week-long trip to Washington DC."
Following graduation this May, Lauren's plans include earning a degree in Agriculture Communications and working in television broadcasting. "I want to be a voice for the rural way of life and help to promote it anyway I can," says Lauren.
CHEMISTRY AT CIS
Fourth graders in Mrs. Wilhite's class at Clinton Intermediate School have spent the last several weeks learning all about volcanoes.
Students enjoyed finishing this science unit by working with a partner to create their own volcanoes. Of course, the best part was throwing a little chemistry into the lesson! Students created a chemical reaction and made their volcanoes come to life by mixing baking soda and vinegar.
Thank you to Transcontinental for providing safety glasses for this science experiment!
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PREPARING FOR THEIR FUTURE
Empowering and preparing students for life after high school is important, and this happened at Clinton High School's College and Career Fair.
Close to 500 students, including all of the district's juniors and seniors, as well as students from nearby districts participated in this event. Students had the opportunity to talk to approximately 70 colleges, businesses, union representatives, technical/trade schools, and military representatives.
Thanks to Leslie Largent, Career Services Coordinator at Clinton Technical School, for her work in arranging such a successful event.
See more pictures here.
BUILDING BLOCKS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Clinton High School students in Mrs. Harp's Computer Science Principles class had the opportunity to build a small arrangement of LEGO blocks and then create text instructions for a classmate to follow to construct the same arrangement. In doing so, students were able to see the need for clear instructions in the use of computer programming and programming languages.
Computer Science Principles introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world.
See more pictures here.
CARDINAL TECH EXPERTS
The district's technology department recently recognized educators throughout the district who go above and beyond to support fellow educators in their usage and implementation of technology. These "Tech Experts" were presented with a new wireless mouse and a certificate of achievement.
We appreciate these technology leaders who offer continued support and expertise to their colleagues.
Pictured here are: Molly Glover (CMS), Jennifer Eckers (CHS), Melody Raymond (Henry), Rikki Mesh (CIS), Kylie Ackerman (CIS), Michael Bowman (CTS), Julia Stone (CECC)
STUDENT AND EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to Clinton High School senior, Anna Hilty and Henry Elementary School and Clinton Intermediate School teacher, Gina Johannsen who were recently recognized at the Clinton Sunrise Optimist Annual Awards Banquet.
Since the 1980's, the Sunrise Optimists have recognized a Student of the Year and an Educator of the Year and this year, Anna and Gina were the worthy recipients.
Anna is the daughter of Joe and Tricia Hilty. She plans to attend the Academy of Pet Careers in St. Louis to receive her Veterinary Technician, Pet Grooming and Behavioral Training certificates as well as a business degree at Lindenwood University. Anna is a member of the varsity tennis team, a 3-year varsity starter on the soccer team, a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA, active in the First Baptist Church (FBC) youth leadership team and plays the mandolin for “The Pulse”, FBC’s youth band. She also holds the Missouri state youth bowfishing record for longnose gar at 24.4 lbs.
Gina, “Coach”, is a veteran physical education teacher, serving her 24th year in the Clinton School District and a total of 35 years in education. She continues to make physical education fun while the students learn and get their exercise. Coach Johannsen was the first employee of the district to go through the process of obtaining a Professional Therapy Dog. First through Sherman and now Perry, students and staff have additional support at school. Coach Johannsen was the first, and still is the archery coach at CIS. She puts her whole heart into her job and her students.
Congratulations to both of these Cardinals!
Developing a culture of excellence is a priority in the Clinton School District. When these high levels of achievement and expectations are attained, it's important for us to recognize it.
At Monday evening's Board of Education meeting, the district recognized two Henry Elementary students, Aaron Irving and Mallory Himes. Aaron and Mallory were both recognized for being outstanding students at their school, and great leaders and role models for their peers.
Henry Elementary principals, Morgan Patrick and Jordan Townsend, also provided a building update to the board regarding the great things happening at their school. Mrs. Patrick and Mrs. Townsend shared with the board the Leader in Me program and how it is being introduced to students this year. The Leader in Me builds and encourages leadership and life skills in students, leading to sustained academic achievement and skills to be successful in life.
SURVEY CLOSES ON FRIDAY!
The Clinton School District is committed to providing timely, consistent, and accurate information to our stakeholders.
In order to ensure that we are meeting these standards, we have developed a Communication Survey. Information provided in this short survey will be used to improve external and internal communication with students, families, staff and community members.
Responses are anonymous and will be collected through this Friday, October 28th. Thank you in advance for your participation in this survey.
A CARDINAL THANKSGIVING
Parents and guardians, you are invited to join us for A Cardinal Thanksgiving!
Your child’s school will be serving their Thanksgiving meal on the dates and times listed below and you are invited to join your child(ren) for lunch. Adult lunches for the Thanksgiving meal are $3.00.
To help kitchen staff prepare, YOU MUST RSVP BY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9th. Please see details on the image below regarding RSVP procedures.
Please be aware that to ensure the safety of our students and staff, all guests are asked to bring a photo ID to present when signing-in at the school.
We are very excited to welcome you into our school for a special meal with your child. If you have additional questions, please call your child’s school.
*NOTES AND PAYMENT ENVELOPES WILL BE COMING HOME WITH STUDENTS ON FRIDAY**
If you would like to receive text messages regarding transportation-related issues (ie, buses running late, buses being combined, etc.) please complete the form below.
Please be aware this is for transportation-related communication ONLY.
**AFTER PROVIDING YOUR NUMBER YOU MUST TEXT Y TO 67587. IF YOU FAIL TO DO THIS, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES.**
ANGEL TREE-DEADLINE IS IN 1 WEEK!
It's time for the Bright Futures Clinton Angel Tree!
This program is for families who are experiencing financial hardship and are in need of assistance for Christmas. Forms can be completed online at www.clintonangeltree.com or forms may be picked up at any Clinton school building office.
Forms must be returned by November 4th. Gifts will be available for pick-up on December 14th and 15th from 10am-7pm at Gary's Towing (219 S Main).
**The Bright Futures Clinton Angel Tree can only serve students enrolled in the Clinton School District and their younger siblings who are not yet in school but do reside in the district. **
Please direct questions to Amanda Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARDINAL HOLIDAY MART
The district has the following job openings. You can learn more and apply online at this link:
- ISS Paraprofessional (CIS)
- Paraprofessional (CECC)
- Speech Language Pathologist (Henry)
- Special Education Teacher (Henry)
The week of November 14-18 will be the district's annual food drive.
This community service project supports The Samaritan Center and Project Christmas Cheer. The Samaritan Center has asked that we collect the following items.
- Clinton Early Childhood Center-Pudding or Jello Mixes
- Henry Elementary and Clinton Intermediate School-Jiffy Mixes
- Clinton Middle School and Clinton High School-Saltine Crackers
Please help us meet the needs of our community by participating in this yearly event.
IMPORTANT MEAL REMINDER
We wanted to follow-up with you regarding an email we sent several week ago. In this email we shared with you that the federal program that allowed all meals for all students to be free (regardless of income) had ended.
What does this mean for your family?
- Free and reduced meals are still available for those who qualify. If you have not completed a form this year, and would like to determine if you qualify, you can find a form here or request one from your child's school office.
- Please be aware that even if your child qualifies for free/reduced meals, there are still circumstances where they will be charged full-price for food/drink items.
- A la carte items (CMS/CHS)
- Choosing extra entrees as they go through the lunch line (CHS)
- Getting a second chance breakfast after having a regular breakfast earlier in the morning (CHS)
- Extra milk with breakfast/lunch (all schools)
- Snack milk (Henry Elementary)
- While the district has not denied any student a meal because of a negative balance, it is important that student meal accounts are kept in good standing. You can pay in one of two ways:
- You can send money with your child to turn into their school office.
- You can pay online here. **Please note, you must have a PowerSchool Parent Portal account before you can submit through RevTrak. Please contact your child's school office to set-up this PowerSchool Parent Portal account.** School meal prices are available here.
- Families will start receiving phone calls if their child's meal account is -$20 or more. We ask that families provide payment for these outstanding balances in one of the ways listed above.
We thank you in advance for your attention to this very important matter and ask that you please reach out to your child's school should you have any questions.
SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
The district calendar can be found below.
You can find a dedicated website calendar for the district and each building at the links below. You can also subscribe to each calendar to have events uploaded to your personal online calendar.
Clinton Early Childhood Center calendar
Henry Elementary School calendar
Clinton Intermediate School calendar
Clinton Middle School calendar
Clinton High School calendar
Clinton Technical School calendar
Communications and Community Relations Director
660-885-6101 ext. 2209