CSS Newsletter
September 13, 2018
Produced by the CCS PTA
Submissions for the CCS Newsletter are due by 3 PM on Mondays prior.
Email to: news@ccspta.info

Inside This Issue:

CCS District Calendar

PTA News

PTA Membership

The CCS PTA would like to welcome you back to another school year! Each year the PTA strives to enrich the lives of CCS students by organizing and/or funding additional activities and programs. You can look at our 2017-2018 impact list here. The PTA is made up of parents, teachers, community members, and even students. We would love for you to contribute in any way that works for you, whether it be volunteering, participating in fundraisers, attending PTA meetings, or joining as a member. You can join the CCS PTA through Memberhub or download a membership form that you can print and return to school.

Please contact the PTA at ccsnypta@gmail.com if you're interested in volunteering or have any questions. Thank you in advance for your support!

President: Erin Nackley Secretary: Mindy Pavone Membership: Carrie Reaves
Vice President: Angela Rorick Treasurer: Meghan Jackson Communications: Laura Wileczka

For more information on the Clinton Central School PTA, click here to visit us on the CCS website. Remember to "LIKE" the Clinton Central School Facebook page for notifications regarding upcoming events.

General PTA Meeting - Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm

Please join us for the first Clinton PTA General Meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 26 at 7 pm in the Secondary Media Center. We will discuss upcoming events and vote on our budget for the school year. If you have any ideas or just want to find out what the CCS PTA is all about, we'd love for you to join us!

Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

The Clinton Central School PTA has been selected as the September recipient of the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program!

Program Details:

WHEN? The entire month of September
WHICH HANNAFORD? 55 Meadow Street, Clinton, NY
HOW DOES IT WORK? For every Community Bag sold during the month of September, the CCS PTA will receive a $1 donation!

Thank you for your support!

Box Tops for Education
Box Tops are a great way to help earn money for your child's school just by clipping labels on products you may already use. Here are some additional tips and information regarding Box Tops:
  • Box Tops can be found on all General Mills Cereals, Pillsbury, Yoplait, Kleenex, Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Hefty, Ziploc, and many other household staples.
  • Each Box Top you send in means 10 cents going back to our school.
  • Box Tops For Education will not accept expired labels, so please check expiration dates before sending them in.
  • Box Tops can be submitted in ziploc bags, envelopes, or attached to collection sheets.
  • To download a collection sheet, visit our Box Top page here.
  • Please label your submissions with your child's name and grade level.
  • You can sign up at boxtops4education.com to keep track of our earnings, shop the Marketplace for eBoxtops, and get coupons for your grocery shopping.
  • Last year our school earned over $600 from this easy and FREE fundraiser and we would like to earn even more money for our school this year.
  • Please ask friends, coworkers, and family to collect Box Tops as well!
  • If you have any questions or would like to join the Box Tops committee, please contact us at ccsnypta@gmail.com.

Price Chopper Tools for School - Enroll your AdvantEdge Card
Price Chopper's Tools for Schools program gives you the opportunity to earn points for our school that can be used for playground equipment and school supplies. Visit Price Chopper's website to enroll your AdvantEdge Card and earn money for Clinton Central Schools!

Hannaford Helps

Raising money for your school is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Shop
Look for the shelf tags on more than 1500 products to earn money for your school!
2. Check Out
Get 3 school dollars for every 4 participating products you purchase.
3. Submit
Deposit your school dollars in the collection tower in-store.

Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile is an Amazon program that allows a percentage (.5%) of your purchase to be donated to a charitable organization without any additional cost to the customer! Using this program is easy...

Step 1 - Select your charitable organization. Click here to select the Clinton Central School PTA as your organization to support.

Step 2 - Remember to go to smile.amazon.com whenever you shop on Amazon.

Thank you for your support!

School News

Half Day Staff Development Days Cancelled in September and February
Dear Parents/Guardians:

I want to take this time to clarify information regarding half day staff development days that were listed as tentative on the paper calendar.

Due to the realignment of the schedules due to a change in the NYSED regulations, the half days scheduled for September 28th and February 15th have been cancelled.

I would like to remind you that there is a full day conference day on October 19th and the parent conferences in the elementary school will be held as half days on November 14th and 15th.

Our website calendar is accurate at this time and can be found on our website: http://www.ccs.edu

Thank you for your patience related to these changes.


Dr. Grimm

PSAT Registration Information

School Intern, Sandra Saldana
Hello everyone!

My name is Sandra Beatriz Saldana, and I am a Psychology major and French minor at Hamilton College. I am a senior, class of 2019, and I am working as intern with the school’s social worker, Mary Hosey-Pardi. I'm really excited to join Clinton Middle School and High School this semester and to meet the many of you in person.

I am an international student from Sao Paulo, Brazil. This past summer I went back home to conduct independent research on the role of social support in mental health in socially vulnerable populations, which is one of the main reasons I am now interested in pursuing Social Psychology after I graduate. In addition, I have always been drawn to non-profit work and volunteering. I have been in the Executive Board of HAVOC, Hamilton College’s volunteering student group, since my freshman year in 2016. As the largest student club in the school, we are the main liaison between the students and the volunteering sites in the community, from Clinton to Utica.

Additionally, I have almost two years of experience with different types of psychology research (e.g., experimental, literature reviews, and qualitative). I am fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and I can speak, read, and write in French at an advanced level.

I am looking forward to working in Clinton Middle and High School and to be able to work in a school setting first-hand with you and the students. I believe I will learn a lot, and that the experience will further contribute to my interest in Social Psychology.


Sandra Saldana ‘19

Hamilton College

My School Bucks

Did you know that the Clinton Central School District participates in the MySchoolBucks lunch account program? You can go to myschoolbucks.com, where you can create a free account to

  • view recent cafeteria purchases
  • check balances and
  • set up low balance alerts
There is also a mobile app for your iPhone, Android or Windows phone!

Clinton Middle School - Free Breakfast in September!

Brick Garden Dedication - Saturday, September 15th, 9:30 am.
The annual Brick Garden Dedication will take place on Saturday, September 15th, at 9:30 am.

Community News

One Community. One Author. One Month.

Happy Tails Reading Program - Thursday, September 27, 3:30 pm

Kirkland Town Library Position Open

Hockeyville - Come Celebrate With Us! - Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23

Event: Kraft Hockeyville USA Community Celebration

Date/Time: Saturday, September 22, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Clinton Village Green, West Park Row, Clinton, NY
Details: CYH BBQ, Clinton Comet Alumni Speakers, a CFD BBQ/Competition, Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, Planters NUTmobile along with Mr. Peanut, Kraft Hockeyville USA merchandise, appearances from NHL Alumni and lots more!

Event: Kraft Hockeyville Community Skate - Open to the Public

Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 11 am - 1:50 pm
Location: Clinton Arena, 36 Kirkland Ave, Clinton, NY 13323
Details: Join the following groups on the ice:
   11 am - 12 pm: Clinton Youth Hockey / CNY Bobcats
   12 - 12:50 pm: Figure Skating Club
   1 - 1:50 pm: Clinton High School / Hamilton College
   Please bring a Kraft Heinz product to donate to the Country Pantry

Event: Kraft Hockeyville Stanley Cup Viewing

Date/Time: Sunday, September 23, 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Clinton Arena, 36 Kirkland Ave, Clinton, NY 13323
Details: Get your picture with the Stanley Cup!

Clinton Farmer's Market

ABC Extravaganza - Saturday, October 27, 2018

Learn To Skate Registration - Friday, September 14, 4 - 6 pm

Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale Seeking New Singers
The Hamilton College and Community Masterworks Chorale is welcoming new singers as it begins rehearsals for its concert on November 27, when the chorale will be joined by Symphoria to perform three works: Bruckner's Mass in D Minor, Delalande's Cantate Domino, and Rutter's Gloria.

No audition is required; singers may join the ensemble by coming to the first rehearsal at 7:00 on September 16, in the Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts on the Hamilton College campus. Rehearsals continue on Sunday evenings (7:00-9:00). For further information, contact Dr. Rob Kolb at 315-859-4351 or gkolb@hamilton.edu.

"Doc" Woods to Present Jazz Kick Off Concert - Wednesday, September 12, 7:30pm
The Hamilton College Department of Music presents the Jazz Kick Off Concert on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., in Café Opus, Schambach Center. “Doc” Woods, bass and composition, starts the year off with an evening of jazz with new charts by Woods. The theme of the evening is “Find Your Domain.” Woods says that he encourages audience members to find a comfortable “sonic” place while listening to the music.

Performing with Woods are: Bob Cesari, saxophone; Melissa Gardner, trombone; Joe Handy, guitar; Jeff Stockham, trumpet; Tom Witkowski, piano; Jermaine Brooks, rap; and with special guest Jakubu Griffin, drums.

Michael “Doc” Woods was born in Akron, Ohio in 1952 and attended Akron University where he received a B.M. degree in composition. He went on to obtain two masters degrees from the Indiana University and earned his doctorate degree in music composition at University of Oklahoma in 1991. Woods also studied jazz arranging and film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Arts Administration. As a composer, Woods was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has written over 650 pieces in all styles. His compositions have been performed by the Albany Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Little Rock Symphony, the Tulsa Philharmonic, the Lafayette Symphony (Lafayette, IN), the Pro Musica Orchestra (Columbus, IN), the Central New York Jazz Orchestra, and the Salt City Jazz Collective.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. For more information call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Hamilton Performing Arts Opens Series with St. Lawrence String Quartet - Saturday, September 15, 7:30pm
Hamilton College Performing Arts opens the fall series with the St. Lawrence String Quartet, featuring Utica native Christopher Costanza, cello, on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College campus.

The program will include Franz Josef Haydn’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 33, No.3 (“The Bird”), Alban Bergs String Quartet, Op. 3, and Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30.

Established in Toronto in 1989, the St. Lawrence String Quartet quickly earned acclaim at top international chamber music competitions and was soon playing hundreds of concerts per year worldwide. They established an ongoing residency at Spoleto Festival USA, made prize-winning recordings for EMI of music by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, and Golijov, earning two Grammy nominations and a host of other prizes before becoming the ensemble-in-residence at Stanford University in 1999.

The quartet is Geoff Nuttall, violin; Owen Dalby, violin; Lesley Robertson, viola; and Christopher Costanza, cello.

Utica-born Christopher Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet in 2003, and tours extensively with that ensemble, performing over 100 concerts annually throughout the world. As a member of the St. Lawrence, he is an Artist in Residence at Stanford University, where he teaches cello and chamber music and performs a wide variety of formal and informal concerts each season, from the stages of the University’s concert halls to student residence hall and lecture halls.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. All seats are general admission. For tickets or information call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Molsky's Mountain Drifters - Friday, September 21, 7:30pm
Hamilton College Performing Arts presents an evening of traditional music with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.

Grammy-nominated fiddler Bruce Molsky returns to Hamilton with a brand-new trio featuring Allison de Groot, banjo, and Stash Wyslouch, guitar, for an evening of traditional music described by the musicians as “tradition steeped in possibility.”

Mother Jones calls Molsky, “one of America’s premier fiddling talents,” while Allison de Groot combines wide-ranging virtuosity and passion for old-time music, and Boston-based Stash Wyslouch is one of bluegrass’s great young genre-bending pioneers.

Tickets for this event are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. All seating is general admission. Tickets are available by calling the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visiting www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

Country Pantry Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, September 22, 7:30 am to 11 am

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