CSS Newsletter
January 31, 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 Meeting Schedule
Below is a list of dates for the remaining PTA Meetings for this school year. All PTA Meetings are held at 7pm in the Secondary Media Center. We'd love to have you come to discuss upcoming PTA sponsored events and fundraisers, new ideas, or ask any questions you may have.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Farm to School Sample Day
The harvest of the month for January is butternut squash! On Tuesday, January 29 elementary students sampled Creamy Butternut Squash Soup. A big thank you to the kitchen and cafeteria staff and all our Farm to School volunteers!

Harvest of the Month Sample Schedule

The CCS PTA Farm to School Committee, working with OHM BOCES Food Service and the Mohawk Valley Farm to School Initiative, has launched a new Harvest of the Month sampling program. Harvest of the Month is a Farm to School initiative that promotes a seasonal, locally grown item each month. A day or two before the Harvest of the Month is listed on the menu each month, the elementary school kitchen staff will prepare a batch of the menu item for volunteers to serve samples to students in the cafeteria. The idea is to encourage the students to try something new and maybe even choose it for lunch later in the week. Below is our sample schedule:

Menu Item Sample Date Date Listed on Menu
Mini Potatoes February 26 February 28
Honey Carrot Bar March 26 March 28
Black Bean and Corn Salsa April 23 April 25
Cheesy Kale Bake May 21 May 23
Cucumber Yogurt Dip June 4 June 6

If you would like to join the Farm to School committee, please email us at farmtoschool@ccspta.info You can also help by encouraging your child to try the samples offered! Thank you for your support!

School News

Elementary School Lunch Menu Change for Monday, February 4
Elementary School menu change for Monday, February 4: The cafeteria will be serving Mega Chicken Bites in place of Mozzarella sticks, which are listed on the menu.

CCS Bright Spots
At each school board meeting, CCS Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm presents "Bright Spots", highlighting activites at each of the schools and important information throughout the district. Below are the Bright Spots slides for January. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings to learn more.

** Click here to view the full agenda from the Board Meeting, along with additional annotations. You can also find the draft calendar for next school year (which includes vacation breaks), the high school course guide, and the ESSA legislation.

Middle School Counseling Office News

Clinton Science Olympiad takes 3rd place at Regional Competition
Clinton Science Olympiad teams participated in the Regional Science Olympiad Competition held at LeMoyne College where the Varsity team placed 3rd out of 38 teams in the fiercely competitive Division C Midstate Region. For the first time in Coach Meredith Callaghan's and Kathleen Washburn's nineteen year coaching history, the team has advanced to states taking place on 3/15 and 3/16 where they will compete against the top 55 teams in the state. Team members include Eva Borton, Leah Borton, Lauren Chmielewski, Mackenzie Siddon, Joey Pascucci, Andrew Krom, Sydni Dreimiller, Robert Musante, Mallory Wickline, Nick Gale, Matthew Gadziala, Yihan Xie, Karina Davis, Jacob Lewis, Maddi Walters, Savi Sodja, Wiley Gifford, Maggie Bailey, Joey DeTraglia, Victoria Elefante, Andrew Gadziala, Bart Hearn, David Henderson, Grace Johnson, Alayna Krom, Emmeline MacPherson, Lindsey Markowicz, Emily Le, Jason Rivera, Sky Walter, Olivia Wightman, Roxee Hughes, Sophie MacPherson, Rebecah Bashant and Casey Vechery.

Positivity Project - Prudence
This school year, CCS is participating in the Positivity Project. A different character trait is highlighted and discussed at school each week. Last week's character trait was "prudence". According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup, "Prudence supports effective individual self-management. Whether aspiring for an athletic record, academic grade, or purchasing a car, foresight and planning are necessary. However, long-term goals – even with a plan – can only be obtained by overcoming those impulses and desires that steer you away from your goals. Prudence provides the wisdom to know which character strength to leverage, at which time, to achieve your desired end state."

Visit The Positivity Project's website to learn more and to sign up for the weekly newsletter.

Kindergarten Registration Week - March 4 - 8
Clinton Central School District Kindergarten Registration is scheduled for the week of March 4th in the Elementary School Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (the child does not need to be present). You may also go to the CCS website, ccs.edu, for a copy of the registration packet, which will be available in early March. Children need to be five years old on or before December 1, 2019 to be eligible to start Kindergarten in the fall. Immunizations need to be updated before entry in the fall and an original birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration. Incoming Kindergarten Parent Information Night will be April 25th 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Elementary School Cafeteria.

Clinton High School Presents... Seussical - March 7, 8, & 9, 7:30 pm

Hangin' With Hamilton - Friday, February 1, 6 - 8 pm

Tri-Band Festival
Clinton will be hosting our Tri-Band Festival this year on Tuesday, March 19 and Wednesday, March 20. The school calendar is marked incorrectly. Please make a note of this so that your child will be able to attend the night of their concert. The middle school Concert Band will perform at 7pm on Tuesday, March 19. The high school Symphonic Band will perform at 7pm on Wednesday, March 20.

Students will be excused from some classes during the day of their festival to rehearse with guest conductors in preparation for that evening's performance.

If your child is available, encourage them to play with the pep band at the Hamilton College basketball game on Friday, February 1 at 7pm. Please reach out to Norin Lavendar if we can count on your son/daughter to join.

LEAP Recycling For Charity
The high school's LEAP Club (Leaders in Environmental Awareness and Protection) is proud to announce a new recycling initiative for personal hygiene/beauty products and packaging. For each item that that we recycle, we will earn money towards a charity that digs wells for communities in developing nations. If everyone in our district contributes 20 items, the profits will provide 200 people with a year's worth of clean drinking water. Place your used products and empty containers in the collection boxes in the high school office, middle school office, and elementary school hallway (beside the boxtop collection box) to alleviate thirst and keep these items out of our landfill!

Accepted Used Items
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste tubes and caps
  • Floss containers
  • Deodorant containers and caps
  • Hair product tubes and caps
  • Soap/lotion/shampoo dispensers
  • Hair spray triggers
  • Chapstick/lipstick tubes and caps
  • Bar-soap wrappers
  • Make-up tubes (mascara, concealer, etc.)
  • Make-up cases (eyeshadow, bronzer, powder, etc.)
  • Foundation packaging
  • Make-up pencils
Thank you for your participation!

Clinton Elementary School Spirit Days
Below you will find the dates of several upcoming school spirit days at Clinton Elementary:

  • Tuesday, February 12 - 100th day celebration - Wear something with 100 things on it or dress like you are 100 years old! (subject to change based on snow days
  • Thursday, February 14 - Friendship Day - Wear Red or Pink
  • Friday, March 1 - Dr. Seuss Day - Wear anything that reminds you of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters
  • Thursday, March 14 - Lucky Day - Go green or wear a rainbow!
Click here for the full list of spirit days for this school year.

** Mrs. Hall is still looking for more pet pictures for the 100th day and Valentines (Friendship) day. You can email them to her at lhall@ccs.edu.

Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

2018 - 2019 Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

Hockeyville USA special section this year!

The 2018 - 2019 Clinton Elementary School yearbook is on sale now! Hurry, don't delay, order today! We only have a select number of books to sell. Deadline for the lower price is January 31, 2019. Price will increase to $25 on February 1, 2019. Reserve your copy online at jostensyearbooks.com Prices start at $20.

We are looking for Hockeyville USA pictures from April 2018 to the time of the big game. Email yearbook@ccspta.info

Clinton Middle School Yearbook

Sports News

Clinton Little League Registration

Clinton AYSO Registration

Community News

KTL Small Hands Big Art

KTL 1/2 K Run/Walk - Saturday, February 2, 10:30 am

Clinton Community Health & Wellness Day - Saturday, February 2, 10:30 am - 2 pm

Christian Sands Trio - Saturday, February 2, 7:30 pm

Hamilton College Performing Arts opens the spring semester with the Christian Sands Trio on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

A five-time Grammy nominee, pianist Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. His goal is to take a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Sands says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” He is joined by Eric Wheeler, bass, and Jerome Jennings, drums. They will be performing tracks off Sands’ latest album Facing Dragons.

In addition to the Hamilton College performance, Sands will give a live interview with Hamilton Jazz Archive director Monk Rowe at 6:30 p.m. in List 106. The public is invited to attend.

The company’s engagement at Hamilton College is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

Valentine's Kids Drop Off - Saturday, February 9, 4 - 7pm

KTL Happy Tails Reading Program - Tuesday, February 12, 4 - 5:30 pm

KTL 3rd Annual Chocolate Throwdown - Thursday, February 14, 5pm

CELC February Vacation Camp - February 19 - 22

Wellin Kids: Doodle & Draw - Friday, February 22, 2 pm
Drop in for free children’s activities and treats! This project mixes pen and ink techniques with doodling fun! Kids will create amazing compositions using a series of lines, dots, zig-zags and squiggles! This project is inspired by the art featured in the Wellin Museum’s permanent collection, on view in Archive Hall.

Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College
198 College Hill Rd
Clinton, NY 13323

Butterfly Kisses Ball - Friday, March 1 or Saturday, March 2

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Spring Break Adventures at The Root Farm

MVCC Test Prep Courses

Dollars for Scholars Wednesdays at Alteri's
Have a pizza and help a student go to college! Every Wednesday during the winter months, when you purchase a pizza from Alteri’s Restaurant in Clinton (dine in or take out), $2 of the price will go to Clinton Dollars for Scholars to support a scholarship to honor Mr. and Mrs. Alteri. The local chapter matches up to $500 to make this a $1,000 scholarship. For more information, go to http://clinton.dollarsforscholars.org.

3rd and 4th Grade I Ski NY Free For Kids Passport

Kirkland Art Center K-12 Art and Movement Camps Spring 2019!

Winter Break

February 18-22, 2019
Cost: $160 per student member / $180 non-member

Spring Break

April 15-19, 2019
Cost: $160 per student member / $180 non-member

The offerings will be divided to accommodate elementary students, junior high students and high school students with appropriately themed art and movement activities for each group. There will be two sessions each day for each group so that they have different activities and a different teacher from the morning session to the afternoon session. Students please bring sack lunches. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Clinton Arena Skating Schedule

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