CSS Newsletter
February 28, 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, April 3, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Sale

The Brain Show

The Clinton Central School PTA is proud to sponsor The Brain Show Educational Assembly for all elementary school students on March 28! The Brain Show has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States. The assembly will be a highly educational and interactive game show, offering authentic fun and the excitement of a real live TV game show, including colorful podiums with computerized lights and sounds!

Farm to School Sample Day
The harvest of the month for February is mini potatoes! On Wednesday, February 27 elementary students sampled roasted purple potatoes from Common Thread Community Farm in Madison, NY. Thank you to all our food-venturous elementary students for trying something new! And thank you to our kitchen staff and Farm to School Volunteers for making HOM possible!

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
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

Clinton Middle School Students of the Month
The honored Students of the Month exhibit excellence in academics, citizenship, and the core values of Clinton Middle School. Each student selected exemplifies a specific character trait that supports our positive school community.
January - Perseverance
The character trait for the month of January was sponsored by the Clinton Middle School Student Council. Perseverance is working hard to finish what you start. A person who displays perseverance is goal directed despite challenges and difficulties.
8th Grade

The 8th grade student of the month for January is Sophia Landry! Her teachers recognized her for the character strength of perseverance because of her persistence and determination that will lead her to much success.

7th Grade

The 7th grade student of the month for January is Abigail Hemstrought! Her teachers recognized her for the character strength of perseverance because she is a consistently hard worker who tries her best both in school and athletics.
6th Grade

The 6th grade students of the month for January are Lees Divine and Evy Dawes! Lees' teachers recognized him for the character strength of perseverance because he works through challenging obstacles with grit and determination.
6th Grade

Evy's teachers recognized her for the character strength of perseverance because she always has her work completed and has the drive to be successful in life.

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 February. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings to learn more.

** Click here to view the full agenda from the 2/26/19 Board Meeting, along with additional annotations.

Counseling Office Newsletter

General Chemistry Class Curling Trip

Recently the General Chemistry class went curling at the Utica Curling Club. They enjoyed the sport and learned so much about the chemistry of the ice and the physics involved in curling. Many volunteers curlers came out to instruct us including retired Media Center Specialist, Mrs. Linda Chesebro. It was a terrific field trip!

Positivity Project - Enthusiasm
This school year, CCS is participating in the Positivity Project. A different character trait or topic is highlighted and discussed at school each week. This week's character trait is "Enthusiasm". According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup:

Enthusiasm is the ability to bring life and excitement to different situations. It often leads to a higher level of involvement and engagement both for individuals and for groups. Those who demonstrate zest and enthusiasm bring an energy and level of intensity to individual and group work.

People with enthusiasm and zest are happy, but this strength goes beyond happiness or pleasure. It is an activated positive energy, and associated with self-realization and autonomy. Enthusiasm is a strength that has strong connotations with both physical and mental vitality and well-being. It can be fortified through diet, exercise, mindset, and social connection.

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

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.

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:

  • 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!
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Autism Awareness Day - Light up the world with blue!
  • Thursday, April 11 - Clinton Warrior Day - Wear school colors
  • Friday, April 26 - Earth Day/Arbor Day - Wear green or animal print
Click here for the full list of spirit days for this school year.

** Mrs. Hall is still looking for more pet pictures for "Lucky Day" (wear green) and "Dr Seuss Day" (wear anything that reminds you of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters). 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. Reserve your copy online at jostensyearbooks.com Prices start at $25.

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

Modified Baseball Coach Needed
From the CCS Athletic Office:

We are in need of a Modified Baseball Coach for the spring sports season. If you would like to apply, or know someone who would, please contact Michael King at 315-557-2231.

Clinton Little League Registration

Clinton AYSO Registration
** Registration is rescheduled for Thursday, February 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

School Break Classes and Camps

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Spring Break Adventures at The Root Farm

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

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.

Community News

Hannaford Helps Cause Bag - Clinton Pool

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

Hamilton College Presents Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity - Saturday, March 2, 7:30 pm
Hamilton College Performing Arts presents Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity on Saturday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts. Suitable for ages 12 and up, this event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theater production by Ping Chong + Company exploring the social challenges faced by young Muslims — at school, at work, and anywhere else. The five performers in Beyond Sacred all came of age in a post-9/11 society. They hail from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, reflecting a wide range of Muslim identities. The cast includes members who have converted to Islam, as well as members who were raised Muslim, but have since left the faith, those who identify as “culturally” Muslim, and those who are observant on a daily basis. Together their true stories create a beautiful, funny, and intensely poignant evening.

This powerful theater piece promotes greater understanding among and within Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The audience is invited to stay for a discussion with the cast immediately following the performance.

In addition to the public performance, members of the cast will host a community discussion, moderated by Professor Erol Balkan, at The Other Side on Genesee Street in Utica on Friday, March 1 at 5 pm. The discussion is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

Call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts for information or tickets to the March 2 performance.

Hamilton College Spring Dance Concert - March 8 & 9
The Hamilton College Department of Dance and Movement Studies will present its annual Spring Dance Concert on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and Performing Arts on the Hamilton campus. The performance will feature Hamilton student dancers and choreography by Hamilton faculty Elaine Heekin, Sandra Stanton-Cotter, Bruce Walczyk, Paris Wilcox, in addition to guest choreographer John Castagna.

John Castagna, a resident choreographer of The Ballet Collective in Los Angeles, Calif., joins Hamilton College for another year of new contemporary ballet. Castagna’s piece AGE of ANXIETY will be set to excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2.

Catacombs, a piece choreographed by Professor Elaine Heekin set to The Gusla Male Choir (Old Bulgarian and Russian Orthodox chants).

Sandra Stanton-Cotter is a lecturer in dance and movement studies at Hamilton. She will present First and Last Night set by Allegretto and Vivace, Chamber music of Bernard Herrmann and Jerome Moross.

“Open House at the Stickland Academy of Filipino Martial Arts” choreographed by Professor Bruce Walczyk is presented in a “lecture/demonstration” format utilizing set patterns and structured improvisation. The use of fire hardened rattan sticks such as olisi, bangkaw, olisi palad, serrada olisi and yantok along with Richard Lloyd on percussion help to create the soundscore for this piece that blends the visual and sound output of various rompido, abaniko, sinawali and sumbrada patterns.

Hamilton alumnus Paris Wilcox is a lecturer in dance and movement studies at Hamilton. He will present Bach Be Brevis, which will include Hamilton students, Jackson Bedford, Haley Raphael and Marjorie Wang.

Tickets for this event are $5 for adults/ $3 for senior citizens and students. For more information call: (315) 859-4331 or visit: www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

SkillsUSA Opioid Forum - Tuesday, March 12, 6 pm

Clinton Symphony Orchestra - Sunday, March 17, 2:30 pm

BOCES Nutrition Notes

Eat Smart NY Harvest of the Month - Potatoes

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

Clinton Arena Skating Schedule

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