CSS Newsletter
March 28, 2019
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 - Wednesday, April 3, 7pm

The next PTA Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm in the Secondary Media Center. We will discuss recent and upcoming PTA events. We will also elect a nominating committee that will be tasked with selecting a slate of nominees for several open positions within the PTA board for the 2019-2020 school year.

If you would like to know more about the PTA, the open positions, or the nomination process, please reach out to the PTA at ccsnypta@gmail.com and/or attend the April 3 meeting. If you think you may be interested in joining the PTA Board or becoming more active with the PTA, we would love to have you!

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

March's Harvest of the Month is carrots! This week students sampled Honey Carrot Bars and they LOVED them! The carrots were purchased from a New York State farm through a new partnership with Headwater Food Hub. Honey Carrot Bars are available again this Thursday as a side on the menu.

Thank you to the kitchen staff and all our Farm to School volunteers! If you're interested in joining the Farm to School committee, please send an email to farmtoschool@ccspta.info.

If your children are hungry for more Honey Carrot Bars at home, you can make them by taking your favorite plain whole grain muffin recipe and adding 3/4 cup shredded carrots, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a splash of vanilla; bake and enjoy!

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
Black Bean and Corn Salsa April 30 April 30
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

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

** Click here to view the full agenda from the 3/26/19 Board Meeting, along with additional annotations.

Agriculture Literacy Week

Last week was Agriculture Literacy Week in New York State! Several classrooms at Clinton Elementary celebrated the week by bringing agriculture into the classroom.

Volunteers stopped by each 1st and 2nd grade classroom to read "On the Farm at the Market" to the students. The volunteers then shared their experiences in agriculture and conducted an activity with the students. A copy of the book was also donated to the Clinton Elementary Library.

Students in Mrs. Tickle's 2nd grade classroom broke up into small "families". Each family had a budget to purchase items like milk, eggs, berries, apples, eggs, basil, beans, corn, etc from "farmers" in the classroom "Farmer's Market."

The students in Mrs. Stilz's and Mrs. Billard's 1st grade classrooms also got to be farmers and customers at the "Farmer's Market." The students enjoyed the story and activity and learned a lot about agriculture! The cafeteria staff supported Agriculture Literacy Week by providing mini carrot cake muffins for the students in classrooms that participated.

Harvest of the Month Mystery Box

Kindergarteners completed another successful Harvest of the Month Mystery Box lesson! Students described the mystery item as long, bumpy, stringy, pointy, wet, hard, big, heavy, smooth, grassy, leafy, and dirty and most were able to guess without looking that they were feeling carrots! Each student then closely examined, touched, sniffed, licked and finally crunched fresh, local carrot “wands.” Every single kindergartner at least nibbled the carrot- such great taste testers!

TEDx Clinton Middle School - Friday, April 5, 5:30pm

Positivity Project - Fairness
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 strength is fairness. According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup:

Fairness is the product of moral judgment – the process by which people determine what is morally right and what is morally wrong. Moral reasoning has been explored and analyzed in two main traditions: the justice reasoning approach and the care reasoning approach.

Justice reasoning emphasizes the use of reason and logic. In justice reasoning, fairness is determined by objectively weighing what is right or wrong, as determined by a group, society, or universal ethical principles. Care reasoning, by contrast, emphasizes care and compassion. This approach uses concepts like empathy – and understanding and accounting for the needs, interests, and well-being of another person – when making moral decisions.

Although the two approaches are different, most people use a blend of justice and care reasoning when making choices related to fairness.

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

Used Soccer Equipment Needed

My name is Celso Vasquez. I am a Junior at Clinton High School. I was a student in Guatemala until I was 13 years old. Many of the children in Guatemala lack equipment to play soccer and resort to playing with grocery bags rolled into a ball.

For a class project I would like to send these unfortunate children used soccer equipment that your children have outgrown. There is a drop off box located at Access Federal Credit Union in Clinton, NY and at the Clinton Elementary School and High School.

Collection will be starting on March 1st lasting through April 30th.

Items should fit students ages 6 - 11.

  • Cleats / sneakers
  • Deflated soccer balls
  • Shin guards
  • Jerseys
  • Goalie gloves
  • Shorts
  • Soccer Socks

Thank you!

Board of Education Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions for any CCS district resident wishing to run for a seat on the Board of Education are now available in the Superintendent's Office. Petitions must be filed by 5:00 pm on April 22nd.

The qualifications for a member of the Board of Education are that the individual:

  1. must be able to read and write;

  2. must be a qualified voter of the District; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be an incompetent, (Note: a convicted felon is barred from running for a seat on a Board of Education if his or her maximum prison sentence has not expired or if he or she has not been pardoned or discharged from parole);

  3. must be and have been a resident of the School District for at least one year prior to election;

  4. may not have been removed from any School District office within the preceding year;

  5. may not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family;

  6. may not be a current employee of the School District; and

  7. may not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.

Counseling Office Newsletter

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, April 5 - Autism Awareness Day - Light up the world with blue! *Please Note this is a new date
  • 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.

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.

Clinton Middle School Yearbook

Sports News

Waterville Pop Warner Chicken BBQ and Early Registration - Sunday, April 7, 12 pm

Kirkland Town Library News

YouTube Karaoke - Thursday, March 28, 6 pm

Friends of the KTL Annual Meeting - Tuesday, April 2, 6 pm

Hamilbrary - Thursday, April 11, 7 pm

Book Bingo - Friday, April 12, 1 pm

School Break Classes and Camps

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Spring Break Adventures at The Root Farm

MVCC emPower Up!

CELC Summer Camp

Summer Reading Skills

Community News

CPV Rescue and Sanctuary Coloring Contest

Hamilton College Presents Cantus - Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm

Hamilton College Performing Arts presents Cantus Vocal Ensemble on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts.

The men’s vocal ensemble Cantus is widely known for its trademark warmth and blend, innovative programming, and engaging performances of music ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century. As one of the nation’s few full-time vocal ensembles, Cantus has grown in prominence with its distinctive approach to creating music. Working without a conductor, the members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, each contributing to the entirety of the artistic process.

In their 2018–19 touring program Alone Together, Cantus explores what it means to connect in a modern world where our ability to communicate has never been easier or more advanced, but where the rifts between nations, among communities, and in individual relationships only seem to widen. The program is anchored by three works written for Cantus specifically around themes of technology and connection in our modern world. The program, weaving in music by Jennifer Higdon, Laura Mvula, McCartney and Lennon, Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, and Sydney Guillaume, will be presented in 36 cities and 21 states and provinces including New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Committed to the expansion of the vocal music repertoire, Cantus actively commissions new music and seeks to unearth rarely performed repertoire for men’s voices. Cantus has received commissioning grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. Additionally, Cantus has a rich history of collaborations with other performing arts organizations, including the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. The ensemble is heard frequently on classical public radio nationwide. Cantus has released 18 recordings on the group’s self-titled label. Cantus was also an Artist in Residence on Minnesota Public Radio and on American Public Media’s Performance Today.

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 hamilton.edu/performingarts.

62nd Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, April 6, 6:30 am - 1 pm

Wellin Kids: Paper, Shapes & Paste - Friday, April 12, 2pm - 3pm
Drop in for free children’s activities and treats! Kids will use combine shapes and lines to create something brand new! This project is inspired by the art featured in Theaters of Fiction, on view from February 16 to June 9, 2019.

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

Clinton Dollars for Scholars 13th Annual Raffle - Saturday, April 27, 1pm

Spring is here and it is finally that time of year for your chance to win a choice of a brand-new Ferris IS600Z riding mower or $3,000 cash prize!

Raffle tickets are $20 each and only 700 are sold. Tickets are available for sale at Clinton Tractor, Alteri’s Restaurant and Clinton Agway, or from any Clinton Dollars for Scholars Board members until the drawing.

We will also be holding some additional community sales for tickets Saturday, April 6 at Cliff’s Market, from 10 am until 2 pm, located on the corner of Routes 5 and 233 in Kirkland and Saturday, April 13 at ACCESS Federal Credit Union in Clinton from 9 am until 12 noon.

All proceeds from the raffle sale stay local and go towards supporting scholarships for graduating Clinton Central School students.

Raffle drawing will be held Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Clinton Tractor’s Open House at 1pm. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

For more information, visit http://clinton.dollarsforscholars.org

Community Collection Day - Saturday, April 27, 9am - 12pm

Journey for Sight 10K & 5K Walk - Saturday, May 18

MVCC Test Prep Courses

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