CSS Newsletter
September 12, 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 Membership

Your PTA is made up of CCS parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and our wonderful teachers! Without your help and donations, some of the below events wouldn't be possible.

Clinton PTA Sponsored Events:

  • Funding for school activities such as Arbor Day plaques, book fair, The Brain Show, and other requested items
  • High school scholarships
  • Funding for Science Fairs
  • Funding for field trips such as 8th Grade Class Trip
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Teacher Appreciation Lunch
  • First Day of School Parent Coffee
  • Clinton District-Wide Spirit Wear Sale
  • Weekly Newsletter
  • And much much more!

If you would like to join the PTA this year or renew your membership, please visit ccsnypta.memberhub.store. It is NOT mandatory that you volunteer or attend meetings.

First Day of School Parent Coffee
The PTA welcomed back parents on the first day of school with breakfast treats and beverages. Thank you to Utica Coffee for donating the coffee, to the elementary school kitchen staff for providing zucchini bread, and to all of the parents that attended!

General PTA Meeting (Wednesday, September 25, 7pm)

Please join us for the first Clinton PTA General Meeting of the school year on Wednesday, September 25 at 7 pm in the *Senior Lounge. We will discuss upcoming events and vote on our budget for the 2019-2020 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!

** Please note that this location is not the usual location due to construction. If you enter the high school from the bus circle and go in the doors under the “blue ribbon school” banner, the senior lounge is the first door on the left. (Alternately, you can access the senior lounge through the cafeteria.)

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


Price Chopper Tools for 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 the Clinton Hannaford 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

PSAT Registration Information

Young Entrepreneurs Academy (Grades 6 - 12)

What is YEA?

Started at the University of Rochester in 2004 with support from the Kauffman Foundation, YEA is now in 168 communities across America with classes also in Shanghai, China and India. More than 4,000 students nationwide have launched over 3,000 businesses and social movements. This will be the eighth year that Mohawk Valley Community College has hosted it in the greater Utica area and applications are now open for the upcoming class.

Who can apply?

Students from all local school districts are encouraged to apply and educators are invited to nominate students they believe will excel in the program. Full and partial scholarships are available to qualifying students.

The class is open to students in grades 6-12 (ages 11 to 18) from any local school district and class size is limited.

When are classes?

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from October 16, 2019 - May 13, 2020 from 4:30-7:30pm at Mohawk Valley Community College's Utica campus, with no classes held during school breaks.

What is the class like?

During the class, students:

  • Learn how to create a business they are passionate about
  • Complete market research and develop a business plan
  • Work one-on-one with business mentors and graphic designers
  • Attend field trips to learn from local entrepreneurs
  • Pitch their ideas at a "Shark Tank-style" investor panel presentation to win real start-up funds
  • Legally register their business as a DBA
  • Take part in a trade show
  • Graduate from the program with lifelong leadership and business skills
One student from the program is chosen to represent our class at the Saunders Scholars national competition at RIT and will compete against students from all over the country!


Student will need to complete

  1. The application
  2. Answer three short answer questions
  3. Write a short, 300-word essay
  4. Get one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  5. Get a copy of your academic transcript
  6. Complete an in-person interview with us
Acceptance into the program is based on all aspects of the completed application as well as the personal interview. Prior business experience is not required, nor is it required to have a business idea prior to the start of class.


For students:

For educators:

2019-2020 Calendar

  • Application deadline: October 4, 2019
  • Parent/Student Orientation: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:30pm at MVCC
  • First Class: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
  • Investor Panel: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Trade Show and Graduation: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • National Saunders Scholars Competition in Rochester, NY: April 29 – May 2, 2020

Thank you to our 2019-2020 program partners:

  • M&T Bank/Partners Trust Bank Charitable Fund
  • Berkshire Bank

YEA! USA is made possible by the Kauffman Foundation, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the E. Philip Saunders Foundation. We also thank our national supporters - Sam's Club and Southwest Airlines.

St. Jude Walk/Run

As a member of The Mohawk Valley for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital committee I would like to ask that your district students and families consider participating in our 2019 St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer.

Our walk is held each year in September in Whitesboro as we strive to educate the people in this area about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Although St. Jude hospital in in Memphis their research is shared worldwide, for free, and the money raised helps fund not only the research but also the treatment for children with cancer and life threatening diseases. All children are treated for free and all of the family travel, lodging and meals are covered at no cost to them.

On September 14, 2019 we will be walking/running from Whitesboro High School to the Village Green on Main Street (roughly a 5K) to support St. Jude. It would be awesome to see the students/school sports teams and families attend this great event. There will be both food and ice cream vendors in the Village Green at the finish, along with many raffles. Big Frog will be broadcasting from the gazebo at that time and the Utica College Men's Hockey team will be available to sign autographs.

Below you will find the flyer for this year's walk/run as it includes the details on time and location along with contact information should you have any questions.

Thank you for your time,

Deb Manley
Mohawk Valley for St. Jude committee


The Clinton Central School District participates in the MySchoolBucks lunch account program. You can go to https://www.myschoolbucks.com, where you can create a free account to view recent cafeteria purchases, check balances, add funds, and set up low balance alerts. There is also a mobile app for your iPhone, Android or Windows phone! If you prefer, you can still send in checks to load your child's account and just use MySchoolBucks to monitor the balance.


Farm to School News

Farm to School Tip of the Week

Some healthy swaps to try this week:

  • Whole grains instead of refined grains whenever possible.
  • Fruits, vegetables, and beans instead of supplements to provide the fiber and vitamins they contain.
  • A skinless chicken breast cooked with healthful ingredients instead of chicken nuggets processed with added fats, flavorings, and preservatives.
  • A baked potato with chopped green onions and light sour cream instead of a bag of sour cream and onion potato chips.
  • Fresh berries with breakfast instead of raspberry toaster pastries or breakfast bars.
  • A blueberry smoothie made with blueberries, yogurt, and a frozen banana instead of a blue-colored slushy or icee.

Many health experts believe that eating more whole foods is our best bet for improving health and preventing disease. Whole foods – like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and legumes -- retain their fiber as well as the whole portfolio of beneficial phytochemicals and nutrients that are often removed in processed foods.

From WebMD

Nutrition Notes: September 2019

Sports News

Clinton Girls Tennis Scarecrow Fundraiser (Saturday, September 14, 9am - 12pm)

Homecoming Food Truck Night (Friday, September 27, 5pm - 7pm)

Clinton Field Hockey Tuesday Pizzas at Alteri's
Tuesday Pizzas at Alteri's!! It's what's for dinner! Alteri's will donate $2 of every pizza ordered on each Tuesday in the month of September! Thank you Alteri's for supporting the Clinton Field Hockey Program once again this year!!

Kirkland Town Library News

Story Times at the Kirkland Town Library

Constitution Week Activities (Tuesday, September 17, 3:30pm)

Downton Abbey Tea & Trivia (Wednesday, September 18, 6pm)

Cookbook Club (Thursday, September 19, 7pm)

Community News

KAC Dance Classes

The Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY is delighted to announce a new partnership with Ballet Arts of CNY that will provide a full program of ballet instruction for young dancers in the KAC dance studio. The owner and principleballet instructor at Ballet Arts of CNY, Melissa Larish, will lead the program, Ballet Arts at KAC, which starts in early September.

Larish, who is also Artist Director of Mohawk Valley Ballet, has been teaching ballet locally for over ten years and took ownership of Ballet Arts in 2010. She is a registered instructor for The Royal Academy of Dance and loves to share her extensive training and professional performance experience with the next generation of ballet dancers.

"We love partnering with local arts groups, and we are so delighted to welcome Ballet Arts to the KAC," said Marilee Ensign, KAC executive director. Larish states, "Ballet Arts is delighted to establish a residency agreement with the Kirkland Art Center. With its wonderful reputation as a learning institution, the KAC is a perfect fit for a Ballet Arts."

Larish will focus the program at the Kirkland Art Center on younger dancers. Starting with Dance to Your Own Tune, Larish brings a sense of movement, rhythm and music appreciation to 4 ½ - 6 year-year-olds through beginning ballet steps and positions. Next, the Primary Class establishes strong foundations in ballet, while maintaining an atmosphere of fun for children ages 6 – 9. Further ballet training will also be offered for Grades 1 – 3. Online registration for these classes is available through http://www.balletartsofcny.com.

The mission of the Kirkland Art Center is to educate children and adults to advocate for artists and the arts, and to engage the community in a range or cultural experience and opportunities.

Clinton Farmers Market (Thursdays until October 3)

Constitution Week
The Oneida Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution would like to remind us about Constitution Week (Sept 17 - 23) and Constitution Day (Sept 17). The mayor of Clinton, Steven Bellona, declared Sept 17 as Constitution Day in Clinton and encouraged education of and reading through the Constitution by all its citizens.

Classical Indian Music by Ustad Shafaat Khan (Friday, September 20, 7:30 pm)

Hamilton College Presents Classical Indian Music by Ustad Shafaat Khan

Hamilton College Performing Arts opens the fall season with a concert of sitar and tabla with Ustad Shafaat Khan on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College campus.

World-renowned Indian classical musician Ustad Shafaat Khan presents a concert of classical and folk music from India dating back to the 13th century. The first half of the concert features the tabla and a recitation of ancient tabla language. The second half of the concert includes sitar and vocals with accompaniment on tabla. Lyrics include the poetry of Rumi and Hazrat Ameer Khusru. Khan is joined by Mariah Del Rio, tanpura and vocals; Rishy Mehrotra, tabla; and Daniel Johnson, folk percussion.

In additon to extensive touring in the United States, Khan has performed in India, Pakistan, Japan, Russia, China, Malaysia, UK, Germany, France, and Italy, and other European countries. He shared a television performance with Ray Charles in Germany and recently performed alongside Stevie Wonder at the Bonaroo Festival. Khan was presented with the Professional Excellence Award for an outstanding musician, performer, and teacher by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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

Chelsea Opera Presents Paul Jacobs and Leonarda Priore (Sunday, September 22, 3pm)

Chelsea Opera presents
Grammy Winning Organist Paul Jacobs
and Guest Soloist mezzo soprano Leonarda Priore
… in Utica, NY

Join Chelsea Opera (co-founded by Leonarda Priore and Lynne Hayden-Findlay) as they kickstart their 16th Season with a special solo organ performance by internationally renowned organist Paul Jacobs in Utica, NY. Local audiences will not want to miss this opportunity to hear this celebration of a unique instrument, played by the only organist to win a Grammy. Mr. Jacobs will perform on Grace Church's thirty-six year old Holtkamp Organ, with sixty-four ranks. The concert will also feature a guest solo by Utica born-and-raised Mezzo-Soprano (and Chelsea Opera founder/president!) Leonarda Priore. There will be one performance on Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00pm at Grace Church (6 Elizabeth Street, Utica, NY). The concert, which is supported in part by the Central New York Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in Utica, New York and Grace Church, is free to the public, with free will donations accepted. Visit http://www.chelseaopera.org/events.html for more information or call 917-797-3152.

Country Pantry (Saturday, September 28, 7:30am - 11am)

Clinton Cub Scouts Pack 9 Sign-Up Event (Sunday, September 29, 4pm)

Clinton Symphony of the Mohawk Valley (Sunday, October 6, 2:30 pm)


Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at the Clinton Performing Arts Complex

Maestro Octavio Mas-Arocas is our guest conductor, and will present a pre-concert lecture at 1:30.

Our featured guest artist will be pianist David Kim, well-known to audiences in the greater Clinton area. He will perform the Piano Concerto No. 2, c minor, op.18 of Serge Rachmaninoff, in memory of his mother, Susan Kim. “We enthusiastically welcome him back,” stated Music Director Charles Schneider. “He was the soloist on our very first concert and enjoyed a rousing success!”

The orchestra will open the concert with the renowned epic tone poem of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade

Open-seating Tickets are $35 for adults and FREE for all students with ID.

For reservations, please call 315-404-2016 or mail payments to CSOMV, PO Box 270, Clinton, NY 13323

Also, tax-deductible donations may be made to “Clinton Symphony Orchestra” and mailed to the PO Box above.