CSS Newsletter
September 19, 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.

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!

School News

Clinton Elementary School Spirit Days

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

Date Spirit Day What to Wear
Friday, September 20 Clinton Warrior Day Maroon
Friday, October 18 Pink for Cancer Awareness Anythink pink
Friday, October 26 Positive Spirit Day Shirts with a positive message

Clinton Music Parents Annual Membership Drive

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.

Farm to School News

Farm to School Tip of the Week

According to heart.org, there are some specific foods to keep an eye on to boost your mood:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables -- An apple a day keeps the doctor away--and maybe the psychiatrist, too. As noted, fruits and veg have been linked to higher levels of happiness.
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids – This is the good stuff, found in foods like fish and nut oils. Low Omega-3 fatty acids have been correlated to depression and impulsivity. Getting plenty of this in your diet keeps your levels high, and that’s a good thing.
  3. Chocolate – As a special treat, chocolate may have properties that improve mood and even reduce tension. But remember, the key is to choose real chocolate (dark is best), and in moderation.

Farm to School Sample Day - Crispy Garlic Green Beans
September's Harvest of the Month is Green Beans! This week students sampled Crispy Garlic Green Beans, which will be served as a side on the menu this Friday. The beans used for sampling were grown locally. Green beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K, and of folic acid and fiber. Thank you so much to our volunteers that served samples, the kitchen staff for preparing the food, and to the students for being such great taste testers!

Sports News

Learn To Skate (Friday, September 20, 3pm - 5pm)

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

Cookbook Club (Thursday, September 19, 7pm)

Pop-Up Podcast "On Beeing" (Tuesday, September 24, 4:30 pm)

Hamilbrary - David Gapp on The Poison Squad (Sunday, October 6, 1:30 pm)

Community News

Clinton Farmers Market (Thursdays until October 3)

Kirkland Art Center Kids Art Classes

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)

Clark Mills Cub Scouts Pack 44 Sign Up Night (Wednesday, September 25, 6pm)

MVCC College For Kids and Teens October Classes

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.