CSS Newsletter
September 26, 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

Boscov's Friends Helping Friends 25% Off Discount Shopping Pass

Help support the CCS PTA by purchasing a 25% off Discount Shopping Pass for $5. The pass can be used all day on Wednesday, October 16. If you are interested in purchasing a shopping pass, please send an email to ccsnypta@gmail.com

Amazon Smile Now Available in Amazon Shopping App

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.

And now, Amazon Smile is available in the Amazon Shopping App to all Amazon Smile customers using supported Android Devices. Simply follow these instructions to turn on Amazon Smile:

  1. If you have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, open the App on your Android device.
  2. View Settings and select AmazonSmile.
  3. Follow the in-App instructions to complete the process

If you do not have the latest version of the Amazon Shopping App, update your App. Click here for instructions.

AmazonSmile is not currently available for users of the iOS app.

Thank you for your support!

School News

Positivity Project - Teamwork

This school year, CCS is participating in the Positivity Project. A different character trait or topic is highlighted and discussed at school each week. Families are encouraged to follow along with the weekly themes at home to further emphasize each topic. This week's character trait is "Teamwork". According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup:

Teamwork is the ability and willingness to place overall group success as a higher priority than individual achievement. Citizenship is a willingness to work towards the common good as opposed to one's own self-interest. Those who demonstrate strengths in teamwork and citizenship often work to help all group members find success. These individuals are willing to commit time and resources in order to further group goals and help toward the greater good.

This strength is associated with naturally positive feelings that accompany being a member of a family, team, school, political party, ethnic group, or country. However, those positive feelings can come with bad behavior towards the "out-group" in the form of blind obedience, disparaging words, or prejudice. This is important to guard against by leveraging a person's other positive character strengths.

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

Click here to view the complete list of topics for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

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 that were presented at this week's BOE meeting. The public is welcome to attend school board meetings to learn more.

** Click here to view the full agenda from the 9/24/19 Board Meeting, along with additional annotations.

Clinton Music Parents Annual Membership Drive

Clinton Music Parents Annual Apple Sale

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 27 Clinton Homecoming Maroon
Friday, October 18 Pink for Cancer Awareness Anything pink
Friday, October 26 Positive Spirit Day Shirts with a positive message
Friday, Movember 1 Movember Kickoff Pink or blue to channel your inner Piggie or Gerald
Friday, Movember 8 Veterans Day Celebration Red, white, and blue or camouflage

New School Safety Regulations

There are new regulations related to school safety, which involves the annual adoption of the plan by the Board of Education. Before adoption of the plan, it should be posted for at least 30 days for public inspection.

Here is a link to the draft plan that will be reviewed by the Districtwide Safety Team in the coming weeks and recommended for adoption at the October board meeting: Districtwide Safety Plan 2019 for Public Review

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.

Sports News

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

Homecoming Activities

Friday 9/27

4 pm Girls Tennis

5 pm Field Hockey "Pink Game"

5 pm - 7 pm Food trucks at Norton Avenue

Saturday 9/28

9 am Boys and Girls Cross Country @ Proctor Park
for E.J. Herman Invitational

10 am Girls Soccer

12 pm Football with Powder Puff game at halftime

3 pm Boys Soccer

CCS Youth Cross Country Races (Grades 4 - 6)

Cross Country Report

CCS Girls XC ranked 4th in NYS Class C!

The CCS Girls Cross Country team has enjoyed great early success so far this season.

On Saturday September 14th CCS won the New Hartford invitational (all classes and divisions) as Sophomore Madison Luke (Individual race winner!) and Junior Taylor Harvey (3rd place over-all!) led the Girls team to victory.

Saturday the 21st saw the CCS Girls travel to Plattsburgh for the annual NYS pre-state invitational. The meet was conducted in three separate races randomly divided amongst the best teams in the state of New York.

CCS drew NYS Class A #1 ranked Arlington (who won the team competition) yet CCS came up big for the second place award in their race!

Clinton has a 10-12 enrollment number of 286 students while Class A Arlington boasts a 10-12 enrollment of 2,214 (nearly EIGHT times CCS's enrollment!)

The CCS Girls team is currently ranked 4th in the state in class C.

In league news: The CCS Girls are continuing to defend their undefeated dual meet win streak (currently at 61 straight!) at 6-0 so far this season.

CCS boys are 5-2 (But undefeated in CSC Division one play so far) and had a respectable 3rd place finish (Missing 3 of their top 4 runners) in the small school division at the NH Invite on 9/14.

Kirkland Town Library News

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

What Have You Been Reading?

Community News

Volunteers and Donations Needed for Rise Against Hunger (Saturday, September 28)

Clinton Supports

Clinton Community Churches, Service Organizations, and Educational Institutions are helping to provide 45,000 meals for hungry people around the world.

Rise Against Hunger’s meal packaging program is a volunteer-based initiative that coordinates the assembly-line packaging of highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, and 23 essential vitamins and minerals. The program was created to give dedicated individuals and organizations — from businesses to civic clubs — the opportunity to participate in a hands-on international hunger relief program and to become educated, engaged advocates for the world’s hungry. The events also give volunteers hands-on experience in leadership development, team-building, relationship-building, creative problem-solving, and goal-setting and achievement.

While communities work toward a future in which they can thrive, vulnerable families and individuals around the globe still have basic, immediate needs. That’s why Rise Against Hunger supports safety net programs that provide nourishment, as well as additional skills training or services that support the difficult journey out of poverty.

Rise Against Hunger meals are provided in schools to encourage increased enrollment and attendance. For adults in community empowerment programs, the provision of meals offsets productive time lost while attending training sessions. Meals distributed in hospitals and clinics may support patients’ nutritional needs and complement their treatments.

For more information about Rise Against Hunger go to www.riseagainsthunger.org

The Community’s goal is to raise $15,000 or more to fund the meals

  • Each meal costs only 30 cents
  • Several churches and organizations are collecting donations
  • Individuals or businesses can donate directly using the link below

Community volunteers will help package the meals on Saturday, September 28th

  • We will need about 200 people split between 2 shifts: 9am – 11am and 11:30am – 1:30pm
  • Everyone ages 5 to adult are invited to help package meals. Children age 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Register or Donate at http://events.stophungernow.org/ClintonUMC092819

For questions contact Beth Roy at royb03@gmail.com or Amy Bashant at amybashant@gmail.com

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

Hamilton College Departments of Music and Dance Present Family Weekend Performance (Saturday, September 28, 7:30 pm)

The Hamilton College Departments of Music and Dance and Movement Studies will offer a free Family Weekend performance featuring faculty choreography for student dancers, the Hamilton College Choir, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center on the Hamilton College Camus on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 pm.

Hamilton College faculty Bruce Walczyk, Elaine Heekin, Paris Wilcox, and Sandra Stanton-Cotter will all present choreography for student dancers. Under the direction of Danan Tsan, the Hamilton College Choir and College Hill singers will perform. Ubaldo Valli will conduct the Hamilton College Orchestra in the first movement of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Closing the program “Doctuh” Michael Woods will conduct music for the Jazz Ensemble.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is general admission. For more information call the box office at (315) 859-4331 or visit www.hamilton.edu/performingarts.

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

Hamilton College Presents Folk Guitar Concert (Friday, October 4, 7:30 pm)

Hamilton College Presents Folk Guitar Concert

Friday, October 4, 7:30 pm

The Hamilton College Department of Music presents a guitar coffeehouse concert by Adam Dudding, aka The Ramblin’ Brooks on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in Café Opus in Schambach Center on the Hamilton campus.

Adam Brooks Dudding, who teaches folk guitar at Hamilton College, is a performing songwriter, guitarist, and independent recording artist with over two decades of experience as a DIY touring musician and producer. His songs are well-crafted and heartfelt, showcasing his musicianship and eclectic range of styles and influences.

As The Ramblin’ Brooks, Dudding’s passion for storytelling and gritty, blues-based music merges folk, country, pop and psychedelic-rock with contagious grooves. From his Midwestern upbringing and musical dawning in Ohio, to his co-writing and performing adventures in Nashville, Tenn., to cross-cultural sonic explorations discovered in Shanghai, China, Dudding’s wanderlust weaves its way throughout the soundscape of his songs.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the box office at (315) 859-4331.

Fall Fest and the Off the Hill Challenge

Hamilton College Presents Baroque Music by Tempesta di Mare (Saturday, October 5, 7:30 pm)

Hamilton College Presents Baroque Music by Tempesta di Mare

Saturday, October 5, 7:30 pm

The chamber players of Tempesta di Mare present A Tale of Two Italian Cities, chamber music from Venice and Naples on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center for Music and the Performing Arts at Hamilton College.

The group includes Gwyn Roberts, recorder; Emlyn Ngai, violin; Rebecca Harris, violin; Lisa Terry, viola da gamba; Richard Stone, theorbo; and Adam Pearl, harpsichord.

Fanfare magazine recently hailed Tempesta di Mare for its “abundant energy, immaculate ensemble, and undeniable sense of purpose.” Tempesta di Mare performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music.

This program takes a look that early music from Naples and Venice. Naples is represented by the witty Renaissance music of Andrea Falconieri, and quartets by Francesco Mancini and Alessandro Scarlatti. Venice is represented by an opera-inspired sonata by Dario Castello. The program also includes a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi.

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 tickets or more information.

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.

Mayflower Essay Contest (Deadline is November 22, 2019)

MVCC College For Kids and Teens October Classes

Clinton Farmers Market (Thursdays until October 3)

Kirkland Art Center Kids Art Classes