CSS Newsletter
October 3, 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

School News

Positivity Project - Open-mindedness

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 "Open-mindedness". According to the Positivity Project's Weekly Roundup:

Open-mindedness is the willingness to actively search for evidence that goes against one's favored beliefs, plans, or goals. Open-minded individuals are able to weigh all evidence fairly, when it is available. They see the other side and fight the tendency to have a bias for their own views. And, rather than favoring the socially dominant views, they give attention to those that are less dominant.

This character strength helps individuals build knowledge about specific issues or points of view – and provide sound recommendations and advice. Open-minded people do not jump to conclusions. Instead, they seek out and examine all of the available evidence before forming an opinion.

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.

Mohawk Valley Counselors' Association College Night (Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 - 8:30 pm)

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, 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

SUNY Financial Aid Days

Seniors and Parents of Seniors

SUNY Financial Aid Days

Are you looking for help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

We encourage you to consider attending one of the following workshops. Financial aid representatives will be available to assist families with the completion of the FAFSA form.

*All students are eligible for support.

You do not need to apply to a SUNY school to attend these events.

*To register for these events, please go to https://engage.suny.edu

Click whichever fair you are interested in to complete the registration process*

  • Mohawk Valley Community College
    1101 Sherman Drive, Utica NY 13501
    Please go to the Lobby of Payne Hall
    Saturday, November 9 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Morrisville State College
    80 Eaton St, Morrisville NY 13408
    Please go to the Lower Level of Charlton Hall
    Saturday, November 9 at 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Herkimer Community College
    100 Reservoir Rd, Herkimer NY 13350
    Please go to the Academic Support Center Computer Lab, Ronald William Library
    Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Middle School Counseling Office News - Fall 2019

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.

Clinton Middle School Yearbook Order Form

Farm to School News

BOCES Nutrition Notes - October 2019

Earth-Friendly Tip of the Week

Bring your own reusable containers to restaurants for your leftovers. Not only is it more environmentally friendly than styrofoam containers, but your food will also stay fresh for longer!

**Submit your Earth-friendly or nutrition tips to farmtoschool@ccspta.info. We would love to share your ideas!

Sports News

CCS Youth Cross Country Races (Grades 4 - 6)

Last Week's Results:

Clinton Girls Varsity Hockey fundraiser at Alteri's (Wednesdays in October)

Kirkland Town Library News

5th Annual Storybook Pumpkin Expo

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

Explore Clinton

Community News

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

Fall Kids Clothing Exchange (Saturday, October 5, 9am - 12pm)

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 (Last Day - October 3)

Kirkland Art Center Kids Art Classes