CSS Newsletter
January 9, 2020
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 Utica Coffee Sale - Order Deadline is January 24

The CCS PTA is having a Utica Coffee Fundraiser! You can place your order online at ccspta.info/uticacoffee or complete the paper order form if you received one.

Orders will arrive in time for the next scheduled PTA meeting on February 5 at 7:00 pm in the Secondary Media Center. All orders should be picked up at that time. If you are unable to pick up your order on February 5, please contact us at ClintonUticaCoffee@gmail.com to make an alternate arrangement.

Your purchase helps support all of the great programs and activities that the PTA funds throughout the year, including senior scholarships, elementary class trips, the middle school NYC trip, the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon, and the Ice Cream Social.

Thank you for your support!

CCS PTA Bylaws Draft
In accordance with the regulations set forth by the New York State PTA, our unit is required to renew its bylaws every 3 years. As the current bylaws are expiring soon, a committee has met to prepare a draft copy of new bylaws to be voted on at the February 5 PTA Meeting. The bylaws draft has been posted online so that members have time to review them before the vote.

General PTA Meeting (Wednesday, February 5, 7pm)

Please join us for our Feburary PTA Meeting on Wednesday, February 5 at 7 pm in the Secondary Media Center. We will discuss recent and upcoming business and also vote on the proposed bylaws for our unit. All parents, guardians, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend! We hope to see you there!

School News

Positivity Project - Prudence

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 topic is Prudence.

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.

What's New with Rachel's Warriors?

Up-Stander Awards
On December 19th we recognized four individuals as being up-standers at CCS middle school. An up-stander is someone who takes a stand against bullying and sticks up for someone in a bullying situation. These students were anonymously acknowledged by teachers or peers for being an up-stander. Congratulations! Thank you for making CCS middle school a more kind and caring community!

Up-standers from left to right: Ariana Febus, Kyler Stoddard, Benjamin Copperwheat (absent: Ava Brice)

The Great Kindness Challenge
The official 2020 Great Kindness challenge week will be the week of January 27th-January 31st. This is a challenge to encourage students to do as many kind deeds as possible in one week. Rachel’s Warriors encourages students to be kind to others all year but this is a week when we especially try to spread awareness to both students and families. We will be asking students to write down acts of kindness that they see or do on kindness strips. Our goal will be to create a large kindness chain to stretch around the halls of the middle school. Our hope is that it will encourage students to be extra kind this week but to also practice kindness all year long. Information about the kindness challenge can be found at https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com. Acts of kindness can be done at home too! Check out the family edition of the kindness challenge at the website above.

"Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
--Mark Twain

Masquerade Dance
Rachel’s Warriors hosted the middle school masquerade dance on Friday, January 10th. We had a great turn out and a lot of fun. Students enjoyed a photo booth, Masquerade masks, hats, boas, and beads.

Green Team News

Jamie Tuttle from the Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority spoke to the Green Team members at our meeting this week. She taught the students all about recycling and answered many questions. She also handed out recycling posters and pencils made from recycled money. The students enjoyed her presentation and learned a lot!

Clinton Elementary students featured on WUTR

Each morning during Good Morning America, WUTR broadcasts a clip of a class from a local school reciting the Pledge of allegiance. Ms. Mercer's classroom was featured this week. Keep an eye out for Mrs. Roy's class on January 16, Mrs. Dunn's class on January 20, Mrs. Karas's class on January 22, and Mrs. Heintz's class on January 24. For more information visit https://www.cnyhomepage.com/pledgeofallegiance

Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

2020 Clinton Elementary School Yearbook

The 2019 - 2020 Clinton Elementary School yearbook is on sale now at jostensyearbooks.com!

Yearbooks are $20 plus tax if ordered by 1/31/2020. Personalizations are an addional charge and must be placed by 1/31/2020. Orders placed after 1/31/2020 will start at $25 plus tax.

If you have pictures from the school that you would like to submit, please send them to smith853a@gmail.com

Winter Hat and Gloves Donations

Air Force ROTC Shadow Day 2020 (Monday, February 17)

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, January 24 Hawaiian Day Hawaiian clothes
Thursday, February 13
*Date subject to change based on snow days
100th Day Celebration Wear something with 100 things on it or dress like you are 100 years old
Friday, February 14 Friendship Day Red or pink

Clinton Middle School Yearbook Order Form

Sports News

Indoor Track Updates

The Indoor track teams have been busy since the end of December.

The boys have placed 3rd in the last two 30+ school meets and the girls have placed 2nd in both as well.

Several relay records have fallen this season so far:

On the Girls side, Junior Taylor Harvey and Sophomore Madison Luke teamed up to break the 2x1000 record with an aggregate time of 6:23.64 (old record was 6:29.24 set in 2001/02 by Jenny Ryan and Meaghen Dunn)

Luke also teamed up with Junior Emily Hemstrought to break the 2xMile record with an aggregate time of 11:19.64 (old record 11:24.95 set in 2016/17 by Emma Novak and Taylor Harvey)

Junior Madeline Walters and Sophomore Jenna Deep combined for a 58' 6.50" total in the 2x20 pound weight throw relay (surpassing the old mark of 58' 2.25 set by Libby Militello and Brenna Masner in 2017/18)

The girls 2xPole Vault record has had some interesting developments as it has been tied TWICE this year with 2 different combinations involving 3 different athletes! This record is now "shared" by 5 different athletes in 3 different combinations!

Senior Piper Davignon & Junior Katie Dewhurst first teamed up with a combined 16' 6" to tie the "old" record of Hannah Shankman & Marissa Cornelius from 2013/14. Davignon then teamed up with sophomore Claire Barone to again equal that mark.

On the boys end:

Seniors Luke Stell & Matt Lewis combined for 17.42 to break the old record of 17.53 in the 2x55HH set by Luke Stell & Justin Stell just last season.

Indoor Track Results - 1/10/2020

Discus University Throws Club

Kirkland Town Library News

Extended Weekend Hours

Conversation about Gorilla and the Bird (Sunday, January 26, 1pm)

Sunday Story Time (Sunday, January 19, 1pm)

Spa for Dolls (Sunday, February 9, 1pm)

Community News

MVCC Parent/Child Classes

MVCC School Break Kids Camps

Clinton Arena Public Skating

Alteri's Restaurant and Clinton Dollars for Scholars

Alteri’s Restaurant on 7 College Street in Clinton, is again teaming up with the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars to help raise funds for graduating Clinton Central School students.

Any pizza purchased on Wednesday earns $2 for the Clinton Dollars for Scholars/Alteri’s scholarship fund. Eat in or take out! Alteri’s will donate either way!

Eat locally and support local graduates. Alteri’s Pizza + Clinton Dollars for Scholars = Success for our students!

For more information on Clinton Dollars for Scholars and ways to support our students, visit http://clinton.dollarsforscholars.org

Wellin Kids: Fabulous Foil Forms - Saturday, January 25, 2 - 3 pm

Wellin Kids: Fabulous Foil Forms

Saturday, January 25, 2 - 3 pm

Drop in for free children’s activities and treats!

Families and children ages 5 - 10.

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


Click here for a list of the Wellin Kids activities scheduled for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

Ski / NY - Kids Passport Program