Keystone is a career and college readiness course for ninth graders. This introductory course includes content in self-development, career clusters, pathways, and choices, as well as financial planning. The students learn multiple transferable skills that prepare them for interviews and potential job positions in the future.
Today the Clinton Public School District received a Beacon Award, the highest award given by the Mississippi School Boards Association, for the strength of its academic programs. Clinton is an A-rated school district and the third highest-achieving school district in Mississippi.
Ninth-graders got a practical lesson in personal finance this week at the Sumner Hill Junior High School Reality Fair.
Congratulations to Larry Thompson (center), the Clinton Public School District's Maintenance Employee of the Year! This award is given annually to a Maintenance Department employee based on voting by school district employees. This is Thompson's third time to win this award. Presenting his award are (from left) Maintenance Director Bo Barksdale and School Board President Paula DeYoung.
At the Mississippi State Show Choir Contest, Clinton's junior show choir, The Ambassadors, received a Superior rating, RiverRoad Award (spirit of Show Choir), Best Individual Soloist (Emmia Garner), Best Male Performer (Marcus Pollard), and second place overall in the Middle School division.
Clinton's junior show choir, The Ambassadors, competed in the Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational on Friday, Jan. 31. This was the first competition of the season for The Ambassadors, and they won Grand Champion of the Middle School division, Best Overall Effect, Best Vocals and Natalie Pace was awarded the Best Individual Soloist.
Alicia Scott is the kind of teacher who works with all students and looks for ways to help others in the classroom.
Melanie Clyatt, speech-language pathologist in the Clinton Public School District, was appointed State Education Advocacy Leader for the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association for 2020.
Sixth graders at Lovett participated in the fourth annual Forensic Science Fair. The fair was a partnership between the ACCENT program at Lovett and Jeff Franks, a former Evidence Response Team member of the FBI, and students from his Law & Public Safety class at the Clinton High School Career Complex. The ACCENT students are learning about 14 forensic sciences.
Nearly two dozen Clinton theatre students attended the North Mississippi High School DramaFest competition recently in Starkville and brought home top awards.
Clinton Junior High School Principal Tamikia Billings (center) is the Clinton Public School District's 2019-20 Administrator of the Year
Darnell was named the Clinton Public School District’s 2019-20 Teacher of the Year. She received the award in a surprise presentation at CHS.
The Rising Arrow student award honors students who are quietly working to make the world a better place.
Nationally acclaimed for four decades, Clinton High’s Attaché show choir will shine on stage before audiences at its 2019 Fall Revue.
For the past eight weeks, these students managed a business and competed against juniors and seniors from several schools in Arkansas. Sumner Hill placed second overall in total profits and also placed second in their presentation to the Board of Directors
During the Veterans Day program, LTC Marcos Rogers spoke to students about what it means to sacrifice for others and how it is our duty to help those who can’t help themselves. Music teacher Nancy Leigh Strum led students in several patriotic songs. Students involved in Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts were encouraged to wear their scouting uniforms.
Clinton High School took three academic teams to Ole Miss last weekend for their Fall Brain Brawl. The A team (pictured) made it all the way to the quarter finals.
Congratulations to the members of the Clinton High School 2019 Arrow Court! The court will be presented Tuesday, Dec. 10 during halftime of the CHS Boys Basketball game. Prior to the game, the court will also be recognized at a pep rally on the morning of Dec. 10 at CHS.
The Mississippi NBCT Network held its first Learn and Lead Conference this past Saturday at Hinds Community College's Muse Center in Pearl. Among the day's activities, they elected the inaugural members of its executive committee. The NBCT Network is sponsored by Mississippi Professional Educators.
Students from various schools divided into teams of 6-8 people each to compete in the STEM Challenge, which used math and science skills to solve problems and construct a tower with limited supplies. CHS teams placed second and third in the competition. Lunch was served followed by a keynote speaker.
Second-graders at Northside are dissecting owl pellets. They have been reading Stellaluna and learning about bats and owls. This is a great way to infuse science into language arts, and the kids had a blast!
Northside teachers made Halloween fun and educational during the "Fear Factor" program. Students visited different stations for hands-on challenges, and ended the unit with spooky treats. Thanks to all the Northside teachers who make learning fun for their students!
Career Pathway Experience students from Clinton High School/Career Complex participated in a Halloween service project at Brookedale Senior Living in Clinton, MS. Students dressed in costume as the residents "trick or treated" with them. Residents and students enjoyed the afternoon! This event was student-led and facilitated.
Attache' show choir's Christmas Cash Raffle is happening now! Each raffle ticket is $5 and there will be a $500 cash drawing each night of the Attache' Fall Revue (Dec. 11-14). You do not have to be present to win. Contact any Attache' singer/dancer, pit, or crew member to purchase a ticket or call 601-924-0707.
Dr. Glenn Boyce, newly appointed chancellor of the University of Mississippi, recently visited Clinton High School as part of a statewide tour of Mississippi high schools. While at CHS, he met with faculty members and students to gather feedback and share information about Ole Miss.
Sarah Beth is a junior at CHS, an honor student, Attache’ singer/dancer, and a student council officer. She will represent her title at the Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen pageant in Vicksburg in April.
For Clinton Junior High School Assistant Principal Drew Wardlaw, it’s about making sure every student knows someone cares.
CHS received a $500 grant from the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society to start the school-based enterprise. The goal, she said, is to teach her students valuable social skills, how to fill orders, sharing, interactions in a work environment, health and hygiene, and other basic functions of business.
For grown-ups, eight months may not seem like a long time but when you're a kindergartener, it can feel like an eternity. That's how long it's been since Clinton Park Elementary School student Jane Kratochvil has seen her father, Army Private Joao Kratochvil, who has been in training at Ft. Gordon in Georgia and Ft. Jackson in South Carolina.
This historic grand opening is extra special for four Attache' members. Kameryn Trejo, Rowdy Hutchison, Emily Ouellette, and Taylor May were members of Attache' in 2015-2016 when the show choir was asked to perform at Continental Tire's economic development announcement and signing ceremony.
State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright on Wednesday visited the Clinton Public School District as part of the 2019 Celebration of Excellence tour of A-rated districts. CPSD's overall score this year is 729, up nearly 20 points from last year's 711. It is the third-highest scoring school district in Mississippi and the highest achieving in the Jackson metro area.
At Clinton High School, there is a group of students who volunteer to mentor and assist English Language Learners with the transition to a new environment. The Arrow Intercultural Mentors — or AIM — program provides a student-based support system for students whose native language is not English.
Tiffany Thu Nguyen thought the U.S. Citizenship test would be difficult, so she was well prepared. “It’s hard if English is your second language,” she said. “It wasn’t easy but I learned it. And I tried really hard and learned about the culture and how to be a good citizen.”
Bus driver Jimmy Creel greets all of his students with a smile and kind word every day when they step onto his bus. His words and actions have not gone unnoticed; Creel is the recipient of the Dedication of Our Valued Employees — or DOVE — customer service award for the month of September.
Students at Clinton High School have the opportunity to earn college credit through several dual credit course options. Clinton High School partners with Hinds Community College and Mississippi College to offer students dual credit options their 11th and 12th grade years.
In its second year at the Clinton High School Career Complex, the Computer Science Principles course is providing college-level coursework for CHS students.
In partnership with the Clinton Police Department, Karam, Hardin and Priyanka served as police interns this summer, getting hands-on experience in the field. Their work during the drill was one of many activities the students experienced as interns.
Funds from the 2018 bond issue are being used to construct new Career and Technical Education facilities on the main campus of Clinton High School, and also renovations to Clinton Junior High.
According to state test scores released by the Mississippi Department of Education, 93 percent of Clinton fourth-graders passed the English Language Arts state test (scoring a 3, 4 or 5), and a whopping 98.6 percent of Clinton fourth-graders passed the math state test.
Through a partnership with the Barksdale Reading Institute, Clinton Park Elementary is planning an outreach program for parents of pre-kindergarten age children.
“We have highly qualified teachers at every grade level, in every subject, in every school,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “Great teachers make all the difference, and every day they’re impacting the lives of children in our community.”
Each year, the Mississippi Department of Education selects teachers from across the state to serve on this council and provide feedback to Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education. Formed in 2016, the Mississippi Teacher Council now includes 381 educators.
CPSD partnered with the city of Clinton and the Clinton Police Department to test all aspects of its plan and procedures for an active shooter scenario. During the drill, the school and law enforcement responded to a simulated shooting that resulted in multiple injuries and fatalities.
The tickets will be on sale between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Last year's reserved season ticket holders will have until Friday, Aug. 2 to reclaim their seats from last year.
To earn this distinction, Fortenberry has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written evaluation.
Johnathan Perkins, head coach for both boys and girls track & field teams at Clinton High School, was recognized this week as one of eight finalists for the 2019 NHSACA Coach of the Year - Track & Field.
Gavin McAdams replaces Kevin Welborn, who announced this summer he’s accepted a position at the University of Alabama.
Voters in September passed a $25 million school bond by an overwhelming 95% approval. This summer, the Clinton Public School District will receive a national award for the success of this campaign. CPSD is the only Mississippi school district to receive a 2019 Golden Achievement award from the National School PR Association.
"As a representative, I would keep in mind all of my peers and keep in mind what would be beneficial for all of them, not just now but in the long run, so that they can grow as peers, friends and eventually leaders in the state of Mississippi," she said.
In this program, businesses are asked to offer across-the-board discounts or one-time promotions for Clinton educators.
The Literacy-Based Promotion Act requires third-graders to pass a reading assessment to qualify for promotion to fourth grade. This year the minimum benchmark to pass the test was raised, resulting in a dip in scores statewide.
This award is given to students who display good character and integrity, and is based on nominations from faculty and staff at each school. The Rising Arrow award is given to one student per school per nine weeks period during the school year.
Aisha Jones greets students and teachers with a smile and kind word when they come through the line in the Sumner Hill Junior High School cafeteria.
Of 34 senior band students at Clinton High School, 24 have received scholarships to continue band in college
Clinton school leaders are inviting area employers to share feedback on workforce development at the upcoming Business & Education Summit.
After the overwhelming passage of a $25 million bond issue in September, the Clinton Public School District is preparing a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Career and Technical Education classes at Clinton High School.
This award is given to students who display good character and integrity, and is based on nominations from faculty and staff at each school. The Rising Arrow award is given to one student per school per nine weeks period during the school year.
Clinton High School junior Shelby Dean is one of just 11 students statewide selected as a semifinalist to serve as a student representative on the Mississippi Board of Education.
When Zoey Washington and Mary Virginia Stone heard about a homeless person their teacher encountered over the holidays, they were inspired to do more to help. Through the “Clinton Cares: *Love * Live * Donate * Give*” campaign, the students are collecting toiletries, snacks and necessities. The drive will be held April 1-30.
Congratulations to Clinton High School student Mariah Atwood on being selected for the prestigious National Trumpet Competition! Mariah was the only Mississippi participant in the high school division. Taking place at the University of Kentucky this past weekend, this was the largest solo instrument competition in the world and ranges from high school, collegiate level, as well as professional level solo and ensemble artists.
The Mississippi Senate this week honored the Clinton Public School District as one of only 18 districts statewide to earn an A-rating for its students' high achievement. CPSD Superintendent Dr. Tim Martin received the resolution on the Senate Floor on Tuesday, March 19.
A kindergarten pre-registration day will be held at Clinton Park Elementary School, the Clinton Public School District’s kindergarten and first-grade school, from 4-7 p.m. April 16.
As president of Clinton Park’s Parent Teacher Organization, Miley oversees student reward parties, fundraisers, hospitality and many other activities. On Thursday, she was named the Clinton Public School District’s 2018-19 Parent of the Year in a surprise presentation at Clinton Park.
CHS students are among nine high schoolers selected to the Mississippi Children's Museum President's Circle leadership program
Families of students whose first language isn’t English now have a resource center at Clinton Park Elementary School.
Beginning this school year, the Eastside Elementary PTO made sure that support is always in place by adding a permanent committee dedicated to CAS.
Sixth-grade gifted students were so moved by a recent unit on law and forensics that they are starting an awareness campaign on the dangers of texting and driving.
Clinton High School this week inducted new members into Las Flechas, the school's chapter of the National Spanish Honor Society. The guest speaker at the induction ceremony was Dr. Amy Williamson, Chair of Modern Languages at Mississippi College.
Clinton High School students in National Art Honor Society participated in NAHS All-Star Day at the Mississippi Museum of Art. They went to art-making sessions taught by local artists and professors, spoke to representatives of several Mississippi colleges, and met NAHS students from all over the state.
So far, students have raised more than $2,500 and activities are ongoing. Today the school presented a check to Children's Miracle Network specialist Andrew Russell to be donated to the Batson hospital.
CHS is the first public high school in the state to join CMN’s Dance Marathon movement. This campaign involves multiple small fundraisers throughout the school year to raise funds and awareness in the school and community.
Clinton High School senior Clark Hensley is one of 75 Mississippi students named a candidate for a prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars award.
Multisyllabic words can be extremely difficult for those with speech problems such as apraxia, phonological disorders or severe articulation disorders. The flashcard-style app allows for targeted practice of two-, three-, and four-syllable words utilizing realistic pictures.
The Rising Arrow award is given to one student per school per nine weeks period. Teachers and staff nominate students who show integrity, good character and who are helping and encouraging others around them.
“Mr. Chapman always goes above and beyond to make my son feel important,” said parent Venetia Miller. “He teaches my son all about live streaming in a way that promotes my son’s professional development and enjoyment.”
Students created two interactive books, The Game of Bros and Alien Invasion. The premise behind the idea was for each class to create their own interactive fiction novel in which the reader chooses the plot and the outcome of the story. The students brainstormed as a class and created a large web that explained the different parts of the adventure and assigned a student to write each section.
Clinton Alternative School Principal Kelly Heath is the 2018-19 Administrator of the Year
In her 28 years as a teacher, Renee Smith has continually looked for ways to keep her classes engaging and interesting.
Clinton High School junior Isaac Martinolich achieved a perfect 36 on the American College Test.
Immense growth in the program allowed the band to expand its spring concert efforts to include wind ensemble, symphonic band, concert band and freshman band. Traditionally the band has only had three competitive ensembles in the spring season.
“This is a testament to the high quality of the pre-schools in our community,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “When students come to us with the basic skills they’ll need for kindergarten, they are prepared to succeed academically from that point on.”
Bus drivers in the Clinton Public School District see daily occurrences of people violating the law by passing stopped buses. The practice puts children’s lives at risk, and drivers are concerned that if it doesn’t stop it will have dire consequences.
She received the award in October during the Mississippi Association of School Administrators conference and awards luncheon. The award is given through the Mississippi Counseling Association.
What started as a way for English language learners to practice speaking English turned into something much bigger. “It turned into a way for them to make friends and become more comfortable in their school home,” said Clinton High School sociology teacher Sherri Ottis. “It also gave them a chance to share their culture with the students in their new school, many of whom had never tasted some of the foreign foods.”
Ruffin is the recipient of the Clinton Public School District’s Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of October. She will be recognized at the school board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Central Office.
Sumner Hill Junior High students will be participating in the 2018 Commitment to Graduate Ceremony at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in the Sumner Hill Junior High School auditorium
According to ratings released this week by the Mississippi Department of Education, the Clinton Public School District is an A-Rated district, the highest possible academic rating a Mississippi school district can attain. With its overall score of 711, CPSD is the fifth-highest achieving district statewide.
“We began this award to recognize students who demonstrate integrity and good character,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “They help others in need, both at school and in their community. They are kind to others. They do the right thing without being asked, only because it’s the right thing to do. The Rising Arrow award is a way to say thank you for being good people, and not just good students.”
The coveted Blue Ribbon award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
“We were recently rated the No. 1 school district in the Jackson metro area, as well as the safest district and best place to teach,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “We are a great option for families who are serious about their children’s education, and we’re glad to see our enrollment at this level.”
Beginning with the 2018-19 freshman class, students will be able to customize their high school experience by choosing from four different degree options. Available diploma tracks include Traditional Diploma, Career and Technical Education Endorsement, Academic Endorsement, or Distinguished Academic Diploma. Each option sets up the students for success after graduation whether they go on to college, the work force, a career and technical program or the military.
Creel is the recipient of the Clinton Public School District’s Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of September. He will be recognized at the school board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at Central Office. “He looks out for all the children and always is in a good mood and has a smile and tells the kids to have a good day,” said parent Paula Arrington, in nominating Creel for the award. “He goes out of his way to be polite to parents and children.”
He scored perfect on the ACT, twice. Now, Clinton High School senior Clark Hensley has been named a National Merit Semifinalist. This designation comes from high scores on the PSAT as a junior, and Clark is now eligible to become a National Merit Finalist in the spring.
At its September meeting, the Clinton School Board honored students who have achieved proficiency in the English language.
Of 2,369 votes cast, 2,133 voted in favor of the bond issue and 107 voted against, a 95 percent approval rate. “With the passing of this bond issue, it shows that Clinton is looking toward the future and is willing, as a community, to improve the facilities where we are shaping our children for their futures,” said Dr. Tim Martin, superintendent of schools. “It is wonderful to see our community coming out to support the district so strongly.”
Ten students in Bradley Pope’s Personal Finance class at Sumner Hill Junior High School are jumping into the virtual business world. These ten students will be competing in CapsimCore, a business simulation that puts them in charge of running their own company.
At Sumner Hill Junior High, dads are coming together for All Pro Dad’s Day, a monthly meeting that encourages and teaches dads, or the main guardian in a student’s life, to embolden, connect with, and feel confident that they are loving their child well.
The six workshops will be held from 5:45 – 7 p.m. at Clinton Park Elementary School on Arrow Drive, and are free to attend. The program is offered through a grant from the Barksdale Reading Institute.
Lann is the recipient of the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of August. She will be formally honored at the September School Board meeting, held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Central Office.
There is a new look and feel to the Clinton Public School District announcements and publications. “We launched the ‘We Are Arrow Nation’ campaign this summer as a unifying theme for our community,” said Public Information Officer Sandi Beason.
After nearly a decade of annual increases in enrollment, the Clinton Public School District’s facilities are at capacity. The Clinton School Board on Tuesday voted unanimously to seek voter approval for a $25 million bond issue for facility upgrades throughout the district. The bond issue should not require a tax increase, based on economic projections with Continental Tire manufacturing plant and citywide growth.
Clinton Public School District scores show staggering increases in fourth-grade English Language Arts, growing from 48.8 percent proficiency last year to 78.2 percent this year. Fourth-graders also jumped from 67.9 percent proficiency in math last year to 83 percent this year. Another significant number is student growth, which measures whether students show a year’s worth of learning for a year’s worth of teaching. In fourth grade, students showed 107 percent growth overall in math, with the bottom 25 percent of students showing 89 percent.
Donny Gray makes safety a priority when it comes to school buses. “Safety is a choice, not a chance,” he said. “We do our best to be safe at all times.” Gray is the Clinton Public School District’s new director of transportation, replacing Terry Harris who recently retired. Prior to this role, he worked at UPS for 37 years and more recently was Transportation Director at the Mississippi Department of Education.
The Clinton Public School District is going paperless with the annual Teacher Incentive Package program. For the tenth year, CPSD is partnering with area businesses and community organizations in an effort to recruit and retain great teachers. Through the Teacher Incentive Package, businesses are asked to offer across-the-board discounts or one-time offers for Clinton educators.
Nearly all of Clinton’s third-graders passed the recent reading state test and will move to fourth grade this fall. The Clinton Public School District enrolls 449 third graders, and only one did not meet the requirements for promotion. Mississippi’s Literacy-Based Promotion Act requires that all third-graders must pass this test before they can pass to fourth grade, with some exceptions for learning disabilities.
Six members received scholarship offers for band to Hinds Community College, and nine members received offers to Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Delta State University, Mississippi College, Jackson State University, University of Southern Mississippi, and University of Memphis.
There are hundreds of children in Clinton’s public schools who are not on honor roll, not the star of their sports team, or not the top of their class. But they come to school every day and do their work, they are courteous to teachers and staff, they help other students and they excel in ways that may not be quantified. The new Rising Arrow award honors students who are quietly working to make the world a better place.
“We had several student clubs sponsor this event, including National Art Honor Society, Cultural Awareness Society, Poetry Club and Thespian Troupe 7314 of the National Thespian Society,” said event co-organizer and CHS student Regina Hunsinger. Her classmate Sahil Patel also organized the event.
Clinton High School algebra teacher Heather McKinion is one of 10 teachers nationwide to receive a $3,000 classroom technology grant from Turning Technologies. McKinion said she’s looking for solutions to close the mathematics achievement gap at Clinton High School.
Four schools in the Clinton Public School District will hold summer school from June 4 - July 13, with July 4 as a school holiday. Clinton High School, Sumner Hill Junior High, Clinton Junior High, and Lovett Elementary all received approval from the school board to conduct summer sessions. All of the classes will be held at CHS.
A new award in Clinton’s public schools recognizes students for helping others around them in their school and community. The Rising Arrow Award is given to one student per school per nine-weeks period, based on recommendations from school counselors and teachers. Students are recognized at school board meetings and receive gifts from Wal-Mart and Chick-fil-A.
Larence Curtis Johnson was a student at Sumner Hill High School in the 1960s, and a football player. “Between helping on the farm and going to school, I knew I had to make a living for me and my mother,” he said. “I knew the farm wasn’t it. … My charge was to go into service to make things better for my family.”
Students enrolling in Clinton's public schools this fall can begin the online registration in the spring.
Six seniors at Clinton High School scored 35 or 36 on the American College Test and have been designated STAR Students for 2018. STAR Students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both ACT scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the school’s STAR Students, said Vickie Powell of Jackson, senior vice president of foundations for the Mississippi Economic Council.
All sports in Clinton’s public schools had a composite grade point average of at least 2.8. Eighteen of Clinton High School’s varsity teams have earned “scholar team” designation from the Mississippi High School Activities Association with a composite GPA of 3.0 or higher.
When a group of Clinton Park Elementary School first-graders recently visited Second Harvest food pantry, they learned that the organization was running low on toothpaste. “They wanted to do something to help, so they decided to hold a toothpaste drive,” said their teacher Myra Kinchen.
Clinton High School junior Joshua Wright has spent the past two summers working as an intern at the Mississippi Youth Media Project. As part of this internship, he and other project members created the media package, “From Woolworth’s Sit Ins to #BlackLivesMatter: Protesting for Life, Freedom and Dignity.” The film will be featured at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 12 at Malco Grandview Cinema in Madison as part of the 2018 Crossroads Film Festival.
Ninth-grader Bethany Young said being on the Peer Guidance Committee carries a lot of weight at Sumner Hill Junior High. “It helps us understand that the way we act can impact everyone around us,” said her classmate, 14-year-old Cailyn Donaldson.
The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education will present the first Education Heroes Award to public education champion Dr. Virgil Belue during the 16th annual Governor’s Awards luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at the Jackson Hilton.