Arrow Tracks

  • Pre-Season All Region baseball player

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/30/2015
    JohnnieMoncure Clinton High School senior Johnnie Moncure is one of Perfect Game USA’s pre-season All-Region high school baseball players.
    The program recognizes the top high school baseball athletes across the nation. Johnnie earned Honorable Mention on the program’s Southeast region listings.
    “Johnnie has been a very solid outfielder and hitter for us,” said Arrows head baseball coach Eddie Lofton. “Johnnie bats in the two hole for us and can do a lot of things with the bat. He is perfect for this spot because of his ability to bunt, hit and run, and he really does a great job of finding a way to get on base.”
    Lofton said Johnnie “has a great work ethic” and will further his baseball career at Alcorn State University.
    "Watching Johnnie play baseball and bond with different teammates throughout his high school career has been an exciting time for us,” said his mother, Carla Moncure Hughes. “It is great when you can say your son plays for one of the best high school athletic programs in the state of Mississippi, but it puts icing on the cake when you can also say he is part of Mississippi’s highest achieving school district.”
    Perfect Game USA is the world’s largest scouting report service, reporting on thousands of young players each year. Along with holding the top tournaments and showcase events, Perfect Game also serves as a resource for college recruiters and Major League Baseball scouts.
    “To receive the Perfect Game Preseason All-American or All-Region Award is a tremendous achievement for these high school student-athletes,” said Jerry Ford, president of Cedar Rapids, IA-based Perfect Game USA. “We are proud to recognize their talent as they prepare for their careers playing collegiate or professional baseball.”
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  • Eastside Health Fair

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/27/2015
    Eastside’s annual health fair will include events and activities to promote healthy lifestyles.
    The event is 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 in the school cafeteria, gym and back parking lot. Events include a bike rodeo, fire extinguisher demonstration, fitness classes and health screenings.
    “This is our second year to hold this event and we feel it is important to help our students recognize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle even at their young age,” said event planner and Eastside teacher Catherine Pannell.
    The back parking lot will be blocked off, so attendees are encouraged to park in the school’s front lot.
    “There will be various community partners set up in the cafeteria giving out health information and performing health screenings,” Pannell said. “The Clinton Fire Department will be set up in the back and will show attendees the proper way to use fire extinguishers. We will have a bike rodeo for students to learn how to use bike signals and exercise bike safety.”
    There will also be fitness classes in the gym.
    The health fair is one of many ways Eastside encourages healthy lifestyles. The school holds two healthy fundraisers annually that raise funds and show students that exercising is fun.
    “We also participated in the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation ‘Kick off to Run’ Fun Lap,” Pannell said.
    Zumba classes are offered at Eastside after school twice a week, and some teachers also participate in a weight management program through Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Active Health.
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  • 2015 STAR Student, Teacher

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/26/2015
    Clinton High School senior Javarcia Ivory is the school’s 2015 STAR Student.

    Javarcia is the son of April Scott and Thessaiol Ivory II. He was chosen as the STAR Student after scoring a 34 on the ACT.

    Javarcia is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a National Achievement Finalist. He has received numerous awards, including subject area awards in Honors Spanish IV, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP English III and AP Biology. In 2014, he was named one of Portico magazine’s 25 Students Who Will Change the World.

    After graduation, Javarcia plans to pursue a degree in biophysics or biochemistry with the hopes of becoming a cardiologist or physician researcher. He is still undecided about the college he will attend.

    “I have always loved science,” he said.

    His career goals were sparked by the prevalence of cardio illnesses prevalent in Mississippi among African Americans.

    “I feel like this is the best way I can serve the community,” he said.

    Javarcia chose Alix Williams, AP English language and literature teacher, as the STAR Teacher this year. Williams has taught for 20 years.

    “I enjoy teaching AP English because I teach novels that my students can relate to,” she said. Williams received both her undergraduate and masters degrees from Mississippi College. This is the seventh time she’s been chosen as a STAR Teacher.

    Javarcia and Williams will be recognized by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program, during the annual Education Celebration on April 30 at the Jackson Convention Center.

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  • DOVE Award winner Misty Duke

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/25/2015

    DukeDOVE Middle school can be tough, but teachers like Misty Duke make sure students are welcomed and encouraged every day.

    “Mrs. Duke is the kindest woman in the world,” said Clinton Junior High School parent Venetia Miller. “Mrs. Duke makes learning and coming to school a wonderful experience for the children.”

    Duke will be presented the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of March during the April school board meeting. The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in the Central Office board room.

    The DOVE Award launched in March 2014 to recognize employees throughout the Clinton Public School District who display exemplary customer service.

    Miller’s son is currently in eighth grade. She said when he was in Duke’s seventh-grade class “she always answered emails and questions quickly and efficiently. She was always polite and friendly.”

    And although he is in eighth grade, “on days when he sees Mrs. Duke he says she always speaks, asks how he is and gives him kind words.”

    “Her actions made me feel like junior high wasn’t going to be such a bad place after all,” Miller wrote. “Even though my son is in eighth grade now, he said, ‘Mom, she is the best teacher at that school.’”

    Duke has taught at CJHS for 14 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi College. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and also co-sponsors the cheer squad and the Anchor Club.

    The DOVE Award is given each month during the school year to an employee who goes above and beyond in showing customer service to students, parents and the community. A five-member DOVE award selection committee chooses each winner from a pool of nominations.

    Anyone can nominate a CPSD employee via the online form on or by filling out a paper form in school front offices. DOVE Award recipients will be formally recognized at school board meetings, on the superintendent’s blog and in The Clinton Courier.

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  • Online Registration

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/24/2015
    Registration opens soon for new and returning students in Clinton Public Schools for the 2015-16 school year.
    The Clinton Public School District uses a program called InfoSnap to lessen the paperwork traditionally associated with back-to-school registration. Parents or guardians now fill out online forms to submit their child’s information.
    Online registration for kindergarten students will be available from 4 - 7p.m. April 28 at Clinton Park Elementary. Online registration for returning students begins May 11.
    If your information or your child’s information has changed, please enter updated and accurate information in InfoSnap for the upcoming school year.
    Parents of returning students should receive an email notification between May 1 and May 11 regarding registration for returning students. If your e-mail address has changed or you do not have an e-mail, please contact your child’s school or e-mail
    “This is the third year we have used InfoSnap, and this has helped the district with going paperless,” said Sharon Tompkins, student database manager. “With thousands of kids in the district, this process is much more convenient and cuts back on all the paperwork, both for schools and for parents.”
    Online registration is mandatory and parents are urged to complete the registration process once it becomes available and not wait until the fall. Once the online registration process is complete, parents will receive information from individual schools about registration days. Proof of residency and other information will be required at the schools.
    For more back-to-school information throughout the summer, visit
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  • CDC

    Posted by communications intern Chelsey Hutchins at 3/23/2015
    One of the Clinton Public School District’s top priorities is the health and wellness of its students and staff.
    Its hard work toward that goal has earned kudos from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which featured CPSD among 11 schools and districts nationwide making positive strides in this area.
    The CDC Web site on local school wellness policies is available here:
    This is not the first national recognition CPSD received for health and wellness; in February, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlighted CPSD’s successful health and wellness initiatives. In 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama selected CPSD as the site for her “Let’s Move!” campaign anniversary kick-off.
    “As a district, the health and wellness of students and staff is very important to us,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, superintendent of schools. “We work hard to provide programs and activities that encourage healthy lifestyles.”
    According to the CDC, a wellness policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency or school district’s efforts to create supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program are required to have a wellness plan.
    CPSD’s wellness policy is a part of its five-year strategic plan. Through this plan, schools are responsible for promoting healthy lifestyles and teaching the importance of nutrition and exercise.
    The highlight gives an overview of the district, and goes into the establishment of the wellness policy. Burchfield worked with administrators, faculty, staff, and community partners to develop the plan using the CDC’s School Health Index.
    In addition to telling how the plan was developed, the CDC tells how CPSD implements the wellness plan through meals and physical activity. Cafeteria staff attended training sessions to help them prepare healthier meals while making them appealing to students. New, healthy recipes have been introduced to students through contests and events.
    To maximize the potential of the wellness policy, CPSD has also collaborated with the Baptist Healthplex of Clinton, the School Nutrition Association, the Happy Gardener’s Club, and the Mississippi Department of Education.
    Physical activities that have received a lot of media attention include Move to Learn and Fuel Up to Play 60. Larry Calhoun, statewide spokesman for the Move to Learn campaign and PE teacher at Eastside Elementary, works with the Bower Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles for children. The Move to Learn initiative is very effective, and led to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showing how schools in the state are including physical activity in the curriculum. Teachers easily incorporate Move to Learn and Go Noodle, an animated fitness program, into daily learning activities.
    “The teachers and students love both of those programs, and many teachers have said that it gives the students a brain break and provides more energy and the ability to focus better in the classroom,” said Jana Carter, member of the CPSD Health Council.
    Schools are applying for grants, while some have already been awarded funds to make additions and upgrades to playgrounds. As students and teachers remain active, reward incentives are given out through activities and challenges. Students may be allowed to dance in the hall or do Zumba in the cafeteria. Teachers have participated in challenges inspired by Weight Watchers and TV shows like “The Biggest Loser.”
    In December 2014, the Department of Child Nutrition launched a new Web site that allowed quick access to nutrition and fitness information. Useful resources for the classroom and the home may be found on the page. Users may also find out how each school is implementing the wellness policy.
    The only other Mississippi school featured on the CDC local school wellness policy Web site is New Albany Elementary School.
    The featured school wellness policies are available here:

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  • Scholar Teams

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/19/2015


    Eighteen varsity teams have earned “scholar team” designation from the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

    “We encourage excellence on the playing field and in the classroom,” said Dr. Clay Norton, athletic director. “It’s a huge honor for our teams to be recognized this way.”

    The Mississippi High School Activities Association awards the scholar team distinction to teams with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or higher. CPSD’s scholar teams and their GPAs include:

    -       Boys Tennis, 3.743

    -       Girls Tennis, 3.599

    -       Girls soccer, 3.547

    -       Boys cross country, 3.520

    -       Fast pitch softball, 3.497

    -       Slow pitch softball, 3.455

    -       Cheerleading, 3.407

    -       Girls golf, 3.357

    -       Girls cross country, 3.305

    -       Girls swim, 3.257

    -       Boys soccer, 3.251

    -       Girls track, 3.212

    -       Volleyball, 3.162

    -       Girls powerlifting, 3.127

    -       Girls bowling, 3.112

    -       Boys swim, 3.067

    -       Boys golf, 3.057

    -       Girls basketball, 3.036


    Junior varsity teams are not eligible to receive the award. Each of the scholar teams will receive a certificate from MHSAA.

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  • Social South cover

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/18/2015

    In some ways, modeling comes easy for Clinton High School junior Erin Johnson.

    “It’s hectic but fun,” she said. “Everyone I work with is very professional. … It’s a fun experience.”

    Erin is one of two models featured in the current edition of Social South magazine, and her photo graces the magazine cover. She is featured in the magazine’s fashion spread and several other pages.

    Social South
    (Photo by James Patterson for Social South magazine)
    Production Manager Hana Ali said Erin “immediately stood out to us” at the magazine’s open casting call.

    “Aside from being a natural beauty, she carried herself with great confidence and had an energy that we were instantly drawn to,” Ali said. “Erin’s confidence and energy never died down throughout the shoot and I think that is reflected through the photos.”

    Erin is new to the modeling scene but this is not her first chance at exposure. Six months ago she signed a contract with the JEA Model Management company and in the time since has been featured in an ad for Image Optical, a new campaign for Barnette’s Salon and she also modeled at Fashion Week in New Orleans.

    “I was so excited to get the (Social South) cover,” she said. “I saw all the pictures and they turned out great. We’ve got about 25 copies of the magazine at home and we’ve been giving them to family and friends.”

    “We could not be happier with the way this fashion feature turned out,” Ali said. “We are so happy to have been able to work with Erin, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for her.”

    Erin credits her father, Cliff Johnson, for nudging her toward modeling.

    “My dad told me I needed to find a job,” she said. “I thought modeling would be fun. Me and my mom took some photos and submitted them to JEA. They asked several questions, took my measurements and called me back with a contract.”

    Her contract with JEA is for two years — until she graduates high school — and after that she’s not sure what the future holds.

    "Part of me wants to see how far I can go," she said. adding that she's also considering a career in nursing
    View the magazine online at
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  • Attache' wins FAME Orlando competition

    Posted by Submitted at 3/17/2015
    Clinton High School’s Attaché show choir was named Grand Champion at the FAME Orlando show choir competition held March 14 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando.

    Attaché also won top awards for best show design, best vocals, and best choreography. Sophomore Jordan Newell was recognized as top male performer. Ankeny Centennial High School Spectrum show choir of Iowa finished first runner up. Swingers Unlimited of Ohio and Amazing Technicolor of Nebraska finished second and third, respectively, at the prestigious competition.

    In April, Attaché serves as the only host choir of Show Choir Nationals, which has been held annually at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for 14 years.

    In its 35th year, Attaché is composed of 45 singer/dancers, 19 instrumentalists and 10 crew members. The award-winning show choir is led by directors David and Mary Fehr, pit director Robert Allen, and crew director Deborah Morgan. Choreographers include April James, Kellis Oldenburg, Stephen Todd, and Dexter Bishop.

    The Attaché Spring Revue is April 29-May 2 at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Clinton High School Auditorium. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 601-924-0707.
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  • February Teachers of the Month

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/9/2015
    Congratulations to the Froghead Grill Teachers of the Month of February! Each of these outstanding educators received a certificate suitable for framing and a gift card to the Froghead Grill restaurant.
    Clinton Park, Melanie Hurt (left). Presenting the award is administrative intern Trenia Reynolds:
    Northside Elementary, Lyndie Faulkner (left). Presenting the award is Principal Joy Tyner.
    Eastside Elementary, Zuri McClenty (left). Presenting the award is Principal Cindy Hamil.
    Lovett Elementary, Sharon Bishop (left). Presenting the award is counselor Daphne Karl.
    Clinton Junior High, Lindsay Pardue
    Sumner Hill Junior High, Olivia Willson. Presenting the award is Principal John Wallace.
    Clinton High School, Allen Marett (right). Presenting the award is Principal Bobby Hathorn.
    CHS Career Complex, Chef Adam Williams (right). Presenting the award is Principal Brett Robinson.
    Clinton Alternative Success Center, Steven Breland. Presenting the award is Principal Teresa Duke.
    Congratulations to all these teachers and thank you to the Froghead Grill for sponsoring this program.
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