The Princess Ball will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 11. The magical setting will be the royal cafeteria at Clinton High School.
Tickets are $50, and include admission for a princess and a prince charming (father, grandfather, or uncle, brother or cousin who is high school age or older) or a fairy godmother (mother, grandmother or sister, cousin or aunt who is high school age or older). Only one person may attend the ball with the princess.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Students Against Destructive Decision’s Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital project and the CHS Academic Team’s competition registration. The CHS jazz band will provide the music. Refreshments will be served.
The registration information sheet and fee are due no later than March 28. Fees must be paid in cash or money order and should be made out to Clinton High School. The registration information may be dropped off at the front office at CHS. No checks will be accepted, and no refunds are available.
The Princess Ball will be a magical evening for the kingdom of Clinton’s very special princesses. For more information, contact Hank Beasley or Nancy Dent at (601) 924- 5656.
Eastside Elementary School teacher Stacey Billger received a $500 grant from Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi.
“Although most of my students have reading and language related disabilities, they are very capable of demonstrating mastery and showing growth,” Billger said. “With the assistance of the grant, I hope to instill a love of reading by boosting their comprehension abilities. I plan to purchase high-interest activities, materials and books that will help teach comprehension concepts to readers on all levels.”
Members of the local chapter of REPM presented Billger with the grant award during the February meeting of the Clinton school board. Billger teaches fifth-grade special education at Eastside.
Billger said her goal in applying for the grant was to improve literacy instruction for her students through small reading groups and literacy circles.
“I want to encourage students to read texts that encourage higher-order thinking skills,” she said. “This will help create a learning environment that is more suited to meeting the needs of students with specific learning disabilities in reading and language.”
The grant will cover the cost of class sets of books and supplemental materials to go along with them. Billger said she hopes students will gain confidence in their reading skills and their comprehension ability will improve as a result.
“The progress of the students will be assessed and evaluated through formative assessments,” she said. “This will provide an overall picture of the individual student progress as well as a diagnostic report.”
The REPM Foundation awards six scholarships and two grants each year for teachers. For more information about REPM or a teacher grant application, please click here:
In ways big and small, Clinton Public School District employees serve the community every day.
To recognize these efforts, CPSD is launching the district-wide DOVE Award program to honor the “Dedication of Our Valued Employees.”
Since 2008, our top strategic plan goal as a district has been to provide good customer service. This is a priority for us, and this award will help us recognize the faculty and staff members who exemplify excellence in customer service.
The DOVE Award will be given each month 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 will choose the winner from a pool of nominations.
Students, parents and members of the community are encouraged to nominate CPSD employees, either via paper forms found in school front offices or online. All nominations are due by the third Monday of each month.
This is not limited to teachers or front office staff. Any CPSD employee is eligible.
The winners will be announced at the regular School Board meetings each month. The nominator may also join in congratulating the winner at the school board meeting. The DOVE Award winners will be presented a certificate honoring their exemplary customer service. Winners will be recognized on the district’s Web site, in the Key Communicator Network e-newsletter and on CPSD social media accounts.
At the end of the academic year, all of the DOVE Customer Service winners will receive recognition in the newspaper highlighting their achievement and the school district’s appreciation of their service.
The majority of Americans feel breakfast is important, but hectic mornings make it difficult to fit the meal in every day.
Forty percent of moms say that their child does not eat breakfast daily, according to Kellogg’s Breakfast in America survey. To increase participation in the School Breakfast Program, Clinton Public School District will celebrate National School Breakfast Week on March 3-7.
“Too many children are showing up at school hungry, and it’s harder to learn when you’re hungry,” said Regina Ducksworth, director of CPSD’s Child Nutrition department. “Eating breakfast at school can help families save time in the morning. And knowing that school breakfast is healthy and a great value is a huge relief for parents.”
National School Breakfast Week is a weeklong celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the School Breakfast Program among students and parents. The 2014 theme, “Take Time for School Breakfast,” encourages parents to consider the school breakfast program as a time saving option for busy mornings. The theme will appear in school cafeterias next week.
“National studies show that students who eat breakfast at school score 17.5 percent higher on math tests and have better attendance and behavior than their peers who do not,” said Keba Laird, CPSD child nutrition supervisor.
Eating breakfast at school supports health and learning for all children, she said.
NSBW activities for students
Students will have an opportunity to participate in the “School Breakfast in 2014” art contest in which prizes will be given to winners at each school. The top three contestants’ entries will be entered into the School Nutrition Association national art contest. Three national winners will be chosen and will receive a special prize pack from SNA and their artwork will be published in the School Nutrition magazine.
The Child Nutrition Department will also start a school breakfast club and conduct a homeroom class breakfast race during NSBW.
“Students who fully participate in the school breakfast club can win big,” Laird said. “For every five days in a row a student eats school breakfast, beginning March 3 through May 5, their names will be entered into a monthly prize drawing. The more days students eat school breakfast, the more chances they have at winning.”
Participants who eat school breakfast at least 20 times will have their names entered for a bike drawing. A bike will be awarded to two students at each school. As part of the class breakfast race, the homeroom class at each school with the highest class participation during NSBW will win a Hummer tour to Koude Frozen Yogurt (formerly YognFrut). To qualify for the class prize, students must have eaten school breakfast at least twice during NSBW.
“Successful promotion of health and wellness at CPSD has been made possible because of the help and support of our community stakeholders,” states Laird. “We appreciate Mayor Phil Fisher for endorsing a city proclamation in observance of National School Breakfast Week. Also, we give special thanks to our Clinton business partners – Wal-Mart, Koude Frozen Yogurt, Smoothie King, Funtime Skateland and Chic-fil-A. In addition, we thank Southeastern Fundraising for their awesome contribution.”
Nutritious and delicious
Not only does the CPSD breakfast program offer students a breakfast to get them set for a busy school day, but also every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards limiting fat, calories, and sodium.
Cafeteria staff members in Clinton’s public schools take pride in serving students wholesome meals. Wendy Robinson, food service manager at Northside & Eastside Elementary Schools, said: “We want our students to jump start their day with a healthy school breakfast to power them up for academic success.”
Rosemary Harris, food service manager at Clinton Park Elementary, agreed: “Eating a good healthy breakfast in the morning helps fuel our children’s minds. Studies show that without breakfast the human brain doesn’t wake fully, but with the start of a healthy breakfast, our students are awake and ready to learn.”
Lisa Ellis, food service manager at Lovett Elementary School, added: “A student learns better on a full stomach. We offer a hot and cold breakfast choice each morning. Please encourage your child to come eat breakfast with us.”
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, National School Breakfast Week was launched in 1989 to raise awareness of the availability of the School Breakfast Program to all children and to promote the links between eating a good breakfast, academic achievement and healthy lifestyles.
For more information, contact the CPSD Child Nutrition department at (601) 924-4002.
Lynn McKee is a familiar face in Clinton’s schools, where she is an active member of PTOs and a regular volunteer at her children’s schools.
And on Thursday, she was named the Clinton Public School District’s Parent of the Year for the 2013-14 school year. She was given the award in a surprise presentation at Eastside Elementary School.
“Mrs. McKee is one of the most giving parents I have ever had come through Eastside,” said Principal Cindy Hamil. “She is always willing to do whatever needs to be done and does it with such a sweet attitude and spirit. She knows how hard our teachers work and is always thinking of ways to treat them.”
This year, she organized several teacher activities that made Eastside teachers feel very appreciated, Hamil said. She also organized Back to School night and assisted with the PTO fundraiser at all levels.
“She has helped count money when Eastside was without a bookkeeper and has filled in many times when our secretary was out,” Hamil said. “Mrs. McKee is an ideal parent, supporting our school with a positive attitude and a willingness beyond what is expected.”
McKee has two children in CPSD, Connor, a fourth-grader, and Tyler, a first-grader. She is Parent of the Year this year at Eastside, and is a previous Parent of the Year at Northside Elementary.
McKee was chosen from among the Parents of the Year at each school. School winners include:
• Clinton Park Elementary School, Annie Vilejoin
• Northside Elementary School, Paula Brown
• Lovett Elementary School, Lynda Collins
• Clinton Junior High School, Elizabeth Thornton
• Sumner Hill Junior High School, DeAnna Dillard
• Clinton High School, Sharron Stevens
CPSD’s 2011-12 Parent of the Year, Karen Bedells, went on to be named the Mississippi Parent of the Year.
“Clinton is blessed to have a high level of parent involvement in our schools, and it’s parents like Mrs. McKee and Mrs. Bedells who make our district one of the very best in the state,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, superintendent of schools.
McKee will go on to represent the Clinton Public School District in the state Parent of the Year program sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Education.