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  • Culinary Arts

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 1/26/2015
    When it was time for his students to train for the state competition, Clinton High School culinary arts teacher Adam Williams called in the big guns.
    The students are working with restaurateurs Bill Prisock (Cock of the Walk) and Derek Emerson (Walker’s Drive-In, Local 463 and CAET Wine Bar) and getting expert advice and training from Chef Alexei Hughley, culinary instructor at the Mississippi University for Women; and Hilton Jackson Director of Catering Martha Bennett and Director of Sales Cindy Brinson.
    “Thanks to our partners, our students are able to meet after school and on Saturdays to hone their culinary skills before this year’s competition,” said Chef Adam Williams, course instructor.
    The Mississippi ProStart Invitational competition is Feb. 23 at the Jackson Convention Center. In 2014, winning team members won more than $800,000 in scholarships.
    CHS junior Shuntel Logan is in the second year of the program. She is pitching her concept for a restaurant called Cataley’s at the ProStart competition.
    “I’ve learned a lot about safety issues in the kitchen and also marketing,” she said. “The classes have taught me a lot more than I expected.”
    Donations from Prisock and Emerson were used to purchase food, tools, equipment and supplies that help students prepare their three-course presentation before a panel of judges. Hughley, Bennett, and Brinson are also serving as judges in the CHS students’ practice sessions.
    “The support and training from our partners will better position our students to win the state invitational and compete in the 2015 National ProStart Invitational this spring at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.,” Williams said.
    Culinary arts is a pathway for students in the hospitality and tourism career cluster who want to pursue a career in the industry. Culinary arts is a two-year skills program offered to 10-12th graders where students are taught a hands-on curriculum aligned with national ProStart standards.
    They have the opportunity to work in the industry, job shadow local chefs and learn how to operate commercial-grade kitchen equipment.
    For more information, contact Williams at or 601-924-0247.
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  • Apple TVs

    Posted by communications intern Chelsey Hutchins at 1/23/2015

    Gone are the days of chalk and markers.

    In Clinton’s public schools, teachers are using Apple TVs to tie student and teacher devices into interactive learning.

    “Apple TV has provided lots of hands on and visual activities for my students,” said Brooke Rodgers, kindergarten teacher at Clinton Park. “We use it for learning songs, dances, apps, and videos that go along with the skills and themes we are doing week to week. The Apple TV is really good for kinesthetic and visual learners, especially when we do activities that have lots of movement in them.”


    Apple TV is a media player that gives access to apps, movies, television shows, music, photos, and more. This device may be connected with other Apple devices to stream content using Airplay.

    In the Clinton Public School District, all students use Apple laptops or iPads as part of the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative, and all teachers use MacBook Pro laptops.

    Rodgers said that she doesn’t know how they did without it before. In the classroom, she is using the Dry Erase app, Starfall, and Go Noodle to get kids up and moving while they learn.

    Using this technology, Rodgers and other teachers are promoting digital learning and engaging students more compared to original activities.

    StudyJams, TeacherTube, Mimio, and Tumblebooks are only a few of many features of Apple TV. Students may dance along to the music and enact what is in front of them, or they may share ideas, answers, and presentations from their desk.

    At the beginning of the spring semester, the CPSD technology department went from school to school to install the Apple TVs, and now, many teachers are doing away with the traditional projectors and smart boards. 


    Eastside Elementary was the first school to receive them, and Clinton Park and Northside elementary schools followed. The installation is a continuation of the 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative.

    One thing that teachers like is that they are not limited to one spot in the classroom. They may move around to ensure that students are keeping up with instructions, and use their own iPad or MacBook to display things via Airplay.

    “Apple TV brings the board to the student,” said Stephanie Nervis, fourth-grade teacher at Eastside. “At any time, I can have my students display their work on the board by having them turn on their Airplay. It is wireless so I can move effortlessly from activity to activity without the fear of students tripping or having to plug and unplug things.”

    Nervis uses Doceri to pull up the day’s lessons. Doceri allows the teacher to write in on worksheets, word documents, and the Internet.

    Andrew Martin is a fifth-grade student at Eastside, and he likes Apple TV “a lot better than what they had before.” He said that the apps used by his teacher, Demarla Fox, make it easier to learn and catch on to what is being taught.

    Students are also giving teachers more feedback via their devices.

    “Using interactive games and tools such as Kahoot and Virtual Math Manipulatives, I am able to see instant results from digital quizzes and provide kinesthetic learning through digital means,” said Keleigh McLeod, second-grade teacher at Northside.

    “That’s the feedback I love to hear, when teachers are using technology for the students to learn and get them involved,” said Lori Snider, CPSD’s instructional technologist.


    Snider has visited each school to provide group trainings and personally help the teachers navigate Apple TVs and Airplay. While doing so, she encourages the teachers to let students help them manage technology and use their personal devices as much as possible.

    CPSD students in grades K-4 have iPads, and grades 5-12 have MacBooks.

    “This is the technology that they are using on a daily basis, so it is important to let the kids help and be hands on,” she said.

    Some teachers are even taking advantage of the iMovie feature, where they may make trailers and videos for events or other activities.

    Lovett Elementary has also recently received Apple TVs, and plans are in place for Clinton Junior High, Sumner Hill and Clinton High School to receive them also.

    Go Arrows!
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  • Engineering Courses

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 1/22/2015
    Clinton High School students will soon have the option to enroll in engineering courses.
    The CHS Career Complex was awarded a $45,000 competitive grant to implement Project Lead the Way engineering curriculum. Career Complex Director Brett Robinson said the school will work with industry and community partners “to ensure this program exceeds the level of education expected in the Clinton schools.”
    “Implementing this program validates the significant role of today’s rigorous and relevant career and technical education,” he said.
    The introductory engineering courses include introduction to engineering design, and principals of engineering. Future plans include adding more specialized courses related to civil engineering, digital electronics, and possibly aerospace engineering.
    CHS is in the process of completely converting to the career academy model, so that all courses offered are along specific career/academy tracks. These academies include Health & Human Services, Art & Business, and Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).
    According to its Web site, Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization that delivers STEM curriculum and teacher training to more than 6,500 elementary, middle and high schools nationwide.
    Congratulations to the Career Complex on this grant, and Go Arrows!
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  • Sport Camps

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 1/19/2015


    One of the Clinton Public School District’s stated goals is the health and wellness of its students and staff.

    Numerous programs and activities are offered at CPSD’s nine schools, and upcoming sport camps hosted by Arrow athletic programs offer additional options.


    Track & Field

    The reining 6A State Champion Lady Arrow Track & Field team and Arrow Track & Field are hosting two upcoming events, a mini camp and the Fastest Kid on the Block competition. The camp is designed to teach fundamentals, techniques, and training methods for sprints, distance, and long jumpers.

    In addition to the camp, they will host the second annual Fastest Kid on the Block competition. The competition was designed for children age 7-12, and they will be able to compete in a run ranging from 100 meters to 1,600 meters.

    Last year, there were 30 participants in the competition. This year, the coaching staff is looking for the number to increase.

    “I am highly motivated in showing our younger CPSD students how fun and important track and field is,” said head coach Johnathan Perkins. “And with the Fastest Kid on the Block and Mini-camp events that I have started, I am giving them a chance to experience track and field at an early age.”

    Registration for the camp is $25 through Feb. 15, and $40 for late registration will be Feb. 16-28. Mini-camp registration fees also covers the cost of Fastest Kid on the Block and a T-shirt.

    For those that do not participate in the camp, the entry fee for the Fastest Kid on the Block competition only is $5. Both events will be held in March 2015 at the Clinton High School track and field complex.

    For more information about the mini-camp or “Fastest Kid on the Block”, contact Jonathan Perkins at 601-924-5656.



    Lady Arrows volleyball players and coaches are planning a one-day camp to teach the basics of the sport.

    The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Clinton High School gym. It is open to girls in grades 4-11.

    The cost to participate is $40, which includes a T-shirt.

    “This camp is a great opportunity for girls to learn about volleyball, meet the players and see what the Lady Arrows volleyball program is all about,” said coach Jana Carter.

    Participants should bring their own kneepads, she said.

    Registration forms are available in school front offices. Forms and payment may be turned in at school offices. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

    Camp T-shirts are available in youth sizes small, medium or large and adult sizes small, medium, large and extra large.

    For more information, contact Carter at or 601-924-7531.

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  • Volleyball Camp

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 1/15/2015


    Lady Arrows volleyball players and coaches are planning a one-day camp to teach the basics of the sport. The event will be held from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at the Clinton High School gym. It is open to girls in grades 4-11.

    The cost to participate is $40, which includes a T-shirt.

    “This camp is a great opportunity for girls to learn about volleyball, meet the players and see what the Lady Arrows volleyball program is all about,” said coach Jana Carter.

    Participants should bring their own kneepads, she said.

    Registration forms are available in school front offices. Forms and payment may be turned in at school offices. The deadline to sign up is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

    Camp T-shirts are available in youth sizes small, medium or large and adult sizes small, medium, large and extra large. 

    For more information, contact Carter at or 601-924-7531.

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  • Baseball alumni game

    Posted by submitted at 1/16/2015
    Former Arrows baseball players are invited to play in the 2015 alumni game.
    The event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7 at the Clinton High School baseball field. Participating alumni are encouraged to donate $25 to help support the 2015 team.
    “This is a fun event for our CHS grads and an opportunity to meet this year’s team and booster club,” said head baseball coach Eddie Lofton.
    The Arrow Baseball Diamond Club is sponsoring the event.
    Following the alumni game, the 2015 team will hold a scrimmage. Concessions will be available and Clinton baseball Arrow wear will be available for purchase.
    Player sign-in begins at 10 a.m. and the alumni game starts at 11 a.m.
    Follow the team on Twitter at @arrowbaseball or Arrow Baseball on Facebook. For alumni game information or to sign up to play, contact Barry Collier at 601-238-5384 or
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  • Reluctant Dragon

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 1/13/2015



    Northside Elementary School is partnering with New Stage Theatre for an upcoming production of “The Reluctant Dragon.”

    The play will be performed for second-grade students at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20 in the school’s cafetorium. It is part of the New Stage Theatre Arts-in-Education statewide touring program.

    In “The Reluctant Dragon,” Kenneth Grahame’s story of a boy’s encounter with a gentle dragon teaches children the importance of teamwork, accepting others and solving problems. The performance will be followed by an open discussion between the acting company and students, covering the literature, themes of the play and the experience of acting.

    The performance is directed by Chris Roebuck, education director at New Stage, and performed by New Stage’s Professional Acting Company members Augustus Bennett, Katie Beth Jewell, Pat Moran and Valencia Proctor.

    More information about the production, courtesy of New Stage:

    “The Reluctant Dragon” is a 50-minute play that tells the tale of a boy who meets a kind and funny dragon on the edge of town. The boy and dragon become friends and start spending a lot of time together. People of the town find out about the dragon and send for St. George.

    The boy meets with St. George and and takes him to meet the dragon. All three become friends and find themselves in a quandary. George doesn’t want to kill the dragon and the dragon has no desire to kill George. A plan is hatched and everyone celebrates in a happy party at the end of the story.

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  • Taste of Ambassadors

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 1/12/2015
    Clinton’s junior show choir is planning its second annual Taste of Ambassadors fundraiser, featuring a performance of its competition set.
    The event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 at Clinton Junior High School. Tickets are $5 each and may be purchased from any Ambassadors show choir member.
    The event will begin with a silent auction and dessert tastings that will take place in the CJHS gym. Following this, the Ambassadors will perform their 2015 competition show.
    Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door on the evening of the event. Proceeds will be used to fund Ambassadors activities.
    The Ambassadors 2015 competition season includes:
    -       Friday, Feb. 6: Jackson Academy Show Choir Invitational (Jackson)
    -       Friday, Feb. 13: Opelika Southern Showcase (Opelika, Ala.)
    -       Friday, Feb. 20: Homewood South Central Classic (Birmingham)
    -       Friday, March 6: John Hersey Chicagoland Showcase (Chicago)
    For more information, contact Choir Directors Erin Linton or Alison Custer at or
    Go Arrows!
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  • Attache' Alumni Dinner Theatre

    Posted by Submitted at 1/6/2015

    The nationally acclaimed Attaché Show Choir’s 7th annual alumni dinner theatre is set for Jan. 31 and will combine a delicious meal with a silent auction and performances from top talent from years past.

    The place to be that Saturday evening will be Mississippi College’s Anderson Hall in the B.C. Rogers Student Center on the Clinton campus. The program begins at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


    Tickets are $45 per person and all the profits go to support Clinton High’s Attaché Show Choir program.

    The dinner theatre lineup will be a family affair with Attaché alumni singing with family members. The silent auction will feature unique jewelry, art and pottery; gift certificates for dry cleaning, house cleaning, restaurants, weekend get-away trips, concert tickets, collegiate items, and golf and hunting outings.

    To donate a silent auction item or for more information about the auction, contact Jane Howell at 601-941-2287 or

    Music patrons are advised to make reservations by Jan. 20. To reserve tickets, contact Deborah Rosenbaum at 601-842-6767 or

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  • Forensic sciences at Lovett

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 12/19/2014
    Lovett Elementary gifted students can tell you a few things about forensic pathology.
    After an introduction to forensics, the students chose a forensic discipline to research, and prepared presentations for the class. The disciplines chosen were anthropology, pathology, toxicology, odontology, trace evidence, fingerprinting, podiatry, document examination, ballistics, chemistry, biology, entomology, track impressions and engineering.
    “Students also chose a lab to do with the class,” said ACCENT teacher Ellen Brunson. “They did a wonderful job presenting their discipline and labs.”
    As part of the forensics unit, Forensic Biologist Leslia Davis spoke to students about DNA and her work at the Mississippi State Crime Lab.
    “Then, Dr. Naomi Campbell, a professor at Jackson State University, came two days to do a toxicology drug screening test and a gunshot residue screening test with the students,” Brunson said.
    The third guest was Margaret Sanborn, a lab technician from Noxubee General Hospital, who presented a lab on blood cells.
    “These presentations definitely enhanced the students’ learning,” Brunson said.
    The Clinton Association for Gifted Children, a booster club for the Clinton Public School District’s gifted program, provided microscopes for students to use in their lab activities.
    “They were able to examine fiber, insects, fingerprints, various kinds of blood cells, and hair with these microscopes,” Brunson said. “We were also able to purchase male and female skills and pelvises to enhance the students’ understanding of anthropology.”
    After the holidays, the class will study the judicial system and role-play cases in the courtroom.
    Go Arrows!
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