Clinton High School is planning a kids’ carnival at the Oct. 31 football game, with several fun activities planned for younger children.
Event coordinator and CHS teacher Kim Tompkins said the carnival will be perfect for children to enjoy after they trick-or-treat, with activities planned before and during the football game at CHS.
“We have a home football game the night of Halloween this year,” she said. “This carnival will be a fundraiser for Tackle a Cure, and it’s a safe place for children and families to go on Halloween night.”
CHS students (l-r) Raven Tolliver, Emily Mosley, Javarcia Ivory, Jason Tullos, Taylor Villeneuve, Edward Wiggins, Claire Holmes, and Genesis Johnson. Students pictured represent the Art Club, Anchor Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Student Council.
There will also be a costume contest for children of all ages, so families are encouraged to come to the carnival in their Halloween costumes.
Various student clubs and organizations at CHS will have booths set up with games, face painting, football toss and other activities. Tompkins said clubs and groups at other schools are also welcome to host games and activities, and to email firstname.lastname@example.org if they would like to sign up.
Representatives from Tackle a Cure will also be at the game in support of breast cancer awareness fundraising efforts.
The Medieval themed book fair will be held at the school Oct. 27-31 and students can shop during their regular library time. The after-hours family event is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.
“You can select books, refreshments, and have portraits made with the Royal Kingdom,” said Tenisha Richardson, event planner and Northside PTO board member.
Attendees can dress in medieval costume, she said, and an award will be given to the classroom with the highest attendance. Prizes will be given to all grandparents who attend.
“You can also purchase gift certificates that you can award to your teacher so they can buy books for their classroom,” said Northside Principal Joy Tyner.
Book fair purchases will benefit the school.
Before attending the after-hours event, parents are encouraged to download the free Book Fairs app to help find the right books for their children. Orders may also be placed online at www.scholastic.com/fair. The online fair will end Nov. 7.
School accountability results released Friday show that the Clinton Public School District is once again an “A” district, the highest possible academic rating a Mississippi district can attain.
Even as the accountability model changed this year, we were still able to score high enough to maintain our A rating. Very few school districts earned an A rating, and we were one.
The rankings were officially announced at halftime of Friday’s football game, where the district and each school was formally honored for its 2014-15 rating.
Behind the numbers
Under the new state accountability system, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are given different point values and rated on different scoring scales.
The differences are due to increased components in higher grades. More subject areas are tested at the middle and high school levels, so these schools’ assigned point value is higher under the new accountability model.
For instance, for a high school to earn an A rating, it must have an overall score of at least 695.
“Clinton High School and Sumner Hill scored 719, which was well above what was needed to earn an A rating,” Martin said.
Although they are separate schools, Sumner Hill and CHS receive the same rating under the new system.
At the middle grade levels, schools that administer the fifth- and eighth-grade science test must score at least 518 to earn an A rating. Eastside Elementary’s score is 520 and Clinton Junior High’s score is 584, so both of these schools are A-rated schools.
Elementary schools that do not administer the state science test must earn at least 449 points to earn an A rating. These points are calculated based on scores and also whether students met their academic growth expectations.
“At Lovett, Northside and Clinton Park, there is no growth calculation for science since this test is only given in fifth- and eighth-grades,” Martin said.
Lovett earned 487 points and Clinton Park earned 449 points, making them both A-rated schools. Northside earned 442 points, making it a B-rated school.
The same scale used for high schools is also used to calculate the ranking for the entire district. CPSD’s overall score is 701, well above the 695 threshold for an A ranking.
This year’s theme is “I Go to Clinton Park, What’s Your Super Power?” The theme encourages the school’s kindergarten and first-grade students to be “super” in reading.
“We have planned an awesome night full of super family activities,” said Suzanne Hollingshead, principal.
Throughout the entire school, students will have a number of activities to choose from. There will be games, face painting, balloon animals, sand candy, a bounce house, Kona ice, and more.
The school’s book fair will be held during the day that Monday through Friday (Oct. 20-24), allowing students a chance to purchase Accelerated Reader books. Proceeds from the book fair directly benefit the school.
Hollingshead encouraged students and parents to wear superhero attire on Family Read Night to help get students excited about reading.
“Students, parents, and other special guests will be able to participate in very exciting reading activities,” she said.
The event is not just limited to Clinton Park, she said, but is open to the whole community. Parents and students in other Clinton Public School District schools are invited to dress as superheroes and enjoy the event.
Composer Tom Shelton will conduct “A Program of Treble Voices,” a Memorial Day production, at 8 p.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 in Carnegie Hall.
Shelton is no stranger to the Sumner Hill Junior High School choirs. He has worked with them at State Honor Choir and has also judged them in various competitions.
“We have the utmost respect for Mr. Shelton and it is a tremendous honor for our girls choir to be invited to perform with him at Carnegie Hall,” said Sumner Hill Choir Director Chris Young.
Shelton extended a special invitation to the Sumner Hill girls’ choir to perform with other select choirs across the nation.
The students will arrive in New York City on May 22. On the days prior to the concert they will rehearse with Shelton and spend their free time sight-seeing in the city. The Memorial Day concert will include works by Clausen, Shelton, Handel, Raminsh, Papoulis, and arrangements by Naplan and Andaya.
After Monday’s concert, they will take a post-concert cruise around lower Manhattan.
The 21 girls going on the trip will be conducting several fundraisers to help cover the cost of travel, lodging and other needs.
On Saturday, Oct. 18, they will kick off their fundraising efforts with a car wash at Ace Hardware on Clinton Parkway from 9 a.m. - noon.
On Nov. 8, they will host a garage sale at Summer Hill. This is expected to be the most successful fundraiser that the girls’ choir will host.
Also during the month of November, they will be selling Simply Sheets and Gourmet Coffee.
After coming off a state championship season, head track and field coach Johnathan Perkins has earned two statewide awards.
Perkins received the 2014 National Federation of State High School Associations’ state award for girls track and field. He is now eligible for the regional award from the NFHS.
The award is part of an annual program by the NFHS, which oversees high school athletics nationwide and recognizes a Coach of the Year in about 20 different sports in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
The Mississippi High School Activities Association will recognize Perkins and Mississippi coaches in other sports at the Spring Legislative Council Meeting in April 2015.
Perkins also received the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's 2014 Girls High School Track & Field Coach of the Year for Mississippi. He was presented the award during the Sept. 26 pep rally at Clinton High School.
This honor is based on the performance of the 2014 State Champion CHS track & field team and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes and coaching staff.
During the 2014 season, the Lady Arrows’ earned state championships in the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x200 meter relay. They both also made the Top 100 US National High School rankings.
The 4x100 meter relay team was ranked No. 8 out of 69,747 teams and the 4x200 meter relay team was ranked No. 7 out of 38,865 teams nationwide.
Team members included Monica Mosley, Justice Sims, Harper Newell and Demi Washington.
Other 2014 State Champion event winners included:
- Harper Newell, 100 meter hurdles
- Demi Washington, 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash
- Monica Mosley, 300 meter hurdles
- Jasmine Johnson, pole vault
In addition to the state titles, the Lady Arrows relay team was named a Milesplit All-American Team.
Clinton Junior High’s volleyball team celebrated a stellar season, ending with a 13-2 record.
“I’m proud of our girls and the effort they put in this season,” said coach Meredith Jierski.
Jierski coaches the team with her husband Cory Jierski.
The overall record at the end of the season was 13-2, with a regular season record of 10-1. Opponents this year were Pearl Middle School, Madison Middle School, Germantown Middle School, Brandon Middle School, Northwest Rankin Middle School and Jackson Academy.
“We played in one tournament, the Jackson Academy Invitational, defeating Brandon Middle School and Oxford Middle School but falling to Jackson Academy,” Meredith Jierski said.
On the roster are Logan Parker, team captain Mary Claire Ford, Annelise Adams, Kaylee Peterson, Summer Johnson, Megan Holmes, Nicole Ingram, team captain Krystal Hulsey, Regina Yen, Morgan Ray, Mallory Burnside, Averi Wall, Madolin Haselhorst, Avia Hathorn, Abigail Farr, and managers Rebecca Arregin, Anna Lauren Lee and Abbi Hulsey.