Arrow Tracks

  • Arrow Singers

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/21/2014
    It’s been a busy semester for the Arrow Singers with more planned for the spring.
    The Arrow Singers, under the direction of Carol Joy Sparkman, have competed at state and local competitions, as well as participated in school events. And there are two concerts planned in December.
    “We have a great group this year and I’m proud of the work they’re doing,” Sparkman said. “We’re looking forward to a great school year.”
    Events began with the Clinton High School Homecoming parade, with the choir’s Antarctica-themed parade float.
    The choir’s next event was the Solo and Ensemble Festival, a Mississippi High School Activities Association sanctioned event. Six CHS students participated and received Superior, the highest score: Emily Katherine Dacus, Sarah Kane, Anlu Zhu, Mykaila Hurst, Anthony Scales, and Sara Waldbauer.
    The first choir festival was the Riverland Choral Festival at Pearl High School. Colla Voce mixed choir, Vivace advanced women’s choir, and Belles Voix women’s choir all received Superior ratings. Varsity Men’s Choir received an Excellent rating. Vivace won the Best in Class trophy for the highest score for all women’s choirs at this competition.
    The next competition is Dec. 1, when Colla Voce and Vivace will compete in the Vicksburg Caroling Contest. The preliminary round is 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Vicksburg Convention Center and finals are 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Arrow Singers would like to invite parents and fans to attend The Vicksburg Carolling Contest at the Vicksburg Convention Center. Admission is $5 for audience members 12 and over.
    Parents, fans and supporters are invited to a holiday concert, planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at the CHS Auditorium. This event will feature all choirs and they will perform a variety of music.
    For more information, contact Sparkman at
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  • NBCT

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/20/2014

    This year, three teachers in the Clinton Public School District earned National Board certification.

    Gentry Booth teaches at Clinton Park Elementary and Catherine Pannell and Jana Chao both teach at Eastside Elementary. Robin Herring, also an Eastside teacher, renewed her certification for another 10 years.

    Eastside teachers Jana Chao (far left) and Catherine Pannell (far right) earned National Board certification this year and Robin Herring (center) renewed her certification for another 10 years. Not pictured is newly certified NBCT Gentry Booth from Clinton Park Elementary.

    National Board Certified Teachers are highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards in their profession. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review.

    “It’s a very difficult and time-consuming process to go through,” said Assistant Superintendent Tim Martin. “All the teachers I’ve known who have earned National Board Certification say it’s worth it and that it helps them become better teachers.”

    There is also a financial incentive; teachers who hold National Board Certification receive a $6,000 annual pay raise for 10 years. If they renew their certification at the end of the 10-year period, they will continue to receive the additional salary.

    District-wide there are 37 National Board certified teachers, counselors and speech pathologists.

    It's one of our stated goals as a district to recruit and retain only the best teachers. All of our teachers are highly qualified, but having national board certification is another way that faculty can continue to grow professionally. We encourage our faculty to go through this process because ultimately, our students benefit.
    Congratulations to these teachers and Go Arrows!
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  • Brain Brawl

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/18/2014
    Ninth-graders at Sumner Hill Junior High School earned second place overall at the Brain Brawl competition hosted by the University of Mississippi.

    Clinton freshman were bested only by a team of four high school seniors in this competition.

    “We are incredibly proud of our students,” said Sumner Hill science teacher and team advisor Lynda Collins. “They are so excited and ready to compete again.”

    Brain Brawl

    The team consisted of Tanner DeYoung, Kipp Gehris, Michael Franks, Patrick Vinzant, Wesley Thomas, Mary Madison Pevey and Ashlee Penick.

    There were 36 teams competing in six brackets of six teams each. There were five matches in the morning, which Sumner Hill students swept.

    They advanced to the quarter-final round and the semi-final round — which they won — and came in second in the final round to a team of four seniors from Itawamba.

    “Our students have worked hard to prepare for this competition and the fact that they fared so well against older students speaks well of our students and faculty,” said Sumner Hill Principal John Wallace.
    Congratulations to these Sumner Hill students and teachers, and Go Arrows!
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  • November DOVE Award

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/17/2014

    AnnieVillejoin When parents come to Clinton Park Elementary School they are greeted by someone who’s been in their shoes.

    Annie Villejoin, the school’s receptionist, is the first person school visitors see and the first voice they hear when they call. And her hard work has not gone unnoticed; Villejoin is the recipient of the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of November.

    She will be formally honored at the December School Board meeting, held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Central Office.

    “Annie is always so pleasant in the morning and always tries to speak to my son even though he is very shy,” said Clinton Park parent Sarah Ammons, in nominating Villejoin for the award. “Annie shows that she cares and it shows me that Clinton Park hires people who will actually take time to get to know your child and help your child.”

    Villejoin said she keeps in mind what it’s like to be a parent because, “I’ve been here. I’ve been in the school district four years with my little one.”

    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.

    One of our top goals as a district is to provide great customer service to the community we serve. We want families to have a good experience in our schools, and this award recognized employees who exceed expectations in this area.

    Anyone can nominate a CPSD employee via the online form on DOVE Award recipients will be formally recognized at school board meetings, on our Web site and in The Clinton Courier.

    Congratulations to Mrs. Villejoin and Go Arrows!

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  • America's Storyteller — Attache' celebrates 35th anniversary

    Posted by Submitted at 11/14/2014

    After 35 years, the Attaché show choir at Clinton High School is still making magic.

    “It takes a great school and community to have a successful program,” said Director David Fehr. “Thank you to the school and community for 35 years of support.”

    At its inception 35 years ago, Attaché was one of the largest singing and dancing groups in the South. Its 62 members were led by Director Winona Garner Costello, from 1980-81 through the 1991-92 school year.

    It began winning awards in April 1982 — third place out of 14 choirs competing at the Opryland’s American Music Festival in Nashville — and in the years since has risen to statewide, regional and national prominence.


    Current directors David and Mary Fehr came to CHS in the 1992-93 school year and led the choir to its status as one of America’s top show choirs. Since 1992, Attaché has won 65 out of 74 Grand Champion titles and won 22 consecutive competitions while competing against elite groups across the nation, which is the longest winning streak in the history of show choir.

    “Our alumni are working in all walks of life,” Fehr said, “Broadway, opera, dancers, choreographers, musicians.”

    Fehr believes in the continued development of singing, acting, and dancing to tell a story.
    "My goals are to teach sound fundamentals of vocal and dance technique and to help the students grow as musicians and performers," he said. "I try to help each student develop his or her natural talent to its fullest."

    Arguably its most notable alum, 1996 graduate Lance Bass, became a pop music sensation after trying out for the group N’Sync while a junior in high school. The group shot to fame in the late 1990s. Bass is again in the spotlight this year after directing his own film.

    At its 30-year anniversary, Attaché was in the national news and footage of its competition show was used by MTV and London-based Carbon Media for a documentary on American Show Choirs.
    "The producer said in his request for footage, 'Your choir has constantly been name-checked as the top show choir in the nation," Fehr said.
    Each year, Attaché attracts students who are not only musically talented, but involved in football, soccer, tennis, National Honor Society, student council, art and a variety of student clubs and community organizations. Its graduates have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, civic leaders as well as performers.
    Attaché is truly a jewel in the crown of the Clinton Public School District. You just don't find programs of this caliber at most schools. Attaché stands head and shoulders above its peers nationwide, as evidenced in the regional and national competitions we participate in and win. Our students and staff work very hard to make this program a success, and it's wonderful when all their efforts pay off year after year.
    Congratulations on Attaché's 35-year anniversary, and Go Arrows!
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  • Volleyball banquet

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/13/2014
    The Arrow volleyball banquet was held this week at Morrison Heights Baptist Church, celebrating the team's strong season.  The varsity team finished 26-12 (3rd out of 7 teams in district, 9th out of 30 teams in the region, and 17th out of 103 teams in the state).  JV finished 13-7 under the leadership of Coach Melissa Denson. Varsity finished first in the bronze bracket for the Set It Off Tournament and second in the Ridgeland Tournament. 
    Award winners include (seated, l-r) Caraline Boone (Best Offensive JV Player), Katoria Lee (Captain Award and Most Valuable Player), Morgan Dubose (Best Defensive JV Player), ZaNireyah Davis (Best Offensive Player), Shivani Bhikha (Most Improved JV Player), and Angel Hughes (JV Captain Award and Sportsmanship Award); (standing, l-r) Lana Berch (JV Captain Award and Arrow Award), Darby Turman (Captain Award and Best Defensive Player), Tagen Remmel (Hustle Award), Kelsi Collins (Most Christ-Like Award), and Madison Roberts (Most Improved Player Award).
    Here is the entire team:
    Congratulations to all players and coaches at the varsity and junior varsity level on having a strong season.
    Go Arrows!
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  • Attache' Fall Revue

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/12/2014


    The Attaché Show Choir 35th anniversary revue is planned for Dec. 3-6 at the Clinton High School Auditorium. Performances begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. 

    From ’50s classics like “Blue Moon” to Broadway’s “Seasons of Love” from Rent to all-time Attaché favorites “Separate Ways” and “I Drove All Night,” the anniversary revue will be sure to entertain every listener. The revue will conclude with a preview of the 2015 competition set titled “Fehr”y Tales.

    Attaché 2014-2015 is composed of 45 singer/dancers, 18 instrumentalists, and 7 crew members. Directors David and Mary Fehr, crew director Deborah Morgan and pit director Robert Allen lead the Attaché Show Choir. Choreographers include Attaché alumni April James, Dexter Bishop, Kellis McSparrin Oldenburg, Demetries Morrow, and Zari Rissman.

    Tickets are $9 and $10 and may be purchased at CHS from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17-21 and Dec. 1-5. For more information or to reserve tickets, call the Attache' office at 601-924-0707.
    Go Arrows!
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  • Harvest Carnival

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/10/2014




    Sumner Hill Junior High is holding a children’s carnival on Nov. 15 with games and concessions for younger children.

    “We want to invite the Clinton community,” said teacher Roxanna Arcement. “It will be used as a fundraiser for some of the school’s clubs, the school or for charity, depending on how clubs and organizations allocate their money.”

    The carnival will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15 at Sumner Hill, 400 W. Northside Drive, Clinton. Games and activities are open to children ages 3 through fifth grade.

    Tickets will be sold for 25 cents each, she said, and most games and activities will require tickets.

    Where: Sumner Hill Junior High
    When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15
    Who can participate: children ages 3 - fifth-grade
    Tickets: 25 cents each

    Go Arrows!

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  • October Teachers of the Month

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/6/2014
    Congratulations to the Teachers of the Month of October! Each of these teachers received a certificate suitable for framing and a gift card to Froghead Grill. Winners include:
    Kasey Ambrose (left), Clinton Park Elementary. Presenting her award is school counselor Dru Dilley:
    Jill Lay (left), Northside Elementary School. Presenting her award is Principal Joy Tyner:
    Leanne Osborne (right), Lovett Elementary School. Presenting her award is office manager Shannon Garlington:
    Kristy Trejo, Clinton Junior High School:
    Kelly Nye (left), Sumner Hill Junior High. Presenting her award is Assistant Principal Christie Claxton:
    Cody Zumbro (left), Clinton High School. Presenting his award is Assistant Principal Kelly Heath:
    Chastity Keenan, CHS Career Complex. Presenting her award is Principal Brett Robinson:
    Amanda Durst (left), Clinton Alternative Success Center. Presenting her award is Principal Teresa Duke:
    Not pictured is Whitney Gibson, Teacher of the Month at Eastside Elementary. 
    Congratulations to all these outstanding teachers and thanks to Froghead Grill for sponsoring these recognitions.
    Go Arrows!
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  • October DOVE Award

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 11/5/2014

    It’s a big job overseeing a fleet of 73 buses and coordinating routes to get more than 3,000 students safely to and from school each day.

    But Clinton Public School District Transportation Director Terry Harris has it covered, and strives to maintain professionalism in his department.


    “I try to treat everyone with respect,” he said. “When parents contact us with an issue, I let them know I’ll do everything I can to resolve the issue.”

    Harris is the October recipient of the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, award for excellent customer service.

    Harris will be honored at the November school board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Central Office.

    “Mr. Harris displays a calm, pleasant attitude every day, even dealing with upset parents of bus students, and bus drivers who sometimes get upset,” said driver Mike Case, who nominated Harris for the award. “He always does his job with a smile.”

    The DOVE Award launched in March to recognize employees throughout the Clinton Public School District who display exemplary customer service. Nominees not selected in October will also be considered in upcoming months.

    Case said his work as a bus driver is easier with a manager like Harris.

    “His attitude is an excellent, positive reflection for CPSD,” Case said. “I see him every day of the school year, and if he’s ever upset it doesn’t show. I know that if I ever encounter a problem, he’ll be behind me 100 percent and will be fair in his decisions.”

    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.

    Go Arrows!

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