For several years, the Clinton Public School District has implemented the Common Core State Standards in elementary and middle school grades.
The standards are academic benchmarks of what students are expected to learn at each grade level. Local educators in Clinton choose the curriculum materials that are used for day-to-day instruction, including textbooks, homework assignments, projects, apps and other materials.
“We’re raising the bar on what we expect of students,” said Assistant Superintendent Tim Martin. “Students will no longer be given information to memorize and recite back to teachers for a grade. They will be required to engage with complex informational texts and apply literacy skills across all disciplines.”
In math, students will face challenging problems that connect mathematical understanding and procedural skill. They will be required to know how to explain their answer and the mathematical reasoning behind it.
Martin said it will not be an easy transition, but CPSD encourages parents to become actively engaged in their children’s learning.
“These new demands will raise the bar on what is expected from teachers as well,” he said. “Literacy will no longer fall solely under the purview of English and language arts teachers. We expect teachers of other courses to connect the Common Core standards with their content.”
This means that student assignments must be content rich and literacy saturated.
One common misconception of Common Core is that established literature is being stripped from English courses to make way for non-fiction texts. In fact, Common Core requires certain critical content for all students, including classic myths and stories from around the world, America’s founding documents, foundational American literature, and Shakespeare.
It is also not true that English teachers are required to spend 70 percent of their time teaching informational texts and only 30 percent of their time on fictional or literature text.
The 70 percent that is often misrepresented refers to the amount of total time students will spend on reading throughout the day in math, science, English, social studies and other content courses. English teachers are encouraged to use more short informational texts, such as primary sources that can be found online and in newspapers, to surround their reading of a novel, but not to switch their reading to primarily informational text. With Common Core, students will need to read literary texts in English in order to have the 30 percent of their day be fiction reading.
In math, teachers must not only assess students’ ability to do a math procedure but also recognize their depth of understanding and respond with appropriate instruction.
“In some instances, parents may not know how to help because the styles being taught are different from the way we learned as children,” Martin said. “But the best way to learn something new is to prepare to teach it to someone else. If parents and students will both commit to teaching one another — with guidance and support from teachers — I believe we will be successful in implementing the new standards.”
Martin encouraged parents to communicate with teachers on a regular basis, and do not hesitate to ask their child’s teachers if they need assistance or don’t understand an assignment.
Teacher contact information is available on www.clintonpublicschools.com. To find your child’s teachers:
- Mouse over the “Schools” link
- Click on the school name
- Click “Classrooms” on the school home page
- Teachers are listed in alphabetical order by last name
- Click a teacher’s name. His/her email address is posted on either the “Home” or “Welcome” page.
If you cannot find a teacher’s contact information, please email Webmaster Sandi Beason at email@example.com or call your child’s school.
"Mrs. Fowler and Mrs. Lynchard have checked on her health daily. They have come to visit her. They have brought dinner to the house, spaghetti at her request! (Kendall did not have much of an appetite for a few days after surgery, and she wanted spaghetti!)
"Before the surgery when we did not know what was wrong with Kendall, she constantly complained of headaches. She told her teachers that she had a headache daily. I was worried that Kendall's teacher would find her to be "high maintenance," but they didn't. They would love on her and send me an email to let me know how she was feeling. Mrs. Fowler and Mrs. Lynchard were instrumental in helping me and the doctors diagnose her hydrocephalus. I always called them, sent emails, letters asking questions. Never did they make me feel like a nuisance. (All of this plus a newborn, I felt crazy at times!)
"I will forever be grateful for Mrs. Lynchard and Mrs. Fowler! They have been so good to my sweet, little Kendall and my whole family!"
The nomination form also asks how this impacted their overall perception of CPSD; Ms. Hogue wrote:
Lunch time is a great part of the school day. It’s a time where students get a short break from classwork and enjoy socializing with friends. It is also a time to refuel for the rest of the day, and school lunch is the fuel needed to “rev up” young minds and bodies.
Studies have shown that children who eat a well-balanced lunch often do better in school and are more alert. More specifically, when children eat school lunch they are more likely to have higher nutrient intakes over the course of an entire day.
Regina Ducksworth, director of Child Nutrition at CPSD, stated, “Our school lunch program aligns with federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, providing students a balanced, healthy option that boosts energy levels in the classroom, but also sets the stage for lifelong eating habits.”
Every school lunch includes five meal components:
(* Students may choose all five components, but must select at least three choices with one being a fruit or a vegetable)
Grab-and-go lunches are also available to all CPSD students. It’s a perfect solution that saves time from having to pack a lunch each morning. It’s ideal for older students who need a little extra time during their lunch period to study or work on an assignment.
Grab-and-go lunch is a well-balanced, pre-packaged meal containing foods from the five food groups or meal components. Not only is it a convenient option, but the bonus is grab-and-go lunch tastes great and it meets a third of children’s daily nutritional needs. For the same price as the regular school lunch, a student can bypass waiting in the lunch line, go straight to the grab-and-go section, select their meal, and sit down to enjoy it with their friends all in a minute or less.
The grab-and-go entrees include the following:
Compared to lunch brought from home, school lunch costs less. At CPSD, school lunch is just $2.50 versus an estimated average of $3.43 for a bagged lunch from home. Research shows that students who eat school lunches consume fewer calories from fat than students who bring lunch from home. Also, students who eat school lunch have substantially lower intakes of added sugars than students who do not eat school lunch.
Prepay online for meals
CPSD parents can take advantage of the option to prepay their child’s meal account online through MyPaymentsPlus.com. Online payments are a simple, safe and secure way to make payments to your student’s account for the day, week, month or year at any time that is convenient for you. Prepaid meal accounts give parents peace of mind about not having to worry with gathering lunch money every day or worrying that it will get lost, stolen or spent on something else.
Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Under the U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, students may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. All families who believe they are eligible should apply. This includes households whose circumstances have changed (i.e. loss of job, decrease in salary, increase in people living in household, etc.). A new application has to be completed each school year; even for families who were eligible the previous year. Only one application has to be completed per household. Applications are sent home with each student at the beginning of the school year, and are also available at the CPSD Child Nutrition Department. For your convenience, an application can be completed online on www.clintonpublicschools.com under the Child Nutrition page.
“Through partnerships with Mississippi College and Hinds Community College, we are offering several options for students to earn college credit while they’re still in high school,” said Clinton Public School District Assistant Superintendent Tim Martin.
Through the partnership with Hinds, CHS students can earn three hours per course in College Algebra, Western Civilization and English Composition I and II. Through the partnership with MC, CHS students can earn three hours in Calculus.
“This option will be available to seniors this year, and will be open to juniors and seniors the year after that,” Martin said.
And through the CHS Career Complex, students can earn college credit as well as national certifications in Information Technology and Construction/Carpentry.
“These courses are open to sophomores, juniors and seniors,” Martin said.
The dual enrollment option is part of the career academy transition at CHS. Through career academies, students will have more real-world information on how their high school coursework relates to college and careers.
The partnerships with Hinds and MC will benefit students in the long term, said Brett Robinson, Career Complex director.
During the summers of 2004 and 2005, Kevin was a percussion consultant for the Memphis Sound Drum and Bugle Corps from Memphis. Kevin now serves as percussion caption supervisor for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps from Casper, Wyoming. He has been on staff with the Troopers since the 2007 season and has been the percussion caption head since the 2009 season. The Troopers made history with a DCI World Finals appearance in 2009, after a 23-year absence.
Kevin now lives in Clinton, where he is the full time director of percussion and an assistant band director for the Clinton Public School District.
The Clinton Public School District offers school breakfast to all students in grades K-6 to help them succeed. Please encourage your children to eat school breakfast daily to ensure they are well nourished and ready to learn.
Research proves that students who eat school breakfast have better attention, memory and brain activity, which greatly improves their academic performance. According to the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, on average, students who eat school breakfast have been shown to:
This research concludes that these impacts have potential long-term economic benefits as well:
Take Time for School Breakfast
The majority of Americans realize the benefits of breakfast, but often families are rushed in the morning and this can make it difficult to sit down long enough to enjoy a nutritious meal. It’s estimated that 12 – 34 percent of children regularly skip breakfast. Regina Ducksworth, director of Child Nutrition for CPSD said, “School breakfast is the perfect solution for today’s families because it helps save time in the morning. Knowing that school breakfast is healthy and a great value is a huge relief for parents.”
Effective in school year 2014-2015, the federal regulations for school breakfast specify that all grains must be whole grain and at least one cup of fruit has to be offered. The updated USDA breakfast standards build on the healthy changes that our Child Nutrition program has been making for years. In CPSD, we anticipated the new changes and gradually began to implement them ahead of time. We have trained our staff and revised our menus to offer breakfast options that are not only good for students but appeal to them as well.
School breakfast is affordable for every budget. At $1.75, CPSD students are offered a balanced breakfast which includes whole grains, fruit, milk and meat or meat alternatives.
Families living on tight budgets are encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals. Students who qualify for reduced-price breakfast pay only .30 cents. To obtain a free and reduced-price meal application, contact the Child Nutrition Department at (601) 924-4002, or complete an application online at www.clintonpublicschools.com on the Child Nutrition page.
Breakfast will be served at CPSD beginning Monday, August 25. The service times per school are:
(*Car riders must be in the cafeteria no later than 7:30 a.m.)
Last year, the school district increased prices due to the federal Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. This mandate required that school district meal prices match the amount received as reimbursement for free and reduced price meals.
“Last year, we increased the price of meals by 25 cents per meal,” said Child Nutrition Director Regina Ducksworth. “We understand that this can be a burden for families that pay the full amount, especially those who have several children in school in our district. This year it was a priority for us to hold prices the same. We want students to eat our healthy meals so we work hard to keep them affordable.”
Prices per day for the 2014-2015 school year:
Student lunch - $2.50
Student breakfast - $1.75
Adult lunch - $3.25
Adult breakfast - $2
The lunch cost includes a meat entrée, bread, fruits, vegetables and milk.
“For this price, you receive a complete and balanced meal,” Ducksworth said. “Each day, our students receive the necessary calories and nutrients needed for their growth and development. Parents know that their kids are getting good, balanced and safe meals each day in our cafeterias.”
If there is a hardship, she said, “parents may apply at any time during the year for free or reduced priced meals. There are applications at every school, in most school offices and cafeterias. If your income drops, you may be eligible. It does not hurt to go ahead and apply.”
Through My Payments Plus, parents can also pay in advance for student meals.
“You can pay for the day, the week, the month, semester or year in advance,” she said. “You can also log in and see if your child is eating. If they’re purchasing snacks, you can see what they are purchasing.”