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  • 2015 STAR Student, Teacher

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/26/2015
    Clinton High School senior Javarcia Ivory is the school’s 2015 STAR Student.

    Javarcia is the son of April Scott and Thessaiol Ivory II. He was chosen as the STAR Student after scoring a 34 on the ACT.

    Javarcia is a National Merit Commended Scholar and a National Achievement Finalist. He has received numerous awards, including subject area awards in Honors Spanish IV, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, AP English III and AP Biology. In 2014, he was named one of Portico magazine’s 25 Students Who Will Change the World.

    After graduation, Javarcia plans to pursue a degree in biophysics or biochemistry with the hopes of becoming a cardiologist or physician researcher. He is still undecided about the college he will attend.

    “I have always loved science,” he said.

    His career goals were sparked by the prevalence of cardio illnesses prevalent in Mississippi among African Americans.

    “I feel like this is the best way I can serve the community,” he said.

    Javarcia chose Alix Williams, AP English language and literature teacher, as the STAR Teacher this year. Williams has taught for 20 years.

    “I enjoy teaching AP English because I teach novels that my students can relate to,” she said. Williams received both her undergraduate and masters degrees from Mississippi College. This is the seventh time she’s been chosen as a STAR Teacher.

    Javarcia and Williams will be recognized by the Mississippi Economic Council M.B. Swayze Foundation, sponsor of the STAR program, during the annual Education Celebration on April 30 at the Jackson Convention Center.

    Go Arrows! 
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  • DOVE Award winner Misty Duke

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/25/2015

    DukeDOVE Middle school can be tough, but teachers like Misty Duke make sure students are welcomed and encouraged every day.

    “Mrs. Duke is the kindest woman in the world,” said Clinton Junior High School parent Venetia Miller. “Mrs. Duke makes learning and coming to school a wonderful experience for the children.”

    Duke will be presented the Dedication of Our Valued Employees, or DOVE, customer service award for the month of March during the April school board meeting. The meeting is 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 in the Central Office board room.

    The DOVE Award launched in March 2014 to recognize employees throughout the Clinton Public School District who display exemplary customer service.

    Miller’s son is currently in eighth grade. She said when he was in Duke’s seventh-grade class “she always answered emails and questions quickly and efficiently. She was always polite and friendly.”

    And although he is in eighth grade, “on days when he sees Mrs. Duke he says she always speaks, asks how he is and gives him kind words.”

    “Her actions made me feel like junior high wasn’t going to be such a bad place after all,” Miller wrote. “Even though my son is in eighth grade now, he said, ‘Mom, she is the best teacher at that school.’”

    Duke has taught at CJHS for 14 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Southern Mississippi and a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi College. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and also co-sponsors the cheer squad and the Anchor Club.

    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.

    Anyone can nominate a CPSD employee via the online form on or by filling out a paper form in school front offices. DOVE Award recipients will be formally recognized at school board meetings, on the superintendent’s blog and in The Clinton Courier.

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  • Online Registration

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/24/2015
    Registration opens soon for new and returning students in Clinton Public Schools for the 2015-16 school year.
    The Clinton Public School District uses a program called InfoSnap to lessen the paperwork traditionally associated with back-to-school registration. Parents or guardians now fill out online forms to submit their child’s information.
    Online registration for kindergarten students will be available from 4 - 7p.m. April 28 at Clinton Park Elementary. Online registration for returning students begins May 11.
    If your information or your child’s information has changed, please enter updated and accurate information in InfoSnap for the upcoming school year.
    Parents of returning students should receive an email notification between May 1 and May 11 regarding registration for returning students. If your e-mail address has changed or you do not have an e-mail, please contact your child’s school or e-mail
    “This is the third year we have used InfoSnap, and this has helped the district with going paperless,” said Sharon Tompkins, student database manager. “With thousands of kids in the district, this process is much more convenient and cuts back on all the paperwork, both for schools and for parents.”
    Online registration is mandatory and parents are urged to complete the registration process once it becomes available and not wait until the fall. Once the online registration process is complete, parents will receive information from individual schools about registration days. Proof of residency and other information will be required at the schools.
    For more back-to-school information throughout the summer, visit
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  • CDC

    Posted by communications intern Chelsey Hutchins at 3/23/2015
    One of the Clinton Public School District’s top priorities is the health and wellness of its students and staff.
    Its hard work toward that goal has earned kudos from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which featured CPSD among 11 schools and districts nationwide making positive strides in this area.
    The CDC Web site on local school wellness policies is available here:
    This is not the first national recognition CPSD received for health and wellness; in February, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation highlighted CPSD’s successful health and wellness initiatives. In 2013, First Lady Michelle Obama selected CPSD as the site for her “Let’s Move!” campaign anniversary kick-off.
    “As a district, the health and wellness of students and staff is very important to us,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, superintendent of schools. “We work hard to provide programs and activities that encourage healthy lifestyles.”
    According to the CDC, a wellness policy is a written document that guides a local educational agency or school district’s efforts to create supportive school nutrition and physical activity environments. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, schools that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program are required to have a wellness plan.
    CPSD’s wellness policy is a part of its five-year strategic plan. Through this plan, schools are responsible for promoting healthy lifestyles and teaching the importance of nutrition and exercise.
    The highlight gives an overview of the district, and goes into the establishment of the wellness policy. Burchfield worked with administrators, faculty, staff, and community partners to develop the plan using the CDC’s School Health Index.
    In addition to telling how the plan was developed, the CDC tells how CPSD implements the wellness plan through meals and physical activity. Cafeteria staff attended training sessions to help them prepare healthier meals while making them appealing to students. New, healthy recipes have been introduced to students through contests and events.
    To maximize the potential of the wellness policy, CPSD has also collaborated with the Baptist Healthplex of Clinton, the School Nutrition Association, the Happy Gardener’s Club, and the Mississippi Department of Education.
    Physical activities that have received a lot of media attention include Move to Learn and Fuel Up to Play 60. Larry Calhoun, statewide spokesman for the Move to Learn campaign and PE teacher at Eastside Elementary, works with the Bower Foundation to promote healthy lifestyles for children. The Move to Learn initiative is very effective, and led to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showing how schools in the state are including physical activity in the curriculum. Teachers easily incorporate Move to Learn and Go Noodle, an animated fitness program, into daily learning activities.
    “The teachers and students love both of those programs, and many teachers have said that it gives the students a brain break and provides more energy and the ability to focus better in the classroom,” said Jana Carter, member of the CPSD Health Council.
    Schools are applying for grants, while some have already been awarded funds to make additions and upgrades to playgrounds. As students and teachers remain active, reward incentives are given out through activities and challenges. Students may be allowed to dance in the hall or do Zumba in the cafeteria. Teachers have participated in challenges inspired by Weight Watchers and TV shows like “The Biggest Loser.”
    In December 2014, the Department of Child Nutrition launched a new Web site that allowed quick access to nutrition and fitness information. Useful resources for the classroom and the home may be found on the page. Users may also find out how each school is implementing the wellness policy.
    The only other Mississippi school featured on the CDC local school wellness policy Web site is New Albany Elementary School.
    The featured school wellness policies are available here:

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  • Scholar Teams

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/19/2015


    Eighteen varsity teams have earned “scholar team” designation from the Mississippi High School Activities Association.

    “We encourage excellence on the playing field and in the classroom,” said Dr. Clay Norton, athletic director. “It’s a huge honor for our teams to be recognized this way.”

    The Mississippi High School Activities Association awards the scholar team distinction to teams with a composite grade point average of 3.0 or higher. CPSD’s scholar teams and their GPAs include:

    -       Boys Tennis, 3.743

    -       Girls Tennis, 3.599

    -       Girls soccer, 3.547

    -       Boys cross country, 3.520

    -       Fast pitch softball, 3.497

    -       Slow pitch softball, 3.455

    -       Cheerleading, 3.407

    -       Girls golf, 3.357

    -       Girls cross country, 3.305

    -       Girls swim, 3.257

    -       Boys soccer, 3.251

    -       Girls track, 3.212

    -       Volleyball, 3.162

    -       Girls powerlifting, 3.127

    -       Girls bowling, 3.112

    -       Boys swim, 3.067

    -       Boys golf, 3.057

    -       Girls basketball, 3.036


    Junior varsity teams are not eligible to receive the award. Each of the scholar teams will receive a certificate from MHSAA.

    Go Arrows!
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  • Social South cover

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/18/2015

    In some ways, modeling comes easy for Clinton High School junior Erin Johnson.

    “It’s hectic but fun,” she said. “Everyone I work with is very professional. … It’s a fun experience.”

    Erin is one of two models featured in the current edition of Social South magazine, and her photo graces the magazine cover. She is featured in the magazine’s fashion spread and several other pages.

    Social South
    (Photo by James Patterson for Social South magazine)
    Production Manager Hana Ali said Erin “immediately stood out to us” at the magazine’s open casting call.

    “Aside from being a natural beauty, she carried herself with great confidence and had an energy that we were instantly drawn to,” Ali said. “Erin’s confidence and energy never died down throughout the shoot and I think that is reflected through the photos.”

    Erin is new to the modeling scene but this is not her first chance at exposure. Six months ago she signed a contract with the JEA Model Management company and in the time since has been featured in an ad for Image Optical, a new campaign for Barnette’s Salon and she also modeled at Fashion Week in New Orleans.

    “I was so excited to get the (Social South) cover,” she said. “I saw all the pictures and they turned out great. We’ve got about 25 copies of the magazine at home and we’ve been giving them to family and friends.”

    “We could not be happier with the way this fashion feature turned out,” Ali said. “We are so happy to have been able to work with Erin, and we are so excited to see what the future holds for her.”

    Erin credits her father, Cliff Johnson, for nudging her toward modeling.

    “My dad told me I needed to find a job,” she said. “I thought modeling would be fun. Me and my mom took some photos and submitted them to JEA. They asked several questions, took my measurements and called me back with a contract.”

    Her contract with JEA is for two years — until she graduates high school — and after that she’s not sure what the future holds.

    "Part of me wants to see how far I can go," she said. adding that she's also considering a career in nursing
    View the magazine online at
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  • Attache' wins FAME Orlando competition

    Posted by Submitted at 3/17/2015
    Clinton High School’s Attaché show choir was named Grand Champion at the FAME Orlando show choir competition held March 14 at Hard Rock Live in Orlando.

    Attaché also won top awards for best show design, best vocals, and best choreography. Sophomore Jordan Newell was recognized as top male performer. Ankeny Centennial High School Spectrum show choir of Iowa finished first runner up. Swingers Unlimited of Ohio and Amazing Technicolor of Nebraska finished second and third, respectively, at the prestigious competition.

    In April, Attaché serves as the only host choir of Show Choir Nationals, which has been held annually at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for 14 years.

    In its 35th year, Attaché is composed of 45 singer/dancers, 19 instrumentalists and 10 crew members. The award-winning show choir is led by directors David and Mary Fehr, pit director Robert Allen, and crew director Deborah Morgan. Choreographers include April James, Kellis Oldenburg, Stephen Todd, and Dexter Bishop.

    The Attaché Spring Revue is April 29-May 2 at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Clinton High School Auditorium. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 601-924-0707.
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  • February Teachers of the Month

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/9/2015
    Congratulations to the Froghead Grill Teachers of the Month of February! Each of these outstanding educators received a certificate suitable for framing and a gift card to the Froghead Grill restaurant.
    Clinton Park, Melanie Hurt (left). Presenting the award is administrative intern Trenia Reynolds:
    Northside Elementary, Lyndie Faulkner (left). Presenting the award is Principal Joy Tyner.
    Eastside Elementary, Zuri McClenty (left). Presenting the award is Principal Cindy Hamil.
    Lovett Elementary, Sharon Bishop (left). Presenting the award is counselor Daphne Karl.
    Clinton Junior High, Lindsay Pardue
    Sumner Hill Junior High, Olivia Willson. Presenting the award is Principal John Wallace.
    Clinton High School, Allen Marett (right). Presenting the award is Principal Bobby Hathorn.
    CHS Career Complex, Chef Adam Williams (right). Presenting the award is Principal Brett Robinson.
    Clinton Alternative Success Center, Steven Breland. Presenting the award is Principal Teresa Duke.
    Congratulations to all these teachers and thank you to the Froghead Grill for sponsoring this program.
    Go Arrows!
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  • Shared Use Agreement

    Posted by communications intern Chelsey Hutchins at 3/6/2015
    Thanks to a $3,000 grant, green spaces at Eastside Elementary could soon be open to the public after hours.
    Eastside Elementary was recently awarded a $3,000 grant for a shared use agreement. The shared use agreement is a partnership between Eastside Elementary and the city of Clinton to promote healthy lifestyles. With this agreement, students, faculty, staff, and Clinton residents will have access to the school’s recreational facilities after hours.
    Both parties will be responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the facilities.
    “A grant of this nature is a real plus for the city as well as the school district,” said Mayor Phil Fisher. “Having safe areas to walk and run are very important to the city as we encourage a healthy lifestyle and promote ourselves to new residents.”
    The grant proposal was submitted by Catherine Pannell, music teacher at Eastside. Eastside was one of five schools to be awarded the grant by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
    “With the help and support of our community leaders, we will support the city’s plan of providing adequate walking and biking spaces around Clinton,” said Eastside Principal Cindy Hamil.
    With the funds, Eastside plans to add mileage markers around the Northside & Eastside campus. Also, they want to add trees and benches to the playground. Funds will be distributed to Eastside through December 2015.
    To continue receiving funds, Eastside must survey students, teachers, and community residents. Also, the development of the site and program activities must be evaluated.
    “Our Health Council has worked so hard to encourage healthy living and this grant will help us continue to show the students at Eastside how important it is to incorporate exercise in their daily lives,” said Hamil.
    Thanks to Eastside for applying for this grant, and for the city for working with us to make this space available to the public.
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  • Parent of the Year

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 3/5/2015

    Dena Lundberg has been a dedicated volunteer at Northside Elementary and other schools for years.


    On Friday, she was named the Clinton Public School District 2014-15 Parent of the Year. She received the award in a surprise presentation at Northside.


    “I’d have to say Mrs. Lundberg’s greatest virtue is her attitude,” said Northside Principal Joy Tyner. “She has always been the positive voice advocating for our school, our teachers and leadership team. Her dedication makes her very deserving of Parent of the Year.”


    Lundberg has served as PTO treasurer and chairperson for the family fun night. She has also volunteered on the Arrow Dash committee, the carnival committee, and worked with the Accelerated Reader program.


    This school year, Lundberg worked with people in the community to raise funds for the Positive Behavior Support Program.


    “Her contributions have significantly impacted our school,” said Tyner.


    Nolan, a third-grader, is the only child she has in CPSD.


    Every year, each school selects a parent of the year and the district selects a winner. School winners are:

    ·      Clinton Park Elementary School, Tiffany Brooks

    ·      Northside Elementary School, Dena Lundberg

    ·      Eastside Elementary School, Sharon Alexander

    ·      Lovett Elementary School, Paula DeYoung

    ·      Clinton Junior High School, Kim Pee

    ·      Sumner Hill Junior High School, Missy Washam

    ·      Clinton High School, Jane Howell


    Lundberg will represent CPSD in the Mississippi Parent of the Year program conducted by the Mississippi Department of Education.

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