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  • Halloween lab experiments

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/31/2014

    On Halloween day, Clinton High School students got experimental with their curriculum. Students enrolled in chemistry and microbiology, including Honors and AP, conducted several hands-on experiments in the CHS Biology lab.


    The Halloween Clock Reaction consisted of mixing starch, sodium metaisulphite, mercury, chloride, and potassium iodate with water. While the solution was initially clear, it first turned orange, then black.


    The Dry Ice Bubbles experiment had students making bubbles from warm water, dry ice, and dish soap. They mixed the materials and used a 2-liter bottle, hose plastic tubing, and sauce cups to see a dry ice bubble grow and fill with fog.


    Oozing Pumpkins is exactly what it sounds like. Students added hydrogen peroxide, sodium iodide, potassium iodide, soap, and food coloring to make foam ooze out of the carvings for the jack-o-lanterns.


    The Rainbow Fire Jack-O-Lantern involves students covering a pumpkin with hand sanitizer on the inside and outside, dusting the pumpkin with boric acid, and igniting the jack-o-lanterns. The jack-o-lantern will go up multi-colored flames.


    Erin Sorey-Barrios, instructor of microbiology, is looking forward to students’ hands-on learning.


    “Lab skills and a strong chemistry background are essential in the field of microbiology and I am excited to share this knowledge with my students in a fun, interactive way,” she said.


    The chemistry instructor, Anna Clair Mitchell, finds it important to show the students through guided inquiry that chemistry is a subject with various applications.


    “Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry are very rigorous courses, and I wanted to take a day to show my students how fun chemistry can actually be,” she said.

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  • Ambassadors Revue

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/28/2014
    The Clinton Public School District’s junior show choir, The Ambassadors, is holding its Fall Revue Nov. 4, 6 and 8. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the Clinton Junior High School Auditorium.
    “Students are performing a mix of current and older songs,” said Assistant Director Alison Custer. “It’s a selection that will appeal to audience members of all ages.”
    Custer said the performance will include group songs as well as individual performances. Some songs include “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors, “No Particular Place to Go” by Chuck Berry, “Roam” by the B 52s, “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts, and many more.
    Tickets are $6 each and may be reserved by calling 601-925-4184 or emailing Tickets may be purchased before school Oct. 31 in the CJHS courtyard, from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at CJHS, and also at the door each night of the revue.
    Go Arrows!
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  • Halloween carnival at CHS

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/27/2014

    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.

    The carnival will be held in the grassy area near the home stands at Arrow Field. The cost to participate is $1 per child to enter, play games and receive candy.

    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 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.

    Go Arrows!
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  • Clinton's Top Talent

    Posted by Submitted at 10/22/2014
    Registration is open for the 2014 Clinton’s Top Talent competition.
    “Clinton is so blessed with talent,” said Sumner Hill Junior High Choral Director Chris Young, the event organizer. “Every year we’ve had great quality and variety among the talent.”
    There are two divisions, Junior (grades 7-9) and Senior (grades 10-12).
    Clinton’s Top Talent will begin with a preliminary round at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 at the Sumner Hill Auditorium. Participants will perform a one-minute selection before a panel of judges in an open audition format.
    “To advance to the final round, two of the three judges must cast a vote in your favor,” Young said.
    The final round is 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, also at the school auditorium, and a panel of judges will choose the winners.
    “New this year is audience voting,” Young said. “The audience can cast their own vote using smart phones or computers that are set up in the auditorium.”
    The public is invited to attend both nights. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door or from any Sumner Hill choir student.
    “This is not just for students in the Clinton Public School District,” Young said. “It’s a city-wide event. It’s open to any students in grades 7-12 in the city of Clinton.”
    Prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in each division.
    “The third-place award is $25, second is $50 and first is $100,” he said. “The winners will also receive a trophy.”
    There is a $20 registration fee to compete. Registration forms are available in the front office at Sumner Hill and must be returned by Nov. 1.
    Participants should have at least two different selections prepared. The selection a participant performs in the final round must be different from the selection in the preliminary round.
    Music stands will be provided for instrumentalists and vocal selections for both rounds must have live or recorded accompaniment. Lip-syncing is not allowed.
    Proceeds will be used to support the choral program at Sumner Hill.
    For more information, contact Young at
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  • Northside Book Fair

    Posted by submitted at 10/21/2014


    Northside Elementary is hosting a book fair next week, including an after-hours event for second- and third-graders and their families.

    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 The online fair will end Nov. 7.

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  • 2014-15 Rankings

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/20/2014

    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.

    Not only do these scores and rankings show our strengths, but also our areas of weakness. We use this data to grow and improve each year. We are proud of our rankings this year and will continue to build on our successes.
    Go Arrows!
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  • Clinton Park Family Read Night

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/17/2014


    Clinton Park Elementary School is holding its annual Family Read Night from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23.

    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.

    For more information, call Clinton Park at 601-924-5205.
    Go Arrows!
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  • Sumner Hill girls choir to NYC

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/16/2014


    The girls’ choir at Sumner Hill ninth-grade school will perform this spring at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

    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. 

    For more information about the event or fundraisers, contact Young at
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  • Coach Perkins

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/15/2014

    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.

    Demi Washington earned back-to-back Mississippi Miss Track & Field titles in 2013 and 2014, and was named 2014 USA Today Gatorade Mississippi Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.
    Congratulations to coach Perkins and Go Arrows!
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  • Farmer Richard

    Posted by Dr. Phil Burchfield at 10/14/2014
    Local farmer Richard Mellon visited Mrs. Rodgers' class at Clinton Park last week to speak about the farm and crops. Last week was Farm to School week in Mississippi, and school cafeterias across the state served more locally grown fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Mr. Mellon for visiting Clinton Park, and thanks to Brooke Thomas Rodgers for submitting the photo!
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