Several new teachers will be joining the CCS family this year. Pictured are Mr. Frank Milana, Technology; Ms. Reanna Zappavigna, Physical Education; Ms. Carmen Keane, Foreign Language; Ms. Michelle Trela, Grade 5; Ms. Rachel Grisham, Social Worker; Ms. Natalie Bock, Social Studies and Ms. Paige Culver, Grade 5. Missing from the photo is Ms. Kelly Sanderson, Mathematics. Also joining our staff is Mr. Glenn Kulinski, who is serving as our facilities director. Welcome!
Clinton High School has been awarded the distinction of being a Recognition School in leading New York State toward the accomplishment of education excellence in student performance. The school received a certificate and a letter from Regent Chancellor Betty Rosa. Thank you to our teachers, students and administrators for making this possible.
The Clinton Yearbook staff, under the advisement of art teacher Mindy Pavone, has been recognized by Balfour Yearbooks for the June 2018 edition. Evaluation was based on theme development, layout design, photo content, secondary packages and cover design. Said Julia Copeland, Balfour Yearbook editor, “Your yearbook tells the story of your school community. Creating a yearbook that preserves your school’s memories and history is an extraordinary accomplishment.
Eva Borton was named Mohawk Valley Female Athlete of the year for all sports at the June 18th Mohawk Valley all-sports all-star banquet and awards dinner. Former Olympian Jackie Joyner Kersee was the featured guest speaker. In specific sport awards, Eva was also named female cross country runner of the year and fellow senior Sarah Owens was named female Lacrosse player of the year. Congratulations to our athletes! Please click on the title of this article to view the video.
At a luncheon at the Delta Hotel on June 6, seniors Eva Borton and Jadon Ingalls were recognized for outstanding achievement in music. The Utica Music League hosted the event to acknowledge students who have made significant progress music as well as major contributions to their school's music program.
The Clinton Tennis Team won the CSC West title with an unbeaten record in the division. They were able to defeat defending champion Hamilton. The starting players on the team were singles players Drew Racioppa, Antonio Femia, and Brian Hall and doubles players Jack Drejza, Rickie Hughes, David Henderson, and Nick Gale. Congratulations!
On May 20th, recipients and nominees for the annual Santoli Award were honored. Former winners were given the opportunity to report on how they used their award to pay it forward. The celebration culminated with a butterfly release, inspired by the concept of the butterfly effect shared and validated by teacher Frank Santoli during his tenure at CCS. Please click on the title of this article for the list of nominees and recipients.
Last fall, Karina Davis and Victoria Elefante helped to secure 2nd place for CCS in the Kirkland Town Library “Battle of the Books” competition. The students were finally able to meet at Barnes and Noble and spend the $200 winnings. They thoroughly enjoyed choosing books for the library.
Twelve MS and HS Technology students recently competed against other area schools in STEM competitions including junkyard wars, projectile devices, 3d printing, and CAD. CCS placed in every event entered in both the middle school and high school divisions! Congratulations to the following students: Eli Davis, Ian Chang, Georgia Deep, Mikhail Karyagin, Abel Widiss, Brianna Howe, Matthew Gromo, Andrew Gadziala, Daniel Seymour, Karina Davis, Nick Gale, and Matthew Gadziala.
Several area rotary clubs came together to honor this year's outstanding educators, but rotarians weren't on the selection committee. Students Emmeline MacPherson and Adries Kruger chose which CCS teacher exhibited the characteristic: "be the inspiration". High school teacher Kate Petrie was honored at a luncheon among other student selected recipients who exemplify the rotary motto of "service above self.” Congratulations, Mrs. Petrie!
Students Kimberly Rivera and Jessica Ritz attended the 2019 Air Force Research Lab Challenge Competition over spring break. Clinton won first place out of the ten area schools that took part in the competition, earning Kim and Jessica a paid summer internship at the Air Force Research Lab in Rome. The students accomplished their assigned mission working under the advisement of the professional engineering staff. Congratulations!
Clinton students placed third in the Science Olympiad competition held at LeMoyne College, earning them a spot in the state competition to be held March 15th and 16th. The team is coached by teachers Meredith Callaghan and Kathleen Washburn. Please click on the title of this article to view Utica Observer Dispatch coverage.
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Clinton elementary art students are working in full force on the Olympics of the Visuals Arts. This month we would like to feature the architecture group. Their challenge is to create a small or micro home. Architects have been adapting and converting international shipping containers into basic structures for homes and other human uses. The team’s mission is to design an artist studio in a single shipping container. For the purposes of this challenge the standard container size is 40 feet long, 8 feet wide and 8 feet tall. They must use those dimensions and convert them to create their scaled down model design. The students are designing the studio to use alternate sources for water or power with the intent to make it “off the grid.” The building will be in the woods over a waterfall which will be used for power. The picture shows them creating the landscape for their design.
The elementary chorus and band small ensembles, under the direction of Mrs. Jones and Ms. Lopata, performed at the Kirkland Senior Center on December 4th! The music students performed some holiday selections for the seniors after their luncheon.
The AP 2D, AP Drawing and Art Club students, in conjunction with AP European History students, traveled to NYC on November 20th to see various exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art students participated in a guided tour and attended a workshop that allowed them to create a sculpture based on works viewed on the tour. Students also had the opportunity to go to Times Square for dinner and shopping.
One of Clinton’s best girls’ soccer seasons got even better for Coach Beth Baker. The New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports has named Ms. Baker as New York State Co-Coach of the Year along with Josh Olney of Holland Patent. Also honored as All New York State, Class B players were Elyse Jackson (2nd Team), Sydni Dreimiller (4th Team), and Kaitlyn Williams (6th Team). Plese click on the title of this article to view news coverage.
Eva Borton led the race from start to finish to take the State Championship, CCS's first individual title in XC in 30 years! The team finished THIRD in the state!
Clinton teacher Denise Toia-Kramer is featured in the Utica OD. She was nominated by District personnel and has been chosen to receive the OD's "Amazing Teacher" award. Congratulations! Please click on the title of this article to access the link to the feature.
The Girls Varsity Soccer team earned the program's first Section 3 Sectional title last Friday at Cortland State. The Warriors were named Co-Champions, sharing the title with Holland-Patent, as both teams battled through 4 overtime periods to a 1-1 draw. Congratulations!
Students from grade 3 took a field trip to Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute to see a special exhibit of kimonos designed by Japanese artist Itchiku Kubota. After he was released from a prisoner of war camp in Siberia, he spent the majority of his time inventing a new dying technique that was used in his world renowned fabric images. The images on the kimonos show his beautiful perspective on the world despite having lived through such tragedy. While at the museum, students learned the history behind the kimonos in contrast to contemporary art work of today, and created haikus and various sketches in response to the exhibit. It was a wonderful interdisciplinary project.
On September 28th, award winning author Kwame Alexander inspired middle and high school students with an inter-active presentation. Along with Mr. Alexander, various community experts will be working with our students as they experience and participate in the process of developing, editing, proofing, and advertising their literary work as part of the “One Community. One Author. One Month.” celebration.
The Athletic Placement Process (APP) is a New York State Education Department (NYSED) program that permits physically and emotionally appropriate students in 7th or 8th grade to try out for a high school athletic team at the Junior Varsity or Varsity level. Click on title for letter from the Athletic Department
Recently a select group of seventh graders traveled to OHM BOCES and explored various careers within the construction industry. Students received hands on experience and spoke with local carpenters, electricians, heavy equipment operators, masons, general contractors and more. Students were shown that there is something for everyone within the diverse field of construction and a great demand for new professionals!
Clinton Central School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Th application process...
CCS was proud to send five elementary student to participate in the All-county Music Festival held on April 13th and 14th at Adirondack CSD. Congratulations to chorus members Eli Davis and Nora Reid, and to band members Gideon Dreier, Gretchen Grimm and Gracen Grimm. Thank you for representing the District so well on this occasion...
Clinton students are changing the world for the better! Each fall and spring, students are nominated by their teachers and CCS staff members to receive the Frank Santoli Memorial Award. Students are recognized for their good citizenship and acts of kindness in memory of a beloved teacher middle school science teacher...
On November 7th, Superintendent Dr. Stephen Grimm, high school Principal Dr. Matthew Lee, and administrative intern and teacher Amie Johnson accepted the National Blue Ribbon School Award in Washington, DC, on behalf of Clinton High School. Thank you to all of our teachers, grades K-12, who have made this achievement possible...
Clinton High School has earned the highest national honor a public school may receive from the United States Department of Education having been named a “2017 National Blue Ribbon School.” This is not the first time for such an honor as the Clinton High School and Middle School previously earned the distinction in 1988-1989 and 1989-1990 respectively. Click on the above to read more!