2020-2021 Free and Reduced Lunch Application
The link to the recording of the virtual Town Hall Meeting held on Wednesday, August 12 at 6:30 pm in now available. Please click on the title of this article to access the link. Additional meetings will take place on Monday, August 17th, Wednesday, August 19th, and Wednesday August 26th.
These are letters from Superintendent Dr. Grimm regarding COVID-19: Click above to access the most recent letter
We have worked furiously over the last week since receiving guidance from the New York State Education Department and being required to submit such a comprehensive plan by July 31, 2020. The good news is that we will be able to make revision to our plan and we will keep our stakeholders involved and aware all along the way. Feedback received before July 31, 2020 will be taken for consideration in the plan the we submit on July 31, 2020. All other feedback will be retained for the next iteration as the plan evolves over the next month.
Grab and go meals are still available, and will continue to be available (other than July 3 and 6) through the summer at both the Elementary School Kitchen door and Country Pantry, Monday-Friday from 10-12. This is open to anyone 18 and under regardless of residency!
For the third consecutive year, Clinton High School has been designated as a NYS Recognition School, the first year resulting in our National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2017. “We are again so proud of students and staff for achieving this recognition and consider it a result of the collective effort and support of our community, staff, families, and students at all levels in our school system. We have achieved this recognition due to our high combined performance on our Math and ELA assessments, high graduation rate, high attendance rate, and high college, career, and civic engagement readiness index. It comes as a result of a philosophy of continuous improvement fed by constant reflection and best practices, supported by the strategic alignment of our curriculum, instruction, and resources to support each child, in a personalized manner, to realize their highest potential.” - Dr. Steve Grimm, Superintendent
Due to the capital project, we will be moving the food pick-up from the high school cafeteria door to the elementary kitchen area door beginning on Tuesday, May 26, until further notice. Please access from the Kirkland Ave parking lot. Clark Mills pickup is unchanged.
Your collective input and ideas on the priorities and future direction of the Clinton Central School District will help shape the Vision 2025 District Strategic Plan, which will provide our schools with important information for long term future planning and decision making by identifying major findings, needs, strengths and aspirations. Click above for more info and access to the survey!
Elementary art students collaborated on an Earth Day video comprised of photographs they took to complete an online assignment, and brainstormed ways to take care of the environment. Please click on the title of this article to view.
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The MathCounts team, under the advisement of middle school teacher Susan King, won the regional competition held on February 1st at MVCC. The team will travel to RPI in March to compete at the state level. Pictured are Eden Knight, Mia Le, Eli Davis, Mrs. King, Ian Chang, Georgia Deep and Abel Widiss
Please click on the title of this article to view results for Section III B-2 Championship held on 2/08/20.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is one of the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition programs. The Awards feature a distinguished list of alumni including Andy Warhol, Stephen King, Sylvia Plath, and Tschabalala Self. In the 2019 program year, nearly 340,000 works were submitted, with over 2,700 students receiving national recognition. Eight Clinton students submitted art work to the CNY Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Congratulations to Jillian Graziadei who was awarded a Silver Key for her Photograph “The Gang”. Her work will be on display at Onondaga Community College until February 28th.
Due to strength of character, good citizenship, and kindness exhibited on a daily basis, the following students were chosen based on faculty nominations. In the Elementary school, Emily Roy was selected. Arianna Febus was the recipient in the Middle School and Megan Gromo was chosen in the High School. Each student will receive a $50 award to use towards a service project of their choice. They will be honored at a ceremony and butterfly release ceremony in May where they will report out on their projects. Please click on the title of this article for more information.
High School National Honor Society organized the annual District-wide coat drive chaired by student Shayla Pominville. More than 100 coats were collected, as well as numerous hats and gloves, which will be donated to the Refugee Center. Thank you to all who donated.
After completing a two year study, elementary teaching staff chose what they felt to be the best ELA program for K-5 students, largely funded by the Clinton Central School Foundation. Teachers continue to participate in training in order to maximize benefits of this new program for their students. Pictured are first graders delving into new resources.
Seventh graders shared ideas with coordinators Ryan Miller and Stacey Smith during their visit to MVCC’s “thINCubator”, tying in with Creative Freedom Friday endeavors. ThINC offers programs and resources to help entrepreneurs generate better business ideas, refine and accelerate startup businesses and interact with other local creators.
Clinton Middle and High School students traveled to the Herkimer County Fairgrounds to learn about careers in the agriculture field. Students listened to presentations about conservation programs offered at BOCES, SUNY Cobleskill, and learned about livestock first hand.
Eighth grade students recently spent the day recreating the Ellis Island immigration experience through informative research projects displays, music, personal diaries and publications, some acting as journalists and even as medical triage personnel. The day culminated with speakers from the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (aka THE CENTER). The Center staff members Lisanne Divine and Kyi Kyi Min (formerly a refugee) personalized the experience for listeners as is exists today. Students were given the opportunity to ask thoughtful questions.
Clinton Elementary School was fortunate to be joined by Veteran family members of many of the students for its annual Veterans Day celebration. Student choruses performed patriotic songs, read thank you letters and spoke about the 5 military branches of the US Armed Forces. Mrs. Leuthauser discussed various personality traits exhibited by those that have stepped up to defend our freedom by joining the Armed Forces.
CCS employee Ryan Dugan completed the New York City Marathon in 4 hours and 20 minutes. Elementary Mighty Miler members collectively ran the number of miles needed to secure a place in the marathon for PE teacher and advisor Heather Hillage-Scribner, who then passed the entry opportunity along to Mr. Dugan. Mr. Dugan said that the students provided him with the incentive to finish the race. Thank you, Mr. Dugan, for representing CCS so well in NYC!
On November 20th, two members of the CCS community were honored as recipients of the Genesis Educator award for contributions made in the area of education. The Genesis Group works to advance economic, social and cultural interests, and to foster regional unity and cooperation particularly in the areas of education, health, wellness and quality of life initiatives.Congratulations to middle school teacher Maryanne Murray, and Board member and educator Timothy Thomas for this important recognition!
Alteri's Restaurant, 7 College Street in Clinton, is again teaming up with the local chapter of Dollars for Scholars to help raise funds for graduating CCS students. Pizza purchased on any Wednesday earns $2 for the Clinton Dollars for Scholars/Alteri's Scholarship Fund. Eat locally and support our graduates! For more information about Clinton Dollars for Scholars and ways to support our students, visit https://clinton.dollarsforscholars.org
Please click on the title of this article for indoor track team relay results.
All area ninth graders recently enjoyed an inspiring presentation at the Stanley Theater by Erin Gruwell, founder of the Freedom Writers methodology, a standard-based, educational strategy for shifting a classroom into a space for students to grow, with curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students. In some Districts, including Clinton, "The Freedom Writers Diary" is currently being integrated into ninth grade ELA classes.
The artwork of four CCS students will be displayed at the 2019 NYSSBA Convention in Rochester in late October. Co-sponsored by New York State Art Teachers Association and New York State School Board Association, the work on display "clearly demonstrates a high level of student ability at every grade level, in a spectacular range of mediums, techniques and genres". Congratulations to Lange Matteson, Delainey Williams, Eliana Crissey and Miriam Leahy and to their teachers Lynn Hall and Amy Pape for this outstanding accomplishment.
The Clinton Warrior football team is now ranked 19th in New York State according to the New York State Sports Writer Association. Click above for a link to their webpage.
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!
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!