To:  Parents

From:  Mr. Ballard

Re:  School News                                                                                                                                                                                                   10-13-17

Parents & students…coming up this week is: two soccer games, several field trips, Movie w/Mom and a No School Day; see below for details.  Remember that all current and future events can be found on the school website: www.clintonacademy.org, under the calendar menu and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ClintonAcademy.

We have some reminders that we would like to let you know about:

*Parents…do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, did you know that you can support CCA when you shop?  The CCA link is http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1878692.  CCA will receive 0.5% cash back on your purchases.

*Field Trips… parents are welcome to attend most school field trips; however, parents should not attend if bringing any child(ren) on field trips that are not students of CCA, including younger siblings.  Please see page 25 of the student, parent/guardian handbook.

*School Pictures happened Wednesday at CCA.  The CCA Office will let you know via e-mail when pictures go home in backpacks.  If a student was absent, or if you don’t like your child’s picture when you get it, picture retake day is Thursday, 10/26.

*Label Challenge…If you are saving Box Top, Best Choice or Campbell’s labels please send them to CCA by next Thursday, October 19th.  Please label the bag/envelope with your child’s class before sending.  The winning class will receive an ice cream party.

*789 to SW Baptist University, Tuesday, 8am-3pm.

*Basketball…if your 5th-9th Grade son or daughter plans to play basketball for CCA, please make sure they have a physical by October 30th. Physicals are good for 1 year.  5th-9th Girl Basketball Parent Meeting will be Monday, October 30th at 5:30pm in the CCA Gym.

*4th-6th Grades will attend the KC Symphony/Johnson Farms on Wednesday from 8am-3pm.  Students will travel by CCA Bus.  Students should bring a sack lunch with a drink and plan to wear a CCA t-shirt/sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.

*K4-3rd will travel to Fun Time Farms in Lowry City on Thursday from 9:15am-2:30pm.  Students should bring a sack lunch with a drink and plan to wear a CCA t-shirt/sweatshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.

*Movie w/Mom…all students & their Moms are invited to attend our “Movie w/Mom” event Thursday, October 19th at 6:30pm in the CCA Gym.   “Toy Story 3” will be shown & popcorn & water will be available.  We would like 2 dads to attend to help serve.  Contact the CCA Office if available.              NO SCHOOL FRIDAY, 10/20

Operation Christmas Child News…October 22nd at 4pm there will be a community wide kick-off event at First Baptist Church on Vansant Rd in Clinton for Operation Christmas Child (shoeboxes); everyone is invited to attend.  We would like to encourage each CCA family to pack a shoebox with CCA or your church.  Shoeboxes will be sent home in the next 2 weeks.  Questions about how to pack your shoebox are included in the box.  You can follow your box by going to www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.  There is a $9 shipping fee to send your box, please include that in the envelope provided or you can pay at the website above.  If you would like to give “The Greatest Journey” you could also pay an additional $6 and your shoebox recipient would receive 12 discipleship lessons and a Bible.  Thank you.

Calendar for the Week of October 14th – October 20th    

Oct. 14                    A Team Soccer Tourney in Marshall, MO…game time at 11:20am, arrive by 10:45, bring both jerseys.

Oct. 16                    Home Soccer vs. Applewood at the Clinton Soccer Complex.  4:30pm. Game is A Team & 9th Grade.

Oct. 17                    789 to SW Baptist from 8am-3pm.  Students should wear regular school uniforms, bring $ for lunch.

Oct. 18                    7 & 9 to Mops from 8:50-11:10; 4 5 6 to KC Symphony/Johnson Farms from 8am-3pm, info above.

Oct. 19                K4-3rd Grade to Fun Time Farms from 9:15am-2:30pm; Movie w/Mom 6:30pm; details for both above

Home Soccer vs. Fort Scott at the Clinton Soccer Complex.  5pm.  Game is A Team & 9th Grade.

Oct. 20                    NO SCHOOL

“We are Preparing Hearts and Minds to Impact the World for Jesus Christ”

Please check out all current and future calendar events on the school website: www.clintonacademy.org.

October 9 Board Meeting Summary

The CCA Board met Monday, October 9 and here are the highlights from the meeting. The meeting was opened in prayer and the minutes and treasurer’s report were discussed, reviewed, and approved.  There was no old or new business outside of the administrator’s report.  The administrators report was presented and it was noted that our enrollment is currently at 122 students.  Be in prayer for a previous CCA teacher, Mrs. Wilson, her husband has been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.  A thank you to GVMH for handling our health and hearing screenings and it was noted that Compass Health will be handling our Dental screenings on October 27.  Grandparent’s tea and the book fair went very well.  The school office is working on the ability to be able to text all of our parents when we are closed or need to communicate quickly with everyone.  This will be accomplished through our school management software Sycamore Education.  We are working on adding FBLA for the 9th graders and a student leadership team for 4th-9th grades.  The board will begin reading Serving God on the Christian School Board and then discussing and reviewing the book to enhance their ability to lead CCA.Tuition is the next topic of discussion resulting from feedback on the Parent surveys.  The new teachers, their evaluations, and the excellent job that they are doing was reviewed and discussed.  The board and the teachers will be meeting together in November for a combined leadership team meeting.  Our general liability insurance coverage and athletic agreement were reviewed.  The paper copies of the Standardized test results for the individual students are in (see below).  Standardized Test results for the school were reviewed and discussed.  It was noted that for only the 3rd time in the history of CCA that the overall class averages for Language, Reading, and Math scores were all above the 80th percentile and our overall math score went from a 76 in 2016 to an 81 in 2017.  That means that as a school we are doing better than 80 percent of the schools across the country that took the Terra Nova test last Spring (in Math, Reading, Language and the overall Total score).  CONGRATULATIONS to the teachers, students, and parents on a job well done.  Just a reminder, last month the board reviewed a document showing the degrees and certification of our faculty.  It was noted that all 17 of the regular classroom teachers have a teaching certificate by ACSI or the state of Missouri and that 11 of 17 (65%) have a Master’s degree (this excludes Art, PE, Spanish, Music, and Library).  The meeting was adjourned in prayer.

Just a reminder that CCA’s Guiding Principles are: 1) Christian Principles and Character, and 2) Christ Centered Academic Excellence.  CCA’s motto: We are preparing Hearts and Minds to impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Spring 2017 Student Standardized Test Scores are finally in.  The paper copy of your child’s Spring Standardized Test Results were sent home today.  This includes the Terra Nova Results (blue sheet) and the ACSI Bible Assessment Results (green sheet).  On the Terra Nova test (blue sheet) find the column called National Percentile-Stanine on the back side of the Terra Nova Complete Battery test.  The larger number represents how much better your child scored than other students across the nation that took the test.  The smaller number represents below average (1-3), average (4-6), above average (7-9), from a grade level perspective.  The Bible Assessment (green sheet) lets you know whether your child’s Bible knowledge, for that grade level, is advanced, proficient, basic, or below basic.  The 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade also completed a test known as InView.  InView is a test that measures cognitive ability.  Each year those students that are in 3rd, 5th, and 7th will take this additional test and therefore receive a 2nd blue colored sheet showing their InView results.  On the InView test you are looking for the CSI score, which is located under the total score.  This score indicates a student’s overall cognitive ability relative to other students of the same age without regard to grade.  100 is the average CSI score.