CLINTON SCHOOL NARRATIVE 2017-18
Clinton School, built in 1928, is currently educating approximately 560 students in Grades K - 5. For members of our educational community, Clinton School is a place “Where We Share Our Similarities and Celebrate Our Differences.”
Clinton School has recently become a Leader in Me school. The Leader in Me process is designed to empower students to learn to lead themselves and others. It focuses on Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win/Win, Seek First to Understand, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw. The Leader in Me process gives our school community the opportunity to join together in learning, teaching, and applying these leadership principles.
“Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” Stephen Covey
At Clinton, we never lose focus of our primary goal, educating the whole child. We are dedicated to educating our whole community in cultural competency and bias awareness. We work to establish an environment where students model respect, responsibility, caring, honesty and citizenship for each other. Every student has a voice and is empowered to become a leader and actively influence his/her school.
Our faculty and staff are committed to the ideals of a professional learning community: the belief that all children can learn, the establishment of a collaborative environment, and a focus on results. Our intentions are always to engage every student in rigorous relevant learning experiences through innovation and play.
Students receive instruction in language arts, math, science, social studies, world languages, library/technology, physical education, art, and vocal music. In grade four they may also participate in chorus. In grade five, they may participate in instrumental music and chorus. Supplementary instruction is provided for students who need assistance in reading and math, speech, and also for our English Language Learners. Students with special needs receive instruction in general education classes with a general and a special education teacher working collaboratively to ensure the success of each student. Invited students who need extra support with homework projects and assignments can participate in our after school tutorial/homework program.
In 2016 Clinton School became a national Let’s Move Active School award recipient. At Clinton we understand the need for students to move throughout the day including before and after school. We also, understand the benefits of healthy, active students and how it directly correlates with students learning to their full potential. Some ways Clinton students stay active are through 120 minutes of physical education per week, in class brain breaks, outdoor recess, creative play, and a kinesthetic classroom.
Our Beyond the Bell after school enrichment program provides students with opportunities to learn and play in a variety of areas including: cooking, athletics, science, dance, theater, cheer, Legomania, chess, coding, Frisbee, and art.
Clinton School is the district elementary school for the English Language Learners program. Over twenty-five different nationalities and ten different languages are represented within the Clinton population. Through the curriculum, multi-language public signs, assemblies and special events, the understanding and appreciation of our varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds are celebrated throughout the year.
The Elementary Social Work Program, staffed by our social worker and two social work interns, provides a variety of services within the school setting. Services include crisis intervention, child and family counseling, as well as group counseling. Our social worker also facilitates our student government comprised of fourth and fifth grade student representatives and our fifth grade student council.
Essential to the success of the overall instructional program is the active involvement, close collaboration and support provided by Clinton's parents. The PTA diligently works with the school to enhance academic offerings for students through the donation of materials and resources, volunteerism, school beautification projects, cultural assemblies, and social events for our families. One ever-popular PTA initiative is our annual All-School Musical. Last year’s musical included 350 Clinton students and was a smashing success.