The Clinton Community School District is pleased to announce that we will begin a pilot using the Raptor Visitor Management System at Clinton Middle and Clinton High Schools to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty.  Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.  The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a district building, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system.  If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge.  The Raptor system checks the visitor’s name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders.  The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system.  No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.  A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students.  Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.





New Procedure for Delayed Starts on Wednesdays

As the weather has quickly turned cold, icy, and snowy, the decision to announce a delayed start versus cancellation of school is one a superintendent has to make. Past practice in the Clinton School District has been to cancel the whole day of school on a Wednesday because it is also an early out day for teacher professional development. I believe everyone understands that it would not be worth coming to school if a delayed start would be followed by an early dismissal the same day.
After discussions with the school administrators, the Clinton Education Association, and the district School Improvement Advisory Committee, the Clinton Community School District will implement a new procedure if there is a need for a delayed start on a Wednesday. The district will begin classes two hours late. We will cancel the teacher professional development that afternoon and students will remain in class until the dismissal time of any other day of the week (2:45 p.m. at the elementary schools and 3:35 p.m. at the middle and high school). We believe that the additional contact time with students in the afternoon will make it a productive learning day overall.
Thank you for your support of Clinton Schools!


The Clinton Community School District and the Clinton High School Hall of Honor Committee are proud to announce the inaugural 2019 Hall of Honor Class.  The first inductees are William D. Conner, Sandra Fullerton Joireman, Kyle Ketelsen, Dr. Fred Luthans,  and Krista Voda (Kelley).

William D. Conner was a 1893 graduate of Clinton High School and was a career United States Army officer who became superintendent of the United States Military Academy after originally serving in the Corp of Engineers.  While stationed in the Philippines, he participated in the Spanish-American War and was awarded a Silver Star for heroism in combat.  From 1909 to 1916, he was with the War Department General Staff, was promoted to colonel from the United States, and in 1917. appointed Deputy Chief of Staff of the American Expeditionary Forces.  In July 1918, he was promoted to brigadier general and earned a second Silver Star.  For his World War I service, Conner was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as receiving the Order of the Bath from Britain.  He also received the Croix de Guerre and was named a Commander of the Legion of Honour from France.  Conner retired in 1938, but was recalled to service during World War II, from 1941-42.  He passed away on June 16, 1960, and was buried at West Point Cemetery.

Sandra Fullerton Joireman was a graduate of the CHS class of 1985 and is currently the Weinstein Chair of International Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Richmond.  Joireman has spent the majority of her career working in humanitarian endeavors.  She has published four books including Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa (New York:  Oxford University Press 2011) and Church, State, and Citizen (New York: Oxford University Press 2009).  Joireman has written numerous articles on hunger, poverty, property rights, and war in developing countries.  She has served on several organizations, including the African Politics Conference Group and the Editorial Board for Human Rights and Human Welfare.

Kyle Ketelsen, a CHS graduate from 1989, is currently an international opera performer.  Ketelsen’s love for singing began when he was a member of the A’Capella choir under John DeHaan and extended to when he was studying with Albert Gammon at the University of Iowa.  He earned his Master of Music degree from Indiana University under Giorgio Tozzi.  In regular demand by the world’s leading opera companies for his vibrant and handsome stage presence and his distinctive voice, Ketelsen has garnered great critical acclaim for his portrayals in major theaters around the world.  He has won first prize in several international vocal competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, George London Foundation, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, National Opera Association, and the Liederkranz Foundation.

Dr. Fred Luthans, a 1957 CHS graduate, has had a distinguished academic career as a teacher, author, mentor, and leader.  Last year, Web of Science, an online scientific citation indexing service, named Dr. Luthans to the “Top 1% Citations” list of researchers around the world in all fields.  In an article in Scientometrics, a peer-reviewed academic journal, a new study of citations over the past ten years in all fields of Business and Economics, also recognized Luthans in the top 1% of all business and economic professors in the world.  Luthans has published over 50 books and 200 academic articles and currently works at the University of Nebraska.

Krista Voda (Kelley) is a 1992 graduate of CHS.  In 2003, after attending the University of Northern Iowa, Voda began her career as a NASCAR broadcaster and co-anchor of Totally NASCAR on Fox Sports Net.  She was also co-host on NASCAR Nation when that show aired on Speed Channel.  Before moving to FSN, she worked at local television stations in Iowa and Kentucky, including WLEX in Lexington.  In addition to NASCAR, she has covered college football (including the Cotton Bowl Classic), the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, the Kentucky Derby, the World Series, the PGA Championship, and the National Football League.  Currently Voda is the pre- and post-race host for NBC Sports’s NASCAR coverage, which includes hosting NASCAR America on NBCSN.  One of her first radio jobs was working at KROS.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals are held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.

The induction of the 2019 Hall of Honor will be in conjunction with the Academic Awards night scheduled for April 12, 2019.

RSAI 2019 Legislative Priorities

Clinton Community School District is a member of Rural School Advocates of Iowa.

Rural School Advocates Set 2019 Legislative Agenda

FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC Campus, Ankeny, Iowa October 24, 2018

Representatives from member school districts of the Rural School Advocates of Iowa convened their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Oct 24, at 4:30 PM at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.  RSAI is beginning its sixth year of advocacy on behalf of the students, parents and communities in rural Iowa, to ensure that all students have access to a great Iowa education, regardless of where they live.  RSAI members include over 100 Iowa school districts, but a few are actually larger districts, such as Davenport. As Dr. Bob Olson, Chair of RSAI and superintendent of the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows school district reminded the members, “this is an organization of rural schools with a common mission of equality, not an organization of small schools.”

School transportation costs were a key focus of the group.  Dennis McClain, Superintendent from Clay Central-Everly Community School District, and at-large representative on the RSAI Leadership Group, shared statistics of the miles traveled getting to and from school.  “For us, those route miles we run to get students to school take away from the instruction we could provide.  This is an equity issue. Our students are disadvantaged because of the funding we must spend getting them to the door.  Isn’t their education just as important as all other Iowa students’ education?”

Tim Mitchell, Superintendent from Riverside Community School District, NW Representative on the Legislative Group, weighed in on the priority of extending the state penny sales tax for school infrastructure and property tax relief.  “The pending sunset restricts our ability to borrow. Schools that need to borrow to do work in the district, will only have property taxes as a funding resource if the penny tax is not extended.”  Many districts buy 1-1 computers out of sales takes fund. A lot of districts have elevated student learning out of this fund. Some districts have been able to lower their physical plant and equipment levy property tax (PPEL) and their taxpayers appreciate that.  All districts are thinking about staff and student security, and the state penny provides a resource for safer entrances, monitoring technology and other safety improvements.

Despite being one of the most complicated school finance issues discussed, student equality of Iowa’s school finance formula rose to a level of top priority for RSAI members. Sandy Dockendorff, school board member from the Danville Community School District and SE Representative to the RSAI Legislative Group, explained, “This $170 difference per pupil has no rational explanation, other than the history of what schools spent when the formula was created in the early 1970s.” “This issue of formula equality is about fairness,” Dockendorff continued. “The way the formula works today, some students generate more than others. . . . SF 455 was signed into law during the 2018 Session.  The state has made a small but lasting commitment to close the gap by $5. The state has a long way to go to close the rest of the gap.”

RSAI members discussed the resources needed to provide a good education for students, including a meaningful increase in the state cost per pupil to make up for lost ground and resurrect education as the number one priority of the legislature. “We have 44 fewer school districts than we did just 20 years ago,” stated McClain.  “School funding primarily pays for people. The teachers, counselors, librarians, administrators, nurses, secretaries, coaches and custodians in our schools.  Low funding inhibits our ability to attract and retain staff and to remain competitive with the private sector in Iowa’s growing economy.”

RSAI members also included the following issues as additional priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session:

  • Funding adequacy and equity for students at-risk of not succeeding in school
  • Funding for 3- and 4-year old preschool at a 1.0 weighting, to help provide full day and cover transportation costs in rural schools
  • Improved instruction and educator shortage, including additional staffing flexibilities, to ensure students in rural Iowa have access to great teachers and multiple opportunities to meet their needs.
  • Extension of the reorganization and whole grade sharing incentives scheduled to expired in 2020.
  • Student mental health services, especially for Iowa’s rural students living in communities without mental health providers.

Position papers on key issues and a Digest of the 2018 Legislative Session are available on the RSAI legislative web page, http://www.rsaia.org/legislative.html  or by contacting Margaret Buckton, Professional Advocate, RSAI Margaret.buckton@rsaia.org 515.201.3755



Dr. Robert Olson, Superintendent, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Chair, RSAI Leadership Group, Robert.olson@rsaia.org, (515) 532-3423

Dennis McClain, Superintendent, Clay Central-Everly, Vice Chair, RSAI Leadership Group

dmcclain@claycentraleverly.org  (712) 933-2242

Duane Willhite, Superintendent, North Fayette Valley, Secretary/Treasurer, RSAI Leadership Group

dwillhite@nfv.k12.ia.us (563) 422-3851

Dan Smith, Board Member, Harmony, Chair, RSAI Legislative Group




I would like to remind you that nominations for the inaugural Clinton High School Hall of Honor are due no later than November 1, 2018.  The Hall of Honor Committee will screen and make selections by December 15, 2018.  Nominees will be recognized at the Clinton High School Academic Awards Night in April 12, 2019 and at a community reception.

The mission of this recognition program is:

The Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals shall be held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.

The criteria for Hall of Honor nominations are:

  • Nominee must have graduated from CHS at least 10 years ago.
  • A person may be nominated more than once.
  • Nominations are considered for 3 years.
  • Nominee must possess outstanding moral character.
  • HOH recognition may be given posthumously.

Nominees will have distinguished themselves in one or more of the following areas after high school:

  • Accomplishments in Academic Fields
  • Accomplishments in the Arts
  • Humanitarian Endeavors
  • Professional Career Accomplishments
  • Public or Community Service
  • Exceptional Contributions to the Clinton School District
  • Distinguished Military Service

Nomination forms can be found on the district website:


Nominations may be turned into the superintendent’s office at 1401 12th Ave N, Clinton.


2018-19 Parent Education Series

The Clinton Community School District is excited to announce an awesome opportunity for parents and community members to learn about issues that are important to them through the Parent Education Series.  The Parent Education Series is a series of 13 informational sessions that participants can attend throughout the region.  The goal of these sessions is for communities and schools to work together to help children become healthy members of the community.  All the sessions are free and open to all parents and community members.

The first session is Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 6:30-8:00 PM at Central DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Iowa.  This session “The Blunt Truth About Marijuana,” is a look at how teens are being impacted by marijuana legalization in Colorado and what parents need to know, presented by Ben Cort.  Living in Colorado, Ben has been part of the recovery community in al-most every way imaginable. Ben has a deep understanding of the marijuana issue and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized. Ben will explain the difference between today’s corporately-produced marijuana and what was grown naturally & consumed in the past; identify current forms of THC consumption including edibles, vaporizers, & concentrates; clarify the science of today’s marijuana and the harms associated with it; and share what is happening in Colorado due to marijuana legalization.


The second session is Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 6:00-8:00 PM at River Church in Clinton, Iowa.  This session “The Heroin Epidemic” is a story of heroin addiction incarceration, and losing a son to an overdose.  This session is presented by Tim Ryan.  Despite a successful career, heroin stole half of Tim’s life and eventually took his own son.  Today Tim is a National Thought Leader on the Heroin Epidemic, delivering riveting, practice speeches to equip and motivate families and communities.

All sessions are free and open to any parent or community member.  We encourage all parents to attend these presentations!  For details or more information please call 563-241-4371 or visit: www.communitycommitted.com

The Camanche School District, Central Clinton School District, Clinton Community School District, Riverbend School District, and St. Joseph School are partnering with the Camanche-DeWitt Coalition and the Gateway ImpACT Coalition to offer the 2018-2019 Parent Education Series.


Among the standards that Iowa school districts must teach and assess are the 21st Century skills.  Among those are Employment standards.  Among the essential skills under the employment standard is “Demonstrate productivity and accountability by meeting high expectations.”  Here are the descriptors for this skill for a freshman in high school:

Deliver quality job performance on time

  • Recognize and understand required standards needed for successful completion
  • Set goals and establish timelines to reach required standards
  • Establish assessment checkpoints throughout work processes
  • Identify quality control issues and makes needed adjustments to correct problems
  • Take initiative to see job completed without compromising quality
  • Reassess process on a regular basis to identify any opportunities for improvement
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior and works responsibly, reliably, and collaboratively with others

Demonstrate accountability for individual performance

  • Come to work regularly and is on time all of the time
  • Stay productive when on the job
  • Take initiative to help others when own work is completed
  • Accept responsibility for errors and corrects errors
  • Learn from mistakes
  • Follow through with work assignments
  • Demonstrate willingness to work overtime
  • Demonstrate flexibility to crosstrain

The Clinton Community School District administrative team has been working with the Clinton County district attorney’s office on procedures to support the attendance criteria listed above.  The conversations have revolved around the importance of attendance in the workplace and school is the workplace of building those skills.  Therefore there will be an increase effort by the school district working with the county attorney to hold students and families accountable in teaching this skill to the students.