The Clinton Community School District is pleased to announce that it will begin offering services of Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) starting in December at Clinton Middle School.  The plan will be to expand the program to Clinton High School in subsequent years.

The following description of the mission of the iJAG program can be found on their website:

iJAG is the premier non-profit organization connecting business and education to provide the most cost-effective dropout prevention and school to career solutions in Iowa. Students in the iJAG program have trouble making it in a conventional classroom because of the distractions and barriers at home, outside the classroom or even inside the classroom. Relying on real-world, project-based instructional methods and an unconventional approach to personal connections with students, the iJAG teaching specialists work within conventional learning environments to help remove barriers and show students how to achieve the next step of their career or education. 

Clinton Community Schools is excited to offer this program service to its students.  If you have questions about the program, please contact me at

Thank you for your support of Clinton Schools!






The nomination window for the 2020 Clinton High School Hall of Honor is open until November 1, 2019.  The 2020 Class will be the second induction for the Hall of Honor and is scheduled for April 17, 2020.

The first Hall of Honor inductees, and categories that they were selected for, are William D. Conner  (Distinguished Military Service), Sandra Fullerton Joireman (Humanitarian Endeavors), Kyle Ketelsen (The  Arts), Dr. Fred Luthans (Accomplishments in Academic Fields),  and Krista Voda Kelley (Professional Career Accomplishments).  Two other categories that people may be nominated for are Public and/or Community Service and Exceptional Contributions to the Clinton School District.

The 2020 nomination form can be found at and may be emailed to or mailed to the Clinton Administrative Center, 1401 12th Avenue North, Clinton, IA  52732.


On August 26, the CHS Taskforce presented their vision for the future on Clinton High School.  This process has taken over a year of discussion.  Among the key discussion points:  site location, renovation of current building contrasted with a phased teardown/rebuild, keeping historic Yourd Gym versus building a new competition gym, and presenting a proposal that respects the efforts of the taxpayers.

Here is the link to the most current presentation:

In the next six months, the Task Force’s goal is to educate and answer all questions the community has about this option as the best step forward for the high school and the community at-large.  We welcome any groups or individuals that would like a tour of the existing building to see for yourself the issues behind the walls and underneath the floors.

Be the One

Clinton High School is beginning a new approach to engaging parents and high school students in the four year educational planning process.  The process is called “Be the One” where every CHS student will be paired with a staff member.  The following paragraph was in a recent high school communication to families:

There are many reasons we are piloting this program this year. The idea of a pre-conference is a part of our “Be the One” initiative for this school year. The idea behind it is that you and your children have a connection with at least one person at CHS that you know has an understanding of what you and your child want for their future. Sometimes life gets hectic and families don’t know where to turn because they don’t have a name or a face. With this initiative, everyone who has a child at CHS has that name or that face to turn to if they have a question or concern. This is especially important if you cannot get a hold of a specific teacher, counselor, or administrator right away. 

The district is excited by the possibilities of this structure.  The Future Workplace Iowa initiative is going to open multiple career pathways for high school.  Junior and senior year programming will become more focused on specific career exploration and less of the “general studies” many of us experienced in high school.  Much of this programming will be supported by a proposed Clinton County Regional Center and apprenticeship opportunities.

This will produce a need for proper planning of prerequisite classes extending down to the freshmen year.  Be the One is intended to be one major avenue of communication to parents and students to set those goals and have a plan in place to achieve them.

A member of the high school staff will be contacting families for a pre-conference on or before August 26.  Please work with us in this attempt to improve communication about your child’s future educational and workplace plans.

Before and After School Programming

As we move closer to the beginning of the school year on August 23, I would like to remind all parents of the purpose of two childcare services that will meet before or after school.

The first is the Student Adventures Afterschool Program in which your child must qualify based on academic  need.  The criterion for students to qualify is to fall below the 40th percentile as measured on the Iowa Assessments.  The program is available at all four elementary schools and the middle school.  Its description on the district website is as follows:

Our program has an emphasis on academic assistance and academic enrichment activities. The youth experience learning through visits to museums, science and art activities, multi-cultural activities, health and physical fitness activities as well as tutoring in math and reading and general homework assistance. Additionally, youth participants have the opportunity for recreational activities such as swimming, roller skating and bowling, among others.

If you have interest in or questions about this program, please contact Erica at or Loras at

The second childcare service is offered by the YWCA.  Based on demand, after school childcare will be offered at the following elementary schools:  Jefferson, Bluff, and Whittier.  At this point, not enough interest by Eagle Heights’ families has been shown.  However, transportation to the other sites will be provided if an Eagle Heights family would like childcare.  Unlike the school based program, there are no requirements to qualify for the YWCA program.

If you have interest in or questions about this program, please contact Shannon Sander-Welzien at

Thank you for your support of Clinton Schools!



CHS Adds Show Choir

Clinton High School has had a long history in the fine arts area.  We are excited to announce that CHS is adding Show Choir to this list of fine art opportunities for the 2019-2020 school year.

Mrs. Donica Vonderohe has spearheaded the effort to get this program off the ground for the upcoming school year.  If you are familiar with Show Choir, there are many components to fill:  costuming, platforms, choreography, and a pit, to name a few.  The plan for next year is to compete at State competition, along with presentations for some community events.  In subsequent years this may lead to Saturday events that are highly competitive.  Since this is a co-curricular event, a student must be in choir to participate in Show Choir.  Auditions will be held in September.

We are happy to provide this positive activity for our high school students.  Please contact Mrs. Vonderohe at for more information.

Childcare offered at CCSD Next Year in Partnership with YWCA

The Clinton Community School District is excited to announce a partnership with the YWCA to offer before and after school childcare at elementary school sites for the 2019-2020 school year.  This result came from the fruits of an Iowa Big project led by high school students in looking for solutions for the shortage of childcare options for Clinton families.  After extensive research into the current services offered in the community of Clinton, looking at childcare services currently being offered in the Rock Island, Davenport, and Pleasant Valley  School Districts, and the results of two surveys sent to parents of preschool and elementary parents, the data showed that this is a solution for many of our families.

The YWCA will be reaching out later this month and throughout the summer to get commitments for before and/or after school childcare for the 2019-2020 school year.  The YWCA will send out their fee schedule, with opportunities for  discounted rates or DHS assistance, if families qualify.

The goal is to have enough demand at each of the four elementary schools to offer it at each site.  If there is not enough demand at one or more sites, the school district and/or YWCA will make arrangements to transport back and forth to the nearest site.

One of the most exciting options of this service is the opportunity of the YWCA and Clinton Community Schools to work in partnership on joint priorities.  For example, the YWCA currently was a 20-minute reading initiative built into their services that will complement district initiatives.  Also, the YWCA offers a wellness initiative in terms of exercise and healthy nutrition education and practices.

Please be on the lookout for childcare information coming out in the next few weeks and months.  Thank you for your support of Clinton Community School District!