The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 29, 2014

District to showcase achievements

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — The Clinton Community School District will toot its own horn this week during the first ever Clinton Royalty Week.

The week-long celebration will feature each school and its recent achievements, as well as the support the district receives from the community.

“We wanted to try to find an avenue where we could highlight the great things happening in the district,” Superintendent Deb Olson said. “I think we have a lot of things to be proud of.”

The idea was formed after the board of education began looking into why area families are open enrolling out of the district. Board President Jim McGraw explained that they decided the district wasn’t focusing enough on its achievements, and decided to start a week designed on getting the public to come to the schools.

“All of our facilities are top notch,” McGraw said. “We certainly want people to come as often as they can.”

In preparation for Royalty Week, staff and students filled out pride essays, explaining why they are happy to be a part of the district. The week will feature assemblies and other events to promote these feelings of pride.

“It’s just that acknowledgment, acknowledgment of things we do well,” Olson said. “It’s easier to look on things that are not positive and to look upon the challenges.”

Olson said Royalty Week will hopefully be a chance for the community and the district to stop and look at the positives of the district. Besides the various events, Olson is most looking forward to visiting Eagle Heights and reading to the kindergarten class.


The following events are planned for Royalty Week: Today Assemblies will be held at 10 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. at Whittier Elementary School. Tuesday Assemblies will be held at 8:40 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the high school. The high school girls invitational track meet will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday A high school a'capella concert will be held at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church. Thursday Assemblies are planned at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School and at 2 p.m. at Whittier, Bluff and Eagle Heights elementary schools. A Clinton middle school track meet will begin at 4 p.m. at the high school. A kindergarten round-up will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at all of the elementary buildings. A prairie burn at Whittier Elementary School will begin 30 minutes past sunset. Friday Everyone wears red and black.