Hello Clever 6/19/17

I hope all the Dad’s out there were celebrated today!  Thank you for all you do! ~Rachel Simons

School News

This is the last week of Summer School, ending on Thursday. Lunch Menu Changes: 

The following changes will be on the lunch menu next week. (6-19 thru 6-22)

Monday—  Turkey & cheese on bun
Tuesday—  Chicken Sandwich
Wednesday— Ham & cheese sandwich
Thursday—  Cheeseburger (last day of summer school)

Field trip info is as  follows: Middle School: 

The next field trip for all 5-8 students will be on Wednesday, June 21st to Hammons Field. Students will be leaving the school around 9:15 am and making a stop to eat lunch at the Jordan Valley Park just west of the stadium. We will enter the stadium around 10:30 am for a 11:10 am start time. Our plan is to stay at the game as long as possible but will need to leave no later than 2:00 pm to be back to school for the end of the day.

Students are expected to wear their summer school t-shirt on this trip. If they did not receive a t-shirt, please have them wear a shirt of the match grade level color (5th- /6th-/7th-/8th-Maroon). Each student will receive a bottle of water upon entry to the stadium but will also be allowed to purchase concessions with their own money.

Parents are more than welcome to meet their child at the game and enjoy the afternoon. However, you will need to purchase your own ticket at the regular rate. When calling to purchase tickets, you may mention you are trying to get close to the Clever Schools group. We are sitting in section M along the 3rd base side.

Grades 1st-8 on June 22:

As advertised, students will travel to Sky Zone on Thursday, June 22nd. This will be the grand finale for the summer school session. To help make the SkyZone check-in process as smooth as possible, we are requesting that you complete the online waiver through the Sky Zone website. You may disregard this message if you have already completed the waiver.

The waiver can be found by clicking the link below. When completing the waiver process, please be sure to include all children that will be attending this field trip.



Here is a picture of the mural the high school art classes worked on this summer.  Great job, students!

Photo Credit:  Larry and Chase Simons

School Board

The next meeting will be held Tuesday, June 20th in the Clever Conference Center at 7:00pm


Image result for mark your calendarsThe Clever Alumni Association is having their All-School Reunion.  Celebrating 60th, 50th, 25th, and 10 year reunions.  See details below.



Clever Freedom Celebration

Don’t miss the annual Clever Freedom Celebration this Saturday!

Christian County Fair

The 81st Annual Christian County Fair is scheduled Friday & Saturday, July 7 and 8, 2017, at the Christian County A & M Society Fair Grounds in the City Park along the Finley River in Ozark, Missouri. Each year the Christian County Fair Board sponsors the Fair, allowing the area youth, 4-H and FFA members to exhibit their animals and other agriculture related exhibits.  Again this year, the fair is free to the public.

The Fair will have activities throughout Friday and Saturday including a full-scale carnival, livestock shows and free live entertainment. There will be a horse obstacle challenge on Saturday evening.  Other activities planned include Christian County Fair Cutest Baby Contest, Talent Contest, Pet Parade, Turtle Races, and Pie eating contest, the Great Cakes and Perfect Pie Competition, along with much more!  If you are local talent and would like to perform on stage at the fair or participate in the Talent Contest, contact Klista Smith at 576-4604.  A schedule of events to be posted at a later date.

Last year over $4500 in premiums were paid to the youth exhibitors in the beef cattle, dairy & meat, goat, sheep, dairy cattle, rabbit, poultry, and swine show, livestock exhibitors along with 4-H members showcasing their projects in the 4-H building.  This is one of the largest payouts for youth in the state.

The Christian County Fair Board has been in existence for over 80 years and run strictly by contributions & sponsorships from the community businesses and the volunteering of time by area residents.  The Fair   has struggled in the past to maintain this Historic event and anticipates the revival in 2017.   The Board is requesting sponsors for events, exhibits of local businesses & organizations.  For information regarding all of the events or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact the Extension office at 417 581-3558 or www.ccmofair.com


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Drury spring dean’s list

Congrats to our friends and neighbors in Clever for making the Dean’s list!

Students on the Drury dean’s list must have earned a grade point average of 3.6 or greater while carrying a full-time course load of 12 or more semester hours at Drury.

Source: Drury spring dean’s list

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Christian County Library Foundation; Fiddlin’ by the Finley 2017

Come out Saturday to support the Library Foundation and see our own Clever musicians Kelly and Casey Freeland, play some bluegrass with Casey and the Atta Boys!

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Clever Freedom Celebration

The Clever Freedom Celebration is almost here! The Clever Community Betterment Association invites you to enjoy this incredible local event. We have our final planning meeting Thursday, June 15th, at 6pm at Clever City Hall. The Freedom Celebration occurs on the grounds of Clever High School, Saturday, June 24th, starting at 5pm. Evening entertainment will feature the band Thrillfall at 7pm, prior to Fireworks after dark. We’ll also honor the Clever classes of ’57, ’67, ’92, ’07, as they are together for their reunion activities. Be sure to check out the poster for additional information.  

It’s not too late to reserve a booth for your business or organization! Booth reservations start at only $25 and are due Friday, June 16th.  
Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and volunteers!  

For additional information please contact Dan Updegrave; dan@myroadchurch.com or 417-849-2515.

Remember to check out the CCBA’s developing website at clevercba.com.  

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Hello Clever 6/5/17

Good evening!

I received an email from the Christian County Library regarding the tax levy renewal on the August 8th ballot.  I am sharing a little of the email here, for informational purposes only, for you to decide how you want to vote.  I currently don’t have a position on the tax levy ballot issue, neither endorsing or opposing the issue, just sharing information.  I would encourage you to read the information in the link below, go to the meeting, and call the library to enable you to make an informed decision.


Christian County voters will have a chance to decide on August 8th, 2017 whether to renew the library‘s 20 cent tax levy, as approved by voters in 1971. The increased revenue would fund a new library branch in Nixa, improvements to the current location in Ozark, and smaller branches in Clever and Sparta.

More information can be found here:  http://christiancountylibrary.org/august-8th/

Wishing you a fabulous week,

~Rachel Simons

School News

Carvajals’s Corner

Summer school is underway and we have over 700 kids attending again this year.  It will be an 18 day session with the last day being June 22nd. K-8 students will be taking a number of field trips and good attendance will be rewarded again this year.  We are providing meals for all students plus transportation which has really helped to make it a success.

We have started a number of projects around the district and have already completed a few.

The outdoor classroom and play area behind the old high school has been resurfaced and the walls, doors, railings etc. have been painted and it really looks great.  The summer school art classes will be doing some art work and murals there as well.  It is a great area for the kids to go when the playground is muddy and for classes to meet outside when the weather is nice.  The high school students started the painting project on their community service day and then the Road Church came in later to help to nearly finish it.

We have done a couple of roofing projects ourselves that have literally saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars and have extended the life of our roofs.  Fixing roofs is a never-ending battle it seems, so we try to stay on it and be proactive before there are problems.

Our maintenance staff will also be building a couple of press boxes at both the softball and baseball fields which will finish those facilities.  The booster club has donated the money to pay for the materials!

We will also be sealing the high school parking lot this summer and a putting an overlay on the bus lane at the elementary building.

The final phase of the sidewalk project should start some time late summer or early fall.

There will be some changes in the ele-middle building as many of the classrooms will be moved to make the building more age appropriate and ease the flow of student traffic and how far they travel.  Starting at the elementary end by their office and working the way around the entire building the classrooms will go in order starting with pre-school, then kindergarten, then first grade, then second grade, etc. until they make their way around to the ele-middle office and that hallway and finish with eighth grade.

It is going to be a busy summer!

Steve Carvajal

Clever R-5 Superintendent of Schools


This Saturday!

Come out and support Care To Learn-Clever and the Clever Youth Football league at the annual golf tournament.  Don’t play golf?  Be a sponsor and show your support!  Details are in the flyers below.


Clever First Assembly of God VBS

Children’s Director Angela Cobb sent us this note, inviting kiddos to attend their Vacation Bible School.  It is June 11-14 6:00-8:30pm.  We hope to have several emergency response workers from Clever and the county in attendance as well.  Transportation is available if needed within the Clever area.



Don’t forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program through the library. Sign up online or at our Clever library location.

The Christian County Library summer reading program runs May 15-July 31 this year, with registration opening May 1 at http://christiancountylibrary.beanstack.org. The program gives parents an easy way to make reading a fun summer activity and help children and teens maintain or even improve their reading level during the break from school. The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” and we’ll have lots of resources and ideas to help you do just that.

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Clever Freedom Celebration accepting sponsors


Clever’s annual Freedom Celebration is slated June 24 at Clever High School. The half-day event has food, activities, vendors, entertainment and fireworks. There were more than 2,500 in attendance last year.

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County students honored

• Logan Henry Hunt, of Ozark, received a degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

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Clever’s Riley achieves cheerleading dream

Brooke Riley Signing

Brooke Riley should make sure to thank her mother, Annette, for connecting her with Avila University.

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Mendenhall eyes coaching when playing days are done

Emily Mendenhall Signing

Emily Mendenhall had “that moment” on her trip to Miami, Oklahoma, and knew exactly where she wanted to go to college.

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REMINDER: 3rd-6th grade football and cheerleading registration Thursday June 1st 6pm middle school gym.


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