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Hello Clever 12/5/16

Tis the Season!  I feel like the Christmas season is in full swing with shopping commencing, Christmas cookies and candy making, and everyone’s homes are beautifully decorated!  What a wonderful time of year!  Please remember needs of our friends and neighbors.  We have a few opportunities to give within this post below.  Be safe and enjoy your week!




Clever Community Christmas Parade

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Line up at 4:30 p.m
Kick off at 5:30 p.m
Rain Date: Dec. 11th at 5:30 p.m

The Clever Community would like to invite each and every one of you to attend the annual parade. So come out and show your community spirit and support!!!!! Parade will kick off at the Clever Elementary School to follow Brown St to Clarke Ave ending at Pacific Ave just south of City Hall





School News

**MONDAY**Adult Wreath Making Class December 5th

Hosted by the Ag Department and FFA,  See details below!



Sixth Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar December 10th!



Track and Football Stadium Lights are On!

The lights at the track will be on a timer for evening hours.  The lights should be calibrated and programmed this week for you to enjoy walking or running. Remember, no strollers or bikes on the track.  Enjoy!

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Thank you!  Coats for Kids!

Thank you to the community for the participation of Clever Elementary in the coat collection for the Christian County Optimist Club. The project was a success with 455 coats collected in Christian County!  Way to go Clever!

Christian County Optimist Club Coats for Kids  2016

Facilitating the Collection of Gently Used Coats

Toy Drive with The Road Church

Pick up an extra toy or book at the store this week to donate to kids in need!  The Road Church will be collecting at the Christmas Parade next Saturday!



Other ways to give:  The Clever Chapter of Care to Learn is always collecting personal hygiene items for middle school and high school students including baby wipes, foot powder, feminine products of all kind, matching shampoo and conditioner, chapstick and laundry soap. Donations can be dropped off at any school building office.  The Road Church also accepts hygiene items to donate to Sammy’s Window to help kids in foster care.


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Nightmare start too much for Clever to overcome against No. 1 Hartville

Nightmare is probably the best word to describe Clever’s first quarter against Hartville in the championship game of the 83rd Annual Clever Tournament Dec. 3.

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Lady Jays open up the season tonight against Springfield Catholic in the Fair Grove Tournament at 7:30. Come out to support! #Cr5pride

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Hello Clever 11/28/16


Picture retake day for Elemiddle is December 1st!

Adult Wreath Making Class December 5th

Hosted by the Ag Department and FFA,  See details below!


Sixth Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar December 10th!


Carvajal’s Corner

imageI want to thank everyone for a great year so far.

Our APR (Annual Progress Report) sent from DESE is official and came in at 97.1% which is outstanding!  We actually went up nearly 2% from the previous year and we are doing all we can to try and improve on that!  We will need to work even harder to stay there.

Our  band, baseball, cross country, volleyball, and cheerleading programs all have had outstanding seasons. Our newly started youth football was a huge success as well and we will be adding junior high football next year.  We are heading into basketball season, which looks to be exciting and successful as well.

You have probably noticed many changes and improvements throughout the district since summer.  Phase III of the sidewalk project was completed and it looks like there might be one more round of money available from MODOT to do phase IV, which we have already applied for with the City of Clever.  It has made it much safer and convenient to get around the community of Clever and especially for our student walkers.  We have completed some major roof repair on the elementary building, re-finished all 3 gymnasiums floors, put new fencing all the way around our elementary playground, which was funded by PTA. It has increased the size of our contained playground by acres. We will be adding gates to go across our bus lane at the ele-middle which will make it much safer and will stop traffic from driving through during the school day.    We will also be fencing in the parking lot behind the old high school gymnasium to make it a much safer area for students before, during, and after school.  We have finished our project of putting electronic locks and key swipes for fobs on many of our doors, making it much safer and easier to monitor.  We have added numerous cameras around the district as well.  We have added water bottle fill up/ drinking fountains to our school.  They have been a huge success.  The track and football complex has seen a scoreboard, bleachers, fencing and lights all added.  Over the next couple of years we will add a press box and a field house and restroom/concession stand as well.  We finished our lighting project last month as we went to low voltage LED lighting throughout the district.  We replaced both indoor and outdoor lights and are looking at a savings of nearly $60,000 a year on our electric cost.  The project should pay for itself in roughly 8 years from energy savings.

Enrollment has started to rise again.  We had an increase of nearly 30 students last year and this year we increased by another 40 students.  We had had to add extra lunch tables in the high school commons, which is a great problem to have.  With the enrollment increases, attendance incentives, and our incredibly successful summer school session, our budget is back in the positive again!  We are looking at continuing our summer school program again as it was so successful last year and we hope it will be even better this summer.  I will have more on it later in the year.

As we head into our Thanksgiving break and near Christmas, I want to thank you for such great community support and hope you can get out to as many events as possible in our district.  Be sure to check out the new website for any dates, events and information you might need.

Steve Carvajal, Superintendent

November High School Students of the Month

The teaching staff at Clever High School nominates students to be SOTM based on desirable qualities that we would like to see in all of our Bluejays. SOTM are role models to their fellow classmates and are helpful and kind to the staff as well. After students are individually nominated, the nominees are voted on by the entire staff by class. One student from each class will win each month. The senior and junior winners are able to park in designated SOTM parking spots in the front of the parking lot for the month, they are given a free dessert ticket for the cafeteria, and there are more goodies coming soon!  Congrats!!

Senior: Alathia Keith
Junior: Morgan Waisner
Sophomore: Aubree Pemberton
Freshman: Abby Whiteman
Clever Turkey Trot
Thank you to everyone who came out to the annual Clever Turkey Trot and especially those who donated diapers to Parents as Teachers (PAT) to help out some of our local families!  What a great way to start a holiday!  I hope each of you were able to enjoy the holiday with friends and family and reflect on what we all can be thankful for!  I am thankful for each of you and honored to write this blog. Make plans to attend next year and burn some calories before your turkey feast!
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Clever ranked 10th in preseason MBCA poll

The Clever Blue Jays open the 2016-17 season ranked 10th in Class 3, which is loaded with southwest Missouri teams.

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Clever Turkey Trot

Free!  Fun! Burn some calories!  

Run a country mile (Shelby’s 5k route)!  Bring a package of diapers to donate.

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Hello Clever 11/20/16


Bundle up this week as the temperatures drop to more “normal” highs for November.  Remember it’s a short week for the kiddos, with class only on Monday and Tuesday.  I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings and I hope you can enjoy friends and family and reflect on what you can be thankful for each day.  And of course, I hope you get the greatest deals on Black Friday!

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Murfins Ad

I thought I would include the link for the ad this week.  Our local Murfin’s does a lot for our school and community; I hope you will shop local this holiday season!  There are some great deals this week.  Check it out!



23-25th- NO SCHOOL, Thanksgiving Break
30th- 5-8 Grade Check (Progress Reports will be sent home)

Also check out the calendar on the link to the right for school calendar events.

6th Annual Holiday Craft Bazaar


Craft Bazaar Information:

Booth Application:




Adult Wreath Making Class December 5th

Hosted by the Ag Department and FFA,  See details below!



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Hello Clever 11/13/16






November 23rd – 25th – NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break

November 30th- 5-8 Grade Check (Progress Reports will be sent home)

December 1st – Picture re-takes


Take a look at the blog roll on the right for school calendar events this week!

School APR shines countywide


Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot

Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest will be December 3, 2016, at the OC in Ozark, MO. Registration starts at 9am with the contest starting at 10am.  This is a free throw contest for boys and girls ages 8-13.  For more information call Jeff Holt at 865-7943.


Clever Band

The band did an excellent job at the Veteran’s Day Parade.  Check a video here:


Care to Learn

Drawing to be held this Tuesday evening at the Blue and White Basketball game!

unnamedSchool Board Meeting

The monthly meeting was held Tuesday, November 8th at the Conference Center.

*Student Speaker Kelsey Ellingsworth gave a presentation on the conference she was invited to the Congress of Future Medical Leaders conference in Boston Massachusetts. Speakers included medical lectures from the first bionic eye recipient, first full face transplant recipient, and Medal of Honor winner.  This conference was by invitation only and Kelsey was inducted into the Society of Torch and Laurel and received numerous awards and certificates.  We are very proud of her and look forward to see how much she accomplishes in her future!

*Auditors with RMCC presented the audit report of the school district with a clean audit report.


City Hall

City Hall Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month.  November’s meeting will be held 11/15/16.



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The stage is set!  HS Theater Production starts tonight!***Show time is 7pm Friday and Saturday!***

Fall Theater Production-This Weekend!

Mark your calendar for 3 special performance dates! Don’t miss these special performances by our own Fine Arts Department!

See a preview of the set here:

The Mousetrap

by Agatha Christie
The world’s longest running play!

A group of strangers is stranded in a boarding house during a snow storm, one of whom is a murderer. The suspects include the newly married couple who run the house, and the suspicions in their minds nearly wreck their perfect marriage. Others are a spinster with a curious background, an architect who seems better equipped to be a chef, a retired Army major, a strange little man who claims his car has overturned in a drift, and a jurist who makes life miserable for everyone. Into their midst comes a policeman, traveling on skis. He no sooner arrives, when the jurist is killed. Two down, and one to go. To get to the rationale of the murderer’s pattern, the policeman probes the background of everyone present, and rattles a lot of skeletons. See how the production is coming on Twitter through pictures and watch our trailer @CleverFineArts 


Performing in the Clever Performing Arts Center.
November 11………………..7:30pm
November 12………………..7:30pm
November 13………………..2:30pm

Children Under 4……………Free

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