Hello Clever 10/9/17

Hey there Clever Friends and Neighbors!  I apologize for the hiatus last week; I was once again in Alaska this time to meet and snuggle with my 3 week old nephew Ethan.

I am the oldest of 3 girls and my baby sister, Jennie, and her husband just adopted a little boy to join them and their 7 year old son.  I haven’t been to Alaska since 2009 and I was able to go twice this year!  We were able to enjoy a family vacation in late August, and I traveled by myself this time to get a week’s worth of baby snuggles!  This little boy is truly a blessing to our family. And if you ever get the chance, visit the beautiful state of Alaska!

Byron Glacier Trail in Portage, Alaska.

My sister, Jennie, and I with Ethan tucked snuggly in her kangaroo pouch.

I wish you a blessed week!

~Rachel Simons

Clever Friends and Neighbors

This week I bring to you The Man, The Myth, The Legend, Dr. Richard Henson.  When I asked Dr. Henson if he would participate this week, he said he wasn’t sure how newsworthy he is, but you can see that he dedicated decades to our school system and impacted many students and faculty during his tenure:

Dr. Henson is retired from the position of Superintendent of Schools in Clever and  his wife Peggy is looking forward to retiring from her position as Librarian for Robinson Intermediate and Robinson Elementary in the Aurora School District. He is also retired from the US Air Force Reserve as a Chief Master Sergeant. All told he has 28 years in the public school system and 27 years in military service. He stays busy in retirement running, working out, teaching as an adjunct for Lindenwood University, and working part-time at Island Green Golf Course.

 

 

School News

Upcoming Events:

October 10 – School Board Meeting, High School Library at 7pm

October 12 – End of 1st Quarter

October 13 – No School

October 16-17 – PT Conferences (Elemiddle School k-8)

October 16-20 – FBLA Canned Food Drive

October 24 – 25 – High school Parent Teacher Conferences 3:45-7:45, including parent orientation to using the Canvas “Parent Observed” feature.

October 25 – Middle School Student Senate Activity/Dance Night 

October 27 – Clever Choir

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From the Desk of Mrs. Crow  

The 2nd and 3rd graders are performing a fall program on Thursday, Oct 12th at the HS CPAC.

2nd grade program is at 6pm in the CPAC
3rd grade program is at 7pm in the CPAC
Open to the public
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Community

It’s Official! Main Street Realty is coming to Clever!

We have leased the spot between Lucky Panda and the library here in town! So Clever and the surrounding area will now have a local expert with a small down upbringing. Clever has needed their own real estate office for a long time and our business expanded and we’re putting an additional office here! Main Street Realty is a Family owned business and has been in business a long time. We have over 60 years of combined experience in our business. We would love to represent you in selling your house, land, or farm! I’m a Clever local, my family and I  go to church here in town, my business is now here in town and my kids go to school here! It will be some exciting new Pages coming on Facebook as well keep your eye out! Our official open date is November 1 but we’re open for business at any time until then. Give me, DW Coots, a call if you have any questions 417-733-0429

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Clever Community Trunk or Treat

The  Clever Community Trunk or Treat occurs on Tuesday, Oct. 31st, 5-7pm at Clever High School.  The Trunk or  Treat will feature free inflatables, games, and candy for children.   You can also enter the car decorating  contest with prizes sponsored by Southern Bank.  The car decorating contest is open to everyone.  Decorated cars should arrive by 4:30pm.    Make a pot of chili to compete or just buy a bowl to enjoy  in Clever Fire Department’s Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser.  Individuals and organizations are invited to participate.  Fro more information or questions contact dan@myroadchurch.com.  Don’t miss the fun together with family, neighbors, and friends at this year’s Trunk or Treat!  Brought to you by the Clever Community Children’s Events Team and our sponsors.

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Clever Christian Church Annual Craft Bazaar & Bake Sale

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Halloween Safety Tips:

I found this info at Safe Kids  and it has some great reminders.  Be safe this Halloween!


Safe Kids

If you have children and have not yet subscribed to the Safe Kids Springfield newsletter, I would encourage you to do so.  They provide wonderful, relevant information and resources about a variety of topics as it relates to children.  Here are a few things that resonated with me in this month’s newsletter.  See more info here:  http://www.safekidsspringfield.org/

Fire prevention week is October 9-14.

I talked with Clever Fire District Chief Dozer Keithley, and he indicated that if you live in the fire district and have a child(ren) under the age of 18 living in the house, the Fire Department will deliver and install a smoke alarm for free.  Please contact the Fire Department for more information.  743-2000

Drug Take Back Event

Springfield Fire Departments’ Truck or Treat

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Hello Clever 9/25/17

Happy Summer— I mean Fall!  This week we officially entered fall season, but it definitely still feels like summer!  We spent the weekend soaking up the rays at the lake and it was perfect!  I’m always sad for the garden to get tilled under at the end of season, but I look forward to the leaves turning and the beautiful scenery it provides!

If you have news to share, please email me at hellocleverblog@gmail.com before Sunday each week.

~Rachel Simons

School News

September 29th-    Volunteer Training in the FEMA Shelter

October 5th-           Picture Day (Elemiddle)

You can find more information on the school calendar at www.cleverbluejays.org.


From the Desk of Mrs. Crow  

The 2nd and 3rd graders are performing a fall program on Thursday, Oct 12th at the HS CPAC.

2nd grade program is at 6pm in the CPAC
3rd grade program is at 7pm in the CPAC
Open to the public

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Volleyball Night

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Hurricane Relief Fundraiser sponsored by FFA

On Tuesday, September 26th, Clever FBLA will be collecting cash and coin donations at the high school volleyball game and the middle school football game.  All donations will be given to Convoy of Hope to provide supplies to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.
This is a big night on campus because we do have a high school game, a middle school game, and our high school band will be performing their field show at the football game so we hope to see lots of people come out from
the community.
 
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Community

Hello Clever friends,
The Clever Community Children Events group would like to invite you to a planning time for this year’s Trunk or Treat.  The Trunk or Treat will be held again on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31st on the front parking lot of Clever High School.   The event itself will occur from 5pm-7:30pm.   We will continue to partner with the Clever Fire Department’s Chili Fundraiser that night by helping sponsor the cook-off.
If you or your organization would like to be involved please join us for lunch at noon on Thursday, Sept. 28th, at Clever’s Corner Cafe.  If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved please email dan@myroadchurch.com or call me at 417-849-2515.   We love having businesses and organizations partner together for the community by decorating their vehicles, giving out candy, and promoting their services. Some groups have also provided games or other activities for kids and families at the event.  Everything is provided for free to the families other than the chili at the fundraiser.
Additional information will be sent out in a future week for individuals participating in the car decorating contest and chili cook-off.

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Nixa XC Invitational: Eagles take team title, Christian County runners shine

Nixa XC Invitational 2017

Nixa XC Invitational 2017

Home course advantage paid off for the Eagles at the 37th Annual Nixa Cross-Country Invitational Sept. 19 outside Inman Intermediate Elementary.

Source: Nixa XC Invitational: Eagles take team title, Christian County runners shine

 

 

 

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Clever Board approves independent assessment of police department

Clever 9-19

At the Sept. 19 Clever Board of Aldermen meeting, the board passed a motion 3-0 — West Ward Alderman Charlene Fraser was absent —to have an independent, third-party assessment of the police department.

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Clever takes advantage of slow start to sweep Spokane

Clever Volleyball 2017

After a second-place finish in the School of the Ozarks volleyball tournament the weekend before, Spokane head coach Kandace Parks was hoping her young squad could carry that momentum into a Sept. 7 conference contest against Clever Lady Jays at Spokane.

Source: Clever takes advantage of slow start to sweep Spokane

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On the spot: Brett Beard

Brett Beard

Meet Clever High School senior Brett Beard. She plays volleyball and wants to travel to Europe.

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Hello Clever 9/18/17

Greetings!  What a wonderful weekend-I hope you enjoyed yours!  I started off my Saturday morning giving blood.  Does anyone know what an antigen is???!!!  I don’t!  I just know that out of 100,000 donors in the donor base for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO), there are 7 donors who have a certain antigen one specific patient in town needs.  I happen to be one of the 7 with the antigen, so they periodically call me requesting that I give. CBCO called me at 4:00 Friday asking if I can give this weekend, as the patient needed “a unit” of blood.  So, off I went to CBCO at 7:30 Saturday morning!  I ran in to fellow school board member, Justin Peebles, who was also out bright and early to give blood and save lives!  Thank you, Justin!  If you want more information or want to schedule a donation time, find out more here:  http://www.cbco.org/

If you have news, email me at hellocleverblog@gmail.com.

Wishing you a beautiful week,

~Rachel Simons

City Hall

City Council meets the 3rd Tuesday each month at 6:30pm.  The next meeting is this Tuesday, September 19th, at City Hall.

The city has started a FaceBook page to keep us informed.  Be sure to like the page here:  https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Clever-Missouri-1928691220788294/


COMMUNITY

Ron Preston Live Acoustic Music at Danny’s – Saturday, September 23rd 6-9p

Ron Preston brings his multi-genre acoustic blend back to Clever’s favorite eatery. If you’ve yet to partake, Ron does a little bit of everything: rock/country/blues/folks/gospel/soul. Ron has appeared with some of the all-time greats and continues to do so. Danny’s has good eats for not a lot of money and is kid friendly. Hope to see you then and there…


Clever Christmas Parade

I saw this post on FaceBook today, so I thought I would share!  Make sure to like the FaceBook page for dates and info.  https://www.facebook.com/Clever-Christmas-Parade-176888319317417/ 


SCHOOL NEWS

September 19th-     Cox Care Mobile

September 21st-     Watch D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students) Pizza night in the FEMA Shelter

September 29th-    Volunteer Training in the FEMA Shelter

October 5th-           Picture Day (Elemiddle)

You can find more information on the school calendar at www.cleverbluejays.org.


Watch D.O.G.S.

CALLING ALL DADS!!!  Watch D.O.G.S. is having a kick off meeting September 21st.  Please call and register.  This will be an informative meeting for Dads on how you can get involved.  What a great program!  They will use you no matter what skills you have, whether reading to a class or helping in the lunch room.  This program is to get our male role models involved.  Find out more here:  http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/ Hope you can attend!-


Hurricane Relief Fundraiser sponsored by FFA

On Tuesday, September 26th, Clever FBLA will be collecting cash and coin donations at the high school volleyball game and the middle school football game.  All donations will be given to Convoy of Hope to provide supplies to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.
This is a big night on campus because we do have a high school game, a middle school game, and our high school band will be performing their field show at the football game so we hope to see lots of people come out from
the community.
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Math Night

The school hosted parent Math Night with Greg Tang on September 11th.  This hour and 15 minute meeting was very insightful for parents, grandparents, and teachers!  In this short time, he provided insight on number sense and number bonding that at least gave me a glimpse and helped me, as a parent, understand a little about what my student is learning in class.  Mr. Tang has free online games and games you can purchase and play at home.  Find more here:  http://gregtangmath.com/  Thank you to our school for providing this opportunity for parents to learn and gain a little insight of how our children are learning!

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Hello Clever 9/10/17

Hey there!  I’m back this week after a hiatus last week.  It’s a crazy time of year with school and sports picking back up!

Saturday, we celebrated my husband’s birthday and I planned a “day of birthday adventures” for our family, visiting several places in Springfield we haven’t been before.  As I conducted my research, I found the Air And Military Museum of the Ozarks, on the north side of Springfield on East Kearney.  The museum has displays from various wars and as we walked through, I saw a picture of PFC Blaine L. Hall, a 1933 graduate of Clever!  How cool is that!  I don’t know Mr. Hall, but if you know him or his family, please thank him for his service.  It’s always heart-warming to find someone/something connected to the town you live in.

Remember, if you have news to share, please email me at hellcleverblog@gmail.com,

Have a blessed week!

~Rachel Simons

 

School News

Hopefully you remember there is no school Monday, September 11th, or Tuesday the 12th!

September 11-12th-No School

September 11th-     Greg Tang 6:30-7:45 in the FEMA Shelter

September 12th-     School Board Meeting, High School Library

September 19th-     Cox Care Mobile

September 21st-     Watch D.O.G.S (Dads Of Great Students) Pizza night in the FEMA Shelter

September 29th-    Volunteer Training in the FEMA Shelter

You can find more information on the school calendar at www.cleverbluejays.org.


Hurricane Relief Fundraiser sponsored by FFA

On Tuesday, September 26th, Clever FBLA will be collecting cash and coin donations at the high school volleyball game and the middle school football game.  All donations will be given to Convoy of Hope to provide supplies to hurricane victims in Texas and Florida.
This is a big night on campus because we do have a high school game, a middle school game, and our high school band will be performing their field show at the football game so we hope to see lots of people come out from
the community.

From the Desk of Brian Breeden, Athletic Director-

Extra Curricular Activities Summary-

 

  • ❏  Fall Baseball is off to a 7-3 start. The only 3 losses came during our tournament on Aug. 19th against Oklahoma schools.
  • ❏  Volleyball is off to a 4-1 start. The volleyball team will be playing in the Hillcrest tournament on Sept. 9th.
  • ❏  Girls tennis is off to a 10-1 start.  The girls finished 1s tin the Forsyth Tournament on August26th.  The next home match will be on September 14th against Reeds Spring.
  • ❏  Girls golf has played in five matches and two tournaments. The team finished 2nd at the Purdy tournament on Aug. 28th.
  • ❏  Clever JH football started its season off on Sept. 5th against Pleasant Hope. The football team came away with a combined teamwin. It was great night and a great crowd to come out and see the return of football at Clever.

Junior High Football


Community Pep Rally

I hope you made it out to the Pep Rally a couple weeks ago!  It was a great way to bring the community together, meet our middles school athletes for fall sports, and enjoy dinner from the food trucks! Congrats to Student Senate for a fantastic evening.

A community pep rally was hosted by student senate on Thursday, August 31st. All fall student athletes and coaches were honored This event was well attended by students, parents and community members.


Community

Ron Preston Live Acoustic Music at Danny’s – Saturday, September 23rd 6-9p

Ron Preston brings his multi-genre acoustic blend back to Clever’s favorite eatery. If you’ve yet to partake, Ron does a little bit of everything: rock/country/blues/folks/gospel/soul. Ron has appeared with some of the all-time greats and continues to do so. Danny’s has good eats for not a lot of money and is kid friendly. Hope to see you then and there…

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Pep Rally Tonight!

Come out and meet the middle school athletes-cross country, volleyball, football and cheer. Food trucks will also be there to grab dinner. Should be a great time!

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Hello Clever 8/28/17

I apologize for the late edition.  This past week we lost my Mother-in-Law somewhat unexpectedly.  It’s in this time of sorrow I am blessed with friends who reached out to our family with love and kindness (and food, and flowers, and cards, and hugs).  I want to be the kind of friend who unexpectedly shows up to a family visitation when you lose a loved one even though you haven’t seen each other in a while, or shows up at the door with ice cream when you are sick.  I am blessed to have friends do that for me, and specifically Rosario, my “first friend in Clever”.  When we moved to Clever in 2009 we met her and her family and her friendship remains priceless.  It reminds me of the saying, be kind- you never know what someone else is going through.  So today, I encourage you to be kind.  A simple gesture of kindness may deeply touch someone’s life and you may never know it.  Choose kindness.

Love you, Ro.  Thank you for your kindness.

~Rachel Simons


Schools

*August 31st-Student Senate is sponsoring a community-wide pep rally tentatively set for August 31st
*September 4th-No school, Labor Day
*September 11th- 12th-No School


Inaugural Pep Rally

Mark you calendar for the FIRST Clever Pep Rally for Middle School Fall Sports!  You can purchase dinner at one of the food trucks!  See details in the flyer.


Community

Clever Senior Citizens

Did you know we have a Senior Citizens group who meet every week?  What a great time of community and fellowship!  I reached out to Marie Whisnant, Director of the Clever Senior Citizens, to get some info. Every Wednesday the Senior Citizens group meet in the Community Room at the Fire Station.  There is a Pot Luck and a $2 donation is requested.  The group celebrates holidays and there is Bingo every 3rd wed of each month. If you have questions, you can reach Marie Whisnant at 743-0470.  Thank you, Marie, for coordinating this for our community!


Ron Preston Live Acoustic Music at Danny’s – Saturday, September 23rd 6-9p

Ron Preston brings his multi-genre acoustic blend back to Clever’s favorite eatery. If you’ve yet to partake, Ron does a little bit of everything: rock/country/blues/folks/gospel/soul. Ron has appeared with some of the all-time greats and continues to do so. Danny’s has good eats for not a lot of money and is kid friendly. Hope to see you then and there…

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