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Hawks experience the wings of the legendary Blue Angels

Fly, baby, fly

Clinton Middle School students were just a tad bit excited to be able to attend an “early” student viewing at the recent Smoky Mountain Air Show at McGhee Tyson Air Base.
We’re back! With an all-new staff of eighth-grade Hawk journalists, we bring Courier News readers good news from the halls, rooms, and spaces of YOUR hometown middle school.

You will find short pieces below related to areas of learning and fun in our building from classes and sports to our amazing Explore to Soar clubs and the brand-new Hawk Time Experience at Clinton Middle School: A College and Career Academy.

Hawks experience the Blue Angels

by Elle Schnakenberg and Natalie White

On Sep. 9, the eighth-grade CMS Civil Air Patrol Hawk Time Experience class, led by teacher Shelley Phillips, was invited to attend a student viewing of the Smoky Mountain AirShow at McGhee Tyson Air Base.

Students traveled by bus with their Hawk Time mentor class, the Clinton High School Air Force JROTC, which is led by Sgt. Tim Kumes and Lt. Col. Tim Vowell.

The Blue Angels, stationed out of Pensacola, Florida, were the headliners of the show with many other aircraft, pilots, and vendors in attendance.

Students were able to tour various aircraft, chat with pilots, and have a front row seat to the mesmerizing maneuvers of the Blue Angels. As the class viewed plane by plane, it was like walking through time to see how aircraft design and engineering evolved over the years.

The Civil Air Patrol class had a blast and are grateful for this Hawk Time Experience as it relates to either interest in STEM fields and/or serving our country one day.

New academic


by Ashley Greenamyer, Madelyn Hazuda, and Henry Mings

This year, three ELA teachers have been leading brand-new writing classes in seventh and eighth grades at Clinton Middle.

These classes are helping students with writing assignments across the curriculum, while providing authentic writing experiences that will aid students as they prepare for higher learning and the world outside of school.

“I’m so excited to step into this new role focusing solely on writing skills and writing of all kinds,” Kevin Powers, an eighth-grade teacher, told Hawk Talk staff. “We have enjoyed so much of our time so far working on creative writing and poetry. We have essay writing right around the corner.”

Hawks design cars in pre-engineering

by Galaxie French, Makenna Rubin, and Mattison York

At Clinton Middle, students are currently learning how to build CO2 cars in pre-engineering teacher Jonathan Lewis’s class.

Engineering as a profession is growing, and, according to Lewis, the world is “looking for minds like ours to help them build the things they need.”

“The purpose of building these cars is to learn about the engineering process to learn to invent anything you want,” Lewis told Hawk Talk staff. “By learning this you can take it and it will help you become an engineer or help you build anything you want.”

Until next week…