With a lot of planning and the community in mind, STEAM Night was a tasty experience

  • Spooky, scary STEAM Night organizers Stacey Welden and Hope Holdaway strike a pose with eighth-grader Ian Jacobs.

  • CMS culinary students serve a chili supper to Hawk families on STEAM night.

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With an all-new staff of 8th-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.

Second annual spooky, scary STEAM Night builds


by Hudson Edenfield

Clinton Middle School held a STEAM Night on Oct. 24 for students and families who want to be more engaged in new hobbies and start thinking about their futures.

Clinton Middle academic Dean Hope Holdaway said, “We had two main focuses for our STEAM night. First, to get students thinking about their future by showing them some different types of science/art displays and experiences. Second, to provide a community event where we could spend time with parents in a positive way.”

Clinton Middle also wanted to hold this for adults to have a fun and happy time at the event.

Holdaway worked with a team of CMS staff to make this event, now in its second year, the best it could be for students and parents.

She said, “It took a lot of planning. Several of us began planning for STEAM Night in August. We first got volunteer teachers that had an idea for their room. We also asked our local high school as well as Tennessee Tech University to lead some of the activities. Once those were decided, we moved on to the planning for food, the concert, games, etc.”

Culinary classes prep, cook, and serve to STEAM Night crowd

by Makenna Rubin

Last week, our Culinary Arts students put in time to prepare, cook, and serve a chili and hot dog supper for close to 400 Hawk students and families for spooky, scary STEAM night. This year, the culinary students worked with funds donated by Y-12 Federal Credit Union.

Culinary Arts teacher Candice Claiborne is always amazed at how excited students are when it comes to doing real-world projects.

According to Claiborne, “The students at Clinton Middle are very hard workers and are willing to even volunteer to help out with STEAM Night when it comes to meals.”

Explaining the process, Claiborne noted, “Our students brainstorm ideas of food items that would fit the needs. Once a menu was selected, they did the calculations to estimate the amount of food needed to serve all of the guests, based on projected attendance estimates.”

These culinary students and volunteer Hawks have passed the state-mandated safety and sanitation exam with 100-percent accuracy, and, not only do the students use their kitchen skills but also their knowledge of business math.

Until next week …