News from Carl Junction Schools - April 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - April 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
April 13: Early Childhood & PAT playgroup - Fun at Wildcat Glades, 201 Rivera Dr., Joplin @ 9 am
April 13: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
April 17: 4th Grade Musical: Stark Performing Arts Center, 7 pm
April 18: Free sports physicals for the 2018-19 school year, 6-8 pm in the HS Commons.
April 19: 4th Grade Musical: Stark Performing Arts Center, 7 pm
April 20: SWMO Special Olympic Track & Field Day @ CJHS Track
April 20: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
April 24: K-1 Musical: Stark Performing Arts Center, 6:00 and 7:00 pm
April 25: Secretary's Day
April 27: School is in session - CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
May 1: School Principal's Day
May 2: CJ Athletic Hall of Fame, reception at 6 pm in the 2-3 Multipurpose Room, Induction Ceremony at 7 pm in the Stark Performing Arts Center 
May 7-11: Teacher Appreciation Week
May 19: CJ Day at the Springfield Cardinals Game, 6 pm
May 25: Last Day of School, early out at 11:30 am  (due to illness-related school closures)          
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Roller coaster science project
Seventh graders in Ms. Hayes' science class are designing roller coasters and they are learning from the masters!

Students began by learning about energy and motion and accepted a virtual challenge to help design a roller coaster for Six Flags.This past week, they had the opportunity to video conference with roller coaster engineers from the U.S. and Italy.

CJ Schools earn bronze status
Carl Junction Schools earned the American Heart Association's Bronze Award for best practices for student and staff wellness programs.

This included implementing high-quality policies, programs, and environmental supports toward a healthier environment and workforce.

Accepting the award are CJ Wellness Coordinator Christy Pittman, Board of Education President Larry Cowger, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gary Reed, and CJ Lead Nurse Stacey Whitney.
Storm Shelter Information
Our district is grateful for the community support we received to build the FEMA-rated safe room shelters that are now in each of our school complexes. The shelters are an invaluable safety resource for our students.

But did you know, the shelter at the High School building will be open for public use when NOAA issues Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or Tornado Warnings regardless of the time of day (as capacity allows)?!
For more information about the shelter, location, shelter rules, and volunteering see our webpage:
A clip art of a red tornado
Springfield Cardinals
Saturday, May 19 is Carl Junction Day at the Springfield Cardinals game. The 6 th grade audition choir, The Treble Makers, has been selected to sing the National Anthem before the start of the game at 6 pm and a special section of seats is reserved for Carl Junction fans.
Tickets are $12. Four dollars of each ticket will go back to the Intermediate School Music Department. Only pre-sold tickets will count for the fundraiser so call the Intermediate Office at 417-649-5760 to order your tickets. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, May 11. A free Springfield Cardinals hat voucher comes with each ticket purchased at the Intermediate Building.
Springfield cardinals logo - two cardinals on a bat with the word springfield underneath

Fourth Grade Musical
When: Tuesday, April 17 & Thursday, April 19
Time: 7 pm
Where: Stark Performing Arts Center
Our 4th graders will bring to you the musical titled, A Kid’s Life by John Jacobson and Mac Huff. This funny story is about learning how to be a kid without technology. There is an electromagnetic shock that causes all of the electronics to stop working and the kids don’t know what to do. Grandma and Grandpa come over for the day and teach the kids how to have "old fashioned" fun.

Admission is free.

For a list of teacher performance dates, contact the building office at 417-
Kids type font says A Kid's Life with a board game board and a soccer ball
K-1 Musical
When: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 6 or 7 pm
Where: Stark Performing Arts Center
A fun production featuring dancing, songs, and fun brought to you by the CJ K-1 building! The kids have been practicing for months to present their musical comedy "Goin' to the Zoo" to you, the audience.
Admission is free.

For a list of teacher performance times, see the clickable link for the K-1 newsletter near the top of this publication.
An illustrated picture of zoo animals and a zoo gate with type that says goin to the zoo
Missouri Day
Last month, our 4th grade students enhanced their knowledge of Missouri history, local plants, geography, and animal life by enjoying a non-traditional, hands-on, learning day featuring guest speakers in the form of local experts.

A big thank you to those who helped us celebrate "Missouri Day" by educating our students: volunteers who joined us from Missouri Conservation, Neosho Fish Hatchery, Joplin Mineral Museum, Prairie State Park, George Washington Carver National Monument, and Jasper Co. Soil and Water. Plus many more!
MCTM State Math
Eleven Intermediate Building math students represented Carl Junction in the Regional Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics Math Contest held at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar in March.
There were 219 contestants from 42 schools who competed in four separate events in order to qualify to move on to the MCTM Elementary State Mathematics Contest. The events were Number Sense, Target, Sprint, and Team. Fourteen of the 42 schools represented had students qualify for State.
Students representing Carl Junction included: 4 th grade - Seth Brown, Craig Hayes, Alex Hobson, Corinne Merrell, Ryan Sprague, and Joy Walker; 5 th grade - Tallie Ayton, Jacob Garrett, Thatcher Girouard, and Grace Ware; 6 th grade - Anna Burch and Blaine Wilkerson.

Qualifying for the State Contest are 4th Grader Seth Brown and 6 th Grader Anna Burch who placed 3 rd in Sprint and 4 th in Number Sense.
Cathryn Denny: National Merit Finalist
Carl Junction High School senior Cathryn Denny has moved from Semifinalist to Finalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 16,000 students out of about 1.6 million who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT were named as semifinalists. Ninety percent of the Semifinalists met the requirements to move on to Finalists status. The nationwide pool of Finalists, representing less than one percent of the U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
All Finalists will be considered for National Merit Scholarships, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Denny has been accepted into the Kansas State University Master of Architecture program for the Fall 2018 semester.
Cathryn is the daughter of Charles and Darla Denny of Carl Junction, Missouri.
Cathryn Denny's school photo
Bright Futures Donations
Ozark Gateway Association of Realtors recently dropped by a huge donation of food and snacks for the Bright Futures Weekend Food Pack Program.

Partners, Community Bank & Trust and Forest Park North Campus also donated a lot of peanut butter to help our students fight hunger.

With the community's help in this effort, we now have over 100 jars of peanut butter and weeks worth of healthy food to supplement our food packs.

For more information on how to make a difference, visit our website or call 649-7026 x2234.
Outstanding Citizenship Award
Carl Junction Senior Jera White is one of fifteen Missouri high school students to be recognized by the Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education to receive the 2018 Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship.
This award is based on academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, and community service. White will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Missouri State Board of Education and the Missouri Bar Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education at The Missouri Bar in Jefferson City. She will receive a plaque designating the award and be enrolled in the American Bar Association’s Civics and Law Honor Roll.
White plans to attend Columbia University in New York City in the Fall as a Global Health major.
This is the eleventh year in a row that a Carl Junction Senior has received this honor.
Jera White school photo
Missouri Scholars 100
High school Senior Joanne Kim has been selected for the 2018 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri’s top academic students in the graduating class of 2018. The announcement was made by David Pyle, principal at Carl Junction High School. Students will be recognized at a luncheon in Columbia in April.
The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," which included ten "events" designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.750, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1,600, be ranked in the upper ten percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses.

Joanne is the daughter of Michael and Susie Kim of Joplin, Missouri.
Joanne Kim school photo
Bus Drivers Needed
Route Drivers and Substitute Drivers

No previous experience is required. The school district will pay for CDL training. $14/hour.

Apply  here  or call 649-5740.
illustration of the front of a yellow school bus
Capitol Art Awards
Two CJ students recently received a State Art Award - President's Choice. Bristol Starks, a Kindergarten student and Madison Doyle, an 8th grader were honored with their awards at the Missouri Capitol Building. This program is in association with Youth Art Month and the Missouri Art Education Association.

Their CJ classroom art instructors each submitted four pieces of student art for consideration. Each of these students got to attend the reception and all of the pieces were displayed February 21-March 12 in Jefferson City.

Congratulations to our eight outstanding CJ artists, and their teachers Ms. Wallsmith and Ms. Helm! Madison and Bristol will receive $100 in art supplies and $300 of supplies for their classrooms.
Madison Doyle, a junior high girl poses with a framed certificate and glass award. Bristol starks, a kindergarten girl poses with her glass award.
Madison Doyle (8th) & Bristol Starks (K)
On far L & R: representatives from MAEA
In middle : K-1 students L to R: Isaiah Read, Holden Dumas, Marlee Massey, Bristol Starks, with art teacher Angie Helm.
Posing in a reception area at the state capitol.
On far L & R: representatives from MAEA
In middle : K-1 students L to R: Isaiah Read, Holden Dumas, Marlee Massey, Bristol Starks, with art teacher Angie Helm.
On far L & R: representatives from MAEA
In middle: art teacher Elizabeth Wallsmith, JH students L to R: Evy Darr, Ella Humphrey, Emily Burke, and Madison Doyle.
Posing in a reception area at the state capitol
On far L & R: representatives from MAEA
In middle: art teacher Elizabeth Wallsmith, JH students L to R: Evy Darr, Ella Humphrey, Emily Burke, and Madison Doyle.
Academic Teams Success
Our Destination Imagination Teams recently competed at the State Competition. Eight of our teams received first place in their categories and will advance to the Global Finals in Knoxville!
  • Congrats to our four HS Level teams, two Middle Level teams, and two Elementary Level Teams who received top marks!

Our 6th-8th grade Academic Bowl teams also did excellently at the recent Regional Humanities Bowl!
  • The A team received 1st place
  • The B team received 2nd place
  • The 6th grade team received 1st place

Great job all! We are so proud of our brainy Bulldogs!
clip art of the outline of a childs head and various academic icons coming out in bubbles.
Archery State
High School claimed their first State Championship in the 3D Tournament. They also took 2nd in Bullseye.
  • Frankie Goforth placed 1st individually in 3D
Middle School Division placed first in the Bullseye contest.
  • Jackson Sargent placed 1st in the Boys Division for 3D
  • Olivia Hohler placed 1st in the Girls Division for 3D
A full list of results for all divisions can be found here .

Nationals will take place in Kentucky beginning on 5/10/2018.
The High School Archery team receives their first place trophy for the State 3D tournament.
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Athletic Hall of Fame
Carl Junction High School will be inducting the following individuals into the Carl Junction Athletics Hall of Fame on May 2:
  • Bob Hackney
  • Tina (Keller) Montez
  • The 1957 Undefeated Carl Junction Football Team.
Anyone knowing members of the team, please contact Jesse Wall at , Phone 417-621-8445.
Hall of Fame is May 2. Reception at 6:00 p.m. in the 2/3 Multipurpose Gym and Induction Ceremony at 7:00 p.m. in Stark Performing Arts Center.
The 2017-18 Bulldog Awards and Iron Dog Awards will also be announced.
Congratulations to the Carl Junction Girls' Basketball Team
2nd Place 4A State Tournament
Two more Seniors continue sports in college
Kylie Carnes has signed a National Letter of Intent to play golf at Missouri Southern State University.
Hannah Wilson has signed to cheer at Neosho County Community College.
Free Athletic Physicals
When: Wednesday, April 18, 6-8 pm
Where: High School Commons
*This program is for current 6th-11th graders.  

All Junior High & High School athletes must have a current sports physical on file with the Athletic Director before practices begin.

Thanks to Freeman Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Mercy Family Medicine Clinic at Stone's Corner are working together to provide Sports Physicals for Carl Junction athletes.

Clip art reads sports physicals and shows pictures of different types of balls
Interlocking CJ logo
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