News from Carl Junction Schools - December 2021
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Dec. 4-14: Primary 2-3 Building Food Drive
Dec. 5: Carl Junction Community Parade, 2 pm
Dec. 9: 7th-12th Grade Winter Band Concert, 7 pm, HS Gym
Dec. 9: K-1 & Intermediate Family Library Night 3:30-6:30
Dec. 10: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Dec. 13: Junior High Choir Concert, Stark Performing Arts Center, 7 pm
Dec. 17: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Dec. 17: High School Choir Concert, Stark Performing Arts Center, 6 pm
Dec. 17: End of 2nd Quarter
Dec. 22 - Jan. 4 Christmas Break
Jan. 5: Classes Resume
Jan. 17: Teacher In-Service Day - No School for Students
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter, social media, or daily announcements:
Calendar change extends Christmas break
At the November Board of Education meeting, the Board surprised us by changing the existing calendar and forgiving December 20 and 21.

That means the last day of school for the semester will be December 17.

Christmas Break will be December 20 - January 4.
We will return to school on January 5.

Even through the challenges, the Board of Education appreciates our students and staff's hard work this semester. They want to express their most sincere thank you for all you do.

The 1/2 Price Book Fair begins on Friday, Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 10. With books for all children, this is the perfect time to shop for everyone on your holiday list.
Families may shop during Family
Library Nights:

  • Primary 2-3 - Mon., Dec. 6 & Tues., Dec. 7, 5-8 pm
  • K-1 & Intermediate - Thursday, Dec. 9, 3:30-6:30 pm
Katie Fredrickson is designing her future
Keep your eye on this girl! Katie Fredrickson will graduate in May but she already has taken a giant step into her future!

Katie is part of the Agriculture Work Experience in the CJ Agriculture Department. Through this class, Katie works 10-15 hours a week at Webb City Florist gaining valuable experience for a possible future career in floral design.

"I love my job," said Fredrickson. "it is my creative outlet. I also love working for Owner Courtney Smith (CJ Class of 2010) at Webb City Florist. I am learning real-life applications for what I am learning in school."

Katie plans to attend college after graduation and is still looking towards life-long goals of owning her own boutique with florals or maybe being an Ag Teacher to inspire the next generation.
Wachs-Denton receives
Joplin Globe HOOT Award
Carl Junction's 1st Hoot Award for this year goes to Junior High Special Education Teacher Wendy Wachs-Denton! Mrs. Wachs-Denton does so much for our students.

If you'd like to nominate a teacher for the Joplin Globe's HOOT Award, send your story to [email protected] with the name of the teacher and school, and why you are nominating this teacher in 75 words or less. GO CJ!
Junior High Service Projects
Carl Junction Junior High students have been very busy with service projects this month.
✔ On November 6, students from the Leadership Bulldog Block participated in the annual Out of the Darkness walk to raise awareness for suicide prevention. The students raised over $400 with a hat day and donations from the student body.
✔ On November 13, National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) members volunteered at the Joplin Humane Society. They walked and played with dogs and cats awaiting adoption. These students also received the training needed to continue to volunteer throughout the year.
✔ On November 19, NJHS coordinated a food drive and donated 40 Thanksgiving Baskets to Fostering Hope. Crossland Construction donated 40 turkeys to be included with the baskets and Coca-Cola donated 80 2 liters. CJJH donated over 1500 food items with the excess items donated to Helping Hands.

Great community leadership! Way to go Bulldogs!
High School Theater Department presents:
Once Upon a Mattress
The 2021 High School musical Once Upon a Mattress kicked off the theater/drama department's school year in style with over 50 students, staff, parents, and community members bringing this production to the stage.

Cast members included: Austin McAlister, Lee Summers, Rylee Sprague, Kayden Sees,
Justus Mitchell, Mary Parker, Paloma Thorp-Bernal, Liv Bradshaw, Olivia Shultz, Zack Shelby, Addison Carroll, Jayden Malin, Alyssa Graves, Zack Denton, Aedyn Schwartz, Isaac Crane, Lana Lanning, Nathan Dean, and Emma Lietz.

Crew members included: Justus Mitchell, Rylee Sprague, Leyli Ogle, Calvin Richins, Emily Szura, Jayden Malin, Zack Shelby, Jade Yeager, Lee Summers, Kylee Cook, Allie Vicidomini, A.J. Schilling, Thatcher Girouard, Faith Lunow, Ryn Hoke, Phoenix Glick, Abby Cross, Evy Darr, Tate Haddock, Izz Oaks, and Madeleine Knutson.

Once Upon a Mattress was under the direction of Carry DeGruson, Hope Rogers, and Eric DeGruson.
FFA Barn Warming supports Shop with a Cop
Barnwarming Royalty from L to R: Sophomores Charlie Sargent and Averie Hallacy, Seniors Sam Oakes and Katie Fredrickson, Juniors Chris King and Laney Smith, and Freshmen Dakota Holstrom and Jaycee Waldron.

Carl Junction FFA hosted a Barn Warming dance for all students and ended up raising $1500 to support the Carl Junction Police Department's Shop with a Cop program.
Foundation Grants
Congratulations to all of the Carl Junction Educational Foundation teacher grant recipients for the Fall 2021 grant period!

Eight projects totaling $2,951 were approved for funding through Teacher Grants. Funding for four additional projects was secured from other sources.

Teacher Grant funds are donated to the Foundation through the staff 1st Quarter Jeans Days.

Approved for the Fall 2021 grant cycle were:
  • Tina McAfee - coding books
  • Jennifer Chase - alphabet puppets
  • Lana Royster - books for the book machine
  • STEAM Room - robots kits, creative art supplies
  • Morgan Stiles - decoding readers
  • Anna Passley - decoding readers
  • Janet Johnson - reading support items
  • Janet Johnson - speech support items

Thank you to the Foundation for your ongoing support of our students and staff!

  1. Instructional Coaches Janet Johnson and Diane Simonds receive their checks from Foundation Secretary Tracie Skaggs.
  2. Librarian Lana Royster and Principal Lauri Mead celebrate their grant funds.
  3. Principal Kari Arehart celebrates with her staff receiving grant funds; Anna Passley, Jennifer Chase, and Morgan Stiles.
Inclement Weather
Winter weather will soon be upon us. When deciding whether to close schools, several factors are taken into consideration, including the amount of snowfall, condition of residential and thoroughfare roads, temperature, and the ability to clear parking lots and sidewalks. We work closely with the weather service and our team members personally travel the roads before making a final decision.

If school is canceled or the arrival/dismissal time is affected, an announcement will be made through our communication system using phone, text, and email; postings on social media and, and our local television stations. To assure that you will receive notification, verify that your parent information is up to date in Parent Portal.
Carl Junction students earn All-District Band honors
Fifteen Carl Junction High School band members were selected for the All-District Band and Jazz Band and are now eligible to audition for the All-State groups.
The Carl Junction Bands are under the direction of Scott Schneider, Trey Wadell, and Micah Martin.
👆 All-District Band: (Front Row L -R) Olivia Wobken, Addison Carroll, Tallie Ayton, Audrey Hoggatt, and Meagan Greenlee; (Back Row L-R) Luke Whitney, Grace Derfelt, and Chase Smith.
👈 Selected for All-District Honor Jazz Band are Luke Whitney, Jazz Trumpet - 1st alternate; Parker Wilson, Jazz Trombone - 2nd chair, Ben Morey, Jazz Trombone - 4th chair; Chase Smith, Jazz Piano - 1st alternate; Jaxon Miller, Jazz Bass - 1st chair; Madilyn Dalton, Jazz Bass - 1st alternate; and Olivia Schultz - Jazz Vibes - 1st alternate.
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Athletic News
  • Congratulations to Junior Volleyball Setter Logan Jones. She was named Class 4 All-State
  • Admission for all regular season athletic events is $4/adults, $2/students
  • Many of our athletic matches are live-streamed on CJ TV
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