News from Carl Junction Schools - December 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - December 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Nov 30-Dec 7: 1/2 Price Book Fair @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries
Dec 6: 1/2 Price Book Fair Parent Night event @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries, 3:30-6:30 pm 
Dec 6: 3rd Grade Christmas Program, 6 or 7 pm (see time listings in 2-3 newsletter, clickable link below)
Dec 7: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Dec 7: Band Christmas Concert (JH, HS, and Jazz), High School Gym @ 7 pm
Dec 8: Bright Futures Pancake Feed, High School Commons @ 8-10 am. $5
Dec 8: Talents for Toys Variety Show (details below). Stark Performing Arts Center, 6:30 pm
Dec 14: Early Childhood & PAT - Christmas Playgroup w/ Santa, K-1 Cafeteria @ 9 am
Dec 14: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Dec 14: Last day of collection for holiday drives.
Dec 16: HS Choir Christmas Concert, Stark Performing Arts Center @ 3 pm
Dec 17: JH Choir Christmas Concert, Stark Performing Arts Center @ 7 pm
Dec 21: 6th Gr Band/Treblemakers Holiday Assembly, Intermediate Gym @ 8:45 am
Dec 21: Early Out for Holiday Break @ 1:30 am
Dec 22-Jan 4: Holiday Break - NO SCHOOL
Jan 7: Classes Resume
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
#CJKidsCare: Holiday Giving
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Our buildings are hosting charitable efforts this holiday season. Students families or interested community members are also welcome to donate, just submit to the school office. Thanks for your giving hearts Bulldogs!

Primary K-1: December 4 - 14
  • Collecting brand new socks sizes 11 (toddler) thru 3 (child) and underwear sizes 4 - 8. For boys and girls. Boys in highest need. All collections will benefit students in the K-1 building.
Primary 2-3: December 4 - 14
  • Canned or boxed food drive, donations will go to Bright Futures & Helping Hands in Carl Junction. Pet food donations will go to the Humane Society.
Intermediate: December 1 - 14
  • Food drive for Christmas baskets. Items will be made into baskets to be shared with school district families in need. Helpful items include canned goods, flour, sugar, oil or shortening, cake mixes, and potatoes.
Junior High: December 1 - 14
  • Canned Food drive, donations go to Helping Hands in Carl Junction.
High School:
  • Talents for Toys Variety Show, Saturday December 8. See details below.
  • FFA Barnwarming candidates collected $1900 to benefit Carl Junction Police Department's Shop with a Cop event for district children in need! Great job!
CJ students stage Talents for Toys
Senior Global Business Technology students Molly Merrithew and Alyssa Knisley were looking for a way to make a positive impact on their community when they discovered that some Carl Junction students and their families are struggling to provide the daily necessities and that Christmas gifts are not a possibility this year.
They jumped right in and with the help of the community are staging a benefit talent variety show on Saturday, December 8 at 6:30 pm in the Stark Performing Arts Center (206 S. Broadway, Carl Junction). All ticket and sponsorship proceeds will go to purchase special gifts for Carl Junction students in need.
Talent Show performers range from a first grader doing a comedy act to a large group of senior girls presenting a light-hearted dance. There will be singing, dancing, and instrumental music.
“We believe this event will be a heartwarming experience with a wonderful small-town feel. The student performers will do a great job. We are so proud of their hard work and courage to perform to help their fellow classmates,” said Merrithew.
Talents for toys variety show poster showing the time and date information.
  • $5/adults
  • $4/students
  • children under 4 are free
Proceeds will go to purchase Christmas gifts for students in need.
Inclement Weather
Winter is upon us! If school will be closed due to poor road conditions, you will receive a phone call and possibly a text (if indicated you would like to receive messages that way on your student information update in August) from our automated system. Please check to make sure that your primary phone number is correctly listed in  Parent Portal - your username is your email address.

We will also send school closing notices to the local television stations and post the information on the   District website  ,  Facebook page  , and   Twitter  .  
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Ducre selected to All-National Honor Choir
Davin Ducre, a Carl Junction High School senior, has just returned from performing as a member of the 2018 All-National Honor Mixed Choir as a Tenor 2. The Mixed Choir consisted of 240 vocalists. Ducre is one of only seven choir students chosen from Missouri.
Ducre became eligible to audition for the national choir after earning All-State honors in October 2017 as a junior at Carl Junction High School. He also earned All-State honors in 2018.
The 2018 All-National Honor Ensembles performed at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida November 25 – 28. The Mixed Choir was under the direction of Dr. Amanda Quist.
Ducre is the son of Richard and Michelle Ducre of Carl Junction.
Senior photo of Davin Ducre
Smith earns All-State Jazz Band honors
Senior Noah Smith earned All-State Jazz Band honors as the Baritone Saxophone Alternate. This honor places Smith as the second best Jazz Baritone Saxophone who auditioned in the state.
Smith also earned All-State honors his sophomore year as Honorable Mention Jazz Band Alto Saxophone and as a junior, also earning Jazz Band Baritone Saxophone Alternate.
Senior photo of Noah Smith
CJ student chosen as Kid-Caster
Congratulations to CJ 7th Grader Debra Wever! She has been selected as the KSN/KODE's Kid-Caster of the Four-States.

She will report monthly on topics about local students that she will choose and research.
Photo of Debra Wever standing in front of a colorful bulldog background
Nolting receives Honorary Degree
Carl Junction Agriculture Teacher Kelli Nolting received an Honorary American FFA degree from the National Future Farmers of America organization at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last month. Fifty-four teachers from across the US received this recognition in 2018.
The Honorary American FFA Degree goes to an agricultural education teacher who has created high-quality agricultural education programs that inspire and motivate students to strive for success. Other qualifications include:
  • Eighty-five percent of the teacher’s agriculture students must have been in FFA in the last year.
  • The teacher must have been teaching agriculture for at least ten years.
  • The teacher should have received the Honorary State Degree.
Nolting’s recognition highlighted her abilities for growing leaders, building communities, and strengthening agriculture in our area.
Instructor Kelli Nolting poses holding award near a young woman in an FFA uniform
Mrs. Nolting receiving Honorary FFA Degree from 2017-18 National FFA President, Breanna Holbert.
Board of Education News:
The Carl Junction Board of Education accepted the resignation of Board Member Frank Pittman at their November meeting. Mr. Pittman was also presented with a gift of appreciation for his service to the students and staff of Carl Junction.

Pittman served on the Board for six years. Prior to that, he was a physical education teacher and coach at Carl Junction High School (1994-2011).

Filing for Board of Education positions begins on December 11. More information may be found on the Board website

The Board also recognized:
  • retiring Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce Director Gary Stubblefield for his years of support of the School District.
  • Jenna Teeter - 2018 Golf State Medalist
  • District Championship Volleyball Team.
Photo of board members with carl junction volleyball team
Photo of superintendent dr cook with fran pittman holding his award
photo of board members behind desk and Jenna Teeter holding her plaque for State Golf
Photo of Gary Stubblefield holding a word art gift
Bulldog Athletic Updates
  • Athletic Calendar
  • Admission to High School and Jr. High Athletics: $4/adults & $2/students
  • Athletic Passes are available by calling the HS Office at 417-649-7081. $65/single, $120/for 2, $140/family of 4. Cash or check only. The Athletic Pass is good for all Jr. High and High School home, regular-season events.
  • Several Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball games and home wrestling matches will be live-streamed on the Bulldog Broadcast Network/CJTV. Click on the link to see their broadcast schedule
  • Subscribe to CJTV's YouTube Channel to get weekly sports updates
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