News from Carl Junction Schools - February 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - February 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Feb 5: School Cancelled for weather : Make-up date will be 4/27
Feb 11: Vocal Music "Pops" Concert in HS Commons Area, 3 pm, $5 admission
Feb 16: Jazz at the Junction, a free jazz festival, 4 pm in Stark Performing Arts Center
Feb 16: School is in session - Make up day from snow day on January 17
Feb 16: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Feb 19: NO SCHOOL for staff or students
Feb 22: 5th grade DARE graduation, 5:30 or 6:30 pm in the Stark Performing Arts Center.
See Intermediate newsletter below for details.
Feb 23: Community appreciation breakfast for FFA Supporters, 6-8 am in Ag Department
Feb 23: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Feb 23: 6-8 Grade Band Concert, 7 pm in Primary 2/3 gym
March 2-9: Spring Book Fair @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries
March 19-23: Spring Break
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Pre-Enroll NOW for Kindergarten '18-'19
Pre-enrollment is so important: it helps us to make sure we have adequate teachers hired, assists in classroom preparations, and makes sure your children are screened and placed with a compatible teacher before next school year. We are a great school in large part because our parents and community members also care about getting our district children into the best classroom for them!
Please  register online  or print out  this paper form  and return to the K-1 office ASAP. Thank you!
Two bulldog illustrations are pictured with the text: CJ Kindergarten, Enroll now! Call 649-7045
Due to recent inclement weather school day cancellations, we have scheduled make-up dates (2/16, 5/23, & 4/27) and our school calendar has been updated (again).
HS Vocal Music "Pops" Concert
When: Sunday, February 11
Time: 3 - 4 pm
Where: High School Commons area
$5 admission for dessert, beverage, & show

The High School auditioned choirs are presenting a POPS concert. Dessert and beverages will be served while you enjoy the music. All proceeds from admission support the vocal music program and future activities.
Music notes made with hearts image
Nominate your favorite teacher!
Do you know a teacher who has made a significant impact in your life or the life of a student? We want to hear about that person.
The Carl Junction School District wants to recognize the wonderful teachers in our schools by presenting the 2018 Teacher Impact Award.

Nominations can be for any educator from Early Childhood through High School.


A logo made with an apple around the words, Teacher Impact Award
Applying algebra principles to bridge building
Carl Junction 8 th graders in Cindy Neeley’s Pre-Algebra class are putting their classroom education into action as they experiment with interior and exterior angles that make up various classifications of triangles.
Obvious real-world application is in the engineering of buildings and bridges. Students researched various truss designs to determine function in structural integrity and weight-bearing properties. Using this information, teams designed and built their own bridges around predetermined parameters.
The bridges must have an eight-inch span, be four-inches tall, and hold ten pounds for 30 seconds. Building materials were limited to 30 popsicle sticks, 4 inches of tape, one hot-glue stick, and 4 sheets of paper.
Since building supplies were limited by the challenge, students engineered their designs with proposed weight-bearing calculations on paper before beginning the building process. Once the bridges were built, the students tested and re-engineering their designs to get the maximum results
Top Photo: Abigail Chopra, Isaac Siebert, and Nicole Sherwood work on their bridge.
Bottom Photo: Hugh Anderson, Zoey Davis, and Eric McDonald strengthen their bridge.
Jazz @ the Junction
When: Friday, February 16
Time: 4 - 10 pm
Where: Stark Performing Arts Center & 2/3 Gym
Free Admission

CJ Bands will host Jazz at the Junction, a jazz festival featuring live jazz band performances by approximately twenty different high school and junior high bands and feature headliners from Missouri State University Jazz Ensemble and a jazz combo from Missouri Southern State University.
The cost for the optional Chili Supper/Dessert Bar is $5. Proceeds will go toward the Carl Junction Jazz Program. 
Jazz at the Junction poster, shows an illustration of a train and the text Stark Auditorium, Carl Junction Missouri
Cundiff named as Golden Lion
Harmouni Cundiff, Senior at Carl Junction High School, has received the regional Golden Lion Award. Harmouni is well known for her creative pursuits, with a special talent for creative writing and vocal music. She also spends time volunteering at organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Rapha House, and Joplin Humane Society.

After graduation, Cundiff has plans to attend Missouri Southern and eventually become a High School English teacher.
This program selects local a Junior or Senior, who is nominated for achievement in education and community service. She will receive a $1000 scholarship to Missouri Southern State University.

If you know of a deserving Junior of Senior, fill out an online nomination form here .
Carl Junction Senior Harmouni Cundiff smiles in her yearbook photo
FFA has much to celebrate
A group of first-year FFA members recently got to travel to the Greenhand Motivational Conference. Through interactive workshops and skits, the State FFA Officers encouraged the students to show their talents and reach outside their comfort zone. They helped the new agriculture students set goals for their education, careers, and FFA experience.

These principles have also been incorporated into the curriculum of the students enrolled in Carl Junction’s High School FFA courses. Instructor Kelli Nolting has helped almost seventy of her students reach the honor of receiving their “Greenhand Degree” this year from reaching specific set guidelines. 

This month also holds National FFA week: Feburary 18-25. Spirit days, teacher appreciation days, and reading to younger students will all be part of the celebration. One other highlight will be a “Thank You Breakfast” put on by the students on Friday, February 23 from 6 to 8 am. FFA's community supporters are invited to come and enjoy a free hot meal in the Ag Department at CJHS.
A large group of students in their FFA uniforms stand on steps of building
Members of Carl Junction FFA attend the Greenhand Motivational Conferences
Intermediate Students Excel
MCTM Math Competition

A large group of Intermediate Building math students represented Carl Junction in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics math contest held at Thomas Jefferson in Joplin on January 20.
Each contestant competed in four different events: Number Sense, Sprint, Target, and a Team event.
Fourteen CJ Bulldogs have qualified to compete in the Regional Contest which will be held at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar in March.
See photo cutline for qualifiers. Great job Bulldogs!
Fourteen intermediate students have qualified for the Regional Math tournament. They sit on gym bleachers smiling
These Intermediate students have qualified to represent Carl Junction at the Regional MCTM Math competition. Front Row (L to R): Fourth Graders – Alex Hobson, Jackson Lundien, Craig Hayes, Ryan Sprague, Joy Walker, Corinne Merrell, and Seth Brown. Second Row: Fifth Graders – Tallie Ayton, Grace Ware, Thatcher Girouard, and Jacob Garrett. Third Row: Sixth Graders – Anna Burch, Chloe Miller, and Blaine Wilkerson
Spelling Bee

The annual Spelling Bee saw participants from 4 th , 5 th , and 6 th grades showing their spelling skills with 6 th Grader Anna Burch earning the building championship.

Grade-level finalists included:
·        4 th grade finalists: Will Coats, 1 st place; Kale Trosper, 2 nd; Kat Mash, 3 rd ; and Hayden Wilkerson was Alternate.
·        5 th grade finalists: Elyanna Dogotch, 1 st ; Wyatt McAfee, 2 nd ; Jaden Storm, 3 rd ; and Kennah Scheurich was Alternate.
·        6 th grade finalists: Anna Burch, 1 st ; Liam Hall, 2 nd ; Jett Hocut, 3 rd ; and Bentley Rowden was Alternate.

School-Wide Finalists: Elyanna Dogotch, 2 nd ; Jett Hocut, 3 rd ; and Liam Hall was Alternate. Anna Burch, 1 st will represent CJ at the Joplin Globe's Regional Bee.
The four top spelling bee qualifiers stand in library
Intermediate Spelling Bee winners (from L to R) – Jett Hocut (3 rd ), Anna Burch (1 st ), Elyanna Dogotch (2 nd ), and Liam Hall (alternate)
HS Scholar Bowl Undefeated
The Carl Junction High School Scholar Bowl Team has competed in five tournaments this school year and they are currently undefeated. The team’s most recent competitions at Webb City and Sarcoxie both ended with first place finishes.
Members of the 2017-18 team include: Mark Arnce, Ethan Brown, Zak Brown, Katie Crider, Evie Cross, Catie Denney, Stephen Houser, Samuel Kim, Samuel Luke, Conner Wilson, and Melissa Hendrickson.

The CJ scholar bowl teams also qualified for state in May of 2016 and 2017.
Scholar Bowl participants sit in desks in classroom setting
A group of team members competing at the Sarcoxie Meet: Front row -
L to R : Catie Denny, Mark Arnce, Conner Wilson, and Katie Crider
Back row – (standing) Stephen Houser, Melissa Hendrickson, Evie Cross
Career Day hosted at Junior High
Our 7th and 8th graders had a chance in late January to visit with over 50 area business experts in hopes that they will start to become knowledgeable with future career and education options.

Highlights of the day included:
  • A "Job Fair" where the children were able to go from booth to booth and learn more.
  • Classroom speakers from nearly every field: medical, education, technology, first responders, sales, and more, who led fun demonstrations, profiled their job and former education, and took questions.
  • Mock interviews (a selection of students) and personality assessments online on Missouri Connections.
Representatives from the fire department and jasper county sheriff are in uniform behind information tables chatting with students gathered around
Local first responders chat with students during the Junior High "Job Fair" at the recent Career Day.
JH Art Students will show work at Capitol

Four outstanding student artists from Carl Junction Junior High will have their artwork displayed at the State Capitol to compete against other district entries for a chance of winning a cash prize. A ceremony will be held on March 12 and these talented students will have a chance to meet their representative and tour the legislative building. 
Girls pose with their art, one a portrait of a woman's head and shoulders the other an abstract scene with flower petals and icicles.
7 th graders Ella Humphrey and Evy Darr
Two girls pose holding their art. One a portrait of a teen with blue hair and a jersey on, the other a drawing of hydrangea flowers
8 th graders Emily Burke and Madison Doyle
Did you hear from us?
We recently experienced inclement weather days off. When notifying our families of closures, the primary parent contact as listed in our Parent Portal system should have received a phone call.

If you did not receive personal notification, please update your information here:  Parent Portal .

We also send school closing notices to the local television stations and post the information on the  District website , Facebook page , and  Twitter
An illustrated logo that says Did you know? In a blue thought bubble
Bulldog Athletic Updates:
Best of luck to all of our athletes and teams competing in district, regional & state matchups this month!
Wilson receives CJ's first COC Swim Title
Senior Madeline Wilson won the 100-yard freestyle in the first Central Ozark Conference championship that our school has ever competed in. She clocked in at 55.51 which automatically qualifies her to compete at state in the event.

Our ladies also finished third as a team scoring 216 1/2, bested by Ozark with 222 and Webb City by 327.

Congratulations to Madeline and to CJ Swim. We are so proud of you!
A yearbook photo of madeline wilson smiling
#Signing Day

Congratulations to ten Carl Junction Student-Athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers in college!
  • Taylor Howard, football @ Washington University in St. Louis
  • Aaron Ludders, football @ Northeast Oklahoma State University
  • Hosea Jones, football @ Evangel College
  • Duncan Stamps, football @ Missouri S & T
  • Zeke Wall, football @ Pittsburg State University
  • Levi Duley, football @ Missouri Southern
  • Olivia Lewis, volleyball @ Missouri Southern
  • Camryn Colburn, volleyball @ Hutchison Community College
  • Stormie Riggs, soccer @ Missouri Southern
  • Sydney Johnson, cheer @ John Brown University
Girls Basketball - Border Classic Champions!
The girls basketball team wears medals and holds trophy and poses in gym with team managers, coaches and friends
Congratulations to our winter sports queens!
Cana Sluder wears crown, jewled necklace and red dress smiling after homecoming coronation
Cana Sluder was crowned at Basketball Homecoming.
Senior Kate Dreiling wears crown and lace white dress, smiling after being crowned at wrestling homecoming
Kate Dreiling was crowned at Wrestling Homecoming.
Archery on Target at Tournament
Our School Archery Team recently competed in their first tournament of the school year. CJ received top marks in both team and individual contests.
In the elementary division, Carl Junction placed 1 st . Individual honors included Lilly Sargent who received 1 st , Gavin Hall 2 nd , and Josiah Starr and Alexis Medina 3 rd .
In the middle school division, CJ placed 2 nd with Jackson Sargent receiving 1 st individually.
In high school, CJ placed 3 rd and Frankie Goforth received 2 nd individually.
The elementary archery team stands in a gym with their archery t shirts on holding a trophy and smiling
The CJ Elementary Archery Team shows off their 1 st place trophy
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