News from Carl Junction Schools - January 2017

 Bulldog Bytes - January 2017
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
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Inclement Weather

If school will be closed due to poor road conditions, you will receive a phone call from our automated calling system. Please check to make sure that your primary phone number is correctly listed in Parent Portal.


We will also send school closing notices to the local television stations and post the information on the District website, Facebook page, and Twitter.


Upcoming Events

Jan. 11: 2nd Quarter Grade cards sent home
Jan. 12: Family Library Night, 3:30-6:30 pm: K-1, 2-3, & Intermediate Libraries
Jan. 13: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Jan. 13: Intermediate Honor Roll Assembly, click here for the schedule.
Jan. 16: NO SCHOOL for students. Staff In-service.
Jan. 19: Wrestling Homecoming & Senior Night vs. Neosho, 5:30 pm
Jan. 20: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Jan. 20: Parents as Teachers/EEC Event - Winter Playgroup, 9-10 am
Jan. 27: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Feb. 3: Basketball Homecoming vs. Willard, 5 pm
Feb. 3: 6th-8th Grade Band Concert in JH Gym, 7 pm
Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment

It is time to get your upcoming Kindergartener registered for the 2017/18 school year. Pre-enrollment is beginning for all children who will turn 5 before August 1, 2017.

In order to do this, please register online or submit the paper form found here to the K-1 office.

Formal enrollment will take place the first week of April. Additional information will be mailed to our pre-enrolled families in March. Call 417-649-7045 with any questions. 
CJ grad becomes published author

Luke Arnce dedicated the end of his high school career to applying for acceptance and scholarships to eighteen different colleges. After graduating from CJHS in 2015, he accepted a full-ride merit-based scholarship to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He used the knowledge and skill-set he acquired from this research to author a book, "The Scholarship Game: A No-Fluff Guide to Making College Affordable".
The non-fiction title focuses on analyzing the process of applying to college based primarily on personal cost and giving students or counselors easily implemented practices to do so. Arnce explains, "In terms of the college application process, lots of people were applying based on where they wanted to go but they didn't take into account how much is was going to cost them personally. I felt that was an important part of the process that needed to be evaluated as well."

Counselor Adam Neldeberg remembers Luke as, "an outstanding student when he attended CJHS. It's rare that you get to work with a student of Luke's caliber. He was a dedicated and diligent student.  He was respected by both staff and his peers. Luke was always such a creative and unique, outside-the-box thinker that I was not surprised to hear that he had written a book to help other students."
Arnce is a Sophomore majoring in biology and chemistry at Emory. He spends free time volunteering at an inner city middle school in Georgia, where he, with the help of his publisher, will be able to provide a free copy of his book to every graduating eighth grader.
His work is available for purchase on, or through other online retailers such as Amazon, Hive, and IndieBound.
Corp receives Golden Lion Award

Tori Corp is a busy senior at Carl Junction High School. While balancing dual credit and upper level classes, she also belongs to many extra-curricular clubs, such as: Student Council, National Honor Society, and Spanish National Honor Society. It is her commitment and success in these scholastic endeavors, but also her dedication to service in the community, that has earned her a MSSU Beimdiek Golden Lion Scholarship honor.
This program selects local a Junior or Senior, who is nominated by school faculty or community members for notable enthusiasm in both their 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.
Tori is the daughter of Cherie Pfeiffer and Rory Corp
Wrestling Homecoming Court announced
A group of three seniors and three underclassmen have been selected for Wrestling Homecoming Court.

Front row, L to R:
Seniors: Lauren Taylor, Ashley Marsh, and Emma Frack

Back row, L to R:
Junior: Karli Frazier, Sophomore: MacKenzie Crow, and Freshman: Shila Winder

Wrestling Homecoming and Senior Night is Thursday, January 19. Festivities for coronation begin at 5:30 pm at the High School gym and the wrestling match against Neosho will start at 6.
Educational kits challenge and delight students

One of the most buzzed-about education tech innovations this past year is not so high-tech, it's actually a box! The kit comes from BreakoutEDU, a company that makes educational activities for both children and adults. Success in BreakoutEDU depends on teamwork and collaboration. The Breakout kits are versatile and have activities for almost every content area and age group.
The goal for each of the activities is for the students to "Break Out" using the clues provided in the given time-frame. Mistakes are made and backtracking takes place. Perseverance is a must, but once the first clue is solved and a lock comes off, the excitement grows. As time ticks away, the buzz in the room escalates. Critical thinking conversations are at an ultimate high as students work to solve
the clues. Many times
it comes down to the last few seconds. One of Mrs. Cowger's 6th grade classes got their final lock off with 2 seconds to spare. A roar of excitement and accomplishment filled the room!
The district currently has eight Breakout kits available for teachers to reserve for use in their classrooms. Students have found to the activities, while learning problem solving and critical thinking, to also be very fun. Teacher feedback has been just as positive.

Sixth graders honor veterans

Even with its historical significance, Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, receives little national formal observation. In response to this, CJ sixth grade teacher and Army veteran David Rice, began organizing projects with his students to visit and honor military veterans who have retired to the Mt. Vernon, Missouri Veterans (retirement) Home on this day.

Over the past few years the project has grown, supported by many other teachers, and now is set up as a project based learning experience which includes budgeting, purchasing choices, and other helpful life-lessons.

This year, Intermediate students raised roughly $1,000 for the event. It was decided by the students to spend the majority of the funds to provide "goodie bags" as gifts for the vets. The kits, containing items such as toiletries, snacks, warm socks, and games, were hand-delivered to the veterans. Students also prepared Christmas cards filled with thankful sentiments which they presented also.

Another honor included Jazz Band director Trey Waddell, who traveled to the home, and played "Taps" for the retired heroes.

Band students earn All-State honors

Edith Sigler
Noah Smith
Senior Edith Sigler earned All-State band honors for the third straight year and is the 15th chair clarinet in the state. She will be going to the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January to rehearse and perform with the All-State band.

Sophomore Noah Smith was named to the All-State Honorable Mention Jazz Band and is the 1st chair alto saxophone player. This honor places Smith as the 5th best high school jazz alto saxophonist in the state.
Carl Junction Jazz Bands win at festival
Carl Junction High School sent two jazz bands the Verdigris (Oklahoma) Jazz Festival on Friday, December 16. The Jazz 2 Band won first place in Class E (second bands), while the Jazz 1 Band won second place in class 5A.
The Carl Junction Jazz Band will be hosting Jazz at the Junction on Friday, February 17, 4:30 - 10 pm at the Jerry B. Stark Performing Arts Center. There will be twenty bands performing that night with the headliner being the University of Missouri - St. Louis Jazz Ensemble.

Knight and Queen crowned

Carl Junction High School has long had a tradition of Knight & Queen. It probably goes back to 1880 when one of the first schools was built in CJ - the Knight School. The school was named after Augustus Knight. He owned most of the land on the west side of town and donated the site where the Knight School was built.

Following Knight & Queen tradition, students from each class are nominated by the high school staff and the students vote for the senior students to be named Knight & Queen.

2016 Knight & Queen are Sam Sisk and Darbi Needham. Their court includes seniors Chase Boyd, Ashley Marsh, Hunter Adams, and Brett Boline; juniors Catherine Whelan and William Bebee; sophomores Molly Merrithew and Spencer King; and freshmen Katie Scott and Caleb Poorman.
CJ Kids Care : The season of giving celebrated district-wide

All throughout the district, Carl Junction kids were working on projects associated with donating to charitable causes this holiday season.
  • The Early Education Center: Collected non-perishables that were donated to the district Bright Futures program.
  • The K-1 Building: Hosted a sock and underwear drive. Over 1,000 items were collected and will be kept on hand in the nurse's office for emergencies. Mrs. Schmidt's class collected the most items.
  • Primary 2-3: Held a food drive for local food banks collecting over 1,500 items. Mrs. Duley's 2nd grade took first place in the collection competition. Mrs. Duley's class continued the giving by also making fleece blankets and writing letters which were then given as gifts for residents at Watered Gardens.
  • The Intermediate Building: Collected 2,560 food items which were then made into care packages for 15 families in need who have at least one child enrolled in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Mrs. Hosp's 6th grade class collected the most items with 357.
  • Junior High: Organized a food drive benefitting Bright Futures, collecting over 2,000 items. Mrs. Crain's 7th grade class provided the most donations. Also, Mrs. Hogard's Bulldog Block Class created Christmas cards for residents of CJ Residental Care and handed them out while Mrs. Markley's 8th grade choir sang carols.
  • High School: National Art Honor Society held a silent auction of student-made jewelry raising cash for the Golden Paw Animal Rescue Center. At the same time, they also collected pet food and supplies for the shelter.
Athletic Updates
Girls Basketball wins CJ Classic Tournament

Carl Junction Senior Alex Vogt was named the tournament MVP.
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