News from Carl Junction Schools - January 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - January 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Jan 15: NO SCHOOL for students, staff in-service
Jan 16: School Cancelled for weather : Make-up date will be 5/22
Jan 17: School Cancelled for weather : Make-up date will be 2/16
Jan 19: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Jan 21-27: School Board Recognition week
Jan 23: Basketball Homecoming vs. Seneca, games beginning @ 5 pm. Coronation @ approx. 7 pm
Jan 25: STEAM Exploration Center Open House, ISC Door #7 (the old K-1 N), 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Jan 26: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Feb 1: Wrestling Homecoming vs. McDonald Co. @ 6 pm. Coronation @ 5:30 pm
Feb 3: Special Olympics Basketball Stevie Lain Classic @ HS Gym, 9 am - 3:00 pm
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Kindergarten Pre-Enrollment
It is time to register our Kindergarten class for the 2018/2019 school year! In order to qualify, your child must turn five before August 1, 2018.
Please  register online  or print out  this paper form  and submit it to the K-1 office by Feb 9.
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. 
And illustration of two bulldog puppies, one grey one pink.
Due to recent inclement weather school day cancellations, we have scheduled make-up dates (2/16 & 5/22) and our school calendar has been updated.
Brand new STEAM Exploration Center opens in ISC Building
Don't miss our community open house!
Thursday, January 25
3:30 - 6:30 pm

A new, exciting opportunity for CJ students to explore creative technologies is now being offered at the STEAM Exploration center located in the ISC building (formerly K-1 North). Many hands-on, age appropriate technologies in subjects such as 3-D printing, robotics, video production, and computer coding, and also less modern creative arts (building with cardboard, wood, etc) stock the room for children to experiment with and enjoy. 

A partnership with Carl Junction Schools and the Carl Junction Educational Foundation has provided the funding necessary to launch this project. The room will be available for teachers to reserve blocks of time for their classes and a possible after-school program is also in-development.

Technology coach Diane Southard sits in front of a computer monitor and types on a keyboard. Young student Emma Graham looks on.
Technology coach Diane Southard assists
Emma Graham with a project on the 3-D printer.
Young student Jakob McLeod holds and views three robotic cubes.
Jakob McLeod created a motion-detection
light with robotic parts.
A colorful illustration reads S-Science, T-Technology, E-Engineering, A-Art, and M- Math.
Free & Reduced Lunch Available
Carl Junction students are eligible to participate in the National Free and Reduced Lunch program. Qualification is based on household income and number of people living in the household.

Applications are accepted at any time during the school year. If your home situation or employment situation (seasonal employee, loss of employment) has changed, you may be eligible and can fill out a new form.

You may download and view the chart here or apply in any school office building.
Basketball Homecoming
Basketball Homecoming is Tuesday, January 23. Carl Junction will play Seneca with games beginning at 5 pm with the Freshman game, followed by the JV and then the Varsity.

Homecoming festivities will take place between the JV and Varsity games at approximately 7 pm in the High School gymnasium.
A group of six girls pose in the gym (back, from left) Freshman Kris Smith, Sophomore Hannah Huffman, and Junior Gracie Smith. Queen candidates include (front row from left) seniors Karli Frazier, Cana Sluder, and Stormie Riggs.
2018 Basketball Homecoming Court includes (back, from left) Freshman Kris Smith, Sophomore Hannah Huffman, and Junior Gracie Smith. Queen candidates include (front row from left) seniors Karli Frazier, Cana Sluder, and Stormie Riggs.
Children throw confetti. Text-School Board Recognition Week Jan 21-27. Thank you School Board Members. We truly appreciate you:Pres Larry Cowger, Claudia Cox, Frank Pittman, Christie Hutcheson, VP Glenn Coltharp, Brian Massey, Travis Spencer
Classroom Champions
Mrs. Eichelberger's 4th grade classroom has become the first in Missouri to participate in an exciting and challenging learning experience called Classroom Champions. This impact mission pairs an Olympic or Para-Olympic athlete to directly communicate with selected students.

The classroom was chosen (after a lengthy application process) and matched with Olympic Team USA member Chris Mazdzer. Mazdzer has competed in both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics in the Luge and will be competing in the 2018 Winter games in PyeongChang.

The program is designed to strengthen academic achievement and engagement in children but also develop character traits including goal setting, diversity acceptance, community involvement, perseverance, teamwork, courage, and healthy living. 

Mrs. Eichelberger poses with her class, in background is Olympian Chris Mazdzer on  screen behind them via Google Hangout
Mrs. Eichelberger's class smiles and wear their blue classroom champions shirts.
Jazz Bands win at festival
Carl Junction High School sent two jazz bands to the Verdigris (Oklahoma) Jazz Festival on Friday, December 15. The Jazz 2 Band won first place in Class E (second bands), while the Jazz 1 Band won first place in Class 5A.

In related band news, CJ Schools will host Jazz at the Junction, a jazz festival, on Friday, February 16 from 4 to 10 pm at the Jerry B. Stark Performing Arts Center. The festival will feature 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.

Admission is free. The cost for the Chili Supper/Dessert Bar is $5. Proceeds will go toward the Carl Junction Jazz Program .  
An image of colorful music notes
Inclement Weather
We recently experienced our first "snow days" of the season. When notifying our families of closures, the primary parent contact as listed in our Parent Portal system should have received a phone call and an email.

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  T witte r
A blue snowflake image
Schoolwide Illness Prevention
Missouri is reporting widespread occurrences of the flu and other illnesses this winter.

When ill with the flu, you are contagious one day before and up to 5-7 days after symptoms appear. When in doubt, stay home, definitely in the case of younger children who need more assistance with hygiene when ill.

Always keep hands and surfaces clean with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub, spray, or wipes. Especially before eating.

Thank you for your help in keeping our schools healthy and safe! For more information on fighting germs, see  this flyer from the CDC.
Knight and Queen Crowned
CJHS has a long-standing yearly tradition of naming a Knight and Queen. This honor dating back to around 1880 began at one of CJ’s first school buildings “the Knight School”.

Earning this year’s Knight and Queen honors are seniors Zeke Wall and Madison Beecher.

The 2017 court representatives included Freshmen: Samantha Carlton and Samuel Kim, Sophomores: Abbey Goebel and Noah Carpenter, Juniors: Amanda Taulman and Andrew Doyle.
The remaining selected senior representatives included Kate Dreiling, Joanne Kim, Chris Bennish, and Brooks Neria.

These students were nominated by their teachers based on qualities such as work ethic, citizenship, and integrity.
2017 Knight and Queen: seniors Zeke Wall and Madison Beecher. Each wear a crown, Madison holds a bouquet of roses
2017 Knight and Queen:
seniors Zeke Wall and Madison Beecher
Court (L to R) – Seniors Brooks Neria and Joanne Kim, Seniors Chris Bennish and Kate Dreiling, Knight – Senior Zeke Wall, Queen-Senior Madison Beecher, Juniors Andrew Doyle and Amanda Taulman, Sophomores Abbey Goebel and Noah Carpenter, and Freshmen Samuel
Court (L to R) – Seniors Brooks Neria and Joanne Kim, Seniors Chris Bennish and Kate Dreiling, Knight – Senior Zeke Wall, Queen-Senior Madison Beecher, Juniors Andrew Doyle and Amanda Taulman, Sophomores Abbey Goebel and Noah Carpenter, and Freshmen Samuel Kim and Samantha Carlton
#CJKidsCare : 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. Elsten's class collected the most items.
  • Primary 2-3: Held a non-perishable food drive for local food banks and collected pet food for the Humane Society.
  • The Intermediate Building:
  • Collected funds and 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.
  • In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, fifty 6th grade students traveled to the Missouri Veterans' Home in Mount Vernon to thank the veterans living there. Students delivered hand-made cards, care packages, and chatted with residents.
  • Junior High:
  • Organized a non-perishables food drive.
  • Mrs. Hogard's Bulldog Block Class created Christmas cards for residents of CJ Residental Care and handed them out while Mrs. Markley's choir sang carols.
  • High School:
  • The Service Learning class in conjunction with Bright Futures held a hygiene drive and collected hundreds of items such as shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant which will be on hand as needed for students.
  • Mrs. Ketterman's student athletes adopted 15 Intermediate students in need, supplying them generously with gifts for Christmas.
  • Students from the Medical Office Procedures class, under instructor Mrs. Wimmer, formed a 50/50 ticket sale and were able to raise $200 for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. The students also facilitated a new or gently used coat and warm winter accessory drive to benefit fellow students. 
  • Carl Junction FFA raised $500 to benefit the charitable event "Shop with a Cop".
  • High School's Interact Club and the Spanish National Honor Society, assembled twenty-five care packages and sent them to troops deployed in Africa for the Holidays.
Bulldog Athletic Updates
7th Grade Girls Basketball - COC Champions!
Group of basketball players and their coaches pose in a gym holding a COC champion plaque
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