News from Carl Junction Schools - January 2019
 Bulldog Bytes - January 2019
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Jan. 24: Wrestling Homecoming, High School Gym, 5:15 pm Coronation
Jan. 25: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Feb. 1: Basketball Homecoming, High School Gym, first game at 4:30 pm, coronation approx. 7 pm
Feb. 15: NO SCHOOL for students and staff
Feb. 18: NO SCHOOL for students and staff
March 18-22: Spring Break
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Enrollment open for Kindergarten
We are excited to offer online registration for our families who will have a Kindergartner joining us August 2019 (School Year 2019-20). If you  currently  live in the school district of Carl Junction (official proof of residency will be required later in the process), and your child will be 5 years old on or before July 31, 2019, please complete the online registration now.

You will enroll using the  Parent Portal . Details and instructions are found on our website homepage under District Announcements. After this step is complete, you will receive a notice by mail and email of further required screening and enrollment steps.
black and white image with baby bulldog drawings, reads Carl Junction Kindergarten. Enroll Now! School Year 2019-2020
Winter Homecomings
Wrestling Homecoming
Thursday, January 24
Coronation begins at 5:15 pm
Match vs. Neosho & Ozark, 5:30 pm
Wrestling Homecoming Court
Front Row - Seniors Loran Dawson, Liz Truelove, and Alyssa Knisley
Back Row - Freshman Kylee Degraw, Sophomore Emma Bushnell, and Junior Karlee Rowden.
Group of high school girls, front row seated, back row standing. Wrestling Homecoming Court 
Front Row - Seniors Loran Dawson, Liz Truelove, and Alyssa Knisley
Back Row - Freshman Kylee Degraw, Sophomore Emma Bushnell, and Junior Karlee Rowden.
Basketball Homecoming
Friday, February 1
Coronation after the JV game (approx. 7 pm)
CJ vs. Willard, games begin at 4:30 pm
Basketball Homecoming Court
Front Row - Seniors Josie Wilkins, Karli Washburn, and Tatum Graham
Back Row - Freshman Chloe Mitchell, Sophomore Kaci Ford, and Junior Cortni Deem.
Group of high school girls, standing in indoor practice facility. Basketball Homecoming Court
Front Row - Seniors Josie Wilkins, Karli Washburn, and Tatum Graham
Back Row - Freshman Chloe Mitchell, Sophomore Kaci Ford, and Junior Cortni Deem.
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  .  
Clip art image of a blue snowflake with black border
Free & Reduced Lunch program 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.
Clip art of a red apple with green stem apple the middle of the apple reads Free and Reduced Meals
Towner is Golden Lion recipient
Ali Towner, Junior, has received the regional Golden Lion Award. Towner is known for her helpfulness, volunteering at such programs as the community blood drive and for charities such as the Joplin Humane Society. She is also very active in include the High School’s “Kindness Club” and credited for helping to organize an after school yoga class for high school students.

After graduation, Towner has plans to attend Missouri Southern for her undergraduate, then later attend OSU to attain a veterinary degree.

If you know of a deserving Junior of Senior, fill out an online nomination form  here .
Junior Ali Towner head and shoulders photo
Foster recognized as Unsung Hero
Carl Junction High School Chemistry & Physics Teacher, Paul Foster, is a recipient of the 2018 Unsung Heroes award of the Missouri State Teachers Association.

The recipients of this award are selected by the MSTA field service coordinators and are celebrated at the Annual MSTA Convention.

The award recognizes those who have made a substantive, yet unrecognized, contribution to MSTA and their mission to advocate for and empower public educators. These recipients are admired for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. 
teacher Paul Foster holds a crystal award
Students strive for online safety
Students on a mission! After technology educator Ms. McAfee selected them to attend a powerful summit in October on Digital Citizenship, they have taken the knowledge they gained and shared it with their peers.

These five students and Missouri State Highway Patrol Lieutenant Brad Bearden hosted a series of Digital Citizenship Assemblies on Friday 12/21 for fellow students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade. The students initiated this program themselves and presented a slideshow they created that focused on being kind and safe online.
A group of five fifth and sixth graders stand next to each other in the hallway, smiling
L to R – Jack Spencer, Corinne Merrell, Alivia Haase, Jadyn Howard, and Wyatt McAfee
#CJKidsCare : The season of giving celebrated district-wide
All throughout the district, Carl Junction school district 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 CJ & Webb City Rotary, CJ Bright Futures, and Webb City Elk's Lodge to supply local families in need
  • The K-1 Building: Hosted a sock and underwear drive. Items collected will be kept on hand in the nurse's office for emergencies.
  • 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 20 families in need who have at least one child enrolled in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.
  • In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day, 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 to benefit local food banks.
  • Mrs. Hogard's 8th grade students chose a variety of projects that spread holiday cheer: In-school care projects included reading to and making cards for second graders, and composing blessing bags with toiletries that were given to students in need. In the community, goodies and cards were taken to the police and fire departments, Ronald McDonald House, and Freeman hospital. Pet toys and newspaper were collected for Joplin Humane Society, and carolers and cards cheered residents at CJ Residential care.
  • High School:
  • Mrs. Ketterman's student athletes adopted 24 Intermediate students in need, supplying each of them generously with 2 or 3 gifts for Christmas.
  • Carl Junction FFA raised $1900 to benefit the charitable event "Shop with a Cop".
Outdoor in a parking lot, a group of small children dressed warmly smile and hold food cans above their heads.
Second and third graders proudly walked their collected food items to the CJ Fire Department
A Christmas tree stands in the hallway of the intermediate bulding. All around it for at least 6 feet in every direction, non perishable foods are stacked.
Over 3900 items were collected for the Intermediate food basket drive
A group of junior high students hold papers and are singing inside of CJ Residential Care
Mrs. Hogard's 8th hour 8th graders sing carols for residents of CJ Residential Care.
A group of High School FFA members hold a check made out to shop with a cop for 1900. Resource Officer Castlebury stands with them receiving it.
FFA Presents their donation to "Shop with a Cop" to Officer Castlebury
Bulldog Athletic Updates
  • Athletic Calendar
  • Admission to High School and Jr. High Athletics: $4/adults & $2/students
  • Congratulations to Junior Katie Scott on surpassing 1,000 points in her high school basketball career.
  • Congratulations to the Lady Bulldog Swim Team for taking 2nd place in the Redbird Invitational on Jan. 19.
  • Congratulations to CJ Volleyball players for earning Academic All-State honors: Grace Southern, Loran Dawson, Kayleigh Sewell, Courtney Schmidt, Dani Wrensch, Jillian Kennedy, Berea Sluder, and Salma Lewis. The Varsity team had a 3.71 GPA for first semester.
  • Congratulations to CJ Cross Country runners for earning Academic All-State honors: Evelyn Cross, Emma Leach, Kaitlynn Franks, Abbey Goebel, Mariana Nelson, Dylan Higgins, Kaleb Weibel, and Kellen Badgley.
  • Congratulations to Senior Football player Tyler White: selected for the Blue-Grey All-American Football Bowl that was played on Dec. 17 at the AT&T Dallas Cowboys' Stadium.
  • 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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