News from Carl Junction Schools - Februrary 2022
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Feb. 18: CJ Day- Wear your Red & White
Feb. 20-26: National FFA Week
Feb. 21: No School for students and staff
Feb. 25: Community/Supporter Appreciation Breakfast hosted by CJ FFA, 6-8 am, HS Ag Department
Feb. 25: CJ Day- Wear your Red & White
Feb. 28: 1st day of Spring Sports practice for HS Athletes
March: School Board Recognition Month
March 6: HS Choirs Pops Concert, 3 pm, HS Gym, $5 admission includes dessert
March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins
Mar. 21-25: Spring Break

For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter, social media, or daily announcements:
School Bus Inspections
The Carl Junction fleet of fifty-one buses passed their Missouri State Highway Patrol inspection with a 100% safety rating on Friday, February 11. This is the second year in a row for CJ Schools to receive the top rating in Missouri for the annual school bus inspections. The state-wide average is 90.9%.
Transportation Director Jared Richmond said, “Our bus mechanics, Taylor Warner and Jason Wright, along with our drivers, do a great job in keeping our buses in top condition for the safety of our students.”
The time has come to begin welcoming our new Kindergarten class! Registration is open now and is a required first step to completing enrollment! Use Parent Portal to complete as soon as possible. Further instructions may be found here.
Eligible children must be five years old before August 1, 2022, and live within the Carl Junction School District (proof of residency is required at screening).
After this step is complete, information will be emailed to parents about screenings and document verification appointments in April.
** Current CJ Preschooler’s families must also complete this step.**
For help, call 417-649-7045 during school hours with questions.
Candace Tracy receives
Joplin Globe HOOT Award
Carl Junction's January 2022 Hoot Award goes to 3rd-grade Teacher Candace Tracy! Miss Tracy has a heart of gold and goes the extra mile to make learning fun.

If you'd like to nominate a teacher for the Joplin Globe's HOOT Award, send your story to [email protected] with the name of the teacher and school, and why you are nominating this teacher in 75 words or less. GO CJ!
The curtain comes up for the 2022 Pops concert
The Carl Junction High School Vocal Music Department will stage their annual Pops Concert on Sunday, March 6, at 3:00 pm. This is always such a good show for the whole family. See you there!
Wrestling Homecoming
On Tuesday, February 1, Carl Junction hosted Pittsburg for Wrestling Homecoming.

Candidates for the 2022 Wrestling Homecoming Court included (back, from left) Freshman Bailey Moss, Sophomore Tori Snodgrass, and Junior Kayci Evans. Queen candidates include (front row from left) Seniors Madison Lewis, Kearstin Carter, and Mykah Strausbaugh.

Madison Lewis was crowned Queen.
Basketball Homecoming
On Thursday, February 10, Carl Junction hosted Ozark for Basketball Homecoming.

Candidates for the 2022 Basketball Homecoming Court include (back, from left) Freshman Taylor Sassin, Junior Destiny Buerge, and Sophomore Brooklyn Meyer. Queen candidates include (front row from left) Seniors Abigale Wilson, Catie Smith, and Chloe Mitchell. 

Abigale Wilson was crowned Queen.

Celebrating 100 Days!
Kindergarten students dressed up and participated in activities to celebrate making it to the 100th day!
2022 Intermediate Spelling Bee
At the annual Spelling Bee at Carl Junction’s Intermediate Building, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders showed their spelling skills, with Fifth-Grader Olivia Eidson earning the building championship.
Each classroom held a spelling bee with the top 4 places going on to the grade-level championship. Grade-level finalists then competed for the Intermediate Building honors. 
Grade-level finalists include:
  • Sixth grade: Justin Newman, 1st place; Paul Garrison, 2nd place; Logan Weaver, 3rd place; and Damien Meister, Alternate.
  • Fifth grade: Olivia Eidson, 1st place; Remi Ward, 2nd place; Asher Jones, 3rd place; and Aiden Wheeler, Alternate.
  • Fourth grade: Karalyn Brown, 1st place; Chloe Maddock, 2nd place; Henry Neal, 3rd place; and Conner Darnold, Alternate.
Olivia Eidson will represent Carl Junction Intermediate School in the Joplin Globe’s Regional Spelling Bee.
Other school-wide finalists include Sixth-Grader Paul Garrison, 2nd place; Fourth-Grader Henry Neal, 3rd place; and Fourth-Grader Chloe Maddock, alternate.
ACT WorkKeys Platinum Recognition
Carl Junction Senior and Carthage Technical Center Student Brynn Hoodenpyle has received the Platinum Level National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT WorkKeys.

The ACT WorkKeys assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. Less than 1% of the nation nnwho take the ACT WorkKeys assessment earn the Platinum level.
What is ACT WorkKeys?
The same company created ACT WorkKeys as ACT assessment for college readiness (American College Testing). The ACT measures students' academic skills and predicts success in college-level classes. ACT WorkKeys measures basic work readiness skills and predicts success in the workplace. By taking the ACT WorkKeys, students can earn the National Career Readiness Certificate, the NCRC. Many employers in the area use the NCRC as part of their hiring process and many other employers that endorse the NCRC. (Over 4000 companies in Missouri and many more nationwide). The tech center and local foundations partner together to cover the costs through yearly budgets and the Carthage Community Foundation grants.
School Counselors Week
We Celebrated the fantastic school counselors at Carl Junction and their invaluable contributions to our schools and our students!
These professionals support our students every school day, advocating for our students to achieve educational success, assisting in planning for their futures, and nurturing their emotional and social well-being.
Join us in thanking these wonderful people! We are so grateful for them!
K-1: Tandy Dickens & Nicole Whitehead
2-3: Aimee Golden
Int: Rose Lester & Caitlin Plum
JH: Lori Brock & Ben Withers
HS: Sarah Neldeberg, Kristy Jones, & Teresa Boyer
Inclement Weather
Winter weather is upon us. When deciding whether to close schools, several factors are taken into consideration, including the amount of snowfall, condition of residential and thoroughfare roads, temperature, and the ability to clear parking lots and sidewalks. We work closely with the weather service and our team members personally travel the roads before making a final decision.

If school is canceled or the arrival/dismissal time is affected, an announcement will be made through our communication system using phone, text, and email; postings on social media and, and our local television stations. To assure that you will receive notification, verify that your parent information is up to date in Parent Portal.
Students join the Heart Challenge
Thirty-seven students in the Intermediate School joined the Kids Heart Challenge with the American Heart Association. The two-week Heart Challenge was part of the Intermediate Physical Education classes. These students took the challenge even further by joining the nationwide online challenge that included daily activities and lessons about heart-healthy and kind. The students could also earn prizes through fundraising activities. These 37 students raised $1,239.94.
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Athletic News
  • Congratulations to the Carl Junction Softball Team. The Bulldogs earned 7th place in Missouri Class 4 for Academic Excellence with a team GPA of 3.66. Earning individual All-State honors are Evalyn Wade, Tavia Rodriguez, DaLaynie Hallacy, Allison Plumlee, Jamie Fabozzi, Hannah Cantrell, Izzie Southern, and Madi Olds!
  • Junior Destiny Buerge has hit milestones on the court in support of the CJ Girls Basketball Team. Congratulation Destiny on your 1,000 point achievement in March 2021 and now 1,500 points this month!
  • Spring Athletic practices begin on Feb. 28
  • Find Athletic Schedules at
  • Admission for all regular season athletic events is $4/adults, $2/students
  • Many of our athletic matches are live-streamed on CJ TV
  • Like and Follow the Bulldog Athletics Facebook Page!
Bulldog Pride
Let's celebrate our Winter Sports as their season comes to a close.
The CJ Girls Swim Team finished sixth out of 50 Class I teams at the MSHSAA State Swim Championships.
Top 16 finishes:
  • 200 medley relay - 4th place - Skyler Sundy, Abigail Wilson, Chloe Miller, Alanza Montez
  • 50 free - 2nd place - Chloe Miller
  • 5th place - Skyler Sundy
  • 100 free - 6th place - Chloe Miller
  • 200 free relay - 9th place - Sundy, Elyanna Dogotch, Montez, Miller
  • 100 back - 2nd place - Skyler Sundy
  • 12th place - Carsyn Smith
  • 100 breast - 16th place - Abigail Wilson
The team is coached by Stephanie Miller and Kerri Sundy. Congrats on a fantastic season!
Congratulations to your 2022 Bulldog Wrestling State Placers :
106# - Lukas Walker (JR) - 3rd (43-5)
113# - Sam Melton (Soph)- 2nd (40-6)
Other state qualifiers included:
120- Max Matthews
170- Tony Stewart
182- Chance Benford
220- Cayden Bolinger
285- Kam Bennett
High School Wrestling coaches: Mike Frizzell, DJ Driskill, Greyson Broce, Cory Matthews, and Skye Paulk
Girls Basketball
Girls Basketball goes into the District tournament ranked first in Class 5, District 6. The tournament will be held at Willard High School beginning 2/26/22.

Boys Basketball
Boys Basketball begins district play on 2/26/22 at 4 pm at Willard High School. The Bulldogs will face top-ranked Bolivar in their opening game.

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