News from Carl Junction Schools - March 2022
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
March: School Board Recognition Month
March 4-14: Book Fair K-6 
March 6-12: School Social Work Week
March 8: Statewide Tornado Drill
March 10: Family Library Night, 3:30-6:30 pm
March 11: Wear your Red & White
March 13: Daylight Saving Time begins
March 18: Wear your Red & White
Mar. 21-25: Spring Break
April 7-10: CJHS Spring Theater Production - Alibis
April 5: Go Vote!
April 15: NO SCHOOL for Staff and Students - Good Friday
May 20: Graduation
May 26: Last day of school, students dismissed at 11:30 am
June 1-28: Summer School
June 1: Mercy Free Physical Night
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter, social media, or daily announcements:
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. Find further instructions 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.
Leadership promotions for 2022-23
The Carl Junction Board of Education proudly announces the following new school leaders who will transition to their new roles on July 1, 2022: Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Theresa Wilson and High School Principal Kyle Williams.
Dr. Theresa Wilson has been named the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction replacing Dr. Kathy Tackett, who is retiring in June. Dr. Wilson started as a high school science teacher at Carl Junction High School in 2004. In 2011, she became a vice-principal at CJHS and three years ago was promoted to fill the high school principal position. Originally from New York, Wilson has education degrees from Fairfield University – Bachelor of Science, Pittsburg State University - Masters & Specialist, and William Woods University – EdD.
Dr. Wilson will oversee all teaching and learning at Carl Junction Schools in her new role. “Carl Junction has a tradition of excellence in instruction and education,” said Wilson. “I’m ready to jump in and keep the momentum moving forward.”
Dr. Wilson’s promotion leaves an opening for the current high school assistant principal, Kyle Williams, to step into the principal role.
Mr. Williams is currently an assistant principal at Carl Junction High School and will step up to the principal role for the next school year. Williams came from Lamar High School to Carl Junction High School in 2012 as a social studies teacher and head boys basketball coach. In 2014, he was promoted to assistant principal.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity to interact in a new capacity with staff and students,” said Williams. “I plan to continue to uphold the tradition of academic excellence that our community expects at Carl Junction High School.”
March is School Board Appreciation Month
It's School Board Recognition Month! Thank you to our Carl Junction Board of Education for your selfless volunteerism and commitment to our students, schools, and community.

Pictured top row - Travis Spencer and Vice President, Christie Hutcheson; Middle Row - Kasey Cower, President Larry Cowger, and Rob Herron; Bottom row - Brian Massey and Bob Hays.
Gifted program screening
Any parent or educator who would like to refer a child for the Gifted and Talented Program at CJ Schools must do so by Friday, April 29. To qualify, students must be in grades 2-12 for 2022-23.

Please contact the child's classroom teacher for more information or email Ms. Riley at [email protected].

You can find our Gifted and Talented program handbook on our website.
Deadline for Gifted & Talented screening: April 29
Four Students Chosen for State Program
Left to right: Samantha Sims, Atley Wright, Joshuah McDermott, and William Russell.
Each year, the state of Missouri, along with the American Legion, hosts summer leadership programs for High School Juniors. Schools in the state extend the opportunity to attend to their students. Students fill out an application to join the program and write a one-page essay, which the building administration then evaluates.
Based on this criterion, Carl Junction High School has selected Samantha Sims and Atley Wright to attend Girls State and Joshuah McDermott and William Russel to attend Boys State.
These weeklong programs exist to provide hands-on learning to enhance understanding of the democratic system and fundamentals of government. The students also use the time to meet, team build, cooperate, and establish relationships with the outstanding students from other schools.
Students selected for the program must inhibit leadership qualities, character, scholarship, and citizenship.
The Boys State selections are sponsored by Bob McCoy and the CJ American Legion Post #781. The Girls State selections are sponsored by the Joe Wilson and Webb City Memorial Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7630.
8th graders shine at History Day competition
Two 8th grade students advanced to the State History Day competition!

Lydia Churchill placed 1st in the Individual Documentary category. Her documentary is titled "Ladies, Looms, & Labor Reform. It is about the Lowell Mill Girls.

Catherine Logan placed 3rd in the Individual Website category. Her topic is "The Great Anthracite Coal Strike of 1902."

Congratulations and Good Luck at State!
School Social Work Week
March 7-11 is School Social Work Week. In August 2020, Victori Wright joined our team as the District's School Social Worker.

We want to thank Victori for the many ways that she supports our District's students, counselors, teachers, and administrators.
CJHS brings Alibis to the stage
Synopsis: When eccentric billionaire J. Leslie Arlington is murdered, a clueless detective finds the suspects are all reluctant to admit their alibis . . . because they were all committing other ridiculous crimes at the time. You never know what's coming next when your suspects include disgruntled chefs, teen detectives, and vengeful divas, but one thing's for sure: Every alibi is absolutely absurd.

The play is a lighthearted dark comedy. It is a series of 8 short plays tied together by the detective interviewing the suspects. 

Five seniors- Justus Mitchell, Abby Cross, Emma Lietz, Jayden Malin, and Zack Shelby- will direct the play.

Play dates are April 7,8,9 @ 7:00pm in the Auditorium and April 10 @ 3:00pm.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. Free for all CJR1 staff. 
Business students compete in Districts
Carl Junction High School students recently competed in the District Leadership Conference for FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). This national non-profit organization's goal is to prepare students for business careers.
Students received first place in the following categories: Bethany Sluder for Impromptu Speaking and Letzy Poroj & Victoria Snodgrass for Intro Social Media Strategies.
The following individuals also received additional honors: Stephen Shields - 2nd in Accounting II, Madison Petter - 5th in Broadcast Journalism, Akaysha Mitchell, Danielle Washington, & Jasmine Woerner - 5th in Business Management, Sarah Kellogg - 4th in Client Service, Stephen Shields - 5th in Computer Applications, Noah Williams & Jordan Woodruff - 5th in Digital Video Production, Addison Cowan & Chloe Mitchell - 2nd in Hospitality & Event Management, Jordan Woodruff - 5th in Human Resource Management, Madison Petter - 3rd in Intro to Business Communication, Victoria Snodgrass - 3rd in Intro to Event Planning, Aastha Gandhi, Hali Shorter, & Bailey Skelly - 2nd in Public Service Announcement, Bethany Sluder - 3rd in Public Speaking, Claire Eubanks, Kynslee Hill, & Lilli Petry - 3rd in Publication Design, Gracie Funk & Akaysha Mitchell - 4th in Social Media Strategies.
It's Storm Season- Be Weather Aware
Did you know that our high school shelter/indoor practice facility is a PUBLIC storm shelter?

Doors will unlock in the event of an NOAA severe weather warning (storm or tornado) - 24 hours a day.

The community entrance is on the west side of the building at #1 Bulldog Lane, marked "E."
Read more about the shelter on our
CJHS Debate students successful at Districts
(L-R) Ashlyn Feagan, Raquel Zaragosa, Eleanor Jones, Eden Alford, Olivia Doss, and Emma Brower.

Carl Junction High School debate students traveled to Carthage for the District Competition and were quite successful. Students competed in individual acting events as well as the debate competition. The tournament included schools from our MSHSAA district. CJ students took home a second-place Sweepstakes trophy, accumulating enough points to win second in the district.

  • Bethany Sluder took 5th in Original Oratory
  • Eleanor Jones took 7th Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Raquel Zaragosa and Eden Alford went to quarterfinals and medaled in public forum debate
  • Emma Brower went to the semifinals in the Lincoln-Douglas debate and qualified for the state competition
  • Olivia Doss and Ashlyn Feagan went to the semifinals in the Lincoln-Douglas debate and qualified for the state competition
  • Bethany Sluder took a fill spot and cannot advance, but she went undefeated in preliminary rounds
Congratulations to these students!
Art Department wins big at COC competition
High School Visual Arts students recently entered artwork of all types into the Central Ozark Conference Art Exhibit and Competition. Carl Junction students did very well, earning First Place in many categories.

  • Kaden Sees, received 1st place in 2D Oil Painting, for Lemon Study and 1st place for her charcoal drawing - Marti Gras.
  • Tavia Rodriguez won 1st place in photography for Movement of Piano.
  • Rachel Jones earned 1st place with her ceramic sculpture entitled Kooky.
  • Anna-Kay Vangilder took 1st place with Mother Nature 3D Textile & Fiber art.

For the full list of results and gallery of artwork, see the High School Visual Arts website.

The art will be on display at Crowder College's Longwell Museum until March 31.
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Athletic News
  • Spring Athletic practices are in full swing!
  • 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!
Girls Basketball wins District Championship
Congratulations to the CJ Girls Basketball team for winning the district championship on Saturday!

  • Congratulation to Kiley Scott for being named to the All-District team.
  • Congratulations to Destiny Buerge, who also made the All-District team and was named the District Player of the Year!
  • Head Coach Brad Shorter was named the District Coach of the Year with a record of 455-131.

CJ will play West Plains in the state quarterfinal on Saturday, March 12 at 1 pm at Southwest Baptist University in Boliver. Admission is $7. Purchase tickets through the MSHSAA website. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR!

The game will also be live-streamed (pay/per view) and broadcast on KNEO Radio (FM 91.7 or download the KNEO app)
Powerlifters bring home awards from State
CJ athletes tried something new and competed in the Missouri State Powerlifting Competition for the first time. Carl Junction sent two girls and fourteen boys to the competition. 

Ally Montez was the Girls State Champion and Bella Loudermilk brought home 6th place.

The CJ Boys finished in 4th place overall. Team members included: Chance Benford - 2nd place, Carter Kennedy - 2nd place, Brendan LaValle - 4th place, Donnie Keith - 4th place, Josh Cory - 6th place, Carter Fogelsong - 6th place, Tony Stewart - 6th place, Michael Phipps - 7th place, Zach McVay - 7th place, DArris Hill - 11th place, Nathan Haggard - 12th place, Wyatt Ausborn - 12th place, Bryce Battaglia, and Eli Cordova.

👉 Coach Brendan Gubera was named the Missouri Coach of the Year by the National High School Strength Coaches Association! 👈
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