News from Carl Junction Schools - March 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - March 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Mar. 13: Scholastic Book Fair (Extended), K-1, 2/3, and Intermediate
Mar. 13: Intermediate Art Show, 5:30-7:30 pm at the Intermediate Building
Mar. 15: Send off for athletes headed to State Competition (Girls' basketball & Special Olympics), 10:45
Mar. 16: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Mar. 16: Community Blood Drive, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at HS Indoor Facility
Mar. 16 & 17: Class 4 State Championships, John Q. Hammons Arena, Springfield, More details below
Mar. 19-23: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL for students and staff
Mar. 30: NO SCHOOL for students or staff
Mar. 31: Deadline to enter the CJ Literary & Visual Arts Contest
Mar. 31: FCCLA Community Easter Egg Hunt, 10 am at Center Creek Park (2-12 yr olds can participate)
April 5-8: HS Spring Play " Almost Maine" at Stark Arts Center. Apr 5-7: 7 pm, Apr 8: 3 pm
April 6: Gifted Program Application Deadline (grades 2-12)
Contact for more information or view handbook
April 18: Free sports physicals for the 2018-19 school year, 6-8 pm in the HS Commons.
May 25: Last Day of School, early out at 11:30 am  (due to illness-related school closures)          
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Due to recent illness-related school day cancellations, we have scheduled make-up dates (5/24 & 5/25) and our school calendar has been updated.
7th graders receive hands-on learning enrichment
Optometrist Dr. Eldon Repsher spends two days every year away from his patients to teach Carl Junction 7th graders about the wonders of the eye.

After a science unit about sight, Dr. Repsher headlines a lab experience that includes examining the parts of a cow eye, finding organs in a dissected pig, looking at a human retina, and taking a color blindness test. Dr. Repsher was chosen as the School Volunteer of the Year in 2016.
Dr. Repsher a middle-aged man in business casual clothing shows a young teenager (David Agee-Romary) a tissue sample. The young man and doctor both wear blue rubber gloves.
Dr. Repsher expl ains the parts of the brain to 7th Grader David Agee-Romary.
Another great experience took place for a group of our Junior High students currently enrolled in Project Lead the Way classes through CJ. In conjunction with a MO State University program called “ 7 th Graders go to Work ”, these students were able to spend a day at Mercy Health Systems in Joplin.
Students experienced a non-traditional career day and were able to participate in hands-on learning activities and simulations from different career paths that go into running a hospital. They toured the facility and spoke to staff about their day-to-day responsibilities, work-life balance, educational background, and advancement opportunities.
A group of 7th grade boys are in a hospital room, by a hospital bed in blue surgical gowns and face masks. In the background there are nurses helping.
Students "scrub in" during on the job training at Mercy Health Systems in Joplin
Vote April 3!
Two seats on the Carl Junction School District Board of Education will be filled when election results are tallied on April 3. Incumbent Christie Hutcheson will face three challengers - Kasey Cowger, Terra Higgins, and Lisa O'Hanahan. Be sure to make your choice at the polls.
From Left to Right: Kasey Cowger - 30ish male, Terra Higgins -  young brunette lady in 20s, Christie Hutcheson incumbent school board member- middle aged, blonde hair, and Lisa O'Hanahan - middle aged brunette woman
From Left to Right: Kasey Cowger, Terra Higgins, Christie Hutcheson, and Lisa O'Hanahan
Spring Blood Drive
When: Friday, March 16
Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: HS Indoor Facility

Student Council is hosting their bi-annual community blood drive.
Students over the age of 17, community members, and faculty are invited to participate.

Each participant will receive a t-shirt. 
a logo reads - save a life, give blood. the picture has a heart with cross on it connected to a heart beat pulse leading to a heart shape half filled with what appears to be blood.
Community Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, March 31
Time: Beginning at 10 am
Where: Center Creek Park
201 Valley Lane, CJ (near Bulldog Beach)

FCCLA has decided to host a new, fun free event:
a Community Easter Egg Hunt! There will be two different age groups for the event.
  • 2-6 year old
  • 7-12 year old
Clip art of a decorated easter eggs in a basket with a pink bow
Storm Shelter Information
Our district is grateful for the community support we received to build the FEMA-rated safe room shelters that are now in each of our school complexes. They provide an invaluable safety resource for our students.

But did you know, the shelter at the High School building will is open for public use when NOAA issues Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or Tornado Warnings are issued regardless of the time of day (as capacity allows)?!
We are in need of volunteers that can assist during weather events outside regular school hours. For more information about the shelter, location, shelter rules, and volunteering see our webpage: Storm Shelter Information Link 
A clip art of a red tornado
Hulette receives Golden Lion for February
Senior Kaylie Hulette has received the regional Golden Lion Award for February 2018.
Kaylie has been very active in FFA. Through this organization she has participated in various efforts to feed the needy, and support younger CJ students through Reading Buddies and Team Bulldog. Kaylie has also volunteered with Golden Paw Rescue.

After graduation, Hulette has plans to attend Missouri Southern hoping to pursue a career in Physical Therapy.

This program selects local a Junior or Senior, who is nominated for achievement in 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
Kaylie Hulette smiles in a yearbook photo with a blue background. She has long wavy blonde hair.
Johnson receives National Award
Sydney Johnson, a Senior, has been honored for her outstanding community involvement with the National President’s Volunteer Service Award. 

This award is in conjunction with the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The President’s Volunteer Service Award marks achievement at the level of a Distinguished Finalist. 

Some of Sydney's volunteer efforts include painting of murals and logos around Carl Junction, helping fellow students in programs such as Reading Buddies and tutoring, and assisting at local agencies such as Golden Paw, the Joplin Humane Society, and Watered Gardens.

She has also recently been selected for another service honor, the Daughters of American Revolution Good Citizen Award.

To read more about Sydney's accomplishments and this award, read the full story .
Sydney Johnson, a brunette teenager, smiles in her cheerleading uniform. The picture was taken outside in front of trees.
WANTED: Bulldog Buddies
A Bulldog Buddy is a caring adult volunteer is matched with a CJ student who has been identified as needing positive recognition and the benefits of individual adult attention. The buddies will meet a couple of times a month during the school day (usually for breakfast or lunch) and share conversation.

The Bulldog Buddy Program gives adults a chance to make a difference in Carl Junction’s future by getting to know the children of our community. This initiative will offer children the opportunity to have a dependable mentor.

The Bulldog Buddy and Mentorship programs are coordinated by Bright Futures Carl Junction.

For more information on how to make a difference, visit our website or call 649-7026 x2234.
Real picture of a brown and white Bulldog parent with bulldog baby. White background.
Tech Students Awarded for SkillsUSA
CJHS students who are also enrolled in technical programs at Franklin Technology Center have earned high scores at a recent District SkillsUSA competition and have qualified for State.

Senior, Ryan Allen, took first place in the Automotive Painting and Refinishing competition. Junior, Judd Donaldson, took second place in the same category. 

Earlier this quarter, Breana Miller, a Junior qualified for the State competition as well by placing in the Technical Spelling portion of a leadership contest.
Students with medals around their neck posing in front of framed certificates. From left to right: Breana Miller, Ryan Allen, and Judd Donaldson
(L to R): Breana Miller, Ryan Allen, and Judd Donaldson
Deadline approaching for Gifted Referral
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 6. In order to qualify, students must be in grades 2-12 for the school year 2018-19.

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

The handbook about our Gifted and Talented program can be found on our website.
A clip art of a side profile with a solid blue head with icons inside of different scholarly things (an abc, a beaker, an atom etc). Text reads gifted & talented
A flyer stating that you can now enter the 2018 Literary & Visual Arts Contest. There are several divisions: 7/8 grade, 9/10 grade, 11/12 grade, collegiate, and community. For more details visit You can submit entries until Saturday 3/31 at 12 pm
Colorful logo that reads STEAM - Science Technology Engineering Art Math.
Our STEAM room at the ISC has hosted dozens of classrooms since it's opening this winter. Students are enjoying hands-on experiences with technology and also using their creativity to make new inventions from conventional materials. Since these constructing items are non-renewable, the STEAM room would love to receive donations for the following inexpensive consumables.
Paper Towel Tubes
Toilet Paper Tubes
Empty Tissue Boxes
Bottles of white glue (Elmers)
Cotton Balls
Pkgs of Dry Macaroni Noodles
Washable craft paint/brushes
Fabric (to sew)
Crafting Items
Items can be dropped off during school hours at the Central Office or in the PR office - ISC building, door C2 off Broadway Street. Thank you for your generosity! Click here to read more about the STEAM room.
Archery Regional Results
CJ Archery recently did very well at the Regional Competition.

Our High School Dvision received -
1st Place Team in Bullseye / 1st Place Team in 3D
Individual Awards:
  • Frankie Goforth - Female Bullseye Champion, 3D Female Champion, Tournament Overall Combined Champion, Quad Female Champion
  • Tatum Graham 2nd in 3D Female
  • Jeremiah Jones 2nd in 3D Male

Our Middle School Division received -
3rd Place Team in Bullseye / 2nd Place Team in 3D

Our Elementary School Division received -
3rd Place Team in Bullseye / 3rd Place Team in 3D
Individual Awards:
  • Lilly Sargent - Female Bullseve Champion, 3rd in 3D
Frankie Goforth, a teen girl poses in a gym with medals and trophies. She has a bulldog archery shirt and long jean skirt on. Dark hair pulled back.
Frankie Goforth -
Tournament Champion
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Girls' Basketball headed to the Final Four!
2018 Girls Basketball Team
State Semi-final game: Friday, 3/16
CJ vs. Miller Career Academy @ 2:30

Championship Game: 3/17 @ 6 pm
3rd Place Game: 3/17 @ 11 am

All games will take place at
Missouri State University
John Q. Hammons Arena
685 South John Q. Hammons Parkway
Springfield, MO

Tickets are $9
KNEO Radio will broadcast the all games at the Final Four.  The audio will be live streamed at
No video will be live streamed via citylink. If you would like to livestream the game for a fee, you will need to go to the following link:

CJ Swim ends Inaugural Season with State Medals
Team honors: All-State First Team and All-State Honorable Mention. 18th place out of 43 teams.
  • Madeline Wilson - 7th in state in 100 Free & 4th in consolation final in the 100 breast
  • 400 freestyle relay team of Kiera Holt, Emma Lacey, Kinsey Morey, and Madeline Wilson finished 8th in state
  • 200 medley relay team of Corinne Miller, Emma Lacey, Madeline Wilson, and Kiera Holt took 3rd in the consolation final
Four members of the female high school swim relay team smile in swimsuits with their medals on.
(L to R): Emma Lacey, Kiera Holt, Kinsey Morey, & Madeline Wilson
Wrestlers Medal at State
The two high school young men smile for the camera wearing their CJ Wrestling jackets.
In the state contest, Senior Zeke Wall (L) placed 6th and Sophomore Jackson White (R) placed 5th.
Recent Sports News
  • Boys Basketball ended their season as District Champs! Great season guys!
  • Girls Basketball has won Districts and Sectionals! They will play Saturday (3/10) at Southwest Baptist @ 1 pm in the Quarterfinals. Great job girls! Go Bulldogs!
  • Volleyball announced their Academic All-State qualifiers
  • Loran Dawson, Grace Southern, Sylvia Lawson, Lexi Miller, Natasha Hill, Cat Whelan, Kamryn Colburn, Cana Sluder, Kenzie Stinnett, Emilee Baker and Jamie Evans.
  • Zeke Wall received Academic All-State for wrestling
  • High School Cheer & Mascot Tryouts: March 12. Packets in JH office or from Coach Spangler
  • Spring Sports are beginning, best of luck Bulldogs!
Interlocking CJ logo
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