News from Carl Junction Schools - March 2017

 Bulldog Bytes - March 2017
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
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Upcoming Events

Mar. 3: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Mar. 6-10: Scholastic Book Fair, K-1, 2/3, and Intermediate
Mar. 9: Family Library Night, 3:30-6:30 pm at K-1, 2/3, and Intermediate
Mar. 10: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Mar. 10: Deadline to enter the CJ Literary & Visual Arts Contest
Mar. 12: Time change, "Spring Ahead". Clocks are set forward one hour.
Mar. 17: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Mar. 17: Community Blood Drive, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm at HS Gym
Mar. 20-24: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL for students and staff
Mar. 31: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
April 7: Gifted Program Application Deadline, contact Ms. Riley for more information
April 19: Free sports physicals for the 2017-18 school year, 6-8 pm in the HS Commons.
April 29: CJ Day at Springfield Cardinals Game, 6 pm
May 24: Last Day of School: New last day to make up snow day from 1/13
The 2017-18 School Calendar has been approved. Click here to view!
Spring Blood Drive

When: Friday, March 17
Time: 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: HS Gym

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.

CJ Night at Springfield Cardinals

When: Saturday, April 29
Time: Game begins at 6 pm
Where: Springfield, MO Cardinals Baseball Stadium
Join us for a night of baseball and support CJ Schools. The 6th grade auditioned choir, the Treble Makers, have been selected to sing the National Anthem before the start of the game. A special section of seats is reserved for Carl Junction fans.
Tickets are $12. Four dollars of each ticket will go back to the Intermediate School Music Department. Only pre-sold tickets will count for the fundraiser so call the Intermediate Office at 417-649-5760 to order your tickets. Deadline for purchase will be Friday, April 21.

Storm Shelter Information

The Carl Junction R-1 School District is grateful for the community support to construct FEMA-rated safe room shelters. The shelters west of the Primary 2-3 building and south of the high school building will be open for public use when Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or Tornado Warnings are issued regardless of the time of day as capacity allows.

Your official notification that the Storm Shelters will be open will be through your NOAA Weather Radio. The Storm Shelters at the Primary 2-3 Building and at the High School will be opened when the National Weather Service issues a Severe Thunderstorm Warning or Tornado Warning for our area. If a weather warning is issued after school hours, the doors will unlock automatically and district staff and volunteers will be at the facility for the duration of the weather warning.
We also need volunteers to assist during weather events outside regular school hours.

For more information about the shelters, locations, shelter rules, and volunteering at the shelters, please go to link below or call (417) 499-5158, or come to the District Office at 206 S. Roney.
Community member a finalist for national Bright Futures honor

Jennafer Johnson, a parent of CJ students, has been selected as one of four finalists for the national Bright Futures Community Champion Award. According to Bright Futures USA "This award serves to recognize a community member who has demonstrated strong, consistent, and effective leadership to bring the community together around the Bright Futures Framework to support the education and development of our youth."
When asked to give an example of why Jennafer is a Community Champion, Meggan Hall, Coordinator of Bright Futures Carl Junction, gave this example; "This summer Jennafer was helping collect school supplies and her daughters wanted to get involved as well. She helped them organize a lemonade stand and spread the word to all her contacts. The girls used their profits to buy and donate school supplies and learned a valuable lesson in the process. Jennafer is training our youngest citizens to give."
Johnson is competing with nominees from Carthage and Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Lincoln, Arkansas. The winner will be announced at the Evening of Champions celebration in early March.
Intermediate boasts brainy Bulldogs
We are pleased to announce academic achievements from our Intermediate Building.

Twenty-one Intermediate Building math students represented Carl Junction in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics math contest held at Thomas Jefferson in Joplin on February 11. Eight CJ Bulldogs qualified to compete in the Regional Contest. To view individual achievements, read the story.

The annual Spelling Bee at Carl Junction's Intermediate Building was held recently. Participants from 4th, 5th, and 6th grades showed their spelling skills with 6th grader Logan Jones becoming the building champion. She will move on to the Joplin Globe Regional Spelling Bee. To view individual achievements, read the story.
Intermediate Spelling Bee Finalists - L to R:
 Liam Hall, Quin Kennedy, & Emma Fleming. Seated in front: champion, Logan Jones

MCTM Math Contest Qualifiers

Front row - L to R: 4th Graders: Jacob Garrett, Madilyn Dalton, & Abby O'Bryan / Back row: 5th Graders: Blaine Wilkerson, Bentley Rowden,

Anna Burch; & 6th Grader: Hali Shorter.

Not pictured: 6th Grader: Andrew Jones
Junior High District Honor Choir

Students selected for JH Honor Choir competed in districts recently.

Front row, L to R:
Audrey Hoggatt, Logan Earll, Brooke Pope, Lauren Burgess, Alexandria Sluder, Nicole Sherwood
2nd row, L to R: Lance Smith, Toby Whisman, Emma Sargent, Sam Haynes, Sophia Hensley
Back row, L to R: Miles Stamper, Logan Carnes, Jackson Marlett, Logan Miller

Back Row, L-R: Tucker Haynes, Lance Ward, Andrea Tackett, Natosha Hill, Molly Merrithew, Kelly Blackford, Phil Cook, Catherine Whelan, Alexis Tackett

Front Row, L-R: Nakoa Warren, Lucas Berliew


Students Plunge for Special Olympics

An unseasonably warm day met the courageous participants of the annual SWMO "Polar Plunge" fundraiser for Special Olympics, held Saturday, February 18 at the Elk's Lodge in Joplin.
Carl Junction Student Council held fundraisers prior to the event including the selling of "Crush" brand soda for students to gift each other with around Valentine's Day. Their efforts paid off, Carl Junction was named as the Top Fundraising School with a total of $2,245 earned.
Participants from CJ, dressed as lumberjacks, braved the chilly day and cold water, plunging in for the valuable cause.

From L to R: Sophomore Kennedy Snodgrass, Seniors Sydney Grimes, McKinzie Ware, and Sarah O'Hanahan, Freshman Courtney Mertens, and Junior Madison Beecher


Boys Basketball homecoming and coronation was Friday, February 3.

Senior Sydney Grimes was crowned queen.

Athletic Updates
  • Boys Basketball District Tournament: Feb. 28 - March 4 @ McDonald County HS
  • Girls Basketball District Tournament: Feb. 27 - March 4 @ McDonald County HS
  • Bulldog Broadcast Network: We will be live-streaming the District basketball games and continue to broadcast the games through the post-season.
  • Free sports physicals for the 2017-18 school year will be available on Wednesday, April 19, 6-8 pm in the High School Commons. This program is for current 6th-11th graders.
  • Athletic Hall of Fame & Bulldog Awards: May 3, 2017, Call 649-7081 for more details.
  • The CJHS Wrestling Team qualified three wrestlers for State with two making the podium. As a team, we finished 17th out of 61 schools in class 3.
    - Junior Zeke Wall finished the season as the State Runner-Up in the 285lb weight class with a record of 40-8. Senior Tyler Church ended the season with a record of 35-17 and a 6th place finish. Holden Hughes ended his Sophomore season with a record of 37-15 but fell short of placing at the state tournament.
  • Varsity Girls Basketball are the Central Ozark Conference Champions!
  • Eleven Varsity Volleyball players earned Academic All-State honors: Sophomores Loran Dawson and Grace Southern; Juniors Sylvia Lawson, Natosha Hill, Kamryn Colburn, Cana Sluder, Lexi Miller, and Catherine Whelan; and Seniors Kenzie Stinnett, Jamie Evans, and Emilee Baker. "I am always very proud of the work our athletes do in the classroom. Successful athletes want to succeed more than just on the court," said Coach Sharples.
  • Click here for the Spring Sports Schedules.
Wendt earns state Track honor

Carl Junction High School Junior Weston Wendt has been named the Aldo Sebben Award winner in the State of Missouri for Class 4 schools. The Aldo Sebben Award is given annually to the most outstanding track and field athlete in each class. The award is presented by the Southwest Missouri Cross Country and Track Coaches.
Click here for more of the story.
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