News from Carl Junction Schools - May 2017

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

May 11: 6th grade & JH Band Concert @ 7 pm, Stark Performing Arts Center
May 12: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
May 12: Early Childhood & Parents as Teachers - Playgroup @ new EEC playground (K1), 9 am
May 15: 6th grade Band/Treblemaker End of Year Performance @ 1:30 pm
May 15: JH Choir Concert @ 7 pm, Stark Performing Arts Center
May 17: Baccalaureate @ 6 pm / Senior Awards @ 6:45 pm, Stark Performing Arts Center
May 19: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
May 19: HS Gradu ation @ 7 pm, Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, MSSU
May 24: Last Day of School! Early out @ 11:30
June 5-30: Summer School
Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the approximately 200 Graduates in the Class of 2017!
  • May 17: Baccalaureate, Stark Performing Arts Center, 6 pm
  • May 17: Senior Awards, Stark Performing Arts Center, 6:45 pm
  • May 19: Graduation, MSSU Leggett & Platt Center, 7 pm
Co-Valedictorians: Dason Boren, Chase Boyd, Anna Buchele, Ashley Marsh, and Edith Sigler
Salutatorian: Rachel Eaton
Additional Top 10%: Brett Boline, Sophia Day, Jessica Dean, Kira DeGraw, Jillian Hackney, Asheley Houser, Steven Mann, Samuel Sisk, Miranda Skinner, Keaton Taber, Olivia Toney, Lydia Tucker, Savannah Washburn, Whitney Weston, and Savannah Willard
Summer Library @ CJ Schools

When: June 5 - 30 (weekdays, select hours)
Where: Intermediate Library
"Reading on the Oregon Trail!"
We are excited to announce that the Intermediate library will be open to all students aged Pre-K thru 6th grade in the month of June (5-30). Check out a book, read to a dog, maybe even win a prize! For full list of details and events, see our flyer or view the calendar at
Teachers of the Year announced

At the annual Carl Junction Community Banquet, the school district named the teachers and support staff of the year.

District Teacher of the Year:

Scott Schneider

This year, the top honor of District Teacher of the Year went to 6th grade - HS Band Instructor Scott Schneider.

Other honors went to:
  • Sherri Carter - Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • David Read - Secondary Teacher of the Year
  • Bob Hays - School Volunteer of the Year
  • Jill Adams - Support Staff of the Year
CJ hosts banquet for retiring staff

On the evening of Tuesday, May 2, CJ Schools hosted a retirement and years of service banquet at Butcher's Block Event Center. 

Congratulations to these retirees:
  • Deborah Barringer
    Back L to R: Teresa Boyer, Ruby Doubledee, Judy Prince, Jessica Sellers, Janet Hackney, Nancy Ulmer. Front L to R: Deborah Barringer, Cindy Karraker, Pat Smith, Deborah Guttenelder. (Bollinger & Lynch not pictured)
  • Bernard Bollinger
  • Teresa Boyer
  • Ruby Doubledee
  • Deborah Guttenfelder
  • Janet Hackney
  • Cindy Karraker
  • Craig Lynch
  • Judy Prince
  • Jessica Sellers
  • Pat Smith 
  • Nancy Ulmer
Thank you for your contributions of Carl Junction Schools and students, we will miss you!
Primary K-1 and 2-3 Buildings earn PBS recognition
Back Row_ L to R_ Andrea Rockney _School Improvement Consultant w_ PBS__ K-1 Asst Principal DJ Driskill_ K-1 PBS Teacher Sheila Prather_ K-1 Counselor Tandy Dickens_ K-1 Counselor Shelly Brown_ Lois Jones _School Improvement Consultant w_ PBS_. Front Row_ L to R_ 2-3 Asst Principal Brad Shorter_ K-1 Principal Kari Arehart

State representatives from the Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Organization were on hand this week to recognize the Primary K-1 and 2-3 Buildings for their continued efforts in Positive Behavior Support with their students.

Carl Junction Primary K-1 earned "Gold Recognition." This is the only school in Southwest Missouri to receive this honor 10 years running. The Primary 2-3 earned "Silver Recognition."

This program is a framework for creating safe and orderly learning environments in schools, while improving the social-emotional outcomes for students. It is a proactive approach that relies on research based practices, including developing clear behavioral expectations, teaching these expectations, acknowledging appropriate behavior, consistently correcting inappropriate behavior, and using behavioral data to systematically solve problems.

In order to earn recognition, staff must document and generate reports on each student interaction. The data must reflect significant improvements of positive behavior or a decrease in the occurrence of negative behavior in the student referred.
Tanner Fienen
CJ Franklin Tech Student earns top honor at State SkillsUSA

Carl Junction High School Senior Tanner Fienen earned the top honor in Collision Repair at the State SkillsUSA competition.
Fienen, who is enrolled in the technical programs at Franklin Technology Center, impressed the judges for the second year in a row with his welding, straightening metal, repairing plastic, analyzing frame damage, job interview, and written testing skills to repeat as the first place recipient.

Fienen, will compete against the top 47 students in the nation at the National SkillsUSA awards to be held in Louisville, Kentucky this June. Last year, Fienen placed 5th in the national competition.
Allec Uber
Uber competes at International Building Contest
Allec Uber, a Junior at CJHS placed second in the Southwest Missouri district competition at a bridge building competition sponsored by Allgeier Martin and Associates of Joplin, held at MSSU. The top two winners were qualified to advance to the International  competition level.

The International Bridge Building contest was held in Dallas, Texas in April.

At these competitions, students are tasked to design and construct a truss bridge made of balsa wood and glue. The bridges are loaded with weight to test failure and ranked on the basis of highest efficiency ratio.   
Hailey Russell
Art Honors

  • Carl Junction 8th grader, Hailey Russell, recently submitted an entry to a national art competition held by the Crayola Company - The 2016-17 Student Creative Leadership Art Expo. Russell submitted an original crayon drawing. Crayola was so impressed by her work that they extended her an offer for her project to be included in future educational resources produced by the company. 
  • Carl Junction Junior High School art students participated in the Central Ozark Conference Art Show hosted by Neosho and Crowder College. Carl Junction 8th Grader Delaney Wentland won Best of Show.

Other CJJH students receiving recognition for their artwork include: Saedra Allen - 2nd place; Kody Thornton - Honorable Mention; Samantha Carlton - Honorable Mention; and Shiloh Sluder, Darby Skiles, Jackson Hinderliter, and Donavon Vantrease received Honorable Mention recognition for their group project.

Delaney Wentland

  • Forty-seven pieces of art work from Carl Junction High School were submitted for competition and display at the 2017 Las Vegas Glass Crafts and Bead Expo held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This is the largest glass trade show in the country.

The student art work was displayed in the Gallery of Excellence, which is composed of mainly professional art work. The following students won awards in the Glass Crafts & Bead Expo:

    • Hot Glass Mosaics - 1st place: Stormi Norton, 2nd place & Popular Choice: Alex Tackett, 3rd place: Lily Pyle 
    • Traditional Mosaics - 1st place & Popular Choice: Shelby Lanagan, 2nd place: Alyssa Knisely, 3rd place: Justine Rydosz
    • Fused Glass Bowls & Plates - 1st place: Shelby Lanagan, 2nd place & Popular Choice: Lily Pyle, 3rd place: Brooke Baxley
    • Fused Glass Jewelry - 1st place & Popular Choice: Annie Tackett, 2nd place: Glenda Hamm, 3rd place: Savanna Carey
    • Cast Fused Jewelry - 1st place: Lily Pyle, 2nd place: Lily Pyle, 3rd place & Popular Choice: Lily Pyle
    • Copper Enameling - 1st place & Popular Choice: Morgan Spencer, 2nd place: Lily Pyle, and 3rd place: Abbi Esinhart.
The 2017-18 School Calendar has been approved. Click here to view!
Chase Boyd
Boyd Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship

Carl Junction Senior Chase Boyd in one of fifteen Missouri high school students to be recognized by the Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education to receive the 2017 Missouri Award for Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship.
This award is based on academic achievement, extracurricular leadership, and community service. Boyd will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the Missouri State Board of Education and the Missouri Bar Advisory Committee on Citizenship Education at The Missouri Bar in Jefferson City. She will receive a plaque designating the award and be enrolled in the American Bar Association's Civics and Law Honor Roll.
Boyd plans to attend Baylor University in the Fall as a pre-med major.
Boyd was nominated for this honor by Carl Junction High School Teacher, Terry Higgins. She is the daughter of Joey Boyd and Larry Boyd.
This is the tenth year in a row that a Carl Junction Senior has received this honor.
Sigler and Dean selected to the Academic Excellence Team

Edith is the daughter of Kimra Ross-Sigler & James Sigler.
Jessica is the daughter of Jason and Wendy Dean.

Carl Junction Seniors Edith Sigler and Jessica Dean have been  selected to The Joplin Globe Academic Excellence Team. 

Twenty area students were chosen to the team based on an overall score  using grade point average and ACT (or SAT) scores. 

The students attended an awards banquet that honored them and their chosen teachers recently at MSSU.

Jillian is the daughter of Janet Hackney.
Hackney chosen as April's Golden Lion 

Jillian Hackney, a Carl Junction senior, finds the time to balance her own academic and extra-curricular pursuits with staying very busy sharing her knowledge and helpfulness with younger students in the district. Her many achievements and skills have earned her the title of the MSSU Beimdiek Golden Lion recipient for April.

As part of her studies, Jillian works with students at the Intermediate building. She tutors 6th graders in Math and mentors at-risk 4th and 5th graders as a member of the program, Team Bulldog. She is a member of the Cadet teaching program, and also helps CJ's youngest students, in Kindergarten and 1st grades, achieve early literacy by reading to them. 

Her future pursuits are to attend Missouri Southern State University, belonging to the honors program, and majoring in biology.

Emilee is the daughter of Mark & Stacie Baker.
Baker receives Golden Lion for May

Band, volleyball, and volunteer work are among the favored pursuits of Emilee Baker, a Carl Junction senior. She uses her time and experience in these fields to help others, namely mentoring younger students and helping to feed the needy. These pursuits have earned her recognition as MSSU Beimdiek Golden Lion's recipient for the month of May.

Baker has organized and coached volleyball team for younger girls, taught clarinet, spent her time with service learning class at CJ: Reading Buddies, Team Bulldog, and volunteering with Bright Futures. In her free time, she has donated time and even her own finances to charities such as the Ronald McDonald House and Watered Gardens.

This achievement marks the fourth time this school year that a CJ senior has received the regional honor.
Front row L to R: Audrey Garoutte, Ashley Stokes, Emily Boyer, Samuel Kim, Travis Karraker. Middle row  L to R: Shelbi Post, Trenten Dennis, Matthew Schmitz, Tiffany Pham, Payne Ridgeway, Dylan Lehman. Back row  L to R: Kasey Chappel, Cade Wilkerson, Desmond Hughes, Jackson Marlett, Miles Stamper, Daniel Cory, Maddie Bailey
TSA Chapters honored at State

The Carl Junction High School and Jr. High Technology Student Association (TSA) chapters were very successful at the state competition in Rolla this past April. 

Two students from the High School chapter and one student from the Jr. High chapter ran for state office. All three made it onto the state officer team. 

Many of these students will travel to Orlando Florida June 21-25 to compete at the national competition. 

See a full listing of individual and group honors from state, click here.
CJ DI teams on route to International Competition

Teams from the Carl Junction School District recently competed in the State Destination Imagination Tournament held on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. 

Participants from all over the state traveled to MSSU to compete in Destination Imagination, the world's largest creative problem solving program. The teams solved challenges that were scientific, technical, theatrical, structural, and improvisational. Teams that placed first at the affiliate tournament qualified to attend an international competition on May 24-27 on the campus of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

To see which teams qualified, and all other listings, read the full story.
Bands and Vocal Music impress at state

High School Band and Vocal Music have performed at the state level in group and solo competitions recently.

For a list of individual achievements and more information, read the complete story.
Front Row L to R: Gustavo Molina, Tiffany Durbin, Kayla Ellison, Katy Estabrook, and Joanne Kim. Back Row L to R: Dason Boren, Jera White,  Katie Crider, Gracie Smith,  and Trenton Dunlop.
FBLA earns state honors

Carl Junction High School Future Business Leaders of America students brought home several awards from the FBLA State conference held in Springfield, MO.
Earning top awards and qualifying for the National convention are:
3rd Place: Partnership with a Business Report and Presentation - Trenton Dunlop, Gracie Smith, and Kayla Ellison
3rd Place:  Gaming and Computer Programming - Gustavo Molina and Tiffany Durbin
Additional projects earning awards are:
9th Place:  Banking and Financial Systems - Dason Boren and Katie Crider
7th Place:  Community Service Project - Joanne Kim, Jera White, Katy Estabrook
Chapter of the Year, Gold Level - Dason Boren, Trenton Dunlop and Austin Rose
Storm Shelter Information

The Carl Junction 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) 649-7026, or come to the District Office at 206 S. Roney.
Athletic Updates:

Boys' Tennis

Congratulations to Boys Tennis!  
First ever District Champions for the sport at CJ!
Boys' Golf

Junior, Tyler Markham has qualified for State. Pictured here with coach Ryan Jones.
From L to R_ Jeff Sill_ recipient from family of Gary Watts_ Jason Riddle_ Elisabeth Gandy Carroll_ Matt Lawson
2017 Athletic Hall of Fame

The CJ Athletic Hall of Fame inducted the new members of the 2017 class on May 3 at the Stark Performing Arts Center.

Those honored included:
  • Elisabeth Gandy Carroll,    Class of 1994
  • Matt Lawson, Class of 2004
  • Jason Riddle, Class of 1989
  • Jeff Sill, Class of 1988
  • Gary Watts, Coach 1973-1995
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