News from Carl Junction Schools - November 2017
 Bulldog Bytes - November 2017
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Nov 10: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Nov 10: Early Childhood & PAT - Outdoor Playgroup @ K-1 Preschool Playground, 9-10 am
Nov 16-18: HS Fall Play - James and the Giant Peach @ Stark Performing Arts Center, 7 pm
Nov 17: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Nov 19: HS Fall Play - James and the Giant Peach @ Stark Performing Arts Center, 3 pm
Nov 22-24: Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL for students or staff
Nov 27-Dec 1: 1/2 Price Book Fair @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries
Nov 30: 1/2 Price Book Fair Parent Night event @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries, 3:30-6:30 pm
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
High School presents musical
A cast of Carl Junction High School student actors and musicians will bring to life the classic tale of “James and the Giant Peach." This musical adventure features a boy named James Hennery Trotter who is sent to live with his horrible aunts that treat him like a servant. He soon becomes the loneliest little boy in all of England. However, something magical happens, and with little help from a mysterious stranger and five giant insects, James is off on a transatlantic journey in a giant peach! 
This show is an adaptation of the children’s book by Roald Dahl, written for the stage by Timothy Allen McDonald, with words and music by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

The play is directed by Carry DeGruson. Cast members include Logan Earll as James, Darian Wilson, Ava Shipley, Taylor Lewis, Miles Stamper, Samuel Kim, Gracie Jackson, Audrey Garoutte, and Jaylin Goins.

Ensemble cast members include: Alexandrea Moore, Katherine Austin, Sarah Spencer, Ryan Dean, Dylan Lehman, Leslie Miller, Tristan Buckridge, Emma Schultz, Dylan Kessler, and Samuel Haynes.

Over 20 musicians, many of them CJ students, will make up the pit band.
Nov. 16 – 18 @ 7 pm,
Nov. 19 @ 3 pm
Stark Performing Arts Center
Tickets: Sold at the door
$5 for Adults, $2 for Students
Wilson named State assistant principal of the year
The Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals (MoASSP) has selected  Theresa Wilson , assistant principal at Carl Junction High School, as the  2017 Missouri Assistant Principal of the Year

Mrs. Wilson was awarded the recognition based on her impact in the areas of collaborative leadership; curriculum, instruction and assessment; and her personalization of the learning environment.

Read the complete story .
A head and shoulders photo of high school assistant principal Theresa Wilson.
CJHS math instructor chosen for outstanding teacher honor
Pittsburg State University named Carl Junction High School Mathematics Teacher Sherry Sharp as the 2017 Outstanding Secondary Mathematics Teacher of the Year.
Sharp has 21 years of experience of teaching Mathematics in the area. She has been teaching at Carl Junction High School since 1998 and at Pittsburg State University since 2000. Currently Mrs. Sharp teaches Honors Algebra II and Dual Credit College Algebra at CJHS.

Team USA selects McMullen
Carl Junction High School Senior Drake McMullen has been selected to participate in Gymnastics World Championships and World Age Group Championships in Sophia, Bulgaria in November.

McMullen was a silver medalist at the USA Gymnastics Championships in the Double Mini Trampoline earning him the invitation to participate in the World Age Group Championships. He will be competing against the best elite athletes in the world as part of the Team USA.
Former school board president acknowledged
Lisa Knutzen, member of the CJ School District Board of Education for 18 years has been awarded the State School Board Association's FutureBuilders' Paul Morris Community Service Award. This award honors current or past public school board members from Missouri who have shown a commitment to community service.

Knutzen, who was the first female CJ Schools Board President, was a visionary for many projects. She was part of the team that oversaw the construction of the Stark Performing Arts Center, the High School, the Junior High School, the expansion of the current Intermediate Building, and three new multipurpose storm shelters that opened on our campus this past fall. She is also very active serving in many capacities in the Carl Junction community and surrounding areas.
Gifted education testing
The Gifted Program referral deadline is Friday, April 6, 2018. Students meeting the screening criteria by this deadline will be tested in June to determine qualification.

Qualifying students will be placed in the gifted program beginning August 2018.

Please contact Mrs. Riley  for further information.
Junior High student gives to others in memory of brother
Junior High Student Isaac Halvorsen celebrated his birthday earlier this month by using the money he had been gifted to purchase two new Batman costumes. He then donated them to students-in-need at the K-1 building to wear on Halloween.

Isaac did this in memory of his baby brother Lucas, who loved the superhero and tragically lost his life to illness in August of 2016, passing away at the age of 2.

CJ K-1 staff accepts the donations: From L to R: K-1 Counselor Teri Carter, Isaac Halvorsen, K-1 Assistant Principal DJ Driskill
Community partner makes warm donation
Every student in Kindergarten - 6th grade received a Bulldog sweatshirt and hat last month. These items were a gift from our community partner - the law firm Johnson, Vorhees, & Martucci.

A big thanks to JVM for an awesome and useful donation.
Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Thirteen Carl Junction Seniors were selected by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to participate in the 2017-18 class of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today. Forty-four students will represent the Class of 2018 out of 83 applications from Carl Junction, Carthage, College Heights, Joplin, McAuley, Thomas Jefferson, and Webb City.
The students will meet monthly to learn about the local government, business & industry, leadership development, community service, and healthcare.
( From L to R): Front Row – Hope Gardner, Jenna Thompson, Heather Wallace, Ashton Baker, Halle Roper, and Joanne Kim. Back Row – Jera White, Kate Dreiling, Brooks Neria, Will Bebee, Sylvia Lawson, Adyson Lyon, and Kaylie Hulette
Davin Ducre named to
All-State Choir
Carl Junction High School Junior Davin Ducre has earned a spot as a Tenor in the 2018 All-State Honor Choir. All-State Honor Choir rehearsals and performance will take place at the State Music Teacher’s Conference in January.
All-State Honor Choir participants are selected from the entire SW district and undergo a three-part audition process that includes sight reading/key signatures, a prepared solo, and a prepared choir piece.
Two Carl Junction students were also named as alternates. Senior Heather Wallace, a Soprano, earned 1 st Alternate recognition and Junior Nick Harms, a Bass, was 2 nd Alternate. Sixteen Carl Junction students were chosen to participate in the auditions from the Southwest District.
Davin Ducre
Front row (left to right): Emma Schultz, Davin Ducre, Olivia Bliss, Hannah Huffman;
Middle Row: Taylor Lewis, Madisyn Leary, Heather Wallace, Lance Smith, Alex Moore;
Back Row: Nick Harms, Lucas Sisk, Dylan Veytovich, Jackson Marlett, Tim Kowis
Art on the walls - Tape Murals
Carl Junction High School Advanced Art students kicked off the first semester with Tape Mural projects at the high school.

Students worked in groups of 4-5 to design and implement their image. The groups were given themes to work from such as: perspectives, reading, welcome back to school, where I live, and portrait.

The murals are temporary and play off the idea of graffiti art. High School Art Teacher Sydney Wooldridge turned the students' interest in graffiti into a lesson about how to use this as a form of art and not a form of vandalism. They also talked about graffiti artists like Banksy.

"I am really happy with how these projects turned out. The goal with this project was to connect all of the students and build a really solid classroom environment and community. I believed this was accomplished through this project," said Wooldridge.

Bulldog Athletic Updates
Cross Country: 4th in State
The 2017 Girls Cross Country team made school history with a 4th place finish at the State meet. This is the first time a girls' cross country team has made the podium!!!

Congrats to Madison Beecher, Maegan Derfelt, Emma Leach, Evie Cross, Kaitlynn Franks, Mayson Montez, Jenna Capra, and Ella Leach!
Girls Golf:
For back to back years the girls' golf team finished the season with a 7th place finish in the state. Jenna Teeter finished 74-74(6th) and Kylie Carnes 81-74(13th) made the All-State Team.
District Champions!
#Signing Day
Congratulations to six Carl Junction Student-Athletes who signed National Letters of Intent to continue their athletic careers in college!
  • Megan Scott, basketball @ Pittsburg State University
  • Madison Beecher, Cross Country & Track @ Drury University
  • Sam Repsher, Track & Field (Pole Vault) @ University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • Weston Wendt, Track @ University of Pennsylvania
  • Alexia Miller, Volleyball @ University of Central Arkansas
  • Sylvia Lawson, Volleyball @ Oral Roberts University
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