News from Carl Junction Schools - November 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - November 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Nov 8: Family Library Night @ K-1, 2-3, & Int. Libraries, 3:30 - 6:30 pm 
Nov 9: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Nov 10: Jr. High and High School Winter Athletic Team Photos
Nov 10: Free Document Shredding Event at CJ Chamber of Commerce, 9 am -12 pm. See FB Event .
Nov 12: Veterans' Day Assembly, 1:15 pm. See details below.
Nov 14: Auditions for Variety Show. Stark Performing Arts Center, 3:30 pm
Nov15-17: Footloose musical, 7 pm. Stark Performing Arts Center. See story below for more details.
Nov 16: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Nov 18: Footloose musical, 3 pm, Stark Performing Arts Center. See story below.
Nov 19-23: Thanksgiving Break
Nov 30: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Nov 30-Dec 7: 1/2 Price Book Fair @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries
Dec 2: Carl Junction Community Christmas Parade, downtown 2 pm
Dec 6: 1/2 Price Book Fair Parent Night event @ K-1, 2-3, & Int Libraries, 3:30-6:30 pm 
Dec 8: Talents for Toys Variety Show (details below). Stark Performing Arts Center, 6:30 pm
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Power of Play: $250,000 grant!
What started as a dream for a group of Carl Junction teachers, staff, and community leaders for fully inclusive playgrounds for all Carl Junction students is much closer to reality today as the Power of Play Project is the recipient of a $250,000 matching grant.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks, through the federally funded Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service selected Carl Junction Schools’ project as one of nine funded projects in State.

A colorful playground structure with children and adults playing is pictured from above. All parts are accessible and low to the ground. Surfacing is handicap accessible outdoor rubber.
CJ opens Outdoor Classroom
A year ago, Carl Junction High School began renovations to reopen their Outdoor Classroom utilizing a $10,000 grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.

The Outdoor Classroom suffered significant damage from the 2003 tornado that hit the Carl Junction Schools and community. While the focus of rebuilding and repairing the school buildings was the first priority, the outdoor classroom became overgrown and unusable for students until CJHS Science Teacher Dione Friel and her students began to dream of the learning opportunities for all students that could be available in the outdoor classroom.

Students sit outdoors in a wild area under a wooden structure with tin roof, cement floor, and wooden picnic tables. There is also a stone fire pit.
A close up of the structure with sign saying Welcome to the Bulldog Outdoor Classroom.
Footloose takes the stage
A cast of Carl Junction High School actors will present the exciting musical “Footloose” based on the iconic film.

Footloose  is the story of Ren McCormack, a teenage boy from Chicago. He and his mother move to the small town of Bomont after his father abandons them. Upon arriving, Ren finds himself at odds with most of the town, including the Reverend Bomont. The Reverend has convinced the town to outlaw dancing, which Ren finds unbelievable. With the help of the Ariel (the Reverend’s daughter) and Willard (a country boy who becomes his best friend), Ren convinces the Reverend to let the teenagers dance, and in the process helps the town to heal from a tragedy that affected them all.

Parental Guidance suggested - a couple of scenes contain innuendo and teen partying.
Graphic that is pink, purple, and black with silhouettes of teens jumping and the text reads, Footloose the musical
Tickets sold at the door.
CJ Students $2, Adults $5, and CJ Staff is free.
Show Performances:
Dates and Times: November 15, 16, & 17 @ 7 pm and November 18 at 3 pm
Location: Stark Performing Arts Center 
Please join us for Veterans' Day
Carl Junction High School is hosting a Veterans' Day assembly on Monday, November 12 at 1:15 pm in the High School gym to honor, recognize, and thank our veterans.

All veterans and active service men, women and their families are encouraged to attend. A reception for our guests will follow the assembly. 
Blue sky with American flag flying, text says Thank You Veterans.
Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Seven Carl Junction Seniors were selected by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to participate in the 2018-19 class of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today. Forty-four students will represent the Class of 2019 out of 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.
Group of teens sit and stand smiling at the camera in the High School lobby.
( From L to R): Front Row – Evelyn Cross, Tatum Graham, Katherine Crider. Back Row – Spencer King, Maici Craig, Ethan Brown, and Max Medley
Ducre named to All-State Choir
Carl Junction High School Senior Davin Ducre has earned a spot as a Tenor in the 2019 All-State Honor Choir. All-State Honor Choir rehearsals and performance will take place at the State Convention 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.

Another student, Junior Taylor Lewis, an Alto, was named first alternate. Fifteen Carl Junction students were chosen for to participate in the auditions from the Southwest District.
Senior photo of David Ducre.
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. 
Stock photo of adult and baby bulldog
Talents for Toys Variety Show
Auditions are Wednesday November 14, Stark Performing Arts Center at 3:30 pm!!

The show will be:
Saturday, December 8 - 6:30 pm
Stark Performing Arts Center
Tickets sold at the door
$5 for Adults, $4 for Students. Children under 4 free.

All Carl Junction students (any grade level) may fill out a permission slip by November 13, and audition for the show, November 14. Some suggested talents include Martial Arts, Instrumental or Vocal Music, Magic, Dance/Cheer, etc.

Come to the event! It's sure to be a fun night. The show is being organized by a High School Global Business Technology group for their community project. All proceeds will provide gifts to needy children in the Carl Junction School District.
colorful graphic reads talents for toys variety show and has when and where info
Candy for Troops Donation
A big thank you to the K-1 students and their families for bringing in their leftover Halloween candy so that it may be shared with our active duty military through the H.E.R.O.S. CARE program.

Learn more about the program here:

We have a big load to deliver! Thanks to Christy Pittman - CJ's Wellness Coordinator for making this happen.
plastic childrens wagon in K1 office with bags of candy all around and inside the wagon
High School Club Members
Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods
A yearly tradition that took place on October 30, yielded over 1300 pounds of donated canned goods.

Members of the High School Clubs of FFA, FCCLA, and FBLA went door-to-door in the community "Trick-or-Treating" for non-perishable items.

All food collected will be donated to Helping Hands Ministry of Carl Junction.
Learn more about them here .

Your generosity is so heartwarming! Thank you to all who donated and participated!
Dozens of boxes of non perishables are gathered on a floor
Bulldog Athletic Updates
  • Athletic Calendar
  • Girls Cross Country finished 3rd in Class 4 Districts qualifying them for Sectionals where they finished 4th and earned their ticket to the State Meet. Ally Montez and Maegen Derfelt also qualified as Individuals for State. At State, Ally Montez finished 34th and Maegen Derfelt was 93rd in Class 4.
  • Boys Cross Country finished 6th in Districts. Diego Nelson, Logan Carnes, and Kaleb Weibel finished in the Top 30 and qualified for Sectionals.
  • Admission to High School and Jr. High Athletics: $4/adults & $2/students
  • Athletic Passes are available by calling the HS Office at 417-649-7081. $65/single, $120/for 2, $140/family of 4. Cash or check only. The Athletic Pass is good for all Jr. High and High School home, regular-season events.
  • Several Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball games and home wrestling matches will be live-streamed on the Bulldog Broadcast Network/CJTV. Click on the link to see their broadcast schedule
  • Subscribe to CJTV's YouTube Channel to get weekly sports updates
Volleyball fights for District title
Going into the District Volleyball Tournament, Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs were seeded third but they came out on top as the Class 4 District 11 tournament champions!

The win came after the Bulldogs defeated #2 Webb City 2-0 in the semifinals and then earned a thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind victory over #1 Carthage in the championship match to advance to Sectionals.

CJ Athletes earning All-District honors:
Grace Southern - 1st Team
Salma Lewis - 1st Team
Jessa Hylton - 2nd Team

Group photo of the HS girls volleyball team holding their district plaque
CJ lost in the State Sectional Round 2-0 to Blue Springs South.
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