News from Carl Junction Schools - November 2016

 Bulldog Bytes - November 2016
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
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Upcoming Events

Nov. 10: Family Library Night 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Nov. 11: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Nov. 15: 2-3 Building T-Shirt Order Forms Due
Nov. 15: Free ACT prep-class offered at NEO for Math & Science
Nov. 17: Free ACT prep-class offered at NEO for English & Reading
Nov. 17, 18, 19, & 20: High School Musical: Xanadu. See story below.
Nov. 18: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Nov. 23-25: Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 28: Board of Education - Academic Celebration, 5:30 pm, Stark Performing Arts Center
Nov. 28-Dec. 2: Half Price Scholastic Book Fair
Dec. 1: Book Fair Family Event 3:30 - 7 pm
High School musical:xanadu
Carl Junction High School's theater and music departments will bring Xanadu - a fun and energetic production to the Stark Performing Arts stage November 17-20.
X anadu   follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time - the first ROLLER DISCO! (Hey, it's 1980!) But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal, Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds.
Students on stage and in the orchestra pit will be performing the fast-paced musical November 17, 18, and 19 at 7pm and on November 20 at 2pm in the Jerry B. Stark Performing Arts Center on the Carl Junction School campus (206 South Broadway). Tickets will be sold at the door. Adults are $5.00, students are $2.00 and Carl Junction R-1 employees are admitted at no charge.
"I selected this musical because it just looked like so much fun," said Director Carry DeGruson. "I remember seeing the original movie when I was little and loving the music. We have had a great deal of fun working on this production. It is such a high energy show, rehearsals are sometimes like a crazy aerobics/dance class."
Carl Junction Schools recognized for academic success academic

Carl Junction Schools rank as one of the top academic schools in Missouri. Over the past two months, state and national academic performance scores have been released and there are a lot of reasons to celebrate at Carl Junction School District.

Annual Performance Report (APR)

Carl Junction

Avg. Missouri score

Please join us in celebrating academic success in Carl Junction on Monday, November 28, at 5:30 pm in the Stark Performing Arts Center. Staff members from each school will evaluate their progress on goals and present action plans for further improvement. This is a public session of the Carl Junction Board of Education.

Please join us for Veterans' Day

Carl Junction High School is hosting a Veterans' Day assembly on November 11 at 12:45 pm to honor, recognize, and thank our veterans. All veterans are encouraged to attend. Representative Bill White will be the guest speaker and Stephen Kimmel, CJHS Class of 1999, will be presenting his purple heart to the school. A reception for our guests will follow the assembly.

Kimmel donates Purple Heart
Two weeks after graduating from Carl Junction High School, Stephen Kimmel, Class of 1999, arrived at Fort Benning, GA for Army Basic Training. Following Basic Training he continued his training in Heavy Weapons Infantry School and Airborne School.
For his first assignment, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina with D Company, 1st Battalion, and 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division. When this assignment ended in 2001, he reenlisted and was assigned to the 203rd Engineer Battalion in Joplin, MO. He deployed to Iraq in 2003, returning in 2004. He was then transferred to the 1138th Engineer Company (Sapper) and deployed in support of Operation New Horizon in Guatemala in 2008. Another transfer landed him in the 1141st Engineer Company (Sapper) in 2009 where he was deployed a third time - this time to Afghanistan. It was there that he was wounded in action by an IED on November 16, 2009.
His journey back home took him to Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany, Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, and then on to Fort Knox, Kentucky where he spent all of 2010 at the Ireland Army Community Hospital. In December of 2010, he was put on a temporary retired list pending Medical Evaluation Boards and on January 15, 2015 he received permanent retirement orders, thus being fully medically retired from the United States Army. In January of this year, he was finally awarded the Purple Heart for injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.
On November 11, at the Veterans' Day Assembly, Stephen Kimmel will donate his Purple Heart to the past, current, and future Carl Junction students.

Check out our new CJ Pride Video:

CJHS begins engineering program

Everyone has preconceived ideas or feelings associated with the word engineering. We think of details, factories, production, hard work, and hard-thinking. Very rarely would the first word that comes to mind be fun. But "fun" is exactly how the Carl Junction students who take the newly formed Introduction to Engineering Design classes feel about the subject. Current subject teachers are Chris Huhn, whose previous focus had been building trades, and Brady Graham, from a graphic design background. They are hoping to add more staff to the program in the future.

The curriculum is designed to be a four-year series of courses, ideally a freshman would elect the first year Intro class. This program features an introduction into the history of engineering, writing 2D design briefs, technical drawing, and most intensively, becoming familiar and adept at navigating an engineering software program. Huhn adamantly admitted that the software is challenging and complex to use but very valuable for the students to learn. Also, the students are greeted with hands-on experience from day one so
that the they truly understand the whole engineering process from concept to finished product and all levels in-between, both in order, and reverse. Then, after the introductive class, the next year, students would take a more in-depth "Principles of Engineering" course. Junior year would be specific to the student's interest field: Mechanical, Plastics, Electrical, Civics, etc. Finally, as a Senior, a cap stone class would see the student focus on one year-long project. The student would conceptualize, design, and then manufacture and present something that could be used in the actual field of interest.

If the experiences and knowledge from this education aren't enriching enough to future graduates, students completing the four-year high school curriculum program will have an uncontested scholarship to attend the Engineering School through Missouri University of Science and Technology at Rolla.

To read the story in it's entirety, click here.
Students invited to participate in Tomorrow's Leaders Today

Eight Carl Junction Seniors have been chosen by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce to participate in the 2016-17 class of Tomorrow's Leaders Today. A total of 40 students were chosen out of 80 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): Whitney Junker, Chase Boyd, Trenton Dunlop, Olivia Toney, Lucas Hatfield, Miranda Skinner, Chase Richmond, and Kecia Houpt
Singers earn All-State Honors

Two Carl Junction students have been chosen for the All-State Honor Choir. Senior Megan Richins, an alto, and Junior Jarrett Little, a tenor, were among the 16 students chosen for this honor from the Southwest District. Richins and Little will join students from other regions in the State for the All-State Honor Choir performance at the State Music Convention in January.
Senior Lydia Tucker, a soprano, earned 2nd alternate honors for the All-State Choir.
Report Bullying or Safety Concerns through Sprigeo Hotline
Parents or students may submit anonymous reports of bullying, violence, or other concerns for student safety through the Sprigeo reporting system. 

Click this link to go to the online report. Your report will be reviewed on the next regular school day. If you need to report an emergency, please call 911.

High School Media Center receives donation
Students at Carl Junct
From L to R - Fletcher Toyota's General Manager Jim Adams. Accepting the check are Senior Jade Walker, Carl Junction Media Specialist Kristi Ortiz, Senior Josie Walker, Senior Olivia Klute, and High School Principal David Pyle.
ion High School soon can look forward to being in The Doghouse. A recent sponsorship of $2500 from Frank Fletcher Toyota will enable the Carl Junction High School to redesign a common area in the media center. The Doghouse will be an area designated for library patrons to work independently or collaboratively in a comfortable space. Upgrades will include modular and moveable furniture that will allow students to organize themselves in small groups or isolate themselves for studying, while being able to remain powered and connected with their devices.

Two years ago, Carl Junction High School integrated to a 1:1 learning environment by providing each student with a Chromebook. At that time, principal David Pyle and media specialist Kristi Ortiz set a goal to revitalize the traditional setting of the high school library into a more collaborative learning space. This transformation included replacing outdated carpet and paint and creating a presentation area that includes state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and a couch that seats up to 30 students. Also added was a Makerspace area where students can apply STEM skills to create and invent, as well as utilize a 3D printer. Plans also included a designated space for students to comfortably work individually or in a small group, but funding was limited. Ortiz learned that Fletcher Toyota was seeking opportunities to support a grassroots initiative and approached the general manager, Jim Adams, who considered the cause to be worthy.

Adams explained, "At Frank Fletcher Toyota, we believe that education is the key to building strong communities like Carl Junction.  We are so proud to be a part of The Doghouse project and have been very impressed with Carl Junction High School's commitment to 21st Century learning spaces."

"I feel very fortunate to work in a school district and community that supports literacy and education," Ortiz added. "I'm excited about the opportunity that Frank Fletcher Toyota has given us to create a place that fosters student learning and engagement."
K-1 kids rock the vote!

Every vote counts! K-1 hosted it's own mock election on November 8 for our youngest students to get the experience of, and become educated about, an actual voting process.

The students were excited and respectful as they weighed in on the candidate choices.

Donald Trump was the school's choice with 69% of the total votes.
Students collect "PAWS-itively" amazing donations

Along with Halloween events, the week of October 24-28 also marked Red Ribbon Week at Carl Junction Schools. This national campaign emphasizes positive, healthy, drug and alcohol-free choices. Each day featured a theme.
Thursday, October 27, the kids wore Bulldog gear for "Absolutely PAWS-itively Drug Free!" day. To follow with the dog theme, students were also encouraged to bring a donation for the Joplin Humane Society. In a show of great generosity, CJ's Intermediate School, 4th-6th grades, collected three large shopping carts full of dog and cat food, toys, towels, blankets, cleaning supplies, and other fundamental items.
Intermediate counselor Kim Avery-Smith was overwhelmed and delighted with the response, "I am so proud of our students! They have wonderful hearts for service. They participate in many acts of service throughout the year and always do a fantastic job."
The K-1 school also had a great response, collecting a little red wagon full of much needed items for the animals.
Former NFL Star: visits students
Lee Rouson, former Professional Football Running Back for the New York Giants (1985-1991), visited the Intermediate students Tuesday, October 18.

The assembly focused on encouraging positive choices, academic achievement, and respectfulness.

2-3 Building
Outstanding Students Quarter 1
Sophia O'Bryan, Carson Sprouls, Tyson Massey,Ava Kelley, Hartley Parrish, Anthony Hignite, Kolby Martin, Audrey Hayes, Barrett McAfee, Paytin Wammack, Aubrey Sills, Caleb Taylor, Bentley Crider, Caitlyn Kennedy, Maggie Stone, Brody Rowden, Burke Diskin, Tegan Greim, Eli Beckham, Sophia Lacey, Estevan Rankin, Lexi Rhymer, James Holifield,  Chris Bush, Jadyn Howard, Caleb Barnard, Olivia Bakos, Seth Brown, Emma McDowell, Aaron Stanfield, Braelyn Cox, Hailey Tuttle, O livia Battagler, Daniel Rice, Riley Jones, Danyelle McCabe, Samuel Hammond, Ethan Walker, Julia Henson, Jeremy Goforth, Kale Trosper, Jacarei McMillon, Gracie Fletcher, Gavin Beachner, Alexis Hopper, Hayden Wilkerson, Luke Breeden

November A.R.K. (Acts of Random Kindness) Winners  
2nd Grade                                             
Sophia O'Bryan,  Mason Peavler,  Jaycee Soard,  Sam Coats,  Isaac Ramm,  Phoenix Castlebury,  Caitlyn Kennedy,  Maggie Stone,  Jolie Starr,  Addi Fogg,  Lucas Gooch
3rd  Grade
 Babe Ruth Hughes,  Olivia Bakos,  Madison Birch,  Grace Fairlie,  Emma Eggerman,  Danyelle McCabe,  Chason Sikes,  Jeremy Goforth,  Kale Trosper, C orinne Merrell,  Will Coats
Athletic Updates
  • Boys Soccer: Won the District Championship.
  • Football: Finished their season 9-3.
  • Girls Tennis: Finished their season 7-9. Chase Boyd was Individual District Champion and placed 2nd in the Conference Tournament. The team placed 6th at the COC Tournament. Individual Awards included: Bulldog Award - Chase Boyd / MVP Singles - Chase Boyd / MVP Doubles - Chase Boyd and Lily Pyle / Most Improved - Stormie Riggs / Hustle Award - Taylor Storm / Rookie of the Year - Abigail Hodson
  • Cross Country: Girls were District Champions and finished 6th at the State Meet. Individual Awards included: 1st Team All-Conference: Kaitlynn Franks / 2nd team SW District: Maegan Derfelt, Kaitlynn Franks, Madison Beecher / HM SW District: Emma Leach. Clayton Ross finished 4th at Districts and 64th at the State Meet.1st Team SW District: Clayton Ross. Honorable Mention SW District: Braeden Bakos
  • Volleyball: The team made it the District Championship game but lost to Carthage. Individual Awards included: COC Large School All-Conference: 1st team: Lexi Miller, 2nd team: Sylvia Lawson and Kenzie Stinnett. Class 3, District 12 All-District team: 1st team: Sylvia Lawson and Kenzie Stinnett, 2nd team: Lexi Miller. Class 4, SW Region All-Region team: 1st team: Lexi Miller, Honorable Mention: Sylvia Lawson. CJ Classic All-Tournament team: Sylvia Lawson and Lexi Miller
  • Athletic Booster Club: Meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm in the High School Media Center. Everyone interested in CJ Junior High or High School athletics is encouraged to attend.
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