News from Carl Junction Schools - October 2017
 Bulldog Bytes - October 2017
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Oct 6: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Oct 7: Breast Cancer Walk, Bulldog Stadium @ 1 pm
Oct 9-13: National School Lunch Week
Oct 12: Family Library Night @ K-1, 2/3, & Int. Libraries, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
Oct 13: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Oct 13: Early Childhood & PAT - Pumpkin Patch Playgroup @ Fredrickson Farms, 9-10 am
Oct 19: Great Central U.S. Shake Out - Earthquake Drill @ 10:19 am
Oct 20: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Oct 23-27: Red Ribbon Week
Oct 27: CJ Day - Show your school spirit by wearing RED & WHITE
Oct 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8 pm
Oct 31: Fall Festival Parties & Parade (for K-3) - STUDENT EARLY RELEASE 1:30 pm
Nov 2: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 2-7 pm - STUDENT EARLY RELEASE 1:30 pm
Nov 3: No school for students or staff
Breast Cancer Walk
When: Sunday, October 8 from 1-4 pm
Where: Bulldogs Stadium
Admission: Free, all donations will go to local breast cancer fighters and survivors

Participants will not only support a community cause, but also have the opportunity to enjoy many activities and services organized by CJHS FBLA.

Food trucks, pumpkin painting, live bands, a car show, and pink hair extensions are just some of the many activities and services that will be available at the Breast Cancer Walk.

The event is open to all community members.
Photo: Breast Cancer Walk - Balloon Launch 2016
Denny named National Merit Semifinalist
Carl Junction High School senior Cathryn Denny has been named as a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Approximately 16,000 students out of about 1.6 million who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) have been named as semifinalists. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalist in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Carl Junction R-1 enrollment statistics
This year's Kindergarten class has broken the record for the largest incoming class in Carl Junction history with 294 students as of September 27 (the State official count day).

After a few declining enrollment years, Superintendent Dr. Phillip Cook is pleased to see this upturn in enrollment, "We watch the home sales and new home construction statistics to try to gauge our incoming Kindergarten class but we really don't know for sure until we start enrollment. With all of the new construction that is planned for our area in the next two years, we expect that our enrollment will continue to grow."

enrollment by the school year

Enrollment by Building*

Primary K-1 - 528
Primary 2-3 - 448
Intermediate - 740
Junior High - 545
High School - 991
Total Enrollment - 3,252
*As of Sept. 27, 2017
Cooking classes offered
Bright Futures Carl Junction is partnering with the University of Missouri Extension office to offer cooking classes.

The six-week class is free but limited to 15 participants. Classes will meet on Mondays from 5:30-7:30 pm beginning on October 16. Childcare for school-aged children will be provided. To register call Jeni at 417-649-7026 ext. 2234.

Class participants will get a hands-on learning experience as they prepare a different meal each week for the class. They will also receive a bag of ingredients so that they may prepare one of the lesson’s recipes for their family.

More information is available at
CJ to participate in Shake Out
What do you do in the event of an earthquake? Carl Junction students will participate in a drill to educate them on earthquake safety. As part of an organized/simultaneous regional drill: “The Great Central U.S. Shake Out,” students of Carl Junction will practice the procedure on Thursday, October 19 at 10:19 am.

The Shake Out program and CJ schools follow a method for earthquake safety known as: Drop, Cover, Hold On. Firstly: Drop to the ground. Next, Cover your head and neck. Get under a desk or work table. And lastly, Hold On, to whatever you can and don’t move until the event is completely over.

To learn more about this program, visit their website.
Red Ribbon Week
October 23-27

During Red Ribbon Week, messages about living a healthy, drug-free life will be incorporated into the daily lessons of our elementary students.

Fun events are planned during the week to encourage further engagement for students. See Facebook during the week of October 16-20 for dress-up days information.
red ribbon week, ribbon image and text
Singers chosen for honor choir
Seventeen Carl Junction High School students were selected to the Southwest All-District Honor Choir. Students from around the area auditioned with a prepared music selection and a sight-reading piece.
The All-District Honor Choir will perform in a concert at Joplin Performing Arts Center at Joplin High School on Oct. 28. The Carl Junction High School choirs are under the direction of Hope Rogers.

First row (L to R): Taylor Lewis, Hannah Huffman, Emma Schultz, Dylan Veytovich, Miles Stamper, and Lance Smith; Second Row: Jackson Marlett, Alex Moore, Olivia Bliss, Davin Ducre, Tim Kowis, and Madisyn Leary; Third Row: Andrew Doyle, Nick Harms, Heather Wallace, Jarrett Little, and Lucas Sisk.
Football Homecoming 2017
Queen crowned

Senior Olivia Lewis was crowned the 2017 Homecoming Queen during Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 29.

Members of the Homecoming Court included seniors (on the back row) Kristina Cullen, Olivia Lewis, and Taitym Franklin. Underclassmen representatives (front row L to R) Sophomore Courtney Mertens, Junior Addison Tholen, and Freshman Allison Hudson.
Parade Results
The Homecoming Parade through town featured CJ teams from various sports, high school clubs and organizations, and area business entries. The parade float winners were:
3rd Place: Jr. High Archery
2nd Place: High School Archery
1st Place: 7 th and 8 th Grade Cheer
A group of Junior High cheerleading girls peer out with binoculars on a bed of grass under a canopy of paper vines, by a paper tree.
7th and 8th grade cheer's winning parade entry
District website tools

Have you visited our district website? We have links to solve nearly any question you may have about our schools!

It features athletic/event calendars, parent handbooks, sign-up and access to our parent portal and TeacherEase gradebook, cafeteria menus, district policies, transportation info, and links to various buildings/individual teachers

It is a great resource, check it out now!
 Storm Shelter update

Beginning in October, the High School Storm Shelter will be the only shelter open to the public for use during Severe Thunderstorm Warnings or Tornado Warnings as issued by the National Weather Service for Jasper County.

For more information or to volunteer to help with operations during a weather related event visit
CJ community shows love for Hurricane Harvey victims
The CJ school district organized a plan with a personal touch to impact lives of those suffering from Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. The district decided to focus donations on Lumberton, Texas; a small city near the Beaumont/Port Arthur area. This area is similar in population and enrollment size to CJ schools and community.

In little over a week, CJ Schools collected boxes upon boxes of generous donations, and collected cash used to purchase additional items, that were delivered to Lumberton ISD by way of a donated truck and trailer transport from CFI Trucking. Thank you all for your donations!

Also in a display of generosity, The Current World Affairs students at the CJ Satellite School held a bake sale to raise funds for a foster family displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The students were placed with a family by way of, "A World for Children", a Texas non-profit that provides support to foster families. ​​ Their project carried over into their FACS class where they made brownies, zucchini bread, fudge, and other goodies. The bake sale raised $448 dollars. The money will be used to purchase gift cards and a few home necessities for the family.
Members of Girls' Athletics in Lumberton, TX help unpack and organized donated supplies.
Local Rotary chapter donates dictionaries
Carl Junction 3 rd graders have each received a special gift from the Carl Junction/Webb City Rotary Club - a paperback dictionary.
Rotary members began this initiative, “The Dictionary Project”, following the example of Annie Palmer, a housekeeper in Savannah, Georgia who in 1992, spent her entire savings to provide 3rd graders in her county with 50 paperback dictionaries.
Cory Kerbs’ 3 rd grade class proudly displays their new dictionaries. Back row L to R: CJ 3 rd Grade teacher Cory Kerbs, members of CJ/WC Rotary Ken Surbrugg and Mark Elliston.
Outdoor classroom gets upgrade with grant funds
Carl Junction School District has been named a $10,000 grant recipient for the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, and will be celebrating with a check-presentation ceremony October 13 at 6:30 pm at Bulldog Stadium prior to the home football game against Nixa.

The District plans to use the grant funds to make improvements to the outdoor classroom, surrounding wooded area, and ponds, which will have a significant impact on the students and our community.
Pond will be restocked with native fish for the habitat.
Athletic Updates
Fall sports are wrapping up. Keep track of the District, Sectional, and State matches on the athletic Facebook page and "follow" us on Twitter .
  • Good Luck to the Girls Golf team at State

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