News from Carl Junction Schools - September 2018
 Bulldog Bytes - September 2018
News briefs about the people, places, and events of the Carl Junction School District.
Upcoming Events
Sept 13: Picture Day for the 2-3 Building
Sept 13: Family Library Night at K-1, 2-3, & Intermediate Libraries, 3:30-6:30 pm
Sept 14: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Sept 15: Volunteer work day at High School outdoor classroom, SE of Bulldog Stadium, 8 am-noon
Sept 18: Intermediate Title I Parent Night Informational Meeting, Int. Cafeteria, 5:30-6:30 pm
Sept 21: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Sept 24: NO SCHOOL for students - Staff Professional Development Day
Sept 24: Board of Education Meeting, ISC, Room 4, 6:30 pm
Sept 26: Picture Day for the Intermediate Building
Sept 27: Transportation Night - PAT & K-1 event - Broadway St (between CJ elementary schools)
5:30 pm PAT/EC Families, 6 pm K Families, 6:30 pm 1st Families
Sept 28: CJ Day - Wear your Red & White
Sept 28: Homecoming - Parade @ 1:15, Football vs. Nixa @ 7 pm (Pregame 6:25)
For more information, check out your
student's building newsletter or daily announcements:
Missouri Teacher-of-the-Year Finalist
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced High School Teacher Tobin Schultz as one of seven finalists for Missouri State Teacher of the Year.

Schultz, a business and social studies teacher and varsity football coach, was named the Carl Junction District Teacher of the Year in April and the Southwest Regional Teacher of the Year in July.

Mr. Schultz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from William Woods University.

While at Carl Junction, Schultz has established CJHS Java Junction, a student-run coffee service, and CJHS Junction Threads, a student-run online spirit store, using a non-profit model. Both use 100% of the store profits to invest into student-led school and community service projects. He has also developed a Service Learning Community Service program involving 100 student-leaders who have collectively invested over 7,500 hours in community service.
A headshot of Tobin Schultz, a younger man in a Carl Junction shirt holding a Teacher Impact award.
Friday, September 28

Parade : 1:15 pm
  • The parade will travel down Broadway (between the elementary schools), east on Well Street, then north onto Main, finally ending at the intersection of Main & Wise.
Football Homecoming Game: 7 pm vs Nixa, Bulldog Stadium
  • Coronation will be held prior to game (around 6:25 pm)

For questions or to submit a parade entry, please contact Krista Otto at , Zak Petty at
A picture that shows outer space and says homecoming 2018, out of this world theme.
2018 Homecoming Court
Front row: Freshman Maisen McCluney, Sophomore Hope Sponsel, and Junior Abbey Baxley
Back Row: Seniors Gabriella Colgin, Grace Southern, and Madison Bennett
Free and Reduced Meal Program
Carl Junction students are eligible to participate in the National Free and Reduced Lunch program. Qualification is based on household income and number of people living in the household.

Applications are accepted at any time during the school year. If your home or employment situation (seasonal employee, loss of employment) has changed, you may be eligible and can fill out a new form.

You may download the application here or apply in any school office building. 

2018-19 School Meal Prices
Breakfast: Full-pay = $1.25 Reduced = $0.30
Lunch K-6: Full-pay = $2.40 Reduced = $0.40
Lunch 7-12: Full-pay = $2.55 Reduced = $0.40
Volunteer Opportunity!:
Outdoor Classroom work day
When: Saturday, September 15
Time: 8:00 am to noon
Where: Carl Junction Schools Outdoor Classroom, Southeast of Bulldog Stadium
(Accessible by lot near softball field)

Spend time volunteering to beautify Carl Junction School's outdoor classroom and the new shelter area. Work may include cutting trails, planting, hanging birdhouses, etc.

Due to mature native plants and grasses, please remember to wear sturdy outdoor shoes, gloves, work clothing (long pants), and remember your bug spray and allergy medicine if needed!

Please contact Ms. Friel at for more information if needed. Donations are also being accepted for potting/planting soil, and landscape edging and materials.
"More than Sad" - Junior High addresses student mental health
Carl Junction Schools hold the health and safety of our students as our highest priority. In response to that, our Junior High School counselors have begun early this school year, discussing mental health (depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide awareness and prevention) in classrooms.

One component of their quest, to give the students every opportunity to reach out for help, is the "More than Sad" curriculum from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention . Students watch the short films, then have open discussions about feelings and concerns they face in modern culture.

A key to mentally healthy students is making sure these young people know where to go to get help. Counselor Lori Brock explains, "We encourage kids to let a trusted adult know if they see or hear anything concerning from their classmates. We emphasize that it can be good to keep secrets but this type of secret is a dangerous one." She enthuses that "the door of each staff member is always open, if they want to talk to us directly. Our mission is to be completely armed with how to help."

For any parents who would like more information on teen and child mental health and suicide prevention, please visit the resource page on our website .
A woman with grey hair stands at the front of a classroom near a movie screen speaking to a classroom of eighth grade students who have their backs to the camera, sitting at their desks in chairs.
Junior High Counselor Lori Brock hosts an open classroom discussion about mental health.
A group of young teens sit in chairs at desks with their eyes closed and hands on their bellies.
CJ eighth graders practice deep breathing techniques as part of an emotion diffusing element of psychological health.
Power of Play: The Dream of All-Inclusive Playgrounds
A group of teachers, staff, administrators, and community leaders have a vision for safe and fully inclusive playgrounds for all Carl Junction students in Preschool through 6th grade and they are working on a plan to make it a reality. They call the project the “Power of Play.”

The plan includes remodeling three playgrounds on the school campus with poured in-place solid rubber surfacing and play structures and elements that facilitate inclusive play for all children.
“Some children are not able to play due to concerns with mobility, strength, or sensory processing skills,” explained Heather Linscheid, occupational therapist at Carl Junction Schools. “Play is necessary for a child’s physical, emotional, and social development.”

To make the dream a reality, a group of about thirty people have been researching funding sources, writing grant proposals, and creating a funding plan. Part of the funding plan includes private donations and business sponsorship. To find out more, view our resources (red clickable buttons).
FBLA attends National Conference
Six members of the Missouri Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda Chapter from CJHS traveled this summer to Baltimore, Maryland for the FBLA-PBL National Leadership Conference (NLC). The NLC hosts over 15,000 attendees and 140 competitive events. Attending students had to qualify after competing at State in Springfield, Missouri in April.

Student competitive events have topics such as Accounting, Marketing, Website Development, and Personal Finance. Missouri FBLA teams brought home 42 Top 10 finishes.

Of the three teams representing CJ, one placed in the top 14: Partnership with a Business Project – Josie Wilkins and Gracie Smith
A group of Carl Junction high school students stand in front of a blue backdrop at FBLA's National Leadership Conference in Baltimore (L to R): Katie Crider, Josie Wilkins, Austin Rose, Anna Pence, Gracie Smith and Kayla Ellison
Carl Junction students attending Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference in Baltimore (L to R): Katie Crider, Josie Wilkins, Austin Rose, Anna Pence, Gracie Smith and Kayla Ellison
Golden Lion Scholarship
Carl Junction High School has been well represented over the years in the MSSU Beimdiek Golden Lion Scholarship program. Last year, three of the eight monthly winners of a $1,000 scholarship were Carl Junction students -
·        Harmouni Cundiff, Class of 2018
·        Kaylie Hulette, Class of 2018
·        Austin Rose, Class of 2018

Austin Rose was also chosen as the overall 2017-18 Golden Lion Award winner, earning a $5,000 scholarship. The 2016-17 overall winner was also a CJ student – Emilee Baker.

If you know of a deserving Junior or Senior in high school that gives of themselves to their school and community, please nominate them for this honor: 

Teacher/Parent Communication: Parent Portal Portal
Communication between teachers and parents is important to the support of your student's education. Parent Portal is just one of the ways that you may stay up-to-date on your student's progress and attendance, view student schedules, email teachers and staff, view the back-to-school documents (ex. Computer Use Policy), make online payments for meal accounts, and update your family data information.

This year we offered online registration and Chromebook payments for all families to complete before school started.
Thank you to the families who submitted the forms online! 76% of students' forms were completed by the August 24 deadline!

What this means for families:
  • Up-to-date parent, student, and emergency contact information
  • Improved new student enrollment experience for families: Less paper work for families to complete; less time spent at an enrollment appointment
  • Improved communication with families: Building handbooks, code of conduct, free & reduced lunch information, district newsletter, and social media links all provided to families

A cute flyer with a van on the front says CJ EC/PAT/Primary K1 Welcome back Transportation Night. Thursday, September 27, 2018 CJ Schools, Broadway Street behind the K-1 Building. 5:30-7 pm. Tour vehicles, meet staff, food trucks. free event.
Nominate an Outstanding Teacher!
The Joplin Globe Newspaper in Education (NIE) program is seeking nominations for HOOT (Honoring Our Outstanding Teachers). Any Pre-K through 12 th grade teacher may be nominated by any administrator, staff member, parent, or student.

If you would like to nominate a deserving teacher, send the following information to :
Teacher’s Name
School Building, School District, Subject taught
Nominating Person’s Name relationship to teacher
Why you are nominating the teacher in 75 words or less

A feature teacher will appear every Wednesday in the HOOT column on the NIE page.
Welcome New Teachers!
The 2018-19 school year has brought twelve new educators into our school family.

We are so glad you've chosen to be Bulldogs!
Bottom Row L-R: Julie Blanchard, Amanda Reed , Caitlin Plumb, Nellie Mitchell, Whitney Bucher
Row 2: Shannon Schultz, Stacey Massey, Katherine Wilson, Nichole Whitehead
Row 3: Adam Van Dam, Lynn Cutshaw, Michael McClintock
New teacher Photo:
First Row L-R: Julie Blanchard, Amanda Reed , Caitlin Plumb, Nellie Mitchell, Whitney Wardlow
Row 2: Shannon Schultz, Stacey Massey, Katherine Wilson, Nichole Whitehead
Row 3: Adam Van Dam, Lynn Cutshaw, Michael McClintock
Bulldog Athletic Updates
Fall Sports Guide
Be sure to pick up your FREE 2018 Fall Sports Guide at any home athletic event. The guide includes:

  • Team and Coaches Photos
  • Rosters
  • Schedules

A special thanks to the Jasper County Citizen, fstop Publications, and the many Sports Guide advertisers who make this publication possible and free for the Bulldog fans.
Purchase your Bulldog Football Tickets online!
You may now purchase home game tickets online. At the game, enter in the northwest corner passgate and show them on your phone , where a worker will validate. Go Bulldogs!
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