Thursday, October 30, 2008

WOW students observe Harry Potter Day

Room 210 Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually be a witch or wizard in the Harry Potter series? I have! I had a dream once that I was in the Harry Potter movies or books and that I was just a plain witch. I had more magic then anything I have ever imagined, but I guessed that was just a dream. Now, since the Harry Potter Day came out my dream can be fulfilled!

Ms. Lara Stamper, science teacher, who came up with the idea, said, “Well, Harry Potter Day was made for the WOW (What's On Wednesday) students, it was made because I had a brilliant idea and told Mrs. Turner. We also contacted Mrs. Moore and she helped us. You had to have been to WOW and we would have drawn your name out of a hat. The activities were potion making, castle creations, Harry Potter Scene It, and other things. Mrs. Turner, Mrs. Moore, and I were the creators of the Harry Potter thing. I got the idea of it about a month ago. We asked about and they let us hold it in the library.”

Harry Potter Day was really fun according to some of the WOW students who went there.

(Photos by Elaina Warren)

Eighth Grade Girls Basketball Team Named

Room 210 Staff Writer

Members of the Eighth Grade Girls Basketball Team were chosen last week on Oct. 23. The players are as follows:

Sierra Bartholomew, Krystal Schultz, Ghenessa Moore, Allie Ritter, Morgan Jones, Mallory Augustosky, Eliza Fausto, Danielle Doerr, Bethani Patterson, Lexi Brown, Kylie Lewsader, Torri Ackerson, Casey Burkhart, Carson Jones, and Brittany Hudson.

Seventh Grade Girls basketball team Chosen

Room 210 Staff Writer

Members of the seventh grade girls basketball team were chosen Oct. 23. Those selected were:

Staycha Barton,Leigh Ann Craig,Christiana Garcia,Kelsey Johnson,Samantha Klim,Emily Merritt,Corrina Padilla,Alivia Plassman,Kenya Schmidt,Marissa Shoffner,Kristen Tyler,Salena Velasquez,and Hunter Winkle.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CA Olympics ends first quarter

Mr. Randy Turner's eighth grade communication arts classes ended the first quarter with CA Olympics, a competition consisting of writing games, including the Dental Floss Festival, No Place Like Poem, and Love Letters Straight from My Heart.

Members of the winning team in each class received a nickel from Mr. Turner's Cup O'Nickels.

SMS Vocal Concert held

The South Middle School vocal students, under the direction of Ms. Julie Yonkers, held their fall concert Monday, Nov. 20, in the auditorium:

Eighth grade football team finishes undefeated, first time in 33 years

Photo and Video
Room 210 Staff Writer

The South/North eighth grade football team completed its undefeated season by destroying McDonald County 31-0 Thursday.

Mac County came into the game with what it thought was the biggest and best line in middle school football, but were pounded all night long by the Eagles front five, made up of Jared Baker, Tucker Wallace, Jake Hardy, Abe Hueller and Cheslie Cook.

Adam St. Peter started the scoring with a touchdown run on the Eagles' first possession. He later scored again to bring his season total to 17 touchdowns.

Tyler Russell scored on a 45-yard Y-reverse and then again on a dazzling, over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone on a Gabe Sachetta pass.

The Eagles' scoring was completed when Josh Stewart slashed into the end zone in the fourth quarter.

The 6-0 record marked the first time a South football team went undefeated since the 1975 season when the team finished 5-0.

(Video- Coach Kasey Pliler introduces the South football players during the pep rally the day of the game.)

(Photo- Mr. Ron Mitchell, SMS principal, waits for a cheer to conclude so he can open the pep rally.)

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Quiz Bowl team takes first place at Carl Junction

South Middle School’s number two quiz bowl team opened its season by capturing first place in a Communication Arts competition at Carl Junction Monday night. It is the first time a South team has won the Traveling Academic Challenge.

The team, consisting of Joey Capehart, captain; Elaina Warren, Abby Bass, and Drew Cox won seven out of nine matches, to tie for first place, then beat Carl Junction 1 in a playoff.

Joey Capehart answered 27 questions correctly, while Drew Cox had 11 and Elaina Warren seven.

South’s number one team took third place in the 10-team competition, and missed forcing a three-way tie for first by only one question. Members of the number one team were Calvin Alumbaugh, Lisa Bromley, Wes Estes, and Ben Story.

Calvin Alumbaugh answered 28 questions correctly.

The team will compete in a science meet at Thomas Jefferson Nov. 17.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Parent-Teacher conferences set for Oct 23-24

Room 210 Staff Writer

Parent-teacher conferences will take place 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, and 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.

"Parent-teacher conferences are held so parents can meet with their children's teachers and find out how the kids are doing in school, academically and physically," Mrs. KarenSue Hensley, counselor, said. "It is a way to keep communication going between school and home."

All teachers are required to hold parent-teacher conferences, but parents are not required to have one if they did not schedule one. Parents and teachers of kids in kindergarten through 12th grade can arrange one by phone or e-mail or they can meet at school.

Eighth grade football team improves to 4-0 with win over Carl Junction

South-North football team remained undefeated Oct. 9, pounding Carl Junction 26-6.

Adam St. Peter scored three touchdowns to tie his own middle school record of 11 touchdowns in a season. Eagle tight end Tyler Russell also scored on a 40-yard run.

The Eagles' defense was once again dominant, beating Carl Junction into submission. Jared Bader rang up three quarterback sacks, while Rex "T-Rex" Whisner and Gabe Sachetta each pulled down big interceptions to seal the victory.

South-North, 4-0, will play at Nevada.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Writing Club formed at SMS

Room 210 Staff Writer

A suggestion by a sixth grader has turned into the newest club offered at South Middle School.

Jay Jensen told Mrs. Jennifer Wallace, sixth grade block teacher, that she should start a writing club. That club's first meeting was held Sept. 29 in Mrs. Wallace's room

Eight people showed up for the first meeting. The group members brainstormed ideas to write about, Mrs. Wallace said, and they decided to write mystery and fiction stories.

The club's main goal is to publish at least one book by the end of the school year. They have found a website on the internet to help. They also plan to enter writing contests.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Fox Navarre to appear in "The Glass Menagerie"

Joplin High School junior Fox Navarre, a former SMS student, will appear in the upcoming Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer-Prize-winning play, "The Glass Menagerie."

Miss Navarre will play the role of Laura Wingfield in the production, which will open Oct. 16 and continue on the 17th, 18th, 24th, 25th, and 26th.

Phone 417-358-9665 for reservations. The cost is $20 for the performance and dinner.

Miss Navarre was recently a finalist for best actress in Stone's Throw's annual Sally Awards.

Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre is located at 796 South Stone Lane, Carthage.

Jordyn Pierce named JHS Homecoming queen candidate

Joplin High School senior Jordyn Pierce, a former South Middle School student, is one of the candidates for JHS Homecoming queen. The queen will be crowned during ceremonies this Friday night when the Eagles entertain Waynesville.

In the brief video snippet, Miss Pierce, who is serving as a cadet teacher in Mr. Randy Turner's seventh hour eighth grade communication arts class, is shown wearing another type of crown, the one she received during the recent celebration of her 18th birthday.

Mrs. Stamper gives up locks for love

Room 210 Staff Writers

Thousands are diagnosed with cancer every day.

Mrs. Lara Stamper, science and drama teacher, has made an effort to help those suffering from cancer to deal with their loss of hope.

"My sister, my sister-in-law and I made a New Year's resolution to donate our hair to the Pantene Program," Mrs. Stamper said. That program uses the hair to make wigs for those who lose their hair while undergoing chemotherapy. Mrs. Stamper had her hair cut recently for the cause.

Because of the contributions of Mrs. Stamper, her family members, and others who have donated their locks, there are people who have their confidence back and and are feeling better about themselves.

"It was a spur-of-the-moment decision," Mrs. Stamper said. "I don't know why people are making such a big deal about it.

"I would do it again in a heartbeat."

Mense TA wins seventh grade tug of war contest

Room 210 Staff Writers

Mrs. Angela Mense's TA won the seventh grade TA tug of war contest held Monday morning on the South Middle School playground.

TA members are:

Jonah Allen, Trinity Bennett, Piper Cargile, Shelly Carrier, Nathan Caton, Jaired Collins, Heather Copeland, Febretta Damrill, Tyson Hardee, Cayley Hardison, Keaton Jones, Ar'Letha Madkins, Nick McKay, Dorian Mitchell, Stormi Potts, Karina Rodriguez, Tyler Severns, Angela Spencer, Kristen Tyler, Brittany Wells, Caleb Willis, Dayza Winters

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

High school musical groups perform at Academic All Stars celebration

The Joplin High School Jazz Band and the Sound Dimension vocal group entertained those who attended the Academic All-Star celebration Monday night in the Coulter Auditorium at JHS.

Students from South Middle School and Emerson, Irving, and Eastmorland elementary schools who earned either an advanced or proficient rating in any section of the MAP tests, which were taken last April.

Academic All-Stars honored

South Middle School Academic All-Stars were honored during ceremonies held Monday night in the Coulter Auditorium at Joplin High School.

The students received proficient or advanced scores on at least one area of the MAP tests in April. Those named were:

Sixth Grade- Caleb Adams, Chance Baker, Cameron Ball, Corey Ball, Dakota Ballard, Hunter Barnes, Macximina Barron, Grace Bass, Ryan Beall, William Blankenship, Shania Blevins, Evan Blue, Tamerick Branham, Jennifer Brewer, Andrew Brown, Payton Burkhart, Samario Burris, John Byrd, Reed Campbell, Alexander Capehart, Danae Carson, Gloria Castruita, Christian Cervantes, Frankie Connett, Trevor Conrad, Taylor Corp, Ethan Crider, Vise Cusick, Kaylah Dailey, Killian Darden, Christopher Dumas, Paige Earl, Ailan Eldred, Sevrin Eldred, Jonah Ellman, Savanah Fields, Keegan Ganes, Delshaun Garth, Ashlie Green, Austin Green, Nalynn Gurley, Aleah Hardee, Tess Harmon, Veronica Herron, Jordan Hetiback, Colton Hill, Stormy Hinklin, Jalynn Hood, Nicole Howe, Rachel Hursh, Preston Inmon, Anthony Isley, Ian Ivie, Anthuan Jackson, Colt Jackson, Herbert Jackson, Megan Jacobs, Veronica Johnson, Cannon Jones, Bailey Kleeman, Christopher Lawson, Austin Lewis, Nathan Lewsader, Elijah Little, Harrison Marshall, Bethany Martin, Samuel Matson, Anna McCann, Sadie McCash, Zachary McDonough, Tori Merriam, Keondre Morrison, Cory Myers, Trace Neidholdt, Esmeralda Oviedo, Ashton Parker, Jaron Pelham, Asia Pinyan, Keysha Porter, Levi Puckett, Ethan Putney, Jamie Rhodes, Joshua Richardson, Corina Rodgers, Fabian Rodriguez, Ismael Rodriguez, Lora Rooffener, Megan Rowe, Zane Sanchez, Jennifer Schulze, Sarina Shofner, Cheynoah Slate, Jaetea Smith, Destiny Smith, Amanda Snearly, Kyle Stephens, Madison Stripling, Savanna Stripling, Avery Tanner, Summer Tate, Anna Tillman, Kelli VanLoon, Brandon Walker, Tyree Walker, Erica Warner, Alyvia Warstler, Alec Welch, Azia Wheatley, Adam White, Dakota Whitten, Ashten Whittington, Dalton Wickman, Jason Wilder, Denton Williams, Karin Willis, Madison Wilson, Mycah Wisner-German, Mitchell Woods, Theodore "L. T." Wright.

Seventh Grade- Mason Atwood, Joceline Bogarin, Kenneth Braun, John Brewer, Cailin Brown, Brendyn Burns, Preston Carpenter, Heather Copeland, Heather Cowan, Drew Cox, Leigh Ann Craig, Laura Crews, Khristopher Dailey, Kyrsten Damrill, Summer Dean, Gavin DePaul, Shelbie DeWitt, Abigail Dial, Aaron Dunaway, Katelyn Earll, Bain Edens, Oswaldo Gomez, Kenny Gonzales, Kaci Gowen, Kyle Gradwohl, Khaled Graham, Lane Grimes, Bailey Hale, Chase Hall, Cayley Hardison, Sarah Heimberg, Chandler Hendrix, Trystal Hillegus, Wesley Hooks, Courtney Huggins, Brittnie Hunter, Colton Johnson, Keaton Jones, Bradley Kennedy, Spencer Layne, Lauren Leibee, Caitlin Little, Jessica Little, Brandon Marney, Chanel McGowan, Dillon McVey, Emily Merritt, Preston Miller, Michael Munalem, Hayden Ottendorf, Alexandra Oviedo, Amara Pendergraft, Dakota Pilgrim, Stormi Potts, Gannon Purdy, Kahla Quinn, Luke Randolph, David Reed, Kymbre Resler, William Rust, Amanda Schilling, Kenya Schmidt, Trevon Shelton, Marissa Shofner, Eric Spicer, Devon Stahl, Stephen Tatum, Ashley Taylor, Michael VanSlyke, Brooklyn Vickers, Nicole Walker, Rebekah Walters, Martianna Westfall, Caleb Willis, Hunter Winkle, Adison Wright.

Eighth Grade- Torri Ackerson, Joel Adame, Alexandria Adams, Calvin Alumbaugh, Dalton Anderson, Jodi Anderson, Sierra Bartholomew, Abigail Bass, Eric Bauersfield, Lisa Bromley, Alexis Brown, Clayton Brown, Nathan Brummer, Casey Burkhart, Tyler Burkhart, Austin Burns, Hannah Cady, Hollis Cady, Dylan Caldwell, Joseph Capehart, Cheslie Cook, William Cottrill, Cole Darby, Aaron Daum, Felisha Derrick, Danielle Doerr, Laila Douglas, Karissa Dowell, Caroline Dutton, Shelby Eaton, Calisha England, Wesley Estes, Eliza Fausto, Lonza Feaman, Kelsey Gould, Tera Hall, Allison Hankins, Hannah Hare, Kvonne Harris, Shanice Hazley, Isaiah Hicks, Alex Hill, Anna Johnson, Carson Jones, Morgan Jones, Paula Jones, Kevin Justis, Kylie Lewsader, Sherry Marlett, Dustin Martin, Tianna McCarthy, Dominique Michael, Hunter Mills, Damien Mitchell, Damon Monasco, Alexander Musgrave, Curtis Nollner, Mackenzie Owen, Michael Oyler, Spencer Peterson, Devin Plassman, Orion Quintana, Dakota Reasoner, Stefon Rich, Thomas Richins, Alexandra Ritter, Joseph Ryser, Gabriel Sachetta, Bryson Sexton, Benjamin Story, Shane Striegel, Logan Terry, Victoria Thompson, Kristin Tippett, Axle Vene, Theodora Voutiritsas, Elaina Warren, Ethan Warstler, Andrew Welch, Ashley Wescoat, Allison White, Alex Whittington, Storm Whittington, Emilee Willis, Tommy Winstead, Alexis Woods, Jacob Wyrick, Emily Yarbrough

Monday, October 06, 2008

Voutiritsas receives $500 scholarship

SMS eighth grader Thea Voutiritsas received a $500 scholarship during Academic All Star ceremonies at Joplin High School tonight.

One middle school student and one elementary student were drawn from among those receiving academic honors.

(Photo: Thea Voutiritsas and Kylie Lewsader display Thea's $500 scholarship.)

Joplin R-8 Schools accredited with distinction for fifth straight year

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has designated the Joplin R-8 School District as being "accredited with distinction," Superintendent C. J. Huff told those attending the Academic All Stars celebration at Joplin High School tonight.

"Accredited with Distinction" is the highest honor awarded by the state. This is the fifth straight year Joplin has reached the top.

The Academic All-Star celebration featured students from South Middle School and Eastmorland, Emerson, and Irving elementary schools who achieved either advanced or proficient in at least one segment of the annual MAP tests, which were held in April.

The program featured a brief speech by Missouri Southern State University President Dr. Bruce Speck. and performances by the JHS Jazz Band, under the direction of Major James Osborn, and Sound Dimension, under the direction of Susan Ideker.

Eagle Time begins at SMS

Eagle Time for students with no Cs or Ds on their mid-quarter reports has begun at South Middle School. Sixth graders have Eagle Time during TA on Tuesdays, while seventh graders have it on Wednesdays, and eighth graders on Thursdays. The accompanying photos were taken Thursday during eighth grade Eagle Time.

(Room 210 photos by Elaina Warren)