Thursday, September 23, 2010

Eighth grade wins spirit competition at first EMS pep rally

Color Guard excels in first performance

“The reason I like color guard is because it’s something different, it’s not a regular thing like band or volleyball,” says co-captain Hanna West. 
Jennifer Schulze says she likes color guard because it’s just plain fun.
Their favorite thing they like about color guard is, says Schulze, “It’s okay if we mess up we can get right back in.” 
West says her favorite part is learning new moves.
Their least favorite part about color guard is the marching and getting hit with the flag.
When they practice they look happy and proud at what they are doing. And nobody can wait until they perform at East Middle School’s first pep rally Thursday, September 23rd. Members of color guard are listed below.
7th grade Alize Iverson, Keisha Grunden, Bonnie Johnson, Kayla Johnson, Cara Marshall, Kelly Parker, Madeline Webber, Katelynne Yonkers, and 8th grade Shana Cover, Tyauna Robinson, Jennifer Schulze, Hanna West, and Ashlee Youngblood have all very much enjoyed the first year of East Middle School color guard, coached by Ms. Lara Stamper.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Eighth grade A game underway

The East A volleyball team has fallen behind Carl Junction in the early going. The photos were taken by Denton Williams:

8th B loses to Carl Junction

The Joplin East Middle School eighth grade B team lost its home opener to Carl Junction 25-10, 25-6.

Photos from home volleyball opener

The East Middle School seventh and eighth grade B volleyball teams lost their home openers this evening.
(Photos by Denton Williams)

Video from 7th grade volleyball game

We're live-blogging the home volleyball opener

Welcome to the first East Middle School Journalism live-blogging event for the 2010-2011 school year. The seventh grade B team has fallen behind 12-5 while the eighth grade team is trailing 13-2.

We will have photos, videos, and stories throughout the evening.

Monday, September 20, 2010

East volleyball falls to Carthage

Staff Writer

The East Middle School eighth grade volleyball team lost in three games to Carthage Tuesday night.

After splitting the first two games, East began the tiebreaker with two consecutive serve points for Hannah Huffman. The Eagles also received a point from a Madison Stripling spike and another point from Paige Earl before falling to the Tigers.

Project Eagle begins today

Project Eagle, a new behavioral incentive plan which also stresses volunteerism, and participation and support in school activities, begins today at East Middle School.

Eighth grade communication arts teacher Mr. Randy Turner explained the program to students during an assembly Friday:

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ACUITY tests scheduled for today through Thursday

The first of seven ACUITY tests will be held today at East.

Eighth graders will take their tests, with seventh graders testing Wednesday and sixth graders Tuesday. All tests will be done on computers this year.

Photos provided for 9-11 performance

A tribute to those 
who died on 9-11

Photos by Jessica Crabb

The following photos were taken in the East Middle School Auditorium Thursday, September 8, 2010, during the drama classes' 9-11 tribute.

EMS volleyball falls in opener at North

Staff Writer

The East Middle School eighth grade volleyball team opened its season with a pair of losses at North Thursday night.

The A team lost 25-8, 25-5, while the B team fell 25-10, 20-5.

The seventh and eighth grade teams will be in action tonight at Carthage and will play at College Heights Thursday. The first home match is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 21, against Carl Junction.

(Photos by Valerie Royer)

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Drama students offer inspirational tribute to 9-11 victims

Staff Writer

In honor of those who died in the tragedy that occurred Sept. 11, 2001, East Middle School drama students held a performance Thursday, Sept. 8.

Under the direction of Ms. Lara Stamper, the students put on footage of 9-11 and a reenactment of what some of the people might have gone through that day.

The audience was impressed and emotional and the teachers were proud of the respect the students showed.

"The reason we do these performances," Ms. Stamper said, "is so we don't forget. We shouldn't forget all the great volunteers and people who risked their lives to save people they'd never met."

Ms. Stamper also told students about a program the school is doing where it will "adopt" troops in Iraq. The students will start by sending letters to the troops.

(Video by Rylee Hartwell)

First deadline for EMS fundraiser is Friday

The first of three deadlines for our magazine sales fundraiser is Friday. Prizes will be given to top salespeople from all three grades.

(Photos- Top, Seventh grade math teacher Miss Areke Worku shows how the money machine operates. A trip to the machine will be one of the prizes students can win by selling magazines. Bottom, EMS Principal Mr. Bud Sexson explains the fundraiser during the assembly Friday, Sept. 3.)

Journalism Club begins for 2010-2011 school year

The first East Middle School Journalism Club meeting was held Thursday, Sept. 2, in Mrs. Angel Mense's classroom. Students began by learning some of the basics of journalism and were given the opportunity to write an article about the first meeting. Two of those articles are featured below:

Staff Writer

Have you ever wanted to write for a newspaper? Here is your chance. Journalism Club is run by Mr. Randy Turner and Mrs. Angel Mense. It meets every Thursday after school until 4:30 p.m. in Mrs. Mense's room, Room 205.

Journalism Club has been offered for seven years .

We expose what is going on at the school, inform our readers about events and help build pride in our school. Even if you don't want to be in journalism, you can check out our website, East Middle School Roundabout at www.room210news.

Staff Writer

On Thursday, Sept. 2, East Middle School held its first Journalism Club meeting of the 2010-2011 school year in Mrs. Angel Mense's room. The club is sponsored by Mrs. Mense and Mr. Randy Turner.

The club will meet every Thursday after school. Journalism Club lets others know what is going on at the school, while teaching students the basics of journalism.

While at first Mrs. Mense, Mr. Turner and eighth grader Valerie Royer will handle assigning the articles, later the assignments will be almost completely made by the students.

First Quiz Bowl meeting held

Staff Writer

The first East Middle School Quiz Bowl meeting was held Wednesday, Sept 1. Though it was a dark and rainy day, that did not keep students from thinking. Nineteen showed up, including returning eighth grade veterans Rylee Hartwell, Hannah Huffman, Valerie Royer, Evan Blue, and Alexis Gifford.

For those East Middle School seventh and eighth graders who want to participate, but could not show up for the first meeting, Quiz Bowl sessions are held Wednesdays after school in Mr. Randy Turner's room, Room 313. For those who are involved in other activities on Wednesdays and are unable to make it, practices will also be held Friday mornings at 7:45 a.m. in Mr. Turner's room.

Magazine sales fundraiser begins at East

Staff Writer

East Middle School is having its first fundraiser of the new school year.

Students are selling many items, including magazine subscriptions and renewals, and gifts. The fundraiser's motto,TTIN (The Time is Now), is particularly appropriate for the Sept. 4-Sept. 6 weekend. Many out-of-town family members might be seen and students will have more sales opportunities.

The order forms are due in three weeks. Principal Mr. Bud Sexson says that he prefers this fundraiser and has used it in the past.

Items from the fundraiser can be ordered online, through sellers and through coupon books, which are explained in the students' packets. Students were told to be safe and only sell to people that they know.

Prizes that top sellers may win were shown to students during the kickoff assembly Friday, Sept. 3.

(Video by Alexis Gifford)