Friday, March 30, 2012
The list was posted outside the door of EMS choir teacher Ms. Julie Yonkers this afternoon.
The following students were chosen for New Expressions: Maggie Baker, Amy Koch, Kiah Poulson, Miranda Sanders, Amelia Street, Ethan Fannon, Ethan Holz, and Casey Stewart.
Nashya Shindin, a former East student who transferred to South earlier this year, was also chosen, as were former Joplin High School and former East students Alex Nguyen, Alex Capehart, Jeremiah Martin, and Connor Barnett.
The production is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, in the South Middle School Auditorium.
(Pictured: Bottom row, from left, Ginger Gormley, mouse; Emma Willterton, mouse; Anna Nguyen, mouse; top row, Audrey Kanan, Cinderella; Ashley Koch, mouse; Amelia Street, Fairy Godmother
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
EMS Journalism Editor
Well known author Neal Shusterman spoke to Joplin students, including EMS National Junior Honor Society and eighth grade advanced reading class Feb. 28 at South Middle School.
The students, who were accompanied by Mrs. Kathy Howerton, Mrs. Tina Guiles, Ms. Julie Yonkers, and Mrs. Bonnie Turner, had the opportunity to listen to Mr Shusterman talk about his career and how it came to be. He gave information about his novels and what made a good writer, including tips for the students and his many inspirations for writing. Students had the chance to ask questions and have their copies of his books signed.
Mr. Shusterman's novels include Unwind, Everlost, and The Schwa Was Here. In one of his books, Unwind, he actually mentions the city of Joplin. This was one of his mamy reasons for coming to visitthe students at our town. For both South and East middle schools, the experience was truly unforgettable and inspiring to future authors.
(Video by Amy Koch)
The students wrote papers using either text talk or language that only teens would use. They performed the papers for the class in the format of a poetry slam. Eight finalists were chosen- Maggie Baker, second hour; Lexie Ruddick, third hour; Jennifer Nguyen and Maddie Thorne (pictured in video), fourth hour; Kaley Moser, fifth hour; Alize Iverson, sixth hour; and Ashton McGehee and Stella Ndauwa.
Videos of the finalists' performances will be placed on a new website, where they will be judged by Mrs. Angel Mense's seventh grade communicatino arts classes. The winning entry will receive $10.
Bailey Gardner took first in the pole vault. John Myers broke the school record in the mile, shattering the old record by eight seconds. He finished third. This is the first time Myers has competed in track. James Tupper also beat the old record.
Jayden Hetiback took the silver in the 200, while Colton Harbin finished third in the 100 meter dash, and Taran Augustosky was third in the 100 meter hurdles.
The boys also dominated the relay events with the 400 and 800 teams taking gold. Members for those events included Jayden Hetiback, Dantee' Figueroa, Allejandro Santillan, Junior Lewis, and Colton Harbin.
Taking third place was the mile relay team, consisting of John Myers, Taran Augustosky, James Tupper, and Dantee" Figueroa.
Ashlyn Griffberg had two gold medals and a silver medal, winning the 100 and 200 meter races and taking second in the long jump. She missed a school record in the 200 by 1/10th of a second. And she was only six inches away from a school record in the long jump, where she went 13 feet.
Brittan Dutton and Emma Hudson took gold and silver in the pole vault.
In the seventh grade boys division, Ryan Ball placed second in the pole vault.
The track team will compete Friday at Webb City.
EMS Journalism Club Staff Writer
Other students participating in National History Day were Jackson Divilbiss, Amy Koch, Jennifer Nguyen, Conner Elijah, Lydia Routledge, and Alexandra Stelts.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Journalism Club Editor
East Middle School eighth graders received a welcome break during Encore earlier this month when vocal groups from Joplin High School performed.
The visit, an annual treat, is designed to introduce the students to the vocal music opportunities that are available to them at the high school.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Journalism Club Staff Writer
(The following article expresses the opinion of Darin Clark and does not represent the official viewpoint of the East Middle School Journalism Club.)
So what is free speech? It is the ability to stand up and say what you want without the exception of people standing down on you and diminishing your authority in any way. This school thinks it is above that right.
If I were to swear at someone on the street they may get ticked, but forget about it in a bit and part ways, but all in all it is a matter of what you want to say. Schools just want to have control over us and run us like little drones with little to no freedom.
We already have school dress codes and a book of rules. I say forget that and say what you want and need to say and don’t worry about the consequences. Just go with it and all will be good in the end. We need to take a stand at this school.