Spyglass: Volume LVI | Issue I | August 2014


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Commemorative Edition volume lvi / issue i joplin high school august 2014 Page 4 Welcome Home Eagles Page 8 High School Survival Page 18 Fighting Onward


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CONTENTS 4 Welcome Home Eagles 6 On the Other Side of the Storm 7 Back in the Game 8 How to Survive the First Week of School 9 Learning in All Places 9 More Than A Statistic 10 School Map 10 Room Numbers 12 Some Things Aren’t Solved with an App 13 Eagle Alley Lives On 14 Fighting Onward 15 FTC Takes Lead On STEM Education 16 Hope and Recovery 18 A Pleasant Taste of Democracy Spyglass is a student publication of Joplin High School. All articles are student produced and any views expressed are that of the author. This magazine is distributed throughout the Joplin R-8 School District and local business sponsors. Please direct all correspondence to adviser, Mary W. Crane, marycrane@joplinschools.org or Editor-In-Chief, Rylee Hartwell, ryleehartwell@joplinschools.org. Rylee Hartwell Editor-In-Chief Emma Thompson Assistant Editor Matt McMullen Layout & Design Editor Chris Martucci Sports Editor Kathleen Hughes Copy Editor Devon Johnson Photographer Logan Whitehead Business & Advertising Mrs. Mary Crane Adviser Emma Claybrook Nene Adams Jennifer Nguyen Karly Weber Maggie Baker Sarah Peterson Taylor Ford Staff eaglealley.com Cover Photo by Cecil Cornish Eddie the Eagle and marching band members in their respective new uniforms at the first home football game, Fall 2011. Background Photo on Page 3 by Matt McMullen Facing north from Indiana Avenue, a view of the front entrance of Joplin High School three weeks before school begins.


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Welcome Home Eagles! Dear Students and Staff, The last three years have been quite a journey for all of us. As a result of an unthinkable tragedy that none of us could have ever imagined, we find ourselves moving forward as a school and community. The opening of the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center will be a day we will not forget as we celebrate education innovation and our determination. The opening of the new high school/technology center is significant for several reasons. First, it gives us a “state of the art” permanent home for school. We all made the best of our temporary facilities, but now we can be back together as one campus. Second, it allows us to implement our plans for education. We can offer more personalized learning experiences, exposure to technology, flexible learning spaces for special projects, and well-designed classrooms and facilities so that our students can express their talent and creativity. Third, the school is a source of pride. The new JHS/FTC may be the largest secondary school in our state. Its very unique design will accommodate our students and staff alike with its multiuse spaces and amenities. The new JHS/FTC is the most advanced educational institution in southwest Missouri in both facility and program design. Finally, we want to remember to thank the parents and patrons of the Joplin School District for the opportunity to build our high school and technology center. The bond campaign is an example of how our residents “stepped up” to the challenge of taking care of us. Now it is time for us to “step up” and make our new school come alive with student successes everyday. -Kerry Sachetta Joplin High School Principal Brick eagle carefully disassembled from the destroyed high school building and then carefully reconstructed in the new high school. 4 Photo by Matt McMullen eaglealley.com


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Students and Staff, From the beginning of my freshman year, this year’s seniors high school career has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. We will start our first “last” day of high school much like our “first” day at JHS: lights, camera, action. However, after the first day on August 25 we can finally say that we made it to a permanent building with all students in one central location. Freshmen will have the privilege of going four full years to a state of the art building with many more opportunities than classes before them. The Class of 2015 is slated to graduate a record breaking number of students. Each class has their own story, which they will tell with the help of the Spyglass. Dr. Sachetta gives an accurate assessment of the new building and the milestones that it will set with students and within the community: “The opening of the new high school/technology center is significant for several reasons. First, it gives us a state of the art permanent home for school. We all made the best of our temporary facilities, but now we can be back together as one campus. Second, it allows us to implement our plans for education. We can offer more personalized learning experiences, exposure to technology, flexible learning spaces for special projects, and well- designed classrooms and facilities so that our students can express their talent and creativity. Third, the school is a source of pride.” This year, I encourage you to look for the Spyglass throughout our new building. Learning about the exciting things and people at JHS is something that will benefit you as a student. If you have any questions or have story ideas about JHS don’t hesitate to contact any staff member. We are here to serve you! -Rylee Hartwell Spyglass Editor-In-Chief Dear Joplin Schools’ Family, On May 22, 2011, Mother Nature brought us the worst she had to offer. In just 32 minutes, a third of our community and half our district was damaged or destroyed. Most tragic, however, were the stolen lives of 161 of our friends and neighbors, including 7 of our students and a staff member. Days later, we announced that we would reopen our schools as scheduled on August 17, 87 days after the storm. To many, that idea seemed like an empty, emotional promise. But, with the support of our community and volunteers from around the world, we proved the doubters wrong. August 25, 2014, marks another milestone. After three challenging years, we’re bringing our Eagles home. Many view the completion of the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center as a finish line. I see it as the starting line. Within that terrible tragedy, we saw an opportunity to re-imagine the high school experience for future generations. We brought together the best thinkers, best practices, and best ideas to develop something we believe will change education. When you step into the new JHS/FTC, take time to reflect on our journey together. We rebuilt. We reinvented ourselves. We made the best of a terrible tragedy. We made our community proud. And most importantly, we did right by our kids. But, the best is yet to come. Eagles...welcome home! -C.J. Huff Joplin Schools Superintendent 5


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On the Other Side of the Storm TV Productions teacher, brings electronic expertise to JHS after experiencing loss By Emma Thompson Nathaniel Ward, TV Productions teacher, works on editing video with Lauren Stringer, senior. Ward began teaching TV Productions midway through the 20112012 school year. “You grow up thinking you’re invincible. And when you have an experience like that, you realize you’re not,” said Nathan Ward. “We’re only here for a limited time and it’s kind of important to use it to its fullest while you have the opportunity.” Ward, a TV Productions teacher at JHS, was among the many who lost everything in the May 22 tornado. While hanging out with a friend that Sunday, Ward said that, after leaving a music store with his friend, they doubted the storm was anywhere near Joplin. Ward recalled glancing in his rearview mirror while driving home and seeing a black mass behind him. They sped down 20th Street, past the high school, with the tornado following them. While viewing the security footage from the high school some time later, he was able to see his Jeep drive by the high school. “We ended up getting to the house with about 25 seconds to spare before it came down and hit us. We hunkered down in the hallway and rode it out,” he said. Ward’s insurance company claimed the damage as a total loss. The devastating tornado destroyed his house, car and future place of employment. “I lost everything. You know, when you have to start from zero, it can be really frustrating,” he said. “Finding a house when everybody is trying to find a house is probably the hardest thing. I ended up living with my parents for a while; luckily enough they were just out of reach of the tornado. That was probably the biggest adjustment.” As a way to recuperate after the tornado, Ward spent three weeks at his aunt and uncle’s lake house out at Beaver Lake. “Everybody has their own escape. I think it’s important for people to have an escape from the monotony of their job, their school, and things like that. Not everybody has that same opportunity, but I was very fortunate to be able to get away from everything for a little while, kind of reset my brain and then come back to where I could perform (to) my normal capacity,” said Ward. Despite the sobering events of that Sunday, Ward has been happy to begin his job at JHS and start doing what he loves: spending time with kids. “Being able to connect with people who are just now getting to see the world on their own, not holding their parent’s hand anymore, that’s fascinating to me it’s an exciting thing for me to witness someone learning something about how the world works,” said Ward. Ward expressed his excitement for the new high school and new equipment that will be available to students there. He’s especially looking forward to the new studio he will have the opportunity to take advantage of for his classes, including where cameras would be for sporting events. Describing JHS as a “flagship school of Joplin Schools,” Ward believes the new building will bring the community of Joplin together more. “There are a lot of schools in the district. But the high school, I think, is the most recognizable,” said Ward. “As a city and a state and a nation, people kind of have eyes on Joplin Schools. And I think there is a lot of anticipation for it to open.” 6 eaglealley.com


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Profile From sports equipment to uniforms to practice fields, the JHS Athletic Department comes from behind to make the play Back in the Game By Logan Whitehead Wrestling mats, football gear, uniforms, and countless other items were a first priority to the Joplin High School Athletic Department after May 2011. After the tornado, teachers and administrators faced many obstacles. At the helm of the athletic department Jeff Starkweather, director, has stood out. Starkweather, said the 2014-2015 school year is about being back under one roof, he looks forward to walking down the hall to talk to somebody. Not across town. “We are going to be like a family being reunited again,” he said. Last year he was awarded the Missouri Athletic Director of the Year during the 2013-2014. school year. He was awarded for finding places to practice and a variety of other duties performed. “The first year afterwards, lots of kids were impacted. It was a challenge, but I’m proud with the way our kids have gotten after it again regardless of the situation,” he said. With help from other organizations and schools, all uniforms have been replaced. With the help of buses for transportation - fields and courts all over Joplin have been used for practicing and playing. “We’re getting back all those; whatever we lost, that’s what we’ll have back,” Starkweather said. Jeff Starkweather, Athletic Director Haley Sloan, senior, right, films a student for a TV Productions project. Sloan has taken the course for two years. To watch the full interview, visit eaglealley.com 7


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How to Survive the First Week of School Tips to starting the school year By Jennifer Nguyen Student Life Be prepared. The start of a new school year means the start of new classes, new teachers, and most importantly, new schedules. As summer comes to a close, it’s extremely tempting to sit back and enjoy what remains of it, but it is essential to make the transition from vacation mode to school mode. Be prepared to listen, because this first week will be packed with facts about navigating the building, figuring out the bell schedule, and learning classroom procedures, and most importantly, being organized. Know your resources. Don’t be shy about asking questions. It’s always a good idea to know who and what your best resources are in times of need, especially during the first week of school. Teachers, friends, and directories can be extremely helpful, but don’t forget that some of the best resources may also be the most unexpected. Find your own support system, and establish it. Begin with a healthy slate. Start off the new school year with a healthy sleep schedule. It sounds lame, but ditch the late summer nights. Set yourself up for success by doing all the simple things you tend to neglect. Set an alarm, have a good breakfast, and try to get at least six hours of sleep. Water is also another staple that will help tremendously; drink lots of it. By kicking off the new term with healthy habits, you are ultimately framing an easier way to stay on top of things. Make a first impression. Some people believe that it can take as few as 10 seconds to make a first impression. If this is true, it is crucial to promote yourself in a way that gives off positive vibes about your personality and work ethic. This proves to teachers that you are serious about being in school. Keep up the positive attitude, and you’ll have positive results. Embrace school spirit. Do this by getting involved! In addition to being involved with your regular activities, explore the massive pool of opportunities, and try new things. Be supportive at sporting events, concerts, art galleries, and participate in school-sponsored events, such as spirit week. It’s always nice to have a sense of school pride, and being involved is worth it in the long-run. e8aglealley.com eaglealley.com8


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Profile Learning in All Places English teacher, Linda Unser, has a long history of attending and teaching at Joplin High School By Devon Johnson Photo contributed by Linda Unser Not many students were thrilled about the idea of going to school at the 9-10 campus after the tornado due to the fact that some went to middle school at what was then Memorial. Linda Unser, freshmen English teacher, coming to the 9-10 campus was like coming back to college. Unser began school at Joplin Junior College and continued as it then merged into Missouri Southern State College, which was where the 9-10 campus currently is. Unser went to high school at the old high school. Unser got to teach in the school she went to high in school in that blew away and now teaches at the school she went to college at. When Unser was in high school the “new thing” was electric typewriters. However there have been some big changes since Unser graduated in 1965. Unser was in high school during a tumultuous time in America. Attending school throughout the Vietnam War Era and the John F. Kennedy assassination. Looking back, Mr.Moore, her speech teacher, was her favorite teacher. Speech, theater, “Tophatters” and choir are just a few activities Unser was involved in during high school. She also had a chance to speak at her graduation, “In high school I wanted to be involved in everything, I always wanted something to keep me busy because I enjoyed being active and social,” said Unser. Unser became a teacher because she has always enjoyed working with students and wanted to use her training in drama and the arts to enrich their lives. Unser chose not to retire the 2014-2015 school year because of the new high school building. “I just want to “be back home,” said Unser. “It was so cool to teach in the school I went to school in and it made me devastated when it blew away.” Unser originally wanted to be a drama therapist and combine her interest in psychology and theatre. “One of my major interests in graduate school was creative dramatics. That seemed to be the perfect match for theatre and therapy. That was my original direction for a career and then I was asked to teach at a college in St. Louis...and then later at a high school in Iowa...so I became a high school drama/English teacher. Also, I had so many great teachers in high school and college that they also inspired me to become a teacher.” Unser is very proud to have graduated from JHS. “I want students to love high school as much as I did and push to strive for success. Being an Eagle just makes me proud,” she said. More than a Statistic Math teacher, Adam Bennett, prizes teaching over personal storm losses By Karly Weber Life at Joplin High School has been hectic since the May 2011, to say the least. Some have said this is a cause for complaint. But, for math teacher Adam Bennett, this is not the case. Bennett has been teaching math for six years and was teaching at JHS during the time of the tornado. He lost his home and place of employment in the storm. He and his wife were at home during the storm, when it took a direct hit. “We got in our bathroom and we were in there maybe less than a minute when we heard a tree hit our house. Right after that it lifted our floorboards. We ended up in a tree in the back of our neighbor’s yard.” Bennett waited for the National Guard to rescue him from the nearby tree, he then found out that he had a broken leg. Despite these circumstances and the split campuses, Bennett was thinking positively about starting school on time in August 2011. “It was a gold mine to go back to school on time,” said Bennett. “It didn’t matter that we were in an old building, I was just glad to get back to school.” Bennett has taught at both campuses, and is looking forward to being back under one roof. “I like showing kids that they can do things they didn’t think that they could,” said Bennett. “I enjoy that feeling of helping them.” Bennett will be teaching AP Statistics, Sports Statistics, and Algebra II in E-323 this year. 9


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School Map A124 A125 A126 A140 A145 Stackhouse/Baum Trotnic Mudd/VanHorn VanHorn/Baum/Reynolds Baum/Reynolds First Floor B116 B111 B119 B109 B110 Crane Ward Craven Craven Craven C106 C107 C131 C132 C133 C134 C136 C137 Wilson Sachetta Hamilton Pollock-Scott Murray Bowman Day Schroeder


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Teachers & Room Numbers D101 D111 D113 D114 E104 E105 E123 F104 G103 G105 G110 G115 H103 H102 H101 H127 H136 H111 H110 First Floor (cont.) Pyle/Lovecamp Morgan Leonard Gash Linden/Lovecamp McGowen/Lovecamp Essley/Barksdale J103 J105 J107 J117 J120 J137 J126 Coble Wortley Reed Dorton Anderson Anderson Welch Weber Curtis Noah Patton Fields K143 K125 K142 K138 K101A K112 K104A K106A K114 K108A Second Floor Weber Reed Rockers Hensley/Pyle Sawyer Winninger Rutledge Williams Shields/Lawrence Saunders, T Lawrence Williams Stauffer Saunders, S Shields Miller Harryman B207 Gipson B206 Krolman/D. Leatherman B215 Santillian B217 Bagby B203 Daniels/Lovecamp B218-A Wheeler B218-B Wheeler B201 Wolfshorndl B200 Gloyer B219 Cooney C222 C252 C248 C233 C242 C239 C255 C216 C212 C226 Goode Wrona Forst Vance Engelage/Rydberg White, B Cowin Hueller Boyd Goswick D209 D206 D204 D217 D218 Heim Whitney Carr Dixon Vu D203 D200 D221 D220 D219 VanVactor Oster Bell, R Harrison Keczkemethy E211 E212 E224 E225 E226 E200 E203 E228 A&B E229 K202 K204 K205 K206 K214 K215 Freeborn Bell, A Schneider Primm Movick Reed Vaness Farley/Dodson Brown, K Brubaker Starkweather Hiatt Shields/Lawrence Harryman/Williams/ Stauffer/Miller Harryman/Williams/ Stauffer/Miller L206 L207 Norris Holt Third Floor B306 B302 B300 Schultz, T Taute Garrett B317 B315-A B315-B Young Bohall Myers B314 B313 Gurley, J Reiboldt B312 Lycnh/Loveall C324 C325 C304 C300 C326 C328 C327-A C327-B C314 C307 D309 D305 D303 D300 D321 D319 D320A D320B D318 D317 White, B Lee Gurley, M Holland Brown Woods Laturner Burgess Cantwell Harding Heim Hancock Grotheer/Shaffer Welling/Shaffer Butts Adcock Smith, A/Stump Shultz Prather Sorrick E309 E308 E306 E311 E307 E319 E320 E322-A E322-B E323 E321 E303 E300 Jansen Jakaitis/Stump Delph Rhea Travis Hurd Gilmer Yen Unser Bennett Place Fisher Boyer


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Some Things Aren’t Solved with an App Transitions, a mandatory graded course is added to each student’s schedule By Sarah Peterson The new transitions course being implemented at JHS this year is designed to guide students through their high school careers and teach them lifelong skills for success. The activities in the transitions class will vary depending on the day and are aimed to be relevant to each specific grade. Some days will include a group sharing or discussion while others will focus on developing school related skills. The transitions teacher will act as an academic adviser to help the students with setting goals, keeping up in school, and planning their futures. The class was designed by a committee of teachers, counselors and administrators: Danielle Yen, Kris Garrett, Kaci Dorton, Charla Hamilton, Lisa Simmons, Rhonda Sloan, Shelly Tarter, Justin Crawford, Matt Harding, and Jeff Brown. “The ultimate goal is to help students become more successful,” said committee member Danielle Yen. “The whole staff is really excited about how this is going to be helpful to our students.” The classes will be composed of randomly mixed students from the same grade. The freshmen and sophomores will be placed in classes of approximately 15-16 students, while the juniors and seniors will be in classes of 20-22 students. “It is a place for students to come together: a safe place where they can be known by a teacher and feel comfortable with each other as a group,” said Yen. According to Yen, the staff has hopes of allowing students to keep the same transitions adviser all four years of high school, but it is not yet certain if that will be possible. “One of the biggest advantages is that you will have one person who knows you very well throughout your high school career and someone you can communicate with,” said Yen.


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Student Life From the old high school to the temporary facilities to the new high school Eagle Alley Lives On By Matt McMullen The Joplin response to the May 22 tornado will always be remembered as a symbol of hope for the Joplin community. As it destroyed the old Joplin High School, temporary facilities were made for the students. After three years of traveling between campuses, planning locations for extracurricular activities and being a split high school, the new building has finally arrived allowing students and staff to be together again. Along with this transition, traditions must be carried over as well. A hard tradition to carry over, since it is a symbol as well as a social gathering place, is Eagle Alley. In the old high school, Eagle Alley was the commons area located right outside the cafeteria. It was a central gathering place of the school. At one point, it was the crossing path going from one end of the building to the other. As Joplin High moved locations, new ideas were formed. “I think what the 11-12 campus has brought us is the realization that if we design our school to have multiple social places, students can find different places around the school and they don’t have to feel like they have to be in one particular place because that’s where all their peers are,” said Kerry Sachetta, Joplin High Principal. Sachetta wishes that the old high school’s Eagle Alley was wider, as does Sam Williams, 2012 Joplin High graduate. “I would’ve liked to see more space. I wish the hallway would’ve been wider so that people who wanted to stop by and chat with their friends could easily pass through,” said Williams. The new campus was planned to be built with multiple social places where students can talk with their friends and hang out before or after school or classes. “Because the old high school’s Eagle Alley was the only really developed social place, I think everyone felt they had to use that place to socialize. Where Eagle Alley in the 11-12 campus is not the only place where kids can congregate,” said Sachetta. The new Eagle Alley holds places for shops where certain clubs can sell items. The high school replicated the rose garden that was located between the building and the gym, where kids can socialize as well as people attending events held there. “In the new high school, Eagle Alley will have a different connotation, not only as a social gathering place, but also a place where we’re going to have multiple shops for different clubs, such as the coffee shop,” said Sachetta. “Everyone will love the new school. As always with transitions, people will feel out of place for a while, but when they get used to the new school, I think they will love it because it will be one of the nicest schools in Missouri,” said Williams.


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Fighting Onward Students preserve old traditions to foster school spirit By Chris Martucci StudIenntet rLeisfet Shelbie DeWitt, Class of 2014 senior, leads the student section in the “rollercoaster” at a home football game. It’s one of the more recent traditions at JHS. Photo by Katie Earll School traditions are an important part of a high schools culture: they define the school as a whole and create pride. Most school traditions have to do with the athletics. Joplin High School head girls basketball coach, Jeff Williams, worked hard last year to restore student pride in basketball. “Forming new traditions as well as keeping positive old traditions are very important to a successful school climate,” he said. But for JHS, their student section at football games and basketball games has been a big rallying cry for the team to continue to play harder, especially with a new buildings home court advantage. “Years ago, I understand, Joplin had a Pep Club,” said Williams. “That would be great to see it resurface.” Despite changes of students being under one roof after being split for three years, head athletic director Jeff Starkweather, believes that a central location for students to come out and support teams will benefit the student body. “I am looking forward to us being all together again and think that the excitement of that and the new building and fields is going to be fantastic,” he said. “It is going to help with school spirit to have us in one building.” The Eagles will face off with the Parkview Vikings on Aug. 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Parkview. Home Fall Sports Schedules Attend athletic events to show your school spirit Sept. 5 Sept. 19 Oct. 3 Aug 26 Sept. 4 Sept. 16 Sept. 25 Sept. 30 Aug. 27 Sept. 11 Sept. 15 Varsity Football 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm Kickapoo West Plains Lebanon (Homecoming) Varsity Volleyball 7:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm Carl Junction Lebanon Webb City Glendale McDonald County Varsity Tennis 4:30pm Carl Junction 4:00pm Republic 2:00/6:00pm Neosho & Webb City Sept. 2 Sept. 11 Sept. 20 Sept. 23 Varsity Cross Country 5:30pm 4:00pm 10:45am 4:00pm MSSU Carthage MSSU Stampede Nixa Varsity Soccer Sept. 2 Sept. 4 Sept. 8 Sept. 9 Sept. 23 Sept. 25 4:30pm 4:30pm 4:30pm 4:30pm 4:30pm 4:30pm Waynesville Webb City Neosho Hillcrest Camdenton Parkview *JV Soccer starts at these times, Varsity starts after JV games.


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Profile After the tornado, Franklin Technolo- gy Center was relocated to 420 Grand. Upon the completion of the new high school, FTC will be fully integrated into the building with a host of new programs FTC Takes Lead On offered to students. With the new Joplin High School and FTC rebuilt, Cheryl Fields, counselor, is eager about the new area and added program- STEM Education ming. Having real windows at JHS is also at the top of her “looking forward to” list. Two new teachers have been added to FTC to Project Lead the Way (PLTW), is the nation’s leading science, technology, expand course offerings engineering, and math solution in over 5,000 schools across the U.S. They will By Nene Adams provide the curriculum for two courses in the coming year. Those classes will be Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of BioMedical Science. Two new teachers have been added at FTC to expand course offerings Photo by Aubrey Titus According to PLTW’s mission statement real life.” they lead in STEM education. “Our world-class curriculum Sawyer’s believes the program can make an impact on and high-quality teacher professional development model, students’ lives, like it did during his high school career. combined with an engaged network of educators and cor- “It’s a good way for kids to take what they have learned in porate and community partners, help students develop the class and apply it,” he said. skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.” Sawyer believes FFA is not only about challenges, but it Two new instructors have been hired to teach the courses. has a lot of rewards, such as: personal growth in leadership Kevin Sawyer, vocational agriculture teacher and adviser skills, public speaking, interview skills, life choices, and of FFA, thinks adding a second teacher will help improve the hands on work experience. program. The 2014-2015 school year will be Sawyer’s second year “You have respect, responsibilities and ways you can earn teaching at JHS. He has been the FFA adviser since he began money. There are things in class that you can use towards at JHS.



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