Spyglass: Volume LIII | Issue IV | December 2011


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Spyglass Volume LIII Issue 4 December 2011 Joplin High School Joplin, MO 11 & 12 Campus: 101 N. Range Line Rd, Bldg. D 9 & 10 Campus: 310 W. 8th Street Franklin Tech: 420 S. Grand


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2 PAGE December 2011 w hat’s inside Spyglass 3 PAGE December 2011 r ebuilding Spyglass By Taylor Camden Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo. All articles are student produced, and all opinions are those of the newspaper staff. Spyglass is produced approximatley monthly and is delivered to all students, faculty, and staff of Joplin High School. Spyglass Staff Taylor Camden, Editor Shelby Hass, Asst. Editor Lydia McAllister Colin Hughes Caravana Randall Miah Allison Lyndsay Cobb Molly Baker Margo Grills Lexi Brown Jenna Herr Brittany Czirr Brett Holcomb Kylie Davis All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. Phoros credits Front page: Tracy Fisher Back page: Lexi Brown, Shelby Norvell S pyglass Page 4 & 5 Coach V takes new job Stuco stands up against cyber bullying Page 6 & 7 Sports briefs Winter activities 4 Front page photo by Tracy Fisher, Inside cover photo by Lexi Brown, Back page photos by Newspaper and Yearbook Staff Page 8 & 9 Wal-Mart rebuilds Victims memorialized Page 10 & 11 Pitt. State feature Published students Cat dissections Page 12 & 13 Black Friday Breaking Dawn Reviews Page 14 & 15 Open lunch Winter Formal Entertainment 10 12 Building plans for the new Joplin High School and Franklin Technology Center are being discussed at “dream sessions” A whiteboard showing the career pathwyas suggested for the new building. Photo by Taylor Camden By Taylor Camden Joplin Schools officials, Chad Greer of CGA Architects, students, faulty, parents and teachers have begun hosting “dream sessions” to discuss ideas and requests that are being made in order to build the new high school. There are a lot of things being discussed concerning the rebuilding of the new Joplin High School. Many ideas and requests have been suggested to the architect designing the new building, but a lot of decisions remain unmade. Greer said the “dream sessions” are important from a design perspective and that knowing how the curriculum is going to be structured will have an impact on the overall design. CGA Architects and DLR group partnered up to design the temporary JHS campus at the mall, and will also be designing the new high school. Greer reported that using the mall has helped the district test some ideas for 21st century learning. He said officials have begun some sketches, but mostly have done research on the site with survey crews and have had discussions with the city and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “I would like for every student to be as academically engaged as possible, and to be engaged as much as possible before and after school,” said JHS Principal Kerry Sachetta. “It’s a big job, and we’ve got some decisions to make as a community on how far we want to go with this. I think the sky’s the limit.” One of the things discussed is Career Pathways. They would enable students to be exposed to multiple fields that they might be interested in pursuing after high school. Rather than in a college setting, students would not be locked into taking classes in a specific pathway, but would be able to take core classes geared toward sub- jects that they are interested in. For example, a student in the business, management and technology path might take a class in statistics or finance as a mathematics credit instead of calculus because the skills learned in those classes would be more relevant to that career. According to Sachetta, school officials want to increase career awareness for students at a younger age, and also allow for students to get certification in certain fields or take college courses toward associate degrees. The career paths being discussed include health sciences, arts/communications, business/ information technology, technical sciences, and human services. In addition to the career pathways focus, technology integration will play a key role in the new building and curriculum. There likely will be fewer classes teaching things like typing and word processing, and more of a focus on integrating technology into every class. Students today know basic technology skills by the time they get to high school, said Kristi McGowen, business department chairwoman at the JHS 11th- and 12th-grade campus, so students are likely going to have fewer classes on basic technology and more classes that integrate technology into learning. McGowen said students are getting a taste of some of the activities a career pathway could offer with the student-run coffee shop in the 11th- and 12th- grade campus at Northpark Mall. “On a small scale, it’s like career academies because there’s a lot of internships and job shadowing, and that hands-on, real world application of work,” she said. The district plans to have several more planning sessions in the coming months.


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PAGE 4 5December 2011 t eacher feature Spyglass Spyglass c lubs feature PAGE December 2011 That’s a wrap: Pause before you postVonderHaar accepts position as oplin High School’s assistant athletic director STUCO raises students’awareness on cyberbullying Story and Photo by Molly Baker After eight years, Bruce VonderHaar calls it a wrap on his position as TV Productions teacher to be Joplin High School’s new assistant athletic director. VonderHaar received his master’s degree in athletic administration a couple years ago, and has been considering a position like this for a while. VonderHaar will assume his responsibilities with the athletic department full time once his successor has been secured. “From a student standpoint, I don’t want him to “The athletic director has been a goal of mine leave. He’s my favorite teacher and I’m going to miss him for several years, and it’s been something I’ve been a lot,” said senior TV Productions student, Emma Cox. thinking about for a long time. The job came up and I felt “He’s been a great teacher but I know that he’s that was my opportunity to pursue this goal that I have worked hard to get this promotion and it’ll be great for for myself. It’s worked out great that I get to stay here at him and that’s what is important in the long run. I’ll Joplin and continue to pursue my goal of being assistant always remember his key quote ‘It’s a big work day in athletic director,” said VonderHaar. TV Productions,’” said senior TV Productions student, VonderHaar has made a huge impact on the Luke Lenhart. students at Joplin High School. With eight years of teach- Not only has VonderHaar left students of JHS ing, he has taught and with memories, influenced students but the students while sparking an interest in the field “The biggest thing that I’ll miss is have left him fond memories that By Jenna Herr Joplin High School Student Council (STUCO) is taking a stand against cyber-bullying this school year, by taking things a step further and joining with other clubs to help stop the cyber-bullying issues often reoccurring among high school students. Cyber bullying is the electronic posting of meanspirited messages about a person, often done anonymously. According to the i-SAFE America cyber-bullying survey, approximately 42% of students have been bullied online. Of that minority, 58% admit to not telling a parent or any adult. “I cannot imagine what it is like to be a target for online humiliation. We want to get the student body involved in this effort to push away cyber-bullying,” said Megan Bell, STUCO secretary. Students have come to STUCO requesting to acknowledge the issue of cyber-bullying and do something to prevent it. STUCO is not set on everything they plan to do yet, but the matter will be addressed. “There have been a lot of concerns going around, STUCO feels that it needs to be taken care of,” said Bell. STUCO is hoping to join together with other JHS clubs to make this problem known. They plan to show a video to all classes at JHS, and want to get a public speaker to talk to students about the consequences of cyber-bullying. The video was a public service announcement created this year by JHS students in TV Productions. “We want to get a banner for people who are serious about this. They can sign it to show they are standing up against cyber-bullying,” said Bell. STUCO’s goal is to make Joplin High School a campus free of cyber-bullying. Members believe no student should be put through any online harassment of any sort. In hopes that the statistics will be lowered, STUCO needs all students to join in and help prevent cyber-bullying. of Video Production. VonderHaar has also served on the softball coaching staff for seven years teaching the athletes not only the game, but integrity and character as the students. My biggest memory is not one moment, but everyday will forever be in his heart. “The interactions with the kids is what biggest thing that I’ll miss is sticks out to me.” the students. I’ve established a - Bruce VonderHaar great relationship Stick your nose in a book at JHS book club By Caravana Randall Sir Richard Steele, an 18th century Book Club incorporates reading and fun in everything they do with a variety of activi- members this year. Kell and Patrick both discovered “I like to read so I thought how wonderful the world of reading is in Book Club would be a good idea, elementary school. well. “Everyone is TV Productions with kids that have gone on to journalist and playwright, said, “Reading is ties throughout the year. to the mind what exercise is to the body.” “We promote and I write so reading and writing go together,” said Candice “In elementary school we had a competition of who read the most books, really going to miss graduate and the The students involved in the JHS book club reading, decorate the Kell, a senior at JHS and a first this interested me and I read the most VonderHaar. A lot of people took the class just because VonderHaar was students in class now. It’s a fun class, and you’re allowed to be creative understand this as they gather every month library, do fundraisers to exercise their mind with the power of and purchase books for year member of Book Club. Kell books,” said Patrick. is involved with six other clubs. Since then Patrick and Kell have the teacher and he’s shown a lot of kids how cool TV Productions is. Students that never thought about going into this field have considered doing it for their future, and let your hair down while getting to know people, and it is the same with softball,” said VonderHaar. “My biggest memory is not one moment, but reading. JHS Book Club has promoted reading ever since it began eight years ago. the library, guest authors come to speak, and go to international reading as- Book club provides a way became devoted readers reading more than for students to read for fun and to the average student. learn about books they may find “It offers an escape from the Bruce VonderHaar shows Morgan Davis video camera functions in TV Productions so he’s really changed a lot of lives in that fact too,” said senior TV student and softball player, Morgan Davis. While VonderHaar says he will miss his position as a teacher and coach, students support his decision. everyday interaction with all the kids is what sticks out to me: knowing all their stories, and watching them grow up and go on to graduate - that’s something that’ll always be with me.” When book club began Pat Rowland, Jane Coffey, and Susan Primm sponsored it. Debbie Heim, Librarian at JHS, now sponsors book club. Heim has work at JHS for four sociation dinners. There is a different theme for books that we read and talk about each month,” said Heim. interesting to read in the future. “Since I don’t have time to read all of the books myself I wanted to find a club that would world,” said Kell. Along with an escape reading can be a learning experience that gives a person an understanding and a different perspective class for an assignment. years and began sponsoring Book Club her Book Club meets discuss books so I could decide of situations in other people’s lives. Counselor Confusion CsyosutenmseslodruseattoJHspSlitalctaemr oppuesreasting first year. “I really enjoy reading and talking to them (members) about what they like to read, and I like when we have authors come to visit,” said Heim. on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month and alternate from the 9-10 campus to the 11-12 campus. There are a total of 12 which would be best to read,” Said Danielle Patrick, JHS senior and first year member of book club. Patrick is involved with seven other clubs. “Reading lets us look into the mind of the writer so that we can understand other peoples point of view,” said Patrick. Story by Kylie Davis Who is your counselor? With the new counselor “I don’t spend much time in the counselor’s office, but I think I’d system many Joplin High School students are asking them- feel more comfortable going to mine if it didn’t change every year because selves the same question. Due to Joplin’s split campuses of the new way they’re doing it,” said Blair Wallace, sophomore. the counselors are operating this year using a different Lemaster agrees. system. “The biggest downside to the new system is not being able to follow “I’m not really sure who my counselor is this year. students through all four grades,” said Lemaster. It was Mrs. Shroeder, but she’s at the mall now,” said Mag- “I’d assume a lot more students need counseling after the tornado gie Miller, sophomore at Joplin High School. over the summer, so it’s a shame a lot of students don’t know who their At the 9-10 campus, Mrs. Charla Hamilton is the counselor is or aren’t comfortable enough to go see them,” said Morgan ninth grade counselor and Mr. Bill Lemaster is assigned to Davis, senior at Joplin High School. the tenth grade. Hamilton focuses on the transitional is- Joplin High School has offered many counseling opportunities to sues for the freshmen class, while Lemaster’s responsibili- help students with the after affects of the May tornado. ties with the Missouri Connection Career Program focuses “For the situation we’ve been placed in, I think this system is working on getting all students engaged and making decisions well,” said Lemaster. to open up doors for their junior year and future career When construction is completed for the new Joplin High School choices. Lemaster says it is very likely the counselor system will be switched to the Located at the 11-12 campus are Ms. Marda original system. Schroeder, counselor for last names ranging from A-Bo “Anyone can nit pick the decisions being made this year. But for and M-R, Ms. Kelli Bowman, counselor for last names ranging from Bp- H, and Mrs. Sue Day, counselor for Photo by Molly Baker Ms. Marda Schroeder stays busy with what has happened I think it’s being handled really well,” said Michael Queen, senior at Joplin High School. last names ranging from I-L and S-Z. new work load at the 11-12 campus.


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6 PAGE December 2011 S ports Spyglass Spyglass Timeout:Local high school administration discuss Penn State circumstances   activities 7PAGE December 2011 By Colin Hughes Sachetta said. were very visible and good to build relationships with ath- By Lyndsay Cobb “After a long day out in the cold I like to go inside, make “I think I like winter because of all the fun people Many sports fans, as well as many others are prob- However, he did say that if someone such as a stu- letes. I think it would have been relatively easy to report When it snows people start thinking of what they some hot chocolate and watch my favorite Christmas mov- have sledding and snow ball fights. But my favorite part ably familiar with the scandal that has unfolded over the past dent manager witnessed or was the victim of any kind of ha- incidents at both schools if in fact something of that nature want to do. A lot of Joplin High School students are think- ies,” said Gier. of winter is the fact that there is snow and people come few weeks involving a former Penn State football coach. rassment, it was more likely to go unnoticed because players would have occurred.” ing ‘snow day!’ There are endless possibilities to what So either playing outside or watching Christmas together for Christmas and the holidays, give thanks and Jerry Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator did not communicate as much with them. From a coaching standpoint, Varsity football coach people can do in the snow, from making snow people to movies, most everybody has something they like to do when spend time with family,” said Athena has been accused of child sex abuse with at least eight boys In order to become a coach of any kind at the col- Chris Shields, is confident about what he would have to do. drinking hot cocoa. it snows. Cardwell, junior. “My best win- ter memory ranging from 7 to 13 years old. Sandusky contacted the boys legiate level, every coach is no subjected to some type of “The first thing I would do is make sure the harass- “Snow is what “I think I would be cool to like go some- was actually last year we built a big through his charity, The Second Mile, which he started to background check. However, Sandusky joined the Penn ment was reported to not only to my immediate superiors, makes a real Christmas. where for a Christmas vacation or something. igloo that we could fit it and made a help troubled youths. State coaching staff in 1969. This was both before Sandusky but to the authorities. I would also meet with the abused ‘What would Christmas But if there was one thing I truly wanted, I family of snowmen.” One question that surfaced relating to the scandal player and his family to offer my sympathy and total sup- be without snow?’” said couldn’t tell you because it’s such an unex- “When I was is why it was not discovered sooner. Sandusky was spotted port,” said Shields. Shields also said that he would remove Stephanie Gier,, junior. “I pecting seasons that is full of surprises,” said in high school the cold with children in the shower on at least 2 occasions. A jani- the coach from having any contact with players. like the snow, but only if it Gier. “No I’ve never made a snow man. But weather seemed to tor witnessed Sandusky with a boy the first time and did not Shields also made the comment that incidents be- doesn’t interfere with me if I did ever make one, I would make a totally affect me more. Now notify anyone but the other janitors working with him. The tween coaches and athletes or children are rare occurrences. going back home to see my awesome one, that had legs like frosty the I don’t second time Sandusky was spotted was by a graduate assis- “I would like to point out that the coaching and family and friends. Also, snowman.” really tant who reported what he saw to head coach Joe Paterno the teaching profession is filled with wonderful men and women the winter is one of the best Winter can be amazingly fun even if there bundle next day. Paterno in turn told the Athletic Director and the that want nothing more than to help young adults achieve seasons to take pictures. is just a little bit of snow or a foot. There are up that much. But authorities were eventually notified. their dreams and goals,” Shields said. “In the case of Penn It’s so pretty at night when all kinds of activities that people can do in the I kind of Despite how serious the scandal sounds, it is far State and now Syracuse, you are talking about a couple of people have their lights on it snow. miss from a typical relationship for a college coach to have with monsters that do not reflect the overall influence that our gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside you get when you “My craziest memory would have to be when we dressing warm and anyone who visits the campus facilities. profession offers.” get good news, or something.” had a bunch of ice last year around the time we got out of feeling like I am Joplin High School principal, Kerry Sachetta, The sexual harassment allegation at Syracuse in- A snow day, for some, is a day for play and sleep- school for Christmas break, and on my way to my dad’s re- ally dressed for the played college football for both Oklahoma State University and Pittsburg State University during his college years, and has good things to say about his experience with his coaches. “The coaches tried to build positive relationships with the players as much as possible,” said Sachetta. “I would say my experience was a positive one and save environment away from the field.” Another reason that such an event would not likely be discovered is the amount of communication between started his charity and before any of the allegations against him took place. So it is likely that he would have passed any background check that took place. Had some type of sexual harassment taken place during Sachetta’s college career, he is sure of what he would volves former assistant basketball coach, Bernie Fine. He is ing in. Students all over enjoy snow days for many reasons. accused of sexually harassing a former ball boy. Although “When I was in like 6th grade, my neighbor and less publicized, the story involves one of the monsters that I made a huge snow bunny and the news casts and people Shields was referring too. came and saw it and also took pictures,” said Keecia Jason, The JHS handbook says that sexual harassment is junior. “I love the snow. It makes me happy because it’s like any gesture or behavior that is unwanted or unwelcomed a Christmas wonderland.” behavior from students or staff members that is sexual and Even though snow days are good, they are very causes problems. This unwelcomed behavior may be verbal, cold. After a long day playing in the snow the best thing to visual or physical. do is drink something nice and hot. house I couldn’t make it to his house, due to the ice on the road. So I stopped at my best friend’s house and we went ice-skating in the middle of the road without ice skates,” said Gier. “I like to hangout with my friends and have snowball fights and go sledding. If it doesn’t snow this year I will cry because I love playing in it,” said Jason. Even though it’s cold during the winter everybody has something they like to do. teacher. memory is sing- daughter while walking in “My best winter memory is probably have ball fights with my siblings,” Mary VanFleet. cold,” said Neal Smith, JHS math “My best winter ing with my the snow.” snowsaid players and those associated with the team. have done. If a student feels that they are a victim of sexual ha- I would have been shocked if something would “If that would have occurred we would have alert- rassment, they should first tell the person harassing to stop,   have happened such as (the Penn State scandal) in those ed the head coach first and then the athletic director,” said and then report the abuse to any staff member so that proper days. The players themselves communicated pretty well,” Sachetta. “At both schools I attended the Athletic Directors action can be taken. Boys Basketball The Joplin High School boy’s bas- ketball team is off to a 2-2 start this season. Helping children not a fumble for JHS football players By Brittany Czirr Several players from the Joplin High School Football Team spent time with students from Joplin Head start South on October 14th where they played games, read stories, ate lunch, and had recess together. The students were over joyed when the players entered their classroom that Friday afternoon. “They got really excited when we got there, they thought it was really cool that football players were coming to hang out with them,” said Abe Hueller, tight end and junior at JHS, “Some don’t have father figures in their lives so to have a big guy come in and hang out with them was really cool.” For being only three or four the kids at Head start did some things that surprised the football team. “It was really funny how they had to serve themselves, even the messy foods like mashed potatoes,” said Evan Wilson junior at JHS. After lunch the players read stories to the kids. “My favorite part was definitely reading the stories because there were already so familiar with the stories already and they just got so into it, it was really cute,” said Wilson. When the students stopped story telling they took us over to play with blocks, said Hueller. “While we were playing with the blocks one little girl told us to come over and start dancing because they were playing music on the other side of the room so I got up and started dancing,” said Hueller. The songs were not your usually lullabies they were songs to help them learn their letters and your numbers. Being around 20-30 kids can sometimes be overwhelming but not to Hueller who said that being around kids does not bother him and he can easily get along with them. “Just be a good role model,” said Hueller. Photo Submitted Joplin High School Senior Cole Landis plays with children during a recent visit to Joplin Head Start South. Wrestling An experienced Joplin High School wrestling team got its season under way on November 30 with duals against Webb City and Carl Juction. The Eagles are experienced according to head coach Shawn Finch. The varsity team returns seniors Alex Karns, and Billy Nguyen as well as juniors, Keegan Loyd, Rayle Guthrie, Don Hollingshead, Landon Taylor and Danny Drouin. When describing the team’s style, Finch said each wrestler is different but he wants everyone to be aggressive and dominate for the entire six minutes of each match. Finch says that the team’s goals are the same every year. He wants every wrestler to win a State championship no matter what how long they have been with the program. “We want every wrestler to have a chance to win a State championship,” said Finch. “For some that is this year and for others that is four years down the road. So we really focus on getting better every day with the understanding that we are only going to get four chances to earn a State championship.” By Colin Hughes Swimming The Joplin High School swim team is looking to improve on last season when they sent seven events to the State meet. The team has some very experienced swimmers this season, according to junior Madison Wood. “Michelle Barchak has been swimming since freshman year; she’s our main team captain. The assistant team captain is Regina Sapp, who has also been swimming all four years and is good at freestyle and butterfly,” said Wood. Barchak and Sapp are both seniors. Genny Richards, a junior, is strong in the butterfly and Individual Medley, while Wood is strong in the freestyle and butterfly. Wood is confident in this season’s team saying that it is the best team in her three years of swimming at JHS. She added that the team’s goal is the same as it is every season. “Our goals for the season are to do our best and have fun just like every season. Even though our school is divided, our team is totally united and we are going to rock the pool.” Girls Basketball The Joplin High School girls basketball team is off to a 1-2 start with their only win coming against Monett. The Lady Eagles are a young team this year. The roster consists of only three seniors, Casee Wheeler, Holly O’Dell, and Miriah Johnson. The only junior on the team is Tylan Martin. Sophomores, Anna Banwart, Sidnee Palmer and freshman Bailey Taylor will have a big impact on the varsity level this season. O’Dell said that there is one difference from last year’s team. “It’s not just one person doing all of the scoring, it is everyone,” said O’Dell. According to Wheeler, the team wants to play to represent Joplin. “We play as a team,” she said. “We want to show Joplin Pride and get better after every game.” The JHS season continues with three away games before Christmas break. On December 13, they play Webb City. Followed by Seneca on December 15. The team’s last game before the break is on December 19 at Central. Their only two losses came to Carthage. The first loss in the championship of the Carthage tournament and the next one three days later in the Eagle’s first home game of the season. Joplin is returning some experience from last year. The team’s two leading scorers, sophomore Charlie Brown and Senior Sam Williams are returning as well as Junior post player Adam St. Peter. With only three returning starters, there are going to be some new faces on the court this year, according to head coach Jeff Williams. Juniors, Daniel Stokes, Abe Hueller and Gabe Sachetta are all going to see significant varsity playing time according to Williams, as well as seniors Corey Allen and Cord Franks, who has not played basketball since his freshman year. Williams says that his overall goal for the team is pretty straight forward. “Our first and most important goal is to play hard,” Williams said. “I mean if we do that I believe we can win every game.” Williams also described how he wants the team to play together. “We want to be known as a team that shares the basketball, communicates well and plays hard,” he said.


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8 PAGE December 2011 r ebuilding Spyglass Back and better than ever Photo from FEMA website Group of Wal-Mart employee’s crowd around manager as he gives a speech on the opening day. Wal-Mart employee’s are happy to be hback at their original store. By Lydia McAllister Nearly six months after the May 22 tornado, the Supercenter that was destroyed in the storm reopened at its former location, 1501 S. Range Line Road, with the traditional Wal-Mart chant and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Hundreds of Wal-Mart employees and customers gathered at 8 a.m. for the event. Store manager Andy Martin spoke about the rebuilding effort. The Rev. Aaron Brown, pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, gave an invocation and spoke about looking toward the future. Wal-Mart and its foundation also donated more than $1 million for recovery efforts to several area organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Haven, Joplin public schools and St. Mary’s Elementary School. The new store has 189,000 square feet and features a new design with drive-through pharmacy lanes. It has about 420 employees. “After first walking into Wal-Mart, I was surprised by the size of the store and I was also really excited to see the town rebuilding. I really like the new store, it seems more open and a lot larger in size. Also, the bathrooms are really nice. It’s a lot more modern now,” said John Zippro, who visited the new Wal-Mart on the opening day. The re-opening of Wal-Mart has also been a little bittersweet for some, as it brings back those memories surrounded with May 22. “It was almost emotional, it brought back a lot of feelings from the tornado, but at the same time it was awesome to see another bit of normality in Joplin,” said Jenn Holland, graduated senior in the class of 2009. Rebuilding has been moving swiftly on Rangeline, and many feel that this will only increase after Wal-Mart’s re-opening. “I think places around will rebuild in order to make sure people remember their businesses. WalMart will bring a lot more traffic to the impacted area as well,” said Zippro. The way that Wal-Mart set a date for its reopening and stuck to it serves as an inspiration to many Joplin residents who see day by day the town they love getting back to its original state. “I believe Wal-Mart’s fast act of rebuilding shows that Joplin really has a heart. We were down, but not out. And I love this town. I always will. I know this is only the beginning of a beautiful new city,” said Holland. Joplin Strong Photos of opening festivities of the new Wal-Mart in November. 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One teen initiated effort is called Go Beyond Barrington, a program designed to help the people of Barrington, IN “go beyond” their own borders to find other schools and communities needing assistance. This year, they’ve achieved their goal: Barrington is located 740 miles from Joplin. This year’s effort was developed by Boy Scout Troop 21 and is sponsored by a high school in Barrington. Early in December, Dr. Kerry Sachetta, JHS principal; Kaci Dorton, Franklin Technol- ogy teacher; Dave Rockers, Di- rector at Franklin Tech; Steve Reed, Assistant Director at Franklin Tech and Bradley Ferguson, JHS Junior all met, via skype, with Nick Yeager, English teacher at Barrington High School, Steve Burgood, Scout Master of Troop 21; and students Ryan Burgoon, Becca Mooney, Jeff Hochstein and Jake Herb to discuss how Go Beyond Barrington is helping Joplin High School. According to project creators, Go beyond Barrington first decided to help Joplin after seeing the damage caused to Joplin and its high school. They contacted JHS to see if there was a specific need they could help meet. That’s where the plan to raise $10,000 for JHS began. “We were getting e-mails and phone calls from all over the world, especially from teenagers from all over the country, and adults. I knew Jake was serious. But when Jake first said they were going to earn $10,000, I just thought, ‘That was amazing!’” said Sachetta. The members of Troop 21 started to research how serious the damage was, wanting to narrow it down and find out what would help at JHS. “We were trying to figure out a need that we could meet that was specific and really made a difference in the lives of students. We finally decided on the technology depart- ment,” said Herb. Currently, Go Beyond Bar- Sachetta and others from the technology department at JHS and FTC gather around the computer to Skype students from the Go Beyond Barrington Project. rington has more than met a second part of their goal by raising more than $13,000 towards the technology center at JHS. They had two fundraisers to benefit JHS: the Go Beyond Carnival with 500 people in attendance, and a “Jam for Joplin” Concert, attracting 300. Go Beyond Barrington now meets twice a month to discuss how to help JHS. “What’s been wonderful about doing Go Beyond Barrington is we’re taking time with all the students to show and mentor them. It’s become a pretty significant event,” said Reed. They also designed a float for their homecoming parade to honor Joplin. “We wanted it to have sort of an awareness but also a call to action showing this is what we wanted to do,” said Herb. Not only is this project assisting the Joplin school, but also inspiring its students. “It’s really great to see fellow Boy Scouts step out, lead the way and help,” said Ferguson, five year member of Life Scout for troop 156 . Financial help from Barrington has really helped but that’s not the only thing JHS takes from this experience. “These types of activities are what keeps us going and positive. Not just the financial support but the knowledge of what others are doing to help us,” said Sachetta. Eagle: [ee-guh’l] noun, verb- 1. The symbol at JHS. 2. The pride of Joplin By Brittany Czirr The mascot of Joplin High School has been a common sight the last few months as a symbol of hope and strength. However, its likeness has not always been so clearly defined. “The eagle to me stands for strength, a universal symbol for leadership. And the fact that it is red, white, and blue is significant to me; it stands for tradition, too,” said Dr. Kerry Sachetta, principal at JHS. But others might have a different interpretation for which it stands. “The eagle stands for pride of our town, because of the way we came together after the tornado,” said Duncan Street, JHS junior. But in Joplin, from the first public school ever built until about 2005, there wasn’t a consistent symbol that stuck. When Sachetta came to be principal in 2002, he said how all of the sports coaches picked different designs and eagles for their uni- blance of eagle head logos each had. Since forms until salesman Mike Hagedorn visited the Philadelphia Eagles eagle was on a in 2002 and showed eagle head logos to 45-degree angle, Joplin School District football coach Jesse Wall. made it parallel to the page. “When he (Wall) came to me about In the 2004-2005 school year, making the then athletic eagle we have director Doug today as our Doss, told symbol, I took all of the it to the stu- coaches to dent council use the newly and asked if adopted eagle they wanted it and they said ‘yes’,” said Spot the difference which eagle is Joplin High Schools mascot and which is the Philidelphia on all of their uniforms. Also that Sachetta. mascot? year, Sa- They chetta and the talked to the school board students involved in sports about it as well, decided on the few color pantones for the receiving the same response. eagle, a new requirement. The journey was not over. Next, “There is a certain color scheme was making sure the Philadelphia Eagles you have to use when making the eagle, franchise was okay with the close resem- whether it be painting, digital, or on t-shirts. And some people were angry about how strict it was. But now, everyone is used to it and we don’t get complaints,” said Sachetta. Not only was he a main proponent in the creation of the school’s eagle, Sachetta also stepped into the past through the old yearbooks and learned of JHS’ colors and a little more about the history. ‘It (history) helps the students get an understanding of where they are going, if they know where they came from,” Sachetta said. Joplin Public Schools: which barely mentioned the eagle, back in the days when JHS was housed only in the Memorial building; and with the colors of red and green, has developed into a school district with no question that Joplin Schools are a clearly defined institution with the eagle as their proud mascot, boasting the colors of cardinal red and navy blue.


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10PAGE December 2011 e ducation 11Spyglass PAGE December 2011 e vents Spyglass Photo from PSU website Fans interact with their beloved Pitt State mascot, Gus the gorilla. PSU is the only university in the country who has the gorilla as their mascot. Going bananas for Pitt State By Lydia McAllister Located only 40 miles from Joplin, Pittsburgh State University is a feasible college choice for many seniors. Midwest values and hospitality are found on this campus of more than 7,000 students where the student to faculty ratio is 19to-1. At Pittsburg State University, students can select from over 100 academic programs within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Technology. “My experience at Pitt is going very well. I’ve met quite a few interesting people, classes are relatively interesting and the instructors are well informed and very easy to talk to,” said Nick Cusick, graduated JHS student from the class of 2011. Pitt State offers abundant opportunities for internships, cooperative education, independent projects, and other kinds of hands-on learning. Students can study abroad in more than 20 countries on five continents. You can hone your leadership skills in more than 150 student-run clubs and organizations. “I’m involved with a fraternity called Lambda Chi Alpha and I’m also in IKE(International Knowledge & Experience),” said Cusick. Unlike some colleges, Pitt does not require freshman to live in a dorm their first year. In fact, many students opt to live in an apartment on campus. “I actually live in an apartment, but the dorms smell pretty gnarly,” said Cusick. Pitt State promises not just a great education, but a great value as well. Our tuition is among the lowest in the region, and we offer a generous program of need-based and merit financial aid, so family income is not an obstacle to a high-quality education. This is also a great thing if you’re looking to get your general education classes out of the way for cheap, then move onto a bigger university to finish your major. “I really like Pitt State, but after I get a few more general education classes under my belt, I’ll be transferring to the University of Colorado to finish up,” Cusick said. There are 150 studentrun clubs and organizations, organized around interests that range from debate and forensics to music and martial arts. Fraternities and sororities enliven campus life. Students from 45 countries lend an international atmosphere to campus, and celebrations showcasing other cultures are popular campus events. You can scale the walls with the rock-climbing club, or give blood by playing rugby. And how many colleges have their own drag-racing club? “There are many things to do on campus, like tailgating for football games, student gatherings and in the mornings you can choose to do yoga on the campus. I don’t do yoga though. There’s also some parties,” said Cusick. Pitt State is a great university and offers a wide variety of opportunities for its students. This is a university that is worth looking into. Cusick’s last words of advice to students interested in Pitt State are as follows: Make sure you know what you want your major to be. Make sure your ready to actually start caring about school. And remember you’re only there for one thing: a degree... but it’s fine to have fun along the way. Paying it forward By Lydia McAllister Thirty FBLA and DECA students bowled on November 21 to raise money to purchase trees in memory of Will Norton. The kids brought change to “Change Joplin” and in return, FBLA would pay for their bowling. “When I went to pay for our evening, they said a man heard us talking about what we were going to use the money for and he paid for all 30 of the games!” said Mrs. McGowen. The man was from Florida and had been in town volunteering. The week before someone had paid for his dinner and he wanted to pay it forward. “It was such a rewarding feeling, and just awesome that someone was helping us help someone. It encourages you in that one little thing you do could potentially help another group or organization,” said senior, Emma Cox. The next day DECA donated $251 to the Rooting for Joplin cause, and the organizations will never forget what it means to “pay it forward.” Joplin High School is making the grade By Miah Allison Joplin High School has struggled with the graduation rate when it dropped 50% in 1996. Since then, Joplin’s graduation has consistently been about 10% under the state average. Many role models in today’s society value education, and speak very highly of it. What could possibly be the problem? Joplin’s dropout rate was significantly higher than the statewide average through the 2005-2009 school years. According to statistics, Joplin on average has had a 6.76 percent dropout rate, compared with 3.88 percent for the rest of Missouri. But this trend of dropping out, seems to be changing. Last year, Kerry Sachetta, head principal, anticipated a dropout raging from 3.5 to 4 percent. Fortunately, last year was the largest graduating class in 27 years. This may be due to the fact that the age to dropout was recently raised. “It’s a big deal because before (the law changed) many kids turned 16 before or just after Christmas break of their sophomore year, so they were at least two years away from graduating,” said Sachetta. “Now you can say, ‘Hang with us, we’ve got something for you, and if you’re willing to recommit we can help you get a traditional diploma or work on your skills,” said Sachetta during an interview with the Joplin Globe. Like Sachetta, Greg Boyd, assistant principal, sees graduating as the best way for students to set off their high school career. “I wish more students would realize the importance of obtaining a high school diploma,” said Boyd. According to Boyd, the graduation has been improving. “The graduation rate during the past 10 years has continued to improve,” said Boyd. Along with Boyd, Sue Day, counselor, sees the graduation rate improving. “We’re headed in the right direction. As far as the graduation rate, Dr. Sachetta has worked to improve it since he started working here,” said Day. According to Day, graduating isn’t just beneficial to the high school’s reputation. “The goal isn’t just getting the kids through school, it’s to their next step. We’re trying to help them see high school can provide that segue to reaching their goal,” said Day. Graduating plays an important factor in high school. According to statistics, in the past 10 years, the students here at JHS have realized that. Many students think graduating is just receiving a piece of paper at the end of senior year, but it’s more than that. Graduating is a burst of self confidence, knowing of success, and the first step towards the journey outside of secondary education. The Final Cut: Cat Dissection Makes the Silver Screen Story and Photos by Margo Grills Out in the science modules the smell of formaldehyde is in the air as Mr. Jay Reed’s anatomy classes finish cat dissection. The purpose of this annual exercise is to look at the muscles and to see how they attach and work together. Reed’s first hour is a project-based class, currently working on finalizing an in- structional video of cat dissection. “It (the video) makes them focus on details more than they would have in the past,” said Reed. Morgan August, junior, is in Reed’s first hour and edited the video her group created. Reed uses the bone crunchers to reach the brain of the cat “People think it is gross and sadistic, but I think it is fun,” she said. “My favorite part is editing the video and also skinning the cat. You can skin a cat anyway you want to; but the best way is to pull the skin up over the head.” August says she likes dissection better than reading about anatomy in a book. And making the video has been a great experience in learning through teaching, she said. “You have to know how the muscles work really well to be able to teach it.” Her advice to future anatomy dissec- tors is plain and simple. “Don’t freak out. It is not a big deal,” she said. “Also, don’t use the intestines as a necklace or a jump rope, Mr. Reed doesn’t like it.” The purpose of making the video is to teach the students in the other four anatomy sections about dissection. Reed says he thinks students enjoy cat dissection and even though he has had some bad reactions most of them are good. “The best part of dissection is watch- ing the students’ faces as they realize and see how the muscles work,” said Reed. Junior Morgan August disects while Stay tuned for the next cat-based film Seinor Brent Smith watches on currently being edited, “Attack of the Teacher’s Assistants” in which Reed’s TAs show the school how not to treat a dissection cat. Telling the tale: Several JHS students’ stories selected for on-line publications By Brett Holcomb Personal stories written by Joplin High School students have recently been published by major publications. MaKenzie Jones, junior; and freshmen, Gloria Castruita, Brianna Reynolds, and Paige Kussman all submitted essays in November, describing the impact the May 22 tornado. These were published by them to PBS. Along with them, Laela Zaidi, sophomore, is a regular blog writer for the Huffington Post. “The pieces I’ve written for the Huffington Post so far have been centered around things I’ve experienced this year at Joplin High School,” said Zaidi. “Motivation came from the fact this is a chance to take my writing skills to new heights and write to a larger audience.” PBS NewsHour Extra, a divi- sion of pbs.org devoted to students from 7th to 12th grade, chose Jones’, Castruita’s, Reynolds’ and Kussman’s essays to be published on their website. “The opportunity to share my tornado experience fuelled me to write my story,” said Jones. “It has always been a dream of mine to be published one way or another, and I am grateful that I was able to accomplish that.” Each of their published articles speak about their personal experiences that day as well as the impact that May 22 has had on their lives. “(I wanted) to speak out and tell how thankful I was for everyone and everything in my life,” said Reynolds. Jones, Zaidi, and Castruita all plan on writing for publications in the future, given the opportunity. Jones, who is an aspiring creative writer, believes this will be greatly beneficial for her in the future. “Now, when I submit my query letters,” she said, “I can actually say that I was published.” Zaidi believes readers will benefit from reading stories written by those affected by the tornado. “No doubt things are different, and I think people can learn from JHS’ unique situation,” she said.


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12 aPAGE round jhs BlackDecember 2F011riday Mayhem Sometimes, it pays to shop at home Story By Lexi Brown Every year, the night of Thanksgiving Black Friday begins. Black Friday to endure the mayhem of Black Friday at their jobs. Like Cecil Cornish, a senior at But, he was unnoticed by other customers and was left there until Spyglass Spyglass r eviews BlaNcWkeFSivaagFeihvrtrteiidsfnmoharlooyotpnnhCeageyhgbleiaencsientksdliesatls Courageous leaves viewers with a new perspective By Molly Baker increased 26 From minute three, it had me cry- percent this ing. I was sitting there in the movie theatre in families. These men have a true calling as law enforcement officers and as fathers to early picture of God the Father for their children 13PAGE December 2011 is a time when bargain shoppers go crazy. JHS works at Old Navy in Joplin’s North a Target employee called an ambu- year when with my used Kleenexes all over my lap, serve and protect. When real life situations and when men People all over the country make their way Park Mall. Old Navy, like most stores were lance. He later died in the hospital. last years had relieved that I had gone alone. This movie arise, the faith of these men are tested lead- choose their hob- to all the shopping malls, strip malls, and crazier than ever with their great deals on He collapsed in the Target while only increased gave me hope, reassurance and tear stained ing them to stick together and work to be bies or choose freestanding stores. clothing items. Cornish said the entire store shopping, according to the Huffing- by 9 percent cheeks. This movie is called: Courageous. great fathers while growing closer to God. their work over They are eager to get the best was a mess, “there were piles and piles of ton Post. from the year Anyone who has seen previous According to an interview between their family it deals on items clothes every- Other injuries included a before, and Sherwood Pictures such as Flywheel, Fac- writer John W. Kennedy and Alex Kendrick, sends the wrong they need for Christmas. Normally, stores won’t open for the Black Friday shoppers until midnight, or even after that. But, this year “My Mom and I stay up all night just to wait for the stores to open.” -Megan Bell JHS Junior where. It took me three hours to fold all the clothes.” Kelsey Long, senior who also works at the North Park Mall’s Bath and Body woman in Los Angeles clearing the way to get to the new Xboxes at an upscale WalMart. There were 20 shoppers injured from this incident. 10 suffered minor injuries and the other 10 had cuts and bruises. There were even many cases of shootings all over the country. Also according to the Huffington Post. This just online sales hit all the way up to $816 ing the Giants, and Fireproof can expect a million for the first time this year. touching Christian story line, but Coura- Amazon.com seemed to be the geous, blew me away. The ministries of leading retailer this year for the online sales these movies are leaving audience members with 50 percent more than any other retailer on the edges of their seats laughing, smiling, on the web. Also according to the Huffing- and crying. ton Post. It’s safe to say it may have paid to The movie featured four law en- shop online this year for all of your annual forcement officers who portrayed that, many Black Friday needs. times these days, the men of the world are not taking on their responsibility as fathers director and male lead of Courageous, Kendrick had high expectations with what the production staff wanted the audience to gain from this movie. “I want men to walk away realizing that they have a crucial role and to realize that they have to be the one in the driver’s seat of their family with both hands on the wheel. They are called by God to teach and train and mentor their children and to be that message. And so we’re hoping that a grass roots effort will come up and that men will start keeping each other accountable and encourage one another to step up and be more than just a “good enough” dad. And so, if that happens, we’re thrilled.” This movie is encouraging while showing the power of faith in Jesus Christ. As I watched this movie, I prayed alongside the producers of Courageous that the elements of faith, prayer, and accountability would touch someone the same way it touched me leading to Godly dads raising Godly children that can and will change the world. was different. Because of such high demands, stores were opening before ten o’clock. The line for the Joplin Target was Works, said her experience was also very overwhelming. Long worked from 11:30 in the afternoon to 8:30 in the morning. She was assigned shows how crazed some shoppers can be to fight to get the best deals. The This book isn’t in the shadows wrapped all the way around the building a certain section of the store to keep clean sales for Black Fri- and people had been camping out all day. and stocked. The crowds made this a very day this year went By Lyndsay Cobb Best Buy, of course had tents and people lined up far down the street waiting to get the best deals. Best Buy was offering flat screens LCD TV’s for fewer than 100 dollars. Black Friday is a tradition for many, including Joplin shoppers. “My Mom and I stay up all night just to wait for the stores to open. We even drove to Springfield a few years ago because they have way more stores,” said Megan Bell, Junior. Some of the students at JHS had difficult task. “When I first got in the store with the box I had to say ‘Excuse me’ a lot. I’ve never used the phrase ‘Excuse me’ so much in my life. I just had to get the box and push through,” said Long. But, in many cases Black Friday can even be harmful to shoppers. Like one shopper this year, Walter Vance was shopping in a Target in West Virginia. Vance was a 61-year-old pharmacist who allegedly had prior heart problems. up 6.6% and $11.4 billion, according to ShopperTrak. Another trend that seems to be getting more popular during all of this Black Friday madness in shopping online for all of your needs. Online shopping “City of Ashes” by Cassandra Clare. It is book two in The Mortal Instruments series, of which four have been published. This is a book about the “Shadow Hunters,” particularly Alec, Jace, Isabelle and Clary, who were introduced in the first book. This book is a really important part in the whole series because it ties all the other book together. In this book a lot of good and bad things happens. Simon, Clary’s best friend, get in to a lot of trouble. I really like the writing styles of Clare because she can take action/fantasy and even a little bit of romance and make it all work out in to one amazing work of art. This series follows the lives of a family of shadow hunters and Clary who is also a shadow hunter. Clare is an amazing writer and she knows how to catch teen’s attention. She combines action and romance all in one perfectly blended series. When murder happens in the Silent City, Alec, Isabelle, and Clary search to find out a lot about themselves and how they have special talents. In this book Jace gets in to a lot of trouble. Not for what he does but for who he knows. In this book the shadow hunters run into a lot more demons and a lot more of life. Everybody grows up a lot in this book In the mortal instrument series there are 6 books. Two have yet to come out the 5th one comes out on May 1, 2012. Then the 6th one comes out in 2013. I thought that “City of Ashes” was a very good book and I can’t wait to read Fans were Bitten by the premiere of Breaking Dawn Also the shadow hunters become more active and they learn a lot more about themselves. When the Faire court wants Jace, see what could have did it. While there Jace the rest of the book in the Mortal Instru- I saw and heard everything while he was ments series. I think that they will be just as locked up there. This is and important part good or even better then “City of Ashes.” Groups gather together to watch the premiere of the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Isabelle, and Clary to come to their court, you find out that Jace and Clary want to be together but they can’t be. of the book. It ties everything else together that happens in the book. In this book Jace and Clary Story By Caravana Randall Twilight fans from all over Joplin gathered to celebrate the premiere of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, part one of the eventual two-part movie that concludes the Twilight series. “I was beyond excited I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait a moment longer,” said Allie Pederson, junior at JHS. According to The Green Bay Press Gazette, on the first day of release Breaking Dawn raised $72 million, more than half of its business. The movie raised $139.5 million in its first weekend and worldwide has made $283.5 million. Locally, the room of Hollywood theaters was full with a line twisting to the cold outside of the building, as fans young and old came to enjoy the premiere. “I was really excited and being out in the Almost Maine,Lanear read the Twilight series when she was in middle school before the movies. She began her wait for the premiere at 8:00 pm and plans Photo By Lexi Brown to go to the premiere of part two of Breaking Dawn. After the show fans gathered in groups expressing their opinion on the new movie as they walked out of the theater. “The movie was good, I felt like it got everything from the book right. There was nothing I didn’t like because it follows the book so well,” said Lanear. Many fans were impressed with the movie and plan on going to the premiere of Breaking Dawn, Part Two. “Of course after this movie, I will see Part Two at the midnight premiere,” said Pederson. The lines may have been long and the night cold but fans say it was worth the wait. “Anyone who’s a Twilight fan would love this movie. One thing our high school is definitely well known for is our plays. From Arsenic and Old Lace to Noises Off, the plays given by JHS have played a role in the development of the JHS Drama Department. On the Thursday, the first night of the show “Almost Maine,” the actors and actresses were under a great deal of pressure. The first scene opened with two actors in a wintery atmosphere outside. As the play progressed, the audience realized the scenes were are small individual plays within one play. Once one scene was finished, you didn’t see the actors from that scene again. It was full of jokes, laughs, and the ability to fall in love. While all of the scenes were different, they all had one thing that tied them together. The fact that anything can happen in that small little town Almost, Maine. The cast and director of the fall play “Almost Maine” were definitely held under a major spotlight considering the events that occurred prior to the 2011-2012 school year. For one, the previous drama teacher and director retired after 33 years of teaching. For two, the JHS Drama department was horribly effected by the Joplin Tornado. Although I didn’t favor the script, I felt the actors did an acceptable job in interpreting their version of the play. I admired the will of both the director and actors in making sure JHS still carried the tradition of a fall play. While some scenes were superior to others, I felt the show all together left the audience with smiles, laughter, and hands that clapped endlessly. cold made me even more excited to see the movie,” Fans lined up hours early outside of Hollywood Theaters It follows the lines of the book perfectly, it was exactly almost there By Miah Allison said Tara Lanear, Junior at JHS. “I was surprised by antisipating the showing of Breaking Dawn. how the midnight showing sold out so fast.” how I imagined it,” said Pederson.


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14 oPAGE December 2011 Letter to the Editor pinion It’s all a ripple effect: Spyglass Snowball this year can be different Dear Ariel and Spyglass staff, I want to take a few minutes to add to the discussion about horoscopes. Astrology is based on the belief that the stars and planets move around the Earth, and that this movement has an influence on the lives of the people on Earth. Modern Western astrology has at its roots, the 12 sign zodiac invented by the Babylonians around 450 BC. Because of the procession of equinoxes, the signs have shifted westward about 30 degrees. If you had been born at the same time 2000 years ago, you would’ve been born under a different sign! In short, horoscopes can be fun to read, but should never be taken seriously. You would stand an equal chance of telling someone’s personality or future from the tea leaves in a cup, or the entrails of a goat. I enjoy reading through each issue of the Spyglass every time it is delivered to my classroom. It’s a pleasure to see prospectives of and from our students that we don’t get to experience in class. Keep the issues coming through the door! Mr. Mike Vogt Teacher, JHS 11/12 Center By Lexi Brown Students at JHS tend to think of Snowball as the dance that lacks excitement and fun. This dance isn’t affiliated with a sport or any kind of bigger event. “If it was affiliated with something more people would definitely go,” said Dayton Whitehead, a senior at JHS. Some say it’s considered to be the lower classman’s prom; therefore it’s not going to appeal to the students at the 11-12 campus as much. Students are willing to go, but only if their friends are going to be there. This is the reason student council is taking action in trying to make this dance better. Not just the dance itself, but to make it more appealing to all grades of the high school. Student council chose a dark, kind of techno feel for the theme this year. They have decided go with a whole new DJ. This is good, because a majority of students strongly dislike the lack of music that they can dance to. The council will be providing glow in the dark sticks that will hold the theme of techno. They are also thinking of some other pretty exciting decorations that no one will want to miss out on. Students obviously want to be where the party is. “If people treated snowball like homecoming more people would go,” junior Land Freeborn said. So, this means that if no ones friends are going to go, they will defiantly decide not to attend. This also means if the school doesn’t help make this dance better, the bad reputation might never be redeemed. Sarah Ingle, a student JHS said, “I think if everyone went it would be fun. Snowball probably has a bad reputation because everyone says that it is bad, but it has potential to be better than prom because sometimes prom isn’t even that fun. And it isn’t taken as seriously, so we can have a lot more fun.” This dance can be good, or it can be really bad. It all will just be determined on how the students look at it, and how many people decide to go. It will be like a ripple effect. If you go, your friends will go and their friends will go. This dance should be made up to its full potential. It’ll just take a little student participation. Food Court For All Dear Mr. Vogt, Thank you very much for submitting this letter. I appreciate you sharing your stance on the subject with my staff and our readers. I agree with you completely. The reason we decided to run a horoscopes feature was simply to entertain people. One of our staff members, who will remain unnamed, enjoys writing them simply for fun. She jokes with the staff that she “channels the spirits” while writing them, but really just types what pops into her head at that moment. So obviously, there is absolutely no truth to our horoscopes feature. They are just fun predictions for our students and faculty to enjoy. The reason we have a school newspaper is to inform our readers what is going on in our school and community. Our goals aren’t to strike up controversy about horoscopes; it is to strike up conversation about real and current events. Thank you for helping me point this out to readers and for supporting our paper. Spyglass is very important to my staff and me. We aim to serve our readers by providing them with insight on the real issues. Taylor Camden Editor, Spyglass Please direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other material for the staff to either Mrs. Crane, any staff member or e-mail: taylorcamden@joplinschools.com By Margo Grills With the North Park Mall food court so close to the 11-12 campus this year the issue of open lunches has been raised. At the old location, the administration had an immediate response as to why open lunches were forbidden, that was difficult to debate. This was, if a student drives to lunch and gets into a crash then there will be trouble. Now with the food court within walking distance- inside I might add-why can we not take advantage of this bounty of semi-greasy goodness? This haven of non-cafeteria food is just out of the grasp of students. Is this fair? No, I say this is not fair! Not only would eating at the food court increase the enjoyment of students and teachers, but would also boost the local economy. It is a win-win for the community and the school’s inhabitants. Most of the administration does not agree with this. The “powers that be” in our high school believe that if students are allowed to leave they will not come back. This is not exactly accurate. If lunches were open teachers wouldn’t take advantage of the food court and as such automatic supervision of the students in the food court would take place? Or teachers wpuld be assiged to lunch duty the way they are to parking lot duty. Not to mention that eating at the food court would give students a mini-break from school each day, potentially diffusing stress and tension that can build through out the school day. Students with such freedom gifted upon them will be less likely to skip and teachers would be posted to monitor the students who ate at the food court while enjoying the food themselves. Some students would eat at the school cafeteria so that the cafeteria ladies would still have employment. Open lunch would be restricted to the mall food court, but it is never the less, more freedom than the upperclassmen have now. In the event that this freedom is granted, students would have the option to eat at the cafeteria as usual or to help out the local economy by eating at the North Park Mall food court. Thus semi-open lunch would in theory benefit the whole school and the economy. Spyglass Find the candy cane in this holiday issue Holiday Word Search e ntertainment 15PAGE December 2011 HOROSCOPES Aquarius 21 Jan.-18 Feb. If you have been good, your holiday season will be blessed: with much candy. Leo 23 July - 23 Aug. Try to get more sleep this holiday season. You will need it come January. Pisces 19 Feb. - 20 March Give up on Santa. Bribe your parents. Virgo 24 Aug. - 22 Sept. Now is a good time for spiritual renewal. Aries 21 March - 19 April You are on the naughty list. Don’t freak out. Try again next year. Libra 23 Sept. - 23 Oct. Cold can be a cleansing force. Get outside this winter and frolic in the snow. Taurus 20 April - 20 May When you get what you want for the holidays make sure that you say thank you. Scorpio 24 Oct. - 22 Nov. Wish peace to the people you meet. It can make someone’s day. Gemini 21 May - 21 June Be sure you enjoy your winter break. Spring term can drain the fun out of life. Sagittarius 23 Nov. - 21 Dec. The guy in the Mall is not Santa. Seriously, do not sit on his lap. Cancer 22 June - 22 July Trust me you do not look good in candy cane striped tights. Ditch the elf costume. Capricorn 22 Dec. – 20 Jan. A day by the fire with a cocoa is never a day wasted. BELL CANDYCANE CHRISTMAS EGGNOG ELF JOY ORNAMENTS RUDOLF SNOWBALL SNOWMAN SWEATER TINSEL TREE Reindeer Noses You will need: Tiny Twist Pretzels, Hershey Kisses and M&M’s 1. Preheat oven to 225 F. 2. Place pretzels with kisses on top on cookie sheet. 3. Bake for 3-4 minutes or until kisses become soft. 4. Remove from oven and press an M&M into each kiss. 5. Let cool and store in a dry place. Enjoy! The Spyglass wants to hear from you. Tell us what you think of our paper, what you would like to see in future issues and what you think of our layout. Send to: taylorcamden@joplinschools.com Grinch Cookies You will need: 1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, 6 to 8 drops green food color, 1 egg, 1 cup creme de menthe baking chips, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks. 1. Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks. 2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. 3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature. Enjoy!


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