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2 February 2011 PAGE what’s inside SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 3February 2011 PAGE “It’s not about assessment or student achievement, but it’s about helping to ensure that every student’s basic needs are met in order to be successful in school.” -- CJ Huff, Joplin School District Superintendent Spyglass is a student publication of the Newspaper class at Joplin High School in Joplin, Missouri. All articles are studentproduced, and all opinions are those of the newspaper staff. Spyglass is produced approximately monthly and is delivered to all students, faculty, and staff of Joplin High School. Spyglass Staff Sarah Sticklen, Editor Taylor Camden, Assistant Editor Colin Hughes Lydia McAllister Caravana Randall Shelby Hass Lyndsay Cobb Elisabeth Heimberg Emma Meek Miah Allison Keegan Tinney Cartoonist: Gus Oberg All students write stories, take photographs, sell advertisements and design pages. Please direct all correspondence, letters to the editor, news ideas, and other material for the staff to Mrs, Crane give to any staff member, or email to: mwcrane@joplin.k12.mo.us. “We currently have many students enrolled in Joplin public schools. Each one of them has a name, a face, and a story. Fifty-four percent of them live in poverty, but they all have hopes and dreams, and each and every one of them deserves a What’s Inside... bright future.” Page 4 Literacy feature What’s our school doing to raise our literacy rate? Page 7 Sports Freshman starting on varsity Senior signs with Crowder Page 8 Teacher feature Ever wondered if teachers have a life outside of school? Apparently Mr. Wolf has one full of art By Taylor Camden Bright Futures became a part of the Joplin School District’s strategic planning process beginning in the fall of 2008. A Page 9 community “Bright Futures Breakfast” that included Joplin’s faith-based community, Dynamic Duo human services agencies, and business community, was held on April 8, 2010. That day over 40 community Debaters pair up for tournament leaders “stepped up to the plate” and wanted to be involved. The program “hit the ground running”, and thus far hasn’t looked back, says CJ Huff, superintendant of the Joplin School District. According the Bright Futures website, Bright Futures is a grassroots, community based program that is creating partnerships and and utilizing resources in Page 13 the community with one goal—to help kids, strengthen families and the community. Franklin Tech feature The program is geared towards reshaping Joplin’s future by creating a culture change and building a community where Non-trads doing the untraditional education is important and valued. “It’s not about assessment or student achievement, but it’s about helping to ensure that every student’s basic needs are met in order to be successful in school,” said Huff. Currently, Bright Futures is in its beginning stages, but Bright Futures is working to create a system of support for kids in the school district that educators can utilize everyday. Community Ambassadors Front page photo by Shelby Norvell Inside page photo by Sarah Sticklen are already at work throughout the district and is working closely with each school administration team. According to Huff, there are literally hundreds of people in the community working as tutors, mentors, and volunteering in a variety of capacities. Last year there was an estimated 115 volunteers, this year the number has jumped to over 230. Bright Futures has also implemented a fund to raise money for students called The Eagle Angel Fund. It has been established to help meet the needs of students in the Joplin School District who do not have traditional recourses for basic needs, school supplies and other necessities. The current campaign for the fund is “Give To The Eagle Fund.” By donating, people in the community are ensuring that students in the Joplin School District will not be going without food, shelter, clothing, heat in the winter, and other basic needs. “Personally, I’d like to see every kid have a shot at graduation. Kids who live in poverty are more likely to drop out,” said Huff. Bright Futures helps to soften the blow of poverty for kids. If students have more time to focus on school than issues at home, they have a better chance for success said Huff. Organizers of Bright Futures believe the future for the program looks bright. It is growing and reaching out in more ways everyday. Anyone can help by going to the website, www.brightfuturesjoplin. com, and making a donation or finding out ways to volunteer. The future of the Joplin community depends on the people in the Joplin community. Online Masters Degree Programs Designed to Advance Your Career. Customized to Fit Your Schedule. Convenient. MET Engineering Technology MS Human Resource Development MS Educational Leadership Building Level MS Educational Technology Library Media or Technology Integration Specialist MS Reading Specialist Licensure or Classroom Reading Teacher MS Health, Human Performance and Recreation MS Teaching in ESOL Flexible. Practical. Pittsburg State University www.pittstate.edu/cgs joplin hs 5.18x5.indd 2 Office of Continuing & Graduate Studies 1701 S. Broadway • Pittsburg, KS 66762 cgs@pittstate.edu • 620-235-4223 12/7/10 3:49:12 PM


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4 February 2011 PAGE feature SPYGLASS SPYGLASS feature 5February 2011 PAGE Can you Story by Caravana Randall and Shelby Hass read this?Three little words can make all the difference Story by Caravana Randall Three Little Words is an eye-opening novel about foster care. This memoir by Ashley Rhodes is a must-read. In this book, the reader travels through the life of Ashley Rhodes as she is thrown Don’t throw away the key before reading this book Story by Lyndsay Cobb During Christmas break, I spent my time reading Sarah Dessen’s Lock and Key. This family-drama had me wondering what was going to happen next. Ruby has to move in with her sister Literacy: determining the problem is easier than seeing the solution. “Our Communication Arts Department is now working very hard to unify the teaching and assessing of reading and writing at a higher level than ever before at our school,” said Kerry Sachetta, Head Principal at JHS. But according to the National High School Center’s website, the percentage of high school seniors reading at or above the basic level has dropped significantly in recent years. Susan Primm, head of the JHS Communication Arts Department and Sachetta both agree there is a drop in literacy rates due to students declining interest in classic literature such as novels. However, reading interests have seemed to peak in other areas. “Many students read magazines, and they like to read about their individual interest areas on the Internet,” said Primm. Tricia Copley, Communication Arts teacher at JHS and reading specialist, agrees. “Students are reading in different ways, as through technology, but it is for selfsatisfaction. They are not reading completely, in order to comprehend.” she said. Although the introduction of new technologies is definitely contributing to lower literacy rates, this decline cannot be “Even just getting around town requires attributed to just one factor, believes Primm literacy,” said Donor. and Sachetta. JHS staff and Joplin administration “Current reasons could have noticed the recent be that the economy is findings in declining causing people to have literacy rates and are to spend more time currently taking action to working, that other confront this issue head venues of entertainment on. are taking up time “A new plan of previously spent strategies for the reading, and that teaching of reading our society does not and writing across the necessarily value curriculum is the goal of knowledge and wisdom a newly formed group as it used to,” said of teachers. In fact, this Primm. special committee is According to Copley, currently working on new reading programs a plan to introduce to implemented and the rest of the faculty older ones, such as in the coming months, phonics, that have been with professional discarded can also be a development activities, contributing factor in declining literacy rates. Photo by MaKenzie Jones to help all teachers teach reading and Joan Doner, program director at Joplin writing strategies in their content area more Neighborhood Adult Literacy Action, made effectively,” said Sachetta. the point in the December 9, 2010 Joplin Many may question how parental Globe, that even simple daily tasks require involvement plays into the literacy rate. reading. Both Primm and Sachetta believe it can have a direct impact on a child’s enthusiasm towards reading. “I think all parents should continually try to encourage their students to read and research information at all grade levels and be of assistance to their child,” said Sachetta. Although national literacy rates are dropping, Sachetta is proud to say that overall JHS reading scores have increased in recent years. “When we try to design strategies to help students read better, it usually centers on a few main themes or concerns,” said Sachetta. Typically at the high school level, if a student has trouble reading it centers around vocabulary and comprehension related to prediction and making inferences in the text, believes Sachetta. Statistically, students lose interest reading around third or fourth grade, says Copley. And she thinks this can be attributed to the lack of reading for enjoyment. However, the Harry Potter series and the Twilight series have seemed to spike interest in reading with middle school and high school students, she said.. “Students need stability and the only true way of having successful readers is for them to read, and for teachers to provide a foundation for reading,” said Copley. What’s your favorite book in the JHS library and why? Gateway Award Nominees The Compound by S.A. Bodeen Shift by Jennifer Bradbury Graceling by Kristin Cashore The Huntng Game by Suzanne Collins Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen into the foster care system at a young age. The reader sees the emotional problems that Ashley goes through from a young innocent child just wanting to go home and be loved by her mother, to a distant hurt teenaged girl scarred by the faults of her mother. Ashley is sent to many different homes, some worse than others, and one to top them all. Each home leaves something in Ashley’s life whether it be good or bad. As she grows older Ashley has the option to be adopted, with this comes a whole new set of problems as Ashley’s hurt and pain comes out from her rough childhood. Ashley has to face the separation from her brother and the secret longing for a new home that she now finds too good to be true. Does Ashley ever let go of the past; will she be able to find her happily ever after with a family of her own? Read Three Little Words to find out. Cora and her husband Jamie because her mom left her alone to live by herself. Her world is turned upside-down when she has to go to a new school and make all new friends. Everything is new-- a big fancy house and a room all to herself. She has all kinds of possibilities now that she has never had before. One of the first friends she makes was Nate, who lives next door to Cora. They become really good friends and they help each other out. Nate has a secret that he keeps from everybody but soon Ruby finds out and wants to help him. Nate thinks he doesn’t need her help but he does more then he knows. This book was happy and sad and at sometimes even funny. Lock and Key is a very good book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about real life. In this book, you get to see both sides of life: the poor side and the rich side. Truman Nominees Chains by Laurie Anderson Compound by Stephanie Bodeen The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Jump The Cracks By Stacy DeKeyser We hope hope this book is Good Enough for you Story by Elisabeth Heimberg I recently read Good Enough by Paula Yoo, to find what was going on in this teenager’s life. Patti loves to play her violin and wants to get into an Ivy League School. Her parents want her to play the Kelly Campbell The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes “These stories make you think. I always try to figure out the case before he does. I have yet to succeed.” Sydney Holtsman Eyes Like Stars and Perchance to Dream “All lovers of books know that there are certain things you should just know, that Alice went down the rabbit hole, King Arthur had Mollie Sanders The Gemma Doyle Trilogy “I like them because they twist the ideal of most books. It takes romance and suspense and takes Paper Towns by John Green Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher The Jurvie Three by Gordon Korman The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockharr Wake by Lisa McMann Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman Gone by Michael Grant Otherworldlies by Jennifer Kogler Boost by Kathryn Mackel Suck it Up by Brian Meehi Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson violin, study for the SAT, and get into a really good college. But she realizes there is more than just getting into the Ivy League. She wants to date this guy, play her violin, go to a rock concert and hang out with her friends. She does not want to get into the school her parents want her to get into. Good Enough was a very good book because it gives the reader some tips on what to do with some of life’s choices. Listening to what your parents may suggest, could be a helpful start. Excaliber, and there are more than three musketeers and so much more. These books you on a trip.” Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott White Gates by Bonnie Ramthun take well loved characters of theatre and make them change right in front of your eyes.” Photos by Lyndsay Cobb Good Enough by Paula Yoo Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail by Bonnie Spradin


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6 January 2011 PAGE arts SPYGLASS SPYGLASS Statebound: JHS Music Department sports 7February 2011 PAGE McMullen scores 1000th point sends two Junior Clare Davis goes to State for vocals to State Freshman Olivia Pendley attempts to dribble away from a Webb City defender in a game on December 14. The Eagles have benefitted from the help of younger players to help fill out the squad. Photo by Shelby Norvell By Colin Hughes Senior Jessie McMullen scored her 1000th career point in a conference game against Waynesville on January, 18. McMullen said the amount of time she has spent in the gym is what allowed her to reach the milestone. “I’ve spent a lot of my time ever since I was little playing basketball all year round and spent a lot of time in the gym making myself better,” she said. McMullen who is not playing sports in college says that her dad is the one who has helped her the most with basketball. “He has been to every single one of my basketball games since I’ve first started playing,” said McMullen. “He knows a lot about the game and has helped me become the player I am.” Story and Photo by Taylor Camden This year, representing the Joplin “I think I did sight-singing the best. High School vocal department, junior Clare It’s probably what got me in,” said Davis. Davis will be participating in the Missouri After making the cut, Davis spent All-State Honor Choir. a day at Missouri Southern to rehearse for The performance will be held at a her All-District concert. During the day the resort in Tan-Tar-A. The singers will spend singers had the chance to audition for Allthree days at rehearsal and following will be State Honor Choir. After their performance, Pendley stands out at varsity level a performance. singers who had made All-State were Only four singers for each SATB “I definitely announced. Davis made the cut to vocal part from each of the four districts didn’t expect tomade the cut. Davis perform as a soprano. “I definitely didn’t expect to make it, is the only one who make it, but I’mqualified from Joplin but I’m excited,” said Davis. High School. “I’m really excited.” Even though Davis’ goals in life do not stoked and feel really include music, she says honored,” said Davis. To qualify for - Claire Davis she feels very honored and her friends and All-State, Davis had to family have been very endure a series of auditions, starting with supportive. All-District Honor Choir. Davis first traveled “I don’t plan on doing music in to Carthage High School to be judged on two college, but I think it’ll be a good experience,” pieces and sight singing. said Davis. By Colin Hughes Olivia Pendley, a freshman on the varsity girl’s basketball team is doing her best to help out the Eagles this season. Pendley admits that it is overwhelming at times to be playing at the varsity level as a freshman because there are other players on the bench that could take her place on the floor at any time. But Pendley said that her teammates help to take the pressure off of her. “Without them I would be lost on the court. If they weren’t there to yell at me to get to the right spot in a game we would lose by a lot.” Pendley said. She also said that the level of play is much higher than the middle school level where she was playing last year. To get herself ready for the season, Pendley played on a traveling team called the Rainmakers and went to the team camps over the summer. Playing varsity at an early age, Pendley knows that there are certain parts of her game that could use improvement. “I need to work on my shot, ball handling and defense,” Pendley said. “I know it seems like a lot but they are the little things I need to work on to become a better player.” Pendley says that she gets her athletic ability from her parents who she says were amazing athletes. She also has her own goals for basketball. “My future goal for basketball is to go to a great college on a scholarship and “When in varsity you have fifteen soar as high as I can go until I can’t go any Senior Corey Hounschell goes to State for bandto eighteen year olds playing you who have played a longer time and go at a faster pace,” further in what I love to do,” said Pendley. said Pendley. Story and Photo by Sarah Sticklen Senior Corey Hounschell is the first instrumentalist in four years to make the Missouri All-State Honor Band. Also this year, Hounschell has achieved two other goals he has set for himself since childhood which will enable him to carry on his passion for music past high school. In order to be eligible for the All-State Honor Band, Hounschell had to endure a lengthy audition process. First, Hounschell auditioned at Webb City High School for the All-District Honor Band. He not only made the AllDistrict Band, but he was also named 1st Chair for trumpet, meaning that the judges deemed him the best trumpet player at the district competition. Then, Hounschell traveled to Hickman Mills High School in Columbia to audition for the All-State Honor Band. Aside from earning a spot on the Missouri All-State Honor Band, Hounschell is almost finished with the audition process for Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps International. Drum Corps International is a very prestigious group of marching ensembles deemed to be “world class.” Hounschell describes the Corps as “a halftime show on steroids.” For the Carolina Crown audition process, Hounschell traveled across the country. In Ft. Mill, South Carolina, Hounschell participated in a weekend “camp” where he was evaluated while performing marching routines with other auditioning students. Then, this summer, Hounschell will travel across the country with the Corps. “Crown has been my dream since I was first introduced to the Drum Corps activity, and the fact that I’m very likely to earn a spot blows my mind!” said Hounschell. “It’s my chance to touch everyone and share what I believe, along with a little entertainment.” Adding to his list of accomplishments for his senior year, Hounschell has also received the University of Arkansas’s top music scholarship and has qualified to perform with both their athletic band and their highly selective trumpet studio. Continuing his love for music and performance past high school is a prospect that excites Hounschell. “I enjoy playing music because it moves everyone,” he said. “Some kids like sports and some like art, but everyone loves music.” Photo by Shelby Norvell Freshman Leigh Ann Craig gets ready to pass to open freshman, Jacqueline Lieurance. Along with playing JV, Craig and Lieurance also sit the bench for varsity and see limited playing time. Photo by Shelby Norvell Senior Jessie McMullen dribbles up the court in the varsity game against Webb City on December 14. McMullen recently surpassed her 1,000 high school point. Brown, St. Peter are young talent By Colin Hughes After graduating most of last year’s varsity experience, the JHS boy’s basketball team is looking to rebuild. Two young players who are playing a big role this season are freshman Charlie Brown and sophomore Adam St. Peter. Brown says that it is a privilege to be playing at the varsity level after he worked so hard this summer. He was busy for a good portion of the summer with his AAU team, the Kansas Heat Elite. The team traveled to tournaments in Orlando, Florida, Oklahoma City, Wichita, Kansas, and Lawrence, Kansas. St. Peter did not travel but he still put in the work over the summer. “I went to the camps and shot when ever I could,” he said. Both Brown and St. Peter agreed that compared to playing on middle school and freshman teams [respectively] last year, the varsity game is much more intense. “The games are a lot faster and a lot more physical so you have to be stronger,” said Brown. “A lot more goes into it,” St. Peter added. Another thing the two have in common is that they both were influenced by their previous coaches. Brown says that his older brother Nick, a senior on last year’s team, has also helped him improve. St. Peter and Brown agreed there were certain aspects of their game that can be improved. “I need to work on my ball handling,” said St. Peter. Brown said, “I need to work on being more of a leader on the floor.” When playing at the varsity level at such a young age one may expect these two players feel as though they have to perform well. St Peter admits he does feel the pressure sometimes. Brown, on the other hand, does not feel the same way. “I’ve been playing since first grade,” he said. “I just go out there and do what I have to do.” Both also added that their teammates offer a lot of advice. and they use it to get better. As long as Brown and St. Peter take that advice. it is safe to say Joplin basketball has a bright future.


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8 February 2011 PAGE teacher feature Art teacher by day comic book hero by night By Keegan Tinney With a unique last name of Wolfshorndl, comes a unique man. One who at times finds inspiration from the most random parts of every day life. One who students address as “Mr. Wolf.” Going on 10 years of teaching in the Joplin School District, Seth Wolfshorndl is currently an art teacher at JHS, but his skill is used outside of the normal school day. It all started around seventh grade when Wolf and a good friend, Elton, made their very first comic book. “(We) Didn’t think we would do this (make comics) this long but we thought it would be cool if we did,” Wolf said. The inspiration and motivation all comes to having some fun and being light hearted, and Wolf enjoys telling a story by using his imagination. Wolf also gets ideas from students’ conversations he hears This fuels him to add these random bits of conversations to his comics. Wolf and three other buddies, including his child friend Elton, have joined up to form Three Trees Studios, where Wolf and the three other guys make comic book series such as ‘’Random Ink.” Along with teaching and designing comics, Wolf is the sponsor for the school Cartoonist Club. The Cartoonist Club, with average of about 15 students, meets once a week to get together and work on various activities. Wolf calls it “comic book improv.” The Cartoonist Club recently received the opportunity to have a booth at a comic convention coming up this February in Joplin. In addition, the members of the Cartoonist Club at the end of each year have the chance to publish their own comics called “Scribbled Stories.” This allows students to follow in the footsteps of their teacher, mentor, and club sponsor and produce a comic book. In the years since Wolf and the others began their venture, they have published seven comic books, made a web site and added a few new members to the team (one a former JHS student). To see more of Wolf’s work check out his web site: www.threetreesstudios.com. Photos courtesy of Seth Wolfshorndl SPYGLASS SPYGLASS students 9February 2011 PAGE Photo by Lydia McAllister HurleyCon Comic Convention will be held February 19 at the Jack Lawton Webb Conventon Center and admission is free. JHS Cartoonist Club will also have a table there. “Debate has really just been my ‘niche’ in high school, and has kind of been the thing that I was just good at. And everybody needs that activity in which they excel.” Dynamic Duo Congrats, Winterguard! By Lydia McAllister The Dowling Debate Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, is the second largest Public Forum tournament in the nation. The local point of interest is a newly formed alliance between a senior and a sophomore who upset the stiff competition. In fact, Stewart Pence and James Hoff won the Tournament of Champions, held in December. “Most of the people there travel on a national circuit, so they were freaking out when some no-names from southwest Missouri showed up and actually did well,” senior, Stewart Pence, said. Pence and Hoff have only been partners at that tournament, but their win means big things for the Joplin debate team. “Due to our win, more schools may enlist in our tournament. Our competition could become a Tournament of Champions bid as well. That could create more funding, etc.,” said sophomore, Hoff. Debate plays a big role in both Pence and Hoff’s high school life. Pence has been a part of the team for all four years of his high school career. “It [debate] has kept me extremely busy, but it’s also given me a lot of skills that have helped me out in regular classes. Debate has also been really, really good for my college applications,” admitted Pence. Being a sophomore, Hoff is only on his second year of debating, and was greatly influenced by his family to join the team. “My family is involved in politics and enjoys watching the news every night. Discussing the same issues on television seemed cool,” said Hoff. The duo might only have debated together at the Dowling tournament, but anyone can see they work very well together. “We’re a good team because we both prepare. A lot of the teams we faced had one person who researched the topic and a partner who clearly disregarded it altogether. The weak link is usually how we won,” commented Hoff. Pence, on the other hand, had a different reason for their great teamwork. “We work well together because both of us are incredibly weird. I know it sounds crazy, but we just joke around about the topics more than actually do prep for them,” he said. The two work hard to maintain their winning streak. A lot of time and effort goes into preparing for each tournament. “James is one of the biggest gogetters I have ever met, and he is generally on top of most of the work. But it does depend on the tournament. Districts and (hopefully!) state and nationals will Photo courtesy of Accent Photography On Saturday, January, 22 the Joplin Eagle Pride Winterguard took 1st place at the MSU Winterguard Festival, beating out Kickapoo, Warrensburg, Carl Junction, and Lee’s Summit. Congratulations! ultimately take up to 20 or more hours for each topic, which changes monthly,” said Pence. With Pence being a senior, the pair will inevitably dissolve after this year, but that won’t stop Hoff. “James is extremely talented. He’ll fare incredibly well no matter who he partners with, if he has a partner at all. I truly think he has what it takes to shatter every record Joplin has ever had,” said Pence. Even with his partner leaving, Hoff is still immersed in this year and what it could bring. “Next year I may compete in a different event. Stewart is a really good partner, so I’m focusing on this year while I still have the opportunity,” stated Hoff. Even with a great win, such as the one at Dowling, Pence views his last year as bittersweet. “Debate has really just been my ‘niche’ in high school, and has kind of been the thing that I was just good at. And everybody needs that activity in which they excel. I guess I will miss it, but that’s why I’m looking into it in college, so maybe I won’t have to worry about it. If I don’t, eh, I’ll have more time on the weekends, so I won’t be missing out too much on the weekends,” joked Pence. There’s no business like show business By Miah Allison Max Mammele, Joplin High School senior, never imaged he was a good enough actor to be accepted into the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), located in New York and Los Angeles. Little did he know, AMDA wanted him to audition. The prestigious college sent Mammele an exclusive VIP application to audition for them. Being an actor is always what he wanted to do, and applying to AMDA would be a life changing experience that would change his view of himself forever. “I love theater. I love to perform, to entertain. I don’t have to get paid for it,” said Mammele. Since the first grade, when Mammee was in his first play, he has always loved theater. “Theater is the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my entire life,” said Mammele. “It’s made me a lot more confident in myself. According to Mammele, this confidence helped him succeed at his audition for AMDA. On a regular Monday in October, Mammele received a phone call on his way to work. When he answered, he was congratulated and told he was accepted into the rewarding American Musical and Dramatic Academy. With the tuition for AMDA running around $35,000 a year, Mammele said AMDA just wasn’t an option. Although Mammele knew that if he were accepted, there was a possibility he couldn’t attend, that never stopped him from auditioning. “Honestly, the real reason that I auditioned for AMDA was to see if I was a talented enough actor to get accepted into such a prestigious college,” said Mammele. Mammele proved to himself just how talented he truly is, but most importantly, he found out that he could have confidence without being on stage. Max Mammele performing in last fall’s play, “The Musical Mur- ders of the 1940s.” Mammele’s character, Ken De La Maize, appears baffled, even though his character had a significant role in the plot. Photo by B. Mammele


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10February 2011 PAGE around jhs SPYGLASS SPYGLASS around jhs 11February 2011 PAGE Shantell Jewett takes softball to the next level and signs with Crowder Ain’t misbehavin’ School-wide program to Students in Kaci Dorton’s Computer Aided Manufacturing class at Franklin Tech, have been etching an eagle emblem on tokens to be awarded to JHS students for exemplary behavior. The tokens will be turned in to school administrators in exchange for a variety of prizes made possible through community supporters. Photo by Keegan Tinney By Sarah Sticklen After ten years of numerous softball practices and games, senior Shantell “Nana” Jewett’s hard work and dedication on and off the field have finally paid off. On Wednesday, January 19, Jewett signed her official letter of intent to join the Crowder College Lady ‘Riders softball program. Jewett came into contact with Crowder during September of 2010, through her summer team coach, Millie Gilion, who is the athletic director at Crowder. During the fall of her senior year, Jewett was invited to Southwestern Iowa Community College, Garden City Community College, and Crowder for official recruiting visits. On these visits, Jewett was able to meet the teams and coaches as well as tour the schools. While visiting Southwestern Iowa, Jewett even had the opportunity to stay overnight in the dorms, allowing her to fully experience college life firsthand. While Jewett felt that the recruiting process was stressful at times, she says that the overall privilege she has had to visit numerous schools has been a very special opportunity. “It’s fun going on visits and seeing how coaches are interested in you,” said Jewett. Jewett ultimately decided on Crowder because of her familiarity with the program; several of her teammates from her summer team will be attending Crowder next year as well. After committing, Jewett is relieved to have finally accomplished the goal she has worked so hard to achieve for many years and is excited to officially be a part of a college team. “When I was a little kid, I practiced all the time, and I think that’s what has helped me now,” said Jewett. “Never give up, because you don’t know what you can become.” After graduating from Crowder, Jewett says she plans to “continue playing softball at a four-year school where the focus is more on school and isn’t high demanding on softball.” Jewett spent two years playing varsity softball at Joplin High School; she transferred from Riverton High School her sophomore year, thus was ineligible under MSHAA guidelines to play that year. While playing at JHS, Jewett was a two-time 1st Team All-Conference and All-District catcher and also made 1st Team All-Region in 2010. Jewett also received the Offensive Player Award in 2009 and the MVP Award in 2010 from her fellow teammates. “She’s someone you want to have on your team,” said JHS softball pitcher Kelsey Gould. “Without her, we wouldn’t have been as good as we have been.” National Honor Society students worked the concession stand. Fifty percent of proceeds went toward Project Graduation. Photos by T. Mitchell address good behavior By Caravana Randall Good behavior, something that some have long forgotten and others practice in their daily lives, but how do we promote good behavior to all? Positive Behavior Interventions Support or PBIS will be enforced at JHS this year. “We are one of the first high schools of this size to implement PBIS,” said Ashley Hallmark, communication arts teacher and PBIS team leader at JHS. Hallmark has been the PBIS committee team leader for three years. “I had no idea how big it (PBIS) was. It’s been a true undertaking, but I really believe that this high school will benefit from it. I wouldn’t still be on the committee if I didn’t,” stated Hallmark. This program will be an intentional effort to recognize the positive behavior at JHS. “We really, really try to focus on the good things that students do on a regular basis. In no way are we saying students don’t do this. We (exhibit good behavior) just want to recognize this on a regular basis,” said Hallmark. It is the intention of the program to see behavioral changes. “Research has shown schools that have implemented this program have seen a drop in referrals, attendance issues, and just overall Photo by Sarah Sticklen distractions in school,” said Hallmark. Shantell Jewett, with her parents Jeff and Barb, signs her official letter of intent to play softball for the Lady Although PBIS will begin this month, it will take three full years ‘Riders. Following several college visits, Jewett signed with the local squad, believing it would provide the best for the program to develop fully and JHS to be considered a PBIS school. The detail of the opportunities for her. program is still a work in progress. “First three years are foundation years, which just means deciding how you’re going to time a student is recognized by a behavior are targeting expect they get a token and will be able to turn it in for some kind of prize,” said Hallmark. The tokens provided to reward students were made by Kaci Dorton’s Computer Aided Manufacturing class. When the token system is first started, students who receive a token implement it (PBIS),” said Hallmark. will have to turn it in that day for a prize. Over time students will have the option of saving What has been decided is a basic reward system. tokens they receive for a larger prize said Hallmark. “Teachers and administrators will have plastic tokens made by Franklin Tech, but each Prizes are to be provided through anonymous donors from Bright Futures. Prizes range from gas cards and gift cards to laptops. JHS Project   JHS EAGLE CODE  Many different departments in and out of JHS are involved with PBIS. “The community, administrators, Franklin Tech, art department, and Bright Futures… Were trying to incorporate as many different departments in the school as possible,” said Hallmark. Graduation hosted All School Settings & Classroom Hallway Restroom Bus Cafeteria When it comes to the student body, the JHS student council are the only students involved at the moment. In the future, more students will have Trivia Night on Activities the opportunity to be involved. According to Hallmark plans for a PBIS student committee will later be put in place. Saturday, January 15. Fifteen teams Duty (Responsibility) • Positively represent our school • Report inappropriate behavior • Be on time • Use closest • Be prepared • Get where facility • Be focused you need to quickly & • Complete be quietly assignments on • Always carry • Wash your time your I.D. hands • Be ready & on time • Stay seated • Visit quietly • Manage your account • Move responsibly through the line The matrix that will be followed by the students was built around the student handbook; no school rules will change due to this program. “The matrix is a big, big part of it (PBIS). This was developed over the last two years with input from staff, administration, students, and the competed for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and last place prizes. Honor (Respect) • Respect • Use personal space • Use good appropriate • Participate listening skills language & appropriately • Follow actions • Show Eagle classroom • Use indoor Pride procedures voice • Use time wisely • Return to class promptly • Listen to • Be patient & driver polite • Be polite • Place trash in • Keep hands & proper feet to receptacle yourself committee; this is what we’ll base everything on,” said Hallmark. “This (matrix) will be in every classroom; this is what we want students to refer to for expected behavior.” Every classroom will have a laminated poster with the Eagle code, statement of desired behavior in different areas of the school, containing the words duty, honor, peace, and pride. This poster will be for students Overall, the event raised around $1500 Peace (Safety) • Walk away • Kind words & • Keep moving when others kind actions & walk to the • Report make bad • Follow right problems choices emergency • Keep your • Keep your procedures hands & feet hands & feet to to yourself • Keep aisle clear • Exit across the front of the bus • Maintain a • Stay behind the person in front of you and teachers to look at when it comes to behavior. “It (Eagle code) sounded like something that had tradition and solidified what we want this school to represent,” said Hallmark. The program will first be implemented in the cafeteria eventually for this year’s Project Graduation. yourself Pride (Do Your Best) • Give it your best • Keep it clean! • Do your best • Participate appropriately • Keep your space clean • Keep our hallways clean • Keep our restrooms neat & tidy safe distance from the bus • Take care of your bus • Use your inside voice • Keep our café neat & clean moving into classrooms and on buses. “(We will) start small and keep getting bigger and bigger until every teacher has tokens to give out on a daily basis,” said Hallmark. This program is not just a reward system; it has meaning and promotes many things. “We’re trying to develop those social skills that sometimes students   don’t always think about because we hope it will carry on to the work place,” said Hallmark, “(PBIS) is really to build school pride, to build WE ARE TOMORROW  a positive school culture. We want students and staff to be proud of this school.”


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12February 2011 PAGE around JHS SPYGLASS SPYGLASS franklin tech 13February 2011 PAGE J‘ ust another assignment...’ Franklin Tech:StoryandPhotoByKeeganTinney Equalizing the workplace playing field for the future JHS Sophomores Jenna Herr, Lexi Brown and Tara Lanear recently won first place in the Show-Me a Movie Contest for the best PSA or Public Service Announcement. The statewide competition was hosted by the St. Louis School District. With about 100 videos in the PSA category, it was stiff competition. All three girls agree that, “This was their best and most serious film they have produced.” The PSA: “Live Above the Influence” is a 30 second appeal about making the right decisions, not giving into peer pressure, and walking away from trouble. It took about four hours of filming and a week of class time editing. Their work was completed with no intention or indication that it would be entered into a contest. According to the creators, it was just another assignment. While Bruce Vonderhaar, TV Productions teacher, did inform the class that he would be selecting a few of the best films to send off to the competition when he made the assignment, the students didn’t know which ones would be selceted. “Of the five I sent, all had a good chance of winning first. It was cool to win first place two years in a row,” said Vonderhaar. The trio will travel to St. Charles February 15 to claim the winnings, with the funds awarded going to the JHS media center. To watch the video check out www. jet14ondemand.com Tara Lanear, Lexi Brown and Jenna Herr review tape footage in a JHS TV Productions class. The three recently received first place in a state-wide contest for their work on a 30-second public service announcement. Missouri State Thespian Teacher of the Year By Shelby Hass The fact that the education and resources in these areas are offered for free to You’ve been through the same JHS students has drawn junior Laresa Cline to training, taken the same classes, and worked the auto-tech program. for your company the same number of years “I like it because it makes me feel more as your coworker. And yet, they still earn a independent,” said Cline. higher salary than you? Does that seem fair? Both Cline and Norvell agree that According to the Bureau of Labor although they enjoy the courses, being one of Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the few girls in the class does not come without as a national average in July of 2007, women its challenges. are earning only 78 cents on every dollar “The jokes,” said Cline. “And how earned by men. So what careers should female weird the guys act around me sometimes,” students at JHS aspire to if they want high- added Norvell, are among those challenges. paying jobs? The answer, according to the In addition, Norvell said are the stories she’d Handbook, lies within non-traditional fields. heard about women that had been fired due to A select few occupations can actually their gender. help women earn more than men, the bureau Despite these difficulties, each of these further stated, and women in non-traditional ladies believe sticking with this career path will occupations usually earn higher wages than pay off in the future. women in traditional careers. “I do it because usually other people A non-traditional occupation for say we can’t, and it feels great to prove them women is defined by the U.S. Department wrong,” said Cline. of Labor Statistics as one in which less than Knowing that female welding 25 percent of those employed in the field engineers earn 43 percent more than their are women, such as construction. But John Photo by Miah Allison male counterparts is promising for Norvell, she Rutledge, auto-technician instructor at Junior Zoey Starkebaum works on a project for her welding class at Franklin Technology says. And with courses in these areas costing Franklin Technology Center, believes that Center. She is one of the two girls enrolled in this course. thousands of dollars, she is happy to have taken females in these areas can perform just as advantage of the free classes for high school well as men. high school, junior Amber Norvell has seen first hand students through Franklin Tech “If a person can do the job and they’re effective some of the advantages of being one of the few women in With enrollment forms being turned in and the at doing the job, then there’s no difference,” said this area. 2011-2012 school year approaching, FTC counselors Rutledge. “They (employers) can’t say they won’t hire you believe that JHS girls (and boys alike) should follow Construction, welding, and auto-tech courses just because you’re a girl,” said Norvell. “And sometimes, Norvell and Cline’s example, and look into these at FTC are just a few of the non-traditional occupations you can play into that fact.” occupational preparation courses to start their way for women. And Cheryl Fields, FTC counselor, says that Norvell is currently looking into a welding toward a promising career. currently there are a total of five female JHS students certification test through FTC that normally costs up to For more information on the courses offered at enrolled in these classes. 300 dollars. However, taking the test as a high school Franlin Technology Center, visit with your counselor at Already having a job in welding lined up for after student means it is offered for free. JHS, or contact Cheryl Fields. After 33 years of teaching and directing Joplin High School phater orth dseutu c2dt0ieo1nn1tss ,M adissr aBsomCu,a rs iht Seeta wacthaees T rn,h oBemospnininaaintee CdSo cbnhyfue nrrmuemnacnee,r oirnue csJae snitvuuedadre ynr.e tKsc,on agolnwuimtni ontnoi, Tsththaeefifsr,p acinaodnm pTmaeiratecmnhetesnr tao ntfd ot hahewi gYaher daser,cd hw Tohohilce h tJ huhedoaintthroe rK.s . OaRn et eitFahrcwihdieacryh i nMo fit shtsheo eus traain tSent uafotaerl sccohnofeorle tnhcees,p Sicahnus ramndan s paoccnespotresd. the award in front of hundreds of high The Gear Head Car Club is new to the list of clubs offered at JHS this year. Meeting every Tuesday in room 66 at Franklin Tech, adviser John Rutledge encourages freshmen and sophomores with a love of auto mechanics to take part in projects such as the one featured above. Members posed proudly with the car they restored earlier this year. Present this coupon and receive 30% off your next purchase!


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14February 2011 PAGE opinion SPYGLASS SPYGLASS staff 15February 2011 PAGE By Gus Oberg More than just annoying ringing in your ears B y Shelby Hass We all know money is tight around here and have heard all the hype about those awful budget cuts. And yet, we arrive back from Christmas break to listen to the fight song in the morning and church bells. Or yes, you guessed it, even a gong to dismiss us from class. How festive. Now don’t get me wrong, one must admit it is somewhat amusing to be walking through F Hall and realize the Doobie Brothers music you hear is not just in your head, but emitting from the loud speakers above you. Despite my dancing through the halls, however, I still have to ask: Was there not something better our school’s money could have gone toward? But after speaking with Ms. Sheri Wilson in the main office, I realized the new bell system was a good investment. I was somewhat surprised to learn that the old system was extremely difficult to operate, and that this was something our school had been thinking of installing for quite some time now. Personally, I also began to further appreciate the effort of our school’s staff that went into installing the new system, and of course, the effort that goes into running it. With the new system being completely electronic, Wilson said she had to learn how to program it over Christmas break, and explained all the neat features it has to offer. “Eventually, I will be able to program it to only have bells ring in certain rooms,” she said. This means that when you get back from first lunch and are finally able to concentrate on the cold war or dividing polynomials, you won’t have your thoughts interrupted by the second or third lunch bells; testing rooms can also be excluded from bells; and on picture day, bells can ring in just the communication arts rooms when it’s their turn to be dismissed. It was after these discoveries that I had my epiphany: high school kids, and to be fair most people in general, don’t like change. That includes me. But I now see that this new change in the bells is not a bad thing, and my sour attitude toward it was just too harsh a judgment. Yes, the kinks are still being worked out. Those three beeps to dismiss class may get on your nerves, morning announcements sound a bit muffled, and the songs played in the halls may not be your first choice, but you can’t please everyone. My only hope is that after taking a closer look at the new system, I am not alone in appreciating this obvious approach to increase our school spirit while also encouraging students to get to class on time. Thank you new bell system for accomplishing two goals for the price of one. New TV show shocks parents but seems to appeal to teens By Lydia McAllister JHS CalendarofEvents February 2 Project Graduation Meeting Talon Room 6:30 February 5 Dodgeball tournament at JHS February 10 What song would you choose to play during passing time? Sarah: “Walk it Out” -Unk Taylor: “Whip My Hair” -Willow Lydia: “No Hands” -Waka Flocka Flame Colin: “6 Foot 7 Foot” -Lil Wayne Shelby: “Get This Party Started” -Pink Caravana: “Strawberry Fields Forever” -The Beatles Lyndsay: “Tik Tok” -Ke$ha Elisabeth: “Firework” -Katy Perry Miah: “Party in the U.S.A.” -Miley Cyrus Keegan: “Livin’ On A Prayer” -Bon Jovi Almost everyone who has tuned into MTV in the last month or listened to enough Pandora to catch a commercial has Student Show Case from 6-8pm at Franklin Tech Keegan Tinney, senior to have heard of Skins, the newest MTV creation. February 11-12 Naturally, as all the vicious advertising enticed me, I tuned into the premiere. By the end of the show, I was a Speech and Debate Heart of the Ozarks Tournament at Joplin High School 4:00 ridiculous amount of shocked and amazed. The show is actually a spin-off of the well-received British TV show with the same name. In fact, the first episode almost February 14 Early Dismissal 12:00 Valentine’s Day and exactly followed that of its sister show. The Teachers Professional Development Day only major difference is the British version is allowed complete nudity and the go-ahead on foul language. February 18 The show blatantly depicts Eagle Pride Day teenagers engaging in activities parents Why did you decide to join the Spy- The Spyglass welcomesglass staff? I felt like it would be a good oppor- two new members:tunity and seemed fun. What are your plans for after high school? Keegan TinneyI plan to play football at Pittsburgh State University, earn in a degree education, and then join the military. If you were a nocturnal animal what would you be and why? I would be an owl because their Miah Allison heads go all the way around. pray their kids would never do. Sex, drugs, grand-theft auto. Sure it’s racy, but isn’t February 28-March 4 that what shows like Jersey Shore and Teen Read Across America for elementary schools Mom prepare teens for? The content is the same as what would be expected on any teen show. The surprising factor exists in the in your face, “no inhibitions here” way that the characters go about their lives. The show strikes right Valentine’s Day Crossword upon the teenage indifference. No lessons learned, just laughs and hijinks. This show, like real life and unlike much of the morality-laced TV fare out Miah Allison, sophomore Why did you decide to join the Spyglass staff? I thought it would be fun, and I like to write. What are your hobbies? Shopping, reading, and watching movies What other extracurricular activities are you involved in? Speech & Debate and soccer there, reveals that teens engage in this kind of behavior, not because they are stupid, but because of the thrill. Sponsors for this daring new show are already pulling out. Taco Bell and Parents Television Council deemed the content entirely inappropriate. As if that weren’t enough, the show is getting blasted for the crimes of child indecency Across 3. What cupid shoots. 10. He shoots love arrows. 12. Something often written on Val- and pornography. There’s no doubt that after there will be some last-minute scrambles of editing if the show wants to endure. Skins has a TV-MA rating and 5. A Valentine’s Day treat. 7. Valentine’s Day color. 9. Something you wear on your entine’s Day cards. 14. Touch lips. 15. The symbol of love. MTV has suggested in press releases that the show is “specifically designed to be finger. viewed by adults.” But really, who are they kidding? Whether the show is aimed at teens or whether it endures is irrelevant. The interesting element here is that Down 1. An emotion. the show is trying to depict something that 2. A day for love. more programmers tend to shy away from 4. The flower of love. – teenage abandon and all of the lust and glory that accompany it. I am sure that if the show is allowed to soldier on there will be 6. People often exchange these on Valentine’s Day. all sorts of tragedies and punishments (moral 8. Go on a _______. Go somewhere with and otherwise) inflicted on these characters, but for now this guilty pleasure portrays a teenage world without repercussions or your boyfriend or girlfriend. 11. Something a poet writes. guilt. Is this necessarily a bad thing? 13. Present.  


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16February 2011 PAGE eagles on film SPYGLASS Photos by Sarah Sticklen, Keegan Tinney, and Brittany Conroy



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