Archive for Thursday, February 29, 1996


February 29, 1996


Seventh-grade students joined about 1,600 other area students Feb. 15 at the Lied Center for a performance by SamulNori, a group of four Korean men who danced in costume and demonstrated musical instruments. Their visit was part of the geography classes' study of Asia.

English classes have been working on a research project. Teams have chosen their topics from brainstorming sessions about Australia and Africa. After studying research skills, teams will head to the library to complete research in preparation for a class presentation.

Students in computer classes are preparing resumes to use when looking for jobs and for ninth-grade career day.

Ninth-grade social studies students are spending nine weeks studying about Kansas.

New student library aides for the second semester are Michael Yaw, Elsie Nettleton, Andy Parks, Stacy Heptig, Joe Lister and Leanna Fry.

Two new CDs have been installed on the library network: "Broadcast News" and "Sirs Renaissance."

"Broadcast News" provides full-text transcripts for more than 80 of the nation's leading news programs on CNN, ABC, PBS and NPR. "Broadcast News" is updated monthly.

The other CD provides full-text articles and an almanac focusing on architecture and design; film, radio, television and video; music; philosophy and religion; cultures; literature; performing arts; and visual arts. It will be updated twice a year.

A total of 34 South Junior High KAY members attended the Unit Conference Feb. 5 in Gardner. Groups from 11 schools attended. Members learned leadership techniques and prepared second-semester activities. Presidents Margaret Cardinal and Melissa Decelles spoke to the group about South's KAY projects. Denise Akins, sponsor, also attended.

On Valentine's Day, the KAYs sold 200 carnations to SJHS students. The $90 profit was sent to Kansas Children Service League.

  • Denise Akins' American history class was the guest of state Rep. Barbara Ballard, D-Lawrence, Feb. 7 in Topeka. The class had pictures taken with Gov. Bill Graves, sat in on a legislative session, met with Ballard and toured the Capitol. Parents who accompanied the group were Vicki Carlson, Denise Sawyer, Brenda Stallworth and Melonie Sullivan.

  • Four ninth-graders, members of the South Singers, took part Friday in the all-state clinic choir. The students rehearsed with 156 other junior high students from Kansas and then performed an afternoon concert. The SJHS students are Julia Pagano, soprano; Margaret Cardinal, alto; Jose Espinosa, tenor; and David Hahn, bass.

  • French students recently completed researching and reporting on a "vacation" to a French-speaking country. Some locations included Paris, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium and Tahiti. Class members discussed their vacations and then ate French food they'd prepared.

  • The eighth- and ninth-grade bands will perform March 14 with three other junior high bands at the Lawrence High School Auditorium. Each band will play two numbers, then the LHS Symphonic Band will play.

The All-City Junior High Jazz Ensemble performed Tuesday with the LHS Jazz Band at Southwest Junior High. The Jazz Ensemble also will perform at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lied Center as part of the KU Jazz Festival.

Jazz band members from South are Justin Wilson and Patty Meseraull, piano; April Graves, Jay Gray and Stephen Jones, trumpet; Joe Heacock and Steven Byington, trombone; Steven Davis, drums; and Mattijs Vandeliefvoort, vibes. Jazz band directors are Darrell Cox and Gene Kelly.

The gifted department is involved in several activities. Students participated Feb. 22 in the Kansas State University Egg Drop. Students were given 90 minutes to construct an apparatus that would protect an egg when dropped from 40 feet. Students spent Friday at KU Engineering Day observing and participating in demonstrations. Activities included a flight simulator and hydroplane. Interactive programs and tours also were included.

In March, the gifted department will sponsor historical figure Tom Pendergast in several classes. Science Day is planned for March 8, when more than 30 speakers will talk about their area of expertise.

SJHS students will stage "First in Line and Other Traumatic Life Experiences" at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at the school, 2734 La. The program features a collection of skits that examine the life of a teen-ager.

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