During the month of March, South teachers and staff recognized 59 students for outstanding citizenship, academic performance and/or effort. Congratulations to all those South stars! A drawing was then held to select students from each grade to be Lucky Stars for the month of March. The winners received a certificate and a free movie pass. The winners were: seventh grade, Charles Helmer and Lindsey Templeton; eighth grade, Colin Hamel and Brandon Womack; and ninth grade, Tracie Flory and ShiAnne Young.
South Junior High would like to thank Margaret Wulfkuhle for the donation of the American flag. The flag, a gift from The Daughters of the American Revolution, was flown on June 14, 1998, at the United States Capitol. The flag will be proudly displayed throughout SJHS.
A special thank you goes to Jim Lewis of Checkers grocery store for donating paper plates for the basketball banquet. His gift helped the eighth- and ninth-grade basketball players, coaches, parents and cheerleaders celebrate a fun season.
Eighth- and ninth-graders at SJHS are getting into the full swing of sewing. The students have completed two projects and are working on their third. The first project was a comfy cozy, a long, skinny rice bag heated in the microwave and used on sore necks and muscles. A pillow was created for their second work. Students chose from a heart shape or square lap-back style. Boxers are a hit as the third project. Students are becoming more confident in following directions, cutting out patterns and using the sewing machines. The class also is learning about different types of fabrics, that some can be sewn more easily than others and that different fabrics require different care. Each student will be completing a final project of his or her choice before the end of the year.
The Annual Lawrence Arts Center Spring Art Show dates are as follows: elementary, April 20-May 3; junior high, May 4-10; and senior high, May 11-18. Ms. Torres and Mrs. Groene, SJHS art instructors, encourage you to visit these exhibits as they exemplify some of the best samples of artwork by Lawrence youth. There will be drawings, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, printmaking, photographs and much more.
Remaining band concerts for the year for the freshman band: April 30, travel to Iola for a band competition; May 22, Worlds of Fun band competition; May 26, final concert of the year, 7 p.m., SJHS; and June 3, perform at the recognition ceremony. Remaining concerts for the eighth-grade band are: April 7, concert with the All-City Junior High Jazz Band, 7 p.m., SJHS. The final concert for the seventh-grade band will be at 7 p.m. April 26 at SJHS.
South's drama department presented one-act comedies for the Spring Play. The plays performed were: "This is a Test," by Stephen Gregg; "Nobody Sleeps," by Guernsey Le Pelley; and "The Real Inspector Hound," by Tom Stoppard. The school performances were April 7. The public performances were April 8.
The variety show frenzy is commencing. Some variety show dates to be aware of: Friday, hand in variety show music; May 10, 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., tech rehearsal (South theater); May 11, all-day tour of the grade schools; May 13, daytime seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade matinees and, at 7 p.m., Variety Show I; and May 14, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Variety Shows II and III. The ninth-graders unanimously requested to be allowed to perform at SJHS. This means the extra performance May 13, but they are more comfortable in their native habitat. Variety Show tickets will go on sale Monday. Parent volunteers are needed to sell tickets in the Criqui Den before and after school. Prizes will be given for top ticket sellers.
Forty-one gifted students attended the Snow Creek field trip. Students were eligible for the trip by attending a brown bag lunch where Vic Tuttle presented the Physics of Skiing.
A team of seventh- and eighth-grade students competed in the Newsbowl Competition. The team answered 200 questions covering areas of national current events for the months of January and February.
A unit on the Holocaust will be presented to Ms. Norwood's and Ms. Flakus' class. Materials will be used that have been given to South by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.
Thirty students attended the Medical Careers field trip to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Students were divided into three groups that visited various departments at the hospital, including surgery, physical therapy and radiology.
The physical education department at SJHS announced the contribution of $2,047 to the American Heart Assn. This money was raised by South physical education students through Hoops for Heart. The students asked for pledges to fight heart disease.
April is the School Library Month. Posters of noted authors such as Walt Whitman, Willa Cather and Thorton Wilder, as well as more recent authors like Lois Duncan, Gary Paulsen and Will Hobbs, will be displayed at the ends of the book shelves. Many of the classics along with books voted as "Best Book for Young Adults in 1997 and 1998" (via American Library Assn., Booklist and School Library Journal) will be featured throughout the month. If you would like a list of the books included as top vote-getters for 1997 and 1998, call the SJHS library.
National Library Week concludes today. Students will enter the "bencil" contest by checking the "Quote of the Day" via Events on the library's media center computers. The drawings will take place today. The library will also celebrate T.A.P. (trade a paperback). Students may bring their personal paperbacks, appropriate for this age level and in a readable condition, to the library to exchange them with paperbacks brought in by their peers.
Those of you who frequently check the SJHS Web page (http://members.tripod.com/Sjhs) should notice we have added a new section called Book Reviews. These reviews are done by students in the South Book Reviewers Club. As a reviewer the student is the first one to read and evaluate new books as they arrive in the Media Center. The completed reviews are laminated and remain on display in the library alongside the book being reviewed. We thought it would be fun to share these reviews with the public that views the Web site. Zack Snipe and Taylor Buchanan, Cybrarian Aides, are the webmasters with Josh Johnson, Sara Freeman and Peter Clark, also Cybrarian Aides, assisting with the reviews.
New reviews up since the last newsletter include "Haunted Sisters" by Lael Little, reviewed by Cassie Walker; "The Dead of Night" by John Mardsen, reviewed by Aarika Greenfield; "Janey's Girl" by Gayle Friesen, reviewed by Cori Hermann; "A Doctor's Life" by Rod Storring, reviewed by Unoma Akamagwuna; and "Trouble's Daughter" by Katherine Kirkpatrick, reviewed by Unoma Akamagwuna.
The South wrestling team enjoyed success this year. The team had 48 members. The ninth-grade wrestlers included Adam Beals, Drew Beets, Joe Bell, Shawn Coons, Casey Green, Joey Kelly, Dustin Kramer, Leo Perez and Taylor White. The varsity finished with a 2-1 dual record. South's lone loss was against West at the City Championship. The South wrestlers went on to win the South Invitational tournament. The Cougars beat the West Warhawks by 33.5 points at the tournament. Emporia finished in third place. South had 12 of 15 wrestlers place in the top four of their respective weight classes: Ralley Smith, second, 88 pounds; Chris Hultine, first, 95; Joey Kelly, first, 103; Shawn Coons, first, 112; Justine Larson, fourth, 119; Adam Beals, fourth, 130; Devon Myers, fourth, 135; Leo Perez, third, 140; Joe Bell, second, 145; Clayton Kellerman, first, 152; Bobby Brubaker, second, 215; and Simon Barnes, first, 275. South scored 211.5 points as a team.
Joe Kellyl, Shawn Coons, Leo Perez and Joe Bell finished the season wresting for the Lawrence Lions. Kelly and Coons made the varsity lineup for LHS. South had a total of five wrestlers from last year on LHS' varsity.
The South Cougars were strongly represented in Wichita at the state wrestling tournament. All eight of the LHS State qualifiers had wrestled at South. Freshmen Joey Kelly and Shawn Coons qualified for the state tournament by placing in the top four of their weight class at their regional. Kelly and Coons joined former South wrestlers Mike Day, Jason Fender, Ryan Fender, Dustin Goodin, Jeff Hauber and Ryan Smith in Wichita.
Thanks to all the parents and guardians of the wrestlers for making this a great season. Their support is what keeps the program strong. The work of Mary Barnes and Carolyn Sylvester, coordinating parent involvement and providing valuable resources, was instrumental in the success of the program. Thanks also go to Rick Bryant, owner of Bear Press, for providing the computer program that runs the South tournament.
There will be a wrestling camp in Mexico, Mo., that will be instructed by the Martin family. The Martins are famous for developing the Grandby instructional videotapes. Those interested should contact Coach Naughton. For more information on wrestling camps and tournaments, visit Intermat.com, USAWrestling.com and usawks.com.