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Archive for Saturday, March 13, 1999

SJHS STUDENTS, STAFF STAY BUSY

March 13, 1999

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In January, South teachers and staff recognized 27 students for outstanding citizenship, academic performance and/or effort. Congratulations to all those South stars. A drawing was held to select two students from each grade to be Lucky Stars for January. Each of the winners received a certificate and a free movie pass. The winners were: seventh grade, Karen Bentley and Aarika Greenfield; eighth grade, Mag Obiefule and Judy Tong; ninth grade, Casey Green and Cedrick Yazzie.

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Spring conferences will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 31 and April 1. Conferences for the first half of the alphabet, A-K, will be March 31. Conferences for the second half of the alphabet, L-Z, will be April 1. Teachers will not be available April 2.

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  • Mr. Blackbird and Mr. Harrod host a South Parent Forum once a month. The forum lasts from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is an excellent opportunity for questions and discussions. There is not a set agenda. Check the calendar for the next meeting and we will see you there.

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  • Ten South students participated in a "School to Careers" seminar held at the Sport 2 Sport complex on Feb. 23. The seminar was part of a grant that Lawrence public schools received from the Kansas Department of Education to explore an effective approach to education and work force development. This grant gives young people working-world experiences that will prepare them for tomorrow's jobs. This half-day workshop gave groups of junior high and high school students an opportunity to receive information about school to careers while sharing some of their related experiences. Barbara Attivo, math coordinator for the district, is directing this project.

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  • Using its collaboration time, the seventh grade just finished an Asian unit in which art, young adult literature, English and geography were incorporated into diverse activities. One of the more special aspects of the Asian unit was that Mr. Olson's classes created the opportunity to have a Chinese lunch at the Plum Tree restaurant.

Thank you parents for your enthusiastic participation at the Home and Self-Development (A-days) coffee cake reception. The students were so proud to share their efforts with appreciative adults.

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  • Science and Technology Day were held March 3 and March 10. The science and technology classes featured a variety of guest speakers from scientific and technical careers sharing their expertise. Fifty-six sessions were planned by speakers. Some of the topics were: environmental issues, Bob Eye; embalming, Rob Campanella; lab animal research, Nancy Schwarting; crime analysis, Lawrence Police Department; and emergency medicine, Dr. Wayne Tilson. Every student at SJHS attended sessions during their science, technology or health classes.

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  • A band concert will be held at 7 p.m. April 26. The feeder elementary schools will play along with the seventh-grade band for the concert.

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  • The South Science Fair will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28 in the cafeteria. All seventh-grade science students will display their projects.

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  • South offers an after-school tutoring service. Room 54 is open until 4 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kansas University students are available to assist students in any subject. If your student would benefit from some extra help, needs help in organizing their school work or just wants to finish his or her homework before going home, he or she is welcome to come in. Students are not required to stay until 4 p.m. unless requested by their parent. Please contact Mr. Conover or Ms. Connett for more information.

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  • The remaining freshman band concerts are on the following dates: April 30 in Iola, for a competition; May 22, Worlds of Fun band competition; May 26, final concert of the year at 7 p.m. to SJHS; and June 3, recognition ceremony.

The final two concerts for the eighth-grade band will be April 7, with the All-City Junior High Jazz Band at 7 p.m. at SJHS, and May 30 at the final concert of the year. The seventh grade's final concert will be at 7 p.m. April 26 at SJHS.

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  • South's drama department will present three one-act comedies for the spring play. The plays to be performed are "This is a Test" by Stephen Gregg; "Nobody Sleeps" by Guernsey Le Pelley and "The Real Inspector Hound" by Tom Stoppard. The school performances will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for children. Tickets will be sold at the door.

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  • The annual Lawrence Arts Center Spring Art Show will be held on the following dates: Elementary, April 20 to May 3; Junior High, May 4 to May 10; Senior High, May 11 to May 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. You will view drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, printmaking, photography and much more.

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  • Health Wave is the new health insurance program for Kansas children that is free or extremely reduced in price to families who qualify. Call (800) 792-4884 to find out if your child is eligible. Benefits include regular checkups, shots, office visits, dental care, pharmacy, hospital care, prenatal care and delivery, vision and hearing (including glasses), mental health and substance abuse services, transportation to doctor's office and pharmacy (if needed), and a 24-hour nurse advice hotline. You can also contact Mrs. Caughey, school nurse, for further information or an application package.

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  • Four students attended the Math Counts competition Feb. 13 at Washburn in Topeka. The team competed against others in the area. The SJHS students on the team are: Lieke van de Leifvoort, Kristen Byington, Erin Niedenthal, Jim Ashcraft and Brandon Hardtarfer, alternate.

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  • Twenty students and parents attended "Romeo and Juliet on Ice" at the Lied Center Feb. 6. As always, it was an exceptional performance.

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  • On Feb. 26, students from SJHS attended KU Engineering Day. The students enjoyed the hands-on activities and experiments. Demonstrations from all engineering disciplines included: civil engineering, static electricity, environmental engineering and flight simulation.

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  • Vic Tuttle, freshman, presented a multimedia workshop on the Physics of Skiing. About 40 students attended the Brown Bag Lunch. The students who attended the presentation were eligible for a team-building trip to Snow Creek on March 1.

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  • March is Women's History Month, and the library will display posters featuring 20th century women such as Meryl Streep, gifted actress; Sally Ride, astronaut; Barbara Walters, broadcast journalist; Elizabeth Dole, public service; Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady; and Chris Evert, tennis player. On display also will be posters of Women of Distinction, including: Grandma Moses, self-taught artist; Margaret Mead, anthropologist; Rachel Carson, environmentalist; Eleanor Roosevelt, diplomat, humanitarian and reformer; Susan B. Anthony, civil rights; and Jane Addams, Nobel Peace prize winner and social reformer. Women of Hope posters for African Americans and Latinos include Sandra Cisneros, novelist and poet; Ruby Dee, actress and author; Ana Sol Gutierrez, aeronautical engineer and school board member; Maya Angelou, poet, playwright and professor; Antonia Hernandez, civil rights lawyer; and Alice Walker, author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. There will also be many books on display depicting women in history along with special book markers being made available.

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  • Three Cybrarian Aides have been added this semester: Peter Clark, freshman; Mary Creed, freshman; and Josh Johnson, freshman. Mary and Josh will be responsible for checking library materials in and out, delivering materials to teachers and helping students use networked and multimedia computers. Mary also will be in charge of the South Book Reviews HyperStudio Multimedia Presentation Project. Peter and Josh will assist the current Cybrarian Webmasters Zach Snipe and Taylor Buchanan in the updating and design format of the newly created SJHS web page. Sara Freeman, eighth-grader, will continue her role as Cybrarian Aide this semester.

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  • National Library Week is April 12 to April 16 and SJHS will have T.A.P. (trade-a-paperback) Days in the Media Center throughout the week. Students may bring their personal paperbacks, appropriate for this age level and in a readable condition, to the library beginning the last week in March. For each paperback brought in, the student will be issued a T.A.P. coupon. Then, during National Library Week, students may come in and exchange their coupons for paperbacks other students have brought to the library. It's a neat, inexpensive way to get some new reading books.

Throughout the week the library will also be giving out special library pencils and bookmarks. To enter the "bencil" contest, students will need to check the "Quote of the Day" via Events on the Media Center computers. The "bencil" drawing will be held on Friday, April 16. If you don't know what a "bencil" is, check with a student who attended SJHS last year.

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  • Continue to check the SJHS web page at http://members.tripod.com/Sjhs/. Remember the URL address is case sensitive. Additions since the last newsletter include teacher planning period times, several photographs, a scanned copy of the District Internet Guide and Permission Form (each student must have one of these forms signed by you on file in the library before he/she can "surf" the net), and a section for the Daily Announcements. Snipe and Buchanan are the Web masters with Peter Clark assisting when needed.

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  • SJHS has been trying out the World Book On-line at SJHS. If you would like to do so at home, please use the following URL: http://wbonline.worldbook.com. After typing in the address, you will need to check the Free Trial ID and password. Use SWEET as your ID and HEART as your password. The ID and password are case-sensitive so the letters must all be capitalized.

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  • New book reviews since the last newsletter are "Someone Like You" by Sarah Dessen, reviewed by Cassie Walker; and "Brian's Return" by Gary Paulsen, reviewed by Kevin Burke. A total of 42 reviews have been submitted since the club began in September, with 19 students participating.

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  • Mrs. Linda Davis, a paraprofessional at South, recently donated a complete set (46 volumes, including the index) of the bound Kansas History Quarterly magazines dating back to 1911 and running through 1975 to the SJHS Library. She also included a 10-year (1977-1987) cumulative index to the library's unbound copies, which she, too, donates on a regular basis. Thanks to Mrs. Davis, SJHS students now have ready access to a wealth of Kansas history and information.

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  • The SJHS tennis season will start in mid-March. All seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade boys and girls are welcome to participate. Tennis is a no-cut sport, but the following items must be on file in the office before a student begins practice: a physical exam form completed after May 1, 1998; a $20 nonrefundable athletic participation fee; and purchased school medical insurance and/or a proof-of-insurance waiver form that states medical coverage is in place.

There will be an informational meeting prior to spring break. Practices however will not begin until after the break. Any questions should be directed to the coach, Chris English, in room 92.

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  • With the month of March comes the start of boys and girls track. This is a no-cut sport and is open to all seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students. The following items must be on file in the office before a student begins practice: a physical exam form completed after May 1, 1998; a $20 nonrefundable athletic participation fee; and purchased school medical insurance and/or a proof-of-insurance waiver form stating that medical coverage is in place. Practice began March 1.

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