Wildcat Chat: Monthly e-newsletter from the Cassville R-IV School District
November 2016
On Friday, November 11, CHS students and staff recognized local Veterans with a special assembly in honor of Veteran's Day. In addition to performances by both band and choral students, essays were written and read from two communication arts students.
At the conclusion of the assembly, one local Veteran was recognized for his service. Pictured on the left, Vietnam Veteran Ted Bolton accepts the American flag as a symbol of appreciation. Bolton is a 1964 CHS graduate and was drafted into the United States Army on February 8, 1967. He served 1967-1969 and was the recipient of a Purple Heart. Bolton resides in Cassvilles on his family farm and works full time raising beef cattle. Thank you, Veterans, for your service to our nation!

Thankful Thursday:

What are you thankful for today?
With so much negativity in the world, Cassville R-IV finds the positive
Many of our teachers have had enough. Had enough of constantly being bogged down with the negativity that surrounds us in our day-to-day life. Had enough of our students growing up in a world that often focuses on the negative events rather than all we have to be thankful for.
After becoming inspired by a teacher in the Springfield area, CHS teacher Mandy Boone decided to implement a new initiative that asks students to shift their thought process and focus on what they are thankful for.
Thankful Thursday” originated in the high school at the beginning of the year and has quickly spread throughout the Communications Department within the entire district.
On Thursdays, Communication Arts teachers use the first five minutes of class time for “Thankful Thursdays.” After watching a short inspirational video, students complete a small writing assignment. They have three options:
  1. they can write a private journal entry about what they are thankful for
  2.  they can write a public thank you on the white board
  3.  they can write a personal thank-you that will be delivered to a chosen recipient via mail or hand-delivered by their teacher. The third option has been the most popular among students.
Students have said they are thankful for everything from as serious as life saving medications, to their family, friends and teachers to insignificant things such as their gaming systems.
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CHS Grad Recovers Relics on School Grounds
With the recent renovations of the sidewalks along Main Street, Dustin Atnip, CHS graduate, class of 1998, has been hard at work!
Two years ago, Atnip ventured into the hobby of relic recovery. During the past couple of months, he has focused his recovery efforts along Main Street.
In particular, he has spent a lot of time searching the grounds in front of the JC Duncan Gymnasium and has found many objects that tell a story of events that happened on that soil more than a hundred years ago.

“I spend a few hours a couple of afternoons a week looking,” said Atnip. “At the school, I have found several bullets from the Civil War, a pocket watch hanger, coins, including an Indian Head penny dated 1907, a Civil War coat button and a Grand Army of the Republic button."
TSA Chapter Established at CMS: CMS is excited to announce the launch of a Technical Student Association (TSA) Club. Eight Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students were selected to organize and establish a TSA Chapter and attended the TSA Leadership Challenge at Rolla S&T University. Membership will be open to any student enrolled in the PLTW courses of Robotics, Design Models or Intro to Computer Science, as well as the non-PLTW courses of Publications and Wood Tech. Click here to read the full story.
Important dates:
  • Nov 21: Eighth grade students at CHS for Entrepeneur Day
  • Nov 22: Thanksgiving CHS Fine Arts Showcase, 9 a.m., CHS gym
  • Nov 23, 24 & 25: Thanksgiving break, no school
  • Nov 28: Professional learning day for staff, no student attendance
  • Dec 1: Family Activity Night for primary and intermediate students, 4-6 p.m. at Eunice Thomas Elementary. First grade students will perform.
  • Dec 15: Nutcracker performance by fifth grade students. Performances at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the FEMA Event Center
  • Dec 21: PBS Assembly at CMS
  • Dec 21: End of semester, 1 p.m. dismissal
  • Dec 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 30: Christmas break, no school
  • Jan 2: no school, New Year's Break
  • Jan 3: School Resumes
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