morning-announcements

April 19, 2024: The junior high dance is tonight 7-9pm in the gym. There will be a $5 admission fee collected at the door. Good luck to the Let Me Run team as they run in their end of year 5k tomorrow at Tower Grove Park.  And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller for this week is Benjamin Crawley from Ms. Guyette's class.  Here is his joke.... What do you call a cold taco? A brrrrrrr-ito. Thank you and have a great day!

April 18, 2024: Band is canceled for today. There will be no 5th & 6th grade band this morning or 7th & 8th this afternoon. Family Literacy Night is tonight at 6:30. This event is for students in Pre-K through 3rd grade students. Please join us for a night of games, crafts, books, and snacks! The junior high dance is this Friday night 7-9pm in the gym. There will be a $5 admission fee collected at the door. Thank you and have a great day!

April 17, 2024: Good luck to the track team as they travel to Dupo today. The meet begins at 3:30. The bus will leave at 3pm today. Family Literacy Night will be held tomorrow evening 6-7:30pm for students in Pre-K through 3rd grade.  The junior high dance is this Friday night 7-9pm in the gym. There will be a $5 admission fee collected at the door. Thank you and have a great day!

April 16, 2024: Art club will meet today during study hall. Family Literacy Night will be held this Thursday, April 18th 6-7:30pm for students in Pre-K through 3rd grade. The junior high dance is this Friday night 7-9pm in the gym. There will be a $5 admission fee collected at the door. Thank you and have a great day!

April 12, 2024: St. Libory is hosting a junior high glow dance tonight. All 6th-8th grade students are welcome to attend this dance at St. Libory school tonight, 7-9pm. Admission to the dance is $5. The next tech club meeting will be after school Monday, April 15 in the STEM room. Art club members who are going on the field trip should report to Mrs. Carter's room after announcements to load the bus for the field trip. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller for today is Bentley Fickinger from Ms. Guyette's/Rarick's room.  Here is his joke.... Why is Spiderman good at playing baseball? He knows how to catch flies. Thank you and have a great day!

April 11, 2024: Girls and boys volleyball players should turn in their uniform to the office by this Friday or a fee will be charged. St. Libory is hosting a junior high glow dance tomorrow night. All 6th-8th grade students are welcome to attend this dance at St. Libory school tomorrow night, 7-9pm. Admission to the dance is $5. Freeburg High School is hosting several summer camps for all ages. There are flyers and registration forms outside the office and in the virtual backpack. All art club members who are going on the field trip tomorrow should report to Mrs. Carter’s room after announcements. NJHS students looking for more hours, check the Google Classroom for information on helping out at Family Reading Night. Thank you and have a great day!

April 10, 2024: Girls and boys volleyball players should turn in their uniform to the office by this Friday or a fee will be charged. St. Libory is hosting a junior high glow dance this Friday. All 6th-8th grade students are welcome to attend this dance at St. Libory school this Friday, April 12th 7-9pm. Admission to the dance is $5. Freeburg High School is hosting several summer camps for all ages. There are flyers and registration forms outside the office and in the virtual backpack. Thank you and have a great day!

April 9, 2024: Girls and boys volleyball players should turn in their uniform to the office by this Friday or a fee will be charged. St. Libory is hosting a junior high glow dance this Friday. All 6th-8th grade students are welcome to attend this dance at St. Libory school this Friday, April 12th 7-9pm. Admission to the dance is $5. Freeburg High School is hosting several summer camps for all ages. There are flyers and registration forms outside the office and in the virtual backpack. Miles of Smiles will be here today. They will be set up in Ms. Hammel’s classroom at the end of the junior high hall. Students that are registered for this will be called down when it is their turn.  Thank you and have a great day!

April 8, 2024: Girls and boys volleyball players should turn in their uniform to the office by this Friday or a fee will be charged.Miles of Smiles will be here today and tomorrow. They will be set up in Ms. Hammel’s classroom at the end of the junior high hall. Students that are registered for this will be called down when it is their turn.  As you all know, there will be a solar eclipse this afternoon. Along with the Moon Pies, Sunny D, and going outside to witness the eclipse, we will have four trivia questions throughout the day. I will read the trivia question twice. After the question is read for the second time, please call extension 100 with your answer. The first trivia question winner will receive a box of Sun Chips to share with the class. You must be caller number 10. Here is the first question. During a solar eclipse, what passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby obscuring the view of the sun from a small part of the Earth? The moon Thank you and have a great day!

April 4, 2024: Girls and boys volleyball players should turn in their uniform to the office by next Friday or a fee will be charge. All Art Club members please go to Mrs. Carter’s room after announcements. Thank you and have a great day!

April 2, 2024: Congratulations to the girls volleyball team! Smithton Girls VB defeated St. Clare O'Fallon (25-18, 25-19) and Goreville (25-7, 25-20) to advance to the State Final. The Cougars lost to All Saints Academy (25-10, 25-20) bringing home second place in State. Congratulations to the team on their excellent season! The Smithton School Student of the Month for the month of April is Madison Spinner. Madison will receive a plaque and gift card. Congratulations, Madison! Thank you and have a great day!

March 22, 2024: Character Council is hosting a Mother/Son Hoedown tonight. This event is open to all PreK - 5th grade boys and their mothers. The Hoedown begins at 6 pm in the gym tonight. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to West Frankfurt tomorrow to compete in the state tournament. The games begin at 9 am. The bus will leave at 6:30am. A phone was found on bus 111. If you are missing a phone please pick it up in the office. Just a reminder that next week is spring break. There is no school all week! We will see you all back on Tuesday, April 2nd. Have a great week and Happy Easter. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday funny joke teller for today is Nicky Myres from Mrs. LePere's class.  Here is his joke... Two pickles fell out of a jar onto the floor. What did one say to the other? Dill with it. Thank you and have a great day!

March 21, 2024: Character Council is hosting a Mother/Son Hoedown tomorrow night. This event is open to all PreK - 5th grade boys and their mothers. The Hoedown begins at 6 pm in the gym tomorrow. Tomorrow is a hat day. For a $1 donation to NJHS you may wear your favorite hat to school tomorrow. Thank you and have a great day!

March 20, 2024:Freeburg High School is having their freshman orientation tonight at 6:30pm. All incoming freshman are highly encouraged to attend this event at the high school. Character Council is hosting a Mother/Son Hoedown this Friday night. This event is open to all PreK - 5th grade boys and their mothers. The Hoedown begins at 6 pm in the gym this Friday. This Friday is a hat day. For a $1 donation to NJHS you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday. Thank you and have a great day!

March 18, 2024: 3rd-8th grade will be IAR testing again this week. Today we wear sweatpants and sweatshirts because we “Don’t Sweat the Test”. Our next dress up day is Wednesday. We will wear camo or green because “Knowledge can’t hide from us” on Wednesday. This Friday is the Mother/Son Hoedown. This event is open to all PreK - 5th grade boys and their mothers. The Hoedown begins at 6 pm in the gym this Friday. All Show Me Dough orders must be picked up tomorrow between 3-6pm. Congratulations to Tom Reis! Tom participated in the State Wrestling Tournament this weekend and took first place! Tom is the IKWF Banton State Champion! Congratulations to the girls bowling team on placing 3rd at State! Three of our bowlers were top 15 finishers! Kendall Johnston placed 4th. Ellie Martin placed 14th, and Annmarie Duff placed 15th.  Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they compete against Holy Childhood at home tonight. The games begin at 5pm. We will celebrate our 8th graders at the game tonight.  Thank you and have a great day!

March 15, 2024: 3rd-8th grade will be IAR testing again next week. Today we wear pajamas and “Dream of Success”. Our next dress up day is Monday. We will wear comfy sweatpants or a sweatshirt to show that we “Don’t Sweat the test”. Character Council will meet in Ms. Courtney’s room today at 2:35. The bowling team will gather at 12:30 today in the main lobby for a picture. Good luck to the bowling team as they compete in the state tournament tomorrow at St. Clair Bowl. The opening ceremony will begin at 9:30am. The Freeburg High School band will perform for us today at 1:30 in the gym. All grade levels are welcome to enjoy this performance. We will begin calling classes down at 1:20 today.  The Character Council will host a donut day on Monday, March 18th. Donuts are $1 each and will be for sale in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am on Monday. Students that are interested in trying out for the talent show should turn in their permission slips by Monday March 18th. Thank you to everyone who sold Show Me Dough! At this time, we would like to announce our winners. Our participation award of a $50 gift card goes to Kiley Jordan. Our second place top seller award of a $100 gift card goes to Emily Nobe. Our top seller and the winner of a Go Pro Hero 11 Camera and Accessory pack is Emaline Shelton. Congratulations to our winners. Please report to the office after announcements. All Show Me Dough orders must be picked up next Tuesday, March 19th 3-6pm. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller for today is Lennon Howard.  I will not be here, but Ms. Dobey said she could get Lennon into the office. :) Here is his joke... How does the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it. Thank you and have a great day!

March 14, 2024: 3rd-8th grade will be IAR testing this week. Our next dress up day is tomorrow. We will wear pajamas and dream of success. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they compete against Queen of Peace tonight. The games begin at 5:30. The bus will leave at 4:45.  Congratulations to the girls volleyball team on their regional championship! The A team defeated Grant in 2 sets and followed that up with a thrilling 2 set victory against Red Bud. The team won Region 5 and heads to State on March 23. Character Council will meet in Ms. Courtney’s room tomorrow at 2:35. The Character Council will host a donut day on Monday, March 18th. Donuts are $1 each and will be for sale in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am on Monday. The Freeburg High School band will perform for us tomorrow at 1:30 in the gym. All grade levels are welcome to enjoy this performance. We will begin calling classes down at 1:20 tomorrow.  Thank you and have a great day!

March 13, 2024: 3rd-8th grade will be IAR testing this week. Today we are teaming up with IAR and wearing our favorite sports shirts. Our next dress up day is Friday, March 15th. We will wear pajamas and dream of success. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete in the regional tournament tonight. The semi final game begins at 5pm. The championship game will be at 7pm.  Thank you and have a great day!

March 12, 2024: 3rd-8th grade will be IAR testing this week. Our next dress up day is tomorrow. We will “Team up with IAR” and wear your favorite jersey or sports shirt. The NJHS ceremony will be held tonight in the gym at 6:30pm. Congratulations to all of the current members and new inductees. The girls bowling team will be competing in the finals at St Clair Bowl today. The bowling bus will leave at 2:45. Please dismiss the girls bowling team at 2:30 today. There will not be a 2:30 announcement due to testing. Congratulations to the girls volleyball team. A, B, and C teams all won against Red Bud Lutheran last night. The girls will compete in the regional tournament tomorrow night at home.  Thank you and have a great day!

March 11, 2024:Tech club will meet after school today in the STEM room. 3rd-8th grade will be IAR testing this week. Our next dress up day is Wednesday, March 13. We will “Team up with IAR” and wear your favorite jersey or sports shirt. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete at home tonight against Red Bud Lutheran. We will celebrate our 8th graders at the game tonight. Congratulations to the girls bowling team for qualifying for State! They were able to finish 2nd place overall in the team standings. Congratulations to Annmarie Duff and Kendall Johnston for receiving individual medals, placing 3rd and 6th place. The boys bowling team finished just behind the cut line to qualify for State, but still had a great showing. Congratulations to Blase Gilbreth who placed second overall and qualified for State individually. Thank you and have a great day!

March 8, 2024: Girls VB A team beat Waterloo to advance to the Conference Final against Freeburg!!! They play tonight at 5:30pm at Freeburg. Go support the team if you can! Tech club will meet after school Monday, March 11 in the STEM room. Today is the last day to purchase books at the book fair. 3rd-8th grade will begin IAR testing next week. We will have dress up days all week. On Monday, wear red as we get RED-y to begin the week of testing. Recess will be inside today. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. This week's Friday Funny joke teller for this week is Tucker Adams from Mrs. Stuhlsatz's class.  Here is his joke...What do you call Chewbacca when he gets chocolate in his fur?A chocolate chip Wookie! Thank you and have a great day!

March 7, 2024: This week is National School Breakfast week. Be sure to check out the new breakfast items in the cafeteria. Tomorrow the cafeteria will serve Honey Glazed Chicken Biscuit. The school talent show will be held on Thursday, April 25th. If you would like to try out for the talent show, please pick up an application outside of the office. Show Me Dough orders are due in the office this Friday! Be sure to get in your last minute sales. The top seller gets a GoPro Hero 11 with Accessory Kit! Congratulations to the girls volleyball team.  A, B and C teams won against SPPCS. Full sweep for the Cougars! Good luck to the girls volleyball team A as they begin the Conference Tournament in Freeburg tonight. The games begin at 6:30. The bus will leave at 5:15. Thank you and have a great day!

March 6, 2024: This week is National School Breakfast week. Be sure to check out the new breakfast items in the cafeteria. Tomorrow the cafeteria will serve strawberry cheesecake parfait. The school talent show will be held on Thursday, April 25th. If you would like to try out for the talent show, please pick up an application outside of the office. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to SPPCS tonight. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3:30. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they travel to ICS today. The games begin at 6:15.. The bus will leave at 5:15. Kids for Christ meets today. If you are registered for this program, please meet in the library after school today. The Scholastic Book Fair is set up in the library this week! Show Me Dough orders are due in the office this Friday! Be sure to get in your last minute sales. The top seller gets a GoPro Hero 11 with Accessory Kit! The following students should report to Mrs. Smith’s room after announcements:  Liam Clark, Brayden Drevicki, Brock Jones, Kendall Johnston, Cooper Marshall, Brady Rife, Lili Ruhman, Emma Smith, Lily Valentine, Micah Wilson. Thank you and have a great day!

March 5, 2024: This week is National School Breakfast week. Be sure to check out the new breakfast items in the cafeteria. Tomorrow the cafeteria will serve breakfast pizza. The school talent show will be held on Thursday, April 25th. If you would like to try out for the talent show, please pick up an application outside of the office. Art club will meet after school today until 4 p.m. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to St. Clair Bowl today. The meet begins at 4. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the bowling team at 2:45 today. The Girls volleyball A team beat Holy Childhood last night in 2 sets. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to Waterloo today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3:30. The Scholastic Book Fair is set up in the library this week! Brock Carter, Madison Spinner, Maggie Grieve, Anna Rarick, and Evie Fisaga need to go to Mrs. Smith's room right after announcements. Show Me Dough orders are due in the office this Friday! Be sure to get in your last minute sales. The top seller gets a GoPro Hero 11 with Accessory Kit! Thank you and have a great day!

March 4, 2024: This week is National School Breakfast week. Be sure to check out the new breakfast items in the cafeteria. Waffle Nachos were served this morning. Tomorrow the cafeteria will serve Maple Bacon Sweet Rolls! The Scholastic Book Fair is set up in the library this week! The following students are State Wrestling Qualifiers: Tom Reis, Eli Schaefer, Eli Quartz, Brayden Jackson, Donnie Olmstead, and Lukas Quartz. Congratulations to you all! Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on placing second in the regional competition on Saturday. A special congratulations to Charlie Oliver for winning the Toss Up Trophy!  Congratulations to the 8th grade girls volleyball team for bringing home an impressive 2nd place finish in the Gibault Tournament! They lost the final in 3 sets to Freeburg. Anna Rarick & Evie Fisaga were named to the All Tournament team. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete against Holy Childhood at home today.. The games begin at 5pm. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to Bel Air Bowl today. The match begins at 4. The bus leaves at 3. Please dismiss the bowling team at 2:45 today. Show Me Dough orders are due in the office this Friday! Be sure to get in your last minute sales. The top seller gets a GoPro Hero 11 with Accessory Kit! Thank you and have a great day!

March 1, 2024: Dr. Suess’s 120th birthday is tomorrow! Today we celebrate Dr. Suess with  Read Across America! PTO volunteers will be reading to EC-4th grade today. The Scholastic Book Fair will be set up in the library next week. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in joining the track team should sign up outside the office by the end of the day today. If you are signed up for track, please be sure to pick up a schedule outside of the office. Character Council will meet Monday morning at 7:30 am in Ms. Courtney’s classroom.  Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they compete in their end of year tournament in Red Bud tomorrow. The tournament will start at 8:30 am. The scholar bowl bus will leave at 7 am tomorrow. Scholar bowl students, please check your google classroom for messages. The scholar bowl team will celebrate the end of their season by competing against their parents tonight. Good luck, kids! Good luck to the girls volleyball A team as they compete in the Gibault tournament tomorrow.  Good luck to Brady Mills and his Ice Hawks Hockey team. They will be playing for blue note championship Saturday! The Smithton School Student of the Month for the month of March is Damien Smith. Damien will receive a plaque and gift card and his picture will be in the Freeburg Tribune. Congratulations, Damien! Please report to the office after announcements.  And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny! Today’s Friday Funny joke teller is Donny Shepherd from Mrs. Stuhlsatz's room.  Here is his joke... I recently broke up with my video game console… Oh no, Donny, you recently broke up with your video game console Yes, now it’s my ex-box!

February 29, 2024: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in joining the track team should sign up outside the office by the end of the day tomorrow. If you are signed up for track, please be sure to pick up a schedule outside of the office. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they travel to Wolf Branch tonight. The games begin at 5 pm. The bus will leave at 4:15. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to Millstadt today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3:30. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to Bel Air today. The meet begins at 3 pm today. Please dismiss the bowling team at 2:45. 

February 28: The 5th grade basketball team finished their season with a 16-1 record and winning the tournament championship over the weekend in New Athens by going 5-0. Kids For Christ meets today after school. If you are registered for this  program, please go to the library after school today. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in joining the track team should sign up outside the office by the end of this week.

February 27: Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to Columbia today. The games begin at 4:30. The bus will leave at 3:30 today. Good luck the boys volleyball team as they travel to Holy Childhood today. The games begin at 5pm. The bus will leave at 4pm today. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they compete against Freeburg at home today. The match begins at 3:45 today. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to Bel Air today. The meet begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the bowling team at 2:45 today. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in joining the track team should sign up outside the office by the end of this week.

February 26: Tech Club will meet today after school in the STEM room. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in joining the track team should sign up outside the office by the end of this week. The staff book study will be held in Mrs. Runyon’s room today after school.

February 23, 2024:  Tech Club will meet Monday, February 26 after school in the STEM room. Tonight is the booster club trivia night. If you are registered for this event, doors open at 6:30 tonight. Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on their split with Waterloo last night. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny! The Friday funny joke teller for this week is Felix Blackwood from Mrs. Sliment's class.  Here is his joke... What do you call a cow in an earthquake? A milkshake! 

February 22, 2024: Spring picture day is today! Ms. Hedrick will call your class to the gym when it is your turn for pictures.  Art club will meet after school today until 4 p.m. Congratulations to the girls volleyball team. The girls A and B teams played Central Jr High last night. Both teams won! B team won in 2, A team won in 3. Congratulations to the boys volleyball team. The boys A and B teams also won against Central last night.  Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete against Highland today. The games begin at 5 pm. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they travel to Waterloo today. The meet begins at 3:45. The bus will leave at 3pm. Please dismiss the scholar bowl team at 2:50 today. Good luck to the bowling team as they compete at Bel Air today. The match begins at 4. The bus will leave at 3:15. Tomorrow is hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday.

February 21, 2024: Spring picture day is tomorrow! Students will get individual pictures taken and class pictures will be taken as well. ALL CLUBS WILL GET THEIR GROUP PICTURES TAKEN AS WELL.  Kids for Christ starts today and meets after school each Wednesday, February 21st through March 20th from 2:15 pm until 4:30 pm. If you are signed up for Kids for Christ, you should go to the library after school today. Congratulations to the scholar bowl team! They won both matches against Waterloo yesterday. Good luck to the girls and volleyball teams as they compete at home today against Central Jr. high. The games begin at 4pm. This Friday is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday.

February 20, 2024: Spring picture day is Thursday, February 22nd. Students will get individual pictures taken and class pictures will be taken as well. ALL CLUBS WILL GET THEIR GROUP PICTURES TAKEN AS WELL.  Good luck to the scholar bowl as they compete at home today. The match begins at 3:45 today. Scholar bowl students should meet in Mrs. Runyon's room after school today. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to Bel Air today. The meet begins at 4. The bus will leave at 3:30 today. 

February 15, 2024: We are up to $2,158 collected for our Kids Heart Challenge event!  Make sure you get registered online.  If you raise $100 or more, you will get to silly string on of the following teachers: Mrs. Brueggemann, Mrs. Lucash, Ms. Dobey, Mrs. Rank, Mrs. Kapp, Mrs. Kueker, Mr. Sehr, Mrs. Liszewski, or Mrs. Servos.  If you raise $150 or more you will get to silly string one of the teachers just announced AND Ms. Hammel. Character Council will be selling donuts in the lobby on the morning of Tuesday February 20th. Donuts will be $1 each. Spring Picture Day is one week away. Spring picture day is Thursday, February 22nd. Students will get individual pictures taken and class pictures will be taken as well. ALL CLUBS WILL GET THEIR GROUP PICTURES TAKEN AS WELL. Congratulations to the girls volleyball team. A team won in 3 last night against Waterloo. The girls are back in action tonight at home against St. Theresa. The games start at 4:15. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they travel to Valmeyer today. The match begins at 3:45. The bus will leave at 2:45. Please dismiss the scholar bowl team at 2: 40 today.  Just a reminder that there is no school tomorrow or Monday! 

February 14, 2024:The booster club is hosting a Trivia Night on Friday February 23rd in the gym. This is open to all 5-8th grade students. You must register your table by tomorrow. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete against Waterloo at home tonight. The games begin at 4:15.  Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on winning both games against New Athens last night! One of our own Smithton School teachers was nominated for the Illinois State Board of Education 2024 Those Who Excel & Teacher of the Year Awards! Ms. Courtney was honored with the Award of Meritorious Service.  Congratulations, Ms. Courtney!

February 13, 2024: Our Kids Heart Challenge total is up to $1,388.  You all are doing great!  Remember, if you raise $100 or more you will get to silly string a teacher! The booster club is hosting a Trivia Night on Friday February 23rd in the gym. This is open to all 5-8th grade students. You must register your table by Thursday February 15th to participate.  Art club will meet during study hall today. Congratulations to the girls volleyball team,  A and B teams won their matches last night in 2 sets against SPPCS Waterloo.  The boys volleyball game against ICS tonight has been canceled! Again, the boys volleyball game for tonight has been canceled. Girls and boys volleyball pictures are after school today. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they travel to New Athens today. The match begins at 3:45. The bus will leave at 3 o’clock. Scholar bowl students should meet in Mrs. Runyon’s room at 2:50 today.

February 12, 2024: The booster club is hosting a Trivia Night on Friday February 23rd in the gym. This is open to all 5-8th grade students. You must register your table by Thursday February 15th to participate.  Good luck to the bowling team as  they travel to St. Clair today. The meet begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3pm. Please dismiss the bowling team at 2:45 today. Congratulations to the girls A and B teams on their wins against Red Bud on Friday. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete against SPPCS at home tonight. The games begin at 4:15. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they compete in the St. James tournament tonight.  The bus will leave at 4:15.  Greyson Holthaus was nominated for a positive office referral.  Greyson is such a good friend and helped another friend during the Q and U wedding.  Greyson you may come down to the office after announcements to receive your reward.

February 9, 2024: Our current total for Kids Heart Challenge is $810.87!  Keep up the great work!  Remember to talk with your parents about registering and donating online! The booster club is hosting a Trivia Night on Friday February 23rd in the gym. This is open to all 5-8th grade students. You must register your table by Thursday February 15th to participate. The Daddy Daughter Dance is tonight in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. Any Student Council members coming to help Ms. Forsyth at the Daddy Daughter Dance tonight, please arrive at 5:30 pm and wear your student council shirt.  Kindergarten will have their Q&U Wedding today in the gym. Doors open at 1pm. The ceremony begins at 1:30. Boys basketball players and cheerleaders should turn in their uniforms to the office and girls basketball players should turn in their uniform to Mr. Mueth by the end of the day or a fee will be charged.  Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on winning both matches last night. Congratulations to the bowling team! The girls and boys both won last night against Belle Valley.  6-8th graders that are interested in joining the golf team should sign up outside of the office by next Wednesday, February 14. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to Red Bud today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3:30. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. This week's Friday Funny joke teller is Wyatt Aldridge from Mrs. Sliment's class.  Here is his joke.... Why did the lifeguard kick the elephant out of the pool? Because he dropped his trunk! Thank you and have a great day.

February 8, 2024: The booster club is hosting a Trivia Night on Friday February 23rd in the gym. This is open to all 5-8th grade students. You must register your table by Thursday February 15th to participate.  The NJHS is sponsoring their 3rd annual Souper Bowl Food Drive. You may bring non-perishable food items to school to cast your vote on who you believe will win the Super Bowl. This will end tomorrow. Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams. Candy grams are $1. All orders must be turned in by tomorrow. Student Council members, please remember to help in Ms. Forsyth’s room this week before school to help with Valentine grams. The Daddy Daughter Dance is tomorrow night in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. Our new total for Kids Heart Challenge is $536.73.  Please remember to have your parents register you online to donate! Boys basketball players and cheerleaders should turn in their uniforms to the office and girls basketball players should turn in their uniform to Mr. Mueth by tomorrow or a fee will be charged.  6-8th graders that are interested in joining the golf team should sign up outside of the office by next Wednesday, February 14. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to Bel Air Bowl today. The meet begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3:15 today. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete at home against Freeburg today. The games begin at 4:15. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they compete at home today. The match begins at 3:45. Scholar bowl students should report to Mrs. Runyon’s room after school today. Thank you and have a great day.

February 7, 2024: The booster club is hosting a Trivia Night on Friday February 23rd in the gym. This is open to all 5-8th grade students. You must register your table by Thursday February 15th to participate.  The NJHS is sponsoring their 3rd annual Souper Bowl Food Drive. You may bring non-perishable food items to school to cast your vote on who you believe will win the Super Bowl. Collection tables will be located in the main lobby through Friday, February 9th.  Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams. Candy grams are $1. All orders must be turned in by Friday, February 9th. Student Council members, please remember to help in Ms. Forsyth’s room this week before school to help with Valentine grams. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be Friday, February 9th 6-8 pm in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. Boys basketball players and cheerleaders should turn in their uniforms to the office and girls basketball players should turn in their uniform to Mr. Mueth by February 9th or a fee will be charged.  6-8th graders that are interested in joining the golf team should sign up outside of the office by next Wednesday, February 14. Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on winning both matches last night.  Congratulations to the girls volleyball A team on their win last night.  Congratulations to the boys volleyball team on their win last night. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they travel to St. Joe tonight. The games begin at 5:30.  Thank you and have a great day!

February 6, 2024: Our Kids Heart Challenge event has officially kicked off!  Our total as a school so far is $476.73.  Please remember to ask your parents to register online.  This event is for K-6 this year. Attention Character Council students: Bingo at the senior center is canceled today. The NJHS is sponsoring their 3rd annual Souper Bowl Food Drive. You may bring non-perishable food items to school to cast your vote on who you believe will win the Super Bowl. Collection tables will be located in the main lobby through Friday, February 9th.  Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams. Candy grams are $1. All orders must be turned in by Friday, February 9th. Student Council members, please remember to help in Ms. Forsyth’s room this week before school to help with Valentine grams. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be Friday, February 9th 6-8 pm in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 7th. To promote reading on this day, we invite you to dress as your favorite children’s book  character. Boys basketball players and cheerleaders should turn in their uniforms to the office and girls basketball players should turn in their uniform to Mr. Mueth by February 9th or a fee will be charged.  Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they compete at home today. The Match begins at 3:45. Scholar bowl students should go to Mrs. Runyon’s room after school today. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete against Millstadt at home today. The games begin at 4:15 in the gym. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they compete against Queen of Peace at home today. The boys volleyball games begin at 5pm in the cafeteria.

February 5, 2024: There will be a Tech Club meeting after school in the STEM room today. Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to St. Clair Bowl. The meet begins at 4 pm the bus will leave at 3 pm. Please dismiss the bowling team at 2:50 today. Due to a multiple school scheduling conflict, tonight’s girls volleyball game at St. James is canceled. We will not make up tonight’s game. The February 26th game against St. James is still on at this time. Coaches will make a decision regarding practice today soon and will let you know. The NJHS is sponsoring their 3rd annual Souper Bowl Food Drive. You may bring non-perishable food items to school to cast your vote on who you believe will win the Super Bowl. Collection tables will be located in the main lobby through Friday, February 9th.  Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams. Candy grams are $1. All orders must be turned in by Friday, February 9th. Student Council members, please remember to help in Ms. Forsyth’s room this week before school to help with Valentine grams. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be Friday, February 9th 6-8 pm in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 7th. To promote reading on this day, we invite you to dress as your favorite children’s book  character. 8th graders, please remember to turn in your pink Freeburg High School registration form to the office today. Boys basketball players and cheerleaders should turn in their uniforms to the office and girls basketball players should turn in their uniform to Mr. Mueth by February 9th or a fee will be charged. 

February 2, 2024: The NJHS is sponsoring their 3rd annual Souper Bowl Food Drive. You may bring non-perishable food items to school to cast your vote on who you believe will win the Super Bowl. Collection tables will be located in the main lobby through Friday, February 9th.  Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams. Candy grams are $1. All orders must be turned in by Friday, February 9th. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be Friday, February 9th 6-8 pm in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 7th. To promote reading on this day, we invite you to dress as your favorite children’s book  character. The PTO is hosting a Pancakes and Pajamas tomorrow in the Cafeteria. From 8-10:30am. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $5 per person! Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on their wins against Red Bud last night! Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete in the O’Fallon Tournament tonight. The game begins at 4. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the girls volleyball team at 2:45 today. 8th graders, please remember to turn in your pink Freeburg High School registration form to the office today. Boys basketball players and cheerleaders should turn in their uniforms to the office and girls basketball players should turn in their uniform to Mr. Mueth by February 9th or a fee will be charged.  And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller for this week is Ja'Syiah Edwards from Ms. Keen's class.  Here is her joke... Why did the M and M go to school? Because it wanted to become a Smartie!

February 1, 2024: Recess will be outside today. The NJHS is sponsoring their 3rd annual Souper Bowl Food Drive. You may bring non-perishable food items to school to cast your vote on who you believe will win the Super Bowl. Collection tables will be located in the main lobby through Friday, February 9th.  Student Council is selling Valentine Candy Grams. Candy grams are $1. All orders must be turned in by Friday, February 9th. The Daddy Daughter Dance will be Friday, February 9th 6-8 pm in the school gym. This dance is for girls in grades pre-k through 5th grade. World Read Aloud Day is Wednesday, February 7th. To promote reading on this day, we invite you to dress as your favorite children’s book  character. Hentscher Johnson Orthodontics will be here today at 2pm for an assembly in the cafeteria for 1st-4th grade. We will call you to the cafeteria by grade level starting at 1:50. 7th and 8th graders will go to the cafeteria today after attendance for an internet safety assembly. Snacks and Splatters for k-2 today is today. If you are signed up for this event, please go to the cafeteria after school. Art Club members who are not in band should report to the cafeteria during study hall to help set up. Congratulations to the chess team on winning first place in the Freeburg Chess Tournament last night! Good luck to the bowling team as they travel to St Clair Bowl tonight. The bowling bus will leave at 3pm today. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they compete against Red Bud at home tonight. The match begins at 3:45. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to Freeburg today. The games begin at 4:15. The volleyball bus leaves at 3:45. The PTO is hosting a Pancakes and Pajamas this Saturday in the Cafeteria. From 8-10:30am. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $5 per person! The Smithton School Student of the Month Award for the month of February goes to Tessa Friedrich. Tessa will receive a plaque and gift card. Congratulations, Tessa!

January 31, 2024: Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on their wins against Columbia last night. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete against Dupo at home tonight. The games begin at 4:15. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they travel to Central Junior High tonight. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3.:45. Good luck to the chess team as they travel to Freeburg for a tournament today. The chess bus will leave at 3:15 today. The PTO is hosting a Pancakes and Pajamas this Saturday in the Cafeteria. From 8-10:30am. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $5 per person!

January 30, 2024: There will be a student council meeting today in Ms. Forsyth’s room. If you did not go to the meeting before school, you may stay for the one after school. If you can not attend, please check the meeting agenda notes in the Student Council Google Classroom. Good luck to the bowling team as they compete at 4pm today at Bel Air Bowl. The bus will leave at 3:30.  Good luck to the scholar bowling team as they compete in Columbia today. The match begins at 3:45. The bus will leave at 3pm. Scholar bowl students should report to Mrs. Runyon’s room at 2:55 today. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they compete in their home opener against Columbia tonight at 4:30. The PTO is hosting a Pancakes and Pajamas this Saturday in the Cafeteria. From 8-10:30am. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $5 per person!

January 29, 2024: Congratulations to our girls basketball team on winning the State Championship! Congratulations, Cougars, on a fantastic season. We are so proud of you! We will celebrate our team with a parade at 2:30 today. An email will go out with details. Good luck to the girls volleyball team as they travel to Breese today. Their game begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the girls volleyball team at 2:50 today. The team should meet in the cafeteria. Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they compete at home tonight against Wolf Branch. The games begin at 5pm. There will be a student council meeting tomorrow in Ms. Forsyth’s room. If you can not attend, please check the meeting agenda notes in the Student Council Google Classroom. The PTO is hosting a Pancakes and Pajamas this Saturday in the Cafeteria. From 8-10:30am. Enjoy all you can eat pancakes for $5 per person! 5th and 6th graders should meet in the cafeteria today after attendance.

January 26, 2024: Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete for the regional title at 6pm in Red Bud tonight. The bus will leave at 5pm. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete for the State Championship title tonight at 7:30pm at Rend Lake College.  The team bus will leave at 5pm tonight. The fan bus will leave at 5:30 tonight. Congratulations to the scholar bowl team. They won one and lost one to Freeburg last night. Food and drinks are not allowed to leave the cafeteria after lunch. This includes slushies! You must finish everything before you leave the cafeteria. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny.  The Friday Funny joke teller for today is Paisley Staley from Ms. Keen's class.  Here is her joke... Where do snowmen love to dance? At a snow ball! 

January 25, 2024: Congratulations to the boys basketball team on their win against Steeleville in the semi final round of regionals last night. The boys basketball team will play again tomorrow for a regional title at 6pm in Red Bud. Congratulations to the girls basketball team on their win in the semi final round of the State Tournament last night. The girls basketball team will now play for the State Championship tomorrow night at 7:30pm at Rend Lake College. There will be a fan bus for this game. The fan bus is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders and will leave at 5:30 tomorrow night. Students that want to ride the fan bus should turn in a permission slip and $7 to the office today.  Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they travel to Freeburg today. The match begins at 3:45. The bus will leave at 3:15. Scholar bowl students should meet in Mrs. Runyon’s room after school today. The PTO is hosting a Pizza and Pasta Night at Joe’s Pizza in Fairview Heights. A portion of all sales today will go to the PTO. The 3rd-6th grade Snacks and Splatters event is after school today until 4 p.m. Students who signed up to attend should report to the cafeteria after school. Art Club members who are not in band should go to the gym during study hall to help set up. Tomorrow is Hat Day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school tomorrow. 8th grade students will be measured for caps and gowns today. Jostens will be set up in the cafeteria. 8th graders should go to the cafeteria after attendance. Please take a pencil with you.

January 24, 2024: Recess will be inside all day. The PTO is hosting Pizza and Pasta Nights at Joe’s Pizza in Fairview Heights. A portion of all sales today and tomorrow will go to the PTO. Congratulations  to the scholar bowl team on winning both games yesterday! Good luck to the chess team as they compete in Valmeyer tonight. The meet begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3:15. The chess team should report to Mrs. Kampwerth’s room after announcements to pick up their shirts. The girls basketball team will compete in the second round of the State Tournament tonight at Rend Lake College at 6pm. The team bus will leave at 3 pm today.  The fan bus has been canceled for tonight’s game, we did not have enough students signed up.  If you turned in money for tonight’s fan bus, please go to the office after announcements to receive your refund. Mrs. M. Smith needs to see the following people this morning right after announcements: Liam Clark, Brayden Drevicki, Quinn Johnson, Kendall Johnston, Brock Jones, Gabe Lust, Cooper Marshall, Brady Rife, Lili Ruhman, Emma Smith, Lily Valentine, Micah Wilson.

January 23, 2024: Today is a B day for PE. Recess will be inside all day. Art Club will meet during study hall today. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they compete at home today. The match begins at 3:45 in the art room. Scholar bowl students should meet in Mrs. Runyon’s room after school today.  Good luck to the boys volleyball team as they compete against St. Joe tonight at St. John’s.  The PTO is hosting Pizza and Pasta Nights at Joe’s Pizza in Fairview Heights. A portion of all sales today, tomorrow and Thursday. Will go to the PTO. The girls basketball team will compete in the second round of the State Tournament tomorrow at Rend Lake College at 6pm. The team bus will leave at 3 pm tomorrow. There will be a fan bus for 6th, 7th and 8th graders that wish to watch the game. The fan bus will leave at 4pm tomorrow. Students wanting to ride the fan bus need to turn in a permission slip and $7 to the office ASAP. We can only take the first 60 students. I have some students to recognize for a positive office referrals.  After announcements you may come down to the office for your reward. Ja'syiah Edwards was nominated by Ms Keen.  Ja'syiah was having trouble with an assignment and she worked hard to persevere and complete the assignment with accuracy and dedication. Josie Browder was nominated by Mrs. Berry. Josie always gives 110% effort on her school work. She is very determined in learning new information.  Keep perserving, Josie!

January 19, 2024: All recesses will be inside today. Congratulations to the scholar bowl team on winning both matches against Millstadt last night. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete in the first game of the state tournament tonight. The game begins at 4:45. The bus will leave at 2:15 today. Please dismiss the girls basketball and cheer team at 2 o’clock today. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to New Athens tonight. The game begins at 6pm. The bus will leave at 5pm. There will be a tech club meeting after school Monday, January 22 in the STEM room. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny.  The Friday Funny joke teller for tomorrow is Abby Wolfbrandt from Mrs. LePere's class.  Here is her joke.... What did the cow say to the turtle?? Get a MOOOOOOOVE on! January 19th is National Popcorn Day.  I am going to read a trivia question and the 10th caller will win popcorn and drinks for today.  You will have to call extension 100 and you cannot call in until I have read the question TWICE. What household appliance that was invented in 1945, changed the way people made their popcorn? The microwave!

January 18, 2024: Some of our 8th graders will be testing in the cafeteria this morning. Please be extra quiet in the halls. 8th graders that are taking this test should report to the cafeteria after attendance. Please bring 2 pencils and a calculator. Good luck to the scholar bowl team as they travel to Millstadt today. The meet begins at 3:45. The bus will leave at 3:15. The Scholar Bowl team to gather in Mrs. Runyon's room right after school today. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they continue  the Milton Wiley Shootout today. They will play at Central today at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3:20. There will be a tech club meeting after school Monday, January 22 in the STEM room.

January 17, 2024: Today is a B day for PE. Good luck to the chess team as they travel to Red Bud today. The meet begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 2:50. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete in the Milton Wiley Shootout tonight at 8pm. The bus will leave at 7pm.

January 12, 2024: Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be this Sunday, January 14th 4-6pm.  All recesses will be inside today. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday funny joke teller for this week is Ryker Larsen from Ms. Dobey's class.  Here is his joke.... What do snowmen eat for lunch? Icebergers! 

January 11, 2024: Good luck to the girls basketball team as they play for the regional championship tonight in Red Bud. The game begins at 6pm. The boys basketball conference championship game will be held here tonight at 6pm. Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm. 

January 10, 2024: Good luck to the chess team as they compete at home today. The meet begins at 4pm in the cafeteria. Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm. 

January 9, 2024: Art Club will meet after school today until 4 p.m. Scholar bowl practice is canceled for today. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they begin their regional tournament in Red Bud tonight. The game begins at 6 pm. The bus will leave at 5pm. Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm.  All recesses will be inside today. 

January 8, 2024: There will be a Tech Club meeting after school today in the STEM room. The chess team will meet in Freeburg today. The meet begins at 4pm. The bus will leave at 3:15. The girls volleyball parent meeting is today at 5:20 in the library. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they start their conference tournament at home tonight. The game begins at 6pm. Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm. 

January 5, 2024: There will be a Tech Club meeting after school Monday, January 8 in the STEM room. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they continue to compete in their Holiday Tournament.  Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete in the St. Rose Tournament tomorrow. Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm.  The January word of the month is perseverance.  One way to think about Perseverance is “pushing yourself through challenges and obstacles.” We all experience challenges in our lives. We all have moments when we feel like we can’t do it or that we want to give up on a big task. It is important to develop tools that help us work through those challenges in order to grow in those moments instead of giving up. Think about how might you practice perseverance this month.  Positive office referrals this month are for students demonstrating perseverance. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny! The Friday Funny joke teller for today is Elliott Brown from Mrs. Kueker's class.  Here is his joke... How can you find out how much a dragon weighs? Easy – they come with scales.

January 4, 2024: 8th graders will be touring the high school today. The bus will leave at 8:40. 8th grade students should go to the cafeteria after Cougar Connection. Scholar Bowl will practice after school today in Mrs. Runyon's room. Character council students, please meet in Mrs. Kampwerth’s classroom at 2:30 today for a short meeting. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to Albers today. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they begin their holiday tournament today. The games begin at 4pm today.  Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm.  Our Smithton School Student of the Month for the month of January is Charlie Oliver. Congratulations, Charlie! Charlie will receive a plaque and gift card and his picture will be in the Freeburg Tribune. Charlie, please report to the office after announcements. 

December 20, 2023: Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm. There will be boys volleyball open gyms on December 28 2:30-4, December 29 12-2, and January 2nd 3-4:30. The band and chorus will perform this morning for the entire school. We will begin calling classes to the gym at 8:20. Band and chorus students should report to the band room AFTER announcements so they can prepare for their concert today.  Today is the last day of school before Winter Break. After today, classes will resume on Thursday, January 4th. Today is our 1st day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 1st caller.  Today’s class winners will receive Hot Chocolate! Here is your trivia question:  What country started the Christmas tree tradition?

December 19, 2023: Scholar bowl will practice after school today. This week is Holiday Spirit Week. Tomorrow, wear an ugly Christmas sweater or any Christmas shirt. The Smithton Music Department will present “A Christmas Showcase” tonight at 7pm in the school gym. The Pre-K and Kindergarten Christmas Program is today at 2 pm in the gym.  Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm. There will be boys volleyball open gyms on December 28 2:30-4, December 29 12-2, and January 2nd 3-4:30. Today is our 2nd day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 2nd caller.  Today’s class winners will receive Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes! Here is your trivia question:  What are the names of the neighbors in Christmas Vacation?

December 18, 2023: Tech club will meet after school today in the STEM room. Scholar bowl will practice after school tomorrow. If you signed up to read aloud tomorrow for character council, stop by Ms. Courtney’s room today to grab your books. This week is Holiday Spirit Week. Tomorrow, wear your favorite holiday headgear and holiday socks. On Wednesday, wear an ugly Christmas sweater or any Christmas shirt. The Smithton Music Department will present “A Christmas Showcase” tomorrow at 7pm in the school gym. Boys Volleyball Tryouts will be January 14th 4-6pm. There will be boys volleyball open gyms on December 28 2:30-4, December 29 12-2, and January 2nd 3-4:30. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Central tonight. The games begin at 5pm. The bus will leave at 4pm. Today is our 3rd day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 3rd caller.  Today’s class winners will receive chips!! Here is your trivia question:  Which popular cake symbolizes the log burnt on Christmas Eve?

December 15, 2023: NJHS students who volunteered to work at Santa's Kottage, please report to the gym today at the time you signed up for.  Bowling tryouts will be today at Bel-Air bowl at 3:30. Tech club will meet after school on Monday, December 18 in the STEM room. Character Council will sell donuts on Monday, December 18th in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am. Donuts are $1 each. Next week is Holiday Spirit Week! On Monday, dress as your favorite holiday character. On Tuesday, wear your favorite holiday headgear and holiday socks. On Wednesday, wear an ugly Christmas sweater or any Christmas shirt. The Smithton Music Department will present “A Christmas Showcase” on Tuesday, December 19th at 7pm in the school gym. Good luck to the girls and boys basketball teams as they compete in the Vienna Shoot Out this weekend.  And now it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller is Anna Clark from Mrs. Kueker's class.  Here is her joke.  Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?  They always drop their needles. Today is our 4th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 4th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive Little Debbie Christmas Tree Cakes!! Here is your trivia question:  What was gifted on the fifth day of Christmas in the song “12 Days of Christmas”?

December 14, 2023: Scholar Bowl will practice in Mrs. Runyon's room after school today. NJHS students who volunteered to work at Santa's Kottage, please report to the gym today and tomorrow at the time you signed up for.  The PTO Santa’s Kottage is today and tomorrow. Be sure to bring money if you would like to do some Christmas shopping.  Tomorrow is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school tomorrow. Bowling tryouts will be tomorrow at Bel-Air bowl at 3:30. Character Council will sell donuts on Monday, December 18th in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am. Donuts are $1 each. Next week is Holiday Spirit Week! On Monday, dress as your favorite holiday character. On Tuesday, wear your favorite holiday headgear and holiday socks. On Wednesday, wear an ugly Christmas sweater or any Christmas shirt. The Smithton Music Department will present “A Christmas Showcase” on Tuesday, December 19th at 7pm in the school gym. Staff members, please stop by the office today and get a candy cane, you may win a prize.  Today is our 5th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 5th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive donuts! Here is your trivia question: What Christmas Movie did the following quote come from, “The best way to spread Christmas Cheer singing loud for all to hear.”

December 13, 2023: Scholar Bowl practice in Mrs. Runyon's room after school tomorrow. NJHS members wanting to help with Santa's Kottage this tomorrow and Friday need to sign up in the Google Classroom. The PTO Santa’s Kottage is this Thursday and Friday. Be sure to bring money if you would like to do some Christmas shopping.  This Friday, December 15th is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday. Bowling tryouts will be this Friday at Bel-Air bowl at 3:30. Character Council will sell donuts on Monday, December 18th in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am. Donuts are $1 each. The Smithton Music Department will present “A Christmas Showcase” on Tuesday, December 19th at 7pm in the school gym. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Germantown today. The games begin at 6pm. The bus will leave at 4:45. 4 Christmas gnomes were hidden around the school this morning for staff to find. We believe three have been found and one is still out there. Again, this is for staff only. If you have found a gnome, please bring it to the office to claim your prize.  Today is our 6th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 6th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive Christmas brownies! Here is your trivia question: What is the name of the Crhistmas themed ballet presented every year at Christmastime?

December 12, 2023: Art club will meet during study hall today. Scholar Bowl practice in Mrs. Runyon's room after school today and Thursday. NJHS members wanting to help with Santa's Kottage this Thursday and Friday need to sign up in the Google Classroom. The PTO Santa’s Kottage is this Thursday and Friday. Be sure to bring money if you would like to do some Christmas shopping.  This Friday, December 15th is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday. Bowling tryouts will be this Friday at Bel-Air bowl at 3:30. Today is our 7th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 7th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive Christmas glasses! Here is your trivia question: What did the Grinch substitute for a reindeer?

December 11, 2023: We have our staff stocking decorating contest winners! 3rd place goes to Mrs. Rank, 2nd place goes to Mrs. Laurent and the grand prize winner is Mrs. Barschak. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone that participated.  Please come to the office to claim your prize! Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete at home against Aviston. The games begin at 6pm. We will celebrate our 8th graders tonight. Student council is also sponsoring a food drive. If you bring canned goods to the game tonight, you will be entered into a drawing. The PTO Santa’s Kottage is this Thursday and Friday. Be sure to bring money if you would like to do some Christmas shopping.  Just a reminder that we have an assembly in the cafeteria today for grades 3-5 starting at 9:15 and k-2 starting at 10 am. We will call your grade level to the cafeteria when we are ready for you. Today is our 8th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 8th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive candy! Here is your trivia question: What Christmas Movie did the following quote come from? “I made my family disappear.”

December 8, 2023:6th-8th grade boys that are interested in playing volleyball should sign up outside the office by the end of the day today. Poinsettia orders are due to Mr. Provost today. Candy Cane Grams are on sale now! Be sure to have your orders in by December 13th.  Good luck to the boys basketball C team as they play at home tomorrow. They will compete against New Athens at 9 am and Valmeyer at 10:30. And now it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller this week is Alana Byrum from Ms. Dobey's class.  Here is her joke.. How does a snowman lose weight? He waits for the weather to get warmer! Today is our 9th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 9th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive cupcakes! Here is your trivia question: How many times does Santa check his list to find out who is naughty and who is nice?

December 7, 2023: 6th-8th grade boys that are interested in playing volleyball should sign up outside the office by the end of the day tomorrow. The music department is selling poinsettias! Orders are due to Mr. Provost this Friday. Order forms are available in the office. Candy Cane Grams are on sale now! Be sure to have your orders in by December 13th.  Scholar Bowl will practice today after school. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete against Dupo at home tonight. The games begin at 6pm. We will celebrate our 8th graders tonight at the game. The student council is hosting a food drive.  If you bring canned goods to the game tonight, you will be entered into a drawing for a gift card.  Today is our 10th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 10th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive Christmas headbands! Here is your trivia question: What is the most popular color of stocking hung each Christmas?

December 6, 2023: 6th-8th grade boys that are interested in playing volleyball should sign up outside the office by Friday, December 8th. 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by the end of the day today. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. The music department is selling poinsettias! Orders are due to Mr. Provost this Friday. Order forms are available in the office. Candy Cane Grams are on sale now! Be sure to have your orders in by December 13th.  Isla Prestin was nominated by Andie Lang for showing empathy to a friend in need on the playground.  Today is our 11th day of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 11th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive chips! Here is your trivia question: Name the Christmas carol that talks about figgy pudding.

December 5, 2023: 6th-8th grade boys that are interested in playing volleyball should sign up outside the office by Friday, December 8th. 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th.  Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Candy Cane Grams are on sale now! Be sure to have your orders in by December 13th.  Scholar Bowl will practice today and Thursday after school. There will be 7th and 8th grade band this afternoon, but no 5th and 6th grade band this morning. Today is an A group for PE. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to Waterloo tonight. The games begin at 6pm. The bus will leave at 5pm. Congratulations to the Smithton Cheerleaders! They won 3rd place in the Smithton Lighted Christmas Parade.  Today we begin the 12 days of Christmas Trivia.  I will read a trivia question twice.  After I hang up, you will call ext 100 with the correct answer.  Today, you must be the 12th caller.  Today’s class winners will receive donuts. Here is your trivia question: Which of Santa’s reindeer shares its name with the Valentine symbol?

December 4, 2023: 6th-8th grade boys that are interested in playing volleyball should sign up outside the office by Friday, December 8th. 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th.  Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Candy Cane Grams are on sale now! Be sure to have your orders in by December 13th.  Tech Club will meet after school today in the STEM room. Art club will meet after school today until 4 pm.

December 1, 2023: 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th.  Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Candy Cane Grams are on sale now! Be sure to have your orders in by December 13th.  Tech Club will meet after school Monday in the STEM room. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete at home tonight against Columbia. Games begin at 6pm. Good luck to the boys 6th basketball team as they travel to SPPCS tomorrow.  Maggie Greive is the December Smithton Student of the Month. Maggie will receive a plaque and gift card and her picture will go in the paper. Congratulations, Maggie! Please report to the office after announcements. The December word of the month is empathy.  Empathy is understanding and connecting to other people’s feelings.  Empathy is when you try your best to understand how someone else might be thinking or feeling about a situation. You “put yourself in their shoes” and imagine what they might be going through. Empathy is not about what you would do if you were them or how you are feeling - it's all about the other person! And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny! The Friday Funny joke teller for this week is Will Hardy from Ms. Dobey's class.  Here is his joke.... Why did the egg get thrown out of class? Because he kept telling yolks.

November 30, 2023: 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th. The girls volleyball team will have open gyms on December 10th from 10:30-noon, December 21st from 5-6:30pm and December 28th from 4-5:30. Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Scholar Bowl will practice after school today after school in Mrs. Runyon’s room.  Student Council meets today, if you did not go to the meeting before school you may meet after school today. . Please meet in Ms. Forsyth’s room. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Wesclin today. The games begin at 6 pm. The bus will leave at 4:45.

November 29, 2023: 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th. The girls volleyball team will have open gyms on December 10th from 10:30-noon, December 21st from 5-6:30pm and December 28th from 4-5:30. Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Scholar Bowl will practice after school Thursday after school in Mrs. Runyon’s room. Student Council will have a meeting tomorrow. Please meet in Ms. Forsyth’s room at either 7:35am or after school. Today is a B day for PE. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Oakaville. The games begin at 6 pm. The bus will leave at 4:45.

November 28, 2023: Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by the end of the day today. 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th. The girls volleyball team will have open gyms on December 10th from 10:30-noon, December 21st from 5-6:30pm and December 28th from 4-5:30. Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Art club will meet during study hall today.  Scholar Bowl will practice after school today and Thursday after school in Mrs. Runyon’s room.  Student Council will have a meeting Thursday, November 30th. Please meet in Ms. Forsyth’s room at either 7:35am or after school. Good luck to the girls and boys basketball C teams as they compete at home against Wolf Branch tonight. 

November 27, 2023: Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by tomorrow. 6th-8th grade girls that are interested in trying out for the volleyball team should sign up outside of the office by Wednesday, December 6th. The girls volleyball team will have open gyms on December 10th from 10:30-noon, December 21st from 5-6:30pm and December 28th from 4-5:30. Tryouts will be January 2nd and 3rd. NJHS students, check the Google Classroom for opportunities to help with 1st Grade Gingerbread Houses and a Job Fair that we are hosting. There are sign-up sheets if you are interested. Student Council will have a meeting Thursday, November 30th. Please meet in Ms. Forsyth’s room at either 7:35am or after school. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete at home against Albers tonight. The games begin at 6pm. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to Aviston tonight. The games begin at 6 pm. The bus will leave at 4:45.

November 21, 2023: Students in grades 5th-8th that are interested in joining the Chess Team, should sign up outside of the office by the end of the day. Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 28th. Art Club will meet during study hall today.  Student Council will have a meeting Thursday, November 30th. Please meet in Ms. Forsyth’s room at either 7:35am or after school. The PTO is hosting a Dairy Queen Dine to Donate tonight at the Freeburg Dairy Queen. Be sure to show your support and go to DQ tonight from 4-8pm. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete against Freeburg at Freeburg High School tonight at 6pm.  Just a reminder, there is no school the rest of the week. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

November 20, 2023: Students in grades 5th-8th that are interested in joining the Chess Team, should sign up outside of the office by tomorrow. Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 28th. 7th and 8th grade band students need to go to the band room after announcements. If you tried out for Scholar Bowl, you should have received an email.  If your email tells you that you made the team, please stop by Mrs. Runyon's room Friday morning for important papers with information to go home.  Tech Club will meet after school today in the STEM room. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete against Red Bud at home tonight. The games begin at 6pm. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Waterloo tonight. The games begin at 6. The bus will leave at 5 pm. The PTO is hosting a Dairy Queen Dine to Donate tomorrow night at the Freeburg Dairy Queen. Be sure to show your support and go to DQ tomorrow night from 4-8pm.

November 17, 2023: Students in grades 5th-8th that are interested in joining the Chess Team, should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 21st. Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 28th. If you tried out for Scholar Bowl, you should have received an email.  If your email tells you that you made the team, please stop by Mrs. Runyon's room Friday morning for important papers with information to go home.  Character Council is sponsoring a donut day on Monday, November 20th. Krispy Kreme Donuts will be sold for $1 each in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am on Monday morning. Donuts are first come first served. Tech Club will meet Monday after school in the STEM room. Good luck to the Girls Basketball B team as they host the 7th grade basketball tournament at home this weekend. And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller is Oliver Smith from Mrs. Rank's class.  Here is his joke... Why did the football coach go to the bank?   To get his quarterback!

November 16, 2023: Students in grades 5th-8th that are interested in joining the Chess Team, should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 21st. Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 28th. If you tried out for Scholar Bowl, you should have received an email.  If your email tells you that you made the team, please stop by Mrs. Runyon's room Friday morning for important papers with information to go home.  Tomorrow is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school tomorrow. Character Council is sponsoring a donut day on Monday, November 20th. Krispy Kreme Donuts will be sold for $1 each in the main lobby starting at 7:30 am on Monday morning. Donuts are first come first served. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to Millstadt tonight. The games begin at 5pm. The bus will leave at 4:15. Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Columbia tonight. The games begin at 6 pm.  The bus will leave at 5:15.

November 15, 2023: Students in grades 5th-8th that are interested in joining the Chess Team, should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 21st. Students in grades 5th- 8th grade that are interested in joining the Bowling Team should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 28th. This Friday is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday.  Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete against Freeburg at Freeburg High School tonight. The games begin at 6pm. Be sure to go to the game dressed in neon colors! 

November 14, 2023: The CWV Post Auxiliary would like to announce the winners of their Veteran's Day Poster and Card Contest! For grades Kindergarten through second grade, Aralynn Burch came in 4th place and Jackson Stehl placed 3rd. For grades 6th - 8th, Haley Helfrich placed 5th, Bryana Spalding placed 4th, Kiley Watts placed 3rd, Nola Beasley placed 2nd and Wyatt Hubbard took first place! Congratulations to you all! Please report to the main lobby after announcements to receive your prizes and to have your picture taken. Students in grades 5th-8th that are interested in joining the Chess Team, should sign up outside of the office by Tuesday, November 21st. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete against Waterloo at home tonight. The games begin at 5pm. Be sure to come to the game and watch the halftime performance put on by our Future Cougar Cheerleaders!

November 13, 2023: Those who are trying out for Scholar Bowl - please remember try-outs are in Mrs. Ruyon's room TODAY at 3:00 p.m.  You will need your chromebook. Thank you and have a great day!

November 9, 2023: Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to Columbia today. The games begin at 6pm. Good luck to the boys basketball team as they compete in the Summersville Shoot Out this weekend. Those who are trying out for Scholar Bowl - please remember try-outs are in Mrs. Ruyon's room on MONDAY at either 7:20 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. whichever works best for you.  You will need your chromebook. We are serving our veterans breakfast beginning at 8:15 this morning. If you have a veteran coming for breakfast, you are welcome to join them in the cafeteria. We will call for all students joining a veteran for breakfast at 8:15. The Veteran’s Day assembly is today at 9 am in the gym. All students will attend this assembly. We will begin calling classes down at 8:45. Starting with 8th Grade.  There is no school tomorrow!  Papa Vito’s is hosting a Dine to Donate tomorrow to raise money for our new sensory room. 

November 8, 2023: Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Freeburg today. The games begin at 6pm. The Veteran’s Day assembly is tomorrow at 9 am in the gym. All students will attend this assembly. There is no school this Friday, November 10th!  Papa Vito’s is hosting a Dine to Donate this Friday to raise money for our new sensory room. 

November 7, 2023: The Veteran’s Day assembly is this Thursday at 9 am in the gym. All students will attend this assembly. There is no school this Friday, November 10th!  Papa Vito’s is hosting a Dine to Donate this Friday to raise money for our new sensory room. 

November 6, 2023: Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete against Fulton at home today. The games begin at 5pm. Tech Club will meet today after school in the STEM room. I have a student to recognize for a positive office referral.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your reward. Emmalyn Emory was nominated by Mrs. Rank.  I would like to nominate Emmalyn for this month.  She is always so kind and helpful in the classroom.  I am very thankful that Emmalyn sets a great example for her classmates to follow.  Last Friday, she went above and beyond and cleaned the entire classroom without being asked.  Way to go!

November 3, 2023: Good luck to the boys basketball team as they travel to Freeburg tonight. The games begin at 6pm at Freeburg High School. The bus will leave at 5:15.  Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete in the Wesclin Shoot Out Tomorrow. Good luck to the boys 6th grade basketball team as they compete at Red Bud Lutheran tomorrow. Character Council will meet Monday November 6th at 7:30 am in Ms. Courtney's classroom. I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office for your reward. I missed this one it was for October - responsibility Ryan Quirin was nominated by Mrs. Smith.  Ryan stayed after class to clean up the markers that were left on the ground by his classmates. Thank you Ryan for always being responsible and helping to keep our class look clean. I appreciate you! This months positive referrals are for showing gratitude- Madelyn Becker was nominated by Ms Keen. Madelyn always shows gratitude to the classroom, her peers, and to me. She is always the first to help around the classroom and at the end of the day she shows a thank you to the environment we have by cleaning everybody's mess up. I am so thankful to have her in my class, great job Madelyn!  And now, it’s time for the Friday Funny! Today’s Friday Funny joke teller is Harrison Howard from Mrs. Barshak's class.  Here is his joke... Why did the potato run across the road? So it wouldn’t get mashed! Thank you and have a great day.

November 2, 2023: Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete against Millstadt at home tonight. The games begin at 5pm. Character Council will meet Monday November 6th at 7:30 am in Ms. Courtney's classroom. Thank you and have a great day.

November 1, 2023: Sparta tonight. The games begin at 5pm. The November Smithton School Student of the Month Award goes to Will Nych! Congratulations, Will! You will receive a plaque and gift card and your picture will go in the paper. Please report to the office after announcements. The new character word of the month is gratitude.  Gratitude is choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives. What are some small, specific things that you are Grateful for? Maybe it is your favorite water bottle, the way the cat sleeps on the chair, or when your grandma bakes cookies. Spend some time thinking of at least 10 small things that you have Gratitude for and then choose to notice them this week with a smile. Thank you and have a great day.

October 31, 2023:Character Council students, please sign up outside of Ms. Courtney’s office for Veteran’s Day refreshments. NJHS students looking to help for Veteran's Day - please check the Google Classroom for opportunities. We need people to volunteer to be greeters and to bring in refreshments for breakfast. Sign up if you are interested! Those who signed up for Scholar Bowl should get a letter from Mrs. Runyon about Try-outs.  They should go to her room right after announcements. The Halloween parade will begin at 1:30 today. We will call classes to the playground when it is time to go out. Please be sure that you are ordering and taking the correct lunch everyday. The kitchen only makes the amount of food that is ordered in the morning. If you take something that you did not order, you are taking someone else's food! We do have have a positive office referral. Payten Murphy from Mrs. Ranks class was nominated by Mr. Mirly. Payten helped clean up the bleachers after the girls basketball game. She walked up and down all of the bleachers to pick up any trash left behind. Way to show responsibility, Payten. Thank you for your help. Thank you and have a great day.

October 30, 2023: Today is picture retake day! Photographers will be set up in the cafeteria on Monday morning. Ms. Hedrick will go to each classroom starting at 8:10 this morning. Good luck to the boys and girls basketball teams as they both compete at home tonight. The Student Council is sponsoring a pink out game.  Wear your pink to support breast cancer awareness.  Pink armbands will be given out at the admission table. The games begin at 5pm. Character Council students, please sign up outside of Ms. Courtney’s office for Veteran’s Day refreshments. NJHS students looking to help for Veteran's Day - please check the Google Classroom for opportunities. We need people to volunteer to be greeters and to bring in refreshments for breakfast. Sign up if you are interested! Tim Doyle nominated Ms. Forsyth’s class. Chris Smallwood nominated Mrs Stulstahts. Mike smith nominated Mrs Kueker. And the winner is Kueker. This month’s dustpan award goes to Mrs. Kuekers class! Congratulations! I will bring you your reward! Thank you and have a great day.

October 26, 2023: The silent auction is open for bidding! You must be 18 years old or older to place a bid. Be sure to bring your parents to school tonight to place your final bids. The auction will close tonight at 7:30pm.  Monday, October 30th is picture retake day! Photographers will be set up in the cafeteria on Monday morning. Monday, October 30th Student Council is sponsoring a pink out game.  Wear your pink to support breast cancer awareness.  Pink armbands will be given out at the admission table. Character Council students, please sign up outside of Ms. Courtney’s office for Veteran’s Day refreshments. NJHS students looking to help for Veteran's Day - please check the Google Classroom for opportunities. We need people to volunteer to be greeters and to bring in refreshments for breakfast. Sign up if you are interested! Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete against Columbia at home tomorrow night. The games will begin at 6pm tomorrow. Good luck to the boys 6th grade baseball team as they compete against Freeburg and Millstadt  at home Saturday morning starting at 9am. Just a reminder that there is no school tomorrow! We do have some classes that met their Responsibility goal! Congratulations to Mrs. Kapp’s class for showing responsibility with their chromebooks and to Mrs. Berry’s class for bringing needed supplies to cougar connection. I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your reward. Barett Garcia was nominated by Officer Harris.  Barett found a sharp object on the playground and notified Officer Harris so no one would get hurt. Thank you and have a great day.

October 25, 2023: The silent auction is open for bidding! You must be 18 years old or older to place a bid. Be sure to bring your parents to school tomorrow night to place your final bids. The auction will close tomorrow at 7:30pm.  Monday, October 30th is picture retake day! Photographers will be set up in the cafeteria on Monday morning. Monday, October 30th Student Council is sponsoring a pink out game.  Wear your pink to support breast cancer awareness.  Pink armbands will be given out at the admission table. Character Council students, please sign up outside of Ms. Courtney’s office for Veteran’s Day refreshments. NJHS students looking to help for Veteran's Day - please check the Google Classroom for opportunities. We need people to volunteer to be greeters and to bring in refreshments for breakfast. Sign up if you are interested! I know that basketball games have started and I wanted to go over some the expectations for our student fans: -Students should sit in the designated student section. Students should stay in the gym during the game, unless purchasing something from the concession stand.   -Students should not be hanging out in the hallway by the bathrooms. -You are allowed to have food and drinks in the gym.  Please make sure you throw away your trash and if there is a spill please notify the administrator at the game or the concession stand. -Be enthusiastic and loud in your support for the Smithton Cougars, but avoid using offensive language or engaging in disrespectful chants or behavior toward the opposing team. The goal is to create a fun and supportive atmosphere for your team and fellow fans while showing respect for the game and everyone involved. I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your reward. Thank you and have a great day.

October 23, 2023: The next tech club meets today after school in the STEM room. Art club will meet after school today. Student Council members, there will be a meeting next week on Tuesday, October 24th. You may come before school at 7:35 or after school. The student council meeting will be in Ms. Forsyth’s classroom. NJHS students looking to help for Veteran's Day - please check the Google Classroom for opportunities. We need people to volunteer to be greeters and to bring in refreshments for breakfast. Sign up if you are interested! Good luck to the girls basketball team as they compete in their first home game of the season tonight. They will take on Breese at 6pm! I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your reward. Thank you and have a great day.

October 20, 2023: The next tech club meeting will be Monday, Oct 23 after school in the STEM room. Student Council members, there will be a meeting next week on Tuesday, October 24th. You may come before school at 7:35 or after school. The student council meeting will be in Ms. Forsyth’s classroom. I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your reward. Cooper Marshall and Tommy Whitworth were nominated by Ms Hammel.  Cooper Marshall and Tommy Whitworth took the initiative to remind other students to follow the class procedures.  I am proud of the way they took responsibility to be leaders in their class!  Great job gentlemen! The Friday Funny joke teller is Ellie Thompson from Mr. Sehr's class.  Here is her joke... What is a ghost’s favorite dessert? Ice Scream. Thank you and have a great day.

October 19, 2023: We are observing Red Ribbon Week this week! Today we wear mismatched socks because “you and drugs don't mix”. Tomorrow remember to wear your pajamas and “Wake Up Drug Free”. Cross Country athletes should turn their uniform into the office by tomorrow. Congratulations to the girls basketball team on their win last night. Good luck to them as they compete for third place in the Breese Tournament.  The next tech club meeting will be Monday, Oct 23 after school in the STEM room. Student Council members, there will be a meeting next week on Tuesday, October 24th. You may come before school at 7:35 or after school. The student council meeting will be in Ms. Forsyth’s classroom. Character Council members, be sure to remember your morning duties! Tomorrow is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS you may wear your favorite hat to school tomorrow.. There are SEVERAL sweatshirts and jackets in the lost and found. Please look outside the office to see if anything is yours! I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your birthday pencil. Evie Dahm was nominated by Mrs. Lucash.  Evie shows responsibility every time we go to the library.  She will remind me to grab our library basket to take back to our room.  She also offers to carry it back for us.  Thank you for your help!  Oliver Smith was nominated by Ms. Lisa.  Oliver stopped eating his breakfast to help clean up another student's spill.  After he was done eating he also went around and gathered trash left on the tables.  Way to be responsible Oliver! Thank you and have a great day.

October 18, 2023: We are observing Red Ribbon Week this week! Today we wear sports jerseys to “Team up against Drugs” Tomorrow remember to wear mismatched socks because “you and drugs don't mix”. Cross Country athletes should turn their uniform in to the office by the end of the week! Student Council members, there will be a meeting next week on Tuesday, October 24th. You may come before school at 7:35 or after school. The student council meeting will be in Ms. Forsyth’s classroom. Character Council members, be sure to remember your morning duties! This Friday is a hat day. For a $1 donation to the NJHS you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday. Congratulations to the girls basketball A and B  teams on their wins against Millstadt last night.  Good luck to the girls basketball team as they travel to Breese tonight and to the boys as they travel to Prairie Du Rocher. Congratulations to Lillian Skaer for auditioning and being accepted into the District 6 Junior High Honors Band for the Illinois Music Educators Association. Way to represent the Smithton Band, Lillian! Mrs. Smith needs to see the following NJHS students today after announcements: Tessa Friederich, Payton Powers, Brynn Kisro, Demi Hopkins, Madison Marshall, Makenna Neff. There are SEVERAL sweatshirts and jackets in the lost and found. Please look outside the office to see if anything is yours! There was a target bag of snacks left on bus 103 this morning. If this is yours please claim it in the office. Thank you and have a great day.

October 17, 2023: We are observing Red Ribbon Week this week! Today we wear bright colors because “Our Future is Bright”. Be sure to wear your sports jerseys tomorrow. Cross Country athletes should turn their uniform in to the office by the end of the week! Good luck to the the girls basketball team as they travel to Millstadt tonight. The games begin at 5pm. The bus will leave at 4:15. Art Club will meet during study hall today. Please come to the art room at 2:30 p.m. if you can make it.  Student Council members, there will be a meeting next week on Tuesday, October 24th. You may come before school at 7:35 or after school. The student council meeting will be in Ms. Forsyth’s classroom. Character Council members be sure to remember your morning duties! Attention students in grades 3-8 that are interested in the Smithton School CHORUS! Join us WEDNESDAY mornings at 7:35am in the Music Room! The Smithton School Chorus will have a winter and spring concert. Students who wish to join just need to show up to our first rehearsal on October 18, 2022 in the music room! No audition needed! Join so you can enjoy music, performances, fun, and celebrations! Open to ALL students grades 3-8. If you have questions, please see Mr. Provost.  Attention 7th and 8th grade band members,  there will be full band every day. I do have some positive referrals to announce.  Aria Feole and Emmaline Shelton were nominated by Pam Shumaker  for  cleaning up other people's trash and sweep floors for us after lunch on Monday. Ms. Pam would also like to nominate Teddy Fisga for asking her every day if I need help with anything. Thank you to these students for showing responsibility. You may report to the office to get your reward. Cooper Marshall and Tucker Frawley, please report to the office after announcements.

October 16, 2023: We are observing Red Ribbon Week this week! Today we wear red and “Say No to Drugs”. Be sure to wear bright colors tomorrow because “Our Future is Bright”. Congratulations to the Cross Country team on a fantastic performance at the state meet! The girls team placed 5th overall! Smithton had 3 All-State top 25 medalists! Madison Marshall, Brynn Kisro, and Mikey Finder.  Way to go cougars! Cross Country athletes should turn their uniform in to the office by the end of the week! Good luck to the girls basketball team as they trave to Breese today and the 7th grade boys basketball team as the trave to Prairie du Rocher. Student Council members, there will be a meeting next week on Tuesday, October 24th. You may come before school at 7:35 or after school. The student council meeting will be in Ms. Forsyth’s classroom. Attention students in grades 3-8 that are interested the Smithton School CHORUS! Join us WEDNESDAY mornings at 7:35am in the Music Room! The Smithton School Chorus will have a winter and spring concert. Students who wish to join just need to show up to our first rehearsal on October 18, 2022 in the music room! No audition needed! Join so you can enjoy music, performances, fun, and celebrations! Open to ALL students grades 3-8. If you have questions, please see Mr. Provost.  Attention 7th and 8th grade band members,  there will be full band every day.

October 13, 2023: Softball and baseball uniforms should be turned in to the office by TODAY or a fee will be charged. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the scholar bowl team should sign up outside the office by then end of the day today. Good luck to the cross country team as they compete in the State Meet tomorrow in DuQuoin. The girls will run at 10am and the boys will run at 11. NJHS students who are interested in helping with Ghost Grams (posters and assembly) need to check Google Classroom for more information.  Character Council will be selling donuts in the main lobby on Monday morning. Donuts are $1 each and are first come first served. Be sure to bring your donut money on Monday morning.  We have some Character Council Challenge Shout outs! The October challenge is responsibility. Mrs. Kapp’s class made their goal by being responsible during restroom breaks by behaving correctly. Mrs. Berry’s class made their goal by bringing their needed supplies for Cougar Connection. Next week is Red Ribbon Week, be sure to wear red on Monday and “Say No to Drugs”. And now it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller for today is Konnor McPherson from Mrs. Liszewski's class.  Here is his joke... What did Shrek do when he saw an onion ring? He answered it! 

October 11, 2023: Softball and baseball uniforms should be turned in to the office by October 13 or a fee will be charged. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the scholar bowl team should sign up outside the office by October 13. I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  You may come down to the office after announcements to receive your prize. Donnie Olmstead was nominated by Mrs. Wheatley. I would like to nominate Donnie. Instead of hurrying to lunch, he stayed back to tidy up the room after his classmates rushed out. He showed great responsibility to our classroom and I really appreciate it. Way to go, Donnie! Teddy Fisgaga was nominated by Ms. Keen.  Teddy took it upon himself to help a student who was struggling. He didn't just give her the answers, instead he actually helped her comprehend the answers and explained why. He is always going out of the way to do things for me (his teacher) and takes responsibility in helping clean up the classroom even if it is not his own mess. Great job Teddy! Macklin O’Sullivan and Abigail Knake were nominated by Andie Lang for cleaning up trash in the cafeteria. They showed responsibility by cleaning up a mess that was not theirs. Lucas Whorton was nominated by Pam Shumaker. Lucas displayed responsibility by helping her with playground equipment and games. Lucas is always a big help.

October 10, 2023: Softball and baseball uniforms should be turned in to the office by October 13 or a fee will be charged. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the scholar bowl team should sign up outside the office by October 13. Character Council Teamwork Tuesday deliverers, please report to the office during your study hall today to deliver Teamwork Tuesday apparel. 

October 6, 2023: Softball and baseball uniforms should be turned in to the office by October 13 or a fee will be charged. 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that signed up for basketball, please pick up a tryout schedule outside of the office. Tryouts are next week! 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the scholar bowl team should sign up outside the office by October 13. Character council members, please stop by Ms. Courtney’s classroom anytime today to sign up to bring refreshments to the Veterans Day Breakfast. There is no school on Monday October 9th! And now, it’s time for our Friday Funny! The Friday Funny joke teller today is Payten Murphy from Mrs. Rank's class.   Here is her joke.. Why did Humpty Dumpty have a great fall? To make up for his miserable summer.

October 5, 2023: Congratulations to the cross country team! Our girls and boys cross country teams ran in the regional meet, bringing home a 2nd place finish and qualifying for State! Both teams were able to secure 2nd place! Four runners brought home individual medals! Medaling for the girls were Madison Marshall in 3rd place, Brynn Kisro in 7th place. For the boys Mikey Finder in 5th place and Kyan Rensing 7th place. Congratulations Cougars and good luck at State! Softball and baseball uniforms should be turned in to the office by October 13 or a fee will be charged. 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that signed up for basketball, please pick up a tryout schedule outside of the office. Tryouts are next week! 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the scholar bowl team should sign up outside the office by October 13. Character council members, please stop by Ms. Courtney’s classroom anytime today to sign up to bring refreshments to the Veterans Day Breakfast.

October 4, 2023: 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that signed up for basketball, please pick up a tryout schedule outside of the office. Tryouts are next week! 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the scholar bowl team should sign up outside the office by October 13. Character council members, please stop by Ms. Courtney’s classroom anytime today to sign up to bring refreshments to the Veterans Day Breakfast. Kids For Christ starts today. If you are registered for this program please report to the library after school today. We have the prizes for our Kelsey’s Hope sock competition. We need the following students to report to the main lobby after announcements to gather for a picture and claim their prize. Addy Rank, Nola Beasley, Tripp Sandheinrich, Jacqulynn Delaria, Bree Bird, Collette Smith, Tinley Tucker, Brylie Bird, Noah Zaricor, and Ember Sudja please report to the main lobby after announcements.  I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  After announcements you may come down to the principal's office for your reward. 10-4 Good Buddy!

October 3, 2023: 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that signed up for basketball, please pick up a tryout schedule outside of the office. Tryouts are next week! Character council members, please stop by Ms. Courtney’s classroom anytime today to sign up to bring refreshments to the Veterans Day Breakfast. Congratulations to the cross country team on their last regular meet of the season yesterday. Both the boys and the girls team placed first! The girls had 4 top 15 finishers and the boys had 5 top 15 finishers. Good luck to the cross country team as they prepare for regionals on Wednesday. I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  After announcements you may come down to the principal's office for your reward. Zoe Rasley, Emma Knake, Tori Flake were nominated by Mrs. Kueker. These 3 girls volunteered to give up their recess at the end of the day to clean up our room after the Kueker Coupon reward party.  Thank you so much girls for showing such amazing responsibility and helping me out. I appreciate you all! Anna Clark was also nominated by Mrs. Kueker.  Anna gets out the dustpan and sweeps up any messes around the classroom almost every day without being asked.  She really takes responsibility for our classroom.  Thank you so much Anna for always helping me out.

October 2, 2023: Responsibility is our character word of the month.  Art Club will meet after school today until 4 p.m.  Character council members, please stop by Ms. Courtney’s classroom anytime today to sign up to bring refreshments to the Veterans Day Breakfast. Girls basketball tryouts are after school today. Congratulations to the cross country team on a great meet in DuQuoin Saturday. The girls team placed 7th overall out of 19 scoring teams and was led by 2 individual medalists. Madison Marshall placed 2nd out of 129 runners and Brynn Kisro placed 18th! The boys team brought home a 9th place finish out of 18 teams. The 2 medalists from the boys team were Mikey Finder placing 13th and Kyan Rensing placing 22nd out of 130 runners.  Overall, a very successful day for th Smithton Cougars Cross Country team! The October student of the month is Lillian Skaer! Lillian will receive a plaque and Waltons gift card. Please report to the office after announcements to pick up a form and to have your picture taken. I have some students to recognize for a positive office referral.  You may come to the office after announcements to get your prize! Damien Gentle, Damien Smith, and Draven Kirby were nominated by Ms. Hammel.  These gentlemen volunteer to clean up after their PE class period every day.  After doing so, they always ask if there is anything else that I need help with.  They always make it a point to say Hello, Good-bye, and ask how my day is going.   Thank you for always showing respect to me and others! Sophia D'Amico was nominated Ms. Hedrick. I want to give a shout-out to Sophia. She has been very respectful at dismissal this week. She has held the door open for every student who exits the building at the end of the day. Thanks for your kindness! Maxwell Bauer was nominated by Ms. Lisa. Maxwell stayed behind after lunch to pick up trash left in the cafeteria by other students.  Way to show respect for the school and help keep it looking great!  Way to go Maxwell! I have the 3 classes that were nominated for the dustpan award- Mr. Tim Doyle nominated Mrs. Wheatley’s class, Mr. Chris Smallwood nominated Mrs. LePere’s class, and Mr. Mike Smith nominated Ms Dobey’s class and the overall winner for the class prize is MS. DOBEY’S class.

September 28, 2023: Character Council, don't forget to stop by Ms. Courtney's room to pick up chalk to take outside and write your respect quote. We are going to start the dust pan award.  I will be talking to the custodians, so see who has the cleanest classroom in their area and I will pick one overall winner each month.  So, on Monday, October 2nd the class with the overall cleanest room will get a surprise.   This Friday is a hat day! For a $1 donation to NJHS, you may wear your favorite hat to school this Friday. This year we raised $4,837.90 for Kellsie's Hope! Thank you so much to everyone who brought in money!  Winners of the sock competition are: Addy Rank, Nola Beasley, Tripp Sandheinrich, Jacqulynn Delaria, Bree Bird, Collette Smith, Tinley Tucker, Brylie Bird, Noah Zaricor, and Ember Sudja. You will receive your prizes at a later date!  The class receiving a pizza party for bringing in the most money is Mrs. Sliment's Class! Congratulations! Thank you and have a great day!

September 26, 2023: Character Council, don't forget to stop by Ms. Courtney's room to pick up chalk to take outside and write your respect quote. 8th grade NJHS students, please report to Mrs. Smith’s room after announcements today. We are going to start the dust pan award.  I will be talking to the custodians, so see who has the cleanest classroom in their area and I will pick one overall winner each month.  So, on Monday, October 2nd the class with the overall cleanest room will get a surprise.   Good luck to the softball team as they compete against Waterloo at home today. The game begins at 4:15. Good luck to the cross country team as they also compete at home today. The cross country meet will begin at 4:30. We will celebrate our 8th graders at the meet tonight. Good luck to the baseball team as they compete for the regional championship at home tonight. The game will begin at 4:30.  Thank you and have a great day!

September 25, 2023: Congratulations to the cross country team on a great meet in Red Bud last Friday. The boys finished 2nd overall with Mikey Finder placing 3rd and Kyan Rensing placing 4th. Maddie Marshall placed 4th for the girls. Way to go Cougars! Character Council, don't forget to stop by Ms. Courtney's room to pick up chalk to take outside and write your respect quote. Tech club is meeting today in the stem room after school today. We are going to start the dust pan award.  I will be talking to the custodians, so see who has the cleanest classroom in their area and I will pick one overall winner each month.  So, on Monday, October 2nd the class with the overall cleanest room will get a surprise.   Thank you and have a great day!

September 22, 2023: Congratulations to the softball team on their regional championship! Good luck to the baseball team as they compete for their regional championship today at 4:30 at the Smithton Park. The next Tech Club meeting will be Monday, September 25 after school in the STEM room. Character Council, don't forget to stop by Ms. Courtney's room to pick up chalk to take outside and write your respect quote. Be sure to turn in your Kelsie’s Hope socks today!  Congratulations to the following 8th graders for being elected the 2023-2024 NJHS officers! President - Brock Carter, Vice President - Madi Spinner, Secretary - Maggie Greive, Treasurer - Anna Rarick There are several  jackets and sweatshirts that have been found on the playground.  Please look on the table outside of the office and in the cafeteria to see if one is yours. I have a student to recognize for a positive office referral.  You may come down to the office after announcements for your prize. Lucas Owen was nominated by Ms. Keen.  Lucas is always on task and is respectful to his teacher. He is always raising his hand and not blurting out. Lucas also shows respect to his classmates by assisting them when they are facing challenges. The Friday Funny joke teller for tomorrow is Emily McPherson.  Here is her joke... Why did the scarecrow win an Oscar? Because he was outstanding in his field! Thank you and have a great day!

September 21, 2023: The next Tech Club meeting will be Monday, September 25 after school in the STEM room. Character Council, don't forget to stop by Ms. Courtney's room to pick up chalk to take outside and write your respect quote. NJHS members - please go to the Google Classroom to vote for your 2023-2024 officers. Voting will end at 3:00 today. Winners will be announced tomorrow morning. Good luck to the softball team as they compete for the regional championship today at the Smithton park. The game begins at 4 pm. The Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Sock It To Cancer Campaign is going on now. Return your sock by the end of the week. There will be a sock decorating contest as well as a pizza party for the class that brings in the most money. This event is sponsored by the NJHS. There are several  jackets and sweatshirts that have been found on the playground.  Please look on the table outside of the office to see if one is yours the next time you pass by. I have a student to recognize for a positive office referral.  You may come down to the office after announcements for your prize. Thank you and have a great day!

September 20,2023: The Student Council meeting is tomorrow. Kids may come at 7:35 for the morning meeting or right after school at 3PM. The Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Sock It To Cancer Campaign is going on now. Return your sock by the end of the week. There will be a sock decorating contest as well as a pizza party for the class that brings in the most money. This event is sponsored by the NJHS. Congratulations to the baseball and softball teams on the regional wins last night! The softball team will play for the regional championship tomorrow at 4pm and baseball will play for the regional championship on Friday at 4:30. Both games will be at home. I have a student to recognize for a positive office referral.  You may come down to the office after announcements for your prize. Greyson Holthaus was nominated by Ms. Casey.  Colton helped several friends in the cafeteria.  He helped a student that spilled his yogurt, he got someone a napkin, and another friend that needed a straw. Thank you and have a great day!

September 19, 2023: The Student Council meeting is Thursday, September 21st. Kids may come at 7:35 for the morning meeting or right after school at 3PM. Art Club will meet during study hall today.. Students who are in band should stop by the art room quickly before reporting to band.  Cheerleading tryouts will be held tonight at 5pm in the gym. The Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Sock It To Cancer Campaign is going on now. Return your sock by the end of the week. There will be a sock decorating contest as well as a pizza party for the class that brings in the most money. This event is sponsored by the NJHS. The PTO is hosting a Chick-fil-A night Dine to Donate tonight from 4-7 pm. Please support our PTO by going to Chick-fil-A tonight! Baseball, softball, and cross country pictures will be taken today at the park. Please dismiss the baseball, softball and cross country team at 2:30 today. Athletes should get dressed for pictures and walk to the park. Good luck to the baseball and softball teams as they play their regional games at home today. Softball starts at 4 and baseball starts at 4:30.  Thank you and have a great day!

September 18, 2023: The Student Council meeting is Thursday, September 21st. Kids may come at 7:35 for the morning meeting or right after school at 3PM. The Character Council meeting will be before school tomorrow, September 19th at 7:30am in Ms. Courtney's classroom. Art Club will meet during study hall on Tuesday. Students who are in band should stop by the art room quickly before reporting to band.  6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that are interested in joining the basketball team should sign up outside the office by September 20th. The Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Sock It To Cancer Campaign is going on now. Return your sock by the end of the week. There will be a sock decorating contest as well as a pizza party for the class that brings in the most money. This event is sponsored by the NJHS. The PTO is hosting a Chick-fil-A night Dine to Donate tomorrow night from 4-7 pm. Please support our PTO by going to Chick-fil-A tomorrow night! Baseball, softball, and cross country pictures will be taken in the gym tomorrow at 3pm.  Good luck to the cross country team as they compete at home today. The meet begins at 4:30 at the Smithton Park. 8th-grade NJHS members need to see Mrs. Smith after announcements this morning.  Thank you and have a great day!

September 15, 2023: The Student Council's meeting is Thursday, September 21st. Kids may come at 7:35 for the morning meeting or right after school at 3PM. The 1st Character Council meeting will be before school Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30am in Ms. Courtney's classroom. 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that are interested in joining the basketball team should sign up outside the office by September 20th. The Kellsie’s Hope Foundation Sock It To Cancer! Campaign will run September 18th -22nd. Socks and information will go home today and NJHS will start collecting on Monday. There will be a sock decorating contest as well as a pizza party for the class that brings in the most money. Good luck to the baseball and softball teams as they travel to Columbia today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the baseball and softball teams at 2:45 today.  Good luck to the cross country team as they travel to Aviston tomorrow for a meet. Their bus will leave at 7:30 am tomorrow. The baseball B team will also play on Saturday in Freeburg. Their bus will leave at 9am and the game will begin at 10 am. The PTO Cougar Campout is tonight! Don’t miss out on your chance to sleep under the stars on the playground! The Booster Mum  fundraiser was a great success! The mums will be delivered to the school parking lot tomorrow, Sept 16th, and they can be picked up between 12pm and 2pm. You can pick up all of your orders and deliver them to the people you sold to, or you can let them know to pick them up from 12-2 tomorrow. Thank you to everyone that participated in this fundraiser!  We will have bus evacuation drills today beginning at 9 am. The bus will be in the front parking lot. We will begin with EC, Pre-K, and Kindergarten and work our way up to 8th grade. Your classroom will be called when it is your turn. And now it’s time for our Friday Funny. The Friday Funny joke teller for today is Emily Dobey.  Here is her joke... Why are piggy banks so wise? Because they are filled with common cents. Thank you and have a great day!

September 14, 2023: The Student Council's meeting for next week will be moved to THURSDAY, September 21st. Kids may come at 7:35 for the morning meeting or right after school at 3PM. The 1st Character Council meeting will be before school Tuesday, September 19th at 7:30am in Ms. Courtney's classroom. 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that are interested in joining the basketball team should sign up outside the office by September 20th. Good luck to the baseball and softball B teams as they compete against Columbia at home tonight. The games begin at 4:15. The PTO Cougar Campout is tomorrow night! Don’t miss out on your chance to sleep under the stars on the playground! Positive Referrals: I have some students to recognize for positive office referrals.  After the announcements, you may come down to the office for your reward. Maxwell Bauer was nominated by Mrs. Rank.  Before school started, Max was respectful by holding the front door open for several students who were entering the building.  Thank you for showing kindness to others and taking the time to do a good deed.

September 13, 2023: The Student Council's meeting for next week will be moved to THURSDAY, September 21st. Kids may come at 7:35 for the morning meeting or right after school at 3PM. 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys that are interested in joining the basketball team should sign up outside the office by September 20th. The Cougars have officially been named the number one seed for regionals for both softball and baseball! Home field has been awarded to both teams and we will host our first round regional game. Softball will take on Aviston at 4pm on September 19th and Baseball will face the Dupo Tigers at 4:30 pm on September 19th.  Good luck to the baseball and softball teams as they compete against Columbia at home tonight. The games begin at 4:15. We will be celebrating our 8th graders at the game tonight. Blase Gilbreth, please report to the office after announcements. Landon Cawvey was nominated for a positive office referral by Andie Lang. Landon was showing respect to the school and lunch monitors by picking up trash that was left by other students.

September 12, 2023: Sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls that are interested in trying out for the girls basketball team should sign up outside of the office by the end of the day today. 7th and 8th graders who signed up for student council with Ms. Forsyth should be receiving a welcome letter and shirt form from your homeroom teacher. You will have your 1st meeting next Tuesday, September 19th. You can meet at 7:35 am or after school at 3 pm on September 19th. Congratulations to all of the new character council members! Your first meeting is September 19th. Congratulations to the baseball team on their win against Wolf Branch last night!  Good luck to the softball B team as they travel to Waterloo today. The game begins at 4: 15. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the Softball B Team at 2:45 today.

September 11, 2023: Sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls that are interested in trying out for the girls basketball team should sign up outside of the office by September 15th. The Technology Club meeting is today after school in the STEM room. Congratulations to the softball team on their win against Breese on Friday. Congratulations to the baseball and softball B teams on their wins in the Red Bud Round Robin Tournament on Saturday. Good luck to the softball and baseball teams as they compete against Wolfbranch at Grizzly Stadium today. The games begin at 4:30. The bus for softball will leave at 2:30 today. Please dismiss the softball team at 2:15 today. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys that are interested in trying out for the basekatball team should sign up outside of the office by Friday, September 22nd.

September 8, 2023: Good luck to the softball and baseball teams as they travel to Breese today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 2:30. Please dismiss the baseball and softball teams at 2:15 today.  Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls that are interested in trying out for the girls basketball team should sign up outside of the office by September 15th. Students in grades 5-8 who wish to join tech club may sign up outside the office.  The first meeting will be Monday, September 11 after school in the STEM room. Students in grades 7 & 8 that are interested in joining student council with Ms. Forsyth should sign up outside of the office by Friday, September 8th. Please only sign up if you are truly going to show up and be an active member of the club.  Students in grades 7th & 8th that are interested in joining the art club with Mrs. Carter should sign up outside of the office.  NJHS members, please check the Google Classroom for the sign-up to work on Grandparents Day. Now, it is time for our Friday Funny. This week's Friday Funny joke teller is Ireland Keen.  Here is her joke... What is an astronaut's favorite part of a computer?  The space bar! 

September 7, 2023: Good luck to the softball team as they travel to Dupo today. The game begins at 4:15. The bus will leave at 2:30. Please dismiss the softball team at 2:15 today. Good luck to the cross country team as they travel to Freeburg today. The cross country meet begins at 4 pm. The bus will leave at 3 pm. Please dismiss the cross country team at 2:45 today. Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls that are interested in trying out for the girls basketball team should sign up outside of the office by September 15th. Students in grades 5-8 who wish to join tech club may sign up outside the office.  The first meeting will be Monday, September 11 after school in the STEM room. Students in grades 7 & 8 that are interested in joining student council with Ms. Forsyth should sign up outside of the office by Friday, September 8th. Please only sign up if you are truly going to show up and be an active member of the club.  Students in grades 7th & 8th that are interested in joining the art club with Mrs. Carter should sign up outside of the office.  NJHS members, please check the Google Classroom for the sign-up to work on Grandparents Day. Friday, September 15th is the PTO Cougar Campout. This is a free family event. Don’t miss your chance to sleep under the stars on the school playground next Friday night. Reservations are required and due by September 10th. Thank you and have a great day!

September 6, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls that are interested in trying out for the girls basketball team should sign up outside of the office by September 15th. Students in grades 5-8 who wish to join tech club may sign up outside the office.  The first meeting will be Monday, September 11 after school in the STEM room. Students in grades 7 & 8 that are interested in joining student council with Ms. Forsyth should sign up outside of the office by Friday, September 8th. Please only sign up if you are truly going to show up and be an active member of the club.  Students in grades 7th & 8th that are interested in joining the art club with Mrs. Carter should sign up outside of the office.  Good luck to the softball and baseball teams as they compete at home tonight. Baseball will play against Holy Childhood and softball will play against Central Jr. High.  Both games begin at 4:15.  NJHS members, please check the Google Classroom for the sign-up to work on Grandparents Day. Thank you and have a great day!

September 5, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th.Sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls that are interested in trying out for the girls basketball team should sign up outside of the office by September 15th. Students in grades 5-8 who wish to join tech club may sign up outside the office.  The first meeting will be Monday, September 11 after school in the STEM room. Students in grades 7 & 8 that are interested in joining student council with Ms. Forsyth should sign up outside of the office by Friday, September 8th. Please only sign up if you are truly going to show up and be an active member of the club.  Students in grades 7th & 8th that are interested in joining the art club with Mrs. Carter should sign up outside of the office.  NJHS members, please check the Google Classroom for the sign-up to work on Grandparents Day. I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Thank you and have a great day!

September 1, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Good luck to the baseball and softball teams as they compete against Freeburg at home today . The games begin at 4:15.  The Smithton School Student of the Month for the month of September is Blase Gilbreth. Congratulations, Blase! He will receive a plaque and Walton’s gift card. Blase, please go to the office after announcements.  The Friday Funny joke tellers are Alivia Wilson and Angela Flake.  They wanted to do the joke together.  Here is their joke... How do you make a tissue dance?  You put a little boogie in it! Thank you and have a great day!

August 31, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Good luck to the baseball and softball B teams as they compete at home today at 4:15.  I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Ty Tucker was nominated by Ms Nichols.  Ty has been so helpful to his classmates during these first few days-he is always the first to help someone with cleaning or finding what they need. He almost always has his listening ears on and has been kind to those who are having a hard time.   Autumn Russell was nominate by Ms. Keen.  Autumn has shown respect for her classmates by being kind and polite since the first day of school. Autumn is always on time and is prepared immediately when we transition to another subject. Donnie Olmstead and Eli Quartz were nominated by Andie Lang for helping a student in need at lunch time. Thank you for showing respect to this students needs and jumping in to help out. Thank you and have a great day!

August 30, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. NJHS members, please check the Google Classroom for the sign-up to work on Grandparents Day. Congratulations to the softball B team on their win last night against Columbia. Good luck to the baseball and softball teams as they travel to Freeburg today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss the baseball and softball teams at 2:45 today.

August 29, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Congratulations to the baseball and softball teams on their wins last night.  Good luck to them as they travel to Columbia today. The games begin at 4:15. The bus will leave at 3. Please dismiss baseball and softball players at 2:45 today. 

August 28, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th. Congratulations to the Cross Country on a great meet Saturday. Mikey Finder led the charge for the boys with a 14th place finish out of 250 boy runners and Madison Marshall led the girls with a 12th place finish with a total of 300 girl runners.  Good luck to the baseball and softball teams as they compete at home against Red Bud Lutheran today. The games begin at 4:15.  A phone was found on bus 124 this morning. If you are missing your phone, please claim it in the office.  I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Faye Parker was nominated by Andie Lang for cleaning up after other students at lunch. Thank you and have a great day!

August 25, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th.Cheerleading tryouts will be held on Wednesday, September 19th. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that are interested in trying out for the team should pick up a packet and sign up outside the office by September 8th.

August 24, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th.

August 23, 2023: Sixth, seventh, and Eighth graders that are interested in joining Character Council should pick up an application outside of Ms. Courtney’s classroom. The completed application is due back to Ms. Courtney by Friday, September 8th. Thank you and have a great day!

August 22, 2023: No announcements.

August 21, 2023: I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Addy McCallister was nominated by Mrs. J Smith.  Addy offered a classmate a seat at lunch when the peer was struggling with finding a place to sit. Thank you for being a leader. Thank you and have a great day!

August 18, 2023: This is a reminder for the 7th and 8th grade NJHS students to check google classroom for volunteer opportunities working Hat Day and babysitting for the PTO meetings. I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Thank you and have a great day!

August 17, 2023: 7th and 8th-grade NJHS students need to check their Google Classroom to sign up to work Hat Days and PTO Babysitting opportunities. The word of the month for August is respect.  Our positive office referrals will relate to the word of the month.  Only staff members can nominate students for positive office referrals. I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Waylon Rogers was nominated by Ms. Keen. Waylon has shown respect all day! He has turned off his voice every time I have asked. He has set a good example to his classmates on how to be respectful. Camden Carlton was nominated by Mrs. Rank.  After lunch, there were several students leaving the caferteria and were loud in the hallway going out to recess.  Camden walked down the hallway giving everyone the quiet signal while others were talking. Camden showed great respect for everyone who was learning in the nearby classrooms and the adults who asked the students to be quiet in the hallway.  Way to go Camden for setting a great example for everyone to follow.  Thank you and have a great day!

August 16, 2023: Softball players will report to Mrs. Berry’s classroom if you are staying after school and baseball players will Mrs. Berry’s room. I have some students to recognize today for positive office referrals.  After announcements you can come down to the principal's office for your reward. Thank you and have a great day!