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Two Conway High School students in the Landscape Design class work on the landscaping around the CHS sign in front of the high school.

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Making a difference on the school’s landscape KATIE YELVINGTON CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG Landscape Design is the art of arranging or modifying the features of a designated area for aesthetic or practical reasons. Mr. Taylor Hopkins, landscape design teacher, has a curriculum that challenges the mindset of his students. The sixth and seventh hour classes learn a variety of skill sets. They include: geology, welding, identifying and cultivating native species in Missouri landscapes, composting organic material, designing specific

sites around the school campus, understanding and applying the scientific method, and planning, presenting and designing new spaces on campus. “I chose to teach landscape design because I feel like it fits a need that isn’t fulfilled by FFA to teach students skill sets in design oriented ways,” said Mr. Hopkins. In the past the group has completed many projects, some of which include: the rock garden in the front of the high school, the CHS sign located in the front, the landscaping behind the library, and the areas surrounding the

ISS room and the art room. One thing Mr. Hopkins and his students hope to achieve is providing an outdoor classroom. Students have chosen to create an outdoor classroom to allow for observations and experimentation at the elementary. The plan is for this to take place in the space that was cleared out after the mobile classrooms were removed. This will allow for many science and math related lessons elementary teachers can choose to employ in their curriculum. The class is also focused on planting more native shrubs and trees, creating more garden

beds, and adding picnic tables to both the high school and the elementary. In addition, the classes will be working to embellish the elementary where it has been resigned and added onto. Though the Lowe’s Grant they once obtained has expired, Mr. Hopkins has applied for more, such as the Keen Shoe Company Grant and the Home Depot Grant. They also recently received a Laclede County R-1 Foundation Grant. If you would like to donate mulch, dirt, tools, or anything related you can contact Mr. Taylor Hopkins at the Conway High School.

‘Tis the season for the sneezin’ JESSICA RIZOR CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG Have you noticed all the commercials on T. . lately about getting u shots r maybe you have received a call from your doctor’s office about setting up an appointment to get the in uenza vaccination shot Well, the importance of this shot is very significant and can be the reason you either catch the u this year or not. In uenza is most commonly known as the u. While it is possible to get the u throughout the year, it is most common for people to catch this cold while the weather switches from warm to cooler. Flu season is an annual recurring event that happens when an outbreak of the u virus happens. The best way to prevent getting the u virus is to get the u shot every year. The reason that the u vaccine is needed every year is because the virus constantly changes. Each year a new vaccine comes out that is more “updated” to help prevent the different type of virus. While the vaccine is the most effective way of preventing the virus there are also some other steps you can take to prevent from catching this virus. Things you should do all the time but especially when illnesses are going around are the


same things your parents have been telling you since you were little. Such as, if you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with large groups of people, you wouldn’t want to get everyone else sick. Always wash your hands and use sanitizers when handling things such as money or even touching things such as the door handles of public places. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible. Always practice other good health habits so you won’t get sick. Mrs. Tammy Beckler, the health teacher at Conway High School, said, “Getting the u shot is a great thing to do. It can completely eliminate getting the virus, and if it doesn’t do that, it lowers the chance of getting it. Also, if you do get the virus but have had the vaccination, your symptoms won’t be as harsh as they would be if you didn’t get the shot.” The u is most commonly a self diagnosed and self-treated virus. Symptoms of the u to watch for are aches and pains, coughing, chills, fever, nausea, signs of dehydration, loss of appetite, sweating, nasal congestion, runny nose, and sneezing. Treatments for the u range from all sorts of home remedies to over the counter medicines and even prescriptions depending on how severe the illness is.


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What is it? Students in Jay Larkin’s class learn about expository writing NATASHA SHANZ CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG

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Students in Jay Larkin’s English class work on their expository writing projects.

Jay Larkin is a teacher at Conway Junior High. He teaches 7th and 8th grade English. His 8th graders are doing a small project where they are essentially going through the steps of the expository writing processes. They are to choose whatever item they like and explain what it is. For example they are supposed to explain what the item is, what it does, when to use it, why use it, and a prediction of what might happen to that item in the future. Mr. Larkin said the purpose of all of this is to get the students to go through an organized process to formulate ideas, gather information, put their ideas into words, then draft sentences, revise, edit, and produce a completed document. In short, it is communication that they will have to do in high school and in the real world. Mr. Larkin said, “The main reason I had the students do the project is to help them in the corporate world: in business and in marketing.” Mr. Larkin said, “I hope the students will realize that we can all communicate, but with proper planning and effort, we can communicate more effectively. I hope that this project will help them prepare for high school and the real world. Larkin said there were a lot of cra-

zy items the students came up with. They will be brainstorming, gathering information, sorting information, prioritizing information, and then select the most critical information in order to get their point across without having to complete a great deal of writing--making the words count! “The hardest part for the students is wanting to put their best foot forward and put in the effort to do so. They will only gain from what they put into the project. And also rushing through the project and not putting in enough details, could cause students problems,” said, Mr. Larkin. Mr. Larkin said the best part is them presenting their work in front of the class and getting immediate feedback--which is sometimes called “the breakfast of champions.” “I don’t know if they really enjoy it, but I do see that they become better writers and communicators through this process. I make them think,” said Mr. Larkin. Mr. Larkin said since mainly everyone is done writing a paragraph about their item, they will read aloud to their peers. Their peers and Mr. Larkin will provide constructive feedback. “I would love to continue doing project like this. Maturing in your own language, becoming a better communicator, requires us to do more of this,” said Mr. Larkin.

Conway volleyball wraps up season ALEXA HIGBEE CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG The end of the season banquet for the high school volleyball girls at Conway was held on Dec. 3. The event met all expectations! Members brought in all kinds of desserts for the attendees to feast on while the awards were handed out. At the ceremony, junior Halee Tucker received assist leader, although it wasn’t her most rewarding year she had a lot to say about it, “Even though this year wasn’t as good for me individually as last year, it was still a great year overall. I grew incredibly close to my team mates. They all have made this year one to remember. I’m definitely going to miss all the seniors. I’m nervous about being a

senior next year. The seniors this year left big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to putting in hard work over the summer and seeing what my last high school season will entail.” Although the team had to say their goodbyes to the seniors, it won’t be last time they see them. They all have promised to come back and support at the games and even come to some practices to scrimmage against the team and shag balls. Head coach Tammy Beckler has been a great asset for the volleyball girls. She continues to teach the importance of having fun and working hard. She has had the weight room open for anyone who wants to come in and put time into making themselves stronger and a bigger

threat. The junior high volleyball girls have certainly taken this and made the most of it. “I go to the weight room every chance I get. I focus on squats, line jumps and jump ropes. Squats increase my leg muscle and line jumps and jump rope help improve my footwork,” saids Conway Junior High seventh grader Breanna Thompson. “I’m very eager to see what the junior high season entails and to get back on the court with my friends.” Open gyms will be held in January for volleyball girls in order for them to get more knowledge about the game before actual season. High school girls are encouraged to come and help the junior high players get into the groove of things. Conway Junior High volleyball season

will officially start in February. “The seventh graders this year have played on several different club teams. I’m hoping that they can bring some intensity on the court. As for the eighth graders, they have already played, and they’re getting in some good minutes at the Field House. I have high hopes for their season,” Said head coach Tammy Beckler. Conway’s High School volleyball didn’t have the best season this last year with varsity ending the season with a losing record of 7-22. Their record this year certainly won’t get in the way of years to come. Head coach Tammy Beckler firmly believes that the lower classmen will push the upper classmen to strive higher and work harder.

Small gestures are creating a big impact at Laclede County R-1 SHAYLIN RODDEN CHRONICLES@LCR1.ORG The Make A Wish Foundation grants wishes to children who have life-threatening medical conditions. Their wish being granted can make a huge impact in that child’s life. In 2007, Macy’s decided to push for an effort to further help the children associated with Make A Wish Foundation. Macy’s decided to collect letters to Santa in their efforts. For every letter that is collected they will donate one dollar for up to one million dollars towards Make A Wish Foundation. This is their ten year anniversary with this tradition. Mrs. McBride has been a leader in collecting the letter. This year the Conway Peer Leaders decided to take part for a great cause. Peer Leaders are in charge of the letters to Santa in the high school, while Mrs. McBride pushes the drive for letters from elementary students. Not only can students write letters, but parents, teachers, and anyone else who would like to can participate in this can as well. The Peer Leaders and advisors are hoping to see as many letters written as possible. All of the letters and proceeds will be sent to Macy’s to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. Janessa Jensen, high

school Peer Leader said, “We hope to open up to other students, that it is not all about giving money to help someone in need. Sometimes, like in this case, it takes something as small as a letter to make a difference. This project gives us the joy of knowing we are helping a child receive their Christmas wish.” This is the first year that the Conway Peer Leaders have participated in this, and they are beginning to see an amazing turn out. The idea was introduced by Mrs. McBride, an elementary school teacher for Ezard Elementary. The elementary

students are writing letters to Santa and the more she thought, the more she saw the opportunity for not only the elementary to get involved in this but the high school and the members of the community as well. Her enthusiasm brought the high school to become very optimistic and become excited to help with this project. Tony DiFonzo says, “The fact that it’s going to help charity is really cool and inspiring. It’s a really good way to get our school involved in something that’s charitable, and it’s a great way to give back.” This idea and effort has

warmed the hearts of many and caused the students to come together as one, despite their differences, for the greater good of others. The letters can say anything as long as it is reasonable and appropriate. Although, Peer Leaders and staff are hoping for the most common type of letter to Santa, what they want for Christmas. Peer Leaders take helping their community as a great responsibility, and they really saw this opportunity as a way to give back to the people within their community and those who are not. They are very thankful to be a part of

something bigger. The Peer Leaders have seen a good turnout and will continue this for hopefully many more years to come. The Christmas season is not only about giving and getting presents. It is about showing others compassion and being the best you can be in order to help them. Throughout

this hectic time of year, it is comforting to know that Conway High School and Ezard Elementary chose to help, even when they may be struggling themselves. This is giving to a cause but also showing students and community members how big of a difference something very small can make.

Conway Chronicles January 9, 2018  
Conway Chronicles January 9, 2018  

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