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LC CONWAY CHRONICLES Conway Chronicles is written and produced by Conway High School students in cooperation with the Laclede County Record

SNOW DAYS! Winter weather causes events to be postponed ALEXA HIGBEE

CONWAY CHRONICLES Winter in Missouri means lots of snow and ice and lots of make-up dates due to cancellations. School administrations have to make the tough call of whether or not to have school. This is not an easy decision, but school administrations always have the students’ safety as a top priority, according to Laclede County R-1 Superintendent Mark Hedger. “Our number one priority is always the safety of our students and staff. If the weather hits early enough in the evening, we make every attempt to cancel early enough the night before so parents have time to make arrangements,” Hedger said. “There are times, the weather will hit overnight, and in this case, I am usually on a conference call with the National Weather Service and other superintendents trying to determine the forecast for the day, etc. Our transportation director Brian Dampier and I

both drive routes to see difficult areas and communicate throughout to make the most informed and safe decision possible.” Due to the snow and ice that happened in mid-December lots of school events had to be cancelled and rescheduled. This left many people wondering if and when they will be rescheduled. Students at Conway High School had an extra-long break to study for finals. They were postponed, due to not having school for three straight days. Finals were originally scheduled for Dec. 16  and Dec. 17. Administration had to reschedule finals for Dec. 19 and Dec. 20. The high school boys and girls basketball teams had to cancel games due to inclement weather. Clay Bilyeu, Conway’s athletic director, explained, “The boys’ game has been rescheduled for Jan. 13 and the girls’ game has been rescheduled for Feb. 15.” Conway’s FTA Chapter was supposed to take

Santa to the elementary to meet kindergarten and first graders. Due to school being canceled and finals being moved, FTA had to cancel. “We, unfortunately, were not able to reschedule. We may try to go over and do something in January,” FTA Advisor Mrs. Wilson said. Conway’s Academic Team was scheduled to host a Holiday Trivia Night on Dec. 18. The trivia night is a fundraiser for the academic

team and will be open to the community. This was canceled and is rescheduled for Jan. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Details for the event are all the same with the addition of Valentine’s and New Year trivia. Junior high students at Conway, who qualified, were scheduled to go on a good behavior trip. Students who meet the discipline, academic, and attendance requirements get to go on a good behavior trip each

quarter. This quarter students were going to go see a movie. This trip was rescheduled for Jan. 8, when students come back from Christmas break.  Conway’s PTO, or Parent Teacher Association, was supposed to take students shopping over the snow day break. This will, unfortunately, not be rescheduled.   Junior high and high school students at Conway were supposed to have a Christmas Spirit

Week with theme and dress up days each day. This was shortened to two days, Thursday and Friday. Friday was ugly Christmas sweater day and Friday was favorite flannel day. Students made the best of the short spirit week and had lots of fun dressing up. For more information on these events community members can check t he Conway Schools Facebook and Twitter pages.

Conway Academic Team places fourth at History Bowl ALEXA HIGBEE

CONWAY CHRONICLES Every year the Conway High School Academic Team attends the History Bowl. The past two years the tournament has been held at Morrisville High School. The top three teams out of the 22 teams that attended received a trophy. Conway’s Varsity Academic Team: Trey Earls, Amber Mork, Ethan Sein, Ethan Reid, Nathaniel Rice and Joseph Coryell, missed the mark barely, finishing in fourth place. The first place team had a score of 101 and Conway’s score 87. “I’ve been to the History Bowl both

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years at Morrisville and the year before at Southern Baptist University. It’s always a blast. We were hoping for trophy this year, but we were still proud of ourselves for finishing in fourth place,” junior academic team memb e r Tre y E a r l s stated. The History Bowl works by giving each school a test and an answer sheet. They go through 13 different rounds consisting of different categories. The whole team works together to decide what their answer will be at


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Wilson said. The team had to work together to achieve their goals. Unlike the usual academic team meets, the students got to talk to each other and work out what they thought the correct answer would be. “Working together was definitely a different experience than what I’m used to. That is why I look forward to this competition every year. It gives us the opportunity to branch ideas off of each other and think outside the box. Overall the fourth place victory was a definite team effort, and I’m excited for next year,” junior Ethan Reid said. See ‘HISTORY’/ page B5

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the same time that the other schools are working. After all the schools are done, the scorers tally up the totals and award the team who scored the highest their awards. “It was really fun to watch the students work together as a team to come up with the correct answers. Also, the team was most successful in the Checks and Balances category. They got 10/10 questions. I am so proud of them,” Conway High School history teacher Christen

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Tips for keeping your furry friends safe in winter ALEXA HIGBEE

CONWAY CHRONICLES As most people may know, the holidays are a busy couple of months. G o i n g f ro m T h a n k s giving to Christmas so close together can create chaos and ultimately make you forget to do some of the simple things in your everyday routine, such as properly caring for your pets. In the frigidly cold winter months it can be easy to forget how susceptible to cold some animals are. For example, short-coated, thin, elderly, or very young pets will get cold more quickly. During the winter, it is very important that you check, wipe and w a s h o ff y o u r p e t ’ s paws after they get done playing outside. This is an important step in keeping them safe because of all the harmful chemicals that are placed on the ground.

De-icers, salt or antifreeze can be coating your pet’s paws after a walk outside. By wiping their paws, you can ensure that they don’t lick their paws and become very ill. Just like cars getting too hot in the summer, they get way too cold in the winter as well. If you are able, be sure to leave your pet at home and inside to keep them as safe from the cold temperatures as possible. Never leave your pet in a car, even if you plan on making a real quick trip inside a store. You never know what might keep you longer, and that can cause your pet to be exposed to cold elements. Often times in the winter, cats will find warmth and protection from outside weather by taking shelter underneath car hoods. Another place they go to find warmth is wheel wells. This could cause seri-

ous injury to your pet or even death from the moving engine parts. To prevent this from happening to your pets, check all wheel wells, under hoods, and any

other open parts on your vehicles to ensure that your cat is not taking shelter there. “I have had a cat crawl into the wheel well of my truck once.

Luckily, I noticed him b e f o re I d ro v e o ff . ” Jake Vestal continued, “Now, I always make

sure to check them before driving off in the winter.” Another important thing to remember as the cold weather and snow approaches is to keep a close eye on your pets when you let them outside. More pets become lost in the winter than any other season because snowfall can disguise recognizable scents that would usually help your pet find their way home. Also, d o n ’ t f o rg e t t o k e e p updated information on your pets’ collar in case they do get lost. Be sure to use these safety tips when it comes to your lovable pets. Always remember that if it’s too cold for you, it is most likely too cold for them. Make sure they have a safe place to get out of the cold weather during the long days and nights.

CHS welcomes new art teacher ABBIE RUBLE

CONWAY CHRONICLES The Conway High School art room is being led by a new teacher this school year. Ms. Hovey attended college at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri. She student taught at Marshall High School. She taught high school as well as preschool students. This shaped her from day one to be a teacher by learning things from the basics in education all the way to classroom management. Ms. Hovey has one sibling- an older sister n a m e d J e n n i f e r. H e r parents are Billy and Terri Hovey. Her sister, Jennifer, has a dog, Hazel, who Ms. Hovey accepts as her furry niece. Ms. Hovey does not have any pets, but would love to have a chocolate lab someday. In her free time, she enjoys baking/cooking,

p a i n t i n g , c ro c h e t i n g and eating sushi. “I knew that I wanted to be a teacher during my senior year of high school. My high school art teacher inspired me to teach art,” stated Ms. Hovey.  Before accepting a teaching position at Conway High School, Ms. Hovey worked for one year as a preschool teacher in Marshall, Mo. She has also taught preschool students in Kingdom City, Mo.  “I have come to learn that teaching very young ages is not my cup of tea, so I got my teaching certificate in art education. I am enjoying every second of teaching junior high education students. It’s an amazing experience to apply patience and compassion,” stated Ms. Hovey.  At the high school, Ms. Hovey teaches Drawing 1 and 2, 2 Dimensional Design,

Hovey ceramics/sculpture, Painting 1, 2, and 3, and junior high art. She is also running Art Club. She is looking forward to taking art club to museums and to showcase art club members’ artwork. “I chose to teach at Conway High School because it’s a small c o m m u n i t y, s m a l l school, and a perfect place for me to really grow as an educator. I teach to see the metaphorical light bulb

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go off in all the young students’ minds. Also, I teach to have students get excited about art projects and showing o ff t h e i r s u c c e s s e s , ” stated Ms. Hovey. The most rewarding part of teaching for Ms. Hovey is seeing students get excited about learning art, and having students create new projects. This school year, Ms. Hovey is most excited to get to know all of the students and learn from the challenges of teaching. She is very excited about teaching painting to her students this school y e a r. P a i n t i n g l a n d scapes is her favorite hobby, and she is happy to share that with her students.  “I plan to impact students’ learning and lives by being the most memorable teacher for students. I want to be as happy and bubbly for students to remember me,” stated Ms. Hovey.

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teachers were thrilled to know how successful their students were at

the competition. They are excited and ready for next year where they will

hopefully place in the top three and bring home a trophy to show for it.

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Conway Chronicles January 08, 2020  

A cooperative effort between Conway Schools and the Laclede County Record.

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A cooperative effort between Conway Schools and the Laclede County Record.