Moye students raise money to help animals at Spencer Kennel

Students at Delores Moye Elementary School were recently able to roll out of bed and head straight to school, all to help animals in need.

A group of students led a school-wide fundraiser letting students wear their pajamas to school in exchange for a donation that would be given to Spencer Kennel. The event, which took place on Tuesday, December 19, raised $500.

Fourth-Grade Teacher Lisa Poignee helped the students organize the pajama day.

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District 90 authors hold panel at library

Writing club sponsor Katherine Murray stands with authors from both District 90 junior high schools. Front row, from left: Ashlynn Phillips, Mia Thomas, Savannah Kelly, Lily Cooper, Sabrina Phebus, Julia LoBue, Jackie Fischer, Isabella Iffert, Britton Poole. Back row, from left: Olivia White, Rachael Dziaba, Jesse Dittmar, Madison Skaggs, Aidan Johnson, Lauren Meyer, Brandi Kombrink, Tiara Hopper, Claire McDonald, Katherine Murray (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)

District 90 Writers’ Club students held an author panel at the O’Fallon Public Library to share their work with their families. Students introduced themselves and their stories, were given superlative awards, and each got to take home a copy of the book that features their short story.

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District 90 Board of Education begins FY18 Tax Levy discussion

The Board recognized their teacher of the month and support staff member of the month at their November meeting. The staff member of the month (left) was Millie Erb from Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School, while The teacher of the month (RIGHT) was Carrie Bohnert, from Marie Schaefer Elementary School. (Submitted Photos)

The District 90 Board of Education discussed what they believe the Fiscal Year 2018 Tax Levy should be set at during their regular meeting, held at Fulton Junior High School.

During her report, District Finance Director Patty Cavins requested that the Board direct her as to what the proposed levy should be set at when they are to vote on it at their December meeting. Board Member Steve Springer stated he wanted to know more about what the district’s projected needs are before he could determine what to set the levy at.

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Fulton Junior High student faces cancer with optimism and a positive outlook

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

Cori White (Submitted Photo)

For Cori White, seventh grade hasn’t been all it’s cracked up to be.

A bright, beautiful 12-year-old with a love for horses and baseball, Cori was excited to spending her last year before officially becoming a teenager playing the flute in the school band, participating in the Civil Air Patrol, and having sleepovers. While Cori is still spending her seventh grade year at Fulton Junior High School doing most of those things, she’s doing them a little differently than she originally planned.

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Carriel and Fulton students spread holiday cheer to those who need it most

Cyleease Bean and Mason Cornell, sixth grade students at Carriel Junior High School, work on putting holiday cheer into cards for the project. (Photo by Katherine Murray)

An O’Fallon District 90 study hall teacher, Katherine Murray has asked her students at both Carriel and Fulton Junior High schools to help fill out Christmas cards that will be sent to people who need holiday cheer. The students are still working on their project, but the goal is to get to 500 signed cards distributed to local senior and nursing homes, homebound seniors, and homeless shelters, as well as seniors as far away as Indiana.

Murray came up with the idea last year and completed the project on a smaller scale.

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Two students receive special message at Hinchcliffe Veterans Day assembly

Gavin (left) and Connor (right) were surprised by their mother, Kimberly Smith, with a video greeting from their dad, Adam, who is deployed overseas until the Spring.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Nick Miller)

The annual Veterans Day breakfast and assembly at Hinchcliffe Elementary School held a special surprise for two students.

Third-grader Gavin Smith and his brother, first-grader Connor Smith, were sitting peacefully among the large group of students, teachers, and guests celebrating Veterans Day when Principal Kristie Belobrajdic called them up to the front. As the two came forward, so did their mother, Kimberly.

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EK Bike/Walk to School winners announced

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School recently announced their Bike/Walk to School winners. Students who participated in this national event at EK had a chance to win bikes, helmets, and locks.

The winners for this year are: Rigo Sanchez (bike), Allison Simkins (helmet), Caleb Morris (helmet), Mason Thurlow (lock), Harper Lowe (bike).  Not pictured is Lily Gaines (lock).

(Submitted Photo)

Fulton Jr. High announces September Students of the Month

Fulton Junior High School recently announced their students of the month for September. Pictured from left, seventh grader Sierra Sanchez, sixth grader Jackson Matthews, and eighth grader Courtney Connors.

(Submitted Photo)

EDITOR’S NOTE: In last week’s edition, we featured the August students of the month from Fulton Junior High School, but labeled them as the September students. We regret the error.

Milburn Auditorium hosts District 90 Choral Feeder Concert

BY REBECCA BUGGER
WEEKLY REPORTER

Concert choir with Marinda VanHoose as the solo performer. (Photo submitted by Teresa VanHoose)

On Thursday, September 28th, District 90 feeder schools came together for a choral concert at O’Fallon High School’s Milburn auditorium.  Students from Fulton, Carriel, and OTHS each took the stage for separate performances.  The O’Fallon High School Show Choir, Freshman Choir, Concert Choir and Women’s choir also performed and the Madrigals provided audiences with a snippet of the holiday show that they are working on.  These performances were followed by a group song in which all of the students sang together.  The O’Fallon Choral Risers Association provided pizza to the students and sold concessions to the families and friends that came to be a part of the audience.

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District 90 Board debates role in school consolidation

The District 90 Board of Education recognized their Employees of the Month, sponsored in September by Visionary Wealth Advisors – Mike Clark. Pictured on left is Board President John Wagnon and the September Teacher of the Month Amanda Mellenthin. At right is Wagnon and the September Support Staff Employee of the Month Nancy Binder. (O’Fallon Weekly Photos by Nick Miller)

A discussion revolving around whether District 90 should contribute to the funding for a study on school district consolidation revealed mixed feelings as to the role of the school board in the process at the Board of Education’s September 19 meeting.

The resolution, put forth my Board Member Jason Boone, called for the district to give $1,000 towards the cost of the study that will determine the feasibility of consolidating the four area school districts in O’Fallon and Shiloh.

“I’d like our Board, based on the voice of the community and the interests the community has in consolidation, to lead this effort and be the first district to make a small contribution of $1,000 towards the study,” Boone said.

Boone stated that at the recent BEST Committee meeting Chamber President Paul Evans spoke about the committee of eleven the Chamber has assembled and the current status of the process. He then stated that Evans had asked the school districts if their boards would consider contributing towards the study.  However, Board Member Becky Drury disagreed with Boone’s report and said she remembered the meeting differently.

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Carriel Cougars Baseball wins Regional

The Carriel Cougars won their first regional championship in four years as they defeated their nemesis, the Triad Crusaders, by a score of 4-2. Triad had knocked out Carriel in each of the previous three seasons.

The Cougars avenged an earlier defeat this year over Triad with excellent pitching and timely hitting. Corey Quintal pitched 5 and 1/3 innings of one-hit ball and had ten strikeouts, while Garrett Shearer and Chase Dumstorff snuffed out Triad rallies in both the sixth and seventh innings for the win.

Andrew Barbee led off the game with a single and would come around to eventually score on a wild pitch for the Cougars first run.

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EK names September Character Builder students

Estelle Kampmeyer Elementary School recently named their EK Character Builder winners for the month of September. The word of the month is Respect.

Pictured in the front row, from left: Payton Welch, Virginia Feeman, Mason Vojtkofsky, Aubrey Smith, David Smith, Asher Morris. Middle row, from left: Katelyn Ramirez, Stella Bode, Natalie Neeley, Mikayla Ellington, Devin Rakers. Back row, from left: Liyabulea Memoni, Gisele Rodriguez, Adam Hesselbacher, Elena Mercado, Ashlyn Rama. (Submitted Photo)

Moye announces September Character Builder students

The Character Education word of the month at Delores Moye Elementary School for the month of September is respect ~ treating others the way you would like to be treated, including self, property, and authority.  The following are students who are being recognized for being respectful.

Camden Krausz, Anna McDougle, Ryker Cadotte, Angelo Bennett, Grady Martie, Avery Heavens, Caroline Gramling, Emersyn English, Stella Robins, Brandon Willie, Laura Wilczak, Nate Davis, J’Shaun Morris, Olivia Ferdinandsen, Kayla Williams, Jayden Bowen, Nayt Sova, Jaya Williams, Scott Stoelzle, Carson Nix, Paige Hundley, Shelby Guthrie, Claire Nieroda, Lorelei McDaniel, Logan Kampmann, Elijah Story, Gavin Underwood, Trent Ganger, Noah Higgins (Submitted Photo)

Marie Schaefer first graders collect food for pantry

The four first grade classes at Marie Schaefer Elementary School collected food for the local food pantry as party of their school work learning how to build strong character.

The teachers recently introduced the term “compassion” and began discussing how the students could show compassion for others. The kids were told they could do a Team Compassion Project where they could bring in cans that would be donated to the local food pantry, and the kids ran with it.

Pictured are the students from the four classes, taught by Ryan Logan, Kelsey Cady, Nikki Hansley, and Lita Roberts. The teachers are very proud of them and very thankful to their families for assisting with this project.  (Submitted Photo)