JAMS eighth graders take part in STEM day at Scott AFB

Eighth grade students from Joseph Arthur Middle School received a hands on lesson in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the men and women at Scott Air Force Base on Thursday, March 28.

The students not only were able to tour a number of aircraft, but also received lessons through activities put on and organized by Scott AFB personnel. (Submitted Photos)

JAMS student presents charity project to Board of Education

Joseph Arthur Midde School student Lydia Betzinger presented before the Central 104 Board of Education about a charity project she is involved into provide drinking water to people in South Sudan.
(O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Annabelle Knef)

O’FALLON – Joseph Arthur Middle School student Lydia Betzinger presented a charitable project she is participating in to get drinkable water in South Sudan to the Central 104 Board of Education at their recent meeting. 

“South Sudan needs more wells, they are struggling to find clean water. Since you can’t live without clean water, they are also struggling to survive,” Betzinger said. 

JAMS principal Tron Young said the study of water in South Sudan began as a class project, but Betzinger “turned it from just a general assignment to a call to action.” 

“They have very few wells in South Sudan so many kids are walking hours a day just to get water from wells,” she said. “We can start by helping the program Water for South Sudan.” 

Water for South Sudan is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to create access to and monitor safe drinking water for communities located in remote rural areas of South Sudan. 

“They are helping get wells installed close to their homes,” Betzinger said. “Raising money will help.”

Betzinger said she plans on selling donuts for a dollar every Friday morning at JAMS to students and staff. 

While Betzinger has a goal to raise $2,000, which would be enough money for the nonprofit organization to begin the construction of a drinking well, she said it would be great if they raised even more. 

“I’m really excited for what she could do,” Young said. “She’s just one example of awesome things our students are doing.” 

Young said the Principal Advisory Council that was recently formed has come up with an idea to further recognize Central 104 teachers. 

Young said the council, made up of 12 fifth through eighth grade students, created the Five Start Teacher of the Month program, which recognizes a teacher every month who has a positive attitude, invests in students, builds positive teacher- student connections and engages with students. 

The Pennies for Patients program has also started at the middle school and supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Young said 10 teachers have volunteers and then students will place pennies in their separate boxes. Whichever teacher has the money money gets a pie in the face. 

Central Elementary principal Jayson Baker said it’s been a great last month for the school. 

For the week of April 1, Baker said the Illinois Assessment of Readiness exams will take place for third and fourth grade students. 

“They have knocked it down a couple sections of what we are used to,” Baker said. 

Graduation for eighth graders is Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 at Milburn. Should there be no more snow days, the current last day of school for Central school’s is Thursday, May 30.

JAMS announces January, February students of the month

Joseph Arthur Middle School recently announced their Students of the Month for January and February. 

In January, the character trait highlighted was Self-Control. Pictured from left: fifth grader Katherine Prothro, sixth grader Katia Guerrero, seventh grader Armani Parker, and eighth grader Stephanie Diaz.

In February, the character trait highlighted was Honesty. Pictured from left: eighth grader Charlise Wilhelm, seventh grader Jordan Haney, fifth grader Jahzara Singleton, and sixth grader Edie Huff.

(Submitted Photos)