Daily Assembly Announcements

Announcements
*Dance Show
: Auditions are scheduled for Monday, October 25, Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27. Those participating in fall sports who can’t make the auditions should reach out to Mme. Kinney. You can sign up outside Mme. Kinney’s room, or just show up. Wear comfortable clothes.
*Fall Play: 12 Nights opens tonight! Performances are at 7:30 today and tomorrow. Tickets are $10 and available in the bookstore and at the box office prior to performances. Ushers are still needed. If interested, reach out to Mr. Battles or sign up on the theatre call board. Ushers can reserve seats, and attend for free.
*Film Club: The club will screen Get Out next week, tentatively at 5 pm on Friday in Newman Aud, but final information will be announced next week. The film is Rated R, so students need to have a signed permission slip to attend. 
*Junior Class: The juniors will sell concessions and raffle tickets at tomorrow’s home football game to raise money for prom. They will also be selling SpookyGrams for Halloween—$3.50 for a small bag of candy and $7 for a large one. A Google form will be sent out for orders. The juniors are also sponsoring a Teacher Talent Spotlight during next week’s assemblies leading up to Halloween.
*KIVA: The club will meet at 8 am on Monday, October 25 in Conference Room 2. There is money to spend, and loans will be made. 
*Montgomery Plan: The next meeting is at 8:15 am on Tuesday, October 26 in Newman Aud to go over recent service events, including recaps of the Chouteau Island cleanup and Danna Drive and planning for World Food Day and Old Newsboys Day. 
*Musical Auditions: A sign-up sheet is posted on the theatre call board outside Mr. Novak’s/Ms. Knadler’s office. The dance audition is at 3:15 pm on Thursday, October 28 in the dance studio. The singing audition is at 3:05 pm on Friday, October 29 in the Haertter Hall auditorium. For more information, email Mr. BattlesMs. Pietz or Mr. Estes.
*Sixth Man Club: Last week’s Fan of Week is Evan Harris ’22. The game of the week is tomorrow’s home football game at 2 pm. The theme is “ski.” The first postseason field hockey game is also tomorrow at 2 pm.
*Sunday Funday: The next Sunday Funday is 2-3 pm on Sunday, October 24 at Cooper House. Students must provide their own transportation, and parents are welcome to attend. There will be a piano available, but please bring anything else needed for your performance. If you’d like to perform music or read a poem, sign up on the Montgomery Plan Canvas page or reach out to Liam Taylor ’22, Lizzie Wagner ’22, Uma Rayani ’23 or Madeline Buchowski ’23.

Kudos to…
the cheerleading squad, who are headed to state! There’s another middle school cheer clinic at 11 am tomorrow, and all interested 7th and 8th graders are invited.

Announcements
*Current Events Club
: The club meets at 8 am tomorrow in Dr. Smith’s room (210). Topics will include vaccine mandates, the Blues, and Squid Game.
*Fall Play: Performances of the fall play, 12 Nights, are at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23. General admission tickets are available in the bookstore or at the box office prior to the show. Ushers are still needed. If interested, reach out to Mr. Battles or sign up on the theatre call board. Ushers can reserve seats, and attend for free.
*Flu Shot Clinic: The last JBS flu clinic is from 10 to 2 today in the Taylor Family Athletic Center.
*Mock Trial Club: The next meeting is at 11 am on Sunday, October 24 in Mr. Lewis’ room (S311). It’s an important meeting for anyone who wants to be part of the trial this year; roles will be assigned. Bring a laptop. If you’re unable to be there, reach out to club leaders or Mr. Lewis.
*Musical Auditions: This year’s musical is The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A sign-up sheet is posted on the theatre call board outside Mr. Novak’s/Ms. Knadler’s office. The dance audition is at 3:15 pm on Thursday, October 28 in the dance studio. The singing audition is at 3:05 pm on Friday, October 29 in the Haertter Hall auditorium. Callbacks will be on Tuesday, November 2. Those who sign up will receive a set of materials including an info sheet, a form that must be filled out completely and brought to the audition, and four selections from the show. Choose one song for your musical and dress comfortably for the dance audition—no jeans. Auditions are open to all, including those new to dance or theatre. For more information, email Mr. Battles, Ms. Pietz or Mr. Estes.
*Sunday Funday: The next Sunday Funday is 2-3 pm on Sunday, October 24 at Cooper House. If you’d like to perform music or read a poem, sign up on the Montgomery Plan Canvas page or reach out to Liam Taylor ’22, Lizzie Wagner ’22, Uma Rayani ’23 or Madeline Buchowski ’23.

Technology Use
Mr. Abbott reiterated that the Commons should be a technology-free zone during the academic day, and that laptops and phones should not be in use there.

Laptops may be used in the library, classrooms, or in study hall (with teacher permission). Seniors may also use theirs in the College Counseling conference room.

On a trial basis, high school students may now use their laptops during the academic day for schoolwork in the upstairs of the Commons while the 7th and 8th graders are in class. 

Announcements
*Business Club
: The next meeting is at 8 am on Thursday, October 21. Members will play the stock market game, and current parent Asma Usmani, a financial advisor from Edward Jones, will give a talk about “Investing 101.”
*Classics Word of the Day: The classics word of the day is “heliograph”—a telegraphic device that uses a mirror and the sun’s rays to send messages, derived from Helios, the Greek god of the sun. The Classics Club will meet at 8 am tomorrow in the Classics Lounge. 
*Environmental Awareness Club: The first hike of the school year is at 10 am on Saturday, October 23 at Powder Valley Nature Center. There will be a permission slip sent out today to the mailing list, or you can reach out to Eva Kappas ’22. 
*GEO: GEO (Gender Equity Organization) will have its first meeting at 7:45 am on Thursday, October 21 in the Newman Aud. Members will discuss current events and make plans for the school year, including brainstorming T-shirt designs. All grades and genders are welcome. 
*Guild of Geeks: At 3 pm on Sunday, October 24, GoG will hold a Pokemon showdown online. Check in with club leaders if you’re interested. 
*Fall Play: Shayfer Huitt ’22 and Jacob Tuteur ’23 gave 12 reasons why everyone should come out on Friday and Saturday to see the fall play, 12 Nights, an 80s-themed musical based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It’s the first live theatre production we’ve held since the pandemic started, for one; it also features a live band, has amazing costumes, features lots of 80s slang, props and songs, and Annie Gill ’22 does the moonwalk. Tickets are $10 and are available in the bookstore and at the box office before performances. 
*Sunday Funday: There are still spaces to sign up to perform this Sunday from 2 to 3 pm at Cooper House. If you’d like to sing, play an instrument or read a poem or story for residents, sign up on the Montgomery Club Canvas page. 

Mashujaa Day
Blessing Kihika, one of our 2021-2022 international students, gave a presentation about Mashujaa Day, which is celebrated on October 20 in her home country of Kenya. Also known as Heroes’ Day (mashujaa is Swahili for “heroes”), it celebrates the country’s independence, which was won in 1963. The holiday was formerly known as Kenyatta Day, in recognition of Jomo Kenyatta, the country’s Prime Minister and then-President. In 1952, Kenyatta was arrested along with five others who rebelled against Britain’s control of the country. They became known as the Kapenguria Six. In 2010, the holiday was renamed Mashujaa Day to recognize all who have contributed to the struggle for Kenya’s independence. The day is celebrated with dances, singing, poems and speeches. 

Welcome back, Mr. Novak!

We’ll be on a regular schedule tomorrow and Thursday, with the Common Day moving to Friday—you’ll meet with your advisors then, and receive your preliminary reports.

Announcements
*Business Club
: The next meeting is at 8 am on Thursday, October 21. Members will play the stock market game, and current parent Asma Usmani, a financial advisor from Edward Jones, will give a talk about “Investing 101.”
*Ceramics Club: The club has its first meeting at 8 am tomorrow in the ceramics studio. For more information, reach out to Sydney Starks ’23 or Annie Calhoun ’23.
*Fall Play: Performances for fall play, 12 Nights, are at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23. Tickets are now on sale in the bookstore.
*GEO: GEO (Gender Equity Organization) will have its first meeting at 7:45 am on Thursday, October 21 in the Newman Aud. Members will discuss current events and make plans for the school year, including brainstorming T-shirt designs. All grades and genders are welcome.
*Ladue Youth Council: The mayor of Ladue has invited high school students to apply for the city’s youth council, where they can weigh in on local issues. You’ll receive an email today from your principals with more information on how to apply.
*Science Olympiad: The deadline to apply for Science Olympiad has been extended. Look for an email from principals today with a link to the application, which is due Friday. Email Dr. Walther or Mrs. Smallwood with questions.
*Sunday Funday: The next Sunday Funday is 2-3 pm on Sunday, October 23 at Cooper House. If you’d like to perform music or read a poem, sign up on the Montgomery Plan Canvas page or reach out to Liam Taylor ’22, Lizzie Wagner ’22, Uma Rayani ’23 or Madeline Buchowski ’23.

Kudos to…
the girls cross country team, which competed in the Hancock Invitational, and won the meet!

 

 

Announcements
*AMC 10-12 Test
: This individual, nationwide math competition will be given at Burroughs on Tuesday, November 16, starting before school and running through 1st period. Students taking a geometry class or higher are eligible. See Mr. Taff before the end of October if you need more information or would like to sign up.
*Dance Show: The Dance Show happens every winter, and showcases about 30 dances of varying styles and difficulty levels. It’s student-managed, costumed, choreographed and teched. It’s open to everyone, and it counts as a winter sport, but also shares a season with the musical—so you can’t do both. Rehearsals are held in the dance studio and begin right after school on Monday, October 25. If you’re interested, you can just show up. There’s also a sign-up sheet outside Mme. Kinney’s classroom (103). Those who’d like to choreograph, or seniors who want to be part of the leadership team, should attend a meeting in Mme. Kinney’s room at 8 am on Wednesday, October 20. Make sure you finalize your choreography and music ideas over the long weekend. For more information or questions, reach out to Mme. Kinney.
*Hispanic Culture Club: Club leaders Isabel Cepeda ’24, Cece Fernandez ’23 and Maisie Zipfel ’24 introduced themselves and spoke about Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through October 15. They also spoke about the food, art and cultures of the countries their families come from: Colombia (Isabel), Cuba (Maisie) and Argentina (Cece). There will be a club meeting on Thursday, October 22 in Sra. Cohen’s room (101). All are welcome.
*Mental Health Awareness: Mental Health Awareness Day was Sunday, October 10, and Olivia Acree ‘23 and Ella Deutsch ’25 spoke about the importance of staying aware of our own, and other’s, mental well-being. The warning signs that someone is struggling with their mental health can include self-isolation, increased use of substances, eating or sleeping less or more than usual, and fatigue. As many as 46 percent of all Americans struggle with their mental health at some point during their lives. If students are feeling like they need support, or notice friends struggling, they are encouraged to reach out to a trusted adult including teachers, advisors or a JBS counselor.
*Montgomery Plan Activities: The Chouteau Island trash pick-up is tomorrow. You can still sign up on the MP Canvas page. There will not be a bus. Sara Cao ’22 and Molly O’Brien ’22 spoke about the Montgomery Plan partnership with KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), a nonprofit providing free, noncompetitive recreational opportunities for people with disabilities between the ages of 5 and 21. MP is currently seeking volunteers to help with KEEN’s Halloween carnival, which will run 12:30-2:30 pm on Sunday, October 31 at the Saint Louis University field house. Volunteers must be vaccinated and masked. For more information, reach out to Molly or Sara, or look for the sign-up sheet that will be emailed over the long weekend.  
*Sixth Man Club: Last week’s fan of the week was Mawdo Diallo ‘26. This week’s game is the soccer match against DeSmet at 4 pm tomorrow. The theme is “dads.” Fans wanted.