SW is a small rural school located in the Southwestern border of Missouri. Most of our children grow up in low-income families, which qualifies this district for Title I funding. 62.1% of K-12 public school students participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). In addition, Southwest just received a grant we call, "Super Snack." This program provides reimbursement for snacks served to children through age 18, who participate in programs organized to provide after-school care. The intent of this program is to assist schools to operate organized programs of care which include education or enrichment activities known to help reduce or prevent children's involvement in juvenile crime or other high-risk behavior.
Despite some of these challenges, our students persevere.
We just had 9 Lady Trojans make the All-State Academic Team, 4 HS students qualify for state in the National History Day competition, 7 students placed top 5 in the Math and Science Ozark 7 Conference, along with many more academic accomplishments. Many of them realize the hardships they face but they don't let that be an excuse.
Four students, 2 groups, placed top 3 in their category at the Regional National History Day Competition. Meaning, they advance to the next round which is a state-wide Missouri competition. If they get top three in the state competition, they will move on to the National Competition in Washington D.C. What is History Day exactly? History Day is an academic competition in which students choose a historical topic related to the annual theme. This years theme is conflict and compromise. From here, they conduct primary and secondary research.
My students looked through libraries, archives, and museums, and conducted oral history interviews.
After they analyzed and interpreted their sources, they had to conduct a conclusion about the significance of their topic through a category. More than half a million students participate in National History Day Contest. This is only the second year our students have competed in this competition and to already have success is exciting!
One group selected to display their knowledge through a display board and their topic was the Iranian Hostage Crisis. They received first place at the Regionals because their research was amazing. They got to interview the only surviving woman, former Iranian Hostage, Kathryn Koob.
The other group went the technological route and decided to develop a website on the Pullman Strike. They received second place at Regionals and are constantly working on their site to make it flawless.
This experience has better prepared my students for college. Along with their projects, they had to make annotated bibliographies and a process paper that most high school students wouldn't commit to in their free time. Through this competition, they are eligible for scholarships and recognition towards their higher education.
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