• Thursday, December 08, 2016


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  • WHS has confirmed case of mumps


    Waynesville High School has a confirmed case of mumps today, Dec. 6, 2016, and a medically diagnosed case of chickenpox.


    Mumps is viral and can be spread through direct contact with respiratory secretions or saliva.


    The best way to prevent the spread of mumps and/or chickenpox is to be immunized. Additionally, good, consistent hand washing should be practiced and all individuals should sneeze or cough into their elbows, as opposed to into their hands. Individuals should not drink after one another and they should not share eating utensils.


    Mumps will typically present with a low-grade fever which may last 3-4 days along with headache, respiratory symptoms, loss of appetite, malaise and/or jaw or ear pain. Swelling of the neck may occur and last up to 10 days as well; however, the mumps also may show no symptoms at all. 


    The district will be increasing its cleaning of desks, tables, keyboards, doorknobs, etc. to help prevent the spread of this virus.


    For people exposed to chickenpox and/or mumps, call a health care provider if the person:

    • has never had mumps and/or chickenpox disease and is not vaccinated with the mumps and/or chickenpox  vaccine
    • has a weakened immune system caused by disease or medication; for


                        o        People with HIV/AIDS or cancer

                        o        Patients who have had transplants, and

                        o        People on chemotherapy, immunosuppressive medications, or long-

                                  term use of steroids

    • is pregnant



    Additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is available at



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  • WHS students take responsibility to new levels

     Story by Macalah Danielson, Barbara Avery, Kaitlyn Jackson, Cheyann Keeling


    Every student can’t be a great athlete or a fantastic scholar, but every student can be responsible.

    Doing the things you know you should, taking charge of your education, that’s what taking responsibility is.

    Waynesville High School teachers recently nominated more than 30 students who went above and beyond in the area of responsibility. The guidance counselors then reviewed and selected one student from each class: Naysha Shaffer (9), Sojeung Lee (10), Matt Jones (11) and Patrick Shipley (12). These teens exemplify the qualities of a star student to the max, whether it be by expressing leadership qualities, completing work while absent, or aiding other struggling students.


    Senior Patrick Shipley

    “Responsibility means taking initiative,” said senior Patrick Shipley.

    Adrian Ciugudean, Shipley’s nominator, says, “From academics to positive role model and, even group leader, Patrick exemplifies student responsibility in my program.” Ciugudean goes on to describe how Shipley inspires his peers to commit to healthier study habits and his positive attitude creates a more cohesive atmosphere. By going above and beyond, Shipley has secured his place as senior student of the month.


    Junior Matt Jones

    Nominated by Social Studies teacher Kelly Tillott, Junior Matt Jones proved to be an example for many other students around him by showing his competence.

    For Jones, responsibility means getting your stuff done:  “Responsibility is something that everyone should have, but not everyone does,” said Jones.

    Jones has demonstrated his responsibility in many of ways. He has taken it upon himself to go out and find a job after being offered the opportunity of a trip to D.C. for the presidential inauguration.  

    Another way in which he exemplifies responsibility is by “maintaining a high work ethic in my class,” said Tillot.  He does this all while staying involved in JROTC and additional extracurricular activities. “He was so excited when he paid off his trip, and he told me that he is now going to save his money and do something nice for his mom because she has done so much for him,” said Tillott.

    Jones would also like to give a huge, “Thank you!” to Tillot for nominating him. Jones was ecstatic after discovering that she had nominated him.  As soon as he had heard, he ran straight into her room with a bright smile, making a heart symbol with his hands before running back out.


    Sophomore Sojeong Lee

    Jonathan Bennion, a Waynesville High School Spanish teacher of two years, nominated Sojeong Lee as the sophomore student of the month. Bennion states that “Miss Lee has always exemplified preparedness and responsibility by consistently going above that which is required of her and striving to go beyond the mark in academics.”

    Bennion routinely places Lee with students who are struggling.  In cooperative learning groups, “she calmly and patiently helps them to understand.”

    Lee’s reaction to Bennion’s statement is one of surprise.  She didn't seem aware that he had nominated her. “I am very thankful to see that my teacher noticed my efforts and that they paid off,” says Lee.

    What responsibility means to Lee is one's ability “to take it upon themselves to try and succeed at whatever they are attempting, and not put it on anyone else.” Sojeong is thankful and says, “I will continue to work hard.” She's sure her parents will be excited about her selection.


    Freshman Naysha Shaffer

    “Responsibility means to take action in what you do,” said Naysha Shaffer.

    Ericca Vaughn nominated Shaffer because she “is a student who chooses to take responsibility to help others in the classroom when she notices that help is needed.”

    Naysha thinks that Mrs. Vaughn is absolutely right and is thankful that she noticed:  “You’re one of my favorite teachers,” said Shaffer. “I appreciate what you said about me.”

    Shaffer also believes that her parents will be very proud of this achievement.


    Photos by WHS students



    Front Row:  Matthew Jones, Naysha Shaffer, Sojeong Lee, Montana Angel, Alyssa Martin, Megan Burnham, Feline Connor, Tylenia Ploof, Sandra Scheller, Kelsey Arnold, Elissa Giles

    Row 2:  George Forbes, Mica Santos, Michael Beattie, Jessica Santos, Molly Snider, Madelyn Newsom, Michelle Amato, Aminah Mujahid, Khameron Willis, Gabriella Bernard

    Row 3:  Angel Valentin, Jordan Saylor, Michelle Swink, Mollie Henry, Lauryn Grinnell, Rebecca Durgin, Hannah Adank, Keegan Cruz

    Back Row:  Arva Howell, Xavier Hussey, Patrick Shipley, Liam Debus, Oceana Goodell, John Sneed, Kekona Asi



    The four WHS students selected for exemplifying the word responsibility are Matt Jones, Patrick Shipley, Naysha Shaffer, Sojeung Lee




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  • Feeling a lot of pressure in class

    Physics teacher Nick Parmley asked students to volunteer to sit inside a vacuum bag (with their heads out) and observe how air pressure increases on the human body when the air inside the bag is vacuumed out. The pressure becomes so strong that a student cannot move under his/her own power. 

    These hands-on, fun experiments help students better predict what a correct answer to their complex formulas should be and enables them to think on a higher level about how humans impact the world around them.  


    Phys1  Phys2

    WHS physics student Katrina Schooley tests air pressure.


    Physics students get fun lesson on inertia and momentum

    Physics teacher Nick Parmley admits that teaching students physics formulas can be a challenge, but believes that getting students to understand the concepts is easy when you turn learning into games. Newton’s First Law states that an object will remain at rest or in uniform motion in a straight line unless acted upon by an external force. Students used a stick to act upon both a bowling ball and a basketball on an obstacle course in separate timed trials. Their results showed that a basketball is far easier to maneuver around a course than a bowling ball. Parmley uses this activity to introduce students to the concepts of inertia and momentum.


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     Joshua Ash, Dorian Holloway and Archer Hedgepath compete for the best time. 



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  • WHS students to direct 1-act plays


    The Waynesville High School Theatre Department will be presenting a selection of one-act shows directed by high school junior and seniors this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2 and 3, starting at 6 p.m.


    The plays that will be shown are:

    Her Heart by John Cariani, directed by Emily Smith; Courting Prometheus by Charles Forbes, directed by David Wallace; Something I’ll Tell You Tuesday by John Guare, directed by Emily Schubert; My Hero by Lindsay Price, directed by Laci Baker; Thief

     by Lindsay Price, directed by Meagan Driben; Awkward Silence

     by Jay Reiss, directed by Sidney Schiller; Sad and Glad

     by John Cariani, directed by Kylie Jones; and An Incident at the Standish Army by William Inge, directed by Aidan Richardson.


    The cost to attend is free for all ages; however some material may not be appropriate for children under the age of 10.


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  • All State Choir Selection

    Congratulations to the following students for their selection to the MO All State Choir – Kekona Asi, Maya Fluent, Ezechiel Daos, and Esteban Valentin-Martinez.   These students auditioned last Tuesday evening and the announcement was made on Saturday following the Central District Choir Clinic and Concert.  Each district in MO is only allowed to select 16 students to the All State Choir and we are extremely proud that we have four of the students.  Our district includes many schools in the Central part of the state.  The larger schools with students auditioning for this choir in our district are Jefferson City, Eldon, School of the Osage, Camdenton, and Rolla.  There are many smaller schools in the district.  I am having a hard time remembering the last time WHS had four members selected to the choir.  Normally, we are excited to have one or two students selected.  


    These students will travel to Tan-Tar-A in late January and spend three days in rehearsals with other students from across the state and then present a concert at the final session of the MO Music Educators Conference.  Again, congratulations to the students and our high school vocal music staff – Nathan Schaefferkoetter, Chelsea Handley, and Michael Perrine.


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    Tiger Pride System


    TigerHead The Tiger Pride System (TPS) aims to reward effort and achievement by offering various privileges to students who maintain a high standard of academics, citizenship, and attendance.  The TPS incentive program is an integral part to the daily school operations and a major motivator for students to put an emphasis on their attendance and GPA.  The program utilizes these qualifications to provide the best learning environment for all students at WHS.



    The purpose of the card program is to proactively incentivize students with relevant privileges that are meaningful to them, such as travel to privilege areas during Tiger Time and the ability to leave for lunch a couple of minutes early to beat the rush.  This program was first developed during the 2015-16 school year and revised with input from faculty and student groups to best meet the needs of our students for the 2016-17 school year. We will continue to monitor and update the system as needed, so the system remains relative and motivating to all students.


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  • Paying for your child's school meals


    The Waynesville R-VI School District now offers MySchoolBucks, a convenient online service that allows you to securely pay for your student’s meals online using your credit/debit card or electronic check.


    You can:

        - Set Up Automatic Recurring Payments

        - Track & Review Meal History

        - Create Low Balance Alerts

        - Make Payments with the Mobile App

        - And More…


    Sign up now! Registering for your account is easy, go to Create a secure account and never worry again about sending cash or checks with your student(s) to school again!

    MySchoolBucks – the Waynesville R-VI School District’s new online meal payment system – is free to use to look up a student’s balances/transaction history/etc.; however, a $2 payment processing fee is charged for making an online payment with MySchoolBucks. 


    In the former system, a .29 cents fee plus 2.9% of the amount of the transaction was charged.  MySchoolBucks charges a flat $2.00 fee, regardless of the amount. Parents may avoid paying the fee by sending in a check to their student’s school.


    Debit and credit card companies charge a payment processing fee for payments made online, but many businesses absorb that cost. Waynesville R-VI serves about 1 million meals annually and spends about $1 million more than it receives in income from students and commodities without the additional payment processing fee.


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Welcome to Waynesville High School, a proud member of the Waynesville R-VI School District serving the communities of Waynesville, St. Robert and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  WHS is the first in Missouri to implement a college readiness program from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Department of Defense Educational Authority (DoDEA). NMSI is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to help improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.