Boys Cross Country Team Ranked 4th in the State

    After the cross country meet at Ha Ha Tonka State Park the boys placed second, right after the number one team in the state, Rockbridge. The Kickapoo boys cross country team is now ranked 4th in the state.

    Is Hybrid Learning The New Norm?

    Springfield Public Schools has recently announced the new learning plans for students k-12. As of now kindergarten through 8th grade students will be transferring to a 4 day learning week in the beginning weeks of November. Students will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday is still left open as a day for the schools to clean and sanitize. As for students in High School, there will be no changes or adjustments. High school students will still follow the hybrid learning plan from August, which included; students A-K attend school on Monday and Tuesday, while L-Z attend school on Thursday and Friday. This new plan for the k-8 students is intended for the remainder of first semester/second quarter. There are still no updates on how school will look for SPS students coming back from Winter break continuing into second semester.

      Online story- Volleyball

      Kickapoo Volleyball has been phenomenal thus far. They are undefeated in their conference so far. They faced Hillcrest and swept them 3-0 this past week. They have swept most of the teams they have faced so far this season. The chiefs will take on any team left in the conference and will try to keep up this winning streak of theirs. They are 17-4 so far, and districts are in two weeks and they plan on winning the district and the state title along with it.

      Change Wars


      Once again FBLA is doing Change Wars for this week. The teacher who’s going to collect the most money, in change, during their first block is going to win the “war”. All the money collected is going to be donated to March of Dimes, a non-profit organization helping newborn babies in town. 

      Mr. Wooderson and the FBLA club are giving a delicious price to the winning teacher and their class, a party of donuts for the entire class.

      E-sports coming to Kickapoo?


      Contender finally opened back at the end of January. Which is a E-sports “gym” to be able to train, learn, and compete against others or on their own time. Giving people the opportunity to be able to use high powered equipment that normally would cost thousands of dollars to obtain. With this obviously means that it is a goal for the other schools along with kickapoo to have true teams and tournaments as well too. The big problem though is funding. The cost to rent the space, the whole facilities, on top of the equipment ,etc. The amount it would cost wouldn’t be worth it to be able to have a full fledged team along with competition by the end of the year (3 months away).

         The goal now is to try and have all five other districts to be able to compete all together and against each other. Funding is the biggest thing tho because for the fall league (when it would be starting up) would be $2,400 for the whole school with only two teams JV and Varsity with a MAX amount of people at five. All details aren’t still completely in even though contender is now open they still have failed to respond back to Mrs. Cabbella the sponsor of the E-sports club. 

         Hopefully by the time the next year rolls around we will be able to show our school spirit at a E-sports game cheering on Kickapoo and creating another great rivalry with Glendale within another sport. All that can be done at this point is to wait and see what will become of Kickapoo’s E-sport team. The world of this type of competition is rapidly growing and it’s only a matter of time for more people to make it big by just playing games.

      The Writing Center

       The writing center is pretty much a group of people that help with any sort of writing that they need help with, such as papers and other things. They have been helping my class a lot with papers that we have been writing lately. They help make edits and tell the student that is working on it basically how to improve grammar, quotations, and much more. They helped me with my paper that I wrote in English III a couple of weeks ago. They are there for any special help that we all need.

      Furry Final Therapy


      A Therapy dog sits and waits patiently to be pet.

      Pet Therapy of the Ozarks is a program that offers certified service animals to come to schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other facilities.
      They started doing this in the library as a way to try and relieve students of stress that they may feel at the end of a semester.
      “We had seen some articles about colleges doing it and we know how stressful the end of the year can be for students,” librarian Melody Netzer said.

      This is the third year in a row they have visited. They came Thursday, December 12th during lunch hours. Last year they implemented tickets to try to not overwhelm the dogs.
      “It is free and the only reason we do that is so we don’t overwhelm the puppies,” Netzer said.
      Pet therapy is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get out some stress or who just loves petting cute dogs.

      The Taste Of Water



        Imagine this, it’s between classes and you only have five minutes to get a drink and get to class. Knowing which fountain to go to can save you a few seconds of those valuable five minutes. Through a set of rigorous tests and an official chart, I’m going to tell you where to get the best water in our school.

           Eighteen fountains make up what most students can easily access in between classes. Fountains next to each other were rated together and their scores then averaged. This means only twelve fountains are up for the true title of the best fountain.

         Let’s start with the categories I went through to figure out the best water fountain. 

          I first started with the coldness of the water. After a long day getting a cold drink can make all the difference. On a scale from one to five, there were many fountains that achieved a perfect score.

       Fountains near the first floor science wing and first floor history wing have some of the coldest water. Another honorable mention would be the fountain near the concessions stand.

         The water there is crisp and cold, but did not reach the top of the ranks due to deficits in other categories.

         The next of the categories I choose to rank the fountains was accessibility. Some fountains were immediately disqualified for being in places an average student cannot get to.

         Depending on what class you’re in or traveling to could change the accessibility for you. For this, I went with fountains that weren’t meant for certain classes or too far from the rest of the school.

       My next category was the presentation. This severely lowered the scores of different fountains. Small chunks of food in the drain or unfortunately placed trashcans can ruin a good hydration experience.

         This caused fountains in the commons, near the gym, and on the second floor near room 244 to lose a majority of their points. 

         Next is taste. Some people might say that water is tasteless, but I would have to disagree. Water can taste metallic, dirty, and even stale. So, when picking the perfect water fountain, the taste was a big concern.

         The second floor science wing and second floor English wing fountains had a crisp, clean taste that left me feeling refreshed.

         Finally, the last of my categories was pressure. When you have to touch the spout the water comes out of to get a drink, it leaves you feeling grossed out. For this, I recommend the first floor science wing or the fountain near the concessions stand.

         There was one fountain that had everything I was looking for in a quick drink. With five in temperature, accessibility, presentation, and taste the second floor math hallway had the best water. With a 4.8 rating, as the water pressure lost a single point, it’s the best fountain in school.

         Next time you’re in need of a quick drink and have time to walk to any fountain, the math hall will be waiting. 

      Bowling Club

      The bowling club is one of the many events that take place at Kickapoo. Bowling starts after winter break and is a very competitive club. 

      Bowling club practices at Andy B’s, starting after winter break. Senior Spencer Robarge is very excited to bowl this year and has been practicing very hard in the offseason. 

      “We are getting ready to start and hoping we have a good team coming together. Personally, I had a 300-846 about a month ago” Robarge said. 

      A 300 is a perfect score and 900 is a perfect score in three games. He is very excited and has been practicing for bowling by winning national events. 


      Running For Gold

         The Cross Country season has come to an end, but it was something to be proud of. Off season and the grind has started for those that are not seniors. One of the girls Ms. Brown finished 6th out of the whole state as a freshman and she ran really well and she ran the 3rd best time in Kickapoo history. But overall the team finished 15 out of 16 teams. Coach Goddard expressed that he is proud of the team as a whole and stated 

         “I am very proud, even though in the end we wanted to place higher on the ranks but we have room to improve and do better.” Goddard said. 

         The team is on now on off season and ready to get straight to work and work to place better for next year.

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      Pay it forward



        Pay it Forward is one of the service clubs students are able to join. Every year their goal is to give back to the community in various ways.

       During November club members knitted blankets for the women and kids shelter, a place for those who want out of abusive situations. 

         “During the winter is the busiest time of the year for us,” Mrs. Fraiser said. 

         Week after week there are various volunteer opportunities and many people in need out there.  The week of December 9th pay it forward are being hired as Santa’s elves to write back to five first-grade classes at Wanda Grey, Jefferies, and Horace Mann elementary. This is something elementary students can look back on as a fun memory and increase their holiday spirits. This tradition that has been going on for years throughout KHS history, even before the previous sponsor of the club.

         Along with this the members of pay it forward also adopted a family for Christmas while Key club is trying to take on three. 

         “We are also gathering things for a holiday basket through cross line for a less fortunate family,” Fraiser said. 

         These will be gifted to them and under the tree come the holidays time. This gives the members of the club satisfaction of knowing they helped the less fortunate giving a little extra that we all are able to give.

      Behind the Tournament


      Academic Team members practice for upcoming competitions.

      Academic Team, or Scholar Bowl as some call it, has been very busy this school year. Their teams have qualified for Nationals as well as preparing for their tournaments coming up soon.
      “In two weeks some of the varsity players are going to a workshop at Mizzou to train. Hopefully, some of us will get on the state team. The Kickapoo Tournament is this week, we have about thirty teams in it. We will not be playing, we’ll just be moderating the groups,” sophomore CJ Wears said.

      HOSA Singo


        Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), has been nothing short of busy this year. The nationally ranked club has spent time fundraising for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and helping get Kickapoo vaccinated with flu shots. 

         This holiday season, they are holding a Singo, which includes bingo and music. There will be hundreds of dollars worth in prizes to go towards the winners of Singo. Some of the sponsors are Cox Physical Therapy, Cabinet Concepts by Design, Sushi Village, and Springfield Marriage and Family Institution. 

         “The sponsors are donating items such as memory foam pillows, Alamo tickets, gift certificates, and more for prizes. We are hoping a lot of people come because it supports a good cause,” junior HOSA officer, Lauren Link said.

        Singo will be held in the library on December 13th from 6 pm to 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and all of the money goes towards the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. 

         Tickets will be for sale in Mrs. Jansen’s room, s205. The tickets will be for sale until December 13th. Everyone is welcome to join the fun next Friday night. 

      National Honor Society

      National Honor Society (NHS) is one of many clubs at Kickapoo that participates in volunteer work. This weekend NHS is participating in bell ringing outside of Hy-Vee and Walmart.

       According to the, the requirements to be eligible, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Each school is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA. 

      At Kickapoo, there are select students who are picked to become an officer. To become an officer, you have to fill out a form and go through the NHS council.  Will Nichols is a junior NHS officer and is very excited about bell ringing. 

      “I feel like they are a really good thing and they are definitely helping with the community around us,” Nichols said. 

      NHS has various service projects such as helping at the fall carnival and participate in the canned food drive. 


      French Club Winter Activities


       French Club is swinging into the holiday season at full force.

         Monday, December 16th French club is throwing their club holiday party.

         The members of french club are all excited to be able to sit back and hangout with friends in the club. 

         “All the people in the club are nice and great to be around. It has a good overall atmosphere,” President Paige Fintel said.

         Along with the upcoming holiday party, French Club is also decorating the language hallway with decorations such as snowflakes and their eiffel tower outside of the french room.

         “A lot of the stuff that we’ve done so far have been fun crafts that I personally love to do,” Fintel said.

         Decorating the hallways with holiday decorations will give a nice boost to the schools holiday spirit. 

         Fintel was chosen as the president of the French club due to her love for the language and ability to speak it well. 

         “I really enjoy being president because it’s allowed me to expand my leadership and communication skills,” Fintel said.


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