Assembly in Brief

February 27, 2017

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Pippin for an outstanding production ... and to the girls and boys basketball teams for strong seasons!

Announcements
*Late Days: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
*Spring Sports: Begin today.

Emmett Till
As a member of the Black Affinity Group, freshman George Roby shared the story of Emmett Till, a 14-year old African American boy from Illinois who, when visiting family in a small town in Mississippi, was accused of flirting with a white woman, Carolyn Bryant, and savagely murdered by Bryant's husband, Roy. Roy Bryant and his half-brother J. W. Milam, were acquited by an all-white, all-male jury. Carolyn Bryant recently admitted that "Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him." George said that Till's death became a catalyst for the fight for justice and the civil rights movement. He added that revisiting our mistakes can better our future.

February 24, 2017

Announcements
*Empty Bowls: Tonight at 5:30 pm.
*Pippin: Opened last night ~ an amazing show ... not to be missed. Tickets are on sale for tonight's or tomorrow night's performances.

Current Events on Bathroom Bills
Sophomore Harley King and senior Sophie Hurwitz spoke about pending state legislation and recent federal action impacting transgender people's freedom to use public bathrooms. Their presentation was sponsored by the Current Events Club. See "Latest News" later today.

Honor Flight
Two Marine Corps veterans, one from WWII and the other from Korea, spoke to students about their service and about their gratitude to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight which made it possible for each of them ~ and many others ~ to visit veteran memorials in Washington, D.C. Their appearance was sponsored by the American Patriot Club. See "Latest News" later today.

February 23, 2017

Announcements
*African American Affinity Group: Continued to recognize famous African Americans ~ today highlighting the break-through career of Jackie Robinson.
*Empty Bowls: From 5:30 to 7 pm on Friday in the dining room. $10 covers an all-you-can-eat soup/chili buffet. Proceeds will benefit Circle of Concern, a local food pantry.
*Friday Theme: Dress like a parent!
*Pippin: Opens tonight at 7:30 pm. Also on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tickets are $15 ~ general admission.

Kudos to ...
the chess team which is advancing to the final four.

February 22, 2017

Announcements
*Blood Drive: From 11 am to 4 pm today in the field house.
*Pippin: At 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. General admission. Tickets ($15) on sale in the bookstore during school hours and 30 minutes before curtain at the box office.
*SpoFo: Meeting tomorrow in the PE/athletics conference room.
*Spring Sports: Begin on Monday.

GEO Presentation
Members of the JBS Gender Equity Organization (GEO) shared a video they made, giving voice to the victim of the January 2015 sexual assault by Stanford University student Brock Turner. Afterwards, they called on the Burroughs community to support a culture dedicated to the safety and understanding of others ~ and to be intolerant of rape culture.

February 21, 2017

Congratulations to our swimmers and wrestlers who competed at state.

Congratulations to Mr. Salomon on the birth of his second daughter, Chloe.

Announcements
*GEO: Will show a student-made video about the Stanford rape case during assembly tomorrow. 7th and 8th graders will not view the video but, with parental permission, will be able to see it on March 2. Although the video does not address the specifics of the attack, anyone who has any concerns about seeing or processing the video is urged to check in with our Counseling & Wellness faculty.
*Pippin: Tickets ($15) are on sale in the bookstore for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances of the musical. Tickets will also be on sale at the door. Doors open at 7 pm; curtain rises at 7:30 pm.

February 17, 2017

Announcement
*Pippin: Tickets ($15) are on sale in the bookstore for the February 23, 24 and 25 performances. General admission.

Investing in St. Louis
At the invitation of the JBS Business Club, Ginger Imster spoke to students about Arch Grants, a nonprofit organization that drives economic development in the St. Louis region by providing $50,000 equity-free grants and pro bono support services to entrepreneurs who locate their early-stage businesses in St. Louis. See "Latest News" later today.