Assembly in Brief

Thursday, March 15

Kudos to ...
the boys varsity basketball team, with a season of 17-9, which shares top honors with Westminster as Metro League champs.

Newman Prize
Each year every member of the junior class is invited to submit a list of five living Americans with whom they'd like to meet. A small committee of alums interview all applicants. Jack Case '18 was selected last year, and he spoke about his visit with Greg Nicotero, a zombie makeup artist on The Walking Dead. Then Andy Newman '62, son of the prize's namesake, announced that Nandini Jain has been named the 2019 Newman Prize winner. See "Latest News and Assembly Presentations" later today.

Wednesday, March 14

*Current Events: If you're interested in being a leader of this club next year, applications are due tomorrow.
*March Madness: If you have a free period tomorrow, you may catch some of the action in conference room # 2.

All interested JBS students are invited to a 17-minute walkout at 10 am today as part of the national movement to honor the 17 victims killed one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. The school schedule has been altered to accommodate the walkout. JBS organizers Adina Cazacu-De Luca '20, Alison Gill '18 and Phoebe Sklansky '18 also reminded students that they can learn about advocacy (for any cause), contact state reps about gun control and/or register to vote in conference room # 2.

Tuesday, March 13

*Elections: Student activities coordinator Andrew Newman spoke to students about running for class and school-wide elections next month ~ an opportunity to learn how to be good leaders. The class elections will be held on April 9 and the school-wide elections will begin on April 16.
*St. Baldrick's: Ten brave souls (faculty, staff and students) allowed 10 raffle-winning students to shave their heads before assembly ~ all to benefit St. Baldrick's in the fight against childhood cancers. See "Campus Candids" later today.
*Works in Progress: Submissions to the middle school literary and art magazine are requested.

Sound Offs
In separate remarks, an 8th grader and sophomore spoke about gun violence and the need to fight it head on. At 10 am tomorrow, students will meet in the Quad for 17 minutes to remember and honor the 17 victims in Parkland, Florida. Afterwards, interested students can e-mail/write their state reps and/or register to vote.

Monday, March 12

*Bio Med Club: Meeting at 7:30 am tomorrow in conference room #3.
*GEO Bake Sale: Begins at 8 am tomorrow and runs until the food is gone.

Post Protest/Counter-Protest ... Carry On!
Mr. Abbott reminded students that there are several spaces on campus dedicated to help process this morning's events ... through conversation, art and/or music.

He reported that 11 WBC members and 500 to 600 counter-protestors had faced off along Clayton Road. And he thanked the student body for their thoughtful handling of this situation, telling them that they had inspired many, here and across the country, with the support they had shown for one another.

Mr. Abbott encouraged student to keep that support going ~ not just for our LGBTQ+ community but for all under represented groups. "Let this be the beginning."

Friday, March 9

Bon voyage to Ms. Donovan who's headed to Bogliasco for a five-week fellowship.

*Bonsack Gallery: Illustrator Tim Lane will be in the gallery during second and third periods today to talk about his work.
*Business Club: Sign up for the spring stock market challenge ~ invest $100K in a virtual portfolio.
*Review: Keep submitting your writing and artwork ~ the deadline is Sunday. Marathon meeting after school on Thursday, March 15.
*Sports for Charity: Remember to sign up for March Madness. $5/entry. Proceeds will go to the Travis Roy Foundation.

Kudos to ...
music students who recently competed in the St. Louis Metro District 8 Solo and Ensemble Festival, earned a rating of "1" and will advance to state: soloists Lily Sheets (clarinet) and Michael Tu (piano); the JBS Piano Trio of Daniel Martin (violin), Becky Tan (cello) and Michael Tu (piano); and the JBS Violin Quartet of Jason Zhou, Carrie Zhang, Nathan Peng and Knowlton Beck.

March 12, March 14 ... and beyond
Shannon Koropchak (English) spoke to students about effective activism/protesting. To make a long term impact, she said your audience are people in the middle (not on either extreme) and that, through very clear messaging, you need to help them imagine being a part of your movement/cause.

Two juniors and one senior sketched the consensus strategy for Monday morning ~ essentially a time for unified solidarity and celebration.

[Yesterday, student leaders described Burroughs' plans for joining the 17-minute national walkout in honor and memory of the 17 killed at Parkland last month.]

Thursday, March 8

*Current Events: Meeting at 7:45 am tomorrow in Dr. Smith's classroom. Anyone interested in leading this club next year should apply by next Thursday.
*March 14: In concert with students around the nation, JBS students will walk out of classes at 10 am and stand in silence in the Quad for 17 minutes in honor and memory of the 17 killed at Parkland last month.
*St. Baldrick's: Raffle continues.

Kudos to ...
*the chess club which has won its 4th consecutive league title
*members of the varsity and JV Science Olympiad teams which placed in 22 out of 23 categories and in 12 out of 23 categories, respectively, in regional competition.

International Week
Fifteen students modeled attire from 11 countries during the annual fashion show; see "Campus Candids" later today. And remember the International Dinner, tomorrow, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the dining room.

Tuesday, March 6

*St. Baldrick's Fundraiser: Raffle tickets are still on sale for gift cards and/or for the privilege of shaving a faculty or student head (on the 13th) ~ all to benefit St. Baldrick's which raises funds to find cures for childhood cancers. Two raffle winners were named today.

Westboro Picket
Andy Abbott and student leaders continued to share information about the expected picket on Monday, March 12.

Monday, March 5

*Bio Med Club: Meeting at 7:45 am tomorrow in conference room #3.
*Extra Hands for ALS: Meeting at 8:15 am tomorrow in the classics lounge.

International Week
The celebration began in assembly with a presentation by Dr. Barry Gainor, an orthopaedic surgeon and founding member of Help Volunteers Overseas, who spoke about his work in resource-poor countries. See "Latest News & Assembly Presentations" later today.

Burroughs Will Be Picketed
Mr. Abbott told students that Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Burroughs before school Monday, March 12. He told students what to expect and began the conversation of the Burroughs response. [After assembly, an e-mail was sent to all parents.]

Friday, March 2

Congratulations to Kate (science) and Jason (PE/Athletics) Ward on the birth of their baby, Willie!

*Basketball: The varsity boys team plays Parkway Central for the district championship at 7:45 pm tonight at MICDS. Wear blue and (under)dog attire. $5/person admission.
*Sports for Charity: SpoFo is sponsoring a March Madness tournament. $5/entry. 
*St. Baldrick's Raffle: Buy raffle tickets for gift cards and/or for the privilege of shaving a faculty or student head ~ all to benefit St. Baldrick's which raises funds to find cures for childhood cancers.

Thursday, March 1

Congratulations to the chess team which won the semifinals and advances to the finals next Wednesday.

*Ping Pong Tournament: Sign up for next week's tournament; there will be middle and high school brackets.
*Summer Days: Forty student volunteers (from the current 8th - 11th grade classes) are needed for this two-week camp (July 9 - 20) for kids from the Youth and Family Center in downtown St. Louis. Send a paragraph on why you'd like to participate to Coach Clark.

Wednesday, February 28

Congratulations to the boys varsity basketball team for its win over Westminster ~ Good luck in district finals on Friday.

Good luck to the chess team in today's semifinals.

*Late Start Assemblies: Tomorrow and Friday.
*Montgomery Plan: Meeting at 8:15 am tomorrow in conference room #2 to discuss the annual drive for St. Baldrick's.

Safe Connections
GEO (JBS's Gender Equity Organization) is sponsoring a supply drive for Safe Connections through spring break. A volunteer ambassador from Safe Connections explained her organization's mission: to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, crisis intervention, counseling and support services. Safe Connections was formed in the 70s by a small group of students at Washington University ~ they ran a crisis hotline out of their dorm rooms. Students can help by participating in the drive, raising funds and/or volunteering.

Black History Month
Abdullah Brown-El '18 spoke about Wendell Pruitt, who was born in St. Louis in 1920. Pruitt attended Sumner High School and Lincoln University in Jefferson City. During WWII, he was a military pilot and Tuskegee Airman; he flew 70 combat missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. Pruitt crashed in a training exercise in 1945.

Abdullah said that while many of the stories shared this month may not find their way into the AP history curriculum, they are, in fact, inextricable contributions to the history and success of America. He encouraged students to seek out these stories and more.

Tuesday, February 27

*Asian Culture Club: Is sponsoring a ping pong tournament next week. $5 to enter.
*Auditions for Spring Play: Are on Wednesday and Thursday. Check call board or ask Mr. Pierson for more information.
*Quiz Bowl Competition: Will be held on April 7 at Ladue High School. Meeting at 8 am on Thursday in the academic support hallway.
*Review: Meeting at 7:45 am on Thursday in Mr. Chen's classroom. Submissions are due March 11.

Black History Month
Grace Gore '18 spoke about Shirley Chisholm, who was the second Black woman to be elected to the New York legislature, despite a lack of support from the women's movement or Black male leaders. Four years later, Chisholm was the first Black woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress, where she was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Grace quoted Chisholm: "If there's no seat at the table, bring a folding chair."

Campus Safety & Security
Mr. Abbott reviewed the school's safety procedures and protocols. He encouraged students to share any specific concerns they may have as well as consider how they might want to participate in the National March 14 Walkout, spurred by the tragedy in Parkland. He also reminded students of the depth and breadth of adult support on our campus and urged everyone to take care of one another.

Monday, February 26

*Auditions for Spring Play: Are on Wednesday ... and, if necessary, on Thursday; call backs on Friday. Check the call board for more information about The Dream of the Burning Boy which is set in a high school. The Burroughs production will feature students and faculty.
*Glasses: GAP is sponsoring an eye glass drive which the Holekamp family is spearheading for Haiti.

Black History Month
Jillian Mays '21 spoke about Claudette Colvin who refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, nine months before Rosa Parks was arrested for the same offense. Jillian said that the NAACP did not advance Colvin's case because she was 15 and unreliable. Despite being labeled a trouble maker and having difficulty finding work in Montgomery, Colvin moved to New York City where she raised two children and became a nurse's aide. Jillian admires Colvin, who died in 2004, because of her strength and perseverance, because she demonstrated that actions matter ~ big and small, and because her youth didn't stop her from standing up for her rights.

Friday, February 23

*Empty Bowls: Tonight at 5:30 pm. Everyone is invited. Proceeds will benefit Covenant House Missouri (see below).
*Urinetown: Doors open at 7, performances begin at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tickets ($15) on sale in the bookstore and at the box office.

Black History Month
Nathan Doty '21 spoke about the impact of the original sin of slavery. After the Reconstruction period, Jim Crow laws continued to disenfranchise African Americans. Passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which overruled racial discrimination in voting, was pivotal in setting the stage for Blacks to win positions of power. Nathan talked about three young Black state representatives (from Missouri, Georgia and Michigan) who are making strong marks in their districts but added that there is still much work to be done (there have only been 10 African-American U.S. senators). Nathan said Black History Month is a time to celebrate what has been accomplished while recognizing the great distance to cross. The struggle for justice continues but it can be triumphed.

Convenant House Missouri
Rebecca Guzman, volunteer coordinator for CHMO spoke about the work the organization does for 16- through 21-year olds who are homeless or at risk. She said CHMO is part of an international organization established in 1969. The Missouri branch was opened in 1988. Guzman said homelessness has no face ~ it is not defined by gender, race or ethnic background, or socio-economic status ~ and it can be brought on by a myriad of reasons. CHMO tries to be a bridge for this segment of the population, providing two residential and a series of outreach programs to help these youth realize their own goals. Last year, CHMO served more than 6000 people. Ways to support CHMO include volunteering, donating and advocating. Proceeds from tonight's Empty Bowls dinner will go to CHMO.

Thursday, February 22

*All-School Debate: Today is the last day to sign up.
*Urinetown: Doors open at 7 pm for 7:30 pm performances tonight, Friday and Saturday.
*Varsity Basketball: Thanks to fans who attended last night's games (and congratulations to Jake Goldfarb '18 for his 1000th basket). Fans are invited to district play which begins on Saturday for the girls and on Tuesday for the boys.

Kudos to ...
the chess team which won the quarterfinal playoff.

Welcome to ...
students from Normandy who are on campus as part of partnership (A View From Here) with Dr. Des Prez's 7th grade English classes.

Wednesday, February 21

*Basketball: Tonight is senior night for the varsity teams. Seniors will be recognized between the girls' 4:30 game and the boys' 6:30 game. Fans welcome.
*Blood Drive: From 10 am to 4 pm today in the field house.

Preview of Urinetown
Members of the cast performed Run Freedom Run. The full production will be performed at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are on sale in the bookstore.

Tuesday, February 20

*Musical: Performances of Urinetown will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Ushers are needed ~ sign up on the call board and receive a free ticket to the show and theatre production credit.
*Newman Prize: Interested juniors must submit their applications by midnight ~ interviews will be on March 2, 3 and 4.
*Sunday Funday: The next performance will be at 1 pm on March 4 at Stonecrest at Clayton View. If you're interested, contact Leyla Fern King.

Kudos to ...
Luke Tu '23 who took third place in last Saturday's MATHCOUNTS competition and advances to state. He competed against approximately 100 students from 12 area schools.

Black History Month
Caleb Hughes '19 spoke about the prominence of Black musicians, especially in what is now the dominant genre of hip-hop and R&B. Caleb had intended to talk about contemporary artists, but he said that while he was at THIMUN, he discovered how well known St. Louis is in the history of jazz and rock and roll. Caleb then focused on Chuck Berry, celebrated singer, songwriter and musician. Caleb said Berry, a native St. Louisan who died last spring, was the heartbeat and mindset of rock and roll.

Friday, February 16

Welcome to our guests who we hope will join Burroughs Class of 2022 family next fall!

*All-School Debate: Everyone is eligible ~ contact Mr. Dieffenbach if you're interested.
*Asian Culture Club: Today is the beginning of the Lunar New Year which is a 15-day holiday. Traditions vary from country to country, but they all revolve around family.
*Empty Bowls: Everyone is invited to this annual dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on Friday, February 23. Tickets are $10 ~ available at the bookstore and at the door. Proceeds will benefit Covenant House.
*Spectrum: Everyone is invited to view 4th Man Out at 3 pm today in room 313 (Brauer).
*Trivia Night ... Final Facts: Trivia Night is from 7 to 9 pm in the field house tonight ~ all students and faculty invited ~ $5/person. Final facts: Finland is the 6th smartest nation in the world (the U.S. is 28th); teachers in Finland must graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Eating insects is healthy (high protein) and environmentally friendly (low tax on water). Falling coconuts kill 150 per year. Thirty-five is the average age of male gamers  and 44 for female gamers. Elmo is the only nonhuman to testify before Congress.
*Urinetown: Performances of the musical will be at 7:30 pm on February 22, 23 and 24 ~ tickets are on sale in the bookstore.

Black History Month
Dahlia Haddad '18 spoke about the prominence of Black artists in musical theatre ~ specifically of Audra McDonald who has won six Tonys, more performance wins than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. Dahlia said McDonald and other Black performers are models to us all, and she encouraged students to look for guiding examples of excellence in whatever fields that interest them.

Music Friday
Seniors Max Panagos and Jakes Steinkamp performed 5 Seconds of Summer's Amnesia and an original untitled song. See "Campus Candids" later today.

Thursday, February 15

Good luck to swimmers and wrestlers competing at state!

*Current Events: Meeting at 7:45 am tomorrow in Dr. Smith's classroom.
*GEO Drive for Safe Connections: Through mid-March, GEO will collect a range of items (e.g., feminine hygiene products, lotion, lip balm, shaving products, commuter mugs, candy, cookies, pens, tablets, candles, gift cards). Safe Connections is the "region’s oldest and largest organization working to prevent and end domestic and sexual violence while helping survivors reclaim their lives. ... [S]ervices ... [include] prevention education, crisis intervention and counseling."
*Ice Hockey: Fans wanted at tonight's Founders' Cup semi-finals game vs. Clayton at 6:30 pm at Queeny Rink.

Kudos to ...
the chess team which finished the regular season undefeated.

Black History Month
Four students ~ Temi Ogunremi '22, Lindsey Okafor '20, Nyla Pruitt '23 and Kyndall Rhodes '23 ~ performed Spoken Word.

A Moment of Silence
Mr. Abbott asked for a moment of silence for the victims and families at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Wednesday, February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!

*Blood Drive: Wednesday, February 21 in the field house. Questions? Contact Casie Tomlinson.
*Spectrum: Showed a video, Love Has No Labels.
*Trivia Fact: For every living person, there are 15 dead. 107 billion have died. 124.6 million over 16 are single. 

Black History Month
Bella Strawbridge '19 spoke about the importance of Black History Month and the role we can all play in furthering the civil rights movement. She said that typically people think about the big three: Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks and Malcolm X but added that to idolize them can minimize the important work of many others. She pointed out that each of them "stumbled, tripped and fell ... they made mistakes ... just like you and me." King was unfaithful to his wife; Claudette Colvin actually refused to move to the back of a bus nine months before Parks; and Malcolm X had a skewed view of women. "They were human; they weren't perfect ... the heart of the civil rights movement is the drive and need for equality ... and anyone can have this passion." She ended quoting from Langston Hughes' Democracy, "I tire so of hearing people say, Let things take their course. Tomorrow is another day. I do not need my freedom when I'm dead. I cannot live on tomorrow's bread."

Tuesday, February 13

*Robotics Club: In last weekend’s competition at Fox High School, the Burroughs robotics team took fourth place and claimed the design award.
*Bake Sale: Tomorrow’s bake sale, sponsored by seventh graders, will benefit Heiffer International, which works to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.

Black History Month
George Roby ’20 and Josephine Moten ’18 talked about colorism, which is a social prejudice in which people are treated differently based on the social meanings attached to their skin color or shade. The roots of colorism go back to slavery, when slaveholders, fearful of uprisings, found ways to create division among slaves. Lighter-skinned black people received privileges not available to darker-skinned black people, creating bad blood between the groups. Colorism is still evident in our culture today, but people are beginning to understand that colorism is a real issue.

Monday, February 12

Mr. Abbott thanked members of the community who were involved in planning the Dance Marathon, calling it a "great community event that raised money for two good causes, Aim High St. Louis and Hope and Leadership in Afghanistan." He then introduced members of the three ISACS visiting teams who will be evaluating the JBS Math, Music and Theatre, Speech & Debate departments this week.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are late start days.

*Trivia Club: Trivia Night will be from 7 to 9 pm, on Friday, February 16. All students and faculty are welcome to attend. Admission is $5. Each team can have up to five people. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Commons.
*Spectrum: Meeting tomorrow at 8:15 am in room 313. They will talk about people's experiences "coming out".

Black History Month
Sofia Di Lodovico ’19 spoke about Roxane Gay, an American writer, professor, editor and commentator. She is the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, which rejects mainstream feminism that has historically ignored or deflected the needs of women of color, working class women, career women and transgender women in favor supporting white, middle class, straight women. "If that is feminism, I am a very bad feminist," she wrote. "Roxane Gay's writings have opened my mind," said Sofia. "Because of her and her writings, she has made me the feminist I am today ... a bad one." 

Friday, February 9

*Ice Hockey: Game vs. Northwest at 8 pm on Sunday at Fenton Rink ~ fans wanted.
*Trivia Facts: You can burn 150 calories/hour by banging your head against a wall. When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red. The average woman uses her height in lipstick every five years. The boiling point of human saliva is three times that of regular water [Note: a quick google search disputes this last claim.]

Dance Marathon
Jimmy Johnson, Cole Wimmer and Zach Zlepper: Follow the cheer cues at tonight's basketball games.
Jake Bain: Fans are wanted at the basketball games ~ skip the Commons alternative!
Andy Abbott: Follow school rules and be positive fans. Great job on fundraising for two great organizations.
Abdullah Brown-El  and Matthew Williams: We're over $14K ~ hope to surpass $20K goal. First gold medal goes to Annika Mathew for raising more than $700. Raffle drawings will be held all day.

Black History Month
Alison Gill '18 spoke about Althea Gibson, who broke the color barrier in tennis and golf. In 1956, Gibson was the first person of color to win a Grand Slam title. She went on to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals in 1957 and 1958, and was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press both years. Gibson won 11 Grand Slam tournaments and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame. It would be 43 years before another African-American woman, Serena Williams, won her first of six U.S. Opens in 1999. Despite Gibson's success, this was the 1950s and she faced many obstacles and challenges, adding to her legacy as not only a great athlete but also a pioneer for African Americans. Alison said Gibson's life is a reminder that progress is not linear but rather a continual struggle.

Thursday, February 8

*All-School Debate: Sign up sheets are posted. Questions? Contact Mr. Dieffenbach.
*Trivia Fact: The kakapo is a flightless bird in New Zealand. Despite life spans that top 100, the species is endangered.

Dance Marathon
From student leaders: Tomorrow, dress in your country's colors and tomorrow night wear a white shirt. Keep buying raffle tickets.

From faculty: Fundraising is going really well ~ hope the turn out will be strong! All school rules apply and pay special attention to event-specific rules around check-in, late arrival, early departure, backpacks and wristbands.

Black History Month
Kwayera Burrows '18 spoke about Ruby Bridges, the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in 1960. As a six-year-old, she was escorted by Federal marshals to the school which was boycotted by white parents. White faculty refused to continue teaching at the school, and a teacher from Boston was brought in ... essentially to teach Ruby alone. Ruby faced angry white mobs as she came and left school but Ruby prayed for the mob. Kwayera said Ruby is proof that there is no age limit to affect change and no challenge that is insurmountable ... it is important to stand up for what you believe in.

Wednesday, February 7

*Bio Med Club: Meeting at 7:45 am tomorrow in conference room #2.
*Sports for Charity: Meeting at 8 am   tomorrow in the athletics conference room.
*Stubborn Ounces: Submissions dues Friday.
*Trivia Fact: The longest word has more than 189,000 characters and is a protein/amino acid.

Dance Marathon
$10,500 has been raised so far ~ the goal is $20,000. The second raffle drawing was held.

Black History Month
Elle Harris '19 spoke about Madam C. J. Walker, who was born in 1867 on a Louisiana plantation. As a young woman, Walker moved to St. Louis and found work as a laundress. She later worked for a hair care company and soon after founded her own line of hair care products. She became the first African American female millionaire, and, with that success, Walker became a philanthropist as well.

Music Wednesday
Juliet Mahony '19 and Paul Salomon (Math), accompanied by six other students, performed Sara Bareilles'  A Thousand Times and Little Black Dress. See "Campus Candids" later today.

Tuesday, February 6

*AMC 10/12: Participating students should be in the field house a little before 8 am tomorrow.
*French Club: Everyone is invited to the meeting at 8 am on Thursday in room 103 ~ a JBS parent who was born/raised in Senegal will discuss Senegal/French relations ... in English.
*Trivia Fact: Water guns are prohibited as part of the Cambodian New Year, bear wrestling is illegal in Missouri ... and something about bouncing pickles in Connecticut ....

Dance Marathon
Tomorrow is PJ day. Shake Shack will make a donation to DM for all those who eat there today and identify themselves as Bombers. The first raffle ticket was drawn for a gift card to Dewey's.

Black History Month
Jake Bain '18 talked about Kenny Washington, who was the first African American to sign with the National Football League. Jake said Washington was a star football player at UCLA but wasn't drafted in 1940 because of an implicit policy against drafting Blacks. Washington was finally drafted in 1946 when the Cleveland Rams moved to Los Angeles where local pressure to integrate the team was successful. Despite his age and several knee surgeries, Washington played with the Rams for three seasons. Jake said that now 70 percent of NFL players are African Americans.

Monday, February 5

Welcome back, THIMUN delegation!

Tuesday and Thursday are late start days

*Outdoor Ed: If you are interested in rock climbing or white water rafting, see Michael Dee.
*Trivia Fact: One to two thousand mites reside on the human face.

Kudos to ...
Adina Cazacu-De Luca '20 who took third place in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition.

Black History Month
Isa Rosario-Blake '21 spoke about award-winning science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Isa read Butler's Kindred which she described as "messy and beautiful, and it will remind you of your humanity." It is the story of an African-American woman transported from 1976 Los Angeles to early nineteenth century Maryland, where she meets her ancestors. Isa said Butler got the idea for the book, when an African-American college classmate criticized previous generations of African Americans for being subservient to whites. Butler wanted to give historical context to that subservience so that it could be understood as silent but courageous survival. Isa said science fiction was long dominated by white males and quoted another source: "Octavia Butler opened a door and walked all the way through it ... preparing a path for others to follow."

Dance Marathon
Tomorrow is jeans and white shirt day ~ and Shake Shack will make a donation to DM for all students who eat there tomorrow and identify themselves as Bombers.

Thursday, February 1

*Dance Marathon: Leaders shared a video about HELA/the Afghan delegation at THIMUN. They also said that Shake Shack will make a donation to Dance Marathon if JBS students eat there next Tuesday and identify themselves.
*Swim Team: Senior night! Fans wanted at 4 pm home meet.
*Trivia Night: The Trivia Club is sponsoring a trivia night from 7 to 9 pm on Friday, February 16 in the field house. Admission $5. Everyone invited. As part of event promotion, the club shared a piece of trivia about the 1932 Emu War in Australia.

Black History Month
Celebration of the month begins tonight with the concert in the Commons (7 pm). Going forward, members of the Black Affinity Group and Diversity ETC (and others are invited as well) will make brief assembly presentations about Black Americans "who are important to you." 

Senior Hasani Skinner launched the series with a call for students to "learn something this month." He spoke about subtle racism "that you can and do see at Burroughs." When he was a younger student and wore an Afro, classmates and older  students patted/grabbed his hair as if he was an exotic animal. Hasani said these acts of aggression go largely unnoticed by the majority but are felt deeply by the minority. He said he prefers to think this kind of racism is linked more to ignorance than malice, and asked students to try to deepen their understanding by truly listening to the upcoming presentations.

Wednesday, January 31

*Dance Marathon: Leading up to the big event will be spirit week ... Monday dress with clothes inside out, etc., Tuesday wear jeans with a white shirt, Wednesday wear PJs, Thursday wear blue and gold, Friday wear something that relates to your class country.
*Montgomery Plan: Meeting at 8:10 am tomorrow in conference room #2.
*"What's Going On" Concert: 7 pm tomorrow in the Commons.

Music Wednesday
Freshman Leyla Fern King sang Rihanna's Stay; she was accompanied by classmate Arim Fremont on piano. Then freshman Madison Nelson sang John Kander and Fred Ebb's Maybe This Time; Jerry Estes (Music) accompanied on piano. See "Campus Candids" later today.

Tuesday, January 30

*Blood Drive: Wednesday, February 21 from 11 am to 4 pm in the field house. Donors must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and be 17 or older (16-year-olds may donate with parental consent). Contact Casie Tomlinson if you'd like to donate and/or volunteer for the event.
*Dance Marathon: Keep fundraising and buying raffle tickets ~ one of the prizes will be four box seats at a Cardinals game ~ complete with parking and snacks.

Monday, January 29

Tuesday and Thursday are late days ~ no classes on Friday 

Move Over, Grammys!
JBS parent and jazz pianist Peter Martin joined forces with singer/songwriter Brian Owens, freshman Madison Nelson and the JBS Voices to give a sneak preview of Thursday evening's concert, "What's Going On?" Peter played Summertime, Brian sang What's Going On? and the entire ensemble performed an Owens original, Soul in My Country. See "Campus Candids" later today.

*Varsity BB: The boys varsity basketball team welcomes fans to tonight's 7 pm home game vs. Metro.

Thursday, January 25

*Crafts Club Bake Sale: Today.
*Dance Marathon Dodge Ball Tournament: If you're interested, form and sign up a team ~ space is limited.
*Ice Hockey: Game vs. MICDS at 9 pm tonight at Affton Rink.

Club leaders introduced a video about SMVC. This year, there are three teams/three cars/all grades.

Wednesday, January 24

*Crafts Club Bake Sale: Tomorrow.
*Dance Marathon: Raffle tickets are on sale, t-shirts are in, and countries have been selected by class officers: 7 Uganda, 8 Afghanistan, 9 Brazil, 10 Australia, 11 Sweden, 12 USA. Keep on fundraising.
*GAP: Meeting at 8 am tomorrow in the athletics conference room.
*KUTO: Discussion from 6 to 7 pm tonight in the Commons.

Tuesday, January 23

*C Reserve Basketball: Home game at 5:15 pm tomorrow ~ fans wanted.
*KUTO: Workshop on boys body image from 6 to 8 pm tomorrow.
*Spring Sports: Upper school spring sports/activities are posted.
*Stubborn Ounces: The deadline is February 9; the theme is mental health and body image.

JBS Praxis Week ~ Career Explorations in Applied Math and Science
Burroughs will offer Praxis Week, an inaugural program for students currently in grades 9-11 from June 4-8, 2018. Praxis Week will take a small group of students off campus to gain a glimpse of the range of opportunities in applied math and science and, through relevant hands-on activities, a more concrete idea of what it’s like to work in these fields. Students will interact with professionals who are applying math and science knowledge to solve problems in a variety of institutions. Each day will have a different focus, from taking part in a data science workshop at Saint Louis University to learning about biotechnology at Monsanto to working with solar panels like the ones being installed on the JBS science, technology and research building under construction. The program is free and available to about 20 students. Principals will forward an application link to students later this week ~ applications must be received by February 16.

Monday, January 22

Thanks and congratulations to everyone who worked on the dance show ~ it was fabulous!

Tuesday and Thursday are late start days ~ except for 7th and 8th graders who meet with their advisors at 8 am tomorrow.

*AMC: Today is the last day interested 9 - 12 graders can sign up for this math competition ~ outside of Mr. Taff's classroom.
*Computer Science Club: Meeting at 8:15 am tomorrow in the Hum Lab.
*KIVA: Meeting at 8:15 am tomorrow in conference room #3.
*The Swap Shop: Juniors Sofia Di Lodovico, Elle Harris and Cary Smith told students about their initiative to create a Stitch Fix for kids, which will feature lightly used clothes. They are running a drive between now and February 2 to build inventory.

STEM Speaker
Erica Barnell '09 spokes to students about her start-up company, Geneoscopy, and the lessons she has learned throughout the trajectory of the company. See "Latest News and Assembly Presentations" later today.

Friday, January 19

*Dance Show: Come: 7:30 pm tonight and tomorrow night. Tickets ($10) are on sale in the bookstore and at the door. Open seating.
*Ice Hockey: Game vs. Whitfield at Brentwood at 9:30 pm tonight  ~ the theme is "ski."

JBS Voices
The girls chorus sang "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hanson. See "Campus Candids" later today.

Thursday, January 18

*Dance Marathon: Raffle tickets for gift cards will be on sale in the bookstore next week and you can earn them through your fundraising for AIM High St. Louis and HELA.
*Dance Show: Tickets are on sale for the 7:30 performances Friday and Saturday.

Mr. Abbott told students that a temporary exhibit will be hung in the front hall of the Brauer Building as part of the school's ON LOAN program. The new exhibit will feature two silhouettes by Kara Walker. Walker is an African-American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist and film-maker. Her silhouettes include imagined scenes of slavery in the antebellum South; they are based on stereotypes and confront race, gender, power dynamics, etc.

Wednesday, January 17

*Bio Drey Land: Seniors, applications to be counselors at Bio Drey Land are due to Ms. Bahe today.
*Dance Marathon: Contact your class president with your fundraising progress and if you want to buy a DM t-shirt ($13).
*Dance Show: Tickets ($10) are on sale in the bookstore for the 7:30 pm performances on Friday and Saturday.
*North Lot: Tomorrow and Friday the west end of the north lot will be closed. This means there will be no student drop off at the Schnuck Wing and parking in the lot will be limited. There should be access to the building and Quadrangle.
*Review: Meeting at 7:30 am tomorrow in Mr. Chen's classroom.

Tuesday, January 16

*Bio Drey Land: Applications to be counselors at Bio Drey Land are due tomorrow to Ms. Bahe.
*Dance Marathon: Keep fundraising ... and if you want to buy a t-shirt, contact your class president.
*Dance Show: Tickets ($10) are on sale in the bookstore for the 7:30 pm performances on Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20.
*International Week Fashion Show: If you'd like to participate, several spots open are still open ~ contact Sammy Bernstein '19.

Ferguson Murals
A series of painted panels have been hung on the curved wall in the Haertter Hall. They were painted on plywood that covered broken storefront windows in Ferguson after the verdict in the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown case. The panels are on loan through the end of this school year.

Friday, January 12

*Guild of Geeks: Holding a day-long trivia contest in room 226 ~ everyone welcome.
*MICDS Basketball Games: Girls varsity game at 5:30 pm at MICDS and boys varsity game at 7 pm at MICDS on Monday, January 15. The theme is "beach." Sportsman's Park will donate a portion of JBS students' tabs to Dance Marathon if they eat between 3 and 6 pm on Monday AND mention they are from Burroughs.

DACA Sound-Off
Isa Rosario-Blake '21 talked about the plight of immigrants in general and dreamers in particular.

Dance Marathon 2018: The Winter Games
Student Congress leaders shared some Dance Marathon details:

  • 3 to 11:30 pm on Friday, February 9
  • $10 admissions
  • $13 for optional DM shirt (orders are being taken by class officers)
  • Fundraising challenge: every student is asked to try to raise $25 ~ all proceeds will go to Aim High St. Louis and HELA (Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan)
  • Tentative schedule: 3:15 opening ceremony, 3:45 dodge ball tournament and other activities, 5:30 dinner, 6 girls home varsity basketball game vs. MICDS, 7:30 boys home varsity basketball game vs. MICDS, 9 dancing and more activities/surprises, 11:30 closing ceremony

Mr. Abbott told seniors that graduation grove will be restored well in advance of June 3 and told everyone else that the STAR building will be up and running on August 23 (the first day of school). The project is virtually under roof.

Thursday, January 11

*Clear the Commons: Students will be asked to vacate the Commons at 4 pm today to allow for an evening function.
*Current Events: Meeting at 7:45 am tomorrow in Dr. Smith's classroom. Conversations will include the crackdown on undocumented workers, DACA, protests in Tunisia and gender pay inequities (think All the Money in the World).
*Dance Marathon: The theme is 2018 Winter Games! And remember, Sportsman's Park will donate a percentage of any tab for JBS students who eat dinner there between 3 and 6 pm on Monday, January 15 to Dance Marathon.

Wednesday, January 10

*Bio Medical Club: Meeting at 7:45 am tomorrow in conference room #2.
*Dance Marathon: Sportsman's Park will donate a percentage of any tab for any JBS students who eat dinner there between 3 and 6 pm on Monday, January 15 ~ the donation will go to Dance Marathon.
*MLK Day of Service: Permission slips are due tomorrow to participate in the JBS day of service. Click HERE for details.
*Students for Sustainable Change: Meeting at 8 am tomorrow in the Big Dipper.

Drew Battles & Co.
Drama teacher Drew Battles was joined by two faculty members and eight students to perform during a Music Wednesday. See "Campus Candids" later today.

Tuesday, January 9

*Laptop Drive: Members of the JBS THIMUN delegation are conducting a laptop drive between now and January 26, when they leave for The Hague in the Netherlands. William Bartnett '18 explained that the JBS delegation is trying to support their Afghanistan counterparts, who do not have easy access to technology.
*SMVC: Work session from 3 to 5 pm tomorrow.
*Trivia Club: Meeting at 8:15 am on Thursday in the academic support hallway.

Monday, January 8

8:45 am assemblies on Tuesday and Thursday

*Martin Luther King Day of Service: See Ms. Taylor or Mr. Harris is you're interested. Click HERE for more information.
*Montgomery Plan: Meeting at 8:10 am tomorrow in conference room #2 to discuss weatherstripping project, the spring break service trip and the MLK Day of Service.

Child Holocaust Survivor
Siegfried Adler spoke to students about being a child in a farm town in Germany as Nazis rose to power. See "Latest News and Assembly Presentations" later today.

Friday, January 5

*Nicaragua: There are still a few openings in the June 4- 13 trip to Nicaragua. See Mr. Tasker if you're interested.
*Three Kings Day: Remember to bring an extra pair of shoes on Monday to leave in Haertter Hall ... in hopes that the three kings will leave you a treat for Tuesday morning.

Fall Sports Awards
AD Peter Tasker and coaches presided over the annual fall sports awards assembly which honors upper school students who have been recognized by the press and/or various leagues. See "Latest News and Assembly Presentations."

Thursday, January 4

*AMC 10 and 12: Students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in taking the February 8 AMC 10 or AMC 12, should sign up outside of Mr. Taff's classroom.
*Canned Food Sculpture Contest: Winners of last month's contest were announced.
*Three Kings' Day: Sofia Di Lodovico '19 encouraged students to leave a pair of shoes in the Haertter Hall foyer on Monday evening. She said, per the Three Kings Celebration, the shoes should have little treat in them on Tuesday morning. Sofia explained that Three Kings' Day (also known as Epiphany) is a holiday marking the visit of the three Wise Men (also called the Kings) to baby Jesus. It is celebrated in Spain, Latin America and Hispanic communities in the United States.

Wednesday, January 3

*Animal Allies: A handful of students have the opportunity to work at a cat shelter this Saturday morning. See Ms. Allison if you're interested.
*Sunday Funday: If you would like to perform at Doorways' Cooper House from 1 to 2 pm this Sunday, see Ms. Barnes.

It's Cold Outside
Mr. Abbott asked students to be sure exterior doors close quickly (for now, don't worry about holding the door open for someone 15 seconds behind you!) and to not use the north doors (the ones facing the Quad) of the Commons. He also stressed that no one should venture onto Laughing Lake.

The Capital of Israel
On behalf of the Current Events Club, Ben Remis '18 spoke about President Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the national and international reactions to this decision. See "Latest News and Assembly Presentations."

Tuesday, January 2

Happy New Year!

*Stubborn Ounces: The first edition for 2017-2018 is out ~ the theme is love. The second edition will be released before spring break ~ the theme will be health and body image. Submissions are due by February 9.

Your Brain Grows ~ Take Advantage!
Mr. Abbott shared the essence of his most recent parent newsletter message with students. Click HERE.