Robby Lowe, Principal
A Message from Mr. Lowe
The 2012-2013 school year was one of the best we have ever had. 2013-2014 will most certainly be even better. The staff is energized and ready to tackle all the demands of Common Core State Standards. Over the summer the faculty participated in over sixty hours of professional development, and we have more planned throughout the year to help everyone make the transition to this challenging new way of learning.
Of course, state mandated testing continues to be a big concern for everyone. Last year’s results were not quite where we wanted them, but some areas made gains. We have a plan in place to lessen achievement gaps through targeted instruction, math tutoring, and literacy enrichment. Also new this year our students in grades 7-12 can participate in the after school program partially funded through Second Chance, a USDA sponsored initiative that provides a third meal to students followed by literacy and math enrichment.
We welcome six new staff members. We are sure these new faces are the right fit for the Junction City High School philosophy. Justin Thompson now teaches biology, anatomy and physiology, and AP Biology. Coach Thompson helps with football and is the head softball coach. Coach Thompson, a graduate of Junction City and former standout athlete, comes here from Dewitt. Mrs. Gwen Harbour is our new physical science, chemistry, and physics teacher; she comes to us from El Dorado. Mrs. Carie Green teaches English, Pre-AP English and AP English. She recently moved into our district after a distinguished career in Farmerville. Longtime district G/T teacher Belva Cannon crossed the road from Junction City Elementary and now teaches four high school English classes along with her G/T duties. Mrs. Zola Murray takes on ISS this year. Mrs. Murray comes to us from Bernice after a career in Union Parish. Megan Deloach is the new computer lab facilitator. She is fresh out of SAU and is the wife of technology coordinator Trent Deloach.
2013-2014 extra-curricular activities hold as much promise as always. After a last second victory in the AA State Championship game, this year’s football team returns the nucleus of last year’s squad. The competitive cheer squad brought home a state championship in 2012; and under direction of new cheer coach Jessica Huskey, look for another one this December. Boys’ basketball played in the state semifinals; they look stronger than ever for a return trip to finals; girls’ basketball is coming off a down year, but with a plethora of young talent, look for vast improvements; baseball, a traditional powerhouse among small schools definitely looks to better their state tournament performance this year with a solid stable of talented players, including seven returning starters. After five years of appearing in at least the semifinals of the state tournament along with a 2012 championship, the girls’ softball team is poised for another great year. The track team brought home its first state championship in the spring 2013; don’t be surprised by back to back titles. Golf and cross country round the athletic teams. Both have shown great improvement recently and are working hard to reach higher levels.
Without doubt athletics play a huge part in our community, but we also offer numerous non-athletic activities for our students to enjoy. The Dragon band program is boosting its numbers and offers creative entertainment at football games; its success in local and regional contests has been steady the last two years. As always FBLA and FCCLA offer students the opportunity to successfully compete against other schools. Quiz Bowl, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and other student organizations give our students an opportunity to enjoy a rich educational experience most small schools are unable to provide.
With the support of parents, grandparents, and the community at large, Junction City High School is at the center of our local culture. We are honored to be trusted with the educational well-being of the young people of this district. Our goal is to provide these students with a safe, caring environment where they can realize their potential.
All students at Junction City High School will be engaged daily in rigorous learning experiences that build on students’ talents, challenge their skills and understandings, and develop their ability to reason, problem solve, collaborate and communicate. Students will take responsibility for their own learning and focus their thinking to become productive and contributing members of the school community. Students will be challenged by complex texts and problems, construct viable arguments, and persist until solutions are identified and substantiated. Through these learning experiences, students will be confident in their preparation for success in adulthood, including college and career.
While ensuring a safe and caring environment, Junction City High School will provide rigorous academics and promote strong co-curricular programs.