Blair Oaks High School Registration Dates and Times
*Students New to the District Wednesday, August 5 9am - 3pm
Seniors Monday, August 10 9am - 3pm
Juniors Tuesday, August 11 9am - 3pm
Sophomores Wednesday, August 12 9am - 3pm
Freshmen Thursday, August 13 9am - 3pm
*This registration session is for students new to the District, which includes incoming freshmen from area parochial schools. All new students to the district need to provide current proof of residency when registering.
All students must bring their $25 Class Dues in order to register.
Having their hair done and getting their makeup perfect for prom is what many juniors and seniors were doing on the weekend of April 17 & 18, but not the members of Linda Cumpton’s LifeSmarts Team. That’s right. Instead of going to prom, they spent the weekend in Seattle, Washington.
While their classmates danced the night away, this small handful of students were participating in a series of competitions over a variety of topics such as Personal finance, Consumer Rights and Responsibilities, Environment, Health and Safety, and Technology. Sophomores Kellie Fredendall and Kerstin Peterson, juniors Luke Dyer and Kyle Schulte, and seniors Karlie Reinkemeyer, James Reinkemeyer, Ashley Forck and Matthew Maasen all had the opportunity to represent their school and the state of Missouri by competing at the National LifeSmarts Competition. Thirty-two states were represented at the competition.
It all started back in February when Cumpton’s team won the National FCCLA LifeSmarts challenge to win a spot to compete in the National competition. They earned top honors in a 100 question online test that was open to FCCLA teams across the United States. Then, they competed individually on-line which earned them a shot at the live state competition hoping to send another team to Seattle, WA. They did what they had tried to do for several years and they won the live state competition. As a result, Cumpton’s team was the only school at nationals with two teams: one that represent all of FCCLA and one that was representing the state of Missouri!
So what is LifeSmarts exactly? Well, this is a program focusing on information that students can use to help navigate through the world. There are questions that encourage students to read the newspaper and pay attention to current events. The competitions have a game-like quality to them and teams have to be willing to put in a lot of time studying and preparing. Another part of the competition, allowed teams to create videos on various topics. “It was a really cool experience. I was really glad to have the opportunity to go and meet different people from all around the nation,” said Kelly Fredendall. It was very educational!"
Cumpton, Family and Consumer Science teacher, has been coaching her LifeSmarts teams for the last five years. But she said it was this group's willingness to put in the extra time to studying that made all the difference. "I have never had the opportunity to give my students such an awesome, learning experience. They were learning while having fun, and it paid off in a big way with a trip to Seattle: a couple of nice scholarships, national recognition for their academics, and memories that will last a lifetime. I’m so very proud of all of them and can't wait to see what happens next year,” stated Cumpton.
Four scholarships of $750 each were awarded at the national competition. Two of these scholarships went to Missouri students: Ashley Forck and Luke Dyer. Dyer also placed 2nd in the Individual Technology competition.
Other honors for the FCCLA team included the naming of Kerstin Peterson and Coach Cumpton to the National LifeSmarts Student Advisory Board. Peterson said, "Going to the National LifeSmarts competition was a lot of fun. I saw a lot of things I would never see in Missouri. It was a great experience to get us out of our comfort zone!"
At the state level, Matthew Maasen was an individual winner in Environment.
Congratulations to all who participated in the LifeSmarts program this year. Missouri placed first, nationally, both in the number of coaches and in the number of student participants. A special thanks to Coach Cumpton and her teams for doing an excellent job of representing Missouri and FCCLA.