Cobra Strike

From the Desk of the Junior/Senior High School Principal

"Cinderella never asked for a prince, she asked for a night off and a dress." Kiera Cass

Hot Tamale what a night! From start to finish, prom was all that and a bag of chips. The decorations were great, the DJ was awesome, the entrances were on point, the dresses were gorgeous, and the boys were cleaned up right. Getting to give the kiddos a chance to turn off the rest of the world and just enjoy being teenagers for a night is priceless.

Something has to be said for Gera Cochren and Susan Rollins for their dedication as prom sponsors. They have been working so hard this whole year to make last night happen. Even during the event they rarely took the time to sit back and enjoy it. They were taking pictures, taking care of food, coordinating the votes. They did a fantastic job this year and it was their first time as sponsors. Just think what they will be able to do once they have experience. Great job ladies.

Switching gears to this week. Friday is the Seniors last day (cue mom tears). During 7th (2:00) and 8th hours we are inviting the whole community to come to the high school gym as we send off the seniors with style. There will be refreshments on site as well. That night we will also be having a block party to celebrate those leaving us and those coming to us. Any student that is a current or future 7-12 Cobra and their families are invited to come to the High School parking lot that evening to just enjoy being a cobra. We will have a DJ on site, corn hole games, food galore. In fact the only cost to attend is a side dish that you might bring to any block party. Myself and Mr. Howard will be manning the grill as we fire up brats, burgers, and dogs. Come on down and have a good time with us.

In addition to this, there is still a lot of amazing things going on around here.

Keep on making a difference.

Derek E. Smith

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JR/SR High Events This Week: May 1-6


FFA State Competition

MS Track @ Home 2:00 pm

Baseball Vs. Horton @ Home (Netawaka) 4:30 pm

Softball @ Olpe 4:30 pm


FFA State Competition

HS Track @ Seneca 3:00 pm


FFA Nationals


FFA Nationals

MS NEKL Track @ McLouth 10:00 am

Baseball @ Blue Valley Randolph 4:30 pm

Softball @ Sabetha 4:30 pm


FFA Nationals

Senior SendOff 2:15 HS Gym

Block Party South Parking Lot 6-9 pm


Softball JV Tournament @ Rock Creek

Lets Go Cobra Day

On May 10th, we will be doing a pre-enrollment day for all current and potential students preK-12. There will be no school this day as we will have a lot going on. We will be doing sports physicals for sports provided by Dr. Allen's office in the morning. All day we will have computers set up for pre-enrollment into powerschool for everyone. This way everyone can do their course requests and forms. Anyone that had filled out our early form we have been sending out will have a much easier time filling this out on May 10th. Also this pre-enrollment now will make enrollment in August much simpler.

Mr. Andrews will be providing school tours all day that includes the missile silo and the tunnel.

In the High School Commons, we will have a "Cobra Fair" set up with tables for our clubs and sports so families can meeting with the coaches and sponsors.

All families are encouraged to enroll on this day.

Senior Radar

Seniors: you are almost there. However, we has so much to get through between now and the end. Major dates for seniors and their families are as follows

May 5th: Seniors last day.

Senior Send off. This is a new event where we will be celebrating seniors and their acomplishments. This will be a community event during the last two hours of the school day.

May 8th: Senior Community Service Day

May 12th: Senior Breakfast and graduation practice. 8:30 am

Note: Remember those parking spots you got to paint? Well this week is when you will need to relenquish those spots. time to paint them back to black.

May 14th: Commencement at 2:00 pm

Parents and Seniors please check email regarding a google form for the graduation video. we need a baby photo, a recent photo, as well as one of your choosing. school appropriate please. We need those by April 6th.

There will be a few other things I will need from you and will most likely be sending them out through alerts. Thank you.

Honor Flight

This week, we will be notifying veterans that have been selected for the upcoming Honor Flight trip. We are getting all of the planning underway here on the trip coming up and will be having a lot of communication soon.

If you would like to donate to the honor flight program at JH, you can do so here

Derek E. Smith

While this week has been full of amazing things for the students, there was also hardship and loss for the Cobras. We lost Melinda Wareham this week. She has served the Jackson Heights community as a member of the board for nearly two decades in addition to her children and grandchildren graduating from Heights as well. While I only got to experience her this year, she made an impression immediately. When I met her at my first board meeting, she came up to me and said she was a mother, grandmother, a cobra, and a board member. Shortly after, she interrupted the meeting to make ask what my middle name was. She did this for everyone she met. She told me your name is the first thing your parents ever gave you so its important. She was a kind woman who cared about this school and community unconditionally. I will miss her insight and kindness. My middle name is Edward.

Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.

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