Cobra Strike

From the Desk of the Junior/Senior High School Principal

So much flies under the radar

Its that time again for me to get a chance to highlight a few of those programs that tend to go under the radar. One example being the High School Scholars Bowl team lead by Mr. Moore in his first year with us. They have attended several meets this year and are getting ready for regionals on February 2nd. with Kryndon Proffitt stepping into the team captain seat, they have pushed through this season. While they have not been getting major highlights in the form of big wins, they have been doing a great job of making us proud everywhere we go. As the HS scholars bowl season is heading to the end, the Middle School team lead by Mr. Henry is spinning up. I look forward to reporting on the great things coming from both of these teams soon.

One other program that is getting started this upcoming weekend is the Forensics team. Mr. McAfee took over the program last year and had three students. This year he has quadrupled those numbers and will be bringing a competitive team to this years speech and drama competitions. The students that participate in the Forensics programs attain meaningful skills that will help them throughout their lives. Through the ten different events, they really get a chance to shine as an individual and support each other as a team. They are headed to McLouth this upcoming Saturday. I will be very excited to highlight our teams victories throughout the season.

The last program that started up this month is the powerlifting team has started competing. After last years 3rd place state finish, we are hoping to bring home some major awards this year. With both the powerlifting and the forensics team, there is an extra amount of commitment. Almost all of the tournaments for both of these occur on Saturdays. Both the students and the coaches are giving up a lot of their weekend out of simple dedication to something that means something to them. That speaks volumes to me.

In addition to all of the tournaments from last week and this upcoming one, along with all of the other activities going on, we also have so many club events coming up.

Keep on making a difference.

Derek E. Smith

February 4th is Huge! PTO Dance, Middle School Dance, and a Babysitters Club

Not only do we have all the action happening during Queen of Courts week, That Saturday poses yet another monster of a day. The PTO will be hosting an 80s night dance for adults from 7:30-10:30, but the school will be hosting a middle school dance at the same time.

Additionally, the seniors have decided to open a "Babysitters Club" during the same time. The seniors, along with High School staff, will be offering an adults night out in the High School Gym. You can bring your k-6 JH student along with their sleeping bag down to the high school and we will entertain them in the HS gym. We will have snacks, drinks, and we will watch a family friendly movie on the big screen. You can drop off your kiddo at the Gym for $15 per student and we ask that they be picked up by 11:00 pm that evening. All of this is so everyone can have a good time.

The Court of Kings and Queens

Stuco Announced the 2023 candidates for King and Queen of Courts. Congratulations to all the nominees. We are excited for all the events that will be happening during the weeks leading up to the Courts. Just like homecoming, there is a lot of new events to look forward to.

Alumni Games

We will be hosting an All Alumni Basketball game on Friday January 27th. All JH graduates are welcome to participate. Entry is $25, this will include a t-shirt for you to keep after the game. The game will start at 6:30 pm. Gate cost will be a free will donation. Interested players can contact Janice or Gera (,

At halftime of the game, there will be a 50/50 free throw competition as well as a 3 point competition. Entry for these will be $5 each, winner receives half the total entries for the event. Anyone can participate in these events.

The game and the contests will directly benefit the Honor Flight Program.

There will be a free will donation dinner sponsored by Stuco.

On a side note, while I enjoy the alumni from this school all together, the ones that work inside the buildings are amazing. I had to ask one time if we thought we could pull this off and the combination then it was up and running like nothing. Janice Mulroy and Gera Cochren really took the ball and ran with it on this one.

Talent Show

The band will be sponsoring a Talent show on Tuesday January 31.

There will be open auditions Wednesday January 25th in the band room from 3:45-6:00.

Any other inquiries can be directed to Mr Moore (

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JR/SR High Events This Week: Jan 23-28


MS Boys BB @ P. Ridge @ 4:30 pm


HS Girls BB Tournament Vs. Concordia @ Hiawatha High School 4:30 pm

County Spelling Bee @ Holton Middle School 4:00 pm


High School Talent Show Auditions @ Band Room 3:30-6:00 pm


HS Scholars Bowl JV @ Oskaloosa 4:00 pm

HS Girls Basketball Tournament @ Hiawatha

HS Boys Basketball @ JCN 4:30 pm

Ms Boys Basketball VS ACCMS @ Home 4:30 pm


Alumni Basketball Game @ High School Gym 6:30 pm


Forensics @ McLouth

Girls Basketball Tournament @ Hiawatha

Derek E. Smith

This was from the Honor Flight trip I had the privilege of attending when I was at my first teaching assignment. As a veteran, this trip was life changing for me. It completely realigned how I identify as a veteran. I made life long friends on the trip and became motivated to provide these opportunities wherever I can. Now that I am here and have the chance to head up the program, I am honored to have the chance to give this life changing opportunity to my students at Jackson Heights as well as Veterans.

If you would like to contribute to the program, every dollar counts,

Additionally, if you are a veteran or know one that would like to take this trip, you can print out the application or you can pick up a copy from the district office.

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

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