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Otter Creek

The Otter Creek Student Council has had a productive and successful first semester. Each Teacher-Based -Guidance class elected a member to represent them on the council. The officers are as follows: President- Lucy Utterback, Vice President -Caleb Rodgers, Secretary-Carson Smith, Treasurer-Matt Zigler, and Council At Large- Katarina Sotak.  These officers meet with Mr. Moore monthly and discuss student ideas/concerns, giving our student body a “voice”. The council implemented a Share-Your-Thanksgiving contest that resulted in a large donation of food for the WTHI sponsored program. Sponsoring sucker sales and “pay-to-plays” during TBG's , along with donations from the community, we were able to send 64 Otter Creek students shopping at Wal-Mart for Christmas. We are looking forward to a busy second semester with many projects planned.

Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson would like to congratulate the following students for being nominated for the December Character Trait: Compassion. They are Stevie Bridgewater, Marissa Churchill, Paxton Granda, Emery Grim, Lindsey Henry, and Ariel Cole. Ariel Cole, a seventh grader was chosen as the winner for our school. Great job students!

Woodrow Wilson is participating in an anti-bullying campaign HERO (helping everyone respect others) which focuses on bullying awareness and recognizing those students who demonstrate respect for others and willing to do a good thing. Our December HERO's were:

6th grade: Mikayla Fagg- Burton, Dareal Johnson, Conner Dwyer, and Katie Barsch

7th grade: Hannah Crist, Steven Nelson, Jaret Morlan, Billy Thompson, Alyssa Qi, and Ian Penwell 8th grade: Floyd Johnson, Jessica Hubbs, Aryn Wilson, and Emma SappingtonThese students enjoyed lunch with superheroes, high school students from Terre Haute North High School and a hero T-shirt. We are very proud of them. Each month more students will be recognized.

— Jennifer Hall


Come and see Rebecca Small in her final performance in a musical at Martinsville Jr/Sr High School as “Miss Ophelia” in: “The Taming of Katy Lou.” Book by L.R. Karcz. Music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur.

With many apologies to William Shakespeare, actors and audiences alike will have a rip-roaring good time with this entertaining musical take-off of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Set in the American ol’ West, the stubborn and bossy Katy Lou is driving everyone in town as crazy as a coyote with laryngitis. Her sister, sweet Miss Bianca, is wondering if she will ever be free to marry her handsome suitor, Larry, especially since she has to wait until her bad-tempered sister can be tamed with love. Things become even more difficult when outlaws show up! With lively characters that include cantankerous cowboys (including the lovable Stinky Jones, who needs his monthly bath), romantic heroes, outrageous outlaws and lovely town ladies, there are plenty of roles to go around the campfire! This comical horse opera ends with an unusual showdown and is sure to tickle the funny bones of audience members! Be sure to come and support the students of the Martinsville School District!

Rebecca will be playing the part of “Miss Ophelia” (a most proper lady from of the town New Padua).Rebecca is the daughter of Kevin and Lisa Small. She is a senior at Martinsville Junior Senior High School. She is involved in Prevention Theatre Troupe as well. Rebecca has been involved in musicals since 7th grade.

Tickets will go on sale Feb. 1. For more information about the show and updates on the cast, check out the website at martinsvillecusdc3musical.weebly.com/.

—V.L. Norton

Martinsville Elementary Principal

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