The Wildcat Express

Last Sunday, October 1, the Arnett BETA Club helped serve alongside the Kiwanis Club with Kids’ Day. BETA Members judged the parade categories, led the parade, and helped with the races. The Arnett BETA Club led by Mrs. Jena Burcham are often times helping with community events behind the scenes. The National Beta Club is an organization that strives to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service among school students, and our chapter seems to go above and beyond for our community. 

This past week Arnett students got a big surprise when our new activity bus arrived! Last year the town of Arnett passed a transportation bond that included the new activity bus.  The bus arrived just in time to take our fast-pitch softball team to the state tournament in Shawnee.  

Thursday, October 5, the Lady Wildcats loaded the new activity bus and headed to Shawnee to take on Turner on the first day of the Class B State Fastpitch Softball Tournament. The Lady Wildcats fell to Turner 11-6.  The Lady Wildcats represented our town and school very well. They played with heart and never gave up. Turner made it to the championship game where they lost to second-ranked Tupelo. 

The Arnett Softball team would like to say thank you to the parents and community for supporting them at the State Tournament and throughout the season. They would like to give a special thanks to the parents and grandparents who provided meals and water all season. The girls were well-fed and hydrated!  Thank you to Lisa Friesen for handling the details behind the scenes and Lori Bayless for keeping the books so everyone could follow the team on GameChanger.  Thank you to Bart Watkins and Shaw Funeral Home for buying the team’s dinner in Shawnee and to the Booster Club for helping pay for meals. Photo memories were captured by Kimberly Booth and Melanie McCracken. 

September 26, was national Johnny Appleseed day.  Elementary principal Shannon Shoaf dressed up like my Mr. Appleseed and spread the love of literacy to her elementary students.  She traveled to the younger grades in her Johnny Appleseed getup and read them a book about the adventures of Johnny Appleseed. 

The 4th-6th graders completed their T-Shirt book reports.  Each student read a fictional book and then with the assistance of their teacher made a shirt that represented their book.  They designed their shirts in Canva and then used a vinyl cutter to cut out their shirt designs. After weeding the excess vinyl they pressed their shirts using a heat press.  The students modeled their shirts for the younger students in the cafeteria.

(L-R) Mrs. Burcham, Sabe Williams, Student, Levi Starkey, Carla Vicente, Madison Haney, Hadley Brooks, and Zanston Clark at the Arnett Kids’ Day Parade

Mrs. Shoaf reading a story about Johnny Appleseed to the first grade class.

The 6th-grade students show off their Book Report T-shirts

(L-R Back Row) Sabe Williams, Noah Holman, Derick Girton

(L-R Front Row) Alex Strick, Jozie Latta, Leilani Daniels

The Lady Wildcats prepare to load the new bus!