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mth Grade Class Histor
he bugels sounded, the flag rose, a silent hush fell over the
Jordan auditorium, and our life as seventh graders began. That first day,
September 16, 1968, is one none of us will ever forget. As seventh
graders in a school of l,077 students, we were labled "scrubs" but soon
we became well-acquainted with the daily routine of junior high life.
Gym was really a shock, especially the first time we had to shower and
dress in seven minutes, whether we wanted to or not. After the Wel-
come Back Dance, I.D. pictures, the Welcome Assembly, Battle of the
Bands, Back to School Night, and the PTA membership drive, home-
work became our usual afternoon activity and we began working hard
towards our first quarter progress reports. Those who could spare an
afternoon or two found a wide variety of clubs and sports could be
both fun and educational. October 21 there was a paper drive which the
girls won. November 15 came around and the Burroughs Red and White
Assembly was presented. Then it seemed like such a long time before
we would be able to take part in the "Indian warfare" of high school.
On the 19th there were some cheers and some tears when we received
our first quarter progress reports and soon after there wasa Red Cross
drive. "WiIdcat WiIlie" was the Thanksgiving Assembly in which the
Drama Department performed. Christmas vacation soon took place and
everyone was glad for the two week rest period. But all too soon we
were back wearing our new belongings and working as hard as ever.
January 24 the Jordan Jump took place but most of us were still a little
hesitant about attending. Our first elections came and many seventh
graders ran for class president. Defeating Shannon Donahue, the other
finalist, Robin Sandmeyer was elected to represent us on Cabinet. All at
once the first semester ended and found Shannon Donahue, Joyce
-leCk9WiCZ,and Karen Wood had received straight A's.
Second semester those with a 3.25 grade average or better were
able to participate in the Scholarship Society for the first time. Many of
us joined and elected Shannon Donahue the seventh grade
representative. March brought around many activities. Replacing the
old Bermuda Day we had only heard about, Cabinet initiated Slave Day
which terminated with a dance. A King and Queen of Smiles was
chosen from each grade level to reign over the dance and we chose
Terry Luffee and Gerald Baumgarten. The Knights' Track Meet was
held and Shannon Donahue was chosen by the Knights to reign as
seventh grade sports queen. March 12 the seventh grade girls traveled to
Muir for a basketball playday. As the third quarter drew to a close, so
did the Lair cover contest and Tom Given's design was selected. A free
Cougar was his prize but the real prize was a seventh grader's drawing
having been selected. Vasquez Rocks was the destination when science
classes left school to study the rock formations and types of soil
erosion. Dominic da Motta scored well at the Junior Olympics held at
Burroughs. May was a good month and its spring scent was the "Flower
Shower" dance, the John Goddard Assembly, students elections, and
the Cabinet Car Wash. Elections saw Mike Funk defeating finalist Robin
Sandmeyer for the position of first semester eighth grade president.
June 5 the Awards Assembly was held and Craig Beaubien and Dana
McGehee received the sportsmanship awards from the athletic depart-
ment. Shannon Donahue, Mike Funk, Sharon McGee, Linda Melloff,
and Robin Sandmeyer were the seventh graders who got a "J" award
for earning 100 points or more. The Cougar took up time with the
signing of friendship until June 19 came around and yearbooks and
report cards in hand, we walked away with no idea what the next year
would hold for us.
After three months of vacation, we came bobbing back to be
known as the "middle class". Now in eighth grade, we found some
changes had been made. Mr. Roy Beach, our seventh grade counselor,
had left and Mr. Donald Werner had assumed his position as our class
counselor. Mr. Tom Brierley, the new Boys' V-P, joined the 15 new
teachers, a number higher than that of any other year. Mike Funk, our
eighth grade president, represented us on Cabinet and Monica Espinoza
was chosen to serve as eighth grade Scholarship representative. Sherman
Wong was the eighth grade BYC representative. After taking I.D.
pictures in the gym, we went to the Welcome Back Dance and the
Battle of the Bands. October also saw the PTA membership drive which
turned out to be the biggest in the history of Jordan. Journalism B ran
a neck-and-neck race with Orchestra and finally won with 529 per cent,
topping their musical competition by merely one percentage point. A
well-wanted changed took place when it was announced boys could
wear bermudas to school but that was nothing compared to the excite-
ment October 23 when a sit-in was held on the lower field protesting a
completely unfounded rumor about canceling nutrition. On the same
day a battle of the sexes took place and the girls again won the paper
drive. A coke machine and candy were added to the cafeteria menu.
The Rocky Road, winner of the Battle of the Bands, played for a night
Halloween Dance. A great number of noon activities including ping
pong and dancing were the works of SAC and a large variety of clubs
were available. In November the ninth grade Blue-Gold Football Game
ended in a tie for the first time in Jordan history. After progress reports
came out, it was found only two students in the school had received
straight A's-both eighth graders. They were Shannon Donahue and
Kathy McFarland. Another school record was broken when 5130.40
was earned for the Red Cross Drive. Truman Capote's "The Thanks-
giving Visitor" was put on by the Drama Department. The halls were
unusually busy during nutrition December 3 when it was approved that
students no longer- had to stay in the cafeteria area during the 10
minute break. The John Goddard Assembly, Snowball Frolic, election
sign-ups, and the Christmas Assembly took up most of our time before
our two week vacation. After returning fully-revived, we found that
four eighth graders would be running for an ASB office. They all lost
but Monica Espinoza, Nancy Perez, Cindy Rouse, and Celest Slatten
were only the second group of eighth graders ever to seek an ASB office
during first semester. Carla Bertole lost to Robin Sandmeyer in the
finals for eighth grade president. January 12 to 16 a can drive was held
to raise money for the student body but the results were disappointing.
January 20 we received our semester grades and Shannon Donahue and
Karen Wood received straight A's. There were 22 of us who earned
the"J" award this semester.
ln the second semester, Don Nadon was elected eighth grade
Scholarship Society representative. January 15 Jordan won the district
crown at the annual All-City Basketball Tournament. The Talent Show
returned January 29 after a year's absence and Robin Sandmeyer,
Manuel Padilla, and Richard Sands were the eighth graders in it. For the
third time, the dress code was made more liberal. The girls could finally
wear pants to school, March brought about the PTA Variety Show and
then 36 Jordan girls participated in the eighth grade GAA Basketball
Playday held at Jordan. Carla Bertole and Sharon McGee played on the
winning team. Instead of the Slave Day tried the year before, Cabinet
tried a reversed schedule and Li'l Boy and Girl Day. A hot chocolate
machine arrived just in time for warm weather. The Knights' Track
Meet March 31 and April 1, reigned over by eighth grade sports queen
Karen Wood, saw Craig Beaubien, Dominic da Motta, Conrad Lopez,
Dana McGehee, and Ron Steele win first place ribbons. At the April 11
All-City Track Meet Craig Beaubien, Mike Funk, Dominic da Motta,
Conrad Lopez, Dana McGehee, Don Nadon, Ron Steele, Mike Swann,
and Sherman Wong won ribbons, April 17 the Junior Olympics were
held at Burroughs and Lisa Baker, Randee Luedecke, Terry Luffee,
Karen Wood, Dana McGehee, and Mike Funk captured winning
positions. Once again the Girls' League kept their trophy for winning
the paper drive and the Mother-Daughter and Father-Son Banquet
proved to be sucessful when games were played. The Drama Festival in
April by Mike Adler, Lois Giles, Wendy Larsen, Don Mooney, Richard
Sands, and Lynn Wilkinson. May 25 the Lair sale was a sell-out and
then the Scholarship Society took a field trip to Mt. Lowe in the
Angelus Forest. After having written fire prevention essays earlier in the
year, Sharon McGee was finally announced winner with Debbie Koffler
and Livia Smoquina placing second and third. Bowling Club presented
trophies to Bill Gillis, Dave Shephard, and Keith Van Hoose. An ASB
Swim and Bar-B-O was held at Burroughs and the clothing class put on
a fashion show at Jordan that same night. June brought around elec-
tions and 25 of our fellow eighth graders ran for office. The winners
were Robin Sandmeyer, ASB president: Sharon McGee, ASB vice-
-president: Christal Kyriacou, ASB secretary: Amy Hiatt, ASB treasurer:
Monica Espinoza, Girls' League president: and Dana McGehee, Boys'
League president. Defeating the other finalist, Randee Luedecke, Cy
Estabrook proved to be our new class president. Suddenly the dress
code changed for the final time and anyone could wear most anything
to school. Conrad Lopez and Al Brick were announced sportsmanship
award winners while Joann Boydston, Shannon Donahue, Christal
Kyriacou, Linda Melloff, and Robin Sandmeyer won Starr awards for
having 250 points or more. "J" awards went to 17 members of our
class. For the first time souvenir editions of the Star were sold. June 16
the Cougars were distributed so the last few days were again spent in
signing autographs. When the final bell rang at 12:30, 326 eighth
graders, report cards in hand, all thought simultaneously, "Ninth grade,
here we come!"
Finally The Day came. September 14, 1970 we ninth graders
started our last year at Jordan. Soon came I.D. pictures and the
Welcome Back Dance and for the first time, the girls in our class
showed more interest in the alumni boys who would be attending than
in the boys already there. After many years, the boys finally obtained
the trophy for winning the paper drive. School librarian Mrs. Fay
Stewart, the only member of the faculty who had been here since
Jordan opened, had retired in June and Mrs. Eleanor Jaye took her
place. New courses were added this year including Archeology, a dne
quarter mini-class, and elementary algebra class, an arts-crafts class, and
Advanced P.E. Study Halls were no longer required so more electives
could be taken. A night Halloween dance was held and the new Basket-
ball and Library Clubs were formed. In Scholarship Society, Shannon
Donahue was elected president. Other officers included Kathy
McFarland, vice-president, Peggy McFarland, secretary: and Bill South-
worth, ninth grade representative. Wendy Larsen was elected SAC presi-
dent with Linda Melloff as vice-president and Beth Homan as secretary.
Mary Stevenson obtained the position of JSS president. In school-wide
elections, Carla Bertole was elected BYC representative. A GAA play-
day for ninth grade girls was held November 4 and with 40 Jordan girls
participating, Lois Giles and Karen Wood received trophies. November
10 the Blue football team, led by captain Craig Beaubien, gained a
victory over captain Al Brick's Gold team with a score of 6-0. Later the
Fabulous Faculty proved their title when they, with a 13-6 score, won
the Faculty-Student Football Game. After the Burroughs Red and
White Assembly, another record PTA membership drive took place. Mr.
Steve CampbelI's Journalism B class won again, with 523 per cent. The
Drama Department hosted the 28th annual Drama Festival at Jordan
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