David Starr Jordan Middle School - Cougar Yearbook (Burbank, CA)

 - Class of 1971

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mth Grade Class Histor KERIN gXRMODY 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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Administration PAUL WILLIAMS Principal Faculty Alice Abramowitz Joyce Baechtel Les Besser Dwight Bugh Ted Bunch Steve Campbell Hal Christensen Charleen Cohen Charles Cooper Gene Costa Susan Davidson Karen Dominy Maureen Doyle Marilyn duCharme Irene Forsyth Chester Fuz Susan Goldberg Linda Gump Vivian Hamilton Don Hollar Elinor Jaye Sid Jurman Beatrice Kass Maureen Krumholz Darla Lauble Barbara Libman David Lunsford Royce Malm Jean Mathias Jan Miller Donna Newcomb Jon Olin Frank Pellegrino Marjorie Percival Evelyn Reason Raul Regalado Bea Ruben Emily Sarsfield Terry Scott Michael Stefanko Sue Treglown Becky Tuck Carole Ulmer Pat vanHartesveldt Jim Whelan Dick White TOM BRIERLEY Boys' Vice-Principal ELLEN GRESHAM Co-ordinator MARV BOB LUNSFORD may MARILYN SPRINGER Girls' Vice-Principal ZANNA DUCKETT Seventh Nurse 'W- NOT PICTU RED Pete DeSantis



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and with over 40 schools taking part in the action, it was a great honor when Wendy Larsen and Richard Sands won a second place trophy in the group-serious division. November 15 S245 was earned when a Teacher-Talent Assembly replaced the worn-out Battle of the Bands. Our first quarter grades were quite a shock to some and we found the ninth grade really was harder but Monica Espinoza and Kathy McFarland were happy. They received straight A's. A trampoline assembly was held and finally the tradition about ninth graders leaving first at assemblies began to mean something to us. Then it was announced Kerin Carmody would serve as 1971 Cougar editor with Valerie Johnson and Jan Rogers her assistant editors. Beth Homan was appointed art editor and Mary Kregel was named editor of the Lair. December 5 Journalism held a car wash to earn money for Cougar improvements. S91 was raised. The Snowball Frolic took place in the gym and the Christmas Assembly featured the narration of Jan Rogers and Lynn Wilkinson. After returning from Christmas vacation, we were surprised when we sank into the 100 building's new carpeting. January 20 brought the Blue-Gold Basketball Game. Captain Dave Tesoro led his Blue team to victory over John Powers's Gold team 43-33. Also the faculty beat the all-stars 39-31 in the Jordan Jamboree held at Burroughs. The Jordan Jump took place in our own gym and later a wrestling competition was held for the Boys' League Assembly. The top wrestlers from our class included Gerald Baumgarten, Bill Chronister, Scott Munsey, and Dana McGehee. With finals and the Scholarship field trip to Occidental College and the arboretum, much of our time was filled but still some of us found time to be in the Student Talent Assembly. Mitch Vogel narrated and Carla Bertole, Coralyn Cornelli, Claudia Duringer, Chris Holland, Sharon McGee, Diane Oswalt, Manuel Padilla, Robin Sandmeyer, and Kristi Wells took part. Elections came and when tallied, showed Robin Sandmeyer had maintained her office as ASB president. Other officers elected for the spring semester included Mary Stevenson, ASB vice-president: Debbie Koffler, ASB sec- retary: Wendy Larsen, ASB treasurer: Debbie Frey, Girls' League presi- dent: and Cy Estabrook, Boys' League president. April Yaphe was chosen ninth grade president over the other finalist, Lois Giles. January 29 marked the end of the first semester and Shannon Donahue, Kathy McFarland, and Jan Rogers got straight A's. As second semester arrived, it was found that Honor Roll was the largest in Jordan's history and 92 ninth graders found a position there for a B average or better. This represented 28 per cent of our class. Scholarship elected Amy Hiatt, president: Monica Espinoza, vice-president, Nancy Mclntosh, secretary: and Scott Munsey, ninth grade representative, to their executive council. Beth Homan gained the title of SAC president with Christal Kyriacou as vice-president and Linda Melloff secretary. Lynn Wilkinson was announced as the new JSS president. A hugh shock jolted us awake February 9. The long-awaited California earthquake struck, wreaking havoc throughout the area. Our school was not damaged, fortunately, but everyone was sure nervous for a long time. After this shakey experience, we returned our interests to school. February 11 in Social Studies classes we voted on the ninth gade field trip to be taken June 2. The Los Angeles County Zoo was over-whelmingly chosen over a Pickwick swim and the Universal Studio Tours. On that same day a serious misunderstanding occurred when nominations for the Who's Who in the Cougar were released. It took a while to work out the problems but voting was finally scheduled for March 10 and 17. February 18 the Patriotic Assembly was presented. Tom Given narrated as members of the Drama Department performed "Spoon River Anthology". A week later at the Awards Asembly, Shannon Donahue and Robin Sandmeyer received Cougar awards for 425 points,or more. Kay Beeley, Carla Bertole, Phil Freno, Joyce Jeckewicz, Cindy Rouse, and Mary Stevenson received Starr awards and 33 other ninth graders got "J" awards. The Experience. That's what it was when a new club was formed. A variation on an art club, students were given a chance to relate to their environment. After much debate, gum chewing finally became a reality on a trial basis for ten weeks. Lois Giles was chosen ninth grade sports queen and was at the Knights' Track Meet March 24 to present awards to winners in the A Division. Boys who placed first from our class included AI Brick, Danny Bronson, Dave Carbaugh, Mike Funk, Jerry Howell, Prmton Lewis, Dana McGehee, Wayne Milazzo, and Sherman Wong. In the All-City Track Meet three days later Jordan placed last but Danny Bronson, Dave Carbaugh, Wayne Milazzo, and Sherman Wong did bring us honor by winning first place ribbons. April 2 saw the third quarter report rds and Kathy McFarland did it again by getting straight A's. Then Bob Ferdon, Mike Funk, Warren Galloway, Jill Kohut, Diane Lawler, Preston Lewis, Sheila Menzies, Tom Moriarty, Dale Tobey, and April Yaphe captured ribbons at the Junior Olympics. Kerin Carmody was elected ninth grade representative of Scholarship Socity after Scott Munsey moved. April 24 and 25 the PTA Variety Show "Everything Is Beautifulzz was held and Robin Sandmeyer, Manuel Padilla, and Mitch Vogel took part. Frances Holzer was named assistant editor of the Lair and "Hamlet" was performed at the Shakespeare Festival. The cast included Coralyn Cormelli, Cy Estabrook, Larry Murphy, Kristi Wells, and Pat Ramsey, who also served at director. Just after Open House the girls re-captured the paper drive trophy and then suddenly lollipops and stuffed animals at school seemed quite normal when the yearly activity day was held following a Jack and Jill theme. April Yaphe was a winner in the bubble-blowing contest and Bob Allen proved victorious in the tricycle race. Wendy Larsen, Joe Libby, and Nancy Perez displayed their dramatic talents May 7 in "David and Lisa". Other ninth grade cast members included Mike Adler, Ann Bernstein, Jack Codron, Coralyn Cornelli, Tom Given, Sharon McGee, Don Mooney, Larry Murphy, Jan Rogers, Richard Sands, Linda Stark, and Wendy Larsen, who also served at assistant director. The Mother-Daughter, Father-Son Nights took place and then May 17 Scholarship took its field trip to the Carbillo Beach Tidepools to see how ocean life was being affected by pollution. This tied in with their semester proiect on ecology which included plans for an ecology week at Jordan. Following a newly-inagurated iunior high sports night, the ninth grade trip to the zoo, the Blue-Gold Softball Game, and the Faculty-Nine Game, the ninth grade party was held with a patriotic theme. At the Awards Assembly earlier that week many members of our class again won school awards. Nith grade sportsmanship awards were presented to John Powers and Lenny McCarty. The David Starr Jordan Scholarship award went to Shannon Donahue and Curtis Ihle for the highest grade average in our class. Nominations had been made earlier in English classes for the coveted American Legion award. For the boys it went to Cy Estabrook over nominees AI Brick, Mike Funk, Brower Foster, Curtis Ihle, Dana McGehee, Don Nadon, and Bill Southworth. Topping nominees Karen Carmody, Shannon Donahue, Debbie Frey, Debbie Koffler, Kathy McFarland, Mary Stevenson, and Karen Wood, Robin Sandmyer was the winner for the girls. June 14 we received our Cougars, a day earlier than the seventh and eighth graders. lt came as quite a shock to everyone that one of our most outstanding class members, Robin Sandmeyer, had been over-looked in the Who's Who, quite an over-sight on our part. Then came June 16 and leaving at 3:00 with mixed emotions, we walked hom to prepare for the next day when we returned for the final time With 346 of us graduating, two promotional exercises were necessary. Speakers chosen from English classes included Lisa Baker, Julie Ban, Tom Given, Donna Hansen, Pam Harwood, Amy Hiatt, Jane Kirby, Sharon McGee, Debi Reed, Sandy Roseman, Bill Southworht, and Karen Wood. Cy Estabrook and April Yaphe read the roll call and then it was all over. When we have a spare moment, many of us will come back to visit. But it won't ever be the same because never again will we actually be a part of Jordan Junior High. These three years have been long in some ways and short in others. The membories and experiences of school can never be matched and looking back in the years that lie ahead, we'lI all realize that we owe to the people of this school and how we profited under their guidance. 4' X ' gi' F Hg., gt- t ' . 'ff We ',.-.. i M t., f -L. .. "' 's is ' egg. . H? . , , , ,:, fW?x. .gf.f? -if fiiiii 5 1 ta? , .L , t Mu, ,v f MQW. 'vE':iE?fg?f1Q fir . 'tj Qyrff S' ,Q ..-E,,.A. , X 3 2 ilff A, 7 Q 9 ' tif! g noem SANDMEYER cv Esmenook 5 r . ' , American Le9i9"' Award Winner American Legion Award Winner ' ' ' ,M 4 I is 2 ' f 'X , 7 - J v war . g . ,J sANNoN ooNAHuE CURT'S 'H'-E . . , J Q David Starr Jordan Sgholarghip Awgrd winner David Starr Jordan Scholarship Award Winner f

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