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Hay ti Schools to the Front
The Hayti High School is a member of the Missouri High
School Debating League and last year debated Poplar Bluff. This
being the first year of debate in several years Hayti lost to their oppo
nents, but this year Hayti expects to show some real work in this
line, and having one year of experience there is no doubt, we think,
that the team will be strong.
The athletics of the High School are under the direction of the
school and the Boys and Girls Athletic Clubs assist materially in help
ing to put pep into the teams and raise funds for the support of the
is rendering service and boosting its schoole. Additions to the schools
of the last two years which comes to our mind are : A newly and fully
equipped Hand Training Department, which is a materiaf asset to the ,
High School. In this department pupils are taught to use tools in the'
construction of cabinet work, etc. Mi. Propst has given efficient in
struction in this department since its organization and his work stands
out for itself in making anything that can be constructed of wood.
The introduction of departmental work into the sixth, seventh
and eighth grades of the Grammar School, giving each teacher of the
department an opportunity to instruct in the subjects in which she is
best prepared, and thus keeping step with modern school movements.
The new Art course in the Grammar School is another wise
move. In this course, appreciation of the beauties which surround us
is taught, and of the acquiring a knowledge of the drawing as a form
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c We believe that Hayti has had more athletics this year than in
several years. Foot ball was re-organized and though many difficul
ties confronted the boys, they played three games after getting a late
start and had three cancelled. Now that they have left the school a
good equipment, which is ready for next year, there should be no
trouble in getting started next year.
The Girls Basket Ball team is the strongest team that The
Missouri Herald has seen for some time. They have come out and
practiced regularly, and though on an outdoor co.urt, they have de
feated teams which have indoor courts. They have purchased a new
set of equipment this year, including sweaters, and are ready to keep
up their excellent record unless the weather forbids practice.
une oi tne new organizations cms year is a
Journal Club composed of members of the various
classes, and organization work of the club is to fur
nish a means for giving us news for publication.
This is a good idea, we thrink, as it gives the pupils
a chance to learn how to express themselves in
journalistic- terms as well as giving publicity to the
The Dramatic Club fosters plays. This is an
important club, as it gives those interested in dra
matics a chance to take part in the various plays
that are given during the year. It is this club that
is responsible in raising funds necessary for gradr
uatingv exercises, etc. . . '
The Latin Club organized last yqar gives
those interested in Latin an opportunity to work out
things of interest in the classics.
THE PURPOSE OF THE HAYTI SCHOOLS;
The aim of the Hayti schools is to help pre
pare the pupil for life that he may 'go out into the
world with a broader vision, a broader outlook on
life, and make a more useful citizen wherever he
may live. The Missouri Herald believes that if this
aim is achieved, those who support the schools and
those who attend the schools will not have labored
in vain. Hayti is a good, progressive community.
The Board of Education is awake to the situation of
advancing the interests' of the schools, This year
the Board has made many new improvements,
among them the installation of indoor toilets at the
Grammar School, new bubbling fountains, addition
al cement walks around the building, inside paint
ing, etc. Among the improvements at the High
School are new, bubbling fountains, new lavatories,
equipments, books, etc,
The problems of the Board are many and
we are glad that Hayti has a progressive Board that
Still anot'her important feature is the Palmer method of teach
ing writing, which was introduced last year: This course, according to
many we have heard, is getting real results from many . -who -were-poor
in the art of penmanship, and is developing this' art, which' has
The principalship of a school is in a large way responsible for
helping to formulate plans and in the carrying out "of the wishes of
the administration ; also in helping boost the school into a higher plane
of action. Mrs. Wells has served this capacity for a good period of
time, and is always on the job doing her part.
It will be observed that The Missouri Herald only mentions
heads of new departments and administrators, but of equal importance
to the school is the individual teachers of the various
rooms, who render service and co-operate to make
the school a success. ' ,, ,
REQUISITES FOR A GOOD SCHOOL. : !!
O. E. HOOKER.
The- above is a good picture of
O. E. Hooker, superintendent of the
Hayti Public Schools. Mr. Hooker is
now half way through his third term
here. He has made good. Our
schools, always progressive 'and pros
perous, have been even more so under
his management. He has worked sys
tematically and steadily. He has
made the interest of the schools his
supreme ambition. Mr. Hooker owns
his home here and feels a keen per
sonal interest in the community.
To attain the best' results, teachers "must
work together in harmony for the 'good of the
school and avoid personal ,djfferences. Parents--' '
must co-operate to the fullest extent, with the teach- ' '
ers and the Board of Education1, and avpid criticism (
until a thorough investigation has been made in r
any particular case. In a school in which the. teach
ers are willing to do their, part, and with a "Board '
working for the best interests, success is sure, .to", be
oure. The Missouri Herald feels that the above 'is '
true of our citizens and wishes the schools a con
tinuation of the progress that is how theirs -
Three years ago when Superintendent O. E.
Hooker came to Hayti it will be remembered by
those who keep in touch with the schools that Hayti
had no prospects of having a senior class, and it
was with great difficulty that he and the Board
succeeded in recruiting a class of two. Last year
the senior class had grown to six and this year it is
composed of fifteen, the largest in the history, of the
school. Improvements mentioned elsewhere in
this article have been worked by him in conjunction
with the Board during the past three years of his
superintendency. This year ,the superintendency
has labored harder, but willingly, than in previous
years, teaching, coaching and acting principal of
the Grammar School, in addition to the regular
duties of the office.
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