Maypearl Jr High School Newsletter, Volume A Issue 2 9/19/14
Principal's Peace by Lesley Austin
We want our kids to become resilient! Sometimes as parents we want our kids to be happy, so much that we lower their "window of tolerance." It is healthy to set boundaries and create limits. Predictable limits actually reduce stress. The following blog from Tina Payne Bryson is a great read. http://tinabryson.com/a-parents-anti-bubble-wrap-manifesto/
"It’s out of our deep love for our children that we want to protect them, but their capacity will be greater, their spirit larger, if we allow that love to lead us to our own courage, so that we can feel strong enough to let them discover their own strength."
October 15th Get Ready to Be Fired Up with Aric Bostick
"The successful warrior is the average man with laser-like focus." ~ Bruce Lee
COUNSELOR'S CORNER Mrs. Farda by Keyontae Rollison
This year we have a new face on campus, our counselor, Mrs. Farda! Mrs. Farda taught and coached at Nimitz High School in Irving for nine years. She moved to Maypearl and coached here for one year and taught math for eight years. 2014-2015 is her first school year to be a school counselor.
Some of her plans for the year include teaching character building lessons and activities. She also wants to promote college and career exploration, prevent suicide, and enhance awareness of drug and alcohol abuse. Another thing she wants to talk with students about is bullying and ways that we can all work together to stop it. Mrs. Farda says the best part of her job is building relationships with the students. She may not be able to solve all of their problems, but she can at least help them carry their burdens!
Although she is very excited about being at MJHS she says, "Change is scary!" Mrs. Farda towers above most of us on campus at 5'9" and she's even 2 inches taller than her husband, Coach Farda! She loves working at Maypearl and thinks we have great schools here. She enjoys being part of the community, too. In her free time, Mrs. Farda loves going to the lake with her family. She also runs, does yoga, and loves to read!
Welcome to MJHS, Mrs. Farda!
8th Grade Spotlight - Tatum Wittenauer by Zachary Grabau and Landon Wakeland
7th Grade Spotlight- Carson Austin by Macy Terry and Monserrat Zamora
Riddles of the Week by Angel Lopez
When a tailor presses your pants, is it all right to scream?
What did one side of the pants say to the other side of the pants?
What always speaks the truth, but doesn't say a word?
Submit your answers to these riddles to the box in the cafeteria. Students who answer all three correct will be entered into a drawing for a small prize. Good luck!
Answers to all riddles will be included in our next issue.
Answers to 9/5/14 riddles:
What's black and white and read all over? A Newspaper
When is a door not a door? When it's ajar.
What type of suit does a duck wear? A ducksedo
The winner is: Lauren Hyles, 8th grade!
September 26th - Early Release and MAYPEARL HOMECOMING PARADE AND GAME
School releases at 12:10.
October 15th - Early Release and GET FIRED UP FOR SUCCESS WITH ARIC BOSTICK, and COMMUNITY FAIR
School will release at 12:10.
Junior High Volleyball Game Schedule by Beth Thomas
September 20th @ Rio Vista (tournament)
September 22 @ Maypearl
September 29 @ Life School Oak Cliff
October 6th @ Maypearl
October 13th @ Kemp
October 20th @ Maypearl
October 25th @ Sunnyvale (District Tournament)
TELINA CHAVEZ - Volleyball Coach by Monica Martinez and LeAnne Blake
Taylor, Addie, Carolyne, and Emma
Waiting for a serve!
7th Grade A Team Huddle
Coach Chavez gives her team some pointers during the game leading to their WIN over ROLS.
Diving for a spike!
Junior High Football Game Schedule and Spirit Days by Beth Thomas
Wednesday 9/24 – Spirit Day – Wipe out the Wildcats (wear beach theme, lei’s, Hawaiian shirts, beach shorts, sunglasses, sunhats, no swimsuits)
Thursday 9/25 – Game Day @ Maypearl
Friday 9/26 – Homecoming – early release at 12:1 0
Wednesday 10/8 – Spirit Day – Lasso the Lions (western wear)
Thursday 10/9 – Game Day @ Blooming Grove
Wednesday 10/15 – Spirit Day – Skool the Eagles (dress up NERD style)
Thursday 10/16 – Game Day @ Mildred
Wednesday 10/22 – Spirit Day – Blast the Bulldogs (wear superhero shirts)
Thursday 10/23 – Game Day @ Maypearl
Wednesday 10/29 – Spirit Day – Jam up the Bulldogs (wear PJs)
Thursday 10/30 – Game Day @ Palmer
Wednesday 11/5 – Spirit Day – Rock of Ages (dress up like a rocker)
Thursday 11/6 – Pep Rally and Game Day @ Maypearl
2014-2015 A LEGENDARY YEAR AT MAYPEARL JUNIOR HIGH
Legend of the Past - Albert Einstein by Cameron Crowther
Did you know Albert Einstein:
was born on March 14, 1879
played the piano as a kid
graduated high school in 1896
had a difficult time in high school
had a family
developed the theory of relativity
won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921
was asked to be the president of Israel
immigrated to the United States in 1932
died on April 18, 1955
One of Einstein's famous quotes is: "If you can't explain it simply, then you don't understand it well enough."
8th Grade Observes September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance by Madie Wiggins
Teacher Feature - 8th Grade Mrs. Augustyn by Clayton Spradling and Nolan Roudebush
Teacher Feature - 7th Grade Dody Wiggins by Landon Routh and Cameron Crowther
Doralene Wiggins, better known as Dody, learned to teach at the University of North Texas. She currently is the 7th grade math, yearbook, and RTI teacher at MJHS. RTI stands for response to intervention and she pulls kids to help them in any class. She was a teacher in Midlothian for 16 years and decided she wanted a change. We are sure glad she did. Mrs. Roesler told her she thought she would love coming to work at Maypearl. Mrs. Wiggins recalls, "I interviewed with Mrs. Jan Stenson and she was kind enough to give me a job."
Dody Wiggins loves the new group of kids. She says they are hard working and eager to learn. Mrs. Wiggins loves teaching 7th grade. She also loves this campus and the people she works with at MJHS. She wouldn't trade places with anyone. Mrs. Wiggins' favorite thing about teaching is watching a kid's eyes light up when they have learned something new. She also enjoys seeing a kid smile, sing, and knowing they are enjoying her class. Her favorite hobbies are laying by the pool, helping other people with projects, watching her son, Jake, play basketball, and hanging out the friends and family.
Mrs. Wiggins is a great teacher at our school and we are so glad she is here. MJHS is lucky to have her!!
What's Up With the Band? by Nigel Barron and Clayton Young
Mr. Dees and Mr. Cupp are the directors of our Panther Band. We caught up with Mr. Dees to ask him for some information about the band and how it all works together. We found out there are 14 sections in the band: 5 brass, 8 woodwind, and percussion. Each of them play different music. The hardest instruments to play are the oboe and bassoon for a couple of reasons. They are double reed instruments and are difficult to get the right sound because they require lots of breath control. When the band goes to contest there are three music judges at Region contest. They each give the band a rating from a I to a V. I means the performance was "superior" - everyone was in step, in tune, and there was no tearing (when one part of the band gets ahead of the other.) The next rating is a II which means "very good." III is "good." IV is "fair" and V is "poor." We want all three judges to give us a I at contest.
The Junior High band will have a band night where the students are allowed to come out and play with the Varsity Marching Band in the stands. We also have our district contest coming up in November.
Band students go to band camp in the summer. During band camp they learn marching fundamentals (how to take a step, which foot goes first, how to pint your toes when standing) for forward, backward, and sideways marching. We also start learning the music and drill for the marching show.
Thanks for the information. Band sure keeps the spirit going at the games and we love their new USO show on Friday nights!
ACADEMIC UIL - JOIN A TEAM TODAY!!
Academic UIL is fast approaching on December 4th. UIL takes a lot of practice and preparation so get yourself on a team today! The events and coaches are listed below. See the teacher coaching the event in which you wish to participate.
Art Stansell, Chea
Spelling Thomas, Beth
Number Sense Merritt, Robert
Ready Writing Austin, Lesley
Oral Reading Daugherty, Taylor
Chess Puzzle Augustyn, Jill
Calculator Applications Augustyn, Jill
*Modern Oratory Craft, Reid
Mathematics Wiggins, Dody
Maps, Graphs, and Charts Spradling, Lauri
Dictionary Skills Thomas, Beth
Science Sheffer, Tracy
Listening Sheffer, Tracy
*Impromptu Speaking Underwood, Calvin
Editorial Writing Austin, Lesley and Jennifer Casana
Social Studies Merritt, Robert
One-Act Play Dees, Dallas
* = Offered during lunch only
A WORK OF ART - Chea Stansell by Carolyne Fortiz
CALLING ALL ARTISTS - GET YOUR ART SUPPLIES READY WE'RE HAVING A DRAWING CONTEST by Zachary Grabau
INTERMURAL LEAGUE SURVEY by Aaron Stubblefield
Cheer Corner by Lillian Casana and Angel Lopez
MJHS PEP RALLY! GO PANTHERS!!
Football Week in Review by Landon Routh and Clayton Spradling
The MJH 7th Grade Panthers played their first game on 9/11 against Red Oak Life School. The Panthers came up short with a 32 to 18 defeat. Tyler Stroud scored big touchdowns with approximately 40 to 50 yard on each touchdown. Stroud ended the came approaching the 100 yard mark even though we never passed the ball. The second half was scoreless for the Panthers. We are proud of our kicker this week because their receiver had a dropped reception. Our quarterback threw no receptions during the game. Come out and see us play. Our next game is Thursday, September 18th against Grandview.
The MJH 8th Grade Panthers won the coin toss and received the ball. The ROLS Mustangs kick was high and came straight to Landon Moon. He quickly headed for the end zone, but was brought up short on the Panther 40 yard line. In their first possession, Landon Routh centered and Landon Moon quarterbacked. He called, "down, set, hut." At the snap, Moon took the ball and pitched it to Keyontae Rollison. Keyontae took it for a short gain. 2nd down saw fullback Seth Eastwood run up the middle for another short gain. 3rd down, Isaiah Crownover took the pitch from Moon and rolled out right. He went to the 50, 40, and was brought down at the 30 giving the Panthers a first down pretty close to their end zone. On the next play, Wyatt Payne ran up the middle when the ball was knocked out of his hands and the Mustangs made the recovery. The Mustang's first possession resulted in an interception by Chris Gloria. The second drive for the Panthers led to four downs with a turnover. Although both teams saw a lot of action the first quarter, the score remained at 0 - 0.
The second quarter's first drive by the Panthers saw Isaiah Crownover run all the way to the end zone; however, the ball popped out of his hands with a Mustang recovery. This resulted in a Mustang touchdown. The Panther's next drive ended with a punt. Again the Mustang's scored leaving the score at halftime Panthers 0 - ROLS 14.
At the start of the 3rd quarter, Rollison rolled out to the right, but terror struck. A Mustang player hit him in the leg and he suffered a massive break. The ambulance was called and paramedics were soon on the scene. Despite this tragedy, it was a learning experience for us all. We're all praying for our teammate.
UIL has a time rule which states that all games must be completed by 10:00 p.m. Since the JV still had to play that evening, our 8th grade game was called by the refs.
Come out and join us as we play the Grandview Zebras on Thursday, September 18th
Football Predictions for Grandview Game 9/18/14 by Angel Lopez (8th) and Brandon Cooper (7th)
The second games of the season will be held in Grandview on 9/18/14. Both teams are hoping to come back from last week's disappointments and win! Come out and show your Panther pride and support our teams.
8th Grade - In our next game we will play a better game. We've put in a lot of practice this week. One of our players was injured in our first game which brought the team together. We want him to get better and hope to dedicate our win Thursday to Keyontae Rollison.
7th Grade - Our second game against Grandview will be a tough one. I predict a close score with the Panthers coming out on top 21 to 18.
Words of Inspiration by Monserrat Zamora
I hope these inspirational words help you get through your day:
"I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44
Accelerated Reader Points
PRESIDENT'S CLUB and GOVERNOR at MJHS? by Jacob Wallace
Panther Nation is a publication of Maypearl Junior High School ©2014
Teacher: Beth Thomas
Maypearl Panther Publication Team
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THE PANTHER NATION STAFF!!
In the September 5 issue of Panther Nation, the Student Spotlight on 8th Grader Sam Taylor was credited to Brandon Cooper and Nolan Roudebush. The article was penned by Cameron Crowther and Jacob Wallace. Sorry for this error.