Irons Jr. High Newsletter

We Are Hawks!

Nov. 14, 2021

Irons Family,


Can you believe we only have four weeks of school until we finish the first semester? What a great start to the year! We have had a few successful events this week, starting with an outstanding performance by our Irons Theatre with a performance of The Box. Our basketball teams had a quality performance from both the boys and girls this week with wins over Knox. Finally, we wrapped up the week with just over 400 students attending our Harvest Dance. We were all entertained by the dance moves of our students.


Thank you to our PTO for organizing the dance.


We will start Generation Texas week on November 15th and run through November 19th. Our 8th-grade students will work on four-year plans for high school, along with all students discussing educational opportunities available after graduation.


We have started our community service project with a food drive and family items for the Women's shelter.


Irons Goal

Learning Recovery


  • High Quality Instruction
  • Safe and Collaborative Culture
  • Tier Two and Three Intervention
  • Communication


Robert MacFarlane

Irons Jr. High Principal


We Are Hawks!

Basketball

The 7th grade B team beat Knox JH 33-20. The "B" team played outstanding defense and came together as a team very well. The standout players were Jonell Rodriguez scoring 12 points. Jermiah Matthews with 10 points, and Cayden Harris for his exceptional defense and team leadership. Keith Jones also played outstanding defense and was a great team leader. Congratulations!.


The 7th Grade A Team beat Knox JH 51-46. The game was close throughout, but the A team pulled it out in the 4th quarters outscoring Knox in the 4th quarter, taking the game into overtime tied at 45. The A was able to go in a run and outscored Knox 6 to 1 in overtime, securing the win. The standout players in the game were Deondre Yancey for his super ball-handling ability and Brycen McCafferty for his scoring and great defense. Congratulation to the 7th Grade A team for a great comeback and win!



The 8th Grade B team lost to Knox 36-35. This game was a tough loss due to Knox throwing up a half-court shot at the buzzer. We had a great effort by the team. Kevandre Foster led the way with 9 points. Isaiah Robinson played well with 4 steals and 7 points. Titus Braboy also played well with numerous rebounds and good defense. Our players should be proud of their effort.


The 8th Grade A team lost to Knox 42-33. The game was back and forth all night until Knox scored on a couple of 3 point plays late in the 4th quarter to take a 3-point lead up to 9 points.

Jaden Turner had an excellent game with 15 points, and Dre Urbay was our 2nd leading scorer with 6 points. We're proud of the team's effort the entire game.


Girls Basketball

7th B fought hard but came up short, lost 26-12

7th A won 49-27, all played great

8th B won 32-14, the girls worked hard the entire game

8th A lost 37-30. Close all game, lost in the end

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Student Council and NJHS in collaboration with Kamilah Ope, former student of Irons Junior High School, are collecting household and clothing items for the Womens' Shelter of Montgomery County. This is a service project Kamilah is coordinating through the Oak Ridge Leadership Academy. They need new items such as blankets, toiletries (soap, shampoo), ladies and children's clothing, jackets, toys, socks, toilet paper, and paper towels.
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Student Council in collaboration with NJHS is collecting non-perishable food items for some local families for the holidays. Collections will be taken up in students' Hawks' Nest. The class with the most food items collected will win a prize. This collection will be taking place now through Friday, December 3rd.
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Car Rider Line

Parents, thank you for your help with improving our car rider dismissal procedures earlier in the school year. The double-stack at the entrance of the drive has been a tremendous help with moving cars quickly through the car rider line. We need your help once again to improve our procedures.


We have been asked to move as many cars off of Needham Road as possible. We can make this happen if we all continually close up the gaps between vehicles while you are in the drive.

When stopped on Needham Road, please do not block residence or business entrances.


  • Form two lines at the entrance
  • Merge into one line at the curve
  • Please pull forward to the car in front of you
  • Do not worry about blocking the service yard drive in the front of the school.
  • Only pick up students in the pick-up zone.
  • Do not park and have students walk to the parking lot for pick up.

Reminders

Lost and Found

We have accumulated numerous lost coats, shirts, shoes, bags, and water bottles this semester. If your child is missing any items, they can be found at the lost and found table by the AP office. We will donate all gently used items after Friday, 12/3/21.


Instruction Begins at 8:50 AM

Please remember that instruction begins at 8:50 AM. I know that traffic can be heavy on 45 and 242, so please help your child by leaving a few minutes earlier to plan for the increase in traffic. Your child needs to arrive on campus in plenty of time to get some breakfast, walk to their class, talk to their teacher, and then prepare to start a day of learning.


Students must be in their class prepared for instruction when the bell rings at 8:50 AM.


Basketball Games

Basketball season is starting next week. If students wish to attend the game, they must meet the following criteria:


  • Students must be passing all classes
  • No more than four tardies this nine weeks
  • No discipline referrals for this nine weeks


Students will be required to pick up a wristband in lunch on Thursday, the week of the game. The wristband will allow the students to purchase a ticket at the door for one dollar.


All students must be picked up from the game by 7:15.

Irons Dress Code

Parents, we have observed an uptick of students out of dress code the past few weeks. Please ensure that your child meets the Irons Dress Code before departing for school.


  • Clothing must cover areas and undergarments from one armpit across to the other armpit, down to approximately the middle of the thigh. Tops must have at least 1 1/2" straps. Cleavage should not be visible. Rips or tears in clothing should be lower than the middle of the thigh.
  • Tops exposing midriffs, back area or cleavage is prohibited.
  • Boxer shorts, pajamas or blankets are not allowed.
  • Skirts and dresses must mid-thigh length.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times and should be safe for the school environment (house shoes or slippers shall not be worn).
  • See-through or mesh garments must not be worn without appropriate coverage underneath that meet the minimum requirements of the dress code.
  • Headgear including hats, hoodies, bandanas, head scarves, skull caps, do-rags, beanies, hair bonnets, and caps are not allowed unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reasons approved by school administration.
  • Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, or lewd conduct, weapons, or the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
  • Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
  • Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building.
  • Clothing and accessories that endanger student or staff safety may not be worn.
  • If the parents are unable to bring a change of clothes for the student, we may:
  • Ask the student to change into their PE shorts/shirt.
  • Ask them if they have a change of clothes in their backpack/locker.
  • Provide them with a clean loaner set of PE clothes.
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ACES Application

Application Due 11/19/21

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Important Dates

11/15-19 Generation Texas Week Dress Up Days

11/22-26 Thanksgiving

12/2 Progress Report (PAC)

12/3 Be Kind Day

12/7 Band Performance

12/8 Choir Performance

12/13-17 Semester Exams

12/17 Early Release at 1:10

12/17-1/4 Winter Break

1/7 Report Card

1/17 MLK Holiday

1/27 Progress Report (PAC)

2/17 Progress Report(PAC)

2/18 School Holiday

2/21 Presidents' Day Holiday

3/11 Teacher Professional Learning/Student Holiday

3/14-18 Spring Break

3/25 Report Card

4/14 Progress Report(PAC)

4/15-18 School Holiday

5/5 Progress Report(PAC)

Semester Exams 5/20-26

5/26 Last Day of School Early Release at 1:10

6/1 Report Card

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Irons Jr. High PTO Membership Form

Please print, complete form and return to Irons Jr. High in the summer or at schedule pick up day.

Apply for School Meal Benefits

Registration Due September 24th

Registration for Bus Transportation

If you will need bus transportation and have not signed up in the past please do so as soon as possible.