Montgomery Junior High
Back To School Parent Information
On behalf of the staff at Montgomery Junior High School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that our students achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We also know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. I believe the junior high years are critical times of development for students, and our staff looks forward to working with you and your child to make this year successful and enjoyable, especially during these uncertain times.
As you begin getting ready for the upcoming school year, we ask that you complete the online back to school paperwork (link below.) In addition, schedules will be handed out by curbside pickup on the dates and times scheduled below so your child knows their schedule for the first day of virtual learning. Every teacher will have a webpage with information and instructions on what to do in order to be successful. In addition, please visit our campus webpage for up to date campus information weekly.
Our hope is always to be able to connect and form positive relationships with our students in-person; however, we understand that health and safety is first and foremost and that will always be our number one priority. So, as we begin virtually, we look forward to helping our students get a strong and rewarding education, a priceless gift that will last a lifetime.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer, and we look forward to a productive and rewarding 2020-2021 school year.
Angie Chapman, MJH Principal
SCHEDULE CURBSIDE PICKUP DATES AND TIMES
Schedule pick-up will be done a little differently this year due to the health and safety of our staff, students, and parents. On the dates below, you will follow the car rider loop around to the front of the school. A staff member will be there to handout schedules on the dates and times below:
August 6 - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
August 7 - 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In addition, a new username and password will be placed on your students schedule for ClassLink. ClassLink will provide a single sign-on for your student so they have instant access to all learning application used at school. This eliminates the need for students to have multiple username/passwords during this remote time or when they come back to school.
2020 Spring pictures that were not picked up at the end of last year will be attached to the students schedule as well.
2019-2020 Yearbooks will be distributed on those dates as well if they come in on time.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING REMOTE LEARNING
- REMOTE LEARNING FOR ALL STUDENTS: At this time, MISD has made the decision to go to fully remote learning until September 7th. At that time, parents will be able to select from one of two methods of learning: Traditional In-Person or All Remote Learning. The district will be sending a survey to parents to make a decision on which learning method they will choose, so we are able to prepare for those students that show up on campus and for those students that need to complete their learning at home. You may also contact your child's counselor with your decision as well - email@example.com (Student last name A-L) or firstname.lastname@example.org (Student last name M-Z).
- All MJH teachers will use Google as the learning platform.
- There will be a single sign-in through Class Link for all learning applications used by students.
- Students will show evidence of participation and progress through completed work, assignments, assessments, and projects and will be given a numeric grade for the remote learning period.
- Daily attendance taken.
- Expect daily live or video instruction, as well as, independent learning.
- Weekly communication from your child's teacher.
- An engagement time with your teacher to support instruction and to connect.
- School counselors are available to meet with students and parents online to support social and emotional needs.
- School nurse is available to meet with parents and students online regarding health concerns, medications, immunizations records, etc.
- Through the Ascender Parent Portal, you will be able to monitor your student's grading progress and attendance.
MISD will begin school with remote learning. As of now, beginning Sept. 8, families have the choice between Traditional In-Person Learning and Remote Learning. Please complete this technology access survey, one form per child, by 7/29/20.
Secondary Curbside Breakfast/Lunch for Virtual Learners
SAFETY FIRST: WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE WHEN WE BEGIN TRADITIONAL IN-PERSON LEARNING
- YOUR CHILD'S SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT TO US: Traditional In-Person instruction will consist of a safe environment that is in alignment with local health protocols. Our district is continuing to adhere to Governor Abbott and the CDC requirements and will update safety and health measures as the district receives that information. New procedures and processes in place on campus are:
- Master schedule has been adjusted to A/B days to reduce transition times and lessen class periods.
- Staggered passing periods to reduce high traffic and support social distancing.
- All students and staff are required to wear face coverings on campus per state guidelines.
- Hallways will have directional traffic for social distancing and limited interaction. Students will always go right.
- Use of student barcodes for breakfast and lunch to reduce high touch areas.
- Added lunch period to reduce student capacity and to make sure they are social distanced.
- Separate controlled entrances for bus riders and car riders for social distancing
- Campus will continue to be disinfected daily.
- Foam soap dispensers have been placed in all restrooms for hand washing.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers are place at all entry doors, around the campus, and in classrooms.
- Restrooms and cafeteria will be sanitized throughout the day and disinfected nightly.
- Staff will have access to supplies to clean high touched and working surfaces.
- Staff and students are expected to self access/screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day prior to coming to school. We ask that staff and students stay at home if they are running a fever or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and are encouraged to contact the school.
- Drop off procedures in foyer.
- Signage posted throughout school for directional needs and social distancing reminders.
- Closed campus procedures enforced. (no outside visitors, no outside lunch deliveries, etc.)
- VISITORS: MISD campuses are closed to visitors with the exception of those needing to conduct essential school business. All individuals entering the building must wear a face mask covering their mouth and nose. All visitors will sanitize hands upon entry to campus. All visitors will be required to sign in and will complete a COVID-19 screening form before accessing the building beyond the reception area. Parent organization meetings should be held virtually to minimize outside contact.
IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION:
BUS POLICY/CAR RIDER LINE
All traffic coming to MJH during the morning drop-off period and the afternoon pick-up period must use the car rider loop. Students can be dropped off beginning at 6:45.
LOCKERSAt this time, lockers will not be used or assigned.
The Parent-Student Handbook is available on the MJH website. We encourage you to become familiar with the information contained in the handbook. Dress code will be enforced. Please review the dress code policy enclosed.
MJH CAMPUS WEBSITE
Please visit the MJH campus website throughout the year to access information and explore our links to find out more about our school. www.misd.org – Montgomery Junior High School
One of the many strengths of MJH is the large number of students involved in co-curricular activities. Students who become involved in the school broaden their experiences and increase their enjoyment of junior high school. Whether it is athletics, theater, music, student council or clubs, I encourage you to participate in one or more student activities. A list of clubs can be found on our website.
Pre-packaged school supplies were sold online and for those that purchased them, they will be mailed to your home. If you need the school supply list, it can be found on our campus website to the left under the school supply tab.
Most textbooks will either be available online or issued for at-home use. Books that are issued for at-home use will not have to be carried to and from school. Back packs are optional. No rolling backpacks unless under doctor orders.
Girls and Boys athletics will be handing out uniforms, locker numbers & collecting physicals when students come back to school. Parents will need to complet the Rank One online paperwork.
**If you plan to stay remote when we come back to school, please email our coaches with any questions you may have regarding athletics, after school practices, tryouts, etc. Practices will not begin until Sept. 7th.
MONTHLY PARENT LETTER
A monthly parent letter is emailed to all parents each month. If you are not receiving the letter, please call our registrar to make sure your email is up to date in our system.
MEET THE TEACHER TBA: More information to come
MJH SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow us on twitter- @mjhsbears and Instagram- mjhsbears to see all the great things happening at MJH! Click our links below.
STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES: (when back on campus)
All traffic coming to MJH during the morning drop-off period and the afternoon pick-up period must us the Car Rider Loop.
The faculty entrance is used for MJH faculty and substitutes only.
The faculty and visitor parking lot will be accessed by using the Car Rider Loop as well. During morning student drop-off AND afternoon student pick-up, no traffic will be permitted to enter through the Car Rider Exit. Traffic on the car rider loop is in one direction only. Please plan your time accordingly. Students can be dropped off beginning at 6:45. Parking and access to the school is extremely limited during the morning hours and students will be counted tardy if they are late first period.
Bus Entrance: The bus entrance will only be used for buses at all times of the day. For the safety of our students, please do not enter the bus entrance for convenience or to save time.
The back parking lot is for faculty only and all other traffic should refrain from using it.
SECONDARY DRESS CODE FROM STUDENT HANDBOOK:
Students will be expected to keep themselves well-groomed and neatly dressed at all times. Any form of dress or hairstyle or grooming that is contrary to good hygiene or which is considered a distraction or disruptive to the purpose and conduct of the school will not be permitted. Dress shall not create a health or other hazard to the students’ safety.
The dress code for Montgomery I.S.D. includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Shorts, skirts, or dresses must be modest (mid-thigh or longer) and approach the knee with normal movement.
- Leggings/tights are only permissible when outer garments meet dress code requirements.
- Walking shorts may be worn provided they are in good taste. Shorts are to approach the knee. No bicycle shorts, spandex, athletic or jogging shorts are allowed. Shorts, pants and jeans must be hemmed and have no holes or cutouts above the knee.
- Strapless, transparent, tight, low-cut or revealing clothes may not be worn to school. Inappropriate clothing includes any casual beach-like attire, including backless blouses, off the shoulder blouses/dresses, halter type tank tops, tops with spaghetti straps, or pants, shirts and sleeves that have been cut off. Undergarments should not be visible. Midriffs must not show. No stomachs should be visible with normal movement.
- No hats, caps, doo-rags or bandanas are to be worn in any school building at any time.
- Raincoats, trench coats and other full-length over-garments worn to school due to inclement weather must be stored in the locker or AP office. Such garments may not be worn inside the building.
- Hair must be neat, clean and combed. Extreme styles or color are not acceptable. Mustaches may be worn if neat and trimmed. No other facial hair is allowed. Sideburns must not extend below the earlobe.
- No clothing or accessory may be worn which refers to violence, cadavers, gangs, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, obscene language, satanic symbols or which could be construed to have an offensive meaning or a sexual connotation. Ghoulish/Gothic attire will not be allowed. Pants may not be excessively baggy or hang below the natural waistline.
- Noisy or distracting jewelry or accessories may not be worn. Nose/facial/tongue studs and/or visible body piercing, except for earrings, are prohibited. Chains of any length or size (including wallet chains) are not allowed. Visible tattoos are prohibited. Sunglasses may not be worn in building.
- It is never appropriate for students to wear house slippers, pajamas, or bedclothes to school. Students should never bring blankets or pillows.
- No large earphones allowed on campus. Small earbuds allowed at teacher discretion in classroom.
- No hoodies worn with hood on head.
Each year there are “fads” that show up on our campuses. We are neither listing these nor making a regulation to cover all problems that may arise. When a fad starts on a campus and becomes a distraction, it shall be immediately eliminated. It is impractical to list every possibility of dress and grooming. The principal of each campus shall apply the Grooming Code and make all final decisions regarding what is acceptable and appropriate considering the age and activities of the students.
Infractions of the dress code will result in the student being sent to the office. On the first offense, the violation will be corrected as soon as possible, parents will be contacted, a warning will be issued, and student will be sent to class. Second offense will follow the procedures mentioned above except discipline consequence will be issued. Three or more offenses will result in parent coming to school to correct violation or the student being sent to ISS for the remainder of the day and a discipline consequence assigned. Any violation that cannot be corrected in the above mentioned manner will result in the student being placed in ISS for the remainder of the day.
A REMINDER FROM THE NURSE
7TH grade parents: A reminder that if we have not received a valid copy of your child’s required immunizations listed below, please submit a copy to our nurse this week so we can update our records.
1. Tdap (within 5 years of 7th grade enrollment date) (Dtap, dtp, tdap or DT, Td is acceptable if a medical contraindication to pertussis exists)
2. Meningococcal (on or after the student’s 11th birthday) (MCV4)
Please feel free to contact Mrs. Buckner if you have any questions or concerns at email@example.com or 936-276-3309.