Mrs. George's Journal

December 2015

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School Wide Information

Holiday Break

Despite the rain, it is beginning to feel a bit like Christmas! We have a lot planned between then and now, so we'll all need to hunker down so we can fully enjoy the time off with family. The holiday vacation begins December 18, 2015 and we will have a full day of school on December 17. I am scheduling quarter tests on the Tuesday before break so that the information is still fresh. Please plan on real learning until the official break. Families, please encourage your students to study this weekend so they can show all they know!

Winter Holiday Break

Friday, Dec. 18th, 7:30am to Sunday, Jan. 3rd 2016 at 9:30am


Enjoy your holidays!

Open Lab Study Hall

Mrs. Savage will be hosting an open lab study hall this Friday, Dec. 11, from 8-10 a.m. Any student who needs some computer time or extra study time is welcome to come. Please let Mrs. Savage know that you will be coming so she can plan. Take advantage of this opportunity and get caught up BEFORE break. This could be a real help for those taking online classes with no internet access at home.

Battle of 6C Week

The Maniacs and Spartans are counting down for their big battle in girls' basketball. All students are encouraged to attend and support our girls. The big game is scheduled for December 11, starting at 4:30 p.m. Come on down and wear your blue!

Drama Holiday Production

Monday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

OJSHS Commons

OHS drama is presenting their winter program, The play begins at 7:00 p.m., and it is open to the public. The play is called, The Most Amazing Christmas Play Series in the Entire History of the World by Don Zolidis. The cost is only $5.00, and all proceeds go towards scripts and props for the drama group. Please come and start your holiday off right.

School Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 14th, 7pm

OJSHS Library 300 Dunlap Rd Orofino, ID 83544


Thursday, Dec. 17th, 7:30am


OJSHS staff are again planning a special treat for students this year. Pancakes and various toppings will be served to all students in the OJSHS Commons starting at 7:30 a.m. It's a great way to start a fun day. We will all enjoy the drama production, a choir presentation, a staff skit, and some fun workshops to finish off the day. Be sure you come and enjoy our school community.

On-Line Grades

District #171 has been using Power School for several years now to manage student grade information. Students and parents can access the site via the internet at any time. Just click on the link below.

The user name is the student's district/lunch number. All junior high students should know their three-digit password by now. We've also practiced accessing the site in class. If parents don't know the password and would like it, ask your student. You can also contact Mrs. George for seventh grade, and the office for all other student passwords. The passwords stay the same from year to year.

This service is a great tool for students and families. The grades are posted on the web as soon as they are entered by the teacher, so a quick look can give you up-to-date information. Be sure to bookmark the site so you can find it easily.

Our Gender Revolution Writing Contest

For the last few years my students have participated in the Idaho poetry contest "Love What's Real," and we've always had winners. Well they changed the name this year, and I missed the whole thing. Fortunately the sponsors have extended the deadline to December 18, 2015, so we still have time. The top ten winners receive $100 each and are published in an annual anthology. The contest has two divisions: Middle School and High School. Check out the flyers and enter online. You can win and be a published writer!

High School Flyer

Middle School Flyer

Junior High News

Writing Competitions

VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Contest

VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) sponsors an essay contest each year for junior high students. This year's theme was: What Freedom Means to Me. Our seventh graders wrote essays and submitted them at the end of first quarter. The local post chooses first, second, and third place winners and awards prizes. (1st=$100, 2nd=$75, 3rd=$50) The first place winner will go on to compete at the district level. This year OJSHS won first, second, and third place. Way to go!

The winners are...

Drum Roll

1st place- JessieLudiker

2nd place- Brandon Brumley

3rd place-Kaylynn Johnson

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Veteran's Day Art Contest

Our school also sponsored a Veteran's Day art contest. The winner was chosen by some of our local veterans. This year's winner is Jaque Criswell. Congratulations!

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Holiday Dress Up Week

To celebrate, students will be dressing up a bit the week before break. Each class will earn points for students' participation. The schedule is:

Monday-Christmas Hat & Sock Day

Tuesday- Reindeer vs. Elves

Wednesday- Christmas Character Day

Thursday- Ugly Sweater Day

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Classroom Calendar

If I have your email address, you should have received an invitation to share our 7th Grade Google calendar. If you didn't get it, it's not too late. Click on the link below to visit the calendar on line. If you have a Google account, you will see a link at the bottom right of the page to add it to your own calendar set. I have slide shows, assignments, and notes available as links on most assignments so you can get assignments when your students are absent, or just see what we are doing in class. I think this will be an excellent tool for all of us.

Ms. Nemeth Contact Information

Ms. Nemeth can be contacted by email as well. Her address in

School Year Calendar

Click on the link below to see the Jt. District 171 Calendar. You can bookmark it for future reference.