Moorhead Junior High

March 2020 Newsletter

State Student Success Initiative (SSI) Information

A Gentle Reminder that Eighth Grade Students in Texas Must Pass the State STAAR Exams in Order to Advance to Ninth Grade. As a reminder, Texas students currently in eighth grade are required by the state Student Success Initiative (SSI) law to pass the eighth grade STAAR exams to advance to ninth grade. Eighth grade students will have three opportunities to take these exams, with two tests for each subject coming in the school year and one each in the
summer, if necessary. Summer STAAR testing will occur in late June, if necessary, and students who do not pass the exams on the second administration are required by the state to attend summer STAAR Academy. Our goal is to support each child to help him/her do their best and pass the first time. If you have a child in eighth grade, please note this state law before making any firm decisions regarding out of town summer vacations.

Early Release on March 6th

Our campus will have early release March 6, at 1:15 p.m. Buses will depart at approximately 1:05 p.m. on this date. Please plan for the potential of heavier traffic at the pick-up lines.

No School - March 9 - 13

Spring Break is March 9 - March 13.

DAZZLERS Spirit Night

Join us at Willies Grill & Ice House for a Spirit Night to benefit The Dazzlers!


Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 from 4pm to close at the Woodlands location.


16846 Interstate 45s

Conroe, Texas 77384

2020-2021 Calendar

The 2020-2021 School Calendar has been approved by the school board.

https://www.conroeisd.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2020-2021-Calendar.pdf

2019-2020 Yearbooks are on sale!

Moorhead JH yearbooks are on sale now for $45 each until March 31st. Yearbooks will be $55 starting April, 1st.. We have only ordered a specific amount. If you would like to order a yearbook, you may either order through Ms. McGrath in the front office or order online. If you would like to order online, you will go to www.balfour.com and click on yearbook.

The Dazzlers win their latest competition!

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Power Saturdays!

The Math team is hosting Saturday School on March 21st and March 28th. Students will be invited to attend. Parents be looking for an email and letter sent home by math teachers!

March Events

March Events

3/6 - Early Release 1:15pm

3/9 - 3/13 - Spring Break

3/18 - PTO Meeting 3pm

3/18 - District Track Meet (Field Events)

3/19 - District Track Meet (Running Events)

3/21 - Power Saturday (STAAR Prep Tutorials)


April Events

4/7 - STAAR Writing 7th grade

4/7 - STAAR Reading 8th grade

4/7 - STAAR Math 8th grade

4/9 - Student vs. Staff Soccer Game

4/10 - No school (Good Friday)

4/15 - PTO Meeting 3pm

Encourage your child to be a part of the Project Lit Book club!

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  • ProjectLitMJH Book Club Meeting / March 19, 2020 / MJH Library @ 4:15-5pm
      • Novel: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

From your 7th Grade ELA Team!


Parents, all 7th grade ELA students have homework every week. Please be sure to ask your student about it. The homework is a review of the reading and writing skills we have been teaching all year. This homework is extra practice to get ready for the upcoming benchmarks and STAAR tests.


Also, we are currently holding before and after school Targeted Tutorials. Your student was sent home with a letter before Christmas Break, or in their report cards. If you do not know about these tutorials, please email your student's ELA teacher as soon as possible. We would love to see more students staying after for more help in specific skills. Snacks are provided!

Science students create a visual representation of a food web

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Student Drop off and Parking in the morning

Panther Parents,


I would like to ask that you please park in a designated parking spot and not along the fire lane if you have to come in to the school in the mornings or after school. If the front parking lot is full you are more than welcome to park in a spot at the side parking lot of the school.


Thank you for helping us keep traffic flowing!

This 9 weeks with your child's report card you will receive information about The Crossing, 8th grade promotion ceremony. Those owing any fees and fines will receive an invoice. Students who owe fees and fines will not be able to attend end of the year field trips or events.


Please see Sherry McGrath at the Moorhead front office or you can go to https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/ to pay online.


SchoolCashOnline.com: Welcome School Cash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees. conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com





Crossing T-Shirts will go on sale March 30th. To ensure your size pre-order your shirt between March 30th-April 9th.

A Note from Nurse Toni

Hearing, Scoliosis, and Vision referrals going out the week of 03/02-03/06. Please have the physician fill out the form and return form to clinic.


Speak to your student(s) about regular hand washing and covering mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze.


Students are not allowed to carry medication to or from school. This includes prescription medication, over the counter medication, essential oil/herbal remedies, chest rubs, medicated lip ointments, etc. If you are not sure don't send it. We can house medication in the clinic, but a parent/guardian has to bring it up to the school and fill out a permission form. If a student is found with any of these types of items they will be removed from student, a phone call to the parent will be made, and kept in the clinic for pick up.


If you have a 6th grader or know someone that dose, Reminder that they will need Tdap and Meningococcal Vaccines prior to starting 7th grade.

Required Immunizations for Incoming Seventh Graders


If you are a parent or guardian of an incoming seventh grader of 2020-2021, please be aware Texas state law requires all students to have paperwork indicating receipt of the flowing immunizations before they can begin the first day of school:

TDAP

MCV

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2019-2020 PTO Meetings

Each year our PTO host a number of meetings were we address important issues for our parents, guardians, and students. PTO members help our school by:

  • Volunteering at our many different school activities
  • Organizing fund raisers
  • Planning staff meals and special treat days
  • Supporting teachers and students in the classroom


Our next meeting is March 18th at 3pm in the Moorhead conference room.

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Moorhead Students of the Month

Congratulations to:


Amy L.

Brooklyn D.

Charles S.

Gonzalo P.

Protect your child from the dangers of the Internet!

Please invest in a monitoring app like Soaring Safe.

or

IOS/Apple users can go to:

Settings

then scroll down to USE SCREEN TIME PASSCODE (it's in blue) Set a passcode only you know.


Then go back up to:


Screen Time

Content & Privacy Restrictions (Set restrictions here)

Content Restrictions (Set more restrictions here)


You are done!

Moorhead Cheer Wins the Redline Money Madness competition!

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7th and 8th Grade STAAR Test Schedule

April 7, 2020 - 7th Grade STAAR Writing

April 7, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR Math

April 8, 2020 - 7th Grade Math Benchmark Test

April 8, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR Reading


May 7, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR Science

May 7, 2020 - 7th Grade Science Benchmark Test

May 8, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR History

May 8, 2020 - 7th Grade History Benchmark Test


May 12, 2020 - 7th Grade STAAR Math

May 12, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR Math (Retake)

May 13, 2020 - 7th Grade STAAR Reading

May 13, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR Reading (Retake)


June 23, 2020 - 8th Grade STAAR Math (Retake)

June 24, 2020- 8th Grade STAAR Reading (Retake)

Infosnap

Look for an email from C.I.S.D. in late July or early August with details on Infosnap and how to complete online forms for your child prior to the start of school.

Eat Brakfast at School!

Breakfast is served at school! School breakfast will give your child a healthy start to the day. A nutritious breakfast helps students be more alert so they can learn more in class. Breakfast has vitamins and nutrients for a strong and healthy body. Breakfast at school is free, so help your child start the day right with school breakfast!

Considerations if Your Child is Bringing AIRPODS to School

Airpods, and similar devices, are popular accessories for teens all over the country. They are small, discreet, and very easily lost or stolen. Trying to track down Airpods is something we do every day. Although we try very hard, we cannot magically make them reappear. If you are providing these very expensive and small devices for your child, you are encouraged to make sure you feel comfortable with your child’s ability to keep up with them realizing these are the most difficult item to recover of all if lost or stolen.

Vaping Awareness for Parents/Guardians

Nationally there has been a significant increase in “vaping” among teenagers. This terminology may also be known as e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes are hand-held devices that heat liquid fused with nicotine or other liquids. Students across the country can, and are, vaping many different substances. Many of the devices used by teenagers to “vape” are not easily recognizable and appear as a normal writing pen or elongated USB thumb drive. In order to deceive parents/guardians, these devices which appear to be a regular USB thumb drive even light up when plugged into a USB receptacle. This also charges the battery used to heat the liquids. Among the most popular are a device known as a “JUUL” which harbors the liquid substance at the end. Teenagers find these devices attractive to use because the vapor emitted is hard to detect and generally they do not feel as if they are as harmful as traditional cigarettes. Be aware these devices on campus have the same school-based consequences as regular cigarettes. Also, please be aware at least two deaths have occurred due to exploding vape pens with one of them occurring in Texas.

KIDCHAT Anonymous Tipline

Our campus and district have an anonymous tipline that can be accessed 24 hours a day by contacting 1-888-KIDCHAT. Information can be communicated at this site regarding activity that is illegal or inappropriate, occurring both in the community or on a school campus. Students play a key role in helping keep the school and community safe. Reports are followed up on by school administrators and/or police. In some cases, informants may qualify for a monetary reward for information leading to felony arrests.

Anonymous Alerts

Conroe ISD will continue implementation of the Anonymous Alerts – anti bullying app. Anonymous Alerts is a patented student anti-bullying app that helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to come forward to help themselves and other students. Social and peer pressures are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome, now they can report bullying and safety issues quickly using Anonymous Alerts mobile app.


Students or parents in the school community can anonymously submit alerts about suspicious activity, safety threats, bullying, alcohol or drug use, harassment, family issues, school shooter, campus safety concerns, and self-harm issues to school administrators or counselors. The app is free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, and the Chrome store. Students will still have the option to call Kid Chat to report anything at 1-800-kid-chat.

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED HELP WITH HOMEWORK?

The Student Success Center (SSC) opened Monday, September 16th. The SSC is open Monday through Thursdays from 4:05 – 5:10. Students staying after school for tutorials can be picked up by the bus ramp or can ride the late bus home. Late buses depart Moorhead at 5:15pm.


Student Success Center Expectations

· Long before 4:00pm students should know how they are getting home (car or late bus); in other words, they do not decide at 4:00 that they need to stay for SSC.

· 4:05 – Students line up at the 7th grade library door, extending towards the cafeteria; whether they hear a dismissal announcement or not, they are released from class at 4:05 (no earlier) for SSC. They should not arrive later than 4:15.

· Students hand SSC facilitator on duty their official, teacher signed SSC pass.

· Students sign in on one of the iPads.

· Students begin working quietly at the appropriate subject area table until tutors arrive.

· Electronic devices are not allowed unless a tutor or SSC facilitator has given permission to use them.

· Students must ask the SSC facilitator for permission to use the restroom.

· Car riders are dismissed at 5:05pm and late bus riders are dismissed at 5:10pm.

Communities in Schools (CIS)

Moorhead Junior High has a Communities in Schools (CIS) Social Services Coordinator, Ms. Kala Ganapathy. Ms. Ganapathy is on campus daily and is available to help with the basic needs of our students. Some of resources offered by our CIS counselor include:

· Food Pantry (shelf stable items as well as fresh food when available)

· Clothing

· School Supplies

· Lunch groups (by invitation)

· Holiday assistance

· Weekend food assistance

The CIS office is located inside the small gym. You may request assistance by contacting Ms. Ganapathy directly at (936)709-2449.

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is one of the main indicators of student success. The first bell rings at 8:35am and class instruction starts at 8:40am. If your child is absent please be sure to turn in a note from your health care provider.


State law requires that students must be in attendance for a minimum of 90% of the instructional days for which they are enrolled during a school year in order to be promoted. The law goes on to state that it is the parent’s duty to monitor the students’ attendance and require the student to attend school.


Regular school attendance is important. Please make vacation arrangements during holidays and weekend to avoid students missing important classroom instruction. The last day of school for the Fall semester if Dec. 19th. Thanksgiving break is Nov. 25 – Nov. 29.

Parent and Student Access Center

Parents and guardians have free access to Parent Access Center via www.conroeisd.net . This portal gives complete access to student grades, attendance, tardies, discipline, STAAR scores, and other information. This tool can also give parents and guardians the opportunity to set thresholds where you will be emailed scores of each assignment. Students also have the same access via Student Access Center.

TAE – Teacher Achieving Excellence is a great opportunity to recognize a teacher that is making a difference in your child’s life. The electronic award can be created and sent through Parent Access. An email will be sent to the teacher as well as campus administrators.

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.