Moorhead Junior High

March 2023 Newsletter

Speech and Debate News

Students competed at the Tiger Classic Junior High Tournament, advancing many to semi finals in Individual Speaking Events. Some of those to advance include: Sana Ali, Chloe Holbert, Cinthia Diaz, Margorie Vargas, and Jalia Mobley.


Lincoln Douglas Debate students which powered through FOUR ROUNDS of value debate were: Maurice Nunez, Hyrum Mather, Avery Perkins, and Jocelynn Bosler.


All of these students are to be commended for their efforts and dedication to the art of communication.


Debaters are now looking towards the 2022-2023 UIL Academic Meet which is to take place at Iron's Jr. High School, April 21st.

SMART TAG for Bus riders

SMART tag Information: If you need more information on SMART tag for your students please click on the following links.


https://www.conroeisd.net/transportation/smart-tag/

Links to an external site.

https://www.conroeisd.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/smart_tag_rfid_basics.pdf

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Important Dates - March 10 and March 20

March 10 is the last day of the 9 weeks. We will NOT have early release that day.


March 20 is a student holiday. Students return to school on March 21.

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2023-2024 Calendar

The 2023-2024 School Calendar has been approved by the school board.

https://www.conroeisd.net/organization/calendars/

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No School - March 13 - 20

Spring Break this year is March 13 - 20.

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Moorhead Students of the Month

I would like to congratulate the following students on being selected as the Moorhead Students of the Month by our staff:


Vanessa R.

Lizbeth M.

Josias G.

Leslie G.

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The Moorhead Dazzlers competed at the state contest at College Park High School on March 5. Our girls have worked so hard on their three group dances and their hard work paid off! Our dance team earned the following awards:



Lyrical - Platinum, 1st runner up, outstanding choreography

Novelty - Platinum, 1st runner up, outstanding choreography, outstanding performance quality

Pom - Platinum, 1st runner up, outstanding choreography

2nd runner up state medium dance team

13th runner up overall out of 130 dances

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Don't forget to pay your child's fees and fines


Please check your student's School Cash Account, https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/ and the Library for any fines and fees they may have. All fees must be paid by May 6th, any non-paid fees and fines could result in your student not being able to participate in year-end activities including the year end dance, fieldtrips, or any other school activities.


Band, Orchestra, Choir, Wildlife, Boys & Girls Athletics, and Boys & Girls PE are just a few of the classes that usually have class fees attached to them.


Please check with Ms. Porter, our Librarian, for any lost book fees or Library fines you may have, the number to the Library is 936-709-2521.


Thank you,

Mrs. Sherry McGrath

936-709-2419

Required Immunizations for Incoming Seventh Graders


If you are a parent or guardian of an incoming seventh grader of 2023-2024, please be aware Texas state law requires all students to have a State of Texas Moral/Religious exemption form OR paperwork indicating receipt of the flowing immunizations before they can begin the first day of school:

TDAP

MCV

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2022-2023 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


Please contact Mr. Garcia if you would like to serve on our PTO! regarcia@conroeisd.net

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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!

7th and 8th Grade STAAR Test Schedule

April 25 - STAAR 7 ELA

April 26 - STAAR 8 ELA


May 2 - STAAR 8 Science

May 3 - STAAR 8 History


May 9 - STAAR 7 Math

May 10 - STAAR 8 Math

Eat Breakfast 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!
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.

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2023 Special Olympics

Thank you to all our students and teachers who volunteered at the Special Olympics!

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. Emily Adamo. Ms. Adamo 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. Adamo 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.