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McCullough Junior High School - Back To School 2022-23

Welcome Back!

We are excited to welcome students to McCullough on Wednesday, August 10th!

Open House is Thursday, August 11th, for 7th graders and Monday, August 15th, for 8th graders. More information on Open House is posted below.

Students may be more comfortable on the first day if they know what to expect. Please click on the button below to view or print a one-page reference that will let students know what to expect on the first day of school.

The remainder of this newsletter contains specific information relating to the start of school. We are excited to see our students and are looking forward to the first day of school.


Jill Houser, Principal

What to Expect on the First Day of School 2022-23

Please click here to download a one page reference for students to review on what to expect the first day of school..

Car Line Drop Off and Pick Up

Car Rider pick up and drop off is on the northwest side (football field area). There will be entry and exit only signs at the back parking lot for pick up and drop off. Traffic is continuous in the mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (see map below).

Student drop off begins at 8:00 a.m. Enter the parking lot as indicated by the arrows on the map and follow the coned lane toward the building. When prompted, please have students exit on the left side of the vehicle so they are closer to the sidewalk. Students should use the entire sidewalk for unloading. Staff members will be on duty to ensure student safety as they exit their vehicles and enter the building.

Student dismissal process begins at 4:00 p.m.

Parents who arrive early to campus are encouraged to park in the area shown on the map to wait for their child. We ask that parents who are parked stand by their car and watch for their child. Once within sight, please meet them at the median near the crosswalk to escort them safely to the car.

Parents in the car line should pull up to the first cone along the sidewalk near the Bock Auditorium entrance before stopping to load.

There are a few ways parents can help us make the car line go faster:

  • Please pull your vehicle all the way up to the first cone by the Bock Auditorium as directed before unloading even when it is raining
  • Please have your student gather their items and be ready to exit the vehicle
  • Please use the entire sidewalk along the building for unloading
  • Please do not drop students off in the parking lot or on the street
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Front Horseshoe Drop Off Starts at 8:30 A.M.

Our morning drop-off traffic is heaviest starting at 8:30 a.m. Parents may use the front horseshoe to drop off their child in the mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Please note, the doors at the front horseshoe will not be opened to admit students prior to 8:30 a.m. Please continue to use the regular car line by the Bock Auditorium if dropping off before 8:30 a.m.

Please be patient and do not form more than one line in the horseshoe to ensure student safety.

Bus Rider Information

If your child is planning to ride the bus to school, please make sure that you have registered for bus transportation. The link is provided below for your convenience.

Bell Schedule

We will stagger the transition between classes to decrease the number of students in the hallways at the same time. For the first two days of school, students will report to their homeroom at the beginning of the day. Beginning Friday, August 13th, we will follow our regular bell schedule that can be found online by clicking on the link below.

TWHS/McC Red Green 2022-23 Calendar

Both McCullough and The Woodlands High School operate on a Red and Green Calendar in which students will attend four classes on Red Day and four different classes on Green Day.

Red Day classes are numbered 1 through 4, Green Day classes are numbered 5 through 8. This numbering system should make it easier for students to understand their schedules.

Please click on the links below to view the Red and Green Day Calendar and the Conroe ISD Calendar for the 2022-23 Year.

Breakfast and Lunch

Our child nutrition department serves breakfast and lunch at McCullough. The cost is $2.00 for breakfast and $3.20 for lunch.

Information on menus, pricing, payment options, and free and reduced meals may be found at the link below. Printed applications are also available at McCullough. Should you need a printed application, please email Kelley Vader at

Backpacks and Lockers

Students are allowed to carry their backpack this year. We have found that students are more organized and have no trouble being on time to their next class.

All students are assigned a locker. However, the daily use of their locker will be substantially less than in previous years. Students in Physical Education (PE) will use their locker to store their backpack in a secured location while they are in PE.

School Supplies

We ask that students bring two boxes of tissues to turn in to their homeroom teacher the first week of school. Each teacher will let students know which school supplies are appropriate for their classes. Please click on the link below to view the general school supply list.

Calculators for Math

The Math Department would like to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year at McCullough Junior High. In order to help our students have a positive and successful math experience, we recommend that all students own a graphing calculator. A graphing calculator will be used in 7th grade Pre-Algebra Honors, 8th grade Pre-Algebra Level, high school Algebra, and high school Geometry classes. These calculators should also be more than adequate for high school and college-level work moving forward. We realize there is a cost involved, and purchase is optional, but we are hoping you see it as a long-term investment in your child's school career.

There are several options for graphing calculators, but a TI-84 Plus calculator will be used during instruction within the classroom. Each classroom will have a limited number of calculators for student use that may not be checked out for use at home. Calculators can be purchased at many local stores like Office Depot, Staples, Target, Walmart, or online at Used ones at a reduced price can often be found online.

It is advisable to have your child’s name written prominently in permanent marker on the device in the event that the calculator gets misplaced.

Please feel free to contact your child's math teacher if you have any questions.

PE Uniforms

Students enrolled in PE will need a minimum of one pair of shorts and a t-shirt. These items may be ordered online at

Refillable Water Bottle Containers Encouraged

More and more research points to the importance of proper hydration for health as well as both academic and athletic performance. For years, our campus has allowed and encouraged students to bring a refillable water bottle container with them to school and the classroom. Between physical education, athletics, and out-of-school activities, our students are constantly out in the Texas heat.

McCullough has been outfitted with several water bottle filling stations that are located throughout the building. Water bottle containers should have a secure lid but do not have to be clear. It is recommended that students write their name on the bottle.

Open House Information

We are so excited to be able to hold open house for parents this year!

Please see below for additional information regarding our upcoming Open House schedule.

Open House Dates - 2022-23

7th Graders - Thursday, August 11th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

8th Graders - Monday, August 15th, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • The evenings will run classes of 1-4 Red followed by classes of 5-8 Green as we cover two days of classes in one night.
  • Class meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:00 p.m.
  • Parking will be available on both the West and East sides of campus.
  • Both West and East entryways will be open.
  • The PTO will be available if you would like to join or purchase school-related clothing.
  • District police will be on site to help with traffic dismissal.
  • Carpooling is something to consider and may be of assistance as traffic will be extremely heavy.
  • Students from various organizations will be available to help you find your destination.
  • Official copies of student schedules and campus maps will be delivered home by your child to indicate your path to follow on these evenings. Additionally, extra schedules and maps will be available in The Commons.

Clinic Information


Two immunizations are required BEFORE entering 7th grade:

1. Tdap – (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis): 1 dose of Tdap is required if 5 or more years have passed since the last dose of tetanus-containing vaccine. (Td is acceptable in place of Tdap if there is a medical contraindication to pertussis).

2. Meningococcal (MCV4, MenACWY, Menveo, or Menactra): 1 dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine is required on or after the student’s 11th birthday. (NOTE: If a student received the vaccine at 10 years of age, this satisfies the requirement).

PLEASE NOTE: Many students have already received one or both of these immunizations, but the school may not have a record. Please turn in any updated records with Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis) and MCV4 (Meningococcal) vaccines, or a current, notarized, original exemption affidavit.

Online application for an immunization exemption may be made at:


ALL prescription and over the counter medications must be brought to the clinic by a parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to transport medications. Please note, cough drops are medication. All medication must be kept in the clinic during the school day except for emergency medications WITH appropriate physician’s orders.

Self-carry: Physician’s orders and an action plan to self-carry must be turned in to the clinic. It is strongly recommended that spare emergency medication be kept in the clinic in case a student is unable to locate their personal self-carried medication.

All medications must be current, in the original container, and have a signed permission form. Forms are available in the clinic. The clinic can only keep a 90 day supply of prescription medication and a 30 day supply of over the counter medications.

OTC medications: Please read the directions on the container. The clinic is not allowed to administer medication that is not intended for the student’s age. Over the counter medication dosage must not exceed the dose recommendation listed on the bottle. The only exception is if your physician has directed a dosage greater than recommended. A physician’s order will need to be included with medication.

To access forms please visit: Important Forms - Conroe ISD


District updates on COVID-19 can be found at the following link: COVID-19 - Conroe ISD

Please contact me if you have any questions! Jodi Altazin, RN (832)-592-5122


Counselors and Administrators 2022-23


Assistant Principals



McCullough JHS PTO

First of all, we would like to thank everyone for their generous support last year. Thanks to your contributions, the McC PTO was able to provide a new audio/visual system implemented in the cafeteria. This was greatly appreciated by both the students and staff. The PTO was also able to serve our teachers and staff an appreciation lunch every month.

Please consider supporting our PTO by purchasing a membership. This is our main fundraiser and a basic membership is only $25 and will get you a student directory. You may purchase a membership with the link below.

If you were unable to stop by the McCullough Spirit Wear table during orientation, or simply wish to view all of the new merchandise, click the link below to see the new styles.

There are also many volunteer opportunities. If you would like to get involved please fill out the Membership & Volunteer form below.

Go Highlanders!!!

Tentative Dates 2022-23 School Year

The following dates have been tentatively set for the 2022-23 academic year:

Fall Semester

Aug. 10 - First Day of School
Aug. 11 - Open House 7th Grade 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 15 - Open House 8th Grade 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Aug. 15 - Tryouts Begin for Volleyball, Cross Country, and Off-Season Basketball

Aug. 24-25 - School Pictures Taken Through History Classes
Oct. 6 - School Picture Retakes
Dec. 13 - Dec. 16 Midterm Exams
Dec. 16 - Student Half Day

Spring Semester

Jan. 4 - First Day of Spring Semester
Jan. 19-20 - Spring Pictures Taken Through History Classes (no re-take option)

Apr. 26-27 - STAAR 7 & 8 Reading Exams

May 3 - STAAR 8 Science Exam

May 4 - STAAR 8 Social Studies Exam

May 10 -11 STAAR 7 & 8 Math, Algebra EOC Exams

May 22-May 25 - Final Exams

May 25 - Student Half Day

Helpful Links

Immunization Requirements

Click on the button above to view vaccination requirements and resources.

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McCullough JHS Contact Information

Main Office.....................................832.592.5100

24-hour Attendance Line...............832.592.5111

McCullough Fax.............................832.592.5116


Clinic Fax........................................832.592.5127

Counselor's Office..........................832.592.5194