The Morales Monthly

Vol. 1, No. 3 - October 3, 2019

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Welcome!

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Morales Monthly newsletter! It has been a fast and furious six weeks at MJH as we are coming up on the end of the first quarter grading period on Oct. 11. We have so many great things going on at MJH this month that our administrators have decided to claim it as "Fun"tober so please be sure to check out more information on that below.


The 2nd quarter will begin on October 21, when we return from Fall Break, and parents are encouraged to continue to check in with their children to ensure they are staying on top of their work and grades. Teachers will continue to make phone calls if a concern arises about your child's grades, behavior, or attendance as all of these things can inhibit their ability to be successful. Please be sure to update your phone number with our office if you have not done so already. If you are in need of access to Skyward so that you may monitor your student's grades and attendance yourself, please contact Candace Gonzalez in the front office at (830) 591-2980.



The Morales Monthly Newsletter is typically published on the first Monday of every month, but this month is so busy we had to put it out just a little earlier! Please be sure to follow and subscribe to get exclusive updates and information directly from the Morales Junior High School Staff!

"Fun"tober at MJH!

The administrators at MJH have decided to make this October a "Fun"tober filled with lots of themes and opportunities for students to get involved in numerous different events throughout the month. Please see the calendar below for the dress-up themes for each day!
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The New MJH Student Council

The newest members of the MJH Student Council have been selected, and officers have been elected. Any student that did not get elected will remain members of the general council. Congratulations to all of the new officers!


President: Madison DeLaFuente

Vice President: Makayla Rivera

Secretary: Celeste Sandoval

Reporter: Aracely Torres

Treasurer: Liliana Garcia

Student Council Sponsors: Andrea Sagemuehl and Alicia Bradley.


The first Student Council Meeting will be held October 7th from 4:30 to 5:30 in room 907 and is open to any students interested in becoming members of the general council.

The 4Cs at MJH

Students in 8th Grade ELAR studied in the theme of technology in their last unit titled "Gadget and Glitches." In the photos below, students in Mrs. Meyer's class participated in a rigorous carousel activity over sentence types and sentence structures.
Here are some more examples from Ms. Ayala and Mrs. Valdez's 7th Grade ELAR classes

Excellent Attendance!

Last month at MJH, our students continued to attend school at amazing rates! We averaged at least 94% attendance most days and have continued to do so in the first few days of October already. These rates are a huge testament to our students and their parents' commitment to success. When students are not at school, they cannot learn. They are missing valuable instruction that is taught each minute, hour, and day they are not in class. We are truly appreciative of our parents, especially, for continuing to partner with the staff at MJH to ensure their children are at school each and every day!
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Fall Break!

October 14-18, MJH students and all other students in the district will not have school. Please use this time to allow your child to take a mental break and enjoy their time. We believe this break will give them just the recharge they need to jump into the 2nd quarter with the energy and motivation to get things done. Some ideas for things students can do to stay busy during the break locally are posted below under Local Events in October.
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"Breakfast in the Hallway" Comes to MJH!

What is "Breakfast in the Hallway"?

After Fall Break, Morales Junior High is rolling out a new initiative called "Breakfast in the Hallway." Through this program, students at MJH will be served breakfast in the hallway prior to the beginning of 1st period. This program is being piloted by a man named Adrian Rodriguez who is conducting a case study for Baylor University over the benefits of breakfast being served to students in this innovative manner. The closest school using this program, to our knowledge, is in McAllen. We are the only school In the San Antonio area utilizing it so far and we are excited to bring this opportunity to the students of Morales Junior High.


Logistics:

Starting on Oct. 21, the first bell for breakfast will ring at 8:30 to release students to their 1st period classes. Breakfast will be served from 8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Any student not in the classroom at 8:45 will be counted tardy.

Video: McAllen ISD - Breakfast in the Hallway

Breakfast in the Hallway
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Our campus is making a conscious effort to make students aware of the dangers, repercussions, and consequences of bullying. The PBIS team has several events lined up to educate students and promote awareness since it is National Bullying Prevention Month. For the MJH Anti-bullying policy, please click here.


There will be a "Knockout Bullying" Basketball Tournament on Oct. 11 during school. The sign up sheet for students is posted below. All forms are to be turned in to Mr. Luna at MJH.


October Bullying Prevention Events:

Oct. 2 Pledge to Stomp Out Bullying

Oct. 9 Create a Kindness Tee

Oct. 11 Knockout Bullying Tournament

Oct. 21 Unity Dance

Oct. 23 Unity Day - Wear Orange

Oct. 30 - Project Connect


Mr. Torres, Assistant Principal, will provide more info on these events as the month continues.

Knockout Bullying Basketball Tournament

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World Day of Bullying Prevention

Students are encouraged to wear Blue on 10/7/19 to encourage Bullying Prevention!
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October is also ADHD Awareness Month!

Science Fair!

Morales Junior High will be hosting a local science fair in January. 7th Grade Pre-AP Science students are required to participate, but all students in the district are welcome to participate in the local science fair.
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7th Grade Science Classes Are Studying Human Body Systems in October!

Seventh grade science students are investigating Human Body Systems and will be dissecting frogs on Friday October 11. Students look forward to this day all year, and remember it long after it has passed! Be sure to check in with your student to see what they are learning through this unit!

8th Grade ELAR is studying Horror in Literature During the Month of October!

8th Grade ELAR classes began a new unit on Tuesday, Oct. 1 titled "The Thrill of Horror." In this unit students will investigate the theme of horror through various genres of writing. One of the fictional stories students will read and respond to is "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe. Below is a a video adaptation of the short story. Through this story, students will analyze point of view.
The Tell-Tale Heart by Annette Jung

8th Grade Math Will Be Studying Slope and Y-Intercept During the Month of October!

In 8th grade, students will work on developing an understanding of slope and y-intercept using similar right triangles, understanding that slope is the change in y-values to the change in x-values, and using data from tables and graphs to determine the rate of change or slope and y-intercept.

October Pep Rally Themes

All pep rallies will be from 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Morales North Gym.


Oct. 1 - Hawaiian "Coyotes with LEI out the Chargers!"

Oct. 22 - PINK OUT the Panthers - **Please note this is a change from the original schedule due to Fall Break

Oct. 29 - Maroon Out (Homecoming Week)


The MJH Student Council is planning to honor breast cancer survivors for our PINK OUT pep rally since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you are or know of anyone that is a breast cancer survivor and may be able to attend this event, please fill out the form below!

Tutorials

Tutorials began last month and will continue in October. Each teacher has one day (before and after school) where he or she will host tutorials that are open to everyone, and they will also host one tutorial day (before and after school) that will be targeted tutorials for specific students. Click on the button below to access teacher tutorial schedules.
Teacher Tutorial Schedule

Click the button above to view each individual teacher's tutorial schedule.

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City of Uvalde October Events

Oct. 4-5 - SWTJC Rodeo @ Uvalde County Fairplex

Oct. 5 - Bark in the Park @ Uvalde Memorial Park

Oct. 11 - Four Square Friday @ Downtown Uvalde

Oct. 11-12 - Tractor Pull @ Uvalde County Fairplex

Oct. 19 - Praise Fest @ Herby Ham Activity Center

Oct. 19 - Family Movie Night @ Downtown Plaza


For more information on times and specific addresses for City of Uvalde events please visit: https://www.visituvalde.com/event/

Uvalde County October Events

Oct. 4-5 - Fall on the Frio BBQ Cookoff @ Concan, TX

Oct. 18-20 - Frio Family Camp @ Concan, TX\

Oct. 25-26 - Neal's Lodges Haunted Hayrides @ Concan, TX


For more information, please visit https://www.visituvaldecounty.com/events

Visit our Local Library!

El Progreso Memorial Library is available for students to visit during Fall Break and all other operating days. Local residents may check out books, videos, and even use the computers and copy machines. Please visit their website for more information.

Forum 6 Theatres

Our local movie theatre offers a wide variety of movies rated for children and adults. You can get info on showtimes by checking the forum's Facebook page, visiting their website at www.forumplestex.com, or by calling (830) 278-6618.
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Cross Country

Sat. Sept. 28 - TLU Invitational @ Seguin, 7th and 8th Grade, 8:00 a.m.


To view a copy of the entire Cross Country schedule click here.

Volleyball

Thurs. Oct. 3 - vs. Southh | 7th & 8th Grade, Home | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 17 - vs. Loma Alta | 7th & 8th Grade, Away |White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Thurs. Oct. 24 - vs. Medina Valley | 7th & 8th Grade, Home | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Mon. Oct. 28 - vs. Kerrville | 7th & 8th Grade, Away | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.


To view a copy of the entire MJH Volleyball Schedule click here.

Football

Tues. Oct. 15 - Loma Alta | 7th Away, 8th Home | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Tues. Oct. 22 - Medina Valley | 7th Home, 8th Away | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Tues. Oct. 29 - Boerne South | 7th Away, 8th Home | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.


To view a copy of the entire MJH Football Schedule click here.


Coaches would like to remind everyone to download the Uvalde Sports App where any game updates will be posted as they arise along with addresses of event locations.

To download the app on an Apple device, click here.

To download the app on an Android device, click here.

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Meet the MJH Administration Team