Yale Junior High School

SPRING IS FINALLY HERE!?!

MARCH IS READING MONTH

During the month of March, we encouraged our students to read for leisure. We held "read-ins" during class time and encouraged them to read after assignments, quizzes, and tests. We also hosted the Scholastic Book Fair for one week as a way to introduce students to current books. The staff also developed a scavenger hunt for students during the final week. We randomly selected students at each grade level who had the most number of correct answers. Congratulations to the the TOP READERS in our ELA classes! These students logged an average of 42 hours of leisure reading from March 3 - 28. Both the scavenger hunt winners and the Top Readers earned a $10 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

Barnes & Noble Winners

6th Grade: Sydney Wofford, Ashley Rodomski, Paige French, Brandon Harvey, Serenity Giles, & Cody Schifflebein

7th Grade: Natalie Tesluck, Abby Faulkner, Grace Rogers, Morgan Fiedler, Mariah Martin, Lauren Stern, & Brad Fuller

8th Grade: Austin Loy, Nola Martin, Haley Harms, Destiny Cook, Brooklyn McKay, Danielle Ripenbark, & Nick Click


Scavenger Hunt Winners: Damon Peel, Natalie Tesluck, & Chrissy Davis

6th GRADE MATH SCALE CAR PROJECT

Mrs. Freehling's Math Class

On Wednesday April 2, 2014, Mrs. Freehling’s class discovered real-life ratios! Mrs. Freehling brought in her 1965 Mustang and two model 1965 Mustang cars. Each student was assigned a different part of the car to measure. The students then compared the measurements of the real car to the measurements of the model cars to find the scale factor. After crunching out the numbers, the students were amazed to see that the scale they came up with matched the scale on the boxes of the model cars! It was fun for students to experience math outside of the book!

HOOPS FOR HEART

Basketball Games & Assembly

Under the supervision of Mr. Collins, YJH once again held its annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association (A.H.A.). Students were encouraged to form 3-on-3 basketball teams that competed during the recess time at lunch. The entry fee was $20 per team with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association's Hoops for Heart program. The students also sought out donations from family, friends, and the community for A.H.A. The students raised over $1050 (not including online donations). This once again demonstrates that the benevolence of our community for those in need remains strong!

YJH BAND

Jr. High Band Festival

Congratulations to the Yale Junior High School 7th and 8th grade Concert Band members for earning three first division ratings Tuesday, April 1st at Band Festival Competition. A first division rating is the highest the band can be awarded. The Band was commended for their sound and understanding of different styles of music. The adjudicators were very impressed with their ability for a young ensemble.

MEAP

We are proud to announce that our school is continuing to improve on state assessment scores. We improved from last year's scores in all areas and content areas except one. We met our state targets in Reading, Math, and Writing, and were within 1-3% points of meeting these targets for Social Studies and Science.

In the county we rank 1st in 8th grade Math and 7th grade Writing, 2nd in both 6th grade Reading and Math, 3rd in 6th and 7th grade Reading, and 4th in both Social Studies (9th) and Science (8th).

We are proud of the students and their accomplishments as well as our staff. We also promise to continue to identify areas of improvement in order to further improve on these scores for the following year.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE

Tuesday, April 22nd, 7:30am to Friday, April 25th, 2:30pm

198 School Dr

Yale, MI

Student Council is sponsoring a canned food drive to replenish the food bank. The drive will take place April 22-April 25. The 1st hour class with the most cans will receive a pizza party.

DISCIPLINE REPORT

We are still reporting a reduction in our discipline numbers. This means students are remaining in the classroom to receive instruction as well as engaging in the learning process. Third marking period detentions are down 44% and suspensions decreased 42% from last year.

We are grateful for the continuing support of parents/guardians. This support enables us to continue the partnership between school and parents/guardians in order to maximize each student's potential.

SUPPORT Programs

Homework Help - will continue on Wednesdays from 2:20 - 3:20 in our media center. It is available to ALL students.

***********END OF THE YEAR UPDATE************

Due to the weather, road conditions, below zero temperatures, and one power outage, Yale Public Schools have cancelled school 13 times thus far. We are allowed to cancel 6 times in a year without having to make up these days according to state statute. Thus, our calendar looks a bit different than it did originally. Currently, the last student day of school for the 2013-2014 school year is June 23.