Moorhead Junior High

February 2020 Newsletter

Course Selection Information Night

Do you want to know more about the classes offered at Moorhead Junior High? Is your child interested in Honors classes? Not sure which electives to sign up for next year?

Student course selection for the 2020-2021 school year is right around the corner. We invite you to join us on February 11th as our counselors discuss the course selection process for the upcoming school year.


The presentation for incoming 8th grade parents/students (current 7th graders) starts at 6:00pm. The presentation for incoming 7th graders (current 6th graders) starts at 7:15. Both presentations will be held in the large gym at Moorhead Junior High.

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.

Valentines Day Dance

The Moorhead Junior High Valentines Day Dance will be held Friday, Feb. 14 from 1:15pm – 3:45pm. Tickets are 7.00 dollars in advance and 10.00 the day of the dance. Tickets go on sale during lunches on February 10th. Please buy your pre-sale ticket early! We have a limited number of tickets available.

February Events

February Events

2/5 - Stop the Bleed optional training for students 4:15 - 4:45pm

2/6 – Counselors visit Grangerland 6th graders

2/11 – Course Selection Parent Information Night

2/14 – Valentine’s Dance (during school day)

2/18- Spring Picture Day!

2/20 - Girls in Engineering Science Competition

2/21 – Credit by Exam Testing

2/22 - Power Saturday Tutoring

2/24 - School Practice Lockdown Drill

2/25 - TELPAS Test

2/26 - District UIL Meet at Peet Junior High

2/27 - Choir Pre UIL Concert 6 - 7pm

No school on President's Day

CISD will be closed on February 17th.


RG

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!

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!

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Debate Team News

Ms. Maxwell's Communication Applications and Debate students took part in Debate Round observations at the recent UIL Invitational Academic Meet, held at Caney Creek High School. Students received credit for flowing five rounds of Lincoln Douglas Debate in reference to the following LD topic, Resolved: On balance, gentrification is unjust.


Additionally, the following students competed at the UIL Invitational Meet in Prose and Poetry and advanced to the finals...beating out high school competitors.


Isabella Rezzoffi placed fourth in Prose and 6th in Poetry, while Jeremiah Reno placed eighth in Prose. These students should be congratulated for a job well done!


The MJHS Debate Team will compete February 26th at the UIL Academic Meet, to be hosted at Peet Junior High School. Please wish these students well as they compete against other junior high schools in Modern Original Oratory, Impromptu Speaking, and Oral Reading.


Practice times remain 8:00 a.m. in Portable 4.

Moorhead Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

Our 2018-2019 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) has been posted on your school's profile page. The accountability reports can be accessed using the following steps:

From the school’s website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2018-2019”

· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report or Federal Report Card"

Project LIT at Moorhead

ProjectLIT Book Club is Reading The Benefits of Being an Octopus; Meeting Feb. 11 in Library from 4:15-5:15.

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Early Release on March 6th

Our campus will have early release March 6, at 1:00 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.

Orchestra News

Orchestra students are presenting their Solo and Ensemble Recitals during regular Orchestra classes, in the cafeteria, Feb. 18-21. Parents are invited to come watch their children perform their Solo on stage!

Moorhead Book Fair

February LOVE of BOOKS!


Follett Book Fair

Moorhead Library Media Center

February 7th - 14th

8:15 AM - 3:45 PM

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
January 31, 2020
www.efta-us.org/SciTech


Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EfTA) is signing up volunteers for the 30th Annual SCI://TECH Exposition, themed Science: It’s Worth Exploring! SCI://TECH is a partnership between EfTA and Conroe ISD that engages the business community in support of education, offering 13 science, technology, engineering, and math activities to nearly 5,000 local K-12 students.


SCI://TECH events span four weekends beginning January 24. The greatest volunteer need is for science fair judges on Friday, January 31 to serve either the Chevron Phillips Chemical Senior High Science Fair (7:45 am check-in), or the Entergy Junior High Science Fair (9:30 am or 2:15 pm check-in), or both. No experience is needed, and training is provided on-site. January 31 events take place at The Lone Star Convention Center. To learn more or to register as a volunteer, visit www.efta-us.org/scitech. It is a great opportunity to interact with and show support for local students.


Education for Tomorrow Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the business and education communities in Montgomery County, Texas. With innovative programs focused on career, leadership, and STEM preparation, EfTA is the portal through which business leaders can access and strengthen local education. Learn more about SCI://TECH or other Education for Tomorrow Alliance programs at www.efta-us.org.


For more information, contact Monica Bomkamp Enia at menia@efta-us.org or 936-273-7087.

A Note from Nurse Toni

Dear Parents,


Outstanding Hearing, Spinal, and Vision letters were sent home with the report cards. If you child received one of these letters please follow the instructions and return the letter once it has been filled out by a physician. If you need assistance or have any questions please call the clinic, 936)709-2410.


Any student who would like to stay after school and learn about Stop the Bleed, please stop by the clinic to sign up. This will be a learning session that will take 45 mins to 1 hour after school on February 5, 2020.


Students are NOT allow to carry ANY type of medication on them. If a student needs medication while at school a parent or guardian will need to bring the medication to the clinic and fill out the CISD form giving permission for the student to take the medication at school.

Required Immunizations for Incoming Seventh Graders


If you are a parent or guardian of an incoming seventh grader of 2019-2020, 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

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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Spring Break 2020!

Spring Break this year is March 9 - 13!

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 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)

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.

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.

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.