Moorhead Junior High

September 2019 Newsletter

This is a friendly reminder to please sign the electronic safety contract online.


Please go to http://www.conroeisd.net/ go under Parents/ Students, then “Parent Access”

Login using your email address and password.



If you have not created an account in Parent Access do it please. By selecting “register” at the bottom. If you have an account already but forgot your password, press “forgot password”. If this is your first time using this website you need to register with a valid email address (the same you provided when you register your student).



For new accounts only complete the form and submit.


Once you have created an account you can go directly to “parent Access” then click “Communications” and it will take you to “electronic signatures” please do this as soon as possible.

OPEN HOUSE

I look forward to our upcoming Open House from 6:00pm to 7:15pm on the following dates:


8th Grade: September 23, 2019

7th Grade: September 24, 2019


We will begin at 6:00pm in the cafeteria with a short presentation on our instructional initiatives and programs for the 2019-2020 school year. Immediately following our 10 minute presentation we will then dismiss our parents for an open building tour and teacher visitation in rooms.


Counselors and principals will be available in the cafeteria to help answer any questions you may have.


We look forward to seeing you!

November 2019 Bond Election

The bond referendum in November includes funding for a new Moorhead Junior High, renovations to Caney Creek High School, and funding for two new elementary schools in the Caney Creek feeder zone!


To learn more about the November 2019 Bond Election, please visit www.conroeisd.net/bond
or visit our Facebook page at @CISDBond2019.

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Fall Semester Spirit Days

8/30 - We are the Creek! - Wear Panther Spirit Shirts

9/5 - Athletes vs. Mathletes - Nerd Dress up Day

9/10 - First Pep Rally!

9/13 - Twin Day

9/19 - Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

9/26 - Battle of the classes - 7th Grade wear Yellow or Gold /8th Grade wear Red

10/4 - Tie Dye Day

10/11 - Pink Out Day

10/16 - Caney Creek High School Homecoming Parade - Wear a Moorhead or Panther Shirt

10/18 - Red Out Day

10/19 - Homecoming Dance 6 - 9pm @ Moorhead Gym

10/25 - Pajama Day

10/28 - 11/1 - Red Ribbon Week (Dress up Days TBA)

11/8 - 90's Dress up day

Dear Parents,

A central goal of English is to maintain a reading habit in the busy lives of students. Reading is a foundational skill for leading a literate life. There are a number of reasons why students should become avid readers. Here are some of them:


Reading makes you smarter. Reading provides your brain with unique exercise. The more you read while your brain is in its developmental stages (birth through your early 20s), the smarter you’ll be as an adult.

Reading relieves stress. Adolescence is stressful. Reading takes you out of the present and into another place and time; it is a perfect escape.

Reading builds a mature vocabulary. Research has shown that the larger your vocabulary bank is upon graduating from high school, the more likely it is you’ll be successful. The best way to build your vocabulary is to read.

Reading makes you a better writer. Students who read the most write the best. Better fluency. Better development of ideas. Better diction. Better sentence structure.

Reading is sometimes hard, but “hard” is necessary. After high school, you will be confronted with hard reading. Cell phone contracts. Tax forms. Insurance paperwork. People who read the most are the best equipped to handle the difficult reading that awaits you in the real world.

Reading prepares you for the world of work. People who leave high school with strong writing skills are more likely to get hired. And once hired, they are often more likely to be promoted.

Reading well is financially rewarding. People who read well are more likely to earn higher salaries and are less likely to make financial mistakes. The more you learn, the more you earn.

Reading opens the door to the university and beyond. The reading demands of college are significantly harder than high school. Students who read the most in high school will be those who find themselves best prepared for university work. Reading builds stamina.

Reading arms you against oppression. James Baldwin said, “It’s expensive to be poor.” Reading is knowledge; knowledge is power. It is much harder to oppress well-read people. That’s why governments in oppressive societies burn books and limit Internet access.


And the most important reason to read:


Reading is rewarding. Reading takes us to different worlds. Reading helps us to look in the mirror, to find ourselves. In short, reading is fun. I can’t imagine a life without reading. As Mark Twain said, “A person who doesn’t read is no better off than a person who can’t read.” Reading builds richer lives.


There is a lot of talk in the media that “students today won’t read,” but we believe students substitute distractions (texting, Facebook, video games, TV, etc.) if they feel no passion for reading. In our experience, students who haven’t been readers since early elementary school will suddenly become quite passionate about reading with the right book in their hands. And that “right” book may be different for each individual.


One way we try to get the right book into your child’s hands is to grant him/her access to our classroom library. We have worked hard to develop this library, as research shows that availability of books is a major motivating factor to get teens to read. Schools who are surrounded by books at school (and at home) read more. Students who read more, read better. We have found having our own classroom library has dramatically increased the amount of reading our students do.


As parents ourselves, we want you to know we are sensitive to having appropriate reading material in our classroom library. That said, what is considered “appropriate” may vary from one parent to another. Some parents might see the value in having their child read a book that delves into current social issues, while other parents might find those issues controversial. Please be aware that the selections in our classroom library, just like any public library, range from elementary-level to university-level reading materials. As parents, we ask you to remain aware throughout the year to the books your child has chosen to read and assist in gauging appropriateness. Rest assured the books in our classroom library are checked out on a voluntary basis only and if you find your child reading a book that you, yourself, have an objection to, please contact me so that I can be made aware and locate a different book for your child.


Any student who chooses to use our classroom library is asked to have parent permission to check books out. Signing this permission slip means you understand your child will be allowed to choose from the hundreds of books in our classroom this year. We are hoping we can work together to capture the pleasure and passion of reading.


Thanks for your support,

The Moorhead ELA Department


P.S. Our classrooms benefit every year from donations. Please send books you no longer need to our libraries, especially ones you’ve loved, if you can stand to part with them. Better yet . . . come to class and share a book with us. Share your passion for reading; get to know our amazing students. We would love to have you join us.

Free and Reduced meal applications! Important - For your TO DO List

Online Free and Reduced lunch applications must be resubmitted every year. If your child receives free or reduced breakfast and lunch you also need to complete the online application or you can request a hard copy a the Moorhead front office.


Free and Reduced lunch application:

https://www.myschoolapps.com/

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.

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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.

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Electronics and Phones - Expectations, Rules, and Considerations for Parents

Please consider protecting your child from the dangers of the internet on their phone with an app like one of these!


https://www.soaringsafe.com/

Net Nanny www.netnanny.com

SecureTeen www.secureteen.com

TeenSafe www.teensafe.com

www.covenanteyes.com

2019 Campus Accountability Summary

Please follow these directions to view our 2019 Campus Accountability Summary.



From the Conroe ISD home page:

· Go to "Our Schools"

· Browse for your school

· Click "Show More" to see the "View School Profile" button and click it

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2018-2019”

· Select “2019 Accountability Summary”


From the school’s website:

· Go to "Our School/Campus"

· Click “View School Profile"

· Select “Accountability Reports”

· Click “2018-2019”

· Select “2019 Accountability Summary”

Cash Online - for school purchases

Conroe ISD is now offering School Cash Online as its preferred method of payment for all school fees, everything from field trips to yearbooks.

School Cash Online allows parents to pay school related fees safely, quickly and easily. By using School Cash Online, you help increase efficiency and security at schools. Teachers and secretaries are then able to focus their time on helping students, and not counting cash.

School Cash Online shows all of the school fees available to your student online for purchase. You can then view and choose to purchase these fees online through Master/Visa credit cards and echecks. You can also stay informed of upcoming events and keep track of which school fees require your attention.

Register today – a simple task that takes less than two minutes – by visiting our website at www.conroeisd.net and navigating your way to the School Cash Online page. You will need your child’s student ID number, legal last name and date of birth to register. Should you encounter any difficulties, you can use the parent help desk at 1-866-961-1803 or by visiting schoolcashonline.com/Home/Support.

Please follow these step-by-step instructions, so you will begin to receive email notifications regarding upcoming events involving your child(ren).

NOTE: If you require assistance, select the SUPPORT option in the top right hand corner of the screen.

Step 1: Register

a) If you have not registered, please go to the School Cash Online
home page https://conroeisd.schoolcashonline.com/
and select the “Get Started Today” option.

b) Complete each of the three Registration Steps

*For Security Reasons your password, requires 8 characters,

one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and a number.

Step 2: Confirmation Email

A registration confirmation email will be forwarded to you. Click on the link provided inside the email to confirm your email and School Cash Online account. The confirmation link will open the School Cash Online site prompting you to sign into your account. Use your email address and password just created with your account.

Step 3: Find Student

This step will connect your children to your account.

a) Enter the School Board Name.

b) Enter the School Name.

c) Enter Your Child’s Student Number, Last Name and Birth Date.

d) Select Continue.

e) On the next page confirm that you are related to the child, check in

the Agree box and select Continue.

f) Your child has been added to your account.


Step 4: View Items or Add Another Student

If you have more children, select “Add Another Student” and repeat the steps above. 8 children can be added to one parent account. If you do not wish to add additional children, select “View Items for Students” option. A listing of available items for purchase will be displayed.

Panther Game Schedules

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.