Moorhead Junior High News
December 2022 Newsletter
Semester Exam Schedule
Students will take major exams the last week of the fall semester. It is very important that students be present for these important tests. To help your child do his or her best, plan vacations or health care appointments around test dates. Final exams count ten percent of the semester grade for junior high school courses and fifteen percent for high school classes.
Any missed exam must be made up with the specific instructor the week of January 3-6.
Final exam dates are listed below.
First Semester Exam Schedule:
12/14: 1st, 3rd, 5th Period Finals
12/15: 2nd, 4th and 6th Period Finals
12/16: 7th Period Final / Early Release Day at 1:00 pm
For planning purposes, second semester exams are from May 23, 2022 to May 25, 2023.
Early Release December 16
December Spirit Days
December 1: Snowman Day
December 2: Rudolph/Reindeer Day (wear your antlers, reindeer t-shirt, or animal print) December 6: Santa Hat Day
December 8: Twins day because Christmas trees have a TWIN-kle!
December 12: Crazy Christmas Sweater Day
December 14: Candy Cane Day - Wear Red and White
December 15: Cowboy Christmas / Cowgirl Day
Our next dance is on December 9th from 4:30 pm to 8pm in the Moorhead Gym.
Dress Code: Casual/normal dress for the school day.
Tickets will not be available online, cash only during lunches.
Monday through Thursday $8 Friday $10
Panther Band News
We had two students make an All-Region Band this year!
Petrona Mendoza earned 9th chair flute in the Symphonic Band. She placed 16th overall out of over 150 other flute players. This is Petrona's SECOND TIME to earn a spot in the All-Region Band! She was in the All-Region Concert Band last year as a 7th graders.
Hyrum Mather earned 3rd chair bassoon in the Concert Band. He placed 9th overall out of 40 other bassoon players. Hyrum also placed high enough to earn a spot in the All-Region Philharmonic Orchestra!
Mr. Day and Miss Tullius
Moorhead Band Concert Dates
Wind Ensemble performs at Grangerland Intermediate - Friday, December 9.
First Day of School!
Project Lit Book Drive
Our Project Lit (Literature) Club will be hosting a book drive on January 16 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Students are teachers are working towards the goal of building a neighborhood library.
The goal of the community-based project to help build literacy in our community. Our goal is for the kids to spearhead a plan to create a book drive for the community to create a "Little Free Library" here on Moorhead Jr. High School.
Our Goal: We want to hold a book drive for people to donate high interest books of a variety of reading levels. We want our kids to do something good for their community. They will be in charge of planning and executing this project. Our goal is to have elementary, intermediate, middle school, and high school level reading materials.
The new library will be added to the new Moorhead School. If you are interested in joining our movement please email Ellen Lee at email@example.com .
We are a club dedicated to young people falling in love with books.. Our mission is Building a culture of Literacy within our community of East Montgomery County. Our mission is to bring free, easily accessible, and high interest books to our county.
We are building a Little Free Library on the new Moorhead Jr High School campus for students to take and leave books as they like. If you would like to join our cause please consider purchasing one of the books on our Amazon Wishlist! No gift is too small!
tinyurl.com/3h6akeax ----> Here is the URL for the amazon wish list if people want to buy and donate 🙂.
Thank You - The Project Lit Club
Thank you so much.
Ms. Lee and Project Lit (MJHS Chapter)
Summer 2023 Washington DC Trip
This is just a friendly reminder that our deadline to register for the Washington DC trip is coming up on December 15th. It is possible to register after that, but I cannot guarantee a spot after that deadline. I have 15 students signed up so far and I still have 20 spots open. Remember the registration fee is only$99 and it holds a spot for your child. If you still have questions about the trip that have not been answered, then please let me know. I am including the link for easy registration and the Trip number is A142 and the Date of departure is 5/28/23.
If you still have questions about the trip that have not been answered, then please let me know.
D Angel Smith
The Moorhead Theater Arts Troope Performs for the student body
Congratulations Moorhead One Act Play!
The results are in from our performance at the festival on the 12th! MJHS Theatre put on quite a show and wowed two out of three of the festival judges. Five of our group of ten earned festival awards.
All Star Cast:
- Donna Holden
- Sophie Smithey
- Brook Ables
- Maddox Ihnen
- Ceci Rezzoffi
Please congratulate these students and come see our award-winning cast tomorrow!
Communities in Schools News
Parents can submit an application on the following website to receive benefits if they have kids that are receiving free or reduced lunch.
The CISD Police Department along with Communities in Schools are hosting a toy drive at Moorhead starting today until December 7th. Gifts for all ages can be donated, from infant to 17 years old. If you can help brighten a child's day, please send your student with a gift or you can drop off a gift yourself at the campus.
Boys Basketball News
Our Moorhead Panthers kicked off their season against a very well-coached Peet Cubs team. The Panthers were down 26-12 at the half but played an aggressive defensive game that helped the Panthers decrease the deficit. With 5 seconds to go, Rayden Peroni secured a steal and sank 2 free throws to give the Panthers a 40-39 VICTORY! I'm so proud of them as their coach for their "Never Say Die" attitude. Congratulate the boys as you see them in the hallway and in class. For the 2nd straight season, the 8th grade A Team starts off the season UNDEFEATED!
Girls Basketball News
The Lady Panthers played an intense game of basketball against the Knox Knights. The girls played amazing! During the 4th quarter, with 20 seconds left the Lady Knights scored a bucket forcing us into overtime! With 4 minutes on the clock YOUR LADY PANTHERS played some of the best basketball, holding defense tight and scoring 3 more buckets which lead to a sweet sweet victory! 24-21!
- Top scorer was Tay Ruffin with 12 points!
- Best defense was Yaneli Cuevas with 10 steals!
- Most rebounds with 5 was Paige Barker!
- Along with many other buckets, assist, steals, blocks and much more from all other team members!
The Lady Panthers plays their next game at HOME December 1st against York! The girls are working hard and after two tough losses to York last year, we want to come out victorious! Please mark your calendars to be there to hype up the girls!
THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT AND GO PANTHERS! ❤️
Basketball Pep Rally
Communication Applications and Debate News
Communication Application students continue to work on their Mock Interview Unit, with a focus on the individual resume, professional dress, and the in class Mock Interview. Please practice with your student, in an effort to give the best answers to those tough interview questions.
Debate students began their Lincoln-Douglas, value debates, where they will either affirm or negate the following:
Resolved: That Moorhead Junior High School ought to abolish the dress code.
Resolved: That violent juvenile offenders ought to be tried as adults in the criminal justice system.
Ask them to shar their arguments with you. They are impressive!
Powerlifting Club Schedule
Moorhead Spirit Days
DATE EVENT SPIRIT ATTIRE
2/4 HEART HEALTH AWARNESS RED OUT DAY
2/17 WORLD KINDNESS DAY KINDNESS OR TEAL SHIRT
3/2 READ ACROSS AMERICA DR. SUESS DAY
4/4 AUTISM AWARNESS DAY Wear BLUE
Does your child need help with homework or getting caught up?
Tutorials are held Monday through Thursday for all core subjects Student Success Center!
Electives tutorials are by appointment only.
Expectations:· Well before 4:00 pm, students should know how they are going to get home (car or late bus); in other words, they don't decide at 4:00 that they need to stay for SSC.
· 4:05 - Students line up at the door of the 7th grade library, spilling out into the cafeteria; whether they hear a dismissal announcement or not, they are dismissed from class at 4:05 (not earlier) for the SSC. They should not arrive later than 4:10.
· Students turn in their official SSC pass signed by the teacher to the SSC facilitator on duty.
· The students begin to work in silence at the table of the corresponding subject area until the 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 5:05 pm and late bus riders are dismissed at 5:10 pm.
Protect your child!
Protect your child from the dangers of the Internet on their phones by following these simple steps:
IOS/Apple I-Phone Users go to:
then scroll down to USE SCREEN TIME PASSCODE (it's in blue) Set a passcode only you know.
Then go back up to:
CONTENT AND PRIVACY RESTRICTIONS (Set restrictions here)
CONTENT RESTRICTIONS (Set more restrictions here)
You are done!
or please invest in a monitoring app like one of the following:
Is Social Media playing a part in the increase of anxiety and depression in Teens?
Pew Research, 2018 states:
- 95% of teens have access to a smartphone
- 45% have non-stop access
- 10%+ cannot control online behavior
- If you can't control yourself is it an addiction?
- “Digital Heroin”
- the term created based on brain research showing the dopamine levels in the brain when using social media
- Gaming has also shown similar effects
Is Social Media Positive or Negative? - what do kids say?
- 31% say it is mostly POSITIVE
- 45% say it has no effect
- 24% say it is mostly NEGATIVE
Hashtag Trends to be aware of:
- #sue: suicide
- #deb: depression
- #ana: anorexia
- #thinsp: thinspiration (photos/messages that “inspire” an effort to become thin)
- #svv: self-harming behavior
Helpful Text Sites:
How is it Affecting the Teen Brain? - (is it reversible?)
Physical Issues (not reversible):
- Vision: vision loss, at-risk for macular degeneration
- Increase: Teen migraines
- Finger/wrist pain
- “Text neck” (premature degeneration of neck and spine)
- “Phantom Vibration Syndrome”
Mental Health Issues (reversible):
- Decrease in self-confidence
- Peer Pressure increase
- Anxiety increase
- Depression increase
Increase in Suicidal Ideation (SDSU study 2019):
- Teens spending 5+ hours daily online (social media):
- 71% more likely to have at least one risk factor for suicide
- Risk decreases exponentially for teens spending 1 hour daily or less
Increase in Social Isolation (American Journal of Preventative Medicine 2017)
- Teens on social media more than 58 times per week:
- 3x’s more likely to feel socially isolated
- Less feelings of isolation if less than 9 times on social media per week
- Teens equate # of SM friends to reality
Brain Issues (may or may not be reversible):
Decrease in ability to multi-task and memory decline
Inability to regulate emotions
Reading "likes" and "shares" vs. gestures or facial expressions
Psychological addiction and impairment in hippocampus and amygdala
Social Media is constantly activating our Fight, Flight, or Freeze (survival) response:
THIS can eventually lead to:
High blood pressure
More frequent illnesses
Mental health issues
- Because a social media notification=“digital heroin”. Facebook creators admitted that they created the "LIKE" notifications because they are addictive. People begin to crave "LIKES" and post more content. Then the brain sends dopamine along a reward pathway which feels good. Before we know it the behavior becomes a habit.
So...What is the Effect of Social Media on Student Population?
- Source of distraction
Degree of anger by teen victims of bullying associated w/increased exposure to media
Lack of EMPATHY/Sociopathology
Working memory and selective attention issues
Sensory information and response issues
Lack of cognitive control over emotions
Increased anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation
Students today are always looking for an advantage to push them to the top.
I wonder how things would change if they knew the two easiest ways to get an advantage are:
- Getting 9 hours of sleep a night.
- Collect all household electronics before bedtime.
- Limiting Social Media