ARJH Parent News February 28, 2021

Reading Junior High Longhorns

Message from your Principal

Hello ARJH Longhorn Parents!

Wow- we are heading into our 5th 6 Weeks Grading Period this week and I don't remember another year in my career of 27 years in education that a school year has gone by so fast and has had so many twists and turns. I am beyond grateful for the amazing staff, students, parents and community members who have been part of this ride for which none of us signed up but all of us have jumped in with two feet and striving for the best.

So this week is a little different for those of you who have changed instructional modes. The official date that changed schedules will show up in Skyward is on Tuesday, March 3rd. If your child is learning virtually, the Canvas modules may not show up until Wednesday, March 4th for students to begin working. With more students coming back face to face this 6 weeks, we did need to open more campus face to face classes which means that some of our students who made no change in instructional modes may have a schedule change. Parents should have received communication regarding any change- usually it is just a same period to same period. I am a principal who does not like to move students and it is only out of necessity that we do some movement this 6 weeks. The majority of our kids have absolutely no change and will just keep doing what they have been doing all along.

It was a joy to be in a few classes this week talking with students and getting to know them even more than before. Even behind the masks, I can hear and see the different personalities and individual gifts that your kids are bringing into this world- just amazing kids who deserve adults in their lives who see them and want the best for them.

If you are the parent of a 7th grader (or 6th grader)- pencil us in this Wednesday at 6:00 PM for our Course Selection Webinar. We will answer any and all questions about the course selection process for the 2021-2022 school year for both Reading JH and Wright JH students.

Thank you for sending us the Best of the Best!

Dr. Sanzo

Proud Principal of Reading Junior High

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Many Thanks to Our Neighborhood H-E-B!

Thank you to our H-E-B representative, Angie, and our neighborhood H-E-B! We truly appreciate your generous gift to support and encourage our staff at RJH!

Thank you ARJH PTO for providing our teachers and staff with donuts and kolaches this past Monday- what a warm treat after such a cold week! We LOVE our ARJH parents!

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Hospitality Class - Fun and Fabulous Food Trucks!

Mrs. Chambers' classes had a fun time creating their unique food trucks. Reading JH staff had a fun time judging them!

The winning truck was "The BBQ Pit" by Paige Powell, Paula Faccini, and Zayna Sarani. Congratulations!

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Student Laptops/iPads - Message from our Librarian

If your child checked out a laptop for virtual learning and is now back ON CAMPUS, please have them return the laptop or iPad promptly to the library or front office. Please write the student name/ID number on a piece of paper and attach it to the device.

Thank you,

Rachel Mendoza, RJH Librarian

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Course Selection Updates

Reading JH Course Selection Parent Information Night

Reading Junior High Course Selection Parent Information Webinar

Wednesday, March 3rd 2021

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM

Current 6th and 7th Graders only

(also includes students who will attend Wright JH)

Principal for Wright JH will join Dr. Sanzo and Reading JH Admin & Counseling Team

Zoom Link for Attendees:

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Current 7th Graders - On Campus/Face to Face Students

This is for both Reading JH and Wright JH Students

On Campus/Face to Face Students

Monday, March 1st- Course Selection Day during Science class

Please make sure your 7th grade student brings a pencil to school on March 1st to complete the course selection worksheet.

Wednesday, March 3rd- Reading JH Course Selection Parent Information Night from 6:00 - 7:00PM. Zoom Link for Attendees:

Wednesday, March 3rd- Course Selection Make-Up Day

2021-2022 Course Catalog

Current 7th Graders - Virtual Students

This is for both Reading JH and Wright JH Students

Tuesday, March 2nd- Course Selection Day via Zoom during Science classes.

Wednesday, March 3rd- Reading JH Course Selection Parent Information Night from 6:00 - 7:00PM. Zoom Link for Attendees:

Wednesday, March 3rd- Course Selection Make-Up Day via Zoom

2021-2022 Course Catalog

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Current 8th Graders - On Campus/Face to Face Students

George Ranch High School counselors will be at Reading JH on Monday, 3/8, and Tuesday, 3/9 to meet with the face to face students in the gym for course selection.

Current 8th Graders - Virtual Students

ALL VIRTUAL STUDENTS will meet with their counselor virtually on Wednesday, 3/10, or Thursday, 3/11. Please sign up using new links below:

Students with LAST NAME A-DAN

Students with LAST NAME DAO-HOV

Students with LAST NAME HOW-MOM

Students with LAST NAME MON-SAC

Students with LAST NAME SAD-Z

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7th Grade Boys Basketball Updates

The Reading Junior High B team played on the road against George Junior High. With great defensive effort, the Horns defeated the Gators 45-4. Game MVP Jack Houston stole every pass that came his way and posted 12 points overall. Jack Buckner also played exceptionally well down low, amassing many rebounds and second-chance point opportunities. Our final regular-season game is against the Leaman Junior High Chargers on March 1st. Go Horns!

The Reading Junior High A team played on the road against George Junior High. The Horns defeated the Gators 49-19. Game MVP, Jevon Walker, posted an offensive barrage scoring 15 points overall. Yanni Ibikunle voraciously took the ball to the basket, getting multiple tough layups to score 10 points overall. Our final regular-season game is against the Leaman Junior High Chargers on March 1st. Go Horns!

7th Grade Girls Basketball Updates

The 7th Grade (A)Black team beat the George Rangers 41-15 to remain undefeated in district with a 3 and 0 record. The Horns had a slow start in the first quarter but pulled away to end the half with a score of 24-5. Betsy Garay and Kirra Washington led the team in points with 8 each. Maddie Coy dominated the boards for the team and scored 7 points. Erika Gonzalez had 6 while Lauren Burns, Sarah Pizzitola and Rin Hantla hustled on defense. The team travels to Leaman next week for their last regular season game.

The Girl Longhorn Maroon (B) Team defeated the George Rangers, 41 -10. Betty Tekie and Victoria Chaveleh both led the team with 8 points, followed by Cadi Bodnar with 6 points. Paige Mason, Kendyl Rector, and Sydney Loos also contributed with 4 points each. Ella Picket, Alahna Leima, and Natalie St. Marie helped hold it down on defense.

8th Grade Boys Basketball Updates

The 8th grade B team defeated the George Rangers 50-19. Top scorer for the Longhorns was Jaxon Montelongo with 10 points. Jacob Davis had a great game collecting several steals to go along with his 7 points. Other top performers were Travis Valerian, Joshua Akaluso, and Tyson Foster.

The 8th grade A team defeated the George Rangers 47-20. Sean Johnson led the Longhorns in scoring with 10 points. Jaden Mays had a great game with multiple assists and 9 points. Cayden Munnilal also did a great job moving the ball around from his point guard position. Other standouts in the game included Jackson Stubbs, Tyler Collins, Gabriel Mahonwu, and Matthew Joseph.

8th Grade Girls Basketball Updates

The 8th grade black team beat the George Rangers 37-16. Autumn Coonfield led the team with 17 points, Mariangela Miranda with 11, and Solana Arago with 4. The team hustled and played hard the whole game.

The Longhorn Maroon team fought their way to a 29-18 victory over the George Rangers. Playing aggressive and stopping the ball led to turn overs in the Longhorn's favor. Leading scorers were Ava Light with seven points, Addison Lednicky with six points, Arielle McMillon scored five, Milaya Graves with four points, Peyton Perry scored 3 points and Ashly McCulloch shipped in two points.

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SchooLinks - Update to Guardian Account Access

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We are excited to announce that you will now have instant guardian-account access to your student’s account, in SchooLinks. SchooLinks is the College & Career readiness platform utilized in 6-12th grade. You will be able to access your student’s assessment results, career and college exploration, message your student’s counselor, and navigate through all the opportunities and resources available in the platform (please see the attached handout for additional guardian account details). The Guardian Accounts will be synced, between March 5th-March 8th. For any SchooLinks questions/assistance, you may use the ‘Chat’ feature in SchooLinks (lower right-hand corner) or contact or your campus counselor or CCF can provide additional SchooLinks information. If your Skyward information/student/account email is not correct, in SchooLinks, please call 832-223-5790, to submit a student help-desk ticket. For additional information about SchooLinks, please visit:


Lindsey Troutman

Director of College and Career Readiness

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2021-2022 Reading JH Cheer Tryouts

Reading JH- Cheer Packets will be available at the attendance window starting Monday, March 1st.

Polly Ryon MS- Cheer packets will be available at the front office.

All packets are due back by 3:30pm on March 31st

Any Questions, please contact Coach Sowell at

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George Ranch High School Cheer Tryouts

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Yearbook Pictures for Virtual Students- Deadline is tomorrow, March 1st

The Reading Junior High Yearbook Staff has teamed up with Balfour to provide an easy way to submit your portrait for inclusion in the 2020-2021 yearbook. You should have received a link directly from Balfour with a personalized link for your student.

We're looking for a simple, classic headshot image of your student. The best photos are those with neutral, simple backgrounds with space above the head and shoulders for ample cropping. Ideal images are those taken in a vertical manner with no other people in the photo. Be sure your photo meets all school dress code guidelines for inclusion in the book.

Please use the EZPix guide from Balfour below for instructions on how to upload your photo.

Smart Tag Student ID Replacements

If your student needs a Smart Tag ID replacement, please visit the LCISD Transportation website at:

You may also use the QR codes below to access the Parent Portal or order a replacement tag

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FREE MEALS via Be A Champion, Inc- Fridays, 4:00-6:00 pm at George Ranch HS

LCISD Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Procedure

Updated COVID-19 Quarantine Procedures

This month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amended their COVID-19 quarantine guidance to allow two shorter options for the quarantine period.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2021, Lamar CISD will update the District’s COVID-19 quarantine guidelines based on this guidance from the CDC, as well as guidance from TEA and UIL. Please see the updated quarantine procedures below. This update does not impact individuals with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive test.

Individuals identified as being exposed to an individual with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive test will be quarantined based on the following:

  • 10 days after the last close contact, so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14
  • 7 days after the last close contact, after receiving a negative test result (administered at least 5 days after the last close contact), so long as they continue to monitor themselves daily for symptoms and take appropriate precautions through day 14

Lamar CISD employees who return to work from these shorter quarantine windows should regularly monitor themselves to ensure they remain symptom-free and take appropriate precautions for the duration of the 14-day incubation period. Individuals who develop symptoms at any time during the 14-day incubation period should not report to work or school.

Click here for more COVID-19 exposure and quarantine information.

Dress Code Reminders

Jeans- holes cannot be higher than mid-thigh

Shirts- must be long enough to cover top of pants (no stomach showing)

Shorts-Acceptable shorts are no shorter than mid-thigh

Leggings worn as pants must be accompanied by a shirt/dress/skirt covering to mid-thigh length.

Shoes- must have a back (no house shoes or slides)

Ear Buds- taken out in class and during transition

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Nurse's Notes - A Message From Mrs. Turner

Due to COVID concerns, I am asking that you do not bring Tylenol, ibuprofen, decongestants, etc. to school for your child. These types of medications can mask the symptoms of illness. I have attached a "Can My Child Go To School" flow chart with guidelines for when you can send your student to school and when they can return to school if they have been ill. In alignment with LCISD Guidelines, any students with symptoms of illness will be sent home whether they have a fever or not. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this process, as we work together to ensure that our students and staff remain healthy.

Contact Us if you Need anything

Assistant Principals:

Carsen Collins- (A-G)

Ismael Rangel- (H-N)

Dr. Katrina Guillory- (O-Z)


Brekk Bailey- (A-G)

Jane Champagne- (H-N)

Audrea Smith- (O-Z)

Reminders About Campus Visitors and Drop-Offs

To limit the number of people on campus and in the front office during this time, we are asking that parents send all items needed during the day with students in the morning. We do want our kids to have what they need, but we are seeing more items being dropped off for students to pick up (Water bottles, lunches, after school practice clothes...). In normal times, this is not an issue but right now we are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Thank you so much for understanding!

In-Person Bell Schedules

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We have 2 Bell Schedules- Provides for staggered release of our students and less crowding in the halls during transitions.
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Virtual Learning!

Want to view the Webinar- Canvas and Parent Access? Click Below!

Need Technology Help? Click Below!

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Virtual Students Bell Schedules

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Sample Daily Schedule for Virtual Students

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Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services

LCISD Covid-19 Updates

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Community Internet Access Information