The Morales Monthly

Vol. 1, No. 2 - September 2, 2019

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Welcome!

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Morales Monthly newsletter! We have had quite the start to the 2019-2020 school year already. Morales Junior High students made TREMENDOUS progress in the 2018-2019 school year, earning our campus TWO GOLD STAR DISTINCTIONS! These distinctions came from the categories of Comparative Academic Growth and Comparative Closing the Gaps. The entire faculty and staff at MJH is over the moon about this recognition and extremely proud of all of our students for their hard work. We are hopeful that this growth will continue into the new school year as we partner with students and their parents to ensure that every student is successful.


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First Day of School

MJH staff and students had a great start to the 2019-2020 school year on August 19. Students were welcomed by balloons and decorations around campus along with the friendly faces of their teachers and staff. It was wonderful to see all of our 8th graders on campus again and get to meet our new 7th graders, too!

Excellent Attendance!

Since the day school started on August 19th, Morales Junior High students have been on a roll in terms of attendance. We even had a few days where we got to celebrate 98%+ attendance rates! The number of students present and on time to classes each day has been phenomenal and we are so proud of these efforts. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, "Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels than students who do not have regular attendance." These amazing attendance rates so far at MJH are a tremendous testament to the dedication our students and their families have to learning. Our teachers are working hard to create engaging, high quality lessons that encourage students to take ownership of their own learning and it is imperative that students are in their classes each day in order for these efforts to be effective. The MJH staff would like to encourage parents and guardians to reach out to your student's counselor or any teacher or staff member if you have concerns about your child's attendance or their lack of desire to attend school. For more information on why attendance matters and how it affects student success, please visit https://bit.ly/1YuOdX3.

Guest Speakers at MJH

Morales Junior High students were visited by guest speakers Lee Rouson and Fleceia Comeaux of USA Youth Outreach on Monday, August 26. USA Youth Outreach is dedicated to reaching the youth of America with a message of hope.


Fleceia Comeaux’s message to MJH female students was encouraging and inspiring. With a strong message of, “I am who I believe I am!”


Lee Rouson’s message to MJH male students was to always remain persistent in achieving goals. If you don’t have goals for yourself get some, “Move your chain!”


These great speakers were made possible by the generosity of Wright Friday.

MJH Cheerleaders Announced!

Students at MJH were invited to try out for the cheerleading squad back in April of 2019. They will be lead this year by Mrs. Maribel Gonzales. Over the summer, these girls attended cheer camp here at Morales lead by the Universal Cheerleaders Association for three days. These students will represent MJH at school events by promoting school spirit, pride, and community. We are so proud of all of the students that tried out and look forward to a great year with these young ladies.


7th Grade Cheerleaders

Ashlyn Aguero

Delilah De La Cruz

Elina De La Fuente

Amerie Garcia

Prisca Hernandez

Victoria Martinez (Co-Captain)

Violet Munoz

Natalie Ramos


8th Grade Cheerleaders

Cylie Cantu

Jezel Castillon

Victoria Flores

Abby Longbotham

Jaiden Morales

Andrea Perez (Captain)

Leah Trevino

Pauleena "Madi"

The 4Cs at MJH

Teachers at MJH are committed to providing students with ample opportunities daily to utilize the 4Cs in each class. The 4Cs are collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. Check out the photos below to see how students at MJH used the 4Cs during the month of August!
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September - National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Our Morales Junior High Family Specialist, Barbara Chase, has provided some helpful resources to share over this topic. Please call the Morales office and contact a counselor or ask to speak to Mrs. Chase if you ever have any concerns about your student or someone you know.
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Crisis Lines

Apps

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Open House

Please join us for Open House at Morales Junior High on Sept. 18, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

School Picture Day

Mark you calendars! School picture day is coming up in September and as of right now there is not a day scheduled for retakes. Pictures will be taken as follows:

7th Grade - September 19, 2019

8th Grade - September 20, 2019

Pep Rallies!

All pep rallies will be from 2:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Morales North Gym.
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Tutorials

All teachers will begin tutorials the week of Sept. 3, 2019. Each teacher will have one day (before and after school) where he or she will host tutorials that are open to everyone, and they will also host one tutorial day (before and after school) that will be targeted tutorials for specific students.
Teacher Tutorial Schedule

Click the button above to view each individual teacher's tutorial schedule.

Holidays in September

September has several United States and international holidays.

  • Labor Day is the most well known holiday in September. It is observed every year on the first Monday in September.
  • Native American Day is always celebrated on the 4th Friday of September.
  • Grandparent's Day is observed in the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day.
  • Constitution Day, celebrating the ratification of the governing document of the United States, is observed on the 17th.
  • The autumn equinox, which is the traditional transition from summer into fall, takes place on or around September 22nd, depending on the year.

Fun Days in September


  • September 5th: National Cheese Pizza Day
  • September 9th: National Teddy Bear Day
  • September 16th: National Play-Doh Day
  • September 19th: International "Talk Like A Pirate Day"

All fun and holiday info was collected from liveabout.com

Diez y Seis de Septiembre

Mexico Celebrates Its Independence on the 16th of September

On the church steps in the town of Dolores Hidalgo, Father Miguel Hidalgo y Castilla read the Gritto de Hidalgo (or "Call of Hidalgo") in 1810.

That day, September 16 (Diez y Seis de Septiembre), Father Hidalgo launched the Mexican War of Independence against Spain. After the declaration, Hidalgo and his followers set out to spread the word to nearby San Miguel de Allende. Hidalgo affixed an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe to a staff, bringing the Virgin to symbolize the Mexican liberation movement.

The struggle against Spain centered around the rights of the Criollos (or "Creoles") who were born in the New World with Spanish ancestry, but not given the privilege of those born in Europe. Following the war, those born in Europe were expelled from Mexico.

Another important celebration which originated in Mexico and is observed extensively in Texas is the Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe, held on December 12. The important religious holiday honors Juan Diego's sighting of the Virgin in 1531 with processions, offerings and church services. (houstonculture.org)

9/11, Sept. 11, 2001 - 18th Anniversary

On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, members of the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners as part of a series of coordinated attacks against targets in the United States. The Twin Towers in New York City were hit by one plane each, American Airlines Flight 11 and Flight 175, while American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, is thought to have been headed for the White House, but passengers overtook the hijackers and the plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania.


More than 3,000 people lost their lives during what the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil to date. Property and infrastructure damage amounted to over $10 billion. The attack is thought to have been ordered by Osama bin Laden, who was finally located and killed in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six in May 2011. The 9/11 Memorial Museum occupies the sites where the Twin Towers once stood. (liveabout.com)


Students at Morales Junior High will observe a moment of silence for all the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks. Teachers across campus will incorporate this topic from history into lesson across the curriculum. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss this topic with their students to help them understand its relevance in today's world.


Photo credit: Steve Kelley aka mudpig/Getty Images

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Cross Country

Sat. Sept. 14 - Border Bash @ EP SAD, 7th and 8th Grade, 8:00 a.m.

Thurs. Sept. 19 - vs. Eagle Pass @ Tri Meet at SAC, 7th and 8th Grade, 4:00 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 28 - SWTJC/UXC Invitational @ Uvalde Little League Fields, 7th and 8th Grade, 8:00 a.m.


To view a copy of the entire Cross Country schedule click here.

Volleyball

Thurs. Sept. 5 - vs. Boerne North | 7th & 8th Grade, Home | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Thurs. Sept. 12 - vs. Medina Valley | 7th & 8th Grade Away | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Thurs. Sept. 19 - vs. Boerne South | 7th & 8th Grade, Away |White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 21 - Uvalde Tourney | 7th & 8th Grade, Uvalde | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.


To view a copy of the entire MJH Volleyball Schedule click here.

Football

Tues. Sept. 10 - Medina Valley | 7th Away, 8th Home | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Tues. Sept. 17 - Boerne North | 7th Home, 8th Away | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.

Tues. Sept. 24 - Boerne Voss | 7th Home, 8th Away | White 5:00 p.m., Maroon 6:15 p.m.


To view a copy of the entire MJH Football Schedule click here.


7th Grade Football Practice Info - 7th grade football practice starts at 7:00 a.m. Parents are asked to have your child at the school no later than 6:45 a.m. Practice will not be held on game days or the day after games. On those days, players are to report to first period at 8:45 a.m.


Coaches would like to remind everyone to download the Uvalde Sports App where any game updates will be posted as they arise.

To download the app on an Apple device, click here.

To download the app on an Android device, click here.

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Meet the MJH Administration Team

Interested in becoming a member of our PTO?

Parent Teacher Organization and is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers, and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in our school. If you are interested in helping out with this organization or want some more information, please fill out the form below to get started!