What's Happening At TRJHS!
From the Desk of Mr. Sturges, Principal
Parent Newsletter-January 2019
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Every third Monday of January we celebrate Martin Luther King Day and remember the stories of his march towards equality for all people. regardless of their race, gender, religion etc. As a public school in 2019 we accept students of all diverse backgrounds and promote a climate that allows kids to be themselves. Recently, I had a chance to form a Principal's Advisory Council comprised of fifteen students here who discussed openly their desire to be part of a school community like TRJHS, one that is open and tolerant to all kids. We discussed that we have students each day coming from the five towns of Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales. Then sprinkle in school choice students and we are comprised of kids from over fourteen different towns. It is an essential part of junior high school that we teach our kids to be good citizens, active in their communities who treat one another with civility and respect. Although not on the same scale of significance of Dr. King, we all landed here at the junior high from different places, but we are one school community now!
January has come and gone and left us with no snow day school cancellations! I keep reminding staff not to book the early June vacations just yet as February has proven over the years to be a snow laden short month. As it is, the month of January brought a refreshed and energized building full of students who came back from winter break with a high level of enthusiasm. As is always the case at TRJHS, the students were very active accomplishing a number of activities, some of which benefited the culture of the school, community agencies and local animal shelters. The ultimate goal of building a solid foundation in our students is engaging them in that sense of community, whether it's their local towns or simply the school community. Please see below for some highlights of activities around Tantasqua Jr. High in January.
Mix It Up At Lunch Day
The Junior High Boys Basketball team has been enjoying a successful season. The boys have worked hard to attain a record of 12-3. The team has made the necessary adjustments after each of their losses to have beaten the opponent the second time they played them. We finish out the season with games against Knox Trail, Southbridge and Auburn in February.
The girls Jr. High basketball team, coached by Coach Hawk, consists of 12 players this year; five eighth graders and seven seventh graders. The girls started off the season strong, winning their first five games. They took their only loss of the season, so far, against Mount View. It was a close, hard-fought game. Determined, the lady warriors ended up winning their next seven games. Currently, they have a record of 12 -1. The girls have worked hard all season and are an outstanding group of young ladies. They show up to practice every day, work hard and strive to do their best on and off the court. The Warriors will finish their season with three more games, ending at home against Auburn on February 14th.
Great job by coach Hill, coach Hawk and the players for a great season so far. Also remember that our student council will be at home games selling concessions and items available through our school store.
Spring Sports Announcement
Over the course of the three days after vacation, we hosted the annual geography bee through our Social Studies department. What started on Wednesday with 31 contestants (15 7th graders and 16 8th graders), ended on Friday morning with only one winner. The students exhibited impressive knowledge answering questions that had many adults in the audience stumped. In the end grade 8 student, Jake Rosen, was able to answer the final question correctly and will advance to the state level competition in the upcoming months. Congratulations to all of the competitors for what turned out to be an intense competition with a tight race until the end.
Introduction of our New Resource Officer
Officer Danna has been in law enforcement for approximately six and a half years.He began the journey attending the Western Massachusetts Police Academy in Springfield, graduating in February 2014. Previously he worked as a full time officer for the Deerfield and North Brookfield Police departments before being hired in November 2017 in Sturbridge. Prior to his career in law enforcement Officer Danna was a certified EMT at 17 and worked as an on call firefighter EMT for the towns of Brimfield and Sturbridge. In a short couple of years he has dedicated himself to the community he was raised and stands to get involved even further as the school resource officer. Welcome Officer Garrett Danna!
Students of the Month-December
Students of the month for December were nominated by each team of teachers based on their good character, hard work and clear efforts towards the defined character trait of the month. For the month of December, the character trait of the month was generosity. The following were selected to be the students of the month for December. As we’ve started a new monthly award voted on by the students, there were also two teachers of the month seen below. Congratulations to these students and staff for their great efforts in December!
Whoopie-Doo and Cupcakes Too
Black and White Grille
Wild Flour Kolaches
Center of Hope
There are a number of great raffle prizes available.
Tickets to Worcester Art Museum, Swan Lake in Hanover, all day ski passes to Wachusett and more! Gift baskets from Brush it up, our district schools, Treehouse and more!
Stop in anytime between 7 to 10 to bid on any of these items or buy raffle tickets for to see the sox play!
All proceeds benefit the TED organization that gives so much back to our schools. Any support is welcome!
Student Coffee House
Principal's Advisory Council
Letters to Soldiers
Hat Day-Animal Sanctuary Club
Winter Warrior Challenge
Important Dates For February
February 1 Student of the Month
February 2 Central District Auditions- Grafton High School
February 5 Safer Internet Day Presentations- during Exploratory classes
Cyber Safety Presentation- Grade 7 students
February 8 Winter Semi-Formal Dance- sponsored by Student Council
February 9 Quabbin Valley Festival- Palmer High School
February 10 Tantasqua Show Choir Spectacular- TRHS
February 11 Hands Only CPR Training- during gym classes
February 14 Hands Only CPR Training- during gym classes
February 18- 22 School Vacation Week
February 27 TRSD School Committee Meeting