January 2022 Updates for BRIJHS

January 3, 2022

Welcome to the new year!

As we begin our new semester, we welcome several new faces to the teaching staff at BRIJHS:

Alex Chapman will teach Jr. High Science

Amanda Moore will teach 8th Grade ELA

Jacklyn Schlender will student teach with Amber Barker in 4th grade

Zach Marcopulos will do a long term sub position in Jr. High PE

We will welcome students on Tuesday and are eager to get the new year and semester started.

I hope you enjoyed the extra time with your children these last few weeks and are rested up for a busy January!


Katie Nichols


As you can see from the pictures below, Jammie Week was a huge hit in December!

Here is a link for a project Mrs. Weedman put together in November:


Curriculum Spotlight:

Students in grades 6-8 use College Prepatory Math or CPM for their math curriculum. Here is a link to find out more information: www.cpm.org

They also produce a podcast called "More Math for More People." If you are looking for a new podcast this year, you can find it on Apple, Spotify, and Google.

They also publish a newsletter every other month. Here is a link to the latest newsletter and the previous newsletters: https://cpm.org/newsletter

Hope Packs (formerly known as the Backpack Food Program)

This program is a volunteer based group that provides food to many families in our district every week. They do a packaging session at the high school and then distribute the bags to all 3 schools in our district. If you would like to have your student participate in this program, please call the Unit office at 309-928-9141.

If you would like to volunteer to package the food, the next date is Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. in the BRHS Ag Shop (North Side of the High School in Farmer City). Please contact me for more information. This program would not be possible without the wonderful volunteers that support it.

Important Dates


3: Curriculum Day-NO SCHOOL

Boys' Basketball Games vs. Epiphany, BRIJHS, 5:30 pm

4: School Resumes

Boys’ Basketball @ Tri-Valley, 5:30 p.m.

6: Boys’ Basketball vs. Heyworth, BRIJHS, 5:30 p.m.

7: Report Cards Go Home

Boys’ Basketball @ Cornerstone, 6 p.m.

10: Volleyball vs. Holy Cross, 5:30 p.m.

12: Volleyball vs. St. Malachy, 5:30 p.m.

13: Volleyball vs. Bement/CG, 5:30 p.m.

17: Martin Luther King Junior Day-NO SCHOOL

19: Volleyball @ Clinton, 4:30 p.m.

Boys' Basketball vs. DW, BRIJHS, 5:30 pm

Board Meeting @ HS Library @ 7:00pm

20: Volleyball @ Argenta-Oreana, 6 p.m.

22: Volleyball Tournament @ Mahomet, 9 a.m.

24: Scholastic Bowl Matches May Begin

25: Volleyball vs. GCMS, 5:30 p.m.

27: Volleyball @ Lexington, 5:00 p.m.

31: Volleyball vs. Fisher, 5:30 p.m.

COVID testing at Kirby Update

Kirby Hospital in Monticello has discontinued their testing program for schools. We appreciate all they have done for us over the last year and a half.

If you need testing options, please contact nurse Dawn Stout. We are also able to sign your student up for the Shield testing at school. In addition to the weekly screening, we are able to use this for diagnostic testing if your student has symptoms.

Cold Weather Reminder

Students enter the building at 8 a.m. and we go outside for recess almost year round. If your child needs cold weather gear, we have extra-please ask your child's teacher or the office.

Athletic and Activity Information:

It is a busy month with both Boys' Basketball teams and Volleyball teams playing. Come out and support our teams at a home game. Our Boosters run a fantastic concession stand with popcorn, candy, pretzels, nachos, and several drink options. It is $3 admission for adults, $2 for seniors, and $1 for students. All guests are required to wear masks per the IDPH guidelines.

Scholastic Bowl will start this month. This activity is open to students in 7-8th grade and 6th grade if needed. If your student in interested in participating, please contact coach Meghan James at mjames@blueridge18.org.

We are also excited to start talking about drama this month. Our directior, Karisa Yeagle, will be collaborating with the high school program to put on a spring show. Please contact her for details on auditions or if your student is interested in learning how to run the backstage/technichal side of a performance. kyeagle@blueridge18.org

December's Exemplary Knights for BRIJHS

Each month we recognize one staff member and a student from each grade. Here is who was recognized at the December Board Meeting:

Staff: Heather Wilcoxon was recognized for this by nurse Dawn Stout.

Our student winners were:

4th Grade-Emily Drozs

5th Grade-Sebastian Cox

6th Grade-Hunter Pirtle

7th Grade-Drake Hardesty

8th Grade-Andrew Schumacher

Great job to all of you!

Boosters Updates:

If you want to join, please attend a meeting or email Kirby Hale at khale@blueridge18.org to get on the email list.

Meeting Dates for the year:

1/9/22, 3pm

2/13, 3 pm

3/13, 3 pm

4/10, 3 pm

5/15, 3 pm

6/12, 3 pm

All meetings are in the BRIJHS Art Room and all parents are welcome!

Links to past newsletters this year: