Ponder Junior High

January 2023

Total Enrollment - 379

6th - 119

7th - 123

8th - 137

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All-Region Band Selections

Please help me congratulate the following 8th grade students for being selected to participate in the ATSSB Region 2 MS All-Region Band: Adelaide Goodling, Addyson Hoffman, Elijah Hooper and Kaitlyn Luther. The All-Region Band is an ensemble consisting of the best students from the local middle schools who audition for a spot. Only a small number of students are selected to perform in this ensemble and it is a huge honor to be selected.

UIL Academic Meet

On January 18th, PJH students will travel to Whitesboro Middle School to participate in the first UIL meet. This meet will include the spelling, music memory, oral reading, modern oratory and impromptu speaking. All other events will take place at NCTC-Gainesville campus on Friday, January 20th. This year, the UIL meet will include all eight teams in the district. Students and staff continue to work hard to continue the PISD tradition of excellence.

PSAT 8/9

PJH 8th graders will be taking the PSAT 8/9 on March 21, 2023. The PSAT 8/9 assessment is given to 8th and 9th graders and is closely aligned to the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 10. It is made up of questions in Evidence-Based Reading & Writing, and Math. This assessment helps establish a baseline for students as they enter high school and begin preparing for college and career readiness. We are very excited to provide this opportunity to our students.


The TMSCA students competed in their first meet of the year on Saturday, January 14th. The meet was hosted by Mrs. Glisson and her HS TMSCA team/parents. Our PJH students competed very well and brought home the SWEEPSTAKES trophy. Please help me congratulate the following students for finishing in the top 10:

Number Sense

6th Grade

2nd-Ashton Nowicki

5th-Kinley Peacock

6th-Renata Martinez

7th Grade

1st-Rocco Bergara

2nd-Mackenzie Contreras-Garcia

8th Grade

1st-Justin Nguyen

2nd-Elijah Hooper

3rd-Dylan Spain

4th-Hunter Watson

5th-Emmrie McDaniel

6th-Angelina Wolf

7th-Emma Johnston

8th-Lilly Cunningham


6th Grade

1st-Ashton Nowicki

2nd-Renata Martinez

5th-Briley Day

6th-Kinley Peacock

10th-Emmory Laney

7th Grade

1st-Mackenzie Contreras-Garcia

2nd-Madison Estes

5th-Rocco Bergara

8th Grade

1st-Justin Nguyen

2nd-Hunter Watson

3rd-Elijah Hooper

4th-Emma Johnston

5th-Angelina Wolf

T 6th- Lilly Cunningham

8th-Emmrie McDaniel


6th Grade

7th-Emmory Laney

9th-Kinley Peacock

10th-Ashton Nowicki

7th Grade

7th-Mackenzie Contreras-Garcia

8th Grade

1st-Elijah Hooper

2nd-Justin Nguyen

3rd-Emmrie McDaniel

5th-Angelina Wolf

T 6th-Dylan Spain

8th-Hunter Watson


6th Grade

7th-Cody Wilson

7th Grade

7th-Rocco Bergara

8th Grade

4th-Elijah Hooper

5th-Dylan Spain

7th-Emmrie McDaniel

Upcoming TMSCA meets:

Feb 4 at Paradise (practice)

Feb 18 at Springtown (qualifier)

Feb 25 at Whitesboro (qualifier)

Apr 1 at San Antonio (state)

Community Engagement Event

Our next family/community engagement event will be held on January 26th at Ponder Elementary. Everyone is cordially invited to attend "Parent Informative Night: What is family communication and what are the benefits of our child's emotional intelligence?"

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PJH Athletics

PJH has the following upcoming basketball games:

January 19th vs. Boyd - Girls are home, Boys are away

January 23rd vs. S&S - Girls home (3 games), Boys are away

January 30th vs. Paradise - Boys home, Girls away

February 6th vs. Pilot Point - Girls home, Boys away

February 9th - 11th Girls District Tournament in Gainesville