What's Happening At TRJHS!

From the Desk of Mr. Sturges, Principal

Parent Newsletter

Being a month into my new role here at Tantasqua Junior High School, I am beyond impressed with the commitment to the school community by our students, families and the staff. Wednesday Night we hosted "Back to School Night" which was well attended by parents. Student Council kids helped guide people to the right destinations and parents who I spoke with seemed to leave with nothing but positive sentiments. Special thanks to all families who participated in our October calendar raffle. We were able to raise a significant amount of money which all all go back into opportunities for our students. Educating junior high school adolescents is about more than just the academics, although very important, these two years are also about the experience. We are here to build a positive communal experience to set all our students up for success at the high school level, both academically and socially.

It didn't take long to shake the summer break and get right back into the swing of things. Eighth grade classes are reading classic literature, in most cases "The Outsider's" while 7th grade is working on order of operations in math classes. Recently I was able to observe a social studies lesson where students were able to move around the room to indicate their level of agreement (or disagreement) with government practices as they are learning about the Patriot Act and discussing the role of government as it was created. 7th grade science classes are frequently hosting a variety of lab experiments including "the 5 second rule" put to the test on slices of bread and also experiments to make learning about mass and matter more fun. Leaving the core academic wing it is not unlikely to catch a quick performance from our choruses or bands, both of which sound fantastic already and it's only the end of September. After that bridges are being built next door to robots during exploratories. There is a tremendous amount of teaching and learning happening here on a daily basis at TRJHS!

Recently At TRJHS

High Five Friday

On Friday, September 28th, we were fortunate enough to host members from our five Tantasqua community police departments to help greet our students with high fives. Here at Tantasqua Jr. High we are always committed to working with our emergency response personnel to continue with our great relationships with the communities. This is the first of what will likely be a series of "high five Friday's" to come. Special thanks to the members of the Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales Police departments who volunteered their time on a rainy Friday morning to greet our students and put smiles on their faces, the student's too.
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After School Activities

All of our clubs and activities are up and running. We have a number of offerings designed to provide all students with something that is geared for them. As of now the following clubs are offered:

Tuesdays: Drama Club, Intramurals, Games, Podcast, Jazz Band

Wednesdays: School Newspaper, Science Club, Intramurals, Chess, Cooking, Common Ground, Sewing, Tantascapella, Tennis Club

Thursdays: Intramurals, Art, Recycling, Photography

Anyone interested in Student Council should see Mrs. Stalker for more information. They are involved in coordinating many of the activities that go on around here including (but not limited to) spirit days, school dances and school store. All clubs take place from immediately after school and run until our late buses at 3:15.

Fall Sports

During the fall we offer students the opportunity to try out for our competitive teams for the following sports: girls/boys soccer, girls/boys cross country and field hockey. We are off to great starts for all teams. Girls soccer recently defeated Oxford Middle School for their first win while the boys have had had two wins to begin the season. Cross Country has started strong winning most recently vs. Milbury Middle School. Field hockey (pictured above) has been to a jamboree and made great strides in their most recent game vs. Worcester. All teams have been hampered by poor weather conditions and will have to make up a number of postponed games. If you get a chance come out and support our student athletes as they continue their seasons into October. See below for a direct link to our athletics schedules.

Important Dates for October

October 2

-Viewing of Bully Movie- Grades 7 & 8

-Student Council Leadership field trip

October 4

-Health Presentation( during regular scheduled classes)

***Dangers of Vaping and other related topics

October 5

-Professional Day- No School

October 8

-No School- Columbus Day

October 9

-Kennedy Institute field trip- Green Team- 7:36am- 1:51pm

October 10

-Kennedy Institute field trip- Orange Team- 7:36am- 1:51pm

October 12

-Kennedy Institute field trip- Gold Team- 7:36am- 1:51pm

-Progress Reports distributed

-Student of the Month

-Show Choir Spectacular- 7- 10pm- HS Auditorium

October 16

-TRSD & Union 61 Joint School Committee Meeting- 6pm

October 19

-UMass Multi-Bands field trip- 8:30am- 1:30pm

October 23-25

-Vision & Hearing Screenings

October 24

-JH Fall Concert- 7pm- HS Auditorium

October 26

-Halloween Dance- 7- 9pm