Moorhead Junior High

March 2021 Newsletter

4th 9 weeks - Virtual or In Person?

Please contact our registrar, Ms. Debra Jeane, by 3/8/21 if you plan on switching learning platforms for the last nine week grading period.


We have been very flexible throughout the year allowing students to switch back and forth between online and in person learning.


Please make a firm decision for the last 9 weeks as we will not allow students to switch platforms after 3/8/21.

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Mask Mandate

In light of Governor Abbott’s issuance of Executive Order GA-34 which goes into effect on March 10, 2021, Conroe ISD is seeking additional guidance from the Texas Education Agency regarding safety measures and health standards in place. All safety protocols will remain in effect in Conroe ISD schools and facilities until further clarification is obtained.

Moorhead Orchestra rocking with Mark Wood of Trans-Siberian Orchestra!

Our Carol of the Bells Video was just released. This is the first part of our Electrify Your Symphony program with Mark Wood. We are recording again next month, so we'll have another video released at the end of the school year.


Check it out!


https://youtu.be/sAMGJ2FaQZg

Required Immunizations for Incoming Seventh Graders


If you are a parent or guardian of an incoming seventh grader of 2020-2021, please be aware Texas state law requires all students to have paperwork indicating receipt of the flowing immunizations before they can begin the first day of school:

TDAP

MCV

Spring Pictures

Spring pictures are March 30th!


Click on the link below to place an order.


https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/ using code 57436S

Boys and Girls Athletics Information for the 2021-22 school year

Physicals

Students must have a physical on file in order to tryout and participate in sports. Please wait until after May 1, 2021 to have your physician complete a physical for the upcoming school year. More information about physicals will we shared with our families at a later date.


Boys Athletics:

Boys Athletics for the fall semester is for only those students that intend on participating in football.

If you are not interested in football, but want to try out for basketball, cross country, track, soccer, golf, and tennis - you will need to sign up for Physical Education (PE) and then when those sports start, we can potentially move you into athletics.

7th Graders:

Have the choice for signing up for Athletics to play football in the fall or General Physical Education.

8th Graders:

Have the choice of signing up for Athletics to play football in the fall. We also offer a choice 8th grade basketball class and a choice 8th grade soccer class

If you have any questions – Please contact:


Beau Pickett, Boys Athletics Coordinator, at bpickett@conroeisd.net

Diane Bartel, Girls Athletics Coordinator, at dbartel@conroeisd.net

Soccer Try-outs

Boys Try-outs

7th Grade - March 24th - 26th (7:15am-8:25am)

8th Grade - March 24th - 25th (4pm - 5pm)


First Day of practice

7th Grade March 30 (7:15am - 8:25am)

8th Grade March 30 (4pm - 5pm)


Girls Try-outs

7th Grade - March 1st - 3rd (7:15am - 8:25am)

8th Grade - March 8th - 10th (7:15am - 8:25am)


First Day of Practice

7th Grade - March 22 -(7:15am - 8:25am)

8th Grade - March 22 - (4pm - 5pm)

Golf Try-outs

Who? 7th and 8th Grade boys and girls

When? Monday, March 8th - 7th/8th Boys

Tuesday, March 9th - 7th/8th Girls


Where - Main Gym

Time - 7:15am

Questions? Contact Coach Pickett at bpickett@conroeisd.net

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Science News

With STAAR testing approaching. Have your child review their journals and their notes for a few minutes each night if they do not have homework. The test covers the entire year and for Science 3 years.

Speech and Debate News

Speech and Debate students continue to prepare for their UIL Academic Contests. Prelims will be held on April 13th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Finals will be held on April 14th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Students may choose from three different speech and debate events: Impromptu, Oral Reading, and Modern Oratory.


Professional Dress is a UIL requirement for Speech and Debate events.


The Oratory topics for the 2020-2021 school year are:

  1. Do solar and /or wind power offer responsible solutions to our energy future?
  2. Will the increases increased involvement of private industry change the goals of space exploration?
  3. Should the Federal Government do more to address pandemics around the world?
  4. Is the United States addressing racism successfully?
  5. Should the Government do more to regulate social media companies?


We must secure THREE CISD TEACHER JUDGES to evaluate Speech and Debate competitors. Gifted Talented credit hours are being given to those CISD Teachers willing to help judge. Each hour spent as a judge, equals one GT credit hour, too.


Please reach out to Ms. Kelly Maxwell (kmaxwell@conroeisd.net)if you are a CISD teacher and would be willing to judge for us on April 13

STAAR Testing dates for in person and virtual students


STAAR Writing 7th - April 6th

Writing make-up - April 7th

STAAR Alg I EOC - May 4th

Alg I make-up - May 11

STAAR Science 8th - May 6th

STAAR History 8th - May 7th

STAAR Math 7th and 8th - May 11

STAAR Reading 7th and 8th - May 12

Sciene, History, Math, Reading make-up - May 13-14th

A Note from Nurse Toni

Parents we are giving out a lot of mask to student. We give out over 100 per day. Please have student's put extra mask in their bags for back up if/when they needed.

Also, be looking for vision and hearing referrals, if you need assistance please contact the clinic, 936)709-2410.


Please follow the school protocol on sending you student to school:

Is your child ill with cold/flu-like symptoms (Runny nose, Congestion, Sore Throat, Persistent Cough, Difficulty Breathing, Headache, Chills, Lost of Taste/Smell, Significant Muscle Pain/Aches, Diarrhea, or Vomiting)


Your child is to stay home and notify clinic. The following must be met before returning to school:


If not tested for Covid-19 or cleared to return to school by their healthcare, they may not return until the following 3 criteria are met:


  1. Fever free for 24 hrs without the use of medication.
  2. and student has improved symptoms,
  3. and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

2021-2022 Calendar

The 2021-2022 School Calendar has been approved by the school board.

Conroe ISD Trustees Approve 21-22 School Calendar - Conroe ISD

Moorhead Jr. High Students of the Month

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Congratulations on a job well done!


Christopher W.

Gael C.

Mariana V.

Megan D.

March Events

March Events

3/11 - Exxon Mobile engineering presentation for 8th graders

3/14 - 3/21 - Spring Break

3/27 - Vocal Solo Contest

3/27 - Orchestra Contest

2021 Virtual Girls Construction Camp - Save The Date/Time: March 30, 2021; 10:00 – 10:40 a.m

Greetings,

This is an invitation for 8th grade female students and their parents, teachers, and counselors to attend the 2021 Virtual Girls Construction Camp.

Regrettably CMEF will not be facilitating an in-person Girls Construction Camp this spring due to the lingering pandemic. However, in an effort to inspire an interest in young women who may have not considered a career in the construction industry, CMEF’s Construction Careers Youth Committee is partnering with local industry female professionals to facilitate the 2021 Virtual Girls Construction Camp on March 30, 2021 from 10:00 – 10:40 a.m. The primary focus of the Camp is to provide the students with a new awareness and appreciation for the construction industry and the vast diversity of great career opportunities that await them in the future as well as provide the students with information that will assist them in their decision to select a Graduation Endorsement Plan and Career Pathway that they may not have otherwise considered.

The 2021 Virtual Girls Construction Camp will feature informational sessions led by ABC/CMEF member company volunteers dedicated to sharing their time and career experiences with the next generation of construction industry female leaders including video clips of various craft skills demonstrations. The value of safety, teamwork, and quality will be highlighted throughout the event as industry presenters share their experiences and why they are thankful to have selected a career in the construction industry. At the end of the presentations, students will have the opportunity to ask questions about safety, work hours, training, and educational requirements. Participating companies include Brock Group, CMEF, Dow Chemical, Dream It. Do It. Southeast Texas, Marek Brothers, PCL Industrial Construction, Turner Industries, and Worley.

Please know that I reviewed intermediate/middle/junior high school bell schedules within the 23 ISDs that we have sponsored high schools only to find it impossible to find a common time that fits one class period. So, I selected a time that fit the majority of bell schedules I reviewed. Additionally, I informed our committee members that we should expect classes that will have boys and girls attending. That is no problem what so ever.

The virtual platform for this event will be MS Teams and I plan to send you the meeting invitation during the week of March 22nd.

Please forward this invitation to the appropriate personnel in your District. We look forward to facilitating our first virtual Girls Construction Camp and hope you and your 8th grade female students and their parents, teachers, and counselors will participate.

Kind regards,

Steve

STEVEN HORTON, ED.D.

Spring Break 2021!

Spring Break this year is March 15- 19!

Moorhead Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR)

Our 2019-2020 Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR) has been posted on your school's profile page. The accountability reports can be accessed using the following steps:


From the school’s website:


· Go to "Our School/Campus"


· Click “View School Profile"


· Select “Accountability Reports”


· Click “2019-2020”


· Select "Texas Academic Performance Report or Federal Report Card"

Teach 2 Learn Free Webinars for Students

Hello Everyone,

I hope you and your families have been well during these uncertain times. My name is Alex Deng and I am currently a senior at The Academy of Science and Technology in Conroe ISD.

Two years ago, a few other high school students and I co-founded Teach 2 Learn, which is now a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young students discover and pursue a career-applicable ambition.In the last couple of years, we have held over 200 in-person and online workshops for students all across CISD, where we have introduced over 450 kids to a variety of unique topics such as Science Fair, Entrepreneurship,Computer Science, Public Speaking, and Destination Imagination, inspiring them each step of the way. We facilitated amazing results such as increasing competition performance by over 900% in some fields!


Now, in partnership with the local Education for Tomorrow Alliance (EFTA), I am very excited to announce our new, reconstructed spring series of online workshops. From March to May, we will be hosting cost-free, activity-based workshops on the topics of Game Development (Computer Science), Simplified Calculus, Debate, Introduction to Investing (Finance), Medicine, and Machine Learning.

These workshops are a great opportunity for your students to get ahead and develop unique skills at an early age. Don’t miss out!

Currently, we are opening registration for our three March workshops: Game Development, Simplified Calculus, and Debate. These will be held from Friday-Sunday each week. If you are interested in attending these workshops, please take a look at the flyer below for more details and fill out the free registration form by March 7th.


Website: weteach2learn.com

Registration Form: https://anmehta26.typeform.com/to/JYjFFk1J

  • Important Note: The form has options to register for all workshops, but the options for the March ones are the ones that really matter for now. The other options are there to gauge overall interest. The final registration for those will be sent a few weeks before their start date.

Workshop Schedule Document: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HOaeZuLoed30iBexbl4w0n50p3Ww0wt309snAx2wIAw/edit?usp=sharing

Workshop Schedule Calendar: https://www.weteach2learn.com/schedule/

Best Regards,

Alex

Protect your child from the dangers of the Internet!

Did you know you can block inappropriate content FREE on your child's Iphone?



IOS/Apple users can go to:

Settings

then scroll down to USE SCREEN TIME PASSCODE (it's in blue) Set a passcode only you know.


Then go back up to:


Screen Time

Content & Privacy Restrictions (Set restrictions here)

Content Restrictions (Set more restrictions here)


You are done!

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7th and 8th Grade STAAR Test Schedule

April 6, 2021 - 7th Grade STAAR Writing


May 6, 2021 - 8th Grade STAAR Science

May 7, 2021 - 8th Grade STAAR History

May 11, 2021 - 7th and 8th Grade STAAR Math

May 12, 2021 - 7th and 8th Grade STAAR Reading

10 Tips to Limit Your Child’s Screen Time By: Amy Morin, LCSW

Although unlimited time with electronics may keep your child quiet, too much screen time is not good for kids. By setting limits on how much TV, your child watches or how many video games he plays is not always easy in today’s screen-filled world.

Here are 10 tips that will help you limit your child’s screen time to a reasonable, healthy amount.

1. Model Healthy Electronic Use

2. Educate Yourself on Electronics

3. Create “Technology Free Zones”

4. Set Aside Times to Unplug

5. Use Parental Controls

6. Talk to Kids About the Dangers of Too Much Screen Time

7. Obtain Your Child’s Passwords

8. Encourage Other Activities

9. Make Screen Time a Privilege

10. Don’t Allow Screen Media in Your Child’s Bedroom

For the full article go to:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/tips-for-limiting-electronics-and-screen-time-for-kids-1094870

Communities in Schools (CIS)

Moorhead Junior High has a Communities in Schools (CIS) Social Services Coordinator, Ms. LaTonya Jones. Ms. Jones is on campus daily and is available to help with the basic needs of our students. Some of resources offered by our CIS counselor include:

· Food Pantry (shelf stable items as well as fresh food when available)

· Clothing

· School Supplies

· Lunch groups (by invitation)

· Holiday assistance

· Weekend food assistance

The CIS office is located inside the small gym. You may request assistance by contacting Ms. Jones directly at (936)709-2449.

Are you interested in joining the Boy Scouts of America?

Scout Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGG0CMqdWWU


Parent Video: This video is a substitute for our introduction at the in-person sign-up night for parents. It answers some of the most immediate questions about the cub scout program and directs parents on where to find more information. The intended audience is parents and can be included in an electronic newsletter or as a companion to informational text. 5Q ScoutsBSA - Orlando - YouTube


Text to Join: In years past, when we have visited individual classrooms to invite students, teachers have used text to remind parents of our visit. To accommodate those schools and classrooms with this parent texting tool, the George Strake District is more than happy to provide a short text and or graphic to be sent out through this listserv with our text to join information. (Text “ScoutsBSA” to 31996)

Parent and Student Access Center

Parents and guardians have free access to Parent Access Center via www.conroeisd.net . This portal gives complete access to student grades, attendance, tardies, discipline, STAAR scores, and other information. This tool can also give parents and guardians the opportunity to set thresholds where you will be emailed scores of each assignment. Students also have the same access via Student Access Center.

TAE – Teacher Achieving Excellence is a great opportunity to recognize a teacher that is making a difference in your child’s life. The electronic award can be created and sent through Parent Access. An email will be sent to the teacher as well as campus administrators.

Anonymous Alerts

Conroe ISD will continue implementation of the Anonymous Alerts – anti bullying app. Anonymous Alerts is a patented student anti-bullying app that helps combat bullying and other negative activity in schools by empowering students to come forward to help themselves and other students. Social and peer pressures are some of the hardest obstacles for students to overcome, now they can report bullying and safety issues quickly using Anonymous Alerts mobile app.


Students or parents in the school community can anonymously submit alerts about suspicious activity, safety threats, bullying, alcohol or drug use, harassment, family issues, school shooter, campus safety concerns, and self-harm issues to school administrators or counselors. The app is free from the Apple Store, Google Play store, and the Chrome store. Students will still have the option to call Kid Chat to report anything at 1-800-kid-chat.

The Conroe Independent School District (District) as an equal opportunity educational provider and employer does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability in educational programs or activities that it operates or in employment matters. The District is required by Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Board policy not to discriminate in such a manner.

For information about Title IX rights or Section 504/ADA rights, contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Section 504/ADA coordinator at 3205 W. Davis, Conroe, TX 77304; (936) 709-7752.