Providence Hall Junior High
When Magic Happens
I hope you all have enjoyed the weekend, and are ready for the next week and a half push to Thanksgiving break.
Every now and then in a lifetime, if you are lucky, you get to experience a form of magic. Oftentimes, it is in the small quiet, and seemingly insignificant moments like seeing a lone flower stretching out of concrete, or a kindergartener triumphantly tying their shoes independently for the first time.
Sometimes like a puppy pouncing on a squeaky toy, magic engages in a sneak attack on you, which is what happened at our Veterans Day assembly on Thursday.
If you weren't there to witness the moment, I feel like I need to walk y'all back a few steps to give you a more accurate accounting of how we arrived at the magic together. It was early September 2021, when the administration came together to organize a "get to know you" assembly to help acquaint students with the school's support staff and review schoolwide behavioral and academic expectations. We walked into assembly battle armed with a fancy slide show, dimmed lights, guest speakers, and a last but not least a nice pair of sensible shoes.
We weren't more than five minutes of students coming into the gym when we realized we were greatly outnumbered, and our Patriots had no intention of settling in quietly. To put it nicely, the assembly was a hot mess. Students were yelling, shoving, and despite the multiple attempts to calm the craziness, the assembly completely fell terribly flat and left us with a huge problem to solve if any assemblies, especially with guests, were to ever happen again in the near future.
As we looked into the possibility of having a Veterans Day Assembly, the thought of having guests come in and not having appropriate assembly behavior, gave me "riding Wicked at Lagoon for the first time" level anxiety. One night I woke up and remembered something my husband and I had been trained on during the certification process for becoming foster parents mixed with a weird memory of how play calling happens for the Oregon Ducks football team (welcome to my brain...Where It is like mixing warm popcorn and Reeces Pieces...It shouldn't work, but sometimes it does). Our trainers taught us If we want a happy and calm home, we have to TEACH to the behaviors that got under our skin the most.
Imagine that...in a school we have to teach the behaviors we want to see. It shouldn't have taken as long as it did to figure out, but when it did, we all knew it was time to sit down and devise a plan. We worked on lessons about Veterans Day during Crew, asked students to come in best dress, invited community members, made huge play calling signs like the Oregon Ducks coaching staff, and finally practiced with each grade level for three days straight during Crew to teach and reteach how PHJH Patritos behave during assemblies.
The night before the assembly I was a hot mess! The questions spun in my head like a hamster on an Iron Man marathon mission all night long.
Had we done enough?
Would the students remember what we practiced?
Would the Veterans feel loved?
Was the timing correct?
What if we miss any names?
What if we forget to thank someone or the cookies show up as beautifully boxed broccoli? (Nothing against broccoli, it just was more of a warm cookie occasion.)
Fast forward to Veterans Day, and a play-by-play of hours and hours of miracles and magic.
Walking into the school, we were greeted by our JROTC members in full uniform standing at attention under the school flag.
As I walked down to welcome students at Driveline, one student after another and after another came out of their cars in best dress. Even students that weren't in best dress were for the most part in uniform, which created what can only be described as an elevated tone of respect across the entire campus. I knew some students would show up in their best dress, but the amount that participated almost brought me to tears.
Our sweet Librarians and Front Office Managers lovingly bundled the thank you notes the students had composed, and all of the cookies showed up also complying with the best dress request. Our Stucrew members busily buzzed about practicing Veteran's names, setting up chairs, and making sure they were organized and prepared for the event. The PHHS AND PHJH choirs filed onto the stage in perfect order, and our JROTC members were poised and ready to serve by presenting the colors.
As our Veterans filed in and took their seats, I held my breath knowing there was no turning back at this point. Then the moment of truth arrived as we started to call down the grades one by one. What happened next was straight gold sparkle glitter coming out of an air cannon magic. As 571 students filed into the gym, there was a calm that filled the room, unlike anything I have experienced during my time here at PHJH and for the next 45 minutes, students were kind, respectful, and without question filled with a sense of Patriot pride.
It was at that moment, we were a united Patriot family.
There are so many people I want to thank...
Thank you to all of the Veterans and families that took time out of their day to attend and let us recognize their service.
Thank you to all of the community members that signed up and supported the event.
Thank you to the teachers for their willingness to teach the Veterans Day lessons, helping students to write the cards, and being patient as we practiced during Crew time.
Thank you to Mrs. Turley for helping to make the lessons, card templates., and presenting at the assembly.
Thank you to Mr. Hawkins for making the survey form and presenting at the assembly.
Thank you to Mr. Gianfredi for first being an amazing teacher and example, and for giving a breathtaking speech about your military experience.
Thank you to Mr. Olsen and the PHHS and PHJH choirs for your beautiful performance.
Thank you JROTC for being in uniform, and your willingness to present the colors.
Thank you to Mrs. Cutrer and Nelson for helping with greeting our guests, last-minute letter bundling, and keeping the ship running.
Thank you to Mrs. Porter and Ms.Crawford for bundling up the letters in such an adorable manner.
Thank you to Mrs. Wade for sharing the program invites, and sharing your family's military experiences, and as always, being so willing to help with anything for the assembly.
Thank you to Ms. McConnell and Stucrew for being brave, and willing to participate in the event, and doing a BEAUTIFUL job.
Thank you to the parents for encouraging best dress despite what I am sure involved some student grumbling.
Finally, thank you to all of the PHJH Patriots for showing up and stepping up, just like we all knew you would.
We can't wait to see you tomorrow.
We can't wait to see you tomorrow.
As always Patriots...
You are loved!
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PHJH Is Excited to Provide Service To Our Families That Need A Little Extra Help This Year
Would You Be Available To Lend A Hand With the dance?
Have you always wanted to attend a middle school dance?
If you answered yes, boy do we have an opportunity for you!
We need some extra hands to pull the Winter Wonderland dance off this year, and would love your help. If you are interested, in reliving your glory days, please complete the form below.
Terrace Metrics Student Screener Information and Permission Slip
Good Morning PHJH Patriots.
Please review the attached letter and above video from Mr. Marshall with information about a Terrace Metrics program we will be administering after Thanksgiving break. We would like for all students in grades 6-8 to take the screener while at school.
In order for your child to participate, we will need the form below completed and returned by November 20th.
We as a PH leadership team feel like this tool is extremely valuable in being able to better to identify and serve the mental health needs of our students.
We are offering a student incentive for getting the permission forms completed.(Even if parents choose to not have students participate in the survey.)
Here is the breakdown:
Each grade level that turns in 80% of their forms will receive one dress-down day.
Each grade level that turns in 85% of their forms will receive two dress-down days.
Each grade level that turns in 95% of their forms will receive three dress-down days.
Even if you choose to have your child NOT participate, it will count towards getting permission slips signed.
Thank you for taking the time to watch the video and read the attached information about the program. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions that are unanswered after going over the given resources.
As always Patriots…
You are loved!
COVID Booster Shot Information
Educators and community members,
COVID-19 BOOSTER appointments are available now! Please feel free to share with anyone you know. Follow the scheduling link below to find where Community Nursing Services is offering opportunities within SLCO.
Following a formal recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)/CDC and in line with direction from the Utah Department of Health, Community Nursing Services (CNS) Immunization Program began offering COVID-19 BOOSTER doses to eligible individuals 10/22/2021.
PFIZER and Moderna
Both PFIZER and Moderna COVID-19 booster doses are recommended for people at highest risk for severe COVID-19 including:
· people who are 65 or older, and
· people 18 and older who live in a long-term care facility, and
· people 18 and older with underlying medical conditions that put them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and
· people 18 and older who live or work in a setting that puts them at a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19, such as healthcare workers and teachers.
Note that recommendation applies to individuals who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 or Moderna vaccine for their primary series at least 6 months prior.
“Data reviewed by the FDA and ACIP showed booster doses can prevent further hospitalizations and death for those individuals who are at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Data shows that the vaccines continue to provide very good protection against severe COVID-19 illness in the general population. Most Utahans do not need a booster at this time, but a booster can help add another layer of protection to those people at the highest risk of severe COVID-19,” said Dr. Leisha Nolen, UDOH state epidemiologist.
Note the underlying conditions below. As with initial roll out, individuals will need to self attest to eligibility for such conditions.
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung diseases
- Neurological conditions, such as dementia
- Down syndrome
- Heart conditions
- HIV infection
- Liver disease
- Mental Health conditions such as depression
- Pregnancy and recently pregnant
- Sickle cell disease or thalassemia
- Smoking, current or former
- Solid-organ or blood stem cell transplant
- Stroke or cerebrovascular disease
- Substance use disorders
- Weakened immune system
Johnson and Johnson
For the nearly 15 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, booster shots are also recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.
There are now booster recommendations for all three available COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Eligible individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose. Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received and others, may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots without preference.
Though CNS will not be providing individual on-site BOOSTER clinics within schools similar to the initial roll out, we would like you to be aware of some CNS locations in SLCO where appointments are now available for those eligible. Note that BOOSTER doses are readily available throughout the state at varied locations including pharmacies, health departments, providers offices, etc.
Please share the following scheduling link as you feel appropriate (minus my own email and signature line as I will be unable to respond).
COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling link:
5-11 year olds
CNS will begin administering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by appointment to individuals age 5-11 years old beginning Tuesday, November 9th at the following two locations:
· WVC Immunization Clinic
o Tuesday 12:00-4:30
o Thursday 12:00-4:30
· Meadow Peak at Summit Vista
o Tuesday 1:00-6:00
o Thursday 1:00-6:00
o Saturday 9:00-2:00
Appointments are REQUIRED due to the limited amount of vaccine available.
To schedule an appointment for children 5-11 years old, please visit www.cns-cares.org/COVID19 and select the PEDIATRIC COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENT (age 5-11) Pfizer option. Should appointments be filled, please check back weekly as additional opportunities will be opened as vaccine inventory increases.
Note that this represents just one of the many available locations for 5-11 year old COVID-19 vaccinations. Individuals are encouraged to check with their provider, pharmacy, local health department and community partner each week for open appointments.
CNS will not be providing on-site COVID-19 clinics at individual schools at this time.