Ponder Junior High

February 2022

Current Enrollment - 381

6th - 125

7th - 132

8th - 124

National Counselors Week

February 7th-11th was National School Counseling Week!! The 2022 theme is "School Counseling: Better Together." At PJH we are blessed with two wonderful counselors - Mrs. Laura Neely and Mrs. Cindy Fraser. Day in and day out they team up to provide our students and staff the most amazing support. Join me is letting Mrs. Neely and Mrs. Fraser know how much we appreciate their efforts. Email positive words of affirmation to lneely@ponderisd.net and cfraser@ponderisd.net


Ponder TMSCA will be hosting a State Qualifying meet on Saturday, February 19th. There will be over 300 students from across the state on campus competing for a chance to qualify for the State meet in San Antonio in April. These events require a great deal of parental/community support in order to be successful. Mrs. Hardin and Mrs. Laughlin have worked extremely hard to ensure our TMSCA students have opportunities to showcase their talents. The last meet in Ponder, held on January 22nd, was a huge success!! Best of luck to all these students and their coaches.

Fort Worth Stock Show

Congratulations to Cade Jackson and family for placing 7th place in the largest class ever at Fort Worth - the steer was bred and raised right here in Ponder. Ponder is so proud!!

ESL Loteria Night/Parent Meeting

On February 10th, Ponder Elementary hosted ESL Loteria Night. Families were invited to attend a parent meeting and learn more about TELPAS and STAAR testing for our ESL student population. Everyone enjoyed a hotdog meal and BINGO. It was a great turnout!!


This year our district adopted the Standard Response Protocols in efforts to provide uniformity across campuses. On February 10th, PJH invited the Ponder Police Department to campus to observe our Lock Down drill. The drill went very smoothly and we were able to gain some valuable feedback on ways to improve our safety practices.

On March 1st, the Ponder Fire Department will be on campus to observe our Fire Evacuation drill. We are constantly looking for ways to improve our practices to ensure student and staff safety.

UIL Academic Contests

PJH will coordinate and host this year's West Zone district meet. The event will take place over two dates: February 9th (rescheduled due to the weather) and February 17th (after school). Ponder will be competing against Boyd, Paradise and Valley View.

Spring Fling Dance

The PJH Student Council presents Spring Fling on Friday, February 25th. The dance will take place in the junior high cafeteria from 6:30-9:30. PJH students and staff always enjoy this social event.

PJH Athletics

Track season is upon us! Grab your favorite stadium seat and blanket and come cheer on our track athletes.

Click here for this year's schedule


Come support our PJH kids at the Ponder FFA Local Show. Students will show off their animal projects starting at 5:00 pm on March 7th and 8th. Cattle, sheep and goats will be shown on Monday while hogs will be shown onTuesday.