Bear Bulletin



Bear Branch Family,

What a busy week this was with Halloween, pep-rallies, end of season games, and tryouts for basketball beginning. Our students and staff had a great time at the pep-rallies. I have included some photos below. Thank you again to all of our sponsors for the Blue Out shirts! Our academics have been on fire as well. Our teachers are working extra hard to ensure all students are learning at high levels.

Progress Reports

New this year: BBJH will not be printing and sending home progress reports. The most up to date grades and assignments can be found by logging in to the parent portal. Click HERE for directions on how to view your student's Progress Report and most up to date grades and assignments.

Tardy Sweep

We conducted our second announced tardy sweep on Thursday. Great news, we only had 3 students caught in the sweep. This means students can get to class on time when they walk with a purpose. Soon we will implement our third tardy sweep and the final one that will be announced to students. Any student caught in the tardy sweep will receive a lunch detention. When a tardy sweep is called, teachers will close their door when the tardy bell rings. Any student late to class will report to the AP's office to sign in and receive a tardy pass to class.

Proud to be your student's principal,


Bear Branch Brags B³ Award - Nominations

Has a teacher or staff member done a great job supporting your student? Let them know by submitting a B³ Award and we will recognize them on campus!

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Scholarship Award - Recommended by teachers for hard work and academic excellence.

7th Grade - Jacob Gibson & Abigail Harms

8th Grade - Ty Miller & Tori Ford

Citizenship Award - Recommended by teachers for exemplifying good character, respect, and kindness.

7th Grade - Marek Unruh & Adalyn Stephens

8th Grade - Sean Parrish & Molly Childs

MISD called for a $232 million bond for the November ballot. The bond is to address the growth happening in Magnolia. If the bond passes, the new elementary school in Audubon will open in August 2024, and the new intermediate and junior high schools will open in August 2025. Understand and know the facts about the bond.

Fast Facts:

  • 85% of the bond is for student seat space
  • The bond would allow to keep classroom sizes small and provide more program opportunities for students with a $0 tax impact to taxpayers.
  • MISD received $150,000 from the state for safety & security. MISD dedicates $1.5 million to safety & security.
  • Growth is happening now. Since October 2021, MISD has added 16 new bus routes due to the growth.
  • The 86th Texas Legislative session (2019), amended Texas Education Code 45.003 to require "THIS IS A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE." on the ballot. This is mandatory to include on all school bond propositions. There is $0 tax impact on the taxpayer.
  • Did you know the Ag and 4H students had a record year with over $317,000 raised? The ag renovations will allow for more animal pins, restrooms, concessions, and technology upgrades.
  • A portion of the bond is dedicated to upgrading technology equipment to provide better network access for classroom instruction and State required online testing.
  • MISD maintains 2.4 million square feet of space with an operating budget of appx. $6.2 mil, of which utility costs are approx. $3.5 mil. After recurring expenses, there is approximately $1.5 mil for yearly capital projects.

Early Voting Began on Monday, October 24

This is a reminder that early voting begins on Monday, October 24th, and runs to Friday, November 4th, while Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th.

We encourage the Magnolia community to be civically involved, including exercising your right to vote. Change the culture of voter apathy and vote. Your vote does count and does make a difference!

BBJH Yearbooks

BBJH 2022-2023 Yearbooks are on sale! Click here to order online YEARBOOK ONLINE ORDERS. You can search by order number (25415) or by school (Bear Branch JR High School). If you are asked to enter a home room teacher, please enter your student’s 7th period teacher.

Hurry and order your yearbooks before January 4th for a discount!

  • Now until January 4th = $40
  • After January 4th = $45
  • Late buys after shipment = $50 while supplies last

If you have BBJH school related pictures you would like to see in the yearbook, you can upload them on the order website by clicking Use eShare in the top right corner.

If you have any questions pertaining to the yearbook, please reach out to Mrs. Acheson,

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If you or a family member are a Veteran and would like to attend, please scan the QR code or click below to RSVP.

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7th Grade C team wrapped up their season with an intersquad game last night at Magnolia High School Stadium. The Blue Team rallied to come from behind with touchdowns by Drake Smith and Jah'myren Hood, and the White team touchdown was scored by Jesse Hackett.

7th Grade B dominated West in their final game, winning 18-0. The offense was led by Tyson Glowacki, Wyatt Baird, Jaxon Hays, Rielyn Cortez, and Daine Swirczek all contributing to touchdowns. The defense allowed 0 points with an interception by Kaden Wuensche and multiple tackles by Hagen Greenwood, Landon Kassuba, and Case Madison.

7th Grade A finished the night with another dominant win 20-6. The offense was led by Virgin Magnus and Cade Murphy both finding the endzone along with Nikolas Ensminger and Garrett Wheless racking up receiving yards. The defense only allowed one score and was led by Tristan Wright, Jaxon "JJ" Jensen, Zion Fletcher, and Cade Murphy.

We are super proud of our 7th grade squads and how much they grew this year. We can't wait to see them in the weight room over the offseason and back on the field next fall!

8th Grade football brought their season to a close this week, with all 3 teams taking on Magnolia Junior High.

C team won 32-7 with Joseph Rampolla and Banner Carlson leading the offense up and down the field. The defense played great as a whole, only allowing 1 touchdown late in the 4th quarter.

B team lost 16-8. The offense was led by Kadence Pittman and Grant Bymaster, and the defense was led by Cy Tolbert with an interception and Braylon Hobbie with multiple tackles.

A team lost 22-15. The offense fought hard to get back in the game late and was led by Cash Ferrell, Jeramiah Guidie, and Chase Lowery. The defense was led by Jhett Bubke, Andrew Chadwick and Ty Miller all wrapping up multiple tackles.

We are very proud of all the hard work our 8th graders have put in the last 2 years and can't wait to see them at the high school level!


This weekend the BBJH Band had members participate in All-Region Auditions and had three members earn a spot in the Region Band!

Jake Brosey earned 2nd chair out of 50 students that auditioned and placed 2nd in the Wind Ensemble!

Parker Starnes earned 6th chair out of 45 students that auditioned and placed 3rd in the Symphonic Band!

Elijah Baker placed 24th out of 180 students that auditioned and placed 8th in the Concert Band!

We are so proud of these members and all of our members that worked hard to be ready for this audition!


It was a clean sweep for the Bear Branch Volleyball program. All 4 teams defeated our rivals, Magnolia Jr. High last night in the last district game of the season.

The 7th grade B team played Magnolia Junior High last night and defeated the Lady Mustangs in 2 sets, 25-11 and 25-10. Top players of the night were Raegan Garcia, Lexi Simmons, Sydney Muse, and Charley Droemer. The Lady Bears finish the season 7 and 2 in district play, and 10 and 3 overall. Congratulations on an outstanding season!

The 7th grade A team defeated the Lady Mustangs in 2 sets Wednesday night. The Lady Bears started off with the lead in set 1 and never looked back winning the set 25-14. Bear Branch started off slow in the second set finding themselves down 6-12, however they pulled together as a team to come back to win the set 25-16. This was a fantastic team win for the Lady Bears! Jillian Edwards led servers with 11 out of 12. Kylie Lucas had great attacks on the net while Keylee Bangert was crucial on the back line. Other players of the game were Adyson Duhon and Brienn Brown. The Lady Bears finish the season with a district record of 8 and 1 and an overall record of 11 and 1.

The 8th grade "B" team finished the season as Back2Back District Champions! They were 9-0 in District and 11-1 Overall. The 8th grade B team defeated Magnolia Jr. High 25-9, 25-10. Outstanding players of the game were Maddie Smith and Kenzie Akin. The coaches are super proud of this team for all of their hard work and commitment to the volleyball program! Great job girls!

The 8th grade "A" team finished the season as Back2Back District Champions! They were 9-0 in District and 12-0 Overall. The 8th grade "A" team defeated rivals Magnolia Jr. HIgh 25-18, 25-17. It was a clean sweep for the Lady Bears! Congrats to the players for this great accomplishment and for all of your hard work and determination this season. Outstanding players of the game were Sophie Gomez and Rylan Bassett. It was a great team win! Great job girls!


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MISD makes automated phone calls for students who are marked absent. If you feel your child has been mistakenly counted absent, please email his/her teacher for that specific period.

Be sure to turn in absence notes when your child is out. There are several ways to do this:

  • Students can bring parent/doctor note to the front office
  • Parents can email the attendance clerk at
  • Parents can fax the note to 281-252-2060