Parent Newsletter

Issue No. 2 | December 2021

Principal's Message

Hello parents,

Attached is some important information to keep you informed as we close out our FALL semester. We are continuing to stay laser focused on our 3 main goals: academic excellence, social & emotional growth, and maximizing potential for ALL students by promoting our Diamondback Pride.

With that said, we appreciate your support the next 3 weeks in ensuring your students come prepared and ready for school, engaging with our staff in their learning, as well as joining our many clubs and organizations. We continue to strive for excellence and are having outstanding seasons in all areas– UIL Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, as well as all clubs and organizations.

I’m proud to announce that, with the leadership of Mr. Gandaria and Mrs. McIver, our student council students were able to donate over 3,000 canned foods to the Mission Food Pantry.

Our Character traits for the month of December are responsibility and empathy. Teachers and staff are incorporating guidance lessons bi-weekly on these traits.

December is a great month to appreciate all of our blessings as well as share with others. We encourage you to support your child by reinforcing these values in any way you see fit. Specifically, we will be having a Toy Drive through our ELA departments from December 8th- 16th again to be kind to others. These items will be donated to the Vannie Cook Children’s Hospital.

Thank you for your continued love and support!

Goooo, Diamondbacks!!!!!!

Counselor's Corner

Greetings from the Sharyland North Junior High Counseling department!

Our department has several important activities prepared for this month. Our 8th grade students are currently taking a career inventory through our Virtual Job Shadow program through their history classes. This program is exposing our students to begin their career exploration and career path with follow-up activities in the spring semester.

Our Character traits for the month of December are responsibility and empathy.

We will be visiting the classrooms to address diversity, acceptance and tolerance via guidance lessons. Our teachers are supporting our counseling department by incorporating guidance lessons bi-weekly on these traits. In addition, we have asked staff to incorporate these traits in their daily lessons. We would like to encourage you to discuss how characteristics of caring impact personal relationships.

May you and your family have a blessed holiday season.

Janie Reyna, 7th grade counselor


We will be having our next UIL Invitational at K. White Junior High on Dec. 4th. Students will compete in academic written and speaking events against their peers. Go Diamondbacks!! 😄

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Technology Tuesday

Tuesday, Dec. 7th, 9-11:30am

4400 Glasscock Road

Mission, TX

In person at BL Gray Jr. High from 9am-11:30am

Virtual through Google Meet from 1pm-3pm

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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SNJH Toy Drive

We are proud to announce our school will be part of a wonderful effort to collect toys for Vannie Cook's Children's Hospital this year.

Mr. Gandaria along with our ELA classes will be collecting toys starting on Monday, Dec. 8th. through Tuesday, Dec. 16th.

As always, we appreciate your support and love for our school and the children of our community.

Beginner Band Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 9th, 6:30-7:30pm

5100 West Dove Avenue

McAllen, TX

Competition gym
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"Into the Woods" Play

Friday, Dec. 10th, 9-11:30am

10001 North Shary Road

Mission, TX

8th graders will report to 2nd period and will be called to the bus lane via intercom and they will return to campus before lunch time.

SNJH will cover the cost of the entry fee.

Semester Exams Week

Starts Monday, Dec. 13 through Friday, Dec. 17

Monday, Dec. 13 - ELA & electives

Tuesday, Dec. 14 - Math & electives

Wednesday, Dec. 15 - Social Studies & Science part 1

Thursday, Dec. 16 - Social Studies & Science part 2

Friday, Dec. 17 - Make-up exams

Junior High School Semester Exam Exemption Policy 2021 - 2022

The junior high school exemption policy will be as follows:

Junior High School students may qualify for an exemption in ANY course by receiving a 90 average or better. Junior High students taking high school courses for high school credit at the junior high campus may qualify for an exemption in ANY course by receiving a 90 average or better.

Students must be present during semester exams, regardless of their exemption status. If a student is absent during a semester exam, the exemption will be waived and is no longer valid. If a student is absent during an exam, the teacher will enter an Incomplete or “I” for the student’s final grade.

The student will receive one opportunity to take a semester exam upon returning. Qualification for exemption will be determined from current Skyward data.

(Rev. 8/2021 Effective 2021 -2022 School Year)

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Choir Christmas Concert

Monday, Dec. 13th, 6:30-8pm

10001 North Shary Road

Mission, TX

Sharyland North Junior High and Pioneer High School choir concert at PHS Synthetic Gym.
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Bands' Winter Concert

Tuesday, Dec. 14th, 6:30-8pm

5100 West Dove Avenue

McAllen, TX

Competition gym
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Christmas Break - Dec. 20th through Jan. 4th

Early release on Friday, Dec. 17th.

See you back on Wednesday, Jan. 5th.

Have a restful, safe, and blessed Christmas!