Bear Bulletin


A Message from Dr. Venghaus

Bear Branch Family,

My apologies for getting this out a few days late. I spent the last few days watching our kids show at the Magnolia ISD Livestock Show and what an amazing job they did representing BBJH!! Please remember we do not have school Monday. Our teachers will be busy receiving some great professional development in the continual process to enhance our classrooms.

As many of you know, the high school is hosting Homecoming this week. Homecoming is a tradition our students look forward to in high school. We do not typically have a large number of students participate in junior high. However, please do not drop off mums or garters to our front office. BBJH will not be responsible for delivering these to students. We thank you in advance.

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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This weekend many of our BBJH students participated in the Magnolia ISD Livestock Show. It was a busy few days with early morning and late nights as our students worked hard to get their animals shown in the show ring. Congratulations to all of our exhibitors!!


Scarlett Schlichting - 2nd in class, 15th in sale

Korban Munnings - 6th in class

Hallie Baack - 6th in class, 1st alternate in sale

James Vaughn - 9th in class


Bentley Simon - 5th in class


Jessica Tayloe - 3rd in class, 15th in sale

Jamie Mentlewski - 4th in class

Cy Tolbert - 5th in class

Kayleigh Reynolds - 5th in class

Paisley Mace - 7th in class


Sydney Williams - Reserve Grand Champion Rabbit

Carson Tessone - 4th

Peyton Grady - 9th

Abigail Johnson - 10th

Abigail Hooks - 12th

Madison Ashley - 17th

Lexi Simmons - 20th

Allison Schelski - Participant

Delilah Cloud - Participant

Jordan Foxx - Participant

Liliana Apple - Participant


Carli Albert - 8th

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Jessica Tayloe - 3rd

Bentley Simon - 5th

Ethan Haugen - 5th

Allison Schelski - Participant

Grace Schelski - Participant


The 8th grade A volleyball team got the victory against Creekside Park last night in district action. Winning 25-18, 25-17, They are now 2-0 in District play. Players of the game were Allie Violette who had some amazing hits and blocks and Rylan Bassett who had led the team in assists. Great job girls!

The 8th grade B team also defeated Creekside Park with the scores of 25-15, 25-18. They are now 2-0 in district play. Players of the game were Abi Vasquez who served a great game and Peyton Huetter who led the team in kills. Congrats to the team for a great team win!

The 7th grade A team played fantastically against Creekside Park this week. First game was a huge success, we won 25 to 14! Excellent seving by all team members. The second game was a close call but we won 25 to 23! Way not to quit. Coach Murdock is proud of the serving and team play! Way to go girls!

The 7B Lady Bear Volleyball team showed great improvements in their game at Creekside Park Junior High Thursday. Unfortunately, the Lady Bears fell in two sets 18-25 and 22-25. Top servers for the Lady Bears were Raegan Garcia and Callie Cleveland. Defensively, Caroline Bullion and Frankie Ross had great plays and saves.

The team will travel next week to play Willow Wood on Sept 22.


7th and 8th grade football completed a PROGRAM SWEEP of Creekside Park this week.

7th grade B won 13-0, with touchdowns by Chase Tessone and Tyson Glowacki and an interception by Kaden Barber.

7th grade A team won 30-12. The offense was led by Magnus Virgin, Peyton Beckett, Nikolas Ensminger, and Jaxson Galloway, and the defense was led by Tristan Wright and Zion Fletcher.

8th Grade B won 26-16. The offense was led by the entire offensive line, who paved the way for 4 TD from Rene Rosales, and the defense was led by Cole Murphy, Braylon Hobbie, and Devan Mote.

8th Grade A finished out the sweep winning 36-31. The offense was led by Cash Ferrell, Jeramiah Guidie, and Chase Lowery. The defense was led by Ty Miller, Brody Wilcox, Andrew Shultz, and Joseph "The Racoon" Louviere who cashed in a Kickoff Return TD.

A & B teams will take on WillowWood next week, and C teams have a rivalry match up versus Magnolia Junior High. 7th grade will play here at BBJH and all 8th grade teams will be away.

Great job Bears!

Cross Country

The Bear Branch Junior High Cross Country team participated in a Cross Country meet last Saturday at the annual Run the Dawg Pound race at Magnolia High School. There were 14 teams and over 100 runners in each division. Below are the top 5 runners in each division.

8th Grade Boys- 1st Place Finish

2nd Place - Jack Ellis

Cabrin Sizemore

Elijah Baker

Luke Leonardos

Parker Starnes

8th Grade Girls-5th Place Finish

Overall Team

4th Place - Greer Morgan

Jaime Mentlewski

Frankie Cruz

Katie Price

Caydence Hardin

7th Grade Girls- 4th Place Finish

Kinly Schanbachler

Kiran Ripley

Paisley Atchetee

Ximena Blasco

Abby Stinebaugh

7th Grade Boys-6th Place Finish

Cayson Barber

Aiden Gomez

Nate Howish

Zachary Draeger

Cole Cunningham

The Bear Branch Junior High Cross Country team participated in a Cross Country meet Wednesday, Sept. 14th at Wellborn JH in College Station. There were 10 teams and about 100 runners in each division. Below are the top 5 runners in each division. Come out and cheer them on at Magnolia West High School next Wednesday. They would love to see their teachers out cheering them on.

7th Grade Girls- 2nd Place Finish

5th- Kiran Ripley

9th- Ximena Blasco Arechiga

10th- Kinly Schanbachler

21th- Lillie Harvey

28th- Adalyn Stephens

7th Grade Boys-5th Place Finish

3rd- Nate Howrish

18th- Aidan Gomez

27th- Kason Thai

33rd- Miguel Castaneda

41st- Zachary Draeger

8th Grade Girls-3rd Place Finish

4th- Greer Morgan

12th- Kate Price

13th- Jaime Mentlewski

17th- Frankie Cruz

25th- Caydence Hardin

8th Grade Boys- 2nd Place Finish

10th- Elijah Baker

13th- Jack Ellis

14th- Cabrin Sizemore

24th- Luke Leonardos

26th- Carter Waugh

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  • 7th Grade Football vs Willowood (home)


  • 8th Grade Football at Willowood (away)
  • Cross Country at MWHS (away)


  • Volleyball at Willowood (away)

Attendance and Notes

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


School meals are now being charged to your student's account.

Meal rates are as follows:

  • Student Breakfast: $1.25
  • Student Lunch: $2.45

Free and reduced meal applications are available online at Paper applications went out this week during Bear Block.

If you have questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Office at 281-252-2231.