The Dauber News

Llano JHS - 400 Hwy 71 E - Llano TX - 325-247-4659

December 14, 2020

Our Mission

The Mission of Llano Junior High is to improve the academic performance of all students.


Our Vision

Llano Junior High will empower learners and leaders to positively impact the world.


Our Core Beliefs

1. Kids come first.

2. Continuous learning is essential to success.

3. A student's success is the shared responsibility of the student, family, school & community.

4. Learning is influenced by environment.

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Reminders from the Front Office

  1. Please remember to send absent notes to Mrs. Bigger at abigger@llanoisd.org.
  2. If you return to school to attend face to face after being a remote student, please remember to bring your Chromebook and charger with you to school.

Remote Learners

We are doing Announcements and Pledges for remote learners at 8:05 am every morning. Please use the link below to log on to our Zoom meeting.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85937802177?pwd=R1BxYkdjMzN2Vi80UitVYzBhdWhlUT09


REMINDERS:


  1. Please remember to send absent notes to Mrs. Bigger at abigger@llanoisd.org.
  2. If you do not answer the Question of the Day for your teachers before 3:00, you will be counted absent.
  3. If you return to school to attend face to face after being a remote student, please remember to bring your Chromebook and charger with you to school.

Grade Notifications in Skyward

Parents and students are able to set notifications for low grades and missing work. Notifications are a great tool that will empower students to keep up with their grades and enable them to take any necessary steps towards improving their averages. To enable notifications, follow these steps:


  • Go to any LISD campus website and go to the Parents tab.
  • Select Family Access.
  • Sign in to Skyward.
  • Go to "My Messages."
  • Select Settings.
  • Scroll down to the section titled "Gradebook."
  • You may enter custom threshholds for low score notification, low current grade (average), and high score notification as well as enable notifications for missing assignments.
  • You will select whether it sends the notifications to your email address, to the message center in Skyward, or both.
  • Once you have customized the notifications, be sure to scroll back to the top and select "Save."

News from the Nurse

Scoliosis Screenings for 8th grade boys –

Required by Texas Department of State Health Services


School-based spinal screening helps to identify adolescents with abnormal spinal curves and refer them for appropriate follow-up by their primary care physician. Screening can detect scoliosis at an early stage, when the curve is mild and may go unnoticed. Early detection is key to controlling spinal deformities.


Scoliosis screenings are required at certain ages/grade levels in the State of Texas. Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine.


When students get back from the Holiday Break, Nurse Prokop will be starting the scoliosis screenings for 8th grade boys. These will begin the week of January 11th.

Scoliosis screenings are required for all 8th grade boys. IF for some reason your student has a religious exemption or your student is already under treatment for scoliosis, please advise the nurse prior to December 18th by calling 325-248-2256.


You may also chose to send documentation that your student has already has his scoliosis screening done by a licensed professional. This would have been done in a physical exam/well-check. This document must be signed by a licensed professional and dated for the current school year.


For more information related to scoliosis -


https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/scoliosis/symptoms-causes/syc-20350716

U.I.L.

Practice Days & Times

Oral Reading Room 229 - Mondays (advisory) & Thursdays (before school) - Mrs. Turner

Modern Oratory Room 216 - Thursdays & Fridays (advisory) - Mrs. Durham

6th Grade Editorial Writing Room 301 - Wednesdays (advisory) - Mrs. Ellis

7th & 8th Grade Editorial Writing Room 232 - Tuesdays (advisory) - Ms. Glasscock

6th Grade Ready Writing Room 301 - Wednesdays (advisory) - Mrs. Ellis

7th & 8th Grade Ready Writing Room 232 - Tuesdays (advisory) - Ms. Glasscock

Art Smart/Art History Room 225 - Fridays (advisory) - Mrs. Fly

Listening Skills Room 304 - Thursdays (advisory) - Mrs. Leifeste

Social Studies Room 240 - Wednesdays & Thursdays (advisory & after school) & Fridays (advisory) - Mrs. Oestreich

Chess Puzzles Room 306 - Thursdays (advisory)

Maps, Graphs & Charts Room 225 - Fridays (advisory) - Mrs. Fly

Dictionary Skills Library - Tuesdays (before school & advisory) & Wednesdays (after school) - Ms. Park

Science Room 402 - Mondays (advisory) - Mr. Willimon

Number Sense Room 222 - Thursdays (advisory) - Mrs. Osbourn

Spelling Room 222 - Fridays - Mrs. Osbourn

Important Info about U.I.L.

ALL UIL ACADEMIC EVENTS WILL BE HELD AT LJH IN JANUARY!


EDITORIAL WRITING AND READY WRITING WILL BE CONDUCTED ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 19.


THE SCHEDULE FOR ALL OTHER ACADEMIC EVENTS IS BELOW! KEEP WORKING HARD, STUDENTS AND COACHES, TO PREPARE FOR THESE EVENTS! WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT YEAR IN UIL ACADEMICS!

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Library

READING CHALLENGE #3 IS DUE TO MS. PARK BY THE END OF THE DAY ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16!


MS. PARK HAS ALREADY RECEIVED OVER 50 CHALLENGES! GREAT JOB, LJH!


YES, STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO HAVE LIBRARY BOOKS CHECKED OUT OVER THE CHRISTMAS BREAK! MS. PARK WANTS EVERYONE TO SET A GOAL TO READ AT LEAST 20 MINUTES EACH DAY DURING THE HOLIDAY!

LOOK BELOW AT THE BENEFITS!

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Announcement

Exciting News ~~ Teen Boys & Girls Club of Llano

Teen B & G is excited to announce the opening of the Teens Boys & Girls Club of Llano, located at 1705 Wright Street.


Membership Applications are at the Junior High on the shelf by the front office window.


They provide a meal, help with homework and a fun-safe place to hang out until parents get off work.


The fee per month is only $15!!


Mon, Tue & Thur. 3:45-7pm Wed. & Friday 3:45-6pm


Transportation is provided from school to the Club, which is located behind the Hospital.

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National Junior Honors Society

NJHS is making Christmas heart decorations for the Nursing Homes this week since they cannot do the annual Christmas caroling at the homes this year. They will also have a pizza party during lunch on Tuesday, December 15.

Friday, December 18th is an Early Release Day!

Christmas Break ~~ December 21 - January 11

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From Your Teachers

6th Grade

Social Studies is ending our first semester with a “Christmas Around the World” project. All work will be completed in class.

7th Grade

Your 7th Grade ELAR teachers wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Keep reading over the 3 week break, and we can't wait to see you on January 12, 2021!!!!!!!!!

Athletics

Boys' Basketball

The 8th grade Boys basketball traveled to Ingram on Monday. The Jacket B group played a very hard-fought game, but lost with a score of 14-7 . The team played very aggressively and physically with just some shots not going our way. We played well on offense while attempting many shots, but we just could not get them to fall. The team continually shows signs of improvement. On defense , we played very well, running the floor and being physical as well. Ashton Dunklin stood out last night as our guy. He led us in scoring with 4 points and had several steals. Ashton’s hustle helped keep us in the game and created opportunities for the Jackets to compete.


Scoring:

Ashton Dunklin- 4

Chris Willborn - 2

Chris Utley- 1

The Daubers 8th Grade A team came into this contest with a 1-1 record on the year, beating Comfort convincingly last week. The Daubers played great, aggressive basketball the first quarter, only allowing 5 points. Going into the half, the Daubers were down 20-11 to a fast and strong Ingram team. In the fourth quarter, the Daubers were able to put together 12 points and finish the game 35-23. Several Daubers were in the scoring column: Colten Bailey, Trey Mote, Jayden Bartlett, Carl Schutte, Corbin Adams, and Tate Morgan. The Daubers look to bounce back after the break as we will start the second round of district.

Girls' Basketball

On Monday night, the 7th grade A team faced one of their toughest competitors yet, the Ingram Warriors. The Daubers shut down their offense with lights-out defense led by Katie Turner and Sydney Kuykendall. With the score 17 to 16 and seconds running down on the clock, the Daubers had their biggest stop of the night. This stop allowed the Lady Daubers to get the hard-fought and deserved win!
The 7th Grade B team faced off against a high-powered Ingram squad and got back to its winning ways in a most decisive fashion! The offense was firing on all cylinders as the girls heaved the ball from all areas of the court. Most shots went in, some ended up in the stands, and two bounced wildly into the concession stand across the hall. The girls raced about to and fro at a dizzying pace, the Llano faithful screamed in delight, and when the dust settled, Coach Johnson's B-Team improved to 4-1 on the season with a commanding victory over Ingram with a score of 21-10.

Junior High Supporting the High School Football Team

House Update

House Leaders

Epimoni - Dylan Leming (70) & Vansh Patel (69)

Fidelis - Koda Wagner (94) & Anna Machuga (86)

Kulike - Maxton Ware (42) & William Thomas (39)

Quantum - Graham Prokop (118) & Emma Wilson (75)

Youyi - Ella Fullmer (95) & Katie Turner & Austin Humphries (67)

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Art

From Mrs. Kuykendall

Art students have been busy working on several projects over the last two weeks. Art 1 students finished a Sketchbook assignment practicing the art element, Value. They chose a fun "Among Us" character to shade, as well as, practicing a variety of forms. Art 2 has been working on paper mache armatures, yearbook covers, Christmas ornament designs and painting teachers' cars for the big game! Both classes also practiced their lettering skills by painting signs for the Football Playoff Send-off!

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Shading ~ Stained Glass Project

Art 2 students also finished their Stained Glass Oil Pastel Animals. They were asked to draw the animal, background and border with a fractured concept. Then, color each fracture with oil pastels with 2 analogous colors. This was a long, tedious process, but with lots of encouragement, the students produced these beautiful pieces. This is one of my favorite projects!

Mental Health Corner

The holiday season is often a time of year for social activities, holiday shopping, and quality time with loved ones. This year, however, COVID-19 threatens to make those activities more difficult.


Keeping up with activities, staying positive and — especially in 2020 — safely socializing can be overwhelming.


In addition, 40% of U.S. adults face a mental health or substance use challenge, making a complicated holiday season even more difficult time for many people. Regardless of whether you are living with a mental health challenge or know someone who is, you can take steps to prepare for the holidays and prioritize your mental health in the coming weeks.

Use these tips to get started:


1. Manage your expectations. Remember that this year is different and may not feel like the holiday season we are used to. Whether you are sharing a meal over Zoom or sending well wishes to family across the country, managing your expectations for yourself and others will help you stay positive. Give yourself and those around you some grace – none of us have been through a time like this before, and we’re all trying to balance staying safe with feeling “normal.”

2. Pull back when you need to. If, at any point, you feel overwhelmed or anxious, know that it’s perfectly fine to take a step back. Healthy boundaries are necessary for your mental health. Practicing self-care can also help soothe feelings of anxiety or stress. Take a walk, watch a funny movie, or meditate.

3. Reach out to loved ones. In times like this, living in a digital age can feel like a saving grace. Stay connected with your loved ones via text, social media, video or phone. Make yourself available for those you cannot see in person and offer your support to loved ones who may be struggling — a simple text or email can make a difference.

4. Monitor your moods. The “holiday blues” are real, so it is important to stay in tune with how you’re feeling. It can be easy to put others before yourself during the holiday season but remember that how you’re feeling matters too. Practicing mindfulness, journaling, or even rating how you feel every day can help you better understand your emotions. Pay attention to what makes you happy and incorporate it into your daily life. And remember: It’s OK to not be OK, and you’re not alone.

5. Ask for help. If the holidays become more than you can handle, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Talk to a loved one, trusted peer, or even your primary care physician about how you’re feeling. If you notice a family member or loved one having a difficult time, encourage them to seek help too.


Even though this year’s holiday season may not look like it has in the past, you can still make it special and comfortable by prioritizing your mental health and well-being. Take it one day at a time and #BetheDifference for yourself.


Have a wonderful holiday season this year with Mental Health First Aid. Happy Holidays!


https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/external/2020/12/mental-health-during-the-holidays-five-tips-to-ease-the-struggle/