NOVEMBER PARENT NEWSLETTER

#TogetherEveryoneAchievesMore

NOVEMBER CALENDAR

  • 1:7th football vs OHJH at Bear Stadium (Home stands)
  • 2:8th football vs OHJH at Bear Stadium (Visitor stands)
  • 2:Girls BB tryout week
  • 2:Choir goes to MHS 9:30-12:00
  • 5:Report cards sent home in 5th period today
  • 6:MJH Theaters Fall Play at MJH
  • 8:Boy Basketball tryout week
  • 11:Veterans Day Parade - information below.
  • 11:PTO Meeting 8:45 Library
  • 12:Choir Pics today
  • 12:8/9 PSAT test
  • 15:Theater to MHS 9:30-12:30
  • 15:Cheer fundraiser begins
  • 16:Cup Stacking Event at MJH gym 5-9 p.m.
  • 17: Boys Basketball parent meeting 4:30
  • 22-26:Thanksgiving Holiday
  • 29:Stucco fundraiser all week- Grinch week! Info below.
  • 30:Girls Basketball girls parent meeting 4:15 p.m.
  • 30:2023 DC Williamsburg parent mtg for current 7th graders 5:30-6:30 in Band Hall

A Note from our administration

Dear MJH families,


Access to and use of social media is common these days and has become second nature to many of us. This past week, your child took part in classroom lessons about Digital Citizenship. These lessons were created for this specific age to help our students learn the habits and skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly in school, at home, and beyond. During these lessons, our students were able to reflect on their tech use and make thoughtful reflections and choices about how and when they use it, how to stand up to cyber-bullying, use social media carefully, and look critically at the news.


Just this past week, MISD implemented a new safety and communication resource on campuses. The STOPit app is an app that provides students with a way to anonymously report incidents or concerns to the school administration and counselors by phone or computer. We know that for many students, they feel more comfortable reporting important matters through this type of platform.


As for our families, if you as parents have any concerns about matters taking place at school, we ask that you please address them through the appropriate channels, i.e. a discussion with the class teacher, counselors, or principals. We understand that it is inevitable given the nature of schools and what we do, that there will be occasions when parents are concerned, worried, or in some cases, angry about things that have happened. When these things occur, the school wants to know about it and be able to look into the situation in order to resolve the matter as quickly and appropriately as possible. The use of social media channels to express and share matters causing discontent, or the posting of offensive comments about our school, the staff, or the students is not acceptable or effective. We need to work as a family, because we both want what is best for our students and we should be working together not against one another, to resolve any concerns through the appropriate channels.


We love our Bears and wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

A Note from our Counselors

Our MJH Counseling Team enjoyed visiting with all students during the past few weeks to discuss the important study skills and character traits needed to be a successful student and caring friend in junior high. Mrs. Gagliano (6th), Ms. Dunbar (7th), and Mrs. Stewart (8th) are here to inspire, support, and empower our students as they explore their interests, work to their potential, and grow as learners here at MJH.


PSAT 8/9 will be taking place on campus November 12th. Registered 8th graders will receive a reminder letter the first week of November. If your student is taking the PSAT 8/9, please ensure they are on time to school on November 12th.


Also, if you are in need of holiday assistance this year, either for Thanksgiving or Christmas, please let Mrs. Stewart know of your request by November 5th if you need a meal for Thanksgiving, and by November 12th if you need assistance for Christmas. If you are willing to "Adopt" a family or student this year for the holidays, please let Mrs. Stewart know as soon as possible.


Barbara Gagliano: 6th grade

barbara.gagliano@misd.org

936-276-3321

Lesa Dunbar: 7th Grade

Lesa.dunbar@misd.org

936-276-3322

Tressie Stewart: 8th grade

Tressie.Stewart@misd.org

936-276-3320

A Note from the Librarian:

Lunchtime Bingo- Nov. 10

Lunchtime Book Clubs-Nov. 12

Our library Teen Advisory Board will be meeting with a representative from Literacy for Texas on Nov. 9 to conduct student-led purchasing of library books for the school.


Shelley Smith, MJH Librarian

Sheila Gagliano, MJH Library Assistant

shelley.smith@misd.org

shiela.gagliano@misd.org

Follow the MISD libraries on Twitter: @MISD_Libraries

Bears vs Lions Annual Backyard Brawl

It's time for the annual Backyard Brawl! Our students and coaches always love to see our parents and families at the games and would love to have your support during this exciting week. So come join us on Nov. 1 & 2 at the MISD Stadium starting at 4:30, 5:30, 6:30.

MJH Bear Productions

Bear Productions will be performing their fall play, A Walk in the Woods, on Saturday, on November 6th, at MJH. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 5:00 pm with a dessert auction starting at 5:15 pm. The play will start immediately following the auction. Hope to see you there!

Veterans Day Parade

November 11, MJH will celebrate all Veterans by having a Veterans Day parade starting at 12:45 p.m. If you or a family member are a Veteran, meet at the Montgomery KOA at 11:45 a.m. to be escorted to the parade at MJH. Our Veterans will stay in their vehicles and drive around our car rider line as our entire student body shows their support. We invite you to come and let us thank you for your loyal service and dedication to our country.
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GRINCH DAY IS COMING TO MJH!

MJH is so excited...GRINCH DAY is coming soon!!!

StuCo sponsors Grinch Day where students can pay to have their teacher "Grinched or Saved." All money raised goes toward helping our families by adopting a family for Christmas through Angel Tree and purchasing supplies for students.

You will able to pay online with MySchoolBucks or bring your dollars during lunch at the StuCo table Nov. 29 - Dec. 2. Grinching will be on December 3. Let the fun begin!

October Staff of the Month - 7th/8th ELA teacher, Ms. Carrie Dodson!

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MJH Sports Information:

JR HIGH ATHLETICS:


GIRLS ATHLETICS:

Girls Athletics website: http://schools.misd.org/page/laurenhightower-mjhgirlsathletics

Girls' basketball tryouts will be held during the athletic class period and after school until 4:00 on November 1st-4th. A physical and all Rank One forms must be completed in order to tryout. A parent meeting will be held on November 30th at 4:15 in the cafeteria for those who made the team. Check out the girl's athletics website for full season schedules or contact Coach Hightower at lauren.hightower@misd.org if you have any questions.

BOYS ATHLETICS:

Boys basketball tryouts are Nov 9-12 after school to 4:15pm.

Boys Athletics website: http://schools.misd.org/page/GregFaigle-MJH%20Boys%20Athletics

Congratulations to our October student "Rockstars" selected by our teaching staff!

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2021-2022 YEARBOOK

MJH offers a limited number of business or personal yearbook ads in 3 different sizes.

3x3 for $25/Half Page for $125/Full Page $200

If you would like to buy an ad, please send cash or check or check made out to MJH Yearbook to Ms. Krause. Please include the following information: your child's name and grade and your e-mail address.

If you have any questions, please e-mail kristy.krause@misd.org

7th Graders! June 2023 DC/Williamsburg trip

Parents of 7th Graders!

Please attend an information meeting on November 30 at 5:30 to learn about the June 2023 DC/Williamsburg trip! RSVP by using the link https://bit.ly/3vNvy0o

8th Grade History is already making plans for this all-inclusive trip. The trip occurs at the end of your student's 8th grade year and is customized to include places that your student learns about during their 8th grade year in U.S. History. The earlier you decide to enroll, the lower your monthly payments will be. For specific questions, email pegi.morgan@misd.org

Attendance


Regular school attendance is one of the most important indicators of school success. Students who attend school regularly not only improve their chances of being academically successful, but it builds strong relationships with their peers and teachers.

We know there are a wide variety of reasons that a student must be absent. Communication is Key! Always send in a note (either parent or doctor) with your student when they return to school. Absence notes will be accepted within 3 days of the six week grading period. If your student will be absent multiple days, please communicate with your child's teachers via email.

Our teachers provide challenging, hands-on learning experiences that engage our students' minds and hearts! We miss your student when they are not here, and your student misses outstanding learning opportunities and valuable teacher/peer interactions when they are not present in class.

Please visit our attendance page to report an absence: https://montgomeryjh.misd.org/for_parents/attendance. You may also email the attendance office with your parent/doctor note at mjhattendance@misd.org


Krystal Kollaja

Attendance Office

Montgomery Junior High School

(936) 276-3315 Direct

(936) 276-3301 Fax

STOPit APP FOR STUDENTS

This student friendly app provides students with a way to anonymously report incidents to the school on phone or computer. It can include text, images, and videos. It only takes a few seconds to report. Students have already seen the training video during their bear time. There are posters all around the school to assist with reporting concerns through the STOPit app.

Lunch Visitors

Parents,

A friendly reminder, you can not bring or share lunches with other students due to safety, medical concerns, allergies, etc.


We have a parent lunch table now for parents to eat lunch with their student.

If students forget their lunch, we have a parent drop off table in the front foyer for you to drop off lunches. Please let your child know you have brought their lunch to school.


As a reminder, all breakfast and lunch this year is free of charge. Any extras, such as water, chips, treats, etc. will need to be purchased.

New Campus Meal Viewer and Cafeteria Charges

The Child Nutrition Department has moved to a new website to display menus for students and parents. The website it MealViewer, here is the link - https://schools.mealviewer.com/district/Montgomery%20ISD,%20TX

Parents can set accounts for students to alert them when their favorite meals are being served in the cafeteria, what foods contain their students’ allergens, and so much more!!


MISD has an easy online way for you to keep your child’s account. Go to the MISD webpage and click on the left tab “Child Nutrition Info”. Then click “MySchoolBucks.com.”

Parents will be encouraged to make prepayments on students’ accounts using my school bucks, cash or checks to avoid cash transactions during meal service.

MJH Parent/Student Handbook

The Parent-Student Handbook will be available on the MJH website. We encourage you to become familiar with the information contained in the handbook. Forms such as Release of Picture/Directory Information, Medication for the Nurse, Change of Address/Phone Number, and Technology Agreement are found at the back of the Handbook.

Transportation

We ask that you make every effort to request transportation changes prior to 1:30 p.m. in order for us to be certain that your student leaves in the correct manner. You may make changes by:

1. Sending a note with your child;

2. Faxing with a photo of your I.D. to 936-276-3301. Please include your student’s first & last name on any change. Emails or texts to teachers, phone calls to the front desk, and student-relayed messages are not requests that we honor for safety reasons.

· MJH CAR RIDER LINE/BUS POLICY

Due to the continued growth of MISD, we will no longer allow extra riders to ride the bus routes. Only registered riders will be allowed on the bus routes. We highly encourage students to car-pool to school due to the high volume of traffic and limited parking during the morning hours.

Join Our MJH PTO

Please join our PTO. The membership form is online on the MJH PTO website at the link below.


  • Family membership is $10.00. Our PTO eNews will keep you informed with the most current information that MJH has to offer regarding upcoming events, student opportunities, club news, deadlines, volunteer opportunities, and accomplishments at Montgomery Junior High School. Be sure to check out our PTO Facebook page as well. https://www.mjhpto.com
  • Weekly spirit wear sales on campus every Friday
  • Veterans Day Celebration and Parade 11/11

    PTO Meeting 11/11 at 8:45

    Spirit Night at Panda Express 11/15 from 5-8pm


Spirit Night at Panda Express-Nov 15 5-8 pm

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