Spartan Scribbler

News from the 1st 9-weeks at MBJH

Everything old is new again!

We hope that everyone is finally settled into their school routine and we have gotten started with a bang! Thank you to everyone who has helped make Mr. Clayton, Mr. Dearman, and I feel so incredibly welcome as we joined the MBJH family. What an incredible honor it is to have the opportunity to work with so many talented students and teachers every day. Each edition of the Spartan Scribbler will bring you a reflection on the previous 9-weeks, updates on happenings at the JH, and a few upcoming dates. We hope that the Scribbler will celebrate the incredible things that are going on in our school!

Spartan Council and Peer Helpers are working with our administration to program our ongoing efforts to combat bullying. They are currently doing a book study and ongoing classroom discussions about bullying and how our efforts can best meet the needs of our school and students.

PTO Meetings

PTO meetings have had great attendance. We have held sessions on Learning Styles and parenting a 21st Century Learner to foster innovation.

The next PTO meeting is Thursday, November 15th at 12:00 noon in the MBJH Library.

PTO Fundraiser - we are looking for 100%! We have a tremendous participation in our PTO fundraiser and would like for everyone to contribute. The amount is not the focus, the commitment is.

Rockin' the Brook

The 6th annual Rockin' the Brook choir performance was a huge success! The concert featured music of the British invasion, the original one and the modern one. 90 students participated along with some of our own teachers and administrators.

Red Ribbon Week

October 22-26, 2012 was Red Ribbon Week. Our students participated in meaningful programs each day that focused on educating teens about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use, as well we techniques for good, solid decision making. Page Rubin from Bradford Health Services talked about myths related to alcohol and drug use and gave statistics to help students remain definite in their decision to stay Alcohol and Drug Free.

Wednesday, October 24th was Alcohol Free Day in Mountain Brook. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students wore red in support of MBJH's commitment to be drug and alcohol free.

Construction

Construction is winding down on the roof of the school and we are beginning to return to normal. Thanks for everyone's patience while these upgrades were being completed.

Traffic Committee

The Traffic Committee worked with the City Council and Sam Gaston, the City Manager, to analyze traffic in the school zone on Overbrook Road. The council will be installing new traffic signs and barriers. MBJH has organized a traffic committee to review our internal traffic flow and will be sending out a parent survey shortly. Please participate in this survey so that we have your input as we make important traffic related decisions.

Strategic Planning

A 20 person team of school and district leaders, along with parents, have embarked on a strategic planning journey to analyze the strength and areas of improvement of MBJH. We will be developing a 1, 3, and 5 year plan as a result of these efforts. You will hear move about this in the near future!

Hitting Home

Hitting Home will be coming to MBJH on November 14th from 6:30 - 7:45 PM in the Auditorium. There will be panel discussions about our district PRIDE data and information on how we can all support our students as they face decisions about alcohol and drugs.