Announcements – 11/25/13

Students are invited to join an optional winter camp to learn dance line, color guard, and majorette basics at Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp. The dates of the camp are February, 4, 11, 18 & 25 from 3:15-5pm–attend one or attend all. Information and application forms are available in the school office. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 20th. For additional information, email or

Upcoming Events At & Around MJHS

Tuesday, 11/26 – MJHS Wrestling vs. Mt. Brook, ACA & Brookwood @ Mt. Brook High, 6pm

Wednesday, 11/27-Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

Announcements – 11/18/13

Chick-fil-A biscuit sale: November 21. You must pre-order on Wednesday, November 20.

Any students interested in playing on the tennis team needs to come by the front office to pick up a form and sign up. Tryouts will be held on November 19-20. If you have any questions, please email

Upcoming Events At & Around MJHS

Monday, 11/18 – MJHS Basketball vs. Ashville, 4pm

Tuesday, 11/19 – Tennis tryouts

Wednesday, 11/20 – Tennis tryouts

Thursday, 11/21 – MJHS Basketball @ Munford, 4pm

Friday, 11/22 – Beta Club Induction, 11am

Tuesday, 11/26 – Progress Reports go home

Wednesday, 11/27-Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

Keep Your Family Safe: Know the Danger of Carbon Monoxide in Your Home

Known as the silent killer, carbon monoxide results in numerous accidental deaths each year. As the weather cools, heaters are turned on and fireplaces are lit, and it’s important to remember the safety of our children. If you are moving or remodeling, it can be an even bigger concern. Children are far more susceptible to carbon monoxide poisoning than adults because a child requires more oxygen and uses it faster than adults, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Additional dangers are posed for children because a child’s central nervous system is not fully developed. The end result is that the child’s nervous system is much more susceptible to the toxic exposure of carbon monoxide poisoning. Approximately 24 children a year die from carbon monoxide poisoning, with an additional 3,500 reports injuries requiring a visit to the emergency room. Carbon monoxide can cause severe learning disability, memory loss and personality changes in children. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your family safe:

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in all sleeping rooms, and within 15 feet from a heat source (this is the most likely source of carbon monoxide release).
  • Buy hardware detectors if possible—those that can be plugged into the wall. Virtually all direct current detectors have a battery backup in case of a power outage.
  • If batteries are needed, check them once a year. Choose a date to test or replace the batteries, like a holiday or birthday, so you won’t forget.
  • Only purchase carbon monoxide detectors that have been approved by the United Laboratories (UL).

Announcements – 11/12/13

Upcoming Events At & Around MJHS

Tuesday, 11/12 – Counseling Group Guidance – Suicide Prevention (7th grade)

MJHS Basketball @ Odenville, 4:30pm

Wednesday, 11/13 – Counseling Group Guidance – Suicide Prevention (7th grade)

Thursday, 11/14 – Counseling Group Guidance – Suicide Prevention (7th grade)

Friday, 11/15 – Counseling Group Guidance – Suicide Prevention (7th grade)

Monday, 11/18 – MJHS Basketball vs. Ashville, 4pm

Thursday, 11/21 – MJHS Basketball @ Munford, 4pm

Tuesday, 11/26 – Progress Reports go home

Wednesday, 11/27-Friday, 11/29 – Thanksgiving Holidays

Test Anxiety: How to Deal with Test Anxiety and Actually Do Better on Tests

Tests can be stressful even for the most prepared students, and, unfortunately, test anxiety can actually have a negative impact on your performance. Well, fear not: the following test anxiety busters can help you get through your next test with much greater ease—and likely more success!

First, identify why you are feeling anxious…

  • Did you prepare or study efficiently?
  • Are your family expectations or personal expectations more of a source of distress rather than encouragement?
  • Are you over-extending yourself? Are you involved in too many activities?
  • Are your expectations realistic?
  • Are you studying daily or just right before a test?

Study for the test, but if you find yourself becoming confused, unable to concentrate or unable to absorb the material, take a break. Try taking a walk in the fresh air or a “power nap.” Space out your studying over a few days or weeks and continually review class material. Don’t try to learn everything the night before. Remember that studying the material you are to be tested on is by far the most effective way to combat test anxiety.

Study Smarter
Being organized with your studies can help you keep from pulling all-nighters to get all of your studying in and blowing the test because you’re exhausted (see above). How do you study ‘smarter’? Make a list of the most important things you need to learn, in order of importance, and hit the items at the top of the list first. (That way, if you run out of time, you’re mostly covered.) Make a list of all the work you have to do, estimate how much time each item will take, and compare that with the amount of hours you have available; this will tell you if you can carefully read (or just skim), how many times you can afford to revise papers, and other ways to pace yourself so you can get everything done. Oh, and turn off the TV until your tests are behind you.

Get Enough Sleep
Getting 6 hours of less can put you into what’s called a sleep deficit, or lack of sufficient sleep. Having a sleep deficiency can actually make you less sharp mentally, which can negatively affect your performance on tests, even if you spent those missed hours of sleep studying. So it’s very important for you to get all of your studying done so you can get a good night of sleep before your big day.

Taking the Test

Read the directions slowly and carefully. If you do not understand the directions, ask your teacher. Skim through the test so that you have a good idea about how to pace yourself. Write down important formulas, facts, definition and/or keywords in the margin first so you don’t worry about forgetting them. Do the simple questions first to help you build your confidence for the harder questions. Don’t worry about how fast other people finish their test; just concentrate on your own test.

Visualize Success
A great way to build your confidence as you fall asleep each night is to visualize yourself taking the tests and doing wonderfully. Detailed visualizations can help you feel like you’re really experiencing something, and visualizing yourself doing well is a way to ‘practice’ success in a way that can actually help you perform better. (Being confident as you take your exams can keep you from choking because of the stress.) Visualizations can also help you to remember facts: you can create detailed scenarios that involve the information you’re trying to remember, and this can help cement the facts in your memory.

Eat Before the Test

Not only does your body require proper nourishment to function as it should, so does your brain! Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, as these only increase feelings of anxiety.

Stay Calm
Because stress can impair your memory, it’s important to stay calm before and during tests. While that’s easier said than done, there are several stress relief techniques that can help you calm down quickly whenever you feel overwhelmed. For example, breathing exercises have been shown by research to reduce test anxiety, and can be extremely effective in helping you relax and reverse your stress response in a variety of situations: just take deep breaths, expanding your belly on the inhale, and let the stress come out with your exhales.

Keep the Situation in Perspective

Remember that, no matter how important the test is, it will not be the end of the world if you do not do as well on it as you would like. Just do your best. You can’t do more than that.