Announcements – 1/27/14

Students who are interested in joining the Moody Blue Knights Chess Club should pick up a registration form in the front office.

If you are participating in track, you need to see Coach Waller in Coach Parker’s classroom on Wednesday after to turn in your forms and money.

The Moody Youth Association will be conducting registration for teeball (3/4 boys & girls), 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 & 13/14 baseball, and 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U & 16U softball on February 1. All registrations will be held at Moody City Hall from 8am-12pm. Baseball and Softball Camp will be held on January 24 & 25. Camp is free and held at Moody ballpark. Tryouts will be on February 8 and Opening Day will be on April 5. For more information, please contact Bobby Childs.

Girls Incorporated is hosting an entrepreneurship workshop called Girls in Charge for girls in grades 6-8. Girls in Charge is a special program that provides exposure to role models and experiences critical to encouraging girls to consider the possibility of entrepreneurship as a career path. The program fine tunes leadership skills. Sessions will be offered on February 22 and March 8 from 9am-1pm (students should attend only 1 session). Pre-registration is required and space is limited. For more information, visit http://www.girlsinccentral-al.org or email Quiwintre Frye or call (205) 599-5548. Information may be found here.

All students interested in trying out for a Moody Band Auxiliary unit, including color guard, majorette, or dance line, must attend a mandatory pre-tryout meeting with a parent or guardian present on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30 pm in the band room to be eligible to participate in tryouts.

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, January 17th. For additional information, email Bridgette Harrell or Michele Parker.

The Queen of Hearts Pageant will be on February 8. Students who wish to enter should pick up a form in the front office.

Upcoming Events At & Around MJHS

Monday, 01/27- Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

Tuesday, 01/28 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Pell City, Hewitt-Trussville & Chelsea, 6pm

Wednesday, 01/29 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

Thursday, 01/30 – Mandatory parent meeting for auxiliary tryouts, 6:30pm

Friday, 01/31 – Final NYC payment due

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Is My Child Too Busy?

Finding a Healthy Balance for Parents and Children

When children express interest in joining a sport or activity, parents will try to accommodate their children’s wishes out of love and wanting their child to “grow” as an individual. But is there also pressure from parents to get their child in those activities? Dr. Vivian Friedman, a UAB child and family psychologist, believe most parents feel this responsibility: “Parents compete with other parents; they don’t want their child to ‘fall behind’ in skills. They worry their child won’t make the baseball team or cheerleading squad.”

A 1998 University of Michigan study found a dramatic spike in the amount of time children are spending in organized activities. The study showed children’s free time, the time not spent in school or participating in activities, decreased from 40% in 1981 to 25% in 1998. Also, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 78.3% of children had at least one parent working year-round in 2005. Friedman agrees there is a correlation between the number of working parents and children’s increased time spent in activities: “I think that parents who work, whether single or two working parents, have less energy to occupy their children in a creative manner. However, one of the hurdles for parents is to get children in these activities. They want to give their children a competitive advantage.”

While we teach children to strive for excellence and do their best, is there a danger of over-pressuring these young minds to succeed? There certainly is a case for more stress in our children’s daily lives. This is likely due to increased expectations at schools and at play like Little League, performing groups, etc. It is difficult to generalize a stressful schedule because every child is unique in handling stress. Children have different personalities and temperaments, so what is stressful for one child may have little effect on another child.

When scheduling activities, parents need to consider their children’s ages. In general, the younger the child, the less expectation there should be in the activity. Friedman notes that stress in children is most likely a response to change: “Change is constant in life, but children are more vulnerable than adults because they have less control of their worlds and too much stress can affect even the youngest child physically, emotionally and behaviorally in a negative way.”

What are the warning signs a child has become too overloaded with activities? It’s not always easy to recognize stress in children, but there are some noticeable symptoms. Physical stress, a decreased appetite, sleep disturbances or nightmares can be signs. Any physical symptoms without physical illness can be a sign of stress. Children may either directly complain, exhibit irritability due to exhaustion or tell their parents they wish to have time to play.

If children want to join multiple activities, parents can be encouraging but also set boundaries. When mediating activities for your children, it is important to include non-activities like playtime into the scheduling. Consider free time to be an activity too. Schedule it along with other structured things. If your child wants to experiment with different activities, this is a good thing as she needs to learn what she likes and what she is good at. Just set the rule that once you start something, you finish it, meaning that each season or cycle of the activity must be completed, even if she decides she does not like it or is not good at it.

Much of the success of extracurricular activities depends upon a healthy balance for the child and parent. In fact, children’s participation in activities can improve a child’s performance. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, moderate amounts of stress can motivate a child to keep his grades up or participate fully in activities. Successfully managing these situations can enhance a child’s ability to cope with stress in the future.

Announcements – 1/21/14

Students who are interested in joining the Moody Blue Knights Chess Club should pick up a registration form in the front office.

The Moody Youth Association will be conducting registration for teeball (3/4 boys & girls), 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 & 13/14 baseball, and 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U & 16U softball on January 18, 25 and February 1. All registrations will be held at Moody City Hall from 8am-12pm. Baseball and Softball Camp will be held on January 24 & 25. Camp is free and held at Moody ballpark. Tryouts will be on February 8 and Opening Day will be on April 5. For more information, please contact Bobby Childs at bobby.childs@moodyballpark.com.

All students interested in trying out for a Moody Band Auxiliary unit, including color guard, majorette, or dance line, must attend a mandatory pre-tryout meeting with a parent or guardian present on Thursday, January 30th at 6:30 pm in the band room to be eligible to participate in tryouts.

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, January 17th. For additional information, email Bridgette.harrell@sccboe.org or Michele.parker@sccboe.org.

The Queen of Hearts Pageant will be on February 8. Students who wish to enter should pick up a form in the front office.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Saturday, 01/18 – MJHS Wrestling @ Patriot Duals, Homewood High, 8am

Monday, 01/20 – MLK Day, no school

Tuesday, 01/21 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Walter Wellborn & Cleburne @ Walter Wellborn High, 6pm

Wednesday, 01/22 – Signed reports cards due

Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)

MJHS Wrestling @ Leeds High, 2pm

Thursday, 01/23 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Pinson Valley & Center Point @ Pinson Valley High, 6pm

Monday, 01/27- Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

Tuesday, 01/28 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Pell City, Hewitt-Trussville & Chelsea, 6pm

Wednesday, 01/29 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

Thursday, 01/30 – Mandatory parent meeting for auxiliary tryouts, 6:30pm

Friday, 01/31 – Final NYC payment due

Announcements – 1/13/14

Softball tryouts will be January 14 & 15 from 3-5pm.

The Moody Youth Association will be conducting registration for teeball (3/4 boys & girls), 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 & 13/14 baseball, and 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U & 16U softball on January 18, 25 and February 1. All registrations will be held at Moody City Hall from 8am-12pm. Baseball and Softball Camp will be held on January 21, 23, 24 & 25. Camp is free and held at Moody ballpark. Tryouts will be on February 8 and Opening Day will be on April 5. For more information, please contact Bobby Childs at bobby.childs@moodyballpark.com.

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, January 17th. For additional information, email Bridgette.harrell@sccboe.org or Michele.parker@sccboe.org.

The Queen of Hearts Pageant will be held on February 8. You can pick up an informational packet in the front office.

Upcoming Events At & Around MJHS
Monday, 01/13 – MJHS Basketball vs. Duran, 5pm
MJHS Basketball @ St. Clair County Tournament, TBA
Tuesday, 01/14 – Softball tryouts, 3-5pm
MJHS Wrestling vs. Pell City, Southside & Pelham @ Pell City High, 6pm
Wednesday, 01/15 – Softball tryouts, 3-5pm
Thursday, 01/16 – Report Cards go home
MJHS Wrestling vs. Springville & Mt. Brook, 6pm
Friday, 01/17 – Last day to sign up for Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp
MJHS Wrestling @ Patriot Duals, Homewood High, 6pm
Saturday, 01/18 – MJHS Wrestling @ Patriot Duals, Homewood High, 8am
Monday, 01/20 – MLK Day, no school
Tuesday, 01/21 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)
MJHS Wrestling vs. Walter Wellborn & Cleburne @ Walter Wellborn High, 6pm
Wednesday, 01/22 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)
MJHS Wrestling @ Leeds High, 2pm
Thursday, 01/23 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)
MJHS Wrestling vs. Pinson Valley & Center Point @ Pinson Valley High, 6pm
Monday, 01/27- Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)
Tuesday, 01/28 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)
MJHS Wrestling vs. Pell City, Hewitt-Trussville & Chelsea, 6pm
Wednesday, 01/29 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)
Thursday, 01/30 – Mandatory parent meeting for auxiliary tryouts, 6:30pm
Friday, 01/31 – Final NYC payment due

Parenting in the Digital Age

The Need-to-Know on Social Media Safety for Teens (from Brighthouse)

4 Stats You Need to Know

Almost 1/3 of online teens have experienced one of the following forms on online harassment:

  1. 15% – private material forwarded without permission
  2. 13% – Received threatening emails
  3. 13% – Rumors spread about them online
  4. 6% – Embarrassing photos posted without permission

4 Social Media Sites You Need to Know

According to Tech Today, the average age of Facebook users is 38-41. As the parent population grows on Facebook, our kids have found new sites. Here are four you need to know about.

  1. According to RightMixMarketing, 61% of Tumblr’s users are teens. Teens love Tumblr for its fast pace of sharing photos and quotes. Porn is easy to find. This online hangout is hop and creative, but sometimes raunchy. Pornographic images and videos, depictions of violence, self-harm, drug use and offensive language are easily searchable. Privacy can be guarded, but only through an awkward workaround. The first profile a member creates is public and viewable by anyone on the Internet. Members who desire full privacy have to create a second profile, which they’re able to password protect.
  2. Twitter is known for its 140 character-limit status updates called tweets. Titter’s current teen population is 22%. Public tweets are the norm for teens. Though you can choose to keep your tweets private, most teens report having public accounts.
  3. Snapchat is a photo messaging app for iPhone and Android that lets users put a time limit on the pictures and videos they send before they disappear. It’s a myth that Snapchats go away forever. Data is data. Whenever an image is sent, it never truly goes away. The fact that it disappears from the phone can make sexting seem okay and seemingly risk-free. On the flip side, since it does disappear from the phone, it can make it hard for parents to know what their child is doing if they tend to monitor their messages.
  4. According to Instagram, more than 40 million photos are posted every day. Instagram’s main functions are done on its mobile app for iPhone and Android. Teens are on the look for “likes.” Similar to Facebook, teens may measure the “success” of their photos—even their self-worth—by the number of likes or comments they receive on each picture they post. Mature content can slip in. The terms of service specify that users should be at least 13 years old and shouldn’t post partially nude or sexually suggestive photos—but they don’t address violence, language or drugs.

4 Things You Need to Do

  1. Know more than your child. If you allow your child or teen to use social media, become an expert on the platform you’re allowing them to use.
  2. Monitor social interaction. Do not assume that a child who handles this platform well in the beginning      will continue to do so over the course of time. You must monitor their online activity frequently.
  3. Set parental controls. Privacy settings on social media platforms are always changing. Make sure you are protecting our child’s identity.
  4. Disconnect when necessary. If you find that social media has become a distraction, addiction, or harmful in any way, shut it down and restrict access.

Announcements – 1/6/14

MONTHLY REMINDERS

For more information on any of this, please contact the front office at 640-2040.

  • Character Education for the month of January is Goals.
  • The MJHS Library collects Campbell’s labels, all kinds of printer ink cartridges and old cell phones to raise money for technology.
  • Lunch money – You may pay your child’s lunch money on the St. Clair County website.
  • All car riders must be dropped off and picked up at MHS.
  • If a student is tardy, a parent MUST come into the school office check him/her in.

Softball tryouts will be held on Tuesday, January 7th, from 3-5pm and Wednesday, January 8th, from 5-6:30pm at the softball field.

The Moody Youth Association will be conducting registration for teeball (3/4 boys & girls), 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12 & 13/14 baseball, and 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U & 16U softball on January 11, 18, 25 and February 1. All registrations will be held at Moody City Hall from 8am-12pm. Baseball and Softball Camp will be held on January 21, 23, 24 & 25. Camp is free and held at Moody ballpark. Tryouts will be on February 8 and Opening Day will be on April 5. For more information, please contact Bobby Childs at bobby.childs@moodyballpark.com.

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, January 17th. For additional information, email Bridgette.harrell@sccboe.org or Michele.parker@sccboe.org.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Friday, 01/03 – MJHS Wrestling @ Moody New Year Invitational, 6pm

Saturday, 01/04 – MJHS Wrestling @ Moody New Year Invitational, 8am

Monday, 01/06 – Return to school

Tuesday, 01/07 – Softball tryouts, 3-5pm

MJHS Basketball @ Springville, 4pm

MJHS Wrestling vs. St. Clair County & Pell City @ St. Clair County High, 6pm

Thursday, 01/09 – Softball tryouts, 5-6:30pm

MJHS Wrestling vs. Leeds, Fultondale & Walter Wellbourne @ 6pm

Friday, 01/10 – MJHS Basketball vs. Leeds, 1pm

Saturday, 01/11 – MJHS Wrestling @ Matt Tice Invitational, Leeds High, 8am

Monday, 01/13 – MJHS Basketball vs. Duran, 5pm

MJHS Basketball @ St. Clair County Tournament, TBA

Tuesday, 01/14 – MJHS Wrestling vs. Pell City, Southside & Pelham @ Pell City High, 6pm

Thursday, 01/16 – Report Cards go home

MJHS Wrestling vs. Springville & Mt. Brook, 6pm

Friday, 01/17 – Last day to sign up for Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp

MJHS Wrestling @ Patriot Duals, Homewood High, 6pm

Saturday, 01/18 – MJHS Wrestling @ Patriot Duals, Homewood High, 8am

Monday, 01/20 – MLK Day, no school

Tuesday, 01/21 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Walter Wellborn & Cleburne @ Walter Wellborn High, 6pm

Wednesday, 01/22 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)

MJHS Wrestling @ Leeds High, 2pm

Thursday, 01/23 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (7th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Pinson Valley & Center Point @ Pinson Valley High, 6pm

Monday, 01/27- Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

Tuesday, 01/28 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

MJHS Wrestling vs. Pell City, Hewitt-Trussville & Chelsea, 6pm

Wednesday, 01/29 – Counseling Group Guidance – No Name Calling (8th grade)

Thursday, 01/30 – Mandatory parent meeting for auxiliary tryouts, 6:30pm

Friday, 01/31 – Final NYC payment due