Announcements – 2/24/14

The mandatory auxiliary parent/student meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24th at 6:30pm in the band room. Students wishing to try out for auxiliary captain may have two recommendations emailed directly to Dr. Sargent.

8th grade students will meet with the MHS counselor, Ms. Winship, tomorrow during 7th period. They will discuss course options for their 9th grade year. There will be a parent meeting Tuesday evening at 6pm at MHS. Ms. Winship will be present during 7th period on Wednesday and Thursday to answer any questions the students may have. Course selection sheets must be returned to Mrs. Rumbley by Friday morning.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Monday, 02/24 – Band auxiliary meeting, 6:30pm

Tuesday, 02/25 – Progress Reports go home

Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

8th grade course selection meeting, 2:30pm (students only)

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

8th grade course selection meeting for parents, 6pm

Wednesday, 02/26 – Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

Friday, 02/28 – 8th grade course selection sheets due to MJHS

MJHS Baseball vs. Oneonta, 4:30pm

Announcements – 2/19/14

Congratulations to Henry S. for placing 7th in the St. Clair County Spelling Bee!

On February 21, the following groups will have their picture taken for the yearbook: SGA (wear your SGA jacket), Beta Club officers, and the wrestling team (wear your gray hoodies).

The yearbook staff is having a section devoted to “selfies.” If students would like to submit a school appropriate selfie, they should email their photos to mjhs.yearbook@aol.com. All selfies must be received by February 21.

The mandatory auxiliary parent/student meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, February 24th at 6:30pm in the band room. Students wishing to try out for auxiliary captain may have two recommendations emailed directly to Dr. Sargent.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Monday, 02/24 – Band auxiliary meeting, 6:30pm

Tuesday, 02/25 – Progress Reports go home

Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

8th grade course selection meeting, 2:30pm (students only)

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

8th grade course selection meeting for parents, 6pm

Wednesday, 02/26 – Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

Announcements – 2/10/14

St. Clair County school officials are monitoring the current weather situation. Any news on school closings will come via school cast, text message, email and Twitter. It will also be announced on the local news programs. Please stay tuned for announcements.

The band auxiliary meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 13, at 6:30pm in the band room.

We will have an in-school Valentine’s Dance on February 14. Admission is $3.

The yearbook staff is having a section devoted to “selfies.” If students would like to submit a school appropriate selfie, they should email their photos to mjhs.yearbook@aol.com. All selfies must be received by February 21.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Tuesday, 02/11 – Counseling Group Guidance – Dating Violence (7th grade)

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

Wednesday, 02/12 – Counseling Group Guidance – Dating Violence (7th grade)

Thursday, 02/13 – Counseling Group Guidance – Dating Violence (7th grade)

Band auxiliary meeting, 6:30pm

Friday, 02/14 – Valentine’s Dance

Thursday, 02/13-Saturday, 02/15 – Wrestling State Championships, TBA

Friday, 02/14 – Valentine’s Dance

Monday, 02/17 – President’s Day, no school

Tuesday, 02/18 – Progress Reports go home

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

Tuesday, 02/25 – Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

8th grade course selection meeting, 2:30pm (students only)

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

8th grade course selection meeting for parents, 6pm

Wednesday, 02/26 – Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

Can We Talk? How to Effectively Communicate with Your Child’s School

From Birmingham Parent

It’s a given that parental involvement is key to success in school. Yet for many parents, visiting their child’s school can be an intimidating, even humbling, experience. And if you need action from the school to resolve an issue with your child, the school can seem overwhelming. To overcome your own anxiety, you have to get comfortable, and the best way is to become involved with your child’s school. This is particularly important if your child has special needs. Parents should make an appointment and visit their child’s school well before any issue arises.

When you need something done, take a breath, don’t be demanding and do follow the school’s procedures for visiting classrooms, taking tours or reaching teachers. At MJHS, teachers are best contacted via email. If you need to make an appointment with one teacher in particular, email that teacher or call the front office (640-2040) and ask to leave a message for him or her. If you need to make an appointment with more than one teacher, contact the counselor’s office, where your meeting will be coordinate with all necessary teachers. Be sure to attend any meetings where your child’s educational goals and decisions are being addressed.

The transition from middle school to jr. high school can be turbulent for kids and parents. Just when your preteen is telling you to back off, he or she needs your support and guidance as much as ever. Parents need to stay involved, and home and school communication is more crucial than ever before. Many parents are completely unaware of what services jr. high schools provide and how to reach the key school personnel. If you are not sure who you need to contact about what, it’s okay to call the front office (640-2040) and ask. Also, parents need to be aware and read all packets and newsletters provided by the child’s school.

Many students who maintained acceptable grades throughout elementary and middle school experience a drop in grades once they reach 7th grade. For this reason, parent-teacher conferences are crucial during the jr. high years—and it’s important that parents follow up on any suggestions the teachers offer for improving their child’s performance. Parents should not hesitate to contact the school counselor for assistance with academic, behavioral or social/emotional issues. Using a team approach, jr. high school teachers, counselors and administrators can help your child overcome school problems, but it helps to know that you, too, are on the team.

Parents should listen to their jr. high schoolers and talk to them daily about school. It is normal for a child to become more secretive and desire more privacy during adolescence; however, if your child refuses to share information about school or friends, you may want to contact the school counselor. When problems arise with students at any grade level, immediate parental communication and involvement is imperative. Experts agree that it is best to already have a rapport with key people in your child’s school before any concerns arise. It is much more emotionally charged to have to deal with problems the first time you interact with school personnel.

In most cases, teachers and other school professionals are making a diligent effort to be fair and honest. Unless the adult in charge is truly unreasonable, support the school’s course of action. In doing so, you will promote social growth in your child and encourage responsibility. In rare cases, if you honestly believe your child is wronged or unfairly treated, politely speak to an administrator to explore your concern. Remember, you are your child’s best advocate, but school personnel are also here to support your child. Even though they may not always seem fair at first appearance, school rules are in place for a reason and must be followed.

Parents are the child’s first teachers and remain an integral part of the educational process and community. Without parental involvement, there is a key component missing. Be involved and stay informed to ensure your child’s success in school.

4-Year Plans and EXPLORE Results

Beginning today and continuing through next week, I will be discussing 4-year plans with your students. During this time, students will have the chance to familiarize themselves with the opportunities they will have in high school. This process is simply to get them thinking about the classes they would like to take–the classes they select now are not their schedules.

On February 25, Mrs. Winship, one of the high school counselors, will be meeting with the 8th grade class as a whole to discuss 9th grade course selection. There will be a parent meeting that evening at 6pm. At that time, students will select courses for their 9th grade schedules and you will be involved in the process.

In addition, I am returning EXPLORE results as I meet with the classes. The results, the test booklet, a booklet on how to read the results, and a parent letter should come home with your student by the end of next week. Most students scored “below benchmark” in most areas of the test–this happens every year. It is not the same thing as scoring “below average.” Benchmarks show college readiness–most 8th grade students are, of course, not ready for college curriculum. Unlike other standardized tests, ACT allows us to send home the EXPLORE test booklet. The purpose of this is to help the students identify their weaknesses so that they can better prepare for the PLAN in 10th grade, which leads into the ACT in 11th grade (this is also a college entrance exam).

Announcements – 2/3/14

MONTHLY REMINDERS

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

  • Character Education for the month of February is kindness.
  • 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: http://www.stclaircountyschools.net/
  • 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.

The mandatory parent/student meeting for those interested in trying out for band auxiliary has been rescheduled to this Thursday, 2/6, at 6:30pm in the bandroom.

 

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

Tuesday, 02/04 – Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

Thursday, 02/06 –  Band auxiliary meeting, 6:30pm

Friday, 02/07-Saturday, 02/08 – Wrestling 5A sectionals, TBA

Saturday, 02/08 – Queen of Hearts Pageant

Tuesday, 02/11 – Counseling Group Guidance – Dating Violence (7th grade)

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

Wednesday, 02/12 – Counseling Group Guidance – Dating Violence (7th grade)

Thursday, 02/13 – Counseling Group Guidance – Dating Violence (7th grade)

Thursday, 02/13-Saturday, 02/15 – Wrestling State Championships, TBA

Monday, 02/17 – President’s Day, no school

Tuesday, 02/18 – Progress Reports go home

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

Tuesday, 02/25 – Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)

8th grade course selection meeting, 2:30pm (students only)

Diamonds & Twirls Winter Camp @ MMS, 3:15-5pm

8th grade course selection meeting for parents, 6pm

Wednesday, 02/26 – Counseling Group Guidance – SAfE Presenations (8th grade)