Announcements – 9/29/14

MONTHLY REMINDERS

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

  • Character Education for the month of October is Respect.
  • 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.

 

Please note that our system and schools have new websites!

SCCBOE: http://stclaircountysd.schoolinsites.com/

MJHS: http://moodyjrhigh.al.ccjrh.schoolinsites.com/

We’ll accept forms and money (checks ONLY) for the MHS Homecoming Parade in the front office at MJHS through 9am on Friday, 10/3. Forms and money must be turned in at the same time. We will not take one without the other. Any forms or money turned in after 9am on Friday must go directly to MHS. Any questions about the parade should be directed to MHS.

Please note that boys’ and girls’ soccer tryouts will be held September 29-October 3. You must have a current physical on file. For more information, please contact Coach Sutton at jill.sutton@sccboe.org

Mat Maid applications are available in the front office. Students interested in being a Mat Maid should return their applications by October 10. All questions should be directed to Coach Gosnell.

October is a busy month! We will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week during the first full week (10/6-10/10). October is also Anti-Bullying month and we will be celebrating that all month long.

Red Ribbon Week Themes for Next Week

Monday – “Let’s put drugs to bed!” (Students may wear pajama pants on this day. They must be in dress code! Shirts

Tuesday – “I am a superhero! I have the power to say no to drugs!” (Wear your favorite superhero shirt or the colors of your favorite superhero. No costumes!)

Wednesday – “My future is so bright without drugs!” (Wear bright colors)

Thursday – “We are in a war against drugs!” (Wear camo or camo colors)

Friday – “I am a superhero! I have the power to say no to drugs!” (Wear your favorite superhero shirt or the colors of your favorite superhero. No costumes!)

The SGA is selling short and long sleeve comfort color t-shirts for a fundraiser. Long sleeved shirts are $18 and short sleeved shirts are $15. Orders will be taken through October 1. See Mrs. Franklin or an SGA member to order.

Upcoming Events At & Around MJHS

Monday, 09/29/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. North Jefferson, 6pm

Tuesday, 09/30/14 – Who’s Who Photos, 7:45am – Rookie of the Year, Funniest, Mr. & Mrs. MJHS, Craziest Laugh, Best Smile

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Talladega, 5pm

MHS JV Football vs. Ashville, 7pm

Wednesday, 10/01/14 – Who’s Who Photos, 7:45am – Most Athletic, Most Random, Most Creative, Most Unpredictable, Best Personality

Last day to order SGA t-shirt

Thursday, 10/02/14 – Who’s Who Photos, 7:45am – Most Likely To Succeed, Quietest, Friendliest

MJHS/MHS JV Volleyball County Tournament @ Springville, 4:30pm

Friday, 10/03/14 – Wrestling Spirit Pack Money due to Coach Gosnell

MHS Football vs. St. Clair County, 7pm

Saturday, 10/04/14 – MJHS/MHS JV Volleyball County Tournament @ Springville, 9am

Smashing Pumpkin Run @ Moody Park

Sunday, 10/05/14 – Mandatory meeting for wrestlers and parents, 6pm in the lunchroom

Monday, 10/06/14 – Red Ribbon Week – “Let’s put drugs to bed!” (Students may wear pajama pants on this day. They must be in dress code! Shirts worn with the pajama pants must also be in dress code.)

Tuesday, 10/07/14 – Red Ribbon Week – “I am a superhero! I have the power to say no to drugs!” (Wear your favorite superhero shirt or the colors of your favorite superhero. No costumes!)

MHS Volleyball @ Oak Grove, 5pm

MJHS Football @ St. Clair County, 5:30pm

MHS JV Football @ St. Clair County, 7pm

Wednesday, 10/08/14 – Red Ribbon Week – “My future is so bright without drugs!” (Wear bright colors)

Thursday, 10/09/14 – Red Ribbon Week – “We are in a war against drugs!” (Wear camo or camo colors)

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

Friday, 10/10/14 – Red Ribbon Week – “We are teaming up against drugs!” (Wear your favorite team shirt)

Mat Maid applications due

MHS Football vs. Anniston (Homecoming), 7pm

Monday, 10/13/14-Tuesday, 10/14/14 – Fall Break

Tuesday, 10/14/14 – MHS Volleyball @ Hayden, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. Springville, 5:30pm

MHS JV Football vs. Springville, 7pm

Thursday, 10/16/14 – Report cards go home

EXPLORE

Friday, 10/17/14 – MHS Football @ Alexandria, 7pm

Saturday, 10/18/14 – MHS Volleyball County Tournament @ Springville, 9am

Tuesday, 10/21/14 – Area Volleyball Tournament, 5pm

MJHS Football – St. Clair County Championship @ St. Clair County, 5:30pm

Thursday, 10/23/14 – Parenting Night, 5:30-7pm

Wednesday, 10/29/14 – Counseling Group Guidance: Internet Safety

Friday, 10/24/14 – MHS Football vs. Lincoln (Senior Night), 7pm

Friday, 10/31/14 – MHS Football @ Arab, 7pm

Announcements – 9/22/14

Please note that our system and schools have new websites!

SCCBOE: http://stclaircountysd.schoolinsites.com/

MJHS: http://moodyjrhigh.al.ccjrh.schoolinsites.com/

Urgent! We have no feminine products in our nurse’s office. Our stash has been completely depleted. This is not something that the school can purchase for our students. It’s imperative that young ladies keep their own products in their lockers. In addition (because they’ll typically forget J), we’re asking for donations to keep in the nurse’s office. If we do not have any of these items, we will have to call parents on an as-needed basis to come supply them when a child comes to the office asking for them. Thanks for your assistance!

There will be a Homecoming Dance tomorrow at 1pm. Admission is $3. Concessions will be served.

There will be a Homecoming Pep Rally tomorrow during 7th period. The theme will be Spirit Day. Wear your MJHS or Blue Devil gear to support our team!

Any student interested in being on the math team should sign up in Mrs. Love’s classroom.

There will be an informational meeting about the new Kiwanis Club on Friday at 7:30am in Mrs. Howell’s classroom.

The SGA is selling short and long sleeve comfort color t-shirts for a fundraiser. Long sleeved shirts are $18 and short sleeved shirts are $15. Orders will be taken through October 1. See Mrs. Franklin or an SGA member to order.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Monday, 09/22/14 – Homecoming Week – “Rope the Wildcats!”

Counseling Group Guidance: SAfE Program (8th grade)

MJHS Volleyball @ Duran, 2pm

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 4:30pm

Tuesday, 09/23/14 – Homecoming Week – Spirit Day

Counseling Group Guidance: SAfE Program (8th grade)

Homecoming Dance, 1pm

Homecoming Pep Rally, 2:30pm

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Ashville, 4:45pm

MJHS Volleyball @ Gadsden City, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. Tarrant, 6pm (Homecoming)

Thursday, 09/25/14 – MJHS Volleyball @ Leeds, 4:30pm

Friday, 09/26/14 – Kiwanis Club meeting, 7:30am

MHS Football @ Walter Wellborn, 7pm

Saturday, 09/27/14 – MHS Volleyball Tournament @ Springville, 9am

Monday, 09/29/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. North Jefferson, 6pm

Tuesday, 09/30/14 – MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Talladega, 5pm

MHS JV Football vs. Ashville, 7pm

What Your Middle School Teacher Wants You to Know

What Your Middle School Teacher Wants You to Know

Sending kids back to school is one of the most joyous occasions in a parent’s life. I know, you love your kids (and I love mine) but sending those precious little bundles off for seven or eight hours a day makes me love them just a little bit more, if you know what I mean.

Summer is long, folks.

But as a teacher — a middle school teacher to be exact – -the thrill I feel of sending my kids off on the big yellow bus is short-lived because I have to head directly to my own school to welcome someone else’s kids back.

When people hear I teach middle school, they immediately express sympathy and say something along the lines of, “I’m not sure how you can do that, you’re a better person than me.” And I just smile and agree that yes, I am a better person than you.

Just kidding.

I feel the same way about kindergarten teachers, I don’t know how they do it. I couldn’t. Or nurses. Or our military. There are lots of jobs I don’t think I can do and I’m thankful, so thankful, that someone else is better equipped.

Teaching middle school is, let’s just say, an “acquired taste.” So if you’re not one of the select few who choose to spend their days around prepubescent twelve and thirteen year old kids, here are some things us middle school teachers would love for you to know as you’re dealing with your middle schooler or your middle school teacher.

We like your kids. No, really, we do.

Please don’t tell your children we don’t like them. It’s not true. We work hard to form relationships because it makes the learning environment better (and we truly like them!), so encourage your kids and keep your personal opinions to yourself. It only hurts your kids, trust me.

Help them become responsible.

Middle school is an awkward time, they’re no longer elementary “babies” but they’re not yet ready for the freedom of high school. It’s a hard time for parents too, as you find your new role with these soon-to-be teenagers. Start giving them more responsibility and hold them accountable for more things. Don’t bring their homework, gym clothes, or lunch money to them every time they forget it. Because then it won’t become important enough for them to remember on their own next time. Share with them how you stay organized and on top of things at work or at home so they can see that this responsibility thing isn’t a school skill, but a life skill. Show them how to be successful.

Don’t tell your kids they’re not good at a subject.

While it’s true that most of us are better at some things than others, telling your children they’re not good at math or reading or science or whatever it may be is immediately dropping their potential for success. Just because you’re not good at math doesn’t mean they can’t be. Just because you don’t really like to read doesn’t mean they will hate it too. Much of their success depends on your attitude about school and learning so please be as positive as possible about it so they can get the most out of their time at school. Even if you don’t feel positive about their (or your) school experience all the time, fake it.

I promise not to believe everything your kid says about home if you promise not to believe everything your kid says about school.

You remember the game Telephone? Keep that game in mind when your kids come home from school and share about their day. Take their stories with a grain of salt and if the stories still don’t feel right, call the teacher. Ask questions, but do it with a level head. Calling anyone with guns blazing before you hear all the details can’t end well for anyone. And chances are, you’re not getting the whole story from your kids. (Advice from the ornery kid who grew up to be the teacher.)

Be the parent, not the friend.

I get it, you raised some pretty cool kids and you want to be friends with them. But that’s not your job right now. They don’t need more friends, they need really great parents. Which means you have to do hard stuff like set boundaries, be consistent, and have high expectations for them so they can grow up to be awesome adults. Then you can be friends with them, but right now, they really need parents.

If you don’t teach, please don’t act like you know how to do my job.

Sharing what helps your student learn best or things that have worked in the past to make them successful = helpful. Telling me how to do my job when your student is just one of the hundred (or more) I deal with everyday = not helpful. And a little insulting, actually. Just because you went to school a long time ago doesn’t make you an expert in teaching. That’s like saying because I go to the doctor regularly, I could be a doctor. Or because I drive a car, I could probably build one. We are always open and welcoming to questions and concerns because we want your child to succeed just like you do, but treating our profession like something anyone off the street could do is dangerous to our profession and our students.

Read to your kids, they’re never too old.

I’m a thirty-two year old woman who still likes to hear good readers read aloud. And your middle schooler who thinks he or she is too cool for a babysitter or a bedtime probably likes it too. Reading to your kids, even at this age, is powerful. Find a series to read together. Talk about what you’re reading on your own and ask them what they’re reading at school. Ask the teacher to recommend a good trilogy to dive into. You’ll learn so much about your kids as you read together and spend intentional time sitting next to each other focusing on a book. It can be realistic fiction or fantasy, biography or romance, just find something you can both love and watch how it transforms your relationship.

And finally, it’s only middle school.

As my favorite retired teacher Mr. Quick always used to say: “It’s only middle school, folks.” These junior high years are some of the most awkward and painful years most of us will experience. All you have to do is look back at your old middle school yearbook to realize how ridiculous you looked. Read all the notes your friends wrote you on the inside cover too. If you’re not embarrassed by half of them you might not be human. All this to say that this too shall pass. Middle school is rough and wonderful and we’ll all make it out alive if we just stick together.

Announcements – 9/15/14

Urgent! We have no feminine products in our nurse’s office. Our stash has been completely depleted. This is not something that the school can purchase for our students. It’s imperative that young ladies keep their own products in their lockers. In addition (because they’ll typically forget J), we’re asking for donations to keep in the nurse’s office. If we do not have any of these items, we will have to call parents on an as-needed basis to come supply them when a child comes to the office asking for them. Thanks for your assistance!

Gifted will not meet tomorrow.

There will be a meeting on Thursday in the lunchroom at 6pm for any student interested in wrestling. Students interested must attend the meeting or speak to Coach Gosnell before the meeting.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Monday, 09/15/14 – Fall Picture Makeup Day

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

Tuesday, 09/16/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Lincoln, 5pm

MJHS Football @ Springville, 5:30pm

MHS JV Football @ Springville, 7pm

Thursday, 09/18/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 4:30pm

Wrestling meeting, 6pm

Friday, 09/19/14 – Progress reports and picture orders are due!

MHS Football @ Hayden, 7pm

Saturday, 09/20/14 – MJHS Volleyball Tournament @ Lincoln, 9am

Monday, 09/22/14 – Counseling Group Guidance: SAfE Program (8th grade)

MJHS Volleyball @ Duran, 2pm

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 4:30pm

Tuesday, 09/23/14 – Counseling Group Guidance: SAfE Program (8th grade)

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Ashville, 4:45pm

MJHS Volleyball @ Gadsden City, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. Tarrant, 6pm (Homecoming)

Thursday, 09/25/14 – MJHS Volleyball @ Leeds, 4:30pm

Friday, 09/26/14 – MHS Football @ Walter Wellborn, 7pm

Saturday, 09/27/14 – MHS Volleyball Tournament @ Springville, 9am

Monday, 09/29/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. North Jefferson, 6pm

Tuesday, 09/30/14 – MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Talladega, 5pm

MHS JV Football vs. Ashville, 7pm

Announcements – 9/8/14

Baseball tryouts will be held on September 10-11. In order to tryout, students need an up-to-date physical and a signed parent consent form. These need to be given to Coach B. Etheredge. For more information, please contact Coach Etheredge at brooks.etheredge@sccboe.org.

 

We will be having a Bojangles biscuit sale on Wednesday. You can order a sausage or boo-berry biscuit for $2. These will be sold in advance only. Make your purchase today in the MPR or tomorrow during lunch.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS AT & AROUND MJHS

Tuesday, 09/09/14 – MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Mortimer Jordan, 4pm

MJHS Volleyball @ Ashville, 4:30pm

MJHS Football vs. St. Clair County, 5:30pm

MHS JV Football vs. St. Clair County, 7pm

Wednesday, 09/10/14 – Baseball tryouts, 6-8pm Thursday, 09/11/14 – Early dismissal for students (Faculty Professional Development), 1pm

MJHS Volleyball @ home, 2pm

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 4:3pm

Baseball tryouts, 6-8pm

Friday, 09/12/14 – MHS Football vs. Mortimer Jordan, 7pm

Saturday, 09/13/14 – MHS JV Volleyball Tournament @ Lincoln, 9am

Monday, 09/15/14 – Fall Picture Makeup Day

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

Tuesday, 09/16/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Lincoln, 5pm

MJHS Football @ Springville, 5:30pm

MHS JV Football @ Springville, 7pm

Thursday, 09/18/14 – Progress Reports go home

MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 4:30pm

Friday, 09/19/14 – MHS Football @ Hayden, 7pm

Saturday, 09/20/14 – MJHS Volleyball Tournament @ Lincoln, 9am

Monday, 09/22/14 – Counseling Group Guidance: SAfE Program (8th grade)

MJHS Volleyball @ Duran, 2pm

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 4:30pm

Tuesday, 09/23/14 – Counseling Group Guidance: SAfE Program (8th grade)

MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Ashville, 4:45pm

MJHS Volleyball @ Gadsden City, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. Tarrant, 6pm (Homecoming)

Thursday, 09/25/14 – MJHS Volleyball @ Leeds, 4:30pm

Friday, 09/26/14 – MHS Football @ Walter Wellborn, 7pm

Saturday, 09/27/14 – MHS Volleyball Tournament @ Springville, 9am

Monday, 09/29/14 – MJHS/MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ home, 5pm

MJHS Football vs. North Jefferson, 6pm

Tuesday, 09/30/14 – MHS/MHS JV Volleyball @ Talladega, 5pm

MHS JV Football vs. Ashville, 7pm

Attendance Matters!

Is your child in school today? Education officials raising awareness of impact of chronic absenteeism.

Is your child in school today? The Alabama State Department of Education reports that in the 2013-2014 school year, there were more than seven million absences in public schools across the state. That’s more than 49 million hours of missed instruction. September has been proclaimed Alabama Attendance Awareness Month, according to the state Department of Education, in support of the national campaign. The National Attendance Awareness Month was established last September to raise awareness of the link between attendance and academic achievement.

 

Poor attendance can start early, the state Department of Education said, and can affect a student’s performance throughout his or her scholastic career. Chronic absenteeism is considered missing 10 percent – 18 to 20 days – of school or more in a year. Research indicates that attendance is a major indicator for students eventually dropping out of school. Missing just two days a month can predict lower test scores and poor retention of knowledge in later years.

 

Attendance works, a national organization dedicated to improving attendance, offers materials, research and success stories about reducing chronic absence on its website. The group also offers technical assistance to school districts and communities.