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MJHS Band Brings Home Gold & Silver

Bringing home Gold and Silver!

Several MJHS band student traveled to Floyd Central High School on Saturday, February 4, to compete in the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) solo and ensemble event.

These students selected and prepared their music without assistance in order to perform in front of a judge, as an individual or ensemble, for a rating and critique. Our students came home with 7 golds and 6 silvers!

Congratulations to all students who participated in the competition: Jada Aldridge, Sebastian Biallas, Kelsey Bilz, Aliza Boles, Logan Combs, Ariannah Harris, Zola Jackson, Jaylin Lee, Taylor Lynch, Van Skinner, McKalyn Stewart, and Nick Whitaker.  (not pictured below are Logan Combs, Ariannah Harris, and Taylor Lynch)


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DEC
12

UPDATE: Walk to Water Event - Progress in Rwanda!

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In the fall, MJHS 7th grade students had a service project to better understand the plight of clean water access in Africa to wrap up a cross-curricular study in Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies. Students embarked on a 3 mile 'Walk for Water' to simulate the difficulty most people in Africa have in getting clean water. Students sought out donations and raised $677 and the money raised from this service project was given to Habitat for Humanity worker, Allen Manning, who travels the world working on building projects.   

FullSizeRender 3Mr. Manning is currently in Rwanda and is sharing the wealth of our project with the children in the area. He exchanged the $677 US dollars for Rwandan Franc bills worth $620,000 in the local currency.

He and his teammates began by selecting eight titles of children's books written in IMG 3693the local language. They spent $500 and got 240 books which will be dispersed into three libraries in different and new locations. 

They had additional plans for the remaining funds and will update us with additional photos as they complete purchases! Mr. Manning plans a visit back to MJHS upon his return home to tell us all about his trip!

This has been an excellent learning opportunity for our students to see how learning and service to others plays a role in touching lives a world away, as well as, right here at home.  Our students are always looking for opportunities to help others in need!

Stay tuned as we continue to share our adventures in Rwanda!  Thanks Mr. Manning for helping us make this a reality!  
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NOV
23

5th Grade Parent & Student Open House

We would like to invite the families of our incoming 5th Graders for a visit to meet our staff, tour our building, visit one of your classrooms, and experience the hallway traffic flow as a student of MJHS!
 
Please plan to join us for one of our upcoming dates.  Sunday, Decmeber 4, 2016 betwwen 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. OR Tuesday, December 6, 2016 between 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Mrs. Mires and members of her team will be available to share information and answer questions.  The MJHS team is working on ways to effectively communicate our transition progress so we can keep everyone in the loop as our renovations begin!

We are committed to doing all we can to make this a smooth transition and a wonderful experience for your family! We are very excited to have you as part of the MJHS family!

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NOV
01

MJHS School Counselors in the SPOTLIGHT!

IMG 2783Congratulations to MJHS Counselors Ms. Betsy Sullivan and Mr. David Campbell who have been selected to present at this year's Indiana School Counseling Association Fall Conference!

 Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Campbell will present a session at the conference in Indianapolis on Friday, November 4, 2016 entitled, "Careers, Community Partners, and Kids: How we make the annual Jefferson County Career Fair interesting to our students and relevant to our community."

There are three goals for the presentation:
1. How they incorporate the school counseling competencies for career standards
2. How to collaborate with and engage numerous community partners
3. How they organize a great career day

Additionally, they will focus on how they utilize Indiana Career Explorer and the Holland Code Careers to organize students into groups. The keynote speaker will discuss how to talk with middle school students about the importance of "soft skills".

For the 2016 Career Day, each student completed the Indiana Career Explorer assessment and was assigned codes for what types of occupations they showed an interest and aptitude.  We are thankful to our ever-expanding list of community professionals and leaders who come and spend the morning with our students to share insight into their area of specialty.  

Areas of interest included: 
  • Conventional--Prefer structured business situations involving data analysis, finance, planning and organizational tasks. Value efficiency and order.
  • Realistic--Prefer practical, hands-in, physical activities with tangible results. Prefer building, fixing, repairing objects, or mechanical things, or working outside.
  • Investigative--Prefer to solve problems involving science or engineering related subjects. Curious about the physical world and why and how it works. Enjoy intellectual challenges and original or unconventional attitudes.
  • Artistic--Prefer unstructured situations involving self-expression of ideas and concepts through different artistic medium such as art, music, theatre, film, or multi-media or writing.
  • Social--Prefer direct service or helping opportunities involving advising, counseling, coaching, mentoring, teaching, or group discussion. Drawn to humanistic or social causes.
  • Enterprising--Prefer business situations involving persuasion, selling, or influence, enthusiastic, energetic, assertive, and self-confident. Drawn to management, leadership or marketing roles.
Congratulations and THANK YOU Ms. Sullivan and Mr. Campbell for making MJHS a great place to be!
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OCT
10
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MJHS 7th Graders Giving Back

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On October 4, 106 MJHS 7th graders participated in the Walk to Water event raising $677 to fund school supplies for orphaned children in Rwanda.

As a wrap up to a cross-curricular study on Africa (social studies), water (science), and the novel 'A Long Walk to Water', by Linda Sue Park (language arts) students got a glimpse of what it takes to access water in parts of Africa.

Combining lessons they learned in class and hands-on (or feet-on) experience, students walked 3 miles around the track ( the average distance to water in Africa) carrying their backpacks (to simulate the weight of full containers), on a warm day right here at home. 90% of the students finished the walk, with several of them going well beyond the 3 miles as they walked with friends while they finished. Students were given beads as a way to keep track of their laps and now have a keepsake to remember the event!

Guest speaker, Allen Manning, visited the class earlier in the week to talk about the project in Rwanda. Mr. Manning plans another visit when he returns home so he can update students on the progress of the project and help all of us better understand how we can continue to make a difference right here at home! #MadisonLEADS
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