Perrysburg Junior High School 550 E. South Boundary Perrysburg, OH 43551 419-874-9193
ISSUE 10 SEPTEMBER 2017
Administration Don Christie, Principal Scott Buker, Assistant Principal Dwight Fertig, Assistant Principal
Letter from the Principal Dear Perrysburg Junior High School Families, The beginning of the school year is an exciting time for parents, guardians, students, faculty and staff members. It also can be a time of anxiety transitioning to a new schedule with unfamiliar teachers, new locker, and getting to meet new people. Our goal at the junior high is to create a welcoming environment for students and parents/guardians that includes an open line of communication between the school and home. The 2017-18 school year brings many changes in the junior high school that include a new 50-minute period schedule, over 30 teachers moving to different classrooms, adding academic study as an elective choice, students being able to choose two music electives to have every day, new school start and end times, less crowded hallways and cafeteria and 10 minutes at the end of each day for organization called “Jacket Time.” These changes will help impact our students positively both educationally and socially. The “Jacket Way” program is an important part of helping our students understand the expected positive behaviors that should be displayed in the classroom, hallways, cafeteria, restrooms and during technology use. Students will continue to earn “Jacket Way” incentive awards on a weekly, monthly and semester basis. Students will also continue to be recognized monthly by individual teachers for effort and citizenship in the classroom. Please encourage your child to become involved in the many different clubs, activities and sports that occur throughout the school year and are listed on junior high home page. By getting involved, students get to know new people, build self-esteem and feel a part of a group in a positive way. The successful education of a student needs the parent/guardian, student, and teacher working together as a team. The communication between the teacher and parent/guardian and parent/ guardian and teacher is the main component to help ensure all students reach their greatest potential. Our teachers have time built into their daily schedule to meet with parents/guardians and I encourage you to contact them if you would like to meet. Many times a face-to-face meeting helps everyone understand our shared goals better. I look forward to having a great 2017-18 school year! Peace, Don Christie, Principal
2 2017-2018 The Year of Change!!!
The excitement of the opening of the new Hull Prairie Intermediate School has spread to Perrysburg Junior High as the building evolves into a 7th and 8th grade junior high school. There are district changes that have affected PJHS outside the classroom, such as transportation and staff changing buildings and rooms. The schedule has changed to a first period start time of 8:00 a.m., and a tenth period end time of 3:00 p.m.. There is no longer academic assist to start the day. The class periods are fifty minutes, and the lunches are thirty. This year we have also started an optional Academic Study class period. This is a hands-on approach to what may have been referred to as Study Hall. Students may opt to be in Academic Study as one or two of their electives for a year long class period to complete work and get organized. There is also the addition of “Jacket Time.” Jacket time is the last 10 minutes of the school day. (See related article on this page.)
This new option for students to take as an elective is designed as a place where students can complete homework, work in small groups of 2 or 3 if necessary for projects, make-up tests if assistance is not needed, gain some academic assistance with school work and develop a plan or sense of organization through our Academic Study Flowchart. This period may best be described as a hands-on “study hall” for our students. Monitors will help students get started on their homework and follow a chart in determining what is most important and what they need to complete. The class begins with students taking out work or finishing projects that they need to finish. If they have “nothing,” then they are instructed to check Schoology on their own for other assignments. If they still find “nothing,” then the monitor helps them check Schoology again. This time, students are looking for long term projects, upcoming quizzes or flash cards posted by their teachers to review. Finally, all students have a book to read. Students are not to be on their Chromebooks unless they are completing work. Games or general researching are not permitted. Computers are kept below their desks. Students may also go see a teacher during this time for extra assistance if the teacher does not have a class, and provides the student with a written pass.
There are also new staffing changes here at the junior high. As you know Mr. Christie has taken over as principal, and former PJHS intervention specialist, Mr. Scott Buker is a new assistant principal. Other staff members who are new to the school include: •
7th Social Studies – Katherine Liber
7th Math – Troy Opperman
8th Science – Ben Marshall
Intervention Specialists – Kamilyn Smith, Josh Foxhuber, Nicole Schlagheck and Brian Buerman
Monitors – Tom Shook, Dan Blue, Jim Marquette, Gina Hudak and Sue Irmen
Paraprofessionals – Andrea Reed and Josiah Hanson
Custodians – Marianne Merren, Thomas Flores, Trenton Laipply and Doug Zawodny
School Nurse – Sandy Meredith
We would like to wish all of them a great school year. As you can see, it is an exciting time here at PJHS, and we look forward to “living” our new identity as a 7th and 8th grade Junior High and take off into another great school year.
Jacket Time Jacket Time is a block of time added to the last ten minutes of the day. Students remain in their tenth period class for an extra 10 minutes after their fifty minute period. Assignment books, which are also returning this school year, may then be filled out by students with the daily assignments and upcoming information. Students have the opportunity to organize folders, and may even see a teacher if a pass is written for the student to do so. The plan is for students to organize themselves through the help of a teacher or staff member so they can be more productive at home, and be ready for school the next morning. These new additions and modifications to the schedule are designed to support our academic student teams by making a big school feel smaller and provide attention to students who are struggling with organizational skills and developing the positive habits that go with being a student. All of these factor into the exciting changes at PJHS for the 2017-2018 school year.
The Buzz At PHJS September 2017 • Issue 10 Perrysburg Junior High School 550 E. South Boundary Perrysburg, OH 43551
Please be aware that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) requires all incoming 7th Graders to have booster immunization of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) administered prior to entry.
8th Grade PSAT: 8th grade students will take the PSAT 8/9 on October 11th, 2017.
The Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 3313.67 and 3313.671 indicate that schools are responsible for ensuring that students who enroll in school have immunizations required by ODH. The statute also states that schools are required to keep all records of immunizations. All pupils entering 7th grade are required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease. One (1) dose of meningococcal (M4) vaccine is required prior to entry of 7th Grade.
Following is a helpful list, developed by Joe Sarnes, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, to help parents/guardians find the information they are looking for:
Please ensure that documentation is returned to the school nurse ASAP so that your student will not be excluded from school. Our fax number is (419) 872-8812 or you may email to smeredith@ perrysburgschools.net.
The PSAT 8/9 is the first test in the SAT Suite of Assessments. It serves as a “checkin” on progress, allowing students and teachers to pinpoint areas for focused practice as students progress through high school. You can access more information about the PSAT by going to the following website: www.collegeboard.org.
PowerSchool or Schoology
Current course grade
Quarter and Semester Grades
Resources for courses
Updates from teachers
Assignments done during class
Communication with Teacher
4 From the Library… Welcome back! It is pleasure to see our students after the summer break. Below are items available to our students. •
JH Library Resources page - We have a Schoology page. Go to “Groups,” “JH Library Resources” and click on “Resources” on the left hand side of the screen for access to library policies, eBook/digital audiobook directions, passwords for databases and much more to come. eBooks/Digital Audiobooks - In addition to print books, we have eBooks and digital audiobooks available for our students through the library catalog and at gofollett.com. Directions are available through the Schoology Group “JH Library Resources.” INFOhio & ProQuest Databases - Great for research, we have several databases of magazine and newspaper articles for our students to access. Students will need the password posted on the JH Library Resource group.
Makerspace - Students have access to makerspace items such as LittleBits circuits, Makey Makey, Ozobots (coding), StikBots, green screens, building supplies and many crafting items. Students can use these items before school, during study hall or other special activity times. Thank you to JHPO for supplying many of these items. If you have unused crafting supplies, please considering donating them to us.
Book Fair - The junior high book fair will be the week of October 9. A special “Thank You” to our JHPO members who run this for us every year!
Questions? Please e-mail Ms. Franck at lfranck@ perrysburgschools.net.
Kelly Croy kicks off the Jacket Way The 2017-2018 school year at Perrysburg Junior High School began with a kick off event for the Jacket Way P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) Program. The event included a motivating musical and creative presentation by national speaker and chalk artist, Kelly Croy. Mr. Croy is an acclaimed speaker, author, and artist. He is also a seventh grade Language arts teacher at Oak Harbor Middle School. His message has been shared with international audiences, and his work has received recognition in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN and USA Today. He has been recognized by such acclaimed organizations as PBS, Google, Apple and more! His artwork is on display in galleries, business offices, universities, schools and board rooms around the country. He presented a message of leadership and acceptance of one another. He explains how “Bullying ends where Leadership begins.” Mr. Croy pulled valuable messages and humorous stories from life experiences and his book, “Along came a Leader.” He combines these messages with his amazing chalk-art talents. During the presentation he combines music, animation and chalk to create a work of art that stands as a symbol or reminder of his mission. Mr. Croy then donated the artwork to the school for display. It now hangs in the main hallway, just down from the office.
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Welcome back Parents, Guardians, Students and Staff! JHPO (Junior High Parent Organization) is ready for another great year! By the time you are reading this, our first Boxtops collection will be in full swing and we will be preparing for our 2nd annual Color Run! We are super excited to help raise money again this year for The Jacket Way. Look for information about donating and helping in the announcements and on our Facebook page soon! If you have not joined JHPO and want to help with the events we have planned this year or just want to know what JHPO is doing for our students and staff, please check out our membership form under the JHPO tab, under the Junior High School on the school web page. Your donations to membership will help us continue to support the school throughout the year. You will also find on the web site all of our events, meeting times, agendas and minutes. If you have not liked our page on Facebook, please do! We have a very active Facebook page that will help keep you up to date on things that are going on around school and upcoming JHPO events. We are always in need of volunteers to help, so please keep your eye on the announcements and Facebook page for those needs. We thank you for all of your support and help; we can’t do it without you!
Fall athletics are up and running at PJHS! The Jackets are once again competing in football, volleyball and boys and girls cross country. Our Jacket Cheerleaders are doing an excellent job of providing school spirit at the games and around the halls of our school. The Jackets’ seasons are just under way. The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams are both currently 2-0 with victories over Arbor Hills and Fassett. The 7th grade football team is 1-0 with a victory over Arbor Hills while the 8th grade team currently sits at 0-1 with a loss against Arbor Hills. The boys cross country team opened their season at the Seneca East Tiger Classic and placed third overall. Mason Deal led the Jackets with a third place overall finish. The girls team placed 2nd overall at the Tiger Classic. Emma Bohney was the overall first place winner while Aubrey Duhaime and Adrianna Gladieux placed 2nd and 7th. Looking ahead, we are very excited to be participating in a Saturday night 7th and 8th grade football doubleheader on Widdel Field at Steinecker Stadium on October 21. The 7th grade team will get things started at 5:00 with the 8th grade game following. At the completion of the event all junior high students are invited to a dance inside of PJHS sponsored by JHPO. Athletes interested in trying out for boys and girls basketball along with participating in wrestling should plan on attending the Winter Code of Conduct and Individual Team Meetings on Monday, October 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m.. Boys basketball tryouts will begin on November 1 while the girls will begin on December 1. Wrestling will begin on November 10. Thanks and go Jackets! Scott Buker Assitant Principal and Junior High Athletic Director
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7 Courtyard Clean-up Group Students can join our Courtyard Clean-Up group on Schoology to keep up-to-date with scheduled weeding and planting days during lunches and after school. We are trying to meet once a week while the weather is nice. This week we were able to add water lettuce, frogs, fish and even a crayfish to the pond! We are hoping to plant daffodils soon and continue to work to maintain the weeds. This winter we will have access to the greenhouse, thanks to the science department, and are hoping to try our hand at growing some herbs and veggies from seed. To create our own little wildlife habitat here at PJHS.
CHECK MATE!!! CHESS CLUB is starting soon! Our first meeting is on Tuesday, September 26. We will be meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:00-3:45 in Room 209 (it is no longer in the cafeteria). 7th and 8th graders are welcome both days! Stop by Mr. Knurekâ€™s room (212) for more details. All levels of players are welcome! Come learn the game of chess and compete against your peers!
Student Council at PJHS Student Council is a great way for ANY student to get involved! StuCo is full of positive people who love PJHS and want to continue to make it a great place to be. Members are involved in planning and participating in spirit days, running the school store, designing ways to show teacher appreciation, as well as volunteering for community events, such as the annual canned food drive. Please see Mrs. Roach in room 122 or communicate with her via email: croach@perrysburgschools. net if you would like to join Student Council or have any questions.
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8 SUMMER READS Over the summer, PJHS students had the opportunity to select a book of their choice for the junior high summer read. During the first week, students created a locker sign, that included the title, author, photo of the cover and a summary to advertise to the junior high community. Itâ€™s easy to be inspired walking the halls and seeing all the awesome books read. Great job, PJHS!