BJHS | November Newsletter

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Brookwood Junior High School Newsletter / Issue 004 / November 2022



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Jill Larson Principal School Hours

We want to create a welcoming environment for all our parents, and we want to continue this important partnership throughout the school year. Please join us on November 7th for ParentTeacher Conferences! Attending parent-teacher conferences is one way to be involved and help your child succeed.

Students’ school day is from 8:30 a.m. until 3:10 p.m. Students should not arrive earlier than 8:10 a.m.

As always, please reach out to your child’s teachers for any questions/concerns, or if I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me and know that my door is always open. I can be reached


at the school number (708) 758-5252, by email jlarson@ or by cell phone at (708) 362-0115.

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PRINCIPAL’S CORNER Thank you to all our families that came out for our STEAM Family Night! We had a great time. Each month we are sponsoring a family night from 6:007:00 p.m. with light refreshments and prizes. Please mark your calendars so you can join us for some awesome family fun! We are asking that every parent sign up for the Principal ClassDojo, as this is a great way for parents to stay informed about important events and information throughout the school year. Please contact the school ofceifyouneedhelpsigningupforthisawesome FREE communication tool! Student Support Intervention (SSI) We hold Student Support Intervention Meetings (SSI) all year long, before school at 7:45 a.m. or after school at 3:15 p.m. to schedule a meeting, please email Ms. Mitchell at rmitchell@, or call the school at (708) 758-5252.

COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION Our teachers do an excellent job of communicating with families. Here is where you can stay informed proactively: •

School and District Website -

Bull Dog News - Weekly school newsletter that will be sent home on Fridays

ClassDojo - It is essential that you sign up for the Principal’s ClassDojo. If you have not already joined, an invitation will be sent to you during the rst week of school. To join, you will need either your phone number or email address.

Aphonecalloranemailisanefcientwaytocommunicatewithyourchildisteacher. Please remember that our teachers are with students throughout the day and will return the call/email as soon as possible. At times, this may be the next school day.

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If a child has any symptoms listed below, they should stay home in the morning or go homeifthesesymptomsrst occur at school.

IF MY CHILD IS SICK, WHEN SHOULD I KEEP THEM HOME? Whenachildcanreturntoschoolisbasedonthespecicsymptomtheyhave. •

Fever of 100.4 or higher

New onset of moderate to severe headache

Shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

Abdominal pain from unknown cause

New congestion/runny nose

New loss of sense of taste or smell

Fatigue from unknown cause

Muscle or body aches

If you answer “YES” to any of the above, your child MUST stay home. Please call the school to report your child’s absence (708) 708-758-5252 (Option 1.)

ANTI-BULLY PLEDGE... We make a COMMITMENT to stand against bullying. We will treat others with RESPECT and KINDNESS. We will have the COMPASSION to not be a bully. We will have the COURAGE to not be a bystander. It is our RESPONSIBILITY to help others and to report bullying.

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PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES Please join us on November 7th for Parent-Teacher Conferences! Attending parentteacher conferences is one way to be involved and help your child succeed. A parent-teacher conference is a great opportunity to: •

Discuss your child’s progress

Share your child’s strengths and needs

Work with the teacher to help your child do well in school

Conferences focus on learning, although behavior and social concerns might be discussed. The teacher will review your child’s progress, including strengths and areas in need of improvement. If you are unable to make it to Parent-Teacher Conferences, please contact our Assistant Principal to set up a meeting with your child’s teachers. IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION To report absences please call the attendance line at (708) 757-2115. Please call the school before 8:30 a.m. to report your child’s absence. Please leave the following information: •

Student’s full name with the spelling of the last name

Reason for absence/tardy/early release

Your name and relationship to the student

Please call the main number (708) 758-5252 at least 45 minutes PRIOR to early dismissal.

ForyourstudenttobeEXCUSEDyoumustsigntheminandoutinthemainofceortheir absence will be marked as unexcused. Ofcialattendancewillbereportedeverymorningata. 9:0 m.Ifyourchildjoinsateacheris classroomlate,theywillbemarkedtardyinPowerSchool,andyouwillbenotiedthrough the Principal’s Class dojo.

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PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES TIPS By: Kids Health These tips can help you make the most of those important meetings: •

In the weeks ahead of a conference, check in with kids about how they’re doing on homework and in each subject. Review homework and any recent projects, tests, quizzes, report cards, or progress reports.

Ask if there are questions or issues your child wants you to discuss with the teacher.

Plan to bring something to take notes with (paper and pen or a laptop or other device).

Share a few things about your child with the teacher — interests, strengths, favorite subjects — to help the teacher know your child better.

Write down questions or topics you’d like the conference to cover. Depending on your situation, you may want to ask about: •

Whether your child is meeting grade-level expectations (not how he or she compares with peers)

Educational testing if your child is struggling

What the teacher sees as your child’s strengths and challenges and how these are being addressed

Other services to help your child grow as a learner

Make a plan to check in regularly if there are any learning or behavior problems

Your child’s work habits, independently and in large- and small-group instruction

How your child gets along with other students in class and during lunch, recess, physical-ed, and other classes

If any school-related problems arise, contact the teacher or other school staff by phone or email. You don’t have to wait until parent-teacher conference time to handle your concerns.

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DURING THE CONFERENCE Teachers usually meet with parents in back-to-back meetings, so try to be on time for your meeting. At the meeting, remember to: •

Get contact information for the teacher and ask what the best form of contact is (letter, email, phone call, message via student-teacher-parent web portal, etc.)

Take notes.

Ask to see classwork and homework samples, tests and quizzes, and standardized testing.

Ask your questions and share information about your child.

Make the most of this time by focusing on your child’s learning.


AFTER THE CONFERENCE To follow up after the meeting: •

Contact the teacher with any questions you didn’t have time to ask.

Review your notes about what you and the teacher will do to support learning, then make detailed plans about how and when you will help your child.

If you still have concerns or do not agree with an evaluation, put your thoughts in writing and schedule a meeting with the teacher or an administrator as soon as mutually convenient.

Check in with the teacher to follow up on your child’s progress.

Review what was discussed at the conference with your child, including any special learning plans, and share the positive comments the teacher made.

Consider sending a thank-you note to the teacher and any other educator who took the time to attend the conference.

Keep in mind that you and your child’s teacher have the same goal: To help your child succeed in school.

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I am excited to share with you that for the second year in a row, our Superintendent and Board of Education have decided to provide our students with a set of school supplies to use at school and a set to use at home! If your child needs any additional resources or supplies for any of their classes, please contact our school ofce at (708) 5-2, so we can help provide them with all necessary and needed materials.


POWERSCHOOL All Brookwood teachers use an online grading system called “PowerSchool” that they update every Thursday. We encourage you to check your child’s progress reIularly. 6his proIram is conFential therefore, you will need an access username and password to seeyourchilFisproIress.+fyouneeFyourusername anF passworF, please contact the school ofce at #758-2.(0) 2ower5choolappforyourcellular phonemaMesiteasyforparentstostayupFateFon their child’s progress.



January 12th, 203 | March 16th, 203 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | 1:30 p.m. - 3:0 p.m. We are also holding three (3) Parent Visitation Days thisyear.+fyoumisseFourrstoneon1ctober3rF, 20,orifyouwoulFliMetocomebacManFvisitus aIain,wewoulFlovetohaveyou8

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MISSION STATEMENT Brookwood School District 167, in partnership with parents and the community, will create a learning environment in which all students excel at becoming lifelong learners and decision-makers. WE BELIEVE •

Familiesshapetheirchildrenismotivation,condence,andacademicsuccessbybeinginterestedand involved in their overall development.

All students are unique and should be challenged to the highest level of academic and artist excellence.


In educating our children in a safe and nurturing environment with access to state-of-the-ar technology.

The school system should teach students to think critically enabling them to become contribut citizensinourglobalsociety.

In continuous improvement in all aspects of the school system to foster a culture of exce Accountability,andintegrity.


VISION STATEMENT Our overall vision is to improve the achievement of all students, regardless of race, socio-economic status, gender, or ability levels (disabilities). We share the accountability of student achievement throughout the school. We believe in using research-based practices to achieve our goals. We promote school and community involvement because we believe that these partnerships help us meet the needs of all of our students.




Providing our staff with professional development

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POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION & SUPPORTS (PBIS) As a part of PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports), teachers, administrators, and support staff have the responsibility to TEACH positive behavior expectations to our students. This education results in students knowing exactly what is expected of them and a framework of evidence-based behavioral supports and interventions in an integrated curriculum to enhance both the social behavior and academic atmosphere for our diverse body of students throughout the school. Lessons take place in a number of ways and in the environment for particular expectations. For example, teachers will do

short lessons each week on a specic expectation, the staff on lunch duty will discu lunchroom expectations, and on Fridays, students complete a Kahoot quiz to review the expectations they have been learning about all week. Posters or anchor charts have been created for different areas of the building to give the students and staff reminders about the expected behaviors.


Family Hispanic Heritage Night- September 20th Band Recruitment Night-October 13th Family STEAM Night-October 20th Family Reading Night-November 16th Winter Band and Choir Concert- December 15th Family Math Night- January 17th Family Black History Trivia Night- February 21st Family Fitness Night- March 14th Family Reading Night- April 18th Fine Arts Night-April 20th

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Brookwood Jr. High School believes that student dress and overall appearance should foster a

positiveandproductiveenvironmentandshouldreectprideinoneselfaswellasourschoo We further believe that student dress and appearance are a shared responsibility of the home and the school. The Administration will make the nal judgment on the appropriateness of clothing and/or appearance and reserves the right to prohibit students from wearing any articles of clothing or other items that lead to or may foreseeably result in the disruption of, or interference with, the school environment. Please read our Parent Student Handbook for specicdresscodeexpectations.


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How Paper Supports Your Middle Schooler

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FOOD SERVICE New Food Service Partnership Our Superintendent and Board of Education know how important proper nutrition affects our students’ learning. This year we will be purchasing our school breakfast and lunch from - QUEST FOOD MANAGEMENT SERVICE. Quest Food Management Servic is passionate about food and they believe in wholesome, nutritious ingredients. That is why they are committed to using items that are healthier for both our student’s bodies and the planet. Quest Food Management Service, provide communities with fresh, high-quality food, exceptional responsiveness, and intensely personal service. By purchasing with the following standards in mind and preparing

HONOR & HIGH HONOR ROLL Students are given a quarterly report card at BJHS. Students who earn an academic G.P.A. of 3.95 or higher are placed on the High Honor Roll. If a student makes an academic grade of 3.453.94, they are placed on the Honor Roll. Students earning those honors will be invited to a special Student Recognition Luncheon each quarter.

items so that they are as fresh as possible when served, they support local agriculture, increase nutrition, and intensify the avor.

SPORTS Did you know? We do not have tryouts for any of our sports teams. If your child wants to participate, they must show up for practice! Please encourage your child to get involved.

Sports Physicals Any student planning on participating in a sport must have a current physicalonlegoodforoneyear.

Parents, please check your child’s homework and planner every day!

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What is ClassDojo? PLEASE JOIN OUR CLASSDOJO’S AND STAY INFORMED! It is important that you sign up for the Principal’s Class Dojo. I post important information such as if a bus is running late, important reminders regarding picture day, graduation information and other important topics. PLEASE SIGN UP TODAY! ClassDojoisactivelyusedin90%ofU.S.K-8schools. ClassDojo is a free app that helps build amazing classroom and school communities. Teachers give feedback to students for any skill, like “Working Hard” and “Being Curious.” From the mobile app, parents view their child’s feedback, and can message directly with teachers and school leaders. Please join my ClassDojo so you can stay informed on what is happening at Brookwood Junior High School. If you would like to join, please accept the invitation that we emailed to you or texted you, or contact the school at (708) 758-5252, email, All you will need to provide is your cell phone number or email address.


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Cross Country Girls Basketball Boys Basketball Cheerleading


Wrestling Girls Volleyball Boys Volleyball



All students are welcome to join our Cross-Country Team! Athletes will compete against nine (9) other Country practice and informational meeting will occur on Wednesday, September 1st.



Join BJHS Clubs & Activities Tutoring Student Council Chess Art Club S.T.E.M. Club Cheerleading Cooking Club Mathletes

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Speech & Debate Club Video Club Gospel Choir NJHS Drumline Band Jazz Band Yearbook

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Girls Basketball Boys Basketball Girls Volleyball Boys Volletball Wrestling Track Cross Country Keyboarding Club Spanish Club

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SCHOOL HOURS 8:30 A.M. - 3:10 P.M. BREAKFAST 8:0 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.

SEL MEETING 8:30 A.M. - 8:50 A.M.

1ST PERIOD 8:50 A.M. - 9:45 A.M.

2ND PERIOD 9:45 A.M. - 10:4 A.M

3RD PERIOD 10:4 A.M. - 1:35 A.M.


7TH GRADE LUNCH 1:35 A.M. - 12:05 P.M. 8TH GRADE CLASS 1:35 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. 7TH GRADE CLASS 12:05 P.M. - 1:0 P.M. 8TH GRADE LUNCH 12:30 P.M. - 1:0 P.M.

5TH PERIOD 1:0 P.M. - 1:5 P.M.

6TH PERIOD 1:5 P.M. - 2:50 P.M.

SEL MEETING 2:50 P.M. - 3:10 P.M.



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BROOKWOOD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL VISITORS Save the Date Parent/Teacher Conferences November7th,20 10:3a.m.e6:30p.m.

If you need to come into the school for any reason, for safety reasons, you will be required to wear a mask, and you will need to have a current Driver’s License that will be checked in our Raptor Security System. Raptor® provides a line of sight as to who is always in our school. The system provides




and for

all visitors, volunteers, and contractors that have signed in/out




This is important for safety reasons.