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Katie Martin, Principal

December 21, 2017

MJHS Parents & Families,

 

On behalf of the Martinez Junior High School staff, I’d like to wish all of the Bullpup Community a very Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year! Students and staff alike have had an eventful week, counting down until winter break begins.

 

Pick Up/Drop Off Change…I wanted to make you aware of a change in the traffic flow in the District Office Parking lot located at 921 Susana Street. Currently, some of our parents use this lot to drop their children off so they can walk up the hill to our campus from Susana Street. However, parents access the lot from both the Susana Street and the Henrietta Street entrances and pass through the lot as they drop off, and/or pick up, student(s). This traffic pattern has become a concern for our neighbors on Henrietta and in some instances a concern for employees working at the district office.  

 

In an attempt to resolve the traffic issues on Henrietta and the safety issues for our employees here at the district office, on January 8th, 2018, the Henrietta access gate will be closed.  The parking lot can still be accessed from Susana Street, and you will still be able to pull into the lot, and make a full circle with the traffic flow until you exit again on Susana Street. The only chance is that you will no longer be able to access the lot or exit the lot from Henrietta Street. We ask that when dropping your student(s) in the parking lot that you drive slowly and be mindful of employees needing to park and cross the lot to access the the employee entrance.

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this change.

 

Bullpup of the Month…I want to recognize and congratulate the students who were chosen by a teacher as their Bullpup of the Month for November/December. The Life Skill they were honored for was COOPERATION.

 

Ms. Brown:

Ryken Adams Barnes

Mrs. Caroompas:

Faith Adesida

Mrs. Collins:

Christy Asiain

Ms. Dellar:

Domingos Azevedo

Mrs. Wanket:

Triniti Bailey

Mr. Santiago:

Dominic Arias

Mrs. Martin:

Bobby Boyd

Mr. Bilanow:

Savanna Cardenas

Mrs. MacKenzie:

Ava Carrillo

Mrs. Zahner:

Lauren Catanho Kline

Mrs. Pfister:

Kendall Clark

Mrs. Auluck & Mrs. Smith:

Colton Collier

Mrs. Nicolella:

Milton Cunha

Mrs. Del Rosa:

Sydnie DeMartini

Mrs. Spurlock:

Messiah Elliott

Mrs. Boldt:

Trinity Farrell

Mr. Ertola:

Leamsi Garcia

Mr. Hartman:

Monica Gibson

Ms. George:

Victoria Gilbert

Mrs. Mosteiro:

Samantha Guerrero

Ms. Teutschel:

Martin Guidry

Mrs. Rayner:

Yara Hassan

Mr. Scharff:

Kilisitina Ika

Mrs. Higgins:

Schelby James

Mrs. Greenblatt:

Krista Keith

Mrs. Moseley:

Jonathan Kempton Vasquez

Mrs. Walsh:

Ian Knutson

Ms. Blum:

Deandra Lara

Mrs. Francis:

Bianca Lewis

Mr. Salgado:

Jennifer Lins

Mrs. Hansen:

Athena Lopez

Mr. Saxton:

Sebastian Martinez

Mrs. Schreiber:

Caleb McCauley

Mr. Azevedo:

Austin Mesones

Mr. Petiti:

Dominic Mozzer

Mrs. Leach:

Lukas Perry

Mr. Kirshen:

Xavier Poyadue

Ms. Chapman:

Matthew Prado

Mrs. Lendahl:

Niobe Reed

Mrs. Boyd:

Samuel Rogers

Mr. Duarte:

Erika Salazar

Ms. Adler:

Alessia Sarmiento Simoncini

Mrs. Pieper:

Taylor Schulze

Mr. Webb:

Nathan Simpson

Ms. Flier:

Massimiliano Sudano Howell

Mr. Elkins:

Kyra Togni

Ms. Attiyeh:

Peyton Valledor

Mrs. Parks:

Eduardo Gutierrez

Mrs. Teran:

Leah Lazzeretti

Ms. Hawley:

Zain Rady

 

I hope, like me, you have many positive memories to look back on in 2017. Joining MUSD and getting to know the MJHS community is at the top of my list! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year.

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin, Principal

December 8, 2017

MJHS Parents & Families,

 

Here’s a quick run-down of some things going on at school this week and next:

 

Honor Roll... Honor Roll certificates were handed out to students today during 6th period. Every student with a 3.0 GPA or better are recognized each quarter. Thank you for your patience -- we promise to get future certificates out much sooner to students at the conclusion of the remaining quarters!

 

Bullpupalooza…is HERE! I attended last night’s Bullpupalooza and was SO impressed with the talents of our students! Comedy, music, improve games – there’s a little bit of everything. Please consider attending one of our two remaining shows. Friday, December 8 at 7:00 pm, and a Saturday matinee, December 9 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 each ($4.00 with ASB). You can buy tickets at the door, up to 30 minutes before show time. Come one, come all, you DON'T want to miss the fun!

 

Season of Giving…Next week, Leadership is sponsoring a SOCK DRIVE for a local shelter. Please consider donating a packaged pair of new socks. The Sock Drive will go from December 11-15th.

 

PSAThere isn’t an easy way to bring up my next topic, so I’m just going to put it out there: LICE. This is not meant to alarm you. No, we are not currently dealing with multiple cases of lice. This is just meant to be informative and to remind everyone of some simple steps kids can take to lower their risk. Unfortunately, lice is still an occasional issue at middle school. And when we discover that a student has it, we contact our district nurse to confirm the case and she calls home immediately and recommends types of treatment. Having lice isn't a sign of poor personal hygiene or an unclean living environment. Head lice do not carry bacterial or viral infectious diseases.

If you haven’t already, take a moment to remind your child of some basic preventative measures. Head lice crawl, but they cannot jump or fly, so most often transmission of a head louse from one person to another is by direct contact, such as sharing:

  • Hats and scarves
  • Brushes and combs
  • Hair accessories
  • Headphones
  • Pillows
  • Towels

Indirect transfer could also occur among items of clothing stored together. For example, hats or scarves hung on the same hook or stored in the same school locker could serve as vehicles for transmitting lice. This information came from The Mayo Clinic website. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/head-lice/symptoms-causes/syc-20356180

 

Winter BreakWe have received a few calls about the official start of Winter Break, so here’s the low-down: our last day of school of 2017 is Thursday, December 21. We have a MINIMUM DAY and students are released at 11:50am that day. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, December 22. Our first day of school in the new year is Monday, January 8.

 

Mrs. Dinday UpdateWe have been lucky enough to have Erin Dinday join the administrative team this year as one of our hard-working Vice Principals. As some of you may know, Mrs. Dinday went out on maternity leave earlier this week. (As of this afternoon, however, Baby Dinday still hasn’t decided to make his appearance.) In her absence, PE Teacher and Athletic Director Mark Duarte, has assisted us. As much as we like having Mr. Duarte’s help in the office, we hate having him away from teaching his classes. I hope to have some news to share about a permanent interim replacement for Mrs. Dinday before we leave for break – as well as news of the arrival of our newest Bullpup! Stay tuned…

 

Until next time…

Katie Martin, Principal

December 1, 2017

MJHS Parents & Families,

 

Please forgive the absence of newsletters from me last month. Every week is a busy week on a middle school campus, but I honestly can’t believe it’s already December. I hope all of the Bullpup Families enjoyed Thanksgiving last week.

 

Bullpup of the Month…I want to belatedly recognize and congratulate the students who were chosen by a teacher as their Bullpup of the Month for October. The Life Skill they were honored for was RESPECT.

 

Mr. Azevedo:

Rylee Adams Barnes

Ms. Flier:

Elijah Alcala

Mrs. Schreiber:

Kayla Banuelos

Ms. Chapman:

Sadie Bartlett

Mrs. Boldt:

Alex Bolanos

Mr. Kirshen:

Alana Burke

Mrs. Del Rosa:

Dylan Cadena

Mr. Ertola:

Tatum Costaflis

Mrs. Mosteiro:

Julia Cowperthwaite

Mrs. Spurlock:

Tyler Davis

Mr. Bilanow:

Kassidy Drake

Mrs. Hansen:

Kendall Foxworthy

Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Auluck:

Alondra Garcia

Mrs. Collins:

Kyomi Glasper

Mr. Salgado:

Janet Gonzalez

Ms. Attiyeh:

Matyla Grady

Mrs. Pieper:

Ethan Hussey

Mr. Saxton:

Faith Johnson

Ms. George:

Elijah Johnson

Mr. Hartman:

Tam Le

Mr. Webb:

Joseph Leal

Mrs. Rayner:

Miranda Lopez

Ms. Adler:

Jailynn Lozano

Mrs. Moseley:

Elijah Mann

Ms. Walsh:

Enrique Marquez

Ms. Brown:

Denise Martinez

Ms. Blum:

Cailyn Maxwell

Mr. Santiago:

Lauren McAssey

Mrs. Martin:

Kyla Menconi

Mrs. Leach:

Vera Montes

Mrs. Boyd:

Holly Moran

Mrs. Wanket:

Danielle Nelson

Mr. Elkins:

Daniela Nunez

Mrs. Caroompas:

Gracie Penman

Mrs. Higgins:

Sophia Peterson

Mr. Duarte & Ms.Teutschel:

Mia Puljiz

Mrs. Lendahl:

Spencer Ryan

Mrs. Zahner:

Sophia Santos

Mr. Scharff:

Mohit Shrestha

Mrs. Greenblatt:

Javier Sosa

Mrs. Parks:

Jesse Souza

Mrs. Francis:

Keira Sullivan

Mrs. Nicolella:

Cielo Vazquez

Mr. Petiti:

Emmee Vigil

Ms. Dellar:

Allie Watkins

 

Honor Roll... At the conclusion of each quarter, students who have achieved at least a GPA 3.0 (a B average or better) are recognized through our Honor Roll program. There are three Honor Roll categories: Principal's/Gold Honor Roll: 4.0 GPA; Vice Principal's/Silver Honor Roll: 3.667-3.999 GPA; Counselor's/Blue Honor Roll: 3.000-3.666 GPA. Over two-thirds of our student body made it onto the 1st Quarter Honor Roll – congratulations!

 

Due to the turn-over in office staff this year, we are admittedly very late in getting the lists finalized and the certificates printed. However, better late than never! We've posted the lists of our 1st Quarter Honor Roll recipients on a bulletin board inside the main entrance, and the certificates that students receive are printing as I type. These certificates will be distributed next week during 6th period.  

 

Noon Duty… Supervising 500+ middle school students at lunch takes a lot of teamwork, but we could sure use some help. Our terrific and energetic team of supervisors are down a person this year, so I wanted to bring this job opening to light.

We need someone for 2 hours/day, 5 days/week, 9.5 months/year. Our lunches are from 11:19am-12:48pm each day; Wednesdays, lunches are from 10:49am-12:08pm.

Salary: $11.60 – $14.85 per hour (Classified Salary Schedule – Range 20) To apply, submit letter of interest to the Personnel Office, attention Casie Pruett; current resume desirable but not required. You can also apply via EdJoin (this job is the 4th one listed HERE).

 

Bullpupalooza…is COMING TO TOWN! Are you up for some comedy? Some music? Some dancing? Some clever improv games? You need to come to BULLPUPALOOZA, Martinez Junior High's own improv and talent show. You have 3 shows to choose from: Thursday & Friday, December 7 & 8 at 7:00 pm, and a Saturday matinee, December 9 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 each ($4.00 with ASB). You can buy tickets at the door, up to 30 minutes before show time. Come one, come all, you DON'T want to miss the fun!

 

Season of Giving…Keep an eye on our website and daily announcement for some upcoming fundraising and donation events sponsored by various school clubs. Later this month, Leadership will be promoting a SOCK DRIVE for a local shelter. We’ll be asking students and their families to donate packaged pairs of new socks to be donated to Shelter Inc. here in Martinez. Yearbook class will be collecting spare change to benefit the families who lost their homes in the North Bay Fires. We will set up a collection spot in our Main Office for donations of any change you can spare. I know you hear this a lot, but it’s true when it comes to helping others: every little bit helps.  

 

Idle-Free… The Public Health Class at AHS has made it their mission to educate our community about the effects of idling our cars. Their campaign was even featured in an article in the East Bay Times earlier this year. When I met with a few students from the Public Health class about the Idle Free program, they immediately dispelled the common myth that turning the car off frequently harms the engine. Not so – just idling for 10 seconds uses more fuel than restarting your engine. As part of the Idle Free Bay Area effort, they are asking all of us to pledge to turn off your car’s engine if you’ll be waiting more than 30 seconds. Doing so will save money in wasted gas, reduce our carbon footprint and help ease air pollution. As a reminder, you may have noticed colorful blue and yellow signs posted recently near the drop-off/pick-up areas at all of our schools.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend.

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin,

Principal

October 6, 2017

MJHS Parents and Families,

 

I love this time of the year: not only is the weather in the Bay Area during the Fall close to perfect, but it always seems as if students and staff really hit our stride going into October. It always takes a while for students and staff to get to know one another and settle into our routines. By now, students know what’s expected of them both in and outside of the classroom.

 

Don’t forget about the district-wide Staff Development Day on Monday, October 9th. Students are not at school at all that day, but our hard-working teachers and staff will be here. At MJHS, we will use that day for a variety of tasks, including looking at and analyzing CAASPP data, planning new curriculum within departments, and receiving training from the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

 

Another great thing about Fall -- especially in Martinez -- is football and Homecoming. This year’s Alhambra High School Homecoming Parade is next week, Friday, October 13th. While the parade is scheduled to begin at 3:00pm (from AHS) and head towards downtown, I understand that many MJHS students participate in the parade. However, we strongly discourage students from being picked up early from school that afternoon in order to get ready. Every minute of class is valuable and we strive to minimize disruptions to the plans teachers have made for their students. The Homecoming Parade is a wonderful tradition in Martinez and makes this community such a special place to live. All of our students will have plenty of time to experience it -- either as a participant or spectator -- after they’re excused from school at 2:36 that day.

 

Even though we’re in the middle of football season, if your child is interested in baseball or softball, please take a look at this flyer from the Martinez Youth Baseball & Softball about sign-ups later this month and in November or go to www.bestgameinmtz.org for more information.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin,

Principal

September 29, 2017

MJHS Parents and Families,

 

We have now reached the half-way point of the 1st quarter and every student SHOULD have brought home a copy of their progress report on Thursday. I encourage parents to reach out to your child’s teachers should you have any questions about their progress so far this year.

 

Reminder: the 2017-18 yearbook is being sold online ONLY this year and the price is about to go up! Please take advantage of our early bird special through September 30th: the price is currently $35 and will go up to $42 on October 1st. Follow the instructions in this flier to purchase your book, or go to this website and enter MJHS School Code: 16337. Additionally, parents/families of 8th graders, the long standing MJHS tradition of Diapers to Diplomas ads continues and we are already accepting ads. Early bird specials apply to the baby ads as well. Please see this flier and get your ad in early.

 

I hope to see many Bullpup families Sunday morning at the MEF Run for Education. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Until next time,

 

Katie Martin,

Principal

September 22, 2017

MJHS Parents and Families,

Happy first day of Fall, everyone! Exactly 1 month ago, August 22nd, our school year began – it seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? Here’s a quick look at the recent ...more

September 15, 2017

MJHS Parents and Families,

It’s hard to believe we’ve just completed our 4th week of school already. Time flies and there is a lot going on around campus that I want to share with you.

Thank you to ...more

August 25, 2017

MJHS Parents and Families,

As I think about the busy week we’ve had to start the new school year, I could not be more grateful for the hard work of our teachers and staff, and for the friendly and ...more

August 7, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

For those of you returning to Martinez Junior High, I hope everyone is ready to hit the ground running on another productive school year together. I’m sure our ...more

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