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Katie Martin, Principal

June 1, 2018

MJHS Families,

 

I can hardly believe that we only have one more week left in the school year! If you think life on a middle school campus is hectic during the year, it’s even more crazy during the last couple of weeks. We have so much to celebrate and several end-of-the-year activities to organize, but this is my favorite time of the year. Here’s a rundown of what’s going on:

 

YEARBOOKS: Kudos and congratulations to yearbook advisor Anne Martin and her yearbook students! They should all be incredibly proud of the final product. The distribution of yearbooks began today: 8th graders who purchased a book received theirs today; 6th & 7th graders will need to wait until Tuesday before they get their copy. Every student, whether they purchased a yearbook or not, was made aware of the following etiquette form to read, discuss and sign this morning. Put simply: students will be held accountable for the appropriateness of things they write or draw in someone else’s yearbook. The complete set of expectations is as follows:  

 

“STUDENTS... THE YEARBOOK THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING THIS YEAR IS A KEEPSAKE THAT WILL BE WITH YOU FOREVER.  PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF ALL BOOKS THAT YOU WRITE IN AND KEEP IN MIND THAT THEY WILL BE SHARED WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. KEEP YOUR COMMENTS APPROPRIATE AND USE LANGUAGE THAT WILL NOT EMBARRASS ANYONE, ESPECIALLY THE OWNER OF THE BOOK. ANYONE FOUND TO DIMINISH THE QUALITY OF A YEARBOOK BY SLANDEROUS OR VULGAR COMMENTS OR PICTURES WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REPLACING THE BOOK... AT A $42 CHARGE.

 

ALSO, PLEASE BE AWARE OF WHO HAS YOUR BOOK AT ALL TIMES. BE SURE YOUR NAME IS CLEARLY MARKED IN YOUR BOOK.  

 

BY SIGNING BELOW, YOU ARE ACKNOWLEDGING AND AGREEING TO THE FOLLOWING:

 

I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR REPLACING A YEARBOOK IF I DEFACE ANYONE’S BOOK BY VULGAR OR SLANDEROUS COMMENTS OR DRAWINGS.”

 

SIX FLAGS, DAY ON THE GREEN: Monday, June 4th, every eligible student will participate in the annual end-of-the-year celebration with their class. Eighth graders will spend the day on the class trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. They will leave campus between 8:45-9:00am, and the busses should return between 4:30-5:00pm. Lunch is included, so students are not required to bring any additional money. Eighth graders NOT attending the Six Flags trip, if they are not called in sick, will report to their 1st period teachers at 8:30am as usual. Then they will be told where they’ll spend the rest of the day. (Since most 8th grade staff will be on the trip, these students won’t be able to attend all their classes.) They are expected to bring plenty of work to do or a book to read.

 

As for the 6th and 7th graders on Monday, June 4th, that’s when all eligible students will participate in our expanded version of Day on the Green. Starting around noon, our 6th & 7th graders will be released for lunch. Once they’ve eaten, they can enjoy Carnival Games and a DJ on our Track; there, students can win raffle tickets for prizes. We’ll have Face Painting and a Game Truck on Top Dog. We’ll show a movie in the Auditorium, the Gym will be open for basketball, and board games will be available in the Cafeteria. It’s going to be 2+ hours of fun, games, sun, music and friends. We are even going to allow students to have their phones in order to take pictures. Thank you in advance to Leadership teacher, Nicole Hansen, and her Leadership students for doing such a great job organizing this event!

 

AWARDS ASSEMBLIES: Many of our students will be recognized on Thursday, June 7th for their exceptional grades, spotless attendance, and/or for demonstrating “Bullpup Excellence,” an award that every teacher is able to give to one student. While final grades are still being calculated into next week, 6th and 7th grade students receiving an attendance or a teacher award will be notified by our office staff with a phone call home starting today. The Awards Assemblies are scheduled for June 7th as follows: 6th Grade Awards Assembly is at 8:45am; 7th Grade Awards Assembly begins at 9:40am. Both are held in our Auditorium.

 

PROMOTION DETAILS: First up, the rehearsal. On Thursday, June 7, MJHS students must be dropped off at AHS, in front of the PAB by 9:00am. They are not to come to MJHS in the morning. MJHS staff will walk the students back to MJHS when practice is over, around 11:30am. Students are NOT allowed anywhere else on the AHS campus as final exams will be taking place. If your child is not participating in the ceremony, and they have not been called in sick, they are to report to the Main Office at MJHS on June 7 at 8:30am.

 

Next up, the promotion ceremony. Our promotion ceremony is Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm and is about an hour long. Students not eligible to promote are not allowed to attend the ceremony. Eighth grade students must report to the field for line up by 6:00pm.

All promotion-related information can be found on our website at: http://mjhs-martinez-ca.schoolloop.com/8thGrPromo

 

LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, NEXT YEAR: Friday, June 8 is a Minimum Day for everyone. Dismissal is at 11:50am. In my next newsletter, I’ll publish Back To School information including information about our Walk-Through Registration, school pictures and suggested supplies. Let’s make sure we get through THIS school year first before thinking about next year!

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin

Principal

 

May 15, 2018

MJHS Families,

 

The busy month of May rolls along! Here is an update on a few things going on:

 

Testing: Our entire student body began their ELA CAASPP/SBAC testing yesterday and it will continue through this week. Our schedule has been modified to allow for a 1.5-2 hour block of time in the morning for students to complete one of the four required tests. (Wednesday’s schedule is not changed. We still let out at 1:36pm on the 16th.) We appreciate if most students can bring their own set of earbuds or headsets; it is also helpful if each student has an outside reading book to read silently if she/he finishes testing early.

 

Yearbook Update: The yearbook website is no longer accepting orders, but you can still purchase a yearbook. Bring your check, made out to MJHS, in the amount of $42 to the main office where there is a box for payments. Please put your check in an envelope. Write the student’s name, grade level, and date on the envelope. Orders will be accepted until June 1st or when we sell out – whichever comes first. Not sure if you have already purchased a book? Check the list outside the main office. Questions? Contact yearbook advisor Anne Martin at amartin@martinezusd.net.

 

Book Fair News: Our annual Book Fair is May 22-24. Help support our library by purchasing a good book to read this summer. The Book Fair starts on May 22 and lasts until May 24. Students are scheduled to come in with their English classes during the week, and we will be open after school until 3:00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For your evening shopping convenience, we will be open during Thursday’s Open House starting at 6:00pm. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

 

Open House: Please join our staff for our Open House on Thursday, May 24 from 6-7:30pm. Swing by the Library to check out our Book Fair, visit your child’s classrooms and visit with our wonderful teaching staff. Don’t forget that Friday, May 25, is a minimum day for MJHS, JSE & JME only. MJHS students are dismissed at 11:50am.

 

Parents of 6th graders: Please take the time to check your sixth grade child’s vaccination record for the Tdap shot. The Tdap, a whooping cough booster vaccine, is required of all students entering 7th grade in the fall. Many pediatricians give their adolescent patients the Tdap at 10 or 11 years of age. A Tdap administered as early as seven years of age meets the requirement. If your child has not had the Tdap, make an appointment with his or her physician as soon as possible. Students will not get a class schedule in August until they have provided proof of their Tdap vaccination.

You may drop your child’s shot record off at the MJHS Student Services Office or email it to shotrecords@martinez.k12.ca.usWe recommend taking care of this before school is out in June. The junior high will be closed the month of July and the Health Services Office will be closed over the summer. Please call the MUSD Health Services Office at (925) 335-5886 before the summer break if you have any questions. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

 

Final Bullpups of the Month: Congratulations to the April/May Bullpups of the Month! These students were selected by a staff member for the character trait of KINDNESS.

Mrs. Spurlock:

Molly Skinner

Mrs. Martin:

Joshua Thompson

Mr. Azevedo:

Jack Keifer

Mr. Bilanow:

Jake Randall

Ms. Hawley:

Dan Echols

Mr. Saxton:

Eduardo Galvez

Mr. Salgado:

Jessica Loudermilk

Mrs. Caroompas:

Sierra Fischer

Ms. Chapman:

Zoey Kramer

Ms. Dellar:

Mikayla Cerezo

Mr. Duarte:

Kailyn Noyce

Mrs. Wanket:

Quinn Tibbets

Mr. Ertola:

Malorie Hill

Ms. Greenblatt:

Kara Duncan

Mrs. Hansen:

Annette Cevasco

Mr. Hartman:

Erelynn McCasin

Ms. Attiyeh:

Haiden Ohern

Mrs. Auluck & Mrs. Smith:

Stephanie Marti

Mrs. Walsh:

Tyler Krejci

Mrs. Collins:

Ethan Muth

Mrs. Higgins:

Jakob Poole

Mrs. Pfister:

Lauren Garvey

Mrs. Leach:

Maya Chatterjee

Ms. Brown:

Camila Nieves

Mrs. Lendahl:

Sofia Mitsialis

Mrs. Del Rosa:

Skyler Parker

Mrs. Mac Kenzie:

Alexandra Guerrero

Mrs. Boyd:

Audrey King

Mr. Scharff:

Laila Flahiff

Ms. George:

Javier Molina

Mr. Petiti:

Lucas Hamilton

Ms. Flier:

Xander Shelton

Mrs. Boldt:

Aracely Quezada

Mr. Kirshen:

Addie Crane

Ms. Adler:

Michael Lano

Mrs. Schreiber:

Kenzie Kirshen

Mrs. Francis:

Roxanne Tillberg

Mrs. Rayner:

Marina Lipary

Ms. Teutschel:

Anastasia Mason

Mr. Webb:

Dorsey Peakes

Ms. Greenblatt:

Taciana Geer

Mrs. Parks:

Alyssa Reeves

Thanks for reading! Until next time,

Katie Martin

Principal

February 2, 2018

 

 

MJHS Parents & Families,

 

Welcome to 2018 and the second half of our school year! With the temperatures in the low-70’s this week, I can hardly believe it’s only February. Hang onto your hats -- there’s a lot to cover in this newsletter.

 

Yearbooks & Yearbook Ads for 8th graders: It’s been a frustrating week for many of you (and for us) with the deadline that came and went to purchase yearbooks and the Diaper to Diploma 8th grade ads. The yearbook company, Herff Jones, had a transformer malfunction and so their site has been down. However, we just received word that the site is now up and running! Anne Martin, our yearbook advisor/teacher, assures me that the new deadline for all orders and ads to be submitted is next Friday, February 9th. Go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and enter order number 16337.

 

Report Cards/Aeries: Your child’s 2nd quarter report cards were mailed home last week, so they should have already arrived. Did you know that Aeries, the grading and student information platform we use, has an app? Of course there’s an app for that! Now you can access the Aeries Parent portal with an app on your phone. With the Aeries Mobile Portal app you can see grades as soon as they’re entered, view class summaries, dive down to assignment grade details, or check on tardies and absences from anywhere in real time. Just download Aeries Mobile Portal from the App Store or Play Store, select your school, and login with the same email and password that you used for online registration. The app currently only supports parental use; student use is still in development. Stay tuned for updates.

 

Social Media & Your Child: Speaking of apps and phones, I came across an article that I thought many of you would appreciate, “What teens wish their parents knew about social media.” While not all of these tips apply to every child with a cell phone, those of us who didn’t grow up with a cell phone in their pocket can use all the suggestions and advice we can get about helping our kids navigate the online world and their presence in it.   

 

Bullpup of the Month: The following students were chosen by their teacher to be recognized last month for the life skill of EFFORT. Their photo was taken and is currently being displayed in the A-Building hallway. Congratulations to these hard-working Bullpups!

 

Ms. Brown:

Kaelyn Nguyen

Mrs. Caroompas:

Madison Brown

Mr. Kirshen:

Jenna Payne

Mrs. Nicolella:

Kacia Kirshen

Ms. George:

Frankie Cady

Mrs. Francis:

Matt Ng

Mr. Bilanow:

Rilee DeMartini

Ms. Hawley:

Emilie Robinson

Mr. Azevedo:

Ava Edwards

Mr. Salgado:

Brock Slocum

Mrs. Leach:

Vanessa Rubio Magana

Ms. Attiyeh:

Justin DeVaney

Ms. Dellar:

Sami Asefi

Mrs. MacKenzie:

Leo Luna-Jimenez

Mrs. Schreiber:

Bryan Soto Quezada

Mr. Duarte:

Allison Spencer

Ms. Chapman:

Anthony Vera

Mrs. Pieper:

Zachary Polasek

Mrs. Moseley:

Chase McLaughlin

Mrs. Collins:

Pranshu KC

Mrs. Wanket:

Gigi Betti

Mr. Santiago:

Kaitlyn Bituen

Mrs. Martin:

Priya Johnson

Mrs. Zahner:

Shauna Wiebalk

Mrs. Pfister:

Hailey Greenwood

Mrs. Del Rosa:

Jennifer Lopez

Mrs. Spurlock:

Sierra Bailey

Mrs. Boldt:

Felipe Lopez-Borquez

Mr. Ertola:

Marco Leon

Mr. Hartman:

Sara Parrish

Mrs. Mosteiro:

Neel Walse

Ms. Teutschel:

Hailey Urteaga

Mr. Scharff:

Jennifer Duncan

Mrs. Higgins:

Connor Schwab

Ms. Greenblatt:

Ian King

Mrs. Walsh:

Kayla Welch

Mrs. Hansen:

Sergio Tapia

Mr. Saxton:

Renae Searls

Mr. Petiti:

Xavier Flores

Mrs. Lendahl:

Aaron Sepulveda

Mrs. Boyd:

Kawthar Aljanabi

Ms. Adler:

Brytnee Farley

Mr. Webb:

Savannah Alexander

Ms. Flier:

Eric Menconi

Mr. Elkins:

Rebecca Carranza

Mrs. Smith & Mrs. Auluck:

Eduardo Gutierrez

Mrs. Rayner:

Nalleli Ojeda Soria

 

School Pool: Greetings from 511 Contra Costa and Street Smarts Diablo! From February 1 – March 31, 2018, we are offering a second round of SchoolPool, our popular Free Bus Pass Program for students in grades 6-12. Attached to this newsletter is a flyer with more information. Families can apply at www.schoolpool.org/bus between February 1 and March 31, 2018 for 20 free rides on County Connection. Offer is available for up to three students per household. Funding for SchoolPool is provided by 511 Contra Costa, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

 

College: Making it Happen: You are cordially invited to attend the annual College: Making It Happen event scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 at CSU Sacramento. They are planning another exciting program with the most up-to-date information to help you prepare for college. The program will offer a wide variety of workshops, interactive sessions and fun activities. The event is free! To attend this event, please visit their website at www.csus.edu/cmih to register.

 

8th grade Promotion Photos: Pictures will be taken Thursday, February 8 & Friday February 9. Students will be taking photos during their PE time (unless they have zero period PE, those students will be taking them during 1st period on the day assigned.) Students will know by Tuesday 2/6, which day their PE class will be photographed. ***Please know Students will be wearing a royal blue gown (which the photography company will provide.) The photo will not include a cap, scroll, collar, and/or tie. Please make sure your student has a neckline that will work with the gown.*** Send no money on picture day! About 2 weeks after the photos are taken, a proof and ordering instructions will come home with your child. You may order pictures after seeing the proof. A variety of packages will be available. If you have any questions, please email me.  Katie Sanchez ksanchez@martinez.k12.ca.us

 

Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 6th: MINIMUM DAY for staff development. Students will be dismissed at 11:50am.

Friday, February 9th: Last day to order a Yearbook or submit and 8th grade ad.

Friday, February 16-Monday, February 19: President’s Holiday, NO SCHOOL

Thursday, February 22: 8th graders visit Alhambra High School, 1:00-2:45. Students will be dismissed from AHS at 2:45.

 

Until next time,

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 events on campus and a look ahead at what’s coming up:

 

PTSA:

Our PTSA met for the first time earlier this week. They do so much to support our students and staff each year, we would love to see more families join. Membership at MJHS is only $10 and you can easily join online  HERE. Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm in our Staff Lounge – all are welcome! The next meeting is Tuesday, October 17th.

 

Class Meetings:

Our Vice Principals, Mrs. Dinday & Mrs. Sanchez, and I met with all 3 classes this Thursday for the Fall Class Meetings. During the presentations, we reviewed our expectations for our students, and gave them strategies and resources they can use to be successful both in and out of the classroom this year. If you’d like to see the presentation we gave, click HERE.   

 

AHS Football Games:

Football is definitely popular around town and we know our community loves to support the Bulldogs at Alhambra. In order for everyone to have an enjoyable time at the home games this year, AHS has asked that we share these expectations for attending games with our students and parents:

  • Alhambra will not allow any non-AHS student into the game without an adult.
  • No student wearing an MYF or other local youth football jersey will be allowed into the game.
  • Students are never supposed to be playing informal football games behind the bleachers, and security is going to be even more strict with patrolling these areas.
  • If AHS Staff find MJHS students acting inappropriately,
    • AHS will be asking the student(s) to take them to their guardian(s).  
    • If no parent is there, AHS will be calling and having the student picked up.
    • Student will wait with security until parent/guardian arrives.

School Site Council:

We are still in the process of creating this year’s School Site Council. This important group of parents, staff and students meets about 6 times a year from 3:00-4:00pm. Throughout the year, they work together to develop, review and evaluate our site plan, help identify areas of improvement and make some budget decisions. If you are interested in joining us, please sign up HERE. Depending on the sign-ups, we might need to hold an election to determine the parent representatives.

 

MEF Run:

If you haven’t already, please consider joining me and our staff at this year’s Shell/MEF Run on Sunday, October 1st. This is a highlight of the year for the Martinez community and helps raise thousands of dollars that directly benefits the schools and students of MUSD. Any of our MJHS students who register and participate can turn in their race bib for Bullpup Pride Points on Monday, October 2nd. A registration form can be printed here; or go to the MEF website for all information related to the run. If you can’t make it to the run, come out on Saturday, September 30th for the Family Fun Night Pasta Feed at the Shell Clubhouse from 6:00-8:00pm.

 

Progress Reports:

Please continue to monitor your child’s grades from the Parent Portal. Progress Reports will be coming home this next week: look for them September 28th. Every student will receive a progress report to take home. Remember: these grades are just a snapshot of where your child’s grades are at the half-way point in the quarter.

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin,

Principal

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 everyone who made it out to our annual Back to School Night last week. If you were not able to join us, here is a link to the brief presentation I gave to a packed house in the Auditorium. If you have any questions for any of your child’s teachers, please don’t hesitate to check out their websites, or to email or call them with your questions or concerns.

As I explained at Back To School Night, we can’t do this alone! We have several ways for parents to get involved and lend a hand with various MJHS groups. Here are but a few:

  • Consider joining our PTSA. Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm in our Staff Lounge – all are welcome! Our first meeting is this coming Tuesday, September 19th. Please join us!
  • Is your 6th grader struggling to keep track of homework and due dates? Are you unsure about how to access your student's assignments and grades online? The transition from elementary to middle school is a BIG one for both students and parents, so you are not alone. If you would like some ideas about how to better support your 6th grader, our MJHS Counselors (Beth Hawley and Catherine Pfister) will be holding two Parent Support Sessions next Tuesday, September 19th. Session 1:  8:30-9:25am in Room A206 (upstairs in main building). Session 2:  6:00-6:55pm in Room A101 (turn left as you enter main building and go to end of hall). We look forward to meeting you and providing support for you and your student.
  • We are in the process of creating this year’s School Site Council. This important group of parents, staff and students meets about 6 times a year from 3:00-4:00pm. Throughout the year, they work together to develop, review and evaluate our site plan, help identify areas of improvement and make some budget decisions. If you are interested in joining us, please sign up here. Depending on the sign-ups, we might need to hold an election to determine the parent representatives.
  • If you haven’t already, please consider joining me and our staff at this year’s Shell/MEF Run on Sunday, October 1st. This is a highlight of the year for the Martinez community and helps raise thousands of dollars that directly benefits the schools and students of MUSD. Any of our MJHS students who register and participate can turn in their race bib for Bullpup Pride Points on Monday, October 2nd. A registration form can be printed here; or go to the MEF website for all information related to the run. If you can’t make it to the run, come out on Saturday, September 30th for the Family Fun Night Pasta Feed at the Shell Clubhouse from 6:00-8:00pm.

Now that students have completed multiple assignments for each class, you can monitor grades from the Parent Portal. Progress Reports will be coming home in just a few days: look for them September 28th. MJHS has a couple of programs to assist students if they need access to a computer and/or if they have missing work in math.

  • Starting Monday morning, the Computer Lab (Room A114) will be open from 7:30-8:25am every school day for upwards of 30 students who need to do work on a computer or get homework done. Students are to sign themselves in when they arrive and work quietly. The computers are for schoolwork only. An MJHS teacher will monitor the Lab each morning of the week and ensure students are there to work. Any students who are off-task or not using the computers for schoolwork will be asked to leave.
  • Beginning this week, each Friday afternoon the math department will have 1-2 math classrooms available to any MJHS student who wishes to make up missing math assignments. Students will have access to computers, student tutors and a math teacher if help is needed. The main purpose for the Friday Math School is for all students to keep more current with assignments and not accumulate too many missing ones over the course of the entire quarter. This is NOT a 1:1 tutorial session, it is a place for students to work quietly and turn in make-up work to the teacher in charge. More detailed information can be found here.

This final item is an FYI for everyone: The 2017-18 yearbook is being sold online ONLY this year. Many families purchased books using computers during registration, however, if you did not, 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 here to purchase your book. Additionally, parents/families of 8th graders, the long standing MJHS tradition of Diapers to Diplomas continues and we are already accepting ads. Early bird specials apply to these ads as well. Please click here and get your ad in early!​

 

That’s plenty of information for now – thank you for reading all the way to the end!

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin,

Principal

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 welcoming parents and students I’ve had the pleasure of meeting thus far. I think this has been a wonderful week for many reasons, and in this, my first official message to parents, I have a few things to address.

 

First, I sincerely hope each student has had a great first week of school. I know that many students have had to deal with some schedule changes, everyone just received their planners today and I know everyone – especially our 6th graders -- have been getting the hang of their new combination locks in PE. This is all normal for the first few days of middle school, and I know we’re all looking forward to getting settled into our routines for the new school year.

Second, as your child may have mentioned, we had our first fire drill today. As I explained to our student body in an all-campus announcement after the drill, in the event of any type of emergency, it’s vital that students remain calm, listen to the adults around them and follow the adults’ directions. Safety is paramount to a secure campus.

 

These fire drills are usually planned in advance since we’re required to perform them each month, but this one was not. That means that someone pulled the fire alarm deliberately in order to disrupt our day. We already have students who have reported who and what they saw, and if we confirm who was responsible for today’s false alarm, they will receive consequences.

 

I don’t usually like to have to address a serious concern like this with our entire student body and their parents, especially so early in the school year. However, it is important for everyone to know that these false alarms are not only disruptive to us here at school – interrupting the learning going on in classrooms and all the hard work of teachers – but also wastes the time of the local police & fire departments, who need to be available for actual emergencies out in our community. As I said in my announcement to students, if anyone has knowledge of who or where today’s alarm was pulled, please let an adult know as soon as possible; their name will be kept confidential.

 

Thanks for reading. On behalf of myself, Vice Principals Mrs. Sanchez and Mrs. Dinday, and the entire staff at MJHS, enjoy your weekend! We’re looking forward to our first full week of school next week.

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin,

MJHS Principal

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 veteran MJHS families will help me in welcoming all the new families and students to MJHS -- we are happy to have you join our wonderful school and supportive community. I look forward to working with you and your children this year.

 

As for being new to MJHS, I am also new to our school community this year myself. Although I am not new to the area -- I grew up in nearby Crockett -- I am thrilled and excited to be your new principal. Ever since I was in elementary school, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. So after graduating from John Swett High School, I received my degree and teaching credential from UC Santa Cruz, and later, my administrative credential from St. Mary’s. After teaching middle school math for many years, I spent the last 13 years as an Assistant Principal in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. In fact, my entire 25 year career in education has been spent working with middle grade students. I love this age group.

 

As principal, my primary role is to ensure our students have a safe and comfortable environment in which to learn and flourish. Safety is something I take very seriously and we will be reviewing and practicing those procedures and expectations with our student body during the first weeks of school. As everyone settles into the routine of this new school year, the administrative team will meet with each of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes to review the most important rules and expectations we have for them this year. We will review a multitude of campus procedures, but most importantly, our message will include how students can do their best in and out of the classroom.

 

My vision as an educator and as a leader is to help ALL students succeed. To this end, my priority in the first weeks of school is to get to know the students at MJHS, to look for ways to connect them to school, to ensure they are engaged in the classroom, and to have systems in place to support them when they struggle. Winston Churchill said it best: “Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential.” Quite simply, my role as principal is to encourage and tap into that potential of our staff and students.

 

This is only the beginning of what I hope will be a great school year for all of us. You can expect regular communications from me throughout the year about school events, how you can get involved, and sharing the successes of our students. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if there’s anything we can do to help you or your child.

 

Until next time,

Katie Martin

Principal

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