The Spartans have had a fantastic start to the school year. Students have become re-acquainted with their friends they have not seen since last spring. Students are also digging in with their classes and moving along at a great pace. Teachers are continually teaching at a mastery level so students can get the most from their education. The building shines as if it were a brand new school rather than looking like it has been around going into our 5th year here.
The SBO’s and student government leaders held their opening assembly on Friday, August 29, and brought the students to their feet as they ended challenging everyone to “get rid of the selfie and look out for each other” and challenged them to rise to this year’s theme – Spartans – The Legend Lives On! The eight new Spartan teachers introduced themselves on a video clip as they sang (live) here’s my number (room #) come see me maybe (Mrs. Hale – (Choir), Ms. Norr (LA), Mr. Pearson (Science). The staff as a whole introduced themselves by departments and groups on a video with the finale showing them coming down the 200 Hall singing, dancing, bouncing, etc. to Sister Sledge’s “We are Family.” Everyone who attended the assembly had a great and exciting time. The spirit and pride are flying high this year as students watch out for one another and see that everyone feels welcome here at SOJH.
The softball and football teams have been chosen and have been practicing hard to have a great season. The Student Services counseling team have chosen this year’s peer leaders and will have a retreat September 15-16 up at the Environmental Center. They will be going over what makes a great Spartan peer leader and how to keep an eye on one another and their peers. The cheerleaders’ stomp was a success as students got down and boogied as best they could. Softball season started on September 4 (home game), while football season started on September 5 (away game).
The PTA and Community Council has met for the first time this year and are up and running as a well-oiled machine. The Council has set up the budget and meeting times. Please go to the SOJH web site and under Community, so you can follow the Community Council and what they are doing. The PTA will be having a fund raiser to help assist them run their programs and activities they have planned. We encourage you to contribute what you can. Details will be coming soon. You may also watch what is happening with the PTA through the web site.
The Community Council is focusing on increasing the use of technology in the classrooms for students. The use of the interactive Smart Boards is increasing as teachers exercise their expertise with this technology. SOJH will soon have two mobile laptop labs. Thanks in part to the district’s math curriculum for the first lab which has been in use for nearly a year. Now with the Trust Lands’ funding, there will be two mobile labs. Not only is technology on the docket but allowing teachers to increase their knowledge and strategies by funding professional development workshops and presentations. The council is very sensitive to the needs and wants of the teachers and does all they can do to accommodate their needs.
The new marquee is up and will be running within the next day or so. The Spartans have been gathering donations and funding from the NewGate Mall’s My School’s Cool program.
Everyone is excited to see the new marquee light up and help keep everyone informed about the upcoming events and happenings at school.
SOJH has expanded its Student of the Month to include a boy and girl from each grade. In the past, there was only one boy and one girl acknowledged by departments to represent super Spartans of the month. Each student’s picture is displayed near the front doors. They each receive a large Jamba Juice to enjoy in class and receive a gift card for Tinseltown to go down and enjoy a movie. We’d like to congratulate Megan Phillips, Tommy Martinez, Kylee Turner, Joe Cloward, Hannah Borowski, and Jaden Kane for being nominated by the Fine Arts Dept. for Students of the Month.
We look forward to the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences and meeting with parents and students to discuss and go over grades, attitude, participation, etc. in their classes. For the second year we are having an interpreter attend during the conferences to assist families who may need help with talking with the teacher about their child and their progress. Last year Adrianna Ward, Mr. Jonathan Ward’s wife, spent all conference long interpreting and she is coming again this year to help us, our students, and parents.
Thanks go out to all of the students, parents, community, teachers, and staff members who have helped us begin the year with a super start. It just continues to go forward on a positive pace where ‘Spartans – The Legend Lives On’ happens.
Spartans – The Legend Lives On!
Looking back over time many legends can be thought of – Joan of Arc, Plato, Socrates, Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, General Patton, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Bart Starr, Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Richard Petty, Albert Einstein, and the list goes on.
During class breaks and lunches you will see other legends and legacy’s moving about hustling from one class to another. These legends are our students!
SOJH has a great mix of personalities, sizes, shapes, and academic levels bustling and moving about towards a very worthy goal – to be better than they were the day before. Teachers, administrators, counselors, secretaries, para-professionals, child nutritionists, custodial staff, etc. are all committed to assist each and every student to have a learning and challenging experience. All of us are committed to helping you achieve your goals—seeing that every student has every opportunity to learn all they can in order to have a successful future.
Along with the theme - Spartans - The Legend Lives On! - the SBO's and student government officers are also focusing on ‘Pride’ and ‘Spirit’. There will be a variety of activities, contests, topics, character ed, concerts, sporting events, after school groups, etc. that will focus on pride and spirit. We encourage everyone to attend our activities and get involved. Bring your enthusiastic pride and spirit to share.
We are looking forward to working with the students and everyone involved with SOJH this school year.
Keep your eyes open and watch our ‘Legends Live On!’