Deer Park Junior High

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  • Week of November 7, 2016

    Posted by Leslie Kilbourn at 11/4/2016

    Important Dates

     

    11/7 Grit Gab at 6:00

    11/8 7th Writing Benchmark

    11/9 Student Picture Re-takes

    11/12 UIL One Act Play

    11/14 6th,7th,8th Reading Benchmark

    11/15 Author PJ Hoover Visits

    11/16 Math Benchmark for all students except Algebra enrolled students

    11/18 8th grade field trip to Houston Zoo

    11/11 Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:30

     

     

    Veterans’ Day

     

    We would like to invite you and your family to attend our annual Veterans’ Day assembly on November the 11th at 9:30 in the Girls’ Gym. We hope that you will be able to attend and join us in honoring our nation’s heroes!

    This year we are working on gathering our veterans’ information digitally, so we’re doing things a little differently. On our homepage, there is a headline about Veterans’ Day and there’s a form embedded on that page that will allow us to gather pertinent information on any of our veterans who will be attending the program. We will use the information gathered from the form to create nametags for our veterans and to recognize them by name during our assembly.

    Additionally, we’d like to gather any pictures you might have of your veteran. If you would simply email the picture to lkilbourn@dpisd.org and be sure to include the veteran’s name and your student’s name that would be greatly appreciated. We’ll make sure that the pictures are displayed on the day of the assembly so that everyone can see them.

    Thank you so much for helping us to honor our veterans!

     

     

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  • Week of October 31, 2016

    Posted by Leslie Kilbourn at 10/31/2016

    Important Dates

    11/1 Cherrydale Fundraiser Delivery
    11/1 Empower meeting for 6th grade parents at 6:30 in girls’ gym
    11/2 Big Red Renaissance Fair Field Trip
    11/4 Big Red S’mores and More trip to Ag Barn; Choir TUTS trip
    11/5 Band All-Region Auditions
    11/7 Grit Gab at 6:00
    11/11 Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:30

    Empower

    During the spring semester, each sixth grade student in Deer Park ISD will receive an iPad Air2 through the Empower learning initiative. With the increase in digital resources for teaching and learning, it has become important for each student to have an appropriate technology device available for his or her learning. Providing technology devices empowers students and teachers to transform learning inside and outside classrooms into interactive, exciting and engaging experiences.

    Parents of 6th grade students are encouraged to attend a parent informational meeting on November 1st at 6:30 PM in the girls’ gym. At this meeting, the campus and district staff will review the objectives and benefits of Empower, the parent/student agreement guidelines and timeline for implementation.

    RSVP for GRIT Gab

    On Monday, November 7th, at 6 p.m., we will have our first booktalk over The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We will be discussing chapters 1-4. We hope to have as many people as possible there for some fellowship and good conversation!
    Please click the link below and let us know if you are planning to participate in our GRIT Gab meeting on 11/7 at 6:00.
    https://goo.gl/forms/8P94oBvgVYTMzAjP2

    Veterans’ Day

    We would like to invite you and your family to attend our annual Veterans’ Day assembly on November the 11th at 9:30 in the Girls’ Gym. We hope that you will be able to attend and join us in honoring our nation’s heroes!


    This year we are working on gathering our veterans’ information digitally, so we’re doing things a little differently. On our homepage, there is a headline about Veterans’ Day and there’s a form embedded on that page that will allow us to gather pertinent information on any of our veterans who will be attending the program. We will use the information gathered from the form to create nametags for our veterans and to recognize them by name during our assembly.


    Additionally, we’d like to gather any pictures you might have of your veteran. If you would simply email the picture to lkilbourn@dpisd.org and be sure to include the veteran’s name and your student’s name that would be greatly appreciated. We’ll make sure that the pictures are displayed on the day of the assembly so that everyone can see them.

    Thank you so much for helping us to honor our veterans!

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  • Week of October 24, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Regan at 10/24/2016

    Important Dates


    10/24 6th grade band concert @DPJH @ 6:00
    10/28 Blood Drive @ DPJH
    10/29 PSAT for registered 8th graders
    10/31 Show Your Character Day
    11/1 Cherrydale Fundraiser Delivery
    11/2 Big Red Renaissance Fair Field Trip
    11/7 Grit Gab at 6:00
    11/11 Veteran’s Day Assembly at 9:30

    Empower

    During the spring semester, each sixth grade student in Deer Park ISD will receive an iPad Air2 through the Empower learning initiative. With the increase in digital resources for teaching and learning, it has become important for each student to have an appropriate technology device available for his or her learning. Providing technology devices empowers students and teachers to transform learning inside and outside classrooms into interactive, exciting and engaging experiences.


    Parents of 6th grade students are encouraged to attend a parent informational meeting on November 1st at 6:30 PM in the girls’ gym. At this meeting, the campus and district staff will review the objectives and benefits of Empower, the parent/student agreement guidelines and timeline for implementation. There will also be a time for questions and answers.  Click here for more information.

    Terror Tuesdays

    On Tuesday mornings in October the library will host “Terror Tuesdays”. Each Terror Tuesday will feature a different guest reader from the faculty. All students are invited to meet in library at 7:45 for a spook-tacular read.

    RSVP for GRIT Gab

    On Monday, November 7th, at 6 p.m., we will have our first booktalk over The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We will be discussing chapters 1-4. We hope to have as many people as possible there for some fellowship and good conversation!
    Please click here and let us know if you are planning to participate in our GRIT Gab meeting on 11/7 at 6:00.

    Show Your Character

    In conjunction with Teen Read Week activities and Red Ribbon Week activities, students and staff are invited to show their character on 10/30/15 by dressing as a favorite book character for the day. Students must choose a character who originated from a book (picture book or chapter book), and the students may not come dressed in any type of scary or gory clothing. In Language Arts classes and special events sponsored by the library for Teen Read Week, students will participate in activities related to the character and book of their choosing.  Click here for more info.


    *Students are not required to participate in dressing up for Show Your Character Day. This is optional.

    Red Ribbon Week Activities

    The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign. NFP provides drug awareness by sponsoring the annual National Red Ribbon Campaign™. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. (http://redribbon.org/about/)
    DPJH will be commemorating Red Ribbon Week next week with the following activities:

    MONDAY: “I’m too smart to start using drugs”

    Complete the phrase “I’d rather __________ than do drugs” in preparation for tomorrow’s event.

    TUESDAY: “I’m too smart to start using drugs” continued

    Pay $1 to take your picture during your lunch with your completed phrase “I’d rather __________ than do drugs.”

    WEDNESDAY: Plant the Promise and Pep Rally

    Sign up to stay after school and plant red tulip bulbs around the school. (limited to first 35 students)

    6th graders wear WHITE SHIRTS

    7th graders wear BLACK SHIRTS

    8th graders wear RED SHIRTS

    THURSDAY: “Be a Hero”

    Wear Superhero t-shirt

    FRIDAY: “The ME I want to be”

    Wear college t-shirt

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  • Week of October 17, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Kilbourn at 10/14/2016

    Important Dates


    10/17 Boy’s Choir Cluster Concert at the Pac at 7:30
    10/18 Chess Club at 7:30
    10/19 Big Red Escape Room Trip
    10/19 robotics until 5:30
    10/20 Chess Club at 7:30
    10/20 Spirit Night at Jumping world 6-10
    10/20 Drama Club at 7:45
    10/21 6th Grade Field Trip
    10/28 Blood Drive at DPJH
    10/29 PSAT test for registered 8th graders at 7:30 AM
    10/31 Show Your Character Day
    11/1 6th grade parent EMPOWER ipad meeting
    11/1 Cherrydale Fundraiser Delivery
    11/2 Big Red Renaissance Festival Trip
    11/7 GRIT Gab night over the Gift of Failure Chapters 1-4 at 6 :00 PM


    Terror Tuesdays

    On Tuesday mornings in October the library will host “Terror Tuesdays”. Each Terror Tuesday will feature a different guest reader from the faculty. All students are invited to meet in library at 7:45 for a spook-tacular read.


    Jumping into the School Year

    DPJH is hosting a spirit night at Jumping World at 2222 Spencer Highway in Pasadena on October 20th from 6-10. This is an opportunity for fun and fellowship for our students and staff, and also to support our school. A two hour jump session costs $15 and earns $7 for our school. There are waivers and a flyer for our event on Jumping World’s website at http://jumpingworldusa.com/pasadena/index.html. Both of these are required for entry and to support our school. We will send copies home on the day of the event, but waivers must be signed by a parent or guardian. Students should dress in active wear, wear socks, and remember that denim is prohibited. We hope to see everyone at this fun, social event!


    DPJH Blood Drive

    We are hosting a blood drive on 10/28 from 10:00-2:30 in honor of one of our Fellow Fawn, Madisyn Thompson, who has been battling Crohn’s Disease and has been repeatedly hospitalized this year. If you are able to join us, please schedule an appointment by visiting www.giveblood.org and logging in to Digital Donor. Enter sponsor code P077 or contact DPJH Nurse, Cheryl Westmoreland at 832-668-7505.


    Show Your Character Day

    In conjunction with Teen Read Week activities and Red Ribbon Week activities, students and staff are invited to show their character on 10/31/16 by dressing as a favorite book character for the day. Students must choose a character who originated from a book (picture book or chapter book), and the students may not come dressed in any type of scary or gory clothing. In Language Arts classes and special events sponsored by the library for Teen Read Week, students will participate in activities related to the character and book of their choosing.  Click here to see pictures from last year.
    *Students are not required to participate in dressing up for Show Your Character Day. This is optional.

    Save the Date


    On Monday, November 7th, at 6 p.m., we will have our first booktalk over The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We will be discussing chapters 1-4. We hope to have as many people as possible there for some fellowship and good conversation.

    The Gift of Failure

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  • Week of October 10, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Regan at 10/7/2016

    Important Dates


    10/10 Teacher In-Service; Student Holiday
    10/11 Chess Club at 7:30
    10/11 Girl’s choir Cluster Concert at 7:30 at the PAC
    10/12 Thriller Thursday in the Library at 7:45
    10/13 Chess Club at 7:30
    10/13 6th Grade Choir Concert at DPJH at 6:00
    10/14 Robotics until 5:30
    10/19 Big Red Escape Room Trip
    10/28 Blood Drive at DPJH
    10/29 PSAT test for registered 8th graders at 7:30 AM
    10/31 Show Your Character Day
    11/1 6th grade parent EMPOWER ipad meeting
    11/1 Cherrydale Fundraiser Delivery
    11/2 Big Red Renaissance Festival Trip
    11/7 GRIT Gab night over the Gift of Failure Chapters 1-4 at 6 :00 PM


    Terror Tuesday


    Terror Tuesday

    On Thursday mornings in October the library will host “Thriller Thursdays”. Each Thriller Thursday will feature a different guest reader from the faculty. All students are invited to meet in the multi-purpose room at 7:45 for a spook-tacular read.

     

    Jumping into the School Year


    DPJH is hosting a spirit night at Jumping World at 2222 Spencer Highway in Pasadena on October 20th from 6-10. This is an opportunity for fun and fellowship for our students and staff, and also to support our school. A two hour jump session costs $15 and earns $7 for our school. There are waivers and a flyer for our event on Jumping World’s website. Both of these are required for entry and to support our school. We will send copies home on the day of the event, but waivers must be signed by a parent or guardian. Students should dress in active wear, wear socks, and remember that denim is prohibited. We hope to see everyone at this fun, social event!

     

    DPJH Blood Drive


    We are hosting a blood drive on, 10/28, from 10:00-2:30 in honor of one of our Fellow Fawns, Madisyn Thompson, who has been battling Crohn’s Disease and has been repeatedly hospitalized this year. If you are able to join us, please schedule an appointment by visiting www.giveblood.org and logging in to Digital Donor. Enter sponsor code P077 or contact DPJH Nurse, Cheryl Westmoreland at 832-668-7505.

     

    Show Your Character Day


    In conjunction with Teen Read Week activities and Red Ribbon Week activities, students and staff are invited to show their character on 10/31/16 by dressing as a favorite book character for the day. Students must choose a character who originated from a book (picture book or chapter book), and the students may not come dressed in any type of scary or gory clothing. In Language Arts classes and special events sponsored by the library for Teen Read Week, students will participate in activities related to the character and book of their choosing. 

    *Students are not required to participate in dressing up for Show Your Character Day. This is optional.

     

    Save the Date


    On Monday, November 7th, at 6 p.m., we will have our first booktalk over The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We will be discussing chapters 1-4. We hope to have as many people as possible there for some fellowship and good conversation.

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  • Week of October 3, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Regan at 9/30/2016

     

    Important Dates 

    10/3 Nail Club until 4

    10/4 Chess Club 7:45

    10/5 Robotics until 4:30

    10/6 Youth for Christ 7:45

    10/6 Drama Club 7:45

    10/6 Chess Club 7:45

    10/10 Inservice for Teachers; Holiday for Students

     

     Sports

    10/4 7A Football Home v. Berry Miller

    10/5 8A Football Home v. Berry Miller

    10/6 8th Volleyball Home v. Berry Miller

     

    Save the Date

    On Monday, November 7th, at 6 p.m., we will have our first booktalk over The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. We will be discussing chapters 1-4. We hope to have as many people as possible there for some fellowship and good conversation.

     

    GRIT GAB

    “Unfortunately, parents who put a priority on saving kids from frustration and teachers who put a priority on challenging their students often butt heads, and consequently, the parent-teacher partnership has reached a breaking point. Teaching has become a push and pull between opposing forces in which parents want teachers to educate their children with increasing rigor, but reject those rigorous lessons as “too hard” or “too frustrating” for their children to endure. Parents rightly feel protective of their children’s self-esteem, but teachers too often bear the brunt of parental ire.”
    ― Jessica Lahey, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

     

    Sound Bite

    http://youtu.be/pqkdwcjDGdo

     

    Mindset Moment

    Growth Quote

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Week of September 26, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Regan at 9/23/2016

    Important Dates

    9/26 Nail Club until 4:00
    9/26 Cherrydale Fundraisers Due
    9/27 Chess Club at 7:35
    9/28 Fall Student Pictures
    9/29 Drama Club at 7:45
    9/29 Chess Club at 7:35

    Sports Dates – All games begin at 4:30
    9/27 7B Football (Home) v. Pearland West
    9/28 8B Football (Home) v. Pearland West
    9/29 8th Volleyball (Home) v. Pearland West

     

    Support our School


    This year our annual school-wide fundraiser kicked off on September the 14th. Our Cherrydale fundraiser includes some delicious foods and we hope that as many people as possible will participate in supporting our school. All of the money raised from our fundraiser is utilized to directly benefit the students including field trips, student rewards, classroom incentives, and much more!!!
    *Fundraiser orders are due back to school on September the 26th and our items will be delivered on November 1st .


    WATCH D.O.G.S.


    We are excited to begin our WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program for the 16-17 school year! We will host a dads and kids pizza night on October 3rd . One thing that interested Watch Dogs can do ahead of time is to complete the required criminal history check by following the link on the DPJH home page. It often takes up to 2 weeks for the criminal history check to be completed, so please don’t delay in submitting this online form. *For more information regarding this program please contact Assistant Principal, John Wegman, at jwegman@dpisd.org.


    Student Pictures


    All students will have their pictures taken on September 28th, regardless of whether or not families choose to place a picture order. Order forms were sent home with the students on Friday the 23rd , and there are extra forms in the front office. This year you may order fall student pictures online at www.inter-state.com/order by using order code 11241YA .

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  • Week of September 19, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Regan at 9/19/2016

    Important Dates


    9/19 Nail club until 4:00
    9/20 chess club until 4:30
    9/20 NJHS Meeting in room 3 at 7:45
    9/20 Community Open House at North Campus
    9/21 Robotics until 4:30
    9/22 See You at the Pole at 7:45
    Tuesday & Thursday 7:45-8:05 Chess Club

    Sports
    9/20 7th football v. Pearland West (7A Home)
    9/21 8th football v. Pearland West (8A Home)
    9/22 Volleyball v. Pearland West (7th Home)
    9/28 Student Fall Pictures

    Support our School


    This year our annual school-wide fundraiser kicked off on September the 14th. Our Cherrydale fundraiser includes some delicious foods and we hope that as many people as possible will participate in supporting our school. All of the money raised from our fundraiser is utilized to directly benefit the students including field trips, student rewards, classroom incentives, and much more!!!
    *Fundraiser orders are due back to school on September the 26th and our items will be delivered on November 1st .

    The Gift of Failure

    We still have a few copies of this book for sale in the office for any parent who chooses to participate in our staff and parent book study this year. If you’d like to purchase a copy, please just send $13 with your student and he/she may get your copy from the office. As we delve into
    our study of GRIT and perseverance, we have found two recent articles published that highlight the need for our conversations regarding GRIT.

    Click here to read an article and interview with former Stanford University Dean of Freshmen, Julie Lythcott-Haims.

    This link connects to an article about the difficult time this current generation of college students is having with what some colleges have coined “adulting”.

    "Out of love and desire to protect our children's self-esteem, we have bulldozed every uncomfortable bump and obstacle out of the way, clearing the manicured path we hoped would lead to success and happiness. Unfortunately, in doing so we have deprived our children of the most important lessons of childhood. The setbacks, mistakes, miscalculations, and failures we have shoved out of our children's way are the very experiences that teach them how to be resourceful, persistent, innovative and resilient citizens of this world." – Jessica Lahey, The Gift of Failure

     

    The Gift of Failure

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  • Week of September 12, 2016

    Posted by Dr. Regan at 9/9/2016

    Important Dates

    9/12 Open House at 6:00; Exhibit Hall from 5-6 in girls’ gym
    9/13 Cherrydale Fundraiser Kick-Off
    9/13 Police Academy Big Red Field Trip
    9/15 Drama Club at 7:45
    9/15 Big Red Escape Room Field Trip
    9/16 Back to School Dance

    Back to School Bash


    All students are invited to attend our annual Back to School Dance on Friday, September the 16th , from 3:30-5:00. Tickets to the dance will be sold during all three lunches the week of 9/12 for $5 each. Drinks and a small number of concession items will be sold at the dance for $1 each. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the dance for $7 each. ***Only DPJH students may attend the dance.


    Support Our School


    This year our annual school-wide fundraiser kicks off on September the 13th. All students should bring home fundraiser information on the afternoon of the 13th. Our Cherrydale fundraiser includes some delicious foods and we hope that as many people as possible will participate in supporting our school. All of the money raised from our fundraiser is utilized to directly benefit the students including field trips, student rewards, classroom incentives, and much more!!!
    *Fundraiser orders are due back to school on September the 26th and our items will be delivered on November 1st .

    Open House


    We’d like to invite all of our parents to attend our annual Open House on Monday, September the 12th.
    This year’s open house will follow a new format, which we hope will give parents more general information about our school and our routines before you begin walking through your student’s schedule. Parents may attend an informational exhibit hall showcasing our campus initiatives and some important grade level information in our girls’ gym, and then will have the opportunity to walk their student’s schedule and meet the teachers.

    Our exhibit hall in the girl’s gym will be open from 5:00-6:00. The exhibit hall will include tables featuring information on: PSAT 8/9 for 8th graders, Student Success Initiative for 8th graders, Watchdogs, PTO, GRIT, and much more.
    On Monday afternoon before Open House our students will begin their journey into GRIT at the junior high with our first Mindset Monday. During this lesson they will work to define GRIT and discuss the importance of having a growth mindset. At our GRIT information table we will have copies of the book The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey for sale for $13 and highly encourage everyone to get a copy and read with us if you are able. We plan to host a couple of booktalk nights in the fall for parents and staff, and then on January 17th at 6 p.m. we will host a skype session with the author. We are so excited to begin our GRIT journey with this year’s parents and students!
    At 6:00 when the exhibit hall closes we will begin leading everyone through the students’ schedules . Your student should bring his or her schedule home on Monday for you. If he or she forgets to bring it home, we will have duplicate schedules available in the front office.

    *Although some situations are unavoidable, we ask that students and children remain at home as much as possible during Open House, so that our parents and teachers have the opportunity to visit with staff as much as possible.
    We hope to see all of our parents at Open House!

     

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  • Week of September 6, 2016

    Posted by Leslie Kilbourn at 9/2/2016

    9/5 Holiday; No School
    9/8 Drama Club at 7:45
    9/9 Mass Band at DPHS Football Game
    9/12 Open House at 5:30 in Girls’ Gym
    9/13 Cherrydale Fundraiser Kick-off

     

     

    Gumption Resiliency Integrity Tenacity


    This year our Fawns will be working on getting GRITTY! As a campus we are launching a GRIT initiative to teach students the value of these character traits and encourage them to apply the concepts to their own lives.
    The concept of GRIT is largely based on the works of Angela Duckworth out of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University Professor, Carol Dweck. To watch Angela Duckworth’s Ted Talk on GRIT click the link below.
    https://www.ted.com/talks/angela_lee_duckworth_grit_the_power_of_passion_and_perseverance

    We will have a GRIT information table set up at Open House in the girls’ gym. Our staff is reading the book, The Gift of Failure, by Jessica Lahey. We will have these books for sale at our GRIT table for $13 and highly encourage everyone to get a copy and read with us if you are able. We plan to host a couple of booktalk nights in the fall for parents and staff, and then on January 17th at 6 p.m. we will host a skype session with the author. We are so excited to begin our GRIT journey with this year’s parents and students!

     

    Back to School Bash


    All students are invited to attend our annual Back to School Dance on Friday, September the 16th , from 3:30-5:00. Tickets to the dance will be sold during all three lunches the week of 9/12 for $5 each. Drinks and a small number of concession items will be sold at the dance for $1 each. Tickets will also be sold at the door on the day of the dance for $7 each. ***Only DPJH students may attend the dance.
    Support Our School
    This year our annual school-wide fundraiser kicks off on September the 13th. All students should bring home fundraiser information on the afternoon of the 13th. Our Cherrydale fundraiser includes some delicious foods and we hope that as many people as possible will participate in supporting our school. All of the money raised from our fundraiser is utilized to directly benefit the students including field trips, student rewards, classroom incentives, and much more!!!
    *Fundraiser orders are due back to school on September the 26th and our items will be delivered on November 1st .

     

    WATCH D.O.G.S.


    We are excited to begin our WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program for the 16-17 school year! We will have an information table set up at Open House so that we can begin to get our male role models signed up on our calendar. One thing that interested Watch Dogs can do ahead of time is to complete the required criminal history check by clicking here. It often takes up to 2 weeks for the criminal history check to be completed, so please don’t delay in submitting this online form. *For more information regarding this program please contact Assistant Principal, John Wegman, at jwegman@dpisd.org .


    Open House


    We’d like to invite all of our parents to attend our annual Open House on Monday, September the 12th. As much as possible, we like to reserve this night for parents only. This year’s open house will follow a new format, which we hope will give parents more general information about our school and our routines before you begin walking through your student’s schedule. Parents may attend an informational exhibit hall showcasing our campus initiatives and some important grade level information in our girls’ gym, and then will have the opportunity to walk their student’s schedule and meet the teachers. Our exhibit hall in the girl’s gym will be open from 5:30-6:00 and at 6:00 we will begin leading everyone through the student’s schedules at 6:00. We hope to see all of our parents at Open House!


    *Although some situations are unavoidable, we ask that students and children remain at home as much as possible during Open House, so that our parents and teachers have the opportunity to visit with staff as much as possible.

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