Magnolia Junior High is one of 350 schools and districts across the United States to be recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community (PLC). MJH was recognized by Solution Tree for its sustained success in raising student achievement. The school’s successful implementation of the Professional Learning Communities at Work® process was a major contributing factor in the improved achievement of its students.
PLCs are schools and districts in which educators recognize the key to improved learning for students is on-going, job-embedded learning for the adults who serve those students. The three big ideas of a PLC call upon educators to:
1. Focus on learning.
2. Build a collaborative culture.
3. Create a results orientation.
Responding to news of the recognition, Principal David Slater said, “This is a great honor for MJH and reflective of our faculty’s passionate commitment to student success. Our campus culture is rooted in the principles of PLC, and I could not be prouder that the tireless and inspiring work of our staff that makes that culture possible is being recognized through this distinction.”
Schools are recognized based on strict criteria, including demonstration of a commitment to PLC concepts, implementation of these concepts for at least three years, and clear evidence of improved student learning over that period. Once measurable results can be seen, the school must explain its practices, structures, and culture and submit its application for consideration by the PLC Review Committee.
According to the Champions of PLC at Work®, educators in the schools and districts selected for this recognition have shown “a sustained commitment to helping all of their students achieve at high levels. They have been willing to alter the structure and culture of the organization to reflect their commitment. We applaud them and congratulate them for achieving this very significant milestone on the never-ending PLC journey.”
Recognized model PLC schools are listed on allthingsplc.info, where they share implementation strategies, structures, and performance with other educators interested in improving their schools. Tools for team collaboration, articles and research about PLCs, blog posts, and other related resources are also available on the site. The site was developed and is maintained by Solution Tree, a leading provider of educational strategies and tools that improve staff and student performance. For more than 20 years, Solution Tree resources have helped K–12 teachers and administrators create schools where all children succeed.
Beginning Tuesday, May 23, MJH will be on a modified schedule to accommodate our district common assessment testing that will wrap up the school year.
Below is a link to the testing schedule for the last few days of the spring semester, including Thursday, May 25, which is a half-day for students. Students will be provided an opportunity to have a brown bag lunch on this day before being released at 11:25 a.m.
It is very important that students are in attendance on these days, as any tests given during this time cannot be taken early. Any missed tests will need to be made up on Friday, May 26.
A variety of sports and strength and conditioning camps will be offered for junior high and incoming high school freshmen this summer. These are excellent opportunities to develop skills and keep up fitness levels before the next school year begins.
Click HERE to view and register. All of the sports camps, even for junior high students, will be listed under the MWHS tab, while the strength and conditioning camp can be found under the junior high tab.
MJH students will be taking the Math STAAR tests this week. These are important assessments of students’ academic progress and the primary way the state of Texas evaluates our campus, so we want each student at their very best when they take them. Getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast certainly helps, since the testing period each day is approximately four hours.
It’s important to note that students who are testing cannot be signed-out of school during the testing period, which ends at 11:45 a.m.
Students are welcome to bring water in a screw-top or sport-top container, but every tester will be provided a small snack and bottled water as they test and may take breaks as needed to get water or use the restroom. During this week’s testing day, there will be no morning tutorials or other before-school activities.
If you have any additional questions about testing, please contact our Assessment Coordinator, Holly Robertson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any student participating in Athletics, Cheer, Dance, JROTC, or Marching Band during the 2023-2024 school year at MJH or MWHS will need an updated physical on file.
Per MISD policy, any physical dated before April 1, 2023 cannot be accepted for participation during the 2023-2024 school year.
MISD students can take care of this requirement on Monday, May 8 when physicals will be offered at Magnolia West for $20. While cash and checks made out to MISD will be accepted on the day of the event, parents can pay online ahead of time to make the process even easier.
Bus transportation to West will be provided for MJH students interested in taking advantage of this convenient and specially discounted service. However, it’s important to note that there will be no transportation back to MJH, and students will need to be picked up from West once their physical is complete.
Physical Forms include a Medical History section, which must be completed and signed by both student and parent prior to being seen by the physician. Students must bring this form with them on May 8.
In addition to a current physical, students are required to register and complete online paperwork in order to be UIL eligible for extra-curricular activities. Magnolia ISD uses Rank One Sport to host its online paperwork, which is also where the online payment can be made. The links to Rank One and the directions for creating parent accounts and filling out athletic forms are below:
Setup Rank One Parent/Student Account Tutorial
How to Complete Online Forms with a Parent Account Tutorial
If you choose to have your student see your private physician to get his or her physical, please click HERE to download and print the form the doctor will need to fill out.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Bates at email@example.com