Montgomery Junior High Rock Stars are born out of exemplary citizenship and scholarship. They embody BEAR character in the following ways:
Better Our World
Act with Integrity
Respect Self and Others
Stand Up For What Is Right
Each month, the teachers of Montgomery Junior High seek out one boy and one girl per grade level that are hardworking, dedicated, take pride in themselves and their school, have a genuine concern for others, and demonstrate a great BEAR attitude. This month’s MJH Rock Stars are:
Montgomery Junior High history teacher Dr. Meeker surprised by his coworkers
The 2021-2022 school year will be a special year for Dr. Meeker, as he will be retiring from education after 42 years in the classroom. Last Friday, the MJH history hall honored his 42nd year by wearing a commemorative shirt to show their appreciation for his years of service. “This is the sweetest thing that has ever happened to me as a teacher,” Dr. Meeker said. “My coworkers’ surprise today was so touching and really caught me off guard! I love being a Montgomery Bear!”
Montgomery JH Principal Mrs. Chapman was a 7th grade student in Dr. Meeker’s first Montgomery ISD classroom. “He has touched many lives in his 42 years of teaching and I was one of them,” Mrs. Chapman said. “He was not only my childhood teacher, but he has been my friend, coworker, and someone I respect dearly. His legacy will live on at MJH through his passion for teaching history and the impact he made with his students, our staff family, and the community.”
Ms. Dunbar joins Barbara Gagliano and Tressie Stewart on the MJH Counseling Team. The team will be providing counseling services by grade level this year; Mrs. Gagliano will have 6th grade, Ms. Dunbar 7th, and Mrs. Stewart 8th.
Ms. Dunbar is beginning her 21st year in education, with the past four as a professional school counselor. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master of Education in School Counseling from Sam Houston State University.
She had this to say of her new opportunity, “I am so excited and honored to join the MJH TEAM! I look forward to bringing my experience and training to support our students, staff, and community.”
Please help us give Ms. Dunbar a warm BEAR WELCOME!
MJH first took the stage this year with One Act Play’s performance of “A Toby Show” by Aurrand Haris and advanced to district at Zone. While there, Lane Fields stole the show when he received Best Performer! Other Zone awards included:
All Star Cast- Owen Brown and Regina Chapa Espinosa
Honorable Mention- Adella Morton
All Star Tech- Kaya Daigle
At District, the accolades continued when the Bears earned District Champ status, and Regina Chapa Espinosa won Best Performer! Fellow cast members also took home titles including:
All Star Cast- Lane Fields, Owen Brown
Honorable Mention- Adella Morton, Gavin Cox
All Star Tech- Peyton Lawson
Rounding out the season, these fabulous performers had a special performance at the Crighton Theatre. And, Bear Production Director, Mrs. Lumpkin, was named MJH Teacher of the Year! Please help us give a round of applause to these talented up-and-coming actors, stage crew, and their director.
As with many events this school year, the Destination Imagination (DI) tournaments were set on a virtual stage this year. Montgomery ISD sent five teams to the regional level of competition. Of those five, four teams advanced to the state competition. In the end, Absolute 7 from Oak Hills Junior High and D.I. oh_My! from Lincoln Elementary earned a spot at globals. A first for MISD.
Destination Imagination is a global educational nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative problem solvers. Students form teams of up to seven members. Upon forming their team, a challenge is selected and the team works together to develop a solution. Each team has at least one team manager (often a parent or teacher) tasked with keeping the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with their challenge solution.
“We are proud of the hard work, imagination, and creativity demonstrated by the Destination Imagination teams in MISD,” Director of Special Programs Amy Busby said. “Even though they were presented with unique challenges and new formats due to COVID restrictions, they persevered and had a successful competition season.”
Regional Results: Flying Potatoes (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place (advanced to State) The Pixel Racers (Montgomery JH) – 6th place Absolute 7 (Oak Hills JH) – 2nd place (advanced to State) D.I.oh_My! (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place and Instant Challenge Award (advanced to State) Destination Interrogation (Montgomery ES) – 1st place (advanced to State)
State Results: Flying Potatoes (Lincoln ES) – 11th place Absolute 7 (Oak Hills JH) – 4th place (advancing to Globals) D.I. oh_My! (Lincoln ES) – 2nd place (advancing to Globals) Destination Interrogation (Montgomery ES) – 6th place and Instant Challenge Award
MJH took three choirs to competition this week. They each received first division ratings from all six judges. Earning them sweepstakes trophies for their excellence in both concert and sight-reading. The choirs are directed by Mr. Joey Bansuelo and Mrs. Rheagan Smith. Please join us in congratulating them on their magnificent achievement.
The month of February is designated as Black History Month. February was chosen because Frederick Douglas, a writer and black abolitionist,was born in February. Black History Month is a time to reflect on the plight for equality and those that fought for it. Montgomery Junior High teacher and coach, Edgar Straughter, teamed up with Bear Buzz to create an informational episode for the students of MJH. In the video, he shared his experience of transitioning from a segregated school to an integrated one. He spoke of the struggles and the compromises from both sides that eventually lead to the success of integrated schools. Later in the month, Coach Straughter visited the 8th grade history classes and shared his high school yearbook. In the 1972 Willis yearbook, he won “Best Looking Black”. The students were shocked to see the reality of a history they had only heard about. 8th grade student, John Freed, had this to say, “I knew about segregation, but I had never actually seen it”. It is said that history experienced is best remembered. The students who heard Coach Straughter’s firsthand experiences will not soon forget.
Earning Division I Ratings at Bryan Rudder High School Competition on Saturday
Montgomery Junior Bells Lieutenants, Laurel Hereford and Victoria Mattfeld earn Division I ratings for their duet. Captain, Sierra Hayden and Lieutenant, Victoria Mattfeld scored Division I ratings on their solos. Mallory Mosley, 7th grade line member, also scored Division 1. The entire Junior Belles team will compete February 20th at Montgomery High School and March 6th at the Woodlands College. #BearProud
Montgomery Junior High choir students competed at the MISD Solo Contest on Friday, January 22. Students learned a folk song and performed for two guest judges, Abigail and Carolyn Orr. Abigail is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and Carolyn is a graduate of Baylor University.
37 students earned a first division rating.
10 students chosen as Overall Outstanding Performers.
3 have now received the Overall Outstanding Performer award 2 years in a row.
22 competed for the first time.
Mr. Bansuelo, Mrs. Smith and all of Montgomery JH are immensely proud of these students for their accomplishments in such a trying year. #TogetherWeWill
MJH Sixth grade advanced science classes built Rube Goldberg Machines at the end of their unit on energy and motion. Rube Goldberg machines are creative and complex machines designed to complete simple jobs. The students were tasked with designing a machine that would turn off a light. We see a “bright” future ahead for these aspiring engineers.