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.