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DEC
04

Courage

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I assigned the following bellwork to my classes:

Finish the statement.

Courage is…

I gave them an example of what I was thinking, just to get them started. I remembered a hallway conversation with a colleague from the day before. I could tell she wasn’t feeling well, but made the decision to be here anyway. She had created a review game for the kids that would be difficult for someone else to step in and manage.

a teacher that is really sick coming to school anyway, because she knows that on her worst day, she can help her kids more than any sub.

Initially, the hands were slow to go up. In my opinion, it takes courage just to speak out in front of your peers, especially about a topic that doesn’t have a clear cut answer. Then, after a kid or two threw out an idea, it didn’t take long for most of the class to get involved in the conversation.

Students suggested I add the following:

Courage is...

someone that continues to motivate others even when they are struggling themselves.

taking action when they see others doing something wrong.

going above and beyond what you’re asked or required to do.

putting others before yourself.

standing up for what you believe.

going into the frontier of battle, risking your life for your country, allowing the rest of us to have freedom.

standing up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

using your words to solve a problem and not violence.

willing to try.

willing to sacrifice what you have for someone else who needs it.

standing up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.

facing your fears.

standing up for minority groups.

being happy for you.

saying no sometimes.

talking about controversy freely.

loving yourself, with your flaws.


being unafraid to lose.

It was nice to take a quick break from the math curriculum and talk with my students about this life skill. I was impressed with how well the students expressed their thoughts about courage. They all bring something different to the table with their own life experiences, and this has inspired me to have more meaningful conversations like this in the future.

-B. Gallagher

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NOV
18

Harmony 3 Family Access

Announcing the new Harmony 3 Family Access for Parents and Students!

We are switching our current Harmony Parent/Student portal to the New Harmony 3 Family Access and all parents should have received an email with the link to log in, as well as instructions for the setup. Everyone needs to register with the new credentials, as we will eventually be turning off the current version of the program.

One of the advantages of the new Harmony 3 Family Access is that it allows parents and students to have separate accounts with their own user names and passwords to access information as well as set notifications. Because the accounts are separate, students will not be able to make changes to any of the settings made by parents.

In the new program you will be able add all your students into one login and to see the following:

Progress Reports

Attendance
Discipline
Homework Agenda
Online Payments
Push Notification

The new site link is:

https://harmony.rbbcsc.k12.in.us/familyaccess.nsf/hello.xsp

The link is also posted on the corporation as well as each building website.

We hope you enjoy the features of the new site.

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NOV
13

CHOICES

Middle school students are faced with many choices everyday… Should I get out of bed today? What should I wear? Will I be nice to my friends? How hard am I going to work? Who will I sit with at lunch? Will this be a good day? Will I try my hardest today? Should I take Algebra? What do I want to be when I grow up? Should I try out for basketball? I am embarrassed, what will I do? Everybody is making fun of my shoes, what should I do?Facing these choices can be overwhelming, frustrating, and distracting to students. Making bad choices can create barriers that block learning and progress at school. Being able to make sound choices is a skill that students need to acquire in order to help ensure successful, productive days and greater achievement At Edgewood Junior High School, the counseling department is dedicated to helping students learn how to make sound choices in the areas of academics, careers, and personal/social issues. Through individual counseling, group counseling and classroom guidance lessons, students will be led to discover strategies for maneuvering through situations of choice and the power they have through making sound choices.- A. Phillips
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OCT
30

Colts with Character

This year Edgewood Junior High adopted the Colts with Character program. Each month, the entire school population focuses on three defined “Lifelines,” Each one instilling a quality or trait that each student should practice and demonstrate in their pursuit of becoming a valuable member of society.

Anytime a teacher or staff member sees a student displaying one of our lifelines, they receive a ticket to turn into the guidance office. Twice a month two names will be drawn per grade level and the students will be called down to the office for their prize. The non-winning tickets will be dumped into a larger container for some school wide drawings at the end of each semester.

Previous lifelines we’ve had this year have been:

Integrity- To tell the truth and do what is right even when no one is looking.

Organization- To plan, arrange and keep things in order.

Responsibility- To be accountable for your actions.

Effort- To work hard.

Empathy- To understand and experience the feelings of others.

Active listening- To use your ears, eyes, heart and undivided attention when needed.

For the month of November we will be focusing on Gratitude, Problem solving and manners. Gratitude means to be thankful, Problem Solving is to create solutions, and Manners is using proper social skills in different situations. Gratitude and Manners are especially timely during this time of year with Thanksgiving right around the corner and being good at solving problems is useful at all points and times in school and in life.

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OCT
28

Scholastic Book Fair

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SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Our Scholastic Book Fair will run from November 9th - 17th. On Tuesday November 17th EJHS will hold a Family Night from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. If you prefer to shop online, the web page to do so will be available from Nov. 4th - 24th. You will need to click on the website below to access that page. Don't miss this opportunity to build your child's home library!

EJHS Scholastic Book Fair Home Page

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OCT
23

National Dwarfism Awareness Month

October is National Dwarfism Awareness Month and one of our own students has created a video to raise awareness of this condition. Please take the time to watch this video!
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AUG
13

Edgewood Color Run 2015

The Edgewood Color Run will be held Friday, September 4th, 2015. This event will take place on the R-BB Cross Country Course and students are encouraged to participate in this fun event. Funds raised will be used for student incentives throughout the year. They will be running about 1.5 miles going by color stations as they run. Cost is $10 for a white t-shirt and $15 for a white t-shirt and bracelet. Waiver and registration forms are due in the office by August 18th, 2015.

WAIVER AND REGISTRATION FORM

FAQ

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MAY
14

New EJHS Mural

Edgewood Junior High is proud to have a new mural created by students under the direction of Mrs. Stephanie Bruce and installed in the front hallway near the Guidance Office. Please see the attached article which contains additional information.
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MAY
04

End-Of-Year Field Trip

We are celebrating the end of the 2014-2015 school year with a field trip and literacy event on Friday, May 29th. Eligible students will travel by school bus to the AMC Theatres 12 in Bloomington to see McFarland USA . A literacy assignment will be given the week before to complete with parents. This will be to read a historical account of the McFarland teams, then answer basic comprehension questions. After viewing the film, students will compare and contrast the fictional portrayal in the movie with the historical account. Students who choose not to attend may remain at school with a highly-qualified teacher for academic activities.

The admission ticket cost is $5 and students may also choose to buy a concession ticket for $4 which includes popcorn, soda and a snack. Money will be collected at the school office and is due by Friday, May 22nd.

End of Year Field Trip Permission Form 2015

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APR
28

Spirit Shop Merchandise

Did you know that you can order merchandise from the Edgewood Colts PTO Spirit Shop? This is a way to get Edgewood gear in a variety of items. All items come embroidered with "Edgewood" and a mustang logo. Checks should be made out to "Edgewood Colts PTO", turned in to the office, and you should allow two weeks for delivery. Check out the order form here.
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APR
06

EJHS Girls' Softball

Softball is coming to EJHS! Two teams have been chosen and will play a total of 10 games this spring. Check out the schedule and plan to attend to cheer on our girls!
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MAR
11

Order Your Yearbook Today!

The 2014-2015 EJHS Yearbook is now on sale!

We are very excited to share with you one of the most important parts of student life: commemorating the school year through a quality yearbook. We're working very hard to create a book that captures the memories and events from the year and will be cherished in your family for years. Yearbooks are a part of each student's personal legacy at EJHS, and so each student will appreciate a personal hardbound copy for friends to sign at the yearbook signing party. Don't miss out on the opportunity to pre-order your copy while you have the chance!

Purchase online at: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF-A02068100

or bring a check or money order made out to Edgewood Junior High and the YEARBOOK ORDER FORM to the main office.

Price is $15.00

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JAN
09

A.L.S. Fundraising

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DEC
29

6th Grade Lady Colts Sponsor Food Drive

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The 6th Grade Lady Colts helped out some RBB families in need this holiday season. At one home game this year, admission to the public was the donation of a non-perishable food item. Next the Lady Colts hosted a 3 on 3 tournament to raise money. The money raised was used to purchase four shopping carts of food and supplies. The girls loved working together and shopping for food items for those in need this year.
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DEC
02

Technology Survey

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NOV
07

2014 Major Saver Campaign

Edgewood Junior High and all elementary students are once again selling Major Saver discount cards to support the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Foundation and participating schools. The 2014 Major Saver card offers discounts from Texas Road House, Carson's BBQ, Noodles & Company, Chocolate Moose, Rally's, Jumpin' Joey's, Chicago's, Jiffy Treet, McDonalds, Olive Garden, Naughty Dog, Domino's, Square Donuts, Subway, Denny's, Papa Johns, Laser Lite, Micro Motors, and WonderLab. Last year the sale of these cards raised over $15,000 to support the participating schools and the activities of the Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Foundation. Cards can be purchased for $15 from any participating junior high student or on-line at www.majorsaver.com. Please consider purchasing one or more Major Saver cards this year!
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SEP
19

Edgewood Color Run

Edgewood Intermediate School and Edgewood Junior High School are sponsoring a Color Run as a fundraiser to provide ISTEP celebrations. The Color Run will take place during the day on Friday, October 3rd at the R-BB Cross Country Course. Attached you will find the order form for the Color Run t-shirt/bracelet. Money and order forms are due no later than Monday, September 22nd, in the EJHS Office.

Color Run Registration/Waiver

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AUG
28

Colts Cash Economy

EJHS Colts Cash Economy

Dear Parents/Guardian,

At this point in the school year, you should have seen some “Colts Cash” coming home with your child. EJHS has a school wide Colts Cash Economy again this year. We have decided to use this as a way to motivate students and also to increase real life money situations. Students will earn “Colts Cash” throughout the year for showing excellent behavior, acts of kindness, work ethic, and earning grades. Students can use this money to purchase items throughout the year, such as hall passes, school supplies, iPad charging, etc. and they can save the money for an auction at the end of each nine-week period. Just like the use of normal hall passes, if there is an emergency (restroom issue, counseling need, etc.), the student would not need to have the cash in order to leave the room. The staff at EJHS is very excited about the countless ways we can use this economy. Already, the students have used the economy to show their strength of character. Many students in the past few days have stopped by the office to turn in Colts Cash bills they have found in the hallway. We are so proud of our students for choosing to do the right thing, even when no one is looking!

WE NEED YOUR HELP WITH DONATIONS

We are looking for items to be auctioned off at the end of the nine week period and everyday items that can be used in individual classrooms. The following is a list of example items: cans/bottles of soda, small bags of chips, pencils, small gift cards, sports gear (footballs, basketballs, etc.), games, or anything else that might be of interest to junior high students. There will be a box in the front office, where you can place these items at any point in the year.

Thank you for your continued support! Looking forward to a great year!

Sincerely,

The EJHS Staff

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MAY
07

Abraham Lincoln Visit

b2ap3_thumbnail_Lincoln.jpgEJHS 8th graders were privileged to have Abraham Lincoln visit the school on Tuesday, April 22nd. Impersonator Dean Dorrell kicked off our Civil War unit by giving a 45 minute presentation as Honest Abe. Mr. Dorrell shares at several schools in the state and works in the summers at Lincoln State Park. He is the main "star" of the musical at Lincoln Amphitheatre called "Lincoln: A Pioneer Tale" that runs June-July.

Lincoln started with his first Inaugural Address and shared stories and speeches from both terms of his presidency. The focus of the day was the Civil War. Lincoln quoted the Gettysburg Address, read the Emancipation Proclamation, talked about his views of slavery, all while weaving "tales" throughout to help explain his points. Lincoln then answered questions that mainly focused on his childhood and life in Indiana.

It was great to have such a distinguished visitor!

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APR
02

Family Fun Night

Coming Soon ~~~

Edgewood Junior High will be hosting a Family Fun Night on April 10th from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This event is open to all families with students at EJHS. Parents and siblings are welcome to join their students in participating in literacy activities of their choosing. There will be stations like Math Curse, Reader's Theater, Bookmaking, Obstacle Courses and everything in between. There will also be resources about summer activities and testing, prizes, and of course, snacks! Watch out for flyers to arrive via email in your inbox soon! Don't forget to bring the whole family!

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