Rector Johnson Middle School
By Belinda Highful
Rebecca L. Meyer, Assistant Principal
Broken Bow Public Schools
108 W. 5th Street
Broken Bow, OK 74728
Rector Johnson Middle School Community,
We are officially in fall season now as we notice the trees changing colors and days of colder weather. This means we are all anxiously awaiting Fall Break, which will occur, October 15-17th. Also a reminder that prior to Fall Break, Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Tuesday, October 14th from 3:00-9:00 pm. We invite all families to come and discuss your student’s progress with their teachers.
We’d like to remind all stakeholders that RJMS is utilizing tutoring and academic services to enhance student learning and achievement. Lunch tutoring takes place Tuesday-Fridays, with required attendance for all students that are ineligible during weekly grade checks. In addition, we have multiple staff members that devote hours outside of their contract time by offering after school tutoring. We believe working together for the betterment of all our students will provide a foundation to student learning and success, especially for the required standardized testing in the spring. Fall Schedule for RJMS After School Remediation include: October: 9, 21, 23, 28, 30. November: 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20. Math remediation meets on Tuesdays in Room #4 with Ms. Price and Reading remediation meets on Thursdays in Room #16 with Ms. Hale. We also offer regular tutoring, for any subject, in Room #19 with Mrs. Underwood. Times for each of these are from 3:05-4:10. Remember, transportation is provided for students that live within the city limits. All others should make arrangements to be picked up promptly at 4:10 pm.
In addition, to academic services provided, students have had opportunities to become active in school pride. RJMS had “Best Dressed” Contests during Homecoming Week. There was also a “Pink Day,” sponsored by Leadership/Student Council, under the direction of their sponsor, Kelly Marsaln. Students proudly displayed their pink to support October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month is very special for our faculty, as a member of our staff, Ms. Mindy Price, has recently been diagnosed as Cancer Free! RJMS students are showing they can be proud of their school, participate in “fun” days and still be focused on learning. It is anticipated this spring that these students will attempt to host their very own RJMS “Spirit Week” during the winter season. Another exciting upcoming event is a Halloween Haunted House. Mrs. Battles and members of her Book Club are sponsoring this event and many students are involved in the planning and set-up of this event, which was a highly participated activity last school year.
You’ll also notice a welcoming atmosphere when you visit the building. Student artwork from Ms. Howard’s class is proudly displayed in the hallway, banners were donated by PSO, and student-made signs promoting life skills are visible. TV monitors also display pictures of students and staff, daily announcements, important dates/reminders, etc. for all to see.
RJMS Counselor, Ms. Morgan Casey, will be making presentations in classes over hygiene and Drug Awareness. We will host Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 27-31. Theme days for the week include: Monday- “I Mustache You to Not Do Drugs,” (mustache stickers will be available at school, students asked to display mustaches) Tuesday- “Sock It to Drugs,” (silly sock day), Wednesday- “Don't get wigged out on drugs,” (wear your craziest wig day and also, wear pink), Thursday- “Voting for My Future to Be Drug Free,” (wear red, white, & blue), Friday- “Be Superhero and be Drug Free,” (dress up as superhero). Another important date include is Wednesday, October 22. On this date a meeting for 8th grade parents who are interested in knowing more about the Explore Test will take place at 5:30pm in the HS auditorium. On Thursday, October 23rd, the Oklahoma State Department of Education will be making a presentation over the Explore Test for our 8th grade students. In addition, members of the community are serving as guest speakers in a variety of classes.
Thank you again for your support this school year. We’d like to remind parents and family members to contact the school with updated cell phone numbers and addresses if there have been any changes.
Rebecca L. Meyer
Assistant Principal, RJMS