McNiel Junior High students enjoy being able to wear their favorite team shirts around the hallways. Building on the hype of the Super Bowl, Friday January 30th was set aside as a fundraising wear a your favorite sports jersey day. Students were able to pay one dollar to sport their favorite team’s shirt or jersey.
Camouflage couldn't hide the generosity of McNiel Junior High students and faculty. On Tuesday, November 11, students and staff members were able to add to their standard dress with camouflage items for a $1 donation. The camo day brought in $107, which was donated to Chapter 41 of the DAV. Students presented a check to Commander Joel Jimenez on December 12.
Students who are looking into future careers in engineering and technology will soon have more options at McNiel Junior High. A generous donation made by the Alcoa Howmet Wichita Falls facility will put into place building blocks for a robotics team. Alcoa Howmet representatives Howard McDaris and Michael Kajs presented McNiel's Career Portals teacher Amber Houck with a check for $750 to start the robotics team.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Wichita Falls is proud to announce November Youths of the Month. Amaia Martin, of the Southwest Branch, has been selected as the Optimist Club of Wichita Falls Youth of the Month. Service clubs sponsor three age divisions. Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls sponsors 6-8 year olds. Optimist of Wichita Falls sponsors 9-11 year olds. Rotary Club of Wichita Falls sponsors 12-18 year olds.
The first day of school was a wet one for McNiel administrators. Principal Tania Rushing, Assistant Principals Summer Rollins and Jackie McCartney, and Counselor Jackie Wheat accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The four administrators traded their schools clothes for summer wear to get dowsed with ice water after school in front of the building. Students and teachers watched as the four braved the flowing waters.
It seems as though the school year just started and already we are talking about the upcoming STAAR tests, track season and the end of the school year. It will be here before we know it! With the unpredictable Texas weather, we all got a nice four day weekend this month, but I want to remind everyone that we have now used our inclement weather days. Students will be in attendance April 22nd and May 27th. Please mark your calendars regarding these changes.
Welcome to 2015 and what looks to be a whirlwind of a second semester!! It’s hard to believe that half of the school year is already behind us! I hope everyone had a restful Christmas break and enjoyed the time off with family and friends. With the second semester of school comes the annual testing season! The STAAR tests will be here before we know it. More information will come home as we draw closer to the testing months, but as a “heads up,” the first round of STAAR tests will begin in March. We will be encouraging our students to work hard in class, complete all assignments and be regular in attendance.
The year has gotten off to a fantastic start! Our campus is a buzz with activity and exciting events and we hope that you will be able to participate in as many things as possible with your student. We understand that often our students do not make it home with paper copies of