Student members of the JMHS National Honor Society will be volunteering weekly with the K4K backpack program this year. Each Thursday students and community volunteers fill backpacks with food for students to enjoy on the weekends. If you would like to make a donation to this worthy cause, please
Student members of the JMHS National Honor Society volunteered last weekend to help members of the Monroe County Animal League with the 13th Annual Monroe County Animal League Benefit Auction & Dinner.
The Letters About Literature competition, a reading promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress is supported locally by the West Virginia Center for the Book. To enter, young readers write a personal letter to an author explaining how his or her work changed their view of the world or themselves. Readers can select authors from any genre —fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic. The program has three competition levels: upper elementary, middle school, and secondary. The contest theme encourages young readers to explore his or her personal response to a book then express that response in a creative, original way. The entry deadline is January 11, 2019. Visit http://www.read.gov/letters/states-list.html#west-virginia to enter the contest.
Jessica Bender, from The Family Refuge Center in Lewisburg spoke to all Health classes at James Monroe High School on October 11, 2018. October is domestic violence prevention month. The US Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner every year. Ms. Bender presented class lessons on conflict resolution and strategies to avoid domestic violence, and what to do if it occurs. Ms. Bender also spoke on bullying activity, and how to prevent bullying. For more information on domestic violence prevention, go to https://nrcdv.org/dvam/home.
Student members of the JMHS Mavericks in Medicine club have been educating their peers this month on healthy habits for flu prevention. The club is sponsored by the JMHS Wellness Center.
James Monroe High School Honor Society members and senior class officers presented a fantastic anti-bullying presentation and skit to freshmen and sophomore class members during Advisory on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. Participants learned about what bullying is and is not, and learned how to stop bullying when they see it happen at school or in their everyday lives. Examples were given how to stop bullying behavior, and students were encouraged to sign an anti-bullying pledge. Those posters now hang in the school as a symbol of James Monroe High School students' commitment to "be a buddy, not a bully" and that "kindness begins with me".
The advisory session ended with the student singing "Take Me Home, Country Roads".
Mr. August Kafer, Outreach Counselor with the College Foundation of West Virginia held a FAFSA completion workshop for seniors and their parents on Friday, October 5th from 11 am to 5 pm. Seniors and parents who registered for the event got one of the essential things done that seniors must accomplish: completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Mr. Kafer has over 30 years of experience in financial aid, and was most informative to seniors and their parents as they completed the FAFSA. Mr. Kafer emphasized that even though students may not qualify for financial aid through a Pell Grant, many college (institutional) scholarships and even local scholarships require students to complete the FAFSA and use their SAR (Student Aid Report) to secure these funds. An example of this would be the WV PROMISE scholarship, a merit based scholarship, which requires a student to complete the FAFSA to be deemed PROMISE eligible.
For more information, contact school counselors Megan Jones and Tracy Dransfield, or go to FAFSA.gov to begin the process.
Around 20 parents and their seniors participated on October 5th. If interests demands, James Monroe may schedule a subsequent workshop. If interested call the high school at 304.753.5182.
Thirty-eight James Monroe High School seniors and juniors visited New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia on October 4th, 2018. Students participated in a mini Psychology 101 lecture by Dr. Graham Mitchell, a College Success Skills mini lecture delivered by Peggy Dunn, and toured the New River Campus. Of particular interest, students enjoyed touring the Instrumentation and Control Automation Technology, Machine Technology, Forensic Science, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Nursing programs.
Monroe County residents receive in-state tuition rates at New River Community College through a tuition reciprocity agreement.