JROTC Battalion Commander, Callie Davis, accepted the invitation to speak at the November Peterstown Woman's Club meeting. Ms. Davis spoke about the benefits she has received from participating in the JROTC program at JMHS. She also spoke about the reasons she desires to serve her country as a military officer. She is currently a candidate for both Westpoint and the Coast Guard Academy. Ms. Davis represented herself, the JROTC program and the school very well at the meeting. We are very proud of her and all that she has accomplished!
A representative, Jim Scherr, from the WV State ACT Council will meet with all juniors and seniors in the Auditorium on Friday, November 20th, third block to discuss ACT test taking strategies to improve student scores. The workshop that will be presented covers the State College Readiness Standards, testing taking strategies and tips; pacing; explanation of the target scores/benchmarks required for scholarship; how to use logic on the difficult questions; and more. We are happy that Mr. Scherr will be speaking with our students on this important topic.
On Thursday, November 19th at 6:00, JMHS students who earned a score of 4 on their Smarter Balanced Assessment in the Spring of 2015 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement. A score of 4 shows that the student has exceeded the achievement standard and demonstrates the knowledge and skills in the subject area needed for likely success in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework after high school. Parents and families of these distinguished scholars are invited to attend the awards ceremony.
On Thursday, November 19th at 6:00, representatives from the WV State Department will be at JMHS to present information to seniors and their parents on financial aid, scholarships, grants and the West Virginia workforce. The presentation will be filled with helpful information for both students and parents. We hope to see you there!
Nine JMHS students will be traveling to WVU Tech Thursday, November 19th to compete in the annual Math & Science Bowl. We wish our young scholars the best!
An admissions counselor from Bluefield College will be here on Monday, November 16th to meet with students interested in attending Blufield College. She will be set up during both lunch shifts. Students from Monroe County are now receiving in-state tuition at Bluefield College. Stop by the table during lunch with any questions you may have.
By Antonella Blanco
The James Monroe High School Model United Nations Team traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the 2015 Southern United States Model United Nations Conference on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The ten delegates represented the countries of Kenya, Belgium, and Denmark in the Conference, and debated topics ranging from Disarmament and International Security to Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian issues. The delegates also visited various areas of interest, including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and famous local restaurants. The Model United Nations Team made their mark on the conference, with the majority of delegates writing crucial sections of the resolutions passed in committee, and raising commendable amounts of debate within each committee. The Model United Nations Team will hopefully to Atlanta next year.
By Reporter Catherine Allen
On October 22nd, Monroe County Model UN participants traveled to Woodrow Wilson for the yearly debate that they hold. With the Monroe County Model UN Conference being just the day before, students were well prepared for the conference. After a long day of debating and drafting resolutions, the committees met up at the end of the day to hand out awards and discuss a few resolutions that had been passed. During the awards ceremony, a few delegates from the James Monroe delegation were recognized for their outstanding performance during the course of the competition. Matthew Meadows received awards for being both the Best Delegate in committee and the Best Debater in General Assembly, Austin Toney and Logan Robinson received an award for the Best Resolution, and Whitney Hunt and Isaac McKlarney received one for Best Delegation in their committee.
All in all, James Monroe was represented well in the competition. We are looking forward to our future competitions and ventures.
The Lions Youth Exchange Contest is now open and entries are due by November 15, 2015. The travel grant provides funds for students in grades 10-12 ages 17-21 or a recent graduate toward a four to six week cultural exchange to Finland, Japan, Italy, Peru, Germany, Frnace or Australia during the summer of 2016. Five grants of $1,200 will be awarded. You may find the application at www.wvlions.org/youth.html
The West Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce this year's statewide High School Business Plan competition. To be eligible for the competition, juniors and seniors only, must write a three page maximum executive summary of their business concept. The executive summary must be submitted on the Department of Education's website by noon on November 13th. Ten finalists wlll be selected to compete for a $10,000 scholarship at WVU on March 19th, 2016. Detailed guidelines can be found on the Department of Education website at https://wvde.state.wv.us/hsbpc/. See the guidance office for more information.