Rob Preston | Principal
 
225 Market Street
Philo, Ohio 43771
Phone: 740-674-5210
Fax: 740-674-5217
 
 
Shawn Harper | Vice-Principal
 
225 Market Street
Philo, Ohio 43771
Phone: 740-674-5210
Fax: 740-674-5217
shawn.harper@franklinlocalschools.org
Philo Junior High School    225 Market Street • PO Box 178 • Philo, OH 43771 • (740) 674-5210

Upcoming Events at PJHS 

10/7/14       Mandatory Parent Archery Meeting 6 p.m. PHS Auditeria

10/15/14     
PJH Picture Make-up Day

10/17/14     Balance Due for 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip

10/17/14     Grading Period Ends
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Principal's Pen

It has been a very “techy” start to the 2014-15 school year here at PJH.  It is always fun to meet the new students that enter our building each year in Grades 6 & 7 as well as see how much our returning students have “grown up”.  I would like to THANK everyone for their efforts to make the start of school as stress free as possible for everyone involved.  
As everyone likely knows by now, we have started the FLSD Straight A Grant  iPad initiative. This has allowed all of our students’ access to their own iPad throughout the school day and most of our students the ability to take their device home with them. This is very exciting and challenging (at times), but we have had the opportunity to open up internet access on all devices as well as add several educational apps that students and staff can use in classrooms and beyond. The goal of this initiative is to further personalize learning here at PJH. Research is very clear that students learn at a variety of paces, having personal iPads will greatly enhance our ability to challenge students at ALL levels and allow them to be successful.
In other news we recently received our OAA testing results and the state Report Card results. The results were extremely promising, PJH met 7 of the 8 state performance indicators, including the state attendance requirement, and improved our school performance index from 98.7 to 100.9 (the highest ever recorded at PJH for the third year in a row)!!! We feel very strongly that we are providing some of the best teaching and learning experiences not only in the area, but also in the state. We are extremely excited to continue with the initiatives we have used last 3 years with the idea of making adjustments to continue to further our growth. As you most likely know, every student at PJH will receive 94 minutes of instruction in both Math and Reading/English daily. We feel this focus on efficient use of instructional time has been a major contributor to our students increased achievement.

I would like to remind you to check out the upcoming events above.  

Thanks for your time,

Rob Preston



 

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Mrs. Tignor's 6th grade Science Class

This year in 6th grade science students have learned about the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases, changing states of matter, atoms and elements. Your students will probably tell you they listen to some of their favorite songs in Mrs. Tignor’s science class! Ask them to sign ‘The Atom’s Family Song’ or ‘Meet the Elements’ for you. We use auditory learning in the classroom to help accommodate other learners who may benefit from the catchy tunes! During our atoms and elements unit students created pipe cleaner model of atoms and were required to calculate the number of protons, neutrons and electrons.
You should also ask your students about our class pet! We have a pet rabbit in our class named Sheldon. Students enjoy looking at Sheldon and the funny things he does such as scratching around his cage or giving himself a bath. This is a fun addition to the classroom to start discussions with students about the responsibilities involved with having a pet.

Be on the lookout for report cards to be sent out on October 24!


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6th Grade Student of the Month

Amy McNutt has been chosen as the 6th grade student of the month for October!  Amy has several siblings including Brandon who is 9 years old, Dalton who is 6 years old, Abby who is 4 years old and Collin who is 1 year old.  Language Arts is Amys’ favorite subject, so its no surprise her hobby is reading. She has two favorite teachers Mrs. Cox and Ms. Watson. Amy likes softball and basketball . Her favorite sports team is the Cincinnati Reds.  She has enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series and The Fault in Our Stars.  Amy likes to watch Sleepy Hollow on tv and her favorite movie is A League of Their Own.  Amy said that going to The Santa Maria in 5th grade was her favorite fieldtrip.  Her favorite animal is a panda.  Amy would like everyone to know that Emmah Stoneburner is her best friend, her favorite food is spaghetti and her favorite color is blue.  Amys' favorite place to go is the softball field because she loves to play softball.  Amy likes to listen to the band, 5 Seconds of Summer.  She also likes to listen to the song A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. Amy would like everyone to know she likes to read books and play softball.  Congrats to Amy!


 

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7th Grade Student of the Month

Trey Wilson has been chosen as the 7th grade student of the month for October! Trey has a sister, Mady who is 15 years old. History is Treys favorite subject, and Mrs. McElfresh has been his favorite teacher. Trey likes football and his favorite sports team is the Pittsburg Steelers. He has enjoyed reading the Percy Jackson series. Trey has several hobbies that include video games, reading, drawing and playing football. Trey likes to watch Dr. Who on tv and his favorite movie is Star Wars. Trey said that going to The Wilds was his favorite fieldtrip. His favorite animal is a penguin. Trey would like everyone to know that Ethan and Tyler are his best friends, his favorite food is popcorn and his favorite color is blue. Trey also has a cat for a pet. Treys' favorite place to go is Florida because Disney World is there. Trey likes to listen to two bands, the Imagine Dragons and Maroon 5. He also likes to listen to the song Radioactive. The things Trey likes to do best is read, play video games, eat, and hang out with friends. Congrats to Trey!

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8th Grade Student of the Month

Katie Vaughn has been chosen as the 8th grade student of the month for October!  Katie has a brother Jacob who is 17 years old. Reading is Katies’ favorite subject. She has three favorite teachers, Mrs. McElfresh, Miss Chapman and Mrs. Ehrick. Katie likes gymnastics and soccer. Her favorite sports team is the Ohio State Buckeyes. She has enjoyed reading the book Where She Went. Katie likes to watch Pretty Little Liars on tv and her favorite movie is Safe Haven. Katie said that going to the pumpkin patch in kindergarten was her favorite fieldtrip. Her favorite animal is a dolphin. Katie would like everyone to know that Hannah, Jacelyn, Shelly and Delaney are her best friends, her favorite food is pizza and her favorite color is green.  Katies' favorite place to go is the beach because it is relaxing.  Katie likes to listen to the band, 5 Seconds of Summer.  Katies’ other hobbies include gymnastics, dance and reading. She also likes to listen to the song Black Widow. Katie would like everyone to know she likes to read books, play sports, be outside and be with her friends. Katie also a dog named Maggie.  Congrats to Katie!


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