Junior Potter Daily News

Today is Thursday, December 12, 2019



Daily Announcements

MJHS Quotes of the Week

“If you want to feel rich, just count all the gifts that money can’t buy.” “It’s A Wonderful Life”

On Today's Birthday Calendar

No Birthdays today… but stay tuned … three tomorrow.

You Need to Know TODAY:

***Students, recently the Illinois State Board of Education has designated MJHS as an Exemplary school! We want to celebrate this special honor. So today during homeroom your teacher will show you video explaining this award and give you a special treat.

***Tomorrow, permission slips are due for the hockey trip on Tuesday. Give those to your home room teacher.

Lunch News

Entrees of the Day:


12/12 Chicken Nuggets w/Waffle & Syrup & Potato Puffs
12/13 Hot Diggity Dog w/Chili & Garden Peas
12/16 Zesty Western BBQ Burger & Potato Puffs
12/17 Fiesta Nachos Supreme & Refried Beans

SNACKS, BOTTLED WATER and COOKIES are not included in the meal deal. The meal deal is the main entree of the day… or an alternate Sandwich or Pizza… plus a milk, at least one veggie and on fruit. 

Cafe Tidbits

Extra fruit costs more. $2.80 is the cost of the meal deal. Please discuss with your parents the amount you can spend daily. Don’t forget, the number THREE is the magic number in a $2.80 MEAL DEAL - You must take an Entree… that can be the Entree of the Day OR one of the alternate options like a burger, slice of pizza and chicken sandwich...but YOU MUST ADD one MILK and at least ONE FRUIT or VEGETABLE to complete the $2.80 meal deal. Potato Chips, Bottled Water and Cookies are NOT in the standard meal deal. Be sure you discuss them with your parent BEFORE you add them to your plate for extra cost.

Lunch Charges

Do you have lunch charges? Just a reminder that if you have a lunch charge you need to put money on your account immediately. Your parent can pay on EFunds or a check/ cash to the cafeteria at your next lunch. If you do not get your charges paid you will be referred to the office to talk to Mr. Hoffman or Mr. Carter. Be sure and get them paid right away.

Things You Need to Know:

School Rule

***Dress Code: Holey jeans? Holes must be mid-thigh. Please refer to the dress code policy in the student handbook online. No holes above midthigh without a patch behind them.

***The lost and found rack across from the office is NOT for you to leave your binder, books, or IPads.
Do not leave your possessions in the Lost and Found to avoid walking back to your locker.

***Instruments and Sports Bags cannot be left in the gym. Please avoid a detention by delivering all instruments to your music room BEFORE school and your sports bag to the place designated by your coach.

***Dress Code: Short shorts are not in dress code. They must be mid-thigh. Please look at the dress code policy in the student handbook online. No holes above the knee without a patch behind them.

***CROSSING GUARDS are provided for student safety, let's be perfectly clear .
School crossing zones are where young people are hit every year.
It's happened here. Don’t neglect your crossing guard - lend her your ear.
With a crossing guard on duty, there is nothing to fear.
Also, please stay off of cell phones while crossing the street.
Distracted walking is dangerous, lose your step and miss a beat.
Summer is near.
Stay safe. It's almost here!

** NO OPEN DRINKS IN LOCKERS… NO POLAR POPS… HOT OR ICED COFFEE DRINKS… and NO OPEN SODA BOTTLES! Your lunchbox beverages must remain in your lunch box sealed until lunch. Email Mr. Hoffman if any of this in unclear.

** DRESS CODE REMINDER. No pants with holes above mid-thigh, which is where your fingertips land when arms are at your side. (Page 50-51 in your student handbook.) *Refer to the handbook at the MJHS website under the student tab.

** There is a black shelf in the office is the Island of Forgotten Items dropped off by parents. The office does not call you down forgotten items. It is the student’s responsibility to come seek and find your forgotten items on the shelf. Come and look any time between classes. Your parent may email you to let you know it is here. Your email is first.last@mcusd709.org

The View From LMC:

On December 12, 1965, the rookie running back Gale Sayers of the Chicago Bears scores six touchdowns during a single game against the San Francisco 49ers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, tying the National Football League (NFL) record for most touchdowns in a single game. Sayers is also well-known for his close friendship with his fellow Bears halfback Brian Piccolo, who motivated Sayers through rehabilitation after his first knee injury and who died in 1970 after a struggle with cancer. The 1971 TV movie Brian’s Song, a sentimental favorite for many, was adapted from Sayers’ memoir, I Am Third. In 1977, the 34-year-old Sayers became the youngest player ever to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Detention Today:


12/12/19 Mrs. Miller - Room 215 A
12/13/19 Mrs. Ogden - Room 210
12/14/19 Mr. Bishop - Room 202

If You are a Student with an iPad:

This announcement is for you. Your iPad is a learning AND communication device. Checking your email is a student responsibility. Not optional but an expectation. PLEASE add an alarm to your iPad if you need one, but you need to check your email at the beginning and end of every school day - and more often, if possible.

Forgotten Items

There is a black shelf in the office is the Island of Forgotten Items dropped off by parents. The office does not call you down forgotten items. It is the student’s responsibility to come seek and find your forgotten items on the shelf. Come and look any time between classes. Your parent may email you to let you know it is here. Your email is first.last@mcusd709.org.

Lost & Found

THE LOST AND FOUND can be found in the hallway by the bathrooms near the cafeteria.
FORGOTTEN ITEMS: Students are NOT allowed to call home for iPads, PE clothes and homework. These are student responsibility items. IF YOU EMAIL YOUR PARENTAL UNIT to bring in a forgotten item - like a lunch - you MUST come looking for it in the office. There is a black shelf behind the door where you can look for your items between classes. You are ALWAYS welcome to stop in and look.

MJHS Club News

Today's Clubs

T3 WILL NOT MEET on THURSDAY. THURSDAY Writers, Homework Club & Writer’s are in session. NO MATH COUNTS THIS WEEK. Aladdin sets with Miss Millburg will meet. GOOD LUCK to all who will participate in the Faculty/ Student Chess tournament.

Art Club

Tuesdays after school until 4:00. Art Club is open to all Junior Potters, regardless of whether or not you are in art class. Come on and create with us!

Book Club

Mr. Carter hosts OLD School GRIT on FIRST THURSDAYS 7:20-7:50 in the LMC.

Chess Club

Student vs. Faculty tournament is December 12th!

Construction Club

Room 111 from 3-4:30 with Mr. Sams.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf has concluded it's season.

Please see Mr. Bishop with any questions.

Homework Club

Homework Club will NOT meet on Tuesday, November 26.

JPNT - Junior Potter News Team

See Mr. Sams for meeting schedule.

Math Counts

Thursdays after school from 3:00-3:50 in Mr. Breaux's room 208

Rubik's Cube Club

Tuesdays after school from 3:00-4:00 in Mr. Breaux's room 208

Scholastic Bowl

Service Squad

Stay tuned for the next event… happening in DECEMBER 19th

Speech Team

See Mrs. Gorshe for meeting schedule.

Student Council

See Google classroom for the latest.

T3 (Table Top Time)

TABLE TOP TIME (T3) will meet in Mr. Parrott’s room TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 3-4:15pm

Writers Club

The writing center is open for tutoring! If you ever need help on a writing assignment for any class, peer tutors will be available in Room 212 to help you on Tuesdays after school till 3:45 and Thursdays before school at 7:15 A.M.

From the Sports Desk:

Boys Basketball

Next game is Thursday 12/12 @ Dunlap. Game time 4:00 p.m.


CONGRATULATIONS to all who made MJHS Volleyball teams. Everyone who tried out made choosing the teams very difficult! Thanks for all of your efforts.


Practice has started. See Coach Gashaw for details.

From the Music Desk:

Disney's Aladdin Jr.

Set Design 3-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Miss Millburg’s room.

Show Dates: 1/31, 2/1 & 2/2 Directors: Mr. Beutel, Mr. Rocke, & Miss Millburg

From the Music Room

Color Guard

Jazz & Honor Band

Limited Edition Jazz Choir

Lunch Bunch… SEE MR. BEUTEL’S Email for the altered days.

Wayward Instruments

Instruments found in the GYM can be collected with detention referrals. If you instrument remains in the GYM… expect a detention.