• Vision and Core Beliefs

    Hallsville Independent School District will pursue "Excellence in Education" in all endeavors

    • HISD will provide students an opportunity to obtain a world class education that prepares them for a globally competitive society;
    • HISD will strive to be a district of excellence that competes at the state and national levels in all academic and extracurricular activities;
    • HISD will instill a desire for ethical behavior, integrity and good citizenship in all students.

Join Our Team!

  • Come and join the team here at Hallsville Junioe High School! We have current openings for:

    • Library Aide
    • Classroom Assistant

    Learn more about you can join the Bobcat Family! Click here for more information on how you can apply!

A Word From Our Principal

  • HJH is looking to wrap up an amazing school year! 

    It is amazing to think that we are almost at the end of the school year. We appreciate the support and enthusiasm you have shown over the past 10 months. HJH couldn't have asked for a better year as a campus!

    National Teacher Appreciation Week will take place next week. Our teachers have done an outstanding job challenging our students academically this year in the classrooms. They've developed relationships with our students and have made memories that will last a lifetime. Several of them could be seen among the fans cheering them on at their extracurricular events. A simple way to express your appreciation is letting them know by email, note or even speaking to them in person. We are very proud of the hard work our teachers have shown this year. They have poured their hearts and souls into their classrooms, and for that we are truly thankful.

    As we come to the end of this school year, I would like to reiterate the crucial role that parents play in their students' success. The education of your student relies heavily on your support and partnership with us. Throughout the past year, our students have shown growth, and we are looking forward to a successful end of the year. Please continue to support your child these next few weeks as we prepare them for a smooth finish. Please take a moment to look at this month's events and all the great things happening on our campus.

    Go Cats!

    FarrellClayton Farrell
    HJH Principal

    Check out our HJH May newsletter here.

Coming Up At HJH

Congratulations 2024-25 HJH Cheer!

  • HJH held tryouts for the 2024-2025 Cheer squads prior to Spring Break. We are happy to announce our 8th Grade Cheerleaders and Mascot for next year! Congratulations to all these hard-working students and we are looking forward to another great year!

    • Addi Hatchel
    • Alex Hines
    • Blaine Oney
    • Blakely Hardin
    • Brooklyn Bruch
    • Brylee Shelton
    • Ella Geddie
    • Emalyn Salinas
    • Haiden Pool
    • Kabryn Bradley
    • Lana Charlton
    • Madi Newbury
    • Morgan Anders
    • Olivia Volm
    • Rylee Potts (mascot)

In The Library

  • As the school year swiftly approaches its end, it is crucial to begin preparing for the return of all library books. Please note that all books are required to be returned by Wednesday, May 1. We kindly ask that you engage in conversations with your child to ensure they are aware of the whereabouts of their library books. If your child requires assistance in identifying the books they need to return, they are welcome to visit the library, and we will be more than happy to assist them. A gentle reminder that fines for lost or damaged books will carry over to their high school records and must be resolved prior to graduation. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the timely return of all library materials.

Counselors Corner

  • How can you stay motivated as the school year draws to a close? Here are some tips on how to stay motivated, so you can finish off the school year strong!

    1. PARTICIPATE IN CLASS: It’s important to try your best and put in some effort to participate and join class discussions. When you engage in the classroom, it helps you stay focused and interested in learning the material. Participating in class will also help in forming better relationships with your teachers and classmates! It also makes your learning experience that much better!
    2. STAY POSITIVE, AND PRACTICE POSITIVE SELF-TALK: When you think positively, it will result in positive actions and outcomes. Try to surround yourself with positive people who support you and make you happy. Practicing positive self-talk will help with reducing any stress and anxiety.
    3. PRACTICE SELF-CARE: Make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night, engaging in healthy eating habits, and drinking enough water! Try to include some physical activity in your everyday routine. Most importantly, take care of yourself and do things that make you happy!

    We hope you’ll reflect on all that we have accomplished this school year. This school year has brought about changes and new experiences for all of us. In recent years, concerns regarding students’ mental health have become a bigger concern than ever. We are here to be a support and resource.

    Our mental health determines how we think, feel, and act. Good mental health is when you feel positive about yourself and cope well with the everyday pressures. If you experience issues dealing with everyday problems, it could be a sign you need support and should be addressed ASAP. Please do not hesitate to reach out; we are here to help!

    Mental health encompasses our emotional health, cognitive health, and relationships. It includes taking care of and protecting ourselves so we can succeed in everyday life, taking care of others when they need us the most and overcoming obstacles. In other words, mental health is essential, and worth advocating for. If we want to be advocates for those who are struggling with their mental health, we must first learn to be advocates for ourselves. This means being true to ourselves, loving ourselves and honoring ourselves, regardless of what our struggles are.

    How Can I Become A Mental Health Advocate? #NotAlone

    You do not have to share your deepest, darkest secrets on social media to become an advocate. You can stand up for others by sharing your story privately with a friend, neighbor or loved one. You also don’t have to share your story if you’re not yet ready.

    You can also:

    • Support someone who needs help
    • Volunteer for a local mental health organization
    • Attend an awareness walk or other event benefiting the mental health movement
    • Encourage your local politicians to prioritize mental health
    • Correct those who use stigmatizing language

    Together, we can change how the world views mental health! We can continue the mental health movement by speaking out, sharing our stories and showing others that they are not alone. Our societal perception of mental health, including mental illness, will not change if we do not take action to change it ourselves.

    Tips for talking with your child about their mental health:

    • Choose a time to talk when your child feels safe and comfortable. Maybe involve an activity, like going out to lunch, when you are done.
    • Communicate in a calm and straightforward way, prepare to do more listening than talking
    • Speak at a level that’s appropriate to your child’s age and development level.
    • Watch your child’s reactions and slow down or restate if your child becomes confused or looks upset.
    • Listen and openly and let your child tell you about their feelings and worries.

    Mental Health Common Signs:

    • Excessive worry or fear
    • Feeling excessively sad or low
    • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
    • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
    • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
    • Avoiding friends and social activities
    • Difficulties understanding or relating to other people
    • Changes in sleeping habits or feeling tired and low energy
    • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
    • Difficulty perceiving reality
    • Inability to perceive changes in one’s own feelings, behavior or personality (”lack of insight” or anosognosia)
    • Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
    • Thinking about suicide
    • Inability to carry out daily activities or handle daily problems and stress
    • An intense fear of weight gain or concern with appearance

    Learn more at https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Warning-Signs-and-Symptoms

    Happy Spring/Almost Summer Break!

    Need additional support?

    • *Call Teen Link: 206-461-4922, 6:00-10:00 pm nightly, staffed by teens
    • *Text Teen Link: 866-833-6546, 6pm-9:30pm
    • *24-hour Crisis Line: 1-866-427-4747, to speak with an adult crisis expert
    • *National Suicide Prevention Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • *Dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis Hotline
    • *Dial 911 if you have an emergency and need help

Google Classroom

  • Please make sure your child is staying up-to-date in his/her Google Classrooms in the event they are absent. Lessons are uploaded daily. Students will be given an opportunity to make up work when they return, but we recommend staying current with their lessons so that way they are caught up when they return to campus.

Tardy Policy

  • Instructional time is essential to student success. Additionally, it is critical that students learn the importance of punctuality. In order to encourage this behavior, HJH has implemented the following campus policy regarding tardies.

    Tardies will be tracked cumulatively each nine-week grading period, with the following consequences in place for repeated tardies:

    • 3rd tardy - 1 day of Lunch Detention
    • 6th tardy - 2 days of Lunch Detention
    • 9th tardy - 1 day of After-School Detention
    • 12th tardy - 2 days of After-School Detention
    • 15th tardy - 1 day of ISS
    • 18th tardy - 2 days of ISS
    • 19+ - Discretion of Campus Administration

    Please discuss with your child the importance of punctuality as we are preparing students to be responsible with their time. Please contact our office you if have questions. Thank you.

Restroom Policy

  • Students will be allowed three (3) restroom passes in their RLA/Math classes (90 minute blocks) and two (2) restroom passes in their SC/SS/Elective classes (45 minute block) each nine (9) weeks. This gives students up to 16 restroom passes within a nine-week grading period to use the restroom. We encourage students to use the restroom during one of their eight (8) transitions during the school day from class to class and/or during their lunch time. Students have a total of 58 minutes during their school day (not including before and after school) outside of their class time to use the restroom. Instructional time is critical to your student’s success. If a student has used all passes for a specific class they will be allowed to use the restroom in the event of an emergency or if they have specific documentation from a medical professional. These situations need to be communicated with their classroom teacher. Please contact us if you have any questions concerning this policy. Thank you.

Attendance Matters

  • Daily attendance is so important to a child’s success in school. We know parents want their children to do well in school. Did you know there is a connection between chronic absences and a student’s academic achievement? Showing up to school each day matters for R.E.A.L… because it is an opportunity to:

    • Build Routines
    • Increase Engagement
    • Provide Access to Resources
    • Support Learning

    Routines: A daily attendance routine can help you reduce stress and develop habits that help you keep a job.

    Engagement: Being in school gives you a chance to see your friends and build relationships with school staff.

    Access to Resources: When you show up to school, you can get access to meals, health services, mental health supports and enrichment activities (sports, clubs, music, tutorials, etc.).

    Learning: You are more likely to pass classes when you miss less than a week of school each semester.

    HJH Attendance Policies & Procedures

    The school day starts at 7:50 AM and ends at 3:35 PM. At 7:45 AM, students will be released from the gym to their classrooms, and morning announcements will start at 7:50 AM. Attendance is taken every period at HJH. Any student arriving late or leaving early will be marked absent for the periods that he/she misses. All absences, full or partial, require documentation to be excused. If a student misses more than 20 minutes of a class without valid documentation, the student will be considered absent for this purpose. Parent notes must be turned in within three (3) days of the absence. Per the HJH handbook, early pick-ups are unexcused unless our nurse sends your student home, or we receive documentation from a doctor's office for that date. Any documentation needing to be turned in can be done through the reception desk or attendance office, or emailed directly to Mrs. Magallanes at emagallanes@hisd.com.

Tutorials

  • If your child is struggling in a class, HJH provides opportunities for them to receive extra support outside the school day. Teachers are available before and after school for tutorials. Even if the day you can bring your child early or pick them up late doesn't match with their teacher, someone in that department can help. Please contact your teacher if you feel your child needs the extra support to be successful this school year.

School Safety Drills

  • In an effort to practice our safety protocols, HJH will regularly perform safety drills to ensure our students and staff know how to respond in a crisis situation. Safety is our number one priority, and we will continue to practice all state-mandated drills throughout the school year so that our students and staff are prepared in the event of an emergency.

No Vaping!

  • House Bill 114 (HB 114) has been enacted to respond to the increasing concerns around e-cigarettes, vaping, marijuana, and THC-related products among our youth. The Bill mandates that any student found in possession of, under the influence of, selling, gifting, or delivering these substances within a 300-feet radius of any school premises, will be immediately removed and placed in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program (DAEP).

    You can access the full version of the Bill here.

    Please take a moment to discuss the implications of this new law with your children, emphasizing the importance of adhering to school policies and laws for their own welfare and for the betterment of the school community as a whole.

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