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Students apply knowledge of ElectRical circuits

4th grade students recently explored the phenomena of current electricity and put their emerging knowledge to work as they created closed circuits to light a light bulb. To accomplish this task, students collaborated in small teams to arrange two wires, a bulb, a bulb holder, and a battery successfully. This type of experiential learning aligns with the "Next Generation Science Standards" which have been implemented throughout all grades at John Hill School.

8th graders conduct historical debate

On Wednesday, Mr. O'Dell's classes engaged in a fiery debate about the rights of former slaves during the Reconstruction period. The students spoke passionately about their assigned opinions, were encouraged to dress up and Mr. O'Dell said the debates were the best in many years!

Elementary students INSPIRE preschool learning

One of the best aspects of welcoming a new preschool class to JHS this year has been the opportunity for all of our students to serve as role models and guides for their youngest peers. This week, a group of 3rd grade students from Mrs. Kelly's class crafted stories about gingerbread men and read them aloud to a fascinated preschool audience. In addition, Ms. Bacchetta's 5th grade class visited our preschoolers to participate in a book study while also participating in some "getting to know you" activities.


Morning arrival had some extra spirit to it this week as middle school students in the "Students for Change" organization added some cheer and positivity to welcome everyone. On Monday, students did the "Hype Dance." Tuesday was High Five the Principals Day. Wednesday was Dab Day. Thursday was High Five Your Friend Day. And the week concluded with Floss Friday. Thanks SFC for all the enthusiasm you bring to JHS!

"Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, students took some time to reflect upon the life and legacy of Dr. King. Here is a collection of responses gathered when students were asked to consider, "What does Martin Luther King, Jr. Day mean to me?"

Martin Luther King Day is about treating other people equally, and it's about family and friends treating each other nicely. It is mostly about him. Always remember his speeches and all the things he did for our country and all the good things he did for us like changing the whole country. We remember him as a good man.

Louis Alvarez Grade 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day to celebrate diversity in our community. Dr. King's efforts have provided the opportunity for civil rights to be granted to all citizens of the United States, no matter their ethnicity. Dr. King also spread the message of peace throughout the world, which is always of most importance. Without Dr. King, our country, and the world, would be far different from how it is today.

Dylan Visioli, Grade 7

It is a day when we celebrate a man, helping the world come together in peace. His speeches inspire people to want to work together with each other and not against each other. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped people accept each other for who they are and not judge people by their skin color. Everyone deserves to be accepted!

Isabella Serrano, Grade 4

Martin Luther King Day is a time to remember the sacrifices of our ancestors to help build a better world for us today. Martin Luther King Day is a day to remember the symbols of peace and freedom and a day to remember what Martin Luther King, Jr. did for us.

Alec Doherty, Grade 5

This day symbolizes the wisdom of Dr. King and the power he had to make a difference during that time period. He was part of the civil rights movement and he demanded justice. He managed to entice thousands, uniting them to form a peaceful army that one day touched the hearts of millions and transformed society. Martin Luther King and his actions are honored on this day and are praised, inspiring people globally to fight for their beliefs.

Krishna Robertson, Grade 8

What Martin Luther King Day means to me is that it influences mankind to remember the day that he talked about his dream. It reminds me that not all people are the same but that they are all created equal!

Luis Fontanez Oquendo, Grade 4

Martin Luther King is special to me because he used his words and not his fists. He is also very important because when people let him down, he never gave up. People tried to harm him and his family but he still worked on what he believed in. That is why Martin Luther King, Jr. is so important to me.

Emilia Villegas, Grade 3

Martin Luther King, Jr. fought without violence for the rights for everyone. He put in all of his time and effort to make sure that everyone was heard and got the equality that they were promised. To me, Martin Luther King Jr. day means that we can all celebrate what he did for our country, and we can relax and enjoy the freedoms and rights that we now have because of him.

Jaden Visioli, Grade 8

Preschool students honored the legacy of Dr. King by placing their own names and hand prints on a banner with Mohandas Gandhi's famous quote, "Be the change you wish to see in the world" - a call to action that Dr. King 's life so clearly reflected. Dr. King's example inspires all of us at JHS to "be the change" as well.

1/21 - School Closed (MLK DAY)

1/29 - End of 2nd MP

1/29 - SFC Open Gym (Grades 6-8)


2/8 - PTA Parent & Child Valentine's DAY DANCE (7-9 pm, grades Pk-8)