#LotsofSocks!   	        Thursday March 21, 2019 is World Down Syndrome Day  Let's get people talking about WDSD on 21 March 2019! How? By wearing #LotsOfSocks!   But not just any socks... ...wear brightly colored socks, long socks, printed socks, 1 sock… even 3 socks for 3 chromosomes. If you do not normally wear socks, then wear them.  The choice is yours, but we ask you to join us wearing something people will ask you about so that you can tell them all about WDSD.
 Our High School Art Students from Ms. McDonald's and Mrs. Ochoa's classes collaborated with students from China and Sour Lake Elementary. 2nd-grade students drew monsters and HJHS students used the monsters for inspiration. Check out these scary creatures!! GREAT JOB HAWKS!
Motiva Donates More than $890,000 to HJISD for Post-Harvey Flood Recovery Efforts At a Henderson Middle School assembly today, Motiva presented Hardin-Jefferson Independent School District (HJISD) with a donation totaling $895,765 to support the Sour Lake area school district to recover and rebuild from the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Hurricane Harvey heavily damaged Henderson Middle School, inundating the school with more than two feet of flood water.  The campus is now a collection of portable buildings, affectionately called “the Village,” connected by a boardwalk.  Motiva will be contributing four new temporary buildings to house a science lab, staff room/Fine Arts center, Special Education center, and computer lab.    “The children and educators in Hardin-Jefferson ISD were dealt a severe blow, but it hasn’t dampened their spirit or drive for success,” said Ed Haloulos, executive vice president of human resources.  “It says a lot about the strength of this community, and we couldn’t be more honored to have the opportunity to be part of their recovery.”  The donation includes $150,000 in funding to replace band and athletic equipment that was destroyed.  Another $46,000 has been earmarked for the Hardin-Jefferson athletic building, which is shared by both Henderson Middle School and Hardin-Jefferson High School.  The athletic building sustained significant damage during the flood, with the training rooms, offices, and weight room completely underwater.   Since the landfall of the hurricane in August 2017, Motiva has been committed to supporting local communities rebuild and recover.  Motiva’s operations in Sour Lake play an important part in the company’s strategic logistics network.    “Motiva is a part of the Sour Lake community,” said Greg Lucchesi, vice president and general manager of the Port Arthur refinery. “When our community struggles, we feel it too. Some of our employees have children in Hardin-Jefferson ISD and that makes this donation a very personal one for us.”  Education is a top priority for Motiva’s corporate social responsibility activities.  On Tuesday, January 22, Motiva presented donations totaling $900,000 to the Port Arthur Independent School District and Lamar State College Port Arthur to aid those educational institutions recovery from the effects of the storm.     About Motiva Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Motiva refines, distributes and markets petroleum products throughout the United States.  Motiva owns and operates North America’s largest refinery in Port Arthur, Texas with a crude capacity of more than 600,000 barrels a day. The company also operates the country’s largest lubricant plant.  Under exclusive, long-term brand licenses with Shell and Phillips 66 (for the 76® Brand), Motiva’s marketing operations support more than 5,000 retail gasoline stations.  Motiva is wholly-owned by affiliates of Saudi Aramco.
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Students of the Month China Elementary-Conrad Adix Sour Lake Elementary-Elizabeth Guseman Henderson Middle School-Rolan Phelps HJ High School-Brenah Butcher & Aidan Cooper
Teachers of the Month China Elementary-Trisha Mattison Sour Lake Elementary-Amanda Lord  Henderson Middle School-Eileen Thomas HJ High School-Matt Fowler
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ONE THING Your future success is dependent upon you doing the right work, right now. Not just hard work, but the right work. And not just the right work; not just hard work tomorrow, or yesterday, but right now. Success is found when you do the right work, right now.  That’s why it is so important to find the one thing that you’ve got today to make you successful tomorrow. When you hyper-focus on the one thing you need to do today, every day, and then you do it again and again for the rest of your life, you find success like you’ve never imagined.

Please be advised:  In continuing our efforts for drug prevention and campus safety, HJISD has partnered with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, the Sour Lake Police Department, and the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department to conduct unannounced inspections of our campuses with the Jefferson County K-9 Unit.


BE THE CHANGE…be kind be hopeful be creative be strong be brave be friendly be forgiving be honest