Dear Matador families,

I hope that Thanksgiving with your families brought you happiness, joy, and feelings of gratefulness this holiday season. I know that for me, spending time with my family on Thanksgiving and the time I’ve spent in quiet reflection during these days away from school has been a blessing that has filled me with a sense of peace and hope. With only 13 ½ school days remaining before Christmas break, there is much left for students to learn and accomplish in the coming three weeks. We will dismiss school at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, December 16th for the break. Students will return on Friday, January 7th.

During this holiday season, it is my hope that our school will be filled with kindness, joy, and peace. I hope to see faculty and students dressed in their ugliest sweaters while smiles adorn the faces of each person who passes through our doors. The past two years have been so very difficult for everyone as the Covid-19 pandemic altered life as we knew it and took loved ones from us like a thief in the night. However, even with the specter of the Omicron variant of the Covid virus looming large, I feel a great sense of hopefulness that we will continue on the path away from Covid-19 dictating our lives as it has done for too long. Thus, in the spirt of peace and belonging this holiday season, we have set up four holiday trees and one Christmas tree in the front office to celebrate living and to represent peace and hopefulness on earth.

I invite any family wishing to participate to send in an ornament for their child to place on one of our trees. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, your family’s country of origin, something else or celebrating nothing in particular, all members of the JT Moore family are welcome to adorn our trees as every student and family is welcome in our school. The ornaments that are placed on the tree will be stored after the holidays and will remain a part of our holiday decorating tradition for years to come. It is my belief that together, we are MOORE.

Dr. Gary D. Hughes
Executive Principal
JT Moore Middle School