Patterson Junior High School

St. Mary Parish Schools


District Notifications

  • Beginning Monday, May 2, 2016, school meals must be paid using cash, personal check, money order, or credit card. A list of students who owe money to the cafeteria will be sent to each school principal, and any outstanding balances are to be paid before the end of the school year.  Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Events


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PJHS Weekly Announcements

  • We are having a can good food drive for two weeks beginning on October 26th.  The homeroom with the most can goods collected will win a pizza party.  Please make sure your donations are not expired!!  

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  • PTO is collecting box tops! Place all box tops in a ziplock bag with your child's name on the outside.   Please send them in by October 26th so we can submit them for our first turn in to the company.  The student who turns in the most box tops will be rewarded.  Thank you for your continued support!

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Character Counts!

  • May 2, 2016 - May 6, 2016

    Posted by Gidget Everitt at 4/29/2016

    FOR STUDENTS:  "A tongue has no bones but it is strong enough to break a heart.  Be careful with your words."  --Unknown



    FOR STAFF:  "Words have great power.  Use them to support and inspire."   --Karen Salmansohn

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  • Ransomware: Your Computer Held Hostage

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 5/4/2016 6:00:00 AM

    It starts with a fast click on a link in a harmless-looking email. Then your PC slows to a crawl. A message suddenly pops up and takes over your screen. "Your files and hard drive have been locked by strong encryption. Pay us a fee in 12 hours, or we will delete everything." Then a bright red clock begins counting down. No antivirus will save your machine. Pay the fee or lose everything.

    This scenario, posted by TechRepublic on April 28, describes a ransomware attack, and these malware attacks have already occurred inside our district. A ransomware attack prevents access to your computer files by encrypting them, demanding a fee to release your files. 

    The malware is often delivered through a phishing email that appears to be from a legitmate source; the email often demands money for an "overdue invoice."  However, if an unsuspecting user clicks the link to view the attached document, the malware is released.  Ransomware has also been installed by clicking malicious links to PDFs or Word documents  on social media platforms.

    Most recently, the hackers have been masquerading as law enforcement officials with a ransom message that accuses the victim of copyright infringement or viewing pornographic content; victims are so terrified that they pay the fee without reporting the incident or seeking help. ZDNet reports the story of a 17-year old victim who was so traumatized by a ransomware threat that he committed suicide. 

    The guidelines for protecting yourself from a ransomware attack should sound familiar by now:

    On a district computer:

    • Avoid clicking links that look suspicious in emails or on websites.
    • Be careful about opening attachments in email messages if you are unsure about the sender's identity.
    • Let your Office 365 security system do its job.  The quarantine message you receive periodically in your Inbox lists email messages that have not been delivered due to their suspicious content.  Be very careful about releasing any of these messages to your Inbox.
    • Backup your files to your OneDrive account.  In a recent ransomeware attack, the Technology Department was able to save files stored in OneDrive, but the user lost all files stored on the local computer.

    On a home computer, include these:

    • Make sure the software and systems--including virus and malware security software--on your home computers are up-to-date. (District computers are updated automatically.)
    • Avoid downloading apps from sources you don't know or trust.
    • Backup your personal files to a cloud-based system. 

    Whether you are infected on a district computer or at home, most experts recommend that you don't pay the fee.  You are only allowing the hackers to continue striking more victims. There is no threat of physical danger if you refuse to pay, there is no law enforcement agency that uses these tactics, and there is no guarantee that your files will be unlocked even if you do pay.  

    Instead, ask for help.  

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  • SMP CyberSAFE Archives

    Posted by Susan Dupre at 1/13/2016

    See past postings at the SMP CyberSAFE archives page.

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