JCMS Team 2 Newsletter

Week of August 26, 2019

What's going on in class?


Another successful week under our belts!! I am glad to tell you that ALL i-ready testing has been completed for the Fall term. Students handle this very well, staying focused and giving their best efforts. This week we have continued our lessons on Ratios, next week we will have our first quiz. Students will be provided with a quiz review that will be completed as a class. I am very proud of how our kiddos are working and the efforts they are giving! Please check grades with your student and talk with them about how they are doing in class.

Language Arts

Students have been working hard this week on "marking the text". This is an active reading strategy that students are learning to help them identify and isolate relevant information. Marking the text will be used all year in multiple classes as a way to assist students in quickly referencing and comprehending information while reading. There will be a quiz next week over marking the text. I encourage you to ask your student what the 4 steps are and see what they remember!

This week students also began their nightly homework assignment. This nightly homework is to read a book of their choice for 20 minutes and then answering a few questions. The homework sheets will be collected on Tuesday in class.


This week in science students have wrapped up their review of the water cycle by completing a writing assessment. This will be the first grade to go into the 80% category of their grade. As always, students not scoring their preferred grade may see Mrs. Green to make arrangements to rewrite/make corrections. On Thursday Mrs. Abeldt, JCMS Technology Coach, helped us set up our outlook email accounts. You should begin to receive emails on Friday mornings from your student with their current grades as well as any missing assignments.

Social Studies

In social studies this week, we learned the tools to understand history. On Monday our students learned about timelines and the concepts of BCE and CE (BC and AD). On Tuesday we learned about primary and secondary sources. On Wednesday and Thursday, we learned how to take Cornell Notes, which are a way to take focused notes. They also learned about early Humans, and the Neolithic Era (Stone Age). On Friday we took a short quiz about geography terms we learned the previous week and continued to learn about early humans. This week they learned a lot of new concepts which the students handled well!


Students of the Week!

Each week teachers will be nominating Team 2 students who demonstrate good character, work ethic, leadership, and or overall growth/ improvements. Below are our Students of the Week from August!

What parents need to know...

Welcome Mr. Alahmadi to Science!

Next week our class will be welcoming Mr. Alahmadi to our morning classes. Mr. Alahmadi is a science teacher from Saudi Arabia, and will be with us Mondays through Thursdays for most of the school year. Unfortunately, Mr. Alahmadi will not be with us all day because he has other commitments at Kansas State University in the afternoon. I am so excited to share our classroom and have the opportunity to learn from another teacher. While he is here, he will be planning lessons with Mrs. Green, and working with students in the class.

GROW Student Opportunity!

This fall there is an opportunity for JCMS students to spend a day at Kansas State University while attending a GROW (Girls Researching Our World) workshop. The fall workshop will be October 12 from 9am-3:30pm at the K-State campus in Manhattan. The theme is “It’s Elemental, Dr. Watson!” in honor of the International Year of the Periodic Table and 150 years since the discovery of the periodic system. Activities will explore how the chemical elements continue to be important across STEM disciplines today. Example activities include a look at the elements needed in a healthy diet, macronutrients in soil science, and the periodic table as an art form.

Junction City Middle School can send up to 40 students (this event is geared toward girls, but anybody can go) attend
It will be basically be first come, first serve so if students are interested they should return the consent form immediately. If selected to attend with JCMS, the $30 registration fee will be paid for by USD 475. Students will be bused from JCMS to Kansas State University and Mrs. Russell (7th grade science teacher) will attend with them for the day. Parents will only need to pick up and drop off from Junction City Middle School at the designated times. I would love to see as many Team 2 students as possible attend!


If you have not yet signed up for our Remind text messages yet we encourage you to do so. We will typically send out nightly homework assignments and other reminders through this system.
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Team 2 Expectations

Team 2 is consistent in our expectations in all our courses to create the best and most conducive learning environment for all students. We create these expectations and go over them multiple times with the team to insure that all students are able to be successful. We encourage you to review the expectations and discuss them with your student.


Students will be sending out weekly grade updates each Friday via e-mail. Please make sure your student has your email address as well as it being updated in Skyward. Parents will also have access to student grades at all times through the Skyward website or app. If you are unable to access Skyward please contact the office for further help.

Upcoming Events

9/2- No School

9/3- Wildcat Discovery Day 5:30- 7:30 pm (Parent Open House)

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