JA Cub Report

Report #5: September 22, 2022

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No Schedule Changes

We are no longer accepting schedule changes, unless there is an error in course assignment. Thank you for understanding and have a great rest of the quarter.

Attendance: 24 Hours

Please give us 24 hours to update attendance. We have a high volume of calls to process and update. If we get a call or note, attendance will be updated. Please give us a 24 hour grace period to get it updated. THANK YOU!

Student and Staff Isolation and Close Contact


  • Reporting - students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must be reported by the school district to MDH. Students and staff should report a confirmed case of COVID-19 to their school building.

  • Isolation period - students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 must remain home in isolation for 5 days from the date of symptom onset, or the date of the test if no symptoms (counted as day 0). Students and staff may return on day 6 with symptoms improving and fever-free for 24 hours. Students and staff are required to wear masks indoors days 6 through 10 of the isolation period.

  • Notification - elementary families will receive written notification when three or more confirmed cases of COVID-19 are identified in a classroom within one week, or when 5% of students and staff in the building are identified with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Secondary families will receive written notification when 5% of students and staff in the building are identified with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Close Contact

  • Watch for symptoms for 10 days.

  • Students and staff with known exposure to COVID-19 are strongly encouraged to wear a mask around others indoors for 10 days.

  • Students and staff are encouraged to test 5 days after the exposure, or sooner if they have symptoms. If positive, the student or staff should follow the isolation guidance.

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Sites or programs will move to mask requirements when a threshold meets or exceeds the following:

Building: 5% or more of the students and staff in an RPS building or another facility test positive for COVID-19. For smaller programs/facilities, mask requirements will be implemented when 5% of students and staff above a minimum of 3 or more cases are identified. If that threshold is met, all students, staff, and visitors to that school would be required to wear masks for two weeks.

Classroom: For classrooms where students are self-contained for most of the day in a single room, masks will be required indoors for two weeks when 15% of staff and students are absent in one classroom with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 and/or symptoms of COVID-19.

Instances were masks are still mandated:

  • Students and staff who tested positive for COVID-19 and who have completed 5-day isolation will be required to wear a mask in RPS facilities days 6-10 of isolation timeline.
  • Staff in health services providing direct cares to students.
  • Students with COVID-like symptoms who are waiting for parent/guardian pick up to go home.

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Message from PTSA

Thank you to everyone who has ordered from our Spirit Wear drive! We only have a few days left to order and are almost to our goal. Make sure to place your orders by September 26!!

Our first restaurant night is coming up! Eat at Noodles & Co on October 12 from 4-8 PM and part of the proceeds will go to JA.

Amazon Smile

Please use Amazon Smile when ordering from Amazon. Choose John Adams Middle School. We appreciate your support of students and staff. THANK YOU!

PTSA Announcements and JA Spirit Wear Drive

Spirit Wear

We still have several t-shirts in large, XL, 2X, 3X & 4X on sale for $10 from our Back to School events. Your student can purchase them in the main office. We are also sending home a Spirit Gear flyer soon. Orders are due September 26. You can place them online by scanning this QR code.


PTSA Monthly Meetings

Meetings will always be held on the third Thursday of the month.

If you are interested in filling a board position, we will be electing officers for Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer and are also seeking Committee Chairs at our first meeting. (Details for each position below:)

Vice President: Shares/divides duties with president, back-up leadership

Secretary: Records meeting minutes/tracks membership

Treasurer: Manages budget, Signs checks, Deposits money

Book Fair Chair: Organizes Scholastic book fair

8th Grade Graduation Chair: Assists with end of year celebration for 8th graders

Teacher Appreciate Chair: Assists with planning teacher appreciation week

Our other meeting dates are:

October 20

November 17

December TBD

January TBD

February 16

March 16

April 20


Mark them in your calendar! We look forward to working together to make it a great year!!

John Adams Middle School PTSA



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Donations for Community Schools Room

Dear JA Parents, Guardians, Friends and Community Members,

My name is Jacob Powell. I am a teacher at John Adams and a member of the team of teachers and staff that volunteered to design activities, lessons and projects that build community and a sense of belonging for all our students. One way we are doing this is through service projects that impact our school and community. Our first project is being sponsored by Mr. Powell and Mrs. Stanch’s homeroom classes.

We are gathering hygiene items for our Community Schools Room. This room is open to our students and families for use when needed throughout the year.

The items requested are:

  • -stick deodorant

  • -feminine products

  • -toothbrushes/ toothpaste (travel and full size)

  • -socks (we had a large donation of black socks so colors or white are prefered and in any size)

  • -underwear (kid and adult sizes)

  • -wet wipes

  • -lip balm

  • -hand lotion (travel and full size)

  • -hairbrushes and picks

  • -hair ties

  • -Shampoo and conditioner

As a secondary incentive, each grade level will compete for the honor of most items collected (measured by weight).

If you would like to donate any of these items, please have your student drop any items off at room 120. Items can also be brought to the school office. Make sure that you indicate the grade level that should receive credit.

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me at japowell@rochesterschools.org or Eric McRae, JA Community Schools Site Facilitator at ermcrae@rochesterschools.org

Thank you so much.

End of School Day Bus Location

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We did not host an in-person meet the teacher night. Below is the link with introductory videos from JA teachers and support staff. We are doing what we can to maintain a safe return to school for students, staff and families. Thank you!


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Pick-Up and Drop-Off Procedures @ John Adams Middle School

Student pick-up and drop-off are two very busy times of day at John Adams! In order to keep all families safe (and to limit frustration), please follow these procedures from 7:45-8:20 and 2:30-until all buses are gone.

Doors open at 7:55 a.m. Students will wait outside until 7:55 a.m.

  • Door 1 – Grade 6
  • Door 2 – Grade 7
  • Door 9 – Grade 8

Students then enter the building and go to their classrooms. The main circle/turn around near the main entrance is reserved for buses ONLY before/after school.

If you drive your child to John Adams, refer to the diagram (above) to understand expected traffic patterns. Cars entering/dropping off students should enter the parking lot on the east side of the building in the entrance only and let students out at the curb side of the parking lot next to the building. At the end of day, buses will utilize the curb area on 31st Street all the way to the stop sign on 18th Ave. Handicap parking is available in the front of the John Adams parking lot.

When waiting for your child after school, please be aware that other cars are arriving and leaving behind you. Good drop off and pick up areas are marked with a star on the map.

CAUTION. We work diligently to get all students to use the crosswalk. Unfortunately this does not always happen. Be alert to students who may be crossing outside of crosswalks!

Google Classroom when absent, quarantined or assigned alternative to suspension

If your child is absent from school due to illness, being quarantined, or assigned alternative to suspension, our teachers are prepared to do the following:

  • Create a Google Classroom for each class
  • Post all assignments (with links) in a timely manner
  • Be prepared to start instruction for quarantined students on or before the students third day of a consecutive absence
  • Connect with students once a week (during school hours) for classes that meet each day
  • Connect with students via email, Google Meets and/or phone
  • Provide feedback on work done outside of school on a weekly basis
  • Follow grading guidelines and timelines

***This is NOT an online school option. This is a short term alternative when students are unable to attend in-person for reasons listed above.

Explicitly teach students how to:

  • Connect with the teacher
  • Request help
  • Access learning resources
  • Provide instruction in multiple modes (Screencastify, videos, slide shows, exemplars)

It will be important for your child to check their school email and the Google Classrooms daily. THANK YOU!

Mr. Brant Goetz


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