Jasper Middle School

Weekly Parent Newsletter

This Week at JMS

Monday, Feb. 6

9th Grade Orientation at JHS

Breakfast - Assorted Muffins, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Chicken Nuggets, Dinner Roll, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

6:00PM 6th Grade Boys Basketball @ Pike Central

6:00PM 8th Grade Girls JMS Basketball Tournament Finals

7:15PM 8th Grade Boys JMS Basketball Tournament Finals

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Breakfast - Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Chicken Alfredo, Steamed Broccoli, Breadstick, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

Wednesday, Feb. 8

9th Grade Orientation at JHS

Screenagers Forum at the Astra

Breakfast - French Toast Sticks w/Syrup, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Hot Dog, RF Doritos, Sidekick, Sweet Potato Fries, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

Thursday, Feb. 9

Breakfast - Breakfast Bagel, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Pulled Pork Burrito Bowl, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

Friday, Feb. 10

7th and 8th Grade Valentine's Dance (JMS students only)

Breakfast - Whole Grain Goody Bun, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Mini Corn Dogs, Green Beans, Cookie, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

Upcoming Important Dates

Feb. 20, 2023 Snow Make-Up Day - No School

Mar. 10, 2023 End of 3rd Quarter

Mar.20-24, 2023 Spring break - No School

April 5, 2023 8th Grade Dubois County Career Cruise (@JHS)

Apr. 7, 2023 Good Friday - No School

Apr. 10, 2023 Snow Make-up Day - No School

Apr. 17, 2023 iLearn Testing Window open

May 3-7, 2023 Washington DC Trip (8th graders)

May 25, 2023 8th Grade Achievement Night

May 26, 2023 End of 4th Quarter and 2nd Semester

Office Information

Volunteers Needed

The JMS Student Council is hosting a Valentine's Dance on Feb. 10 from 6:30-8:30 for all 7th and 8th Graders. We could use a few Parent Volunteers to run the concession stand during those hours. Please email Mr. Hubster (dhubster@gjcs.k12.in.us) or Mrs. Ondiek (hondiek@gjcs.k12.in.us) if you are able to help.


Have you ever wondered about the effects of screens on students growing up in the digital age? Join us on Wednesday, February 8th at the Astra for a showing of ‘Screenagers’. This is open to all students and families in the Dubois County Community! The documentary will begin at 6pm. After the documentary, there will be a panel discussion, featuring Dr. Nord, Detective Brescher, Mr. Tolbert, Dr. Nalley and Mrs. Grothouse. Concessions will be available to purchase.
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JHS Freshmen Orientation Meetings

Jasper High School is pleased to welcome all JMS 8th graders to our Freshman Orientation Night. Students may attend either Monday, February 6th or Wednesday, February 8th. Please enter the school through door 1 our main entrance. Students will congregate in the cafeteria with tours beginning at 6. There will be a meeting for parents in the auditorium beginning at 6:15 with the guidance department. The evening will conclude around 8 pm. Students will be given a guided tour, meet the faculty, and learn about class options and extracurricular options. We are excited to welcome the future graduating class of 2027 for orientation. If you have questions please email Mr. Mauck at gmauck@gjcs.k12.in.us

Please see the attached letter from the JHS Guidance Counselors regarding the upcoming Orientation meetings.

In addition, Mrs. Kunz and Mrs. Maxey are working with 8th graders over the next month to make their transition to 9th grade at JHS a smooth one. Review important resources here:

Transition Presentation

Subject-by-Subject Considerations

9th Grade Course Selection Sheet

2023-2024 Course Description Book

Dana Kunz Email - dkunz@gjcs.k12.in.us

Tiffany Maxey Email - tmaxey@gjcs.k12.in.us

JHS orientation for students and parents. Choose Feb. 6th or 8th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Jasper High School. Students report to the cafeteria and parents to the auditorium.

From the Dubois County Health Department:

Dear Parent/Guardian of students in 6th, 7th, 8th grade,

In response to the Indiana Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, The Dubois County Health Department (DCHD) will be holding a vaccination clinic for HPV at Jasper Middle School during school hours. This is a great opportunity for busy parents, and for students to get up to date on their vaccines. Please see the attached information letters and registration forms in English and Spanish.

IDOE Family Friendly Schools Designation Survey

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Family Friendly Schools Designation is a state recognition program for schools that excel in engaging families and communities in their children’s education. The purpose of the program is to focus on addressing the academic, physical, emotional, and social needs of students while providing necessary resources and fostering the active involvement of families through schools and the community.

We need your help gathering information through the survey provided by IDOE. All responses are anonymous. Please complete this survey before the end of January. Thanks for your help!

2022-2023 IDOE Family Friendly Survey for Families

2022-2023 Family Friendly Survey for Families who speak Spanish

21st Century Scholars Information

7th and 8th grade parents: Your children may be eligible for a college scholarship! Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program offers income-eligible students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school, depending upon financial need. Don't let this awesome opportunity pass by without applying for the program. The deadline to apply is June 30 of the student's 8th grade year. Go online to apply at Scholars.IN.gov or fill out the attached paper application and return to Mrs. Maxey.

JMS Study Tables

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Welcoming Wildcats

A new group has been started at JMS to help with two specific missions: 1) to provide students who are new to our school with a welcome gift that includes a few Jasper spirit pieces and 2) to help students throughout the year who need clothing items provided for them. Our first initiative is to help get more spirit wear out to people . . . parents, siblings, grandparents, students . . . so that everyone has a chance to show their Jasper pride. We have set up an online store for people to purchase from. A portion of all sales will go into the Welcoming Wildcats fund. Additionally, on the store is a DONATE button where people can simply donate to our mission if they don’t want to purchase anything or in addition to their purchase. Please check out the online store at THIS LINK. Or, see the attached flyer. There are items at various price points, quality, and name brands.
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This Week at JMS Archives

All of our weekly newsletters will be archived on our website. You can use this link to access them directly - https://jms.gjcs.k12.in.us/parents/jms-newsletters . Or you can go to our website and click "Menu" and then "Parents" to find them.

8th Grade Class T-Shirt Design Contest

Got an idea for a T-shirt design that

You think best represents your class

And displays school spirit?

Design will appear ONLY on the front of the T-shirt. Can be 2 colors.

Turn your design into the JMS office by

Wednesday, February 22nd.

The winning design will be printed on T-shirts and distributed to all 8th Graders! Shirts will be worn on the Washington DC fieldtrip in May.

Teacher Information

JMS Teacher Spolight

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Students of the Week

Each week of the school year, we will be recognizing two Students of the Week for each grade level. Students are nominated for this recognition by staff members for a variety of reasons. It could be based on Academics, Behavior, Character, or Improvement. All of the nominees are then voted upon by the staff to identify the six winners for that week. This week's winners include:

6th Graders: Kendalyn Clever and Oliver Williams

7th Graders: Layla Pryor and Brogan Stenftenagel

8th Graders: Cali Rasche and Mason Whaley

2023 Science Fair

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Safe Sitter Course - Registration opens Feb. 15

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Jasper Band - A Notable Event

Jasper Band Parent Notable Event Auction - SAVE THE DATES, for our fundraising event. The Notable Event dinner auction will be held on March 4th at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center with an online section to the auction beginning on February 27th. Each auction (online, silent, and live) will have their own exclusive items list that can be viewed on the auction site. The auction site can be found on Biddingowl.com. Details regarding how to access the site are included in the attachments. You do not have to register to view the site (just search for Jasper Band), but you will need to register at biddingowl.com in order to bid online. Again, all items will be listed online, cataloging what is available, but only specific items will be open to the online bidding option. Everyone is invited to join us online and bid, but please consider attending the in-person event on March 4th to make this a more successful event for the band and have the chance to bid on exclusive in-person only items! Registration forms are also attached. If you have any questions about registration or if you would like to make a donation please contact Terri Owens at jhsnotableevent@gmail.com

Wyldlife Club

All JMS students are invited to Wyldlife's Club on Saturday, February 11th! 2-11-23 from 7-8:30PM at the Jasper Baseball Field House!

Jasper Boys Volleyball League

Interest is growing and now boys/men’s volleyball is among the fastest growing sports in the U.S. The IHSAA has sanctioned boys volleyball starting in 2023. This is a huge step forward for the sport. Join us this spring for the first ever Jasper boys volleyball league!

Jasper High School Cross Country's Wildcat 5K Fundraiser

Please see the attached pdf for information regarding this 10th annual event. The event takes place on April 15 and the proceeds support the JHS Cross Country team.

Free Movies at The Astra

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A Step Above Fundraiser

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