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Jefferson Middle School September/October 2019

Updates from the Principal

We have had a terrific start to our school year so far. We are excited to have the largest student body we have ever had as a middle school. We have students actively joining many activities and falling in to routines for academic success. We appreciate your continued support as we make it a very successful year. One of our key areas of focus this year is improving attendance. Our goal is to have 90% of our students attend 90% of the time. We appreciate your assistance in helping your child to meet this goal. Attendance is critical to each student's academic success.


This year we are piloting several new STEAM electives as we transition fully to a STEAM Academy next school year. We have many exciting learning opportunities occurring in these new electives. I would like to highlight our Shark Tank course this month. Shark Tank is taught by Mr. Reiss and Mr. Gerskin. In the Shark Tank STEAM course, students are given the opportunity to facilitate the development of entrepreneurial ideas and present those ideas to a "Shark Tank" of experts. I had the opportunity to sit in on a preliminary panel and listen to student's presentations and provide feedback. It was fantastic to see the creativity, critical thinking, and work place skills that are being developed through this course. We are excited to see where our students take these concepts through their nine week course.


I want to continue to encourage all parents to join our Parent Teacher Student Association. Membership in the PTSA does not commit you to active participation. However, if you would like to serve on a committee or as an officer, please contact me directly. As the PTSA supports various student activities throughout the year, we still value any support you can provide. Without the support of the PTSA, there are many activities and opportunities we would be unable to offer our students. We are continuing our, "No Work Fundraiser," for the PTSA. Any donations help us to meet our goals for the year and prevent active selling of products to families. Please forward any donations to the PTSA through our main office.



Please feel free to contact me any time at gcaine@cpsk12.org or make an appointment by calling 573-214-3210, should there be anything I can assist you or your child with this school year. You may also follow me at @Caine_JMS on twitter as well.

Dr. Greg Caine, Sr.

Principal

JMS AVID UPDATE

Upcoming Dates:

Venture Out Field Trip: September 13, 2019: All day

Contract Signing Ceremony: September 24, 2019: 6:00-7:30 Potluck Dinner!

Central Methodist University Field Trip: October 18, 2019

HOW MUCH SLEEP DO CHILDREN NEED?

Sleeping well is often a result of having good sleeping habits. A child’s sleeping pattern affects the entire family. This is why good sleeping habits and rules about bedtime are important.

A school-aged child usually needs between 10-12 hours of sleep every night! When establishing a bedtime routine, it is important to bear in mind what time the child must go to school in the morning and how long it will take them to get ready and travel to school. This way, the child will get a goods night’s sleep and feel rested in the morning. If not, your child may not get the most out of school. Trying to get a tired child out of bed every morning is a hassle. Parents/guardians must decide on a suitable bedtime for the child’s sake.

Many children come to school already tired before the day starts. This makes it difficult for the teacher and child to have a productive day. Help your child develop proper sleeping habits in order to promote a positive learning environment.

Electronic devices can keep a student awake after they go to their bedroom. Best practice is to remove the temptation and take away their gadgets to help them go to sleep at a reasonable time. Check on them before you retire for the night and be sure they are sleeping and not playing video games!

CPS Guidelines for illness concerns:

Update your contact information when phone numbers change


Students exhibiting the following symptoms will be sent home and/or should remain at home if they exhibit any of the following:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or greater
  • Vomiting with associated signs of illness
  • Diarrhea
  • Unusual or unexplained rash
  • Ongoing symptoms of discomfort or immobility from an injury
  • A concerning health condition that may require further medical evaluation


Your middle school student can and should carry one or two doses of over the counter pain reliever in a labeled container. Headaches are a common complaint at school.

Contact the school nurse with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Betty Cramer, RN, BSN 573-214-3213 ecramer@cpsk12.org

Student Flu Shot Clinic

Wednesday October 23rd 8 AM-10 AM

The Boone County Health Department team will be at Jefferson Middle School to give flu shots to your student. A student must have a permission slip signed and filled out by their parent or guardian to receive this free vaccination at school. If you are not sure that you have turned in a permission slip for your student, you may call the health room. Blank forms are available in the front office and from the health room staff.

Betty Cramer, RN, BSN

ecramer@cpsk12.org

573-214-3213

The Results Are In...STUCO News

On September 4th students participated in Student Council Elections and the results are in!

President – Zohra Runyan, Vice President – Grace Monsees, Secretary – Eden Westveer, Treasurer – Meghan Reazer

8th Grade Representatives – Mary Nickens & Devon Arnett

7th Grade Representatives – Sadi King, Issy Cheney, Gwen Casteel

6th Grade Representatives – Destinee Longdon, Lexi Szydlowski, Bruce Wing, Matthew Gass, Isabelle Ramsey, Addie Bell

We have already had our first meeting since the election and our members are eagerly working on school improvement ideas, service projects, and creating our All School Party in October.

The JMS All School Party is October 18th!

Our JMS All School Party will be Friday, October 18 from 3-5pm. Our theme this year is

“Once Upon a Time.” Tickets will be sold October 14-18 before school. The ticket cost is four tickets for $1. Admission will be four tickets, or $1, or two cans of food for the Food bank. Everyone will use tickets only, not cash, to pay for snacks, drinks, pizza, cookies, popcorn, carnival games, and activities at various booths during the party. Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time to avoid long waits. We will also have a Bounce House, and Kona Ice will be here. We will play dance music in the gym during the party. This party is only for JMS students, not other schools. Parents and volunteers working at the party should arrive at 2:35 and check in the office for your work assignment map and materials for each game. Students will need rides for pick-up promptly at 5pm. We hope all students will attend this awesome JMS All-School event. Join us for a great time at our Fairy-tale themed party, “Once Upon a Time.”

JMS Athletics

SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER DATES FOR: FOOTBALL, VOLLEYBALL, AND CROSS COUNTRY

FOOTBALL:

SEPTEMBER 12 vs Camdenton @ RBHS 5:30

SEPTEMBER 19 vs OLLIS @ TOLTON 6:00

SEPTEMBER 26 vs WMS @ HICKMAN 6:00

OCTOBER 3 vs OMS @ BATTLE 5:00

OCTOBER 10 vs SMS @ HICKMAN 7:00

OCTOBER 17 vs JOEL E BARBER @ RBHS 5:00

VOLLEYBALL

SEPTEMBER 16 – 7TH @ OLLIS 6:00, 8TH H vs OLLIS 6:00

SEPTEMBER 18 – 7th @ OMS 6:00, 8TH vs OMS 6:00

SEPTEMBER 21 – 7TH & 8TH COLUMBIA INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT @ HICKMAN

SEPTEMBER 23 – 7TH H vs TJMS 6:00, 8TH @ TJMS 6:00

SEPTEMBER 25 – 7th @ SMS 6:00, 8TH vs SMS 6:00

SEPTEMBER 30 – 7th @ LCMS 6:00, 8TH vs LCMS 6:00

OCTOBER 2 – 7TH vs GMS 6:00, 8TH @ GMS 6:00 (PINK OUT GAME FOR 7TH GRADE)

OCTOBER 7 – 7TH @ LMS 6:00 (PINK OUT GAME), 8TH vs LMS 6:00

OCTOBER 8 – 8TH vs SSPP 6:00

OCTOBER 15 – 7TH @ CIS 6:00

OCTOBER 16 – 7TH @ WMS 6:00, 8TH vs WMS 6:00

OCTOBER 19 – 8TH @ HANNIBAL TOURNAMENT 8:00AM

CROSS COUNTRY

SEPTEMBER 18 @ OAKLAND PARK 4:00

SEPTEMBER 25 @ BETHEL PARK

OCTOBER 2 @ GANS CREEK (MEDAL MEET)

OCTOBER 11 @ JEFFERSON CITY FAIRGROUNDS 4:00 (MEDAL MEET)



IMPORTANT DATES:

7TH GRADE BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – OCTOBER 21

· MUST HAVE A CURRENT PHYSICAL ON FILE TO TRYOUT

· MUST HAVE PASSING GRADES TO TRYOUT

8TH GRADE BASKETBALL TRYOUTS – OCTOBER 21

· MUST HAVE A CURRENT PHYSICAL ON FILE TO TRYOUT

· MUST HAVE PASSING GRADES TO TRYOUT

JMS FAMILY ACTIVITY PASSES ON SALE IN THE MAIN OFFICE $50. GETS YOU INTO EVERY CPS EVENT (EXCEPT TOURNAMENTS) MUST SHOW PASS. PICTURE OF PASS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Builders Club News

Builders Club had our first meeting on Sept. 3. We had members from Kiwanis Club come and discuss with us their club and how our club is connected to theirs. Builders Club is about service and we discussed leadership roles and expectations. We will meet again Oct. 8 to set our leadership panel. Students interested in serving others should come to our next meeting. We are always welcoming new and helpful people. See Mrs. Kiley with questions.
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