JCMS Parent Newsletter

January 11-15

General JCMS News

  • Snow Make-up Days - Because of the last 2 days being snow days, we will be in school on January 18th and February 15th.


  • Picking Students Up - Make a doctors appointment for your student during the school day? No problem! - call ahead or write a note for your student to bring to the main office letting us know what time you will be here. By letting us know ahead of time, we are able to have your student in the main office ready to go by the time you arrive.


  • 2015-2016 Yearbooks - Now on Sale!! Order forms are being mailed home or you can go to: ybpay.lifetouch.com and enter Yearbook ID Code: 12069116. Prices start at $25 for a yearbook.


  • 7th Grade Math Tutoring - Struggling in math? Mrs. Ballenger will be available for tutoring and extra help every Thursday until 4:00pm.


  • ISTEP+ Score Release - the state department of education released a memo to all schools last week stating that ISTEP+ scores will be officially released to parents tomorrow through the Indiana Parent Network. The "Invitation Code" that was sent home in November will allow you to gain access to your students scores. If you need another copy of your "Invitation Code" please contact the guidance office at 812-346-4940.



  • 2016 ISTEP+ Windows - Please avoid scheduling all appointments or other things where your student misses school on the following dates: February 29-March 11 and then April 18-29. These dates are when we will be taking ISTEP+ this year.


  • Comment Box - Please help make our school better. If you have feedback for us or a suggestion on how we would do something better, please click the following link and let us know. Be as detailed as possible in your suggestion so we are able to act upon it. http://goo.gl/forms/yUo6t4sp8X

Kindness Awards

The Panther Way is all about respecting people around you and helping other members of our community whenever possible. To help foster this, students and staff are able to nominate others for "Kindness Awards" when that person commits any act of kindness. These awards are given out on a daily basis and are there to recognize kind acts of others. We thought it a good idea to start publishing these names weekly as well so the parents of these students can be as proud of them as we are for simple acts of kindness. Last weeks "Kindness Award" winners were:

  1. Jaydon Vanosdol
  2. Brandon Anderson
  3. Revas Spencer
  4. Austin Widner
  5. Shawn Abell
  6. Emily Montgomery
  7. Mrs. Kirchner


Look for this weeks winners on next weeks parent newsletter!

Texting Feature through Skyward - How To Directions

Skyward now has the ability to send you text alerts. If you are interested in adding this feature, follow these simple steps:

1. Log in to your child’s Skyward Family Access.
2. On the left side of the page are options to choose from-select (click on) Skylert
3. Scroll down the page until you see Text Message Numbers
4. Enter your phone number (or additional numbers) than you would like to receive text messages from school. Use the following format to enter the phone number: area code-123-4567
5. Click Save.
6. Click Exit when finished.

Please call the main office if you have problems with this (812-346-4940).

After School Dance

Friday, Jan. 15th, 3:15-5pm

820 West Walnut Street

North Vernon, IN

Cost for dance is $4. Please make sure your student has a ride promptly at 5:00pm.