JMS Weekly Update

August 23, 2020

Dear JMS Families,

As we are getting closer to our first day of school, we have a lot of information to share with you. We will do our best to share all of this information in a clear and organized fashion. This week's update contains information about Schedules/Teams, Material Pick Up, Bell Schedules, Technology Requests, Lunch and more.

We will be sharing more information about the first day of school this week. Specifically, information about how the children will log on, and how they will start their day.

We are looking forward to seeing the children during material pick up this week! Please reach out to your child's teachers, Ms. Deet or myself if you have any questions.

Take care and stay safe,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal

New News

Schedules and Teams

Student schedules and team assignments were e-mailed home on August 21st. Schedules are also available via Dashboard. Please check your child’s schedule for accuracy. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Main Office at (412) 344-2120. The easiest way to determine team placement is to check your child’s Social Studies teacher on the schedule. Please note that we cannot honor requests for specific teams or teachers.

  • Bluemling - Twister (6)
  • Beckett - Wildfire (6)
  • Picard - Star (7)
  • Torti - Thunderbolt (7)
  • Smith - Emerald (8)
  • Cappucci - Sapphire (8)

Each team has a Team Leader who will be a great point of contact for you should you have any grade/team/subject specific questions. A list of the Team Leaders is below:

  • Mercier - Twister (6)
  • Beckett - Wildfire (6)
  • Picard - Star (7)
  • Caldwell - Thunderbolt (7)
  • Luptak - Emerald (8)
  • Hogel - Sapphire (8)

Our School Counselors are also an excellent point of contact should you need information about scheduling or any other social/emotional supports. They are assigned to the following teams/grades:

  • Twister (6) - Berg
  • Wildfire (6) - Levison
  • Star (7) - Levison
  • Thunderbolt (7) - Levison
  • Emerald (8) - Berg
  • Sapphire (8) - Berg

Material Pick Up - August 26th, 27th & 28th

In order to provide a dynamic online learning experience, we are asking students to come pick up necessary supplies and resources from Jefferson Middle School on August 26th, 27th, and 28th. This will also provide an opportunity for the children to meet some of their teachers. Click on the link above for more information.

Each team will have an assigned window of time to complete the material distribution. We are asking each child to sign up for a 20 minute appointment to visit JMS. They should bring a backpack to carry their materials.

All materials will be organized in the JMS gym, inside of the A2 Entrance on Moffett Street. If you have any materials from last year, please bring them to JMS during your assigned appointment time.

Click on your child’s Team link to sign up for a time to collect materials. If you do not feel comfortable entering the building, please contact Ms. Deet to make alternate arrangements.

6th Grade: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

7th Grade: Thursday, August 27, 2020

8th Grade: Friday, August 28, 2020

"Welcome to JMS" Bags

Thank you to the JMS Student Council for making "Welcome to JMS" bags for all of our new friends! They filled over 250 bags with back to school goodies and the following message:

Although we might not get to meet you in person immediately, just know that all of us have your back. Even if it is virtual, all of the teachers, staff, and the Student Council Executive Board will always be willing to help you. We all hope that this small gift will assist you in your transition to Jefferson Middle School.

Bags will be available for pick up for all 6th grade and new students at Material Distribution.

Families In Need of Technology

As we prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please complete the form linked below:

Be sure to list every student for whom you need to borrow a device on this form. Once you have submitted your form, you will receive status emails including device pickup details from an email address. Please also be sure to whitelist email addresses with your email provider to ensure that you receive these communications from us.

Please direct any and all questions regarding loaned equipment to our support address:


The District will provide grab and go lunches through each of the seven elementary schools, five days per week.

Students interested in obtaining a lunch can travel to their neighborhood elementary school for lunch pick up. Students will be charged via their lunch account. Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will not be charged.

6th Grade/New Student Orientation & Welcome Back to School Presentations - August 27th

We are in the process of creating a webpage with information and videos that will share the following helpful information about JMS and Full Remote Learning:

  • About JMS
  • Attendance
  • Communication
  • Dashboard
  • Expectations
  • Health Office
  • Intramurals and Clubs
  • Lunch
  • Olweus Bullying Prevention
  • PTA
  • Remote Learning Guidelines
  • Schedules
  • School Counselors
  • Technology
  • Writing Lab

The webpage will allow you to access this information, as needed, throughout the course of the year. It will be available on Thursday (8/27).

Walk Your Schedule

The purpose of this event is to provide the children with the opportunity to become acquainted with the building so that they know where they are going on the first day of school. The opportunity for Walk Your Schedule will be available prior to us returning to the brick and mortar setting.

Keeping this same philosophy in mind, we are working on communication for parents and students that will share specific information about how the children will log on, and how they will start their day on the 31st.

First Days of School

First Day of School - August 31st

Full Remote Bell Schedules

The links below contain information about our full remote bell schedules. We will be running alternate bell schedules with an extended homeroom for the first week of school. We will move to our regular full remote bell schedule beginning on Tuesday, September 8th.

JMS PTA Information

PTA Membership and Directory Access

We are in the process of preparing the JMS Membership Toolkit Database for the coming 2020-2021 school year. Our membership store will reopen for the 2020-20221 school year once team assignments come out in August. Directory access is available to JMS PTA members only.

Remember, no matter which school path you are on, all roads lead back to JMS. Please email if you have any questions.



Please bookmark our Amazon link and save it to your browser favorites or add it to your home screen for easy shopping. JMS does not earn any rewards when the Amazon app is used.

Android devices - click on this Amazon link. Hit the 3 dots in the top corner of the Chrome browser and select "Add to Home Screen."

Apple devices - click on this Amazon link. In Safari, tap the Share button [box with arrow]. On the bottom row of icons, scroll over and tap Add to Home Screen. On the next screen, choose a name for the link on your home screen and tap Add. The link will now look like its own "app" icon.

The school earns up to 10% on eligible purchases.

Box Tops

Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, so don't forget to physically and electronically clip the for us! The clipped Box Tops can be turned into the office.

See Box Tops for more information on how to scan Box Tops and to download the app. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days for the Box Tops to be scanned electronically.

Giant Eagle

Giant Eagle Support our students! Enroll your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points for FREE educational rewards with every shopping trip.

Click here to register your card. Our school code is 3369. The Giant Eagle card program is also easy to use - just register your card and shop away as usual!

Office Depot/Office Max

Office Depot/Office Max has a school rewards program. When shopping, remember to ask the cashier to tag Jefferson Middle School. For online orders, enter our school ID (Thomas Jefferson Middle School ID:70088453 Pittsburgh, PA) on the Thank You Confirmation page.

Resources For Families

Safe 2 Say Something

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

Here’s how it works:

  • Submit a report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

Jefferson Middle School

The Jefferson Middle School learning community has an exceptional reputation for its dedicated teachers, staff and parents working together to provide learning experiences for our children that include high expectations, a challenging curriculum and a shared commitment to provide the best education possible for each and every student.