Jonathan Alder Junior High

September 23, 2022

Message from the Principal

JAJHS Families,

It just doesn’t feel right to open this newsletter with anything other than a “Happy Fall, Y’all!” With the change in temperatures comes the excitement of a new season!

Around the building, we are shifting gears and picking up the pace with lessons and activities! Students are engaging in increasingly rigorous activities and teachers are busy challenging our students in new ways.

As we move through the mid-point in the quarter, it is a good time to remind families to stay connected to your child’s grades and progress on Canvas. See the instructions below for accessing this on your phone or computer.

We are excited to cheer on our 8th grade band members tonight at their performance with the JAHS Marching Band! Our instrumental musicians have been working hard on preparing for this special night and we are looking forward to seeing them showcase their talents!

I hope you and your family enjoy your weekend!


Mr. Malany



JAJHS Families,

Our fall sports teams are in the home stretch of their seasons and have experienced some great success this year! We are excited to wrap up an outstanding fall season and set our sights on kicking off our winter sports.

Boys' basketball information is up on our athletic website and we are hoping to get girls' basketball and wrestling information out to our students shortly and uploaded to our website. If you are trying out for basketball or planning on wrestling, please make sure you have an up-to-date sports physical on Final Forms.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks and go Pioneers!!

CLICK HERE for Junior High Athletic Website

CLICK HERE for Ticketing Website Junior High Athletic Events

Mr. Moyer

Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

From the Director of JH Bands

We are excited to showcase our 8th Grade Band on September 23rd, at the High School Football Game! They will be performing with the High School Marching Band on the field during their Pregame Show and will also perform with the band in the stands during the game. Informational Letters were sent home with band students this week and can also be found on their Canvas Band Page. We hope to see you there!

Renee Hostetler

Director of JH Bands

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Student council applications will be in the office on Friday, September 23. Those interested in running for student council need to have completed forms turned in to Mrs. Garner no later than Friday, September 30th. Students will be voting for those interested students in their homeroom. Any posters, presentations, or videos they'd like to share with their homeroom need to be sent to Mrs. Garner by Wednesday, October 5. Homeroom elections will be held on Friday, October 7. Our representatives will be announced Tuesday, October 11. Please contact Mrs. Garner with any questions.

Staying Connected: “Ask Me About” Posters

As part of our effort to help our students and staff connect with each other, we have enjoyed creating and showcasing “Ask Me About…” posters around the school. Last spring, teachers created their own posters to model their unique interests, hobbies, passions, and talents. The goal is to provide students with a visual for conversation starters with teachers.

Students have now had the opportunity to create their own posters. Their posters were printed through the Think Big Space and are now proudly displayed on lockers throughout the school. This has provided more opportunities for students to connect with each other and to learn about and celebrate their interests!


9/23/22 8th Grade Band Night

10/10/22 Professional Development Day/No School for Students

10/21/22 No School/Girls' Tech Day at COSI

11/8/2022 Professional Development Day/No School for Students



To stay connected to your child's classrooms, we encourage you to visit our Canvas pages. Instructions for creating accounts, downloading apps, and pairing your account to your child's can be found on the Digital Learning Tools website. Students' grades as well as many lessons and activities will be shared through Canvas. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.


Dear Parents/Guardians,

It has come to the attention of the Food Service Department that many families are not aware of their eligibility status regarding their Free and Reduced Price Meal Application. This is most likely due to emails going to the SPAM folder. The software we use as our Point of Sale and notification system is Solana. Emails regarding your child's account balance and your family eligibility will come from Please add this email to your contacts to receive any emails in the future.

Grace for students that were approved for free or reduced meals last year will end on September 27th. Applications must be filled our prior to this date to avoid incurring meal charges.

For fees to be waived, an approved free application must be on file with a signed waiver form. This is Section 5 in Final Forms. If you received an email at the beginning of the year instructing you to not fill out an application because your child has been determined to be free by Rebecca Rings, you still must complete a waiver form or click yes on the Final Forms application, yes on Section 5 and sign the form. Forms can be found on our website:

Meal Costs for the 2022-2023 School Year:

Breakfast: $1.50

Reduced Price Breakfast: $0.00

Preschool-6th Grade: $3.00

7th Grade-12th Grade $3.25

Reduced Priced Lunch Pk-12: $0.40

Adult Lunch: $4.25

Message from the District Nurse

The state of Ohio requires vaccines for students entering the 7th grade. These requirements include:

1. Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

2. Meningococcal-ACY (Meningitis)

If your child has not received these vaccines, please make arrangements to obtain these immunizations as soon as possible. You may schedule these vaccines with your child's doctor, the health department or a walk-in clinic. If your child has received these vaccines, please make sure to forward a copy of the record to the school fax (614-873-0845, drop off in the school office or email them to

Please contact the district nurse with any questions or concerns.

Thanks for helping to keep your students safe and healthy!


Connecting with our PTO is a great way to meet other families and to get involved with your child's school! We are always looking for volunteers to help out at our concession stands for athletic events. Even if you have no experience, please consider signing up for a game to help out and meet other families! We will provide training and support throughout the event!

Volleyball Concessions sign-up link:

Football Concessions sign up link:

Stay connected to our PTO by following the PTO Facebook Page. Thank you to our officers:

President Jean Sowers

Co-President Kelly Timberlake

Vice President April and Jason Weese

Treasurer Jean Sowers

Co-Treasurer Kelly Timberlake

Secretary Sonya Murdock

Co-Secretary Brandi Nixon

Our meetings are held via Zoom on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM. If you would like more information to be involved with the PTO, please contact: Jean Sowers at or Sonya Murdock at

8th Grade Washington DC Trip

We plan to offer the Washington, DC trip experience again this year for our 8th grade students. We will share information as we have it available about the trip, chaperoning and associated costs. Stay tuned!!

Drama Club

Information about signing up and auditioning for Drama Club will be shared soon! We are excited to offer these experiences as ways for our students to connect at school. Information will be shared on the daily announcements for students.

Reminders from JAJHS Office

Medications at School

Sometimes parents ask that school personnel administer medication to their child during the school day. When this is necessary, we require written permission and instructions from the parent and in some instances from the doctor.

The required form Distribution/Student Use of Medicines/Medications must be completed and turned in to the junior high office with the medication to be administered.

School Fees

The school fees for 7th and 8th grade can be paid online using MyPaymentsPlus or you can bring cash or check to the school office. The fees are $30 per student for the 2022-2023 school year.