JMS Weekly Update

Week of 5.31.2020

Dear JMS Families,


This is our last full week of S@H. As we prepare to end the school year on June 9th, our last day for new instruction will be on June 4th. We are currently working on a plan to safely collect and return student materials (textbooks, library books, instruments, yearbooks, FCS projects, Art projects, etc). Material collection/distribution will take place June 8th - June 10th. More information about this process will be shared with you later this week.


We are very proud of the children for continuing to engage in their learning as S@H winds down.


As always, do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher(s) or myself and Mr. Zeiders with questions.


Take Good Care,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mr. Jeff Zeiders, Assistant Principal

New News

Material Collection/Distribution

We are currently working on a plan to safely collect and return student materials (textbooks, library books, instruments, yearbooks, FCS projects, Art projects, etc). Material collection/distribution will take place June 8th - June 10th. More information about this process will be shared with you later this week.

8th Grade High Note Festival (Band, Chorus, & Orchestra) Refunds

The High Note Music Festival is an experience that involves a judged performance at Carnegie Mellon University in the morning, and a trip to Kennywood Park in the afternoon for 8th Grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Students.


The annual 8th Grade High Note Festival was cancelled this year do to COVID-19. If you have an 8th grade Band, Chorus or Orchestra student who paid for this trip, and would like a refund, please complete the JMS High Note Festival Refund Form by Friday, June 5th.

JMS Activities

JMS Virtual Talent Show 2020

Our Virtual Talent show is ready to view (click the link above)! Thank you to the talent show committee that made this great experience possible and a giant round of applause for all of our performers! Enjoy the show!

Help Us Celebrate Our 8th Grade Students!

The Mt. Lebanon School District and the Mt. Lebanon PTA Council are proud of our High School Seniors and our 8th and 5th grade students who are making an important school and life transition. To celebrate these major milestones, please join us in a LEBO Clap Out to recognize and acknowledge our students on the last day of school, June 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM. To all Mt. Lebanon residents, families, and business--please join us to clap, cheer and make some noise at your home or place of business in the Mt. Lebanon Community. As always, we ask that you follow social distance and safety guidelines.


We are #Leboproud of the work and efforts of all students, teachers, administrators and staff for their incredible efforts during School@Home. It’s time to celebrate!

Resources For Families

Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Children

Check out the new lunch menu from our Food Service Department! Remember, lunches also include a breakfast meal and are free to all children in the community. Free breakfast and lunches are available for pick up from 11:00-1:00 outside of entrance C20 on Horsman Drive at the HS.



Local Resources for Families

The MTLSD School Counselors in partnership with The Allegheny Children's Initiative Inc., have compiled a list of social services resources that may be helpful to you and your family. Please take a look and reach out to these organizations. They are here to help with any of the following:

  • Food
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Pets
  • Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • General Assistance



TECH@HOME

Families wanting to borrow technology equipment from the District during this time may request a Chromebook for their family using the following form:



Once you receive your unique family code (e.g. ABCD) from your submission of the Initial Request Form, you may request additional Chromebooks and/or a portable WiFi access point from the District using the following form:



If you have any questions and/or concerns about your District issued equipment please email FIDSupport@mtlsd.net

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

Other Information

Navigating Dashboard During S@H

Looking for more information about how your child is doing during S@H? Check Dashboard!


Dashboard looks a little different now that we are using a P/F system. The teachers have been working hard to provide specific feedback as often as possible. The link above will take you to a document that will help you navigate Dashboard so you can view your child's educational progress (complete/incomplete assignments and feedback from teachers) during S@H.



S@H ABSENCE EXCUSE

Students will be considered "present" at school each day unless an Absence Excuse is submitted by the parent by 8:30 am on the day(s) in which the student will not be able to participate in the instruction. Make-up of student work as a result of an excused absence will be consistent with District policy.



Daily Updates and Mindful Moment

Please join Dr. Steinhauer at 9AM everyday for a Mindful Moment - a daily livestream with up to the minute news and information followed by a Mindful Moment.

PTA Information

We do not have any PTA Updates at this time.

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.