JMS Weekly Update

May 16, 2021

Hello JMS,

This week's JMS Update contains information about:

Algebra I Keystone Exam

This exam is required for any student who is currently taking 8th Grade Math with Mrs. Luptak and Mrs. Hogel.

2021 Summer Mt. Lebanon Academy

The goal of the Summer Academy is to provide our students an opportunity to strengthen and reinforce those skills and knowledge impacted by any unfinished learning.

Additionally, we will be administering the PSSA Math assessment on Wednesday and Thursday. We will follow the same procedures that we did last week for the PSSA ELA testing. You can find more information under the PSSA information section of this week's update about your child's schedule for this week.

Please continue to let our nurse, Mrs. Suess, know if anyone in your family is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This information is critical to the safety of the students and staff at JMS.

Stay Safe,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Hybrid A/B/Cyber/D Schedule

Monday - Day 2

Tuesday - No School - Election Day

Wednesday - Day 3 - PSSA MATH - PSSA Testing Bell Schedule

Thursday - Day 4 - PSSA MATH - PSSA Testing Bell Schedule

Friday - Day 5 - Tuesday Talk - Tuesday Talk Schedule

Monday (5/24) - Day 1 - Algebra I Keystones (Grade 8)

Tuesday (5/25) - Day 2 - Algebra I Keystones (Grade 8)

Wednesday (5/26) - Day 3 - PSSA Science (Grade 8) - PSSA Testing Bell Schedule

Thursday (5/27) - Day 4 - PSSA Science (Grade 8) - PSSA Testing Schedule

Friday (5/28) - Day 5

New Information

20221 Summer Mt. Lebanon Academy (students in incoming grades 6-12)

We are excited to offer the 2021 Summer Mt. Lebanon Academy for Students in Incoming Grades 6-12, a program that complements our traditional Summer Enrichment offerings.

Please refer to the Mt. Lebanon Summer Academy Brochure for Students in Incoming Grades 6-12 for a complete list and descriptions. Students can enroll in as many clinics as their schedule permits.

There is no cost for any of the clinics or labs. Funding will be provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

  • Dates: June 14th - July 1st (Mondays - Thursdays)
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: Mt. Lebanon High School Complex
  • Deadline to register is Friday, May 21st by 3:00pm.

Please email with any questions.

Algebra 1 Keystone Information

Algebra I Keystone Exam - 5/24, 5/25

**This exam is required for any student who is currently taking 8th Grade math with Mrs. Luptak and Mrs. Hogel.**

We will begin our Algebra I Keystone testing on Monday, May 24th.

Act 158 of 2018 provides pathways for students to meet the State graduation requirements; two of the pathways require having a score for each Keystone Exam. It is highly recommended that your child participate in the Algebra I Keystone exam.

Our testing dates are:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education does not provide a remote option to take the Algebra I Keystone exam. Therefore, Cyber Cohort students will need to report to the building to participate in the exam to ensure that all five graduation requirement pathways remain available.

Cyber Cohort students can participate during the dates listed above, or this year, we will offer an exam administration the week of June 7 at the High School. Be assured that all procedures outlined in the Health & Safety Plan will be implemented during the testing window(s).

To help us plan and prepare for the exam’s administration, I am asking that you complete this FORM if you are choosing one of the options listed below:

  • Opting-out of the assessment due to religious objection. (**Note: This will reduce the number of pathways available to meet the graduation requirements outlined in Act 158 of 2018.** )

  • Exercising the option to take the Keystone Exam during the week of June 7 at the High School - Cyber Cohort students ONLY.

If your child will be participating in the Algebra I Keystone exam, you do not need to complete the form.

Thank you for your continued support. Please let us know if you have any questions.

PSSA Information

We will begin our PSSA MATH testing on Wednesday, May 19th. Our testing days are as follows:

Please read the information below so that you know what to expect on testing days. The schedule is rather complex and we want to make sure that everyone knows where they should be on testing days. Click on the description that best represents your family, for specific information about testing days.

Information For Families Who Have Opted Out of the PSSAs

Information For Families Who Are Participating in the PSSAs

Other Information

Spiritwear Sale - LAST DAYS TO ORDER - Sale ends 5/17

Need a spiritwear refresh? The JMS Spring Sale is happening now through May 17th. Click here to check out the new seasonal offerings and store favorites. Orders will be ready to ship or pick up the week of May 31st.

Chipotle Fundraiser - 5/19 - 4:00PM-8PM

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 19. Visit the Chipotle on Cochran Rd between 4 pm and 8pm. Show the attached flyer, tell your cashier you’re eating to support Jefferson Middle School or skip the wait in line and use online code 6ZBC8PE on the Chipotle app or website to order ahead. Share with families and friends!

8th Grade Recognition - 6/3 - Forms due 5/17

Cohort A/B and Cyber Students are welcome to take the buses from JMS to the pool. Please arrive to JMS between 11:50-12:00 if you plan to attend the pool party and would like to ride the bus.

Resources For Families

Family Resources for Conversations about Current Events

These resources include content on race and racism, the police-involved killing of Black people, activism, equity and social justice. They also include an updated Table Talk family discussion guide that include questions for starting these conversations with your children at home.

Talking To Your Child About Discrimination and Bias

In an effort to continue to educate our students, families and the community about discrimination and bias we wanted to share the following resources with you.

This essential conversation and continued education is imperative if we are committed to creating a school and community that is welcoming and inclusive. These conversations are bigger than JMS and must also take place at home and throughout the community. Please help us, as a school and as a community, continue to grow in our in our understanding about discrimination and bias.

Lunch Menu

The Mt. Lebanon School District will continue serving free Grab-and-Go Meals to any student in the community under the age of 18, with no eligibility requirements, until further notice. The meals will be distributed at the elementary schools.

Meals will be available from 10:45 until 1:15 every day to accommodate all students during their lunch periods.

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:

COVID-19 Resources

The following resources provide information to help Mt. Lebanon School District families and staff navigate the complexities of COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic it is having on our daily lives. These resources will be updated as more information becomes available.

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

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


Mt. Lebanon Youth/Middle School Football Camp - REGISTER TODAY!

Don't miss out on The Mt. Lebanon Youth/Middle School Football Camp!

May 24-26, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Grades 2-8

LEBO varsity Head Coach Bob Palko and staff welcome you to our upcoming Youth/Middle School Football Camp. Students will be trained on proper running/speed mechanics, drills to enhance change of direction, and proper form for on-field strength training. Players will also learn fundamental football skills including proper & safe tackling form, pace and intensity of practice-type reps, and simulated live football scenarios.


Do you have Lebo Spirit? Interested in becoming a Mt. Lebanon Cheerleader for the 2021-2022 season? Tryouts are here!

Mt. Lebanon Cheerleading Tryout Clinic:

Dates: May 17-20

Time: 3:30-6:00

Location: MTLHS North Gym, Mt. Lebanon Cheerleading Tryouts: May 21, Beginning at 3:30, MTLHS North Gym

Reach out to Coach Shannon with any questions:

Football Sign Ups

If your child is interested in playing Middle School or Ninth Grade Football, please fill out the Google Forms below. This information will be used to keep you up to date on upcoming parent meetings, camps, training opportunities and more. If you have any questions, contact Head Football Coach Bob Palko at


We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration for our athletic programs through partner company, FamilyID ( FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, you enter your information once for multiple uses, multiple kids and multiple programs.

JMS PTA Information

Help JMS Earn Money While You Shop!


If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:

  1. Go to and sign in with your regular Amazon username and password.
  2. You will be prompted to choose a charity. You should enter "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” into the search box that appears. It will say "Pittsburgh, PA" as the location for the charity.
  3. Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to on your browser.

If you already use AmazonSmile:

  1. Go to and sign in with your username and password
  2. Make sure the charity you’ve selected is "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc." This information is located under the search bar where it says “supporting”.
  3. If it isn’t, you can change it by clicking on the charity and selecting “change”
  4. This will bring you to a page where you can search for “Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” and allow you to switch charities.
  5. Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to to checkout.
  6. If you shop on the Amazon app. Please activate Amazon Smile on your mobile app by opening the app and finding ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.

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.

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.