JMS Parent Newsletter

Excellence in Education

“Just don’t give up what you’re trying to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” ~Ella Fitzgerald

Week 7: February 22-26, 2021

Good evening, JMS Parents & Families!

We would like to thank you for making your child's education a priority! We are proud to say that we had a 95% attendance rate for all students this past Thursday and Friday! Our students are doing a fantastic job and we can't thank you enough!

We want to remind you that you can drop off and pick up in either bus loop each morning and afternoon. This will expedite the drop off/pick up process. Please be sure that you do not enter a bus loop when buses are present!

If your child encounters any issues with accessing Zoom, please contact Ms. Laurendine ( and we will provide immediate assistance and contact their teachers. Please be sure to check Skyward for updated grades, attendance, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!

We truly appreciate your support and are looking forward to a great week!

Phil Cox, Principal,

Jenifer Laurendine, Vice Principal,

Nick Corrigan, Dean of Students,

Ben Fowler, Instructional Technology Coach,

The Eagle Eye - A Look at the Week Ahead

Monday, February 22

A Day

A – K on campus

L – Z via Zoom

ORHS NJROTC - Gym - 8th grade PE classes - 9:35am

Track Practice A-K 3-4:30pm

Atomic Master Brix Meeting - Rm 102 - 2:45-4:30pm

Board of Ed Meeting - SAB - 6pm

Tuesday, February 23

A Day

L – Z on campus

A – K via Zoom

Fire Drill 2pm

Track Practice - L-Z - 3-4:30pm

Atomic Master Brix Meeting - Room 102 - 2:45-4:30pm

Wednesday, February 24

All students Remote learning

Admin Team Meeting Eagle Innovation - Center - 6:30am

Food Truck-Oishii Knox

SLT Meeting - 1:00 - Zoom

Staff Meeting - 2pm - Zoom

Talent Show - 5th/6th Grade - JPAC - 1:pm

Athletic Coaches Meeting - 3pm - Zoom

Thursday, February 25

B Day

A – K on campus

L – Z via Zoom

Youth for Christ

ORHS NJROTC - Gym- 8th grade - PE classes - 9:35am

Questions for Superintendent’s Staff Advisory Committee due to Mr. Martin

Student Focus Meeting 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th periods

Track Practice - A-K - 3-4:30pm

Friday, February 26

B Day

L – Z on campus

A – K via Zoom

Youth for Christ

Truancy Meeting - 10-12:00pm

Track Practice - L-Z - 3-4:30pm

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Covid 19 Information - Safety First!

We want to ensure all students and staff are safe while in our building. We wanted to provide a refresher of our Covid Protocol. Please be sure to contact JMS administration immediately if your child has been tested or has been exposed to a positive case of Covid 19.

In an effort to mitigate transmission, please keep your child(ren) home if:

  1. They have been tested for Covid-19
  2. They have been exposed to a positive case of Covid-19
  3. If someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19. Additionally, notify JMS Administration as soon as possible.
  4. If your child(ren) are displaying any of the following symptoms:
  • Fever or Chills Temperature > 100.4 F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting

Ozobot Fun in Study Hall!

Tips for Term 3!

Please see some tips below to ensure your child is successful during Term 3.

Check Skyward

  • Check your child's grades in Skyward. You will be able to tell what their current grade is and what assignments are missing. Please see the video below on how to access your child's grads on Skyward.

Contact Teacher

  • If your child has missing assignments, reach out to their teacher to see what steps can be taken to possibly make them up. Many teachers provide opportunities to resubmit or make up assignments.

After School/Super Wednesday Assistance

  • If your child has multiple missing assignments, please reach out to his/her school counselor to schedule time after school or during Wednesdays to make them up. Ms. Castle (5th & 7th grade) can be reached at and Ms. Sullivan (6th & 8th grade) can be reached at You can also reach After School Coordinator Corey Huddleston at
  • Super Wednesdays are from 1pm - 3:45pm. Parent will need to provide transportation to and from the help session.
  • After School Help is from 2:45pm - 3:45pm. Parent will need to arrange for student pick up.


  • Remember that Zoom attendance is mandatory and students are required to log in when they are at home on remote days. Please be sure to bring in a doctor or parent note within 3 days of returning to school when your child is absent. Students are only permitted 7 parent notes for a sickness that does not require a doctor note.

Please feel free to reach out to Vice Principal Jen Laurendine at (865-425-9257) or Dean of Students Nick Corrigan at (865-425-9271) if we can assist in any way.

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Tips from Mr. Fowler - Syncing OneDrive & Chrome

Sometimes, students leave their laptops at school over the weekend or the device is left at Memaw’s house after a delightful visit. Sometimes student devices break, and while your device is being repaired or replaced, you need a loaner device. But what about my files?

Great news! Every student device is setup to utilize Microsoft OneDrive. It automatically uploads their documents to the cloud server which allows easy access from any internet capable device with a web browser. This allows easy swapping of devices and quick access if your device goes down. However, your student must save their files in the appropriate places.

Check out the guide below to make sure your student’s OneDrive is currently syncing and that your student is saving his or her work in the appropriate place.

In the same way, the Oak Ridge Schools Technology Department has set up Chrome to sync their bookmarks and access across devices, provided their ORTN accounts are syncing inside the browser. Check out the training below to make sure your student I set up appropriately.

As always if you have any questions, please reach out to

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ORHS NJROTC Speaks With Our 8th Graders!

Chief Nicholls visited all 8th grade PE classes this week to share about the NJROTC program at ORHS! For more information, please visit

NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, visits to naval or other military installations, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. Electronic classroom equipment, textbooks, uniforms, and educational training aids are provided by the Navy.

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2021 JMS Talent Show - This Week!

The show will go on - a bit different due to Covid, of course!

Any 5th or 6th grade student will need to come to JMS at 1:00pm this Wednesday, February 24 ready to perform! They will need to bring their music, outfits, etc.

Parents will drop students off and will not be permitted in the JPAC at this time due to social distancing. This will take at least an hour for everyone to perform!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Goldberg at

Art & Poetry Contest Information Below!

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Jefferson Middle School - Portrait of a Graduate (POG)

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We love our community partners - Mr. Stephen Barnes of Microsoft!

JMS PTO Update

New Board Members Are Needed:

The JMS PTO will be holding board elections in a couple of months. All of the current board members are either moving up to the high school or are unable to serve again next year so JMS is looking for some new parents to serve. In addition to running the annual Direct Funding Drive, PTO assists the school with everything from book fair to teacher luncheons to organizing a celebration for the 8th graders at the end of the year. PTO allows you to meet other JMS parents as well as the school staff and most importantly, become more engaged with the whole Middle School experience!

If you are interested in serving on the PTO board next year or would just like more information, please contact Sandy Pelletier

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Virtual Junior Achievement Career Expo Coming to JMS!

Walkthrough JA Inspire Virtual Career Expo

Counselors Corner

Good Evening from the Jefferson Middle School Counseling Department. Thank you for another great week here at JMS. Each week our Eagles continue to amaze us by the progress that they are making and the best effort that they are putting forth. Keep up the great work, guys!

Building Healthy Friendships

For the month of February, we are focusing on Building Healthy Friendships. Given that many of our Eagles have friendships that range outside of their alphabet, we have had to find new ways to maintain healthy friendships since the COVID pandemic began in 2020. Below are some tips to stay in touch and help continuing to build healthy relationships during this time of separation:

Have a set time each week to connect with your friends on Zoom or the phone.

Check in on those around you. Ask others what the experience has been like for them and their families, then offer your support and friendship.

Plan a virtual event for your group of friends! Organize a virtual movie or game night for your friend group!

Junior Achievement Virtual Career Day

This program will provide 7th and 8th grade students during their year-long Career Exploration and during their PE or rotational classes they would attend on Thursday, March 11th with the opportunity to hear speakers that will discuss important topics that will prepare them for the job search and career planning! The students will visit virtual company booths where they will learn about different industries and careers available in East Tennessee.

Mental Health Resources

For further mental health support, please feel free to reach out to the Jefferson Middle School Counseling department at (865) 425-9301. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please refer to the information below:

Mobile Crisis/Youth Villages: 866-779-9225

Ridgeview Behavioral Health in Oak Ridge: 482-1076

Statewide Crisis Text line: Text TN to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255

We Need Your Help!

Thank you so much to those who have considered donating prepackaged snacks for our After-School Homework Help Program. We are still asking all who are able and interested in supporting this program to donate nutritious, prepackaged snacks for our students. All donations can be dropped off to the Jefferson Middle School Counseling Office or in the office at the front entrance. We thank you so much for your willingness to support this wonderful program here at JMS.

Student of the Week:

Robyn Greenhalgh

Vladik Puchalsky

Robert Rankin

Keirstyn Adkisson

Important Dates:

WIDA Testing for ELL Students- February 2nd-March 26th

Virtual Junior Achievement “Inspired” Event for 7th and 8th graders during rotational classes and year-long Career Explorations- March 11th

End of 9-weeks-March 12th

Spring Break- March 15th-26th

TCAP-Alt- March 15th -April 30th

TNReady Testing Window April 21st-May 14th

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The Reading Eagle

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JMS Spring Athletic Update

We are excited to begin the 2021 JMS Track & Field season! Practice will begin tomorrow, Monday, February 22nd, for A-K students. Practice will begin on Tuesday, February 23rd, for L-Z students. You must have a complete 2020-2021 Sports Physical on file prior to participating in JMS Track & Field practice. The entire JMS Sports Physical packet is linked here: Please see Coach Byas, Coach Wilson, or Coach Bolling if you have any questions.

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6th & 8th Grade Human Sexuality Program - Action Required

Every year in Physical Education, we provide a Human Sexuality program for our 6th and 8th grade students only. The Oak Ridge Board of Education approved Human Sexuality program, provides age-appropriate information on the emotional, social, and physical aspects of growing up. Information on sexually transmitted diseases, refusal skills, abstinence is included.

Eighth grade students will remain in the same classroom. However, 6th grade students will be separated by boys and girls for the program. The program will be provided during Physical Education Classes on the following dates: 3/8/21, 3/9/21, 3/11/21, and 3/12/21.

The information for 8th graders will be presented by Mrs. Tracey Robbins. Our 6th grade students will be shown the following two short videos on puberty for boys and puberty for girls. The links for the videos are:

If you would like additional information about either program, or if you have further questions, please feel free to contact Katie Bolling, Nelson Glover, or Brian Wilson at 425-9301 or by e-mail at,, or

Tennessee law mandates that we have parental permission for students to be involved in this class. If we do not receive your opt out form, your child will be involved in this program. We have included the forms below and they will also be handed out in PE classes for 6th and 8th grade students this week.

Please return the form below if you DO NOT want your child to be involved in this program. If we do not receive your opt out form, your child will be involved in this program.