JMS Weekly Update

January 10, 2021

Hello JMS!

This week's Update contains information about:

Please continue to let our nurse, Mrs. Suess, know if anyone in your family is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. With a planned return to school on January 21st, this information is critical to the safety of the students and staff at JMS.

Continue to do your best to stay home, wear a mask, physically distance (6ft or more), avoid congregating in groups, and wash your hands.

Stay Safe,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Hybrid A/B/Cyber Schedule

Monday - Day 3

Tuesday - Day 4

Wednesday - Day 5 - "Intervention and Recovery Learning Day"

Thursday - Day 1

Friday - Day 2

Monday (1/18) - No School

Tuesday (1/19) - No School

Wednesday (1/20) - Day 3

Thursday (1/21) - Day 4 - Hybrid Begins

New Information

"Intervention and Recovery Learning Day" - January 13th

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, JMS students will have the opportunity to participate in an “Intervention and Recovery Learning Services” day. This day will be asynchronous and will provide time for students to:

  • Meet with teachers for support and review

  • Independently complete assignments and projects

Students will NOT join their homeroom or class meetings. Teachers will be available to meet with students via pre scheduled appointments. Teachers will be reaching out to students to schedule appointments during their assigned class period. Students are also welcome to reach out to their teachers to schedule appointments.

If a student is not scheduled to meet with a teacher during their assigned class period, they should be working independently to complete assignments and/or projects.

Before Wednesday, January 13th, students should:

  • Check Dashboard to review their grades and assignments.

  • Check email to see if teachers have scheduled appointments with them.

  • If necessary, reach out to a teacher, via email to set up a meeting.

On Wednesday, January 13th, students should:

  • Check Dashboard to review their assignments.

  • Attend any scheduled meetings with their teachers.

  • Continue to work on assignments/projects throughout the day.

Material Distribution - 1/18 & 1/19

Quarter 3 Material Distribution will take place during the week of January 18th. Teachers will inform students if materials need to be picked up. Students can pick up their materials for Q3 in the Library during the following times:

  • Monday, January 18, 2021: 2pm-6pm
  • Tuesday, January 19, 2021: 8am-5pm

Please enter the Library through the D-28 entrance. If the above times do not work for you, please contact Ms. Deet to make alternate arrangements.

8th Grade Transition Meeting - Video Recording

If you were not able to join us for the 8th Grade Transition Meeting on Friday, you can find the presentation here, or by clicking the link above.

Beth Schneider and Jerad Smith were the HS Counselors who presented at this event. Their contact information is linked above and is included below. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Beth Schneider -

Jerad Smith -

More information about the High School Curriculum Night will be coming soon!

Operation Help the Lunch Laddies

The PTA Council is looking for volunteers to help distribute lunches for the 3rd Quarter at each of the elementary schools.

When the kids head back to school on January 21, our Food Services Department will need the support of our community again! Please consider volunteering to hand out lunches! The time commitment is only about 90 minutes and it's a great way to help the community!

Dates were added for the entirety of the third nine weeks and will be adjusted as needed. As always, thank you so much for volunteering!

If you are available to help, click on the link above to sign up for a time. We appreciate any help you are able to give!

Preparing For Our Return to Hybrid Instruction

Returning to Hybrid Instruction

We are preparing to return to our Hybrid mode of instruction on January 21, 2021. Please review the following information about returning to Hybrid.

JMS Hybrid A/B/Cyber Update

Other Information

A Message from Dr. Steinhauer

Hybrid Resumes

Elementary (Grades K-5) - January 11, 2021

Secondary (Grades 6-12) - January 21, 2021

Updated Plans

The School Board also approved the Health and Safety Plan 3.0, the Revised Reopening Education Plan, and the Revised Athletics & Activities Health and Safety Plan 4.0. All of these documents can be found at

New Dashboard

In addition, we have launched a revised Dashboard. This revised Dashboard is designed to provide more data to create a fuller view of COVID-19 cases in our schools. It aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s new guidelines regarding the identification of Covid-19 cases in school.

The Dashboard consists of three elements:

  1. The first chart is aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Cases of COVID-19.
  2. The second chart provides a snapshot of the total number of employee and student positive cases of COVID-19 in the District.
  3. The third chart displays the total COVID -19 cases by month.

Out of State Travel Restrictions

If you plan to travel out of state, please know that your child will need to quarantine or produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering PA, before returning to school. During this time of quarantine you child will be able to log into class remotely, but will not be permitted to physically enter the building.

Contact Ms. Deet or Mrs. Suess with any questions regarding your travel plans.

Resources For Families

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



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

PTA Council Newsletter Page

PTA Council is launching a new PTA Newsletter page on their website. All newsletters will now be available on the website. In the coming weeks, resources will be available for families to translate these newsletters into other languages.

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.