JMS Weekly Update

Week of 3.29.2020

Dear JMS Families,

This week finds us beginning Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs). More information about FIDs can be found below. FIDs will begin on Monday, March 30th and continue through Friday, April 3rd.

We understand that some families/children may be excited and ready to jump back in to their educational experience. We also understand that other families/children may have feelings of being stressed and overwhelmed by what is happening in the world right now. We are prepared to meet you where you are. We are here to support you and the children throughout this process.

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

We hope that you and you family continue to stay healthy.


Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mr. Jeff Zeiders, Assistant Principal

New News

Flexible Instructional Days (FIDs)

Assignment information will be made available electronically. FID assignments will be posted in Dashboard. Assignments will be posted each day by 10:00 AM, and teachers will be available for consultation and assistance by email from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00 PM-3:00 PM. For more information about FIDs, click on the link above.

A Shout Out to Our JMS Friends!

A Shout Out to all of our wonderful friends at JMS! We are thinking about you. We miss you. We are looking forward to see you back at JMS soon!

Families In Need of Technology

Families who are in need technology devices can still request them through this link.

Quarter 3 Report Cards/ Q3 & Q4 Grading

The end of the 3rd marking period will be Tuesday, April 7. Report Cards will be available on April 16th. To reduce academic anxiety and concerns as we transition to at home learning, the District has opted to move to a Pass/Fail grading scale.

  • Pass (P) = a student earning a 60% or better in the final calculation of quarter grades.
  • Fail (F) = a student earning a 59% or lower in the final calculation of quarter grades.
  • These grades will be exempt from the QPA calculation.

Schools Closure Extended

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be most critical to everything that we do. Last week, Governor Wolf ordered a “stay at home order”. In addition, Governor Wolf further ordered schools to be closed for two more weeks. Currently, our schools are closed and we do not anticipate returning to school before April 14, 2020.

School At Home (S@H)

We will be implementing School at Home (S@H) instruction beginning April 6th. This is intended to continue the asynchronous nature of delivering instruction while adding a component that facilitates the “continuity of education” expected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. More details coming soon.

Spring Break - S@H Days

Spring Break was scheduled for April 8, 9, 10 & 13. These days will continue to be at home instructional days. Families who observe religious holidays should plan accordingly to ensure instruction is received and assignments are completed.

JMS & HS Cheerleading Information

Please fill out this form if your child is interested in becoming a Mt. Lebanon Cheerleader for the 2020-2021 season. Filling out the form does not mean that you are obligated to try out! Coaches will use the information provided to keep you up to date on upcoming tryout information. Right now there are many unknowns, and the coaches would like to keep everyone in the loop. Coaches will also be sending out tips on how to best prepare yourself for tryouts at home!

If you have any questions, please reach out to the following coaches:

8th Grade Washington DC Trip - CANCELLED

In light of the health and safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 virus, our state suggests that we should refrain from non-essential travel. Specifically, the Wolf Administration strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events, and conferences of more than 10 people. The White House guidelines ask that individuals and groups cancel any gatherings planned over the next eight weeks. In this environment of uncertainty and quickly changing information, it is impossible to accurately predict when restrictions will be lifted, sights will re-open, and travel in large groups will be able to occur.

With this guidance and the unlikely possibility of having the trip this year, we will be cancelling the trip and pursuing the refund aspect of the contract. In no way would we place the health and safety of our 8th grade students or chaperones at risk.

Other Information

Grounds, Fields, & Playgrounds - CLOSED

Until further notice, all Mt. Lebanon School District grounds, fields, and playgrounds are closed for any use. This aligns with the municipal closure of fields and the Governor's declaration. Closures will be enforced by the Mt. Lebanon Police Department.

Resolve Crisis Services

If you or someone you love is overwhelmed, anxious or can't stay mentally well, please know that there are helping professionals to talk with. In Allegheny County, there is free, confidential help 24/7 through Resolve Crisis Services.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Free Grab and Go breakfast and lunches are available for pick up from 11:00-1:00 outside of entrance C20 on Horsman Drive at the HS.

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.

Internet Access

Comcast announced a comprehensive COVID-19 response to help keep Americans connected to the internet. You can find more information here.

PTA Information

There are no PTA Updates this week.

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.