JMS Weekly Update

May 21, 2023

Hello JMS!

This week's Update contains information about the following:

Please notify our nurse, Mrs. Raco, and complete this FORM if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Take care,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Jackson, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Monday - Day 3

Tuesday - Day 4 - Keystones

Wednesday - Day 5 - Keystones

Thursday - Day 1

Friday - Day 2

Monday (5/29) - No School - Memorial Day

Tuesday (5/30) - Day 3


JMS Student Takes First Place at Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science State Competition

Congratulations to Peter Goslin (8th grade) for receiving a first place award at the PJAS state science fair competition! This competition was held last Monday at Penn State University. Peter's Chemistry project was entitled "Effectiveness of Water Purification Methodologies."

Way to to Peter! We're so proud of you!

JMS Teacher Named Pennsylvania Association of Student Council's Regional Middle School Advisor of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Cherry who was awarded the PASC Region B Advisor of the Year! Mrs. Cherry was nominated by her students for this award. Her nomination will continue on to the state level. Mrs. Cherry's dedication to developing student leaders is unmatched! Congratulations Mrs. Cherry! Thank you for all of your hard work. We are so proud of you!

New News

Algebra I Keystones - 5/23 & 5/24 (8th Grade Only)

Algebra I Keystones (Grade 8 Only) begin on Tuesday. You can help your child to be at their best during the Keystone testing window by encouraging them to:

  • Get a good night's sleep
  • Eat a good breakfast before school
  • Arrive at school on time
  • Do their best no matter how hard the tests may be
  • Know how proud you are of their abilities and their efforts

JMS Keystone Testing Schedule

  • May 23 & 24 - Algebra I Keystone

Testing will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will end at 10:30 a.m. However, the tests are untimed. Any student in need of extended time may finish later than 10:30 a.m.

JMS Keystone Bell Schedule

This bell schedule will be used on testing days.


JMS Bicycle Club - Thursdays After School

Bicycle, bike, cycle, whip, hog… whatever you call it, spring is coming and it’s time to ride!

All skill levels are welcome. Where, how, and what we ride will all depend on interest. All you need is your bike and helmet. Meetings will begin with some maintenance tips and help tuning up that old bike from Master Mechanic (in his own mind) Mr. Daw, and then we will ride!

Please see Mr. Daw in room 202 with questions and to get a waiver. The waiver must be signed before we ride, but you may come to the meeting without one to check it out and work on your bike.

8th Grade Pool Party Information

*Please return BOTH permission forms to your homeroom teacher by Friday, May 12th.

Pool Party Parental Permission and T-Shirt Form

Pool Party Transportation Form

As this year comes to a close, it is time to celebrate the accomplishments of our 8th graders. The staff and PTA of Jefferson Middle School have planned 8th grade events for Tuesday, June 6th. Students will spend their mornings at Jefferson Middle School and will eat lunch before departing for afternoon activities. The 8th grade students and staff will board school buses for a pool party and fun activities at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center. These events are weather permitting and may change based on circumstances out of our control. Additionally, planning for an inclement weather option is underway. Students who do not participate in the day’s planned activities will remain at Jefferson Middle School for the afternoon.

The cost of the party is $10 (Cash or Check to: Jefferson Middle School PTA ) which includes a JMS Class of 2027 T-Shirt. Remember, lunch will be eaten at school prior to boarding the buses. The pool party will consist of games, music and treats!

Students will NOT return to Jefferson Middle School after the pool party and are to be picked up by parents or dismissed directly from the pool. Students are NOT permitted to remain at the pool following the party.

Please complete the form below AND the transportation permission form. Have your child return these forms to their Homeroom teacher no later than Friday, May 12th, along with the $10 payment (Cash or Check to: Jefferson Middle School PTA ). Don’t forget to include the adult t-shirt size your child would like below.

Any questions? Please contact the 8th Grade Celebration Committee at:

Marisa Hupe- Carol Rosetti- Jen Kelly-

Schoology Notifications - Assignment Updates

Parents! Are you looking to know more about the status of your child's assignments. Are you curious about what they have turned in and perhaps what is still missing? Schoology can help you with this! Learn how to set your schoology preferences for easy notification HERE.

Schoology Tip for Students

Check out this week's Schoology Tip for Students!


Affordable Connectivity Program for Families

The federal government released an additional program this year for families in need that will subsidize their home broadband Internet access as well as partially reimburse the purchase of personal devices at home.

The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is highlighted on our Families=>Technology Resources=>Internet@Home page (LINK).

Families In Need of Technology

As we prepare to start the 2022-2023 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please visit


Middle School Athletics

You can learn everything you need to know about Middle School Athletics, including starting dates, by visiting the MS Athletics Webpage.

Volleyball Camp

Please see the attached information about summer Volleyball Camp.

Lebo Rifle

Attention Rising 9th graders, the High School Varsity Rifle Team hosts an introductory summer session to help athletes gauge if Rifle may be the WPIAL sport for them!

Attendance is required at the first session on July 12th with optional practice sessions continuing thru July into August on Wednesdays at 1:00pm. For more information, to register, or with questions, please contact: Assistant Rifle Coach Natalie Kukla,

Lebo Guard

The Lebo Guard invites all students to their Try-It-Out clinics starting next Tuesday, May 16th at the high school C-20 patio. Come join us from 6-9pm to learn about Color Guard, learn new skills and make new friends! No experience is necessary! For more details and head to to register.


Cheer Tryouts are right around the corner. Please contact Tracey Green with any questions. Click here for tryout registration

Fall Sports

We wanted to share information about 6th and 7th grade about athletic opportunities during the fall season of their 7th and 8th grade year in order for you to begin to plan. Please find attached the opportunities for 7th and 8th graders during the fall sports season, each sports start date, and its head coach.

We will be continuing to offer the convenience of online registration for our athletic programs through partner company, FamilyID (

JMS PTA Information

PTA Membership and Directory Access

Our Membership Store is now open! We hope you will consider joining out PTA to help fund excellent educational opportunities for our children. Directory access is available to JMS PTA members only.

You can join the PTA HERE.

Please email if you have any questions.

Box Tops

Scanning Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. 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.

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.

Resources For Families

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

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.