JCMS Team 2 Newsletter

Week of October 7, 2019

What's going on in class?


Congrats your students have completed their first 9 weeks of middle school!! Along with finishing the 9 weeks they are very close to finishing the first module (unit) in 6th grade Math. Next week will begin interim testing for Math please make sure all students have their computers charged up! I have been proud of the transition the students have made this year. I am looking forward to another successful 9 weeks!! Have a great weekend!

Language Arts

Interim testing will begin next week in Language Arts. Please make sure ALL students bring their computers CHARGED and ready to go on Tuesday.

Nightly reading homework-

Studies have shown that reading just 20 minutes per day will expose students to over a million words per year. This will then likely improve school grades as well as increase state standardized test scores. Please check with your child be make sure they are doing their nightly reading homework and filling out the log that goes with it.

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This week in class students researched and discussed climate change. They read and evaluated a Ted Talk by Greta Thunberg, and participated in a Socratic Seminar. I was so proud of each of them for their respectful participation and their ability to agree and disagree with each other's ideas.

Next week we will begin our Earth Science unit, so students will be bringing home their Water and the Atmosphere text books. Those should be kept at home and they will be issued new books for the next unit.

Social Studies

It’s hard to believe 9 weeks has already gone by! This week in social studies we continued learning about Ancient Egypt. We focused on the Geography of Egypt and the unification of the Upper and Lower Kingdoms of Egypt. Next week we will continue to learn about Ancient Egypt with a focus on the Pharaohs of Egypt and the mythology of Egypt. Grades for the first 9 weeks will be official next week. Have a great weekend!

StuCo Elections!

Student Council Elections were held during CAT time on Friday. Congratulations to Ashley, Grady and Alyssa who were selected by their peers to represent Team 2 this year.

Students of the Week!

Each week teachers will be nominating Team 2 students who demonstrate good character, work ethic, leadership, and or overall growth/ improvements. Below are our Students of the Week!

What parents need to know...

Book Fair!

The Book Fair is coming to JCMS! Please follow this link to the Library newsletter for more information.


Student Led Conferences (SLC)

Student Led Conferences are coming up this month. Please look for information to be emailed to you so you can sign up online with your student's CAT time teacher.


For your convenience, and to help protect your child from getting sick, we will be administering flu vaccines during school on October 17th from 8:30am - 12:30pm. If you would like your child to receive the flu vaccine, please fill out the attached forms and return them to the school nurse as soon as possible to ensure we have enough to go around.


Military Family Essay and Art Contest

The attached brochure has been updated with correct information. The Life Experience of the Military Family Essay and Art Contest is open to all military students (K-12) in the Fort Riley and Central Flint Hills Region. The attached brochure has been updated with that information.

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No Name Papers

We have had several no name papers turned in this year. If a student thinks they turned in an assignment but it shows missing in the grade book it is likely they didn't put a name on it. Please remind your child to always put their name, class, and hour on their papers.

Team 2 Expectations

Team 2 is consistent in our expectations in all our courses to create the best and most conducive learning environment for all students. We create these expectations and go over them multiple times with the team to insure that all students are able to be successful. We encourage you to review the expectations and discuss them with your student.


Students will be sending out weekly grade updates each Friday via e-mail. Please make sure your student has your email address as well as it being updated in Skyward. Parents will also have access to student grades at all times through the Skyward website or app. If you are unable to access Skyward please contact the office for further help.

Upcoming Events

10/14- No School

10/21- Student Led Conference

10/22- Student Led Conference

10/23- Student Led Conference

10/25- No School

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