J.M.S. News...

By Donald F. Gately, Ed. D - December 2016

Quote of the Week of November 28-December 2:

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” – Dr. Seuss

Quotes for the Month of December:

December 5-9: "Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will." - Vernon Howard

December 12-16: "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

December 19-23: "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." - Albert Einstein

Monthly SEL Theme for the Month of December: RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY

"Self-Respect is like wearing a coat of armor that no one can cut through." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. This coat of armor allows us to demonstrate the importance and necessity in being dependable and responsible. Dependability is being there for others through all the times of their lives, as well as, showing and encouraging a personal commitment to each task.

Responsibility is being accountable in word and deed. It understands the need to fulfill tasks with reliability, dependability, and commitment.

Parents and educators model and demonstrate respect, dependability, and a sense of responsibility for you. We need to help you understand and internalize how you can and will change the lives of all with whom you come in contact.

Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics

The Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at SUNY College at Old Westbury is proud to announce that 6 students at Jericho Middle School are among the 86 students this year to be named a Long Island Young Scholar of Mathematics and was accepted by the Institute to pursue mathematics and mathematical science applications.

To qualify for this honor, the 86 students who were selected for the Institute's three divisions competed against approximately 600 of the top ranking students nominated from school districts on Long Island. Selection by the Institute implies that a student is among the top one-tenth of one percent in math of all students on Long Island in his or her grade. Acceptances were based on four criteria; school transcript, teacher recommendation, a brief statement written by the student and a rigorous entrance exam.

The Students from Jericho Middle School are:

  • Rebecca Cho (7th Grade)
  • Sparsh Jain (6th Grade)
  • Emily Jiang (8th Grade)
  • Darshini Podder (6th Grade)
  • Judy Zhou (8th Grade)
  • Kevin Zhu (6th Grade)


Classroom News!

Team 6A:

This past month in Science Team 6A had a parent visit our classroom and teach us how to make Mummy Dust! Students were able to determine whether the reactions we observed were acidic or basic. Then we witnessed another chemical reaction by making Green Slime! In math we demonstrated our understanding of mathematical properties like the distributive property. In ELA we are working on our mystery book reports. In social studies students are studying artifacts from ancient Sumer.

Team 6B:

Team 6B attempted to create the perfect rainbow, by finding the volume of various colored liquids. Each group was able to form a rainbow; however, we realized that it was quite challenging to make our measurements exact. Students had a great time learning about human error and some very clingy water molecules!

Team 6C:

Students on Team 6C are reading a variety of novels in class. We are using a literature circle format to have deeper conversations about each story - character development, writer's craft, and vocabulary.

Team 6D:

Team 6D has been studying the Rise of Sumer and all their achievements. They did a pictorial lesson showing all the important facts surrounding Mesopotamia and how it became the Fertile Crescent.

Team 6E:

Team 6E wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who came to our open house. Students are working on developing a growth mindset. We want our students to embrace the idea that every mistake they make is progress. After all, you have only failed if you have given up. Until then . . . it’s learning. Through effort, the right strategies and getting help from others, everyone can achieve. For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction. Let us all embrace a growth mindset in our daily lives!

Team 7A:

The students on Team 7A went on a field trip to the Museum of Natural History where they explored the exhibit Dinosaurs Among Us. They conducted a comparison in the anatomy of humans vs. dinosaurs and birds while visiting the museum. Cross cutting themes of Science such as Structure and Function, Diversity of Life, and Evolution were covered as students compared the body systems of the different forms of life.

Team 7B:

The students of Team 7B have been learning about the motivation and effects of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. Students took part in a "Columbian Exchange" activity where they identified, then placed, items on a poster board according to their continent of origin. Students made the connection that Columbus's arrival in the New World would have a tremendous impact the social and cultural makeup of both sides of the Atlantic. The best part, we were able to snack on the fruits of the Exchange!

Team 7C:

After weeks of hard work and laser sharp focus in the classroom, the students were thankful for a day to relax and enjoy spending some time with the whole team. Students were able to enjoy a bagel while watching a movie about courage, friendship and sticking up for those in need. It was a powerful message and reminded everyone why it is so important to stick together and be there for each other. Except when there are bagels…..then it’s every person for themselves!! J

Team 8A:

Team 8A Science classes were happy when they were using Oreos to demonstrate the many phases of the moon.

Team 8B:

Students on team 8B are using Desmos as a way to pull together mathematical concepts . Desmos eliminates some of the abstractness that comes with mathematical investigations and allows the students to play with the numbers. With Desmos, the students can see something happen to the corresponding graphs as adjustments are made to the parameters. The Desmos application engages students and encourages them to share their ideas and discuss relationships.

Team 8C:

Team 8C has been hard at work this November, especially in math class. During one of the highlights, students were given the task of saving the President. In this activity, the students were placed in a situation where the President had gone missing and they were tasked with locating his whereabouts. Given only a series of small clues, students developed and graphed a system of linear inequalities to triangulate the President’s exact location and bring him home safely!


Before you say “Turn off the TV!” maybe try saying “change the channel”.

Do you remember the Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah film Splash from the 80s? In the film Hannah plays a mermaid, who after a day of watching TV at a local store can suddenly speak English. Here is a link to the scene. Your child may not become fluent in a day, but watching TV, movies, and listening to music and the radio in the language they are studying in school is a great way to develop their ear, build vocabulary, and learn more about culture.

Here are some hints from the World Language Teachers…

  • · What to do when your child is learning Chinese and you do not speak it? Tune in to the radio, AM 1380 (Mandarin), AM 1480 (Cantonese) and Chinese Radio Network AM 1240. On the TV turn to SinoTV, ETTV, and Phoenix North America Chinese Channel to practice your skills.
  • · Connecting to the French speaking world through radio and television can be easy! Visit NRJ.fr for free live streaming French radio or subscribe to the TV5 French TV channel for some French programming. Chouette!
  • · Two free apps for live Italian radio are Tunein Radio and Radio Kiss Kiss. RAI International and Mediaset are two channels available on cable for $10 a month.
  • · Want to pick up some more Spanish? Prende la radio to 96.3 for La Mezcla to listen to pop music and 93.1 Amor FM for easy to understand love songs and Telemundo and Univisión en la tele will keep you up to date on the world affairs and sports en español.

French classes celebrated French week from November 4th – November 10th. Each student created a cultural presentation to be shared with the class. The students enjoyed food tastings, music, presentations and films in French. French club made French flag cupcakes and had a petanque competition.


Get Your Child the Flu Vaccine- The Centers for Disease Control recommends all children 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Consult with your child’s healthcare provider.

Instruct Your Child to Wash Their Hands Often- Proper handwashing is the most effective way to avoid spreading germs. Wash hands with soap and water making sure to wash the front, back, and in between the fingers. To make sure enough time is spent on this task, ask your child to sing the Happy Birthday song twice while washing.

Explain to Your Child the Importance of Avoiding Touching Their Nose, Mouth, and Eyes-This will help limit the spread of germs.

Teach Your Child to Cover Their Nose and Mouth With a Tissue When They Cough or Sneeze -Throw the tissue away after use and wash hands as noted above. If a tissue is unavailable teach your child to cough or sneeze into their elbow.

Offer a Well Balanced Diet, Promote Regular Exercise, and Implement an Age Appropriate Bedtime- Together these recommendations will help their bodies fight off infections.

If Your Child Gets Sick - Keep them home from school and follow-up with your child’s healthcare provider accordingly.




Dates to Remember...

December 1: MS PTSA Exec Meeting - 8:30AM - MS Library Computer Lab

December 1: Principal's Coffee Hour - 9:15AM - MS Library

December 2: MS Yearbook Retakes - Auditorium

December 5: MS Coat Drive Begins (1/27)

December 8: MS Play (Musical) - 2:15PM-3:30PM - HS Little Theater

December 9: SEPTA Exec. Meeting - 9:30AM

December 9: MS Play (Musical) - 7:00PM - HS Little Theater

December 13: 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Guidance Evening Hours - 7:00PM–9:00PM

Recognizing that other commitments often make it impossible for parents to find time to meet with counselors during the regular school day, we will continue a program of evening meetings this year. If you would like to meet with your child's counselor but are unable to do so during the school day, please call the counselor in order to schedule an evening appointment.

December 22: Board of Education Meeting - 7:30PM - Jackson Elementary


December 26-January 2: SCHOOLS CLOSED - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!