JMS Weekly Update

Week of 6.7.2020

Dear JMS Families,

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year will be here in just a few days.

Although this year did not end as we had planned, it is still a time to celebrate the many wonderful learning experiences, educational opportunities and accomplishments of our school, the students, and our extraordinary faculty.

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of our parents, students and teachers. Thank you for all of your hard work, dedication and support throughout this unusual year. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of all of our students. JMS is such a special place because of you!

We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer! Remember to check our website, Facebook and Twitter pages for updates throughout the summer.

Thank you again for your continued support throughout this school year. It has been a pleasure leading the JMS community.

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

Take Good Care,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mr. Jeff Zeiders, Assistant Principal

New News

Material Collection/Distribution

This collection/distribution will take place on June 8th, 9th and 10th. Each team will have an assigned window of time to complete their collections/distributions. We are asking each child to sign up for a 20 minute appointment to visit JMS.

If you have any materials that belong to the school, this is the time to return them. Materials that are not returned will be recorded as missing and a Delinquent Obligation Form will be filed. Either the missing item will have to be returned or the District must be compensated for the item.

Click on your child's Team link to sign up for a time.

Monday, 6/8/20

Tuesday, 6/9/20

Wednesday, 6/10/20

Yearbooks for Sale

If you did not pre-order a yearbook this is your last chance to purchase one. We will have a very limited number of yearbooks for sale during material collection/distribution on June 8th, 9th &10th.

Yearbooks are $45 - cash or check (made payable to Mt. Lebanon SD).

Please complete this FORM if you would like to purchase a yearbook. Priority will be given to 8th grade students.

Peak Performance Academy

The Mt. Lebanon Peak Performance Academy was specifically designed to give our 8th Grade students a “game plan for success” prior to entering high school that is based on four simple, yet powerful, concepts: Think, Move, Rest, and Eat.

We gathered four of the country’s top experts in these critical performance areas to share their best thinking and best strategies:

  • Dr. Christopher Willard, Harvard University psychologist - Mindful Practices
  • Mrs. Stephanie Hull, Mt. Lebanon Physical Education teacher - Best practices in exercise and movement
  • Dr. Jessica Levenson, University of Pittsburgh clinical psychologist - The importance of sleep
  • Ms. Auburn Weisensale, R.D, nutritionist for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department - Optimal nutrition practices for energy efficiency through food

Guided by these performance coaches, my hope is that our students will learn simple life lessons for being their best at all times, ultimately reaching peak performance in all that they do.

Mask Fundraiser

The high school cheerleaders have a fundraiser going on now. They are selling youth and adult masks with three different Lebo logos. A generous portion of the proceeds will benefit The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

JMS Activities

Help Us Celebrate Our 8th Grade Students!

The Mt. Lebanon School District and the Mt. Lebanon PTA Council are proud of our High School Seniors and our 8th and 5th grade students who are making an important school and life transition. To celebrate these major milestones, please join us in a LEBO Clap Out to recognize and acknowledge our students on the last day of school, June 9, 2020 at 12:00 PM. To all Mt. Lebanon residents, families, and business--please join us to clap, cheer and make some noise at your home or place of business in the Mt. Lebanon Community. As always, we ask that you follow social distance and safety guidelines.

We are #Leboproud of the work and efforts of all students, teachers, administrators and staff for their incredible efforts during School@Home. It’s time to celebrate!

Resources For Families

Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Children

Check out the new lunch menu from our Food Service Department! Remember, lunches also include a breakfast meal and are free to all children in the community. Free breakfast and lunches are available for pick up from 11:00-1:00 outside of entrance C20 on Horsman Drive at the HS.

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


Families wanting to borrow technology equipment from the District during this time may request a Chromebook for their family using the following form:

Once you receive your unique family code (e.g. ABCD) from your submission of the Initial Request Form, you may request additional Chromebooks and/or a portable WiFi access point from the District using the following form:

If you have any questions and/or concerns about your District issued equipment please email

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

Other Information

Navigating Dashboard During S@H

Looking for more information about how your child is doing during S@H? Check Dashboard!

Dashboard looks a little different now that we are using a P/F system. The teachers have been working hard to provide specific feedback as often as possible. The link above will take you to a document that will help you navigate Dashboard so you can view your child's educational progress (complete/incomplete assignments and feedback from teachers) during S@H.


Students will be considered "present" at school each day unless an Absence Excuse is submitted by the parent by 8:30 am on the day(s) in which the student will not be able to participate in the instruction. Make-up of student work as a result of an excused absence will be consistent with District policy.

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.

PTA Information

We do not have any PTA Updates at this time.

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.