Eagle Eye -JMS Parent Newsletter#37

May 9 - 13, 2022

Happy Friday!

Good evening Jefferson Parents & Families:

It's been another great week at JMS. The final make-up sessions for state testing have been completed, students have progressed through screener assessments in reading, written expression, and math, and athletic tryouts and spring practices are in full swing. This week, our 5th/6th grade chorus will be presenting their spring concert, the track and field team will be preparing for the state meet, club meetings will recommence, and we will welcome our rising 5th graders to JMS during visits from Glenwood and Woodland. Also, the 8th grade students will be visiting Roane State Community College on Friday, May 13.

With only a few weeks left in the academic year please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions regarding end of the year academics, events, or procedures.

As always, there is a lot going on at JMS this week, so please check out the week at a glance schedule below for more details.

Thank you for your support. It is a privilege to serve your students and our community!

We hope you have a great weekend!

Phil Cox, Principal, pcox@ortn.edu

Dr. Josh Tipton, Vice Principal, jctipton@ortn.edu

Nick Corrigan, Dean of Students, njcorrigan@ortn.edu

Week at a Glance - May 9 - 13, 2022

Monday 9

A day

PTO Meeting Zoom 7:45

RTI Grade Level Meetings

ORHS Football Coach meets with 8th grade during PE

Chess Club Meeting Library 2:45-3:45

Environmental Club 2:45-5:00

Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30

Football Spring Practice 3:00-5:00

Special called Board of Education Budget Meeting SAB 5:30

5th/6th Grade Chorus Concert JPAC 7:00

Tuesday 10

B day

Cross County Interest Meeting Room 313 7:10AM

Yoga for 5th/6th graders Room 306 (Pemberton) 7:10 AM

8th Grade Girls interested in ORHS Basketball Mtg Rm 218 (Taylor) 7:15AM

ORHS Football Coach meets with 8th grade during PE

Woodland Elementary 4th graders visit 8:45-11:15

Instructional Coaches Meeting Eagles Nest 2:45-3:15

Girl Scouts Meeting Room 208 3:00-5:00

Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30

Football Spring Practice 3:00-5:00

Wednesday 11

A day

Food Truck for Faculty-Shirley’s Boy Country Cookin’

Special Education Meeting 1:30-2:00

Middle School Pacing Meetings 1:30-4:00 – Math@RMS & ELA@JMS

Departmental Meetings 2:00-3:00

Safety Team Meeting 1:00-1:30

CPR class for staff 2:00-4:00

Football Spring Practice 1:00-3:00

7th/8th grade chorus rehearsal JPAC 12:50-2:00

Thursday 12

B day

Yoga for 7th/8th graders Room 306 (Pemberton) 7:10 AM

Last day to check out books from Library

Special Areas Meeting

Glenwood Elementary 4th graders visit 8:45-11:15

Cheer uniform fittings 3:00

Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30

Football Spring Practice 3:00-5:00

Rising 5th Grade Parent Night 6:00

Friday 13

A day Youth for Christ Band Room 7:00 AM

Ms. Kala’s class to the Boys/Girls Club 11:45

8th Grade Get Hired Event @RSCC 12-2pm

Chorus in JPAC 5th and 6th periods

Football Spring Practice 3:00-5:00

Saturday 14

7th/8th Grade Band to Dollywood 8:00AM-6:00PM

A Letter of Thanks for our PTO and JMS Family

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Upcoming PTO Sponsored Events!!

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8th Grade Graduation Luncheon!

It's time to celebrate our 8th grade students as they complete their time at JMS and get ready to move on to High School! The JMS PTO is planning a special luncheon in their honor on Tuesday, May 24. The PTO is seeking help from parents for setup, serving and cleanup. PTO is providing food from El Jinete Mexican Restaurant. We are seeking donations of desserts, drinks and some gift cards to be used as prizes during the event.

Please consider helping us honor these special students as they reach this exciting milestone!

Click the link below to sign up to volunteer your time or donate items for the 8th Grade Graduation Luncheon!


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Wednesday Afternoon Homework Help - Spring Update!!

Wednesday Afternoon Homework Help – Spring Update!

Students and parents, we will have two more Wednesday afternoon homework help sessions this year. Please note the following dates as there are some Wednesday afternoons that Homework Help will not be available. Please be sure your child has already signed up for sessions with Ms. Huddleston prior to attending. She can be reached by email at cdhuddleston@ortn.edu

  • Wednesday, May 11 – No Homework Help. Students will need to be picked up at 12:45 dismissal.
  • Wednesday, May 18 – Homework Help Available until 2:45pm.
  • Wednesday, May 25 - No Homework Help. Students will need to be picked up at 12:45 dismissal.

Naka-Shi Student Exchange Program

Attention 6th and 7th Graders:

Due to the pandemic our traditional in-person students exchange with Naka Shi Japan had to be postponed this year. However, current 6th and 7th graders have an opportunity to participate in a virtual exchange that will take place in the months of August through December. Selected students along with chaperones will learn about Japan and the Japanese culture.

Applications for the Naka-Shi Student Exchange Program along with the parent permission and questionnaire forms are now available and may be picked up in the guidance department. Once the completed applications are in, the student interviews with the selection committee will begin.

Completed forms must be returned to the guidance office by Monday, May 16th.

An information meeting for selected students and parents will be held on Wednesday, May 25th in the JMS Library with time TBD.

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Dream it. Do it. Vote JMS!

Our JMS Dream it. Do it. team has completed an outstanding entry for this year's Anderson County Chamber of Commerce Dream it. Do it. contest.

On Monday, at 9AM voting for contest entries will begin and votes will be accepted from May 9 to May 13. Our students and staff have worked hard on this year's entry and would appreciate your vote!

JMS was partnered with Protomet for this year's competition and our video link is here:


Votes for the competition can be cast here:


Thank you for your support!

JMS Counseling Connection Newsletter: May 2022

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Counseling Corner

Request to See a Counselor Form:

If your child would like to visit with their school counselor, please have them click the following link:


If you have a School Counseling need, please reach out to:

Students of the Week!!

The following students will be recognized as students of the week for displaying Responsibility this week!


Ashton Whalen


Hunter Miller

Lily Faulkner

Abbigail Ault


Kyla Cater

Students may pick up their certificates in the front office on Monday morning.


Upcoming Registration Dates: Rising 9th Grade Registration

  • All online registration was due by April 14th- please review with your student and make sure you visit the Class of 2026 Canvas Page to complete the registration agreement form, which can be found in the announcements section.

Information Regarding ORHS Summer Reading for Rising 9th Graders

Please see the attached ORHS summer reading letters for the 2022-2023.

Rising 5th Grade Information!

Elementary schools will come to visit JMS during the second week of May. Rising 5thgrade students will ride over on buses, hear from JMS administrators/staff, and tour the building with student council representatives.

Rising 5thGrade Registration Events

  • May 10th- Woodland 9-11 a.m.
  • May 12th- Glenwood 9-11 a.m.
  • May 12- Rising 5thGrade Parent Night: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (teachers not required to attend but any help is greatly appreciated!)

JMS Yoga Club Practice Sessions!

As we prepare to launch a yoga club for the upcoming school year, we would like to invite students to join a brief yoga practice session during the month of May. Any 5th and 6th graders interested may attend the practice sessions on Tuesdays. Any 7th and 8th graders interested may attend on Thursdays. We will begin practice at 7:10 in Ms. Pemberton’s room, room 306. Please wear dress code appropriate clothing suitable for movement.
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The Reading Eagle!

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JMS Athletic Updates from Coach Bolling

2022-2023 JMS Athletic try-outs for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade JMS students continue this week! Football try-outs and spring practice begins on Monday! Any students planning to try-out must have a complete sports physical on file. The 2022-2023 JMS Sports Physical Packet is linked here: http://www.ortn.edu/Jefferson/FY23_PhysicalPacket.pdf Please contact Coach Bolling with any questions.

2022 JMS Spring Athletics Try-Out Dates:


May 9, 10, 11, 12, 13—Try-Outs/Spring Practice—3-5pm every day except 1-3pm on Wednesday

Girls Basketball:

Try-Outs: May 16th and 17th from 5-6:30pm

Boys Basketball:

Try-Outs: May 16th and 17th from 3-5pm


Try-Outs: May 26th (1:30-3pm) and May 27th (9am-10:30am)

ORHS Athletic Try-Out Information for Rising 9th Graders:

Girls Basketball: There will be an informational meeting for all rising 9th grade girls interested in playing basketball at ORHS on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:15am in room 218 at JMS.

Football: Coach Cumming will be at JMS on May 9th and 10th, during PE classes, to speak with any JMS 8th graders interested in playing football at ORHS.

Go Eagles!

JMS XC Interest Meeting This Week!

Attention 5th , 6th and 7th graders who are interested in running for the Cross Country Team in the Fall.

There will be an interest meeting in Mr. Smith’s Room 313 on Tuesday, May 10th before school starting at 7:10 a.m.

We look forward to sharing our plans for summer workouts and the Fall Season.

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ORHS 2022-2023 Sports Tryout Info

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2022 Summer Learning Loss Bridge Camp!

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Dress Code Reminder!

We also ask for your support in ensuring your student arrives to school each day in dress code. Spring is here and we want to remind our students and parents about the dress code at Jefferson Middle School.

The Board of Education and our administrative team believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. We expect students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear suitable clothing. Students are asked to wear simple, comfortable clothing that is clean and neat. Shoes should be worn at all times. Students are not to wear clothing which compromises safety or modesty; nor clothing which is disruptive to the educational process.

Students are prohibited from wearing:

  1. Clothing or accessories which by reasonable judgment is considered unsafe, dangerous or a health hazard (examples include, but are not limited to: wallet chains; spiked collars, necklaces or rings with spikes or sharp edges; oversized belt buckles; picks and combs).
  2. Students are not permitted to wear pants or shorts with holes above the knee. This includes wearing any type of shorts or leggings underneath ripped attire.
  3. Clothing or accessories which contain or suggest offensive or obscene symbols, signs, slogans or words degrading any gender, cultural, religious or ethnic values.
  4. Clothing or accessories which contain or suggest language or symbols oriented toward violence, vandalism, sex, drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
  5. Clothing that resembles sleepwear such as lounging pants, or other lounging items. This also includes house shoes.
  6. Skirts and dresses that are inappropriate for bending, sitting, standing and reaching,
  7. Attire that is disruptive to the instructional process which may be inclusive of, but not limited to: bare midriffs; halter tops; short shorts; tight, see through, or revealing clothing; or clothing which allows underwear to be exposed, (examples include, but are not limited to: sagging pants, tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, muscle shirts, etc.
  8. A belt is mandatory if pants or shorts will not stay at the waist without one.
  9. Mid-thigh is the appropriate length for shorts, skirts, and dresses.
  10. Mid-thigh length top is appropriate for covering leggings.
  11. Hats, hoods, head coverings, athletic headbands not worn during athletic event, bandanas and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the school building.
  12. Any articles which can be related to gang activity such as: items with gang names; gang initials; or individual gang member monikers; gang related jewelry; gang related tattoos; or self-inflicted scars. This may include such items as shoe laces, belt buckles, hats or tattoos. (TCA 49-6- 4215
  13. All students must wear shoes. It is strongly suggested that students wear shoes which either enclose the foot or are secured with heel straps.
  14. Coats, jackets and blankets must be removed upon arrival at school, be placed in lockers until the student leaves the building.

Consequences for violations of the dress code guidelines will follow the ORS District Disciplinary Code.

Regional Opportunities for Students!

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Youth Ambassador Coalition!

Do you have a student who will be a freshman next year? Are they passionate about leading and seeing change in their community? ASAP's Youth Ambassador Coalition is a group of students from all of the high schools in Anderson County. These Ambassadors have a passion for improving their schools and community by preventing and reducing substance misuse. For more information and to apply for next year's cohort, visit our website at https://www.asapofanderson.org/youth-ambassador-coalition/

Free Summer STEM Camp @ Roane State!

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Tennessee Tech: Summer Camp Opportunity

The College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech would like to extend an invitation to your rising 8th and 9th grade female students for the 2022 Engineering a Future Summer Camp!

Engineering a Future (EAF) is a 5 – day experience for rising 8th and 9th grade young women with an interest in engineering, taking place from June 6 – 10. This is a residential camp and food and board will be provided. This is an amazing opportunity for students to learn more about the field of engineering, make connections with other young women interested in STEM, and be mentored by current female engineering students and professionals! Campers will be led in exciting, hands-on experiments, participate in fun engineering challenges, and have the chance to explore our campus.

Registration closes April 1st and there is a $25 attendance fee. Fee waivers are available.

Please reach out to Sara Bowman with questions at sebowman@tntech.edu or 931-372-3830.

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GenCyber Summer Camp!

The Cybersecurity Education Research and Outreach Center (CEROC) at Tennessee Tech will be hosting a GenCyber Residential Student Camp on the Tennessee Tech campus from Sunday, June 19, 2022 concluding Friday, June 24, 2022. The NSA sponsored GenCyber camp will provide an exciting week for high school students and current 8th graders in middle schools (rising freshman for the 2022-2023 school year) to experience the world of cybersecurity through hands-on activities and games. As part of the week, guest speakers from academia, government, and industry will visit the camp sharing their personal and professional experiences in cyber.

Student participants will get a Raspberry Pi computer of their own, which can go home with them at the end of the camp. During their time a camp, participants will also earn GenCyber Coins (camp cryptocurrency) with which they can purchase prizes from the online store at the end of the camp.

Students will be provided with shuttle service from three different major cities (Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville) to travel to/from Tennessee Tech campus at Cookeville on before and after the week-long residential camp.

As part of our “get the word out” efforts, CEROC will be conducting two introductory Zoom webinars for interested students discussing the camp, expectations regarding the camp, as well as cybersecurity in general. Each of these webinars will be later followed by a two hour camp teaser experience in which students can get hands-on experience with cybersecurity and get a taste of what to expect at the actual camp.

Middle School Webinar Dates (for current 8th graders only):

  • Camp Introduction Webinar: January 28, 2022 from 4:00-5:00pm CST
  • Camp Teaser Webinar: February 2, 2022 from 6:00-8:00pm CST (group will be selected from those attending the Camp Introduction)

Please register for the introduction webinar at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QC2KGT6. A meeting link will be sent to the out to those registered no later than three (3) days prior to the meeting. Camp information will be posted at https://www.tntech.edu/ceroc/outreach/gen-cyber.php.

The site will be updated as new information becomes available. Other questions can be sent to ceroc@tntech.edu.

Space is limited as only 35 participants will be selected from across the state.

Katerpillar Kids Camp

About Katerpillar Kids Camp

Katerpillar Kids Camp is a special camp for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp is coordinated by Covenant Hospice and sponsored by Variety, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2019. Many campers come to camp because they lost a parent, however, children who have lost any family member or a friend is welcome to participate. Learn more at the Covenant HomeCare and Hospice website.

About Mane Support

Mane Support is a nonprofit organization that provides a ministry through equine-assisted grief counseling to children, youth, teens, and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one or other types of trauma. Horses can play a special role in the healing journey. Therapists and equine specialists of Mane Support are certified through EAGALA (Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association). In addition, they have experience, degrees and certifications in the fields of equine training and management, child development, and thanatology. All Mane Support activities are conducted on the ground; there is no horse riding. Mane Support is located in Roane County.

Save the Date!

We are excited to announce that we have partnered with Mane Support to host our next in-person Katerpillar Kids Camp to children 1st- 12th grade grade! Camp will take place on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 at Mane Support in Roane County.

Who: Children 1st – 12th grade and their parents or guardians

What: A FREE grief camp that teaches children how to cope with the loss of a loved one through a variety of activities including equine therapy, games, music, etc.

When: Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Where: Mane Support in Roane County – transportation will be available.


The USDA has extended FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL students this school year!

Please find the May Breakfast and Lunch Menus attached below for your convenience!

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PTO News!

Sign up for the JMS PTO Newsletter!

Sign up for the JMS PTO Newsletter to receive PTO news, updates, and learn about opportunities to get involved in some great initiatives! Contact jeffersonmspto@gmail.com for more information!

2021-2022 JMS Student Handbook

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First Student Transportation - Bus Information

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Thank you for your patience and communication during our first week back! Please be sure to discuss your child's method of transportation each day to ensure they know where they are to go at dismissal.

First Student Transportation has posted 2021-2022 Bus Routes and you can find them here:


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Corrigan at njcorrigan@ortn.edu or Ms. Myers at amyers@ortn.edu.


Once you are registered for transportation, you will be able to track your child's bus using the app information detailed below. Please see information on how to register for MyStop below.

MyStop - Parent/Student Login

  • Username: (use student’s name - case sensitive) firstname.lastname
  • Password: (use student birth date) in this format 03122007 for March 12, 2007

MyStop Phone App Available In Your App Store

Go to: Versatrans My Stop™ provides mobile access to bus information. This app displays the location of the user’s assigned school bus, as well as the estimated time of arrival to their stop. Students can plan for late or on-time arrival, and prevent missed pick-ups or being left outside in inclement weather.

Can’t Access the MyStop App?

If you are having difficulty accessing the MyStop App please take the following steps:

  1. Please confirm the following:
  2. You have downloaded the App from Tyler Technologies.
  3. You are using the legal student name as listed in Skyward.
  4. You have selected all lower case letters.
  5. You have placed a period between the first and last name.
  6. The birthdate is correct and only consist of 8 numbers.

If this information doesn’t allow you to successfully download your child’s MyStop App account, please contact Amy Myers at 865.425.9302 or email amyers@ortn.edu. You can also view more information on the ORS District website at https://www.ortn.edu/district/bus-routes/.

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