Warrior Beat

Student Focused-World Class

Word from Holly...

As we enter the last stretch, it is important that we finish strong! We have had a great year and to finish strong, we need to continue to work together and remember our power as a team. When times get busy and hectic, it's more important than ever to pull together, encourage one another and stay focused. World Changing Warriors...it's who we are and it's what we do! Take a minute to be inspired and encouraged by watching the following video clip....

Week of the Warrior:

April 11th-April 15—High School Planning Appointments for rising 9th Graders—All families of rising 9th graders should have gotten a letter in the main from Dobyns-Bennett providing you with a time for your high school planning appointment. These meetings will take place at Sevier in the library. Please arrive five minutes prior to your assigned time and check in at the JSMS front office. We will call your child to the library to join you for your high school planning appointment with the DB counselor.

Monday, April 11th

JSMS Faculty Meeting-Library-3:10

PTA Executive Board Meeting-JSMS Conference Room-12:00 PM

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Game: JSMS Varsity versus Blountville at Blountville at 5:00

Baseball Game: JSMS Versus RNR at Hunter Wright Stadium-4:30

Chamber Choir-2:50-3:45

Tuesday, April 12th

Student Expectations Action Team Meeting-3:00-JSMS Conference Room

Student Council Meeting-Mrs. Wagner's Room-3:00-3:30

Softball Game: JSMS Varsity versus Liberty Bell at HOME at 4:30

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Wednesday, April 13th

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Practice-3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Newspaper Staff Meeting - 2:45 – 3:30 pm. Editors will meet until 5:15 pm

Newscast Staff Meetings -2:45 – 5:15 pm

Thursday, April 14th

Track Meet-Greeneville

Softball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Baseball Game: JSMS Versus Vance at Hunter Wright Stadium-4:30

Friday, April 15th

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

JSMS News:

National Assistant/Associate Principals' Week

Thank you to Nick Roebke and Jim Wernke for the great job they do each day as our assistant/associate principal! This week is their week so let's make sure they know how much we appreciate them!


Forms will be placed in your mailbox this afternoon about Google Apps for Education. The forms will need to be signed by parents and returned to their homeroom teacher ASAP.


During our tabletop meeting a at the beginning of the semester, we discussed having the ability for teachers to make lockdown calls from any phone in the building. We have confirmed the instructions for being able to do this. From any school phone you should be able to access the intercom system using the instructions below. You may want to print these instructions and place them by your phone.

Dial 6010,

wait for a strange dial tone sound,

Dial 0*

Express Car Wash and JSMS Support

Don't forget that you can wash your car and support JSMS at the same time! Use the code 1200 at Express Car Wash (Stone Drive near Target) before you pay and 30% of the sale will automatically go to JSMS PTA. Use the code each time you have your car washed!

Important Evaluation Information

Administrators will no longer have access to entire self-scores in the observation portal. All teachers will now have to enter self-scores by logging into the portal on teh TN Compass site. Please go ahead and register and log in to expedite this process. Go to http://tdoe.tncompass.org to register.

News From the ASC


Tennessee Educator Survey Launch

In partnership with Vanderbilt, the TDOE is launching the annual Tennessee Educator Survey. All teachers, administrators, and other certified staff in Tennessee's public schools are invited to participate in this voluntary survey. Invitations to participate in the survey will be distributed soon. The survey will close on Friday, May 27.

The TDOE is eager to learn from the perspectives of Tennessee educators about important issues impacting classrooms and schools. Survey results are used primarily for research purposes and to guide decision making. All individual responses are highly confidential and will not be shared; however, some aggregate results will be shared publicly.

Teachers who complete the survey will be entered into a weekly drawing for prizes that include iPad Minis, FitBit trackers, and $300 classroom grants. Schools that achieve a participation rate of at least 50 percent by May 5 will be entered into a one-time lottery that will award several grants of $500. Schools that achieve a participation rate of at least 90 percent when the survey closes will be eligible for a lottery that will award several $2,000 grants.


Feedback on Science Standards

The State Board of Education launched the science standards review website (here) to collect public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised grade K–12 science standards. This is the second and final opportunity for public review and feedback on the new science standards, which were first publicly reviewed in fall 2015 and then revised by Tennessee educators over the past several months. Data collected from the website during this second review period will again be given to a team of Tennessee educators to review and revise. After revisions, the committee will propose the revised science standards to the State Board of Education for first reading in July 2016. The state board's final reading of the revised standards will be in October 2016, and implementation will take place in the 2018-19 school year.

This is an important opportunity for educators, parents, and members of the public to share their perspectives and suggest revisions to our current science standards. The deadline for providing feedback is May 13.


Seeking Applicants

The TDOE is seeking applications from educators, higher education partners, parents, and community members to participate in subject and grade-level committees to determine the cut score ranges for each performance level on state assessments. Ultimately, this information helps them understand students' level of mastery of the state standards. This is called the “standards setting" process. The standards setting committees will meet this summer and share recommendations with the State Board of Education for approval.

They are seeking applicants for the following standards setting committees:

  • Math Grades 3–5
  • Math Grades 6–8
  • Math Algebra 1 and Algebra 2
  • Math Geometry
  • Math Integrated Mathematics 1, 2, and 3
  • ELA Grades 3–5
  • ELA Grades 6–8
  • ELA Grades 9–12
  • Social Studies 3–5
  • Social Studies 6–7
  • Social Studies Grades 8 & U.S. History

All interested applicants should complete an online application (here) by April 25, 5 p.m. CDT. The application link, along with a brief description of the responsibilities and time commitment for the committees, is posted on the website (here). All applicants will be notified of his/her status by no later than May 6.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Virginia.Mayfield@tn.gov.


Energy Education Camps

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP) is conducting two Energy Education Camps for K-12 educators in June. The dates and locations are Montgomery Bell State Park June 6-10 and Pickwick Landing State Park June 13-17. Selected participants will receive $200 of materials for their classrooms. Lodging and meals are provided. For more details, click here.

If questions, contact Angela McGee, Energy Camp Director at Angela.McGee@tn.gov or 615-532-7816.


Celebrations and Recognitions

Recognitions and Celebrations:

*Thank you to Hunter Mullins and Lydia Elam and to ALL of our wonderful band and orchestra parents and students for making our Instrument Placement a success! We have a great group of rising 6th Grade Warrior Musicians excited for the 2016-2017 school year!

*Congratulations to KCS for being awarded a Best Community for Music Education by the NAMM foundation.

* The Scribe has done it again! JSMS received notification from the “Quill and Scroll” International Honorary Society for High School Journalists that our Sequoyah Scribe journalists won FOUR AWARDS in this competition:

Valerie Fung (National Winner, Opinion Writing for “Learning about Islam is an important part of education”)

Maddilyn Rimer (National Winner, Photography for “Safety First?”)

Aubrey Vincent, now at DB (National Winner, Feature Writing for “Feel like the superstars they are”)

Molly Turner (Sweepstakes Winner, Feature Writing for “Divorce affects students’ day to day life”)

It is a great honor for these students to receive recognition from “Quill and Scroll”

Proud to be a Warrior,

Holly Flora

Principal, JSMS