JES Weekly E-Blast
May 30, 2021
Congratulations to Cara Lotter and Anouk Ritivoi for receiving Certificates of Recognition for the Promising Young Writers Program from the National Council of Teachers of English!
According to NCTE, 90 eighth grade students from across the country were nominated this year. Of those, just 56 students received Certificates of Recognition.
To participate in this program, students were nominated by their English and literature teachers. Then, they submitted a piece of writing in response to the prompt provided by NCTE. After being selected to represent JMS as finalists, the students revised their writing samples and also revised and submitted an additional piece of their best writing in a different genre. The two writing samples were evaluated by national judges on content, purpose, tone, word choice, organization, development, and style.
Congratulations, Cara and Anouk!
Coming Up This Week
Material Collection and Summer Material Distribution will take place during the week of June 1st at JMS.
Students in Cohorts A, B, and D will return materials directly to their teachers while they are with us in person.
Students in Cohort C can return materials to the main entrance of JMS (A-1) at the following times:
- Tuesday, 6/1: 7:30am-3:30pm
- Wednesday, 6/2: 7:30am-5pm
- Thursday, 6/3: 7:30am-3:30pm
Please clearly label each item being returned with your child's name.
If you have any questions, or need alternate times, contact Ms. Deet.
Yearbooks will be distributed to all students that ordered one during PM homeroom on Tuesday, June 1st.
Students in Cohort C can pick up their yearbook at the A-1 entrance during Material Collection.
If your child is not in the building during yearbook distribution, their yearbook will be in the attendance office for pick up starting on Wednesday, June 2nd.
There are a limited supply of extra copies of the yearbook in Mrs. Caldwell's room. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis for $50 (cash only). Contact Mrs. Caldwell with any questions.
Yearbooks will not be allowed during lunches on Wednesday, June 2nd and Thursday, June 3rd.
June 4th - Last Day of School - Fully Remote
The final day for in-person instruction will be Thursday, June 3. Friday, June 4th will be a fully remote, synchronous day with a 12:00 dismissal for all students.
The District is planning to host the 2nd dose Pfizer clinic for those 12 years of age and older on Friday, June 4, from 9 am - 1 pm at the High School’s South Gym.
Resources For Families
These resources include content on race and racism, the police-involved killing of Black people, activism, equity and social justice. They also include an updated Table Talk family discussion guide that include questions for starting these conversations with your children at home.
In an effort to continue to educate our students, families and the community about discrimination and bias we wanted to share the following resources with you.
- Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Talking to Young Children about Bias and Prejudice
- Talking to Children About Hate Crimes
- Partners Against Hate: Parents and Families Against Hate
- Healthy Children. org : Talking to Children About Racial Bias
The Mt. Lebanon School District will continue serving free Grab-and-Go Meals to any student in the community under the age of 18, with no eligibility requirements, until further notice. The meals will be distributed at the elementary schools.
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:
- Mental Health
- General Assistance
Meals will be available from 10:45 until 1:15 every day to accommodate all students during their lunch periods.
This essential conversation and continued education is imperative if we are committed to creating a school and community that is welcoming and inclusive. These conversations are bigger than JMS and must also take place at home and throughout the community. Please help us, as a school and as a community, continue to grow in our in our understanding about discrimination and bias.
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
We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration for our athletic programs through partner company, FamilyID (www.familyid.com). FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, you enter your information once for multiple uses, multiple kids and multiple programs.
JMS PTA Information
Help JMS Earn Money While You Shop!
If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your regular Amazon username and password.
- You will be prompted to choose a charity. You should enter "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” into the search box that appears. It will say "Pittsburgh, PA" as the location for the charity.
- Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com on your browser.
If you already use AmazonSmile:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your username and password
- Make sure the charity you’ve selected is "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc." This information is located under the search bar where it says “supporting”.
- If it isn’t, you can change it by clicking on the charity and selecting “change”
- This will bring you to a page where you can search for “Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” and allow you to switch charities.
- Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com to checkout.
- If you shop on the Amazon app. Please activate Amazon Smile on your mobile app by opening the app and finding ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, so don't forget to physically and electronically clip the for us! The clipped Box Tops can be turned into the office.
See Box Tops for more information on how to scan Box Tops and to download the app. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days for the Box Tops to be scanned electronically.
Giant Eagle Support our students! Enroll your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points for FREE educational rewards with every shopping trip.
Click here to register your card. Our school code is 3369. The Giant Eagle card program is also easy to use - just register your card and shop away as usual!
Office Depot/Office Max
Office Depot/Office Max has a school rewards program. When shopping, remember to ask the cashier to tag Jefferson Middle School. For online orders, enter our school ID (Thomas Jefferson Middle School ID:70088453 Pittsburgh, PA) on the Thank You Confirmation page.
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.