JMS Weekly Update

Week of 5.3.2020

Dear JMS Families,

Thank you to all of you who took the time to provide feedback about S@H. Your feedback is instrumental in helping us continue to improve our S@H learning environment.

In this week's New News section you will find some exciting information about the JMS Virtual Talent Show, the JMS Literary Magazine, and the first ever Mt. Lebanon Band Porch Concert! We are thrilled to be able to offer these opportunities to the children.

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

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.

JMS Virtual Talent Show

The JMS Talent Show will go on! If you child is interested in participating in the Talent Show, please have them complete the form above by May 8th. All talent show acts should adhere to the social distancing guidelines and should be school appropriate. Acts that do not adhere to these guidelines will not be included in the Virtual Talent Show.

I would like to thank our Talent Show Committee for their hard work and creativity to continue to offer this opportunity to our JMS Friends!

JMS Lit Mag - Our Piece of Mind

Special thanks to all of our talented students who took the time and put in the extra effort to submit a design for this year's Literary Magazine Cover Contest. The designs were all very impressive!

The following students submitted designs this year.

  • Weston Chung
  • Ava Fabian
  • Madison Flynn
  • Ava Gamba
  • Keerthi Girish
  • Emma Girod
  • Ellie Greenbaum
  • Celine Ibrahim
  • Logan Kuhlman
  • Caroline Mackin
  • Sally Tan
  • Jackie Tang
  • Tea VanGroesbeck
  • Jessie Yang

After JMS teachers, administrators, staff members, and students who have helped with the literary magazine voted, the results are in.

Congratulations to eighth-grader, Logan Kuhlman! Her design is the winner!

Stay tuned for details on how you can reserve your copy of Our Piece of Mind, Jefferson's literary magazine.

Porch Concert - Mt. Lebanon Band

We invite all band students in grades 4-12 to participate in the Mt. Lebanon Band's very first porch concert!

This Porch Concert will take place on your front porches Thursday, May 7, from 7:00-7:15 PM (rain date is Saturday, May 9, 2 PM). You can play anything you want. Our goal is to fill our community with MUSIC!

Resources For Families

Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Children

Free Grab and Go breakfast and lunches are available for pick up from 11:00-1:00 outside of entrance C20 on Horsman Drive at the

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


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.

Items in Lockers

We know that your children may still have items in their lockers. Once our Stay at Home/Social Distancing orders have been lifted and we are able to open the buildings again, we will share information about how to retrieve items from lockers.

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

There are no PTA Updates this week.

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.