Eagle Eye -JMS Parent Newsletter#35
April 25 -29, 2022
Happy Friday and Have a Great Weekend!
Good evening Jefferson Parents & Families:
It has been a very busy, but great week at JMS this week. Our students have done an outstanding job during the initial week of state assessments and staying engaged in classroom instruction. Next week, we will be completing TCAP testing at JMS with Math, Science, and Social Studies assessments.
Please review the testing information below for important updates, an overview of week two of our testing schedule, and additional information. Again, student attendance and participation in testing is very important in future decisions regarding instructional practice and, according to state accountability protocol, JMS must reach a test participation rate of at least 95% or the school will automatically receive an "F" on the school report card this year regardless of any other data or accountability measure.
We sincerely appreciate your support and we are so grateful for the privilege of serving your students and our community. We have no doubt our students will excel during TCAP testing as they have done all year long!
As always, there is a lot happening at Jefferson Middle! So, please check out the week at a glance schedule for more details and don't hesitate to reach out if we can be of further help!
We thank you and hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Phil Cox, Principal, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Josh Tipton, Vice Principal, email@example.com
Nick Corrigan, Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org
Week at a Glance - April 25 - 29, 2022
Yearbooks on sale NOW - April 30!! Go to--Yearbookordercenter.com
Order number--Jefferson Middle School 1575
Chess Club Meeting Library 2:45-3:45
Environmental Club 2:45-5:00
Cheer Try-out Clinic 3:30-5:30
Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30
Board of Education Meeting SAB 6:00
TCAP Math Subparts 2 & 3 (7:40-9:45am)
RadioActive Brix Meeting 2:45-4:30
Girl Scouts Meeting Room 208 3:00-5:00
Cheer Try-out Clinic 3:30-5:30
Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30
TCAP Science (7:40-9:35am)
SLT Meeting 1:00
Staff Meeting 2:00
Track & Field Practice 1:00-2:30
Grade Posting Window Closes @ 11:59PM
TCAP Social Studies Subparts 1 & 2 (7:40-10:25am)
Cheer Try-outs 3:00-5:00
Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30
Wilderness Connections Parent/Student Planning Meeting Library 6:30
Youth for Christ Band Room 7:00 AM
Ms. Kala’s class to Mott’s Florist 11:45
Principal’s Meeting SAB 2:00pm
Distribute Grade Reports to students 7th period
Track & Field Practice 3:00-4:30
LAST day for credit card purchases
5th/6th Grade Band trip to Dollywood 8:00AM-6:00PM
5th/6th Grade Orchestra trip to Dollywood 8:30AM-8:30PM
Track & Field South East Sectional @ Coulter Grove Intermediate, Maryville
Week 2 JMS TCAP Testing Schedule & Additional Information:
This week will be our second and final week of TCAP testing and our schedule will be:
- Monday, April 25: TCAP Make-ups
- Tuesday, April 26: Math Subparts 2 & 3
- Wednesday, April 27: Science
- Thursday, April 28: Social Studies (6-8) Subparts 1 & 2
- Friday, April 29: TCAP Make-ups
As a reminder, TCAPS are state required assessments that measure individual achievement and while the scores are curved, they count as 15% of a students grade for each subject tested, so please encourage your student to do their best!
You can continue to support your child by ensuring the following:
- Make sure that your child gets a full night’s sleep
- Help them understand that a healthy breakfast is important whether eaten at home or at school
- Make sure your child arrives to school on time at 7:30 and will not need to be checked out before 10:30 each morning. Also, please remember to bring 2 #2 pencils since mechanical pencils are not allowed to be used for testing.
- And lastly, students need to understand that no devices – like cellphones, laptops, smart watches, Kindles, or Ipads will not be allowed in any testing location.
Our students did an outstanding job this week and we sincerely appreciate your support!
Yearbook Sales Conclude This Week!
*Please note: Online purchases include a service fee set by the vendor*
Upcoming PTO Sponsored Events!!
Teacher Appreciation Week on Cinco de Mayo!
8th Grade Graduation Luncheon!
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!
Jefferson Middle School Counseling Connection: April Newsletter
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:
Test Anxiety Tips
Students of the Week!!
The following students will be recognized as students of the week for displaying Creativity this week!
Joshna NandagopalMadeline Wilburn
E'vaya AndersonIsabella Dodson
Shaylee MathesKendall Hayes
Students may pick up their certificates in the front office on Monday morning.
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!)
TNVoices FREE Virtual Parenting Class
Are you interesting in having a happy family? Well behaved kids? Strong bonds of love and respect? Kids kept safe from alcohol and drugs? Register today for the virtual parenting class offered by TNVoices.
WHEN: Every Tuesday for 5 weeks (April 19- May 17)
TIME: 3:00-4:30 Central Time
LOCATION: Virtually via Zoom
CONTACT: Brittany Ballard @ email@example.com
REGISTRATION Link: Meeting Registration - Zoom
• improves parenting skills
• increases family unity
• improves family organization
• increases good communication
• decreases family conflict
• decreases stress and depression
• increases social skills &
• improves school performance
• reduces misconduct & aggression
• reduces depression & anxiety
• reduces alcohol & drug use
*Flyer Information attached
TNVoices FREE Virtual Parenting Class:(Spanish Speaking Class)
The Reading Eagle!
JMS Athletic Updates from Coach Bolling
2022-2023 JMS Athletic try-outs for rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade JMS students begin this week! Cheer try-out clinics will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 3:30-5:30pm in the JMS gym. Try-outs will take place on Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm.
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_Physical_Packet.pdf.
Please contact Coach Brewster or Coach Bolling with any questions.
The JMS Eagles Track Team competed in two meets last week. They competed at CAK on Tuesday and at Lenoir City on Thursday. On Thursday, the Eagles had an exceptional meet with both the boys and girls teams finishing in 1st place! The Eagles will compete in the TMSAA Sectional Meet on Saturday at Maryville. Go Eagles!
2022 JMS Spring Athletics Try-Out Dates and Spring & Summer Practice Schedule:
April 25 & 26: Try-Out Clinic—3:30-5:30pm—JMS Gym
April 28: Try-Outs—3:30-5:30pm—JPAC
May 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13—Try-Outs/Spring Practice—3-5pm every day except 1-3pm on Wednesday
Try-Outs: May 16th and 17th from 5-6:30pm
Try-Outs: May 16th and 17th from 3-5pm
Try-Outs: May 26th (1:30-3pm) and May 27th (9am-10:30am)
ORHS Color Guard Auditions!
2022 Summer Learning Loss Bridge Camp!
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:
- 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).
- 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.
- Clothing or accessories which contain or suggest offensive or obscene symbols, signs, slogans or words degrading any gender, cultural, religious or ethnic values.
- Clothing or accessories which contain or suggest language or symbols oriented toward violence, vandalism, sex, drugs, alcohol or tobacco.
- Clothing that resembles sleepwear such as lounging pants, or other lounging items. This also includes house shoes.
- Skirts and dresses that are inappropriate for bending, sitting, standing and reaching,
- 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.
- A belt is mandatory if pants or shorts will not stay at the waist without one.
- Mid-thigh is the appropriate length for shorts, skirts, and dresses.
- Mid-thigh length top is appropriate for covering leggings.
- Hats, hoods, head coverings, athletic headbands not worn during athletic event, bandanas and sunglasses are not to be worn inside the school building.
- 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
- All students must wear shoes. It is strongly suggested that students wear shoes which either enclose the foot or are secured with heel straps.
- 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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-372-3830.
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 email@example.com.
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.
FREE BREAKFAST & LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS! April Menus
The USDA has extended FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL students this school year!
Please find the April Breakfast and Lunch Menus attached below for your convenience!
Sign up for the JMS PTO Newsletter!
2021-2022 JMS Student Handbook
First Student Transportation - Bus Information
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:
SIGN UP FOR MYSTOP - BUS TRACKING APP!
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:
- Please confirm the following:
- You have downloaded the App from Tyler Technologies.
- You are using the legal student name as listed in Skyward.
- You have selected all lower case letters.
- You have placed a period between the first and last name.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view more information on the ORS District website at https://www.ortn.edu/district/bus-routes/.