JMS Weekly Update

August 28, 2022

Dear JMS Families,

Tomorrow is our first day of school! We are very excited to be welcoming the children back in to the building! This week's JMS Update contains a lot of information about navigating the first day of school. Please review the First Day of School section.

If you are looking for some back to school JMS Spiritwear, our Spirtwear sale is still running. You can find more information about our Spiritwear sale here.

As we welcome the children back to into the building for the 2022-2023 school year we ask that you please notify our nurse, Mrs. Raco, and complete this FORM if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!

This week's Update contains information about the following:

Welcome Back!

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mrs. Katelyn (Deet) Toth, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Monday - Day 1

Tuesday - Day 2

Wednesday - Day 3

Thursday - Day 4

Friday - Day 5

Monday (9/5) - No School - Labor Day

Tuesday (9/6) - Day 1

FIrst Day of School

Arriving to School

Students should arrive to JMS between 7:45-8:00AM. Students will enter JMS using our main entrance, A-1. You can find a Map of our entrance HERE.

We will have adults at the doors to welcome and guide the students to their homerooms.

Breakfast - Monday-Friday @ 7:15

Students who plan to join us for breakfast can arrive beginning at 7:15 using entrance C-23.

JMS Go Zone

If you chose to drive to school, and are planning to drop your child off on Moffett Street, please follow our Go Zone procedures. Click HERE to see how to use the Go Zone.

How to Use the Go Zone

  • Pull forward using the entire Go Zone.
  • Do not stop directly outside of A1 if there is room in front of you.

Suggested Student Drop Off Routes - 7:45-8:00AM

In preparation for returning to school, we would like to provide some guidance regarding traffic flow around campus so that we can ensure a safe environment for all students, and also reduce congestion and lengthy delays for drivers. If you are not the person that will be dropping your child off, please this information with the appropriate person.

Please drive slowly around the campus during drop off and dismissal times. If possible, have your children walk or carpool to reduce congestion. Families that are dropping off need to pull ahead along the curb all the way up to the auditorium/gym entrance (A-2), by the steps, before letting your student(s) out of the car. Cars that pull up just to the JMS main doors and let students out cause additional back ups to occur, and cause much of the drop off zone to go unused.

There will be traffic. Please be patient and present when you are driving around the complex.

See the link below for suggested drop off routes for those families that choose to drive their children. Please keep in mind that you cannot turn onto Moffett from Bower Hill during drop off and pick up times. You will need to access the complex from Old Hickory to Pin Oak, or from Ruth Street to Pin Oak.

Suggested AM Drop Off Routes

  • If you need to turn right onto Bower Hill after drop off, it is recommended that you utilize the yellow route. Right turns are not recommended from Moffett because there is a crossing guard at that intersection and only 1-3 right turning cars can get through because of students crossing.

  • If you need to turn left onto Bower Hill after drop off, it is recommended that you utilize the blue route. The left turn is not affected by the crossing students.

  • If you do not need to access Bower Hill after drop off, it is recommended that you utilize the red route through the JMS parking lot, which allows you to exit the back of the campus to Pin Oak.

Following these guidelines will help to create the safest environment and best flow of traffic possible. Thank you for your attention to this. The staff at JMS is looking forward to many smiling faces on Monday.

Safe Walking Routes

Mt. Lebanon is a walking district. If you do not like to sit in traffic, we encourage you to have your child(ren) walk to school.

The Municipality of Mt. Lebanon, along with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department and Juvenile Protection has formulated the following walking routes. These routes are recommended safe walking routes according to pedestrian and vehicle laws of the Commonwealth of PA. The walking routes are all encompassing not simply for routes to each elementary school. They were designed to be used 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These routes will show the safest area to walk on the street as well as the safest place to cross every street and crossing guard locations. The routes will take you to a signalized intersection with a stop sign or traffic signal making it easier to cross.

For students in middle and high school, locate the elementary school map where you live and follow that towards your school and onto the next elementary school map where the middle school is located. You may then follow the blue arrows to the school. The reverse would be done for walking home.

Hoover Elementary School

Jefferson Elementary School

Lincoln Elementary School

Markham Elementary School

JMS Bell Schedules

JMS Bell Schedule

You can click on the link above to see the JMS Bell Schedule. This is the schedule that we will use for the 2022-2023 school year.

First Day of School Bell Schedule

We will run an extended homeroom schedule on the first day of school. This will allow us to review our expectations and procedures, assign lockers, and help the children get acquainted to the building.



When Allegheny County is considered to be in high transmission for COVID-19, The CDC recommends wearing masks indoors. Masking is a personal choice. Students, parents and teachers are expected to respect others' decisions in regards to masking at JMS.

Bring Your Own Technology

Students should bring their own technology with them to school daily. Devices will be used to access Schoology, type assignments, conduct research, etc. If you are in need of technology you can request a device through our Tech Department.

COVID-19 Reporting

If your child has tested positive for COVID-19, please notify our nurse, Mrs. Raco, and complete this FORM.

JMS Yearbooks - On Sale Now!

JMS Yearbooks are on sale now through December 16, 2022. Order your yearbook and take out an 8th grade ad TODAY!


  • Now- Friday, September 30 at 11:59 PM: $45
  • Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 AM- Monday, October 31 at 11:59 PM: $50
  • Tuesday, November 1 at 12:00 AM- Wednesday, November 30 at 11:59 PM: $55
  • Thursday, December 1 at 12:00 AM- Friday, December 16 at 11:59 PM: $60

Limited extras will be sold on the last day of school for $60

8th Grade Advertisements are also for sale from now until December 16 for $35.


Families In Need of Technology

As we prepare to start the 2022-2023 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please visit


Middle School Athletics

You can learn everything you need to know about Middle School Athletics, including starting dates, by visiting the MS Athletics Webpage.

JMS PTA Information

Show Your School Spirit

Our spiritwear store is now open and will run through September 1. Items will arrive the week of September 26. Among the many items included is a gym apparel package, similar to previous years. Please follow the link below to purchase your items!

PTA Membership and Directory Access

Our Membership Store is now open! We hope you will consider joining out PTA to help fund excellent educational opportunities for our children. Directory access is available to JMS PTA members only.

Please email if you have any questions.



If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:

  • Go to 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 on your browser.

If you already use AmazonSmile:

  • Go to 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 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.

Box Tops

Scanning Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. 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.

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.

Resources For Families

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

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

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.