Jordan Journal

February 8, 2016

Fine Arts & Literacy Night

Thank you to Ms. Parker and her team for planning a wonderful evening for our parents! A special thank you to Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Richards-Bell, and Mrs. Nash! Thank you to all our volunteers who sponsored activities: Mrs. Chedwick, Ms. Wall, Mrs. T. Jones, Mrs. Joe, Ms. Huff, Ms. Remy, Mrs. Ghazzawi, Mr. Brown, Ms. Sauer, Mrs. Hoskins, Mrs. McKenzie, Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Gardner, Mrs. Hatcher, Mrs. Chancey, Mrs. Bean, Mrs. Jordan, and Mrs. L. Williams! Thank you for making this night fun and engaging!

Positive Outcomes

How are we recognizing students and encouraging appropriate behavior? What incentives have we built into our plan? Team 6B is using Class Dojo and having class competitions. Connection teachers are using Class Dojo. If you have a positive referral, please give me a copy or send me an email so I can share on the Jordan Live! Mr. Keag has set up a Class Dojo account for the school, so you can link your accounts.

Jordan Live

Jordan Live is our school wide communication for students. We have several students reporting that their teacher will not turn on the morning news show. Therefore, they do not know about events or happenings in the school. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please submit a ticket. If you need to take attendance during the news show, we can provide you with a few options.

We have heard your input about the beginning time of the news show, so we will begin daily at 9:10 AM. Please make sure to have your projector ready. If you have a sub, please put in a ticket prior to your absence for assistance.

Professional Learning Day: February 15th

Are you interested in participating in a 'chili cook off'? We would love to have the opportunity to gather as a team and enjoy some great competition! Take a moment and let us know if this is something you would like for lunch on our professional learning day.

The agenda for the day is posted on the JMS Training Page: Professional Learning.

Black History Month

Mrs. Armstrong, Mr. Keag, and Mrs. Moore have developed a variety of activities for our students. When students are in the media center, they can use their device to scan a QR Code and will be directed to new learning. We also have a daily question. In addition, students will have activities in eClass each week! Students who complete the activities will be entered for a drawing to win a book. The activities explore the different resources we have using the online research tools. Please encourage your students to participate!

Progress Reports

We are scheduled to send home progress reports on Friday, February 19, 2016. Please make sure your grades are up to date no later than Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Thanks!

Book & Video Club

Dr. Walker is hosting a book and video club for ten teachers who want to engage in peer coaching through the lens of the book: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement. We will read the book, decide on a strategy to implement, use the SWIVL technology to video tape a lesson, and reflect/coach. If you are interested in engaging your students, then this is the professional study for you! Please email Dr. Walker your interest, thanks!

Interim Testing

Please plan your lessons to accommodate for the limited use of laptops during interim testing. Mr. Keag is posting a schedule to include the delivery of laptops to testing rooms, testing dates, subject tests, and pick up of laptops. Please check JMS Training Page for the schedule.

The test are designed for one class period. Most middle schools have 55 minute classes which is less than our 75 minutes periods. We recommend you meeting your homeroom and classes in the lab on your assigned day. This will allow you to turn on the computers, distribute the computers, assign seats, etc. Arriving early to the lab will allow you some time for any technical needs.


Homeroom attendance needs to be entered daily by 9:15 AM. Period attendance needs to be recorded within the first ten minutes of class. If you need assistance with using the "freeze screen" feature, so you can take attendance and have your warm up, please submit a ticket for tech assistance.

Students who check in late to school will receive a pass from the front office with a date/time stamp and signature. The front office will immediately update attendance. If you are unable to take attendance on a child due to "ABS" filled in for the day, please immediately notify your grade level clerk.

If a student is marked present, but missing from your class, please send a "JMS Locator" email. We will provide information on the student. Thanks!

Academic Recovery: EXTENDED TIME

Academic Recovery and Extended Learning Time begins Saturday. Lori Leigh Alderman is the director for the program. The program is in session for the next four Saturdays from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Instead of adding days, we extended the time for the first session. If you would like to work in the building on these days, please make sure you check in with Ms. Alderman.

Gwinnett Online Campus 2016-17 Registration begins February 2016!

Yearbook on Sale $35

Yearbook sales have begun! Students can pick up forms in the media center.

Upcoming Dates

2/8/16: National Counselors Week

2/9/16: Collaborative Communities Planning, Math with Debbie Johnson during your planning,

2/10/16: Collaborative Planning Social Studies with Mike Savage, JMS Local Reader Rally Contest @ 4:15 - 6:00 PM,

2/11/16: Local School Council Meeting @ 8:15 AM in front office conference room, Vertical ELL Team Meeting @ 8:15 AM

2/12/16: iTalks (Smartboards) with Mr. Keag @ 8:15 AM in professional learning room

2/13/16: AAP/ELT @ 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM Session 1

2/15/16: Student Holiday, Professional Learning Day

2/16/16: Career Cruising Team 6B, Safari Montage Lesson Development with Mrs. Armstrong during planning, Parent Workshop: Make & Take @ 6:00 PM

2/17/16: Career Cruising Team 6A,

2/18/16: Career Cruising Team 6C, Vertical Gifted Team Meeting @ 8:15 AM

2/19/16: Progress Reports Go Home, GMEA Statewide Honor Chorus 6th Grade

2/22/16: Career Cruising Team 7A, AAU Gym Rental 5:30 - 8:30 PM

2/23/16: Career Cruising Team 7C, Lady Knight Volleyball in Gym @ 4:30 - 5:30 PM, AAU Gym Rental

2/24/16: Early Release Parent Conferences, AAU Gym Rental 5:30 - 8:30 PM

2/25/16: Early Release Parent Conferences, Girls Soccer in Gym @ 4:30 - 5:30 PM

2/26/16: PSAT 8/9 (8th Grade Only), RESCHEDULED Team Meeting to 3/6/16 @ 8:15 AM, All State Chorus 7th & 8th

2/27/16: AAP/ELT Session 2 @ 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Let's Celebrate.....

Nancy Condon, 2/16

Michelle Carroll, 2/24

Kimberly Adams, 2/26

Stacey Edison-Bryson, 2/28

Team Recognition Program

Begin thinking about who you would like to recognize in December!

Each month, we will recognize team members who exhibit the pillars of Jordan MS: Community, Leadership, and Excellence! Teams can submit up to three names each month. Please include a brief narrative describing how the team member exemplified community, leadership, or excellence. We will celebrate during our vertical team meetings on Fridays!

Team Recognition Submission


Communique is the district's communication tool to highlight events in schools, the community, and share vital information. This week's communique highlights CGHS and Magic Wheelchair on the In Five segment.