Jasper Middle School

Weekly Parent Newsletter

This Week at JMS

Monday, Sept. 12

Breakfast - Assorted Muffins, Yogurt, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Hamburger OR Cheeseburger on Bun, Crinkle Fries, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

3:00PM Study Tables @ JMS

5:30PM 7th Grade Volleyball vs Washington

5:30PM 8th Grade Volleyball vs Washington

6:00PM 7th Grade Football @ Heritage Hills

6:00PM 7th Grade Girls Soccer vs Washington

7:00PM 8th Grade Football @ Heritage Hills

7:30PM 8th Grade Girls Soccer vs Washington

Tuesday, Sept. 13

Breakfast - Sausage, Egg & Cheese Sandwich, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Beef Haystacks, Shredded Cheese, Salsa, Refried Beans, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

HR - 8th Grade DC Trip Fundraiser Kickoff

5:45PM Cross Country @ Cedar Crest

6:00PM 8th Grade Boys Soccer vs Princeton

7:30PM 7th Grade Boys Soccer vs Southridge (@ Schroeder Soccer Complex)

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Breakfast - French Toast Sticks w/ Syrup, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Buffalo Chicken Tots, Breadstick, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Sidekick, Milk

Thursday, Sept. 15

Breakfast - Breakfast Bagel, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Chicken Drumstick, Dinner Roll, Cheesy Broccoli, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

6:00PM 8th Grade Football @ Mater Dei

6:00PM 7th Grade Boys Soccer @ Washington (@ Gwaltney Athletic Complex)

6:00PM 7th Grade Girls Soccer @ Princeton

6:30PM 7th Grade Volleyball @ Boonville

6:30PM 8th Grade Volleyball @ Boonville

7:00PM 7th Grade Football vs Mater Dei

7:30PM 8th Grade Boys Soccer @ Washington (@ Gwaltney)

Friday, Sept. 16

Breakfast - Whole Grain Goody Bun, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Pizza, Green Beans, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk, Pudding Cup

Upcoming Important Dates

Sept. 28,2022 Parent Teacher Conferences (JMS will be using this evening for Professional Dev)

Oct. 5, 2022 Parent Teacher Conferences (More information to follow)

Oct. 7, 2022 End of 1st Quarter

Oct. 7, 2022 School Flu Clinic

Oct. 17-21, 2022 Fall Break - No School

Nov. 23-25, 2022 Thanksgiving Break - No School

Dec. 21, 2022 End of 2nd Quarter and 1st Semester

Jan. 5, 2023 School Resumes

Jan. 16, 2023 Professional Development - No School

Feb. 20, 2023 Snow Make-Up Day - No School

Mar. 10, 2023 End of 3rd Quarter

Mar.20-24, 2023 Spring break - No School

April 5, 2023 8th Grade Dubois County Career Cruise (@JHS)

Apr. 7, 2023 Good Friday - No School

Apr. 10, 2023 Snow Make-up Day - No School

May 25, 2023 8th Grade Achievement Night

May 26, 2023 End of 4th Quarter and 2nd Semester

Office Information

From the Asst. Principal

No one disputes the fact that teens today struggle in ways that most of the adults of today do not understand. Growing up in the ‘80’s and 90’s, the at-risk behaviors were all external factors such as drinking, smoking, drugs, and teenage pregnancy. The numbers in every one of those categories have dropped tremendously. However, today’s teens face far different issues.


Though there are many arguments about the causes, depression and anxiety are gripping our children at an unprecedented rate. This struggle is only exacerbated with the use of social media. The data clearly shows that the more our kids use social media, the poorer our children fair with mental health and well-being.


While there are a few benefits, if we as parents are going to allow our teens access, we must be diligently monitoring the usage. As we see at JMS often, there is just too much access to each other for many of these young people, and disagreements quickly become nasty or students become targeted.


If you would like help understanding how to monitor your child’s usage or feel like your child is being targeted online, please do not hesitate to stop in, call, or email us.

From the JMS Nurse

GJCS will be hosting a Flu Clinic for students in Grades 2-12 on Oct. 7. Please see the pdf for the Registration Form.

More from the JMS Nurse

Great news! Did you know that SchoolCare is a program used by the Greater Jasper Consolidated School nurses and follows the medical confidentiality laws governed by the Indiana Department of Health! Please go to your PowerSchool account and log in, scroll down until you find SchoolCare on the left side of the page. Please click on SchoolCare and register your child so that the school nurse will have the current medical information that you choose to share with her. Also, in both the middle school and high school you are able to give consent for the school nurse to administer Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Midol and Tums in case your child would need it during the school day. When you register your student in SchoolCare please be sure to edit in the OTC Medication section if you choose to give consent for your child to have any or all of the above OTC Medications. If you have any questions please contact Mrs. Buschkoetter at 812-481-4855.

8th Grade Washington DC Trip and Fundraiser

The 8th grade trip will be from May 3-7, 2023. Registration forms will be passed out next week. All forms and payments are turned in to Jackie's Travel. We will be doing some fundraisers to help offset the cost. The first one will kickoff on Sept. 13.
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McDonald's Outstanding Educator Award

Now through September 16th, we’re excited to accept nominations for the third-annual McDonald’s Outstanding Educator Awards. To nominate, simply submit your educator’s information through the below link! Coworkers, parents, family members, community members, and friends are invited to nominate outstanding educators!


SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION HERE: www.surveymonkey.com/r/McDEducator2022


Two tiers of prizes will be awarded to outstanding educators in local communities:


50 Outstanding Educators will each receive:

  • $100 to use toward their classroom
  • Best Teacher Ever coffee mug
  • Outstanding Educator Certificate
  • McDonald’s vouchers to “teach it forward” to parents with outstanding students throughout the year


5 Outstanding Educators will each receive:

  • $1,000 to use toward their classroom
  • Best Teacher Ever coffee mug
  • Outstanding Educator Certificate
  • McDonald’s vouchers to “teach it forward” to parents with outstanding students throughout the year


Our community educators make a big difference in the lives of our children, and we are grateful for each and every one of them and invite you to help recognize their efforts alongside McDonald’s!

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What are Study Tables @ JMS?

These are supported work sessions hosted after school in the JMS Library on Mondays and Thursdays. The library remains open from 3:00 to 4:15 pm to students wanting to use the space for academic reasons/purposes...with two teachers available for any help that may be needed!


Why does JMS host these sessions?

This after-school opportunity is designed to provide a positive & productive place for Jasper Middle School students to:

-complete homework assignments and class projects

-study for upcoming tests or quizzes in any class

-devote time to AR reading goals for ELA

-complete assigned lessons online

-make up missing/late classwork

-improve time management and study skills


The Semester 1 work sessions in the library will be monitored and managed by JMS staff members: Ms. Young and Mrs. Beth Gentry.


All students in attendance will be expected to follow the rules/guidelines and submit a participation form with parent permission. Copies of the participation form will be available in the office and in the library, but you can also print your own or ask your homeroom teacher!


Please note that transportation is not provided - you must make arrangements to leave and get home safely at 4:15 pm.


Questions? Please email Mrs. Michaela Eckerle at meckerle@gjcs.k12.in.us or visit Room 510!


We hope to see you next week at Study Tables @ JMS!!!

This Week at JMS Archives

All of our weekly newsletters will be archived on our website. You can use this link to access them directly - https://jms.gjcs.k12.in.us/parents/jms-newsletters . Or you can go to our website and click "Menu" and then "Parents" to find them.

Dubois County Health Department

Wednesday, Sep. 28th, 9pm

3600 North Portersville Road

Jasper, IN

In response to the Indiana Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, The Dubois County Health Department (DCHD) will be holding a vaccination clinic for HPV at Jasper Middle School during school hours. This is a great opportunity for busy parents, and for students to get up to date on their vaccines. The date of the Clinic is Wednesday, September 28, 2022. Please see the pdf for more details on how to register.

Teacher Information

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Students of the Week

Each week of the school year, we will be recognizing two Students of the Week for each grade level. Students are nominated for this recognition by staff members for a variety of reasons. It could be based on Academics, Behavior, Character, or Improvement. All of the nominees are then voted upon by the staff to identify the six winners for that week. This week's winners include:

6th Graders - Claire Bueltel and Landon Small

7th Graders - Stella Knies and Reece Weisheit

8th Graders - Abby Taylor and Josue Carrillo

6th Grade Health Classes

Crisis Connection has been presenting lessons in health class regarding teen safety. These lessons are accompanied by Parent Information worksheets. Please see pdf below for the first lesson's worksheet.
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Extra-Curricular Activities

Jasper Public Library

Anyone ages 10 - 19 are welcome to come to the Public Library for these free events!

Students are reminded that we now have lots of room at the library for studying and collaborative projects. We also have study rooms available with space to spread out and work. We have study snacks available at the front desk upon request.

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Junior Optimist

Jr. Optimist is a club at JMS that assists the Optimist Club of Jasper with several events throughout the year. This is a JMS service organization that assists the special needs community in our county. It’s a rewarding, fun experience for all of those who participate. You will be assisting with putting crafts together, painting, bowling, Easter egg hunts, physical activities and so much more… Our 1st event is Oct. 8 @ the YMCA in Ferdinand. Contact Mrs. Gentry if you’d like more details.

Wyldife Campaigners

EVERY JMS STUDENT is invited to Wyldlife's Campaigners on THURSDAY, September 15th!😆 9-15-22 @ 7 AM in Mr. Pryor's Room!! Donuts will be in attendance! See you there!🍩
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Red Cross Blood Drive

Thursday, Oct. 27th, 2pm

3600 North Portersville Road

Jasper, IN

at Jasper Middle School Gym

Thursday, October 27, 2022; 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, please visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter sponsor code: JasperMiddle School or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

The pdf is attached to this newsletter.

Parent Zoom Cafe by Ireland Home Based Services

September 2022: The Talk

Evidence Based Practice: Strengthening Families Protective Factors

Protective Factors being reinforced: Social Connections, Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development, and Social and Emotional Competence of Children

In September we will discuss how and when to talk to our kids about sex and relationships. We will look at the importance of educating our children on these topics for their own safety as social demands mature and they delve into making decisions that are mature. We will discuss healthy boundaries and risky behavior in dating. See the attached pdf for more details.

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