Wildcat News

Issue 1, September 7, 2018

6th Grade Family Newsletter

We hope it has been a great start to the school year for you and your child(ren). We have successfully finished four weeks of school. Now is a good time to check your child's grades, in Skyward, to make sure they are completing and turning in their assignments on time and studying for important tests. The end of the first 6-week grading period is on Friday, September 21 (when grades are final and report cards are sent home). *If you need help with your Skyward login information, please call our Main Office at (785) 717-4400 for assistance.

Our intent is to send out a monthly newsletter to our 6th grade families with information regarding what is going on in the 6th grade and upcoming school events. Your email was added from Skyward as a 6th grade parent or guardian. If you would like to be removed from this monthly newsletter, please send Mr. Frint (6th Grade Counselor) or Mrs. Lundgren (6th Grade Assistant Principal) an email titled "REMOVE" along with your email address and first and last name.

We hope that by the end of our three years together at JCMS, we will know you all very well. We would like to take a moment and introduce ourselves to you...

6th Grade School Counselor

Greetings 6th grade family! My name is Michael Frint. My job is to help your child emotionally, academically, and help them plan for their career choices.

I wanted to express how excited I am to work with you the next three years. That's correct I said the next three years. The school counselors at JCMS rotate with their students to each grade level. It is a great way to build relationships with families, watching your students grow academically, career exploration wise and my favorite is their social emotional growth. This is the start of my 7th year at JCMS as a school counselor - some families this is our first time together but for some families I am attached to you for the third time as I previously worked with the Classes of 2019 and 2022.

One major difference between elementary school counseling and middle school counseling is the change in functionality. At the elementary school level, school counselors are often more like therapists as they have the ability to meet with students one on one once or twice a week for 20-30 minutes at a time probably with some type of goal/improvement in mind. Here at the middle school my services are on a more short term basis and I delve more into career and academic areas. While I am here to support your child emotionally, set weekly appointments do not typically happen at this level.

My primary focus at the moment is meeting your student's scheduling needs. We are still fine tuning and moving students' schedules around to fit all their and classroom needs. Hopefully in the next few weeks this portion will be wrapping up for the rest of the semester.

To get to know me a little bit better I was a middle school classroom teacher for 7 years - 3 years at the 6th grade level and 4 years at the 8th grade level, social studies at both stops. During that time period I decided to go back to Kansas State University to get my master's degree in counseling and student development to go along with my two other degrees from Kansas State in psychology and secondary education - social studies and psychology. I currently reside in Manhattan, Kansas and this time of year you will see me at all the K-State football games or even traveling to some of their road games.

On a professional level, some of my passions involve career exploration, learning proper ways to use social media for young people and promoting academic student success. At times I can be difficult to get ahold of via a phone call or dropping in to see me but if you leave me a voicemail or email I try my best to get ahold of you within 24 hours.

6th Grade Assistant Principal

Hello, my name is Brandi Lundgren. This is my 13th year as a JCMS Wildcat. I am glad to be back in 6th grade, as it is where I first started my career as a math teacher. I have also taught AVID and been an Instructional Coach before becoming an Administrator. I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees from Kansas State University and currently live in Wamego with my husband and two kids: Lilianna (7) and Azariah (almost 1).

One of my favorite things about my job is the opportunity to loop with the same group of students. I get to follow your child through the different grades at JCMS and am looking forward to working with you and getting to know you all better along the way.

I will do anything I can to help your child be successful. I am looking forward to learning about your child’s goals, watching them pursue their dreams, and growing into a young adult to become the best person they can be. Please contact me anytime with questions, concerns or celebrations you would like to share.

"In a world where you can be anything, be kind."

Class of 2025 T-Shirts

6th grade students received one of these t-shirts during the first week of school. We encouraged them to keep the shirts in good shape (free from cutting/damaging) so that they can continue to wear them throughout middle school. If your child did not come home with a shirt, please ask if they got one or if it is at school (in their locker). They are encouraged to stop by the Counseling Center and ask for a shirt if they did not get one on the day they were handed out.

Mark your calendars for Friday, September 21st. It is 6th Graders' "Wear your 2025 Shirt Day" to celebrate the end of the first 6-weeks!

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24-Hour Rule for Communication

To ensure that JCMS staff are meeting your family needs, you should expect a response from any staff member to your phone calls and e-mails within 24-hours. This means that staff members will return your phone call (even if they have to leave a message), or reply to your e-mail within this time frame.

PACK (Promoting Achievement, Creativity, and Knowledge)

PACK is Junction City Middle School's acronym for our MTSS/Intervention time within our daily schedule. Each student will be assigned a PACK class starting Monday, September 10th based on their academic achievement testing and interests. Some students will need extra assistance in math, reading, or organization while other students may need enrichment classes. Students have PACK class Monday - Friday for 50-55 minutes depending on blue/white day. This time is very structured. Please be sure to ask your child what they are learning during this time; starting next week!

Annual Drills

The state has new annual school drill requirements that we would like you to be aware of. For the 2018-2019 school year, JCMS is required to complete 4 fire drills and 9 crisis drills. (This is a change from previous years of having required monthly fire drills and zero crisis drills).

Student-Led Conferences

Student-led conferences are around the corner. Please mark your calendar with the following dates and times so that you can be thinking of what works best for your family to attend. You will receive more information about this event and have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with your child's Cat Time teacher as it gets closer.

  • Wednesday, October 17 (3:30 - 7:45pm)
  • Monday, October 22 (3:30 - 7:45pm)
  • Wednesday, October 24 (3:30 - 7:30pm)

Our New Mission Statement

With the help of our staff and students at the end of last school year, we now have a new mission statement. Our intent is that we (students, families, JCMS staff and community members) believe in and can recite this mission.

"JCMS - A bridge to success and college and career readiness."

Goals for the next few months

After getting to know students for the first 3 weeks of school, we have decided to focus on the following areas for the next few months.

1. Telling the entire story. My first year on the job 7 years ago towards the beginning of the school year, I was informed of a classroom situation by a student - "Mr. Frint, students in history class are calling me names and no one wants to work with me." I went to the classroom to address the situation. I asked the history teacher if I could address the class and discussed poor choices being made and how it was important to include everyone. The teacher later pulled me aside and said, "Mr. Frint, that student who came to you and made the report actually asked to work alone, came in making jokes and has been working with an adult the whole time. No one has said anything negative to him/her." Has this ever happened to anyone before? Someone tells you something and doesn't tell you the entire story? This happens often at the middle school. There are multiple sides to events which is why we would ask you give us the opportunity to investigate and get the whole picture.

2. Hands and Feet to yourself. One item that has occurred on numerous occasions involves horseplay - particularly hands in people's face or smacking people on the neck even among friends. We take this issue very seriously and encourage you to talk to your student about this.

3. Growing Emotionally. We communicate daily with students about responding when they are emotional about a topic. How often do we, even as adults, say something we regret and have to go apologize later because we were upset? The same thing happens to our students. Rather than making the situation worse, we ask students to walk away and cool off or think about how they want to respond so situations do not end badly. This is a difficult concept particularly as we live in a society of "immediate responses." How much better would all of our lives be if we didn't send that text, IM, tweet, email, etc. if we took a little more time and thought the situation through?

Camp Soar

Saturday, Sep. 22nd, 10am-4pm

1810 Caroline Avenue

Junction City, KS

What is Camp Soar? Has your child or a child you know experienced the loss of a significant loved one through death, divorce or distance? Our day camp is mostly about fun. We play games, enjoy planned activities, while focusing on sharing memories, trying new things and learning we are never alone in our grief. (Registration Required)

To register contact Tommy Bruce (tbruce@accordhealthgroup.com) at 785-376-0346. This is free for ages 5-16 years of age with lunch provided.