Team 9 Update

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At JCMS, we know that helping our students achieve success is a group effort. We appreciate all the family support that helps us help our students. In an effort to create a bridge between home and school, Team 9 will be using Smore to create newsletters to keep you informed of team happenings, school events, policies, and news of interest.

Upcoming Events

We will post events and reminders in this section. Check back often to see updates. You can also check the school calendar here :

Monday, August 19th-

Tuesday, August 20th-

Wednesday, August 21st-

  • iReady testing in Math

Thursday, August 22nd-

  • iReady testing in Math

Friday August 23rd-

  • iReady testing in Math

Helpful Links

Team 9 Core Classes

Math- Mrs. Williams

Hello, Team 9 Families!

This week in math, we will continue building growth mindsets in math while reviewing integers and expressions & equations.

*Homework will go home Monday, August 19th and be due Friday, August 23rd. I will send home a weekly homework sheet every week. If your student needs help, have them check Schoology or email me.

Students need to bring headphones for iReady. It starts Wednesday.

We have iReady testing the 21st -23rd in all math classes. We use iReady as a diagnostic tool to make sure that we fill any gaps a student may have or offer them extensions. We want all our students to do their best, so that we can get them exactly what they need. Please encourage your student to do their best, but DON'T STRESS!

Students have a Numbers About Me assignment that is due on Friday, the 23rd.

Please email or call if you have questions. I look forward to working as a team to help your student be successful this year!

Tutoring Times:

Tuesday and Thursday at lunch

Wednesday at 7:15 AM

Jamie Williams- 785-717-4419

Language Arts

Students have just completed the first round of reading assessments for Language Arts. MAZE & ORF scores will be available for students to see very soon!

On Monday the 19th & Tuesday the 20th, students will be finishing a "Where I'm From" poem. I cannot wait to see these when students are finished!

On Wednesday the 21st, we will officially start Unit 1. The big essential question we will be exploring is "how and why is truth manipulated?" We will start by reading an article titled "Why We Lie?". We will also read several short stories: The Landlady by Road Dahl, The Necklace by Guy De Maupassant, and The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.

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US History

This first week we have been focusing on getting to one another in our classes. I have been impressed so far with the effort put forth by students in collaborating to create a Social Contact for each class. This process allowed everyone to participate in creating shared expectations.

We will begin our study of US History on Monday with Unit 1 on Colonization and the Revolution.

Some questions students will be considering over the course of this unit of study:

Was the American Revolution inevitable?
When should one question authority?

How did Britain's neglect of the colonists gradually lead to independence?

We will be reading parts of Thomas Paine's Common Sense as well as one of our nation's founding documents, the Declaration of Independence.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Ben Trenary



Wow, what a fun first week of school! This week we focused on establishing our class norms and procedures. After our whole class discussion, the following rights and obligations were determined:

  • You have the right to make a contribution to an attentive, responsive audience.
  • You have the right to ask questions.
  • You have the right to be treated civilly.
  • You have the right to have your ideas discussed, not you.

  • You are obligated to speak loudly enough for others to hear.
  • You are obligated to listen for understanding.
  • You are obligated to agree or disagree (and explain why) in response to other people's ideas.

Friday we started of our Sound and Light unit by observing a homemade record player. Students recorded their observations and any questions they came up with. Over the course of this unit, we will be answering the question, "How can we sense so many different sounds from a distance?" I'm excited to teach this unit and empower the students to start taking ownership in their learning experience!

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Breanna Temaat