Eagle Eye JMS Parent Newsletter #14

October 31-November 6

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin

Hello, Jefferson Middle School families and parents!

Another week has flown by us, but not without growth, success, and achievement! We are thankful for the conversations and collaboration during parent teacher conferences, and we are always honored to serve our students alongside of our families. We truly appreciate your feedback, questions, and suggestions in our shared goal of success for your children. So, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, as we approach the holiday season, we say, "Thank you so very much".

We encourage you to take time to read through the newsletter this week as there are several events, opportunities, and announcements!

Monumental Moments this past week

  • Wednesday SEL Zero Period!
  • SMART goals were set in all core content all across the building for students, relating to benchmark scores, behavior, and academic growth!

We appreciate and encourage all of our families to reach out with any needs, questions, or concerns.

Have a wonderful evening!

Phil Cox, Principal, pcox@ortn.edu

Ben Fowler, Vice Principal, bjfowler@ortn.edu

Brian Tinker, Dean of Students, bjtinker@ortn.edu

Elizabeth Leavitt, Instructional Technology Coach, ealeavitt@ortn.edu

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Wednesday Zero Period and Social Emotional Learning

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We are witnessing growth and community among out students through our SEL mentoring sessions on Wednesday during our Zero Period.

Last week, we were immersed in these topics through discussion, activities, and journaling!

5th grade: Exploring Values

6th grade: Exploring Emotions

7th grade: Planning Ahead

8th grade: Influences

2022-2023 JMS Student Handbook

Week at a Glance!

Monday, October 31, 2022

  • Health Screenings 6th and 8th Grade during PE classes
  • Author Dusti Bowling Visit-Library 6th period-Mrs. Humphrey’s ELA classes, 7th period-Ms. Mills ELA classes
  • Cheer Practice 3:00-4:00
  • Chess Club Library 2:45-3:45
  • Atomic Eagles Meeting Science Wing 2:45-4:30
  • RadioActive Brix Meeting Rm 223 2:45-4:30
  • Boys Basketball Practice Gym 3:00-5:00
  • Girls Basketball Practice Gym 5:00-7:00

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

  • Health Screenings 6th and 8th Grade during PE classes
  • Atomic Eagles Meeting Science Wing 2:45-4:30
  • Master Builders Meeting Rm 102 2:45-4:30
  • RadioActive Brix Meeting Rm 223 2:45-4:30
  • Girl Scouts Meeting Rm 208 3:00-5:00
  • Basketball Foothills Tip-Off Classic (Varsity ONLY) @ Eagleton Girls vs. Heritage-7:30, Boys vs. North Middle-8:00

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

  • Health Screenings 6th and 8th Grade during PE classes
  • Cheer Practice 1:00-2:00
  • Talent show practice 1:00-2:00
  • Gardening Club 1:00-2:00
  • Boys Basketball Practice Gym 1:00-3:00
  • Girls Basketball Practice Gym 3:00-5:00

Thursday, November 3, 2022

  • Health Screenings 6th and 8th Grade during PE classes
  • RadioActive Brix Meeting Rm 223 2:45-4:30
  • Basketball Foothills Tip-Off Classic (Varsity ONLY) @ Eagleton Girls vs. Horace Maynard-5:00, Boys vs. Heritage-6:00

Friday, November 4, 2022

  • Health Screenings 6th and 8th Grade during PE classes
  • Youth for Christ-Band Room 7:10
  • Ms. Kala’s class to TN Bank 1:45-2:00
  • Boys Basketball Practice Gym 3:00-5:00 Girls Basketball Practice Gym 5:00-7:00

Saturday, November 5, 2022

  • Basketball Foothills Tip-Off Classic (Varsity ONLY) @ Eagleton TBD

Sunday, November 6, 2022

  • Basketball Foothills Tip-Off Classic (Varsity ONLY) @ Eagleton TBD

Angel Tree 2022: Applications DUE this Monday, October 31!

We are now taking referrals for the Oak Ridge Schools Angel Tree Program. This service is made possible by our generous community, businesses and organizations that want to ensure all children have the option to experience the magic of Christmas!

If your family is in need of some assistance this Christmas, please fill out the attached form and return it to your school counselor by Monday, October 31st. Families will be served on a first come, first served basis. Names will be screened with other organizations and churches in the community that provide a similar service.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 865-425-3205 or email me at jbruce@ortn.edu and I will be glad to answer them.

Mental Health Virtual Event

Many of you attended our virtual event for parents and guardians last year hosted by the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee: Mental Health 101 for ORS Parents and Guardians. We are excited to be able to offer this event again this year as a live virtual event on November 10 at 6:00!
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FALL PICTURES: Orders due by Wednesday, November 2!

We are distributed picture proofs to your child's homeroom teacher last Monday. Orders are due no later than Wednesday, November 2nd .

Make-up pictures and group picture day is scheduled for November 30th. If you have questions, please email Mr. Mitchell at: jjmitchell@ortn.edu


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K-5 Turkey Trot!

Holiday Food Drive

For well over 30 years, Jefferson has sponsored a food drive to aid our Oak Ridge families in need. This year, the food drive runs from November 1-10. We encourage all students to consider donating non-perishable food to the cause. All of the contributions go to two Oak Ridge food pantries. In the past, we have collected more than 30 boxes of food. Here is how to help:

  • Food pantries can only accept non-perishable foods
  • Canned goods, boxed food mixes, cereal, condiments, spices.
  • Please check to make sure food is not expired
  • Bring donation to your homeroom
  • Homeroom reps will keep track of number of items donated
  • Homeroom with the most donations receive a prize

Please consider participating in this worthy cause. If everyone brings in just one item, we will have donated over 700 items!

Ms. Kala's Students Create Rangoli Designs: Learning about the festival of Diwali!

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2022-2023 Silverman Strings Scholarship recipient

Dr. Phillips has selected 5th grader, Julia Sacala as the 2022-2023 recipient for this scholarship! We want to congratulate Julia; we are so proud of all of our musical Eagles!

New digital sign board coming!

You may have noticed our sister school Robertsville has a new digital marquee, and late last week, we started the installation of our own at JMS. Contractors should finish early next week and we should have a fantastic and frequently updated news board for families driving past in the morning, day, and early evening.

For years, our sign board was frequently updated by Mr. Randolph, our JMS head of maintenance, and we thank him for the many hours he spent making sure our messages got out to the community. We offered him access to the sign board when it comes online, but he politely declined. We are very excited to have a new way of communicating with all the stakeholders of JMS.

PORTRAIT of a GRADUATE October Focus: 4 Cs: Communication

4 Cs: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity

FOCUS: Communication

Teaching students that communication can come in many ways is important. It is not just speaking verbally with someone to communicate but can also be non-verbal cues such as hand gestures and facial expressions as well as written emails, presentation materials, and more. Now that we live in such a digital world, it is also important to teach children how to navigate digital spaces with responsibility.

CHALLENGE: One aspect of communication from our 4 Cs rubric for Communication: "I can share differing opinions without putting others down and make others feel appreciated".

Ask your child to share his or her opinion on a topic they discussed this past week in one of their classes, Then, ask them to share a differing opinion they heard in that discussion. Ask how they help others feel appreciated when opinions may clash.

Communicating about Social Media with Diverse Opinions in Ms. Mills 7th Language Arts!

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October Character Trait: GRATITUDE


We want to congratulate our Student of the Week winners, nominated by their teachers. We are so proud!

  • 5th grade: Damion Ulven, Matthew Ferry, and Jude Brantley
  • 6th grade: Kelly Ramirez, Analia-Chavarria-Cruz, Cristel Andino-Ordonez, and Kimberly Santos-Guerra
  • 7th grade: Te’a Baird, Zoey Unterberg, and Madeline Erwin
  • 8th grade: Xander Valentin and Kamden Pitkanen

The Reading Eagle - Messages from Ms. Haverkamp!

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Athletic Update:

The Eagles and Lady Eagles basketball teams are gearing up for their first basketball games of the season this weekend in a pre-season tournament at Eagleton Middle School. The Lady Eagles take on Webb on Saturday at 11:30am. The Eagles take on Gresham at noon on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, both teams face Maryville at 2:30pm and 3:30pm. Their first home game is on Thursday, November 10th. Go Eagles!

Go Eagles!

Our BASKETBALL schedule is below!

Coach Katie Bolling

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Counseling Corner

Ms. Candie Price (5th and 7th Grade)

Mr. Paul Sudderth (6th and 8th Grade)

Please contact our school counseling department with any other questions at 865-425-9302. Ms. Amy Myers, school registrar, is happy to assist with enrollment, withdrawal paperwork, transportation, Skyward, school updates, etc.


Character Strong Update: October is Gratitude Month!

This month our district wide SEL curriculum is focused on Gratitude. Character Strong, defines Gratitude as “choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives.” Practicing Gratitude can increase our well-being and our happiness. Throughout the school, students will be working to develop skills with emotion regulation, positive self-talk and stress management.

Fun Family Challenge #1:

As a family, what are some small, specific things that you are grateful for? Maybe it is your favorite water cup, the way the cat sleeps on the chair or when your grandma bakes banana bread. Spend some time as a family trying to think of at least 10 small things that you have gratitude for and then choose to notice them this week with a smile.

Fun Family Challenge #2:

Review Gratitude as a family! Remember that Gratitude is choosing to appreciate the people and things in our lives. Find a place in your home to display a glass jar. Cut up small slips of paper and place them next to the jar. Use the jar to collect special people, places, events, and memories that your family is thankful for. Find a time each week to add slips of Gratitude to the jar and assist students in writing or drawing gratitude as needed. Having a gloomy day or a challenging time as a family? Pull out the slips of Gratitude and read them aloud together as a reminder of your Grateful moments.

Clothing Closet Accepting Donations

JMS is pleased to offer support for students in need through our “clothing closet”. We are accepting clean, gently used clothing items for students in need. Please make sure all donated items meet JMS dress code policy. Donated items can be dropped off in the JMS Counseling office. Thank you for your support!

ORHS Trunk or Treat

ORHS is hosting a Trunk or Treat on October 24th from 5pm-7pm. The event will take place in the school parking lot (on the Turnpike side). Future Wildcats are welcome to participate.


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Student Success Assembly Information


The Tennessee Department of Education announced today the 2022 Reward and Priority schools, which are two key designations under Tennessee’s school accountability system. The Oak Ridge School district is proud to share that four schools have been named Reward Schools: Linden Elementary, Glenwood Elementary, Willow Brook Elementary, and Jefferson Middle School. Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee. Reward schools are those that are improving overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and for student groups, and they are identified annually.

Dr. Borchers states, “The Oak Ridge School District focuses on growth and improvement, even in times of instability, and because our students are much more than the sum of their test scores, we will continue to focus on the Oak Ridge Schools’ Portrait of a Graduate which can be found on our district website at www.ortn.edu/pog. The Portrait of a Graduate was developed collaboratively with the community and focuses on achieving college and career readiness for every student by developing a shared vision among all key stakeholders regarding the key competencies that students need to be successful in work, citizenship, and life.”

WEDNESDAY Homework Help!

Wednesday Homework Help is in FULL SWING. If students have questions about an assignment, need guidance about their homework, or are looking for a quiet place to work, Mrs. Huddleston and Mrs. Ozcan will be available in the Innovation Center on Wednesdays after dismissal. Students will need to be picked up by 3:00 pm. All grade levels are welcome to attend. Please e-mail Mrs. Huddleston (cdhuddleston@ortn.edu) or Mrs. Ozcan (mozcan@ortn.edu) with any questions.

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Reminders about Drop Off and Pick Up

Remember when dropping off/picking up your student:

  • JMS's weather policy is to load busses and release car riders during most weather events EXCEPT lightning or severe rain/wind. When lightning is present we will push our students back to the building and delay releasing students. We have had three major lightning issues and a major wind/rain events during our releases over the first term, and we wanted to reiterate what our hold policy is. We thank our parents for their patience as we do our best to keep our students safe.
  • DO NOT enter the bus loop when buses are present!
  • Please pull your vehicle all the way up so we can keep as many cars as possible off of Fairbanks Road.
  • When dropping off AFTER 7:30am, students will be directed towards the main entrance. Go ahead and pull all the way up.
  • Make sure your child is ready to exit the vehicle and doesn't have to access the trunk for items, as this holds up the line.
  • DO NOT park or leave your vehicles in the neighborhoods across the street from Jefferson. Traffic is heavy during pickup and drop off and parking on those streets only increases the danger to our students and parents attempting to navigate the traffic.
HOMEWORK HOTLINE: Monday-Thursday 5-9 PM

Did you know Tennessee has its own Homework Hotline only for students in Tennessee? This is a free service offering live online tutoring, an interactive whiteboard, along with help resources for every subject and grade level! Click the link ABOVE!