J.M.S. News...

By Donald F. Gately, Ed. D - June 2016

Quote for the week of May 30-June 3:

“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.” -Nelson Mandella

Quotes for the Month of June:

Week of June 6:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”- Helen Keller

Week of June 13:

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.” - Mark Twain

Week of June 20:

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

Monthly SEL Theme for the Month of June: Reflections and Transitions

Reflections allow you to transform ideas into reality. Remember that reflection is an important part of the learning process and that through deep reflection you are able to think and react in ways that impact all those with whom you come in contact.

Reflection is also a great tool and resource that allows us to transition successfully. I wish each of you an effortless transition to your well deserved summer vacation and a successful transition to the opening of school in September.

Remember, be BRAVE enough to be kind and have the courage to care!

Classroom News!


The genre of the month in Mrs. Aubrey's ELA class was "biography." Students visited the middle school library and selected books on their person of interest. After reading their biographies students used iPads with iMovie to create mini-documentaries. In students' hands iMovie is a mobile movie studio. Students then shared and published their finished iMovie project using their Google accounts. For most of the students hearing their own voices narrate their movie was an eye opening experience. Students had to write, direct, edit and produce their very own mini-movie. I'm proud to announce the Academy Award for best short goes to . . . .


Team 6B loves learning about different cultures. Students encourage each other to share traveling experiences, stories from places they have lived, and researching places they want to visit.


Students on Team 6C presented living biography presentations to the class. Using books and reference databases, students presented their findings to the class in a memorable way.


Team 6D keeping very busy and having so much fun in the month of May! Students prepared book reviews for summer reading using YouTube videos and QR code readers for the school-wide gallery walk. Also looking forward to participating in the Mini-Olympics showing team spirit being the proud countries of U.S.A. and Mexico!


This month students on Team 6E are putting together Social Studies research projects on various units of study. Some topics include Ancient India, the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, Ancient Africa and Ancient China. Here students use multiple resources and different forms of media to tackle their performance tasks!


"The course of true love never did run smooth".... but it's been smooth sailing as far as our first crack at reading Shakespeare goes. We've discovered that we have several budding thespians on team 7A. Once they got over their initial fear, the students learned they could not only read, but even appreciate the humor in "A Midsummer Night's Dream!"


Got milk (and cream and vanilla and sugar)? Then you too can make ice cream like Team 7B! Students surrounded a Ziploc bag containing the ingredients with salt and ice and were able to observe a delicious phase change from a liquid to solid. WARNING: YOU CAN TRY THIS AT HOME!


7C students are currently reading Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Although the novel was published in 1876, students have been delighted to find that Tom and his friends are actually quite similar to Jericho Middle School seventh graders. With topics revolving around first loves, heartbreak, jealousy, annoying siblings, outlandish pranks, the dreariness of school, and more, 7C students have engaged in quite a few interesting class discussions as they draw connections from the novel to their own lives. As we continue to read, we can't wait to find out what happens with Tom and his mischievous gang!


Team 8A participated in a Hunger Banquet to simulate the real life inequity of food supply in the world. This event was to kickoff the fund raiser for the Malala Fund, an organization that looks to improve world conditions by focusing on education.


Students on Team 8B have been investigating Pythagoras' theorem. First they discovered the relationship with the use of Geometer’s Sketchpad; then they cut out the areas of the two smaller squares and situated the pieces to fill the largest square to reinforce the relationship. Students remember information better and can better recall it when it is represented and learned both visually and verbally.


As we draw near to the end of the 4th and final quarter of the school year, creativity is still shining through as Ms. Dziura’s Earth Science students work hard creating scientific songs about continental drift. At the start of the unit, the students were introduced to the Interior of the Earth with a catchy song and were challenged to create a song of their own about continental drift by the close of the unit. The students not only created fantastic songs but they presented in front of the class with enthusiasm and ease!

Dates to Remember...

June 2 - PTSA End-of-Year Meeting and Officer Installation - MS Library - 9:00AM

June 11 - MS/HS Athletic Physicals - HS Little Theater - 7:30AM

June 14 - SEPTA Awards & Recognition Night - MS Library - 7:00PM

June 14 - 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Guidance Evening Hours - 7:00PM–9:00PM

Recognizing that other commitments often make it impossible for parents to find time to meet with counselors during the regular school day, we will continue a program of evening meetings this year. If you would like to meet with your child's counselor but are unable to do so during the school day, please call the counselor in order to schedule an evening appointment.

June 16 - Board of Education Meeting - Honoring Retirees - MS Library - 7:15PM


June 22 - Early Dismissal - 11:00AM

June 23 - Middle School Moving Up Ceremony - Auditorium - 8:00AM


June 29 - Report Cards Posted Online