Warrior Beat

Student Focused-World Class

A Word from Holly

Week of the Warrior:

Monday, April 4th

2:00 PM-PTA Executive Board Meeting-JSMS Conference Room

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Chamber Choir-2:50-3:30

Tuesday, April 5th

RTI Data Conferences will be held in the JSMS Conference Room during each grade level planning period. The first 45 minutes will be Reading and the last 45 minutes will be Math. Please arrive on time so that we can keep on schedule. In attendance at each meeting will be: Sevier admin, Paula Nickels, Carmen Bryant, Jim Nash and Brian Cinnamon, and Emily Helphinstine. Also attending the 8th Grade data conferences will be Chris Hampton and Nick Lingerfelt.

Teaming/Scheduling Action Team Meeting-JSMS Conference Room-3:00-4:00

Student Council Meeting-Mrs. Wagner's Room-3:00-3:30

Softball Game: JSMS vs. Unicoi at JSMS at 5:00

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Wednesday, April 6th

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Game: JSMS vs. DB at DB at 4:30

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Newspaper Staff Meeting - 2:45 – 3:30 pm. Editors will meet until 5:15 pm

Newscast Staff Meetings -2:45 – 5:15 pm

Thursday, March 24th

Transforming Teaching&Learning-Grading Action Team-JSMS Conference Room 3:00-4:00

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Chamber Choir-2:50-3:30

7th and 8th Grade Chorus (all members) 7:00 am rehearsal in the auditorium. All members must be present for this rehearsal.

6:00-Teachers of the Year, Jenny Jensen and Liesel Watkins, will be recognized at the BOE meeting-TN Room at the ASC

Friday, March 24th

Track Practice 3:00-4:30

Softball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Baseball Practice: 3:00-5:00 Players should be prepared for indoor or outdoor practice.

Saturday, April 9th

Sevier Instrument Placement Day

April 11th-April 15—High School Planning Appointments for rising 9th Graders—All families of rising 9th graders should have gotten a letter in the main from Dobyns-Bennett providing you with a time for your high school planning appointment. These meetings will take place at Sevier in the library. Please arrive five minutes prior to your assigned time and check in at the JSMS front office. We will call your child to the library to join you for your high school planning appointment with the DB counselor.

JSMS News:

I will be at a principals' meeting on Wednesday morning at the ASC. I will also be at a Visioning Meeting at the ASC all day Thursday. On Friday (and Saturday, too, actually), I will be at a training in Greeneville. I am sure that Nick and Jim will be able to handle all that comes their way. Please know that I will have access to email and can be reached if needed. -Holly


Forms will be placed in your mailbox this afternoon about Google Apps for Education. The forms will need to be signed by parents and returned to their homeroom teacher ASAP.


During our tabletop meeting a at the beginning of the semester, we discussed having the ability for teachers to make lockdown calls from any phone in the building. We have confirmed the instructions for being able to do this. From any school phone you should be able to access the intercom system using the instructions below. You may want to print these instructions and place them by your phone.

Dial 6010,

wait for a strange dial tone sound,

Dial 0*


We will be having our RTI Math and Reading Data Conferences on April 5th. Again, LA will meet during the first 45 minutes of your planning times. Math will meet during the last 45 minutes of your planning times.

Hallway Picture Clings

We have wonderful athletic picture clings hanging in our hallways. We would love to have add clings in the hallways that represent the great work going on in our classrooms and other extra-curricular classes. If you have pictures of current teachers and students that you would like to see hanging in the hallways that represent our work, please send those pictures to Holly. THANKS!

Express Car Wash and JSMS Support

Don't forget that you can wash your car and support JSMS at the same time! Use the code 1200 at Express Car Wash (Stone Drive near Target) before you pay and 30% of the sale will automatically go to JSMS PTA. Use the code each time you have your car washed!

Important Evaluation Information

Administrators will no longer have access to entire self-scores in the observation portal. All teachers will now have to enter self-scores by logging into the portal on teh TN Compass site. Please go ahead and register and log in to expedite this process. Go to http://tdoe.tncompass.org to register.

News From the ASC

April College & Career Shirt Day

Wednesday, April 6 is a college and careert shirt day. Please remember to wear a shirt to support your favorite college or employer. Also note that this is not a jeans day.


SchoolMessenger Usage


Effective immediately, SchoolMessenger CANNOT be used for non-emergency automated phone calls. Attendance-related calls are still allowable, as are text messages and emails.


Kingsport's Interactive School Zone Map

Kingsport now has an interactive website in which you can type an address and determine school zone. You can access this map from a link on the KCS website, Parents, School Zones / Street Directories or click here.

Once on the interactive page, click on the magnifying glass and type in the address in question. If the address is a city location, the site will zoom to the location and identify the corresponding school zone. If nothing happens, the address is NOT in the city of Kingsport.


Nominations Open for Read to Be Ready Educator of the Week

From the TDOE:

"We are excited about what our educators are doing in classrooms all across Tennessee to help promote literacy, and we want to recognize them. Help us celebrate our educators' creativity and commitment to student learning by nominating them to be the Read to be Ready Educator of the Week! Winning educators will receive a Read to be Ready Educator of the Week certificate and will be featured on our website. We plan to further honor our winners by sharing their best practices so all Tennessee educators have access to new and exciting ways to integrate literacy into their classrooms."

Any TN educator can nominate or be nominated for this recognition. For more information on Read to Be Ready, please click here.

To nominate a teacher, please click here.


Education Energy Camps

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs today announced that applications are currently available online for the 2016 K-12 Energy Education Camps. The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

While a school may be represented by one educator, it is highly recommended that teams of two educators from a school attend the camp and work together to develop and conduct an energy education program. K-12 educators are invited to apply for one of the following two camps:

  • Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County (west of Nashville) -June 6-10
  • Pickwick Landing State Park in Hardin County(east of Memphis) - June 13-17

Teams selected to participate in Energy Camp will be provided with complimentary lodging and meals and will receive energy related classroom materials valued at $200. For more information or to access applications, pleaseclick here. Applications must be received byApril 15, 2016.

The TDEC Office of Energy Program’s K-12 Energy Education Camps are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy‘s State Energy Program. For more information, contact Angela McGee atAngela.McGee@tn.gov or 615-532-7816.

Friendly Reminder

Please remember and share with KCS staff that, according to the Employee Handbook, the use of scented perfumes, lotions, etc. is discouraged in all KCS buildings. Spring is a time when allergies really flare up, so anything we can do to reduce allergens in a building is appreciated! Thank you for sharing this reminder with your staff.

Learning Sessions Announced

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit will be held May 17-18, 2016 in Nashville, TN. Summit sessions are designed to provide attendees opportunities to interact with educational leaders and practitioners who are seeing success with integrating STEM practices in their classrooms and communities.

For more information or to register, click here.

2016 Essay Contest

All submissions for the TDOE 2016 Essay Contest must be received by 5 p.m. CDT onFriday, April 8. The essay prompt is "My teacher has inspired me to …" All Tennessee public school students in grades kindergarten through twelve are eligible to participate. For contest details, click here.

Please encourage the students in your school to participate. Prizes for the winning students will be announced soon.

Contact Educator.Communications@tn.gov if you have questions.

Celebrations and Recognitions

Recognitions and Celebrations:

*Thank you to all who participated and helped make our first annual “Walk of the Warrior” informational sessions for families of rising 6th graders success!

*Thank you to the students and directors of our JSMS Jazz Band, Chamber Choir and Chamber Orchestra for performing for our “Walk of the Warrior” event.

*Thank to Lydia Elam, Angela Miller and Hunter Mullins for all the work that they are doing to recruit rising JSMS students to be involved in our musical programs!

*Thank you to David Flanary and Gowri Tumkur for going above and beyond to create an informational video of our extracurricular activities for our “Walk of the Warrior.” (Can we make this accessible on our website?)

*Thank you to our counselors for all of the work they have been doing to assist our 8th graders and families for High School Planning.

*Thank you to our special education teachers for all of your work involving transition meetings and yearly IEP meetings!

Proud to be a Warrior,

Holly Flora

Principal, JSMS