7th Grade Family Newsletter
August 30, 2019
Wildcat Family Discovery Day - Tuesday, September 3
Popcorn and grab-and-go snacks will be available near the main entrance. Hope to see you there!
Counseling Corner with Frint
August has come and gone but I am still working on perfecting schedules and going through records of new students. Please know your child's schedule may still change - they will keep their current core teachers but they may end up in a different hour as we adjust/balance numbers to keep class sizes as small as possible. We are also still processing building reading and math data to figure out what students need additional help or possible advance placement so schedules are not set yet! Stay tuned.
September can be hectic time in a 7th graders life. They are still adjusting to their new teachers but for many they are student-athletes for the first time. There can be a lot of anxiety about playing in their first games but also dealing with missing class time and how to handle missed classroom activities. I encourage you to sit down as a family to discuss how to manage the stresses of being an athlete, dealing with missing class work and knowing your child's team/building policies regards leaving early for games.
Another change this year is length of grading periods. Did you know under our last year's system mid-terms would have been on Friday, August 30th! Now with the 9 weeks grading system teacher and student have more time to work on skills. I would encourage you to review there grades weekly but if you have concerns please reach out to teachers, sooner rather than later. We can always schedule a meeting for you to discuss concerns so please do not hesitate to contact us.
I am hoping by this time next month I will be share my plans on discussing careers/job exploration in our computer program called Xello so stay tuned!
7th grade counselor
What is Bullying?
Please encourage your 'tween' to report any bullying that they see, hear or experience themselves to an adult. If your child confides in you but not an adult at school, please keep us informed so we can help. Neither one of us can help in situations, if we do not know.
An informal bully report can be made to any adult in the building. Students reporting bullying will fill out a form that provides the adults with necessary details to begin their investigation. This form is used when bullying is reported but not seen or heard by an adult. (See the attached form that we use at JCMS for documentation/investigation purposes).
Calendar of Events
- September 2: No-School (Labor Day)
- September 3: Wildcat Family Discover Day (5:30PM-7:30PM)
- October 11: End of 1st 9-weeks
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Below is a link of helpful tips regarding your child's attendance and being aware of how often, is too often, in regards to being away from school.
To maximize your child's learning and time in school, please make appointments outside of the school day and screen for illnesses. In our latest attendance report, we have 50 JCMS students who have missed 20% of their school days already. Any student who misses 10% of school is considered chronically absent.
Behavior Management/Discipline at JCMS
To be eligible for a Renaissance card and school-wide incentives, students cannot display any Level 3's and no more than one Level 2 during a grading period.
Please take a look at the attached document (below) so that you have a better understanding and reference for the year and can talk with your child; promoting positive and kind behaviors. Thank you!