The Tiger Den

Keeping you informed about Joseph Arthur Middle School

Issue #2 - August 27, 2018


As educators, we know that when a child misses a significant number of days of school, his/her education suffers. To help your child do his/her best in school, we urge you to do everything in your power to promote good school attendance.

The following consequences will be enforced regarding absences and tardies.

3rd absence: Certified Letter sent home from school principal

6th absence: Certified Letter sent home from district superintendent

8th absence: Mandatory Parent meeting with the District Truancy Review Team

9th absence: Parents will meet before the ROE #50 Truancy Review Board.

3rd tardy: Certified Letter sent home from school principal

5th tardy: Detention assigned from the office

8th tardy: Parent Meeting with the school principal

10th tardy: In School suspension assigned by the principal

IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENT: On days that your child will NOT be in attendance, please call the school office at 618.632.6336 x.110 to report the absence. If your child arrives to school after 8:25a they will be marked Tardy (T), unless notified by a parent/guardian why the student is Late. If the student arrives late after 8:46a, the student will be marked with an Unexcused absence for the time missed.

New Social Worker

We would like to welcome our new Social Worker to the Central 104 Family!

Her name is Brianna McNamara and she will be at Joseph Arthur Middle School on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you or your student ever needs any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact her at

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Mark Your Calendar

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Friday, August 31 & Monday, September 3

Academic Dates

1st Quarter Begins August 15

Progress Reports Available in Skyward September 21

1st Quarter Ends October 12

Parent/Teacher Conferences October 24 & 25

Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, September 11

JAMS Regular Bell Schedule

7:30a Doors Open & Breakfast Served

Advisory - 8:25-8:46a

Period 1 - 8:49-9:31a

Period 2 - 9:34-10:16a

Period 3 - 10:19-11:01a

Period 4 - 11:04-11:38a (5&6 Lunch)

Period 5 - 11:41-12:15p (7&8 Lunch)

Period 6 - 12:18-1:00p

Period 7 - 1:03-1:45p

Period 8 - 1:48-2:30p

Period 9 - 2:33-3:15p

Dress Code

Central School District #104 believes that appearance is a major factor in developing a proper attitude toward learning. We expect parents to assume a major responsibility for seeing the manner in which students dress is in keeping with the dress code; however, the building principal has the final decision. When students violate the dress code, he/she will be asked to change clothes or cover up the inappropriate item. If they are unable or unwilling to do so, his/her parents will be contacted.

The following are unacceptable:

  • Clothing in poor taste (tobacco or drug logos, alcohol, advertisements, indecent pictures, sexually suggestive slogans, inappropriate sayings, anything promoting gang activity or promotion)

  • Exposed undergarments or see through items

  • Display of bare midriff or shoulders

  • Hats, caps, hoods, bandanas, head coverings or sunglasses worn in school

  • Pajama pants or slippers without approval from the teacher or administration

  • Sagging pants

  • Shorts shorter than the mid-thigh

  • Holes in jeans above the mid thigh

  • Purses or bags in the classroom

National Bow Tie Day

Tuesday, Aug. 28th, 8am

This is an online event.

GET PUMPED! Tuesday, August 28 is NATIONAL BOW TIE DAY! Guys & Gals, don't forget to dress for success while rockin your favorite bow tie! The bow tie set the new fashion style of neckties in the early 17th century and is an accessory that has withstood the test of time.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Student ID Policy

Students must wear their school issued student ID at all time during the school day. ID's may not be distorted in anyway. Each students picture and full name needs to be visible.

New school ID's may be purchased in the office before school for $5. New ID cases and lanyards may also be purchased for $1.

Get Connected!

There are several ways to stay connected with what is happening at Joseph Arthur Middle School. "LIKE" the district Facebook page or follow us on Instagram "@jamstigers". Also, check out the district website at

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