JMS Weekly Update
February 28, 2021
On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Early Warning COVID Dashboard indicated that Allegheny County is again in the Moderate range for community transmission. Since the county is now in the second consecutive week in the Moderate range, the metrics determined by the School Board have been met to begin the 4-day Hybrid option for secondary students (grades 6-12).
Those students who selected this option will begin attending classes in person, 4 days a week on Monday, March 1. Students who have selected to return from our Cyber Cohort to Cohort A or B will also return to JMS this week. We will see our new Cohort A students on Monday and Tuesday and our new Cohort B students on Thursday and Friday.
Please review our A/B/Cyber/D Update for more information.
This week's Update also contains information about:
- Lunch Spaces
- JMS Drama Club
Please continue to let our nurse, Mrs. Suess, know if anyone in your family is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Now that we have returned to 4-days of in-person instruction, this information is critical to the safety of the students and staff at JMS.
Please do your best to stay home, wear a mask, physically distance (6ft or more), avoid congregating in groups, and wash your hands so that we can continue to have the children back in the building with us.
Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal
Ms. Katelyn Deet, Assistant Principal
Increased In-Person Instruction - 3/1
4 Day, In-person instruction will begin on Monday, March 1st.
Students who have selected to return from Cyber to Cohort A or B will also return to JMS this week. We will see our new Cohort A students on Monday and Tuesday and our new Cohort B students on Thursday and Friday. All students will continue to be remote on Wednesdays.
As per the District's health and safety plan, students must continue to be 6ft apart during lunch. We do not have enough room in the cafeteria to accomodate 6ft of distance with the number of students that we have returning to in-person instruction. Therefore, students will be eating lunch in the Cafeteria, Room 101, Room 104, and the Library.
Students will rotate through these spaces based on their homeroom assignments. We plan to follow this arrangement for a few weeks while we all settle in, then we will give the children the opportunity to choose their lunch space, should they want to eat lunch in a specific area.
An example lunch schedule is below. This information will be communicated with the children by their homeroom teacher. It will also be on the morning announcements.
Attention students interested in joining our JMS Drama Club!
We will hold our first informational meeting on Wednesday, March 10. Please see the JMS Website for the link to join our Google Classroom for our first virtual meeting at 3:00 pm on March 10. Looking forward to seeing you then!
Drama Club Meetings:
- March - 10, 24
- April - 7, 14, 21, 28
- May - 5, 12
- May 19 - Virtual Performance
*All meetings will be virtual and all students in grades 6-8 are welcome to join.
Students entering 9th grade this coming August (2021) who are interested in exploring the career major opportunities that Parkway West Career and Technology Center offers, should contact Mrs. Schneider in the High School Counseling Office at email@example.com or 412.344.2063.
Currently, an opportunity for an in-person shadow experience at the Parkway Technology Center will occur on Thursday, March 25, 2021. If your son or daughter would like to participate in this field trip, be sure to let Mrs. Schneider know as soon as possible (Monday, March 22, 2021).
An Open House for interested students/families will be held on April 6, 2021, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Parkway West CTC.
To explore Parkway programming, feel free to view this video.
The following two forms are required to be completed and returned by March 22, 2021:
The district has launched a revised Dashboard. This revised Dashboard is designed to provide more data to create a fuller view of COVID-19 cases in our schools. It aligns with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s new guidelines regarding the identification of Covid-19 cases in school.
The Dashboard consists of three elements:
- The first chart is aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Recommendations for Pre-K to 12 Schools Following Identification of a Cases of COVID-19.
- The second chart provides a snapshot of the total number of employee and student positive cases of COVID-19 in the District.
- The third chart displays the total COVID -19 cases by month.
Excuses for absences, tardies and early dismissals should be emailed to Mrs. Harris, our attendance secretary, and your child’s homeroom teacher. Mrs. Harris’ email is firstname.lastname@example.org and your child’s homeroom teacher’s email address can be found in the Staff Directory.
All excuses must contain:
- Date and time of the absence
- Reason for the absence
- Your child's first and last name
Please review the attached policy JED, for a list of excused absences. District School Board Policy JED - Student Absences and Excuses.
If you plan to travel out of state, please let us know. After your travel, please know that your child will need to quarantine or produce a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering PA, before returning to school.
During quarantine your child will be able to log into class remotely, but will not be able to physically enter the building. In the event that you are traveling out of the state and your child will not be able to participate virtually, please complete the Pre Approved Absence Form. This form must be completed at least 5 days prior to you leaving for your trip.
For more information about attendance, you can refer to JMS Attendance Information 2020-2021.
Resources For Families
The Mt. Lebanon School District will continue serving free Grab-and-Go Meals to any student in the community under the age of 18, with no eligibility requirements, until further notice. The meals will be distributed at the elementary schools.
Meals will be available from 10:45 until 1:15 every day to accommodate all students during their lunch periods.
As we prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please complete the form linked below:
Be sure to list every student for whom you need to borrow a device on this form. Once you have submitted your form, you will receive status emails including device pickup details from an @mtlsd.net email address. Please also be sure to whitelist @mtlsd.net email addresses with your email provider to ensure that you receive these communications from us.
Please direct any and all questions regarding loaned equipment to our support address: RemoteSupport@mtlsd.net
The following resources provide information to help Mt. Lebanon School District families and staff navigate the complexities of COVID-19 and the impact the pandemic it is having on our daily lives. These resources will be updated as more information becomes available.
The MTLSD School Counselors in partnership with The Allegheny Children's Initiative Inc., have compiled a list of social services resources that may be helpful to you and your family. Please take a look and reach out to these organizations. They are here to help with any of the following:
- Mental Health
- General Assistance
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Here’s how it works:
- Submit a report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
- Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app
We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration for our athletic programs through partner company, FamilyID (www.familyid.com). FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, you enter your information once for multiple uses, multiple kids and multiple programs.
JMS PTA Information
PTA Council is launching a new PTA Newsletter page on their website. All newsletters will now be available on the website. In the coming weeks, resources will be available for families to translate these newsletters into other languages.
Click the link above for additional community resources, including upcoming Recreation Center programming, schedules from the Mt. Lebanon Public Library and information about technology discounts available to district families.
Help JMS Earn Money While You Shop!
If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your regular Amazon username and password.
- You will be prompted to choose a charity. You should enter "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” into the search box that appears. It will say "Pittsburgh, PA" as the location for the charity.
- Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com on your browser.
If you already use AmazonSmile:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your username and password
- Make sure the charity you’ve selected is "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc." This information is located under the search bar where it says “supporting”.
- If it isn’t, you can change it by clicking on the charity and selecting “change”
- This will bring you to a page where you can search for “Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” and allow you to switch charities.
- Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com to checkout.
- If you shop on the Amazon app. Please activate Amazon Smile on your mobile app by opening the app and finding ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
Clipping Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents, so don't forget to physically and electronically clip the for us! The clipped Box Tops can be turned into the office.
See Box Tops for more information on how to scan Box Tops and to download the app. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days for the Box Tops to be scanned electronically.
Giant Eagle Support our students! Enroll your Giant Eagle Advantage Card and earn points for FREE educational rewards with every shopping trip.
Click here to register your card. Our school code is 3369. The Giant Eagle card program is also easy to use - just register your card and shop away as usual!
Office Depot/Office Max
Office Depot/Office Max has a school rewards program. When shopping, remember to ask the cashier to tag Jefferson Middle School. For online orders, enter our school ID (Thomas Jefferson Middle School ID:70088453 Pittsburgh, PA) on the Thank You Confirmation page.
Jefferson Middle School
The Jefferson Middle School learning community has an exceptional reputation for its dedicated teachers, staff and parents working together to provide learning experiences for our children that include high expectations, a challenging curriculum and a shared commitment to provide the best education possible for each and every student.