Panther Pride News

Jane Mears Middle School, Anchorage, AK

Friday, November 11, 2022

Panther Pride News is published weekly to keep all members of the school community informed and involved.
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Mears Honors Veterans Everywhere

Yesterday, November 10, Mears Middle School hosted its 25th annual Veteran's Day Assembly. The entire student body was present for the event, which featured special guest speaker, Lt. Colonel Brian Ross, USMC, who served as an officer for 21 years, including active tours of service abroad. The assembly included a video tribute to veterans, musical performance by Mears Advanced Band, along with a slide show of over 100 veterans who are relatives of Mears students and staff. Indeed, the event was a moving tribute to all those who serve our communities and nation in the armed forces. Special thanks to Mr. Greg Ross, Ms. Leslie Hannam, Mr. Jason Edwards, and Mr. Josh Perry for their leadership and all their work to plan and organize this special event. Mears honors, with gratitude, all those who serve. Go Panthers! --Eric
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School Calendar: Upcoming Dates and Events

Important Dates Ahead

Friday, Nov. 11 -- State Release Professional Development Day. No school for students.

Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25 -- Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday, Dec. 1 -- Mears/PTSA Family Engagement Night, Anti-Vaping Education Event, guest presenters from The American Heart Association, Mears Library, 6:30pm

Staff Calendar


  • TUE 11/15: Mears MS Leadership Meeting 3:00 p.m. MMS Library

  • WED 11/16: ASD CT Leads 3:00 p.m.


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ASD Student-Designed Book Mark Contest

ASD Library Bookmark Contest

2022 - 2023 Theme is:

Learning for Life @ Our Library

Use your imagination and any ideas relating to reading, literacy and the love of the library!

Entries are due December 9, 2022. Submit your entry to Mrs. Fleming, the librarian. The winning school entries will go to district judging. Entries become the property of the Anchorage School District and may be used in other advertisements.

Entries must:

  • fit the theme and include the phrase Learning for Life@ Our Library™

  • be the original work of the student, whether hand drawn, digital art, or computer generated

  • be the correct size: 7” x 2 ¾” either horizontal or vertical

  • be submitted with the student's full name and grade on the back of the bookmark

No copyrighted characters may be included on the bookmark.

Forms with the correct size template are available in the library.

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November Writing Contest

November's theme is family, culture, and ancestors. Write a story, either fiction or nonfiction, that centers on a cultural tradition or a family object.

See Panther Participation for full details and writing guidelines. Deadline is Wednesday, November 30th.

Here is the link to this month's prompt and details:

Good luck, writers.

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World Kindness Day

November marks the month that we celebrate World Kindness Day. Kindness is encouraged every day at Mears however November 13th is the official day when the power of kindness is celebrated globally. The Mears Bee Kind series (episode 3 on giving) is an excellent example of how we can go above and beyond to be kind to others. Check out the video here:

This month Mears counselors will also roll out our Digital Citizen video where we hope to promote positive and healthy habits in our cyber-driven world. Look for the link in an upcoming Panther Pride newsletter.

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PTSA Membership Drive, Show Your Gratitude and Win a Prize

Every year, Mears PTSA does incredible work to support teaching and learning at Mears. Last year alone, Mears PTSA donated $20,000 in Panther Grants to our beloved teachers.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please consider showing your gratitude for Mears PTSA by becoming a member. Family members are just $10. To join, please visit MemberHub.

All new members who join by Nov. 30 will be entered in a drawing to win a holiday wreath. The winner will be announced during the first week of December.

PTSA General Meeting Schedule: All Mears Community Members are Welcome -- Second Wednesday of each month @ 5:30pm via Zoom

Semester 1: Dec. 14

Semester 2: Jan 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10

PTSA Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 981 2989 0912

Passcode: 986530

Join Team PTSA: Volunteer Interest Form:

Please like and follow us on Facebook Mears Middle School PTSA for more information.

To purchase Mears Gear (including gym clothes), visit the Mears Middle School Store

Yearbook is Now on Sale

Mears families can also order online by going to: using access code 13921123 (see the attachment). Please be certain to print and keep a copy of your receipt after completing and paying for the online purchase. Please do not wait to submit your yearbook order(s). Understand that orders made online after 11:59 p.m. on night of March 26, 2022 are not guaranteed a yearbook order. Questions? Please contact the Mears MS PTSA via email at:

We are on Dena’ina Homeland

Mears Middle School acknowledges that we operate and gather on the traditional land of the Dena’ina Peoples and honor, with gratitude, the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations.