Jefferson Traditional Middle School's Newsletter

January 20, 2020

Admin Corner

Welcome Back, Students! School picks up tomorrow, we hope all our students are ready to get after it this week. We will be conducting our Winter NWEA testing this week. All grades will be testing Tuesday through Thursday during Advisory to 3rd Period. It will be important to get a good night's rest and be at school on time. These tests are important as they help us see the growth our students have made so far this school year.

Another Spirit Wear sale has begun! The online store will be open until Sunday, February 16th. Please remember that all sales are final and there are no exchanges because these are custom items that are created for us. Please see the flyer below or use this link: https://www.selectspiritwear.com/shop4/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=1261

Winter sports are underway. Our Wrestling team has been practicing hard every day after school to get ready and compete for another City Championship. The Girls Basketball team has also been working hard in the gym with the hopes of seeing it carry over to success on the court. Make sure you check our Upcoming Events to see when these teams are in action.

Winter is upon us, which means a E-Learning day could happen at any time. Please check out the forms below if you have any questions about E-Learning. If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact the office and we will get you an answer.


Lisa Richardson, Jory C. Hardman and Jeff R. Hemmerlein


“Ultimately RJE is a vision of education that acknowledges that our individual and collective well-being is enhanced less through personal striving than through collective engagement and support.” Evans and Vaandering

This week Restorative Justice Training took place for administrators, teachers and paraprofessionals at the Civil Rights Heritage Center on West Washington street. Ms. Bussye, Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Zabrosky, Ms. Huff, Ms. Balbo and Ms. Robledo joined staff from several other SBCSC schools to learn about building community through the Circle process. This training also includes South Bend community members who are joining with our schools to support the process of building good relationships across hierarchies with hopes of building a stronger community fabric.

Restorative Justice (RJE) at Jefferson:

Our certified staff meets in Circle during weekly RJE team meetings. We are reading The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education by Kathy Evans and Dorothy Vaandering. Our last chapter asked us to ponder these questions:

  • Am I honoring?

  • Am I measuring (judging)?

  • What message am I sending?

Reentry Circles also occur when there has been exclusionary discipline. The goal here is to offer support and connection; to name and build on the strengths of each child and to address lingering concerns that might remain. Parents/guardians and support persons join with some teachers and a member of our leadership team to strengthen the connection to the school.

Parent Circles occur monthly in the RJE Room. Last month we had a parent/student Circle and it was fun to meet in Circle and have parents join with their Jefferson student to swap funny family stories as well as know-how about the Circles and the process. Our next parent Circle is Wednesday, January 22 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Our February parent Circle will meet after school from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m., if we have some interest for an after school time.

Please email Mrs. Kathe Streeter at kstreeter@sbcsc.k12.in.us if you are interested in attending an after school parent Circle or if you have questions about the RJ framework that we are working toward here at Jefferson.

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Please look at the attached flyer or the link below to order. The store is open now through February 16th. All items can be worn any day of the week as long as students wear a collared shirt underneath.


Upcoming Events

January 21st: Winter NWEA window opens, Spirit Wear Store opens

January 22nd: Parent Circle (9:00 am)

January 23rd: Washington DC Parent Meeting (6:00 pm)

January 29th: Wrestling Meet at Edison

January 30th: Girls Basketball. (Home vs. Clay)

January 31st: Dress Down Day ($3)

February 1st: ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest @ Northwood High School

February 5th: Delayed Start (10 am)


We are in the season where E-Learning can be called any day. We have done practice E-Learning already so the students are ready. If you have any questions, please use the FAQs below. Any questions please call the office 393-4100

Reminder of Jefferson Expectations

  • All cell phones should be stored in lockers during the school day; all visible phones will be collected and picked up by parents. NO pictures or videos at the school of students.

  • Inappropriate touching each other is not allowed at school. No kissing, cuddling, no “horseplay”, running, etc. in halls

  • Every student should have a book. Ask your child about what they are reading.

  • Students that have been suspended from school can not participate in quarterly incentives.


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South Bend Community School Corporation.