Team 9 Update

March 4-7

At JCMS, we know that helping our students achieve success is a group effort. We appreciate all the family support that helps us help our students. In an effort to create a bridge between home and school, Team 9 will be using Smore to create newsletters to keep you informed of team happenings, school events, policies, and news of interest.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 3/4

  • After School Tutoring

Tuesday, 3/5-

  • After School Tutoring

Wednesday, 3/6-

  • Student Led Conferences 3:30- 7:30PM

Thursday, 3/7-

  • Iron Man Volleyball at 1pm

Friday, 3/8- NO SCHOOL

Week of 3/11-3/15- Spring Break

Student Led Conferences

Conferences will be held at Junction City Middle School, and will be hosted by your student’s CAT Time teacher. This year we are using SignUp for Student Led Conference time slots. Follow the 3 steps below to access the JCMS SignUps. Please only schedule a time with your student’s CAT Time Teacher. There will be time built into the conference to meet with other teachers. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Abeldt at or your students’ respective CAT time teachers. Please only sign up for your student’s CAT Time teacher. If you are unsure who that is, please check with your student.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUps on

2) Review the SignUps listed and choose the CAT Time teacher of your student. ONLY SIGN UP UNDER YOUR STUDENT’S CAT TIME TEACHER

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact your student’s CAT Time Teacher or Lori Abeldt at and we can sign you up manually.

What's Happening in Class?

Language Arts- Mrs. Murphy

Starting next week in Language Arts, students will be reading Feed by M.T. Anderson. This futuristic, dystopian novel will help us explore our big Unit 3 Essential Question even further: "What role should ethical considerations play in the advancement of technology?" Talk to your student about this text at home!

Please feel free to e-mail me at any time with any questions or concerns. I am happy to help!

Mrs. Murphy

Science-Mr. Hastings

Hello All!

Thanks for checking into team nine.

This last week we started to calculate the probability of having offspring with specific traits.

Next week we will be taking a test on Tuesday and starting to ask ourselves, how are sex cell made? How does meiosis work? Where did all the diversity of life come from?

Thanks for your time.

Mr. Hastings

Math- Mrs. Williams

Students are having a great time exploring the Pythagorean Theorem and prooving it geometrically. We will continue applying the Pythagorean Theorem next week and after Spring Break.

For information on grades, see weekly progress report email.

Thank you for supporting your student! For questions or concerns, contact me at or 717-4419.

Tutor Times:

Tuesday- Lunch

Wednesday- 7:15AM

Friday- CAT & PACK

US History- Mr. Janner

This week in U.S. History, we are continuing how issues in the United States around the 1820's-1850's, all centered around slavery, lead to the Civil War. We have examined the Kansas-Nebraska Act, looked at how a U.S. senator was beaten with a cane for his anti-slavery speech, and next week, will focus on "Bleeding Kansas," the tragic prelude to the Civil War.

We have on approaching 80% about John Brown. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources in order to answer the question, "Was John Brown a patriot or a terrorist?" Other than that, most of our 80% assignments for this 6 weeks will be during our Civil War Unit, which will last about a month.

I look forward to seeing you at conferences in the next few weeks!