JCMS 7th Grade Family Newsletter

May Edition

Two more weeks...

Hang in there, you've got this! With life's drastic changes, things are not "normal" anymore. We know everyone is doing their best, and we want to encourage you to keep it up. We appreciate you and your efforts to develop a routine at home, check on your child's daily progress, and communicate with teachers with your questions. Please continue to check your emails and phone for messages from your child's teachers. With only two more weeks left of school, we want to allow every opportunity for students to catch up, complete and/or redo assignments and assessments to show mastery of the standards. Please encourage your child to attend any work sessions that are offered by their teachers if they need assistance with their school work. We are here to help you.

Students' last day of school is Thursday, May 21.

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JCMS Teachers ROCK! Be sure to thank your child's teachers this week! :)

Counseling Corner with Frint

I am not sure why, but I have continued to flashback to my middle school years during this pandemic and reflected on my relationship with my younger brother. He is basically 3 years younger than me, and we are complete opposites. I'm always early, he is always late. I did what was expected, he always questioned. I had things come to me more easily, he always had the drive. I went into education, he went into the military. (You get my point.) Well as you can imagine we fought like cats and dogs when we were younger, and I was trying to imagine being in the same household during this situation. I sense there would have been a lot of arguing, bickering and shouting between not only my brother and I but my parents. Being in on lockdown the past 2 months has been challenging and sometimes the people we need the most "social distancing" from can be the ones we love the most after a lengthy time together. One of the activities you may want to try is learning each other's conflict resolution style so you can learn how everyone processes those situations. In the link below the counseling corner is a short quiz you all can take with your children with results and explanation of the process. (In most situations according to the test, I'm a fox but end up being a teddy bear a lot...and unfortunately the turtle at times too.)

I want to say a special thank to all the families who assisted me getting their child's elective choices for next school year. I am still missing close to 60 students' choices, so if you could talk with your child to double-check they shared their choices with me, that would be great. Every child would get an email from me verifying I got their choices, so you may want to ask them if they got an email from me. My hope is to start processing their choices by the end of the first week of May.

As a reminder, I am here for whatever your families need at this time particularly if you children need to talk about the uncertainty of the situation, anxieties/worries they are having, working on relaxation techniques, etc.

Until next time,

Michael Frint

7th grade counselor


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Need a Good Laugh?!

Enjoy this five-minute video of jokes from our 7th grade teachers and JCMS administrators!


Virtual Summer Camp

Registration for the virtual summer camp from KSU has opened. This year's camp will be open to the first 100 people who sign up; other interested participants will be placed on a waiting list. Registration closes on May 22. Click here for more information.

These Summer Workshops are designed to be exploration events that expose and increase girls' interest in STEM disciplines. From June 1-5, K-State faculty, staff and students will lead live interactive sessions such as hands-on activity demonstrations, lab tours, career chats and more. KAWSE staff will also provide daily interactions, such as morning/afternoon check-ins and a few fun (optional) afternoon activities like trivia night. From June 6-12, pre-recorded camp materials will be accessible for students to browse at their own pace. We'll be using Canvas and Zoom as our platforms, both of which can be accessed using a computer, tablet or smart phone.

There are scholarships available to cover the cost of student registrations. This funding is made possible thanks to the support of our partners, so it is limited. However, we anticipate being able to cover the cost of all students who register. As such, please encourage any of your students who wish to participate to submit their name for consideration.

Use the following link to register for the event: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_803N0qAm94Kr5VX.

Questions about the virtual camp can be sent to the KAWSE staff at kawse@ksu.edu.