JMS Weekly Update

January 22, 2023

Hello JMS!

This week's Update contains information about the following:

Please notify our nurse, Mrs. Raco, and complete this FORM if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Take care,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Jackson, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Monday - No School

Tuesday - Day 4

Wednesday - Day 5

Thursday - Day 1

Friday - Day 2

Monday (1/30) - Day 3

New News

2023-2024 Scheduling

We are currently planning for the 2023-2024 school year. The course selection process will begin on January 27th and will end on February 6th.

Online course selection will OPEN for all students (incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders) and parents on January 27th through PowerSchool/Dashboard. This system will CLOSE on February 6th at 8:00AM. Please complete the online course selections for next year's middle school courses during this time frame through your student or parent Dashboard accounts. You can access course selection in Dashboard by clicking on the chair and pencil icon labeled as "Class Registration." The directions linked above should guide you through the process.

Club Lebo - 1/27 - MMS

ONLINE – Save time by pre-registering online! Go to, sign in, & select Teen/Middle School Programs from the drop-down screen. Debit, MasterCard or Visa cards IN

PERSON– In person registration can be done before 4:00 p.m. the day of event, at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Department, 2nd floor. Monday through Friday 8:30-5:00 p.m.

AT EVENT - Bring $10 cash to pay at the door.

Parents must complete the annual waiver at drop off. Annual waiver is available on our website, or paper copies at the door. If you registered online earlier this year, you have already signed the waiver. Send a scanned copy to Call (412) 343-3409 with any questions.


8th Grade High School Transition Meeting

Thank you for joining us this week for our 8th Grade to HS Transition Meeting. You can review the presentation and the handout below:

If you have any questions about this presentation or HS scheduling, you can contact Mrs. Schneider or Mrs. Jackson, our High School Counselors.

8th Grade - High School Curriculum Night - 1/26

Another opportunity for additional information on high school programming is High School Curriculum Night held the evening of Thursday, January 26th. You should have received an email from the High School on Friday sharing more information about Curriculum Night.

Questions regarding 9th grade transition should be directed to Beth Schneider, HS Counselor, at or 412-344-2063.


Affordable Connectivity Program for Families

The federal government released an additional program this year for families in need that will subsidize their home broadband Internet access as well as partially reimburse the purchase of personal devices at home.

The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is highlighted on our Families=>Technology Resources=>Internet@Home page (LINK).

Families In Need of Technology

As we prepare to start the 2022-2023 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please visit


Middle School Athletics

You can learn everything you need to know about Middle School Athletics, including starting dates, by visiting the MS Athletics Webpage.

JMS PTA Information

PTA Membership and Directory Access

Our Membership Store is now open! We hope you will consider joining out PTA to help fund excellent educational opportunities for our children. Directory access is available to JMS PTA members only.

You can join the PTA HERE.

Please email if you have any questions.



If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:

  • Go to 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 on your browser.

If you already use AmazonSmile:

  • Go to 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 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.

Box Tops

Scanning Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. 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.

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.

Resources For Families

Local Resources for Families

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:

  • Food
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Pets
  • Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • General Assistance

Safe 2 Say Something

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

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.