Jordan Journal

December 14, 2015

'Twas the last five days of the semester

We will celebrate the end of our first semester at Jordan Middle School this week, as we count day to the end of the first semester. Everyday, you will have a special treat in your box. We will celebrate Friday with a waffle breakfast!

eClass Principal Forum Visit

What a great way to celebrate the successful implementation of the gradual release model supported by digital tools! The principals had an amazing visit to your classrooms and were complimentary of the teachers and students. Thank you for making Jordan a great place to work and learn!

Submit your nomination this week! Shared on January 5th!

Team Recognition Program

Begin thinking about who you would like to recognize in December!

Each month, we will recognize team members who exhibit the pillars of Jordan MS: Community, Leadership, and Excellence! Teams can submit up to three names each month. Please include a brief narrative describing how the team member exemplified community, leadership, or excellence. We will celebrate during our vertical team meetings on Fridays!

Team Recognition Submission

Professional Learning Day: January 5th

The agenda is posted in eClass on the JMS Training Page. The agenda includes a short article to read prior to our time together (attached in news post). An updated professional learning plan for second semester will be posted within the next week. We will continue our work on the implementation of the gradual release model supported by our eClass digital tools.

January Advisement Schedule

We will implement the advisement schedule for the first eight (8) days in January. During advisement time, we will do activities to strengthen our relationships with students and re-establish both our school wide and classroom procedures and expectations. We will provide guidance on these lessons.

RBES Data Charts

You can begin updating your data charts in the community learning rooms this week. You may also want to update your electronic chart which you will load to your midyear RBES update. We will go through the guidelines for updating your progress on your RBES on our professional learning day. We will have a chalk talk and data chat during your January WOW Day.

December Final Exams

Please remember to score your Part B and input your scores into schoolnets. It is not necessary to post your scores in our gradebook. Please enter your final exam grades by December 16, 2015, so you can submit your anticipated academic assistance needs.

Your grades are due by 10:00 AM on your professional learning day, January 5, 2016. This will allow you time to enter all your grades from schoolnets.

December Discussion Post

Each of you were very reflective in your work this past semester. I read several creative strategies to support our students in meeting success!

Several posts mentioned the importance of building relationships with our students and motivating them to achieve success. Some of the ideas included: only retesting on the missed AKS instead of the entire exam, swapping teachers for a day to teach in their strength, reviewing the grade book to make sure grades reflect mastery toward AKS, small group work, eClass to assess and differentiate, and the use of other digital tools.

Thank you for willingness to reflect, share, and implement new strategies! Take a few minutes to review additional posts and continue the collaboration.

Yearbook on Sale $35

Yearbook sales have begun! Students can pick up forms in the media center.

Winter Celebrations

Our team celebration will be held on Friday, December 18th. The celebrations are limited to 30 minutes. We recommend holding your celebration in the cafe, especially if you will have snacks/drinks. If you hold your celebration in the classroom, please remember we cannot have any drinks such as fruit punch, red sports drinks, etc. You will also need to plan accordingly for trash removal. We recommend only packaged food items, if you accept donations from students. We do not recommend any homemade baked goods.

If you would like to reserve your table in the cafe for your celebration, please use this link:

Winter Celebration Reservations.

8th Grade Cafe Reservations: 2:00 - 2:45 PM

6th & 7th Grade Cafe Reservations: 3:00 - 3:45 PM


Communique is the district's communication tool to highlight events in schools, the community, and share vital information. This week's communique highlights CGHS and Magic Wheelchair on the In Five segment.

Award Ceremonies in January

Following the issuance of report cards, we will begin the process for verifying and printing our awards: All A's, All A's & B's, Perfect Attendance, Connection Awards, Community, Leadership, Excellence, and the prestigious "Black Knight" award. We need to ensure that student names are spelled correctly and students earning an award receive an award.

Mr. Keag will provide additional information on the training page along with applicable deadlines. We will design an invitation and program for each grade level event. The award ceremonies will be held in the JMS Cafe at 9:30 AM with all students attending and parents invited for students receiving an award.

6th Grade: January 26th

7th Grade: January 27th

8th Grade: January 28th

End of the Semester Celebration 1/8/16

We are working on developing an awesome experience for our students who successfully pass ALL classes with at least a 74% or higher. We will have board games, Wii Michael Jackson Dance Experience, snacks, etc. If you would like to be a part of this celebration, please let Ms. Sheryl Jones know or a member of the leadership team.

Upcoming Dates

12/14/15: LA Semester Final

12/15/15: Math Semester Final

12/16/15: Club Photos for Yearbook @ 8:00 AM and Retakes (schedule to be posted)

12/17/15: Special Education Meeting @ 8:15 AM, Vertical Gifted Meeting @ 8:15 AM, Basketball vs. Berkmar @ Berkmar

12/18/15: Vertical Team Meeting @ 8:15 AM, End of Semester 1

12/21/15 - 1/4/16: Winter Break

1/4/16: Building open 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

1/5/16: Professional Learning Day

Let's Celebrate.....

Jennifer DaSilva, 12/14

Nadreika Morris, 12/25

Kevin Brown, 12/28

Barb Barracliff, 1/2

Maria Gilbride, 1/16

Katie Barto, 1/17

Taylor Wall, 1/21

Jefinka Lulic, 1/25

Ana Flamenco, 1/28