Jasper Middle School

Weekly Parent Newsletter

This Week at JMS

Monday, Jan. 30

7th and 8th Grade DC Fundraiser Order Forms Due

Breakfast - Breakfast Burrito, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Scratch Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

6:00PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

6:00PM 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament

6:30PM 6th Grade Girls Basketball @ Heritage Hills

Tuesday, Jan. 31

Breakfast - Whole Grain Mini Waffles, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Cheeseburger Mac, Green Beans, Rice Krispie Treat, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

6:00PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

6:00PM 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament

Wednesday, Feb. 1

Breakfast - Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Cocoa Puff Soft Filled Bar, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Ham OR Turkey & Cheese Wrap, Steamed Corn, Sidekick, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

Thursday, Feb. 2

Breakfast - Whole Grain Biscuit, Sausage Links, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - Salisbury Steak, Dinner Roll, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

6:00PM 8th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament

6:00PM 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tournament

Friday, Feb. 3

Breakfast - Whole Grain Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Fruit, 100% Juice, Milk

Lunch - French Bread Pizza, Marinara Sauce, Steamed Garlic Broccoli, Fruit & Veggie Bar, Milk

Upcoming Important Dates

Feb. 6 and 8, 2023 Freshman Orientation Meeting at JHS (for current 8th graders)

Feb. 20, 2023 Snow Make-Up Day - No School

Mar. 10, 2023 End of 3rd Quarter

Mar.20-24, 2023 Spring break - No School

April 5, 2023 8th Grade Dubois County Career Cruise (@JHS)

Apr. 7, 2023 Good Friday - No School

Apr. 10, 2023 Snow Make-up Day - No School

Apr. 17, 2023 iLearn Testing Window open

May 3-7, 2023 Washington DC Trip (8th graders)

May 25, 2023 8th Grade Achievement Night

May 26, 2023 End of 4th Quarter and 2nd Semester

Office Information


Have you ever wondered about the effects of screens on students growing up in the digital age? Join us on Wednesday, February 8th at the Astra for a showing of ‘Screenagers’. This is open to all students and families in the Dubois County Community! The documentary will begin at 6pm. After the documentary, there will be a panel discussion, featuring Dr. Nord, Detective Brescher, Mr. Tolbert, Dr. Nalley and Mrs. Grothouse. Concessions will be available to purchase.
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JHS Freshmen Orientation Meetings

Parents of 8th graders - Please see the attached letter from the JHS Guidance Counselors regarding the upcoming Orientation meetings.

In addition, Mrs. Kunz and Mrs. Maxey are working with 8th graders over the next month to make their transition to 9th grade at JHS a smooth one. Review important resources here:

Transition Presentation

Subject-by-Subject Considerations

9th Grade Course Selection Sheet

2023-2024 Course Description Book

Dana Kunz Email - dkunz@gjcs.k12.in.us

Tiffany Maxey Email - tmaxey@gjcs.k12.in.us

JHS orientation for students and parents. Choose Feb. 6th or 8th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Jasper High School. Students report to the cafeteria and parents to the auditorium.

IDOE Family Friendly Schools Designation Survey

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Family Friendly Schools Designation is a state recognition program for schools that excel in engaging families and communities in their children’s education. The purpose of the program is to focus on addressing the academic, physical, emotional, and social needs of students while providing necessary resources and fostering the active involvement of families through schools and the community.

We need your help gathering information through the survey provided by IDOE. All responses are anonymous. Please complete this survey before the end of January. Thanks for your help!

2022-2023 IDOE Family Friendly Survey for Families

2022-2023 Family Friendly Survey for Families who speak Spanish

21st Century Scholars Information

7th and 8th grade parents: Your children may be eligible for a college scholarship! Indiana's 21st Century Scholars program offers income-eligible students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school, depending upon financial need. Don't let this awesome opportunity pass by without applying for the program. The deadline to apply is June 30 of the student's 8th grade year. Go online to apply at Scholars.IN.gov or fill out the attached paper application and return to Mrs. Maxey.

Washington DC Trip and Fundraiser (7th Grade can participate)

There is still room on the buses! If you have not registered your student for this great educational and fun opportunity, please do so ASAP! You can call Jackie's Travel at 812-482-7158 to save a seat and get more information.

We are also having another fundraiser to help with the cost of this trip. 8th Graders that are going on the trip can participate in the fundraiser. If your child's trip is already paid in full, you will receive the profits. If it is not, profits will be applied to the balance owed. We encourage all 7th graders to participate in this fundraiser. If your child decides not to go on the trip next year, any profits will be put in the 8th Grade DC Trip general fund to be used for items needed for the trip (class sweatshirts) or to help offset the cost for a student that might have a financial need.

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JMS Study Tables

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Welcoming Wildcats

A new group has been started at JMS to help with two specific missions: 1) to provide students who are new to our school with a welcome gift that includes a few Jasper spirit pieces and 2) to help students throughout the year who need clothing items provided for them. Our first initiative is to help get more spirit wear out to people . . . parents, siblings, grandparents, students . . . so that everyone has a chance to show their Jasper pride. We have set up an online store for people to purchase from. A portion of all sales will go into the Welcoming Wildcats fund. Additionally, on the store is a DONATE button where people can simply donate to our mission if they don’t want to purchase anything or in addition to their purchase. Please check out the online store at THIS LINK. Or, see the attached flyer. There are items at various price points, quality, and name brands.
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This Week at JMS Archives

All of our weekly newsletters will be archived on our website. You can use this link to access them directly - https://jms.gjcs.k12.in.us/parents/jms-newsletters . Or you can go to our website and click "Menu" and then "Parents" to find them.

Teacher Information

Teacher Spotlight

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Students of the Week

Each week of the school year, we will be recognizing two Students of the Week for each grade level. Students are nominated for this recognition by staff members for a variety of reasons. It could be based on Academics, Behavior, Character, or Improvement. All of the nominees are then voted upon by the staff to identify the six winners for that week. This week's winners include:

6th Graders: Mariellis Marquez Morales and Eric Duron Melendez

7th Graders: Carly Ahlbrand and Joseph Menjivar Ruiz

8th Graders: Kate Werner and Hunter Fortwendel

2023 Science Fair

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Jasper Band - A Notable Event

Jasper Band Parent Notable Event Auction - SAVE THE DATES, for our fundraising event. The Notable Event dinner auction will be held on March 4th at the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center with an online section to the auction beginning on February 27th. Each auction (online, silent, and live) will have their own exclusive items list that can be viewed on the auction site. The auction site can be found on Biddingowl.com. Details regarding how to access the site are included in the attachments. You do not have to register to view the site (just search for Jasper Band), but you will need to register at biddingowl.com in order to bid online. Again, all items will be listed online, cataloging what is available, but only specific items will be open to the online bidding option. Everyone is invited to join us online and bid, but please consider attending the in-person event on March 4th to make this a more successful event for the band and have the chance to bid on exclusive in-person only items! Registration forms are also attached. If you have any questions about registration or if you would like to make a donation please contact Terri Owens at jhsnotableevent@gmail.com

Jasper Boys Volleyball League

Interest is growing and now boys/men’s volleyball is among the fastest growing sports in the U.S. The IHSAA has sanctioned boys volleyball starting in 2023. This is a huge step forward for the sport. Join us this spring for the first ever Jasper boys volleyball league!

JMS Girls Golf Club

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Jasper High School Cross Country's Wildcat 5K Fundraiser

Please see the attached pdf for information regarding this 10th annual event. The event takes place on April 15 and the proceeds support the JHS Cross Country team.

Free Movies at The Astra

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Josten's Commitment to Graduate Program and orders

Your student recently participated in the Jasper Class Of 2027’s Commitment to Graduate Program. During this presentation the value of getting their high school diploma was emphasized. The entire class shared in signing a banner which will be hung as a reminder of their commitment to graduate.

Your child was given an envelope with information about 9th grade and an order form for all of the Jasper Class Of 2027 gear. You can either fill in that order form and turn it in at school or go online to place your order at:


If you have any questions you are welcome to contact Jostens @ (812) 757-5737 or office@sakelcampus.com

A Step Above Fundraiser

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2023 Miss Shamrock Pageant

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