Jonathan Alder Junior High

March 17, 2023

Message from the Principal

JAJHS Families,

Good afternoon and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

We’ve arrived at Spring Break! I’m SO proud of how hard our students have worked this year as we hit this milestone. Today marks the end of the 3rd Quarter and we are looking forward to a strong 4th Quarter to wrap up the year!

I hope that your student and your family are able to enjoy a change in pace over the next week. It’s important to reset and recharge away from school routines in order to finish the year strong when we return to school on Monday, March 27th.

As a reminder, 3rd Quarter Report Cards will be sent home with students on Friday, March 31st.

I hope that you and your family have a great weekend!


Mr. Malany



If you would like to purchase a yearbook for your student, please click HERE. The deadline to order is today, March 17th.

Community Connections Lunch

We were proud to host our second Community Connections Lunch of this school year. This event included business owners and employees from community businesses here in Plain City. Students applied and were selected to enjoy a pizza lunch with our guests while hearing about community pride, career pathways, and advice for our students as they navigate the next few critical years of their lives. We are appreciative of our supportive community and the chance to interact with the local business community. We are excited to grow this program in future years!

It's Time to Dance Again!

Our next school dance will be SATURDAY, April 15th from 7-9 P.M. Please note that this is a Saturday!

If you would like to donate your time or resources, please follow this link.

State Testing

Ohio's State Tests

Each spring, Ohio students are administered the Ohio State Tests. To assist families with planning for any appointments or trips, here are the dates we anticipate testing:


April 17th: Language Arts Part 1

April 19th: Language Arts Part 2

May 2nd: Math Parts 1 and 2


April 18th: Language Arts Part 1

April 20th: Language Arts Part 2

May 1st: Math and Algebra Parts 1 and 2

May 3rd: Science Parts 1 and 2

GEOMETRY OST'S (at High School)


Congratulations, Mrs. Conley!

Mrs. Conley, our library media specialist, was recognized at the JA Board of Education meeting earlier this month. Mrs. Conley was nominated by a number of her peers and received the Excellence in Action award for her continued contributions to JAJHS learning community. We appreciate ALL that Mrs. Conley does to support a literacy-rich environment for our students and teachers!
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JAJHS Washington, D.C. Trip

Jonathan Alder Junior High School is planning a tour of Gettysburg, PA and Washington, D.C. for 8th grade students from May 30, 2023 - June 2, 2023.

If your student is registered to go on the trip, the final payment of $200 is due by Friday, April 21st.

To make a payment, click HERE.

Students who have registered for the Washington D.C. trip will be receiving additional information soon. Any immediate questions or concerns can be directed to Mrs. Kaumeyer (

Jonathan Alder High School Musical Tickets on Sale Soon!

NEWSIES the musical will be performed on the Jonathan Alder High School stage from May 4th - May 7th. Tickets will be on sale HERE starting Wednesday, March 20th, at 10:00 A.M.

Music Booster meetings are the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M. in the High School Choir room. We'd love to meet you!

CTE Awareness Campaign Survey

Please CLICK HERE to view the CTE Awareness Campaign Survey from the ODE Office of Career & Technical Education.

FREE CSCC Summer STEM Programs!

Columbus State Community College is once again excited to offer local high school students the opportunity to explore their futures in STEM related fields at our 2023 summer camps! CSCC is offering the following camps FREE to rising high school freshmen through rising college freshmen:

· Engineering Basics, June 5-9

· Additive Manufacturing, June 12-16

· Robotics, June 20-23

· GenCyber, June 26-30

To learn more and apply click HERE. The application window is from March 1 – April 15.

How to Pair With Your Student on Canvas!

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to watch this helpful VIDEO on how to pair with your student and set up notifications on Canvas!

Pioneer Planners

Having a student planner is an essential part of success at JAJHS. Planners are used as hallway/restroom passes. In each class, teachers explicitly share with students what reminders to write in their planners. We believe that developing these executive functioning skills are an important part of helping students grow.

As we enter a new semester, this is a great time to check in on this. Please ask your child to see her/his planner. If it has been misplaced or is not in a functional condition, replacement planners can be purchased in the JAJHS office for $5.00 with checks being payable to “Jonathan Alder Junior High School.”

Thank you for your help with developing this important life-long skill.

Free Sports Physicals!

If you have a student athlete, free sports physicals will be available this summer through Memorial Sports Medicine June 1st through July 31st for the 2023-2024 season. See flyer below!
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an online tool that can help parents and students make informed decisions regarding media use. This tool can be used for many types of media, including books, movies, video games, and apps. Additionally, the “Parent Tips and FAQ” section can provide families with valuable support on facilitating social media, cell phone, and screen time use with their child.

Join Our Team

We have a few vacancies available for our building! If you know someone who may be interested, please encourage them to apply on our district website. We have the following positions available:

  • Substitute teachers

  • Substitute bus drivers

  • Substitute custodians

Academic Calendars

The approved, revised 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic calendars are now available on the District's website and can also be found in the links below.

2022-23 Academic Calendar (Revised Dec. 15, 2022)

2023-24 Academic Calendar (Revised Dec. 15, 2022)

Mark Your Calendar!

3/17/23 End of 3rd Quarter

3/20/23 - 3/24/23 - Spring Break

4/7/23 NO SCHOOL

JAJHS MARCH LUNCH MENU (**subject to change**)

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