Principal Newsletter of the Month


Last month in review

Since the last newsletter, we have had a number of exciting things occur at JLMS. Congratulations goes out to our first students to be recognized as students of the month. The students who earned this honor are Sophia Bickle, David Fandler, Pyper Flaig, Garrett Bonk, Ariel Diebels, Aidan West, Molly Biggins, and Jack Konzen.

A big shout out to the JLMS PTG for putting on a wonderful Halloween Dance that was highly attended by our student body. The PTG wants to thank all the families for their donations and the parents who gave time to volunteer at the dance. This dance is a highlight for students every year and this year was no different.

We were very impressed with the turnout by families for parent-teacher conferences that took place on October 24, 25, & 26. Our staff is always excited to hear and work with families to help our students achieve academic success at JLMS. If at anytime if you have questions or concerns about your child's academic performance or activities taking place in their classrooms, do not hesitate to contact our teachers. The most effective way to communicate with teachers during the school day is via email. Staff email contact information can be found at our school website, which is linked at the bottom of this newsletter.

On October 25, our 7th graders took part in the Courage Retreat provided by Youth Frontiers. It was a great event that pushed our students to build strong self advocacy skills and follow their hearts instead of the crowd. They learn how to use courage to make responsible decisions to put them on the path of personal success.

This past weekend, we had our yearly JLMS musical production. This year we had the pleasure of seeing Shrek, The Musical. The students did an amazing job with their performances, which started on Thursday, November 1 with a free showing for senior citizens in our community. The cast and crew then performed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the attendance for the three shows being around 1,200. I want to thank Mr. Arendt and Mr. Jackson for their production of the show and the great work they did with the students in rehearsals leading up to the show.

What's coming up?

We will be honoring Veterans on Friday, November 9 during our lunch periods. We have invited local veterans in to join our students at lunch and answer questions about their service to our country. Students will have the opportunity to interact with the veterans and thank them for their service to our country.

On Monday, November 19, The Champions Program will visit our classrooms and present students with lessons on making healthy life choices. The Champions are GHS students who work in conjunction with Starting Point staff to empower middle school students to take responsibilities for their own lives and decisions. The presentations make an emphasis to students on making the healthy choice to avoid using alcohol and drugs.

Thanksgiving break is quickly approaching. This is a reminder that students do not have school from Wednesday, November 21 - Sunday, November 25. I am thankful for having the privilege to be your child's principal and to work with a wonderful staff! I wish all of our JLMS families a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving.

We will end the month with a career experience for our student body on our 1/2 day on November 30. Students will be released from school at 11:00 a.m. on the half day. Students will have an opportunity to sign up to learn about 4 careers from businesses/organizations in our community. We are planning this great opportunity with the help of Pam King from the Chamber of Commerce. We are excited to have an experience that will help students learn about career options they can explore for their futures. We will have around 20 different careers represented as we are still in the process of finalizing all of our committed businesses/organizations for this day.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • November 8 - PTG Meeting 6:30 pm in JLMS library
  • November 9 - Veterans visit during lunch
  • November 19 - Champions Day
  • November 21 - 23 - No school for Thanksgiving Break
  • November 30 - Career Day
  • November 30 - 1/2 day of school - students released at 11:00 a.m.