Jaguar Journal

October 2022

Dear Jepson Families,

With the fall season in full swing, the Willis Jepson Middle School campus is vibrant and lively. Our students are enjoying a variety of fun activities and engaged in impactful learning. It’s an exciting time to be a Jaguar. We are committed to helping all students succeed academically, make friends, and connect to our school in meaningful ways. Our doors are open and we are eager to partner with you.

Go Jags,

Tom McHale, Principal

Joe Cooney, Assistant Principal

Jackie Carmona, Dean of Learning Support

Quarter 1 Ending Soon, 10/14

Friday, October 14th marks the end of Quarter 1 for us at Jepson. Quarter 1 report cards will be MAILED home by October 21st. Quarter 2 starts on October 17th and ends on December 22nd. Grades will reset and ALL students will have a fresh start for Quarter 2.
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Club Fair, 10/3

Jepson Leadership students organized a spirited event on Monday introducing students to this year’s clubs and encouraging students to get involved, explore new interests, and make friends. Representatives of our Basketball Club, AVID, Art Club, Multicultural Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Creative Writing Club, and Drill Team Club greeted our students.

Bullying Prevention Month

October is dedicated to our focus on a safe and respectful school climate for all Jepson students. Leadership students organized a signature board for students to commit to standing up to bullying and showing compassion for others.

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Fall Sports at Jepson

Our Fall sports teams are off to a great start! Our Flag Football, Girls Volleyball, and Cross Country Teams have done a tremendous job at keeping our athletic legacy at Jepson alive and well. Our Drill Team girls showcased their first performance of the year at yesterday's Flag Football game. If your student would like to compete in one of our Winter sports (girls and boys basketball and wrestling), please make sure to complete the steps necessary to make your student eligible. For additional questions, please reach out to our Librarian and Athletic Secretary, Hayley Brigham (
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Dare to Dream Assembly, 10/11

As part of our efforts to foster a more inclusive and positive school climate, we are welcoming the Dare to Dream program to Jepson on Tuesday, October 11. Dare to Dream speakers will share their inspiring personal stories and help our students think about their personal goals, consider ways to overcome challenges, and build healthy and positive relationships.

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Recap of September:

Jepson's Welcome Back Dance, 9/16

Jaguars enjoyed a fun and spirited evening of friendship, music, and snacks sponsored by Jepson Athletics. Thank you to Chris Marino, Luis Velasquez, Jeff Maghoney, Tracy Harrison, Kate Shipp-Roberts, Lisa Cusi, Clint Birch, Tony Delgado, Jackie Carmona, and Joe Cooney for organizing the event for our students. Funds from the dance will support our Jaguars Athletics program.

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AVID Students Visit Sacramento State, 9/20

Our AVID students visited Sac State to enjoy touring the campus and learning about college life. Teachers Camille Neitz and Tracy Begley, Counselor Cindy Ayala, and College Advisor Alexis Garcia made this inspiring experience possible for our students.

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Color Battle Fundraiser, 9/23

Our students enjoyed two weeks of fun games and activities culminating with the exciting “Color Battle” on Friday. The record amount of contributions we received this year will be used to support our programs at Jepson. Congratulations to our Leadership students for their hard work and thank you to our kind parents for supporting us.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences, 9/29

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Parent-Teacher Conferences last Thursday. Jepson staff members came together in grade-level teams to prepare for the meetings. Teachers and parents engaged in thoughtful and impactful conversations focusing on our students’ strengths and needs as well as strategies to help our students be more successful.

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Important Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, 10/11 - Dare to Dream Assembly
  • Friday, 10/14 - Minimum Day & Last Day of Q1
  • Monday, 10/24 - 28 - Red Ribbon Week
  • Friday, 11/4 - Fall Fest
  • Friday, 11/11 - No School, Veterans Day
  • Monday, 11/21 - 25 - No School, Thanksgiving Break