JCMS Team 2 Newsletter

Week of September 9, 2019

What's going on in class?


This week in Math we continued on with Module 1 (Ratios & Proportions). We had our first quiz last week, many students were very nervous about it, but everyone SURVIVED! Next week we will be taking our second quiz of the semester, this will mark roughly the half way point of this module.

Language Arts

This week in Language Arts we continued "marking the text" in the Steve Job's speech. We will continue to use this text for several weeks. We also had two quizzes this week. The first quiz was over capitalization, the other on claims.

Next week we will continue analyzing the Steve Job's speech and discussing character traits which will be the basis of the essay.

I would also like to let parents know that students will soon have a long term substitute teacher in Language Arts while I go on maternity leave. There is not a set date for this to begin but we will communicate with you and have more details at a later time.


This week in science we have continued to try to answer the Essential Question, “How does unequal heating of the Earth and Earth’s rotation determine regional climates?” We have learned about regional climates, as well as how the great ocean conveyer belt impacts climates. Next week we will begin to learn more about how winds impact climates as well. There will be a science quiz in class most weeks from this point forward.

Grades may have changed significantly this week as we added assessment grades, which are 80% of the students total grade. There will be a total of seven quiz grades by the end of the quarter.


Missing work slips were stapled in planners today. Friday WINN time is a dedicated work time, and hopefully students use this time to get caught up with assignments or retake any tests.

If a student needs extra help they may arrange to get a pass from me to work most mornings before school, or they may stay after until 3:45 if transportation is arranged in advance.

Social Studies

It’s already been 5 weeks! The school year seems to be flying by! This week in social studies the students began to learn about Mesopotamia. They learned about agricultural innovations and the beginnings of cities and civilization. Every day the students answer a thought provoking question for their bell work that’s related to the lesson that day. On Wednesday we took time to learn about 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives on that day in 2001. The material can be pretty complicated and the students have done well so far. Next week we will continue to learn about Mesopotamia and the creation of the world we know today.


Students of the Week!

Each week teachers will be nominating Team 2 students who demonstrate good character, work ethic, leadership, and or overall growth/ improvements. Below are our Students of the Week!

What parents need to know...

Major Saver Cards

Major Saver is excited to partner with the Geary County Schools Foundation again this year. The campaign is kicking off Friday, September 13th. Your child should be bringing home a packet today for card sales.

Collection Dates: Monday, September 16th thru Monday, September 23rd

Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check, or online at www.majorsaver.com, GO MOBILE with the Major Saver App. (Digital Card) or create a CUSTOM LINK for your child that can be shared via social media or email. This link will automatically credit the online sale to your student when friends and family use the link to make their purchase!

Middle school collections will take place before school in a designated area.

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No Name Papers

We have had several no name papers turned in this year. If a student thinks they turned in an assignment but it shows missing in the grade book it is likely they didn't put a name on it. Please remind your child to always put their name, class, and hour on their papers.

Support JCMS & Buy a Shirt

The JCMS Parent Support Group is selling JCMS t-shirts and hoodies that were designed by a JCMS student. The proceeds from these shirts will go toward Teacher Grants and the Renaissance Program.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to become involved in this group.


Team 2 Expectations

Team 2 is consistent in our expectations in all our courses to create the best and most conducive learning environment for all students. We create these expectations and go over them multiple times with the team to insure that all students are able to be successful. We encourage you to review the expectations and discuss them with your student.


Students will be sending out weekly grade updates each Friday via e-mail. Please make sure your student has your email address as well as it being updated in Skyward. Parents will also have access to student grades at all times through the Skyward website or app. If you are unable to access Skyward please contact the office for further help.

Upcoming Events

10/14- No School

10/21- Student Led Conference

10/22- Student Led Conference

10/23- Student Led Conference

10/25- No School

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Team 2 Contacts