Jefferson Traditional Middle School's Newsletter
Happy New Year! We are looking forward to welcoming our Bulldogs back to school and kick off a great second semester. As most of you have heard by now, we are also welcoming a new principal to Jefferson. Lisa Richardson is our new leader at Jefferson beginning tomorrow, January 6th. She comes to us from Navarre Middle School and she is excited to start at Jefferson and learn about all the great things going on at Jefferson. Please welcome her to the Jefferson family next time you may see her.
January will be a busy month as we come back to school. Students will be doing their Mid-Year writing prompt as well as doing their Winter NWEA testing. We feel great knowing our students are well-rested and recharged for second semester.
Winter sports are kicking off this week. Girls basketball and Wrestling are the two sports in season. Hopefully, if your student is planning on playing, they have their physical and forms ready to go. Make sure they listen to announcements for when the seasons will officially start.
Winter is upon us, which means a E-Learning day could happen at any time. Please check out the forms below if you have any questions about E-Learning. If your question is not answered, please feel free to contact the office and we will get you an answer.
January 8th is a delayed start. Student's school day is pushed back one hour. The classes will begin at 10 AM.
If you do not yet have PowerSchool access, you can contact our office and our secretaries are able to set you up with the information you need. If you ever have questions or concerns regarding your students' performance, please do not hesitate to reach out to their teachers
Lisa Richardson, Jory C. Hardman and Jeff R. Hemmerlein
OUR RESTORATIVE COMMUNITY
“The core beliefs of RJE are that all human beings are worthy and interconnected.”
Evans & Vaandering
Restorative Justice (RJE) at Jefferson:
Our certified staff meets in Circle during weekly RJE team meetings. We are reading The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education by Kathy Evans and Dorothy Vaandering. Our last chapter asked us to ponder these questions:
Am I honoring?
Am I measuring (judging)?
What message am I sending?
Our paraprofessionals meet monthly for RJE Circles on delayed start days. Our cafeteria staff will begin monthly Circles on these days as well. The goal of these meetings is to learn about RJE, strengthen relationships and build community with staff.
Our homeroom/advisories have a weekly community building talking Circle time for each grade level and they explore a variety of topics from “shoes” to “traditions” to “youtube” and “sleep.” The teachers write circles and swap topics that the students like. Sometimes the students write Circles with Mrs. Streeter at lunch and later lead them with their advisories. Advisories occasionally split into “boys” or “girls” Circles for a different dynamic and mix.
Building on the strength and know-how of the advisory Circles, students are learning to ask for Circles when they are stuck in a conflict. These repair Circles are led by a member of the leadership team with a classroom teacher or social worker. When Circles end, we ask the question: “How was Circle for you today?” After a recent repair Circle with a small group of students, they said, “This Circle was bright. Relieving. Even brighter. A relief.” Their teacher said, “Everyone has a need to belong. I am glad you all see that here.”
Reentry Circles also occur when there has been exclusionary discipline. The goal here is to offer support and connection; to name and build on the strengths of each child and to address lingering concerns that might remain. Parents/guardians and support persons join with some teachers and a member of our leadership team to strengthen the connection to the school.
Parent Circles occur monthly in the RJE Room. Last month we had a parent/student Circle and it was fun to meet in Circle and have parents join with their Jefferson student to swap funny family stories as well as know-how about the Circles and the process. Our next parent Circle is Wednesday, January 22 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Our February parent Circle will meet after school from 4:15 to 5:00 p.m., if we have some interest for an after school time.
Please email Mrs. Kathe Streeter at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending an after school parent Circle or if you have questions about the RJ framework that we are working toward here at Jefferson.
January 6th: School Resumes
January 8th: Delayed Start (10:00 am)
January 10th: Quarter 2 Incentive (Staff v. Student Basketball Game)
January 17th: Dress Down Day ($3), Honor Roll Ice Cream Social
January 20th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)
January 21st: Winter NWEA window opens
January 22nd: Parent Circle (9:00 am)
January 29th: Wrestling Meet at Edison
January 30th: Girls Basketball. (Home vs. Clay)
January 31st: Dress Down Day ($3)
Reminder of Jefferson Expectations
All cell phones should be stored in lockers during the school day; all visible phones will be collected and picked up by parents. NO pictures or videos at the school of students.
Inappropriate touching each other is not allowed at school. No kissing, cuddling, no “horseplay”, running, etc. in halls
Every student should have a book. Ask your child about what they are reading.
Students that have been suspended from school can not participate in quarterly incentives.