JMS Weekly Update

Week of 4.26.2020

Dear JMS Families,

We hope that you were able to enjoy the beautiful day that we had yesterday. We do not have any new updates for you this week. We continue to hope that you and your family are staying healthy and settling in to S@H.

Take a look at the New News section of the Weekly Update for resources that are available to you should you need them.

Do not hesitate to reach out to your child's teacher(s) or myself and Mr. Zeiders with questions.

Take Good Care,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mr. Jeff Zeiders, Assistant Principal

New News

Orientation to Google Classroom for Parents

Date: April 30, 2020

Time(s): 9:40 - 10:10 am and 6:30 - 7:00 pm

On April 30, 2020, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit will host virtual workshops to help acclimate parents to the fundamentals of Google Classroom. This thirty-minute session will be hosted twice:

The workshop will walk you through Google Classroom’s features, and provide an opportunity for you to ask questions. Sessions will be facilitated via Zoom.

Questions about these sessions can be directed to: Tyler Samstag at

Free Breakfast and Lunch for ALL Children

Free Grab and Go breakfast and lunches are available for pick up from 11:00-1:00 outside of entrance C20 on Horsman Drive at the

Local Resources for Families

The MTLSD School Counselors in partnership with The Allegheny Children's Initiative Inc., have compiled a list of social services resources that may be helpful to you and your family. Please take a look and reach out to these organizations. They are here to help with any of the following:

  • Food
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Pets
  • Abuse
  • Mental Health
  • General Assistance


Families wanting to borrow technology equipment from the District during this time may request a Chromebook for their family using the following form:

Once you receive your unique family code (e.g. ABCD) from your submission of the Initial Request Form, you may request additional Chromebooks and/or a portable WiFi access point from the District using the following form:

If you have any questions and/or concerns about your District issued equipment please email

A Message From the Superintendent

Dr. Steinhauer's message for parents and guardians during this unique time of S@H.

JMS Activities

8th Grade Art Enrichment

Follow jmsartists on Instagram to see what our 8th Grade Art Enrichment students have been up to!

Other Information


Students will be considered "present" at school each day unless an Absence Excuse is submitted by the parent by 8:30 am on the day(s) in which the student will not be able to participate in the instruction. Make-up of student work as a result of an excused absence will be consistent with District policy.

Items in Lockers

We know that your children may still have items in their lockers. Once our Stay at Home/Social Distancing orders have been lifted and we are able to open the buildings again, we will share information about how to retrieve items from lockers.

Daily Updates and Mindful Moment

Please join Dr. Steinhauer at 9AM everyday for a Mindful Moment - a daily livestream with up to the minute news and information followed by a Mindful Moment.

PTA Information

There are no PTA Updates this week.

Jefferson Middle School

The Jefferson Middle School learning community has an exceptional reputation for its dedicated teachers, staff and parents working together to provide learning experiences for our children that include high expectations, a challenging curriculum and a shared commitment to provide the best education possible for each and every student.