JMEMS Monthly Update November 2021

The newsletter of the JMEMS Community-Vol.39

Purpose Statement

At John Marshall Enterprise Middle School, we are an I.T. school. We are innovative and transformative. We engage in challenging learning. We are preparing for post-secondary opportunities. We believe in our potential to succeed. We build equity in relationships. We honor our family and community stakeholders. We celebrate diversity. We learn to overcome social and emotional challenges. We are unleashing the BEAR!

Community Announcements


Hello Parents/Guardians,

Please make sure that you read through the upcoming "no school" dates. Also, we want to make sure that all students are wearing their uniform daily and that all students have their Chromebooks and chargers with them daily.


Upcoming Dates to Remember (No school dates):


Thanksgiving Break - November 22 - 26

Día de Acción de Gracias - 22 - 26 de noviembre


Winter Break - December 20 - December 31

Vacaciones de Invierno -20 de diciembre31 de diciembre


Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 17

Día de Martin Luther King Jr. - 17 de enero


Spring Break - March 14 - 18

Vacaciones de Primavera - 14 - 18 de marzo Instructional


Make-up Day (if needed) - April 15

Día de recuperación de instrucción (de ser necesario)- 15 de abril


Memorial Day - May 30

Día de los héroes caídos - 30 de mayo



The protocols for dealing with the COVID-19 virus has changed. As of Monday, August 16 all staff, students and visitors to OKCPS buildings will be required to wear face masks. Please see the details below in the statement from Superintendent McDaniel:


Statement from Dr. McDaniel



Also, please help us by ensuring your student is in the proper uniform daily. This is a safety issue, not a fashion issue. We want to make sure the right students are in the right areas at the right time every day.


Asynchronous Mondays

OKCPS has built in seven (7) asynchronous remote learning days as part of our 2021-22 School Calendar. On these days, our teachers will load assignments into Canvas and all students will log-in to learn on their own at home.

  • September 20, 2021
  • November 8, 2021
  • December 6, 2021
  • January 31, 2022
  • February 21, 2022
  • March 21, 2022
  • April 4, 2022

JMEMS Football vs. Classen SAS Middle School

Student Celebrations

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8th Grade Field Trip to OCCC for a Career Fair!

6th Grade Ice Cream Social-Reward for Good Behavior!

District Resources for Families and Staff

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OKCPS remains committed to supporting you in every way possible. Below are some resources for families and staff:

  • 58-STUDY (587-8839) for academic support and 587-HELP (4357) for technical support, and our Student Services Team is also available for emotional support and crisis intervention at 587-0489.

  • OKCPS Employee Assistance Program is available to district staff for emotional support, legal and financial guidance and much more at no cost.

  • 2-1-1 HeartLine is open 24/7 for help with counseling, rental assistance, food pantries, affordable housing, health resources, child care, after-school programs, caregiver support, financial programs, literacy, and job programs. As always, please call 911 for emergencies.

  • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call 2-1-1 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255) for 24/7 support.

Community Partner Shoutout!

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Thanks to Ebenezer Baptist Church for the Beautiful Sectional for our Staff Lounge!

Staff Kudos

Give Ms. E. Hubbard a high five! Her classroom project "The Kids Are Working! We Need More Supplies!" was recently funded by Donors Choose!

Give Ms. Broiles a high five! Her classroom project "Making School Fun and Enjoyable" was recently funded by Donors Choose!
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A Huge Thank You for all the Food, Gifts and Love During Principal Appreciation Month! The JMEMS Staff is the Best in the District!

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Thoughts and Prayers for the Over-Enthusiastic Cowboy Fans. It Always Starts Great, but...

Staff Announcements

Staff,

Thank each of you for your hard work during the first half of the first quarter! Our students, families and the admin team recognizes your dedication and hard work that started in professional development this summer. Please take some time to read the entire newsletter, there is always relevant information for you and your teams.



Teachers, in order to access your teacher's handbook--click on CANVAS> Published Course>JMEMS 21-22>Modules>JMEMS Faculty/Staff Handbook 21-22.


Teachers, please know that your Canvas page should be updated and you need to have at least one week of assignments on Canvas at all times. These assignments will help those students that are quarantined due to COVID. Update these assignments each week and have a system for students to turn in assignments to you. The expectations for asynchronous days (Mondays) is that teachers need to provide lessons/work for students to complete. See the specific dates for asynchronous days below.

Asynchronous Learning Days:

  • September 20 - Full Site Day

  • November 8 - ½ Site and ½ District Day

  • December 6 - ½ Site and ½ District Day

  • January 31 - ½ Site and ½ District Day

  • February 21 - ½ Site and ½ District Day

  • March 21 - Data Site Day

  • April 4 - Full Site Day


Other Professional Development Days:

  • October 18 - Data Site Day

  • January 3 - ½ Data Site Day and ½ Record Day


½ Day or Full Site Day: Site Leadership will determine Professional Learning needs of staff based on their site goals and will plan the time for Professional Development. Plans for the day will be submitted to ILD’s. (minimum of 6 .5 hours)


Data Site Day: Allocated time to review important student data such as attendance, behavior, interim benchmark/assessments to plan changes for instruction. (minimum of 6.5 hours)


½ Day District Day: Allocated time for Professional Learning provided by the district that focuses on district initiatives and required Professional Development needs. The district will also provide individualized professional learning pathway opportunities for teachers and staff. (minimum of 6.5 hours)


Record Day: Allocated time to finalize 1st semester grades, any other record keeping, and meet with PLC’s for 2nd semester instructional planning.



Remember to contact Ms. Fields and Mr. Harris if you are going to be late or absent from work before 8am. Also, if it is a planned absence make sure your sub folders are uploaded to your Canvas homepage as well as an announcement to students. Failure to adhere to this directive will result in required training on absences and Canvas protocols.


Let's continue to support our colleagues with good thoughts and prays as some of them continue to deal with COVID-related illness in their families.

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER/STUDENT ASSISTANCE COUNSELOR-Mrs. Wyatt


IF for any reason, there are ANY concerns regarding the physical, mental, and or emotional health of a student, parent, and or staff member please see the contact info below to contact Mrs. Wyatt. We have multiple teams in place with resources to assist with decreasing stress during such a challenging time!


Office direct line: 587-3112; kdwyatt@okcps.org; 405-254-6040 (Google Voice)



Youth under 18 who find themselves in crisis or dangerous situations can go to any OKC FIRE STATION or ONCUE EXPRESS location and ask for help.
Whether they are experiencing abuse or neglect or need to talk about a problem, help is available at SAFE PLACE LOCATIONS.
When a youth requests help, Pivot is contacted to provide support as needed.
Pivot advocates for those in need, those disadvantaged, those who struggle, those who may be unseen and unheard.
Youth under 18 are encouraged to look for the yellow and black SAFE PLACE SIGN when seeking help.
They can also text SAFE to 4HELP (44357) with their location to find the closest Safe Place location.

Wisdom, Inspiration, or Humor

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education” – Martin Luther King

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