Jonathan Alder Junior High

May 19, 2023

Message from the Principal

JAJHS Families,

I can’t believe we have arrived at the final Friday of the school year! It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for orientation meetings and finalizing students’ schedules!

I am so grateful for the tremendous year we have had at JAJHS! I’m so lucky to work with such great students, families, and teachers. Our kids have worked so hard this year at becoming stronger students, deeper thinkers, kinder friends, and more mature young adults. I can’t wait to see where this group of students takes our community and society in the years ahead!

As we wrap up the year, we have a number of special activities ahead next week. We are looking forward to sending our students off into summer with some special positive memories of JAJHS. We will be mailing final report cards home in the first few days of summer.

I hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe summer! Thank you again for the opportunity to work with your child.


Mr. Malany


Mark Your Calendar!

May 24th: JAJHS Talent Show

May 25th: 8th Grade Pool Party & LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!

May 30th - June 2nd: 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip


Pool Party

We are so excited to continue the wonderful tradition of the annual 8th Grade Pool Party! This is such an amazing experience for our students and a perfect send-off to high school.

The Pool Party will be held on the last day of school, Thursday, May 25th. This day will include a special breakfast at school for all 8th graders and some fun slideshow memories for the class before they head to the Plain City pool for a day of contests, swimming, food, and fun! The cost to attend is $15 per student, which covers the cost of the pool, food, door prizes, and gift card prizes for multiple students.

We are in need of help to pull this epic day off for our kids! Please take a look at the signup form to see ways you can help make this event possible. Thank you for your help!

Non-perishable items can be sent in anytime, but we would love to have them by Tuesday, May 23rd. Your student can just give them to their HR teachers.

Perishable items need to be brought in or dropped off first thing, the morning of the Pool Party, Thursday, May 25th.

If you have any questions, please email Mr. Mott ( or Mrs. Hall (

Thank you for all of your help and support in making this wonderful day happen for our kids!

Music Booster Meeting!

Our last booster meeting will be Monday, May 22 at 6:00 P.M. in the High School Choir room. Please note this is an hour earlier than other meetings.

SAVE THE DATE: Music Booster meet and greet at Pastime Park for EVERY parent of a student in choir or band will be Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 P.M.

DNA Summer Camp!

Registration is NOW open for the DNA Summer Camp Program! We have lots of great activities planned for students entering 1st - 6th grade. In this three-week camp, students will have the opportunity to be engaged with activities that include....petting zoo, science experiments, urban playground, kid run restaurant, parade day, art projects, and of course a hearty lunch every day! This summer's program will be June 26-July 14 from 10:30-1:00 pm daily, with transportation provided. We also have a special week of programming just for 7th & 8th graders, June 12-16 from 11:00-4:00 daily. This camp includes fun day trips jam-packed with activities, which include horseback riding, team building, and we end the week with an Amazing Race and pizza! Go to to register today!

Junior High Golf Info!

See flyer below for information about JAJHS golf!
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Please see flyer below for information regarding Tennis Camp Fridays!
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Summer Art & PE Camp!

Please see flyer below for information regarding the annual Summer Art & PE Camp at Plain City Elementary School!
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Pioneer Summer Youth Camps!

Please see the letter below from Scott Ruele, JAHS Athletic Director, which includes information about Pioneer Summer Youth Camps:

As summer approaches, we are all excited to get a break from the school day routine. Most of our sports teams will be hosting a Pioneer Summer Youth Camp this summer, and whether you are a parent or student, summer camp is one thing both groups look forward to. With that said, our hope is to make your registration and information source simple and easy to navigate. New this year, we are running all registrations for our Youth Summer Sports Camps through a website where all camps can be found in one location. That website is In addition, you can also navigate to our summer camps website through the Athletic Boosters website at and click on Team Camps & Fundraisers.

What you will find with our new website is that all of our camps are in one location, and the online registration process is quick and easy. You can register and pay online, so everything is completed with a one-stop shop and it keeps you from having to mail, drop off, or send in a registration with your student. Most of our teams' Summer Youth Camps are live now, so please check out our website and get your children signed up for multiple sports camps. If you need any help in navigating the website, registration, making a payment, or have any questions please feel free to call us in the Athletic Office at 614-873-4642. We look forward to seeing your kids at our Pioneer Youth Summer Camps and ask you to visit the website soon to get them registered.

YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS WEBSITE - Jonathan Alder Athletic Payments

Construction Camp for Girls!

Please view the flyer below for information regarding the Tolles Career and Technical Center Construction Camp for 7th-9th grade girls!
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After School Child Enrichment!

Do you want to explore new educational and enrichment opportunities outside of school? Well, now you can!

Recently, state education officials in Ohio announced that qualifying families can receive up to $1,000 per child for enrichment and educational activities during the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years through the Afterschool Child Enrichment (ACE) educational savings account program.

The program is managed by the state and Merit International and was created to provide "educational activities to students who experienced learning disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic." The guidelines have been expanded to include more children, including those between the ages of 6 and 18 whose family income is at or less than 400% of the federal poverty level, who participate in income-based programs such as Medicaid and SNAP, and who reside in school districts identified as experiencing high rates of chronic absenteeism or schools identified as low-performing.

In the past, household income was required to be at or below 300%. However, now, the threshold has increased to $54,360 for a one-person household and up to $111,000 for a four-person household, which means that 80% of Ohio families could qualify for the credit.

So, what kind of programming qualifies for this opportunity? Before- or after-school educational programs, summer camps, music lessons, tutoring, and more all qualify.

To apply, Ohioans should go to for an educational savings account. Once an application is approved, search for participating service providers in the "ACE Education Marketplace" by category, grade, and location. Finally, submit claims for reimbursement using Merit's Ohio ACE app, and families will receive an email notifying them when a claim has been approved or rejected.

This program is an excellent opportunity for Ohio families to explore new educational and enrichment opportunities, and we encourage you to take advantage of it if you qualify.

How to Check Your Library Account!

Please see the infographic below for step-by-step instructions on how to check your student library account.
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The College of Engineering at Ohio Northern University (ONU) in Ada, OH, is hosting a FREE (!!!) week-long Cybersecurity Summer Camp for middle school girls. It is open to female students in grades 6-8 for Fall 2023. Participants will spend six days making new friends and engaging in fun hands-on activities in the field of cybersecurity. Upon completion of the camp, participants will have a strong understanding of cybersecurity in addition to mastering basic skills that can help them be safer online. The funding for this camp is provided jointly by the NSA and the NSF. We will be happy to come to your school if you allow us to demonstrate to your students. Please let us know if you are interested.

Please find more details below and the attached flyers. Please feel free to forward it to your students and any teachers/administrators at other schools.


  • CAMP 1: June 11-16, 2023
  • CAMP 2: June 18-23, 2023

Quick Facts

  • NO COST for all participants
  • RESIDENTIAL CAMP at the ONU College of Engineering
  • Students will gain VALUABLE cybersecurity knowledge and skills and learn about career opportunities in cybersecurity
  • ONU PROFESSORS will provide instruction and mentorship
  • FREE Raspberry Pi kit, t-shirt, and daily meals and snacks to all participants
  • FEMALE STUDENTS must be in grades 6-8 in Fall 2023 to be eligible to apply


Please visit THIS LINK for more details, and THIS LINK to register. Registration is now open and will continue through April 30.

JAHS 2024 Summer Trip!

You are invited to join the 2024 JAHS Summer trip to Greece and Italy! It is going to be an incredible trip of a lifetime! You can lock in the lowest price with a monthly payment option now. Read all the details and sign up here.

Please email Miss Dollinger (group leader) with any questions at Yes, parents can come. :) Hope you can travel with us in 2024.

How to Pair With Your Student on Canvas!

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to watch this helpful VIDEO on how to pair with your student and set up notifications on Canvas!

Free Sports Physicals!

If you have a student athlete, free sports physicals will be available this summer through Memorial Sports Medicine June 1st through July 31st for the 2023-2024 season. See flyer below!
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media is an online tool that can help parents and students make informed decisions regarding media use. This tool can be used for many types of media, including books, movies, video games, and apps. Additionally, the “Parent Tips and FAQ” section can provide families with valuable support on facilitating social media, cell phone, and screen time use with their child.

Join Our Team

We have a few vacancies available for our building! If you know someone who may be interested, please encourage them to apply on our district website. We have the following positions available:

  • Substitute teachers

  • Substitute bus drivers

  • Substitute custodians

Academic Calendars

The approved, revised 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic calendars are now available on the District's website and can also be found in the links below.

2022-23 Academic Calendar (Revised Dec. 15, 2022)

2023-24 Academic Calendar (Revised Dec. 15, 2022)

JAJHS MAY LUNCH MENU (**subject to change**)

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