JMS Weekly Update

March 12, 2023

Hello JMS!

This week's Update contains information about the following:

Please notify our nurse, Mrs. Raco, and complete this FORM if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.

Take care,

Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal

Mrs. Amanda Jackson, Assistant Principal

Weekly Schedule

Monday - Day 2

Tuesday - Day 3

Wednesday - Day 4

Thursday - Day 5

Friday - Day 1

Monday (3/20) - Day 2

New News

A Note From the Health Office

Healthy children are successful learners. Children work hard during the school day and need to be healthy to be able to put the needed energy into a school day. An ill child is not able to put forth their all to be a successful learner during a school day.

To protect all the children in the district…Mt. Lebanon follows the Allegheny County Health Department Guide to Infectious Diseases. (ACHD Guide to Infectious Diseases in Schools); the CDC Guidelines and the AAP).

Knowing when to keep children home, helps protect everyone and gives the ill child time to recover.

Please keep your child home from school if they have:

  • Fever - greater than 100 degrees

    • Will need to be fever free without the use of fever reducing medications 24 hours prior to return

  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea

    • 24 hours since symptoms have subsided

  • Contagious Illnesses - such as:

    • Strep Throat

    • Pink Eye

    • Positive Covid - 19

    • Influenza (flu)

    • Unexplained/undiagnosed rash

    • Chicken Pox

    • Fifths Disease

  • 24 hours have passed since the start of an Antibiotic for an illness

  • Continuous coughing/sneezing that impacts the child’s ability to learn and be in class.

Practicing good health hygiene is important…please encourage proper handwashing and to cover your cough/sneeze.

Please make sure to contact your child’s physician with any symptoms or concerns and to notify your child’s school nurse of any illnesses.


Musical Ticket Sales

Fiddler on the Roof Jr. Ticket Sales Information:

  • Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023

All performances begin at 7:30 PM.

Jefferson Middle School

21 Moffett Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15243

Ticket Costs:

$10 per ticket- cash only accepted

Ticket Sale Dates:

Monday-Tuesday March 6-7, 2023:

  • Cast and Crew Sales ONLY and a maximum of only 6 tickets per student at this time.

Wednesday March 8, 2023 until we sell out:

  • Tickets on sale for all cast, crew, JMS students and faculty, and all Mt. Lebanon community members.
  • Any number of tickets may be purchased at this time for all shows.

Please email Ashlee Beckett at with any questions or to purchase tickets for pickup at the JMS main office if you do not have a child attending Jefferson Middle School.

Schoology Notifications - Assignment Updates

Parents! Are you looking to know more about the status of your child's assignments. Are you curious about what they have turned in and perhaps what is still missing? Schoology can help you with this! Learn how to set your schoology preferences for easy notification HERE.

Schoology Tip for Students

Check out this week's Schoology Tip for Students!

PSSA/Keystone Testing Schedule

The district will be administering the PSSAs and the Keystones this year. The results we achieve on these exams provide us with valuable information that can be used to assess our students knowledge of grade level standards, our teaching, and our educational programing.

Our testing schedule for the Spring of 2023 is as follows:

  • April 24-26 - English Language Arts (ELA) PSSA - Grades 6-8
  • May 2 & 3 - Math PSSA - Grades 6-8
  • May 4 & 5 - Science PSSA - Grade 8 only
  • Keystone Algebra 1 - May 23 & 24 - Grade 8 only

Please understand that during the testing window, pre-approved absences will not be approved.


Affordable Connectivity Program for Families

The federal government released an additional program this year for families in need that will subsidize their home broadband Internet access as well as partially reimburse the purchase of personal devices at home.

The FCC's Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is highlighted on our Families=>Technology Resources=>Internet@Home page (LINK).

Families In Need of Technology

As we prepare to start the 2022-2023 school year, we are asking families who need to borrow student technology to please visit


Middle School Athletics

You can learn everything you need to know about Middle School Athletics, including starting dates, by visiting the MS Athletics Webpage.

Track and Field

7th and 8th grade Track & Field begins on Monday, March 13th. If you are interested in being part of the Jefferson Track & Field program, use the following links in this to sign-up:

Sign up Google Form

The sign-up process and a sports physical must be completed by March 13th to begin practicing on time. If you have any questions, please email Coach Floss.

JMS PTA Information

PTA Membership and Directory Access

Our Membership Store is now open! We hope you will consider joining out PTA to help fund excellent educational opportunities for our children. Directory access is available to JMS PTA members only.

You can join the PTA HERE.

Please email if you have any questions.

Box Tops

Scanning Box Tops is an easy way to earn money for our school. See Box Tops for more information on how to scan Box Tops and to download the app. Receipts must be scanned within 14 days for the Box Tops to be scanned electronically.

Office Depot/Office Max

Office Depot/Office Max has a school rewards program. When shopping, remember to ask the cashier to tag Jefferson Middle School. For online orders, enter our school ID (Thomas Jefferson Middle School ID:70088453 Pittsburgh, PA) on the Thank You Confirmation page.

Resources For Families

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

Safe 2 Say Something

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.

Here’s how it works:

  • Submit a report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

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.