JMS Weekly Update
October 30, 2022
Dear JMS Families,
I need to take a minute to discuss drop off and pick up. In the last few weeks we have seen an increase of impatient and aggressive driving around the complex. I have seen adults driving on the wrong side of the road, adults getting out of their cars and yelling at each other, and adults yelling at staff members. This behavior is unacceptable if we want to keep the children safe. The safety of the children has always been, and should continue to be, our main goal. The children are watching, the children are listening, and in some cases, the children have reported this behavior. This behavior is not what we teach the children at JMS. This behavior is not the behavior that we want to model for the children.
I know that there is a lot of traffic around the complex. I know that this can cause frustration. I will remind you that this is a walking district. If you are frustrated by the traffic around the complex, your child can walk to and from school or you can find an alternate drop off/pick up location. If you choose to drive around the complex I expect that adults are patient, alert and kind to each other and our staff. Remember that we all share a common goal of keeping the children safe.
This week's Update contains information about the following:
- JMS Clubs
- Viewing Grades in Schoology
- Lost and Found
- Veteran's Day
- Halloween Costumes
Please notify our nurse, Mrs. Raco, and complete this FORM if your child has tested positive for COVID-19.
Dr. Sarah Shaw, Principal
Mrs. Katelyn (Deet) Toth, Assistant Principal
Tuesday - Day 4
Wednesday - Day 5
Thursday - Day 1
Friday - Day 2
Monday (11/7) - Day 3
Tuesday (11/8) - No School
Wednesday (11/9) - Day 4
Interested in viewing your child's grades in Schoology?! Click HERE to learn how!
Our lost and found is full! We will be displaying all of our lost and found items on tables outside of the office until November 11th. Please encourage your child to stop by and take a look. Additionally, you are welcome to come retrieve any lost items after school. Any items remaining after November 11th will be donated.
Students are allowed to wear a costume for Halloween on Monday, October 31st, as long as the costume follows the rules below.
Halloween costumes must comply with the student dress code, found in the Student Handbook:
- Costumes should be respectful. Dressing up as someone else's culture is not an appropriate costume. Costumes which portray stereotypes, involve religious or sacred symbols, or denigrate others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability are not permitted.
- No brief and/or revealing clothing
- No clothing with messages that: 1) Are suggestive, obscene, vulgar, offensive or libelous, that denigrate others on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability. 2) Advertise or promote drugs, alcohol, tobacco or violence.
- Students are permitted to wear a hat as part of a costume.
- Students are not permitted to wear costume masks or completely paint their face.
- Students must be identifiable when in costume.
- Small amounts of makeup are permitted, such as makeup to create a scar or to add cat whiskers to the face.
- Students are not permitted to have look-alike weapons as part of their costume per school district policy GBGB/JICI.
- Students are still required to participate in PE and should dress appropriately.
- Administration reserves the right to make the final decision on the appropriateness of Halloween costumes. Students will be required to change if a costume is determined to be inappropriate.
If you are interested in viewing or reading our morning announcements, you can find them on the JMS schoology page, under Resources. You can view a tutorial video HERE.
If you have questions about attendance or are looking for our pre-approved absence form, you can find all of this information on Schoology! You can find a tutorial video HERE.
How to Buy School Pictures
School pictures have been uploaded to our photographer's website for ordering. Please visit Wayne's World of Photography to order your photos. Detailed instructions for how to do this are below.
The company offers retakes if eyes are closed, glasses have glare, or hair is blown in the face. If you have any additional questions about orders or retakes, please contact Wayne Bratten at 412-257-1506. To view and order your photos:
- Visit Wayne's World of Photography.
- Click on "JMS."
- Enter your student's MTLSD 7 digit ID number. (This number can be found on dashboard in the Student Information section.).
- Click on "Order Prints/Products.
- Complete your purchase online.
All orders received after October 9th will be shipped home and will be charged sales tax and shipping.
JMS Yearbooks are on sale now through December 16, 2022. Order your yearbook and take out an 8th grade ad TODAY! yearbookforever.com
- Saturday, October 1 at 12:00 AM- Monday, October 31 at 11:59 PM: $50
- Tuesday, November 1 at 12:00 AM- Wednesday, November 30 at 11:59 PM: $55
- Thursday, December 1 at 12:00 AM- Friday, December 16 at 11:59 PM: $60
Limited extras will be sold on the last day of school for $60
8th Grade Advertisements are also for sale from now until December 16 for $35.
Please watch this video if you need help on How to Order a 2022-2023 JMS Yearbook and Purchase an 8th Grade Advertisement.
If you are unsure if you've already ordered a yearbook, please watch the video below to see how you can check your order status: How to Check for 2023 Yearbook Purchase
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 www.mtlsd.org/families/technology/one-to-one
Middle School Athletics
You can learn everything you need to know about Middle School Athletics, including starting dates, by visiting the MS Athletics Webpage.
Boys and Girls Wrestling
Attention all boys and girls in 7th and 8th grade, the wrestling program is looking to add more middle school students to both our Junior High and Girls Club teams. Registration for the season can be found on our Athletics website at https://athletics.mtlsd.org/registration.
If interested in being a part of either one of these teams please email MAllemang@mtlsd.net for additional information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Reflections - Show Your Voice!
If your JMS student has a special talent they can enter in the PTA Reflections contest. All information and entry form are included in the link above. The theme this year is "Show Your Voice!". The deadline is October 17th and cannot be extended. All entries can be sent to Carol Rossetti at email@example.com
SHOPPER & SCHOOL REWARD PROGRAMS
If you haven’t used AmazonSmile Before:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your regular Amazon username and password.
- You will be prompted to choose a charity. You should enter "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” into the search box that appears. It will say "Pittsburgh, PA" as the location for the charity.
- Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com on your browser.
If you already use AmazonSmile:
- Go to smile.amazon.com and sign in with your username and password
- Make sure the charity you’ve selected is "Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc." This information is located under the search bar where it says “supporting”.
- If it isn’t, you can change it by clicking on the charity and selecting “change”
- This will bring you to a page where you can search for “Jefferson Middle School PTA Inc” and allow you to switch charities.
Make sure whenever you check out, you always go to smile.amazon.com to checkout.
If you shop on the Amazon app. Please activate Amazon Smile on your mobile app by opening the app and finding ’Settings’ in the main menu (☰). Tap on ‘AmazonSmile’ and follow the on-screen instructions to turn on AmazonSmile on your phone.
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
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:
- Mental Health
- General Assistance
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.