JCMS Team 2 Newsletter

Week of September 23, 2019

What's going on in class?


Over the last week in Math students have continued work on ratio’s and ordered pairs. We will have our first Test next week, I have been reminding students of this throughout the week so they are not surprised. After this test we will begin working on percent’s and rates.

Language Arts

This week we began discussing character traits. Students started answering the essential question "What makes a person successful?". Each student was challenged with deciding which character traits are most necessary for success and three reasons they believe these are necessary traits. Students then narrowed down their brainstorm to choose the trait they believe best answers the EQ. Next week we will begin looking at the Steve Job's Stanford Speech to create direct quotes (with citations) to use as evidence in support of their reasoning for the trait they chose.

I would like to let parents know that Tuesday, October 1 will be my last day in the classroom before going on maternity leave. I will be returning sometime around Thanksgiving. While I am away there will be a substitute filling in for me. The substitute will take on all of my roles including lessons, grades, and communication (through my email account). If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the substitute.

Nightly reading homework-

Studies have shown that reading just 20 minutes per day will expose students to over a million words per year. This will then likely improve school grades as well as increase state standardized test scores. Please check with your child be make sure they are doing their nightly reading homework and filling out the log that goes with it.

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Team 2 Scientists learned about weather fronts and the resulting precipitation that may occur this week. I was very impressed with how students could make predictions of what may happen to the air masses and if precipitation may occur with each type of front.

At the end of this week, we begin our next standard, MS ESS 3-2, which is Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects. To complete this standard, students will be researching a natural hazard and making recommendations regarding how a country in that area could safely prepare for that disaster. Please have your student bring their charged computer to class each day next week.

Social Studies

This week in social studies, the students learned about Hammurabi’s Code. It is one of the earliest recorded set of laws and was created around 4,000 years ago in Mesopotamia. The students analyzed several documents and on Monday they will formulate an argument about whether they believe Hammurabi’s Code to have been fair or not. Next week we will begin learning about Ancient Egypt.

Students of the Week!

Each week teachers will be nominating Team 2 students who demonstrate good character, work ethic, leadership, and or overall growth/ improvements. Below are our Students of the Week!

What parents need to know...

Spirit Week!

JCMS students are encouraged to participate in Spirit Week by dressing in apparel from different decades. See the schedule below!
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No Name Papers

We have had several no name papers turned in this year. If a student thinks they turned in an assignment but it shows missing in the grade book it is likely they didn't put a name on it. Please remind your child to always put their name, class, and hour on their papers.

Support JCMS & Buy a Shirt

The JCMS Parent Support Group is selling JCMS t-shirts and hoodies that were designed by a JCMS student. The proceeds from these shirts will go toward Teacher Grants and the Renaissance Program.

All parents are welcome and encouraged to become involved in this group.


Team 2 Expectations

Team 2 is consistent in our expectations in all our courses to create the best and most conducive learning environment for all students. We create these expectations and go over them multiple times with the team to insure that all students are able to be successful. We encourage you to review the expectations and discuss them with your student.


Students will be sending out weekly grade updates each Friday via e-mail. Please make sure your student has your email address as well as it being updated in Skyward. Parents will also have access to student grades at all times through the Skyward website or app. If you are unable to access Skyward please contact the office for further help.

Upcoming Events

10/14- No School

10/21- Student Led Conference

10/22- Student Led Conference

10/23- Student Led Conference

10/25- No School

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