JMMS Weekly Update

February 12, 2021

Principal's Message

Good Afternoon Alpine,

Did you ever wonder where our modern Valentine's day began? The ancient Romans may be responsible for the name of our modern-day Valentine’s Day. In the 3rd Century A.D., Emperor Claudius II executed two men on February 14th — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14. Their martyrdom was honored by the Church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.

Around the beginning of the 10th century, the Normans celebrated Galatin's Day. Galatin meant "lover of women." That was likely confused with St. Valentine's Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.

As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.

Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. In 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since.

Please remember that there are some important links in our Weekly Update. In this week's Update, you can find these new posts:

  • Reopening Plan (New)
  • JMMS School Counselor Corner (New)
  • Important Yearbook Deadlines (New)
  • Mark Your Calendars - Make-Up Picture Day - Feb. 24 (New)
  • Snap Shots (New)
  • COVID Testing (Repeating)
  • Action for Happiness (Repeating)


Casey Currigan

Mark Your Calendars for Make-Up Picture day

Wednesday, Feb. 24th, 8-10am

2001 Tavern Road

Alpine, CA


We will have our make-up picture day for all students that still need their

picture taken for the Yearbook. Don't miss being in the Yearbook!

All students must wear a mask and social distance.

Pictures will be taken at the outside of the Gym with everyone standing 6' apart.

Questions? Call the JMMS Welcome Center @ 619-445-3245 Ext. 119

Change in Schedule for Upcoming Monday Holidays

During January and February, there are three Monday holidays. In order to support our students in the A Cohort so they don't miss out on three days of instruction, we are going to adjust the Wednesday calendar for those weeks. The students in A Cohort will Zoom with their periods 3, 5, and 7 teachers for 45 min. The schedule in the window will enlarge if you click on it.
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