JMS Newsletter

Holidays 2017

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Happy Holidays! The Holiday season is officially upon us and JMS is celebrating it in many ways. Winter sports are in full swing, we have multiple band and chorus related activities scheduled, and the entire school is preparing for our annual White Christmas program. As a school we truly have come together to do a lot for our community with our annual can food drive, coat drive, and donating to the Fill-A-Stocking program. Please enjoy the newsletter to see all of the wonderful things that our staff and students are doing in both our school and community as well as to see what's coming up next!
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Congratulations to the following October and November Students of the Week:

Week of 10/2/17:

6th Grade - Courtney Johnson and Jason Owens

7th Grade - Catey Hendrix and Grant Hooker

8th Grade - Anslee Stone and Sean Spears


Week of 10/9/17:

6th Grade - Breia Stratford and Austin Durbin

7th Grade - Kaelie Hooper and Bryson Callahan

8th Grade - Marlayna Macking and Evan Fowler


Week of 10/16/17:

6th Grade - Baily Parker and Seth Cronic

7th Grade - Jocelyn Rivera and Dat Le

8th Grade - Jamisen Bail and Riley Davis


Week of 10/23/17:

6th Grade - Rori King and Eric Moya

7th Grade - Kendall Williams and Carter Smith

8th Grade - Desiree Carver and Collin Kellogg


Week of 10/30/17:

6th Grade - Bailey Godfrey and Carter Callahan

7th Grade - Brandie Duckett and Mitchell Rice

8th Grade - Sarah Holland and Connor Hedgpeth


Week of 11/6/17:

6th Grade - Sherry Wells and Dylan Gonzalez

7th Grade - Destinee Dearman and Kane Stone

8th Grade - Marissa Buttrum and William Cantrell


Week of 11/13/17:

6th Grade - Jacklynn Parker and Aiden Anderson

7th Grade - Linda Casique and Zeke Cronic

8th Grade - Shelby Kassow and Wilton Fowler


Week of 11/27/17:

6th Grade - Ella Wise and Parker Schultz

7th Grade - Sascha Packard and Blaise Garner

8th Grade - Taylor Davis and Thomas Wilson

Congratulations to our October Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Andrea Yates, and our November Teacher of the Month, Mr. Jacob Tatum!

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JMS Dragons in Action During the Month of October

The JMS FFA Officer Team attended the Sunbelt Expo, which is the largest Farm Trade Show in the world!

JMS at the 37th Annual Marble Festival Race and Parade

10/23 - 10/31 Red Ribbon Week - Your Life is Key, So Stay Drug Free!

JMS Dragons in Action During the Month of November

Congratulations to the following Peace Poster Winners:

Thank You JMS PTO for All That You Do for Our School!

JMS is very grateful to our wonderful PTO! Since the beginning of our school year, the JMS PTO has sold Spirit Shirts, made over $400 in Bo Card Sales, membership has increased, helped serve dinner at the JMS Title I and Curriculum Night, raised over $250 at a car wash, conducted the Penny Wars (congratulations to 7th grade for winning!), had multiple dinner nights at local restaurants, and just hosted the Jingle Jam Dance for our students. JMS students and staff are indebted with gratitude to our PTO who always goes above and beyond to help make our school the wonderful place that it is!

ATTENTION JMS Parents

Below are some of the upcoming and current events going on at JMS that we don't want you or your child to miss out on:


JMS Spirit Week

For this year's Holiday Spirit Week, we will be doing the following:

-Monday, 12/18: Wear an Ugly Holiday Sweater

-Tuesday, 12/19: Wear Holiday Socks

-Wednesday, 12/20: Dress like a Holiday character and have your picture taken with Santa and Ms. Claus during lunch

-Thursday, 12/21: Wear Red (GA fans will love this!)


Tutoring

JMS's tutoring program is in full swing! Tutoring is offered in the mornings on both Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 - 8:20 AM. Math tutoring is in room 303 and ELA tutoring is in room 401, both rooms are on the 8th grade hallway. Afternoon tutoring is offered on both Mondays and Wednesdays from after-school until 5:15 PM. For afternoon tutoring, students need to go to the cafeteria after dismissal and should be picked up by a parent/guardian at 5:15 PM in the front parking lot.


6th Grade Field Trip

Information regarding the 6th grade field trip went out on Oct. 30th. If you have any questions regarding the field trip, then please contact your child's homeroom teacher.


Coat Drive

The JMS Jr. Optimist Club is collecting coats from now until school is let out for the Holiday Break. The donated items are then given to the Mia Coat Drive that dispurses these coats to those in need in our community. If you would like to donate to this coat drive, please bring your items to our collection box near the front door of the school.

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TEFRA/Katie Beckett Program

Please see the document below with information for those interested in applying for Medicaid benefits for those ages 18 years old and younger.

Fill-a-Stocking Program

Families with children ages 14 years of age or younger who are in need of gifts for the holidays can apply to the Fill-A-Stocking Program. Applications must be submitted to the Lions Club by December 8th. Applications can be picked up at JMS, found online at http://www.jasperlions.com/ , or by downloading the form "Fill-A-Stocking 2017.pdf" via the option below. Please remember that a copy of the parent or guardian’s photo ID must be included with the application. The applications can be returned to the school counselor, Ms. Champion, or directly to the Lions Club.

JMS White Christmas Program


Our annual JMS White Christmas Program will take place on Friday, December 15th, at 9:30 AM. Every year before the Holiday break, JMS participates in collecting items for the Jasper Lions Club Fill-A-Stocking program. It is during our White Christmas Program that we recognize what our school has come together as one to do and help out in our community. This year we will be collecting items by homeroom. Please see the table in the document below for the items that you can purchase by your child's grade level if you would like to donate and help out families in Pickens County this holiday season.

Community Christmas Dinner

The Living Word Church in Jasper is hosting a free Community Christmas Dinner on Saturday, 12/16, from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Dinner is free, but you must register to attend. Please see the flyer below for contact information and more!

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Join the JMS PTO

The Jasper Middle School PTO is a non-profit organization established to provide additional opportunities for parents, teachers and members of the community to work together to support JMS teachers and students through a variety of activities and events - in and out of the classroom. The PTO is the Booster Club for JMS! Here is a special note from our JMS PTO:


Welcome to the JMS PTO! We are excited for a fabulous year. We have many activities and fundraisers planned for our wonderful school. The JMS PTO’s objectives are to support the JMS staff, encourage and recognize JMS student achievements, assist with the needs of JMS, and provide volunteers to the school. If you would like to join the JMS PTO, then click HERE to complete the membership form. If you would like to volunteer, please email us at jmsdragonspto@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at JMS PTO Jasper GA.


Anyone who has Box Tops to donate, please drop off with Mrs. Lydia in the office.

If you would like to purchase a Spirit Wear T-shirt, please click HERE to complete the form.


PTO Officers:

President - Vicky Green

Vice-President - Eileen Steinhauer

Secretary - Misty Johnson

Treasurer - Jennifer Johnson and Andi Jordan


For all things PTO related, as well as how to join, please visit their page on our school website at http://jaspermid.pickens.k12.ga.us/pto.htm

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Ongoing Ways to Help Out JMS

Below are some of the ongoing programs that JMS and the JMS PTO takes part in to help raise funds for our school to provide more opportunities for our students:


1. JMS participates in the "Box Tops for Education" program by collecting "box tops" from students, parents, and staff. There is a collection box placed in the front office where students, parents, and staff are able to drop off donated box tops that can be found on various food products such as cereal boxes, breakfast bars, and ziploc bags. Students and parents can drop these off with the School Administrative Assistant, Ms. Lydia. For more information on this program and how you can assist JMS, please visit

http://www.boxtops4education.com/


2. Did you know that when you purchase your groceries at Ingles or Kroger, you could also be helping out JMS? It's true! By simply registering your Ingles and/or Kroger store loyalty cards, you can earn money for JMS by designating JMS as your chosen school. If you registered your card last year, you will have to re-register as they require everyone to do so each school year. Please visit

https://www.inglestoolsforschools.com/ and/or https://www.kroger.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow to register your store loyalty card(s) and help out JMS.

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JMS Upcoming Events

Friday, 12/8:

6th Grade Dynamics going to JES/HCES

MS Basketball (All Four Teams) vs. Fannin (Away) at 4:00 PM


Saturday, 12/9:

Wrestling – Panther Traditional – at Union Elementary at 9:00 AM

Swim Meet vs. Cumming (Away)


Monday, 12/11:

Nettes Basketball vs. Red Bud (Away) at 4:30 PM

Dragons Basketball vs. Red Bud (Home) at 4:30 PM


Tuesday, 12/12:

Wrestling – Tri (Dawson/Habersham) – at Dawson Middle School at 4:30 PM

6th Grade Chorus Concert at Mt. Zion Church at 7:00 PM


Wednesday, 12/13:

Christmas on the Porch – Chorus Sings Christmas Carols in the Media Center

PTO Papa John’s Night (Code JMS)


Thursday, 12/14:

Device Day - Students can purchase the opportunity to use a device for music with 3 Dragon Dollars or for $1

Christmas on the Porch – Chorus Sings Christmas Carols in the Media Center

Nettes Basketball vs. Clear Creek (Home) at 4:30 PM

Dragons Basketball vs. Clear Creek (Away) at 4:30 PM


Friday, 12/15:

JMS White Christmas Program at 9:30 AM

Wrestling – Dual Championship – at Clear Creek Middle School at 4:30 PM


Saturday, 12/16:

Wrestling – Traditional Championship – at Clear Creek Middle School at 9:00 AM


Monday, 12/18:

Spirit Day - Wear Your Ugly Holiday Sweater

Nettes Basketball vs. Red Bud (Home) at 4:30 PM

Dragons Basketball vs. Red Bud (Away) at 4:30 PM


Tuesday, 12/19:

Spirit Day - Wear Holiday Socks

7th and 8th Grade Chorus Concert at Mt. Zion Church at 7:00 PM

PTO Meets at 6:00 PM in the Media Center


Wednesday, 12/20:

Spirit Day - Dress like a Holiday character and have your picture taken with Santa and Ms. Claus during lunch


Thursday, 12/21:

Spirit Day - Wear Red (GA fans will love this!)

End of 2nd Nine Weeks

Last Day of School Before the Holiday Break


December 22nd – January 5th

Holiday Break – School Closed


Friday, 1/5/2018:

In-Service Day for Teachers Only


Monday, 1/8:

3rd Nine Weeks Begins - Students Return to School from Holiday Break


Tuesday, 1/9:
Nettes Basketball vs. Dawson (Home) at 4:30 PM

Dragons Basketball vs. Dawson (Away) at 4:30 PM


Friday, 1/12:

MS Basketball (All Four Teams) vs. Fannin (Home) at 4:00 PM


Saturday, 1/13:

Swim Meet vs. Cumming (Away)

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Jasper Middle School

Our Mission

Joining Mind and Spirit to ensure academic success, social responsibility, and graduation for all. "Our goal is that all students will work not only to meet academic expectations, but that they will strive to exceed expectations."

Our Vision

The vision of Jasper Middle School, in cooperation with all stakeholders, is to commit ourselves to developing critical thinkers and lifelong learners through a rigorous curriculum, high expectations, and positive character development in a safe and nurturing environment.

Our Beliefs

  • Devoted educators actively support students, families, and the community to help prepare students to be positive contributors to society through preparation for future challenges and societal demands.
  • All students can learn.
  • Communication through the spoken and written word is essential to the success of all students.
  • Education and learning are shared responsibilities that take place in the home, school, and community.
  • Each and every student must be prepared for an ever-changing and technologically driven society.
  • Positive behavior supports lead to greater success.
  • All stakeholders are accountable for improving student achievement.