Soon school bells will be ringing, classrooms buzzing and the Jamestown Middle School (JMS) will be off on this year's adventure with a new group of students. JMS staff and administration are committed to the attributes inherent in successful middle grades programs and excited to provide this unique age group with educational opportunities that are developmentally responsive, challenging, empowering, and equitable. JMS strives to ensure that students are engaged in active, purposeful learning; educators are specifically prepared to work with early adolescents; curriculum is challenging and exploratory; leadership is collaborative; and schools partner with families, businesses, and community groups.
New Faculty Members
There will be a couple of new faces at JMS this year. Kathryn Morehouse will be a new special education strategist at Jamestown Middle School. Morehouse has been a special education strategist for the past five years at elementary schools within Jamestown Public Schools. Danica Brekken will be the new Sigma math teacher in 6th grade. Brekken is a recent graduate of the University of Jamestown.
Schedule Card Pick-Up
JMS parents/students may pick up schedule cards on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Aug. 15. Schedule cards can be picked up at the middle school office between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Food service and transportation sign-up will take place in the cafeteria area of the middle school during those same hours. If JMS families are out of town the 14 and 15, schedule cards may be picked up at the middle school office after Aug. 15. Schedule cards will not be available prior to Aug. 14. Textbooks will be distributed by classroom teachers after school begins, so there are no textbooks to be picked up prior to the start of school. In addition, on Aug. 14 and 15, JMS doors will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. for students and parents to walk through the building and find their classrooms.
6th Grade Orientation
Middle school can be a confusing time for parents as well as for their kids. Middle school students are becoming more independent yet still need parental support as much as ever. JMS parents are invited to stay actively involved in their child’s school. Research shows that children whose parents are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success. An orientation session for 6th grade students and their parents will be Thursday, August 15th at 6:30 pm. This orientation session will give students an opportunity to meet their teachers and tour their classrooms prior to the start of school. During this orientation, students and parents will meet with teachers, counselors and principals. Sixth grade orientation will last approximately one hour.
“What’s Poppin’ at JMS” Open House
Jamestown Middle School open house for students in grades six through eight, “What’s Poppin’ at JMS,” will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. JMS students will be their families’ personal tour guide to view their classrooms and meet their teachers while snacking on popcorn.