News from the Middle
Hello JMS Comet Community,
JMS has been off to a wonderful start this school year! In just eight weeks, we have seen some outstanding accomplishments from our students, athletes and staff members, that we are extremely proud to share with you! I hope you enjoy reading the information below and if there is anything you would like to lend a hand with, we would love to hear from you! #OneComet
JMS Earns MI HEARTSafe School Award: JMS and the JCS District have become the first school district in Hillsdale County to earn the designation as a MI HEARTSafe School! JMS started working toward this goal in January 2013 after a presentation by the Wes Leonard Heart Team. Following the presentation, a crisis team, now known as the Comet Response Team, was created to address the need for CPR and AED training within our school and how to respond to a medical emergency. Since that time, our team has remained intact and participates in drills regularly that are run by our school nurse, Mrs. Varney. This is only one of the five criteria that is necessary to earn the MI HEARTSAFE School Award. To learn more about this award, please click on the links below. http://www.wxyz.com/news/more-local-schools-become-certified-as-heartsafe https://migrc.org/Library/heartsafespotlight.html https://www.migrc.org/Library/HEARTSafe.html
Veterans Day Celebration: JMS will again be hosting the Jonesville American Legion Veterans Day Celebration on November 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. The Jonesville community is welcome to attend and should plan to arrive between 10:40-10:50 a.m. and park in the lot adjacent to the Spott’s Gymnasium.
Comet Skills: This program is staffed by three faculty members each trimester and again will be supported by the Hillsdale College GOAL Program. The GOAL Program is a student group from Hillsdale College that volunteers their time to tutor students. Comet Skills will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:50-3:50 p.m. to support students in several ways. This is a place students can come to build skills in specific content areas, review for tests, complete assignments or even receive assistance with writing a research paper. This has been a very well attended program over the last few years and we are pleased to be able to continue offering this program for our students. Aside from Comet Skills, the Goal Program tutors are available for drop-in tutoring at Hillsdale College every Monday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. or one-on-one tutoring may be arranged by calling Mr. John Church at (319)538-6630 or emailing email@example.com.
Art Club: Mrs. Berry, JMS Art Teacher, will be running our Art Club every Wednesday afternoon for students who would like to expand their art skills, work with other students on projects, and take part in other extension activities. If this is something your student may be interested in, please have them sign up with Mrs. Berry in room B-112!
Outdoor Adventures Club: The JMS Outdoor Adventures Club is off and running already this year! Mr. Cieslinski and the Outdoor Adventures Roundtable have already offered a disc golf activity at Owens Park next to Baw Beese. Seventeen students participated in this activity, which started with some basic instruction about the game, practicing at JMS, then playing on the disc golf course at the park. This year our students will also have the opportunity to build a cedar-strip kayak during WIN time and after school on Wednesday’s from 2:50-4:00 p.m. This will begin sometime in November. Last year the group built a cedar-strip canoe that will be on display at the school soon! The OAR will be planning many more outdoor learning experiences for our students for each of the seasons for ALL JMS students to take part in!
Bandorama: The annual BANDORAMA concert will be on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM in the JHS Gym. This concert is free and open to the public but a 50/50 cash raffle will be held to benefit the Jonesville Bands. Report time for all grades is 6:00pm to the JHS gym. The gym will open for audience seating at 6:30pm and the performance will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. The concert will feature ALL band students in grades 6-12 playing some patriotic selections, including the JHS Jazz Band. The concert will close with the Glow Show performance from the Comet Marching 100, featuring music from this year's halftime show, James Bond 007. Please consult the band handbook for uniform requirements for each grade. We hope you can join us for a fantastic night of music from the Jonesville Bands.
JMS Ski Trip: The JMS Ski Trip is booked for March 1, 2, & 3! This will be an overnight trip to Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac, MI! This has been a highlight for students over the past two years and we expect it to be a great trip again this school year! Keep your eye out for more information regarding sign-up and parent meetings! Please see this link for more details - goo.gl/EhxBC2
New Student Lunch: JMS welcomed 22 new students to our district this year! On Friday, September 30, we celebrated their choice to be Comets with a Main Street Pizza lunch in the library hosted by Mr. Playford, Mr. Swihart, Mrs. Smith, & Superintendent Broesamle. It was a great opportunity to check in with them to learn more about where they are from and how their transition to JMS has been during the first month. The feedback was very positive and their perspectives offered some unique insights!
Fall Fundraiser: Our Fall Fundraiser has wrapped up, and again, we thank everybody that helped out and supported our students and school. Although we did not reach our target goal, we had a successful fundraiser that will help support our Student of the Month Program, new student lunch, several clubs, student support programs and many other activities.
Athletics: JMS Fall sports have completed and were very successful this year! We are thankful for the time and dedication of our coaches, athletes, parents and others who give so much to support our programs! Boys basketball started on October 24 and other winter seasons will be starting soon! Please follow the announcements each day for important athletic information for your student!
New Staff: JMS has welcomed many new teachers to our building for the 2016-17 school year! We are extremely grateful to the Thompson Foundation for their support in bringing Industrial Arts back to JMS & JHS. With their support, new woodshop equipment has been purchased and Mr. Charles Hall has been hired to revamp our Industrial Arts program! Mr. Hall has twenty plus years of experience and comes to us from River Rouge. Mrs. Brooke Etter also joins the JMS team teaching sixth grade English-Language Arts. She was particularly attracted to our district after reading about our Outdoor Adventures Club and the many projects they took part in during the 2015-16 school year! Ms. Aubrie Marsh has moved “down the hill” from JHS to teach sixth grade social studies. This is Ms. Marsh’s third year teaching in Jonesville and she is extremely happy to be working with our middle school students this year, both in her classroom and as a Title I Comet Skills Tutor. Another familiar face from JHS is Mr. Joe Kroa. Mr. Kroa will be working as a Title I Instructional Assistant and lunchroom supervisor at JMS. Ms. Amy Mroczek also joined the JMS team and will be Assistant Band Director to Mrs. Mykeloff at JMS. The JMS band program has grown to more than 50 students in each grade level, a tremendous “problem” to have, creating a need for more hands on deck! Mrs. Mroczek is also serving as a Title I Comet Skills Tutor after school at JMS. Mrs. Katherine Fedosuk also joined the JMS team this year! We are excited to have her with us working in the Special Education Department. Mrs. Danielle Soltis has joined JMS as our Library Aide. She is excited about continuing our project to upgrade the library into a modern, student-friendly space. Mrs. Angela Maddox has taken over duties as the Secretary to the Principal in the Main Office of JMS. She is extremely committed to carrying on the outstanding service you are used to and helping out in any way she can. Mrs. Annette Lowry is also a new face in the Counseling Office. She will be serving many roles working as the Jonesville Pathways Secretary and as the Secretary to the Counselor.
JMS Dodgeball Tournament: JMS Dodgeball is back! The JHS SADD Club will be hosting a dodgeball tournament on Wednesday, November 2 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Spott’s Gym. The cost is $30/team ($5/player) with proceeds supporting the JHS After Prom Party. Spectators are encouraged and welcome to attend. This year it is a free event for spectators. This event has been a student favorite and is a lot of fun to participate in and watch! Registration deadline is November 1.
Dates to Know
November 1 - Band-O-Rama - 7:00-9:00 p.m. @ JHS Auditorium
November 2 - JMS Dodgeball Tournament
November 23 - Half Day of School - A.M. Only - End of 1st Trimester
November 24 & 25 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
November 28 - 2nd Trimester Begins
Thank you all for sending us such wonderful young people!
Bryan M. Playford
School day times
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Free Breakfast 7:25-7:45 A.M.
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First bell rings: 7:45 A.M.
Classes begin: 7:50 A.M.
1/2 day release: 11:20 A.M.
Full day release: 2:45 P.M.
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The entire staff of Jonesville Middle School is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to meet you and begin another academically enriching school year!