Jefferson Middle School
August 2009 Newsletter
Dear Parents and Students: REGISTRATION INFORMATION
I hope everyone has had an enjoyable and restful
summer. Believe it or not, the start of the school year is WHEN is registration?
just around the corner! Thursday, August 13th, 8:30 - 11:00 am.
For those of you who are new to Jefferson, I think WHERE do we go?
you will love our school. We have a dedicated and Please enter through the old gym triple doors.
talented staff, great kids, and parents who are very 6th grade and new students register in the old gym.
supportive. It is indeed a pleasure to work with our 7th and 8th grade returning JMS students
entire community. We think it is a wonderful school and will register in the large gym.
a special place to learn. WHO should attend registration?
This newsletter contains vital information about the A parent or guardian must register their student.
beginning of the school year and registration. Please
read these pages very carefully with your child. You’ll WHAT is required to register?
find information about registration, school dates, our 6th grade and new students must provide
positive behavior system-the Jet Card, school calendar, proof that the parent/guardian and student
parent conferences, school supplies, and tips for success. reside in Jefferson attendance boundaries, with:
A parent or guardian should attend the August 13th -Birth certificate AND immunization record;
student registration. ALL FAMILIES ARE EXPECTED -Parent/guardian’s current driver’s license
TO COMPLETE A LUNCH PROGRAM FORM. Our AND current PNM bill.
free/reduced lunch status can qualify us for a Title I -Additional positive ID may be required.
Reading program, which provides great support for our -APD / APS officers may verify residency.
students. Your completed form – even if you don’t think -The lunch program form must be completed.
you qualify – is needed to ensure that JMS meets Title I Attendance boundary rules do not apply to students
criteria for the following year. listed as APS-approved transfers to Jefferson.
Soon after school begins, all students will receive 7th & 8th grade returning JMS students must:
new agenda books. These books are incredibly helpful. -Remit books or payment owed from last year.
Everyone should read the beginning of the agenda -Complete a lunch program form.
carefully; the first several pages contain valuable -Show parent/guardian’s current driver’s license
information about our school policies. Parents should or current PNM bill to verify address change.
check their student’s agendas daily to stay informed and -Submit a record of any new immunizations.
be involved with homework and academic progress.
We are looking forward to another excellent school
year, and we are excited about working together with AUGUST and SEPTEMBER EVENTS
you to help your child be successful in school. August 13 Registration 8:30 - 11:00
August 14 Jump-Start Day for Sixth graders 8:20 - 11:30
Please call 255-8691 whenever you have any
August 17-19 Teacher Prep Day - NO SCHOOL
questions, ideas, or concerns. August 20 First full day of classes for all grades
Sincerely, August 25 Picture day
September 10 Open House 6:30 - 8:45 pm
Principal EVENTOS DE AGUSTO y SEPTIEMBRE
agusto 13 Inscripsciones 8:30 - 11:00
6 GRADE JUMP START DAY agusto 14 Dia de orientacion para los de secto
Hey 6th graders! You are required to attend this grada 8:20-11:30
agusto 17-19 Día de preparación para los maestros
important and fun first day of school, on Friday August
- NO ESCUELA
14th, 8:20 to 11:30 am. You will get familiar with our agusto 20 Primera dia de clases todos los grados
campus, find your classrooms, and meet teachers and agusto 25 Dia de los fotos para los estudiantes
your classmates. School buses will run for this day, but septiembre 10 Recepcion para los padres 6:30 - 8:45 pm
school lunch will not be served.
STUDENTS NEW TO JEFFERSON Jet Card Information
We are referring to those students who have never The Jet Card at Jefferson serves as a communication
attended Jefferson, never pre-registered, and never tool among teachers, parents, and administrators. It is an
selected classes. These are not the 5th, 6th and 7th accountability card intended to guide student behavior
graders who pre-registered with us last spring. and to provide a method for recording infractions that do
These are students who will not be receiving this not warrant a referral. Students will have one Jet Card
newsletter, so we need your help to inform them about for each 4 ½ week period. Once again, all 8 Jet Cards
registration! will be bound inside the agenda. Agendas will be
Students who will be brand new to Jefferson may pre- distributed to students early in the school year.
register August 11th or 12th between 9 am and 12 pm. Jet Cards must NOT to be torn out of the agenda.
Students must come with their parent or guardian who A fee is charged to replace a lost Jet Card or agenda.
has proper ID plus PNM bill as proof of residence, and
bring a birth certificate and immunization record. By
registering early, they can be ready for the first day of Student ID Mandatory
school. Help us spread the word! Every Jefferson student is required to have an
identification card. It is mandatory for each student to
carry their photo ID card on a daily basis. On campus the
NEWS from the NURSE card provides a positive ID to check out library books,
ALL students registering for 7th grade are required by
state law to show evidence of a current TDaP shot. If obtain computer time, buy a cafeteria lunch, ride the
your student did not participate in our clinic, or, if you school bus, and maintain school safety. It can also be
have not provided us with evidence of a current TDaP, valuable for admission to community events as well as
or exemption, you will need to provide this evidence to for travel identification.
the Nurse at our August registration before you are Jefferson provides a unique numbered bar code for
allowed to continue with the registration process. each card; students will be charged a $2.00 fee for their
On the same note, ALL NEW students registering, ID photos. These photos are reproductions of our
i.e. for 6th grade, in August must present a current shot students’ school pictures.
record/exemption before being allowed to continue with Jefferson’s school picture day will be held on
the registration process. Tuesday, August 25. All students must turn in their $2
fees by picture day.
JEFFERSON OPEN HOUSE
SEPTEMBER 10 WHEN YOUR STUDENT IS ABSENT
The start of the year brings lots of questions. A great REMEMBER TO CALL
place to begin getting answers is OPEN HOUSE. This It may sound silly, but the school needs a call from
year’s event is scheduled for 6:30-8:45 pm on you when your student is absent. If we do not hear from
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. This will be an you, we will call during the day to check on the
opportunity to visit your student's classes, meet teachers whereabouts of your student.
and staff, hear about the curriculum and expectations, We have an answering system so you may always
and to kick the year off with vital information. leave us your message - even in the middle of the night.
Please help us to account for the absence of your student
JEFFERSON OPEN HOUSE by calling 2558691. Students who have excused
10 de SEPTIEMBRE absences may make up the work they miss. For absences
El comienzo del año trae un montón de preguntas. Un of three or more days, you may call to request
gran lugar para empezar a obtener respuestas es OPEN assignments for your student to work on before they
HOUSE. El evento de este año está programada para return to school.
6:30-8:45 pm el Jueves, 10 de septiembre. Esta será una Excused students will be given days to make up their
oportunidad para visitar a su estudiante de clases, se work. It is up to the student, however, to remember to
reúnen los maestros y el personal, conocer el plan de ask teachers for the work missed and due dates. Thanks!
estudios y expectativas, y para iniciar el año con
información vital. Conferencias Entre Maestro y
Parent Teacher Conferences Padres de Familia
Las conferecias del primer semester seran jueves,
Parent teacher conferences for the first semester will be
held on October 29th and 30th. Second semester el 29 de octubre, y el viernes, el 30 de octubre; las
conferences will be on April 29th and 30th. Fliers will go conferencias del segundo semester seran el 29 y 30 de
out with your students with more detailed information as abril. Folletos, se pondrá en marcha con sus alumnos,
the semester progresses. con información más detallada a medida que avanza
Join-A-School Partners Needed JEFFERSON ADMINISTRATION & STAFF DIRECTORY
An avenue for parents to get involved at Jefferson is
through Join-a-School partnerships. Currently, we have TELEPHONE (505) 255-8691 FAX (505) 268-2334
partnerships with Popejoy Hall at UNM, Keleher and WEBSITE: www.jms.aps.edu
McLeod Law Firm, Metlife Resources, and Little Principal Mike McNamara x301 email@example.com
Caesar's Pizza. Main Ofc Lawren Carmignani x302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Partnerships provide support & incentives for staff
and students. If you would like more information about
Assist Principal Ben Bustos x303 email@example.com
the Join-a-School program, please call us at 255-8691. Attendance Michelle Chavez x300 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse Jan Hawkins x305 email@example.com
6th GRADE PARENT Health Assist Amy Mauge x321 firstname.lastname@example.org
REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED Cafeteria Mgr Rosa Avila 256-0445 email@example.com
This is a vital position and the parent representative Librarian Marsha Mowery x307 firstname.lastname@example.org
from the sixth grade who will serve on the school IDs,Yearbook Bev Riley vm 467 email@example.com
instructional council remains active for the three years
of middle school.
Special Ed DeeAnn Rishel x312 firstname.lastname@example.org
This committee meets 2-3 times monthly. Usually Counselors, 6th Gr John Scholz x310 email@example.com
meetings are the first and third Wednesday of each 7th Grade Clay Szenasi x312 firstname.lastname@example.org
month from 7:30 to 8:15 am. 8th Grade Stacey Sieberg x309 email@example.com
Our parent representatives are valuable resources for
discussion and decisions about programs at Jefferson.
Counseling Sect’y Leslie Firkins x311 firstname.lastname@example.org
They are required to keep an open mind, to discuss all APS Bus Info 880-3989 x0
sides of the many issues involved in program planning,
and to be fair and equitable representatives for the Staff Contact Helpful Hints
community they represent. If you need to phone a teacher, dial our main line
To learn more about this position, please call 255- (505) 255-8691 Mon-Fri 7:30-4:00 and ask for the
8691 and ask for Principal Mike McNamara. If you teacher’s voicemail. You may record a message anytime
would like to submit your name for the ballot, please and office staff will forward it during school hours.
fill out the form below and give to Leslie Firkins in Want to consult with teachers via email? Address
the counseling office or principal Mike McNamara links are posted on our website, www.jms.aps.edu. Click
by Thursday, September 10th. the “Go To” drop-down list, click “Contacts-All Staff”
and select the mail icon for the teacher. The “Go To”
Name ____________________________________________ list also links to our school calendar and activities.
Student Name _____________________________________ Bookmark our website on home & work computers!
If you need more than “just a quick word” with a
teacher or other staff member we encourage you to set
Please place my name on the ballet for election of a 6th Grade an appointment for your visit.
Parent Representative to the Instructional Council.
____________________________________________ 8th Graders and Parents
Signature Planning has begun for the 24th annual JMS spring
break trip to Washington DC. Travel is scheduled March
13-17, 2010, for a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Washington
New Mexico MESA at Jefferson DC, Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. Fundraising
New Mexico MESA, Mathematics, Engineering, opportunities are available. Space is limited. Contact
Science Achievement, is a state-wide program for Bev Riley, email@example.com or Kathie Goodwin,
enrichment in science and mathematics curriculum at firstname.lastname@example.org / 268-8539 for more details.
middle and high schools. MESA students participate in
field trips, academic competitions, and leadership 2009-2010 Yearbooks
programs. We are excited to offer NM MESA to all Yearbooks will be on sale as soon as school begins.
grade levels this year. Interested students should talk to Our full color yearbook is full of pictures and memories.
Ms. Loehman or Ms. Pareo-Srouji when school begins. Please reserve your copy during the 1st semester; prices
MESA fosters success in education and cultivates go up 2nd semester. Checks or money orders need to be
interest in math, science, and engineering careers. Talk made out to Jefferson Middle School (JMS works, too)
to your student about this opportunity. Encourage them and delivered to Ms. Riley in room 124.
to be a part of this fine program.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS ~ DRESS CODE
Going to school is a student's occupation. How we dress and the manner in which we present ourselves has a
dramatic impact on the environment and climate of our school. As you shop for clothing, keep our DRESS CODE
in mind. The APS Board of Education expects student dress and grooming to reflect high standards of personal
conduct so that each student's attire promotes a positive, safe, and healthy atmosphere within our school.
Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal or state law, or present a potential
disruption to the instructional program. Attire or accessories that advertise, display, or promote any drug (including
alcohol or tobacco), sexual activity, violence, disrespect, and/or bigotry towards any group are not acceptable.
"Sagging," the wearing of pants below the waist and/or in a manner that allows underwear or bare skin to show,
and "bagging," the wearing of excessively baggy pants with low-hanging crotches, are prohibited.
ADDITIONAL DRESS CODE GUIDELINES
Students may NOT wear the following:
Hats, hoods, sunglasses, and sweatbands may only be worn outside during lunch. Hats, sunglasses, and
sweatbands must be removed before entering the building and must be stored in lockers or backpacks
during class time.
Flip-flops; they are dangerous in our crowded hallways.
Short shorts, runner shorts, or spandex as outer wear. Shorts may be no shorter than fingertips placed
at the side of the body; appropriate choices include walking shorts, cargos or bermudas.
Muscle shirts, tank tops, cut-off shirts, halters, midriffs, revealing clothing, or underwear as outer wear.
Shirts must cover the midriff, but may be no longer than fingertips placed at the side of the body.
Clothing or accessories with vulgar or suggestive slogans or pictures, or satanic, drug, or cult symbols.
Clothing or accessories with advertising for tobacco or liquor products.
Pants that are pulled or “sagged” down from the waist. Pants may not touch or drag on the ground.
Rolled cuffs are considered excessively baggy; only tailored cuffs that have been hemmed into the pant
are acceptable. All pants, shorts, etc. must have a hemline.
Frayed or torn clothing is not acceptable.
Gang associated attire.
Chains on pants or wallets, or heavy chains around the neck.
Buckles, bracelets, or rings that would make effective weapons (i.e., spiked jewelry). These will be
confiscated and placed in the office.
For more detailed information please see the Jefferson student agenda book. Students will be asked to change their
attire and contact a parent. Students with flagrant violations will not return to class until the violation has been
resolved. Dress code violation consequences include, but are not limited to: lunch detention, after-school detention,
community service, Saturday school, TIPS, etc.
Gang Behavior is NOT Tolerated!
Gang mentality involves, but is not limited to, group behavior that identifies students as part of a group AND
creates an atmosphere of stress and/or discomfort to those around them.
Indicators of Gang Involvement Fights associated with gang activity at school or
Student associates with known gang members. during school-related activities.
Student is attired in gang dress: sagging, colors, Wearing gang attire indicating specific gang
bandanas caps/ hats, or chains membership
Student displays gang logo on personal Ways to Prevent Problems
Communicate concerns, fears, or rumors to a
Student displays gang hand signals or signs.
staff member at school.
Student talks of gang behavior and activity. Communicate with an adult who will call the
Inappropriate Behaviors NOT Tolerated school (255-8691) on your behalf to share your
Gang graffiti on school property. concern.
Gang intimidation of students or gang grouping. Seek a counselor’s help to resolve conflicts.
Practice and model positive behavior
PARENT INVOLVEMENT AT JEFFERSON
Parent involvement is encouraged and expected at Jefferson. The level of involvement that can be given must
be evaluated by each parent, guardian, and family. Ways to get involved include, but are not limited to, the
Check your student's agenda book each day for work completed, assignments given, and projects due.
Check the school marquee regularly for updates, and read the school newsletter.
Bookmark the school website: www.jms.aps.edu and check it regularly for important info such as links
to staff email, class assignments, and updates to the school calendar. Your input is encouraged!
Call the school or email the teacher or counselor with questions or concerns about issues that involve your
child or their schoolwork.
Promptly inform the school of changes to address, phone or email, or to update emergency contacts.
Remember to call school each day your child will be absent or late, 255-8691.
Attend school events that are held throughout the year, it’s a great way to meet other parents and staff and
gain familiarity with your student’s academic and social environment.
Looking for further opportunities? Sign up to be involved in one or more of the activities below that
require parent input, participation, and time:
____ Dance/Party Chaperone ____ Field Trips ____ Tutoring
____ Science Fair (judging, organizing during February)
____ Jefferson Newsletter
____ Calligraphy (awards, certificates)
____ Library (book fair, inventory, check-out)
____ Staff Appreciation (monthly, quarterly, or end of the year)
____ Pride Night (planning begins in January)
____ Campus Duty (before school, after school, lunch time)
____ Workroom Assistance (working with staff to prepare class materials)
____ Other Interest _____________________________________________________
Please let us know of your interest by completing and returning this form to the main office. A school
volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you. Thank You!
Name: _______________________________________ email:____________________________
Student Name: __________________________________________________ Grade __________
Phones: cell __________________ home __________________ work ______________________
Locker Advice If You Drive Your Student to School
- Keep in mind that lockers are a privilege, not a right. No doubt you have experienced (or will soon
They are school property and are to be treated with care experience!) the problems of our Girard parking lot.
and respect! Unfortunately, we do not have any other student drop-
- Do NOT share a locker. There are enough lockers for off location. Please remain kind and calm, and above
each student to have his/her own. all, keep an eye out for our students.
- Do not permit others to use your locker. You are Remember, JMS asks students NOT to arrive on
responsible for the items in your locker. campus before 8 am.
- Use only combination locks. Lost or stolen keys are a The curb area next to the gym is the only stop area
frequent problem with key locks. unless you are parking in a space. Don't stop in the
- Memorize your combination and destroy the written traffic lanes to drop off students.
record. Do not write or keep it where others may see it. Use the front Girard lot only. DO NOT enter the staff
- Cup your hand over the combination dial. Do not tell parking lot behind the gym, drop off / pick up students,
anyone your combination. drive through, park, or wait in the staff lot. This lot is
- Be sure your locker is closed and that you have turned only for staff parking or APS daily school operations
the dial away from the last number when you leave. and maintenance vehicles.
- If your locker is not working, report it to the teacher Do not block the handicapped access.
who assigned it. Use only your assigned locker. NEVER enter the school bus lane off Lomas.
- The same rules apply for GYM LOCKERS which are Pay attention to the one-way entrance and exit signs.
assigned by PE teachers. BE CONSIDERATE!
- Consider buying the 2-pack combination locks – your
6th or 7th grader will need 2 locks, and this way they will If You Walk to School
both have the same combination. Plan your time: Try to leave home at the same time
daily so you arrive at school with spare time. JMS asks
If You Bike to School students NOT to arrive on campus before 8 am.
Plan your time: Try to leave home at the same time
Go directly to and from school: Avoid unscheduled
daily so you arrive at school with spare time. JMS asks
stops or gathering with large groups of students.
students NOT arrive on campus before 8 am. Take the safest route: Use controlled crossings like
Go directly to and from school: Avoid unscheduled
traffic signals, cross-walks, and crossing guards, and
stops or gathering with large groups of students.
walk on sidewalks.
Take the safest route: Use controlled crossings like
Obey pedestrian and traffic rules: Do not cross
traffic signals when available, avoid heavy traffic roads
against signals and stay in the crosswalk. Drivers have
as much as possible, obey traffic and bike rules.
the right of way, wait until vehicles pass.
Always wear a helmet while riding your bike.
Be cautious of people: If a stranger's behavior gives
Bike racks are behind the main building, fenced in
you cause for concern on your way to or from school,
an area between the office and the 6th grade hall.
report the incident to your parent and the school
It is recommended that students dismount and
administration - immediately!
CAREFULLY walk their bikes through campus to the
bike racks, keeping alert for vehicles and pedestrians.
NEW CLASS SCHEDULE FOR 2009-2010
To comply with NCLB and APS mandates, Jefferson is implementing 65-minute Math and LangArts-Lit classes for all
students. Each student will follow the same schedule daily, attend 7 class periods, and have 4 minutes passing between
periods. Due to new numbering for class periods, A and B lunches occur before and after period six. All regular school
days still start with the entry bell at 8:15 then the tardy bell at 8:20 am, and end with the dismissal bell at 3:05 pm.
Sound confusing? Here’s how the new Jefferson schedule works:
8:20 to 10:39 10:43 to 12:47 12:51 to 3:05
About half the students have Regular class, period 5-5 Students who had a core block
two long core classes and one which is followed by: in the morning attend
passing period. A lunch then 6th period, 3 regular classes.
All other students have OR Students who had
three regular classes and 6th period then B lunch, 3 morning classes attend
two passing periods. period 6-6 is a regular class. the afternoon core block.
6TH GRADE SUPPLIES 7TH GRADE SUPPLIES
1-2 Packages of Wide-ruled loose-leaf paper; spiral 2 Packages of Wide or College ruled loose-leaf paper
paper for academic work is not acceptable. 1 Binder with 3 metal rings, for math
1 Binder with 3 metal rings 1 Set of subject dividers for math binder
1 Set of subject dividers for binder 1-2 Graph Paper tablets or packs, 1/4” or 1/2cm rule
1-2 Spiral notebooks 1- 2 Spiral notebooks
1 Composition notebook Several (4-6) Two-pocket folders with center brads
2-3 Two-pocket folders with center brads 1 package 3” x 5” Index cards
Several #2 lead Pencils, mechanical or wooden Pencils, #2 lead mechanical or wooden
Several Pens - blue or black ink for class work; gel pens Pens - blue or black ink for class work; not gel pens
are not acceptable for academic work. Box of 12 or more colored pencils
Box of 12 or more colored pencils Red marking pens
1 or more Red marking pen Highlighters
1 or more Highlighter Inch/cm Ruler
Inch/cm Ruler Calculator
Scissors Glue Stick
Glue stick Roll of Clear Tape
Roll of clear tape Eraser
2 Combination locks, for hall and PE lockers,
2 Combination locks, for hall and PE lockers, NO KEY LOCKS, PLEASE!!!
NO KEY LOCKS, PLEASE! Tennis shoes for PE class
Tennis shoes for PE class New PE shirt approx $10
PE Uniform fee approx $15-20 ID Card fee of $2.00
ID Card fee of $2.00
8TH GRADE SUPPLIES SUPPLY LIST NOTES
These are items your student is likely to need throughout the
2-3 Packages loose-leaf paper school year, but are not all required on the first day. All
Multi-subject 3-ring binder w/pocket dividers students should bring an organizer, paper and pencils to start
OR Several pocket folders. classes.
1-2 (or more) spiral notebooks
Index cards 3" x 5" Individual teachers may require additional items or have
Pens, Blue or Black, one red, no gel pens students use in-class methods. Elective classes may also
Pencils, #2 lead, wood or mechanical require specific supplies. Teachers will give students further
Highlighters information during the first few weeks of the semester
Colored Pencils, 12-count minimum size
Ruler, inch /metric Students choose their own methods to organize their supplies
Eraser, scissors, tape, gluestick and work for classes. Some students find a large binder with
dividers works best, others prefer separate pocket folders or
1 Combination lock, for hall locker, flex binders for each subject or class.
NO KEY LOCKS, PLEASE!!!
ID Card fee of $2.00 Also consider getting a USB flash drive or blank diskettes to
Public Library card HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! electronically save schoolwork. Some teachers allow access
MATH SUPPLIES from school computers to student gmail accounts, providing
another option for turning in assignments.
3 –ring binder
1/4" or 1/2cm graph paper
Calculator TI-30 or better- ASK TEACHER- each
will have a few for in-class use.
COMPUTER SUPPLIES Tax-free shopping days are
1 pair of single jack headphones
August 7th-9th 2009.