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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Daily Announcements

February 27, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

It is never ok to be disruptive. It is never ok to be hurtful.


COUNTDOWN TO ISATs: 1 school day!

On this day in 1908, the 46th star was added to the U.S. flag. This was for Oklahoma which had become a state in November of 1907.

Main Entree: Catfish Sandwiches; Tator Tots
Tuesday's Breakfast: Donuts

All chips are now 35ยข!

You must eat or drink all food before you leave the cafeteria. Nothing is allowed outside! Clean up after yourself in the cafeteria.

Students ~ You must sit on the correct side of the cafeteria. Lunch detentions will be given if you are on the wrong side!

DRESS CODE reminder ~ You may not wear long-sleeved shirts under your uniform polo. Sagging pants will not be tolerated!

In addition, sweatshirts may not be worn half-on, half-off. If you choose to wear a sweatshirt, you must have it on all the way.

Nose piercings are not allowed in District 186 schools. You may not wear a nose ring, a clear spacer, or a bar, or wear a band-aid to cover the piercing. If you refuse to remove the nose ring, you will be written up, sent to the office and sent home.

When we have outside days during the winter months, please leave the snow and ice on the ground. If you choose to throw snow, you will receive an after-school detention. Leave the snow on the ground!

When we have an inside lunch day, you must be quiet in the halls. Please be respectful and considerate of those who are in class at that time.

Do you know what blood cancer is? It is a disease that occurs in the blood. Our blood is made up of three types of cells: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Blood cancer crowds out the healthy blood cells so they can't do their jobs. Do you know what the treatments for cancer are called? Tune in next week to see if you're correct, and keep those donations coming!

Mrs. Borders is going to take a hit for leukemia. For $1 you can buy a chance to hit Mrs. Borders with a pie! Give your money to your 1st block teacher and you will receive a ticket. Put your ticket in the box in the main lobby. Come to the ISAT dance and see the lucky winner throw a pie in Mrs. Borders' face!

6th, 7th, & 8th grade track ~ Track practice begins March 10th. You need the following in order to be able to practice:
1) physical within one year of the date of the last track meet
2) proof of insurance
3) a signed and fully completed athletic card which can be gotten from room 109

7th/8th grade volleyball ~ Congratulations 7th grade for your victory against Lincoln Magnet last night. Kayla G. had an awesome night including 4 kills and 1 block. Kaylyn M. scored 9 points for the team and Jordan S. & Kayla R. each had 3 ace serves. Megan G. added 2 more ace serves while Whitney W. added 1. Excellent job ladies!

Practice today from 2:30-5PM. There will be an activity bus.

The answer to the previous day's question:
Doris "Dorie" Miller was an first African American cook in the U.S. Navy and a hero who went above and beyond the call of duty during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross, the third highest honor awarded by the U.S. Navy at that time. On June 30, 1973, the USS Miller, a Knox-class frigate, was named in honor of Doris Miller.

The Student of the Month lunch will be today.

Open registration for baseball and fast pitch softball for children aged 4 through 16 will be held on the following dates at Kids First Sports, Inc. at 1800 S. Dirksen Parkway.

March 7 from 9AM-Noon
March 21 from 9AM-1PM

Additional information is available in the JMS main office or you may visit the Kids First Sports web site at:

All coats, gloves and hats must be removed upon entering the building and must be stored in your locker. You may go to your locker before school, before and after lunch, and after school.

You must enter the building through the proper door. 6th grade students enter through the cafeteria doors. 7th grade students enter through the main lobby doors. 8th grade students enter through the gym lobby doors. Please follow the proper procedure!

Please be very careful when waiting for your bus at your bus stop. Do not stand in the street. For your safety, stand only on the sidewalk.

Hallway sweeps will continue. Be sure to get to class on time and be in your seat before the tardy bell rings.

Students serving after-school detentions should go directly to detention. You should be there by 2:35PM or you will be considered tardy. You may not go outside and come back in. You may not go to the vending machines before detention. No congregating in the halls!

It is very important that you come to school everyday! Come to school and be prepared to learn each and every day of the school year. We need to maintain at least a 90% attendance rate for meeting AYP.
Report from the Previous School Day
6th grade ~ 90%
7th grade ~ 92%
8th grade ~ 84%

ISAT testing is scheduled for March 3-13. You will have practice tests between now and March 3rd. During ISAT, we will have prizes for perfect attendance. We want you to try your best on the tests!

The 22nd Annual Expanding Your Horizons Conference for 6th, 7th, & 8th grade girls will be held Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 8:45AM - 12:45PM at UIS. This conference is designed to expose these girls to careers related to mathematics, science, and technology.

The cost of attendance is only $10 which will include all workshops, materials, and refreshments.

Keep earning those PRIDE cards and turning them in so you will be eligible for the next Out of the Blue activity!

Whenever you have a guest teacher, you are to show him/her the same respect as you would your regular teacher. The guest teacher knows the BIST procedures. If you are asked to go to the Safe Seat, you must move to the Safe Seat. If you must be removed from the classroom, you will be escorted to room 109 and issued two after-school detentions.

Remember our school expectations:
Respect Yourself • Respect Others • Respect Property

Student behavior has become a concern. Our expectation is for you to respect yourself, others and property. Respecting yourself means using your inside voices in the school, no loud talking, no loud laughing, etc. Respecting others means walking on the right side of the halls, no running through the halls, no pushing and shoving, etc. Respecting property is not throwing papers on the floor, keeping your lockers orderly, and taking care of your textbooks.