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Springfield, IL 62703
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February 11, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

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

NO GUM IS ALLOWED AT SCHOOL!


TODAY IN HISTORY
On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin helped open Pennsylvania Hospital. This was the very first hospital in America.

NO LAPTOPS WILL GO HOME TODAY!

CAFETERIA
Main Entree: Salisbury Steak with Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; French Fries

All chips are now 35ยข!

Please pay all of your charges as soon as possible!

Please remember to take a jacket with you to lunch. It is getting cold outside and you are not allowed to go back to your locker after you eat.

You must eat or drink all snacks 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!

LUNCH BEHAVIOR
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.

SCHWAN'S FUNDRAISER
Don't forget to bring back your Schwan's orders on Tuesday. The orders will be faxed in on Tuesday. Delivery will be Thursday, Feb. 19th from 2:30-6PM. Now is a great time to stock up on ice cream and other goodies!

PROGRESS REPORTS
You will receive your 3rd quarter progress report at the end of the day today.

SPORTS NEWS
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

PE 4TH BLOCK
Mr. Taylor's 4th block 8th grade girls PE class should meet in the library today.

SPELLING BEE
Today during 4th block is Jefferson's Spelling Bee!

Students participating in the event will have a pass to allow them to go to the gym at 1PM. Students who have a school attendance rate of 95% or more for the month of January will receive a pink invitation to the Spelling Bee. This invitations must be presented in order to get into the assembly. Grades will be called over the loud speaker to the gym for the assembly.

SCHOLASTIC BOWL
Do you enjoy answering trivia questions? Do you know a lot about math, science, history, sports, music, reading, writing, or current events? Are you looking for something fun to do after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays?

Scholastic Bowl is a team of students who come together to compete in game show style matches against other schools in Springfield and the surrounding communities. We practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February and will have eight competitions in March and April.

See Ms. Wright or Ms. Flesher with any questions.

STUDENT COUNCIL
If you are interested in becoming a Student Council member, please see your first block teacher for an application. For more information, talk to Mr. Murphy or Ms. Long.

TWILIGHT BOWLING
Come join the fun! We will be bowling at the Laketown Lanes tonight from 9PM until midnight.

When: Wed., Feb. 11th
Time: 9PM-midnight
Where: Laketown Lanes
Cost: $15 per student for shoe rental and unlimited bowling
Why: To raise money to support technology at JMS!

Tickets will be sold during lunch shifts this week. You do not have to purchase your ticket in advance.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH
The answer to yesterday's question:
On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation led to the eventual freedom of all slaves.

VALENTINE'S DANCE
The Valentine's Dance will be Friday, February 20th right after school from 2:30-4PM. The cost is $3. You must wear your uniform since the dance is immediately after school — no changing clothes. An activity bus will be provided.

KIDS FIRST SPORTS, INC.
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.

February 21 from 9AM-Noon
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:
http://www.kidsfirstsports.org


COATS & DOORS
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!

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

PROCEDURE FOR AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTIONS
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!

ATTENDANCE
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 - 88%
7th grade - 88%
8th grade - 94%

ISAT TESTING
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!

EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS
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.

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

GUEST TEACHERS
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.