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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Daily Announcements

February 4, 2009

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

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

Today will be an inside day for all lunch shifts.


On this day in 1957, Smith-Corona began selling portable electric typewriters which weighed in at a hefty 19 pounds!

Main Entree: BBQ Riblets; Tator Tots
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagels

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!

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.

6th grade volleyball ~ practice today from 2:30-4PM

7th/8th volleyball ~ meet in Coach Nicholas's room immediately after school today with homework to work on; bus leaves at 3:15PM

7th grade students ~ Your 8th grade registration form is due by February 6th.

An informational Scholastic Bowl meeting will be held after school Tuesday, February 10th in room 206. If you like to answer trivia questions or enjoy working with others, please come to the meeting. The meeting will be from 2:35-4PM.

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.

Come join the fun! We will be bowling at the Laketown Lanes on Wednesday, February 11th 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 next week. You do not have to purchase your ticket in advance.

We will be hosting a Middle School Preview Night for incoming students on Thursday, February 5th from 6-7PM.

The answer to yesterday's question:

When Rosa Parks was taken to jail because she refused to give up her seat on the bus, the Black community in Montgomery was outraged. For over a year the community of Blacks walked or carpooled instead of riding the buses, forcing the bus company to rethink their policies. Although the gains of the Montgomery Bus Boycott were small compared with the gains Blacks would later win, the boycott was an important start to the movement. It helped to launch a 10-year national struggle for freedom and justice called the Civil Rights Movement.

Today's Presentation
Katherine Harris from the Presidential Library will portray Harriet Tubman for our 8th grade students this morning at 10AM in the gym. Unfortunately, Dr. Milton will not be able to speak to our 8th graders tomorrow morning. His visit will have to be rescheduled at a later date.

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.
Previous Day's Attendance Figures
6th grade - 89%
7th grade - 82%
8th grade - 86%

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.