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April 2015

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Principal

End of the Year Notes

JMS Parents,

The end of the year is rapidly approaching. Your student is now in the final stretch and there are a few things that you need to know. End of the year PARCC testing window begins on April 27th and ends on May 22nd. Your student will be testing during this time frame. They will complete 2 math and 2 language Arts/ Literacy assessments. A parent link will be sent to your home notifying you of the week your child will be testing.

The Guidance Office will be sending home the following information, so please be on the look out. If for some reason you do not receive the below information or misplace this newsletter you can check the website or contact the school.

8th grade: A letter notifying you of your student's current status as it relates to attending high school next year; Moving Up Ceremony invite requirements and date/time/place; End of the year field trip date/place/price.

7th grade: Honors Night invite and letter explaining requirements, date/time/place; Placement letter for 8th grade.

6th grade: Honors Night invite and letter explaining requirements, date/time/place; Placement letter for 7th grade.

Family Engagement events are designed for you and your family to come out and enjoy. So with that in mind, JMS organizes the events to meet parental needs. JMS offers a place for children that are not in 6th-8th grade to go and be well taken care of until the event has come to an end. Fine Arts Night is being held on Thursday, April 30th from 5:30-7:30, so mark your calendars to come out.

JMS takes pride in keeping the lines of communication of home and school.

Dates to Remember

Mark Your Calendar ……….

Coming Soon
4/21 - All City Music Festival 7PM @ Sangamon Auditorium
4/24 - Student of the Month Breakfast 7:30AM @ JMS
4/30 - Fine Arts Night 5:30-7:30PM @ JMS
5/8 - 2nd Annual Jaguar Classic 5:30PM @ JMS
5/20 - 8th Grade Moving Up Ceremony 6PM @ SSHS
5/21 - 6th & 7th Grade Awards' Night 6PM @ JMS
5/27 - Highway to Health Day
5/29 - Last Day of School

PARCC End of Year Testing Schedule
4/28 & 4/30 - 6th Grade Testing
5/5 & 5/7 - 8th Grade Testing
5/12 & 5/14 - 7th Grade Testing

Final Exam Schedule
5/18 - History & Science Exams
5/19 - Language Arts Exams
5/20 - Math Exams
5/21 - Electives Exams
5/22 - Make Up Exams

PARENTS ~ If your child will be absent during the week of finals, please contact the Guidance Deans immediately so arrangements can be made for them to take their tests.

Electives News

2015 Fine Arts Night

Fine Arts Night will be held on Thursday, April 30th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event will start in the gym with a performance by the band & choir. Student art work will be displayed throughout the first floor of the building and many "make and take" art stations will be set up. Dinner will also be provided in the cafeteria. Please come join us; enjoy some music & create some art!

** This is a free Title I funded event. **

Tips for Educational Success

10 Terrific Test-Taking Tips

End of the year PARCC testing is scheduled to begin the week of April 27th. Keeping that in mind, here are 10 Terrific Test-Taking Tips!

1. Get enough sleep the night before the test.

2. Eat breakfast. Having food in your stomach will give you energy and help you focus.

3. Show up on time. Get the test off to the best possible start by getting to school and class on time.

4. Listen closely to all instructions. As the teacher is reading aloud all of the testing directions, listen carefully so you know what's expected of you.

5. Stay focused and relaxed. If you're so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break. Wiggle your fingers and toes, take four or five deep breaths, or picture yourself on a beach or some other calm place.

6. Pace yourself ” Don't rush. Try to keep a good pace but never rush through a question.

7. Use all of your time. If you happen to finish the test before time is up, don't sit there staring into space. Go back over the questions and check your work.

8. Don't get distracted. Keep your eyes on your computer. Don't look at the students around you.

9. Answer every question. When you have completed your test, review to make sure each question has been answered.

10. Just do your best!

From the Nurse

2015-2016 School Health Requirements

• Pre-K, Kindergarten, 6th grade, 9th grade students and students new to District 186 must provide a current physical exam and updated immunization record.
• NEW REQUIREMENT - All 6th grade students must show proof of having received one dose of meningococcal vaccine.
• NEW REQUIREMENT - All 12th grade students must provide proof of having received 2 doses of meningococcal vaccine, with the last dose being given on or after the 16th birthday. If the first dose was given on or after the 16th birthday, only one dose is needed.

Health information must be received by the first day of the 2015-2016 school year in order to avoid exclusion from school. Physical exams and immunization records can be obtained now for the 2015-2016 school year and can be turned in to the school nurse at your child’s current school.

Call your doctor today to schedule an appointment.

Healthy Snacks for Teens

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels

Makes: 10 servings
Yield: 10 slices
Prep: 10 mins

2 tablespoons reduced-fat blue cheese salad dressing
2 teaspoons buffalo wing hot sauce
2 whole-wheat wraps
2 large leaves iceberg lettuce
8 ounces thick-sliced chicken breast

Stir together blue cheese dressing and hot sauce. Spread each wrap with half of blue cheese mixture, then layer 1 lettuce leaf and 4 ounces chicken onto each wrap. Roll up and trim off the ends. Slice into 1-inch-thick slices and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving:
Calories 72
Total Fal 2g
Cholesterol 8mg
Saturated Fat 0g
Carbohydrates 8g
Fiber 1g
Protein 6g
Sodium 451mg
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

From the Cafeteria
Carbohydrates ~ What's the scoop?

What do you know about carbohydrates? More than half of the calories the average American teenager consumes are from carbohydrates, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since carbohydrates are the main nutrient source of energy for the human body, your teenager depends on adequate carbohydrate intake for optimal growth and activity.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that teenagers consume approximately 45 to 65 percent of their daily calories from carbohydrates, or 225 to 325 grams of carbohydrates for a 2,000-calorie diet. Encourage your teen to choose carbohydrate foods that contain fiber and limit added sugar. Some examples of those foods would be fruits, low-fat milk and yogurt, vegetables, and whole-grain products. Limit the amount of carbohydrates he consumes from processed and sugary foods and beverages, such as sweets, snack foods, pizza, soda, sports drinks and grain products not made with whole grains.

Replacing unhealthy carbs with good carbs will help your teen meet his nutrition needs and maintain a healthy body weight.

From the Library
Library Links to a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating nutritious food is so important to excelling in school, sports and in activities. If you get hungry and are looking for a great breakfast or lunch, look no further than two books available in the JMS Library: A Teen Guide to Fast Delicious Lunches by Dana Meachen Rau and, A Teen Guide to Breakfast on the Go also by Dana Meachen Rau. For breakfast you may want to try, “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl.” For lunch you may like the, “Zombie Chicken Salad Pita” or the “Peanut Butter Noodles.” You will find both books in the nonfiction section of the library.

Another way to stay healthy is through exercise. The library has a great new book about a form of exercise called yoga. Yoga Step by Step by Michael Spilling and Liz Lark has helpful information about the various forms of yoga. The photos are arranged to help you perform the moves you will need to stretch, bend and balance. You will find this book in the nonfiction section under the 600s (613.7 Spi).

Healthy Family Tips
5 Fun Exercises for Family Fitness from WebMD

1. Make Time to Play - Set aside 30 minutes three times a week to do fun exercises with your kids. Make it a part of your after-school or after-dinner routine.

2. Walk or Bicycle - Go for a 30-minute family walk after dinner instead of heading right for the television. Track everyone's mileage or steps with a pedometer, and try to add more distance every week.

3. Plan Active Family Gatherings - Plan active games or activities like tag, bicycling, relay races, dance parties, team sports, in-line skating, ice skating, roller skating, swimming, hiking, or climbing for your family gatherings.

4. Sing and Dance While You Clean - Set aside time for household chores and do them together as a family. Play music as you clean, and take turns choosing favorite songs.

5. Make Yard Work Less of a Chore for More Family Exercise - Enjoy seasonal yard work together. Younger children can help plant and tend a garden. Older kids can rake leaves into a pile — and then jump in it. Make snow shoveling fun for all by building a snow fort or creating a family of snow people.


Let's Cook
Chicken Fajitas

Serves 4

1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast, sliced into strips
2 bell peppers, stem and core removed, sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
8 small tortillas

fresh chopped cilantro, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, & Greek yogurt

1. Make the fajita seasoning. Whisk together chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the strips of chicken to the pan & sprinkle with 3/4 of the fajita seasoning. Mix together & cook for 6-10 minutes or until browned.

3. In a 2nd pan, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add the peppers & onions. Stir in the remaining fajita seasoning. Cook until the veggies are soft ~ 8-10 minutes - stirring occasionally.

4. Wrap the stack of tortillas in foil & warm in a 250˚ oven.

5. Assemble fajitas by filling the warmed tortillas with a mix of chicken, peppers & onions then top with the optional garnishes.


From the Wellness Committee
Highway to Health

All JMS students will be participating in our 1st annual health awareness day on Wednesday, May 27th!

Several community members will be demonstrating ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Among those are Sunil Suthar’s Champion Martial Arts, Janet Cripe’s Dance Creation Dance Studios, AthletiCare, Sangamon County Deputies, and St. John’s Hospital Food & Nutrition Department.

More information will be forthcoming!

Karen Crump, Principal
Jefferson Middle School
3001 Allis Street
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 585-5810

Promoting Healthy Living!