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Springfield, IL 62703
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March 2017

Jefferson Jaguar eNews

From the Discipline Office

Effective Discipline

Ms. Guerrero & Mr. Sanders

At Jefferson Middle School, we view disciplinary measures as teachable moments. Discipline is not punishment; however, it provides guidelines and support for our students while they are learning how to manage their emotions, deal with disappointment or frustration, and form relationships with other people. 

Effective discipline is consistent, caring, and is a means for us to assist students to behave in ways that support the values of Jefferson’s school culture. Discipline is not something that always occurs after a student misbehaves, but is an ongoing way of interacting with others. 

We teach our students these skills though our BBSS (Braided Behavior Support System) using grace and accountability. We know it is okay to make mistakes, but we want to decrease repeated mistakes in the school setting with the ultimate goal of students understanding rules and why they are important.

Health & Safety Tips

Health Reminders

Barb Germann, RN, MA, I-CSN - Health Services Coordinator SPS 186


In accordance with Illinois law, your child will need a physical examination prior to entering Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grade. An updated vaccination record is also required. This is due BY THE 1st DAY OF SCHOOL. If this information is not provided, the child will be excluded on the 10th day of school.

Any child that takes medications or uses an inhaler at school will need a new physician order and parent signature. If your child has major health issues such as food allergies, seizures, or asthma, a new emergency action plan will need to be obtained from the physician every year.

General Guidelines for School Health

• A child should be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to school. A fever is 101 degrees F. or higher by mouth. Remember: Everyone’s temperature tends to be lower early in the morning and higher between late afternoon and early evening. 

• A child should have had no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. 

• Vomiting = 2 or more times in a 24-hour period.

• A rash with fever or a rash associated with a herpes simplex virus should not be at school.

• An unusually tired child belongs at home. This means if a child is too sick to take part in the classroom activities, the child should stay home.

• With ear pain and/or ear discharge, with or without fever, ask the parent to call the child’s doctor for advice.

• Sore throat with fever and swollen glands – child belongs at home.

• Coughing that is bad enough to make the child red or blue in the face or a cough that is followed by whooping sounds – child belongs at home.

• Persistent green or yellow nasal drainage warrants a call to the parent suggesting a call to the child’s doctor.

• Thick mucus or pus draining from the eye, or pink eye – child belongs at home.

• A child that requires more attention than one can provide without hurting the health and safety of other children or a child exhibiting continuous crying or extreme irritability belongs at home.

Healthy Family Tips

Family Health

Little Steps, Big Gains *

As the temperatures warm and the days lengthen, find time to spend outdoors and move more.  Below is a list of examples presented by the American Heart Association that gives tips to help you move more every day.

  1. Schedule it. Having trouble making time for physical activity?  Set an alarm on your phone or schedule it on your calendar – treat it like any other appointment.

  2. Burn those calories. Being more physically active can help you lose weight faster and keep it off for good.  The key is using up more calories than you eat each day

  3. Take the stairs.  The elevator may go up – but it doesn’t up your opportunities for activity. Take the stairs instead, even if only for a floor or two.  You may huff and puff at first, but over time, your body will thank you.

  4. Set a goal. Having a commitment or goal, like being active for at least 150 minutes each week, will help you stay on track. Share it with others to keep yourself accountable. If you’re the competitive type, challenge friends, family or coworkers and see who can consistently meet their goals over time.

  5. Just dance. Clear some space. Put on some music, and take a dance break!  It can reenergize a work meeting, study session, lazy Sunday or game night.  Let each person take a turn as DJ so everyone’s favorites get played.

  6. Buddy up.  Find a physical activity accountability partner.  The coworker/friend who always holds you to your deadlines can also help you reach your fitness goals.

  7. Tune into fitness during TV time.  Walk or jog in place or on a treadmill, lift weights, or do yoga while you watch your favorite shows.  Break up a TV binge with a 10-minute activity session between episodes, or challenge the kids /parents to see who can do the most push-ups or jumping jacks during commercial breaks.

  8. Fitness first. Shake up your family’s after-school/after-work routine. Join your kids for a bike ride or shoot hoops before starting homework and chores. You’ll all feel better and think better!

  9. Timing is everything.  If you find you’re better at sleeping in than making it to that morning workout, try getting active at a different time of day.

  10. Fit in walking. Being more active doesn’t have to take up a lot of time. You can walk just about anytime, anywhere, and every 10-minute session counts toward your goal of at least 150 minutes per week.

These are just a sample of different activities that you can do to add little steps for big gains to your life.  

*Little Steps Big Gains – Daily Tips to Help You Move More.  American Heart Association.

Healthy Snacks for Teens

Strawberry Smoothie


8-10 ripe strawberries

6 ice cubes

1-6oz container of Greek yogurt

1 small ripe banana

1/3 cup low-fat milk

1/3 cup orange juice 


Wash, hull, & slice your berries. Chop the banana into several chunks or small pieces. Place the ingredients in a blender & pulse until pureed. Pour into a tall glass.


From the Parent Educator

Mrs. Walls-Butler

Hello, JMS families! Here are a list of this year’s Family Engagement events that you don’t want to miss. Each event is planned with you in mind so bring the family out for fun and learning.

Fine Arts Night               April 27th

Mother Son Dance        May 12th

An additional opportunity to be involved with JMS is to join our FACE team. FACE stands for Family and Community Engagement. All JMS parents are welcome to join this team. We meet once a month from 6-7PM in the JMS library, unless otherwise noted, to discuss and implement ways to support our students’ learning.

The dates for this year’s FACE meetings are as follows.

March 29th

April 19th

May 2nd [District FACE]

All parents are welcome!

Dates to Remember


03/13-24 ...... PARCC Testing

03/15 ............ 3rd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

03/24 ............ District Music Contest - MS & HS

03/28 ............ 3rd Quarter Honor Roll Breakfast for Students

03/31 ............ Spring Dance

03/31 ............ Student of the Month Breakfast - JMS Library @ 7:30AM                               



04/10-14 ....... Spring Break

04/19 ............. 4th Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home

04/27 ............. Fine Arts Night 5:30-7PM

04/27 ............. Student of the Month Breakfast - JMS Library @ 7:30AM



05/11 .............. 8th Grade AVID Night

05/12 .............. Mother - Son Dance 6-8PM

05/19 .............. 8th Grade Dance 6-8PM

05/23 .............. 6th & 7th Grade Honors Night - Time TBA @ JMS

05/24 .............. 8th Grade Moving Up - Time TBA @ SSHS Auditorium

05/26 .............. Last Day of School

From the Wellness Committee
Coming in May .... Highway to Health!

Once again JMS staff and students will be participating in our Highway to Health activity day at the end of the school year! Currently, the scheduled date is Thursday, May 25th. Planning for the day is in the works! Tentatively the activities available will be:

  • Stomp Dance

  • Timbuk Dance

  • Rethink Your Drink  [Memorial Medical Center]

  • Investigate a Pig’s Heart  [HSHS: St. John’s Hospital]

  • Make a Healthy Snack  [HSHS: St. John’s Hospital]

  • Crossfit Training

  • GenH Gardening  

  • Reading/Coloring/Meditation Room

Each grade level will have approximately 90 minutes of Highway to Health activities. 6th grade groups will go first, followed by 8th grade, and lastly 7th grade. Classes will rotate through only four of the activities due to time constraints. As in previous years, Highway to Health t-shirts will be available for purchase. Order forms will be sent home soon. More information will be made available in the coming weeks. We are looking forward to another very successful and fun day!

Community Resources
Family Friendly Activities


Springfield Park District Game Nights (March 22 & 29 from 5:30-6:30PM) - Erin’s Pavilion —  Southwind Park, Springfield

Join for a fun night of games for ages 5-99 & it’s all free! Games will be geared to the age group and involve some physical activity. All participants must register one week in advance. This is a drop off program designed to help develop independence. Parents/guardians need not attend as this program is fully staffed by Park District employees. 

• Henson Robinson Zoo (January 7th - 10AM) - 1100 East Lake Drive, Springfield 217-585-1821

Springfield Park District’s Henson Robinson Zoo is home to animals native to Australia, Africa, Asia, & North and South America. Come celebrate opening day for the 2017 Season on Saturday, March 18th!     

• Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market (March 25th & April 29th from 9AM-1PM) - Third Presbyterian Church - 1030 N. 7th St., Springfield

The Springfield Winter Farmers’ Market makes fresh farm food available for purchase to the community all year long. Shoppers can expect to find 15 local vendors selling a wide variety of products, including pasture-raised meats, eggs, honey, cheese, vegetables, jams, dog treats, and prepared foods. 

• Springfield Park District Dance (April 7th from 7PM-9PM) - Erin’s Pavilion Southwind Park, Springfield

Bring your dancing shoes and let’s get ready to boogie! FREE dance the 1st Friday of every month for individuals of all ages & abilities. Semi-formal dress attire required. Parents/guardians need not attend as this program is fully staffed by Park District employees.

Let's Cook -- What's for Dinner?

Italian Beef & Cheese Calzone


1lb ground beef

1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 can diced tomatoes with onions, drained

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves, crushed

1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend

1 tablespoon cornmeal

1 package [13.8oz] refrigerated pizza crust dough


Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Brown ground beef with bell pepper in large nonstick skillet over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until beef is not pink, breaking beef up into 3/4-inch crumbles. Pour off drippings. Stir in tomatoes and oregano; continue cooking 5-7 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat; stir in cheese. Set aside.

Sprinkle cornmeal evenly over rimmed baking sheet. Unroll pizza dough lengthwise on baking sheet, straightening edges of dough if necessary. Spoon beef filling over long half of dough, leaving 1-inch border on 3 sides. Gently lift ad pull top half of dough over filling to enclose; pinch dough edges to seal.

Bake in 400 degrees F oven 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into 8 slices.

Garlic Roasted Red Skin Potato Soup                                                         


6 cups redskin potatoes, sliced into 1-inch pieces

1 to 2 red peppers, washed, seeded & cut in half

3 large garlic cloves, minced

3/4 cup green onions, chopped [save 1/4c for garnish]

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon seasoned pepper

1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper

3 slices bacon

1 [14.5oz] can vegetable or chicken broth

1 [12 oz] can fat-free evaporated milk

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese [save 1/4c for garnish]

1 tablespoon sour cream



Heat oven to 400˚ degrees F. Cut washed potatoes [skin on] into 1” pieces. Place in large mixing bowl with red pepper, garlic, green onions, olive oil, salt, pepper, & crushed red pepper; toss until potatoes are well coated. Dump potatoes in a 13”X9” pan; spread out into one layer. Roast for 40 min. Flip twice with spatula during cooking.

While potatoes are roasting, fry bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Crumble and set aside.

When potatoes have finished roasting, remove from oven. Place red pepper in small glass bowl covered with plastic wrap. Allow skin to soften and remove skin.

Place potato mixture, chicken broth & evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Stir gently to combine. Remove 1 1/2 cups of potato mixture & the skinned red pepper; pour into container of electric blender. Process until smooth. Return to saucepan.

Stir in bacon & cheese. Heat thoroughly over med-low heat — do not boil. Just before serving, stir in sour cream.

Garnish each serving with remaining cheese, bacon & onions.

Recipes from  http://www.healthyeating.org

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

Promoting Healthy Living!