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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703


July 30, 2008

Along with the Jefferson Middle School staff and administration, I want to take this opportunity to welcome everyone and give some helpful information for the 2008-2009 school year. Hopefully you have had a fun, safe, relaxing summer and will be ready to come back prepared on August 25. If you have any questions about the information provided, please call us at 525-3176.

Registration - New students to District #186 are to register Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. or Thursday, August 7 from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. If you pre-registered last year in 5th, 6th or 7th grades you do not need to register again. This is only for transferring students that are from private or public schools or students new to the school district .

Orientation - This year a new orientation program will take place which pairs sixth graders with successful eighth graders to create a sense of comfort for the incoming students. It is called Where Everyone Belongs (WEB) and will be held on Aug. 19th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. This orientation will be for incoming 6th graders and students new to Jefferson in the 7th or 8th grades. Busses, in which the schedule is included, will run one (1) hour later than designated on the bus schedule. Students will meet teachers on that day and receive general information about Jefferson and our expectations, daily school procedures, locker assignments and much more. Time will be allowed to practice opening lockers.

First Day of School - The first day of school for all students will be on Monday, August 25 from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. August 25 through August 29. When students come to school the first day, lists will be posted according to your 1st hour teacher. Once you find your name, go to your 1st hour teacher and receive your schedule. Students may enter the building at 7:50 a.m., 6th grade enter through the cafeteria doors, 7th grade enter through the main doors, and 8th grade enter through the gym lobby doors. The first bell rings at 7:55 a.m. and students must be in their seats when the 8:00 a.m. bell rings or they will be considered tardy. Regular school dismissal is 2:30 p.m.

First Day Student Packets - Each student will be given a packet of materials to take home the first day of school. Parents/Guardians should take an opportunity to discuss the contents with their student, complete any emergency card information and return all required signature material to school the next day. Also included in the packet is the optional student accident insurance. Students planning to participate in any athletic program must purchase the insurance or the parents/guardian must sign as athletic permit card indicating the student is covered by insurance.

Student Fees - Parents/Guardians will receive fee schedules in the mail directly from the District 186 business office. The basic fee for middle school students is $55.00. You may prepay the yearbook cost on this invoice as well.

Enhanced Dress Code - I am sure most of you are aware that Jefferson has an enhanced dress code. The following is a description of the acceptable dress code:

• 3 button collared polo style shirt in navy blue, yellow, gray or white (long or short sleeved)
• Solid crew neck sweatshirt in white, navy blue, yellow or gray (no hood, zipper or button)
• Khaki, navy blue or black pants (no denim or cargo)
• No baggy clothing-pants must fit at waist or be belted
• No writing, emblems, logos, words, numbers or pictures
• Shorts in khaki, navy blue or black may be worn until September 30 in the Fall or after April 30 in the Spring (must be at middle finger length)
• No skirts or dresses (exception-religious objection)
• Excessively long shirts must be tucked in

Coats, jackets, purses and book bags are to be kept in lockers. They are not to be taken to the classrooms. Please refer to the Student Planner for the detailed list of the dress code. The school will have a limited supply of shirts for sale at $10.00 each.

Student Planners - In order to help students become more organized, Jefferson requires all students to carry a planner. The planners include daily assignment sheets, department information such as periodic tables, root words, and much more helpful information. Planners can be purchased at school for a cost of $5.00.

Open House - We will be having our Open House/Meet Your Teacher Night the first day of school, August 25, 2008 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. We will be serving food from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. and then will proceed to the classrooms where you can meet your child's teachers and receive information regarding the school year. Open House will conclude by 7:30 p.m.

Classroom Supply List - This is a general list. Some classes may require additional supplies. If so, those teachers will inform their students.
6 Spiral Notebooks
Blue/Black Pens
Metric Ruler
Loose Leaf Binder Paper
Colored Pencils or Markers
2 Boxes Kleenex
Scientific Calculator
6 Folders
Glue Stick

Illinois Physical Exam and Immunization Requirements - Illinois Law requires that all students entering a pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth, or ninth grade program, or students transferring from out-of-state, have a physical examination within one year prior to the date of entering the school. The examination involves all components given on the State of Illinois Certificate of Child Health Examination including a complete immunization record, medical history, diabetes screening and lead assessments. Students transferring from another Illinois school must present copies of their current Illinois school health records. A dental exam is a State requirement for kindergarten, second and sixth grades.

Gym Clothes - Students are required to change clothes and dress appropriately for P.E. class. Specific guidelines will be given to students during the first few days of school. We have a limited supply of Jefferson gym shirts that will be sold for $5.00 each.

Bus Routes - Information forthcoming

I hope you have found this information to be relevant and we all look forward to a rigorous school year where we will build new relationships and work together to achieve outstanding results. On behalf of the Jefferson Family, WELCOME!!!

Sena Nelson