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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Daily Announcements

February 19, 2009

Thursday, February 18, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

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


COUNTDOWN TO ISATs: 7 school days!

On this day in 1847, rescuers reached surviving members of the Donner Party who were stranded in the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains. They started our in a wagon train from Springfield, Illinois and were headed west to California.

Main Entree: Chicken Nuggets; Mashed Potatoes & Gravy; Corn
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Yogurt; Cereal

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!

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.

The Schwan's delivery will be Wednesday, February 25th not today. Orders will be accepted through tomorrow. Turn them in to your teacher or give them to Mrs. Gephart.

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

7th & 8th grade volleyball ~ Congratulations to the 7th grade volleyball team on their win over WMS last night! Both teams played well.

Practice today from 2:30-4PM; there will be an activity bus.

The 1st Art Club meeting will be held today in room 118 right after school. Only the students that have returned signed permission slips can attend.

Congratulations to the following teams that have advanced to round two or three of the African-American Heritage Bowl competition.
Mr. Hamilton's 3rd block
Mrs. Lora's 3rd block
Ms. Wright's 4th block
Ms. Wright's 1st block
Ms. Stewart's 1st block
Ms. Stewart's 2nd block
Mr. Hemstock's 3rd block
Mr. Hamilton's 4th block
Ms. Stewart's 1st block scored the most points so they won the 'bye' and advance to round 3.

Thursday's Schedule
Round 1:
Mrs. Huffman's 1st block vs. Mrs. Wash's 2nd block at 8:30AM
Round 2:
Mr. Hemstock's 4th block vs. Mrs. Lora's 3rd block at 8:45AM
Mr. Hamilton's 3rd block vs. Ms. Wright's 4th block at 9:10AM
Ms. Stewart's 2nd block vs. Ms. Wright's 1st block at 9:40AM
Mr. Hemstock's 3rd block vs. Mr. Hamilton's 4th block at 10AM

The answer to the previous day's question:
Thomas Turpin born in 1871 was an African-American composer of ragtime music. In his early twenties he opened a saloon in St. Louis which became a meeting-place for local pianists and the beginning point for early folk ragtime. Turpin's Harlem Rag is credited with being the first published rag by an African-American. His other published rags include St. Louis Rag and The Buffalo Rag. His influence on local music earned him the title "Father of St. Louis Ragtime."

The Valentine's Dance will be tomorrow right after school from 2:30-4PM. The cost is $3. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods today and Friday. You must purchase your ticket before the dance. You must wear your uniform since the dance is immediately after school — no changing clothes. An activity bus will be provided.

6th & 7th grade students with the last names beginning with L-Z:
Please turn in your registration form for next year. If your registration form is not in, you will receive a noon detention.

Nachos will be sold for $1 during all lunch shifts today.

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:

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.
Report from the Previous School Day
6th grade - 90%
7th grade - 84%
8th grade - 83%

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.