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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Daily Announcements

February 10, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

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

Today is and outside day for all lunch shifts.


On this day in 1996, world chess champion Gary Kasparov lost the first game of a six game match against Deep Blue. Deep Blue was an IBM computer that had the ability to evaluate 200 million moves per second. Kasparov eventually was victorious over the computer with 3 wins, 2 ties, and 1 loss.

Main Entree: Turkey & Noodles with a Roll & Butter; French Fries; Mixed Vegetables
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Breakfast Bagels

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.

You will receive your 3rd quarter progress report at the end of the day Wednesday.

6th grade volleyball ~ practice today from 4-5:30PM. Be in room 213 by 2:35PM with homework if you need to stay after school. Otherwise, enter through the back gym doors and be ready to practice at 4PM.

Do you enjoy answering trivia questions? Do you know a lot about math, science, history, sports, music, reading, writing, or current events? Are you looking for something fun to do after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays? If so, come to the first JMS Scholastic Bowl meeting today after school in room 206.

Scholastic Bowl is a team of students who come together to compete in game show style matches against other schools in Springfield and the surrounding communities. We practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays in February and will have eight competitions in March and April.

See Ms. Wright or Ms. Flesher with any questions. The meeting will be from 2:35-4PM. There will be an activity bus.

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 tomorrow night 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 this week. You do not have to purchase your ticket in advance.

Those students who signed up to stay after school today, please be in Mrs. Franklin's room by 2:40PM.

The answer to yesterday's question:
On August 19, 1864, Frederick Douglass was invited to the White House at President Lincoln's request to discuss Douglass's three grievances one of which was that Black soldiers be paid the same as white soldiers. Lincoln and Douglass became good friends finding they had much in common.

The Valentine's Dance will be Friday, February 20th right after school from 2:30-4PM. The cost is $3. You must wear your uniform since the dance is immediately after school — no changing clothes. An activity bus will be provided.

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 - 93%
7th grade - 84%
8th grade - 90%

The Principal Scholar classes will meet today after school. The following students will meet in these rooms.
Room 114:
Isiah C.
Dylan C.
Odessey G.
Kashia W.
Daquarion B.
Anteana A.
Rashawn R.

Room 113:
Donterious C.
Nassor J.
Christina M.
Abigail S.
Brianna B.
Kameron J.

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.