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Jefferson Middle School

3001 Allis St.
Springfield, IL 62703

Daily Announcements

February 2, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009
Respect yourself. • Respect others. • Respect property.

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


On this day in 1887, Groundhog Day was celebrated for the first time at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole on this day and sees its shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather. If it doesn't see its shadow, that means there will be an early spring. Happy Groundhog Day!

Main Entree: Taco Burgers; French Fries; Chicken Salad Sandwiches; Chicken Salad with Tomatoes
Tomorrow's Breakfast: Cheese Omelets

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.

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.

boys basketball ~ game at 7:15PM Tuesday at Grant Middle School. Come support the team! Wear blue, gold or white to show your team spirit.

Saturday's Regional Results:
JMS over WMS 70-23
David M. - 23pts, 16 rebounds, 8 steals, 4 blocks
Jaggar A. - 13pts, 8 rebounds, 8 assists
Harold H. - 10pts, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, 3 blocks
Randall B. - 10pts, 3 steals
Robbie C. - 8pts, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks
Greg R. - 3pts
Chris H. - 4pts, 10 rebounds

7th grade students ~ Your 8th grade registration form is due by February 6th.

We will be having a meeting tomorrow after school in room 210 for the 8th grade WEB leaders. We will be planning an activity with our 6th grade students. Please plan on attending. There will be an activity bus. See Ms. Swaggerty or Mrs. Lora if you have any questions.

6th grade Muffins with Mom will be held Wednesday morning at 8AM in the cafeteria.

Today is the beginning of Black History Month activities. Throughout this month students will listen to motivational speakers such as Bobby Norfolk and District superintendent Dr. Walter Milton. You will participate in educational activities where you can receive prizes. The month's activities will culminate with the African-American Heritage Bowl with NewsChannel 20's Jerry Lambert as host.

Every day on the morning announcements a question will be asked of you. The question will also be posted by the library door. You may have the entire day to research the question and then place the answer in the mailbox by the library door. Students with the correct answer will receive a prize the following day during first block.

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.

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.