Welcome to Jonesville Middle School

Welcome to the 2016–2017 school year at Jonesville Middle School!

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Our first day of school will be Tuesday, September 6th.  Listed below is some information to help you plan for the start of school.

School day times

Building opens: 7:25 A.M.

Free Breakfast 7:25-7:45 A.M.

Buses unload: 7:30 A.M.

First bell rings:   7:45 A.M.

Classes begin: 7:50 A.M.

Phone Numbers

Jonesville Middle School 517-849-3210

Athletic Department 517-826-7024
Bus Garage 517-849-9655

*Mr. Wright is our bus supervisor.  Please notify him of any bus related

arrangements, questions or difficulties (dwright@jonesvilleschools.org).

Important Dates to Remember

Tuesday, August 30th Open House 5:00-6:00 p.m.

*Please enter through the Spotts Gym Entrance for Open House.

Tuesday, September 6th     First Day of School

Currently we are mailing home
Emergency Contact Forms for updates.

    • Please verify, make necessary changes and return your Emergency Contact Form to your student’s WIN teacher during our Orientation/Open House.  It is very important to keep this information current and on file so we can reach you in case of an emergency.

    • If you are unable to attend our Orientation/Open House, please drop this form off at the JMS office or send it with your child on the first day of school.

During the JMS Open House:  

  • Parents and students will have the opportunity to walk the building and familiarize themselves with lockers, classroom locations and, of course, meet the JMS staff!

  • Parents may ask questions regarding Skyward (our Student Management System).  This system allows you to check your student’s grades, attendance, lunch account and offers many other capabilities.

  • Student-Parent 1:1 Agreement and $20 insurance fee may be turned in to your child’s WIN teacher to ensure delivery of device during the first week of school.

  • Emergency Contact forms should be turned in to your student’s WIN teacher and students will receive their grade level informational folder.  This folder will include several pieces of key information as well as paperwork that needs to be completed for each student (in left pocket of folder).  It is highly recommended that the required forms are completed while at the school and submitted before you leave so it is all taken care of before the first day of classes.

  • Money may be deposited into your child’s lunch account (main office).

  • Student Handbooks are available on the JMS Website (http://jms.jonesvilleschools.org/) and will also be shared to your student’s CometCloud account, which they will have access to all school year.

Food Service Department

Lunch prices:

Regular price: $2.50 per day or $12.50 per week

Reduced price: $ .40 per day or $2.00 per week

  • Checks should be made payable to Jonesville Middle School.

  • Lunch money should be turned into the office or lunch room by no later than 10:00 a.m. so accounts can be updated prior to lunch.

  • There is a $15.00 charge limit per family.

  • PLEASE complete the Free & Reduced Lunch Forms to see if you are able to qualify for assistance.  Forms will be in your child’s folder the night of Open House.

Athletic Department

  • Mrs. Bondsteel is the JMS/JHS Athletic Director.  She may be reached by calling her office at (517)826-7024 or by emailing kbondsteel@jonesvilleschools.org.

  • Before participating in any sport practice or contest, a physical form and Student-Athlete Handbook form must be completed and submitted to the Athletic Office.  These will be available at the JMS Open House if you need one.  

  • Students with any outsanding school debts will need to pay the balance of the debt before sports uniforms or other extracurricular uniforms/equipment will be distributed for them to use.

Student Drop-Off

If you plan to drop your student(s) off at JMS, the North door on the backside of JMS will be open for student entry (off the small parking lot between the Administration Building and JMS).  If dropping students at this location, please drop them off at the “STOP” sign on the corner of Wright St. and Park St. or pull into the parking lot.  The main entrance on Chicago St. (U.S. 12) is also open for student entry in the morning.

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The entire staff of Jonesville Middle School is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to meet you and begin another academically enriching school year!

2016-17 School Supply Lists

Jonesville Middle School

*In addition to the items found below, which will be used specifically by your student, any donation of Kleenex tissue, hand sanitizer or Clorox Bleach Wipes would be especially welcomed and appreciated for general classroom use.

Sixth Grade

  • Binder – preferably with a zipper
  • Folders for seven classes
  • Loose leaf notebook paper
  • One subject notebook (to be kept in ELA classroom)
  •  Pencil pouch 
  • #2 Pencils & cap erasers
  •  Colored Pens (red, green, purple, etc.) 
  • Highlighters (2 or 3) 
  • Colored pencils 
  • TI-34 Calculator

Seventh Grade


  • TI 34 or TI 30 Multi-view calculator
  • Folder
  • Spiral one subject notebook (70-100 pages) 
  • Colored Pens (red, green, purple, etc.) 
  • Pencils 
  • Eraser 
  • Pens 
  • Colored pencils (optional) 
  • Highlighter (optional) 


  • One single subject (spiral or composition) notebook
  • Colored Pens (red, green, purple, etc.)
  • Loose leaf paper
  • Ear buds

Language Arts

  • Binder
  • 2 Folders
  • Colored Pens (red, green, purple, etc.)
  • One subject notebook

Social Studies

  •  Folder
  •  Colored Pencils

Eighth Grade

  • Loose leaf lined notebook paper
  • #2 Pencils & cap erasers
  • 8 dividers w/ tab for notebook (Social Studies Class)
  • 3-Ring Binder (2 inch is sufficient for Social Studies  Class)
  •  1 large notebook (at least 150 pages – perforated, NOT spiral please) 
  • Colored pencils 
  • Colored Pens (red, green, purple, etc.) 
  • TI-30 Multi View or TI-34 Calculator 
  • Large spiral notebook (Math) 
  • 3-ring binder (Math) 
  • 3-Ring Binder (1 inch is sufficient) or a 3 subject spiral notebook (Science) 
  • 3-Ring Binder (1 inch is sufficient for                             Language Arts class) 
  • Subject dividers for 3 ring binders 
  • 2-Pocket folder 
  • Headphones – preferably ear buds

“News from the Middle”

Hello JMS Comet Community,

Welcome summer temperatures and warm weather!  Oh, wait, wasn’t it just snowing on May 15?  Hopefully our weather turns to warmer temperatures so we can continue some of the great activities and new “traditions” that began last year at JMS!  May and June will offer many outdoor activities for our students to participate in.  Our “Bike/Walk to School” day was held on May 11, a disc golf trip on May 18, “Paddle to School” took place on May 20 and as you will read below, there are several other opportunities on the horizon!  Not only are these opportunities for your student, but these are also great opportunities for you to take part in with your child! If you are interested in participating, chaperoning, assisting or just watching, please feel free to contact the main office for more information or to get involved!

JMS Visual & Performing Arts Information - The JMS band season is wrapping up quickly!  There is one more opportunity to celebrate the awesome accomplishments of our band, choir and art students coming up on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 p.m.  The choir and band will be performing their last concert of the year in the Jonesville High School Auditorium and the area will be decorated with art projects from Mrs. Berry’s art students.  The theme for the event is Space: The Final Frontier.

Sixth Grade Field Trip - Sixth grade students took a field trip to the Henry Ford Museum on May 12.  Students had a great time learning from the many exhibits that were available to them.  We are thankful for the tremendous amount of family chaperones that were able to spend this enriching day with us!  

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Sixth grade students posing at some of the exhibits

Outdoor Adventures Club

  • Canoe Building - The canoe building project is wrapping up!  However, with spring sports in full swing, we are low on students participating after school on Wednesdays.  We had hoped to have the project completed by Riverfest this weekend, but it looks like we are going to run a bit past that date to have the canoe totally completed.  That being said, it is not too late for your student to get involved!  Students should feel free to take part every Wednesday from 2:45-4:00 p.m. if they would like to have some fun and learn something new - it is not too late!  The proceeds raised from the sale of the canoe will be used to purchase a cedar strip kayak kit for next year’s project.

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Canoe Project - Nearly Completed, Just Waiting on Seats

  • Bike & Walk to School Day - “Bike & Walk to School Day” took place on Wednesday, May 11 prior to school.  Students, parents, grandparents and teachers took part in this activity.  We hope all involved enjoyed the morning activity and exercise!

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               JMS “Walk to School Day” Participants                            JMS “Bike to School Day” Participants

  • Disc Golf at Baw Beese Park - Mr. Cieslinski and the Outdoor Adventures Club planned a trip to Baw Beese Lake on Wednesday, May 18 to teach students how to play Disc Golf at the course located in the park.  Students of all skill and grade levels (6-8) had an opportunity to sign up and take part in this activity.  There are not many disc golf courses in our county, but this is a lifelong activity that students can learn and take part in all over the country.

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JMS Students at Play on the Disc Golf Course by Baw Beese Lake


Outdoor Adventures Club Comet Discs

  • Hunter Safety Course - Mr. Playford and Mr. Swihart are now officially certified to teach Hunter Safety through the Michigan DNR.  They hope to offer this course for JMS students during WIN class in the fall of the 2016-17 school year.

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Mr. Swihart & Mr. Playford Ready for Hunter Safety

  • Boater Safety Course - JMS recently hosted Lieutenant Tim Parker of the Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Department to teach a Boater Safety Course for over 30 eighth grade students as part of our WIN class.  Lt. Parker has read about our Outdoor Adventure Club activities and offered to support the Club mission by offering this course for our students.  All citizens born after the year of 1978 are required to become certified through this course in order to operate a personal watercraft in Michigan.  We are thankful for his time and expertise in providing this great opportunity for our kids!

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                                                               Lt. Parker instructs JMS 8th grade students

  • “Paddle to School” - This year’s “Paddle to School” event took place on Friday, May 20 to kickoff the Jonesville Riverfest celebration!  Each WIN class had one canoe and one kayak to use for some of their students as part of the JMS WIN/Homeroom Challenge.  However, ALL students and parents who were interested in attending and taking part were encouraged to do so!  Any student and parent with their own kayak/canoe, life vest and paddle were welcome to join in the fun!  This year over 60 participants were involved and we had an absolutely gorgeous morning for a river trip!

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2016 Paddle to School Day on the Saint Joe River

  • Target Archery - After school on Wednesday, May 25, JMS students have an opportunity to travel to Parkside Middle School in Jackson, Michigan to learn the sport of target archery.  This is for girls and boys and is not associated with hunting.  Students and staff of JMS who attend will learn from Parkside teachers and take part in the activity with Parkside students.  Following the target shooting, pizza will be provided prior to departure back to JMS.  To attend this trip, students/parents must complete the permission form that has been distributed to students.

When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Where: Depart JMS at 2:45pm, Return to JMS at 5:30pm for parent pick-up!

Why: Target archery is a sport for EVERYONE!  Girls and boys...this is NOT

about hunting!

What: Check out this video about the bow you will be shooting…


A cool archery video from Dude Perfect…you will not be doing

these shots. https://youtu.be/eCtb_ylVDvU

Jonesville Boys Youth Basketball Camp - The Jonesville Boys Basketball Program will be offering a youth camp for elementary and middle school students on May 31, June 1 & 2.  Divisions will be based on grade levels 3-8 for the 2016-17 school year.  Third through fifth grade camp will run from 3:15-5:00pm, while the sixth through eighth grade camp will run from 5:15-7:00 p.m.  The camp will be run by the JHS basketball coaches and players and camp activities will focus on practicing and improving basketball fundamentals and skills.  The cost for the camp is $20 per participant and will include a camp t-shirt for all who are involved.  For more information or to register, please contact Coach Kirk Wright at 517-425-9337 by May 26.  

Jonesville Girls Youth Basketball Camp - The Jonesville Girls Basketball Program will be offering a youth camp for elementary school students (Grades K-4) on Tuesday, June 7 and for middle school students (Grades 5-7) on Wednesday, June 8.  Both camps will run from 3:00-5:15 p.m. each day.  The camp will be run by the JHS basketball coaches and players and camp activities will focus on practicing and improving basketball fundamentals and skills as well as some game play and competitions.  The cost for the camp is $15 per participant and will include a camp t-shirt for all who are involved.  For more information, please contact Coach Tom Dunn at 517-425-2554 or Coach Marlena Nichols at 517-679-4193.  Registration is due in the main offices of each building by May 31 to ensure that all participants will receive their t-shirt.  

End of the Year Awards Ceremony and 8th Grade Slideshow - The JMS year end awards ceremony will take place on June 9 beginning at 8:00 a.m.  This is an annual event that includes class awards, the Brad Boyle Award, sports awards and other recognitions.  The first two rows of seats will be available for parents, and if necessary, the bleachers on the “Visitors” side of the school can be pulled out for overflow seating.  This ceremony will run from 8:00-11:20 a.m., so please consider this when planning, especially for little children as it will be a long time sitting in a bleacher seat.

JMS Summer Programming - JMS has several summer programs to offer students this summer!  More information will be coming as dates and plans are confirmed.  

  • Summer School Program - JMS will again be holding a summer program for our students!  This will be a four week program that will run from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.  Dates for student attendance are scheduled for the weeks of June 20, June 27, July 11 and July 18.  Students will have the week of July 4 off for the holiday.  Last year’s activities included a kayak water study of Vandercook Lake, a farm to table study that allowed students to visit local farms, markets and restaurants as well as many other hands on activities!  Students who attended rated the 2015 summer program very highly!  Space will be limited and we are in the planning stages now.

  • STEM Camp - Mr. Hilger (JMS/JHS) and Mrs. Warner (WES) will be offering a STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) Camp this summer for JMS students.  Details for this experience are in the process of being finalized and will be shared when completed.  

  • Michigan School Ship - Plans for a summer adventure to the Michigan School Ship are in the works!  This will be a unique opportunity and further details will be shared soon!

Dates to Know:

May 25 - Target Archery Trip

May 30 - No School - Memorial Day

May 31-June 2 - Boys Youth Basketball Camp

June 7 & 8 - Girls Youth Basketball Camp

June 9 - ½ Day - Awards Ceremony & 8th Grade Slideshow - Last Day of School - End of 3rd Trimester

June 13-16 - Washington D.C. Trip

June 20 - JMS Summer Program Begins

Thank you,

Bryan M. Playford

JMS Principal


JMS Open House will be Tuesday, August 30 from 5:00-6:00PM.  Alternative Open House will be on the same night and time.




We'd like to recognize the following students for being nominated as Student of the Month for the month of April:

Sixth Grade
Nickolas Bigelow
Levi Cempuri
Areyana Clouse
Chance Graham
Curtis Knapp
Ashton Thacker
Nathan Wilson

Seventh Grade
Nathan Nichols
Shyla Nichols
Emma Rounds

Eighth Grade
Kaylee Aeimsegger
Shianne Cole
Faith Cornish
Jackson Gutowski
Crystal Marshall
Maximus Price
Charlese Schroeder