“News from the Middle”
Hello JMS Comet Community,
Spring is here...we hope! With the hint of warm weather and sunny days brings the opportunity for students to move some of their classroom activities outdoors. As you go by the school in the next few months, be on the lookout for our Comets In Action (CIA) class out and about in the community. They will be providing community service all over town in their bright orange and safety yellow shirts. Our Outdoor Adventures P.E. class and Outdoor Adventures Club will also be visible around town taking on outdoor activities and projects. Students at JMS have been up to some great things, as you’ll read below! We are very proud of our students, staff, coaches, club leaders, advisors, and families that have contributed to the many successes at JMS over the past couple of months! As you read through these items, if you see something you would like to help out with, please do not hesitate to contact us.
JMS Band Concert & News - It’s been a busy two weeks for members of the Jonesville Band program. After a fantastic pre-festival concert on Monday, March 7th from all 244 6-12th grade band students, our 7-12th graders headed to District Band Festival in Manchester on Saturday, March 12th. The ensembles that performed there were the 7th & 8th grade Concert Band, the JHS Concert Band and the JHS Symphony Band. All three bands earned overall first division ratings which qualified them for State Band Festival in April. The 7th & 8th grade band students and the JHS Symphony Band earned straight ones from all 4 judges, the highest rating you can get…and what’s more exciting to celebrate such success than a trip to Disney World…and that’s just what we did!
Three days later, 53 members of the JHS bands accompanied by 18 family members and their director, headed to Orlando, Florida to participate in a workshop and recording session with a Disney musician as well as perform for the world on the stage of Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney). Upon arrival, they headed to the Typhoon Lagoon water park and then ended their first evening with an exciting performance of Blue Man Group at Universal Studios. They had an amazing experience at the workshop and recording session on Thursday and then enjoyed Epcot for the rest of the day! Watching the band transform into true musicians during that clinic was incredible! After a few hours of honing their sight reading skills, they took a brief break and then rehearsed a tune from the movie, “Tangled”, in order to record a soundtrack for their own souvenir DVD. The focus and musicianship they showed was superb and they managed to record the final tune of their DVD in ONE TAKE! The clinician said that is the first time that has happened and he was very impressed!
Friday was our performance day! It was exciting to share these fantastic kids with the rest of the world! It was also wonderful to see so many hometown audience members that traveled from various places in Florida to come and show their support for the Jonesville Bands!!!! From retired JCS staff to the snow birds that are just down there for the winter, we had a great audience and received compliments from complete strangers at how marvelous our group sounded. After that, it was off to the happiest place on earth, the Magic Kingdom!
On Saturday, our trip ended with some fun at the Animal Kingdom. The evening came to a close at Hollywood Studios where they were able to see “Fantasmic!”, an extravagant musical and pyrotechnical spectacular that brought tears to the eyes of some of our students and parents! The trip was a magical and memorable one that none of us will soon forget.
Mrs. Mykeloff would like to congratulate all of her students for their excellent achievements throughout the school year and especially over the past few weeks. It truly takes a village to raise a band and we have appreciated all of the support we have received from our community members, JCS staff and school board members and of course our families for all of their help to get us this far. We would especially like to recognize Frank Beck Chevrolet for donating the use of a truck to transport our equipment trailer to band festival. Without the assistance and encouragement of our entire community, these accomplishments would have not been possible. Thank You to everyone who has lifted us up along the way! Our high school band motto this year, “Be More”, has been plastered on the band room wall since the beginning of the school year. It is with certainty that their director and everyone in the Jonesville Community couldn’t BE MORE proud of the Jonesville Bands! Congratulations students on a job well done and Good Luck at State!
For more pictures and some videos clips of our performances, please visit the Jonesville Bands Facebook page.
JMS Band Students
Student Council Information - The JMS student council is hosting a fundraiser for the American Heart Association on Thursday, March 31, starting at 4pm. JMS students are putting together teams of 6-8 people to play volleyball to raise money and awareness for heart related issues. Each team member purchases a t-shirt for $10 and that money is donated to the organization. The winning team will receive $60.00 and will get to play the JMS staff on April 1st. The student council is also selling hearts for $1.00 to hang from Mrs. Nichols’ room all the way to the gym by March 31. If we accomplish this, every JMS student will get a treat at the assembly on April 1st.
JMS Yearbooks - Do you want to look back on your years at JMS and remember all of those special moments, activites and friends? If so, remember to purchase your JMS Yearbook! Orders are due by March 24!
M-STEP Assessments - Following Spring Break, we will begin our year-end Michigan assessment, the M-STEP. Each grade level has a three week window in which to complete their scheduled assessments. Eighth grade students will take their assessments in Social Studies, English and Math during the period of April 11-April 29. Seventh grade students will complete assessments in the areas of Science, English and Math beginning May 9 and ending May 27. Sixth grade student will take their assessments in English and Math beginning April 25 and ending May 13. As always, students should practice good “testing” habits; a good night’s rest, hearty breakfast and a positive attitude. Student achievement on the M-STEP has a large impact on our school’s “grade” from the State, as well as letting us know where we need to improve. Therefore, ensuring our students are making their best effort and are at the top of their game is imperative.
Outdoor Adventures Club
Canoe Building - The canoe building project is going strong with students and volunteers working on the project on Tuesdays during WIN class and on Wednesdays after school! We are just a short time away from the projected date of completion, but it’s not too late to get involved! Please feel free to take part every Wednesday from 2:45-4:00p.m. if you would like to have some fun and learn something new! The OAC plans to have the canoe completed by Riverfest Weekend in May, at which time the canoe will be auctioned or raffled as a fundraiser for the group.
Ski Club - The JMS overnight ski trip was once again a great success! Students arrived at Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac, MI to test their skills on the slopes on February 10. All students represented themselves, their families, school and community in a positive fashion! We hope this opportunity was enjoyed by all those who participated and we are already excited for next year! Thank you to all the chaperones who volunteered and to Mr. Swihart for the time he spent planning the trip!
Bike to School Day - Bike to School Day is currently being planned! Stay tuned for more details in upcoming announcements! We would like to get even more students and families involved this year than last year!
Geocaching & Bike Ride Experience - Mr. Cieslinski and his Outdoor Adventures Club have a geocaching experience, that will involve riding bikes, planned for March 24, 2016 from 3:00-7:00p.m. This event is free to any JMS student and will be followed with free pizza! Any student who would like to participate must sign up in the main office by the date of the event.
Easter Egg Hunt - The JMS Student Council is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt for Williams Elementary students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grade Saturday, March 26 at 10:00a.m. at the elementary playground/yard. Parking is available in the elementary and high school parking lots. Please join our students in making this a great event!
Scripps Spelling Bee - Congratulations to Gabriela Hiltbrunner, Mia Rodriguez, Sydney Do and Claire Yaniga on their representation of JMS at the Scripps Spelling Bee at Western Middle School (Community Arts Center) on March 16, 2016! JMS was the only Hillsdale County school represented and our students did a great job!
Art News - Congratulations to the following students: Kaden Playford, Curtis Knapp, Madison Wright, Emma Thomas, and Claire Yaniga for representing our school at Region 4 at the MAEA (Michigan Art Education Association) Regional in Battle Creek. Their artwork then went on to the State competition to compete against other middle school student's artwork. Curtis, Madison, and Emma were in the top 100 for the state of Michigan. With that, they are invited to a special ceremony along with an art workshop with the other top 100 students from around Michigan. This will take place in April. Claire's art was in the top 15 in the state of Michigan! She is also invited to a special ceremony along with creating art. A picture of Claire's artwork along with other top artwork created in Michigan was on display in Chicago, IL at the NAEA (National Art Education Association) conference. Congratulations!
“Top 15” Art Display
Family Art and Literacy Bags will start being sent out on Monday for the students in Art I. They are designed to promote a connection between literacy, art, and students' families. Each bag contains books around a theme and art materials to go with that theme. Some of the themes include: flowers, Inuit art, trees, self-portraits, comics, and many more. Students will receive the bag on Monday and throughout the week will read and create art. On Friday, they will return the bag and their artwork. Their artwork will then be on display.
If you are in the building, please stop into the JMS library to see the amazing flying pigs created by second trimester Art II students. The pigs were based on an artist or culture. Some of these include five ninja turtle flying pigs, Guy Fieri, Totoro, two puppy/baby/monkey/flying pigs, and many more. The students also created stories to go with their pig.
JMS Summer Program - JMS will again be holding a summer program for our students! This will be a four week program that will run from 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tentative 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.
Comet Skills - Encourage your student to finish the year strong and use Comet Skills to help do it! Comet Skills runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:50-3:50pm. in the JMS Library! This is a great way for your student to get extra support with skills, study for tests, or get other needed assistance. Please encourage your student to attend if you think this could benefit them!
Dates to Know:
March 24 - Yearbook Order Due
March 24 - Outdoor Adventure Geocaching Activity (3:00-7:00p.m.)
March 25 - No School - Good Friday
March 31 - JMS Student Council - American Heart Association Volleyball Fundraiser
April 4-8 - JCS Spring Break
April 11-29 - Eighth Grade M-STEP Assessment
April 21 - JMS Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4:00-7:00PM
April 25-May 13 - Sixth Grade M-STEP Assessment
April 27 - Fort Wayne TinCaps Trip - Top Reader Recognition
May 9-27 - Seventh Grade M-STEP Assessment
May 13 - No School - Teacher In-Service Day
May 30 - No School - Memorial Day
June 9 - ½ Day - Last Day of School - End of 3rd Trimester
June 13-16 - Washington D.C. Trip
June 20 - JMS Summer Program Begins
Bryan M. Playford
There will be no lunch charges as of May 2nd.
Want to join other JMS students like Garett Eggleston, Hannah Parker, and Emma Rounds on a once in a lifetime Florida trip? They are just three of the 30 JMS students already registered for this amazing trip! They will swim with dolphins, explore the Everglades, and snorkel on a coral reef. They will fly to Florida for an amazing 4 night, 5 day trip that they will remember forever! If you would like to travel to Florida in the summer of 2017, register today! The discounted rate is still available so don’t miss out! See Mrs. Nichols with questions.
Flyers for Camp Michandoh are in the main office.
Just a reminder to get the green bookmarks turned in if you want a chance to win a brand new bicycle! Contest ends and winner will be drawn on Friday, April 15th!
Scholastic book orders have been distributed. Orders are due back to Mrs. Hitt by April 22. Orders can be placed either online or submitted to Mrs. Hitt. Online orders please use the classroom code GRVFC.
On April 15th Smiles on Wheels will be at Jonesville Middle School offering dental hygiene services at no cost to you! They'll provide dental screening, cleanings, education, sealants and fluoride treatments.
Consent forms were sent home on March 30th. Please complete the form and return it to the main office.
Questions? Contact Smiles on Wheels @ 517-740-7422.
WIN A BIKE!
Once again, the Kiwanis Club of Hillsdale is awarding one top student a brand new bicycle.
Complete a “Comet Edge” bookmark for any book you have finished since March 1st and get entered to win. One lucky Comet will be drawn on April 15th. All bookmarks are due to Mrs. Maddox by 8:00 a.m. on April 15th to be entered in the drawing.
BONUS: Every bookmark turned in will earn you a chance to collect a hidden egg & the prize that’s inside.
Art Club Wednesday from 2:50-3:50. Bring a snack
Open Soccer will be Thursday right after school in the alternative school gym until 4:15. Students need to provide their own transportation. Physical must be on file.
The canoe is still in the process of being built! Any New support is welcome and appreciated every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00. Come when you can! Please be sure to make arrangements for a ride home!
Attention All 7th and 8th Grade Boys! Basketball open gym will be on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 3 to 4:15 at the Alternative school gym. You are responsible for finding your own way over there and you must have your ride there promptly at 4:15. Proper attire is mandatory and you should bring your own water bottle. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Brown. Hope to see you there.