Welcome to Jonesville Middle School

“News from the Middle”

Hello JMS Comet Community,

I hope you have all had a wonderful Michigan October and are enjoying the beautiful 70 degree days November has started with.  Unfortunately, these days are short lived and we will soon be “enjoying” whatever Old Man Winter has in store for us this year!  With the changing of the season, however, brings new opportunities and challenges that we are excited about here at JMS!  As always, please keep in mind there are several opportunities for volunteer involvement in the various clubs and events that you will read about below.  If you would like to take part, please contact JMS and let us know how you would like to help!    

Chromebooks for Every Student (1:1):  On Friday, November 6, the Jonesville Community Schools Device Policy Handbook, Student Pledge and 1:1 Device Student/Parent Agreement Checklist were sent home with students for families to read, review and discuss.  A Parent Informational meeting is scheduled for JMS families on Monday, November 9 at 6:00pm. in the Jonesville High School Auditorium.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide families with an overview of the 1:1 program and share how the devices will be used at JMS to enhance instruction.  

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Curriculum Night - JMS hosted Parent-Teacher Conferences and shared our curriculum with parents on Tuesday, October 13 and Wednesday, October 14 from 4:00-7:00pm.  Our building-wide attendance was as follows:  6th Grade - 58%, 7th Grade - 47% & 8th Grade - 36%.  JMS appreciates the opportunity to meet with each and every family in person to discuss and plan for your student’s progress!  If you were not able to attend, please feel free to contact your child’s teachers at JMS anytime!  

Veterans Day Celebration - JMS is honored to host the Jonesville American Legion’s Veterans Day Celebration on November 11, 2015 at 11:00am. in the Spotts Gym.  This is a community event open to the public.  Doors will open at 10:40am. for entrance to the gymnasium to allow for seating prior to the program beginning.  This year’s celebration will include the JMS band playing patriotic music, fifth grade and JMS Choir singers, JHS speech contest finalists sharing their speeches and the Jonesville American Legion program and recognition of Veterans.

Fall Arts Festival - The Fall Arts Festival was hosted by JMS teacher, Mrs. Christy Berry, in October.  This event was made possible through a grant she applied for with the Jonesville Community Educational Foundation.  While at the Fall Arts Festival, community members were invited to create artwork on large canvases that will be displayed in several local businesses including Powers Clothing, Jonesville Hardware, Jonesville Library, The Sauk Theater, Grandma’s Four Bears, Aflac, Edward Jones, Nash Drugs, and the  Jonesville Post Office.  Mini-canvases were also available for participants to paint on and take home. The JCS Jazz Band played several tunes and also participated in the painting activities.  The Fall Arts Festival was created  to give everybody an opportunity to experience the arts without boundaries and to bring the community together.

Fall Arts Festival.JPG

Outdoor Adventures Club

  • Canoe Building - As part of our partnership with JAG and the Jonesville Rotary Club, the OAC will begin building the Cedar strip canoe, donated by JAG, at the beginning of the second trimester.  Students will have an opportunity to use WIN time one day per week and we will also be working on it Wednesday’s after school to complete the project.  Former JCS teacher, Dr. Ray Leising, and Dr. Bill Adams will be volunteering their time to help students with this project.

  • Archery - The archery range is moving forward and we are excited to have two JMS teachers, Mr. Cielinski and Mr. Snyder, along with parent volunteer, Frank Frankie, completing their coursework to become certified archery instructors.  This will give JMS four certified instructors to teach students range safety and archery.

  • Hunter Safety/Boater Safety Courses - Mr. Playford, Mr. Cieslinski and Mr. Swihart are currently completing coursework to become certified instructors for Michigan Hunter Safety and Boater Safety courses.  Once completed, students will have the opportunity to complete their classes and become certified in each of these courses through JMS.

  • “Clean-Up & Kayak Day” - On Tuesday, October 20, the OAC spent an afternoon cleaning up the Red Bridge area then floating the St. Joseph River to enjoy the fall colors and clean up the trash that was found along the way!  Although the water level was a little low, we had a great trip and the students that took part enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community and experience the outdoors.

Clean-up & Kayak 8.jpg Clean-up & Kayak 6.jpg Clean-up & Kayak 1.jpg

  • Ski Club - Details are currently being finalized for another round of skiing at JMS.  An overnight experience to introduce the sport will be early February.  Stay tuned…

Comet Skills - Comet Skills is in full swing and running each 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:

November 9 - JMS 1:1 Parent Information Meeting - JHS Auditorium @ 6:00p.m.

November 11 - American Legion Veterans Day Celebration - Spotts Gym @ 11:00a.m. - Public Welcome

November 12 - Bandorama 2015 - JHS Gymnasium @ 7:00p.m.

November 21 - Seventh/Eighth Grade Big 8 Quiz Bowl - Union City High School Gymnasium @ 9:00a.m.

November 25 - Half Day of School - A.M. Only - End of 1st Trimester

November 26 & 27 - No School - Thanksgiving Break

December 17 - JMS Holiday Band Concert - JHS Auditorium @ 7:00p.m.

December 21 - January 1 - No School - Christmas Break

Thank you,

Bryan M. Playford

JMS Principal


"The Ugly Book Challenge". 

Prizes will be awarded as follows:


• All students who complete 5 reporting opportunities will be entered into a drawing to win 1 of (2) $5 gift cards to Subway.


• The top 5 students that read and report on the MOST books, will be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift card to a Jonesville restaurant of their choice.


• This contest starts Monday, November 16th and ends December 15th! Please see Mrs. Maddox with any questions.


Attention seventh and eighth grade girls beginning Monday November 16th, I will be running a basketball open gym at the Alternative school. We will do the open gyms every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 4:15. You will be responsible for getting over to the alternative school. If this is a problem please see me. Proper attire (basketball shoes, gym shorts, etc.) And a water bottle is required.  I will be doing these open gym until Christmas break.  You cannot participate in these open gyms unless you have a sports physical.  If you have not taken a physical yet, please see me.  Look forward to seeing you there. Mr. Brown, seventh grade social studies teacher. 


Elk University: The meetings will be on November 24th and December 1st in Mr. Cieslinski’s room. You must attend both meetings if you want to go. The sessions will be an hour and a half long and there will be food on the second session. Elk University is a class to learn about elk. There is also a ranch that we will be going to be going to. You must attend the two meetings before the trip to see elk Sign up in the main office!


Yearbook order forms have been distributed. Don’t miss out on getting a book this year! Yearbooks start at only $18.00! If you need a form, see the office or Mrs. Nichols.


“Fall Into Reading” and win a skate pass to Stadium Roller Rink in Hillsdale.  The first 36 students to read 3 books between now and opening day will earn a free admission to the roller rink.  Don’t wait to get started – the passes expire on 11/30/2015!  See Mrs. Maddox to get registered and for more details.


On Saturday, November 21st, the 7th and 8th grade Quiz Bowl teams traveled to Union City for the Big 8 tournament. All teams did a great job, but one of our 8th grade teams took home a trophy for 3rd place! Congratulations to Kylee McCoy, Ethan Wisely, Ethan Smith, Hayden James, and Zayne Steveson! Quiz Bowl practice will resume in late January or early February prior to our second tournament. Stay tuned for more information, Quiz Bowlers!


Art Club Wednesday, 12/2/2015, from 2:50-3:50 pm. Bring a snack.




The fourth quarter was statement time for the seventh grade Comet basketball team as they shutout a talented Homer team in the final stanza to secure a 29-14 win. Homer threw everything but the kitchen sink at JMS, including taking a page from the Jonesville playbook as the Trojans implemented a full court press. Homer was somewhat successful as they only trailed the Comets by 6 points midway through the third quarter. JMS received a nice boost from the bench as Cameron Keller, Wyatt McKibbin, Nehemiah Adams, Hunter Vincent and Carter LaMothe combined for 8 points, many coming at key moments. Luke Dawson led all scorers with 12 while Connor Lauwers added 9. JMS rebounded well, collecting 22 total. Alex Spahr led the way with 5 boards.


The team will take the court again on Monday in a non-league contest as they host the Cougars of Lenawee Christian.

Attention seventh and eighth grade girls: Open gyms every Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 4:15. You will be responsible for getting over to the alternative school. If this is a problem please see me. Proper attire (basketball shoes, gym shorts, etc.) And a water bottle is required.  I will be doing these open gym until Christmas break.  You cannot participate in these open gyms unless you have a sports physical.  If you have not taken a physical yet, please see me.  Look forward to seeing you there. Mr. Brown, seventh grade social studies teacher. 


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

Sixth Grade

Kylee Groves
Megan McCoy
Grace Morts
Kash Summerel
Courtney Watson

Seventh Grade

Cecil Irish
Tiffani larder

Eighth Grade

James Bellamy
Scott Cooper
Alexis Covey
Shawna Hibbard
Erin Nicholson
Jennifer Thompson