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“News from the Middle”

Hello JMS Comet Community,

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. JMS is always a buzz with the excitement of the holiday season--this year we decorated class hallways, contributed to care packages for troops, participated in a Christmas “Spirit Week” and had a lot of fun with the anticipation of our two week break! These young people are such a joy to interact with each day and we are thankful to have your child in our district! Now that we are into the new year, we have slipped back into normalcy, but have many great projects planned as we approach the mid-year point! As you read through the items below, if you see something you would like to help out with, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Chromebooks for Every Student (1:1): JMS is happy to share that well over 90% of all of our students/families have decided to fully participate in the JCS 1:1 program. Students who fully participate have the opportunity to take their Chromebooks home with them each day. If students/families decided not to fully participate, each student was assigned their own new Chromebook and is able to check it out from the library on a daily basis to use in the classrooms while at school. Continued staff training in the utilization of this technology in the classroom will remain a priority for effective use.

JMS Holiday Band Concert - The JMS Holiday Band Concert featured some holiday classics as well as some contemporary selections. Also, our JMS Choir was on hand to provide some singing in a stand alone setting as well as singing with our band! All of the kids did an outstanding job and their hard work and practice has paid dividends! I know it goes without saying, but what a great job Mrs. Mykeloff and Mrs. Bowman have done to lead and build these two programs!

File_000.jpeg File_001.jpeg File_002.jpeg JMS Choir and Band students performing for a packed house at their Holiday Concert.

Outdoor Adventures Club

  • Canoe Building - As part of our partnership with the Jonesville Rotary Club, the OAC started building the Cedar strip canoe, donated by JAG. Students will have an opportunity to work on the building of the canoe during W.I.N. time on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays after school from 2:45-4:00p.m. Any students interested in taking part should contact Mr. Cieslinski for more details -- IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO TAKE PART IN THE PROJECT! 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.

File_001.jpegFile_003.jpegRay Leising works with Kaylee McCoy, an eighth-grader at Jonesville Middle School.Ray Leising watches as sixth-graders Kaden Playford and Dorian Fonke work on a template to build a canoe. JMS students, JMS teachers and Jonesville Rotarians working on the Cedar Strip Canoe project after school.

  • Ski Club - The JMS overnight ski trip is booked! Students will have the opportunity to go to Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac, MI to test their skills on the slopes. All new skiers will attend Ski School prior to being released to the mountain. The boys trip will leave on Wednesday, February 10th and return on the 11th, while the girls will leave on the 11th and return on the 12th. If you have any questions regarding the trip, please contact Mr. Eric Swihart at (517)849-3210 or by email at eswihart@jonesvilleschools.org.

JMS 2015 Ski Trip - Girls.jpg February 2015 Ski Trip to Caberfae Peaks Ski Resort in Cadillac, MI

  • Bike Club - Each Thursday from 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m., two volunteers from the Jackson Armory Bike Union work with a group of students to teach them how to disassemble, repair and reassemble bikes. At this time, the club is working to establish a bike fleet for JMS to encourage the sport both through the OAC and P.E. classes. We just added 23 bikes to our fleet this month thanks to a donation from the Jackson City Police Department. The purpose of our “Bike Club” is to teach the students directly how to maintain and repair the bike fleet to keep it in good running order.

File_000.jpeg File_002.jpeg Thank you Jackson City Police Department for the generous donation of 23 bikes to our club!

  • Hillsdale County Community Foundation - Love Your Community Grant - JMS is hoping to continue to partner with the Jonesville Rotary Club and the City of Jonesville as well as other local individuals, community groups and businesses in the coming months. Mr. Playford is in the process of writing and applying for a $2000 grant through the Hillsdale County Community Foundation and has already secured other funds donated by the Jonesville Rotary Club and community members to be used to build bird houses and feeders, benches, little free libraries, Adirondack chairs and other projects to beautify the area along the Jonesville Rail Trail, Saint Joseph River and other city areas. This will be a joint project that our entire community will benefit from. If you enjoy wood work and would like to volunteer to help build these projects with our students, there will be many opportunities and times available to take part. If you are interested in lending a hand, please contact Mr. Playford at 849-3210 or through email at bplayford@cometcloud.net. Once our grant is submitted, we will need your Facebook votes to help secure the funding. The project and description will be posted on Facebook for voting by the Hillsdale County Community Foundation and we will be sure to share it out through the Jonesville Schools Facebook page.

JMS Student Council Gives Back - The JMS student council adopted a local family for the Holidays, delivering a Thanksgiving meal and Christmas gifts for the entire family. The student council also held a Holiday “Games Day” for JMS on December 18, which included JMS students receiving candy canes. Next, the council is hosting a Valentine’s dance in February and also putting together a fundraiser for the American Heart Association in March/April.

JMS 8th Grade Field Trip - On February 3rd, the entire 8th grade class will embark upon a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills. This experience is meant to enrich students’ studies of The Holocaust and The Diary of Anne Frank, which they are reading in Language Arts class. Seeing the Memorial Center firsthand will help students better comprehend the injustices that occurred during WWII. A letter was sent home with each 8th grader outlining all the necessary information about the trip. We hope that every 8th grader can attend!

Open Gym Activities - Several open gym activities are taking place now! Each Monday and Wednesday, at the Concord Rd. Gymnasium, from 3pm to 4:15pm, 7th and 8th grade boys have the opportunity to take part in basketball open gym activities hosted by Mr. Brown. The girls that participated in the fall months had a good time, and there have been a large number of boys participating at this time. Mr. Cieslinski will also be hosting a soccer open gym time for JMS students from 5:30-6:30pm (same location as above) on Sunday evenings beginning January 24. In order to participate in these activities, students must have a current physical on file with the school. Students, please see Mr. Brown or Mr. Cieslinski for more details.

Special Season - The seventh grade boys' basketball team capped off a perfect season, beating Union City in the Big 8 Tournament championship game, 29-15, in mid-December. The team was 12-0 and held their opponents to 17.0 points per game. Offensively, the team amassed over 500 points with 15 different players scoring for the Comets. The team consisted of Connor Maddox, Will Goodpaster, Keemondre Robinson, Jayden Nieswender, Xavier Layher, Hunter Vincent, Luke Dawson, Wyatt McKibbin, Alec Purdy, Nehemiah Adams, Alex Bumpus, Alex Spahr, Carter LaMothe, Connor Lauwers, Kaiden Evans, Reuben Taylor, Garett Eggleston and Cameron Keller. Cole Magda served as the manager and the team was coached by Kris Stanton.

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:

January 21 – JMS Parent-Teacher Conferences - 4:00-7:00p.m.

January 22 - Dance - DC Trip

January 29 - JMS yearbook orders due

February 3 - 8th Grade Field Trip

February 5 - Valentine’s Dance hosted by the JMS Student Council

February 10-12 - JMS Ski Trip to Caberfae Peaks

February 15 - No School - President’s Day

Thank you,

Bryan M. Playford

JMS Principal



Jonesville Schools Transportation


 To parents/guardians

From:  Jonesville Schools Transportation Dept.

RE: Daily Bus Schedules


In order to assure enough seating for students riding to and from school on their regularly scheduled buses we can no longer allow students to go on buses other then their regular scheduled bus. If your student(s) need to go anywhere other than home or daycare please makes different arrangements for their transportation.


Wear pink on Monday for Spirit Week.


Attention 6th, 7th and 8th grade boys basketball players: Michigan Magic Elite is looking for boys who are interested in playing travel basketball. Call (517) 605-7522 for more details.


The “Fire and Ice” Valentines dance will be February 5th from 7-9:30.  The cost is $5.00.  Pizza and drinks will be available to purchase for $1.00 each.  This dance will be held in the Spotts gym so all food must be kept on the stage and NOT on the gym floor.  This is traditionally a semi-formal dance, but you do not have to dress up to attend.  Also, please do NOT wear high heels.  They will not be allowed on the gym floor so please wear flats.  The dress code does apply, so no hats and dresses must be of appropriate length and cover the shoulders.  Students violating the dress code will not be allowed to enter.  Pictures will be taken in the band room for $1.00 each.  If you have questions, see Mrs. Nichols.


Hillsdale County student day with the Chargers Saturday Feb 13 – Women @ 1 Men @ 3 Free Admission and popcorn for all county students Just show your  ID at the door.


Students interested in taking drivers education in February or March.  Coach Bs Driving School has two classes coming up.

February 15 at Reading High School

March 21 at Jonesville High School

Each class has a limit of 24 students. To sign up for either class go to Coach B's website or pick up an information card in the office.


Open Gym: Open gym will be held this Sunday! There will be soccer nets up and able to be used from 5:30-6:30 every Sunday. Come for as much or as little as you want. The more people the better! It does not matter how much soccer experience you have. You must bring have a physical on file. 


Yearbooks are on sale for only through 2/5! They start at only $18. See the office or Mrs. Nichols for an order form.


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 began this week, 1/11!  They 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. 



I don’t know what to tell you sports fan except the Lady Comets looked like all Pistons were firing last night.


The Comets hosted the Lady Chargers in Big 8 basketball and with 3 games left before tournament play the Lady Comets are peaking at the right time.  The Comets started the first quarter in a half court trap which helped them put together a 20 point cushion to start the game.  End of the first quarter 20-0.  The second quarter went a little slower; however, Brooke Doyle made both of the Free Throws she attempted.  The Comet defense was still stingy only allowing 4

points.  Half time score 24-4.  The


hird quarter was just another reflection of the first half, the Comet bench got into the action with Charlese Schroder knocking down a jumper, and Crystal Marshall hitting 1 of 2 free throws.


The Comet Defense was still holding strong holding the Chargers to only 4 more points, end of the third 31-8.  The 4th quarter was exciting for the girls, with Brooke Campbell dropping a baseline jumper, her first points of the season.  Final score Comets 35 Chargers 12.  The Comets were led in

scoring by Isabella Domack with 12, Alex Magda with 6, Kaitlyn Knapp with 3, Kelsey Campbell, Charlese Schroeder, Hannah Williams, Trysten Angel, Brooke Campbell, & Brooke Doyle all with 2, Megan Lopresto and Crystal Marshall each with 1.  The Comets travel to Athens on Monday.  The win puts the Comets with a 4-2 record overall and a 4-1 record in the league.


Go Comets!


The middle school competitive cheer team put on a show at the one and only home competition Saturday to finish out their season.


Throughout the year the team made up of ten 8th graders and eight 7th graders worked hard and accepted every challenge their coach gave them. They were held to a high standard and never failed to amaze the crowd.


Taking home top three finishes in 6 of their competitions, among numerous teams each time. Saturday was no different as the middle school received high scores from the judges and topped not only the middle school teams, but both kept up with both job and varsity teams as well.


Athletic director Kathy Bondsteel, and numerous others were brought to tears by their incredible performance.


Great job ladies, we look forward to seeing the 8th grade excel at the high school level, and the 7th grade continue their success next year.


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

Sixth Grade
Robert Allen
Mallorie Brenneman
Ian Butler
Gabriela Hiltburnner
Madison, Magda
Kaden Playford

Seventh Grade
Cameron Keller
Eric Ostrander

Eighth Grade
Bryce Baldwin
Jenavieve Carpenter
Cameron Longman
Izabelle VanDorn-Moran
Kaine Wipp