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“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

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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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S0jGVWoeVk

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


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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

 

Math

 

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)

 

Science

 

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

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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