PTO & School Board Meetings

The JMS PTO will have its final meeting of the 2014-15 school year on May 19th at 8:00 a.m. in the school cafeteria. All parents and teachers are welcome!

Oak Ridge Schools will meet to discuss the Fiscal Year 2016 budget on the following dates:

  • May 13 at 5:30 p.m.—Budget presented to board
  • May 20 at 5:30 p.m.—Budget work session
  • May 21 at 5:30 p.m.—Budget work session
  • May 26 at 5:30 p.m.—Regular meeting of the board and public hearing of budget—First Reading
  • May 27 at 4:30 p.m.—Budget work session (if needed)
  • May 28 at 4:30 p.m.—Adoption of budget—Second Reading
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3D Printers & New PTO Officers

JMS is getting two new 3D printers for the next school year!
Thanks to the efforts of several staff members, Jefferson will be adding new 3D printers to the Library and the technology lab to enhance STEM education. This is particularly exciting news, considering ORNL’s recent production of a 3D printed Shelby Cobra and the significant investment by one of Oak Ridge’s newest corporate residents, CVMR Corporation, a metal powder manufacturing company. Something to look forward to!

A new slate of PTO officers was elected to serve JMS in 2015-16. Congratulations to Amy O’Brien, Leigh Aynne Eidemiller, Beth Palmer, & Jessica Steed! These new officers will preside over the May 19th PTO meeting, which will likely include some planning, and the meetings to come next year.

Lastly, a reminder from the JMS counseling staff: Parents are encouraged to randomly check their child’s cell phone site histories.

While we know parents trust their children to use good judgement, when given the responsibility to carry cell phones, there is a vulnerability factor that sometimes presents challenges that can compromise a parent’s control filter (or filter of control). As we embrace the improvement in the quality of education through technology, we want our students to be safe digital citizens.

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Next PTO Meeting 4/21

Please join us for a PTO meeting on Tuesday, April 21st, 8:00 a.m. in the JMS cafeteria. (Please note the change in location.)

At this meeting, we will receive a report on the Scholastic Book Fair, discuss the 8th Grade Party (Thursday, May 28th, 6-8:00 p.m.), receive a school update from Principal Cox, and elect new officers for the PTO next year.

On a personal note, it has been my pleasure to serve you as president of the PTO this year. I wish next year’s officers the best.

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No New Money, Says Finance Committee

budget graphicIt’s Official: The Oak Ridge City Council’s Finance Committee will recommend no increase to the Oak Ridge Schools budget for 2015-2016 in the Council’s meeting scheduled Monday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. 

If you have strong feelings on this issue and would like to share your thoughts, we encourage you. Now is the time! Please feel free to email members of the City Council and to attend the public meeting on Monday evening. Community interest has powerful influence in local government.

This item is on the agenda, so remember that you must wait until the budget is discussed to speak on the topic. Thank you for supporting our schools!

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Budget Talks Continue in Joint Session

The City and Oak Ridge Schools will hold a joint work session to discuss the FY’16 Budget on Wednesday, April 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Robertsville Middle School Library.

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ORS Budget Proposed to City Council

budget graphicThe Oak Ridge Schools Board of Education has proposed a 2015-2016 budget to the City Council.

At this time, the proposed budget is being considered by the Council’s Finance Committee, which includes members Trina BaughnCharlie Hensley, and Chuck Hope. The Committee will make a recommendation on April 13thso please exercise your right to contact committee members within the next two weeks to express your thoughts.

Oak Ridge Schools FY2016 Approved Budget Timeline

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Spring Scholastic Book Fair!

The spring Book Fair will be held March 30 – April 2, and we need many KeepCalm_Book Fairvolunteers! Proceeds will be used to buy more books for the school’s library. Please consider volunteering a couple hours of your time.  Please click the link below to Volunteer Spot to learn more and sign up to help. If you have questions or have difficulty with the website, please email Amy O’Brien. Thanks for making a difference!

To sign up, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot.
  2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot.)
  3. Sign up! Choose your available times – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. It’s easy!
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C’mon, Join Us for PTO!

Parents and available teachers will meet tomorrow morning, March 24th, at 8:00 a.m. in Ms. Sample’s room, #207. We have rescheduled all remaining PTO meetings for the year to accommodate the majority of regular attendees. We hope that you can join us at the 8:00 a.m. time.

P.S. Agenda items for this meeting: Voting on funding requests, nominations for 2015-2016 PTO officers, Book Fair/Book Drive, Box Tops, and a “State of the School” report from Principal Cox.

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Happy Spring Break!

Hope you enjoy spring break with your student next week! 

Our next PTO Meeting will be held March 24th at 8:00 a.m. in Ms. Sample’s room, #207. All parents and any available teachers are invited to attend. The remaining meetings this school year will be rescheduled to 8:00 a.m. to accommodate the majority of the members regularly attending.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be held March 30th – April book bee2nd. As you know, proceeds from Book Fair purchases are used to buy Scholastic books/CDs/DVDs for the school’s library. As usual, we will need parent volunteers to help set up, sell books, and pack up the Book Fair. So, be on the lookout for an email request!

pto20graphicAt the end of the school year, we will have an election for PTO officers who will serve JMS for the 2015-2016 school year. The offices are: President, Secretary, Vice President, and Treasurer. A request for nominees will be made next month, and elections will take place at the May PTO meeting.

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School Closed; No PTO Meeting

Oak Ridge Schools are closed today, as of 6:48 a.m.

There will be no PTO meeting.

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