Meeting Tuesday, February 24th at 8:00 a.m.

School bus in snow image - school.discoveryeducation.comWell, hasn’t this been fun?!

We are hoping to be back in school tomorrow and wish to hold our planned PTO meeting tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. Gather in Ms. Sample’s room (#207), unless you receive word of school cancellation.

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Welcome Back!

Happy 2015, and welcome back to school!

We will have a regularly scheduled PTO meeting on January 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the JMS Little Theater.

Two members from the Oak Ridge Schools Board of Education will join us for a question and answer session. Is there something you are wondering about? Please come, and bring your questions!

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PTO Meeting Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.

Please be reminded that the Jefferson Middle School PTO meets Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the JMS Library. Parents and teachers are always welcome to attend!

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School Board Meeting Monday

The next regular meeting of the Oak Ridge Schools Board of Education will be Monday, November 24, at 6:00 p.m. See the agenda here. The Willow Brook Elementary 4th Grade Chorus will perform, and newly elected BOE members will be sworn in at this meeting. 

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Your Christmas Shopping Can Benefit JMS!

If you shop online using, you can affiliate your Amazon account with the school so that Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase total to JMS! It’s easy to do! Amazon LogoAmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Jefferson Middle School every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to JMS! You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. To support JMS through your purchases, follow this link: To support JMS, always shop at

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Upcoming Meetings

Oak Ridge Schools Board of Education will meet Monday, November 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the School Administration Building on New York.  Discussions regarding the next school year’s budget have already begun. Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 25th, a Technology Town Hall will take place 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Oak Ridge High School Auditorium. If you attended a previous Town Hall meeting, this one will be different! At this meeting, you will see technology used by students!

JMS PTO does not meet in November; meeting next on December 16th at 6:00 p.m.

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Congratulations to BOE & City Council Members!

The elections yesterday brought us lots of new leadership, including new members of our local school board and City Council. Congratulations to all!

Newly elected Oak Ridge Schools Board of Education members include: Bob Eby (re-elected with 3,724 votes); Laura McLean (3,133); and Paige Marshall (2,754). Thank you for committing your time over the next four years to determining the future direction for our schools and taking bold steps in that direction. We look forward to working with you as a community of parents and other concerned citizens.

Newly elected City Council members include: Warren Gooch (3,761 votes); Rick Chinn (3,761); Kelly Callison (3,310); and former councilwoman Ellen Smith (2,991). We look forward to your work over the next four years, in concert with the Board of Education, to maintain the excellent school system we currently have and to go beyond that by improving our schools for this and future generations of Oak Ridgers.

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Today’s the Day: Please VOTE!

If you haven’t already early voted, please do take the time today to vote in the general elections! Every vote counts, and your voice should be heard.

In Oak Ridge, 10 people are running for the four seats available on the City Council, and eight people are running for the three seats available on the Oak Ridge Schools Board of Education. Also, Oak Ridge will vote on whether to allow wine sales in grocery stores. To review all election items, please see a sample ballot (which includes the proposed amendments to the state constitution, as well as statewide and national races) on the Anderson County Election Commission website.

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BOE Meeting Tonight & ORNL Funds Match

Please be reminded that the Oak Ridge School Board of Education meets this evening at 6:00 p.m. at the School Administration Building on New York.

Also, a thoughtful parent shared the ORNL charitable contribution funds matching information to remind any JMS parents who work at ORNL that they can have their contribution to the Direct Drive fundraiser doubled using the ORNL “charitable contributions” program.  Please submit a form requesting the funds. Here is information on the community-outreach program.

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Reminders and Requests

Friday is the last day of the PTO Direct Drive fundraiser. You may, of course, donate funds at any time; however, to be counted toward your student’s homeroom tally for the donut party contest, completed forms and donations must be received by Friday. Thank you for your support!

You may bring your old books to JMS to support a Mobile Book Library. CDC teacher Lexie Scott is organizing JMS efforts to contribute to this resource that will provide students in Oak Ridge access to books over the summer. The plan is to target neighborhoods where students are less likely to have access to a nearby library. Ms. Scott will collect books at JMS, and volunteer Esther Parish will deliver them to the organizers.

The JMS school nurse reports that the clinic is needing 3-5 oz. cups, hydrogen peroxide, and lozenges (menthol and other). If you would like to donate any of these items, please send them to the clinic with your student or drop them by when you are visiting the school. Thank you!

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