This video performance is a compilation of individual students playing their parts that has been edited to make up a performance. It features 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade performers who took on the challenge of putting on a concert during distance learning. Each one has worked hard to create this performance to show our community spirit and musical growth this year.
Dear JSMS Families,
I hope you are all feeling well and adjusting to our new daily routines. Since the time that our closure was extended from the initial 2 weeks , the teachers and many other school staff have been working to develop distance learning opportunities for all students.
The primary goal of JSMS is to provide students with the academic skills and personal habits necessary to ensure success at the secondary level.
Social and emotional skills are key to building individual character and positive relationships within a greater community, and critical to the success of adolescents as learners. It is important that:
Students and staff model respect, patience, and kindness. Students and staff practice acceptance, courage, and compassion. Staff members communicate effectively with parents to cultivate a partnership. Students are involved in the process of developing class expectations with their teachers. Staff members use intentional strategies to help students build the resiliency needed for healthy decision making. Students use these strategies to accept and build individuality and the resiliency needed to overcome personal obstacles.
We will continue to create a learning environment that promotes self-motivation, student engagement, and achievement. Motivation and engagement increase with and are more likely to occur when:
Students can articulate what they should know and be able to do in order to achieve proficiency. Students use a well defined process to track their own progress toward attaining individual goals. Students are motivated to meet learning targets and take opportunities for work revision. Students can articulate how an assignment or activity connects to standards and learning targets. Students receive frequent, relevant, formative feedback. Learning takes place using various types of instruction, which allows for student voice and choice. Instruction is based on students’ needs and interests. Staff and students understand that mistakes are inherent to the learning process. Staff and students focus on individual growth based on increasingly complex thinking: