8th Grade Great America Trip- DATE CHANGED TO MAY 28!


Due to uncontrollable circumstances, this year’s Great America trip has been changed to Tuesday, May 28th.
Students, please arrive to school on time and report to your 1st period class for a bus departure before 9:00am.
Students will return to school around 5:00pm. Please arrange for transportation home.
Students who are not going on the trip are expected to attend school on May 28th.
If you have questions, please call 650-856-5188.

More details, including eligibility requirements here.

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Portfolio Night – Open House & Book Fair

The JLS Staff invites Students, Parents, and Families to visit our classrooms.

Open House ~ Portfolio Night Book Fair

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.        Open House and Portfolio Review in 6th – 8th Grade Classrooms

7:00 – 7:30 p.m.        Electives and P.E. Open House for 6th Grade

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.        Electives and P.E. Open House for 7th and 8th Grades

Student-led portfolio reviews have been an important part of assessment and reflection at JLS for more than ten years.  In a portfolio review, students gather their best work samples and present the key concepts from that body of work to an interested audience – in this case, their families.  This evening is an opportunity for students and their families to appreciate what students have accomplished this year.

For 8th grade students, the student-led portfolio reviews will prepare them for their Exit Interviews scheduled this year for May 16 and 17.

Sixth grade students and parents may leave core classrooms from 7:00 – 7:30p to visit P.E. and elective classes.  Seventh and eighth grade students and parents may leave core classrooms from 7:30 – 8:00p to visit P.E. and elective classes.

Parents, Guardians, and other family members, including siblings of

JLS students, are welcome!

We strongly request that parents save in-depth conversations with teachers for a private conference or e-mail.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday, May 8th

Please Note:

The JLS library and textbook fines list will be posted in the breezeway during Open House.  Please stop by and check the list to see if your student’s name is on the list.  If they have a fine, they must clear the fine before the Great America Trip (8th grade) and/or the distribution of yearbooks.

Friday, May 10th is a JLS Minimum Day.

dismissal @ 12:25 p.m.

Portfolio – Night Flyer

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Incoming 7th Graders Need Proof of Tdap Vaccine!

Proof of the Tdap* Vaccine is required before 7th grade entry.

All students entering 7th grade must show proof of having received a Tdap booster ON OR AFTER their 7th birthday before starting school in the fall.

(Información en Español)

·      If your student has not received the Tdap booster, contact your health care provider or clinic as soon as possible. Then send proof of the vaccine to the Central Attendance Office.

·      If your student has already received a Tdap booster ON OR AFTER their 7th birthday, please bring documentation to the Central Attendance Office.

·      All immunization records must be signed or stamped by a licensed health care provider or clinic.

Students who do not provide proof of the Tdap booster vaccine may be denied school entry until they satisfy this state requirement.

Immunization records can be delivered to the Central Attendance Office in any of the following ways:

FAX: (650) 321-4525

EMAIL: centattendance@pausd.org


Palo Alto Unified School District Office – Central Attendance Office

25 Churchill Avenue

Palo Alto, CA 94306

If you have questions about the vaccine, please contact your health care provider.

Thank you to the many families who have already sent proof of the Tdap vaccine.  Your support of our healthy school environment is appreciated.

To Your Good Health,

Palo Alto Unified School District

Health & Central Attendance Office

*Tdap:            Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine

Palo Alto Unified School District

25 Churchill Avenue Palo Alto, California  94306

District Nurse Linda lenoir, R.N. MSN

Phone: 650-329-3766 Fax: 650-321-4525 or 650-833-4265 llenoir@pausd.org

29 de Junio, 2012

Estimados Padres y Apoderados,

A los estudiantes del 7 grado se les pedirá prueba de que hayan recibido el refuerzo de la vacuna Tdap en su 7º cumpleaños o después para que puedan entrar al 7º grado.

Debido a una NUEVA LEY DE VACUNAS (Decreto 354), a su estudiante se le pedirá que muestre pruebas de un REFUERZO DE LA VACUNA Tdap* (Pertussis/tos ferina) ANTES de comenzar el 7º grado.

  • Si su hijo(a) no ha recibido el refuerzo Tdap, le recomendamos que se comunique con su proveedor de salud o clínica para recibir la vacuna lo más pronto posible (por favor ver abajo). Por favor envíen su prueba de la vacuna por correo, por correo electrónico, por fax o tráiganla en persona a la Oficina de Registros (Central Attendance) INMEDIATAMENTE. Número de fax: 650-321-4525. Correo electrónico: centattendance@pausd.org.
  • Si su hijo ya ha recibido el refuerzo Tdap en su 7º cumpleaños o después, por favor envíe la documentación por correo, por correo electrónico, por fax o tráiganla en persona a la Oficina de Registros (Central Attendance) INMEDIATAMENTE.

Todos los registros de vacunas deben ser firmados o sellados por un proveedor de salud autorizado.

A los estudiantes que entran al 7º grado NO SE LES PERMITIRA ENTRAR A LA ESCUELA a menos de que hayan cumplido con este requisito.

Las vacunas Tdap están disponibles donde su proveedor de salud y en las clínicas locales incluyendo:

Miércoles alternos 9:00-11:00 – Walk-in Immunization Clinic

1:00pm – Only the first 20 patients will be seen

MayView Community Health Center

270 Grant Avenue

Palo Alto, CA  94306


Miércoles alternos 9:00-11:00 – Walk-in Immunization Clinic

1:00pm – Only the first 20 patients will be seen

MayView Community Health Center

100 Moffett Blvd. #101

Mountain View, CA  94043

650- 965-3323

Llamen para preguntar horarios, fechas y locaciones Clínica Móvil de la Salud

Redwood City


Lunes, miércoles y viernes 2:00 – 6:00 Ravenswood Family Health Center edades 3-18

1798-A Bay Rd.

East Palo Alto, CA


Lunes-Viernes 8:30 – 11:00  & 1:00 – 4:30 Sequoia Teen Wellness Center  edades 12-21

200 James Avenue

Redwood City, CA  94062


Si su hijo no tiene seguro médico, hay seguro médico disponible gratis/a bajo costo a través de Medi-Cal 800-541-5555, Healthy Families/Healthy Kids 1-800-880-5305, y el Plan de Salud Kaiser Child 800-464-4000.

La salud de su hijo es muy importante para nosotros. Si tienen alguna pregunta por favor llámenme al 650-329-3766.


Linda Lenoir, R.N. MSN

Enfermera del Distrito

* “Tdap”= Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine.

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2013 Promotion Party – Volunteers Needed!

Dear Parents and Guardians of 8th Grade Students,

The JLS  2013 Promotion Party is only a couple of months away–May 30th.  We would like to reach out to all families to ask for your help volunteering in any way you can (time, expertise, ideas, sponsorship and contributions)  to make this event a memorable one for our children.

If we do not have enough volunteers, the event either cannot take place or will be a very low key event.

More Info and Sign-up (PDF)

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Promotion Party Tickets On Sale April 1st

Join us for an evening of Celebration!                                                                                             Food, treats, dancing, games, contests and more!

Admittance to the Promotion Party will be granted only to those students with a ticket.  Scholarships are available.

Contact Mrs. Scherer at the Guidance office for more information.                         We want everyone to attend!

Download Ticket Order Form (pdf)

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March Panther Tracks (Newsletter)

Attached here is the March Panther Tracks Newsletter. Enjoy!

March Panther Tracks

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Now Accepting Panther Camp Counselor Applications (current 7th graders)

Current 7th Grade Students,

We are now accepting applications from current 7th graders to become 8th grade counselors for Panther Camp 2013, JLS’s sixth grade orientation to middle school. One goal of Panther Camp is to make positive connections between the new sixth graders with the eighth graders on campus. Over 100 eighth graders will be selected to serve as Panther Camp counselors and will lead activities and serve as mentors to the sixth graders.

Panther Camp Counselors will be in a position of leadership and responsibility. Therefore, students applying are asked to demonstrate and explain your positive leadership qualities, your background experience in student leadership roles, your experience working with younger children and/or on cooperative teams, and relevant characteristics. When selecting the Panther Camp Counselors we will consider all these criteria as well as three specific school-related areas: Academic, Behavioral, and Attendance.

Click here to read more about applying, training dates, and to download the application.

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Temporary Trail Closure Creekside Drive to Duncan Place (Greenmeadow Neighborhood)

The Creekside Drive to Duncan Place trail will be temporarily closed from Wednesday, March 13th to Friday, March 15th to allow for new pedestrian ramp upgrades at each end of the trail to better accommodate accessibility.  Bicycles and pedestrians normally using the trail to access schools adjacent to Charleston Road are encouraged to use Nelson Drive to Charleston Road as an alternative route during the closure.

Additional information regarding this project please contact the Palo Alto – Department of Public Works at (650) 329-2295.

Download Map (pdf)

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Upcoming Safe Routes To School Community Meetings

Please join JLS at two important upcoming meetings to focus on how to make the daily school commute safer for all JLS families.
The first meeting will start at 8:15 a.m, on Wednesday, March 13.  We will begin by meeting in the front of the main office and will leave in groups to walk around the school to identify problem commute areas and then meet in Room 730 for a discussion of what we saw.
The second meeting is Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m, in Room 730. This meeting will be open to the broader community and will include review of a draft Walk and Roll to School map showing recommended walking and bicycling routes for students traveling to and from JLS.
The City of Palo Alto has received a grant to strengthen Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School program and has hired a consultant to lead us through the development of the Walk and Roll to School map.  These information-gathering meetings are an opportunity for our school community to come out and be heard by transportation professionals specializing in school commute solutions.
Please mark your calendars and RSVP to Sylvia Star-Lack to attend the Walk and Roll map meetings.  The outcome of this process will only be as good as the input from the JLS community, so if you can’t attend the meetings, be sure your feedback is heard.  Please RSVP or send your comments to Sylvia Star-Lack, saferoutes@cityofpaloalto.org.
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8th Grade Great America Field Trip Info

The following letter has been mailed home to 8th Grade Parents. It is being posted here for your convenience:

Dear Eighth Grade JLS Students, Parents, and Guardians:

It is difficult to believe that fourth quarter is almost here. In May, our eighth grade class will enjoy an excursion to Great America to celebrate a year of hard work.  It is my hope that all members of this class will be able to attend this end-of-year trip on Tuesday, May 28th.

Attending the concluding trip to Great America is regarded as a privilege for eighth graders.  To be eligible for participation, students must make wise choices with respect to behavior.  Teachers and administrators have established specific expectations for student behavior during the weeks preceding the trip.  In order for students to attend the Great America trip they must meet these expectations.  Please review and discuss these expectations for attendance with your child. The following expectations will be discussed with the students at school, will be announced on KJLS, will be posted on the JLS website, and a copy will be given to students.

All of JLS/PAUSD rules and policies are in effect during this field trip. The JLS dress code will be enforced.  An eighth grade student will NOT be able to attend the Great America trip if he or she:

  1. Receives two or more disciplinary referrals during the 4th quarter, between March 18 and May 24.
  2. Is suspended from school between March 18 and May 24.
  3. Accumulates 5 or more unexcused tardies between March 18 and May 24.
  4. Has a library fine, overdue book, unreturned textbook, or other obligation that is not cleared by noon on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
  5. Has not turned in an athletic team uniform by Friday, May 17, 2013.

We thank you for your help in discussing and supporting these expectations with your child.  Any student who is excluded, or chooses not to go to Great America, will be expected to attend school on the day of the trip.  Arrangements will be made for these students to be supervised at JLS.

Here are the details:

WHERE: Great America

WHEN: Tuesday May 28th, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (approximately). If you need to pick up your student earlier, send a note to Joan Scherer in the Guidance Office by Friday, May 17.

HOW: Transportation by school bus. Students will be picked up and dropped off at JLS.

COST:               Students without a season pass when payment is due = $38.00 (regular ticket)

Students with a season pass when payment is due = $10.00

Your payment should be made by check payable to JLS Middle School and returned with the attached permission slip to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, April 24.

No refunds can be given once the tickets have been purchased.

Financial assistance is available upon request.

If you have any questions, please contact the administrative team (856-5188), Joan Scherer (856-5182), or guidance counselor, Linda Howard (856-5175).


Sharon Ofek, Principal

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