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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JLS Not In Our Schools Week

During the week of March 4-8th, JLS will be holding their annual Not In Our Schools Week, which is dedicated to celebrating diversity, fostering our global community, standing up to hate and breaking stereotypes. We will have cultural groups perform at lunch, as well as other activities during the week. Below is the schedule we will follow for the week, and includes the daily theme and lunchtime activity for any particular day. We look forward to a week of positive student interaction, togetherness, and celebrating who we are as individuals and as a school. Thank you!

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JLS Music Benefit Concert (February 26th)

The JLS Music Benefit Concert is fast approaching on February 26, 2013! The JLS Girls Choir, Mixed Choir, Symphonic Band and 7th and 8th Grade Orchestra are putting on a concert at All Saints Episcopal Church in Downtown Palo Alto, 555 Waverley. In addition to the students performances you will also get to hear Ms. Fitzhugh, Mr. Miller, and Ms. McGuire perform!
Tickets will be on sale February 11-25, and at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults and $ 5 for students. If you would like to order tickets, you can email afitzhugh@pausd.org or see Mrs. Scherer in the Guidance Office.
5:30-6:30 pm – Concert
We hope that you are able to join us for a wonderful evening of music!
Angelina, Greg and Rachel
All proceeds from this concert will go to the SoCal Music Tour, March 20-23.
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Transition Dates for 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders

These dates were previously published in the “Panther Tracks” but they are being posted here again for your convenience.

Transition Dates (PDF)

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