Jack Young Middle School Newsletter
January, 2019
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What is a middle schooler,
I was asked one day.
I knew what he was...
but what should I say?

He is noise and confusion.
He is silence that is deep.
He is sunshine and laughter,
or a cloud that will weep.

He is swift as an arrow.
He is a waster of time.
He wants to be rich,
but cannot save a dime.

He is rude and nasty.
He is polite as can be.
He wants parental guidance,
but fights to be free.

He is aggressive and bossy.
He is timid and shy.
He knows all the answers,
but still will ask "why"?

He is awkward and clumsy.
He is graceful and poised.
He is ever changing,
but do not be annoyed.

What is a middle schooler,
I was asked one day.
He is the future unfolding.
Do not stand in his way.

||Author Unknown||

          Dave Schwarz              Brian Bauer
               Principal            Assistant Principal
Spelling Bee Results

   Congratulations to eighth grade student Annika C and seventh grade student Hunter T who took first and second place respectively at the Baraboo District Scripps Spelling Bee.  They will compete in the regional Scripps Spelling Bee in Portage on February 6th.  The group of spellers battled through words like garbanzo, unguents and auf Wiedersehen, and these two really showcased their spelling chops.  Malachi U, sixth-grade student, took home a hard fought 3rd place finish.  
      Congratulations to all who participated!  Good luck Annika and Hunter!   Ms McMahon

Nov/Dec   Students of the Month
  6th Grade
             Laksana                                            Robert
                                          7th Grade
              Hunter                                                 Zoe                
                                        8th Grade
        .          Michon                                             Dakota 

6th Grade
               Vadzim                                             Frankie
7th Grade
                Kirsten                                                 Zoe

8th Grade
               Dominic                                                Eryn 

 Here is a picture of the T-Birds of the Month display outside the Commons.  Students are nominated each month by staff ,and 2 students at each grade level are randomly chosen.  Great job, JYMS students!
T-Bird Pride
Here is a picture of the T-Bird Pride Board that is located in the commons.  Each day three students are recognized over the announcements at the end of the day for being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.  Students are nominated by staff and randomly selected each day.  Great job JYMS students!
Sports Schedules
Girl's  Basketball

Tuesday, 1/15:  JYMS vs Portage @JYMS
           4:15  8th grade- big gym  A Team plays 1st
           4:15 7th grade- small gym  A Team plays 1st

Thursday, 1/17:  JYMS @Olson Middle School, Mauston
           4:30  8th grade-  B Team only
           5:30 7th grade-   B Team only

Thursday, 1/24:   JYMS  @Mt Horeb 
           4:15  8th grade  B Team plays 1st
           4:15 7th grade  B Team plays 1st

Monday, 1/28:   JYMS vs Lodi @JYMS
           4:15  8th grade- big gym  A Team plays 1st
           4:15 7th grade- small gym  A Team plays 1st

Monday, Feb. 4: JYMS vs Wisconsin Heights  
4:15  8th grade- @Wis Heights High School  A Team plays 1st
4:15 7th grade- @ Mazomanie Elementary A Team plays 1st

Tuesday, Feb. 5:  JYMS vs Reedsburg
           4:15  8th grade- @ Just A Game, Wis Dells B team plays 1st
           4:15 7th grade-  @South Elementary School B team plays 1st

Thursday, Feb. 7:  JYMS vs Wis Dells @JYMS
           4:15  8th grade- big gym  B Team plays 1st
           4:15 7th grade- small gym  B Team plays 1st

Monday, Feb. 11:  JYMS vs Poynette @JYMS
            4:15  8th grade- big gym  A Team plays 1st
            4:15 7th grade- small gym  A Team plays 1st

Thursday, Feb. 14:  JYMS vs Sauk @ JYMS
4:15  8th grade- big gym  B Team plays 1st
            4:15 7th grade- small gym  B Team plays 1st

Monday, Feb. 18:  JYMS vs Portage
            4:15  8th grade- @ Muir Elementary   A Team plays 1st
            4:15 7th grade- @ Portage Middle School  A Team plays 1st

Thursday, Feb. 21:  JYMS vs Lodi
            4:15 8th grade- @Lodi Middle School   B Team plays 1st
            4:15 7th grade- Lodi Elementary School  B Team plays 1st

Notes from the Librarian

Notes from the Library
by Mrs. Steiner

New Year's Resolutions abound at this time of year. We know the importance of reading twenty minutes each night, but sometimes it can be difficult to maintain that motivation throughout the year, especially during breaks and vacations. One way you can help your child build excitement and motivation around reading is to help them make a reading resolution for 2019. Experts suggest that defining your goal (read 20 minutes each night, read fun and interesting books to stay motivated) is key to success. If you do an Internet search for "reading resolutions for kids", your results will include great articles and tips for helping your child set reading goals. If you are on Pinterest, you can find some fun ideas by searching for "reading challenge for kids". Scholastic has published some terrific printables, as well, that can assist in generating ideas and discussion with your child. You can pick and choose ideas from these lists to personalize your goals.

As always, if you or your child are looking for reading suggestions, consult your school or public librarian. We are happy to provide you with some ideas. Happy reading and Happy New Year!


Chromebook Corner

��  Reminder:  chromebooks should stay in their issued cases at all times

��  Students should charge their chromebooks each night to ensure enough battery power to get  them though each school day.


8th Grade News
It is our pleasure to welcome you back for a new school year.  We hope you have enjoyed the summer with family and friends and have had the opportunity to enjoy some of your favorite summer activities. You, the families in the community we serve, enhance the high quality of our school. To some extent, the school can only take partial credit for our level of student achievement. You have high expectations for the school and your children's performance, and we applaud and welcome those expectations. Please feel free to contact us at any time.
      -JYMS 8th Grade Team

7th Grade News
Here is an excerpt from the newest 7th Grade Newsletter, which will be shared with parents through Infinite Campus in the new year:  

The Key to Success in 7th Grade

Learning from Our Mistakes

In our first quarter newsletter, we learned about the differences between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. Students with a fixed mindset tend to view mistakes as barriers and will often retreat from them. Students with a growth mindset tend to view mistakes as an opportunity to learn. Below are some ways that adults can help students learn from their mistakes: Learning from Mistakes: Ten Guidelines that Foster Positive Student Development ü Acknowledge that you don't expect them to be perfect. ü Let them know your love is unconditional, regardless of their mistakes or lapses in judgment. ü Don't rescue children from their mistakes. Instead, focus on the solution. ü Provide examples of your own mistakes, the consequences, and how you learned from them. ü Encourage them to take responsibility for their mistakes and not blame others. ü Avoid pointing out their past mistakes. Instead, focus on the one at hand. ü Praise them for their ability to admit their mistakes. ü Praise them for their efforts and courage to overcome setbacks. ü Mentor them on how to apologize when their mistakes have hurt others. ü Help them look at the good side of getting things wrong!

Price-Mitchell, M. (2014). Learning from Mistakes: Helping Kids See the Good Side of Getting Things Wrong.   Retrieved from http://www.rootsofaction.com/learning-from-mistakes-helping-children-see-thegood-side-of-getting-things-wrong/
Sixth Grade News
News from Sixth Grade!

What a wonderful start to the year it has been.  We have all truly enjoyed spending time with our new students and are looking forward to all the wonderful things we will do this year.  During the past month, sixth graders have been learning about how to be successful as a middle school student.  We have been helping all of our students with how to use resources such as Infinite Classroom, Destiny, OverDrive and Google Classroom.  

A few things that have been going really well:
    • Our students are all having success getting into their lockers!
    •  Students are consistently arriving to class on time.
    • Students are keeping supplies ready and Chromebooks charged.

Things we need to work on 

    • Cleaning up after ourselves, especially during lunch time.
    • Using classroom supplies with care so that they are available for all student to learn.
    • Chewing and disposing of gum appropriately.
Please do not hesitate to contact your child's teachers with questions and concerns.  

The Sixth Grade Team