Jack Young Middle School Newsletter
February, 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
Family Literacy Night!

Cyber Safety For Parents and Children

NEW Interactive Safety Resource Available! 
In honor of Safer Internet Day 2019, interact is now available! 

Interact is an online, interactive e-course created for parents and guardians to complete with their children with the goal of sparking basic online safety discussions in the home. This 30 minute module provides parents with the opportunity to review their own tech use to set a good example; interactive activities to complete alongside their children; and follow-up resources and activities to keep the discussions going. 

This e-course gives parents the opportunity to set themselves up as the trusted adult in their child's life. If the child sees something online they don't understand or that makes them uncomfortable, they know they have someone to reach out to. The e-course even provides some ideas on how to start and continue these discussions, along with some bonus tips to help break the ice on awkward topics!
Be your child's trusted adult. Interact, and stay safe!

Visit  ProtectKidsOnlineWI.gov  and click the Interact tab to access the e-course, along with numerous other resources for online safety.
The interact program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to help keep kids safe online.


Looking for additional safety information or ways to get involved in sharing the message of safety? Check out  SaferInternetDay.org for ideas, materials, and learning opportunities! 

Let's Talk Drugs Discussion

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

   Students of the Month

6th Grade
               Reese                                                Logan  
7th Grade
                 Alex                                                 Caitlyn

8th Grade
                  Olivia                                              Derek

 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!
Music Department News!

The District Solo Ensemble Festival  will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at Reedsburg Area High School for participating band and choir students. Events are scheduled individually from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Times are posted outside the band room in the glass case. Mrs. Sorenson (choir) or Ms. Lumsden (band) have  also shared the schedule to view on Google Classroom.

Upcoming concerts:  

Tuesday, March 12th - 8th Grade Music Showcase Concert
8th Grade Band, 8th Grade Choir, and Jazz WIN
5:30 PM  at the JYMS Big Gym

Thank you for supporting music in our schools!

Sports Schedules
Girl's  Basketball

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

One of my daily habits is listening to audiobooks on my way to and from work. With all the new technology in vehicles these days, it's very easy to connect my iPhone to my car's audio system in order to listen daily. With the availability of audiobooks through Sora (through both our school and the public library), they are easily accessible for my listening. I find that listening to an audiobook makes my drive time much more enjoyable.
Some have expressed concerns about readers of middle school and high school age experiencing books in this way. There is plenty of research and anecdotal evidence about the merits of listening to books for older readers. Click here for an excellent annotated bibliography about the benefits of audiobooks for young people. Some of the benefits that stand out to me are the fact that listeners get the experience of hearing a professional reader, books that may be too difficult for the reader to decode and comprehend in printed form alone are suddenly an option, and listening to books is just plain fun and can help build positive attitudes about reading. I truly believe that listening to audiobooks regularly has improved my own ability to read aloud with feeling and expression.
I encourage you and your child to give audiobooks a try. There are lots of great titles available in our Sora library. JYMS students can listen directly through their Chromebooks, making it very convenient. Of course, they can also download the Sora app onto their personal devices and listen that way, too. Happy listening!

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.


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/