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Week of Monday, January 18, 2021


This Week’s Events (Off, A, B, A, B)
*Monday, Jan. 18: MLK Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
*Tuesday, Jan. 19: A Day (Periods 1, 3, 5)
Jan. 19: MLK Assembly, Facebook Live, 8:15 am
*Jan. 19: AVID Site Team Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
Jan. 19: PTSA Membership Meeting, Zoom, 6 pm
Jan. 21: Staff Meeting, Zoom, 7:15 am
Jan. 21: 6th Grade WEB Activity, Homeroom Zooms, 12:30 pm

*Jan. 22: Fun Friday, Zoom, 12:00 pm

Events on the Horizon (Tentative)
*Feb. 4: 6th Grade WEB Activity, Homeroom Zooms, 12:30 pm
Feb. 4: Guiding Coalition Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
Feb. 5: End of 1st Semester
Feb. 8: Middle and High School students begin SK Flex
*Feb. 15-16: Presidents’ Day Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
Feb. 18: Staff Meeting, 7:15 am
Feb. 25: Unity Council Meeting, 3:15-4:30 pm
*Mar. 4: Guiding Coalition
*Mar. 18: MS End of 4th Six Weeks
*Mar. 18: Staff Meeting, 7:15 am
*Apr. 5-9: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
*Apr. 15: Guiding Coalition, 3:15 pm

*Events added to General Gist this week.

Athletics Update
South Kitsap School District understands the importance of physical activity and the benefits it provides towards health and fitness.Cedar Heights, Marcus Whitman and John Sedgwick middle schools participate in the West Sound Middle School League for athletics.The WSMSL Athletic Directors have been monitoring the CDC and Kitsap Public Health guidelines and in an abundance of caution for our student athletes agreed to suspend middle school athletics for the 2020-21 school year.Any future athletic opportunities will be determined once we reach face to face learning and each middle school will look to transition to some form of afterschool activity keeping to the CDC and Kitsap Public Health guidelines.

After school clubs are a great way for students to explore their interests and connect with peers.

  • Anime Club with Ms. Chalmers is a lot of fun! Enter the code 4hur5bg to join the Anime Google Classroom.
  • Our GEMS is a group for girls run by volunteers from Soroptomist of Bremerton that focuses on the shaping well-rounded, bright, and respectful young women. Click on this link for more detailed information about the club and a permission slip, both of which can be found in our JSMS Counselors Google Classroom.
  • STE(a)M Club with Ms. Tetz and Mr. Lantz meets every Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 pm (except holidays/halfdays/no school). The Google Classroom code is d37njob. Click here for a Zoom link. The passcode is STEAM.
  • Photography Club with Mr. Durham will meet every Friday at 2:45 pm via Zoom. Join the club’s Google Classroom: QVLEAM2.

John Sedgwick Middle School is on the map!

Last Thursday, Blue Origin flew postcards from our 6th and 7th grade students to space onboard the New Shepherd Mission NS-14 rocket out of Texas. Our school was even referenced around the 40:00 mark of the webcast of the launch! Soon, the postcards will be returned to our students, stamped "flown in space” – how cool is that!? Anybody can send postcards. To do so, visit

This Week’s Message
Last week, our district successfully launched in-person Flex learning for K-2 students. At the same time, we were able to offer Internet Café for our students without internet access. There were lots of smiles on the faces of students, staff, and parents upon returning to school! Secondary schools are still on track to return on February 8 which marks the beginning of 2nd semester. In the next three weeks, we will provide detailed information for our Flex and Online families in preparation for our transition, including first days schedules, safety protocols, and how to access student class schedules. Make sure your seatbelts are firmly fastened. We’re approaching some patches of turbulence, but clearer skies lie beyond!

MLK Assembly
Every year, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with a schoolwide assembly. This year’s assembly will be a virtual assembly broadcast on Facebook Live this Tuesday, January 19. The assembly will be highlighted by our guest speaker, Ms. Barbara Pixton, current principal at Mullenix Ridge Elementary in SKSD. A few of our students and staff will also lend their talents and introduce a student project entitled “The Sky’s the Limit”. Please join us at 8:15 am on Tuesday via our school Facebook page
@jsgenerals to view and comment in live time on our assembly. We would love nothing more than to honor Dr. King together in person, but this is the next best thing!

On February 9, South Kitsap School District will ask voters to replace the current Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy that expires in 2021 with a replacement four-year measure. Levy programs and enrichments empower South Kitsap students to explore options, access enhanced learning opportunities, attend safe school facilities with the staff and technology tools they need to achieve success. To learn more about the levy, visit our district website, or attend this week’s PTSA meeting via Zoom where Superintendent Tim Winter will make a presentation and answer questions.

AVID is promoting T Mobile’s Project 10 Million to provide 100GB of mobile data per year to 10 million families in need. To learn more and find out if your family is eligible, click here.


Our next meeting is this Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 6 pm. Superintendent Tim Winter will be our featured guest, and he will be speaking on our upcoming levy and answering questions. Join us via Zoom!

Fun Friday
This week’s activity will be a Singing Bee where contestants will have to sing or say the next line of the song. The winner(s) will receive a $5 Dairy Queen gift card! To join in the fun, click on the Fun Friday Zoom link in the JSMS Google Classroom at 12:00 this Friday.

Celebrations and Thanks

  • Congratulations to our music teacher, Ms. Howland, who recently gave birth to her first child!
  • Congratulations to our head custodian, Mr. Bishop, who recently became a grandfather!
  • Congratulations to Danika A. (8th grade) who won last week’s Fun Friday “Simon Says” competition! Danika will receive a certificate, a $5 Taco Time gift card, and a Generals window cling in the mail.
  • Congratulations to all students who tried out for a part in this year’s school play, The Wizard of Oz! Thank you to our drama teacher, Ms. Colbo for leading the production!
  • Thank you to Dr. Borders, Ms. Tetz, and Mr. Queen for making our Blue Origin postcard project a success…what a unique opportunity for our students!
  • Thank you to everyone who helped make our first week of Internet Café a success! This includes our dean of students Mr. Plutko, nurse Ms. Bilek, para Ms. Guglielmo, security officer Ms. Kapsch, assistant principal Ms. Christman, counselors Ms. Baker and Ms. McDermott, custodians Mr. Bishop, Mr. Cole, Mr. Chapman, and Mr. Doyle, instructional specialist Mr. Smith, and our Food and Nutrition Services Department. Most of all, we want to thank our students who attended and worked so hard on their schoolwork!

Remote Learning Tip of the Week
Prioritize your assignments and start with the three most important tasks to complete. Avoid procrastination by starting with your most challenging assignment first to ensure that you have stamina to complete it.Alternatively, you can start with easy tasks first to get things rolling, and then shift to the more challenging assignments.Your choice depends upon your style; try both and see which style works best for you.

Quote of the Week
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.” – Gil Stern

Links to Important Resources

JSMS Website
Skyward Family/Student Access
SKSD Grab and Go Meals

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