The General Gist

Welcome to the General Gist, a weekly communication to John Sedgwick Middle School families and community members.  The General Gist for the week beginning, Monday, November 11, 2019:



Happy Veterans Day!


No matter how hard we try, it’s nearly impossible to have an attitude of gratitude at all times.  We take things for granted, especially things like our health and our freedom.  That’s why events like last Friday’s Veterans Day assembly are so important.  Not only did we get to honor and thank those who protect our freedoms, we also got to pause and reflect on all that we have.  We are so blessed to live in a country with top notch health care, quality schools, plenty of food, and freedom to live, travel, and worship as we please.  Comparatively speaking, even our struggling families have more resources and opportunities than half of earth’s population.  That’s a sobering thought and one worth reminding ourselves of every now and then.


Thank you to our veterans and their families who attended our Veterans Day assembly.  We hope you felt loved and appreciated by our students and staff.



This Week’s Events:

Nov. 12-22: ASB Thanksgiving Food Drive (Homeroom competition)

Nov. 12: AVID Site Team Meeting, Upstairs Conference Room, 7:15-7:55 am

Nov. 12: PSAT 8/9 Pre-Administration (7th and 8th grade), Homeroom Schedule

Nov. 13: Giving Drive Luncheon, Library, 10:47 am

Nov. 14: Unity Council Meeting, Library, 7 am (moved to Dec. 5)

Nov. 14: PSAT (Rooms and proctors to be Assigned)

Nov. 14: Staff Appreciation Lunch Provided by Costco (Pizza and Cookie), Staff Lounge, All 3 Lunches

*Nov. 14: Boys Basketball @ Poulsbo, 3:30 pm

Nov. 14: AVID Family Night, Commons, 6-7:30 pm

Nov. 15: PSAT Debrief (7th and 8th Grade), Homeroom Schedule

*Nov. 15: Girls Soccer vs. Poulsbo (@SKHS), 3:30 pm


Events on the Horizon (Tentative):

Nov. 18: Family STEAM Night, Galaxy Theater, 5:30 pm

Nov. 19: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

*Nov. 19: Boys Basketball vs. Mountain View, 3:30 pm

*Nov. 19: Girls Soccer @ Ridgetop (@Olympic HS), 3:30 pm

Nov. 21: SKEA/Nuts & Bolts, Library, 7:15 am

*Nov. 21: Boys Basketball @ Ridgetop, 3:30 pm

*Nov. 21: Girls Soccer vs. CK (@SKHS), 3:30 pm

*Nov. 21: IM Girls Soccer vs. CH, 3:15 pm

*Nov. 25: Girls Soccer vs. Curtis (@SKHS), 3:30 pm

*Nov. 26: Boys Basketball vs. CK, 3:30 pm

Nov. 27 No Late Start, Early Release

Nov. 28-29: Thanksgiving Break (NO SCHOOL)

Dec. 2: End of 2nd Six Weeks

Dec. 2-6: Holiday Wishes Kickoff

*Dec. 2: Boys Basketball vs. Curtis, 3:30 pm

*Dec. 2: Girls Soccer @ Mountain View (@Bremerton HS), 3:30 pm

*Dec. 2: IM Boys Basketball @ MW, 3:15 pm

Dec. 3: Guiding Coalition, Library, 3:15-5 pm

*Dec. 3: IM Girls Soccer @ MW, 3:15 pm

*Dec. 4: Boys Basketball vs. Poulsbo, 3:30 pm

*Dec. 4: Girls Soccer @ Poulsbo (@Strawberry Field), 3:30 pm

Dec. 5: Staff Training, Library, 7:15 am (canceled)

*Dec. 5: Unity Council, Library, 7:00 am

*Dec. 5: IM Boys Basketball @ CH, 3:15 pm

*Dec. 5: IM Girls Soccer @ CH, 3:15 pm

*Dec. 6: No Tardy Party, Homeroom Classes

Dec. 6: PTSA Holiday Craft Night, Commons, TBA

Dec. 9 & 10: School Play Auditions, Theater, 2:45-4:30 pm

*Dec. 9: Boys Basketball @ Mountain View, 3:30 pm

*Dec. 9: Girls Soccer vs. Ridgetop (@SKHS), 3:30 pm

*Dec. 9: IM Boys Basketball vs. CH and MW, 3:15 pm

Dec. 10: EMS Team Meeting, Library, 7:15 am

Dec. 10: 6th-8th Grade Band Concert

*Dec. 11: Boys Basketball vs. Ridgetop, 3:30 pm

*Dec. 11: Girls Soccer @ CK (@Huey Field), 3:30 pm

*Dec. 12: IM Girls Soccer vs. MW, 3:15 pm

Dec. 12: 6th-8th Grade Orchestra Concert (moved from Dec. 11)

*Dec. 16: Boys Basketball @ CK, 3:30 pm

*Dec. 16: Girls Soccer @ Curtis, 3:30 pm

Dec. 16: 6th-12th Grade Winter Choir Concert, SKHS, 6 pm

Dec. 16-20: Holiday Spirit Week

Dec. 16-18: School Play Rehearsals, Theater, 2:45-4:30 pm

*Dec. 17: AVID Site Team Meeting, Conference Room, 7:15 am

*Dec. 17: Girls Soccer vs. Mountain View (@SKHS), 3:30 pm

*Dec. 18: Boys Basketball @ Curtis, 3:30 pm

Dec. 19: SKEA/Nuts & Bolts, Library, 7:15 am

Dec. 20: Holiday Extravaganza (Early Release, Special Schedule)

Dec. 23-Jan. 3: Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

Feb. 28: PTSA Nacho Average Game Night, Commons, TBA

Mar. 3: School Play Preview, Commons, 3:15 pm

Mar. 4-6: School Play, Commons, 6 pm

Mar. 7: School Play, Commons, 1 pm

Apr. 24: PTSA Cookies & Canvas, Commons, 6-8 pm


*New events added to the General Gist this week


We are happy to offer a variety of clubs to meet our kids’ interests.








Anime Club



Portable 3




Art Club







Diversity Club







Jazz Band







Photography Club














Mars Rover Club (Sponsored by STEAM)







Yearbook Club









Federal Impact Aid Survey:

All South Kitsap Families are required to complete a Federal Impact Aid Survey by November 15. The survey is available on Skyward Family Access.



ASB Thanksgiving Food Drive:

Thanksgiving is a great time to focus on one of our five guiding principles: service.  Every year, our ASB conducts a food drive for needy families in our community.  Please gather or purchase non-perishable food items and send them to school with your child.  Our food drive will run from November 12-22, and the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Homerooms that bring in the most food items will each win a donut party!



Winter 1 Sports:

Our Boys Basketball and Girls Soccer teams kick off their seasons this week!  Boys Basketball travels to Poulsbo on Thursday at 3:30 pm, and Girls Soccer hosts Poulsbo on Friday at 3:30 pm (at SKHS).  Good luck Generals!



PSAT 8/9:

As part of our AVID initiative, we will be administering the PSAT 8/9 digitally to all 8th graders on Thursday, Nov. 14.  We will also administer a paper and pencil practice PSAT 8/9 to all 7th graders on the same day.  Pre-administration will occur on Nov. 12 in Homeroom on a special Homeroom Schedule.  Both exams are free to our students, and they will help prepare our students for college and career readiness.  For more information, click here.



Unity Council:

Due to the need to prep for PSAT 8/9 testing, our first Unity Council meeting that was originally scheduled for this Thursday morning will be moved to December 5 in place of our staff training.  Unity Council is our building’s “culture” leadership team comprised of grade level leaders and others who represent all of our stakeholders.  Our primary focus will be on making progress toward becoming a trauma-informed school.  Although only UC members have voting privileges, all of our meetings are open to any students, staff, and family members who would like to attend. 



AVID Family Night:

Our AVID Family Night is this Thursday, November 14 from 6-7:30 pm.  This event is planned by our AVID Elective students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and is intended for their families as well as families who may not have students enrolled in an AVID Elective but are interested in learning more about AVID.  We are looking forward to sharing a free meal together and showing our families the AVID Way!



Family STEAM Night:

Once again, our students, staff, and families have been invited to participate in a Family STEAM Night at the Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor!  Here are the details:


Hosted by: John Sedgwick Middle School, Pacific Science Center, and the Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor

What: Movie Playing with Fire rated PG and an Interactive Pacific Science Center Show “Radical Reactions”

Where: Uptown Galaxy Theater in Gig Harbor

When: November 18, 2019 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE!!  Limited to 100 tickets

Who can attend: All family members related to a JSMS student (JSMS student must attend and a responsible adult)


Tickets are “sold out”.  If you would like to attend, please contact our main office at 360-874-6090 and request to be put on the waiting list.



PTSA News & Notes:

If you have kids who enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos, encourage them to have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTSA Reflections!  This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for students’ own unique interpretation through the arts.  They can pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the display outside the main office and return by November 27.  For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at


Attached is a flyer that was distributed to students and staff for Thanksgiving Pies.  John Sedgwick PTSA has partnered with Remlinger Farms to provide this service to our families which also doubles as a fundraiser for programs and supplies that our PTSA sponsors.  

Pie Order Form 


Celebrations and Thanks:

  • Congratulations to 8th grader, Rose Nitz, who qualified for the Washington Music Education Association (WMEA) All-State Orchestra!  Rose will be performing with others who qualified in February in Yakima…way to go!!
  • We are excited to welcome custodian Linda Carlson back to our building!
  • We raised $1,400 during our book fair!  Thank you to all who visited and purchased books.
  • Thank you to all of our families who were able to join us for our Veterans Day assembly.  It was an honor to host you!



Quote of the Week:

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill



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Your JSMS Admin Team


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