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The General Gist

Week of Monday, June 7, 2021

This Week’s Events
Jun. 7-11: Spirit Week
Jun. 8 & 9: Virtual Spring Music Concert, Zoom, 6:30 pm
Jun. 9: Incoming 6th Grade Visit, JSMS, 9:30-11 am and 1:30-3 pm
Jun. 10: Guiding Coalition Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm

Events on the Horizon (Tentative)
Jun. 14 & 15: Flex Learning Materials Check-In, Homeroom
Jun. 14 & 15: “Game Day”, 1-2:30 pm
Jun. 15: JSMS AVID Site Team Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
Jun. 16: 8th Grade Drive-Thru, 5-6 pm
Jun. 17: Staff Meeting, Zoom, 7:00 am
Jun. 17 & 18: 8th Grade Brunch and Walk of Fame, Approx. 10:30 am
Jun. 17: Last Day of School for A Day Students (Full Day)
Jun. 18: Last Day of School for B Day Students (Half Day Release)
Jun. 21-23: Online Learning Materials Check-In, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Jul. 19-Aug. 12: SKSD Summer Academy
Aug. 17: JSMS Office Re-Opens
Aug. 25-26: General Admission (Student Orientation Days)
Sept. 8: First Day of School

*Events added to General Gist this week.

Clubs -- CLUBS HAVE CONCLUDED FOR THE YEAR! Thank you to all who participated! Yearbook Club will continue at the direction of Ms. Benesh! 
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 on Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45 pm (except holidays/half-days/no school). The Google Classroom code is d37njob. Click here for a Zoom link. The passcode is STEAM.
  • Photography Club with Mr. Durham has moved to Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm via Zoom. Join the club’s Google Classroom: QVLEAM2.
  • Yearbook Club with Ms. Light-Benesh meets on Wednesdays at 3 pm (only for existing members)

This is our last full week of Season 3 sports! Track & Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Fastpitch, and Spirit Squad practices will run from 3-4:30 pm on students’ scheduled A or B day through June 15.

This Week’s Message
June 6 is the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, France which marked the turning point in the European Theater of World War II.According to all accounts, the initial phase of the Allied assault did not go according to plan as the Germans were fortified along the shoreline, and the Allies took on heavy casualties. It would have been much easier to turn back, yet our soldiers knew the stakes, so they pressed on. According to author Stephen Ambrose, "At the core, the American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn't want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and we, all of us, living and yet to be born, must be forever profoundly grateful.”

Spirit Week: A vs. B Students!
It’s Spirit Week! Our ASB and Leadership staff have created a safe, festive, and competitive week filled with music, dress up days, and competitions. This Spirit Week will be a competition between Flex and Online A Day students and B Day students. No matter whether you’re in person or online, you will be able to participate in helping your team win the spirit award. Dress up days are as follows. Score 1 point for your A or B Day cohort by dressing up each day.

Monday: Mismatch Day
Tuesday: Twin Day
Wednesday: Future Career Day
Thursday: Thowback Day (8th=80’s, 7th=70’s, 6th=60’s)
Friday: Class Colors (8th=Black, 7th=White, 6th=Blue)

8th Grade Drive-Thru
We are preparing to send off our 8th graders with a drive-thru celebration on June 16 from 5-6 pm. 8th graders will follow a path of cars/tents decorated by staff & parents and get some goodies! Set up in the JSMS parking lot will begin at 3:30 pm. If you would like to help, click this SignUpGenius link. You may sign up to decorate a car or tent or donate candy or other items (you can sign up for more than one task).Please contact Alanna Speidel at if you have any questions. Handout examples: Candy, Class of 2025 Items, Flowers, Glow Sticks, Beads, Stickers, Keychains, Pre-Packaged Snack Items. *Volunteers will need to wear masks and gloves and maintain social distancing guidelines.

Learning Materials Check-In
On Monday and Tuesday, June 14 and 15, Flex students will turn in their Chromebooks, chargers, jetpacks, textbooks, novels, and any library books during their Homeroom classes. Online students will turn their materials in the following week, June 21-23 from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Please make sure you clean all items and return them in their best condition possible.

IXL Summer Practice
Our Math and ELA teachers at all grade levels will assign an IXL Diagnostic for all students. IXL student subscriptions will run through the end of August. Our students can take advantage of this service to fill in learning gaps or extend their learning this summer by following their Action Plans which will be printed and distributed to students when they check-in their materials at the end of the year. Detailed instructions will be provided with the Action Plans.

Summer Academy
SKSD will be offering Summer Academy, a 4-week intensive learning opportunity designed to support students who experienced significant disruption to their learning due to Covid-19. Summer Academy will run from July 19 to August 12 from 8:30-11:30 am, and transportation will be provided. The program will emphasize foundational skills in math reading, and writing.An additional level of engagement through STEAM activities will be incorporated. Due to limited capacity, Summer Academy will be offered by invitation only to our students most in need. Our first round of invitations with instructions for registering were already sent out to students. If you have questions about Summer Academy, please reach out to Mr. Novick at or Ms. Christman at

Order your 2020-2021 Yearbook today!
The 2020-2021 yearbooks are available for purchase on the Web Store through the end of June for only $30.We have a limited quantity left available for purchase, so make sure to order your copy today.Yearbooks will arrive in late August, as we extended the deadline to submit as many pictures as possible from our in-person learning.We are still accepting pictures from our families for our content pages – Online Learning, Snow Days, Vacations, Pets, Sports/Activities, etc. – you can email those pictures to our Yearbook Advisor, Ms. Light-Benesh at, and she will add them to our pages!

General Admission
Mark your calendars. JSMS is planning to hold its annual General Admission student orientation days on August 25 and 26. During this event, students get their school pictures taken, pick up their preliminary class schedules, pay for supplies such as ASB cards, yearbooks, and PE clothes, and are able to tour our school. Confirmation of these dates and more details will be provided soon.

1:1 Devices
The successful passage of our most recent capital levy has enabled our district to purchase enough Chromebooks for every middle school student next year. Each student will be issued their own Chromebook to take with them to and from school. We are very excited about this opportunity to level the playing field for our students who currently don’t have equal access to technology. Thank you to our voters for making this possible!

Like our Allied soldiers in WWII, our AVID Site Team could have looked at all the obstacles that were in front of us this year and put our goal of becoming an AVID Schoolwide Site of Distinction on the back burner, yet we continued to pursue our goal. Why? Because it was the right thing to do for our students and staff. We are grateful to have received a commendation from Dr. Shannon Thompson, SKSD Executive Director of Instructional Support, who signed off on our Coaching and Certification Instrument and recommended our school for Schoolwide Site of Distinction status!

According to Dr. Thompson, “There is clear evidence that the implementation of AVID beliefs and strategies encompasses the entire building. Examples are present across all content areas and electives that AVID strategies are essential components of high quality instruction. AVID provides a common academic language throughout the building. The quality of student work demonstrates that AVID does not occur in isolation or randomly but rather grounds the work of the staff. Students utilize AVID instructional strategies such as Socratic Seminar, philosophical chairs, and one pagers across the curriculum. Another fundamental element of the depth of AVID schoolwide is the focus on training, both initial training of new staff members, but also the opportunity for staff to take ongoing training to provide a depth of knowledge for staff. The motto at JS is we are an AVID school not a school that offers AVID. The strength of the evidence demonstrating schoolwide implementation in the middle of a pandemic is remarkable, it is testimony to the power common goals, common language, and quality systems AVID had on their staff and students. Congratulations on a job well done!”

Want to see the evidence our team submitted for review? Click on this link.

All Sedgwick students are invited to attend 2021 Virtual Navy STEM Summer Camp! Camps run from July 13-15 and August 10-12 from 1:00-2:30 pm. Registration is free and closes June 30. Check out the attached flyer for more details.

Our PTSA has concluded our meetings for the year. We encourage you to help us celebrate our 8th graders by donating your time and treasure to our 8th Grade Drive-Thru on June 16. See the announcement and SignUpGenius link above.

We Belong Wednesday
There will be no We Belong Wednesday this week due to our Incoming 6th Grade Visit. Our final gathering will be on June 16, where we’ll celebrate the year. Thank you to everyone who participated in Fun Fridays and We Belong Wednesdays this year!

Celebrations and Thanks

  • Thank you to our faithful substitute teachers and Ms. Brandal, our HR Specialist who coordinates sub coverage, for always coming through in a pinch!
  • Thank you to Manchester and Mullenix Ridge Elementary Schools for helping with promoting and arranging last week’s incoming 6th grade visits – you are sending us some the world’s best kids!
  • Thank you to our families for continuing to show patience this year. We have felt your grace and compassion, and we can’t wait to get back to normal next year!

Quote of the Week
"The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Links to Important Resources
JSMS Website
Skyward Family/Student Access
SKSD Grab and Go Meals

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Your JSMS Admin Team

John Sedgwick Middle School
8995 SE Sedgwick Rd.
Port Orchard, WA 98366

Office: 360.874.6090
Fax: 360.874.6430