The General Gist

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Week of Monday, April 12,2021

This Week’s Events
*Apr. 14: We Belong Wednesday, Zoom, 12:00 pm
Apr. 15: Guiding Coalition, Zoom, 3:15 pm

Events on the Horizon (Tentative)
Apr. 22: Staff Meeting, Zoom, 7:00 am
Apr. 27: JSMS AVID Site Team Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
May 6: MS End of 5th Six Weeks
May 6: Guiding Coalition Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
May 13: Unity Council Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
May 18: JSMS AVID Site Team Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm

May 19: JSMS Family STEAMworks Night, Zoom, 6-7:30 pm
May 20: Staff Meeting, Zoom, 7:00 am
May 31: Memorial Day (NO SCHOOL)
Jun. 3: Guiding Coalition Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
Jun. 15: JSMS AVID Site Team Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
Jun. 17: Staff Meeting, Zoom, 7:00 am
Jun 18: Last Day of School, Early Release

*Events added to General Gist this week.

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 meets on Fridays at 2:45 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)

Season 2 sports start this week! Click on THIS LINK to register online. Athletic registration paperwork only needs to be submitted once; however, student-athletes who wish to participate in more than one sport need to sign up each time and must be cleared through Ms. Speidel before they are able to participate. If student-athletes already have a physical on file with our ASB office, that physical expiration date has been extended through the end of this school year. There will be no sports or ASB fees for this school year.

TENTATIVE Offerings and Schedule (subject to change based upon COVID phasing guidelines):
Season 2 (April 12-May 14): Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Spirit Squad
Season 3 (May 17-June 18): Track & Field, Cross Country, Baseball, Fastpitch, Wrestling Spirit Squad

Please direct sports-related questions to our Athletic Director, Mr. Plutko at, and contact our ASB Bookkeeper, Ms. Speidel at for information about athletics registration.

This Week’s Message
Welcome back! We can’t wait to see our students this week!!

As we enter the final stretch of the school year, we have quite a bit of planning to do. Based on SKSD Superintendent Winter’s most recent Fast Five communication to all staff, our district intends to stay the course with our current models of learning throughout the remainder of this school year. With that information, we can begin planning for end-of-year events. In addition to our usual check-in processes, we want to ensure that we celebrate our students appropriately…especially our outgoing 8th graders. Although we may not be able to celebrate in traditional fashion, we want our students to end the year on a positive note, feeling our love and appreciation.

In the next couple weeks, we will communicate plans for end-of-year events. If you have any ideas you would like us to explore or consider, please feel free to email Mr. Novick at or Ms. Christman at

JSMS Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures for Parents
We have had a little confusion regarding our drop-off and pick-up procedures, so we put together this
video for parents who transport their students to and/or from Sedgwick. Check it out!

Small Groups
Counselor-led small groups meet via Zoom on Wednesdays for all students and the last 15 minutes of lunch weekly for Flex students. Currently, we are offering three small groups: Friendship, Building Self-Confidence, and Getting Organized. Interested students should email their counselor.

Ms. McDermott (A-K)

Ms. Baker (L-Z)

All of our 7th and 8th grade Flex students and a few of our Online students took the PSAT 8/9 Practice Test prior to spring break. This week, our students will get their results. Please contact our Instructional Specialist, Norm Smith, at if you have questions or would like more information after receiving your results.

Here’s a great summer learning opportunity for our students: The GenCyber Virtual Camp is a free, fully-online, week-long camp occurring twice in July. GenCyber is hosted by UW Bothell in partnership with Columbia Basin College, sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Student participants will explore cybersecurity topics including hacking, social networking, privacy, cryptography, legal aspects, social implications, password management, digital forensics, computer networking, wireless security, ethical issues, social engineering, careers in cybersecurity, and the psychological aspects of cybersecurity and privacy behavior.

A Raspberry Pi computing device, camp t-shirt, and instructional materials will be provided to help students with the various activities (to keep upon completion of the camp).

Who: Students entering grades 7–12 in the autumn of 2021
When: July 12-16 or July 19-23
How: FAQs, More information, and Registration

Our next membership meeting is Tuesday, April 20 at 6 pm.Join us via Zoom!

We Belong Wednesday
This week will feature a crazy, cool game and hangout rooms. Join us at 12:00 pm via Zoom. Students can access the Zoom link through our JSMS Google Classroom: code WIGNKQR.

Celebrations and Thanks

  • Thank you to all of our families who participated in conferences prior to the break!
  • Thank you to Ms. DeHoff for cleaning out and reorganizing our trophy cases!
  • Thank you Mr. Bishop and our custodial crew for hanging our new school year theme banners in our gym!
  • Congratulations to Zachary C. (7th grade) who won our most recent We Belong Wednesday Musical Charades competition!

Quote of the Week
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learned how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela

Links to Important Resources

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

Learn to Fly!

Your JSMS Admin Team

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

Office: 360.874.6090
Fax: 360.874.6430



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