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Week of Monday, January 25, 2021


This Week’s Events (A, B, A, B, A)
*Monday, Jan. 25: A Day (Periods 1, 3, 5)
*Thursday, Jan. 28: 2nd Semester Transition Information Night, Zoom, 5:30-6:15 pm

*Jan. 29: Fun Friday, Zoom, 12:00 pm

Events on the Horizon (Tentative)
*Feb. 4-5: Teacher Turn-Around Days (Asynchronous Learning Only)
Feb. 4: 6th Grade WEB Activity, Homeroom Zooms, 12:30 pm
Feb. 4: Guiding Coalition Meeting, Zoom, 3:15 pm
*Feb. 4: 2nd Semester Transition Information Night, Zoom, 5:30-6:15 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. 17: PTSA Board Meeting, Zoom, 6-7 pm
Feb. 18: Staff Meeting, 7:15 am
Feb. 25: Unity Council Meeting, 3:15-4:30 pm
Mar. 4: Guiding Coalition
*Mar. 16: PTSA Membership Meeting, Zoom, 6-7 pm
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.

This Week’s Message
This week, our district is scheduled to add in-person Flex learning for 3rd – 5th grade students. At the same time, we continue to offer Internet Café for our students without internet access. Secondary schools are still on track to return on February 8 which marks the beginning of 2nd semester.

Please mark your calendars for this Thursday, January 28 and next Thursday, February 4. On both dates, our admin and counseling team will host 2nd Semester Transition Information Nights from 5:30-6:15 pm on Zoom. In addition to a presentation on Flex and Online learning models, we will have a Q&A session for both models. You are welcome to attend either or both sessions.

Prior this Thursday’s Information Night, we will also send out Flex and Online informational “one-pagers” that will provide families with basic descriptions of each learning model. In the meantime, if you’re child is enrolled in Flex, you can plan on attending school in person on Mondays and Thursdays (last name begins with A-K) or on Tuesdays and Fridays (last name begins with L-Z). Exceptions can be granted on a space-available basis by contacting your child’s counselor. Flex students will have asynchronous learning on the other three days each week. Online students will stay on the same schedule they are currently on, but Wednesdays will be asynchronous learning days.

Please be aware that every student’s schedule will change for 2nd semester, and Online students may have classes taught by teachers from Marcus Whitman or Cedar Heights. Instructions for how and when to access 2nd semester schedules will be communicated in our one pagers and our informational nights.

Again, make sure your seatbelts are firmly fastened. We’re approaching some patches of turbulence, but clearer skies lie beyond!

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.

AVID’s goal is the close the achievement gap among students of all demographics. Click here for evidence of AVID’s impact in Washington state.

In addition to providing our students with hands-on problem-solving and collaborative skills, our school’s STEAM program is also motivated by the fact that STEM is the fastest-growing job field worldwide. On a relate note, Washington STEM has created a COVID-19 Impact Tool to track unemployment data and demographics by county in our state.

What did they find? “Using ESD unemployment figures, micro-census data, and job & wage data, Washington STEM created a new tool that provides insight into the demographics of claims and the roles and industries more or less affected by unemployment and furloughs. Through this insight, it has become clear that STEM jobs are particularly insulated from volatility during these unprecedented times.” So, not only is STEM the fastest growing job field, STEM jobs are largely pandemic-proof!


  • Our next membership meeting is March 16 at 6 pm.Join us via Zoom!
  • Have you purchased your 20-21 John Sedgwick PTSA membership?Don’t delay, join today by clicking on this link.You can pay online!

Fun Friday
This week’s activity will be a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. The winner(s) will receive a $5 Dairy Queen gift card! To join in the fun, click on this Fun Friday Zoom link or the one in the JSMS Google Classroom at 12:00 this Friday.

Celebrations and Thanks

  • Thank you to Ms. Pixton for an inspirational message during last week’s MLK Assembly!
  • Congratulations to Henry T. (6th grade) who won last week’s Fun Friday Singing Bee competition! Henry will receive a certificate, a $5 Dairy Queen gift card, and a Generals window cling in the mail.
  • Congratulations to our office coordinator, Ms. DeHoff, who was the recipient of our monthly staff “Rainbow Award” given to a staff member who brightens our days and makes our school a better place!
  • Thank you to Mr. Winter, Ms. Farmer, and Ms. Miller for taking time out of their schedules to educate our families and staff about our upcoming school levy!

Remote Learning Tip of the Week
To ensure you have time to work on your studies, schedule a consistent time every day for studying so that it becomes part of your daily routine. Select a time of day when you are at your mental peak. Everyone’s internal clock is different; select a time that works best for you (before school, after school, evening). Break learning time into 20- or 30-minute chunks to maintain stamina and productive focus. Take 2- to 5-minute screen-time, stretch, and brain breaks between each chunk of learning.

Quote of the Week
Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.” – Amelia Earhart

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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