The General Gist

Welcome to the General Gist, a weekly communication to John Sedgwick Middle School families and community members.  This will be our final edition for the 19-20 school year:


Student Check-Out:

JSMS will be open for student check-out this Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25 from 9 am to 4 pm each day. We will also stay open until 7 pm on Tuesday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 24 to make it easier for parents who may be working during the day.


*We ask that families only send into the building the minimum number of people necessary to complete the check-out process.Please wear masks and observe social distancing protocol. The following tasks should be completed during student check-out:


  • Turn in laptop computers and hotspots (if applicable)
  • Clean out school locker
  • Clean out PE locker (if applicable)
  • Take home all personal belongings (we suggest bringing a bag with you)
  • Turn in textbooks, library books, and any novels checked out to you by your teacher
  • Pick up your awards (such as Honor Roll and Dean’s List certificates)
  • Pick up any of your medications
  • Pay any fines
  • Pick up yearbook (Yearbooks may not arrive until the week of June 29. We apologize for the delay.  Our office will remain open through June 30 for pick up.)




SKSD Summer Grab and Go Meal Schedule:

summer lunch 2020.pdf 



Flash Back/Flash Forward Protocol and IXL:

We know that remote learning does not replace in-person learning, and there may be some gaps in our students’ learning because of our closure.  For that reason, our teachers are currently collaborating to identify the essential standards and skills our students will need refreshing next year and developing plans to address those gaps right away in the fall.  We are fortunate that we have a scheduling structure in place that already allows for targeted intervention on grade level standards as well as development of universal skills.  We want you to know that we will be prepared to receive our students where they are in the fall, and we have a plan to bring them back up to standard in any areas where they may have fallen behind. 


Please keep in mind that our students will have access to IXL through August, so feel free to continue learning at your own place throughout the summer.



Spirit Squad:


We are fired up and excited about bringing Sedgwick Spirit back to school!!


Consider joining the John Sedgwick Spirit Squad


All students are invited. Experience in cheer, dance and/or gymnastics are welcome, but not required. If you have interest in school spirit, music, leadership and teamwork, Spirit Squad is where you belong!


September 10th 3:00-4:00 Information/Instructions/Ideas for tryouts

September 11th 3:00-4:00 Tryout practice/sign ups

September 14th 3:00-5:00 Tryouts (students will have a 5 min audition)


Sports packets are available in the ASB office, all students interested in participating in any school sports will need to have a completed packet done prior to tryouts. (schedule your sports physical over the summer!)


Feel free to contact Mrs. G at if you have questions about tryouts or would like suggestions on improving your skills.




PTSA Reflections Art Contest:

Get started on your entry for this year’s Reflections Art Contest!  The John Sedgwick PTSA is excited to announce that entries are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST!  Each year students create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2020-2021 program is “I Matter Because…”   Students may submit their completed works of art in one, or all, of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.   The PTSA is looking forward to seeing all the great entries submitted this year!



Back to School Events:

Our 20-21 school year has been ratified but not released, and we have tentatively scheduled our traditional back-to-school events on the following dates:


  • General Admission:
    • 7th and 8th Grade: Wednesday, Aug. 26
    • 6th Grade: Thursday, Aug. 27
  • 6th Grade WEB Day: Tuesday, Sept. 8
  • First Day of School: Wednesday, Sept. 9
  • Open House: Thursday, Sept. 24


Please mark your calendars.  More details on these events will be sent out in the near future.



Celebrations and Thanks:

Thank you to our entire Sedgwick and Port Orchard Community for pulling together during a very trying time.  This is a special place made great by caring people.  Remember…it’s always a great day to be a General!



Quote of the Week:

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou





Your JSMS Admin Team


John Sedgwick Middle School

8995 SE Sedgwick Rd.

Port Orchard, WA  98366

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