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Yellowstone Study a Great Experience!

Both Syringa and Jefferson Middle Schools had a combined 32 students and six staff members travel to Yellowstone for a 4-day trip to study ecology and geology. It was a great experience for all who attended. Thank you to all who supported the fundraising efforts to make this trip possible.
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Literary March Madness Final 4 Determined!

The student votes have been tallied, and the JMS readers have advanced their four favorite book titles at JMS to the Literary Madness Final 4!
The books that have risen to the top are: The War That Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (Historical Fiction), Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Science Fiction), The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Fantasy), and Maze Runner by James Dashner (Science Fiction). The students will now have the difficulty of choosing their favorite top two to square off with the winner being declared the JMS favorite book of 2018.
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Spirit Week at Jefferson

Monday kicks off our Kindness Counts Fundraiser Week. During your lunches look for your grade level container at the Penny Drive Table. Pennies equal positive amounts toward your grade total; while silver coins and dollars equal negative amounts and can be used to sabotage the total of other grade levels.

We will also be supporting local causes by wearing specific colors each day that represent the different causes. To keep the focus on support week each day's color is limited to shirts and/ or scarves. No leggings, tutus, face paint, bandannas, etc.... To read more about it, click the link.
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Tennis Team Gets by East Valley!

Our B tennis team dominated East Valley yesterday, winning 13 of the 18 matches to get the overall win.
The Jefferson A Tennis Team played an exciting match against East Valley yesterday. After 11 matches
played it came down to a match against an East Valley player in 3rd Boys singles to decide who would win. Alejandro Lopez (Jr) won a tie breaker to give the Cougars a 7 to 5 edge. Singles winners for Jefferson were Alejandro Lopez in Boys 3rd Singles, Duplica Lopett in Girls Singles, Ashley Roldan in Girls 2nd Singles, and
Kennedy Cordell in Girls 3rd Singles. Winners in doubles competition were Raimi Hilton & Julissa Caceres in Girls 1st Doubles, Mya Pena & Sky Hardin in Girls 2nd Doubles, and Elijah Ankeny & India Hawkins in 2nd Mixed doubles. Nice work, Coug's!
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Literary Madness Hits JMS!

To coincide with March Madness, the JMS library is sponsoring a Literary Madness Battle of the Books contest via the morning advisory classes. The madness began with the selection of the "Sweet 16". The selection committee looked very closely at the circulation records of each book in the school collection and seeded their choices accordingly. After previewing trailers on head to head match ups, students have had their chance to advance their favorite option through the bracket with a raise of the hand. The first round of action saw several surprises, a few upsets, and some lopsided victories. We are now on to the Elite 8 with the JMS Champion to be crowned soon!
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Tennis Has Strong Showing vs. Lone Star

Last Friday our Tennis A team players showed great improvement when they took on Lone Star. JMS won four matches on the day. In addition Kennedy Cordell's match went down to the wire due to her great effort. JMS victories were earned by Duplica Lopett in Girls 1st singles, in 1st Doubles, by Raimi Hilton & Julissa Caceres, and in Girls 2nd
Doubles with the team of Mya Pena & Sky Hardin. In 1st Mixed Doubles Tony Dionne & Allie Chon won 6 to 3. Great effort, Cougars!
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Jefferson Receives Library Grant

The Idaho Commission for Libraries has awarded a "Make it at the Library" Stem Grant to Jefferson Middle School. The grant is sponsored by the Idaho Commission for Libraries and is designed to support the creation of Makerspaces in Idaho libraries and encourage the delivery of library services to digital users “where they live.” Media Coordinator Karri Fisk recently attended training for the implementation of the grant and "is excited to continue to build a Maker lab at Jefferson Middle School." New items are being added to the existing offerings with the financial assistance gained from this grant opportunity.
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