Jaguar News: Jan. 24, 2020

Jaguar News January 24, 2020
January 24, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

January 25 – Basketball games
Boys JVC vs. Hamilton @ Denny 8:30am
Boys Varsity vs. Mercer @ Franklin 10:00am
Girls Varsity vs. Mercer @ Franklin 10:00am
Boys JV vs. Mercer @ Franklin (Aux) 10:00am
Girls JV vs. Mercer @ Franklin 1:00pm

January 27 – “Screenagers Next Chapter” and JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS) 7:00pm

January 29 – REGULAR SCHOOL DAY – snow makeup day!

February 3 to February 14 – Open Enrollment for School Choice

February 4 – SPS Special Education Resource Fair (Eagle Staff MS) 6:30-8:00pm

February 5 – JAMS Prospective Family Open House 6:30-8:05pm

February 17 to February 21 – NO SCHOOL (Mid-winter Break)

Looking ahead:
March 18 and 19 – Student-led Conferences will be held on March 18 (late afternoon/evening) and March 19 (morning) with NO SCHOOL on March 19
June 17 – 8th grade promotion
June 18 – Last day of school (unless more snow makeup days are needed)
September 2 – First day of School

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

‘Screenagers Next Chapter’

JAMS PTSA presents
‘Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER’
January 27 at 7 pm
in the Jane Addams Middle School auditorium

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience”—a film that examines the science behind teens’ emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER” shows many ways parents, counselors, and educators can help teens build crucial skills for navigating stress, anxiety, and depression.

We are excited to announce that Tessa Ruston, the filmmaker’s daughter and one of the stars of the original ‘Screenagers’ movie, will attend this screening and participate in the Q&A after the movie!

FREE! Please RSVP via this (CORRECTED) link so we get a count of parent participation and interest. We welcome parents and students from JAMS and the community (although note that the film is recommended for 6th grade and older).

A brief JAMS PTSA general membership meeting will precede the start of the movie.

Jaguars Read!

**NEW** Hello and Happy Winter! Since we’ve returned from Winter Break, the library has been a busy place.

We’ve seen a lot of 6th graders in the library lately. Social Studies classes are visiting for nonfiction “Book Talks and Trailers.” I present and talk about one title for each class and then show a short video/author talk/book trailer to go along with it. I usually have a few copies of the book on hand to check out to students. If students can’t get the book immediately, they can add it to their list and/or put it on hold for the future.

6th grade Language Arts classes participated in a “Reverse Book Pass” activity in the library. Instead of passing books around a circle, the students moved from book to book around a table and recorded pertinent information. They were able to preview new books, look at different genres, create a book list, and figure out what kinds of books they liked/disliked.

LOTS of new and wonderful books are coming out in January, and I’m doing my best to keep up! Thanks to the generosity of the JAMS PTSA, we can purchase many of them for the library. All new arrivals are placed on the stand-alone shelf in the center of the library for easy access — and they go fast!

Puzzles continue to be popular in the library, and we average completing one per week. We have received so many wonderful puzzle donations from JAMS families — thank you very much!

Lastly, I wanted to share a new app I recently discovered called Bookly. If your student is struggling to maintain a paper version of a reading log (and when I was a teacher, several of my students did), this smart phone application, might be a good alternative. Tap to begin your reading session and Bookly will keep track of the rest: the date, pages, minutes, goals, etc. You can add notes — quotes, ideas, word definitions. There are several more features. When you finish the book, the app creates a nice, little infographic about your reading demographics, which you can post or email. Bookly’s free version allows you to store up to 10 books at one time. (Note: at least once per use, a persistent advertisement will pop up for Bookly’s “Pro” version which does cost money — and doesn’t seem necessary.)

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Follow us on Instagram: @jaguarsread

Ms. Christiansen, JAMS Librarian

Currently, I’m reading…
“Black Girl Unlimited,” by Echo Brown (YA)
“Where the World Ends,” by Geraldine McCaughrean (Historical Fiction YA)
“Such a Fun Age,” by Kiley Reid (Adult, contemporary)

(“Jaguars Read” is a series from the JAMS librarian, Ms. Christiansen, providing news and information from the library!)

2020-21 Calendar

**NEW** The 2020-21 School Year Calendar has been set. Note that the first day of school for most students will be September 2, 2020, the first time in many years school will begin before the Labor Day holiday. 

Math Club registration open

Are you interested in doing more math and looking for a chance to connect with other students who are equally passionate? The JAMS Math Club is starting registration for the second semester. Our focus will be on exploring new topics, working on challenging problems and exploring the hidden beauty of Mathematics. During the course of the year we will also offer opportunities to participate in various contests such as MathCounts and BAMO.

Location: Rm 203
Meeting Times: Mondays 3:50-4:50
This session will run starting on 2/3 on regular school days.

Pickup Policy: Parents will be responsible for pickup or kids will get home on their own. Parents will need to sign a permission slip letting kids self release. I will generally stay 10 minutes at the end of each session

Prerequisites: A good grasp of pre-algebra topics and the willingness to ask questions. Algebra and Geometry come up occasionally.

Fees: There will be a voluntary $50 donation requested that will be used to finance materials and contest entry fees.

Spaces: Registration will be capped at 15 students with a first come/first served policy.

Registration: Please complete the online registration form  Email Ben Leis ( if you have any questions.

Volunteering: Adult helpers are needed. Email if you are interested.

Peace Makers applications

Students! Do you like to help solve problems? Do you like to prevent conflict? Sounds like becoming a peer mediator is a good fit for you!

Starting this month, the counselors are starting a new program called Peace Makers. In the Peace Makers Program you will act as a peer mediator, assist students with conflict resolution, and serve as mentors for students experiencing problems in school.

Are you interested? If yes, find an application in the main office or talk to a counselor!

Application deadline is January 31.

Time is limited to purchase a piece of history!

JAMS site improvements (partially funded in the BEX V Levy) will be making headway this fall with a projected timeline for construction the summer of 2020! This means our staff parking lot, community stair project and several other high priority spaces will be made new again.

This also means that **TIME IS RUNNING OUT** to purchase your engraveable tile for inclusion in the seat wall of the staircase. In a few short weeks, the option to purchase a tile will be gone. **DON’T WAIT!**

Visit to purchase a tile and learn more about potential site improvements. Questions? Email

Open Enrollment information for 8th grade families

8th grade families, it’s time to start the process of determining where your student will go to high school! Most students will attend their assigned school. But some students end up at a school other than their assigned school.  Here’s a brief overview of the process to help guide you:

  1. Use the Assignment Lookup Tool to see your student’s assigned school. You will need the student’s identification number and birth date. You can find your student’s ID number by signing in to The Source.
  2. Learn more about your student’s assigned school and other high schools by going to information nights and tours (see “High school information” below), talking to friends and neighbors, and attending SPS events (like the SPS Admissions Outreach events). Don’t forget about option schools!
  3. Does your family want your student to attend their assigned high school? If YES, you do not need to do anything further, and you do not need to participate in Open Enrollment.
  4. If your family wants your student to apply to a high school that is NOT their assigned school, you should apply during the Open Enrollment window (February 3-14). School Choice forms will be available online or at the John Stanford Center during the Open Enrollment window. The results of Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will be available online in April. Please note that it is not guaranteed that students will be assigned to the school (or program) of their choice; students are only guaranteed assignment to their assigned school.
  5. If your student receives special education services, you can read more about the change of school process for special education students.

Open house for prospective JAMS families on February 5

Do you (or does someone you know) have a 5th grader interested in attending JAMS next year? Future families and students are invited to come and learn more about the JAMS community on February 5.  We will gather in the auditorium for a brief introduction about the school from Principal Montgomery and then families and students will have the opportunity to learn more about our school. More information here.

High school information

Nathan Hale High School

We invite and encourage families who will be assigned to NHHS to attend an information evening in order to get a head start on transition to high school. We also welcome families who are assigned to another school but are interested in NHHS and are considering going through the Open Enrollment process.

Future and prospective parents/guardians and students are invited to join us for an informational evening:

Monday, February 10, 2020
6:00PM – 7:00PM   Information Tables and Tours in Commons
 (last tour leaves Commons at 6:40)
7:00PM – 8:30PM   Presentation and Questions in Performing Arts Center
Topics: Courses offered; structure of 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades; school culture and philosophy; school communication and opportunities for connections within the Nathan Hale Community

For families with students receiving Distinct (SM4), Access (SM4), Social Emotional Learning – SEL (SM3), Focus (SM2) and Medically Fragile services, classrooms will be open this evening from 6pm – 8pm with staff available to share information and answer questions

                                           Join us in any way that works for you:

  • Take a tour of the whole school – tours start at 6PM in the Commons – last tour leaves the Commons at 6:40, then head to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above
  • Or – head straight to the main office to be directed to the classrooms noted above

                                                         Students are welcome!

After December 10, families not able to attend one of the Information Nights are more than welcome to come to the main office between 3:40 and 4PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays to sign in, pick up an information packet and walk through the building on a self-guided tour.

Ingraham High School
School Open House Schedule and Day Time Tour Schedule for 2019-2020

Shadow Visits: December 3 thru February 13, Tuesdays and Thursdays
Reservations required.
Sign your Student up to shadow one of our current 9th Grade Student Guides thru the first 4 periods of the day (8:55am – 1:10pm).
Shadow Tour Dates: Feb 4, 6, 11, 13. 
Please call (206)252-3889 Maria Medina to schedule a shadow visit for your student beginning Wed, Nov 13. Space is limited.

Questions? Call the Main Office at 206 252-3889.
Note: All tours are for parents and students.
No Need to RSVP for the evening open house or IB Information Night.

GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2024!

Roosevelt High School

February 6, 2020 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Future and prospective students and parents/guardians are invited to join us from 7-8pm.

Lincoln High School

Center School

The Center School is a small, arts-integrated public high school available to students from any neighborhood.  While our class selections are not as numerous as those of larger schools, our curriculum provides depth and hands-on rigor, with a college prep track for each and every student.  All seniors take AP English.  Our math and science program includes AP Environmental Science and AP Statistics.  Our multi-faceted visual arts program includes AP Studio Art.  We have robust, high-quality programs in theater, creative writing/poetry, as well as film-making and photography.  The Center School also has an exemplary social justice focus.  Our students excel in an award-winning Model UN program.  The Center School is a gem among Seattle Public High Schools!

 We are a great choice for your graduating 8th graders who are artistically inclined and want intellectual rigor.  The Center School is perfect for students who prefer a high school experience out of the mainstream that provides the structure and support needed for success.  Talented students who might be uninspired by other schools really thrive here.

 Being situated in the Armory, in the heart of Seattle Center, The Cener School has many arts and cultural organizations as neighbors.  The Center School builds partnerships and learning opportunities with these unique resources and our students benefit from this rich environment.

Open house will be held February 13, 2020. Free parking is available in the Memorial Stadium Parking lot (parking pass), or you can email or to request an Open House parking pass.  Memorial Stadium parking is next to MOPOP museum – enter from 5th Ave. N, turning west on Harrison.

Cleveland High School

Welcome, potential new students and families who are considering attending Cleveland STEM for the 2020-2021 school year! Below are our three Open House/School Tour dates. Student must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, February 1 at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Friday, February 7 at 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Please arrive by 9:00 a.m. so you do not miss valuable information.

Check in first at the main office. Programming will start promptly with a presentation on Cleveland STEM, a student panel for Q & A, and a guided tour with ASB students. Admin, Counselors and Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs, and student life at Cleveland.

While not required to attend, please RSVP to an Open House event.

Don’t forget to turn in your School Choice forms to apply to Cleveland STEM during Open Enrollment from February 3 through Feb. 14, 2020. More information on Open Enrollment.

Questions? Contact Napsiyah Sallee, 9th Grade Counselor, or 206-252-7812
Nova High School

Prospective 8th Grade Students Intro Mornings

  • Please call Karen to register at (206) 252-3500
  • Upcoming Intro Mornings to be Scheduled
  • All Intro Mornings are scheduled from 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Tour the school
  • Round table discussion with students about what it’s like to be a Nova student
  • Choose a class to observe
  • Meet with Mark, Nova’s Principal, as a group to learn more about Nova
  • Click here to learn how to enroll your prospective 9th grader for next school year. 

For Parents and Guardians:

  • Upcoming Tours: Please call Karen at (206) 252-3500 for further dates
  • Time: 12:30 – 1:30pm
  • No registration required
  • Tour the school 
  • 30-minute Q & A Session with Mark, Nova’s principal

Click here to learn more about how to enroll at Nova and please call Karen at 206-252-3500 with questions.

Seattle Public Schools Information

Open Enrollment for School Choice Feb. 3 – 14, 2020

Each student in Seattle Public Schools is assigned to a school based on where that student lives or the services they receive. You can view your student’s assigned school with the Assignment Lookup Tool.  Any students who wishes to attend a school OTHER than their assigned school may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process, which begins February 3. There is no need to participate in the School  Choice Process if your student wishes to attend their assigned school.

If your student is currently attending an option school or another school that is not their attendance area school by choice, they can continue at this school until the highest grade offered without having to apply again. If your student is currently attending an option school but wishes to attend a neighborhood school in 2020-21, they will need to apply through the School Choice process.

Applying for Another School
If you are interested in requesting either an attendance area school or option school, other than your assigned school, you must submit a School Choice form. Only forms submitted during Open Enrollment Feb. 3 – 14, will receive tiebreakers such as the sibling tiebreaker which gives siblings priority in admissions.

More information is available on the School Choice webpage.

Read more about change of school process for special education students.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW**  Hands On! A Community Skills-Share Fair

Sustainable NE Seattle and the NE Seattle Tool Library are collaborating once again with Meadowbrook Community Center to offer our 10th annual HANDS ON! Community Skills–Share Fair. FREE all day

What is a skills fair?
A day of sharing practical skills with our neighbors – we will have short workshops on a wide variety of skills, from sewing basics to emergency preparedness. The day will include a luncheon with speaker TBA.

Saturday, Feb 8th, 2020
Skills from 10-5, Lunch w/ speaker

Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Building resilience – If we can build a neighborhood where we know how to take care of our needs close to home – we are more likely to do well in difficult times
Growing Community – If we work together, share resources, eat and celebrate together, our community fabric grows stronger!
Reducing waste – if we can repurpose that old sweater, it stays out of the landfill.

**NEW**  Survival Skills Fair for Kids

In conjunction with the 10th Annual Skills Fair (above), Sustainable NE is hosting a Survival Skills Fair – For Kids! This is an opportunity for Seattle kids to learn about disaster preparedness, motivate their parents to get the family prepared, and have some fun!

Saturday, Feb 8
2pm – 5pm
Meadowbrook Community Center

More information here.

**NEW DATE**  What Parents Need to Know About the Digital Addiction Epidemic

Friday, February 25 (DATE CHANGED), 6 p.m. Sand Point Elementary Cafeteria (6208 60th Avenue NE)
Brought to you by the Sand Point Elementary PTA

Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH
George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Attending Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dimitri Christakis graduated from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of over 200 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics, and “The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids” (September 2006; Rodale). In 2010 he was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric research over his career. His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschool children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice. Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of early environmental influences on child health and development and his work has been featured on international news outlets as well as national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, educators and policy makers about the impact of early learning on brain development. This talk will focus on the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction, how they apply to today’s digital media, and what parents can do to raise healthy children in a digital world.

Questions? Contact

Coyote North Grand Opening and Spring Registration

Coyote North Grand Opening celebration
January 25, 2020 | 4-6 PM
Food, Performances, Raffles + More!
Coyote North | 12325 Lake City Way NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Spring class registration
Take a class @ Coyote North!
Saturday sessions (February 1 – March 21, 2020)
Mid-Winter Break sessions (February 17 – 21, 2020)


City-Wide Youth Sports – Upcoming Seasons

Spring Youth Sports – Registration starts February 4, 2020

  • Track and Field for Girls and Boys (Ages 5-17 as of Aug. 31, 2019)
    Fee: $50
    Young athletes in our Track and Field program will be coached and then get to compete with other kids their age in various athletic contests based on running, jumping, and throwing. For more information contact your local community center.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Please visit your local community center to pick up a scholarship application or click here for more information!

Summer Sports Camps
Our FREE sports camps offer a fun and positive experience for your child’s inner athlete. We will divide kids into groups based on age/ability level, and have a great time working on age-appropriate fundamentals that will incorporate fun competitions, games, races and scrimmages. Our camps are designed for kids ranging from the very beginner to the seasoned athlete. All kids can expect to improve their skill level! Please bring a sack lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen and dress appropriately for the weather (layers). Space is limited in these camps so register early. E-13 and signed concussion form due at registration and must be sent to the Youth Athletics office.  Watch this page for future updates about camp schedules.   

North Seattle Home Fair

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2 PM – 5:30 PM
Meadowbrook Community Center
10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

The North Seattle Home Fair will be jam-packed with useful information about your planned remodel, our permitting process, renting in Seattle, and so much more, this is an event not to be missed! Visit the Building Connections Blog for more info at:

TeenTix Pass Program

ANY teenager (13-19 years old) can sign up for a free TeenTix pass! The pass entitles teens to purchase $5 day-of-show tickets at any of our 75 partner organizations in Seattle (69) and Tacoma (6). Plus, we make sure teens know WHERE they can use their TeenTix pass once they get it – explore the Calendar for all the events available to you on a specific day, or in a specific genre – and our weekly E-Newsletter gives you a list of our top picks for the upcoming week. Since 2004, over 65,800 teens from all over the world have signed up for a TeenTix pass, purchasing more than 125,000 affordable tickets to arts and cultural events in our community! But TeenTix is about much more than cheap tickets. We also provide opportunities for teens from all backgrounds to engage deeply with the arts, through The New Guard and The Press Corps.

Homework Help at Lake City Library

Free homework help for students in grades K-12 is available at the Lake City Library (12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (206)-684-7518) every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Free snacks are provided from 5:30 to 6:30pm by the Hunger Intervention Program.

Meadowbrook Teen Life Center Late Night
Ages 13-19

Late Night is a safe and supportive environment for teens. This recreation-based program focuses on positive teen interactions and engagement where all teens are welcomed. The Late Night Program is aligned with and supportive of the city’s Race and Social Equity framework, including education and employment readiness programs. Come to your local Late Night and explore more of what we have to offer!

Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.-Midnight

Power of Kindness (POK) Video Contest

POK video contest open to all Seattle middle and high school students!

  • Create a short video—three minutes or less—showing the power of kindness (POK).
  • Post it to YouTube and email the link and your name, age, school and contact phone number to
  • Do this before May 1, 2020, and you’re entered to win a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud
    Three subscriptions will be awarded based on the kindness that videos inspire in the friends, neighbors and business owners who, through the Phinney Neighborhood Association, have helped create
  • Winners will be announced June 7, 2020.

Community offerings are included in the Jaguar News as helpful resources for our parents and students. They are not to be perceived as endorsements by Jane Addams Middle School, the JAMS PTSA, or Seattle Public Schools. 
Main Office: 206­-252-4500 (8:25 AM­-4:15 PM EXCEPT Wednesdays 8:25 AM-3 PM)
Attendance: 206-­252-­4504 (or )
SPS Transportation Office: 206-­252-­0900
School website: 
Student grades:
Homework and class information:

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