Jaguar News 2/26/21

Important Upcoming Dates

Feb. 26 – Last day of open enrollment
Mar. 4 – TAJA spring play audition
Mar. 19 – JAMS yearbook student photos due
April 12-16 – Spring break 


February is Black History Month: Celebrating Black Excellence 

Shirley Chisholm is best known for her 1972 bid to win the Democratic presidential nomination; she was the first Black woman to make this attempt in a major political party. However, she had been active in state and national politics for more than a decade and had represented parts of Brooklyn in the New York State Assembly from 1965 to 1968. She became the first Black woman to serve in Congress in 1968. During her tenure, she co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus. Chisholm left Washington in 1983 and devoted the rest of her life to civil rights and women’s issues.

Learn more about Shirley Chisholm!

Support from the Rotary Club

*New!* Thanks to recent contributions from the Rotary Club of Seattle NE to the PTSA, JAMS can provide more assistance to families with emergency needs such as bills, rent, food, and other essential items.

We are very grateful for their support of our JAMS community and look forward to building our partnership with them.

If your family needs assistance, please reach out to Principal Montgomery or your child’s counselor.
Theatre at Jane Addams (TAJA) Spring Play
*New!* Theatre at Jane Addams (TAJA) is pleased to announce our Spring play, to be produced virtually, 67 Cinderellas by Stacey Lane

Is your student interested in getting involved with our school play 67 Cinderellas, a hilarious twist on the classic fairy tale? Look through the TAJA Registration Packet with your child then fill out the Parent registration form and have your child fill out the Student Registration Form. TAJA is a no-cuts program. There are opportunities for everyone to act or work behind the scenes.  

If they are interested in acting, your student should come to auditions on Thursday, March 4 at 3:30PM in the TAJA Club Meeting. They can also get help preparing at the optional Audition Workshop on Monday, March 1 from 3:30-4:30 also in the TAJA Club Meeting. The link for that meeting can be found on their counselor’s page. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Handley via e-mail or Schoology with questions.  

Looking for food, technology, health, or education resources?  

Information about all of the above and more are available on our new resources page at the JAMS PTSA website!  Don’t see what you’re looking for?  Contact your PTSA at or the JAMS office at 206­-252-4500.

Applications Open for the Office of African American Male Achievement Student Leadership Council

*New!* The Office of African American Male Achievement is proud to open applications for our Student Leadership Council. The SLC is a brotherhood of student leaders who support each other at their schools and across the district while providing guidance to district leadership and holding leadership accountable on priority initiatives of AAMA. 

We are working to have an SLC representative from each middle school, K-8 school, and high school in SPS. We currently have representatives from Cleveland, Lincoln, Chief Sealth, Rainier Beach and Garfield High Schools and Denny, Mercer, and Eckstein Middle Schools. We will only be accepting applications from students at schools that are not currently represented on the SLC. 

We invite Black male students in grades 7-12 to apply to the AAMA Student Leadership Council by Wednesday, March 10 at 5 p.m. Please help us share this opportunity with students.   

Students will be eligible to receive a stipend. Members also may have the opportunity to: lead professional development conferences across the country, participate in future HBCU tours, and earn service-learning hours. 

Learn more: 

How to Submit Your 2020-21 Yearbook Photos 

*New!* To make this year’s yearbook a success, we need your help! By using the easy website we have for you, you can submit photos quickly and easily. 
One of the most important parts of the yearbook are the portraits. Using the website, you can share your portrait and any other photos you wish to put in the yearbook. The guidelines for portrait are as follows:

Recent, non-professional, color photo portraits only. Please don’t use a studio shot.  Make sure you have good lighting on your face, and not behind you. Full face view (no mask). Set up your background intentionally. It could be your usual work space, or something more interesting.  Don’t use creative filters, photographic treatments, or digital backgrounds.  Clothing, jewelry, accessories, and background should not include anything that goes against the school dress code. No weapons or hand signs of any kind.

These instructions are also shown on the submission website. Make sure when you submit that the student name is correct, and put in the detail comments which yearbook page your photo is for:

Yearbook portrait photos

  • 8th grader “When We Were Younger” pictures (8th grade only! Share a picture of you from as far back as you can!)
  • JAMS family: a picture of all of the people in your family who are members of the Jane Addams students and staff
  • Spirit Day photos
  • Any artwork you want to share from this year
  • Any other school related photos

Keep an eye out for these other yearbook submission:

  • 8th grade Hall of Fame polls and 8th grade quotes (These are on Ms. Leann’s Schoology page)
  • 6th, 7th, and 8th grade polls (These will be showing up soon)

ORCA Cards Are Now Available for Some Middle School Students

ORCA Cards are now available for middle school students (grades 6-8) who are currently eligible for yellow bus service.  

If you would like a card, please contact Cards will be prepared and delivered to the closest Technology Resource Center to your student’s school of attendance beginning next week and you will receive a confirmation when and where you may pick it up. 

Who’s eligible?  Any middle school student (grades 6-8) who are currently eligible for yellow bus service.

ORCA cards distributed through the Transportation Department cover youth fare for unlimited travel on the following providers:Bus: Community Transit, Everett Transit, Kitsap Transit, King County Metro Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound TransitRail: Sound Transit, Link Light Rail, Sound Transit Sounder train (including Rail Plus partnership with Amtrak Cascades), Seattle Center MonorailStreetcar: Seattle StreetcarFerry: King County Water Taxi and Kitsap Local Ferries and Fast FerriesAccess Transportation: Metro and Kitsap Transit Access Transportation (eligible riders only)A Conditions of Use form will need to be signed by the parent/guardian or student to received an ORCA card. Read the ORCA card conditions of use agreement.

For questions and additional information, please email or call 206-252-0947.

*New!* Library on the Lawn hours have changed with the new Wednesday schedule.  Our new hours are 12:30-2:30.  (Still on Wednesdays.)  Come by to pick up holds and/or browse books to check out on-the-fly!  (Note:  If it’s raining, there will be no outdoor book browsing.  You can still pick up your holds at the front door.)
Library books can be returned to JAMS Monday-Friday.  Just drop them off in the blue bin, located outside the main doors.  Thanks in advance for getting those books back to us for others to enjoy!  (Note:  Returned books sit in quarantine for two weeks before they are checked in, so you won’t see them come off of your student’s account right away.) 

We’re launching a school-wide reading challenge!  It’s called the Evergreen Book Challenge.  As a school we’re trying to read as many of the 20 titles nominated for the Evergreen Teen Book Award as we can before participating in a state-wide vote at the end of April.  The Evergreen Teen Book Award is given annually to an outstanding author (not necessarily from WA, but some are) for an outstanding book and voted on by students across WA state.  You can find more information here:  For the next two months, the library will be highlighting these books at our enrichment and book club times. All titles are in our JAMS catalog and more copies are on the way!
If you have any library questions or book needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Emily Christiansen, JAMS librarian

Clothing Support for JAMS Families in Need
We are so grateful to our generous Jaguar community for helping to make sure that every student has the supplies and clothing that they need. With the colder weather, we’ve been getting more requests, especially for sweatshirts, sweatpants, shoes, coats and some toiletries. If you see it on the JAMS Amazon Wish List, a student needs it!

If you would like to contribute, please visit All items are pre-sized, so simply click “Add to Cart” and choose the option to send to JAMS directly. If you are a family seeking support, please with “JAMS Clothing Request” in the subject heading, and arrangements will be made.

Thank you so much for everything you do!

High School Open House Information 

Considering high school choices for your current JAMS 8th grader?  Look here for news about upcoming SPS high school open house sessions, posted as information becomes available. 

Please click here to see the SPS Registration for 2021-22 website for a list of school tours and registration information. 

Be sure to check individual high school websites for updated information.   Find a directory of SPS schools at this link.

*New!*  Nathan Hale High School Information for Prospective and Future Families

We wish we could welcome you to our school for an in person visit and we look forward to a time in the future when that will be possible. For a virtual introduction to NHHS,  please join us at .

Mr. Jackson, our Principal, will welcome you and share an overview of the school. Ms. Tudor, our Ninth Grade Coordinator, will share information about the assignment process and our NHHS Information Packet will be where you will find detailed information about our school and our school community.

If you have questions after your virtual visit, please contact us at We will be happy to answer your questions.

Community Resources

This section contains community resources we’ve learned about that we think might be useful to some of you and wanted to pass on. Please note that none of these are specifically endorsed or vetted by the JAMS PTSA.

New!* Smart But Scattered
Wednesday, March 17
5:00 p.m.
Click here to register for this no-cost event.

Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills, but, more importantly, they are the skills students need to get things done. They are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. Some students seem to acquire them naturally, but many students struggle with them—and for these kids, schooling without the structure of the classroom to support them may be particularly challenging.
At Parent University on Wednesday, March 17, Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how these skills develop throughout childhood and suggest strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students. Smart But Scattered is Parent U’s first collaboration with Bush’s Learning Differences Support Group. A special thank you to all of the parents/guardians in the Learning Differences Support Group who helped plan this event! Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Click here to learn more about Parent University or contact Events and Community Engagement Manager Amelia Kramer for further questions.

Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, received her doctorate in school/child clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. She worked as a school psychologist for 16 years in Maine and New Hampshire, and since 1992 has worked at the Center for Learning and Attention Disorders in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where she specializes in the assessment of children and adults with learning and attention disorders.

Parent University Yearlong Virtual Series
This year, instead of a full-day conference on the Bush campus, Parent University is being offered as a virtual parent education series. All sessions are free to Bush parents/guardians and the greater Seattle and Methow parent/guardian communities.

*New!* University of Washington Youth Courses:  Spring Youth Enrichment Courses—Evenings and Online

Here’s what’s available this spring:

Middle School
Introduction to Coding in Python

High School
Build an App: Android Development Fundamentals
Digital Photography: From Camera to Composition
Intensive Screenwriting Workshop: From Concept to Clapboard
Natural Science Illustration Studio
Sharpen Your Writing Skills (Filling Fast)
Register Today

*New!* Nathan Hale Theatre Workshops For Middle Schoolers 

More information plus sign up and payment info is on our website (

Intro to Technical Theater (March 8th): The Intro to Tech Theater workshop will cover what it means to have a technical theatre job and what tech theater jobs can be. These include marketing, lighting, sound, set design, props, makeup, costume, and being a stagehand. The basics of each role will be explained as well as paired with personal stories from the workshop leaders.

Stage Management (March 9th): This stage management workshop gives students a good understanding of what it means to be a stage manager or assistant stage manager. We will cover responsibilities such as communication, note-taking, and leadership within a production. 

Beginners Tap (March 10th – March 12th): The Beginners Tap class is a three-day workshop covering very basic tap steps, culminating in learning a combo on the last day. Tap shoes and a tap board are not required, and absolutely no experience is necessary.

Intro to Acting (March 15th – March 16th): This two-day acting workshop will teach students the first steps in developing their style of acting. On the first day, we will go over basic ways to improve one’s performance and get into the mindset of one’s character. The following day we’ll be exploring further into acting methods, and how to find the student’s most natural technique. We’ll play games, answer questions, and leave knowing how to take the next step.

Intro to Improv (March 17th): The improv class is a one-day workshop that will focus on what makes improv fun! The workshop will cover the basics of improv, as well as applying improv to scripted pieces.

Stage Makeup (March 18th): The stage makeup class will go over very basic makeup skills, putting emphasis on being seen on stage using different makeup techniques. The workshop will be available to 7th and 8th graders. Products: Foundation, Setting Powder, Eyeliner, Blush. Optional Products: Primer, Mascara, Highlight, Eyeshadow, Lipstick, etc. If students are missing any of the products or don’t have any of them, they are still welcome to join the class and watch! 

Get Connected to the JAMS PTSA

Join the JAMS PTSA!

  • Get Connected – Learn more about what’s going on at the school
  • Speak Up – Have a voice in decision making and share your viewpoint
  • Tap into a Network – Meet other parents, teachers, staff and community members
  • Be a Role Model – By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.

For more information and to register online visit:

Connect with us on Social Media

This is a private FB group for families and staff of students. You will need to ask to join. 

Jane Addams Middle School PTSA news: @JaneAddamsPTSA 
Principal Paula Montgomery: @PMont14
Jane Addams Middle School info: @JAMS_Seattle

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