Jaguar News 2/5/21

Important Upcoming Dates

  • Feb. 8 – JAMS PTSA Board Meeting, 7:00 PM
  • Feb. 9 – JAMS Teams Live Event to support all families in the course registration process .
  • Feb. 10 – In Advisory, 6th and 7th Grade Student Assembly to learn about 2021-22 class options
  • Feb, 10 –  In Advisory, 8th Grade Student Assembly to learn about high school options
  • Feb. 15-19 – Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)

February is Black History Month: Celebrating Black Excellence 
Jesse Ernest Wilkins, Jr. is one of America’s most important contemporary mathematicians. At 13, he became the University of Chicago’s youngest student. Wilkins continued his studies there, earning bachelor, master, and eventually earning his doctorate degree in mathematics at the age of 19.

He’s published papers in mathematics, optics, and nuclear engineering. As a mathematician for the American Optical Company in Buffalo, N.Y., he perfected lens design for microscopes and ophthalmologic uses. His greatest contribution to scholarship was the development of mathematical models to explain gamma radiation and his work on developing a shielding against gamma radiation.

His other claim to fame came from working on the Manhattan Project. At the Manhattan Project, Wilkins worked with future Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner and made significant contributions to nuclear-reactor physics, now known as the Wilkins effect and the Wigner-Wilkins spectrum.

Find out more about Dr. Wilkins!

All Welcome at the JAMS PTSA Board Meeting
Feb. 8 at 7pm
*New!* The next PTSA Board Meeting is on Monday, February 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome to join the meeting and hear updates from the PTSA Board and JAMS staff.  We hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 860 5883 1314
Passcode: 040769

*UPDATE* Clothing Support for Families in Need

*New!* Thank you so much Jaguar families for answering the call to help support our school community! We have been getting more requests for specific clothing items, especially for shoes and sweatshirts this week. If you see it on the JAMS Amazon Wish List, a student needs it! If you would like to contribute, please visit All clothes 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 contact with “JAMS Clothing Request” in the subject heading, and arrangements will be made.

Thank you again! We are truly grateful for your generosity!

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.

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)

Office of African American Male Achievement
Listen and Learn Forums
*New!* The Office of African American Male Achievement is launching our Listen and Learn Forum in February 2021 to continue to listen to Black families as we reconstruct our educational system to celebrate the brilliance and excellence of Black boys and teens.  AAMA is committed to the long journey of dismantling a legacy of systematic racism.  We invite Black families to participate and collectively envision what an educational environment looks like for Black boys and teens to thrive.  Learn more about the AAMA Listen and Learn Forums and register to participate.

Questions?  Contact
Medical Clinic at Nathan Hale High School
Open to All SPS Students
Did you know there is a medical clinic at Nathan Hale High School?  This year, due to the impacts of Covid-19, the clinic is open to students of all ages who attend Seattle Public Schools.  The nurse practitioners there can see students who need a physical, vaccines, a medication refill, or to complete medical forms required for school, among many other primary care needs.  Best of all, services are free regardless of insurance or ability to pay. Reach out to them at (206) 302-1840 to schedule an appointment.

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!* Salmon Bay’s PTO is hosting the following free event.  

FOSB hosts sarahlloyd – Year of Purpose: Unapologetically Black, How I Stopped Apologizing

Registration is FREE and required:

It’s great to want to create spaces where people can BE unapologetic, but when you ask underrepresented groups how taking risks has gone for them – you find that choice to be unapologetic can only follow intentional community-building first.

What would it look like, then, to create spaces where unapologetic becomes the expectation – and it’s an equitable opportunity for everyone who sets foot in your community? We’ll talk about how to do it, address some challenges head-on, and utilize theory-to-practice methods that you can ACTUALLY use…RIGHT AWAY!!!

Come spend a couple of hours with sarahlloyd! You”ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to censor it – but then you’ll realize just how much you see yourself in it all, and then the REAL WORK can begin.
Note: We plan to send a short survey out prior to the presentation to get to know the audience.

WHO SHE IS:  sarahlloyd is a powerful Black leader, mentor, and educator determined to change the world without apology. A social entrepreneur, she has worked in k-20 education, nonprofits, and workforce development; and her engaging style, hilarious perspective, and powerful storytelling is only overshadowed by one thing; her relentless commitment to creating equity-centered spaces that foster accessible, authentic opportunities for powerful leadership.
She has a BA in advertising from Wazzu (go cougs), an MA in educational leadership from the University of Northern Colorado, and is currently in pursuit of her Ph.D. from Saint Martin’s in leadership studies & social justice.  sarahlloyd is a single mother of three little girls in 2nd, 4th, and 6th grades, and she lives with her girls and their bull terrier in Olympia.

 The University of Washington is excited to announce our spring evening enrichment courses for middle school students.   

Online classes starting in late March include: > Introduction to Coding in Python
The registration deadline is March 15 and courses begin the week of March 22, 2021. For details visit us at: website

 Welcome to the 2021 Doublecrosse Girls Lacrosse Season
Registration is open to ALL players, grades 2-8. Visit our Registration page for information and to sign up. Check the WSLAX league website for most current information on modifications to the 2021 season.

 Spring Boys Lacrosse (lax) Registration is now open, we hope to start practicing mid-March with possible games in April thru the end of May! Props is recruiting all boys for recreational lacrosse, Grades 1-8. All new and returning players are welcome. No prior experience necessary. 

Lacrosse (lax) is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and Seattle. Lax is a great team sport where we have tons of fun and get some great exercise. 

For more information, please visit the club page – 

If you have any questions about lacrosse please feel free to reach out to me directly or submit an inquiry via our website.
Marcos Dachary 


Registration is now open!  Click here for class information and registration.  Studio Coyote runs year round, following Seattle Public Schools’ schedule.  During the winter, spring, and fall you’ll find an abundance of 20-hour weekend sessions as well as weeklong sessions over breaks.  Summer is packed full of weekly, 20-hour courses and runs June – August.  


Mission InspirEd is offering three new FREE middle school classes! This is a unique and great opportunity for your child to extend his/her learning. There will be a hard cap for all classes – spots are limited. Learn more at

Calling all young writers!

YOUTH PROGRAMS AT HUGO HOUSE provide opportunities for young writers to explore, consume, and create their best writing under the guidance of experienced and professional writers and teachers. We believe that youth voices are worth amplifying, and our various programs offer opportunities for youth from all walks of life to craft their voices. Programs vary in price and level of commitment in order to meet the needs of all young writers, including providing free programming, scaled tuition, and scholarships for paid programs.  See the Hugo House website at for available programs.

Due to the current public health concerns around COVID-19, all Youth Programs have moved online. Program sessions will be held using a combination of Zoom and Google classrooms, in addition to other tools used by our innovative instructors and facilitators. 

For more information on youth programs at Hugo House, call 206-322-7030 or email

Youth programs are supporting in part by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Pemco, Fales Family Foundation, Boeing, ArtsFund, and Amazon. 

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

Jane Addams Middle School’s official SPS website:
JAMS PTSA’s website:

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