Jaguar News: Dec. 20, 2015

Jaguar News December 20, 2019
December 20, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

December 20 – Deadline for 8th grade “When We Were Younger” photos

December 20 – One-hour early dismissal 2:45pm

December 23 to January 3 – NO SCHOOL (Winter break)

January 13 – “Screenagers Next Chapter” and JAMS PTSA general meeting (JAMS) 7:00pm

January 20 – NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

January 23 – Site-based interview training (JAMS library) 7:00pm

January 29 – NO SCHOOL (Day between semesters)

Save the date! 
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

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Screenagers Next Chapter on January 13

JAMS PTSA presents
‘Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER’
on January 13 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 teen’s 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.

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

Parent volunteer opportunities

**NEW**  There are currently several openings for JAMS parent representatives or volunteers:

  • Nominating Committee The job is short but the impact is great! The Nominating Committee members will shape our PTSA Board for the 2020-21 school year. Coordinate with other committee members and recruit new board volunteers between February and April.
  • Building Leadership Team (BLT) The BLT makes decisions about our school. Attend monthly BLT meetings (3rd Thursday mornings) and monthly JAMS PTSA meetings (2nd Monday evenings).
  • Creative Advantage Program JAMS will be working with Coyote North to create an arts integration program. Attend two 3-hour meetings.
  • Family Engagement Action Team (FEAT) The FEAT will work to boost student achievement through meaningful family engagement.
  • Advanced Learning Implementation Task Force As a representative of JAMS, work with other task force members to create an implementation plan for advanced learning programs.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact PTSA President Maggie Sweeney at

Yearbook Announcements

  • Families of 8th graders: don’t forget to send in a baby picture of your student for the 8th grade “When We Were Younger” section of the yearbook. Please submit to by **TODAY** December 20.
  • 2019-2020 JAMS yearbooks are available to purchase through SchoolPay (you can reach it through your Source account).
  • **NEW** Jane Addams yearbook needs athletic photos, specifically for ultimate frisbee. If you have any pictures to share, email them to

Site-based Interview Training

**NEW**  Anyone interested in participating in the hiring of teachers in Seattle Public Schools must complete a specific training led by the Seattle Education Association and Seattle Public Schools. You only need the training once throughout your time in Seattle Public School. Students and families are welcome to attend.

Jane Addams is pleased to host an interview training session at our school on on Thursday, January 23, 7-8pm, in the library.

Childcare is available for ages 5 and above, but please RSVP by calling 206-252-4500 or by submitting information here to help us plan childcare accordingly. Community members from schools other than Jane Addams are also welcome to attend.

Games, books, puzzles

**NEW** JAMS is still in need of games for students to play during lunch period.  Send any games that are in good condition, can be played in 15-20 minutes and are appropriate for middle schoolers! Thanks!

Big improvements coming our way!

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. The time is now to purchase your engravable tile for inclusion in the seat wall of the staircase. Visit to purchase a tile and learn more about potential site improvements. Questions? Email

High School Information

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: Jan 7, 9, 14, 16 and 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.

Ingraham Open House for incoming students
January 14  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Auditorium
This is a general information night open to everyone. Our Principal Mr. Floe and our Ingraham Staff will answer any questions about academics, sports, clubs and student life at Ingraham.

Ingraham High School IB Information Night
January 15  – 7:00 PM – Ingraham Library
This is an information night for parents and students interested in the IB Program.
Please visit the Academics page at for additional IB program information.

Ingraham High School Day Time Tour
*****January 16  – 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM *****
Parents must accompany students on this tour. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes for the walking portion of the tour.

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

Lincoln will host an Information Night for prospective students for the 2020-2021 school year January 16 at 7p.m. 

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 houses will be held January 23 and 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.

Raisbeck Aviation HS

Attention 8th grade parents! Wondering if Aviation is a good fit for your student? Check out our upcoming information night!

We will go over:

  • The application process, what to expect, how and when to apply.
  • Meet students, staff, and parents of current students.
  • Learn about what RAHS’s curriculum and how to prepare student for college and career.
  • Lean about extra-curricular activities such as Science Olympiad, Speech and Debate, Robotics, and Ultimate Frisbee to name just a few.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Raisbeck Aviation High School
9229 East Marginal Way S
Tukwila, WA 98108

Seattle Public Schools Information

African American Male Student Leadership Council Application Open Through December 20, 2019

Seattle Public Schools is excited to share that applications are now open for the new African American Male Student Leadership Council.

The Student Leadership Council will be formed of student representatives who are African American males in 7th – 12th grade and currently enrolled in a Seattle Public Schools K-8, middle, or high school.

The Student Leadership Council will promote a network of student leaders who support each other at their schools and across our district while also providing guidance to district leadership on priority initiatives of the Department of African American Male Achievement.

Students, do you want to be a part of transforming Seattle Public Schools to better educate Black males? Applications are due Friday, December 20, 2019, by 11 p.m. Read more about the council requirements and how to apply.

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. Students may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process, which begins February 3.

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**  Spring Season Registration is now open for Seattle Celtic Soccer Club!

 Seattle Celtic will be holding spring season tryouts in early January. Celtic have teams at all levels for players born between 2002 and 2013 and a coaching staff with the perfect mix of energy, passion and expertise to help players develop and excel in a fun environment.

 Tryouts are free to attend and details can be found at Need-based scholarships are also available.

 Questions? Contact us at for further information.

Ultimate Winter Break Day Clinics

Seattle Cascades presents Winter Camp Day Clinics! Choose one, two, three, or all four days. We will offer a variety of drills suitable for different levels of play, so all experience levels are encouraged to attend. Coaches will be Seattle Cascades players from our WOMXN’S and OPEN rosters.

Registration is open to elementary and middle school students. All genders welcome, including players who compete in the girls division, boys division, and mixed division.

Each player who signs up gets either a jersey, a pair of shorts, or a disc (one time only). Happy holidays!

When: Monday, Dec 30th- Tuesday, Dec 31st – Wednesday, Jan 1st – Thursday, Jan 2nd
10:00 am – 2:00 pm 

MONDAY:  Loyal Heights Playfield (turf)
               2101 NW 77th St,
               Seattle, WA 98117
               (Google Maps link)

TUESDAY:  Woodland Park, field #2 (turf)
                5201 Green Lake Way N
                 Seattle, WA 98103
                (Google Maps link)

WEDNESDAY:  Miller Playfield (turf)
                330 19th Ave E
                Seattle, WA 98112
                (Google Maps link)

THURSDAY:    Georgetown Playfield (turf)
                750 S Homer St,
                Seattle, WA 98108
                (Google Maps link)

1 day: $65 per person
2 days: $115 per person
3 days: $165 per person
4 days: $215 per person

* Scholarships available, no questions asked. Contact Monica <>

Cleats and snacks: We have cleats to loan at our clinics (feel free to donate) and snacks are allergy-sensitive (please double-check ingredients if there is a life-threatening allergy).

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:

North Seattle Lacrosse

Looking for a new spring sport?  Now is the perfect time to try lacrosse!  Registration is now open for the North Seattle Lacrosse 2020 spring season. Space is currently available for 3rd & 4th graders and a few spots left in 5th, 7th & 8th grade.  Prior lacrosse experience is not required. Our mission is to teach the fundamentals of lacrosse, team play, and sportsmanship.  For more information, please visit

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 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

One on One Basketball Camps

Competitive Skills & Scrimmage Camp
Ravenna CC (Monday, December 23) 
9AM-3PM / Grades 4-8 / Cost: $65

Holiday Hoops Camp
Week 1 – Queen Anne CC (12/23, 12/26, 12/27)
9AM-3PM / Ages 6-12 / Cost: $155
Week 2 – Ravenna CC (12/30, 1/2, 1/3)
9AM-3PM / Ages 6-12 / Cost: $155

Register at:

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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