Jaguar News: Dec. 6, 2019

Jaguar News December 6, 2019
December 06, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

December 6 – Boys basketball tryout callbacks (JAMS gyms) 3:45-5:30pm

December 6 – TAJA presents “Much Ado About Nothing” (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 7 – Girls Varsity Soccer playoff game @ Memorial Stadium 8:00am
(and if they win, championship game @ Memorial Stadium 3:30pm)

December 7 – TAJA presents “Much Ado About Nothing” (JAMS auditorium) 2:00pm and 7:00pm

December 9 – Girls basketball tryouts (JAMS gyms) 3:45-5:30pm

December 9 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

December 10 – Girls basketball tryouts (JAMS gyms) 3:45-5:30pm

December 10 – Band concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 12 – Orchestra concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

December 19 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

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

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

January 13 – JAMS PTSA general meeting 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)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Gift Card Drive for JAMS Families

**NEW**   Our fantastic JAMS Counselors have identified JAMS families who will need additional nutritional support over the winter break.  We are hoping to provide each of these families with $100 in Kroger (Fred Meyer and QFC) gift cards during the week of December 16.  (Safeway and Grocery Outlet will work, as well.) To do so, we will need at least 100 cards donated. Can you help?
  • Sign up here for as many gift cards as you are able to provide.
  • Purchase the Fred Meyer/QFC Gift Cards.
  • Deliver your cards to the PTSA Treasurer black locked box in the JAMS main office by December 13. If you can’t find the box, office staff can direct you.
  • Please feel free to pass this request along.    
Our Counselors will confidentially distribute the cards to our families in need.

Building Leadership Team opportunity

**NEW**  Due to turnover, the PTSA is seeking a parent co-representative for the JAMS Building Leadership Team (BLT). The parent/guardian who fills this position will be one of two parent co-representatives on BLT, joining parent Sheryl Schwartz, and will also serve as a member of the PTSA Board. The monthly BLT meetings are usually on the 3rd Thursdays at 7:20-8:20am at JAMS. (See future BLT meeting dates below.)  The monthly PTSA Board meetings are usually on 2nd Mondays at 7:00-9:00pm at JAMS. This year, the open BLT parent co-rep will be filled by a parent whose student is not in the HCC program. This role is a terrific way to keep up with what’s happening at JAMS, gain a better understanding of the thoughtful discussions and decisions school leadership makes, and offer a parent perspective on some of those topics. To learn more about this position, please contact Sheryl at  If you are interested in this position or have questions regarding the PTSA Board please contact the PTSA Board President, Maggie Sweeney at

Future 2019-2020 BLT meeting dates:

  • December 19
  • January 23
  • February 27
  • March 19
  • April 23
  • May 28
  • June 11

Yearbook staff request 8th grade photos

**NEW**  Hello Families of Jane Addams, 

We are the yearbook committee and we are in the process of make a 2019-2020 yearbook! We are now making the 8th grade When We Were Younger. We would love for you to send in a photo of your 8th grader here at JAMS when they were younger. Please send in a photo to before December 20th.

Also if you would like purchase a Jane Addams 2019-2020 yearbook, please go to SchoolPay. You can reach it inside The Source.

JAMS Journalism

Winter running club

**NEW**  Winter Running Club. Mondays and Fridays, 4:00-5:30pm, beginning January 10.

Run like a high school track athlete! Learn what running is all about, competitive or for fun, and get in shape for the upcoming track season.

The club will be run by Hale senior Luke Biondolillo and Ms. LeAnne.

See Ms. LeAnne (JAMS 7th grade counselor) to sign up!

Lost and Found

**NEW**  What did the Parent Jaguar say to the Jaguar Cub when they lost their coat?  
You gotta be “kitten” me!!!

Time again for Lost and Found clean out!
JAMS Lost and Found is  overflowing with coats, lunch boxes, and other items.  Next Friday, December 13, we will doing a complete purge and ALL unclaimed items in the Lost and Found will be DONATED!  Make sure you child looks for any missing item ASAP.  Clearly labeling your child’s items with their name will assist in misplaced things being returned.

Join the Nominating Committee!

**NEW**  JAMS PTSA seeks Nominating Committee volunteers

The PTSA is looking for a few willing members to serve on our Nominating Committee. The job is short but the impact is great. As a Nominating Committee member, you will be able to help shape our PTSA Board for the 2020-21 school year. The membership will elect the Nominating Committee at our next General Membership meeting in January, so please email Maggie Sweeney at if you are interested in this job.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Don’t miss “Much Ado”!

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

Private school application instructions

Jane Addams Middle School (JAMS) receives a substantial number of private high school recommendation and transcripts requests. We ask that parents/guardians follow the guidelines here so that we can process the forms in a timely manner.

To ensure our timely response, application requests must be turned in to us by December 13. It will be at the teacher’s discretion if they have time available to complete recommendations.

If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar at:

High School Information

Hale High School

**NEXT WEEK** 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 one of the following informational evenings:

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
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

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: Dec 3, 5, 10, 12; 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

**NEW**  Capacity, Enrollment, and Facilities Master Planning Advisory Committee

Seattle Public Schools is seeking community representatives to support robust analysis and community engagement in the planning processes for school capacity, enrollment and facilities.

In alignment with various board policies related to enrollment, capacity and facilities planning, as well as Policy 0030: Ensuring Educational and Racial Equity and the district’s strategic plan Seattle Excellence, the Advisory Committee will be asked to review, provide input and give recommendations to the School Board on planning and analysis work that informs the Board’s decision making on the Student Assignment Transition Plan, the Facilities Master Plan, school boundaries, and other enrollment and facility capacity management activities.

Applications Due Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Read more about this advisory committee and apply.

**NEW**  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.

**NEW**  Winter Weather Response

From time to time, winter weather may change the normal schedule at your student’s school. When determining if school schedule changes are necessary, Seattle Public Schools officials carefully monitor weather forecasts and work with city and county officials for information related to road conditions.

Staying Informed
If weather conditions make a schedule change necessary, the district will communicate the decision through the following methods and in this order:

  • Local media: Checking the local television or radio stations is an effective and efficient way to find out if there is a schedule change.
    Local stations include:
    TV KOMO 4, KING 5, KIRO 7, Q13 FOX
    Radio KOMO AM 1000, KIRO 97.3 FM
  • Facebook and Twitter: In addition to local media, social media is a fast way to learn about a delay or closure. Follow us on and
  • District and school websites: We post school schedule updates to the district and school websites.
  • Phone calls, emails and text messages: Families will receive a phone call, email, text message and mobile app notification, however other communication channels may be faster to check.

Managing Phone Calls and Communications Preferences
When there is an emergency school schedule change, the phone number listed as an emergency contact is called. While you need at least one emergency phone on record, you can manage your communication preferences and designate which phone is called. Directions on how to manage your preferences, in multiple languages, can be found on our Communications Preferences webpage.

More details about weather-related school schedule changes are here.

**NEW**  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** FREE Community Fun Skate

December 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Magnuson Community Center, 7110 62nd Ave NE

Magnuson Community Center and PFM Roller Derby invite adults and children of all ages and abilities to a free community fun skate the second Sunday of every month. We’ll bring music, games, skates, and gear; you provide the smiles! Children under age 18 must have parental permission to skate. Kids 12-17 may be dropped off with a signed guardian waiver. Children under 12 must have a guardian present. Come join the fun!

**NEW** 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

**NEW** Hollyberry Holiday Concert – Roosevelt Choirs and Roosevelt Orchestra 

Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm in the Roosevelt Performing Arts Theatre. 

A night of festive singing and incredible music! Free admission but donations graciously accepted plus a delicious bake sale. There will also be a holiday raffle! Come join us to hear the talented RHS performers! You might even see some former JAMS students! 

Roosevelt Jazz Nutcracker

The award winning Roosevelt Jazz Band will perform Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s Jazz Nutcracker on Saturday, December 7 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 8 at 2:00 pm in Roosevelt High School’s Performing Arts Theatre. Ticket are $18.00 for adults & $13.00 for students and seniors. This show gets your feet tapping and fills your heart with joy. Get your tickets at

Meadowbrook Pond Luminaria Walk

Saturday December 7th (5:30 -8:00) wear lights!!
Prep – Thursday December 5th, Meadowbrook Community Center 6:30 – 9:00
Please volunteer at one or both events: COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS -Contact: NIKOLAJ 360 659-9343

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

Fall 2019 Math Challenge Tournament

Saturday, December 7 10am-1pm
Concordia Lutheran School
7040 36th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115

Sponsored by Concordia PTL

Flex your mental muscles and join us for this fun, familyfriendly event. All are welcome! Space is limited. Register at or email to learn more.

All registered students will receive a certificate of participation and a keepsake. Students who are in the top 10% in their grade level and division nationally will earn medals. Student who scores the highest overall in their grade level and division will be awarded a Champion Water Bottle.

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: 
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Homework and class information:

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