Jaguar News: Feb. 28, 2020

Jaguar News February 28, 2020
February 28, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

February 29 – Basketball games
Boys JVC vs. McClure @ Denny 8:30am
Boys JV vs. McClure @ JAMS 1:00pm
Girls JV vs. McClure @ JAMS 1:00pm
Boys Varsity vs. McClure @ Ingraham 2:00pm
Girls Varsity vs. McClure @ Ingraham 2:00pm

March 1 – Spring sports paperwork due

March 5 and 6 – Boys soccer tryouts (JAMS lower fields) 4:00-5:30pm

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

March 18 and 19 – Student-led Conferences  on March 18 (late afternoon/evening) and March 19 (morning) with NO SCHOOL on March 19

March 19 – Band concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

March 24 – Choir concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

March 26 – Orchestra concert (JAMS auditorium) 7:00pm

April 9 – Multicultural night (JAMS cafeteria) 6:00-8:00pm

Looking ahead:
April 13 to 17 – NO SCHOOL (Spring break)
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

JAMS PTSA board meeting March 9

**NEW**  Please join us for the next JAMS PTSA meeting on Monday, March 9 at 7:00pm in the JAMS library.  The meeting will include:
  • Financial report – you’ll learn about the status of JAMS PTSA finances and current or future expenses.
  • Ongoing PTSA business
  • Principal’s report – a great source of information about what’s currently going on at school. If your JAMS student doesn’t share much about their day, you won’t want to miss this part of the meeting.
Everyone is welcome!  If you want to attend this or any JAMS PTSA event, and need translation or other support services, email

Spring sports information

JAMS school-sponsored spring sports are Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer and Co-ed Track.

All students must have their paperwork completed and turned in by March 1 before they can participate in tryouts. Athletic packets include a doctor-signed sports physical. Physicals are valid for 2 years from the exam date.  Check with Megan ( in the main office to see if your student has a current physical on file at JAMS.  Nathan Hale has a Teen Health Clinic that can provide sports physicals for our students. For more information, call 206-302-1840.​

Hard copies of athletic packets are available in the JAMS office. All forms are also available here. If your student participated in a fall or winter sport and their physical is still valid, the only required form is the sport-specific safety form.

Boys Soccer tryouts will be Thursday and Friday, March 5 and 6.
Volleyball tryout dates and track practice days are still TBD.

Spring Ultimate update

**NEW** Spring Ultimate is a club sport at Jane Addams Middle School. The parent-run club serving JAMS is called Big Cat Ultimate Club, and we play in the DiscNW Middle School Spring Ultimate League.

  • We hope to announce team assignments by Friday, February 28.
  • Club fees and scholarship arrangements are due ASAP
  • Sign up for the newsletter so you don’t miss any announcements
  • We will be fielding teams Red (mostly 8th), Black (mixed 7th/8th), Gold (mixed 7th/6th), and Purple (all 6th) teams this spring.
  • Regular practices will begin the week of March 2. Tentatively, the practice schedule will be after school 4-5:20pm: Mondays (Black, Gold), Tuesdays (Red, Purple), Thursdays (Red, Black, Gold, Purple).
  • After Rostering Day 2 is past, coaches will finalize rosters online via You will get an e-mail from DiscNW when that happens, inviting you to complete your registration (including signing online waivers and medical forms). We will also send out detailed instructions by e-mail.
  • Email with any questions. 

Cleat and shinguard donations needed

If you have any gently used cleats or shinguards, please consider donating them to JAMS for student athletes to use!  Drop off in the main office.

High school information

Nathan Hale High School

Ingraham High School

Questions? Call the Main Office at 206 252-3889.
GO RAMS! Welcome Class of 2024!

Roosevelt High School

Lincoln High School

Center School

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

**NEW** HS Science Adoption for CHEM B Update

In September 2018, Seattle Public Schools began an adoption process for instructional materials to support science in grades 9 through 12, and a Science Adoption Committee was formed to begin the process of reviewing instructional materials. This Science Adoption Committee included teachers, parents, students, and community members. In June of 2019, the committee voted to move forward materials for all high school science classes, except High School Chemistry B (CHEM B) after assessing materials from 7 vendors and field testing two finalists. The School Board did approve the committee’s recommendation that funding be made available for teachers to continue to collaboratively develop curriculum for CHEM B, using the adopted CHEM A district-developed course as a guide. The Science Adoption Committee will reconvene in March to review the curriculum again and to deliberate on whether to recommend the completed CHEM B curriculum to the School Board.

Read the May 29, 2019 Board Action Report on High School Science Curriculum.

Since June 2019, chemistry teachers from around the district have come together to collaborate on the continued development of the CHEM B curriculum to refine the materials and build assessment tools for students.

Community members are invited to provide feedback on the CHEM B curriculum and adoption by attending a community meeting or by reviewing samples of the material online. There will be two in-person community meetings: March 3, 2020 at Chief Sealth High School library and March 11, 2020 at Nathan Hale High School library. Both community meetings will take place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. If you’re unable to attend a community meeting, but would like to provide feedback, please visit the Science website to review a sample of the material and to access a downloadable feedback form.

If recommended by the committee and approved by the Seattle School Board, the new CHEM B instructional materials would be ready for implementation by the 2020-21 school year.

For more information, please see the Science CHEM B Adoption website.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW** GeoGirls field camp program

Opportunity for girls in the 7th and 8th grades, living in Washington and Oregon:

The application process is open for the 2020 GeoGirls field camp program. GeoGirls is a 5-day, 4-night camp geology and technology camp for girls (cis and trans gender) at Mount St. Helens. During camp we will explore the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens, the hazards volcanic eruptions pose to human population and the technology used by scientists to monitor volcanoes. Our entire program takes place within the area affected by the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. 

GeoGirls is a collaborative effort between the Mount St. Helens Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey – Cascades Volcano Observatory with partners from various scientific universities, agencies, and private companies. Throughout the week we will spend time with many different research teams hiking, exploring, collecting data, and team building. This is a unique experience unlike any other summer camp! 

Applications from girls, high school students and teacher mentors are due March 6, 2020. Selections will be announced May 8, 2020.

The program will include:
• 25 girls graduating from 7th and 8th grade from Washington and Oregon;
• 5 girls graduating from 10th-12th grades from Washington and Oregon;
• 4 female middle school science teachers from Washington and Oregon.

Find all the information you need on the Mount St Helens Institute webpage.

**NEW** Aileycamp 2019

Join us this summer for a free 6-week program where youth ages 11-14 experience a fun-filled day camp learning dance and important life skills.

WHEN: The 2020 Seattle Theatre Group AileyCamp begins July 1, 2020 and ends August 7, 2020. Camp runs Monday through Friday. Each day begins at 8:30 am and ends at 3:30 pm.

WHERE IS THE CAMP LOCATED?: Beach Park Event Center, 22030 Cliff Avenue South in Des Moines, WA.

Interested: Application form in English is here (for other languages, go here)

**NEW** DiscNW JAMS Ultimate camp

DiscNW offers an ultimate summer camp, just for JAMS students. Registration is now open, please feel free to spread the word as your spring season gets rolling!

When: July 27-31, 9AM-3PM
Where: Mapleleaf 
Who: JAMS Players, entering and exiting players in the 2020-21 school year
Cost: $322/Week, 65/Day (3 day minimum). Financial Aid Available.

Player too old for JAMS camp? Attend our North End HS camp for players attending Ingraham, Nathan Hale, Roosevelt, Lincoln, and more!


**NEW** Summer enrichment at the University of Washington

Registration is open!  UW’s Summer Youth Program for middle school students is now open for enrollment.  Parents and students can choose from a wide variety of half day classes in coding, engineering design, visual arts, creative writing, debate and much more!  For dates, time and registration information please visit us at:

**NEW** Hot Java Cool Jazz

STG Presents Starbucks 25th Annual Hot Java Cool Jazz at The Paramount Theatre on Friday, March 27, 2020.

It’s one incredible night of music with performances by five of the best Seattle-area high school jazz bands. As part of Starbucks’ ongoing commitment to supporting local youth, all proceeds from ticket sales to this benefit concert go to support each school’s music program. Past performing bands include Garfield, Roosevelt, Edmonds-Woodway, Mountlake Terrace, Shorewood and Newport, to name a handful.

Summer Camp and Activities Fair
Leap into Summer! Cedar Park PTA invites you to attend a Summer Camp and Activities Fair

Saturday, February 29, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Cedar Park Elementary Cafeteria
3737 NE 135th St, Seattle

Stop by and learn about summer camps located all around the Greater Seattle area. Summer camp vendors will be onsite to provide information and answer questions.

Sports, STEM, Theater, Nature and more!
Ages PreK through High School
There will be something for everyone!
Open to the community, and free
Registration will be available at the event for many camps

Girls on the Run
JAMS girls are invited to participate in a spring after-school activity for 6th grade students at Super Jock n Jill Running Store in Greenlake!

Super Jock n Jill is hosting a Girls on the Run team this spring on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm for 3rd-6th grade girls from March 2 to May 18. Girls on the Run is a local non profit that serves girls in 3rd-5th and 6th-8th grade and teaches girls life skills such as empathy, positive body image, and intentional decision making. Participants also run/walk non-competitively to prepare for an end of season 5K!

Financial assistance is available for any family, no questions asked. Families self-select what they can pay for our program. If they are unable to pay anything, we can provide full scholarships! Running shoes & sports hijabs are also included for any girl in need.

Families register online and learn more HERE:

Fore! Free Golf Lessons

Are your kids interested in learning to play golf? The First Tee of Greater Seattle is offering free lessons at Jackson Park Golf Course. The lessons will be on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 4:30 March 18 to May 6. Golf is a great sport that your child will be able to play for the rest of their life. This is for Nathan Hale Senior Luke Fleming’s Hale Action Project and if you have questions you can contact him at You can also go to for more information.

At The First Tee, kids and teens are learning to play golf along with life lessons and leadership skills. Experts in youth development, golf, and coaching came together to develop The First Tee Life Skills Curriculum. Through the curriculum, coaches seamlessly integrate golf and character building activities into each lesson. As a child progresses through The First Tee Life Skills Experience, the activities and life lessons become more involved, helping young people build character and become even more equipped to make good choices on and off the golf course.

Seattle Park District discussion at Lake City Community Center

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Lake City Community Center
12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98125

Join us in discussing the Seattle Park District! Seattle Parks and Recreation is busy developing a financial plan to further our vision of supporting Healthy People, a Healthy Environment, and Strong Communities, which includes building up community, sustaining parks, and bringing affordable and supportive recreation opportunities across our city.

Join us at one of our community meetings to learn more and provide feedback:

  • Delridge Community Center, March 2, 6-8pm
  • Lake City Community Center, March 5, 6-9 pm
  • Van Asselt Community Center, March 7, 10am-12pm

In 2014, Seattle voters approved the Seattle Park District. With these funds, Seattle Parks and Recreation is able to:

  • maintain more parks more frequently, with enhanced maintenance where needed
  • provide low-cost recreation programs, free drop-in programs, and add to our scholarship fund
  • develop 14 new parks, and renovate play areas and fields
  • restore over a thousand acres of urban forest
  • make critical repairs to community centers and pools
  • make dozens of accessibility improvements to our restrooms, pathways, and facilities
  • and put on hundreds of community events across our city.

We have been investing these dollars back into parks and communities for the last six years, and it’s time to propose a plan for the next six years of investment.

More info and other ways to join the discussion:

Link Connections: Proposals for bus and light rail integration in north King County driven by community guidance

As Sound Transit extends its light rail system to serve three new Link stations in 2021 (U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate), King County Metro is releasing initial proposals for updating bus service to integrate with the new stations. These concepts were created with the help of a community-based Mobility Board, and broader public feedback on service needs and priorities.
The details of the proposal and a survey to gather opinions on it are available in six languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, and English), and can be viewed here:

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: 
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Homework and class information:

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