Jaguar News: Feb. 7, 2019

Jaguar News February 7, 2020
February 07, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

February 8 – Basketball games
Boys Varsity vs. Whitman @ Ingraham 11:00am
Girls Varsity vs. Whitman @ Ingraham 11:00am
Boys JV vs. Whitman @ JAMS 11:30am
Girls JV vs. Whitman @ JAMS 11:30am
Boys JVC vs. Blaine @ JAMS 2:30pm

February 10 – JAMS PTSA board meeting (JAMS library) 7:00pm

February 14 – Last day of Open Enrollment for School Choice

February 17 to February 21 – NO SCHOOL (Mid-winter Break)

Looking ahead:
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
Date TBD – Multicultural night
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 meeting February 10

Please join us for the next JAMS PTSA board meeting on **NEXT MONDAY** February 10 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.
  • Chocolate!
Everyone is welcome!  If you want to attend this or any JAMS PTSA event, and need translation or other support services, email

Volleyball Open Gym

**NEW**  Students are invited to play some volleyball before the volleyball season officially starts, on February 12 and February 26 from 3:00-4:30. Open to all! Contact Ms. Riber ( in the main office if your student will need the activity bus for these days.

Elective selection

**NEW**  Each spring students and their families request electives for the next school year. Your student should have received a class registration packet in their 3rd period class. Please spend some time with your student reviewing the options. Students should also return the Class Registration Form to their 3rd period teacher by Wednesday, February 12th.

Although every effort is made to meet each student’s choice of elective, that is not always possible, due to schedule limitations. Electives are programmed AFTER Language Arts, History, Math and Science requirements have been fulfilled.

All students will take the following required courses next year and will be placed in the appropriate academic track:

  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Math
  • Science
  • PE (1 semester) – (Students can only apply for a PE waiver if they are enrolled in 2 year-long electives)

Spring sports information

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

All students must have their paperwork completed 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.

Spring sport tryout and practice days have not yet been determined.

Open Enrollment information for 8th grade families

8th grade families, it’s time to complete the process of determining where your student will go to high school! Most students will attend their assigned school. But some students end up at a school other than their assigned school.  Here’s a brief overview of the process to help guide you:

  1. Use the Assignment Lookup Tool to see your student’s assigned school. You will need the student’s identification number and birth date. You can find your student’s ID number by signing in to The Source.
  2. Learn more about your student’s assigned school and other high schools by going to information nights and tours (see “High school information” below), talking to friends and neighbors, and attending SPS events (like the SPS Admissions Outreach events). Don’t forget about option schools!
  3. Does your family want your student to attend their assigned high school? If YES, you do not need to do anything further, and you do not need to participate in Open Enrollment.
  4. If your family wants your student to apply to a high school that is NOT their assigned school, you should apply during the Open Enrollment window (February 3-14). School Choice forms are available online or at the John Stanford Center during the Open Enrollment window. The results of Open Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year will be available online in April. Please note that it is not guaranteed that students will be assigned to the school (or program) of their choice; students are only guaranteed assignment to their assigned school.
  5. If your student receives special education services, you can read more about the change of school process for special education students.

High school information

Nathan 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:

**NEXT WEEK** 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

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

Roosevelt High School

Lincoln High School

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 house will be held **NEXT WEEK**  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.

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

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 or the services they receive. You can view your student’s assigned school with the Assignment Lookup Tool.  Any students who wishes to attend a school OTHER than their assigned school may apply to attend a different school through the School Choice Process, which begins February 3. There is no need to participate in the School  Choice Process if your student wishes to attend their assigned school.

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

Hands On! A Community Skills-Share Fair

Sustainable NE Seattle and the NE Seattle Tool Library are collaborating once again with Meadowbrook Community Center to offer our 10th annual HANDS ON! Community Skills–Share Fair. FREE all day

What is a skills fair?
A day of sharing practical skills with our neighbors – we will have short workshops on a wide variety of skills, from sewing basics to emergency preparedness. The day will include a luncheon with speaker TBA.

Saturday, Feb 8th, 2020
Skills from 10-5, Lunch w/ speaker

Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Building resilience – If we can build a neighborhood where we know how to take care of our needs close to home – we are more likely to do well in difficult times
Growing Community – If we work together, share resources, eat and celebrate together, our community fabric grows stronger!
Reducing waste – if we can repurpose that old sweater, it stays out of the landfill.

Survival Skills Fair for Kids

In conjunction with the 10th Annual Skills Fair (above), Sustainable NE is hosting a Survival Skills Fair – For Kids! This is an opportunity for Seattle kids to learn about disaster preparedness, motivate their parents to get the family prepared, and have some fun!

Saturday, Feb 8
2pm – 5pm
Meadowbrook Community Center

More information here.

What Parents Need to Know About the Digital Addiction Epidemic

Friday, February 25, 6 p.m. Sand Point Elementary Cafeteria (6208 60th Avenue NE)
Brought to you by the Sand Point Elementary PTA

Dimitri Christakis, MD, MPH
George Adkins Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Director, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Attending Pediatrician, Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dimitri Christakis graduated from Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is the author of over 200 original research articles, a textbook of pediatrics, and “The Elephant in the Living Room: Make Television Work for Your Kids” (September 2006; Rodale). In 2010 he was awarded the Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for outstanding contributions to pediatric research over his career. His passion is developing actionable strategies to optimize the cognitive, emotional, and social development of preschool children. The pursuit of that passion has taken him from the exam room, to the community and most recently to cages of newborn mice. Christakis’ laboratory focuses on the effects of early environmental influences on child health and development and his work has been featured on international news outlets as well as national and international newspapers. He speaks frequently to international audiences of pediatricians, parents, educators and policy makers about the impact of early learning on brain development. This talk will focus on the neurobiological mechanisms of addiction, how they apply to today’s digital media, and what parents can do to raise healthy children in a digital world.

Questions? Contact

City-Wide Youth Sports – Upcoming Seasons

Spring Youth Sports – Registration starts February 4, 2020

  • Track and Field for Girls and Boys (Ages 5-17 as of Aug. 31, 2019)
    Fee: $50
    Young athletes in our Track and Field program will be coached and then get to compete with other kids their age in various athletic contests based on running, jumping, and throwing. For more information contact your local community center.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE! Please visit your local community center to pick up a scholarship application or click here for more information!

Summer Sports Camps
Our FREE sports camps offer a fun and positive experience for your child’s inner athlete. We will divide kids into groups based on age/ability level, and have a great time working on age-appropriate fundamentals that will incorporate fun competitions, games, races and scrimmages. Our camps are designed for kids ranging from the very beginner to the seasoned athlete. All kids can expect to improve their skill level! Please bring a sack lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen and dress appropriately for the weather (layers). Space is limited in these camps so register early. E-13 and signed concussion form due at registration and must be sent to the Youth Athletics office.  Watch this page for future updates about camp schedules.   

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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