Jaguar News: March 6, 2020

Jaguar News March 6, 2020
March 06, 2020

Important Upcoming Dates

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

March 7 – Basketball games
Boys JV vs. Eagle Staff @ JAMS 8:30am
Girls JV vs. Eagle Staff @ JAMS 8:30am
Boys Varsity vs. Eagle Staff @ Hale 10:00am
Girls Varsity vs. Eagle Staff @ Hale 10:00am
Boys JVC vs. Meany @ Hale 1:00pm

March 7 – Big Cat Ultimate games **CANCELLED** (details here)

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 makeup days are needed)
September 2 – First day of school

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

Coronavirus information

**NEW**  There have been cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the greater Seattle area. What this means for JAMS students, staff and families is still unknown. Here are some sources of up-to-date information about COVID-19:
The sources above suggest that we can all:
  • Stay informed: check the links above for emerging information
  • Prevent: wash hands often with soap and water, avoid touching face with unwashed hands, and avoid contact with people who are sick to prevent the spread of illness
  • Stay home: individuals who are sick (fever, cough, respiratory problems) should stay home from school or work. Anyone who can work from home should do so.
  • Plan ahead: make plans for child care in case of school closures, plan how to work from home if possible, and be ready to help neighbors who might need assistance.

Spring sports information

**NEW INFORMATION** JAMS spring sports are Soccer (boys), Volleyball (girls) and Track (coed). Contact Megan ( with any questions about JAMS sports.


  • Tryouts: NONE
  • Practice days: Tuesdays and Fridays, 4:00-5:30pm at the Hale track (beginning March 17)
Boys soccer
  • Tryouts: March 5 and 6, 4:00-5:30pm on the JAMS lower fields
  • Practice days: TBD
Girls volleyball

Game/meet schedules will be added to the JAMS calendar and posted here when they are available.

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. Today, March 6, there will be a complete purge and ALL unclaimed items in the Lost and Found will be DONATED!  Remind students to look for any missing item ASAP.  Clearly labeling students’ items with their name will assist in misplaced things being returned.

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

Calling all singers and actors heading to Lincoln High School!

The Performing Arts Department at Lincoln would like to invite you to an open rehearsal of our spring musical, The Addams Family on Friday, March 20 from 5-6 followed by a meet and greet with the performers. Learn about the choir and drama program at Lincoln and check out the newly re-opened school.

Please RSVP for the event using this link: Open Musical Rehearsal

Interested in auditioning for Lincoln HS Advanced Chorale? Auditions will take place on Monday, March 23 from 6:30-9 pm at Lincoln HS. Please fill out this form to express an interest and get an audition time. Sign Up Here: Audition for Advanced Chorale

Lincoln choirs are full year courses that meet during the school day and fulfill a 1.0 arts credit. The choirs perform in a variety of styles and present at concerts, regional festivals, and typically tour at the upper levels.

Questions? Contact Choir Director Aimee Mell at


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.

Community Events and Programs

**NEW INFORMATION** Fore! Free Golf Lessons

Nathan Hale senior Luke Fleming is working with The First Tee to provide free golf lessons to JAMS students at Jackson Park Golf Course! Wednesdays from 3:00-4:30 March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and May 6. Registration forms can be turned into Megan in the main office or brought to the first day of practices.

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.

**NEW** Recycling and Reuse event March 7

Have stuff to recycle that doesn’t go in your cart? Bring it to a Recycling & Reuse Collection event on March 7th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (View flyer) at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church Parking Lot, 8008 35th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115. Event is free and open to all Seattle residents.

Accepted items:

  • Styrofoam
  • Household batteries (no damaged batteries)
  • Fluorescent tubes and bulbs (no broken bulbs, limit: 4 ft.)
  • Small electronics
  • Small appliances (non-Freon)
  • Clothing & linens (any condition, must be clean and dry)
  • Furniture & household goods (in good condition)
  • Paper for shredding (limit: 4 boxes of paper)

Items NOT accepted:

  • Commercial loads
  • Broken furniture or household goods
  • Garbage
  • Yard waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Automotive waste
  • Construction waste
  • Non-recyclable or reusable items
  • Car seats
Also, save the date for an upcoming Free Compost Giveaway Event!
May 16, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Jane Addams Middle School, 11051 34th Ave NE, 98125 (Parking lot near Nathan Hale Urban Farm Greenhouse)

Get FREE compost made from your food & yard waste. Each household can get up to 1/2 yard of bulk compost for FREE. Bring a shovel and container to haul your compost away. First come, first serve, until the compost is gone.

**NEW** Drop-in teen fitness at Meadowbrook CC

New teen drop-in fitness time at Meadowbrook Community Center on Wednesdays from 2:30-4pm!
10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125, (206) 684-7522

Must be 13-18 years old (no adults at this time)

The Meadowbrook Fitness Center offers a variety of fitness equipment including, elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bicycles, a rower, and other training apparatus.

**NEW** Coyote North Registration

Spring Break + Spring Saturdays:
Weekly summer sessions:

If you would prefer to register in person, join us at Coyote North on March 12 for an open registration night. Doors will open at 6pm and Coyote staff will be on hand to answer questions and help with the registration process. Questions? Email
12325 Lake City Way Northeast | Seattle, WA 98125 / 206.886.2601

Please register with care!
Spring and summer refund policy: At the time of registration, $50/course becomes non-refundable.
For spring: No refunds will be issued after April 1, 2020.
For summer: No refunds will be issued after May 1, 2020.
Cancellations made less than one week prior to the start of the course will incur an additional $50 penalty/course.  Please schedule with care!

**NEW** Summer Art Camps in North Seattle

The Seattle Artist League offers art camps for people aged 10-15, and 13-17. Our five-day camps in figure drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, puppets, photography, and tech are taught by professional

  • 1 week of mornings or afternoons: $220 
  • 2 teen camps: $352 with coupon code SAVE$88

To register, visit

Questions? email

**NEW** Seattle Parks and Recreation Seeks Names for Three New Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) invites the public to submit potential names for parks in the Lake City and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Suggestions for names are due to the Park Naming Committee by Friday, March 27, 2020. 

We are seeking names for the following parks, characterized here by their working names: 

Lake City Neighborhood

  • Lake City Landbank Site: Property located at 12510 33rd Ave NE acquired in 2010. The new park will offer a multi-generational appeal with a wide range of activities and green space in this urban neighborhood. The park will include a half-basketball court, climbing structures, ADA pathway, picnic areas, open lawn, and bike racks. The park will include public art sculptural work by artist Elizabeth Gahan funded by the 1% For The Arts program. Construction is anticipated to start in March 2020 and we anticipate the park will be open by late summer.
  • NE 130th Street End: This tiny beach is accessible by foot or by bike and is most easily reached by the Burke-Gilman Trail.

Chinatown-International District Neighborhood

  • Little Saigon: This park site is located between Jackson and King streets adjacent to the Little Saigon street car stop. The park will include a plaza overlook, a multi-functional accessible ramp at the Jackson entrance, a play area, a program and event lawn at the King St. side, and amphitheater seating stairs with an event plaza. Plantings will have bold textures and bright color to reflect pan-Asian design. 

The Parks Naming Committee will consider all suggestions and make a recommendation to Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jesús Aguirre, who will make the final decision. More information is here.

Please submit suggestions for park names in writing by Friday, March 27, 2020 and include an explanation of how your suggestion matches the naming criteria. Send to Seattle Parks and Recreation, Parks Naming Committee, 100 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109, or by e-mail to

**NEW** Free Job Fair for LGBTQ Youth and Allies

Seattle Parks and Recreation will host the free fifth annual job fair for LGBTQ youth and allies on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 1-3pm at Miller Community Center. Youth of all ages are welcome to attend! There will be many employment opportunities for high school-age youth (13-19) and young adults (19-24). Attendees should come prepared to spend time visiting the various vendors, which will have representatives from private employers as well as City of Seattle youth-employment and stipend programs.

See the Facebook event page here:

Read more about the event here:

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.

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)

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!


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:

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.

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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