Jaguar News: Nov. 8, 2019

Jaguar News November 8, 2019
November 08, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

November 9 – Ultimate Frisbee playoff games
Purple team vs. Hamilton @ Ingraham N1 8:00am
Black team vs. Aki @ Ingraham S1 9:30pm
Gold team vs. Pathfinder @ Magnuson 5B 9:30am
Gold team vs. BT Bulldogs @ Magnuson 5A 11:00am
Green team vs. STEM @ Ingraham S1 2:00pm
Red team vs. Eckstein @ Ingraham Stadium 2:00pm

November 11 – NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)

November 14 – LGBTQ dinner (Meany MS) 6:00-8:00pm

November 19 – Ultimate End-of-Season potluck (JAMS cafeteria) 6:00-8:00pm

November 28 and 29 – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving Day and Native American Heritage Day)

December 5, 6 & 7 – “Much Ado About Nothing” (JAMS auditorium)

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

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)

JAMS School calendar
JAMS PTSA webpage

JAMS PTSA Annual Give


The generous support of our JAMS community has resulted in $97,002.05 for the 2019 Annual Give. Thank you to the more than 300 families that participated! Every dollar raised will be put to work ASAP to assure our students get the best middle school experience possible.

If you were unable to donate during the Annual Give campaign, but are able at another time, the PTSA welcomes your support throughout the year. Also, keep an eye out for volunteer opportunities that benefit our school and students. There are many ways to give to JAMS.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Golden Jaguar 3rd Period Challenge.
  • 1st place – Ms. Boland’s class, 26 of the 32 students participated
  • 2nd place – Mr. Grevstad’s class, 22 of the 31 students participated
  • 3rd place- Mr. Merrifield’s class 20 of the 29 students participated
  • 50% participation classes – Schaaf, Shapiro, Kachelmier, and Wenderoth 
We thank you all for your participation!

JAMS PTSA needs your Corporate Match
An easy way to double your contribution. Please submit your donation information to your employer for corporate matching. Beth Sharlin ( can assist with corporate matching.

NOTE: Donor receipts will be sent out via email. If you don’t receive your receipt, please check your junk-mail folder. For those (few) donors that didn’t provide an email, your receipts will come in the mail.

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

Volunteer Corner

Keep the JAMS out of Traffic!!!

Traffic Volunteers needed daily to keep our kids safe and our traffic flow running smoothly. No need to sign up, simply feel free to come help any morning 8:30-8:55am or afternoon 3:20-3:45pm.  Stop by to sign in at the Main Office, don a fashionable fluorescent orange vest, and start wielding a traffic flag all in the name of traffic safety!  
What’s a Jaguar’s favorite thing to do after lunch? Spot clean! 

Lunch room volunteers needed daily for all three lunches.  No need to sign up, just come by any day you are free to help supervise and assist during one, two or all three lunch sessions.  Stop by the office to sign in and get a volunteer badge.

8th grade lunch – 10:50-11:30
6th grade lunch – 11:55-12:35
7th grade lunch –  1:00-1:40

Current JAMS student clubs

Art Club
Enjoy drawing and painting or are interested in learning how? Then Art Club with Mr. Avriett is the thing for you. Come join other students in room 227 where we will relax, socialize, and create art every Monday from 3:55-5:25. Supplies will be provided and students will share their art ideas and teach each other drawing and painting techniques. Sign up sheets are in the main office.

ASB (Associated Student Body)
Ms. Olivas in room 220A
Meets on Monday from 4:00-5:30pm. ASB oversees school-wide events at school. They are tasked to approve all budget requests and host events for the entire student body. Elections are held at the end of the year for the upcoming school year. One does not have to win the election to be a part of ASB. Anyone who runs has earned a spot.

Math Club
On Mondays from 4:00-5:00 in room 203. Come and explore your passion for math!
Any questions? Contact Mr. Ben Leis:

In Mr. Grevstad’s room 221 on Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30
Students will design, build, and launch rockets as part of the Team America Rocketry Challenge as well as learn the basics of rocket science and the engineering design process.
Sign up is in September- Rocketry is FULL for the 19-20 school year

Science Tutoring
Science tutoring will be held in the library every Thursday from 3:55-5:25. This is open to all students. The science teachers will rotate through the club weekly.

T.A.J.A. (Theater at Jane Addams)
TAJA puts on a Fall and Spring musical every year. You can act in the play or work backstage. If you want to act, you need to come to auditions in September or January. If you are interested in working backstage, talk with Ms. Handley at any time. TAJA meets on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00-6:00 in the auditorium. There will be additional time commitments for performances.
There is a $50.00 fee for the play and $75.00 fee for the musical. Scholarships are available.
Make sure you have arranged your transportation.

Latinx Student Union (LSU)
We meet every other Thursday after school in room 220A. LSU is a place where we are comfortable to be ourselves. It is a space to celebrate our culture, speak Spanish, as well as teach and learn about our heritage from each other. Some big accomplishments this year are hosting the Dia de Los Muertos event and attending the La CHISPA Conference.

Dungeons and Dragons
Meets on Mondays from 3:55-5:25 in room 223 with Mr. Merrifield. Join a group in adventuring, storytelling, and questing.

Winter Sports: Boys and Girls Basketball- beginning early December
Spring Sports: Volleyball, Boys Soccer, and Track- beginning early March
Any questions about sports at JAMS and how to become involved, contact Ms. Riber:

High School Information

Hale High School

Hale Future Family Night December 10, 2019 6:00PM – 8:30PM
Nathan Hale Campus including PAC, Commons

For prospective families and students to find out more about Nathan Hale High School. There will be an opportunity to get a tour of the school, find out more about different clubs and organizations, and hear from our staff and administration about what makes Nathan Hale unique.  There will be a second event in February 2020 right before the school district’s Open Enrollment period.

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 having an Open House on Thursday, November 14th, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Armory Loft, 305 Harrison Street on the Seattle Center campus.  Check-in opens at 6:00 pm.  We request that you forward this letter to your 8th grade families. 

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.

 We want your students and their families to know about The Center School and what it offers that sets it apart from other high schools.  Please contact us if you would like a student representative or two to speak to student groups at your school.  We can also arrange for a parent to speak to a parent group.  And we look forward to seeing you at our Open House in the Armory Loft, (up the stairs from the food court), on Thursday, November 14th – 6:30 to 8:30 pm, check-in opens at 6pm.  Additional open houses will be held January 23rd and February 13th 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 nights.
What information 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.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
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

Both evenings will go over the same information.

Seattle Public Schools Information

LGBTQ Families Dinner
Thurs., Nov. 14, 6 – 8 p.m.
Meany Middle School
301 21st Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112

Join us for the annual LGBTQ Families Dinner. Members of district leadership will be there to welcome LGBTQ families and their friends. All Seattle Public Schools families and staff are welcome to attend our community-building event!

This event is brought to you by the Health Education Office. Dinner and entertainment will be provided.

To reserve space at this popular event, please RSVP with the number of people in your party to Brennon Ham in the Health Education Office at 206-743-3564 or

Student Vaccination Requirements

Washington state law requires that students are fully vaccinated, be in the process of completing immunizations, or have a signed Certificate of Exemption in order to attend school.

Student records must reflect updated immunization status by January 8, 2020, or students cannot attend school until the required information is provided to the school nurse.

Families of students whose records are not up to date or are missing information will be notified the week of November 1 via email, postal mail, and a letter home from your child’s school. Instructions for what to do if you receive this letter are here.

Read the King County immunization schedule for children.

Community Events and Programs

**TOMORROW**  Windermere Wedgwood Home Run 5K

Join us for the Windermere Wedgwood HOME RUN 5K! We welcome kids, runners & walkers – a FUN RUN for all. Hats will be given to participants and give-aways for young runners too (2-8 years). Hosted by Windermere Wedgwood, with all proceeds benefitting the Windermere Foundation. Our mission is to assist low income and homeless families and over $40million has been awarded since 1989. Currently thousands of dollars are awarded monthly to schools, food banks, enrichment programs for kids, and numerous other organizations in the greater Seattle area.
*This is a non-timed event*

Sat, November 9, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Magnuson Park | Swim Beach
7400 Sand Point Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115

Can’t make it out to our Fun Run but still want to make a donation?
& mention “Wedgwood” when you add to cart!

**NEW**  Free Showing of Screenagers: Next Chapter

Please join The Downtown School community on Wednesday, December 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm  for a screening of Screenagers: Next Chapter. The film examines what can be done to help teens build crucial skills in our digital age to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression. This screening is free and open to the public, so bring a friend and spread the word! We’ll be accepting donations to Teen Link at the door and holding a moderated discussion after the screening. Click this link to RSVP. Adults only, please. We look forward to seeing you there.

JAMS ski bus

Registration for the 2020 January and February Friday night ski and snowboard lesson and bus program is open through SKI MOHAN. Please check out the Ski Mohan page for JAMS at 

**THERE ARE ALMOST ENOUGH PEOPLE ON THE WAITLIST TO ADD A THIRD BUS**  Now is the time to join the waitlist if your student is interested in skiing this winter.  To be added to the waitlist, please contact the Mohan office via email ( or by phone (425-868-3820) to be put on a wait list.

Please note: This is a program of Mohan Skiing and Boarding; this is not a school-sponsored activity or field trip. JAMS ski bus is facilitated by parent volunteers. Parent chaperones are needed to run a smooth and successful program (there are perks for such responsibilities). If you’re interested in helping, send a note of interest to

Seattle Public Safety Survey

Seattle University is administering the 5th annual citywide Seattle Public Safety Survey. The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure. The survey is accessible at through November 30 and is available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, English, Korean, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya and Vietnamese. Public safety and security are community concerns. Please make sure your voice is heard by completing the public safety survey today.

Nathan Hale Theater presents “Much Ado About Nothing”

How now Nathan Hale community, this November, bring thyself to witness a curious story of enemies turned lovers, troublesome little brothers and weddings turned foul. Nathan Hale Theatre presents the Shakespearean comedy “Much Ado About Nothing,” bringing you a tale of love plagued by betrayal and trickery. Performances are Thursday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9 at 7 p.m. If you’re more of an afternoon person, there’s a matinee at 2 p.m. on November 9th. Acquire your tickets anon at May you brighten our doorstep with your presence!

Ingraham High School drama presents: Peter and the Starcatcher

Nov. 7-9, 7 PM
Nov 15, 16, 7 PM
Nov 17, 2 PM

Ingraham High School Little Theater
1819 N 135th St.
Seattle, WA 98133
United States

It is 1885 during the reign of Queen Victoria and two ships from the British Empire set sail on the high seas for the imaginary kingdom of Rundoon.

On one ship, The Neverland, three orphan boys encounter a smart and witty girl named Molly Aster, the daughter of an English lord and minister to the queen. Also on board is a trunk full of precious starstuff that Molly has promised to protect. One of the orphans, known only as Boy, is bitter and unpleasant. Once he meets Molly, his lonely and miserable world is turned upside down.

On the other ship, The Wasp, Mollys father, the famous starcatcher Lord Aster, guards a decoy trunk from pirates who are in search of treasure. The pirate captain, Black Stache, discovers the ruse and goes after The Neverland.

A violent storm ensues, and Molly and the orphans find themselves trying to save the valuable trunk from Black Stache, his men, and the both of the ships crews. The Neverland is torn asunder in the storm.

In the midst of all the upheaval, Boy meets Black Stache who gives him the name of Peter while trying to convince him to become a pirate. The trunk is almost in secure hands, when in order to save himself from drowning, Peter rides it through the waves to a nearby island.

And the adventures have only begun! What becomes of Molly, Peter, and the other lost boys? Why is everyone after the starstuff and what does it do? Does anyone or anything ever stop Black Stache and the pirates? Discover more than ever about these classic characters you thought you knew.

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

Accessible Skating for ALL ages at Magnuson Community Center

Community Fun Skate, 2nd Sunday of each month, 2-5pm
Magnuson Community Center (7110 62nd Ave NE, Seattle, Washington 98115)

We have skates in sizes J9-12

Come join us for our FREE series of Sunday Skates brought to you by PFM Roller Derby at Magnuson Community Center. All ages and abilities are welcome but children under the age of 18 must have parental permission (see below for details). This is a free event with donations welcome to support future fun skates. We will provide space, tunes, games, and the skates. You provide the smiles and laughter.

Kids 12-17 may be dropped off with a signed parental/guardian waiver, which we will keep on file for 2019. 11 and under must have a parent/guardian (18 and over) present at center, may watch. 

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.

Adolesco Youth Exchange for kids 9-18

We are a two-way exchange program that gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a new language and new culture AND to host a carefully matched exchange partner in turn. Adolesco Youth Exchange matches students with a student about their same age in France, Germany, Italy, or Spain. Families will decide exactly WHEN (whatever’s best for their schedule), and for HOW LONG (anywhere up to 12 weeks) they want their student to go on an exchange and host a student as part of our flexible and affordable non-profit language immersion and cultural exchange program for qualifying students between the ages of 9 and 18.

Apply: (Applications due November 15, 2019)

Meet astronauts, engineers and pilots!

The Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program (MPA) at The Museum of Flight is named in honor of Washington native and payload commander of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Participants will be enrolled in an interactive online learning website and invited to participate in MPA-sponsored events, the first being a full-day event at The Museum of Flight in February.

This program is for current 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and is FREE!

Learn more, and register (registration closes on December 2) here

Seattle JazzED

Seattle JazzED is a non-profit music education organization in the Central District/Madison Valley. We’re dedicated to creating awesome opportunities for kids. Over 1300 students from 100+ schools come through our doors annually. You pay-what-you-can for any Seattle JazzED program, with free instrument loan assistance.

Advance your musical improvisation and theory knowledge in this 10-week class with Steve Treseler. Whatever musical level you’re at, there’s a Fall Jazz Club for you. Grades 4-12 with 1-2 years of playing experience (and singers!). More info at

Play and perform in JazzED Big Bands under legendary local educators like Clarence Acox, Wayne Horvitz, Deb Schaafalongside dedicated students from the Seattle region. Advanced players looking for something different will want to try the New Works Ensemble with Wayne Horvitz. String players welcome in the JazzED Youth OrchestraTop bands travel to New York City in the spring! Opportunities for grades 5-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

Let your voice soar! As Nina Simone was known to do, we bring together a broad range of styles, but are always steeped in gospel and folk traditions. Directed by Shaina Shepherd, this soulful group uses harmony to explore American roots music. Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

Have drumming experience? Be part of building a groove-based drumline on brand new Yamaha drums with director Tony Sodano (Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline). FUN is the operative word. We’ll be making the crowd move! Grades 7-12. Sliding scale tuition. Rehearse Jan-May 2020. More info at

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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