JGMS Summer Reading 2017

JGMS suggests the following recommended summer reading books by grade level:
6th Grade: When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin
7th Grade: Ellen Raskin’s The Westing Game
8th Grade: Trouble by Gary Schmidt
More information about the books, and other suggestions can be found on the JGMS administration blog: http://jgmsblog.weebly.com/blog/summer-reading
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Principal/Parent Forum, May 4th @6:30pm

A message from JOHN GLENN MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dear Middle School Parent Community,

While it is still early spring, we have recently experienced unseasonable temperatures this week in Bedford. These warmer temperature have prompted us to remind all students of our dress code policy at John Glenn Middle School. A helpful reminder was also made that our early adolescent students continue to practice good hygiene by wearing deodorant, especially during the upcoming warmer months.

While the specific details of the current middle school student dress code are available online and can be found here, I am aware that some parents may have diverse opinions about what constitutes appropriate school attire for students, and more importantly, may have concerns about the messages we are sending to our students.

To better understand the perspectives of the parent community and to talk together about these important issues, we will have a Principal-Parent Forum on May 4th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the JGMS Large Group Instructional (LGI) room at John Glenn Middle School. Faculty members from our middle school guidance department also plan on attending this discussion.

Below are a few links to education research, legal cases, as well as social commentary on this issue:

Massachusetts Law about Student Dress Codes and Freedom of Expression
http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/student.html

Background Information on School Dress Code
http://education.findlaw.com/student-rights/school-dress-codes.html

New York Times OP-ED Article, “The Battle Over Dress Codes”

University of Texas – Education Research Article Summary
http://www.dailytexanonline.com/2014/10/31/ut-study-finds-middle-school-girls-with-sexualized-body-image-perform-lower-academically

I hope that you are able to join this conversation on May 4th at 6:30 pm.

Sincerely,

Matt Mehler
Assistant Principal

Upcoming Events: School & Community

SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY DATES & EVENTS

 

Wed Sept 13: Order Form for Student Directory Due.  Order online here. Nature’s Classroom Parent Information meeting (6:30pm)

Mon Sept 182017-2018 JGMS Directory Cover Art Contest Form Due

Thur Oct 5, 6-8:30pm: Back to School Night

Mon Oct 9: No School – Columbus Day

Thur Oct 12: Principal/Parent Coffee 8:30am

Oct 18-20: 6th Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip

Thur Oct 26: Picture Day

Fri Oct 27, 6:30pm: School Dance

Thur Jan 4: Principal/Parent Coffee 8:30am

Feb 9-11: Sunday River Ski Trip

Thur March 1: Principal/Parent Coffee 8:30am

Thur May 3: Principal/Parent Coffee 8:30am

Congrats to our artists!

We are proud to present the wonderful student art featured in this year’s Directory. We were thrilled to have so many wonderful entries this year. Congratulations to 7th grader Maddie McAllister, who has won the Student Directory Art Contest.

Maddie's Cover Art

Maddie’s design will be featured on the cover of the new directory!

Runners up included Dannielle DiGangi, Julia Giaquinto and Caleb Barnes.

All of the submitted artwork will be featured inside the back cover of the directory.