Come and check out the JMS Book Fair in the media center classroom from Monday, April 8th to Friday, April 12th. You can also support Jolliff by shopping the online book fair.
Calling all scholars…
Applications for the National Junior Honor Society will be delivered the end of next week to all 7th and 8th grade students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. NJHS is a service organization established to recognize outstanding middle school students across the country. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character and Citizenship. At Jolliff, the students chosen to be inducted into NJHS will serve as ambassadors for the school. They will complete service projects, both in and out of school, and assist with school functions and activities. Again, you must be invited to apply and applicants are chosen based on a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Receiving an application does not automatically mean you are a member of the NJHS, so applicants please read the entire packet carefully, follow all directions completely, and adhere to all deadlines. Good luck!
NJHS Application Timeline
- Friday, April 12: Applications will be distributed during bell 1
- Friday, April 26: Applications are due; NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
- Mid-May: Anonymous Faculty Council will meet to review applications and chose members
- Thursday, May 23: Acceptance letters will be mailed; applicants who were not chosen for membership will be notified in person
- Induction Ceremony in the JMS Auditorium – Thursday, June 6 at 6:00
Congratulations to the National Junior Honor Society. As part of a fundraiser, they managed to get over 4000 dollars in Literacy Cards donated to Jolliff Middle School. These cards can be used to purchase magazine subscriptions for classrooms to provide non-fiction reading materials. On Friday, the NJHS officers traveled to Southwestern Elementary to present the principal with 2000 dollars of the Literacy Cards in an effort to support reading for rising JMS students. The other 2000 dollars in cards will go to English, Science and History teachers at JMS next fall to order magazines for their classrooms.
All students are invited to participate in this year’s CTE Enrichment Program! Mr. Wiggins and Mrs. Scheiner are excited to sponsor an after school program that will focus on building and sewing projects that will help revitalize the Jolliff Middle courtyard for all to enjoy. If you are interested in participating, please see Mrs. Scheiner or Mr. Wiggins for an application. A parent permission form must be completed and returned by Thursday, April 11th.
The enrichment program will meet on the following dates from 3:30-5:15:
- Tuesday, April 23rd
- Wednesday, April 24th
- Tuesday, April 30th
- Thursday, May 2nd
Below is the JMS Spring SOL testing schedule. If possible, please avoid picking your student up early on a day he or she is taking a test. If you know that your child will be absent on a testing day, please email
- Friday, May 17th – Civics SOL
- Monday, May 20th – Makeup SOL
- Tuesday, May 21st – Reading 8 SOL
- Wednesday, May 22nd – Reading 7 SOL
- Thursday, May 23rd – Reading 6 SOL
- Friday, May 24th – Science 8 SOL
- Monday, May 27th – Memorial Day
- Tuesday, May 28th – Makeup SOL
- Wednesday, May 29th – 8th Grade Math SOL
- Thursday, May 30th – 7th Grade Math SOL
- Friday, May 31st – 6th Grade Math SOL
- June 3rd – June 7th – Makeup SOLs and Expedited Retakes
Virginia Association of Science Teachers invites all K -12 artists/young scientists to showcase their talents by creating original artwork that reflects our 2019 Professional Development Institute theme, “STEM Starts with Science.” Posters will be judged in the following four categories: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, 6th – 8th Grade, and 9th – 12th Grade- by a panel of artists, scientists, and educators.
♦ The poster will be judged on: its clear message of the theme, “STEM Starts with Science”; the clarity of the entry’s text and art with correct spelling and grammar; size requirement; and creativity.
♦ Posters may be submitted on plain paper or poster paper that is an 8 x 8 inch square. Leave a white border. Do not frame or mat.
♦ Any medium may be used by the student to create a completely original, two-dimensional entry, with the exception of glitter. Copyrighted characters, such as Superman, or copyrighted clip art, or copyright-free clip art will not be accepted. Artwork must be submitted in original media format, not as a pdf, jpeg, or color print.
♦ On the back of the artwork, the entrant must include all of the following information, printed legibly:
Artist’s Full Name, Grade, Age, Parent’s/Guardian’s name, email address, and phone number, Science Educator’s Full Name and email, School name and address
Submitting the Poster
All submissions must be postmarked by: Wednesday, April 10th to be received by April 15th. Mail submissions to: Kathy Frame, VAST 13112 Nestlewood Court, Oak Hill, VA 20171-3904
Questions or Additional Information? Contact Susan Bardenhagen, Art Contest Coordinator
Every Wednesday at JMS will be a Biscuit Wednesday. Chick-fil-a biscuits will be sold for $4 between 1st and 2nd bells.
Congratulations to all of the 27 participants of the 2019 Jolliff Middle School Spelling Bee. They worked hard, were poised on stage, and did a great job representing their teams. The final competitors were Melissa Henderson, Mary Beth Henderson, and Caroline Swanton. After several highly competed rounds between these students, Melissa Henderson was named the Jolliff Middle School spelling Bee champion in round 21 with the winning word: “duarchy” which means “a government by two rulers having equal power”.
Melissa will now advance to the Virginian Pilot Regional Spelling Bee which will be televised and held on February 16th.
NJHS tutors will be in the library each morning to help students with homework or any concepts they don’t understand. Please feel free to stop by the library any morning during homeroom for peer tutoring.
Jolliff’s two robotics teams, the JagBots and JagBots Too, competed in the First LEGO League (FLL) Tidewater Qualifying Tournament this month. Despite being in just their second season of FLL competition, both JMS teams brought home awards. The JagBots were recognized for having the best Robot Performance score of any team at the tournament, and were also selected for the Judge’s Award for representing the best of what the FLL program is all about. The JagBots Too team won the Robot Design award for the second year in a row, and were one of only three local teams selected to compete in the state championship tournament at James Madison University.