School Construction Causes Chaos

Editor’s Note:  Students in Mr. Key’s Language Arts class recently completed a newspaper story assignment in which they covered a story concerning life at Jefferson MS.  Today’s story is another in a series that we will reprint here.    Enjoy!

By: Somiya D.

Many students around Jefferson have noticed the constant construction going on around the school and by the patio. Many students have commented on the disrupting sounds or noises made by this construction. For example, when the workers start to dig into the ground, the noise becomes very loud and annoying.  This has disturbed some teachers in the barracks, and now near Mr. Golda’s room,  because of the loud noises, which keeps them from being able to teach their students in peace and quiet (well, however quiet you can keep middle school students.)

Our awesome Principal, Ms. Meyer, was interviewed earlier this Semester and expressed her opinion on the whole subject. “The construction can cause inconvenience and distraction (depending on the project and time of day implemented).” She said. The construction going on right now is due to “insufficient gas pressure.”

This could cause “problems for heating in the winter.” Another problem that Ms. Meyer stated was when the construction workers first started their most recent project, they “busted water lines.” This caused “more digging and more problems” said Ms. Meyer. Due to this little “problem” a lot of the plants on the back patio died because the irrigation system had been disturbed. Now Ms. Meyer has to send for more workers to come out to the school so they can fix the water lines.

A student at our school, Sara A. said that she believes “the construction going on around the school causes many problems.” One of which is the traffic congestion, “especially  in the mornings and from 3-3:20 p.m.” Sara believes it might be causing people to become impatient, a situation that leads to “parents picking up/dropping off their kids on the sidewalk along Girard, which is not very safe.”  Principal Meyer also noted this problem, saying she believe that “the construction itself can pose a safety problem sometimes.”  Sara also thinks the construction may cause confusion for both the students and the parents. Sara adds that “the school could do a better job of communicating and letting everyone know what is going on.”

Many others believe the same.  An anonymous student at Jefferson said they “believe that the construction should try to be done faster and at a time when the students aren’t necessarily at school, or to do it in a less disruptive manner then they do it now.” As the construction jobs mount in coming weeks, it remains to be seen what continuing effect all the work has on the academics here at JMS.

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Horoscopes for Friday Sept 12

Sorry for the wait faithful Jeffersonian Readers. With the stories from Mr. Key’s class keeping us busy, we don’t have much time for the regular Jeffersonian posts. BUT… Here are some more Horoscopes!!!! Enjoy. (Jimmy turn that nonexistent music down. Can’t you see they’re trying to read??)

Taurus: I get to read the topic today?? That’s totally fab!!! Okay… Who’s Jimmy???

Gemini: Oh… That nonexistent guy. Seems a little… Nonexistent don’t you think?

Cancer: Totally. Somebody called me nonexistent once. I felt it man. I feel Jimmy’s Pain. PEOPLE CARE MAN!!

Leo: Jimmy is a unicorn knight in shining donuts!!! YAY!!!

Virgo: I can’t take this much longer!!! Aghhhhhh!!!

Libra: Let’s burn his shiny donut armor to the ground. I can already smell the burned metal donut.

Scorpio: I had a prophetic dream about burning donuts… Still an oracle!!!

Sagittarius: Donuuts, sugaar. MMMMMM…

Capricorn: Why are we spelling doughnuts donuts??? lets get back on topic. Jimmy is cool with me.

Aquarius: How much would it cost to hire an assistant like Jimmy? Precious money!!! precious…

Pisces: Aghhh would Jimmy stop with that stupid nonexistent music!!!! RARRR!!

Aries: Save me… whimper* Ummm. Were done here… Back to Jimmy. What do you mean you’re nonexistent just say something!!

Jimmy:

Aries: Words of wisdom from the master. That changed my life. (Sobs*) Thanks for reading… Bye.

Rock And Rhythm + Art = Awesome?

Editor’s Note:  Students in Mr. Key’s Language Arts class recently completed a newspaper story assignment in which they covered a story concerning life at Jefferson MS.  Today’s story is another in a series that we will reprint here.    Enjoy!

By: Paige A.

Some students at Jefferson Middle School are torn between Rock and Rhythm with Mr. Janov, and Art with Ms. Denisson. To rectify this dilemma, an idea has been floating around about combining the two classes in some way.

Mr. Janov says, “Ms. Denisson and I have been discussing the possibility of combining Art and Rock and Rhythm Band students.” Because of the horrible pain and suffering that comes when having to choose between Rock and Rhythm and Art, the plan would allow students to take both simultaneously (although how this is going to be done is still being decided).

Most affected 8th graders want this to happen before they leave, and it most likely will.  One idea originated a few years ago, when Jefferson had a Language Arts teacher named Mr. Svennungsen. He also team-taught a class called Stage Arts with Mr. Janov, who was teaching Drama at the time. In Stage Arts the students could make their own props and scenery,  write their own scripts, and even go to what is now the Rock and Rhythm band room to make their own music and sound effects for their performances.

The problem was that  by 2001 Rock and Rhythm was growing so big that Mr. Janov had to choose between it and teaching Drama.  Obviously he chose Rock and Rhythm, but now eleven years later the original concept of the combination of Drama, Art and Rock and Rhythm has resurfaced bringing smiles and fond memories.

Just last year Mr. Janov and Ms. Denisson asked the administration if they could become a Professional Learning Community (PLC). They tried to get the two classes together in some form. This is when the idea of students making their own instruments came into the mix. Mr. Janov took a graduate class where the professor taught him how to make his own musical instruments. This is where Mr. Janov made his three-string, wood and cardboard flying V guitar (along with a small wooden xylophone).

“When I was in school, electives really kept me going, so I know a lot of students that kind of feel that way too. There are just so many cool things to learn about in the world,” says Ms. Denisson.

One idea is to have  Ms. Denisson and Mr. Janov buy kits so that students can make their own instruments;  however, this would be very expensive. To solve this financial problem, both teachers are working on a grant that would hopefully get this idea to happen.

Under the Cloak (Or: Fashion at JMS)

Editor’s Note:  Students in Mr. Key’s Language Arts class recently completed a newspaper story assignment in which they covered a story concerning life at Jefferson MS.  Today’s story is another in a series that we will reprint here.    Enjoy!

By: Solana H.

Deep in the halls of the middle school jungle that is Jefferson, the ongoing inequities between teacher and student continue. What is the purpose of the dress code? That is the question several people at different levels of the middle school “food chain” answered, revealing along the way many discrepancies under the cloak of Jefferson’s dress code.

Dress code has always been a struggle between students and teachers, from girls whose shorts are almost too short, to  guys with their sleeveless jerseys.  Many students believe that certain dress code rules are “pretty dumb” as Alma D. an Eighth Grader put it regarding the “tank top rule.”  “It’s not provocative, it’s not like boys are going to be, ‘dang that’s a cute shoulder.” But other students don’t feel quite the same. Another source close to Jefferson stated that the purpose of the dress code was to “keep people from being indecent.”  This anonymous person believes that dress code serves a fair purpose amongst middle school students.

Percentages of those violating the dress code is up for debate.  Scot Key a teacher estimates that “on an average day, 10%” of students are out of dress code. Another source stated that “5 of 5” students may be out of dress code on any given day while Alma says, “ I don’t see many, probably 1 out of 5 [students].”

While students are the main offenders of breaking the dress code laws, some teachers may be on the most wanted list right along with them. Student  Alma D. states that she sees “ a lot of teachers [out of dress code] like 2 out of 5.” While other sources say that they haven’t noticed any teachers out of dress code, or consider themself “fairly unobservant,” as Scot Key called himself.

As the sources comments above show, there are definitely holes in the dress code laws. Students feel that their personal style is taken away when certain dress code rules are applied. While some rules are for the greater good of society (i.e. banning drug or alcohol related apparel), students will have to be compliant for their own good. “It is important for us to model the behaviors that are expected,” Marco H. of Wilson Middle School says to parents and teachers. Mr. H. also notes that “3 of 5 [students] and 1 of 5 [teachers]” are out of dress code on an average day at Wilson.