Environmental Awareness Month Fact – 14 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the ocean every year.
Attention all 7th grade students attending Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament field trip – Don’t forget to remind your parents, the Medieval Times field trip is next Tuesday, March 11. We leave JGMS at 8:00am, and will be returning to JGMS at 4:00pm, with lunch provided at the tournament.Remember to be a worthy young knight or glowing fair lady as you have fun and gain knowledge at “MEDIEVAL TIMES”
Yogurt Island Fundraiser – Support JGMS by participating in our Yogurt Island Fundraiser tonight, from 3:00 – 10:00pm.; bring your family and your flyer.You can enjoy yogurt, and at the same time, Yogurt Island will donate proceeds to JGMS!
PRYDE Camp - Attention 7th graders! Boys and girls! It is time for the Personal Rotary Youth Development Experience or P.R.Y.D.E. Camp. This is an action packed mountain camp, fully supervised, led by Scott Greenberg, who is an internationally known motivator and author. Learn your real leadership potential and develop skills for your future. You will make new friends, take part & organize fun activities, gain confidence, and share in the giving international project. This is not only great for your resume, but Palm Desert Rotary is paying for 6 spots for JGMS 7th graders. Takes place May 17-18th. Get your application packet from Mrs. Graham, room 404 for quick turn-a-round registration. (run till 3/12)
All Inquiry Project members please meet with Ms. Bloch today during 1st lunch.
Our Character Word of the Month this month is Perseverance and the IB Learner Profile focus is Knowledgeable
Our Academic Language Words of the week are: Consider and Measure
No Club Meetings during Lunch:
YES to cell phones & electronic devices being used today.
RedHawks are Ready, Respectful and Reach-Out!
78447 Highway 111, Suite B La Quinta CA
Help Support John Glenn Middle School
3:00pm to 10:30pm
Present The Flyer and Yogurt Island Will Donate Proceeds to JGMS!!!
For decades, we've been debating how to improve schools in the United States. This has been born from a realization that, in an ever-changing world, our students need better knowledge and tools to prepare them to compete in the global economy.
In math, science, and reading, our students haven't been keeping pace with their most advanced international peers. Persistent and dramatic achievement gaps still exist in our country. College remediation rates are abysmal. And, employers say students are unprepared to perform and thrive in the workforce.
The need to audaciously confront these issues resulted in a remarkable collaborative effort-the promise of consistent, shared, and rigorous education standards for all students that align with college and work expectations -a new set of ambitious academic standards to set the foundation for even greater student growth and success.
These standards, now being implemented by more than forty-four states across the nation, were built upon strengths and lessons learned in states. They were informed by other top performing countries, and grounded in research and evidence.
Practitioners, content experts, teachers, researchers, and leaders in higher education and business all came together to make it happen.
These new Standards were developed by states and for states. They are the clearest statements yet about the knowledge and skills that students need to master in order to be prepared for college and the workforce.
The Standards were designed with great care to ensure that they were clear, consistent, rigorous, and relevant. All are undeniably important when it comes to preparing students to successfully meet the demands of college and the workplace.
Thanks to the unprecedented collaboration among states, young people-regardless of their background or where they live-will be taught to standards that once mastered, will have prepared them for college and career success.
Transitioning to the CCSS: What Parents and Guardians Can Do Now
Parents and guardians are crucial partners in laying the groundwork for a smooth transition to the new standards. Parents and guardians can:
Learn about the CCSS and the district's transition plan.
Talk to the principal about the school's plans for the transition to learn what will be different about these new standards and what will remain the same for children.
Attend a board and/or community meeting to discuss district goals and timelines.
Meet with your child's teacher to discuss what your child will be learning over the coming year and how classroom instruction will shift to align to the CCSS.
Play an active role in your child's education at home. If you notice your child is struggling in a certain area, consult with his or her teacher to identify strategies and resources that might be helpful.
Educate other parents about the transition to the CCSS.
Explore opportunities to become actively involved in the Common Core transition through your state and local Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
Resources for Parents and Guardians
The following Web resources provide the most current information from the California Department of Education (CDE) Web Site and are continuously updated. The first reference is the main CDE CCSS Web Page which includes the Common Core State Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California, the Significant Milestones Timeline, and a "Learn More" section that provides additional links to audience specific information.
K-8 California's Common Core Standards Parent Handbook:
http://www.ccsesa.org/sysadmin/documents/CCSParentHandbook_020411.doc This handbook, created by the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) in consultation with the California State PTA, gives parents an introduction to California's CCSS and a summary of what students are expected to learn as they advance from kindergarten through grade eight.
"An IB education not only holds students to the highest academic standards but also incorporates an understanding and appreciation of other cultures and points of view, and world language competency-precisely the soft skills in demand by the global economy. IB students demonstrate a strong competency in the context of global readiness and are, not surprisingly, sought after by colleges and universities for their soft skills as well as their hard-earned academic achievements." - Drew Deutch, Director, IB Americas
The International Baccalaureate is preparing to implement the Middle Years Programme (MYP): Next Chapter changes this Fall, and the timing perfectly coincides with the launch of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). This is an exciting time because both programs have common central elements - so they are mutually complementary. For example, the IB combines rigorous, international objectives and high quality assessments with the unique IB philosophy and learner profile. These components both complement and support the CCSS as the IB creates globally-minded, internationally-competitive, college and career-ready students. Furthermore, IB World Schools have an advantage when it comes to adopting the CCSS, since they have already been engaging students in depth of understanding of a subject in real-life contexts rather than just focusing on "coverage" of a breadth of material.
Some specific areas where you will see the complement is in the relationship between the College and Career Readiness Standards, CC standards for speaking and listening, as well as writing, language production and the IBMYP objectives in nearly every subject area. In addition, the ability of students to work with multiple text-types, analyze, persuade and respond to text are important in both CCSS and the IBMYP. Students are expected to engage in complex pieces of text, and produce writing that is purposeful about both the context and content of the text(s) for varied audiences. At JGMS, we have already implemented schoolwide close reading strategies that are helping students to produce evidence-based writing across disciplines.
For mathematics, the CCSS asks students to develop standards for mathematical Practice (SMPs) which articulate the expected thinking habits and behaviors that we would like students to develop when engaging with mathematics. The SMPs are a great match with the objectives for MYP mathematics. As students are working on Common Core SMPs, they are also working towards IB targets that develop habits of mind which benefit them in the classroom, for college, career and beyond. IB and CCSS also promote students' conceptual learning of mathematics and application of their understanding to problems set in global contexts.
At JGMS, we are excited about the launch of MYP: The Next Chapter, and the Common Core State Standards. We feel the programs are more complementary than our previous state standards and will equip our students to be more mindful contributors in their careers, and personal lives that will make a better and more peaceful world for us all.
What is IB? What is in it for me and my child?
Our IB Coordinators across the district collaborated to host an IB Parent Night this past January 14th at John Glenn Middle School in the multi-purpose room. The goal was to educate our current and future parent community about what an International Bacclaureate Programme education looks like K - 12, and how it is helpful. The presentation endeavored to answer two common questions: "What is IB?" and "What is in it for me and my child?" and was well-attended. For incoming sixth grade parents, attend JGMS' sixth grade orientation.
It's a very exciting time at our IB schools since the IB Philosophy and framework will complement the implementation of the Common Core State Standards which will be effective Fall of 2014.
This year our AVID program has grown to 250 students in grades 6-8. We started the year with the annual AVID BTSN BBQ, which was a huge success. The BBQ was held in the amphitheater which allowed all parents and students to help support the AVID program. In October, the 6th grade AVID students toured the campuses of the University of Redlands and UCLA. With 150 students, teachers, and chaperones we were a large group. We ended the day watching a UCLA women's soccer game.
AVID rewards are also a big event in the AVID classroom. At the end of each quarter, AVID students earning all A's and B's are treated to an AVID lunch. Teachers are also using AVID Good News to recognize AVID students that are doing excellent work in their classes.
In December AVID sponsored the EXPLORE Test for 8th grade students. All 8th grade AVID students participated in this event. The EXPLORE Night, which explains the test result, as well as giving information on High School and College Entrance was held on February 19th.
AVID 7th graders toured the campuses of CSU San Marcos and UC Riverside on February 20th. Once again we had a fantastic day. It is always exciting to see the students on a college campus; they are so excited about where their hard work may take them.
8th grade AVID students are shadowing high school AVID students at Shadow Hills High School on February 24th and 28th. On March 21st they are also visiting the CSUSB - Palm Desert Campus to see what the desert has to offer. Finally they will tour SDSU in May.
2013-2014 has been a great year in AVID!
Mrs. Dees and Mrs. Burr
Do you still believe in fairies?
Well, clap your hands and get ready to relive all the heartwarming charm and excitement based on J.M. Barrie's classic book and the original 1954 Broadway production performed by Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard.
John Glenn's RedHawk's Live will present PETER PAN for their Spring Musical.
The musical features the unforgettable songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing story full of magic, warmth, and adventure, PETER PAN is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time.
PETER PAN is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.
Please join us on March 13th at 6:00pm
in the JGMS Library
Each and every person's support is valued and vital to the success of JGMS!!
Welome to JGMS!!
My name is Allison Rutledge and I am excited to be the newest addition to the Redhawk counseling team here at JGMS! 2014 marks my 12th year in education. Previously, I taught at Shadow Hills High School and prior to that I was a Humanities teacher for 9 years, here, at John Glenn. Returning to JGMS feels like a long awaited homecoming and I am excited to assist students, parents and teachers in my new role as a counselor. I am passionate about helping others and building positive relationships in the school community. When I am not at JGMS I enjoy traveling, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends.
John Glenn Ninth Annual International Fashion Show
Another school that has seen long-term growth is John Glenn Middle School, an Indio school with about 1,400 students. Since 2005, the school’s API score increased every year, this year climbing to 879.
John Glenn has found success thanks to its “true data-driven staff” said Cathy Doyle, DSUSD administrator for assessment and accountability.
Met Growth Targets
All Student Groups:
Student Portfolio Presentations
The Office of Child Welfare and Attendance of Desert Sands Unified School District will began taking applications for Transfers for the 2014-2015 school year, beginning January 7, 2014 through February 28, 2014. Families may apply online by visiting the Desert Sands Unified School District web site or in person at the office of Child Welfare and Attendance located at 47950 Dune Palms Road, La Quinta.
If your family lives outside the boundaries of Desert Sands Unified School District you must apply at the district of your residence in order to continue or enter Desert Sands Unified School District for the 2014-2015 school year.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance at 760-771-8612.
Transferencias Entre Escuelas del Distrito/ Entre Distritos
La Oficina de Bienestar y Asistencia Juvenil del Distrito Escolar Unificado Desert Sands comenzar a tomar aplicaciones para Tranferencias para el Año Escolar 2014-2015, a partir del 7 de enero de 2014 hasta el 28 de febrero de 2014. Las familias pueden aplicar en línea visitando el sitio Distrito Escolar Unificado Desert Sands en internet o en persona en la oficina de Bienestar y Asistencia Juvenil localizado en 47950 Dune Palms Road, La Quinta.
Si su familia vive afuera de los límites del Distrito Escolar Unificado Desert Sands debe aplicar en el distrito de su residencia para poder continuar o entrar al Distrito Escolar Unificado Desert Sands para el año escolar 2014-2015.
Si tuvieran cualquier pregunta por favor contacten a la Oficina de Bienestar y Asistencia Juvenil llamando al 760-771-8612.