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District Announcements
No School on March 5th and 6th

Girls' Basketball State Championship - We would like to congratulate our girls' basketball team and coaches on their trip to the state tournament.  Our team will play Pierce on Thursday, March 5th at 9:00 am.  Go Whippets!  To view brackets, click on Girls' State Basketball Brackets
Girls' State Basketball Apparel Order - Girls' state basketball apparel orders will be due on Monday, March 2nd at 8:00am in the high school office. Order on-line at www.misko.itemorder.com using sale code STATEBB15. Orders will be passed out on Wednesday, March 4th in the high school gym from 4:00-6:00pm. Click on the link below for order form

Minden Girls' BB State apparel order form 2015

C.L. Jones Middle School Announcements
World Read Aloud Day-March 4

A Fact Everyone needs to know - John B. Osgood

Grade 6 Mix-It-Up at Lunch

Thank you Mrs. Space, Mrs. Paulsen, and Mrs. Jacobsen for organizing Mix-It-Up at lunch. On Friday, February 27th, grade six came to lunch to dine and converse. Students were randomly organized to sit at tables. Students ate and conversed with students they don't normally sit with at lunch. Great community building activity!

John B. Osgood
Kearney County Spelling Bee
Congratulations! Kearney County will be represented at the state spelling bee in Omaha by Minden 7th grader Carson Glenn. The alternate is Minden 7th grader Chloe Branham-Beck.
Kearney County Spelling Bee Medalists from C. L. Jones Middle School:
4th Grade:  Breelyn Griffith, 3rd 
5th Grade:  Peyton Schoone, 2nd and Molly Burchell, 3rd
6th Grade:  Makenna Dornhoff, 1st and Aliana Suchsland, 2nd
7th Grade:Carson Glenn, 1st and  Chloe Branham-Beck, 2nd
C. L. Jones Middle School Kearney Co. Spelling Bee Participants: 4th Grade: Breelyn Griffith, Andre Casillas, Lily Bloomfield, Alex Brais, Evelyn Gonzalez, Brenna Bules, Alternates: Daulton Kuehn, Evan Koch; 5th Grade: Molly Burchell, Abby Fiske, Lauren Labenz, Leah Livingston, Peyton Schoone, Nicholas Speake, Alternates – Hannah Swanson, Connor Carpenter, Brooks Glanzer; 6th Grade: Dawson Lockhorn,Braden Bates, Makenna Dornhoff, Alaina Suchsland, Gabe Schaaf, Rylee Pracht,Alternates – Abby Rehtus, Alaina Schoone, Connor Wilson; 7/8 Grade: Carson Glenn, Chloe Branham-Beck, Emma Rutt, Ryleigh Hanson, Alternates– Marcus Ramsey, David Brandt, Alex Bauer
I would like to recognize the following Minden staff members and patrons for so graciously volunteering their time and efforts this afternoon to run the 4th-8th grade Kearney County Spelling Bee: Laurie Haight - for all of her organization and contacts with Axtell and Wilcox-Hildreth, Beth Christensen (CLJ) - Spelling Bee Coordinator, East Elementary- Tammie Petersen, Lisa Maulsby, Ed Rowse; C.L. Jones - Nicole Schoone, Katie Gilson, Kylee Stepp, Robin Hollinger, Shawn Wheelock, Peggy Benson, Morgan Rogers, Lisa Clapper, Dixie Beck, Connie Hansen, Ben Kuhl, Joann Paulsen; High School - Pam Donley, Aaron Martin, and Stacy Laue;  Others - Nurse Julie Anderson, Roger Hansen, Aurora Fowler (high school student), Bette Dimon (Axtell teacher) We appreciate their dedicated efforts. Thank you to all of our volunteers!
Million Words Club
CLJ Elementary Quiz Bowl

On February 18th, Franklin, Bertrand, Loomis, Axtell, Wil/Hil and 2 teams from Minden competed in the C.L. Jones elementary quiz bowl. Medal recipients were, first place, Franklin, second place, Minden, and third place Wil/Hil. Minden's winning team included Areli, Blaine, Tanner, Ely, Rylee, and Grady.
Mrs. Yant, Coach

Child Identity Theft
In Internet 7, the students have been studying about Scams and Schemes as it relates to Identity Theft. A video on identity theft was shared with the students. This video does an excellent job of explaining child identity theft and the steps a child and parent can take to keep it from happening to them. The link for the video the students watch is below. 
Child Identity Theft Video


Reinforce Reading Skills At Home
Reading is an essential skill for a student’s success in school and life. This information is provided for you by the National Association of Elementary School Principals, NAESP.
 The seeds for success in the classroom are sown at home. Encouraging children to read at home is one of the most powerful ways that parents can support students’ learning. Just 15 minutes of reading at home per day can make a difference in students’ reading fluency. Prioritize reading with these tips. Rewards of Reading (English) or Rewards of Reading (Española)
John B. Osgood
iPad Self-Insurance Plan

Students in grades 6 - 8, who have enrolled in the C. L. Jones Middle School iPad Self-Insurance plan are able to take their school issued iPad home. This plan is a crucial piece as we move forward with digital learning at the middle school. The self-insurance plan offers families protection against the high cost one will incur if their student accidently breaks their school issued iPad.


Digital devices are an outstanding tool one can use to expand learning opportunities for all students, however they are expensive. The iPad, cover, charger, and cable purchased for our middle school students has a replacement cost of nearly $500. Replacing an iPad completely does happen but the biggest issue is replacing a broken iPad screen. The cost of replacing a screen runs anywhere from $112 to $150 depending on other repairs which need to be done resulting from the damaged screen. With the self-insurance plan, for $35 a students iPad will be insured against accidental damage or theft up to $200. Any repair or replacement cost above $200 will be charged to the student, parent, or caregiver.


Here are the key components of the middle schools self-insurance plan:

  • $35 gives the student $200 protection against any iPad repair

  • the self-insurance plan is offered to all 6 - 8 students

  • the plan covers accidents at school as well as at home

  • any student who will be taking their iPad home must participate in the self-insurance plan

Student's are financially responsible for repairs to their school issued iPad that are determined to be the result of negligence. The self-insurance plan is a financial safe guard against the high price of repairs. One may download the self-insurance document, complete the form and return it to the middle school office with a check for $35 to be enrolled in the plan immediately.


To download a complete copy of the self-insurance plan and the Digital Device and Policies and Procedures for 1:1 Program C. L. Jones Middle School click HERE. Page 7 will have the self-insurance plan.

To download the C. L. Jones Middle School, Minden Public School Self-Insurance Plan click HERE.

Any student not enrolled in the self-insurance plan will have access to their school issued iPad at school from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday.

C.L. Jones Middle School - Where students come first.
Welcome to the new website for C.L. Jones Middle School and the Minden Public Schools! Our new homepage will offer many new advanced features which will enhance learning for our students and improve communication with our parents and district patrons. I hope you find our site helpful.
From this page one can access a great deal of information concerning student life at C.L. Jones Middle School. Each button on the left takes one to sites which are meant to keep parents, students, and patrons well informed. Of particular interest to all will be the 08-09 Calendar link. When one visits the calendar be sure to sign up for daily emails of events. By signing up, one will be informed of changes in the published calendar sent out at the beginning of the school year and will be reminded of the various activities at C.L Jones Middle School and the District.

Thank you for visiting our new site. Please let me know if there are other links or more information that should be displayed on the site.

Have a great day!
John B. Osgood, Principal

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Robert F. Kennedy Capetown, June 6th 1966

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