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C. L. Jones Middle School – Minden, Nebraska
  Parent/Teacher Conferences–Grades 4, 5    February 9 & 10   Student-Led Conferences–Grades 6, 7, 8
No School for Students on Friday, February 13 2015

 
C. L. Jones Middle School conferences will be held Monday, February 9, and Tuesday, February 10, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.  Middle school students will be released both days at 2:10 PM. Conferences provide valuable communication between the parent/guardian, teacher, and student. Parents of 4th and 5th grade students will be scheduled for conferences with their child’s individual classroom teacher. In grades 6, 7, 8, student-led conferences will be scheduled to discuss the student’s academic progress in core classes: language arts, American history/social studies, math, and science.
 
For those of you who may be new to this procedure, the student-led conference process empowers the student to direct and report on his/her progress at school. It is a research-based practice used in many middle schools. Our teachers have been trained to assist, direct, and support our students throughout the preparation process. They have coached, critiqued, and evaluated their students in order to have them ready to present to their parents/guardians. In short, the students will direct the conferences. During the conference process, students will report on academic progress, goal setting, and assessment data when appropriate and share examples of their course work. Each student will present a portfolio, or collection of classroom work, chosen by the teacher and the student. The student-led conference process is much different from the traditional parent-teacher conference where the teacher does most of the talking and the parent does the listening. Often, in such conferences, the student is not even present. The role of the teacher in a student-led conference is one of coach, mentor, and advocate. Often several conferences will be taking place at one time within the same room. The teacher will be present for specific questions on issues that the student may not be able to answer. Upon completion of the student-led conference, a traditional conference with any of the core teachers may be scheduled. Of course, if a parent wants a parent-teacher conference with a particular teacher, he or she may request one at any time. We believe that the student-led conference process puts the responsibility for reporting learning with the student. We know that our students are eager to show their progress to their parents. We thank you for helping them succeed.  
 
Conferences are scheduled through the middle school office. Listed below is your conference time(s). If the time scheduled will not work, please call the office to arrange another time.  However, please remember we are scheduling conferences for all the C. L. Jones Middle School students and appreciate your cooperation.
 
The following teachers are available for conferences either day on a first-come, first-serve basis: Mrs. Emery - Skills (101), Ms. Nutt – PE (101), Mrs. tenBensel – Resource (201), Mrs. Hansen – Resource (204), Mr. Kuhl – Art (207), Mrs. Jacobs – Vocal Music (214), Mrs. Yant – Media Center, Mrs. Jacobsen  – Counselor’s Office, Mr. Jacobs – Band (HS).

 
 John B. Osgood
Principal
Storyteller
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Michael Reno Harrell performed at C. L. Jones Middle School. Mr. Harrell is a storyteller and folk singer. Michael centered his performance Martin Luther King Jr. Day. He spoke about the efforts made by Dr. King and other freedom fighters leading toward the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
 
During Mr. Harrell’s program he sang songs and ask our fourth through eighth grade students questions about Dr. King and the civil rights movement. Michael was very impressed by the knowledge our students have on the subject. He praised our students for their knowledge and respectful behavior. He stated that in his travels he had not been to as school with a student body as enjoyable as ours.
 
Michael Reno Harrell is a storyteller who travels the country telling stories and singing folk songs. He is brought to us by the Kearney Area Storytelling Festival and the Nebraska Council for the Humanities.
 
John B. Osgood
Principal
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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