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C.L. Jones Middle School Announcements
Sports 101

By Journalism 7


    Why stay at home when you have several opportunities to cheer on the Whippets this week?  Starting this Thursday, we have many events happening for our Minden athletes.  The Whippet softball team will be playing at St. Paul at 4:30 and 6:00.  Also on Thursday, there will be a volleyball sports drink scrimmage at the C.L. Jones gym at 6:30.  If you would like to get in free, please remember to bring a sports drink.  The football team has a home game versus Chase County at 7:00 this Friday.  Rounding out the week the Cross Country team will be running a 7-mile marathon on Saturday morning.  

    Come out to support our town and the players that have been working hard and practicing each day to get better and reach new goals.  Students from 7th to 12th grade will be competing to bring victory to our town.

We spoke to junior softball player Alyse Anderson about her season.  So far the girls get along really well.  Anderson said, “I hope it goes well because we are improving every day at practice.”  The volleyball team has also been practicing every day to prepare for their games.  Senior football captain Keller Koch, says that the football team has been doing the same.  Koch is looking forward to the season, but he doesn’t want the days to fly by too quickly.  When asked about his final season, he stated, “I am sad because I have played for 8 years, and this is the last time with my friends playing football.”  Rounding out the week, our Cross Country team is participating in a 7-mile marathon to get ready for the long season.  Seventh grader Brenna Braithwait stated, “The team isn’t a team...it’s a family.”  It looks like our Whippets have formed some true friendships on some close-knit teams.  

Good luck to all of the Minden Whippet players and coaches this season!  


#gowhippets #win #pushpastthelimits #teamwork #cljmsjournalism7

After School Study Hall
Students have the daily opportunity to receive quality help while completing homework. At C. L. Jones Middle School we offer a supervised homework room each night of the school week. The homework room is managed by two CLJMS staff who work with students daily in all subject areas. Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Whitney are veteran staff members of CLJMS who have tutored students in all subject areas for many years. 

The C. L. Jones Middle School study hall runs Monday through Thursday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, and on Friday from 2:15 PM to 3:00 PM. Many students have taken advantage of this service to complete their school work prior to going home.

All students are welcome and encouraged to take part in this valuable program.
The Difference is Real
By Journalism 8

Cheeseburgers, ice cream cones, mini corn dogs, cookies, and the original cheese Runza.  The wait is over!  We have all be dying to try the new restaurant in town, and now we have the opportunity!  Today was the grand opening for the new Minden Runza.  Middle school students are excited to welcome a delicious fast food restaurant into our community that is quick and efficient.  

When asked why she loves going to Runza, 8th grade student Jaden Donley responded with, “I love their ice cream.” Other middle school students are excited to enjoy the entire delicious menu and for possible employment opportunities in the future.  A Runza in town gives everyone the opportunity for a drive-thru restaurant, quicker service, more food options, and an attraction for out-of-town citizens.  

The current hours are 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.  The building is located on Highway 10 across from Dollar General and is grey with green and yellow trim.  

Currently Runza has 81 locations in and around Nebraska.  The first Runza opened in Lincoln in 1949.  Many years later, Minden has now officially taken a spot on the Runza roster, and the difference in town will be real.  

#thedifferenceisreal #runza #cljmsjournalism8 #Mindengrowth

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Student drop off and pick up at CLJMS

Construction of the new Minden High School has begun and changes have occurred affecting traffic flow and parking. Patrons will no longer be able to use the north and west parking lots of C. L. Jones, or drive on Gilman between 5th and 3rd street. In addition, 3rd Street between Park and Gilman will be one way going west. These changes will affect where parents will be able to drop off and pick up students from school.


Students attending C. L. Jones Middle School may be dropped off at the east doors on Park, or the main entrance prior to 8:05 AM. After that time students may only enter the building through the front door of the building on 3rd Street. Please remember, there is no parking on the north side of 3rd Street east of the main doors, from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM.


After school our busses will park two wide on 3rd Street. While the busses are there parents will be expected to park on Park Street to wait for their students. Parking in front of C. L. Jones is allowed once the busses have departed.

Back to School Supplies
Minden Office Supply has prepared Back to School Student Packages from the CLJMS back to school supplies list. These packages will be available Tuesday, July 28th. The prices are as follows: 4th Grade $30.95 5th Grade $37.95 6th Grade $36.50 7th Grade $34.50 8th Grade $34.95 Pre-Packs do not include tissues or book bags. Earbuds, calculators and trappers are not included but I do have them available as an option. Thanks so much, Kathy M.O.S.

Click on C. L. Jones Middle School School Supplies to download the list of student school supplies for each grade level.
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
  • $35 covers $200 worth of repairs for the entire time the student is enrolled at CLJMS

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 only 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.

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