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C.L. Jones Middle School Announcements
Crush It for Cancer
By Journalism 8

        Bump it, set it, CRUSH IT!  The Minden High School volleyball teams will be hosting a fundraising "Crush It for Cancer" Night on Tuesday, October 20th when they take on Adams Central in the C.L. Jones gym.  All proceeds from the night will find their way to four important organizations: CureSearch, Health Connect at Home-Good Samaritan Hospital, Kearney County Health Services, and Kearney County Relay for Life.  The JV match will begin at 6:00 pm, and the varsity players will take the court at 7:00 pm.  
      The volleyball team is asking all fans to wear lavender, purple, or pink to support the fight against all types of cancers.  Fundraising t-shirts can also be purchased at the October 12th and October 15th home volleyball games.  Additional items will be raffled off prior to the final match on "Crush It for Cancer" Night including Husker volleyball tickets.  The teams will also be recognizing and honoring those who have been directly touched by cancer with a moment of silence prior to the varsity match.  Please join our school in supporting this important event.
Touchdown Tuesday
Homecoming Week
By Journalism 8

      Purple...power!  Purple....power!  Another school year is about to lead into a spectacular Homecoming Week! Many years ago, Homecoming was an opportunity for individuals who had graduated from Minden High School to return to a football game and enjoy some time back home.  Nowadays, it is a fun-filled week for everyone in the community.  Next week, we will be bringing people together for a celebration of friends, football, family, and our community with that great Minden Whippet spirit.  
     Throughout the week, people can experience pep-rallies, sporting events, activities, a parade, and dress-up days.  Our school refers to these days as Spirit Week.  On Monday, we will be half asleep and showing up to school in our pajamas...typical Monday.  FORE...watch out for sports day, which kicks off Tuesday.  On Wednesday, make sure you dig out your last Christmas present from grandma...it's ugly sweater day!  Put on your shades for Thursday because everyone at C.L. Jones will be glowing with neon color.  Here comes Friday, and here comes the Minden Whippets!  Cheer, cheer, cheer for your teams in your best purple and white clothing.  
      A new competition has been created this year.  If all students in a homeroom dress up for all five days, they will receive candy on Monday.  Get out your purple face paint, your white hair dye, your school spirit, and your game face...it's time to cheer on the Whippets!
Nebraska Lifeline Awareness Week, September 14-20, 2015

The Nebraska Public Service Commission administers the Nebraska Telephone Assistance program (NTAP), formerly known as Lifeline.


Lifeline provides a credit of $12.75 per month for service on one landline or wireless phone per qualified household. This program helps those eligible obtain phone service and access to emergency services.


Nebraskans seeking Lifeline assistance must participate in one of the following programs offered through these agencies:

Department of Health and Human Services:  Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps); Low-Income Home Energy Assistance; Kids Connection (Children’s Health Insurance including SAM, MAC, EMAC) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (also known as Aid to Dependent Children)

Department of Education: National School Free Lunch Program

Social Security Administration: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Federal Housing Administration: Federal Public Housing Assistance

In addition, households may seek assistance if their income is at or below 135% of the poverty level.


Please help us inform others of this opportunity for discounted phone service. If you have questions, you are welcome to call our office. Ask for NTAP at 402-271-3101 or toll free 800-256-0017. There is an online application and information on the program available at http://psc.nebraska.gov.


Gerald L Vap, Chairman

To download more information on this program click on Nebraska Lifeline Phone Bill Help.
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.

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.
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.

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 homepage offers many features which 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 District 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 visiting the C. L. Jones Middle School webpage. Please let me know if there are other links or 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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