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C.L. Jones Middle School Announcements
Gobble, Gobble: Take a Break
By Journalism 7

     It's that time of year again when Mother Nature starts to fall asleep. The weather outside is changing. Schools are getting dismissed early on Wednesday for Thanksgiving break to spend time with family all over the U.S.A. Everyone will celebrate this holiday by eating great foods and desserts. The next day everyone will be rested for Black Friday shopping.  They will officially be done with Christmas shopping...until their children want more last-minute items.
      At the end of the weekend, everyone will say their goodbyes and head home. Parents will start to decorate for Christmas. When they get the tree up, they will wrap some presents and pile them under the tree. The children will throw out ideas about what they think they got for Christmas. The next thing you know, it will be Christmas break.  Enjoy your holiday!


CLJ News: Quarter 1 Episodes
          Welcome to CLJ News...where your choice is the student voice!  Please enjoy our Quarter 1 Episodes of CLJ News 7 and 8.  The first quarter students worked extremely hard to put these episodes together.  Click on the links below to hear news topics about anything from sports and weather to education and activities.  Tune in next time for our Quarter 2 Episodes.  

CLJ News 7: Quarter 1 Episode​
CLJ News 8: Quarter 1 Episode
The Paw Print: Quarter 1 Edition
By Mrs. Maulsby
        It is my pleasure to announce the completion of our Quarter 1 Edition of The Paw Print.  Journalism 7 and 8 students have been working extremely hard over the last few months to put together an amazing piece of published work.  We invite you to check out our newsletter at ​the below link. 
        Be prepared to enjoy local, national, and global stories.  Have a little laugh while guessing at some of the many faces of C.L. Jones and sorting through Comic Corner.  Search for your next novel through reviews and October reading suggestions.  Take a few surveys or learn some crazy facts.  The Paw Print has it all!  
        A new edition of our newsletter will be posted each quarter.  COMING SOON...CLJ News!  Students have also been working on an iMovie newscast that will be posted sometime soon for all to enjoy!  Thank you to the students for all of their hard work, and thank you to our readers for your interest this quarter.  Check out the many faces of our newsteam below!
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.

Canned Food Drive
The student council will be conducting a food drive for the Minden food pantry November 30th-December 17th. Students are asked to bring canned food or non-perishable items to their homeroom each week. The student council representatives from each homeroom will tally and bring all the items collected to the back room of the library each week. Tally sheets will need to be returned to Mrs. Yant on the morning of December 18th. The homeroom collecting the most items will receive an ice cream sundae party and the traveling trophy in 2016.
Mrs. Yant
CLJMS Student Council Sponsor
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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