Week 1/13 – 1/17

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful break, and you are now refreshed and ready to finish the second half of this school year!

Also a hearty welcome back to Mr. Schupska! We are glad to see you!


Speaking of Science…this week is Science Fair Week!!


In class, we are reviewing the concepts of Force and Motion. We are hoping to finish next week with a unit on rockets…building and launching…always a favorite among the students!


In Georgia Studies, we have finished the Civil War, and are learning about Reconstruction and the New South.

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Week 12/2 – 12/6

I hope that everyone had wonderful break! Three weeks and counting until our next break…but no one’s counting šŸ™‚

We would like to welcome our newest little eagle… John Paden Schupska! Everyone is doing well, and we look forward to Mr. Schupska’s return in January!

I was pleased to meet with so many parents last week for conferences. Thank you to those who were able to make it in!

We have some exciting things coming up in the next few weeks!


Please note the following:


2013-2014 Georgia Parent Survey

All parents are encouraged to complete a parent survey provided by the Georgia Department of Education. Survey results will be used to calculate the School Climate Star Rating, which is part of the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The survey has 20 questions and should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete.

You will be able to complete the survey using a computer, smartphone, or iPad ā€“ if you do not have access to the Internet, please contact your childā€™s school to make arrangements to complete the survey in the media center or computer lab.

Thank you for your participation! We appreciate your support in helping provide quality educational services to our students.

The link to the Georgia Parent Survey is posted below. After you click on the link, a drop-down menu will appear. Please use the drop-down menu to select your childā€™s school district and then school.

*Please note: If you have children in multiple schools, you are encouraged to complete the survey for each school.Ā Ā Ā Ā  http://admin.doe.k12.ga.us/gadoe/sla/gaparents.nsf/Survey.xsp


The “Where The Wild Things Are” Language Arts night was a huge success! Thanks for all who came out to support the kids and our school!

Our next event is going to focus on Math and the awesome things that the kids are learning! Please make plans to attend if you can!



In Science, we have begun a new unit on Force and Motion. We introduce this unit with a discussion about Newton’s 3 Laws of Motion, and we will continue with the concepts of speed, velocity, and acceleration.

Please keep in mind that Science Fair Projects are due on January 9th!


In Georgia History, we have been discussing the Civil War, and Georgia’s role in it. We have focused on the Battle of Antietam, the Great Locomotive Chase, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Andersonville Prison.


For more detailed information, please see W. Tolbert’s and J. Schupska’s websites!



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Week of 11/11-11/15

In Physical Science, we are learning about the Periodic Table and Conservation of Matter. I expect us to finish this unit next week, and we will be testing on Atoms, Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, Periodic Table, and Conservation of Matter. Students should also be starting work on their Science Fair projects. Proposals have been checked and students have been given the green light!


In Georgia History, we are discussing the causes leading to the Civil War, the Election of 1860, and the Dred Scott Decision. Students will have an opportunity to try out their acting ability as we reenact the famous Dred Scott court case.


Upcoming Events:

November 15 – Eagle Madness at EJCHS

November 18-22 – Parent Conference (November 19 – Late Night)

December 3 – Pulse Check for Parents/ELL Resource

December 10 – Winder Wonderland: A Math Expedition/Chorus Concert

December 17 – EJMS Band Christmas Concert

January 14 – Science Expo at the Jefferson Civic Center

January 21 – Using Technology to Support My Middle School Child

February 4 – Chili Cook-off and PTO Meeting (Cyber Safety)

February 18-21 – Parent ConferencesĀ  (February 20 – Late Night)

March 4 – PTO Multicultural Event

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11/4 – 11/8

Happy November! The weather is finally turning cooler, and the leaves are changing…I love this time of year!


In Science, we have been talking about Elements, Compounds, and Mixtures. This unit has a lot of fun (and tasty) labs that we will be doing! We had a good time learning about some element puns, and we took a closer look at the Periodic Table.

In Georgia History, we are learning about Antebellum life in Georgia. We have talked about Slavery, economic advances like the cotton gin, and we are setting the stage for the Civil War.

We had a great turn out for our Chick-fil-A night, as well as for our “Where the Wild Things Are” night! Thanks for your support and participation!

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Week 10/21 – 10/25

Well…DAWGS can’t win them all…


We have a lot of things going on in the next couple of weeks!


October 24th, 6pm-8pmĀ – Chick – fil- A Spirit Night





October 29th – Fall Language Arts Curriculum Night – more information will be coming about this event!



Red Ribbon Week will be October 28th – November 1st



November 18-22 Parent Conferences – Slips will be sent home for you to sign up for a conference time.


In Physical Science this week, we are learning all about Elements, Protons, Neutrons, Electrons, the Periodic Table, Boher’s Diagrams, and Ions/Isotopes. We have been making models of elements, including making a 3D model with cookies and m&m’s . It was a lot of fun…and tasty too! Students should be working on their Science Fair proposals, due October 25th.


In Georgia Studies, we are continuing to talk about the New Nation, as well as Westward Expansion, Indian Removal, and the importance of the railroad in Georgia.


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Week 10/15 – 10/18

Welcome back from Fall Break!


In Science this week, we are beginning a new unit on Atoms and Molecules. We will be doing some hands on activities that help us understand the different parts of the Atom. We will also be looking at the Periodic Table of Elements.


In Georgia Studies, we have finished the American Revolution and set up the new Government. And now we will be looking at the Great Revival and ideas of Temperance, Slavery, and Suffrage.


Upcoming Dates:


October 24th, 6pm-8pmĀ – Chick – fil- A Spirit Night

October 29th – Fall Language Arts Curriculum Night – more information will be coming about this event!

November 18-22 Parent Conferences – Slips will be sent home for you to sign up for a conference time.



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Week 10/7 – 10/11

Wow…another exciting DAWG WIN!!!! I don’t know if my heart can take many more close games! šŸ™‚


In Physical Science this week, we are beginning SCIENCE FAIR!! This will be a huge project, and will require time spent both in class and at home. On Monday, we practiced steps of a science fair project with a Bubble Gum lab. Students were to work through the process of asking a question, forming a hypothesis, designing and experiment, writing procedures, collecting data, and coming up with a conclusion. This was doneĀ on a much smaller scaleĀ thanĀ what they are expected to do for Science Fair, but it helpedĀ get them motivated! On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will be in the computer lab working on finding a science fair project, and beginning research! Looking forward to some awesome projects!


In GeorgiaĀ Studies, we are finishing up our unit on the Nation’s first government. We have talked aboutĀ theĀ Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the First and Second ContinentalĀ Congresses, the Constitutional Conventions, and the U.S. Constitution. We spent some time looking at the Articles in the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the people responsible for starting our new government. We will test on Thursday.


The 9 weeks is coming to a close, so anyone who needs to retest, must do so before Thursday!



Friday, October 11th, and Monday, October 14th are part of Fall Break!! No school!!!

Thursday, October 24th is East Jackson Middle School Family Night at Chick-fil-A (Commerce) from 6pm-8pm

Red Ribbon Week will be October 28th – November 1st

Monday – ‘Put a Cap on Drugs’ (Hat Day)

Tuesday – ‘Give Drugs the Boot’ (Boot Day)

Wednesday – ‘RED Hot and Drug Free’ (Red Out)

Thursday – ‘Make Drugs Disappear’ (Cammo Day)

Friday – ‘Sock it to Drugs’ (Crazy Sock Day)



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Week 9/30-10/4



This week in Physical Science, we have been reviewing the concepts of Physical and Chemical Changes and Properties. We did a couple of labs this week, and on Wednesday we completed a webquest. Students should have come home with a copy of their test to show parents their grades. If they did not pass, a retest will be offered. Next week, we will begin our new unit on Atom, Molecules, and Elements! Looking forward to diving into new content!


This week in Georgia Studies, we have been learning about the start of our Nation. We discussed the end of the American Revolution, the writing of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution. We have completed many different activities, including video clips, Constitution Raps, andĀ looking at primary and secondary sources.


Reminder: Fall break is quickly approaching!! We are out on Friday, October 11th and Monday, October 14th.

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Week 9/23 – 9/27

We have been doing some really cool labs in science lately.Ā  We made slushies last week to watch changes in states of matter… we toasted marshmallows to witness the chemical property of flammability…we put drops of water on a penny to observe surface tension…we looked at the properties of dry ice and sublimation…and we are going to be looking at the two gas laws (Boyle’s and Charles’) in a demonstration. LoveĀ hands on science!


In social studies, we are discussing the American Revolution, Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, and the road to Liberty. Ask your kids about the “break up” letter they wrote to the King of England, and about the “Too late to apologize” music video…pretty fun stuff! We have also been watching clips from “The Patriot” and discussing major themes.

As always…Social Studies test retakes will be offered every other Friday…if your student did not do so well…they can make up their tests then!



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Week 9/16 – 9/20

Well, we’re about half way through our first 9 weeks of school! Things are going well!


This week at EJMS is SPIRITĀ WEEK!

Monday – Duck Dynasty Day

Tuesday – Tacky/80s Day

Wednesday – Nerd Day

ThursdayĀ – Blue Out

Friday – Favorite CollegeĀ Team Day


In Science, we areĀ continuing to learn about Physical and Chemical Changes! We will have a test on this unit on Tuesday, Sept. 24th. Students should be reading over their class notes nightly!

In Georgia Studies, we are learning about the French and Indian War, and the events that led to the American Revolution. We will also at Georgia’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. On Friday, September 20th, we will have a remediation/test make up day for anyone who needs to make up tests on : Georgia Geography, Early Georgia History (H1), and Colonial Georgia (H2).


In other news….Go Dawgs…beat LSU!

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