Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

Family Update - May 14, 2023

Dear Families,


On behalf of our full staff at JMS, we’d like to thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity this week during Staff Appreciation Week. Many thanks to the PTO for all of the treats and love during the week (pics below).  You spoiled us so well!


Due to the 8th grade class party and the trip to Washington, DC this week, the 7th graders will eat between 11:28 and 12:11 every day except for Thursday.  On Thursday, 7th grade will eat at their normal time (12:15 to 12:58) so that we can welcome 5th graders from Barrington for their transition lunch during 5th period.


Our 6th grade class party is this Thursday from 1:30 to 3:15 – looking forward to it!


As a friendly reminder, if you plan to volunteer at or to attend end of the year events, please be sure to bring a photo ID with you and scan in at the front office.  Even though it’s the end of the year, we still take student and staff safety very seriously.  Thank you for your help with this!


Happy Mother’s Day to all of our JMS moms!


Warm regards,

Aimee C. White

Heather Markward


MAY 2023:

May 15 - 8th Grade Class Party, 12:15 - 2:15pm

May 16 - 19 - 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

May 16 - 19 - 7th Grade Adventure Days

May 18 - 6th Grade Class Party, 1:30 to 3:15pm

May 22 - Spring Athletic Recognition Night

May 23 - 8th Grade Class Party, 12 to 2pm

May 23 - Fall Pro 2023 Informational Night, 7pm

May 25 - 8th Grade Celebration

May 25 - Last Day for Students, Early Dismissal, 11:35am

May 28 - UAHS Commencement Exercises


JONES WEEKEND UPDATE - Click here to watch this week's episode of Jones Weekend Update. 


LUNCH INFORMATION FOR LAST DAY OF SCHOOL - On the last day of school, students will be released at 11:35am.  Due to this, there will not be a normal lunch service on that day.  We are excited to offer a pre-order lunch option your student could pick up before they are released on the last day. If you would like to have a pick-up lunch for your student, please complete the form below by Friday, May 19th.  This will assist us in ensuring we have your student's lunch ready for pick-up prior to being released on the last day, Thursday May 25th. Boxed Lunch Option will include choice of entree and bottled water.  All meals will include fruit and veggie sides.  Cost: $3.25


To order, please click on the following link:   Jones Last Day Pre-Order Pick Up Lunch Link



  • Wear long pants and closed toe shoes with good tread
  • Pack a lunch that is nut free
  • Bring a reusable water bottle that can be refilled as needed throughout the day
  • Be ready for the weather:  sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, layers, rain gear if needed, etc.


ATTENTION 8TH GRADERS GOING TO DC NEXT WEEK - Be sure to arrive no later than 6:30am on Tuesday morning to load up for the DC trip.  Meet on the Coventry Road side of the building and look for your bus (they will be lined up in numerical order).  Your chaperones will tell you where to put your luggage and how to line up when you have the final meeting on Monday, 5/15. Rest up this weekend, pack, and get ready for a great trip!


SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS FOR RISING FRESHMEN - UAHS will have required summer reading for rising freshmen - the high school has not shared that information with us yet - we will keep you updated when we receive that information.


SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS FOR JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL - Students at each grade level should expect to engage in classroom activities based on their summer reading choices during the first week of the 2023-24 school year. These activities, including written and spoken responses, will require students to be knowledgeable about their summer reading text. We strongly encourage students to purchase their own copy of the text so that they may highlight, flag and annotate key passages that may be of help to them in their language arts classrooms.

  • 6th Grade - The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis
  • 7th Grade - The Schwa Was Here, Neal Shusterman
  • 8th Grade - Students may read either a fiction or non-fiction book of their own choosing, based on their interests. Their selection should be age and grade-level appropriate, and should fall within the Lexile range that is suited to their individual ability.  Your student’s most recent STAR assessment provides their estimated Lexile range.


ONLINE ACADEMY 2023-24 - For the 2023-2024 school year, UA Schools will be offering an online learning opportunity for grades 6 through 12 through the  UA Online Academy.  Families will have the opportunity to enroll in or transfer out of the Online Academy for the upcoming school year.

  • To enroll in the Online Academy: Please complete this form if your student is ready to commit to participation in the Online Academy for the 2023-2024 school year. Please note that this will be a semester-long commitment, with the option of transferring at the semester in January.
  • To transfer out of the Online Academy: Please complete this form if you have a current Online Academy student who will be returning to their school building for the 2023-2024 school year. 

The deadline is Monday, May 15 at 8pm. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


SUMMER ACADEMY REGISTRATION - Upper Arlington Schools is proud to offer an exceptional summer school program for our students for the summer of 2023. Summer Academy 2023 will offer comprehensive academic and well-being programming. Course descriptions and schedules for Summer Academy 2023 are available on the Summer Academy website and registration is now open. All courses will be offered free of charge for 2023 thanks to federal funding. Course offerings are at this link:



Register for classes through Upper Arlington’s UltraCamp site.


To create an account:

  1. Go to Upper Arlington’s UltraCamp site and click “New User”

  2. Complete all of the required fields

  3. On your UltraCamp homescreen, click “Add a Person” to add a student to your account and complete all of the required fields


COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS - Community Service Hours for the 2023-24 school year can be completed during the summer prior to the following school year. If your child is interested in volunteering with the Upper Arlington Public Library, click here to see summer opportunities.


6th GRADE CLASS PARTY - PARENT VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP - Please use this link to sign up to volunteer to help with the 6th Grade Class Party on May 18 1:30 to 3:15pm  - link


8TH GRADE CELEBRATION - The 8th grade celebration will be held on the morning of May 25 beginning at 8:25 am in the auditorium.  We expect the celebration to end at approximately 9:20 am.  Parents are invited to participate in an 8th grade clap out and to enjoy refreshments in the cafeteria immediately following the celebration.  Because this is intended to celebrate the whole class, individual awards and certificates will be sent directly to families or presented at other spring events such as upcoming concerts or the athletic recognition night.


JONES YEARBOOK - You can now place your orders online for a 2022-23 Jones Yearbook. Yearbooks can be purchased anytime between now and May 2023. 


Please go here to order your 22-23 Yearbook: Yearbook Order Link






PTO DEI Committee

"The Jones PTO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is committed to supporting the District as it works to ensure that every member of our school community feels welcomed, valued, and supported. We would like to invite you to sign up to receive communications and opportunities for engagement from the Jones PTO DEI Committee. 


"Learn more about the UA Schools’ DEI commitments."


Become a PARENT/FAMILY Mentor and join Family Connect!

The Jones PTO is looking for families to join our Family Connect Program!  Please review the information below and reach out if you have interest! 


Family Connect Program:  We are here to help connect new families who could use help navigating all things related to school and community (such as academics, sports, clubs, PTO, extracurriculars, community traditions and celebrations, etc.) to those families who have more experience. Our end goal with this program is to promote hospitality and friendship.

If you are interested in learning more about being involved in this program please email [email protected]



Join The PTO



Your PTO membership dues help fund programs and projects to enhance our students’ overall experience, such as …

  • School Speakers ( examples have included Houston Kraft, Alex Sheehen)
  • Middle School Tailgate
  • Mini Grants – supporting classrooms & teachers with items such as new microphones, service learning, portable microscopes & new benches
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Access to the Jones Online Student & Staff Directory. (All PTO members will receive an email with a link and temporary password for the online directory )



TheStand Project is an Upper Arlington community action project focused on the prevention of substance misuse and committed to standing by students and families in finding help. 



Vaping is a significant concern among young people across the country, including Upper Arlington, and rates of use continue to climb. In collaboration with valued community partners in UA Schools, UAPD, and local medical and behavioral health experts, The Stand Project has updated and re-released this 7-part series of short videos to educate the community about the facts and risks of youth e-cigarette use - including Aimee White's segment on the effects of nicotine on "Teen Brain Development."


Thank you PTO!!!

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