Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

Family Update - April 30, 2023

Dear Families,


Many thanks to our PTO for surprising all students with ice cream and other frozen desserts last Thursday!  It was an unexpected treat on a beautiful day, and students really enjoyed it!


As a reminder, all offices throughout the district will be closed this Tuesday, May 2 for professional development.


If you have a student in 6th grade and would like to help with the class party, we could use extra  hands.  Please see details below, and thank you for considering!


There is a required meeting for students who will be attending the Washington, DC trip and their parents this Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 pm (additional details below). 


We hope you are enjoying the extended weekend with your family!


Warm regards,

Aimee C. White

Heather Markward


MAY 2023:

May 1 - No School for Students

May 2No School for Students, Election Day

May 4 - DC Meeting for parents and students at 7:30pm (make up date at HMS is 5/3)

May 5 - 7th Grade Class Party, 1:30 to 3:20pm

May 8 - Packing for the Streets, 3:30pm

May 9 - 6th Grade Choir Concert, 7pm

May 9 - 7th and 8th Grade Choir Concert, 8pm

May 11 - Orchestra Concert, Grade 6 - 8, 7pm

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 3:15 

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.



WhatMandatory parent/student meeting 

Who: Students and at least one parent/guardian

When: Thursday, May 4th at 7:30 pm

Where: JMS Auditorium

What to bring: A PEN!!!  There is a required form to sign.


If you absolutely can not attend the JMS meeting, you can attend the Hastings meeting the evening before at 7:30.  It will be in the HMS auditorium.

We hope the kids are excited about the trip!  We can't wait!

Questions: Contact Christy Charlton at [email protected]


8th GRADE GROUP PANORAMIC PHOTO - If you have not placed your order for the 8th grade group panoramic photo, please do so here:  usafoto.biz. Select the Panos 2022-23 Gallery at the top.  Schools are in alphabetical order.


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.


SERVICE LEARNING SUPPORT OPPORTUNITY - Mrs. Tarr and Mr. Moul's classes engaged in service learning this week as students from Ms. Brown's Global History classes at UAHS shared information about the recent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey.  They learned about the causes of earthquakes, why buildings are more and less susceptible to earthquake damage, and the humanitarian crisis that follows major quakes.  They also learned how young people can make a difference in the world, even in places far from home.  If you would like to support this service learning activity, you may purchase a t-shirt by clicking the QR code on the flier attached.  Deadline to place your order is May 5. Thank you!


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



Summer uniforms can be ordered on-line until May 1st using the link below. If this deadline is missed, we will open another shop around May 15th. 



NEW band members MUST have this to participate in the 4th of July Parade and any event where summer uniform is designated by Mr. Fessler as the uniform of the day. Please consult the BSN size chart before ordering as the uniform can run a little smaller than normal, especially the female T-shirt may be snug. If you have questions please email Michael Geygan at [email protected]


SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SURVEY FOR GRADES 3-12 - Upper Arlington Schools will engage in the Panorama social-emotional survey for students in grades 3-12. We have been participating in this twice annual survey for two years now, and are impressed with the feedback from students and the quality of feedback the reports provided. Panorama aligns with the well-being priority in our strategic plan and provides valuable feedback to inform our work and meet student needs.


As a school, our students will be engaging in the Panorama survey Tuesday, May 9 during Flex. You may read more information about the survey here. While we ask that all of our students participate, as with all surveys, Panorama is voluntary. If you wish to opt your child out of the Panorama survey, simply email their school counselor and we will honor that request. 


ADOPT A TEACHER/STAFF MEMBER - STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK - We want to show the teachers and staff at Jones how much we appreciate all of their hard work and support! 

We invite you to sign up and adopt a teacher or staff member for Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, which is May 8th - May 12th. Your family may adopt one (or several) teacher/staff member or you can team up with another family to adopt one (or several). During the week, let your person know that you are thinking about them! Sign up on the link below:




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.


TRAVEL OPPORTUNITY - Don't miss this amazing opportunity for your student to travel to Central Europe in Summer 2024! Come along on this adventure with Ms. Laurie Sutherin as you touch the Berlin Wall (Berlin), tour the former capital of the Holy Roman Empire (Dresden), visit St. Vitus Cathedral and Charles Bridge (Prague), learn about the history of Auschwitz and explore Glowny Square (Krakow), and take in the beautiful Tatra Mountains on the way to the famed Budapest Baths (Budapest). Find out more information by visiting www.eftours.com/2635681JA or email Laurie Sutherin ([email protected]) with questions. 


COSTA RICA TRIP INFORMATION - Registration is open for the 2024 Costa Rica Trip with EF Tours.   View the enrollment page: https://www.eftours.com/tour-website/2613968BD and contact Patricia Mendoza or Julia Gomez for further details ([email protected] or [email protected]).  


LISTEN, LEARN & LEAD DATES ANNOUNCED - This May, the Board of Education will continue its Listen Learn Lead community engagement process in an effort to help our schools and our community be the best they can be. The goal is to bring people together to hear different viewpoints and have positive and productive conversations between as many students, families, community members and staff members as possible.  These discussions will also offer an opportunity to get to know incoming superintendent Dr. Robert Hunt and help him learn about our amazing community.  We hope you can join us at one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, May 3:

  • 10 a.m. at Mountview Church
  • 3:30 p.m. at Upper Arlington High School
  • 5:30 p.m. at Upper Arlington High School

Thursday, May 4:

  • 10 a.m. at Mountview Church
  • 5 p.m. at Upper Arlington High School



SUMMER ACADEMY- 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 will open at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 21. All courses will be offered free of charge for 2023 thanks to federal funding.


BOX TOPS - Student Council would like to invite the families of Jones Middle School to help us raise funds for activities we plan throughout the year that benefit students here at Jones, our community, and surrounding communities. An easy way for you to get involved is to

download the Box Tops for Education app and start scanning your grocery receipts. If everyone chips in a little, we can make a big difference! Please see this flier for instructions. 


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





The staff of both Jones and Hastings will be having a school Vs. school volleyball event on April 28th held at the Upper Arlington High School gym. All proceeds raised through ticket sales, raffle and concessions from this event will be donated to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Please consider donating items for the concession stand by signing up on the link below. All items can be dropped off to the JMS office any time between now and April 27th.




The Jones PTO is in need of your help! If you are interested in taking on the role of PTO President or PTO Treasurer for the 2024-2025 school year please reach out to  [email protected] for more information.



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."

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