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J.M. Alexander
Middle School
12010 Hambright Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Courier #: 305
P: 980-343-3830  |  F: 980-343-3851 
LC: North Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 9:15 AM - 4:15 PM
Grades: 6-8
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Principal's Desk

May 18

This has truly been a week of accomplishments for JMA!

On Tuesday, we had a wonderful culminating dance performance where almost 200 scholars were able to demonstrate their talents both individually and as a team. Kudos to Ms. Clinard to making all scholars believe they could dance!

We had an optional teacher workday on Wednesday, May 16th to allow teachers and staff to participate in the Educators’ Rally in Raleigh. Many of our teachers participated and were able to share their concerns.

On Thursday, our 7th and 8th grade Orchestra participated in a competition and received SUPERIOR ratings.  This is the highest rating you can receive at these competitions.  Congratulations Mr. Taperek!!!

Today, we had a Glow in the Dark EOG Pep Rally and our Community Service Fair and 3 on 3 tournament. All of this was organized by our Student Council and 8th grade scholars who were completing their community service project. Over 300.00 was raised for the Charlotte Women’s Shelter and fun was had by all!!! A special thank you to Kacy Hawkins for having the vision and drive to see this through!

Progress Reports were distributed this week. Please follow up with your child’s teachers if you have questions and/or concerns.

Attention all scholars- Time is running out to order your JMA yearbook. The link for ordering your yearbook is on the JMA website. The cost is $21.00. Yearbooks will be distributed at school after all EOG and Final Exams have been completed.

Parents: Overdue library book notices have been emailed out. Please have your scholars to check their email account for possible overdue notices. All books must be returned by May 29th. Lost books must be paid for by June 1st.

We are still in need of proctors for EOY testing. Please reach out to Ms. Howton, our Testing Coordinator, if you are available. You can also sign up on our Sign Up Genius that is located on our school’s website page.

8th grade scholars received information regarding the Moving On Ceremony and other end of year activities today. Email Mr. McClintock if you have questions or concerns.

This concludes our announcements for the week.






May 4

This is Principal Blue with our announcements for the week.

Congratulations to our awesome 8th grade teachers and scholars. They organized and participated in a Debate this week. Scholars were allowed to select topics of interest and justify their reasons to support it. Other scholars who felt differently could also explain their point of view. Thank you to all of our parents who came and supported our efforts!

Last Saturday, four of our JMA scholars participated and won the 2017-2018 Chess Tournament at Olympic High School. This was the Charlotte Meck Scholastic Chess Associations’ third tournament this school year and bringing home a trophy shows continued improvement of our scholars. Special Thanks to our Captain and Parent Leader- Jennifer Haynes.

Our LOST and FOUND table is growing again. Please encourage your son/daughter to look through these items if he/she is missing something. All items not claimed will be donated at the end of next week.

Our baseball and soccer teams will play Coulwood at JMA on Monday and at James Martin on Wednesday. Our track season has ended. Please make sure your son or daughter returns their uniforms to Ms. Pope next week.

Attention all scholars- The link for ordering your yearbook is on the JMA website. The cost is $21.00. Order them now! They will go fast!

On May 7-May 11, we will recognize our teachers and support staff with a week of treats during our Staff Appreciation Week. We are asking for $5.00 gift cards and 2 liter bottles of drink. Thank you in advance for your support!

PROCTORS, PROCTORS, PROCTORS!!!! We are in desperate need of proctors for EOY testing. Please reach out to Ms. Howton, our Testing Coordinator, if you are available.

Save the dates:

May 11th- Quarter 3 Honor Roll Celebration-  12:45-1:45 all grades (in the gym)

 June 1st- 8th Grade Social

June 7th-  Awards Day for 8th and Field Day for JMA

June 8th- Moving On Ceremony for 8th grade in our gym. Two ceremonies will be held on this day. More information is coming.



April 19

All scholars received 3rd quarter report cards this week. Please reach out to the teacher if you have questions or concerns.

Our LOST and FOUND table is growing again. Please encourage your son/daughter to look through these items if he/she is missing something. All items not claimed will be donated at the end of the month.

A group of our scholars is hosting a BOOK DRIVE! Please donate any types of new or gently use books to the main office. These books will be donated to Winding Springs Elementary School. The homeroom with the most books donated will win a pizza party!

Our baseball and soccer teams will play at Ranson Middle on Monday and Bradley Middle at JMA on Wednesday. Our track team will compete at Spaugh on Thursday.

April is AUTISM Awareness Month! We are encouraging all scholars and staff to wear BLUE with blue jeans on each Wednesday this month. Our PTSA will sell medal ribbons in our school store and we have other activities planned to increase awareness. Thank you in advance for your support!

Calling all JMA Blue Devils- Don’t forget that tomorrow, Saturday, April 21st is our day to make a positive difference in our community! Scholars can participate in the RACE for the North, volunteer for the Hands On Charlotte at Blythe Elementary, or participate in the VermilliRUN. Please note: The IB Celebration at Myers Park High School has been cancelled. Scholars who participate will receive community service credit and will be invited to the next celebration. Scholars should submit their form by Wednesday, April 25th to document their participation. Forms can also be downloaded from the school’s announcement page or picked up from the community service board at the school.


April 13


The School Leadership Team will be meeting on Monday, April 16th at 5:30 pm. This team welcomes parents and teacher leaders as we review plans for JMA next year.

Our baseball and soccer teams will play James Martin at JMA on Monday. Our track team will compete at Ranson on Thursday. Good luck to all teams as you compete against the other schools. Remember, you must have a signed permission form to stay afterschool for athletic events.

April is AUTISM Awareness Month! We are encouraging all scholars and staff to wear BLUE with blue jeans on each Wednesday this month. Our PTSA will sell medal ribbons in our school store and we have other activities planned to increase awareness. Thank you in advance for your support!

Our scholars will take the Spring MAP assessment next week. This test measures readiness to learn math and reading standards. Teachers use this data to gauge learning. Please encourage your child to get rest during these assessments and eat a balanced breakfast. The results will be shared with parents once all tests are complete.

Calling all JMA Blue Devils- April 21st is our day to make a positive difference in our community! On Saturday, April 21st, JMA scholars and their families have three opportunities to get out into the community by participating in the IB Celebration at Myers Park High School, the 5K at Vermillion Community or the 2018 RACE for the NORTH in Huntersville Business Park! Each scholar can earn community service hours for their participation and this would make him/her eligible for the community service celebration. See our JMA school website for more information. Contact Ms. Kendrick if you have questions.

Lastly, Wednesday, April 18th is an Early Release Day. Scholars will be dismissed at 1:15pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and scholars will take their normal mode of transportation home. There will not be any afterschool practices or events on this day.

This concludes our reminders for the week.

March 23rd

Our baseball and soccer teams will play at Bailey Middle and at JMA on Tuesday. Our track team will not compete this week. Remember, you must have a signed permission form to stay afterschool for athletic events.

6th grade scholars attending the Motor Speedway field trip on Monday: Be sure to bring your lunch and dress according to the weather. We will leave the school at 9:45 am. Chaperones should arrive at 9:15 am. for their meeting in the cafeteria. Leave your book bags at home because there is no storage on the bus.

Our Annual International Festival was a HUGE success! Thank you for everyone who contributed. We made $1,200.00 in sales at our Book Fair. A special shout out goes to our PTSA for their continued support! They will be hosting a Spirit Night at Moe’s at Northlake on Tuesday from 5-9:00 pm.

Dr. Wilcox, our Superintendent of CMS, is strongly encouraging all of us to participate in the 2018-2024 Strategic Plan. All the information is posted under School Announcements on our JMA webpage. I hope you all can make one of the meetings and share your thoughts at the meeting we are hosting at JMA on Tuesday, March 27th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Third quarter will end on Wednesday, March 28th. We will not have school on Thursday or Friday in observance of Spring Break.

Our Connect Ed messages will resume on April 6th.


March 12th

MSA has officially announced this year’s Merit Award Winners! We are so excited to share that CMS has 21 schools that were recognized! As you know, the Merit Awards program recognizes the top magnet schools in the US that show a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts, specialized teaching staff and parent/community involvement. The top category given to a group of select magnet schools is the Magnet School of Excellence Award; the second category is the Magnet School of Distinction Award. Nine  of our magnet schools received the Excellence Award and  thirteen received the Distinction Award. JM Alexander Middle School was recognized as one of the nine to receive the Excellence Award!!! We are so excited to receive this award. I want to thank our staff, our scholars, and you – our JMA families for your continued support!

Our baseball and soccer teams will play at James Martin on Monday. Our track team will compete at Bailey on Thursday. Good luck to all teams as you compete against the other schools.

On Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 am, our JMA Student Council will sponsor and lead our National School Walkout in observance of the national concern with gun violence in our schools. The Student Council is organizing a peaceful march on our track from 10:00- 10:17 am. During this time, we will reflect on the many lives lost and how we can support gun safety. Children will have the option not to participate in this walkout. At the end of the allotted time, all scholars will be expected to continue with the day’s schedule. Please contact me, Principal Blue if you have any questions or concerns.

Save the date: We are getting excited about our Annual International Festival on March 22nd. We will have performances and exhibits created by our scholars. There will be raffles and other vendors here as well. Please plan on attending. Scholars will receive credit for participating or attending this event.


February 20

JMA’s annual International Festival will be held on Thursday, March 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm. Scholars, parents and staff are invited to sponsor country displays and/or perform talents aligned with your culture. Applications to participate can be downloaded from the school website or picked up from the community service board in the main hallway. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, February 23rd.

See Ms. Kendrick if you have questions.


February 19

We participated in an IB MYP evaluation this week. I want to personally thank everyone! When we debriefed with the IB team, they complimented us on creating "a stimulating learning environment based on understanding and respect." They also complimented aspects of our program. They recognized our scholars, our parents, our staff, and JMA's partnership with North Meck. We have work to do but the positive observations show we are moving in the right direction. Thank you again for your continued support!

I would be remised if I did not also comment on the tragedy that has once again impacted our school community. We have reviewed all of our safety plan practices with our scholars and continue to be vigilant in our pursuit to make sure we are creating and maintaining a safe environment for all. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Principal Blue.

Monday, February 19th is a make-up school day. It will be an A day.

I need your help. One of our 8th grade scholars lost a gold ring with a “C” in the middle. The ring is red and blue on the sides. The name “Gladys” is engraved on the inside. This ring belonged to the scholar’s deceased mother. It is very important that this ring be returned as is has precious value to our scholar. If found, please return it to the main office. A reward will be given.

The Honor Roll Celebration for second quarter will be February 22nd. Times for each grade level are as follows: 7th grade will be recognized at 1:00 pm, 6th grade will be recognized at 2:00 pm and 8th grade will be recognized at 3:15pm. The celebration will be held in the gym and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Mr. Auman is hosting a Morning Cooking Club before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30-8:45 am. Applications will be available on Monday. The first 25 to return the application will participate. An activity fee of $25.00 will be required to help purchase materials that will be needed.

Soccer and Baseball tryouts will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 20th. Track tryouts will begin on Thursday, Feb. 22nd.

Our PTSA is working with the Jazz Arts Initiative to provide our scholars with an opportunity to learn about jazz music. Scholars will attend an assembly on Friday, February 23rd.

Our JMA Student Council and National Junior Honor Society are partnering together to collect nonperishable items for Loaves and Fishes. We will be collecting items until Feb. 21st. The homeroom that collects the most cans will receive a reward.

This concludes our announcements for the week. Have a great weekend!


February 9

Report cards were distributed this week. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about grades.

A blood glucose monitoring kit was found in the gym on Thursday, January 25th. If this belongs to you, please see our nurse.

The Honor Roll Celebration for second quarter will be February 22nd. Times for each grade level are as follows: 7th grade will be recognized at 1:00 pm, 6th grade will be recognized at 2:00 pm and 8th grade will be recognized at 3:15pm. The celebration will be held in the gym and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Our basketball teams will play Coulwood Middle at JMA on Monday and away on Thursday. This is a reminder that all scholars must have a signed permission form to stay afterschool for the game. These are located online and in the main office.

On February 13th, your child may be chosen to complete a survey that asks students in middle and high schools about their attitudes and use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs. This survey is conducted every 2 years and helps local agencies identify opportunities to target their prevention efforts towards a healthy, safe environment for our youth. We would like all students in the selected classrooms to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. A permission form will sent home with your child February 5th allowing you to opt your child out of completing the survey. If you do not receive the form, you may visit www.preventionservices.org to access the survey questions as well as the parent consent form. Please only return the consent form if you do not want your child to participate in the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Howton.

UNCC tickets will be available for the February 17th Teacher Appreciation Night. The cost is $10.00.

PTSA is still hosting Candy Grams for Valentine’s Day through February 14th.

Save the date: Chik Fila Day is Feb. 20th at Davis Lake.  Please support our efforts and come have dinner with us!

Our JMA Student Council and National Junior Honor Society are partnering together to collect nonperishable items for Loaves and Fishes. We will be collecting items Feb. 1st – Feb. 21st. The homeroom that collects the most cans will receive a reward.


February 2

A blood glucose monitoring kit was found in the gym on Thursday, January 25th. If this belongs to you, please see our nurse.

Feb. 7th is an Early Release Day. The school day will end at 1:45pm. Scholars will take their normal mode of transportation home. We will not have afterschool practice.

Report cards will be distributed on February 8th. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions or concerns about grades. The Honor Roll Celebration for second quarter will be February 22nd. Times for each grade level are as follows: 7th grade will be recognized at 1:00 pm, 6th grade will be recognized at 2:00 pm and 8th grade will be recognized at 3:15pm. The celebration will be held in the gym and all parents are encouraged to attend.

Our basketball teams will play Bailey at JMA on Monday and away at Ridge Road on Thursday. This is a reminder that all scholars must have a signed permission form to stay afterschool for the game. These are located online and in the main office.

On February 13th, your child may be chosen to complete a survey that asks students in middle and high schools about their attitudes and use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs. This survey is conducted every 2 years and helps local agencies identify opportunities to target their prevention efforts towards a healthy, safe environment for our youth. We would like all students in the selected classrooms to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. A permission form will sent home with your child February 5th allowing you to opt your child out of completing the survey. If you do not receive the form, you may visit www.preventionservices.org to access the survey questions as well as the parent consent form. Please only return the consent form if you do not want your child to participate in the survey. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Howton.

Our wonderful PTSA hosted its annual Souper Bowl today! Thank you to all of the parents who donated items and helped with this event.

Our JMA Student Council and National Junior Honor Society are partnering together to collect nonperishable items for Loaves and Fishes. We will be collecting items Feb. 1st – Feb. 21st. The homeroom that collects the most cans will receive a reward.

As we reflect on Black History this month, it is important that we continue to celebrate diversity and the contributions of all. We teach our scholars to be caring, principled and safe here at JMA. Please support our efforts as you engage in discussions at home! We appreciate you!

This concludes our announcements for the week.

Have a great weekend!

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