August 9, 2021
Greetings JMA Families,
On behalf of the JM Alexander Middle School family, I am happy to welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. For many of you, it is a welcome back and a continuation of all the exciting things that JM Alexander Middle School has to offer. For others this will be a new journey filled with excitement and new opportunities. It is our mission to help every scholar feel welcome and connected and part of our JMA family. Our entire school team looks forward to partnering with you to assist you and your students in having a successful school year.
The district has outlined the focus for the 2021-2022 school year and our school goals will continue to mirror the Strategic Plan of 2024 and The Way Forward. At JMA, we are committed to great teaching and improved academic results, mental and psychological wellness of students and staff, decreasing chronic absenteeism, providing all students access to advanced courses and rigorous coursework and increasing our engagement with our families and community.
The first day of school will be Wednesday, August 25, 2021. All scholars will report to their homeroom and classes will begin promptly at 9:00 AM for all scholars. It is important to make any home address modifications before the first day of school to ensure that all school communications are received. Please contact Ms. Dunham, our school registrar, in student services to make the necessary changes. We want to make sure you are receiving all information, as school and home communication is critical. Any questions concerning student assignment should be directed to the Student Placement Office at (980) 343-5335.
The main office is open from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Our school day begins at 9:00 AM with homeroom and ends at 4:15 PM. The custodial staff is working diligently to keep the building sanitized daily to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our scholars and staff.
The USDA Waiver allows all students to receive breakfast and lunch daily at no charge.
Before and After School
Scholars should not arrive at school earlier than 8:45 AM. Any car riders who arrive on campus prior to 8:45 AM must remain in the car in the carpool line. Our staff is not due to arrive before this time so we have limited supervision. All scholars will report to their homeroom/1st block class beginning at 8:45 AM or to the cafeteria for breakfast. We have eliminated the use of lockers for all scholars. If a scholar has before-school tutoring with a teacher, he or she must sign in the front office upon arrival. His or her teacher will pick the scholar up from the front office at the designated time.
Scholars who stay after school must be with a teacher or a coach and will be given a pass as they leave tutoring or a club meeting. Students are expected to be out of the school building by 4:30 PM, unless they have a supervised activity. Students should not report to the bus lot if they do not ride the bus. Scholars will not be signed out for early dismissal between 3:45-4:15 PM.
Car riders will be dismissed from the cafeteria. Please wait in the carpool line and give your scholar's name to the adult in the carpool line to have your child dismissed from the cafeteria. He/she will then meet you in the front of the school building. Students MUST report to the cafeteria and wait for their name to be called by our staff. Parents who pick up scholars in the afternoon should arrive by 4:05 PM. For safety reasons, we require families to remain in their cars until scholars are called to come to the carpool line. Please do not walk up to the building to pick up your child. Please do not park in the lot to pick up your child.
Grade Level Administrators
6th Grade- Mr. Shane McClintock
7th Grade - Ms. Zonja Glover
8th Grade –Mrs. McKenzie
Robert Davies (All 6th grade & 7th grade N-Z)
Tameka R. Marsh (7th grade A-M & All 8th grade)
Coming to school every day, ready to learn, is important for students’ academic success. Scholars are expected to be in school except in the event of an emergency or for reasons explained in the codes below. Attendance will be taken on the first day of school, August 25. Counselors, our BMT, the attendance secretary and our homeroom teachers will monitor student attendance and complete wellness checks as needed. If your child misses class time for an excused absence, please provide the appropriate documentation of that absence.
Excused absences include:
CMS approved religious holiday
Approved education leave (form 5123.21 must be completed & approval obtained from the principal)
Court or administrative proceedings
All JMA scholars are expected to arrive to class on time. A scholar not inside of their classroom when the late bell sounds to begin class is considered tardy for that class period. Students arriving to school late are considered tardy unless they have an excuse note from the office. Unexcused tardy students must have a class admit slip. Hall monitors will keep a record of tardies and issue late slips to students.
1-2 Tardies= Warning/parent communication/Student Conference
3-4 Tardies =Parent communication and Saturday School
5- ISS for insubordination and parent communication
Scholars at Charlotte-Mecklenburg middle schools are expected to continue a tradition of appropriate dress for school and school related events. According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Policy, extreme styles in clothing and grooming may be detrimental to the maintenance of discipline and morale in school. The principal and her staff are responsible for determining and enforcing regulations governing proper dress and grooming of scholars. Any type of dress or grooming which is disruptive will not be permitted. All students will be required to wear a mask per CMS safety protocols.
• Shorts, dresses, and skirts should be relaxed fingertip length. Clothing should be worn with appropriate undergarments and undergarments should not be visible to include jeggings and leggings.
• Scholars must wear shoes at all times (tennis shoes, sandals, closed-toe shoes).
• Offensive/suggestive writing, (per CMS Code of Conduct/JMA Administration) on clothing or jewelry is prohibited, which includes the advertising of alcohol, controlled substances, tobacco products, or promotion of violence.
• Headgear, such as bonnets, bandanas, stocking caps, hats, towels, doo-rags, visors, and combs are not to be worn in the school building unless approved by the administration. Hoods can only be worn in the classroom.
• Inappropriate dress is prohibited, which includes revealing low neckline shirts, strapless, too short, too tight, see-through clothing (tube, racerback, muscle shirts, and tank tops with straps).
• Pants worn with holes that stretch from the knee to the thigh that expose the skin are inappropriate. Leggings may be worn underneath jeans with torn pants,
All scholars will be provided with school-issued Chromebooks that they will use for instructional purposes in school and at home. Students should make sure to bring their Chromebooks fully charged each day and should also bring their charging cords. Cell phones, electronic devices and accessories will not be permitted in class. Earbuds are allowed in classrooms for instructional use only. JMA is not responsible for lost or stolen electronics. Any student who violates the cell phone/electronic policy will have their item confiscated and it will be turned into the main office and a parent must arrange to pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
First in fraction: phone/device is taken and turned into the main office for parent pick up
Second infraction: phone/device is taken and turned into the main office for parent pick up with Saturday school assigned
Third infraction: phone/device is taken and turned into the main office for parent pick up with Saturday school assigned
Fourth infraction: phone/device is taken and turned into the main office for parent pick up with ISS assigned
CMS Grading Policy 2021-2022
Lockers will not be distributed this year to students. All students are expected to carry a bookbag to house personal items, cell phones, schoolwork and their school-issued Chromebooks. Students will be expected to transport their Chromebooks to and from school in their bookbags.
Parents of children who have to take medication at school are reminded that the school must have a current doctor’s note on file for us to give the child medicine during school hours. If your child must take medicine at school, your doctor must complete an Authorization of Medication Form. The form is available in the office and online. Parents you are also reminded to fill out a blue emergency card for this school year.
We are looking forward to working with you and your child. Opportunities for parent involvement include serving on the School Leadership Team, the PTA, and other committees. Your leadership and ideas are welcome and we look forward to partnering with you and your family.