JMS Continues MLK Celebration

Martin Luther King Day was celebrated throughout the week at Jones Middle School. Friday’s quote and messaging are below. And don’t forget – if you are looking for more opportunities to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, head to the Upper Arlington Library for more ideas.

FRIDAY: “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve….You only need a heart full of grace.” 2/4/1968, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon, “The Drum Major Instinct”

Martin Luther King, Jr. became a minister because he said he felt an “inner urge” calling him to “serve humanity.” It is because of his great service to humanity through his work to achieve civil rights for all people that we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, close to his birthday. To honor his legacy, the day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all people to volunteer to improve their communities.


JMS Students Continue to Celebrate Martin Luther King

Students are more than half way through the week celebrating Martin Luther King Day at Jones Middle School. As stated in our previous post, Jones Middle School has partnered with the Upper Arlington Library to educate and celebrate Martin Luther King. Wednesday and Thursdays quotes and messaging provided to the students is posted below. If you are your family are looking for more activities, head to the UA Library website for more ideas.

WEDNESDAY: “Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community.”
April 15, 1960, in Raleigh, North CarolinaMartin Luther King, Jr. had a vision for a community in which everyone is cared for, where there is no poverty, hunger, and hate. He believed in creating communities based on forgiveness, friendship, and human dignity. And he believed that all people are interconnected in a world-wide community.
THURSDAY: “The time is always right to do right.” 6/1965, Oberlin, OH

Martin Luther King, Jr. thought that the best way to make change was to protest peacefully by refusing to follow rules that were unfair. For example, when restaurants in the South were racially segregated and refused to serve Black customers, King sat at a lunch counter with other Black protestors, ordered lunch, and sat quietly waiting for their food—food that was never going to come—in order to bring attention to the unfairness. He was arrested and sent to jail for not following that unfair rule.

King believed that there were many ways to make change, big and small. He said, “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” He also said, “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. did great things with the help of thousands of others. He helped bring about the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each of these bills helped African Americans access civil rights across the country.


JMS Students Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Jones Middle School has partnered with the Upper Arlington Public Library to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As part of this week’s activities, JMS will be sharing quote and messaging about Martin Luther King Jr.with the students.  You can find Monday and Tuesday’s quote below.

If you are looking for an activity to do as a family, the UA library will be offering the following engagement opportunity. Click here to learn more.

MONDAY: “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” 8/28/1963, Washington DC

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. After experiencing racism as a young boy, Dr. King made it his life’s mission to bring compassion, fairness, and racial equality to the United States throughout the 1950s and 1960s. He believed in civil rights. Civil rights are rights that are granted by the United States.government that prohibit discrimination against any person for their race, religion, age, disability, gender, sexuality, etc. The civil rights leader fought against segregation (the separation of Black and white people in public places) through marches and nonviolent protests. He was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, a man who led nonviolent protests in India to gain freedom from British rule.

King was a Baptist minister and was married to Coretta Scott King who helped lead the charge during the Civil Rights Movement. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

King’s most famous speech is his “I Have a Dream” speech. In it, he spoke of his hopes and dreams for a better future where there is no injustice or discrimination. He inspired people to work toward that dream and to make their individual voices heard.


TUESDAY: “I have also decided to stick to love. For I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems.” spoken on 8/16/67 in Atlanta, GA.

In this quote, Martin Luther King, Jr. was not talking about romantic love or even the love we have for our family. He referred to a love that would inspire people to understand and want the best for others. King believed that we all live in an interrelated community and are dependent upon one another. If the community has problems and is divided, he thought, then trying to solve that division with hate would only make problems bigger and drive people further apart. The version of love that he championed was active and creative…something that could build a better place for everyone. He believed that hate was destructive.

Even though King was a proponent of love and peace, his nonviolent protests and marches caused others, such as the police at that time and in certain places, to respond violently. King believed so strongly in his dream for a future without injustice and discrimination that he continued to risk harm and arrest in order to reach his goals for our country.


Come back tomorrow for more quotes and messaging from Dr. Luther King Jr.


Jones Fall Production Newsies Tickets Now On Sale!

Get your tickets for this year’s Jones Fall Production – Newsies!

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here!


New Spirit Wear is Here!

Calling all Jones Middle School students and families….

NEW spirit-wear is here thanks to Primowear! Shop the link below to get yours!



Spring Spirit Wear Sale





Order your Spirit Wear HERE


JMart is Open – Volunteers Needed

JMart, the school store is now open Monday and Friday during lunch.   We have school supplies, keyboards and colorful stylus for the iPads, plus lots of fun UA items. JMart is volunteer run and all proceeds go to the PTO to support the school.   Please check out this SIGN UP GENIUS to volunteer.



Jones 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!  We are also looking for an individual who would like to join the PTO board as a member who would help connect families and continue building this program with the district.  Preferably someone who will be involved with Jones for a few years!

Family Connect Program:  We are here to help connect new families who could use help navigating all the 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 new to the school and interested in being connected to a Host Family, please click here:


If you are interested in learning more about being a Host Family, please click here:


If you have any questions at all please contact Elaine Alicea (familyconnectprogram@gmail.com)


Jones 2021 Back to School Spirit Wear Store is Open!

The Spirit Wear store is OPEN through the Awesome Company until August 20th.  Check out all the back to school fashions.  EXTENDED UNTIL August 23rd!  Hurry time is running out.

Jones 2021 Spirit Wear Store


Join the PTO!

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

  • School Speakers (Houston Kraft, Alex Sheehen)
  • Middle School Tailgate
  • Mini Grants – supporting classrooms & teachers
  • 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 )



Announcing…Amazon Smiles to Benefit Jones PTO

Happy Summer Jones Families!
Who shops on Amazon?

The PTO is betting that most of us make Amazon purchases more frequently than we’d like to admit. This is why our latest fundraising effort will hopefully be a no brainer, as we are continually looking for ways to streamline our fundraising efforts.

Anytime you make a purchase on Amazon and follow the link below, 0.5% of your money spent will go to the Jones PTO. It is that easy! It has been tested by a few PTO Board members and it works exactly like a regular Amazon order. Shop away!

To begin shopping on Amazon and support the Jones PTO, simply follow this link below and shop as usual.  Thank you for your support of the Jones PTO!

If there are any questions about Amazon Smiles use this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201365340

Summer’s Best,
Jones PTO


Welcome to Jones Middle School PTO!

Welcome to the Jones Middle School PTO website!

We encourage you to look around, get involved and stay connected with us over the year.  Your PTO supports academic enrichment, hands on learning as well as student out reach activities.  Jones PTO could not be successful without family and teacher support, PTO volunteers and generous donations.  If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns do not hesitate to contact us!  Go Bears!

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