Jan 21

2016 Science Fair Showcase

Come out and see the amazing Science Projects our Quest students have been working on.  Our 6th and 7th graders have submitted showcase worthy projects and this will be a great opportunity for them to show off their hard work.

The fair will take place at JYMS after the PTSA Meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.  The meeting should begin at 6:30 pm.

Science Fair Title

Jan 05

JYMS Food Drive was a success!

In December, the John Yeates Middle School Student Council Association and Future Business Leaders of America sponsored a food drive.  The students and faculty competed to see which group would be the the biggest champion against hunger.  The faculty was in the lead for quite some time and collected 367 food items, but students ultimately reigned supreme by collecting 432 food items.  Overall, John Yeates Middle School was able to donate 799 food items to the Salvation Army. JYMS_Food_Drive_2015

Dec 10

“Rockets to Racecars” Events Out of This World

What do NASCAR and NASA have in common … beyond high-speed vehicles?
Many of the products and processes used to by NASCAR race cars today were originally developed for the NASA space program.  Through its Rockets to Racecars (R2R) outreach initiative, NASA is bringing science and engineering lessons down to earth.  With the help of teachers like Louis Garland of John Yeates Middle School, NASA is sharing its R2R connections at dozens of NASCAR racing events across the country.
Here are just a few examples of space products hitting the tracks:
  • Fire-resistant fabric to protect astronauts is now used to make suits for race car drivers and pit crews.
  • Plasma spray coating replaces liquid lubricants in certain engines, making racecars weigh less.
  • Materials from the Space Shuttle’s thermal protection system are used on race cars to protect drivers from the extreme heat generated by engines.  Without this insulation, the temperature can reach 160 degrees inside some vehicles.
  • Heat-resistant paint developed from NASA technology protects the hot parts of automobiles like exhaust systems and brake drums.

Garland is one of just eight teachers from across the United States selected to work with NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson to share NASA connections to thousands of race fans – young and old – for the final races of the 2015 season held at Dover International Speedway in Delaware and at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Florida.  Earlier this fall, he worked at NASCAR event at Richmond International Raceway here in Virginia.  The R2R tent also made a pit stop at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

Racing is the most highly attended sport in the U.S. with usually between 70,000 to 100,000 fans at the track each week throughout the February-to-November racing season.  The interactive, family-oriented atmosphere at NASCAR events compliments NASA’s efforts to share real-life science and engineering examples and provide insights to its connections with the automotive and racing industries now and in the future.

At the race tracks, the NASA tent attracts children and adults alike – and NASCAR fans from across the country and the world.  Teachers provide short, but memorable hands-on activity lessons to demonstrate the space products being used by racecars, as well as broader STEM concepts being used in more K-12 classrooms.  STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math … and encompasses the processes of critical thinking, analysis, and collaboration.  Through STEM education, students learn to become problem solvers, innovators, creators, and collaborators to prepare them to fill the critical pipeline of engineers and scientists so essential to the world’s future.

Some students have been able to meet NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, and share some of the lessons they’ve learned in the Rockets to Racecars demonstrations.

According to Garland, NASA gets a two-for-one deal because his wife Avis loves volunteering and racing, so she helps in Suffolk with his after-school engineering program and also assists with the Rockets to Racecars project.

Before teaching STEM at the racetracks, Garland and other teachers “test-drove” some of the lessons that were being considered for the NASCAR interactive tent.  Some of the Rockets to Racecars teacher training sessions were webinars, such as “Train Like an Astronaut” and “Race Suit / Space Suit.”

In some activities, participants learned how astronauts and racecar drivers have to train for constant G-force sensations, similar to roller coaster drops.  Other lessons are based on reaction times, sights, dexterity and accuracy – demonstrating the importance of physical fitness before, during and after a flight or race.  A lesson on Bernoulli’s Principles provides a better understanding of surface pressure during flight.  A balancing lesson shows how engineers and racecar builders are challenged to deal with different forces during motion.

These R2R teachers are now expected to share their knowledge and experiences with other teachers.  Garland plans to share the STEM lessons used at the racetracks during monthly, division-wide science teacher meetings this spring.  He will also provide connections to NASA materials, which can be found now at the following websites:

Pictures of many R2R™ events can be found on NASA’s R2R Instagram page.
Many of the activities used at the tracks can be found on the Rockets 2 Racecars website at NASA.gov/r2r  Once you are in the Garage scene, click on the EDUCATION button and R2R STEM Education will be one of the choices.  The resource pages include video lessons about the Rockets to Racecars connections.

Top — Louis Garland and Avis Garland with special NASA guest
Below left– President of NASCAR and Teacher Volunteers — Avis Garland, far left; Louis Garland, far right
Below center — NASCAR driver Kyle Bush’s pitbox
Below right — Pre-race science lessons in the NASA Rockets to Racecars exhibit

Nov 17

Coming Soon to Your Fingertips

button-blue-stackedNo more lost forms and balled-up flyers in the bottom of the backpack …

Suffolk Public Schools will soon be moving away from printed flyers to a new Electronic Backpack system. Each of our schools will have its own web page where school information, calendars, information from enrichment providers, and school newsletters will be posted.
The best part is that these e-flyers will also be sent directly to your email — right to your fingertips.
The school division is working with a company called Peachjar on this new green iniative. Moving to e-flyers will save our schools tons of paper, reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars, and allow our staff to spend less time making copies and more time with students.
Just before Thanksgiving, parents will receive a welcome email from Peachjar. They will provide you a User Name and Password, giving you the opportunity to manage your account and e-flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to Peachjar to receive or view school e-flyers. You can use the school’s Peachjar web page just as easily.
This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared be shared or used for any other purpose. More information about this initiative will be available soon. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed.

Oct 20

How to Access our New E-books

brightwave2Interested in learning how to read those hundreds of new e-books that we have on our new FollettShelf?

Click here to be directed to the Library Blog, which has all the directions you need!

Still got questions?  Feel free to drop by the library or e-mail Mrs. Greene or Ms. Moyers.

Oct 15

Please Note: New Office Hours

Please make note of the new JYMS Office Hours.  Effective September 28, 2015, the Administrative Office hours will be Monday-Friday from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm.

The Guidance Office will be open from Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.  New student enrollment takes place in the Guidance Offices Monday-Friday from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm.

Contact information:

Phone- (757) 923-4105

Fax- (757) 538-5416

Charger Happenings

Click here for a printable flyer regarding this information.

Oct 14

Farm Fresh 1-2-3-4 Program

JYMS participates in the Farm Fresh 1-2-3-4 for the Community.  This is a rewards program that earns points for the school.  School supplies, equipment, and other learning resources are available with these points.  In the past, the receipts from Farm Fresh were collected and counted.  Now it is simply a key tag to use when you shop at the store.  Please be sure to scan your card before purchase.  If you forget your card, simply tell the cashier the school name.

Please stop by the front desk or the library to pick yours up.  Thank you for helping and supporting our school!



Oct 06

Soccer Tryouts

Clip Art Illustration of a Foot Kicking a Soccer BallSoccer Tryouts will begin October 20th.
Please see below for Tryout and Practice Schedules.
7th and 8th Grade Soccer Try-Outs:
  Boys:  Tuesday, October 20th
                from 2:30-4:30
           (2nd Try-out if needed Oct. 21st)
  Girls:  Thursday, October 22nd
                 from 2:30-4:30
       (2nd Try-out if needed Oct. 23rd)
Concussion Testing:
 Monday, October 26th from 2:30-3:30pm
 Practices will be held from 2:30-4:30 the following days:
  • Wednesday, October 28th
  • Thursday, October 29th
  • Monday November 2nd
The first game of the season will take place  on November 4th, at Kings Fork High School:  JYMS vs. KFMS

**REMINDER:  A completed VHSL or SPS Middle School Physical form MUST be on file by the date of the try outs.  No student may try out unless this paperwork is complete and on file.  The form can be found on the JYMS blog: jyms.spsk12.net.  Or simply click here for a copy of the physical form.

Sep 28

Salute to Teachers


Salute to Teachers - Garland



A JYMS teacher was recognized this past Friday at Regent University’s annual Salute to Teachers event.  Our very own Louis Garland was presented an award for being selected as Teacher of the Year for John Yeates Middle School.  This event honors Virginia teachers throughout the region.  Mr. Garland was given his award by WAVY-TV 10 news anchor, Don Roberts.  We are very proud of Mr. Garland for all his hard work and dedication that he has put into our school.




Sep 23

State of the Schools Breakfast & Learning Fair

The Suffolk Education Foundation invites the community to hear from Superintendent Dr. Deran R. Whitney about the challenges and successes of Suffolk Public Schools.  On Tuesday, October 27th, enjoy a light breakfast while visiting hands-on education demonstrations at the Learning Fair.  The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Suffolk.  A $15 donation to the Suffolk Education Foundation is suggested at the door.

Kindly respond by calling 925-6752 or emailing RSVP@spsk12.net