Llama at Machu Pichu
  • Welcome! Bienvenidos al

    Salón de la Sra. Jones!


    For the most up-to-date information about our class, scroll to the blog below; it will be kept up to date on a weekly basis.

    También tengo un Edblog en español; vean los links a la izquierda.

    On this page, you will find a description of what we're doing in our classroom.

    For homework (HW) assignments, please visit our Google Classroom site (You have already been "invited" to join via email). You can also check out the Helpful Links page for additional resources.

    Thank you for your support! I look forward to getting to know you better :)

    Con mucho cariño,

    Sra. Jones


    "El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz" - Benito Juarez, pasado presidente de México


    Jemina E. Jones, EdS

    W. E. Mitchell Middle School

    Language Acquisition Specialist




    My Schedule

    Advisory: WEB

    3rd period: Native Speakers 2

    4th period: Spanish 1A

    Second Lunch

    5th period: Spanish 1A

    6th period: Spanish 1A

    7th period: Spanish 1A




  • 1st Quarter Grades

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 10/12/2019

    !st Quarter progress reports have been posted. Please note, this is a "Progress Report", not an official transcript grade; those don't come out until the end of the semester.

    Please, take a moment to go over your child's grades with them. It's really important for students to know that ALL assignments matter, not just Summatives, as the IB program focuses on growth or "progress", precisely.

    For the most part, I am quite pleased with the overall performance of students in Spanish 1A and Spanish for Native Speakers 2.

    The next Spanish 1A summative will take place on Monday, October 28. It will be a paper based test, and students will be asked to demonstrate mastery in both listening and reaiding skills.

    In preparation for this, we have been doing a variety of activities in class... Just this past Friday, students either worked on their mini Llama piñatas or had the opportunity to work on pending/missing assignments. When everyone had something to occupy their hands, I read aloud one of my favorite seasonal books: "Rosita and Conchita", a rhyming storybook in English and Spanish. Halfway through the story, students were actively listening trying to guess the next rhyming word... We'll be reading the book again in English this coming week, before we try reading it in Spanish...

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  • Week 6...

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 9/18/2019

    Dear Parents, friends, and family,

    We're half way through Week 6, already!

    Grades. Everyone wants to know about grades. Welp, I understand Managebac is almost up and running... I'll be putting in several grades, as soon as it is.

    We spent the first two weeks of the school year learning all about rules, regulations, and procedures; But specifically, RESPECT :)

    And, it's working. For most everyone, anyway. I still haven't figured out how to get E V E R Y . S I N G L E . O N E . O F . M Y . S T U D E N T S to be on task ALL the time; But when I do, I'll be sure to publish it and share the royalties... Lol


    For the past four (4) weeks, we've been working on Unit 1: Adapting to Cultural Norms, and today (9/18/19) and tomorrow (9/19/19), we are taking the Unit 1 Summative, a dialogue presentaion in pairs. The grade for this will go into Managebac as "Cireterion D" (Speaking), and the grade for the Comic Strip, the pre-Summative assessment, will go in as Criterion C (Writing).

    I collected the Comic Strips, yesterday. Because students had class time to work on this, were encouraged to work on it at home, as well as had access to their notes, this assignment cannot be "redone." Please, parents, I ask you to support me on this one. Getting a "zero" on this assignment, for those who did not turn anything in, is intended to be a lesson on "time management." 

    There will be other assignments that will assess Criterion C thoughout the school year, and students will have the opportunity to demonstrate "progress." But for now, they need to understand that being productive during class time is VERY important.

    The presentation, on the other hand, is most definitely "re-doable." Students will be encouraged to take the initiative, however. In other words, they will have to ask to do the retake; I'm not going to tell them they have to redo any given assignment...

    Just so you know, I am encouraging students to be "risk-takers" (one of the ten IB Learner Profile Traits) and have informed them that they have choices: "If you want to earn as much as an 8 (A+), you must do your presentaion, live, in front of the class, with a randomly assigned partner." For students wanting to score in the B/B+ range, they can request a private audience with the teacher, on their own time, if we run out of class time. I've also said to them that "if all [they're] looking to do is "pass" with 3 or a 4 (C/C+), then [they] have the option of pre-recording [themselves] on video."

     So far, most students have opted to do their presentation live, in front front of the class, with a radndomly assigned partner :)

    UNIT 1: Wrap-up

    On Friday, when everyone is done, we will do our first official 
    craftivity, a mini-piñata (tutorial to follow).

    Students will "self-assess", reflect, and set new goals for the next unit, Unit 2: Access to Education (btw, one of my personal favorites).

    Before we start Unit 2, students will first take the time to answer the Unit 1 "questions of inquiry", putting into global context what we've learned so far.

    Coming up...

    In a couple of weeks, I'll be taking another day off to present at the Annual CATESOL Conference in San Jose.

    I've been working on several interventions to help students LEARN, and I've been asked to share what I've learned, what works, and what hasn't worked...

    Where did the teacher go for four days?

    Lol, my students want to know, and I've only shared basic information, not because I don't want them to know, but because of limited "class time" :)

    My husband and I went to Romania for a good college friend's wedding... 18 hours there, and 18 hours back... 

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  • Supplies requested (2019-2020)

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 7/30/2019

    Welcome back, Marauders!!!

    Are you as excited about the 2019-2020 school year as I am?!?! I sure hope so :D

    If you are looking for a list of supplies we'll be using this school year, check out the list below.*


    Spanish class

    Two (2) notebooks. 


    Index cards (200) or blank paper/ card stock (50 sheets)

    Two pocket folder (1)

    1" binder/ filler paper/ dividers




    Glue stick(s)


    *Note: Different teachers will ask you to bring something specific for use in their classroom, only. If you're not sure, pelase ask.


    I've already done a little comparison shopping, myself. I strongly recommend purchasing the $.50 composition notebooks at Target.

    The best pencils are still the traditional wooden yellow #2 pencils; I recommend the Ticonderoga brand, because they are built to "last". If what you want are mechanical pencils, I recommend PapperMate. (Side note, becuase pencils look alike, it's a good idea to label your pencils, somehow; Some students use colored tape, others colorful pencil grips, etc.)

     In this class, the emphasis is vocabulary development. We will be using a variety of strategies to learn (retain, and easily retrieve) new words. For this purpose, please purchase either index cards or invest in a white blank paper/ cardstock. Also, last year I supplied many a sandwich bag to label and store flashcards. Please, if at all possible, provide your own "storage" (plastic box holder, rings, etc.)

    If your child is left handed, consider investing in left handed scissors. Otherwise, be sure the scissors you purchase are age appropriate.


    Parent Back to School night is August 22nd at 5:45pm. See you then!

    Students, I'll see you on the 12th at 8:15am!!!


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  • Does my child have Spanish homework over Spring Break?

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 4/15/2019

    Dear Parents and Guardian,


    Does your child have Spanish homework over Spring Break? Yes, and no. I met with every single student by last week Friday, to address their specific, let’s call it “track” for the remainder of the school year. Your child should have a half sheet 5-week individualized calendar, somewhere in their book bag. I’d check their Spanish notebook first, then their planner… Or perhaps, crumpled up way down in the bottom of the bag…


    To help you help your child do their best, I’m including three sample Individualized schedules. Look at the one that best describes your child’s current grade.


    “My child has a C or a D in the class”

    **First DUE DATE: Friday, April 26**


    Week 1 (The week of Spring Break):

                   Do: Unit 1: Flashcards (16)

                   Do: Unit 2: Flashcards (32)

                   Do: Unit 3: Flashcards (20)

                   Turn in: Unit 2: “Ideal Classroom design and schedule” (Google Classroom)

                   Turn in: Unit 3: “City Map and sentences” (Google Classroom)

    Week 2 (1st week back):

                   Do: Unit 1 Quiz (paper based/ teacher)

                   Do: Units 1-3 Test (paper based/ teacher)

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Week 3/ Unit 4

    Week 3:

                   Do: Unit 4

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Week 4/ Unit 5

    Week 4:

                   Do: Unit 5

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Weeks 5-7/Unit 6

    Week 5:

    Start: Unit 6


    “My child has a B- in the class”

    **First DUE DATE: Friday, April 26**


    Week 1 (The week of Spring Break):

                   Do: Unit 4: Flashcards (13)

                   Turn in: Unit 4: “Travel Itinerary and sentences” (Google Classroom)

    Week 2 (1st week back):

                   Do: Unit 4 Quiz (paper based/ teacher)

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Week 3/ Unit 5

    Week 3:

                   Do: Unit 5

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Week 4/ Unit 6

    Week 4:

                   Do: Start Unit 6

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Weeks 5-7/Unit 7

    Week 5:

                   Start: Unit 7


    “My child has a B or higher in the class BUT did not complete Unit 5”

    **First DUE DATE: Friday, April 26**


    Week 1 (The week of Spring Break):

                   Do: Unit 5: Flashcards (48)

                   Do: Unit 5: “Family tree”

                   Do: Unit 5: 30 descriptive sentences (notebook)

                   Do: Unit 5: Vocab Log (notebook)

    Week 2 (1st week back):

                   Do: Unit 5: Letter (paper based/ teacher)

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Week 3/ Unit 6

    Week 3:

                   Complete: Unit 6

    Week 4:

                   Start Unit 7

                   Do: Meet with the teacher to discuss Weeks 5-7/Unit 7

    Week 5:

                   Complete: Unit 7



    “My child has a B or higher in the class AND completed Unit 5”


    Week 1 (The week of Spring Break): Congratulations! Your child does NOT have homework!!! 😊

    Week 2: Continue Unit 6

    Week 3: Complete Unit 6

    Week 4: Start Unit 7

    Week 5: Complete Unit 7

    Week 6: Final Project Presentations/ District Test

    Week 7: Reflection/ Celebration


    Note to parents: Students must successfully complete Units 1-4 to pass the class; Unit 5 to earn the opportunity for a solid C; Unit 6 for a chance at the solid B; Students must show mastery of material covered through Unit 7, in a timely manner, to be able to excel on the final exam. As an IB program, here at Mitchell Middle School, we are committed to helping your child demonstrate “progress” throughout.

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  • Spirit Week at MtMS

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 4/12/2019

    Last week, students at MtMS participated in Spirit Week by dressing up as Marauders, crazy mismatch, professionals, decades past, and in their coziest PJs; We had so much fun!

    Below, I share with you some of the pictures taken.

    Spirit Week poster on display

    Above: Signs throughout the school displayed the daily themes for Spirit Week.


    Students dressed up as professionals

    Above: (Left to right) A marine biologist, a business man, a lifeguard, a lawyer, and a teacher.


    Career Fair on the quad

    Above: During advisory, students learned how to ask professionals about the job they do; what got them interested in their career, what they had to do to get there...


    School principal dressed up as a doctor

    Above: Dr. Dan (Mr. Anklam)


    Students in cozy PJs

    Above: the biggest turnout was on Friday, for PJ Day!!!


    Teacher in pirate costume

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  • March Madness door decoration contest

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/27/2019

    I'm so excited about our March Madness door decoration entry! The students worked really hard on it, some even had fun doing it ;P

    We selected University of Florida; it's one of my three alma maters...

    Below are photos of some of the student art work.

      Student made University of Florida door decorations

    Above: Student made University of Florida door decorations


    UF Gator

    Above: University of Florida Gator


    The chomp

    Above: The Chomp


    Student art work: the track

    Above: Student art work "the track"


    Student art work: Swimming and diving

    Above: Student art work "Swimming and diving"


    "Team Work"

    Above: "Team Work"

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  • Unit 5 Summative important information

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/10/2019

    We wrapped up Unit 4 this week, and have now started Unit 5!

    FYI, the Unit 5 Summative will take place on the Wednesday and Thursday of the first week of the month, April 3-4.

    The Criterion tested will be B (Reading), C (Writing), and D (Speaking).

    Stdudents in 6th grade will be focusing on vocabulary to talk about "food", and 7th grade will be focsing on the family. For a more detailed explanation of the units' IB concept map, please visit our Google Classroom!


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  • Cultural Excursions

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/9/2019

    My husband and I had the opportunity to travel to Cuba, this past month. Below are some of the pictures we took; I shared several of them with the students, describing them in simple sentences in Spanish.

    Remains of a 500 year old wall

    Above: La pared tiene 500 años


    Waiting in line to get into the book faire

    Above: La feria de libros en la Fortaleza San Carlos de la Cabaña, en la Habana, Cuba


    Leer es crecer sign on a banner

    Above: "Leer es crecer."


    Shoreline along the Ancon Beach

    Above: La costa/ la playa Ancón


    Almost mint condition 1958 Jaguar

    Above: Un carro del año 1958; Un Jaguar!

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  • Freedom of Speech in the Classroom

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 3/8/2019

    Today, at Mitchell Middle School, students participated in a "walkout" in support of the victim of the latest injustice. Unfortuntately, those who walked out for the sake of getting out of class, in other words, those unable to clearly articulate why they were walking out, were marked "late" "tardy" or "absent" whichever the case might have been.

    Because it is quite difficult to make said determination in an equitable manner, for learners of all types, ALL students who missed any part of class, whether verbally gifted or not, were marked "late" "tardy" or "absent."

    First lunch students were exempt during their lunch period, and second lunsh students were exempt during their lunch period, so all students who wanted to show their support for the victim by participating in the protest were able to do so, without penalty, if they didn't miss valuable instructional time to do so...

    It took me the better part of today's 40 min. class to field questions, concerns, and opinions about the matter; My 4th period Exploring Spanish class is a lively bunch and they had quite a bit to say about the issue.

    As hard as it was, I managed to play the introduction to the Unit 5 video, inviting students to take a stand on global issues like "Our Food Systems" and the impact they have on the world's economy.

    There are some really bright students in the class and immediately, they were able to transition their concerns to more pressing issues like the paradox between "hunger" and "obesity".

    (The irony of holding a walkout during school hours, more so during lunch time...; Trust me parents, other ironies do not elude me...)

    As if on cue, the brightest one in the bunch asked if honor students could be let out early on account of their Friday First-in-the-lunch-line privilege, and I was more than happy to acquiesce. 

    The take home message today was: "Stay in school, be of a growth mindset, and make the effort to learn; When the time comes for you to be the Agents of Change, you will be that much more effective."

    In the meantime, parents and guardians, thank you for supporting the IB World School mission: "To create a better world through Education."

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  • 7th grade field trip must knows

    Posted by Jemina Jones on 2/4/2019

    This year, 7th graders will be attending a showing of Beauty and the Beast at the Harris Center on April 12th. Persmission slips went out today, and are due no later than Friday, February 15th.

    It is FREE for ALL 7th grade students at Mitchell Middle School.

    If you would like to chaperone, please contact Ashling in the main office, and she will help you fill out the necessary paperwork; If you're already a vetted volunteer, please consider chaperoning this event. We're going to need a total of about 30 chaperones...

    In prepartation for this event, students in Sra. Jones' classes will be watching, and discussing, the Disney animated version in class, in español.

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