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In conjunction with a program educating the students, I am asking parents and caregivers to assist the school in creating a safe walking environment for our students.

  • Remember, Moffett Street is a two-way street.  At no time are you permitted to drive on the wrong side of the road, especially over the Cross Walk.
  • Please keep the cross walk clear particularly during the busy dismissal time.
  • When stopping for students using the Cross Walk, please allow space so that students are able to watch for moving vehicles in both directions.
  • If you see that a vehicle may be endangering a student, please use your horn to alert them.  While it may be loud, it is more important to make the driver aware and alert the pedestrians to danger.

Remember, child safety should always come first.  Please don’t put your child or your neighbor’s child in an unsafe situation for convenience sake.

~ Dr. James Walsh, Principal

Parents, if you drop off or pick up on Moffett Street,
please review these important

A Message Regarding Attendance

Frequently Asked Questions of JMS Students

Dr. James Walsh, Principal:  412-344-2120, #5    

Jeff Zeiders,  Dean of Students:  412-344-1087

Safewalk:  412-344-1276

Our Mission
To provide the best education possible
for each and every student

21 Moffett Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15243

In the event of an emergency, we will use the media, channels 7 and 19, and to communicate with parents.

Our alternative site is Bower Hill Presbyterian Church, and our sister schools are Jefferson Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.  

Students and parents may now report bullying incidents with this confidential online hotline.


Thank you to all who came out to the 13th annual JMS student-faculty basketball game. All proceeds from the game will go to the World Wildife Fund as voted on by the students and faculty. Seventh grader Molly Malone's essay persuaded the JMS community that the world's plants and animals were in need of our support. Way to go, Molly!

The JMS PTA is sponsoring a Filmmaking Club during the month of May.  This is an after school activity open to any student interested in the art of storyboarding and filmmaking.  Space is limited, so sign up quickly.  Download the sign-up form here and turn it into the office.

The Mt. Lebanon School District PTA will once again collect old tennis shoes and sneakers to celebrate Earth Day.  During the month of April, please send your old sneakers to JMS. There will be a collection box outside the main office. 

It's time to begin thinking about summer! The Mt. Lebanon Summer Enrichment Program and the Parkway West Career and Technology Center have some wonderful opportunities for middle schoolers to participate in hands-on activities.

April is National Poetry Month! Listen to the morning announcements and check out the JMS Writing Lab for exciting events and contests!

Intramural golf sign ups are underway! Students will have four tee times at the Mt. Lebanon Golf Course at the end of April and Wednesdays in May.  There are only 16 slots available, and priority will be given to 8th graders.  See Mrs. Latus in room 001 for details including parent permission slips and and the cost for tee times.
On March 1, JMS students Emma Chotani, Aidan Restelli, Jacob Vito, Emily Doherty, Rose Genstein, Serena Ingalls, Isabelle Martin, Will Buerger, Grace Brown, Elyana Glass, and Rachel Martin competed in the Western Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind Regional Tournament. Two of the teams scored well enough to advance to the Pennsylvania State Tournament which will be held in April. Congratulations to all 11 students who represented JMS!

If your child is considering playing fall sports next school year, you can find out about fall athletic opportunities including the start dates, head coaches, and on-line registration.

Current 6th and 7th grade students, click here.

Current 8th grade students click here.

Congratuations to Ms. Beckas and Mr. Petsko for receiving a $15,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation to support an Environmental Year here JMS. The grant will fund the extension of the environmental education curriculum in seventh grade that will include field trips to Phipps Conservatory's L.E.E.D. certified building and a cart with 30 iPads and “apps” pertaining to science and the environment.

 Dr. Walsh proudly accepted the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics on our behalf from PA Governor Tom Corbett and Acting Education Secretary, Carolyn Dumaresq, for our high achievement as measured by the School Performance Profile. The Governor and the Secretary have been visiting top performing school districts across the Commonwealth, and we are the top performing district in Allegheny County.

In conjuction with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, we have created a page to educate parents about cyber safety. Please have a look at the tips to keep your kids safe!

The District now offers its entire calendar of events online!  The JMS calendar is available by clicking the calendar link on the left navigatin menu.

Parents also have the ability to synchronize one or more of these calendars with a smart phone, computer, and/or Google account! Some helpful tips and links can be found by clicking here.

All JMS students wishing to improve their school work while working with friendly and helpful high school students are invited to attend JOLT. Jolt meets on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:10 - 4:10 p.m. in lab 104.

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