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In conjunction with a program educating the students, we ask parents and caregivers to assist the school in creating a safe walking environment for our students. If you drop off or pick up on Moffett Street, please review these important reminders.

  • 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

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

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.


It almost that time of year for state testing! Please see our PSSA section for tips on how to best prepare your child for the exams.

We are still collecting Box Tops for Education! There will be a final count on Friday, February 27, and the homeroom winner of the February count will receive a prize. Additionally, a grand prize will be given to the homeroom that has brought in the most Box Tops overall!  

Think of us the next time you are filling up the recycling container on trash day! The JMS art studios would love to have your empty yogurt, sour cream, or other plastic containers (big or small). Old paper towel rolls, old magazines, and scrap fabrics are also needed.  Drop off your donations to Mrs. Melvin in room 31.

Congratulations to Caroline Brustoloni and Elizabeth Ly for representing JMS at the 81st annual Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Fair at Duquesne University.  Caroline received a second place award with her microbiology entry, and Elizabeth received first place in the botany category. Both girls qualified to complete in the state competition at Penn State University in May.

Interested in learning a new skill in the new year? Then join the 'Sew Fun' Club! The sewing club will meet Thursdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the FCS room starting January 22.  Please see Mrs. Sullivan for details. 
The Board Game Club will begin meeting after school on Mondays starting February 2. All are welcome! If you are interested, sign up with Mrs. Welsh in Room 213.

Over thirty sixth graders attended the Veterans Breakfast Club in December with Mrs. Hertzog to meet with former WWII veterans and present them with a donation of $1,064 that they raised during their WWII canteen held in October. Each year, the JMS sixth graders read the book Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn and learn about life on the Homefront during the 1940's. The unit's culminating activity is a canteen where students buy war bond and ration tickets to support the troops. The students also learn how to swing dance, eat homemade treats that were popular during the time, and play games invented during the war era.

The first JMS "Hunger Games" was a huge success! During the week of Dec. 15-19, the school was divided into 12 Districts to compete for hunger. In total, 4,551 non-perishable food items were collected for local food banks. The winning District, District 11, representing the homerooms of Mrs. Mercier, Mrs. Wetmore, and Mrs. Melvin, brought in 613 items on the last day to claim the title.

Parents: TeenSafe,  an online service that enables parents to remotely observe texts, social media activity and cell phone calls, has provided us with a helpful parenting guide to online safety. TeenSafe is also offering JMS parents a discount and a $10 donation to our PTA for every parent that subscribes.

Plan ahead for new and exciting Theme Fridays this year! Click here for the dates.

It is fast and easy to order your 2014-15 yearbook at Jostens Website NOW!

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's entire calendar of events is online!  The JMS calendar is available by clicking the calendar link on the left navigation menu. One or more of these calendars can be syncronized with a smart phone, computer, and/or Google account! Some helpful tips and links can be found by clicking here.

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