• Week 14

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 11/17/2019

    Dear parents and guardians,


    We have an exciting week ahead of us, starting with the city championship football game at Ed White on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m.  We will take on Mandarin Middle School for the title. Let's show our support for Patriot Nation!


    Principal Raulerson from Westside HS invites 8th graders who will have completed Alg 1 to come to a presentation about the acceleration programs at Westside High School. Invites went home with your students this week.  If you are interested in the Early College program it starts at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at Westside HS.  If you are interested in the AICE program it starts at 6:15 p.m. You are welcome to attend both.  I have attached the flyer for the two specific programs and wanted to make sure that you were aware of the different programs, the requirements for entry and upcoming event.


    Principal Battest from Ed White HS invites 8th graders to come see what they have to offer.  Ed White Magnet Showcase will be on Dec 16, from 10:30-12:30 p.m.


    Coming up....2nd quarter progress report cards will go out this week.


    Monday, Nov 18 – AICE and Early College presentation at Westside HS.  See attached flyer.


    Tuesday, Nov 19 – Football city championship game vs Mandarin Middle at Ed White starts at 7:00 p.m.


    Thanksgiving Holiday will be Nov 27-29.


    Happy Sunday everyone.  Let’s have a great week.


    Tamara Tuschhoff


    AICE & Early College Presentation


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  • Week 11

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 10/21/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Veteran's Day Form

    Flu Shot Form


    Dear parents and guardians,

    Don’t you just love this weather?  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and it was spent outdoors today.  Remember, tomorrow is a school day.  It was originally a weather day, but we are using it to make up for the time missed from hurricane Dorian.  

    Great news parents of our 6th grade cadets.  On Friday, we interviewed for a new leadership teacher and we loved him.  He just retired from the Navy after 24 years and is excited about joining our team.  Once he finishes the intake, we will get him in the classroom as soon as possible.  His name is Mr. Q. Salmons.  I am still looking for a Language Arts teacher to fill my last teaching vacancy. 

    Our cadets did well in some of the end of quarter testing they did over the last two weeks.  They did particularly well in Civics, 8th grade science and Biology.  Our advanced students also performed well in Language Arts and Math.  Parents, please monitor your cadet’s progress if they are not doing well.  We cannot do this work without your support at home.  There is always homework to be done.  Reading is the number one thing students can do at home.  8th graders are currently reading “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  7th graders are currently reading “The Contender”.  6th graders are working on writing and Achieve 3000.  

    This week our cadets will be taking their second physical fitness test consisting of pushups, sit ups and a 1-mile run.  We are just hoping to see improvement since the initial one they took in September.


    Monday, Oct 21 – Regular School day. 

    Tuesday, Oct 22 – 6th grade cadets have a scoliosis screening. Home FB game vs JWJ at 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, Oct 23 – Flu shots.  Cadets must have form completely filled out and signed. See attached or pick up at main office. VB away at Baldwin, double header 5:30/6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct 24 – Achievers for Life (AFL) and Title I family night from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

    Saturday, Oct 26 - JSMAL Haunted House - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.  $5.00 admission.  This is open to the public.


    On the horizon…

    Monday, Oct 28 – Report cards go home.

    Wednesday, Oct 30 – Early Dismissal day.  Cadets go home at 1:40 p.m.

    Thursday, Nov 7 - Veteran’s Day Ceremony at JSMAL starting at 8:45.  Must RSVP. See attached letter.

    Monday, Nov 11 – No school in observation of Veteran’s Day.


    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • Week 8/9

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 10/7/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Dear parents and guardians,


    I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  I was happy to see that our Florida Gators remain undefeated as they beat Auburn yesterday.  I am also excited about seeing our Jaguars win today as well.  


    We have a very busy week coming up.  Here is what is going on at JSMAL this week and beyond.


    1. 1st quarter ends this Friday! End of the quarter testing begins for all students tomorrow.  These will continue through October 17th.  Please make every effort to get your cadet to school.
    2. 6th Grade reorganization day – Tomorrow we will be minimizing the movement of our 6th graders. They have had some teacher and schedule changes and we need to review the expectations in and out of the classroom.  One of the most significant changes is their leadership teacher.  Dr. Harris was promoted to be the Dean at Ed White High School.  I will be looking for a new leadership teacher.  In the interim, we have an excellent, former military gentleman who has been substituting for us.  Mr. Howard, the 7th grade leadership teacher is going to assist for a few days to ensure we have continuity. 
    3. Calm classroom – We began our 2-3-minute calm classroom exercises last week. Each morning I start the day with one during my morning announcements.  Then periodically, throughout the day, other teachers will use these to bring the energy level down and help our students concentrate more on their work.  You should have received a letter last Monday with more details about he benefits of calm classroom.  If you want more information, just let me know.
    4. The cadet planners are in and we will get them distributed to your cadets this week.
    5. Athletics
      - Monday we have a double header with our girls Volleyball. They will take on JWJ and Jeff Davis here at home starting at 5:30 p.m. 
      - Tuesday, our undefeated Football team takes on JWJ here at home at 5:30 p.m.
      - Wednesday, our girls Volleyball team goes to JWJ and play starts at 5:30 p.m.
    6. Fire Drill – In our effort to always be prepared for emergencies, we will have a fire drill this week.


    Coming soon…

    1. PSAT for 7th and 8th, Oct 16 district wide.
    2. Fall Festival Dance is Oct 17, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. $5
    3. Friday, Oct 18 is a planning day – No school for students.
    4. Monday, Oct 21 is a school day! It used to be a weather day, but we used it during Dorian.
    5. JSMAL Haunted House - Saturday, October 26, 2019 4:30 - 7:30 PM $5.00 admission.
    6. Veteran’s Day Ceremony – On November 7, we will be hosting a Veteran’s Day Ceremony here at JSMAL in the morning. We will be sending a letter home with your cadets for you to fill out and get back to us, so we know how many veterans to plan for.  We will have a guest speaker and the Golden Corral will be providing breakfast. 


    Have a wonderful week everyone,


    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • Week 7

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 9/25/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Pre Clinic Flu Memo

    Dear parents, guardians and cadets,

    It was wonderful to see so many of you at Open House this week.  Thank you for stopping by the Scholastic Book Fair.  Your purchases helped JSMAL get over $900 scholastic dollars to get books for our cadets and our classrooms.


    Due to the days of school we missed from hurricane Dorian, there is an updated calendar on our website.  October 21 and January 17 are now school days and not weather days.


    We have tightened up the procedures for checking students in and out and if you are visiting or meeting with teachers in the school.  Please be understanding when Ms. Adams, Ms. Frier or Ms. Gray ask you for your driver's license.  This is a requirement from the district and we cannot make exceptions.


    This Wednesday, September 25, is an early dismissal day.  Cadets will be dismissed at 1:40 p.m.  


    Flu shots will be given to cadets who registered online or turn in the consent form, on October 23, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.  I am attaching a flyer with the information and the link to register your cadet for this free flu shot.  See www.fight-flu.com for a paper form. Please turn in the form to the main office.


    ID's will be distributed this week in Leadership classes.  Students must wear these every day as part of their uniform.  This first one is free, but any ID's after the initial one will cost cadets $3. Please find a system to help your cadet remember to wear his or her ID. 


    Tomorrow I will be announcing the cadets who got the highest scores on our first physical fitness test.  Cadets had to do push ups, sit ups and a one mile run.  I will be recognizing the top male and female cadet in each grade who had the highest score on each event.  The fastest cadet ran a mile in 7:00 flat!  I will also be awarding the cadets in each grade who are top in Achieve 3000 and Iready.  I can't wait to start celebrating all the wonderful things your cadets are doing here at JSMAL.


    Calendar for Week 7


    Monday - First home Volleyball game against Fort Caroline at 5:30 p.m.

    Tuesday - Away football game at 2:00 p.m. at Baldwin (In school game).

    Wednesday - Early Dismissal at 1:40 p.m. Away Volleyball game at JEB Stuart at 5:30 p.m.


    Have a wonderful day!


    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • Week 5

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 9/8/2019

    Greetings Patriot parents, guardians and cadets,

    It's week 5 on the calendar, but truly week 4 because of the time we lost last week.  Progress report cards will come out next week as a result.  We are just now trying to finish up the baseline testing.  Some of your cadets will get schedule changes this week primarily because we had to cut three teaching positions due to the number of students enrolled.  We are down almost 100 students from last year.

    Your cadets have been doing a really good job adjusting to the structured movement, the uniforms and the leadership class.  It's such an honor to lead this school.  We have drastically reduced the number of referrals in the first month of school compared to last year.  The 8th grade is leading in this as there are absolutely no referrals for these cadets.  Our 6th graders are having the hardest time adjusting, but we are optimistic that they will settle in.

    Stay tuned for information regarding helping the victims of the devastating damage hurricane Dorian caused in the Bahamas.  I have reached out to see what we can do to assist. 

    I only have two calendar items this week.  The first home football game against Northwestern is not canceled.  We were able to get the required practices in to keep this game on schedule.  That game will be on Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m.  We will also be having a SAC meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 in our media center.  Get involved!  We need your voices as we make decisions to help JSMAL become the best middle school on the west side and in Duval County.


    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • Week 3

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 8/26/2019

    Dear Patriot parents and guardians,

        It was another fabulous week here at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership!  We have done a great deal of baseline testing.  Don’t be alarmed if some of your cadet’s classes change as we are leveling classes and ensuring that they are correctly placed.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my master scheduler, Mr. Errico if you have any questions about your cadet’s schedule.

        This week we will continue to take baseline tests in all the elective courses.  We have also been taking photos for our ID’s.  We hope to get them completed and out to your cadet this week.  Finally, this week we will be having two safety drills; a fire drill and a code red lock down drill.  It’s extremely important that cadets treat drills as if they were real ones.  Keeping our cadets safe is a top priority.

        We will have our first PTSA meeting this Tuesday, Aug 27 at 6:00 p.m. in our media center.  We need help with growing our PTSA.  Members of this great organization assist with dances and activities for students, teacher appreciation week and any other initiatives that strengthen the relationship between parents, teachers and students.  Come meet us on Tuesday and see if you can be a part of PTSA.

        My leadership classes want to adopt deployed service members.  Please reach out to me if you have a family member currently deployed and you would like our cadets to send him or her letters and goodie boxes.

    Mark your Calendars:
    Aug 26 – 29 – Volleyball tryouts in the Gym 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Aug 27 – PTSA meeting in the Media Center 6:00 p.m.
    Aug 28 – Early Dismissal.  School ends at 1:40 p.m.  This is earlier than last year.
    Sept 2 – School closed for Labor Day
    Sept 10 – First home football game versus Northwestern at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept 17 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Open House


    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • Week 2

    Posted by Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal on 8/18/2019 8:00:00 PM

    Good evening Patriot parents and guardians,

        What a wonderful opening week here at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership!  Your cadets have adjusted so well.  We had a lot of visitors this week, and each one of them commented on how polite and respectful your cadets were.  Our staff and faculty were just as impressed.  In the first week, they mastered structured movement, the cadet creed, and proper wear of the uniform. Some classes were already learning how to march in a formation outside.

        Week two will be an important week.  Cadets will be taking baseline tests for all seven of their classes.  Please make every attempt to get your cadets to school because if they miss this week, they will have to be pulled from class later to take these assessments.  These tests help us to determine if your cadet is in the right level of math, language arts, reading, science and social studies.

        We have three important sports try-outs coming up, Football, Cheerleading, and Volleyball.  In order to try out for any sport, all physical paperwork must be completed and turned in.  Football tryouts start tomorrow on Aug 19 from 3:30 – 6:15 p.m.  Cadets are to wear a white T-shirt and blue or black shorts.  Parents must pick up their cadet no later than 6:30 p.m.  Activity buses will not start until Aug 26.  Cheerleading tryouts start on Aug 22 immediately after school.  3:30 - 5:40.  Parent meeting 5:40 - 6:00 p.m. Parents must pick up cadets after tryouts.  Volleyball tryouts start on Aug 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and end Aug 29.  Please contact Coach Grant (grante2@duvalschools.org) for Football, Coach Jackson (jacksonm7@duvalschools.org) for Cheerleading, and Coach Thompson (thompsonn2@duvalschools.org) for Volleyball.

        We will have our first SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting this Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. in our media center.  This year I will need your input as we will decide on a new uniform for the 2020-2021 school year.  We also need help with our PTSA.  SAC and PTSA meet together because both groups are so small.  My hopes are to grow large enough to separate the organizations so that they can each focus on their intended missions.

        Pick up and drop off – Please do not drop off your cadets prior to 7:30 a.m.  We cannot provide supervision for them until 7:30.  All cadets who are not in sports, clubs or tutoring with a DCPS adult must be picked up by 4:00 pm. 

        We have been given the all clear to start making student ID’s.  We will begin this process at the end of this week and into next week.  We want to issue all the ID’s at the same time.

        Planners have been ordered and we are only waiting for them to be made and shipped.  These should get in your cadets hands by mid-September. 

    Mark your Calendars:
    Aug 19 – First day of Football tryouts, 3:30 – 6:15 p.m.
    Aug 20 – SAC/PTSA meeting in the Media Center 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
    Aug 22 – Cheerleading tryouts in the Cafeteria 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Parent meeting 5:40-6:00 p.m.
    Aug 26 – Volleyball tryouts begin 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
    Aug 28 – Early Dismissal.  School ends at 1:40 p.m.  This is earlier than last year.
    Sept 2 – School closed for Labor Day
    Sept 10 – First home football game versus Northwestern at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept 17 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Open House

    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • School is Back in Session!

    Posted by Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal on 8/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Dear parents and guardians,

    School is back in session!  Our staff and faculty have been working hard to prepare for the arrival of your children on Monday morning.  I have a few reminders for you so that we have a smooth, productive and safe first day of school.

    1. Car riders and walkers – Please do not arrive on campus before 0730 as there will not be any supervision. Cadets must be picked up by 1535 in the afternoon.  After school enrichment does not begin until August 26th.
    2. Bus riders – Make sure you know what bus you ride in the afternoon. They are not necessarily the same bus they rode in the morning.  Call 381-RIDE if you are unsure.  At 1525, when 500+ cadets come out to load the buses, we will not have time to help you figure this out.
    3. If your cadet needs medication, please bring the correct documents from the doctor so we can properly administer.
    4. When students arrive, they will be moved to holding areas.
      - 6th graders will go to the hall where their classes are and take a seat.
      - 7th graders will go to the gym and take a seat in the bleachers.
      - 8th graders will go to the cafeteria and take a seat.
    5. Look up your cadet’s schedule in FOCUS (not the one you may have received at orientation) and make note of the room number for first period.
    6. At 0820, cadets will be released to their first period class and have FREE breakfast in their classroom (BIC). This window is only open for 10 minutes. 
    7. Schedules – Don’t be alarmed when if you see VACANCY on your child’s schedule. We still have eight teachers in the middle of the hiring process.  We expect to have all of them in the system by the end of the week.
    8. Uniforms – we expect all cadets to be in the proper uniform on Monday.

    I hope you all are enjoying your last summer weekend with your children.  If we should fall short of any expectations you have for us here at JSMAL, please do not hesitate to contact me or either of my assistant principals.  We look forward to serving you and more importantly, your cadets.

    Tamara Tuschhoff

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  • Welcome

    Posted by Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal on 6/24/2019 11:00:00 PM

    I am incredibly excited and honored to lead the Patriots for the 2019-2020 school year! I look forward to leading a dynamic and talented staff and faculty, committed to providing an excellent education that is engaging, challenging, rich in military traditions and designed to meet the needs of each cadet. 

    I bring to JSMAL a passion and deep appreciation for education and the military.  It is my goal that every cadet at JSMAL is prepared for high school and develops a lifelong appreciation for all those who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

    Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s middle school experience.  Please feel free to reach out to us to let us know how we can best meet the needs of your son or daughter. Our commitment to you is excellent instruction in every classroom, for every student, every day!


    Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal

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