Activities & Events - September 29, 2022

Fall Fest is tomorrow, Friday-September 30th

With a shortened schedule, students of all grades will be participating in this annual event sponsored and produced by the clubs and activities of the school.  While some activities and food will be free of charge, the meals from the Food Trucks and some snacks will be available for purchase.  So, your students may be asking for spending money for this event.

Homecoming Activities

  • Tonight, Sept. 29-Movie Night Cars 2     8:00-10:00pm (JA Turf Field) HS Students Only
  • Friday, Sept. 30-Powder Puff Football     8:00pm (JA Turf Field)
  • Friday, Sept. 30-Bonfire                          after powder puff football game (gravel lot)
  • Saturday, Oct. 1-Homecoming Dance     8:00-11:30pm (JA commons)

Screenagers Documentary-October 3 & 5

Have you wondered why our cell phone policies are now stricter? Or are you curious how screen time impacts kids? Join us in understanding the research on screen time and how it impacts teenagers by watching Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age. Screenagers is an award-winning documentary that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

  • Monday, Oct 3 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm - Family Screening of ScreenAgers (RSVP HERE)
  • Wednesday, Oct 5 - 6:30pm to 7:45pm - Family Screening of ScreenAgers (RSVP HERE)

Reminder: Late Start is Next Wednesday, October 5

Please make arrangements for a late start on Wednesday, October 5.  Zero hour classes do not meet on late start days.  A block will begin at 10:25am.  Doors will open at 10:00am for students entering the building.

JA Writing Center

The Writing Center is back!  Our tutors are here to help you plan, research, write, revise, and polish. It doesn't matter what grade you are in or where you are in the writing process — if you want to become a better writer, we can help you. Please visit the Center's website for more information and to make an appointment.

Volunteers Needed for Senior Seminar Presentations

Each of the 84 members of the Class of 2023 will be presenting their capstone projects on campus on October 10, 11, & 12, from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We need volunteers to help us grade and provide feedback on their Senior Seminar presentations. Each student will present a 13-20 minute "argument" on a topic in their chosen career field.  Your time, attention, and feedback are greatly appreciated.  Please click on the link to sign up! Signup

Yearbook Deadline Extension for 8th & 12th Grade

The deadline to turn in your:

  • Optional 8th grade ad ($30 fee)
  • Required senior portrait (no fee)
  • Optional senior ad ($50-80 fee)

Has been extended until Monday, October 17. This is a one-time extension & is a hard deadline. 

For more information, go to the JA Secondary website > Resources > Documents > Yearbook. 

If you have questions, please email the appropriate yearbook staff:

Junior High - [email protected]

High School - [email protected]

JA Bowling Team

JA welcomes back the bowling team! We will be starting with practices next week and then competitions will start at the end of October/Early November. After 10 weeks of competition, there will be a state tournament in early February with the possibility of lettering. We welcome all interested High School students, experienced or not. Please contact Mr. Kirkley at [email protected] if you are interested in joining or for any questions.

Current 8th Grade Families—Last Chance for 2023 DC/NY

We have limited spots remaining for our tour! As several of you have already expressed interest in our trip, I wanted to loop you in that the current pricing for our trip expires on September 30th.

Anyone who has already secured their spot on the trip, or who does so on or before September 30th will not be impacted.

Please be sure to enroll your student by September 30th to receive the current pricing and take advantage of the lower monthly payment. As a reminder, the deposit for the trip is $95.

I would love for your child to join us on this transformative experience. Visit our tour website at tour #2509157AS to enroll or call EF Explore America at 888-333-9756.

Please contact Mrs. Porreco at [email protected] with any questions.

Super Testing Day-October 12

Wednesday, October 12, all JA 9-11th grade students will be taking either the PSAT-NMSQT (10th & 11th graders) or the PSAT 8/9 (9th graders).  Students will be released after testing is completed. Junior High and 12th grade will not have school this day.

  • 9th grade PSAT 8/9                    8:30am-11:30am (approximately)
  • 10th grade PSAT-NMSQT           8:30am-12:30pm (approximately)
  • 11th grade PSAT-NMSQT           8:30am-12:30pm (approximately)

Career Day Speakers Needed

"Are you comfortable talking in front of groups of people? Do you absolutely love what you do for a living? Care to share your enthusiasm with our students? On Wednesday, November 16th, we're hosting our annual Career Day event. We are looking for a few interested parents and friends in our community to come in and connect with our students. Presentations will be from 8am - 12pm. Please contact Mr. Cloonan ([email protected]) for more information.

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Have a fun & safe Homecoming weekend!

Marti Porreco

Assistant Principal/Activities Coordinator

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