Principal's Notes

April 23, 2019​​​​​​​

MR. JA PAGEANT IS TOMORROW, APRIL 24  The 8th Annual Mr. JA Pageant is tomorrow, April 24.  All of the fun will begin at 7:00pm in the Commons.  This event is intended for a high school audience.  Admission is $1 for students, $3 for adults, or FREE with A Precious Child donation.  Donation items may include new or gently used clothing, toys, books, or baby care items (pacifiers, sippy cups, food/formula).  The concession stand will also be open during the event. 

WANTED:  OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS  Do you have a book that needs to be returned to the library? Are you afraid of the fines or disappointed look you may receive from Mrs. Buechner?  Never fear!  Amnesty week is here.  Please return any checked out books by May 10th and you will not be charged with a late fee.  And, you will receive the brightest smile you have ever seen from Mrs. Buechner.  (Besides, I am not sure Mrs. Buechner even has a disappointed look to give.)  J

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  AFTER PROM CHAPERONE  Calling all Night Owls!  If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity to better match the hours you are awake, then look no further.  Boosters needs you!  We are searching for volunteers to chaperone students from the hours of Midnight to 3AM at Boondocks on May 4th/5th.  Please email Diana Lewis ( if you are interested in chaperoning!  FYI:  After Prom is open to all high school students.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  GOAL FAIR JUDGES NEEDED  We need judges for GOAL Fair on Wednesday, May 15.  We are searching for volunteers to spend an hour of their time listening to our 8th grade students present their research on a variety of different topics.  The shifts are from 4pm to 5pm or 5pm to 6pm.  If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please use the following link to Sign Up to be a GOAL Fair Judge.  Thank you!

COMMUNITY SERVICE RECOGNITION AWARD  We would like to recognize all of our Jags that completed 50+ hours of community service this school year.  If you have met this requirement, please stop by the office to pick up an application.  Fill it out and submit a photograph of you performing community service and we will recognize you at the Academy Awards scheduled for May 10th.

SAVE THE DATE:  ACADEMY AWARDS ON MAY 10  Each year, our school takes the time to recognize the outstanding achievement and contributions our students make to the learning community of Jefferson Academy.  If your student is receiving an award, you will receive an invitation in the mail.  If you would like to be a part of the audience that recognizes the students, please join us on Friday, May 10.  The Junior High Academy Awards assembly will begin at 8:30am.  The High School Academy Awards assembly will begin at 10:30am.

PROM IS SATURDAY, MAY 4  Student Government is happy to announce that Prom is on May 4th from 8pm to 11pm at Mile High Stadium.  Prom is a dance for Upperclassmen and their guest.  Underclassmen are allowed to attend the dance only if they are escorted by an upperclassman.  If your student is bringing a guest who is not a student at JA, then they must complete a Guest Pass and are limited to bringing only one guest.  Tickets can be purchased in advance for $55 and at the door for $65 per person.  The Prom ticket also includes the cost of After Prom.  All students who attend Prom must also attend After Prom. 

AFTER PROM IS SATURDAY, MAY 4 TO SUNDAY, MAY 5  After Prom is an annual event open to all high school students.  For those attending After Prom only, tickets can be purchased in advance for $35 per person.  This year, it will be held from 11:59pm on May 4 until 3:00am on May 5.  Once students enter, they will be released at 3:00am.  Doors will be locked at 12:30am and opened again at 3:00am.

CONSIDERING CHANGING ENROLLMENT NEXT YEAR?  Though we think that JA is a great place to learn, we understand that needs change and plans can change.  So, if you are considering leaving JA for the 2019-2020 school year, please let us know so that we can adjust our plans, too.  Please email Anne Leoni (, our School Registrar, with your enrollment plans.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: THE ONLY THING WE CAN COUNT ON STAYING THE SAME IS CHANGE As I listen to the announcements, I hear the election results for Student Government.  As I speak with students, I hear them excited about the new position they will hold as they serve as leaders for the first time next year.  As I engage in my annual conversation with graduating seniors, I am struck by how constant the changes in my world are.  For many of the students, I have watched them change each year for the past six years.  Through all of the changes, one thing that remains constant is the pursuit of personal excellence.  So, as we move and adapt through our changes, keep this in mind: we are a community that is united in the pursuit of excellence, not only for ourselves, but more importantly for our kids, the next generation of leaders.


  • Wednesday, April  24 – 7pm to 9pm – Mr. JA Pageant in the Commons
  • Thursday, April  25 – All Day – Day Without Hate
  • Friday, April  26 – No School for Students – Prof Dev day for Teachers
  • Monday, April  29 – 7pm to 8pm – NHS/NJHS Induction Ceremony
  • Tuesday, April  30 – 7pm to 9pm – RESCHEDULED (again) One Act Plays in the Commons


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