Principal's Notes

Principal Notes - May 10, 2022

ONLINE VOTING IS OPEN FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION  Please click on the Board Elections Link to read about our three candidates running for election to our two open seats.  Once you have learned about the candidates, click on the “Vote Now” button to cast your vote.  Voting ends on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.  We need at least 533 votes to reach a quorum.  So, spread the word and vote soon!

FINAL EXAMS ARE TUESDAY, MAY 24 AND WEDNESDAY, MAY 25  Final exam dates are mandatory attendance days unless students have already completed the course (ie FRCC or AP courses).  Students are expected to be at school prior to 8:25am and will be dismissed at 11:35am.  Please pick students up as close to the dismissal time as possible.

FINAL EXAMS WILL NOT BE GIVEN EARLY  Final exams will not be administered early without administrative approval.  Administrative approval is not granted for early vacation plans.  If students must miss their final exams, a makeup final exam day is offered on Friday, May 27.  If a student misses the May 27 date, then either a zero will be marked as their final exam grade/assignment OR an Incomplete will be granted for the course and their exam must be taken in August when teachers return.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS TO PICK UP YOUR STUDENT’S MEDICATIONS  This is your reminder that we cannot store medications at the school for the summer.  At the end of the year, we must dispose of any unused medications that are left at school.  So, please make some time to stop by the school office to pick up your medications.

ACADEMY AWARDS CEREMONY IS MAY 16 AT 8:30AM  Personal invitations have been sent to this year’s recipients and their families.  Please join us as we celebrate the end of the year by recognizing the students who have excelled in their academics all year long.

ATTENTION SENIOR FAMILIES:  SENIOR BREAKFAST IS TUESDAY, MAY 24  After the graduation rehearsal, our seniors get to spend one last morning together as they wait for their commencement ceremony to arrive.  Please help us make this morning special by providing food for them.  If you would like to bring a dish for our seniors, please email Chris Cloonan at [email protected] for more information or to let him know what you would like to provide.

CLASS OF 2022 - SENIOR CHECKOUT IS FRIDAY, MAY 20  In order to participate in the graduation ceremony, all seniors must officially checkout, pay outstanding fines, complete their final survey, and pick up their caps and gowns!  Seniors must appear in person to complete this process.  Checkout begins at 1:00pm on Friday, May 20, after their last final exam.

SENIOR SENDOFF IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, MAY 20 AT 2:30PM  Please join us in the parking lot as we send off our Seniors on their last day of classes.  Beginning at 2:30pm, our faculty, staff, and students will wave goodbye as the seniors drive out of the parking lot for the last time as high school students. 




CLASS BONDING ACTIVITIES ARE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, MAY 16  Several years ago, before COVID, we carved out time for each class to spend time away from the classroom to engage in a fun activity as a way of getting to know each other. In our effort to return to our traditions, the class bonding activities have returned on a day that we are celebrating our students’ successes.  So, after the Awards ceremony, each group will be at a different location for the day.  Keep reading to find out where each grade will be.

  • 7th Grade will be bowling at Fat Cats
  • 8th Grade will be playing games at Dave & Busters
  • 9th Grade will be playing Yard Games on the Turf Field
  • 10th Grade will be skating at Skate City
  • 11th Grade will be viewing a Movie in the Auditorium
  • 12th Grade will be visiting the Boulder Reservoir

CLASS BONDING PERMISSION SLIPS MUST BE RETURNED ASAP  All permission slips were sent home with students last Friday.  On the permission slip is the cost of admission.  It is different for each grade level.  Please return the permission slip with payment as soon as possible or by Friday, May 13 at 8:30am.  Students without a signed permission slip and payment will not be allowed to participate.  There will be a study hall classroom available for those who cannot participate.

LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE FIELD TRIPS  Please send your student with a sack lunch to school.  Hot lunch at the school will NOT be served on Monday, May 16.    So, please ensure that your student brings lunch from home regardless of the activity they will be participating in.  The only locations that will be serving food are Dave & Busters and Skate City.

MAY 16 - CLASS BONDING/ACADEMY AWARD DETAILS  Students will follow the schedule below.

8:20am - Attendance will be taken for A block. 

8:25am - Students and teacher will report to the gym for Academy Awards

10:00am - Students will be dismissed to their B block for attendance.

10:30am - Students will leave for their Class Bonding Activity

1:00pm - Class Bonding Activity will end and return to campus.

1:45pm - Students will report to their D block class for attendance and dismissal.


MAY 16 - EARLY STUDENT DISMISSAL  Students who need to stay until the end of the day must remain in their D block class.  Students may be dismissed early (once the students return to campus from their bonding activity) after attendance has been taken.  Parents/Guardians must call the office to excuse/dismiss their student from the rest of the day.  Please note that no additional work will be assigned on this day.



Last week, we enjoyed the first of what I hope will be many K-12 band concerts in the gymnasium.  The concert had to be held in the gym because we far exceeded the capacity of the auditorium.  Seeing the younger students sing along to the musical talents of the older students was a sight to behold and a pleasure to hear!  Seeing a glimpse of the wave of talent to enter the halls of JA makes the future of our school arts program shine.  I want to sincerely thank our band teachers for working together to build an amazing program that showcases the talents and hard work of our students.  Thank you, parents, for bringing your students an hour early every day so they can share their talents with our community.

Have a great week, Jags!

Ms. Grantham

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