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Principal's Notes

March 19, 2019

SPRING BREAK IS NEXT WEEK!
  As I am sure your students need no reminder, Spring Break is next week.  There is no school March 25 to April 1.  School will resume on Tuesday, April 2.

4TH QUARTER FEES ARE DUE  If you have not already done so, please take time to pay your student fees.  We rely on these funds to supplement our curriculum and activities.  SENIORS, please take time to examine your fees.  All accounts and fees must be current in order to participate in commencement exercises in May.  Please contact Joan Larson (jlarson@jajags.com) with questions.

DONATION OPPORTUNITY: SNACKS FOR TESTING  We are looking for donations of breakfast snacks to provide to students on April 9th during CMAS/PSAT/SAT testing day.  If you have the ability, please drop off individually wrapped snacks to the office any time between now and April 8th.  Snacks can include granola bars, cheese sticks, protein bars, yogurt, etc.  We appreciate your support in setting our students up for success!

SAVE THE DATE:  PAINT WITH SIP is on April 4th at 6pm.  JA National Arts Honor Society cordially invites you to their annual Paint with Sip evening.  This year, they hosting this event with a twist.  Come check it out and enjoy an evening exploring your artistic side!  No experience necessary.  Our artists will walk you through it step by step.  Cost is $20 per person.  Register here:  Paint With Sip SignUp!

PSAT SCORES ARE COMING HOME  This week, the Administrators and Counselors have been meeting with students to share PSAT results from their Fall testing.  We sent home handouts explaining the results in detail.  We also provided information about how our students scored compared to their state and national counterparts.  Please look for your student’s reports this week.

TWO-HOUR DELAY START  You may have already received notice that Jeffco Schools now has a delayed start option.  When this happens, we will follow a special bell schedule so that students will see each teacher.  The major difference is that lunches will occur much later in the day.  So, before you send your students to school, please make sure they eat breakfast.  Start time will be at 8:20am.

ENROLLMENT FOR 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR  If you are thinking about transferring schools or have already made the decision to transfer, please contact Anne Leoni (aleoni@jajags.com), School Registrar.  We try to maintain an accurate enrollment count and appreciate your help and communication.

MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL GRADUATING SENIORS & THEIR FAMILIES  On April 18, 2019 at 7:00pm, please plan on attending to learn about the steps and requirements to participate in the graduation ceremony this year.  All Seniors and at least one parent/guardian must attend this meeting.  You will be given an opportunity to order your Honor cords, pay outstanding fees, receive your graduation tickets, and sign & return your graduation contracts.  Additionally, you will also receive your withdrawal paperwork.  We will be conducting a later meeting for all lacrosse and soccer athletes participating in away games who might arrive late.  If you have questions regarding this night, please email me (hgrantham@jajags.com). 

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK: “SHELTERING” OUR STUDENTS  Today, we practiced a shelter-in-place drill, more commonly known as a tornado drill.  It was our goal to determine whether or not we had enough safe spaces in our school to shelter everyone.  So, we led our students through the halls and into the locker rooms and squeezed in like sardines in a can.  The great news is that we had more than enough space to shelter everyone.  The even better news was what I learned watching our students participate without fully knowing what and why it was happening.  This small event highlights just how great our students are.  They were smiling and laughing on the way in.  Even when they were cramped into a tiny space standing shoulder to shoulder, we heard more laughter than complaints.  In fact, they seemed to be enjoying the new experience.  Of course, had we asked them to stay in there for hours I am sure I would have seen a different set of behaviors.  But, for now, it was commendable.  So, thank you for parenting great kids with positive attitudes!  It certainly makes my job a delight.

Have a great week, Jags!

Heather M Grantham

 

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