Admin

Principal's Notes

June 10, 2019


CONGRATULATIONS ON COMPLETING A GREAT YEAR!  I am so fortunate to be the Principal of such an outstanding school.  What makes this such a fantastic place to lead is the families and community.  We are a community of learners committed to the education and achievement of the children (students) of Jefferson Academy.  With this common bond, we are able to do great things together.


NEW ADDITIONS  & CHANGES TO JEFFERSON ACADEMY ADMINISTRATION  We are happy to announce a few changes to the Administrative team for the 2019-2020 school year.  Craig Melville will be returning next year as the Athletic Director for the Secondary School. He will be responsible for all athletics programs.  In order to support our efforts in improving the student experience, we are excited to welcome Maurice Williams to the team as the Dean of School Culture.  He will be responsible for working with faculty, staff, students and their families to build a positive school culture based on respect and hard work. Don’t worry! Mr. Williams plans to continue as our Junior High Boys’ Soccer coach, too!  Marti Porreco will continue to be the Assistant Principal and School Activities Director, but will concentrate more of her time with teacher supervision and school assessment.


INTRODUCING ZERO HOUR CLASSES! BEING OFFERED NEXT YEAR  Our students have many different interests which is amazing.  However, when scheduling classes, it becomes difficult to accommodate all of their requests.  Many times students are forced to choose between two classes that they want to take. To allow students to take more classes of interest, we are now offering a Zero Hour class held from 7:30am to 8:20am.  Some of the classes offered at this time will be Instrumental Music (band), Yearbook, Personal Finance, AP Studio Art, and others. To support students who may be struggling with concepts, we are also offering writing and math intervention classes during this time.  So that this Zero Hour class was not scheduled before 7:30am, we are rolling back the start of A block to 8:25am and will end the school day at 3:20pm. We are thrilled to announce this opportunity for students and look forward to adding more choices in the years to come.


BRING YOUR OWN DEVICES (BYOD) FOR GRADES 7 TO 12  For the 2019-2020 School Year, we will become a full BYOD school.  All students will be expected to bring a keyboard, internet-enabled device next year.  There are no technical requirements for this device. A Chromebook or Netbook will suffice.  Many of our teachers run their classes using Google Classroom. So, the ability to submit work through Google Classroom is a key function needed.  If you need additional information on low-cost options, please contact Ms. Davis (jdavis@jajags.com) in August.


THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!   One of the fantastic things about being in school is the Summer break.  You will hear teachers and educators often say to read books and keep your mind sharp.  We often worry about the “summer slide” in which many pieces of knowledge are lost. Often, in our busy world, there is immense pressure to be scheduled in a myriad of activities and to avoid downtime.  However, what I want everyone to concentrate on is to work hard on relaxing! Take this rare time to rest and recover. Our students work hard 10 months of the year learning how to think, learning content and material to become knowledgeable citizens, and demonstrating their skills every day.  Please give them some time to reflect on what they did all year, think about how it is going to help (hopefully) them, decide what they want their next year to look like, and plan for it. Give them the time to become so bored with summer that they are just excited as you are for them to return to school!  I will see everyone in August!


Have a great summer!

Ms. Grantham

 

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