Principal's Notes

Principal Notes - November 29, 2022

LET’S SHOW MR. WITKOWSKI THE JAGUAR SPIRIT Did you know that the most popular theft item on a Prius is its Catalytic Converter?  We found this out last year when Mr. Witkowski, our Weight Training, Freshman Seminar, and Cross Country/Track Coach, had his stolen as it was sitting in the JA parking lot.  Lightning struck twice for Mr. Witkowski.  Earlier this month, it happened again in the JA parking lot. 

This type of theft is not covered under the school insurance policy.  This will be the second time in less than a year that Mr. Witkowski had to pay his $1000 deductible to have his catalytic converter replaced due to a theft on JA property.  So, we are holding a fundraiser to help him with the replacement cost.  Not being a person who wants the spotlight or take from other deserving people during this time, we had to talk Mr. Witkowski into allowing us to do this for him.  Please join us in showing Mr. Witkowski what a community together can do.  Click on the LINK to donate what you can.  With Witkowski's request, Boosters will either stop collecting at $1000 or hold any funds over $1000 to be provided to the next teacher that needs our care and support.   

NAHS IS HOSTING SANTA’S WORKSHOP KIDS CRAFT NIGHT FOR ELEMENTARY KIDS  If you know families with elementary-aged children, please share this link with them.  Our high school artists will guide K-6 students through a variety of crafts on Thursday, December 1st from 5pm to 8pm.  Each hour, kids will be provided cookies, hot cocoa, and candy canes during a snack break.  All of this fun for only $10 per hour per child.  Please sign up HERE to reserve your spot!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  SCIENCE FAIR JUDGES NEEDED  It is that time of year again, and we are looking for people to help judge the Science Fair that is happening Tuesday, December 6th from 8:15-11:00am. This is a great, easy opportunity to volunteer at your students' school, and in the process you will get to see some wonderful science experiments and meet really awesome students.  We will need around 35 judges, so anyone who is interested will certainly be welcome!  Even if you can only come for part of the time, we would love to have you!  Please HERE to sign up for the event.

Any questions, please email [email protected].

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - CONCESSION STAND HELP WANTED FOR SATURDAY  Are you interested in raising funds for your students club, sport or activity? If so, you can work the concession stands at athletic events throughout the school year. Available dates can be found at: CONCESSIONS STAND SIGN UP.  A short training in advance of your volunteer date is all that is needed.

COVID TESTS AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP IN THE OFFICE If you would like to save some money, we have FREE at-home COVID tests (Binax Now) that you may pick up in the office.  Please stop by and ask Ms. Murray for some to take home.

LATE START IS NEXT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7  This is your reminder that the first Wednesday of each month is a late start day.  Zero Hour classes do not meet.  A block begins at 10:25am.  Doors open for students at 10:00am.  FRCC students should check with their instructors about class times.

COLORADO GIVES DAY: DECEMBER 6  Did you know that charter schools get the same per pupil revenue (PPR) as traditional public schools, but don't receive funding for facilities? That's one reason NOT to miss the biggest day of giving in the state! We're one week away from Colorado Gives Day, and the Foundation for JA depends on monetary donations for crucial investments in facilities, technology & safety, as well as Classroom Teacher Grants. Support the Mighty Black & Gold and schedule your donation today!

TECHNOLOGY TALK WITH MS. DAVIS – CHROMEBOOKS EXPIRE, WAIT WHAT? As many families look to purchase devices during the Holidays, we wanted to make sure you are aware of Chrome's Auto Update Expiration (AUE) on Chromebooks. Currently, once your AUE date arrives, the Chromebook will no longer receive software updates from Google. These include security updates, bug fixes and new features. And with those updates, things like ChromeOS and browser apps and extensions might no longer function properly.

Many companies offer specials on Chromebooks that were manufactured several years ago so you may buy a device with a shorter life. New devices are manufactured with 5 year AUE's but when purchasing a Chromebook make sure to check the expiration date.

Google will publish a model’s AUE date HERE after its release, giving buyers time to make purchase decisions. Please check the AUE date when making a purchasing decision.

FINAL EXAMS ARE THURSDAY, DEC 15 AND FRIDAY, DEC 16  Click HERE to see the December Final Exam schedule.  On Thursday and Friday, students will be dismissed at 11:35am.  Please make plans to pick up students as soon as possible after final exams. 

NO EARLY FINAL EXAMS ALLOWED  Students will not be provided the opportunity to take final exams earlier than the scheduled dates and times.  If there are extenuating circumstances that creates a need, please contact Marti Porreco ([email protected]) or Heather Grantham ([email protected]).  NOTE:  Early travel plans are not considered extenuating circumstances.  Students who miss their exams can take them on Monday, December 19 OR on Tuesday, January 3 as long as it is pre-arranged with their teachers.  Students who miss their final exams without communication with their teacher may receive a zero which could negatively impact their overall course grade.

Have a great week, Jags!
Heather M. Grantham


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