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Principal Notes
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March 14, 2023

CLASS OF 2024 FAMILIES - JUNIOR MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD NOW  Planning for senior year is underway!  If your student is taking college classes, due to the timing of FRCC registration, Ms. LeValley has begun to meet with students to work on their senior schedules.  She will schedule meetings with juniors not taking college classes in the upcoming weeks.  In addition to talking about their schedules, she will be having general conversations about post-secondary plans.  Parents, you are welcome to attend the meetings if you desire.  Please check with your student for their meeting time since they will be the ones to schedule it.

CLASS OF 2024 FAMILIES - SENIOR SEMINAR INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED  Senior Seminar is a graduation requirement course that all seniors will complete during their 1st quarter of next year.  A packet of information containing the summer career shadow assignment and other pertinent course considerations was provided to each junior last week.  Please review the information now so that you can be proactive.  Please direct any questions you have about Senior Seminar and the information provided to Mr. Thimsen and Ms. DeFiore.

CLASS OF 2023 - SAVE THE DATE FOR THE MANDATORY SENIOR MEETING 4/13 All graduating seniors who want to participate in the Commencement ceremony are required to attend the mandatory meeting with their parent or guardian on April 13, 2023 at 6:30pm in the auditorium.  At this meeting, you will receive information about the graduation ceremony, sign and return your graduation contract, and have the opportunity to pay outstanding fees…and receive your graduation tickets. 

MARCH 15, 16, AND 17 ARE REMOTE LEARNING DAYS  During the remote learning days, parents will continue to be notified of absences based on the student’s completion of their attendance assignment which should be completed by noon.  Additionally, students will be expected to submit progress checks or other assignments which will be counted toward their grade.  Please check Infinite Campus for their attendance and Canvas for their academic assignments.  All teachers will be available to respond to students via their jajags.com email addresses. 

HONOR ROLL CERTIFICATES ARE AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE  If you were not able to attend the Honor Roll ceremony, please stop by the office to pick up your student’s Honor Roll certificate.  The office will be open on Wednesday and Thursday this week during regular school hours.  Certificates will also be available next week.

MISSING A WATER BOTTLE, A SHOE, OR TWO?  Our lost and found pile has grown into a table!  Please stop by the table to find your lost soles.  We will re-home any lost items at the end of Spring Break.  If you are looking for something to do tomorrow or Thursday, please stop by the school to check out the lost and found.  Who knows?  That missing earbud just might be there!

DUDE, WHERE’S MY CAR? (I hope it’s not in the MKS lot)  For those who are too young to understand, this was the name of a movie released in 2000, 23 years ago.  This is how long I feel like I’ve been giving this reminder, but I will do it again for those who may have missed it.  Please do NOT use MKS as a pick up spot for your students.  There is plenty of off-street parking and plenty of space in our parking lot.  Let’s be a good neighbor, show them that we are considerate of their private space, and use our own property.  Our next step is to send our students out to shame those who disregard the rules and post your image on the Instagram page, @JA_Bad_Parking.  :)

A IS FOR ASSESSMENT MONTH IN APRIL  During the month of April, our students will be engaged in state assessments.  Student participation in these assessments is vital to our ability to demonstrate our effectiveness.  Not only that, but their achievement helps to illustrate how well they are keeping pace with their learning and their counterparts across the state and country.  Please read below for the testing schedule.

For all students in Grades 7 and 8:

CMAS English/Language Arts - April 3, 4, and 6 during their English and Social Studies classes

CMAS Mathematics - April 10, 11, and 13 during their Math or elective classes

CMAS Science - April 12 from 8:00am to 1:15pm (Bring a sack lunch)

For all students in Grades 9, 10, and 11:

PSAT 9 for 9th Grade students - April 12 from 8:00am to 12:30pm

PSAT 10 for 10th Grade students - April 12 from 8:00am to 12:30pm

SAT for 11th grade students - April 12 from 8:00am to 12:30pm

CMAS Science for 11th grade - April 29 during A and B block

On April 12, there is no school for 7th grade and 12th grade students.

NOT PLANNING ON RETURNING TO JA NEXT YEAR? PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE   If your student will not be returning to JA Secondary next year, please let Mrs. Leoni at [email protected] know your plans as soon as possible.  If your student will be staying at JA, then you do not need to do anything. 

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK:  THANK YOU TO ALL HONOR ROLL RECIPIENTS!  If you missed it, last Thursday was an awesome night.  Not only because we had families conferencing with our teachers about their students, but we also came together to honor the Fall 2022 Honor Roll recipients.  I was absolutely blown away by the turnout.  We were able to recognize and personally congratulate over 180 students in front of their families and friends.  We even had a small student section cheering!  It is another example of what an honor it is to serve this community that values academic excellence and supporting the success of others.  Students, thank you for your hard work and thank you, families, for supporting them!

Have a great week, Jags!
Heather M. Grantham


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