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Principal Notes - September 21, 2021

WELCOME TO HOMECOMING WEEK!  It is so fun to see all of the creative ways that our students are showing their school spirit and we are only halfway through it!  Keep up the great work!  The upcoming Spirit Days are:  Wednesday -- College Day, Thursday -- Tacky Tourist Day, and Friday -- White Out Day.

PICTURE RETAKE DAY IS THURSDAY, 9/23  If your student would like to retake their picture, please let them know that Thursday will be their last opportunity for the year.  To order pictures online, visit and enter the code - EVT3QR7NJ - for our school.

HONOR ROLL CERTIFICATES & ACADEMIC LETTERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICKUP  Last night, we were excited to honor many of our academic honor roll students as well as some special award winners.  I am so proud of the efforts our students make each semester to excel.  Please stop by the office to pick up your academic letter or honor roll certificate.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:  SENIOR SEMINAR PRESENTATION JUDGES NEEDED  Each of the 93 members of the Class of 2022 will be presenting their capstone projects on campus October 11, 12, and 13.  We need volunteers to help us grade and provide feedback on their Senior Seminar presentations. Each student will present a 13-20 minute "argument" on a topic in their chosen career field.  Your time, attention, and feedback are greatly appreciated.  Please click on the link to sign up!  SENIOR SEM VOLUNTEER LINK

THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO COMMUNICATE  I am thrilled to announce that it has been at least three weeks since I have had to contact trace for a COVID positive case.  This does not mean that we have been untouched by COVID.  What it does mean is that our families are doing a phenomenal job of identifying when students should be staying home.  Although we continue to have community members who are becoming sick from COVID, they are not exposing other students or staff because they are being careful.  Keep up the great work at keeping us safe.

HOMECOMING PARADE & ASSEMBLY IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24  Please join us on Friday, September 24 for our first annual Homecoming Parade.  All of our clubs, teams, and activity groups have been invited to participate with their float.  Students will be cheering them on as they pass by.  Parents and families are invited to view the parade.  Kickoff of the parade will be at 2:00pm on Friday, September 24.  The parade route is HERE.

OCTOBER 13 IS PSAT/NMSQT TESTING DAY FOR GRADES 9 TO 11  Please mark your calendars for October 13.  If your student is in grades 7, 8, or 12, then they will not have school.  If your student is in grades 9, 10, or 11, they will be expected to participate in the PSAT in the morning and will be dismissed when testing is completed.

WE ARE ONE JA --  SOCIAL MEDIA WILL BE ONE, TOO  This fall, Jefferson Academy will merge its presence into one account on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. If you already like or follow one of our three main accounts, you don't have to do anything! If you don't like or follow one of our accounts yet, click  these Facebook links to connect with us: JA SecondaryJA ElementaryJA Charter School


Wednesday, Sept 22 - 3:30pm to 6:00pm - Peach Fuzz Volleyball Tournament
Thursday, Sept 23 - 8:25am - 12:00pm - Picture Retake Day
Thursday, Sept 23 - 4:30pm & 6:30pm - HS JV & Var Soccer vs Manual High School
Thursday, Sept 23 - 5:30pm & 6:30pm - HS JV & Var Volleyball vs Bishop Machebeuf HS
Friday, Sept 24 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm - Homecoming Parade
Friday, Sept 24 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm - Powder Puff Football Game
Saturday, Sept 25 - 8:00pm to 11:30pm - HS Homecoming Dance at JA

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK -- THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT  Last week, I was so disheartened about what was happening at our school.  This week, I feel so appreciative to be a part of this community.  As I had hoped, we heard from people that were just as upset about what was happening as we were.  With their help, we were able to track down some of the students who vandalized our school and hold them accountable.  Students and staff, thank you for your vigilance and your support of keeping our school community safe and strong.  To our community, thank you for discussing this with your families and supporting our school.  I greatly appreciate our partnership and look forward to continuing to work together for our kids.

Have a great week, Jags!
Ms. Grantham

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