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JTV Segment of the Week

posted Feb 24, 2017, 10:38 AM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Feb 24, 2017, 10:39 AM ]

Principal's Weekly

posted Feb 20, 2017, 8:49 PM by Jeanie Smith

For Feb. 20, 2017:   Dear Parents,  With the deadline for 2017-2018 course registration, many questions have risen about math placement. First and foremost, your child should not register for a math course. Secondly, if you have questions,
  1. Refer to the PAUSD Secondary Math Placement board policy. It is a lengthy document, and covers the guides teachers use to place students in math from 6th-12th grades.
  2. Contact your math teacher with any questions. Your math teachers are versed on placement and will be able to find answers to your questions if some still remain after reading the board policy.

8th to 9th Grade
If your child is in 8th grade, your child’s math teacher will give a preliminary math course recommendation to the high school by the end of February. The recommendations follow the board policy found at the Secondary Math Placement page found here. Final recommendations are made in May, so your child may have the opportunity to do well on their last few classroom tests which may positively impact their opportunities for placement in 9th grade.

Acceleration 9th-12th Grades
Many parents are asking questions about accelerating or taking math courses over the summer. Students cannot take PALY math courses over the summer for credit. There are multiple opportunities for students to accelerate during high school, however, between 8th and 9th grade is not one of those times.

7th to 8th Grade
For placement into 8th grade, students will be placed based on their classroom test scores as outlined in the PAUSD Secondary Math Placement document. For acceleration, students who are in Math 7 and are earning tests scores at the top of their class, may be invited by their math teacher to take the Bridge to Alg 8 class during the summer. This is a rigorous math class and students must maintain a strong grade in the course. If students perform well, based upon limits in the PAUSD Secondary Math Placement document, students will accelerate to Alg 8 as an 8th grader. If students do not do well, they will remain in Math 8 which is the most appropriate placement.

6th to 7th Grade
For placement into 7th grade, families will receive feedback of their student’s performance in mid-May. Parents may use this document to inform their decision for the most appropriate placement for their student. Students who earn 5 x’s or more in the Math 7A column are most likely a good fit for Math 7A. For students who earn 4 or fewer x’s, a most appropriate fit is Math 7. One of the factors in the feedback is from placement tests students will take in May. The multiple choice test covers all materials students learned in 6th grade. Teachers do not expect students to study for this test. Another big factor for placement are the classroom tests. Typically, students earning A or above on classroom unit tests find Math 7A a most appropriate course.

Skipping 7th Grade Math
For those students who are lovers of math and earn 9 X’s in the Math 7A column, they are invited to sit for the Math 7A Mastery test. If students pass this test, students will take Alg. 8 as a 7th grade. Each year between 40-60 students sit for the test. Each year only about 5-15 students earn a high enough score to show mastery of the Math 7A curriculum.  All questions regarding math placement need to start with your child’s math teacher.  The teacher can determine if the instructional supervisor, grade level counselor, grade level administrator, or myself need to get involved at some point.

Enrichment
For families wanting to enrich their students over the summer, we encourage enrollment in computer science camps. A growing list of courses is being created, so please continue to check in here for additional ideas. These programs are not endorsed by PAUSD, but is just a list we are generating to share with families. If you have items we should have, please reach out to your student’s math teacher with the information.  We look forward to continuing to partner with you in all areas of your child’s social, emotional and academic development - both here at Jordan, and beyond!  --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Elective Course Selection for 6th and 7th grade students - closes Wednesday, Feb 22
If your student has not registered for their Elective Choices for the 2017-18 school year, please have your student register through Infinite Campus.  For more information about Elective classes and how to register for your classes, please go to the Jordan webpage or click the following link Jordan Elective and Course Registration Information  to get more information on these topics:

  • Course Selection Video
  • Course Selection Directions (step by step color PDF)
  • Jordan Course Catalog 2016-17

In case you missed the Jordan Service Fair on Thursday, February 9th
Jordan and Youth Community Services (YCS) partnered for Jordan’s first Service Fair on February 9th in the MPR!  We have a list of organizations attended this event along with contact information, in case you or your student would like to follow up.  Each of these organizations has opportunities for middle school students specifically, but would also love to have your entire family participate!  If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit theor homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/On March 29, students will have a chance to participate in Jordan’s Day of Service. Students will be able to sign up for a variety of service projects both on-campus and off-campus.  There will be more information in upcoming weeks as we confirm with our community partners.

Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) Upcoming Dates
The Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) will be holding several Q & A Sessions at Jordan Middle School to provide an opportunity for questions and comments.  All members of the Palo Alto Unified School District and community members are welcome.

  • Wednesday, Feb 22 from 3:00-4:00pm - Room N-1
  • Thursday, Feb 23 from 8:00-9:00am - Room N-1

Jordan's Annual Ice Skating Party Is HERE! Feb 22 - 6th grade
Save the Date!   Loved by the school community, come join your friends at the Winter Lodge.  Your ticket includes skates, pizza and hot cocoa and cookies.  6th grade party will be held Feb 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Glide over to the following website and complete the waiver and buy your tickets.    https://jordanptaweb.wordpress.com/ice-skating-party/

Inspiration:    “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” - Barack Obama
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”―Alice Walker

Principal's Weekly

posted Feb 13, 2017, 2:46 PM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Feb 13, 2017, 2:46 PM ]

For February 12, 2017:  

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Elective Selection for 6th and 7th grade students - closes Feb 22
If your student has not registered for their Elective Choices for the 2017-18 school year, please have your student register through Infinite Campus.
For more information about Elective classes and how to register for your classes, please go to the Jordan webpage or click the following link

Jordan Elective and Course Registration Information  

  • Course Selection Video
  • Course Selection Directions (step by step color PDF)
  • Jordan Course Catalog 2016-17

In case you missed the Jordan Service Fair on Thursday, February 9
Jordan and Youth Community Services (YCS) partnered for Jordan’s first Service Fair on February 9th in the MPR! We have a list of organizations attended this event along with contact information, in case you or your student would like to follow up. Each of these organizations has opportunities for middle school students specifically, but would also love to have your entire family participate! If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit theor homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/

On March 29, students will have a chance to participate in Jordan’s Day of Service. Students will be able to sign up for a variety of service projects both on-campus and off-campus. There will be more information in upcoming weeks as we confirm with our community partners

Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) Upcoming Dates
The Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC) will be holding several Q & A Sessions at Jordan Middle School to provide an opportunity for questions and comments.  All members of the Palo Alto Unified School District and community members are welcome.

Wednesday, Feb 15 from 8:00-9:00am - Room N-1
Wednesday, Feb 15 from 3:00-4:00pm - Room N-1
Wednesday, Feb 22 from 3:00-4:00pm - Room N-1
Thursday, Feb 23 from 8:00-9:00am - Room N-1

Jordan's Annual Ice Skating Party Is HERE! Feb 15-7th and 8th. Grades and Feb 22-6th Grade.
Save the Date!  Loved by the school community, come join your friends at the Winter Lodge.  Your ticket includes skates, pizza and hot cocoa and cookies.  7th/8th grade party is Feb 15 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  6th grade party will be held Feb 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.   Glide over to the following website and complete the waiver and buy your tickets.    https://jordanptaweb.wordpress.com/ice-skating-party/

Jordan Spring 2017 BOGO book fair (Buy One Get One Free)
Dates are Monday, Feb 13th to Wednesday Feb 15th. This is due to a shorten week (Staff Development and Presidents' Long Weekend Holidays). Teachers, Staff and Students can browse and purchase books in the morning in the Library Classroom. The Book Fair will be outdoors in front of the school near N. Cal Ave. Bike Cage after school ends. Go support Jordan Library and get books for your Spring Break and Summer reading, too.

Jordan Climate Committee School Events
The Jordan Climate Committee would like to inform you about events during the second semester. The following Presentation link has information on Challenge Day, Day of Service, and the Service Fair - all great opportunities for students to connect with one another and the community.  All of these programs support our focus on social-emotional development. 

Jordan held two Challenge Day sessions this year on January 17 and February 2. Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity. 

Jordan and YCS (Youth Community Service) are organizing Jordan’s first Service Fair for students on February 9. This event will be held during lunch in the MPR. Students can learn more about middle school service opportunities when they talk to community partners. Jordan students can also participate in Jordan Day of Service on March 29. Last year Jordan and YCS coordinated service opportunities with 11 local service partners.

Jordan Climate Committee Events

Inspiration:
“Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.” – Madam C.J. Walker
"“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”― Frederick Douglass

Film Festival continues...

posted Feb 10, 2017, 11:12 AM by Jeanie Smith

... for Black History Month-- students are taking their lunch times to view award-winning films depicting historical events or eras, celebrating specific pioneers, or just highlighting the African-American experience. So far, "Remember the Titans," "Akeelah and the Bee," and "X" have been shown, with excellent turnout. Next up:  "Red Tails" in P-1 and "The Help" in H-7.  

Principal's Weekly

posted Jan 31, 2017, 11:44 AM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Jan 31, 2017, 11:45 AM ]

For Jan. 29, 2017, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:    Happy Lunar New Year!   Come celebrate the Lunar New Year on Monday, January 30th at the Tennis Courts/ Snack Bar Area during lunch time.  We will welcome the Year of the Rooster with a Dragon Dance performed by fellow Jordan students.  Students can sample treats which will bring good fortune for the New Year.  We will cut out the Mandarin character "Spring" to welcome new beginnings.  Students will be able to write words of luck for the New Year.  Come try your hand at picking up different objects with chopsticks or learn how to play Chinese chess!  There will be many opportunities to experience Chinese culture.  Please contact Emily Lee (emilylee@gmail.com) or Tom Fong ( tkfong@gmail.com ) if you have any questions.  Performers please report to MPR at beginning of lunch period.  We are still looking for volunteers to help run the activities and bring food.  Please contact the parent volunteers listed above if you are willing to help!      --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Electives Night - Feb 8th, 6:30-8:00pm - Jordan MPR
Meet Jordan Elective Teachers and learn about the exciting course options we offer for your students next year. Students also learn about course registration through a video in their advisory on Feb 8th.

Bike Safety
Recently there have been some bike thefts on the Jordan campus. Through our investigation, we have found the bikes left unlocked are most susceptible. On Friday morning, administrators to lock their. Please check with your student to ensure they have a working bike lock and remind to use it.

Friendships in Middle School: Navigating Volatile Emotions  
Susan Stone of Parents Place on the Peninsula
Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7-9pm, MP Room
We are delighted to have Susan Stone,  Family Coach and Child Development Specialist,  share insights into the social side of our tweens. Middle school, with the advent of puberty, brings dramatic emotional and cognitive changes to our tweens. Peer relationships become all important, but can cause extreme stress and anxiety for children at this age. Learn more about what is happening physiologically and emotionally during this challenging developmental stage, and what are normal social challenges. Discuss strategies for how to communicate with, support, and stay connected to your middle schooler while they increase their independence and autonomy.

Jordan's Annual Ice Skating Party Is Around the Corner!  
Save the Date!
Loved by the school community, come join your friends at the Winter Lodge.  Your ticket includes skates, pizza and hot cocoa and cookies.  7th/8th grade party is Feb 15 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  6th grade party will be held Feb 22 from 5:30 to 7:30pm.   Glide over to the following website and complete the waiver and buy your tickets.   https://jordanptaweb.wordpress.com/ice-skating-party/

Jordan Spring 2017 BOGO book fair (Buy One Get One Free)
Dates are Monday, Feb 13th to Wednesday Feb 15th. This is due to a shorter week (Staff Development and Presidents' Long Weekend Holidays). Teachers, Staff and Students can browse and purchase books in the morning in the Library Classroom. The Book Fair will be outdoors in front of the school near N. Cal Ave. Bike Cage after school ends. Go support Jordan Library and get books for your Spring Break and Summer reading, too. 

Boxes Needed for Jordan Book Drive
It is nearly time once more for our Jordan book drive to benefit a school in need, and we need 50 medium-sized boxes to collect books in advisory classes. If you have empty boxes you can donate, please bring them to the library by the end of the first week in February.

Jordan Climate Committee School Events
The Jordan Climate Committee would like to inform you about events during the second semester. The following Presentation link has information on Challenge Day, Day of Service, and the Service Fair - all great opportunities for students to connect with one another and the community.  All of these programs support our focus on social-emotional development.
Jordan will run two Challenge Day sessions this year on January 17 and February 2. Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.
Jordan and YCS (Youth Community Service) are organizing Jordan’s first Service Fair for students on February 9. This event will be held during lunch in the MPR. Students can learn more about middle school service opportunities when they talk to community partners. Jordan students can also participate in Jordan Day of Service on March 29. Last year Jordan and YCS coordinated service opportunities with 11 local service partners.

Jordan Climate Committee Events

Inspiration:     “Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew.”     -- Cicely Tyson

Principal's Weekly

posted Jan 26, 2017, 3:21 PM by Jeanie Smith

For Jan. 23, 2017, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:  
MATD On the Road - Friday 1/27 -
Jordan MS Library 6pm.
MATD = Minority Achievement and Talent Development Advisory Committee.  PAUSD is seeking community feedback on a 3-year plan to raise the academic achievement of historically underrepresented students and students from low-income backgrounds. Come and hear how the district plans to support such students and what they are doing to provide access to enrichment and talent development opportunities. All input is welcome. Together we can prepare our students for success!

Lost & Found
All Lost & Found items will be picked up on Friday to be washed, repaired (if needed), and donated to local agencies in need.  Please encourage your child to check the lost and found prior to Friday if they are missing something.  Thank you to Caroline Japic - and her daughters - for taking on this service project.
-- Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
--8th Grade Parents - Paly Meeting - Wed, Jan 25 at Paly Performing Arts Center
Informational night about Palo High School curriculum, counseling, advisory, student support, athletics, extra-curricular activities and more.

--Jordan Climate Committee School Events
     The Jordan Climate Committee would like to inform you about events during the second semester. The following Presentation link has information on Challenge Day, Day of Service, and the Service Fair - all great opportunities for students to connect with one another and the community.  All of these programs support our focus on social-emotional development.
     Jordan will run two Challenge Day sessions this year on January 17 and February 2. Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity.
     Jordan and YCS (Youth Community Service) are organizing Jordan’s first Service Fair for students on February 9. This event will be held during lunch in the MPR. Students can learn more about middle school service opportunities when they talk to community partners. Jordan students can also participate in Jordan Day of Service on March 29. Last year Jordan and YCS coordinated service opportunities with 11 local service partners.

 Jordan Climate Committee Events

Inspiration:  “Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J D Angelo

PiE Donations Needed

posted Jan 17, 2017, 2:55 PM by Jeanie Smith

Dear Parents,
 I am reaching out on behalf of PiE (Palo Alto Partners in Education), the education foundation supporting Jordan. Donations are lower this year and I ask you - and the whole school community - to help with additional support.

 As of right now, if we don't receive any more contributions, the amount Jordan will receive for next year is $442,539. That is $41,706 LESS than Jordan received this year! Without PiE, our school would not be the place it is. Our children would not grow in the same ways.

 PiE makes a direct difference for each child in our school. PiE's funds help in many direct and indirect ways. Because I can use this additional pool of money in a flexible way, I am able to offer more elective classes, as well as widen the subject matter options, igniting the interest of more kids. I can offer a vibrant music program at a time when other school districts have eliminated them. I have multiple counselors on-site; my colleagues in other districts may have only one for an entire school.

 Because of PiE, your child has smaller elective classes, a wide range of people to turn to for support, and a variety of courses that provide inspiration. They have more role models. We are able to support the whole child - academically, socially, and emotionally.

 If you have not donated to PiE this school year, please consider a donation now. If you have given, please think about giving a supplemental gift. You can find out all the ways to make a contribution on PiE's website at:

 http://papie.org/donate/

 Thank you for supporting Jordan.  -- Principal Katie Kinnaman, Jan. 17, 2017

Principal's Weekly

posted Jan 8, 2017, 7:09 PM by Jeanie Smith

For Jan. 8, 2017, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:   PTA & Site Council Support - THANK YOU!  At Jordan we are so fortunate to have financial support for our programs from both PTA and Site Council.  This funding allows us to fund technology, professional development, and supplemental classroom resources. These purchases are all made in alignment with site goals, district goals, and PTA/Site Council funding guidelines.  Funding underway so far this year, includes:

From PTA

  • Hot Plates - Science
  • 3D printer - Science
  • Virtual Reality Lab - CTE
  • CO2/O2 Sensors - Science
  • GoPro & Accessories - Science
  • Printers - English Dept.
  • Historical Novels - Social Studies
  • Conversion of workstations to support collaboration and new technology - Industrial Tech

From School Site Council

  • Collaboration Time - Math
  • School Visit - AVID
  • California Language Teachers Conference - World Language
  • California School Library Conference
  • Bay Area Writing Project Fall Forum - English
  • Big Sur Writing Retreat
  • CUE Fall Conference
  • Pearson Summer Conference - Math & Social Studies
  • Unpacking New HSS Framework - Social Studies
  • Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute - Climate Committee
  • Art of Yoga Training - PE
  • JAWS Center Staffing & Supplies
  • Journalism Education Association Conference
  • American Choral Directors Conference
  • Printers - Special Education

Thank you to everyone involved with PTA and Site Council.  Your support means we can put programs, technology, and resources directly in the hands of students and staff to impact their learning environment and experience this year - and beyond!  --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Building Stronger Families Event - January 10, 2017 6:00- 8:00 Gunn HS
Sponsored by PAUSD and Asian Americans for Community Involvement, this evening event focuses on a conversation on student reported attitudes, behaviors and values about substance abuse, mental health and overall well being.  Data provided by the most recent California Health Kids Survey will also be touched upon.  Groups will be held in Spanish, English, Korean, and Mandarin.  Resources and information for parents will be available.  Dinner will be provided.  For more information and to register please click on the link provided.

Link: Building Stronger Families 

Advisory Lesson - Disability Harassment Awareness Training
At Jordan Middle School, we continue to provide ongoing awareness around building an inclusive community. On Wednesday, January 10, during Advisory, students will learn about Disability Harassment and its effects as well as participate in a discussion about inclusiveness. Please speak with your students about this topic and how we can be part of a caring community.

Principal Coffee - Wednesday 1/11 @ 8:30 AM (Library)
Join Katie Kinnaman, Principal, and James Lubbe, Dean of Students. James will speak about Challenge Day, Day of Service, and the Service Fair - all great opportunities for students to connect with one another and the community.  All of these programs support our focus on social-emotional development. 

Jordan will run two Challenge Day sessions this year on January 17 and February 2. Challenge Day is an experiential social and emotional learning program for students in grades 7 and 8. The aim of the program is to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and inclusivity. 

Jordan and YCS (Youth Community Service) are organizing Jordan’s first Service Fair for students on February 9. This event will be held during lunch in the MPR. Students can learn more about middle school service opportunities when they talk to community partners. Jordan students can also participate in Jordan Day of Service on March 29. Last year Jordan and YCS coordinated service opportunities with 11 local service partners. 

Hope to see you Wednesday to hear about these exciting events! 

What your teen wants you to know but can’t tell you- January 12, 2017- 7-9pm- Paly Media Arts Center
An evening event featuring a student panel, Q & A, refreshments and more!

Inspiration:  “The most certain way to succeed is to just try one more time.”  - Thomas Edison

Principal's Weekly

posted Jan 2, 2017, 4:53 PM by Jeanie Smith

For Jan. 2, 2017, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:   Happy New Year!     I hope you had a restful and rejuvenating Winter Break.  My house was (and still is!) full of my daughters home from college and nothing made me happier than the constant running of the dishwasher, laundry machines, and endless grocery store runs.  Seriously, as a new empty-nester these things actually brought me such joy!  Add in a few Netflix marathons, new books to read, and LOTS of football and it was pretty much the perfect two weeks.
At the same time, I LOVE the promise and invigoration of a new year ahead!  I always find such a renewal of energy and purpose at this time of the year.  It’s a great time as a family to sit down with your child and reflect about what worked well the first semester of the school year and what they would like to do differently.  Challenge your child to set some second semester goals -- and don’t just focus on academics!  Help them craft intentions or “solutions” (rather than resolutions) in the areas of emotional and physical well-being, as well as social and/or friendship goals.  Research shows that just by writing down goals, they are much more likely to be attained!  Get creative and display new intentions on a phone or computer screensaver, refrigerator poster, or just colorfully label them in the good ole’ Jordan binder reminder.  Set your own calendar reminder to check in with your child every few weeks to see how things are going and make the necessary tweaks or adjustments.

Welcome to three new Jordan staff members:
·         Linda Howard will be joining us four days per week as a substitute 7th grade counselor while Megan Ben is on leave with her new baby.  Mrs. Howard brings many years of district experience as a counselor at JLS and after a short retirement is jumping back in!  We anticipate Mrs. Ben returning in late March.  You can reach Mrs. Howard at lhoward@pausd.org.
·         Angel Luong is joining us as our new health tech.  She has several years of district experience as the health tech at Terman Middle School.  We are lucky to have her join our team!  She can be reached at aluong@pausd.org.
·         Lisa Jauregui is our new Futures program (special education) teacher (H6).  Lisa joins us with more than eight years of experience in special education at Escondido Elementary school.  We are excited to have her experience and energy on our campus!  She can be reached at ljauregui@pausd.org.

Pertussis Update
The county health department has informed us that new cases of pertussis (whooping cough) continued to be diagnosed over the winter break.  Therefore, we will still be following our protocol for any students with suspected or confirmed cases, as well as students who are presenting with a cough.  For more information, read the full information letter -    Pertussis Letter.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Second Semester Schedules were handed out on Wednesday, December 7th during advisory.  Pink (counseling) slips were supplied in your envelopes for students who wish to request changes.  All pink slips must be submitted to the counseling office no later than Wednesday, December 14th.  Additional slips can be acquired from Jena Babcock or Ruth Jang, both located in the front office.  
Emergency Procedures – Code Red Drill on Jan 6, 10:30-11:20
To ensure safety at Jordan Middle School, we practice Emergency Evacuation (Fire Drill), Duck and Cover (Earthquake Drill), and Lockdown (Code Red Drill). Code Red refers to a situation in which there is an emergency on or near the campus (e.g. mountain lion, intruder). The teachers and students remain in a classroom during the entire drill and take directives from the police department who determine when the campus is safe to resume normal activity.  
As usual, Jordan will be conducting this drill in conjunction with the Palo Alto Police Department. The drill will take place on Friday, January 6, from 10:30-11:20. Since the school is practicing Lockdown procedures, the office will be closed during this time and we will not release students. If you need to pick up or drop off your child, please do so before or after this important drill.

Inspiration:    
“Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”  - Carl Bard
“365 Days. 365 New Chances.”   - Unknown

Principal's Weekly

posted Dec 11, 2016, 11:17 AM by Jeanie Smith

From the Principal for Dec. 11, 2016: 

From the Principal:

Please see the important announcement (below) regarding pertussis.  I spent two days at home waiting on my own pertussis screening test last week (it was negative!).  I understand the inconvenience of keeping kids home but this is a collective, community responsibility to ensure that our most vulnerable -- the very young and old -- are not exposed to this illness.  Please inform the school health office immediately if your child is being screened for pertussis and/or what was the result of the test.  Thank you!  -- Katie Kinnaman

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DISTRICT NURSE:
Any student that has a cough must be sent to the health office to be evaluated. All students with a cough will be sent home to follow up with their physicians as per the direction of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department.  In cases where students are confirmed to have pertussis, we will continue to share this information with staff and families who may have been exposed.  If you develop a cough, please follow up with a visit to the health office.

For the full letter - click on this link: Pertussis Letter

Second Semester Schedules were handed out on Wednesday, December 7th during advisory.  Pink (counseling) slips were supplied in your envelopes for students who wish to request changes.  All pink slips must be submitted to the counseling office no later than Wednesday, December 14th.  Additional slips can be acquired from Jena Babcock or Ruth Jang, both located in the front office.  

Inspiration:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

- Nelson Mandela

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