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Principal's Weekly

posted May 8, 2017, 10:09 AM by Jeanie Smith

For May 7, 2017:  ANNOUNCEMENTS
 - California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments - As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).

 - CAASPP Testing for the week of 5/7-5/11

  • This week we will be conducting CAASPP Make Up Tests during lunch and brunch. Students who need to complete their tests will receive call slips to report to the computer lab. 

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org
For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

 - A Note on the New Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why" - Parents and guardians should be aware about a new television series with a sensitive theme that has become popular with teenagers. The series is based on a 2007 bestselling novel with the same Netflix title, "Thirteen Reasons Why." The topics covered in this book are: adolescent bullying, rejection, heartbreak, sexual assault, abuse, revenge, depression, and desperate but unsuccessful efforts to find help or understanding. These topics are depicted as many of the reasons for the character's suicide at the end of the series. Series like this can be difficult to watch and could trigger feelings of distress in viewers.
In the event your student chooses to view this Netflix series, parents and guardians may wish to discuss some of the issues mentioned above or may need support in discussing such issues. Although Netflix opened all 13 episodes for continuous viewing, metered viewing is advised to allow time to process and discuss themes and feelings that may arise.
All counselors in the Palo Alto Unified School District have been informed of this series. As always, they are a resource for all students. If parents have questions about how to have conversations with their students, the counseling team is available for parents and students.
Parents and guardians who would like to read more about this book/series, can use these two resources: Common Sense Media and 13 Reasons Why talking points.
Note: The intention of this message is not to recommend viewing this Netflix series; rather, it is intended to provide you with relevant information to the health and wellbeing of all PAUSD students and families.

Thank you for your partnership,  Principal Katie Kinnaman

Jordan Orchestra Concert
Orchestra will be presenting their last concert of the year. Please come and join them on May 11 in the MPR from 7:00- 8:00 PM.

Inspiration:   “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi   
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

Principal's Weekly

posted Apr 23, 2017, 8:47 PM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Apr 23, 2017, 8:49 PM ]

For April 23, 2017:  
Announcements:   We continue with testing this week--   California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments  As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).
April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math -  Be sure to bring all 1:1 devices fully charged and ready for testing!

*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.
For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org
For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

Jordan Drama Club Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'
Please join the Jordan Drama Club as they present 'You Can't Take It With You'. This student-directed production is an American classic comedy that revolves around an avant-garde family of wannabe artists, fireworks makers, a patriarch who doesn't believe in income tax and an array of eccentric guests trailing in and out of their chaotic household. They may appear mad at first but when daughter Alice invites her boyfriend's rich, snobby parents to dinner we learn that it might be everyone else in the world that is mad. After all, money doesn't buy happiness and we all know you can't take it with you!  
Performances will be May 4-5 at 7:00 pm in the Jordan MPR. Tickets are $5 for students/$10 for adults and can be purchased the week prior at lunch in Hugh Center Court or at the door.

Inspiration:  
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”  -  Albert Einstein

 “We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.”  -  Native American Proverb

 “The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it.”  -  Barry Commoner

Not In Our School - April 17-21

posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:50 AM by Jeanie Smith

The purpose of Not in Our Schools Week is to celebrate Jordan's ongoing commitment to empowering students to create safe and inclusive environments that are free of bullying, harassment and all forms of intolerance.  

The week will start on Monday, April 17th with three grade level assemblies featuring Worth It! presenters to get us all in the right frame of mind for the week! Monday during lunch Leadership will lead students in creating a map to show support of the Not in Our Schools message-- go to HCC for your map dot. 

On Tuesday during lunch, Student Council will lead everyone in a NIOS pledge, and during 5th period students will receive this year's Jordan ROCKS T shirt.  

On Wednesday, all students wear their new Jordan ROCKS T shirt for Jordan ROCKS T shirt day; everyone wears their T shirt to celebrate Jordan's commitment to making our school the best it can be.  Lunch on Wednesday will include a whole school photo in Jordan ROCKS shirts, followed by a special advisory lesson. (8th grade Advisories will also have their Poetry Speak-Out.)

Thursday lunch is an open microphone event in the MPR and sign-ups for Day of Silence in G-4, and Friday is the Day of Silence and more activities in HCC. See the schedule HERE. 

Principal's Weekly

posted Apr 17, 2017, 9:43 AM by Jeanie Smith

For April 16, 2017:   A-testing we go!

California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments

As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).

April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)

April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org

For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact Mimi Kwon: mkwon@pausd.org

Not in Our School Campaign

 In an ongoing commitment to empower students to create a safe and inclusive environment, this week Jordan Middle School will celebrate Not in Our School https://www.niot.org/nios.
NIOS was brought to PAUSD in 2007 and all secondary schools have embraced this event. Jordan students will start the week with “Worth It Assembly,” focusing on character education and making good choices. Here is a link to the events for Jordan’s NIOS week: NIOS Weeklong Schedule 2017.

Inspiration:  

 “When we heal the Earth we heal ourselves.”    --  David Orr

 “On Earth Day… Here’s  wishing that the beauty of the Earth brings joy to the heart and makes your day even more beautiful.”   --  Anonymous

Principal's Weekly

posted Apr 11, 2017, 9:36 AM by Jeanie Smith

For April 9, 2017:
     ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calling all Future Chefs!  -  PAUSD Food Services is holding their first ever Middle School culinary competition.  Recipes from each middle school will be chosen as finalists to compete at Terman Middle School on Wednesday, May 3rd.  The search is on for healthy comfort food recipes!  Entry forms and information are linked below.  They can also be found at the snack bar and in the front office.  For more information: Future Chefs Info & Form

California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments
As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren). 
April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)
April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.
For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org
For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

Inspiration:  
“One kind word can change someone’s day.” - Anonymous
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Princess Diana
-- Principal Katie Kinnaman

Principal's Weekly

posted Mar 26, 2017, 5:35 PM by Jeanie Smith

For Mar. 26, 2017:   Parent Education: Hanging in There When Your Teen Is Screaming And Challenging Your Patience - Patty Wipfler of Hand in Hand Parenting - Wednesday, March 29th  7-9pm     After 12 or 13 years of tremendous effort, you are ready for parenting to get easier. But you find that you now have a testy family member whose opinion of you can be shockingly negative. And they're not quiet about it. What gives? This is not what you deserve! And the things your child yells are not a reflection of their true assessment of you. These moments happen because it's challenging for a teen to completely revamp their neural connections. It's not easy to build a new identity as they clamber, experience by emotionally-charged experience, into adulthood.  This talk will give you some basic understandings about what's going on with your precious child, how to take proactive steps to build healthy, respectful connections, and how to rebuild those connections when stressful moments fray the relationship.  You'll go home with ideas you can employ right away, and experiment with again and again. The tools presented will validate the vital role you play in your child's life, and will help keep your own emotional ship afloat through some stormy seas.

Thank you!     I want to express profound appreciation for all the parents and staff who helped make the Southern California Music Trip happen this past week.  This includes staff and parents who attended, those who fundraised throughout the year and supported students practicing and attending concerts, teachers who worked with students in the weeks leading up to the trip to make sure they had met the academic requirements, and all school staff who “held down the fort” while several hundred students - and a significant number of staff - were gone.  Glad everyone has returned safely, and from the texts and pictures I received it looked like a fun and engaging learning experience for everyone!  --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calling all Future Chefs!  PAUSD Food Services is holding their first ever Middle School culinary competition.  Recipes from each middle school will be chosen as finalists to compete at Terman Middle School on Wednesday, May 3rd.  The search is on for healthy comfort food recipes!  Entry forms and information are linked below.  They can also be found at the snack bar and in the front office.
For more information: Future Chefs Info & Form

End of the Year Field Trips   Completed forms were due to Advisory teachers by Wednesday, March 22nd.  No refunds will be given after March 29th.  There are some participation requirements to attend these field trips, so we ask that you please discuss them with your child.  Tardies and behavior during the second semester can restrict students from the end of year trip:  If students have accumulated 30 or more unexcused tardies during the second semester and/or suspended during the fourth quarter (which began March 13th), they will NOT be allowed to attend the end of year trip.

7th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

8th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments   As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).

April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)
April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org
For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

JORDAN CLIMATE
Day of Service - March 29 - 
IMPORTANT GOOGLE FOLDER AND INFORMATION - If your student signed up for Day of Service, you can access all field trip forms here Day of Service Forms - just open the  folder for your student’s service. Students were also handed forms when they signed up. At this pount, we are taking any more si Contact James Lubbe, Dean of Students, at jlubbe@pausd.org for more information regarding Day of Service.

Jordan continues to partner with Youth Community Services (YCS) for Day of Service!   We encourage parents to join us for this event as we need chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities and a link to volunteer. If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit their homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/

Important Day of Service Information:

  • Day of Service is voluntary.
  • Off Campus service may begin as early as Advisory (1:00 PM). On Campus service will begin at 2:00 PM.
  • All service projects end by 4:30 and students should be back on campus at that time.
  • Permission forms were due last week, if your student still needs to return them, your student should bring the forms to Ms. Babcock in the Guidance Office on Monday, March 26 - Link to forms Day of Service Forms.
  • We are in need of parent chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities available. If you can help at one of these events please sign up at the corresponding link.

Abilities United - URGENT NEED - Parents Volunteer here  On campus
Students will be making craft kits for day program participants. Abilities United runs day programs for people with disabilities and helps them remain and integrated and respected part of their community. This is an on-campus service project.

Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting with tree care and maintenance on local tree planting project. This is an off-campus service activity.

City of Palo Alto Animal Services - Parents Volunteer here  On campus
This year students will be making posters for animals up for adoption. They will be working on these posters with Sachi Hwangbo, the Volunteer Coordinator for Palo Alto Animal Services. She will also be talking with students more about what Animal Services does. This is an on-campus service project.

East Palo Alto Charter School - URGENT NEED -  Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks including: garden or library projects, helping with hands-on projects in art, science, or 1-on-1 with students and helping in the Expanded Learning Program.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks at EHP including: sorting and distributing meals from the food closet and sorting, stocking and hanging the community closet.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Grassroots Ecology - Parents Volunteer here Off campus
Student will be assisting with habitat restoration, this includes identifying and removing non-native and invasive species and sometime planting native species. This is an off-campus service project.

Hotel de Zink - FULL - Parents Volunteer here On campus
Students will be collecting toiletries and assembling toiletries bags for individuals in the program who will need to move to a new site on the first of the month. This is an on-campus service project.

Ohlone Elementary School Farm - FULL - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be assisting volunteers on the farm, tasks may include: animal care, farm work, and more! This is an off-campus service project.

Open Space: Baylands - FULL - Parents Volunteer here Off campus
Students will be assisting rangers with habitat restoration and maintenance, which may include removing invasive species, tracking native species and litter patrol. This is an off-campus service project.

Palo Alto Humane Society - FULL - Parents Volunteer here   Off campus
Students will be participating in the Kiddies to Kitties program, which provides students with the chance to read to cats in the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to practice their reading skills and help socialize the cats to make them more readily adoptable. This is an off-campus service project.

There with Care - URGENT NEED -  Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will be working at the There with Care warehouse assembling easy meal packages for families, they will also meet with staff and take a tour of the facility. This is an off-campus service project.

YMCA - Parents Volunteer here  Off campus
Students will assist with Parkinson's study.  We will be doing fitness assessments that day and the students will be helping to record data. They will also help arrange chairs and get weights (1-5lbs) for participants.

Inspiration:  In honor of Women’s History Month
“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What's important is the action. You don't have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”  -- Carrie Fisher

“Strength doesn't come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn't.”  -- Rikki Rodgers

Principal's Weekly

posted Mar 19, 2017, 10:00 PM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 10:02 PM ]

For Mar. 19, 2017:    
Parenting in the Digital Age - Free Parent/Guardian Technology Education   Curious about best practices surrounding adolescent technology use?  Have questions about what limits to set, how to monitor, and how to encourage responsible use of technology?  Look no further!  Attend this FREE event in conjunction with Common Sense Education.  Both sessions will be held at Jordan! 

Wed, Mar 22, 10 - 11:30 AM & 7 - 8:30 PM, Jordan Middle School Multi-Purpose Room

Free parent/guardian technology education event in partnership between PAUSD and Common Sense Education. This event will cover the realities of parenting in the digital age, bigger issues, and data as well as tools and resources for families. Two identical sessions are available for all PAUSD parents, however, due to adult content, this is an adult only event. Babysitters and translators will be available. Contact Emily Garrison, Coordinator of Educational Technology and Libraries with questions - egarrison@pausd.org. Please register at:  https://goo.gl/kbqhR7      --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calling all Future Chefs! - PAUSD Food Services is holding their first ever Middle School culinary competition.  Recipes from each middle school will be chosen as finalists to compete at Terman Middle School on Wednesday, May 3rd.  The search is on for healthy comfort food recipes!  Entry forms and information are linked below.  They can also be found at the snack bar and in the front office.   
For more information: Future Chefs Info & Form

Book Drive - Jordan's annual book donation drive ends this Wednesday, March 22nd! Students can donate gently used hardcover and paperback books appropriate for grades K-5 in their advisory classroom, and all donated books will go to the Access Books Bay Area project at Taft Elementary School in Redwood City this year! Our goal is to collect 2,000 donated books for the classroom libraries at Taft, a school serving over 95% students living in poverty. The 6th grade advisory that collects the most books will win the chance to duct tape our vice principal, Mr. Smith, to a wall! And the 7th/8th grade advisory that collects the most books will win the chance to throw water balloons at our principal, Mrs. Kinnaman!!

End of the Year Field Trips - Completed forms are due to Advisory teachers by this Wednesday, March 22nd.  There are some participation requirements to attend these field trips, so we ask that you please discuss them with your child.  Tardies and behavior during the second semester can restrict students from the end of year trip:  If students have accumulated 30 or more unexcused tardies during the second semester and/or suspended during the fourth quarter (which begins March 13th), they will NOT be allowed to attend the end of year trip.

7th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

8th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments - As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).

April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)

April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org

For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

JORDAN CLIMATE
Day of Service - March 29 - 
IMPORTANT GOOGLE FOLDER AND INFORMATION - If your student signed up for Day of Service, you can access all field trip forms here Day of Service Forms - just open the  folder for your student’s service. Students cannot attend without signing up and handing in forms. Students were also  given forms when they signed up. Contact James Lubbe, Dean of Students, at jlubbe@pausd.org for more information regarding Day of Service. Several activities have already reached capacity. Students will have another chance to sign up on Monday, March 19, during lunch.  Jordan continues to partner with Youth Community Services (YCS) for Day of Service!   We encourage parents to join us for this event as we need chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities and a link to volunteer. If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit their homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/

JORDAN DAY OF SERVICE  - March 29

  • Day of Service is voluntary.
  • Off Campus service may begin as early as Advisory (1:00 PM). On Campus service will begin at 2:00 PM.
  • All service projects end by 4:30 and students should be back on campus at that time.
  • All forms need to be returned by Wednesday, March 22, to Ms. Babcock, Guidance Office Day of Service Forms

Only 4 Activities left!
Grassroots Ecology - Parents Volunteer here Off campus - Student will be assisting with habitat restoration, this includes identifying and removing non-native and invasive species and sometime planting native species. This is an off-campus service project.

Hotel de Zink - Parents Volunteer here On campus - Students will be collecting toiletries and assembling toiletries bags for individuals in the program who will need to move to a new site on the first of the month. This is an on-campus service project.

Open Space: Baylands - Parents Volunteer here Off campus - Students will be assisting rangers with habitat restoration and maintenance, which may include removing invasive species, tracking native species and litter patrol. This is an off-campus service project.

NEW! YMCA - Off campus - Students will assist in a Parkinson’s Assessment at the YMCA.

These other Activities are Full!
Avenidas - Parents Volunteer here - As the weather starts to get warmers and sunnier, the staff at Avenidas needs help preparing their outdoor space for residents to enjoy. Students will be assisting with beautification and cleaning of the patios to make it safe and comfortable. This is an off-campus service project.

Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto - Parents Volunteer here - Students will be assisting with tree care and maintenance on local tree planting project. This is an off-campus service activity.

City of Palo Alto Animal Services - Parents Volunteer here - This year students will be making posters for animals up for adoption. They will be working on these posters with Sachi Hwangbo, the Volunteer Coordinator for Palo Alto Animal Services. She will also be talking with students more about what Animal Services does. This is an on-campus service project.

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) - Parents Volunteer here - Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks at EHP including: sorting and distributing meals from the food closet and sorting, stocking and hanging the community closet.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Ohlone Elementary School Farm - Parents Volunteer here - Students will be assisting volunteers on the farm, tasks may include: animal care, farm work, and more! This is an off-campus service project.

Palo Alto Humane Society - Parents Volunteer here - Students will be participating in the Kiddies to Kitties program, which provides students with the chance to read to cats in the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to practice their reading skills and help socialize the cats to make them more readily adoptable. This is an off-campus service project.

There with Care - Parents Volunteer here - Students will be working at the There with Care warehouse assembling easy meal packages for families, they will also meet with staff and take a tour of the facility. This is an off-campus service project.

Inspiration:  In honor of Women’s History Month
"In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful."    --  Alice Walker

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”   --  Anne Bradstreet

Principal's Weekly

posted Mar 13, 2017, 9:51 AM by Jeanie Smith

For Mar. 12, 2017:    A Fond Farewell - Lorraine Delannoy is retiring after 18 years!   It is with both sadness (for us) and joy (for her) that I am letting you know our beloved secretary, Lorraine Delannoy, will be retiring from Jordan.  Her last day is Tuesday -- yes, THIS Tuesday, March 14th!  A quick house sale has sped up her plans to relocate to Florida with her husband.  We are so grateful for her tremendous service to both Jordan and the district.  She has been a calm, constant force in the front office for many students, staff, and community members.  Be sure to wish her well!  We will have some substitute office help when possible until a permanent replacement can be hired.   
Jordan ROCKS - Catching Students Doing GOOD    I’m excited to announce that Monday, March 13th marks the launch of a new component of our Jordan ROCKS program.  Staff members will now have Jordan ROCKS recognition cards to give to students when we catch them showing one (or more!) of the Jordan ROCKS qualities that embody our community values.  This program was driven by staff desire to bring out the very best social/emotional learning capabilities in all our students.  Thank you, in particular, to our 7th/8th grade Social Studies teacher, Kyle Hart, who brought this program to fruition along with student input.  Students who are awarded Jordan ROCKS cards can enter them into periodic prize drawings.  --   Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Calling all Future Chefs!
PAUSD Food Services is holding their first ever Middle School culinary competition.  Recipes from each middle school will be chosen as finalists to compete at Terman Middle School on Wednesday, May 3rd.  The search is on for healthy comfort food recipes!  Entry forms and information are linked below.  They can also be found at the snack bar and in the front office.  For more information: Future Chefs Info & Form

 Book Drive
Jordan's annual book donation drive began Monday, March 6th, and run until March 22nd! Students can donate gently used hardcover and paperback books appropriate for grades K-5 in their advisory classroom, and all donated books will go to the Access Books Bay Area project at Taft Elementary School in Redwood City this year! Our goal is to collect 2,000 donated books for the classroom libraries at Taft, a school serving over 95% students living in poverty. The 6th grade advisory that collects the most books will win the chance to duct tape our vice principal, Mr. Smith, to a wall! And the 7th/8th grade advisory that collects the most books will win the chance to throw water balloons at our principal, Mrs. Kinnaman!!

 End of the Year Field Trips
We can’t believe that the time has come already to talk about the end of the year trips!!  On Wednesday, May 25th the 7th graders will be going to Raging Waters!  On Tuesday, May 30th the 8th graders will be going to Great America!  Permission slips were sent home on Monday, March 6th.  Completed forms are due to Advisory teachers by March 22nd.  There are some participation requirements to attend these field trips, so we ask that you please discuss them with your child.  

Tardies and behavior during the second semester can restrict students from the end of year trip:  If students have accumulated 30 or more unexcused tardies during the second semester and/or suspended during the fourth quarter (which begins March 13th), they will NOT be allowed to attend the end of year trip.

7th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

8th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

 California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments
As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).

April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)

April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math

*If students miss a test, make-up testing will be conducted during our testing window and the week of May 8th.

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org

For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact: mkwon@pausd.org

JORDAN CLIMATE
Day of Service - March 29
IMPORTANT GOOGLE FOLDER AND INFORMATION - If your student signed up for Day of Service, you can access all field trip forms here Day of Service Forms - just open the  folder for your student’s service. Students cannot attend without signing up and handing in forms. Students were also  given forms when they signed up.
 During Advisory on Wednesday, March 1, Jordan students discussed Community Service and learned about the upcoming Jordan Day of Service on March 29. Several activities have already reached capacity. We will continue sign ups this week Monday and Wednesday.
 Jordan continues to partner with Youth Community Services (YCS) for Day of Service!   We encourage parents to join us for this event as we need chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities and a link to volunteer. If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit their homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/
 Important Day of Service Information:

JORDAN DAY OF SERVICE  - March 29

  • Day of Service is voluntary.
  • Off Campus service may begin as early as Advisory (1:00 PM). On Campus service will begin at 2:00 PM.
  • All service projects end by 4:30 and students should be back on campus at that time.
  • Signups for the Jordan Day of Service begin on Monday, March 6th, during lunch, outside the MPR.
  • There will be an online sign up - more information to come. We encourage parents to participate, too.

 Only 4 Activities left!
Grassroots Ecology - Parents Volunteer here Off campus     Student will be assisting with habitat restoration, this includes identifying and removing non-native and invasive species and sometime planting native species. This is an off-campus service project.

 Hotel de Zink - Parents Volunteer here On campus     Students will be collecting toiletries and assembling toiletries bags for individuals in the program who will need to move to a new site on the first of the month. This is an on-campus service project.

 Open Space: Baylands - Parents Volunteer here Off campus     Students will be assisting rangers with habitat restoration and maintenance, which may include removing invasive species, tracking native species and litter patrol. This is an off-campus service project.

 NEW! YMCA - Off campus     Students will be able to assist in a Parkinson’s Assessment at the YMCA.

These Activities  (below) are Full!
Avenidas - Parents Volunteer here     As the weather starts to get warmers and sunnier, the staff at Avenidas needs help preparing their outdoor space for residents to enjoy. Students will be assisting with beautification and cleaning of the patios to make it safe and comfortable. This is an off-campus service project.

Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto - Parents Volunteer here     Students will be assisting with tree care and maintenance on local tree planting project. This is an off-campus service activity.

City of Palo Alto Animal Services - Parents Volunteer here     This year students will be making posters for animals up for adoption. They will be working on these posters with Sachi Hwangbo, the Volunteer Coordinator for Palo Alto Animal Services. She will also be talking with students more about what Animal Services does. This is an on-campus service project.

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) - Parents Volunteer here     Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks at EHP including: sorting and distributing meals from the food closet and sorting, stocking and hanging the community closet.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Ohlone Elementary School Farm - Parents Volunteer here     Students will be assisting volunteers on the farm, tasks may include: animal care, farm work, and more! This is an off-campus service project.

Palo Alto Humane Society - Parents Volunteer here     Students will be participating in the Kiddies to Kitties program, which provides students with the chance to read to cats in the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to practice their reading skills and help socialize the cats to make them more readily adoptable. This is an off-campus service project.

There with Care - Parents Volunteer here     Students will be working at the There with Care warehouse assembling easy meal packages for families, they will also meet with staff and take a tour of the facility. This is an off-campus service project.

Inspiration:  In honor of Women’s History Month
“Being a healthy woman isn't about getting on a scale or measuring your waistline. We need to start focusing on what matters-on how we feel, and how we feel about ourselves.”  --  Michelle Obama

 “The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within - strength, courage, dignity.” --  Ruby Dee

 “I know it's hard for women to tap into that feeling of self-worth. We need to get the message out that you are valued, you are a goddess and don't forget that.” --  Jennifer Lopez

"Visions of Constellations" is published!

posted Mar 6, 2017, 12:14 PM by Jeanie Smith

Our Creative Writing students have been hard at work under Ms. Morosoli's direction, and it has paid off in a beautiful magazine, a collection of essays, stories, poems, and art work! You can click HERE to see it on the website; and you can see the print version in many classrooms around campus. What a great showcase of student creativity! 

Principal's Weekly

posted Mar 6, 2017, 9:37 AM by Jeanie Smith

For Mar. 6, 2017:      Hopefully you are aware that this year we have been piloting 1:1 Chromebooks for our 7th grade students.  Each 7th grader was issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the year and has been responsible for bringing it to/from school each day and to each class period.  Seventh grade teachers have been able to plan on every student having access to a computer for their lessons.  As we begin planning for next year we are gathering input from staff, students and parents about two different models of technology access.  The first would be to continue and expand the 1:1 initiative.  The second would be to provide “saturation” access AT school by placing a Chromebook cart in each classroom.  In either case, teachers and students could plan on access while at school.  However, only the 1:1 model would have the students taking the computers home at the end of each day.  We have funding available to expand either model at this point. Please take a moment and answer this ONE QUESTION survey to indicate your preference between the two models.  Specific individual feedback can also be emailed directly to me by replying to this email or at kkinnaman@pausd.org.

 Community Input - Technology

 Thank you for your partnership. --- Katie Kinnaman, Principal

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Book Drive - Jordan's annual book donation drive will begin Monday, March 6th, and run until March 22nd! Students can donate gently used hardcover and paperback books appropriate for grades K-5 in their advisory classroom, and all donated books will go to the Access Books Bay Area project at Taft Elementary School in Redwood City this year! Our goal is to collect 2,000 donated books for the classroom libraries at Taft, a school serving over 95% students living in poverty. The 6th grade advisory that collects the most books will win the chance to duct tape our vice principal, Mr. Smith, to a wall! And the 7th/8th grade advisory that collects the most books will win the chance to throw water balloons at our principal, Mrs. Kinnaman!!

 End of the Year Field Trips - We can’t believe that the time has come already to talk about the end of the year trips!!  On Wednesday, May 25th the 7th graders will be going to Raging Waters!  On Tuesday, May 30th the 8th graders will be going to Great America!  Permission slips will be sent home on Monday, March 6th so please make sure to look out for them.  Completed forms are due to Advisory teachers by March 22nd.  There are some participation requirements to attend these field trips, so we ask that you please discuss them with your child.  Tardies and behavior during the second semester can restrict students from the end of year trip:  If students have accumulated 30 or more unexcused tardies during the second semester and/or suspended during the fourth quarter (which begins March 13th), they will NOT be allowed to attend the end of year trip.

7th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

8th Grade End of Year Field Trip Forms 2017

 California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) Assessments - As indicated in the Superintendent's Message to parents regarding upcoming state assessments, California students will be taking these assessments this spring.  Students at Jordan will be taking the assessments following the schedule below.  Please be mindful as you schedule appointments or events for your child(ren).
April 12-14 - 8th Grade California Science Test (CAST)
April 17-20 - 6th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
April 24-27 - 8th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
May 1-4 - 7th Grade Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts and Math
For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit www.caaspp.org

JORDAN CLIMATE NOTES:


JORDAN DAY OF SERVICE  - March 29
 During Advisory on Wednesday, March 1, Jordan students discussed Community Service and learned about the upcoming Jordan Day of Service on March 29, and how to sign up. There are a variety of service activities to choose from both on and off-campus. The spots fill up quickly, so make sure to check out your options and sign up on March 6th and March 8th at lunch!  Jordan continues to partner with Youth Community Services (YCS) for Day of Service!   We encourage parents to join us for this event as we need chaperones and drivers.  Below is a list of the activities and a link to volunteer. If you would like more information about YCS, you can visit their homepage here http://youthcommunityservice.org/
 Important Day of Service Information:
  • Day of Service is voluntary.
  • Off Campus service may begin as early as Advisory (1:00 PM). On Campus service will begin at 2:00 PM.
  • All service projects end by 4:30 and students should be back on campus at that time.
  • Signups for the Jordan Day of Service begin on Monday, March 6th, during lunch, outside the MPR.
  • There will be an online sign up - more information to come. We encourage parents to participate, too 

Avenidas - Parents Volunteer here
As the weather starts to get warmers and sunnier, the staff at Avenidas needs help preparing their outdoor space for residents to enjoy. Students will be assisting with beautification and cleaning of the patios to make it safe and comfortable. This is an off-campus service project.

Canopy: Trees for Palo Alto - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be assisting with tree care and maintenance on local tree planting project. This is an off-campus service activity.

City of Palo Alto Animal Services - Parents Volunteer here
This year students will be making posters for animals up for adoption. They will be working on these posters with Sachi Hwangbo, the Volunteer Coordinator for Palo Alto Animal Services. She will also be talking with students more about what Animal Services does. This is an on-campus service project.

Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be assisting with a variety of tasks at EHP including: sorting and distributing meals from the food closet and sorting, stocking and hanging the community closet.  This is an off-campus service activity.

Grassroots Ecology - Parents Volunteer here
Student will be assisting with habitat restoration, this includes identifying and removing non-native and invasive species and sometime planting native species. This is an off-campus service project.

Hotel de Zink - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be collecting toiletries and assembling toiletries bags for individuals in the program who will need to move to a new site on the first of the month. This is an on-campus service project.

Ohlone Elementary School Farm - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be assisting volunteers on the farm, tasks may include: animal care, farm work, and more! This is an off-campus service project.

Open Space: Baylands - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be assisting rangers with habitat restoration and maintenance, which may include removing invasive species, tracking native species and litter patrol. This is an off-campus service project.

Palo Alto Humane Society - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be participating in the Kiddies to Kitties program, which provides students with the chance to read to cats in the Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) to practice their reading skills and help socialize the cats to make them more readily adoptable. This is an off-campus service project.

There with Care - Parents Volunteer here
Students will be working at the There with Care warehouse assembling easy meal packages for families, they will also meet with staff and take a tour of the facility. This is an off-campus service project.

Inspiration:  In honor of Women’s History Month
“Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world thinks of you stepping out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, work your best works, looking for your own conscience for approval” -- Susan B. Anthony
“Never limit yourself because of others' limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” --- Mae Jemison
"Success isn't about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives." --- Michelle Obama

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