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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

Principal's Weekly

posted Feb 26, 2017, 9:23 PM by Jeanie Smith

For Feb. 26, 2017:   

ANNOUNCEMENTS - JORDAN CLIMATE
Day of Service Advisory Lesson Plan - Wednesday, Mar 1
During Advisory on Wednesday, March 1, Jordan students will discuss what Community Service means and learn about the upcoming Jordan Day of Service, March 29, and how to sign up. Initial sign up will begin on March 6 during lunch outside the MPR. We will also have online sign ups after March 6 - look for more information next week. Day of Service is voluntary.
Jordan continues to partner with Youth Community Services (YCS) for Day of Service!  We are still finalizing our list of Service Partners, here is a tentative list Service Partners - Tentative List .  We encourage parents to join us for this event as we need chaperones and drivers.  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.

Inspiration:
“I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career, I've lost almost 300 games, 26 times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over, and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”  - Michael Jordan
 “I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom... I want to be remembered as one who tried.”  - Dorothy Height

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

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