Principal's Newsletter: October 13

posted Oct 16, 2017, 9:26 AM by Susan Pound

Now that we are mid-way through October, it’s time to reflect with students on their experiences and learning so far. There are a variety of ways we can do this, both at home and school. We understand that for middle grades students, the learning environment is comprehensive and complex, and school and home need to work together well to keep kids on track.

In the next few weeks, your students will be participating in the California Healthy Kids Survey (7th grade only) and also the Palo Alto Reality Check Survey. Please read below for a further explanation from Mimi Kwon, Assistant Principal.

Another way to check in is to sit down with your student and review their progress grades, and check in on their study habits and ability to balance healthy activities with academic progress. We all need both! I’m enthusiastic about the upcoming Parent Education opportunities that will help us reflect on some of these important issues.

Shout out for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)

For those of you unfamiliar with this program, AVID is a fantastic program for students who may be the first in their families to attend college or university. At the middle school level, much of the learning is about self-advocacy, academic organization and goal-setting. I am very pleased that we have both a 7th and 8th grade AVID class, and an exceptional school site team, which supports the students, teachers and the program at Jordan. AVID students go on college visits to gain the navigational capital necessary for a college-going culture. We love AVID!

From the Front Office: Student Item Drop Off

Starting, Monday, October 23rd, any items that need to be dropped off for students can be dropped off in the student item drop off area re-located to the front office lobby.  Please follow the directions for items that are left for students:  FIll out a “Drop Off Form” provided in the lobby, and be sure to label the item with your student’s first & last name, and grade level.  Please see Jena Babcock if you have any questions.  Thank you.

With Gratitude:

This Wednesday, several of the PiE volunteers and school staff held a rally in front of the school to thank parents for supporting PiE. Our band played music (quite a feat for 7:45am!) and I had the opportunity to reflect on all of the supports and programs we wouldn’t have if it weren’t for your PiE donations. Here is a generalized overview:

Mental Health Counseling & a portion of Guidance Counseling

Visual and Performing Arts


Career Technical Education programs


Thank you!!