Principal's Weekly

posted Aug 22, 2016, 7:53 AM by   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 8:55 AM ]

From the Principal, for Aug. 21:

New Faces in the Front Office

Two staff members from the 2015-16 school year are off on new adventures in PAUSD this year.  Jim Cox, Assistant Principal, has returned to Terman as a science teacher.  He is passionate about teaching and excited to reconnect with colleagues and students in the Terman community.  Jeff Gielow, counselor, has also transferred to Terman to further expand his professional experience.   As a former Jordan student, aide, intern, and counselor, the opening on the Terman counseling team will allow Jeff to broaden his PAUSD experience and grow professionally.  We wish both Mr. Cox and Mr. Gielow the very best in their new roles!

We are welcoming two new team members to our front office staff this year.

  • Tad Smith is our newest Assistant Principal.  He will be the 7th grade administrator and is paired up with counselor Meghan Ben this year to support students, staff, and families.  Mr. Smith will also being taking the lead on our facility management.  

    • Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts in Technology and Industrial Arts, and his Teaching Credential from Humboldt State University.  He has a Master of Arts from California State University San Bernardino in Educational Administration. Prior to coming to Palo Alto he taught Industrial Arts for 22  years in the Rim of the World Unified School District in Lake Arrowhead California. In addition to being an assistant principal for the intermediate and high school for six years, he was the coordinator of alternative programs and principal of  the continuation high school for two years. He enjoys inspiring students and supporting them through their middle school and adolescent years.  Outside of school, Mr. Smith spends his time with his wife (a math teacher at Gunn High School) and their four grown children.  And, they also recently became grandparents!

  • Kristen Hartley is joining our team as our newest counselor.  She will be teaming up with James Lubbe, Dean of Students, to serve our 8th grade students and families.  

    • Ms. Hartley has a B.A. in Psychology from CSU Long Beach, and an M.A. in Counseling and PPS Credential from Chapman University.  She comes highly recommended from her internship program where she worked in Mill Valley.  She lives in San Francisco and is excited to work closely with families and staff to support our eighth graders in their final year of middle school.  Come meet Ms. Hartley on Friday, August 26th at the 8th grade parent network meeting!

Welcome to Mr. Smith & Ms. Hartley!


Please support the Jordan Book Fair all this week in the library!  All proceeds benefit our library program which touches ALL students in the Jordan community.

The Jordan Climate Committee is composed of staff, parents, and students. The Committee discusses ideas and events that build on the JORDAN ROCKS slogan; Respectful Open-minded Community of Kind and Safe students. The Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month and the first meeting is Tuesday, September 6 from 3:15-4:15 in B7. If you are interested in attending, contact James Lubbe, Dean of Students, at, or feel free to show up.  All are welcome!

Learning in Action:

Many classrooms spent considerable time this past week building classroom community, establishing norms, and participating in icebreaker/get-to-know-you activities.  Hopefully you have received and reviewed course guides for at least some of your child’s classes.  Look for more information in the coming weeks!  Also, be sure to mark your calendar for Back-to-School Night on August 31.  You’ll have a chance to follow your child’s schedule and meet their teachers.  


Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

-Helen Keller

Katie Kinnaman, Principal