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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