Principal's Weekly

posted Mar 19, 2017, 10:00 PM by   [ 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 - Please register at:      --  Katie Kinnaman, Principal

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

For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact:

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 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


  • 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