Principal's Weekly

posted May 8, 2017, 10:09 AM by
For May 7, 2017:  ANNOUNCEMENTS
 - 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).

 - CAASPP Testing for the week of 5/7-5/11

  • This week we will be conducting CAASPP Make Up Tests during lunch and brunch. Students who need to complete their tests will receive call slips to report to the computer lab. 

For additional information regarding the assessments and practice tests, visit
For site based questions regarding the CAASPP testing please contact:

 - A Note on the New Netflix Series "13 Reasons Why" - Parents and guardians should be aware about a new television series with a sensitive theme that has become popular with teenagers. The series is based on a 2007 bestselling novel with the same Netflix title, "Thirteen Reasons Why." The topics covered in this book are: adolescent bullying, rejection, heartbreak, sexual assault, abuse, revenge, depression, and desperate but unsuccessful efforts to find help or understanding. These topics are depicted as many of the reasons for the character's suicide at the end of the series. Series like this can be difficult to watch and could trigger feelings of distress in viewers.
In the event your student chooses to view this Netflix series, parents and guardians may wish to discuss some of the issues mentioned above or may need support in discussing such issues. Although Netflix opened all 13 episodes for continuous viewing, metered viewing is advised to allow time to process and discuss themes and feelings that may arise.
All counselors in the Palo Alto Unified School District have been informed of this series. As always, they are a resource for all students. If parents have questions about how to have conversations with their students, the counseling team is available for parents and students.
Parents and guardians who would like to read more about this book/series, can use these two resources: Common Sense Media and 13 Reasons Why talking points.
Note: The intention of this message is not to recommend viewing this Netflix series; rather, it is intended to provide you with relevant information to the health and wellbeing of all PAUSD students and families.

Thank you for your partnership,  Principal Katie Kinnaman

Jordan Orchestra Concert
Orchestra will be presenting their last concert of the year. Please come and join them on May 11 in the MPR from 7:00- 8:00 PM.

Inspiration:   “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi   
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.