Principal's Weekly

posted Aug 11, 2017, 6:36 PM by Susan Pound   [ updated Aug 11, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

August 2017


Dear Jordan Families:


It is with great excitement that we welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year at Jordan! As Jordan's new principal, I am honored to be joining the strong team of educators who are supporting your students through the academic and social adventure of middle school. As long as I've been a school administrator, I've kept a photo of myself in 8th grade at my desk. In addition to being quite humbling, it reminds me every day that the middle school experience can be both exciting and perplexing at the same time, and that caring, knowledgeable and engaged school staff can partner with parents, guardians and community to help guide the way.


Starting Strong

Our first day of school is Tuesday, August 15th from 8:10 am to 3:05 pm. Very soon, your student will receive a letter that includes your student's advisory assignment and the name of their counselor. Students will attend advisory first on August 15th, and will receive their complete schedules during that advisory  period.


Transition into 6th grade is an exciting adventure for many students. Incoming 6th graders will participate in our two-day orientation, Jaguar Journey. This complete introduction to Jordan will include a campus tour, information about school procedures and many other necessary topics including class schedules, how to use lockers, PE uniforms, and school photos. On the morning of the first day of school, 6th graders should report to Hugh Center Court where they will gather by advisory teacher .After a short welcome, they will join their teacher and classmates and go to their new classrooms. 7th and 8th grade students should report directly to their advisory classrooms on the morning of the first day of school.


Families New to Jordan

All new Jordan students (including new ih and 8th graders) are invited to an informal student orientation and family social on Monday, August 16th from 3:30-s:oopm. New students will gather in Hugh Center Court for a student orientation. Parents are invited to join Jordan staff in the MPR for the brief orientation to Jordan. Information about these events is included in your packet.


Back to School Information

Enclosed are instructions about the required paperwork for the start of school, including contracts and guidelines requiring parent and student signatures. The packet may be turned in to the office between 8:ooam and 4:oopm any day between Monday, August ih and Tuesday, August 15th. Your student's emergency information card should have been completed online through the District. For the safety of your student, it is important to provide all three emergency contacts so that we can be certain to reach you or a trusted friend or relative if we are unable to reach in an emergency.

An important message for all incoming 7th graders- All 7th grade students are required to have immunizations (including Tdap) before school starts. You should have received previous notices from the district regarding the required immunizations with specifics on the new laws and requirements. I wanted  to personally bring this to your attention because at the start of 7th grade, any student without their immunization records current for the new law, will not be able to attend school until their records are submitted. I appreciate that it can take some time to get a medical appointment and immunization

records. Tdap immunizations can be sent to health@pausd.org or dropped off at the district office at Portable A, on Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. Please indicate your child's name and Jordan Middle School when e-mailing or dropping off an immunization record. Thank you!



Prepare for Success

Please sit down with your student before school begins to review Jordan's Handbook. You will find important school procedures, the 2017-2018 activities calendar, a staff directory, and other frequently requested information. You can find the Jordan handbook under the 11About" tab on our school website.


And perhaps most importantly ...remember that for middle school students, academic work can become more rigorous and the social environment may become larger and more complex. Students may form new identities as secondary students. I believe the following skills and attitudes are essential, and can be supported by both parents and educators:


  • Embrace struggle

  • Ask thoughtful questions

  • Build intellectual stamina

  • Allow multiple solutions and pathways

  • Provide equitable opportunities

  • Encourage critical-thinking and problem-solving



Thank you for joining us on this journey! We look forward to working with you and your students this year.


Valerie Royaltey-Quandt

Principal, Jordan Middle School

vroyalteyquandt@pausd.org



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