Principal's Weekly

posted Oct 23, 2016, 8:50 PM by jsmith@pausd.org
For Oct. 23, 2016, from Principal Katie Kinnaman:   Jordan ROCKS!  While it is a catchy phrase, Jordan ROCKS is more than just a school slogan.  Did you know that Jordan ROCKS spells out the core values for our school community?   
R - Respectful 
O - Open-minded 
C - Community of 
K - Kind and 
S - Safe students
These values guide our work each day and we look for opportunities to bring them into discussions with students.  Advisory lessons are targeted around these core values, and events like “Unity Week” (last week) bring students together to engage in activities that build upon and reflect these core values.  At the recent grade level spirit assemblies, students were recognized as “Jaguar of the Quarter” for exhibiting a specific Jordan ROCKS quality.  Each award was presented with an acknowledgement of the student’s contribution to our core values.
You can help strengthen our core values by talking with your children at home about Jordan ROCKS.  Some conversation starters:
·         What did you do at school today that was KIND?
·         Give me an example of how a staff member this week modeled for you how to be OPEN-MINDED?
·         Who is a friend that best exemplifies being RESPECTFUL?  
·         What does it mean to be SAFE at school?  Hint: It’s not just about physical safety!
Don’t forget that you are one of your child’s best teachers.  You can point out how you handle situations at home and work that are also examples of Jordan ROCKS.  Together we can make Jordan ROCKS much more than just a catchy tagline for our school name!
Katie Kinnaman, Principal
Announcements:
Student Presidential Election! - The 2016 Presidential election cycle is in full swing!  As a way to get our students involved in and excited about civics, the Jordan Social Studies Department will host a school-wide Student Mock Election in the library on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.   This experience will help our students understand the civic responsibility of voting and participating in our democracy by giving them a chance to cast their own vote.   Additionally, seeing democracy in action will allow us to experience California History/Social Studies Content Standard 8.3 firsthand: “students understand the foundation of the American political system and the ways in which citizens participate in it.”  
In order for this day to be successful, we need your help!  We need at least three parent volunteers per period (one parent per grade level) to oversee voting in the library.  We are also utilizing student volunteers.  Please use the attached link to sign up for a slot. If you scroll down through the document, you will notice that it is sorted by grade level and period. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s history teacher or Kirsten Missett, History/Social Studies Instructional Supervisor, at kmissett@pausd.orgThank you, Kirsten Missett
Jordan Drama Presents 'Willy Wonka Jr.' - Come support the Jordan Drama Program in their newest musical, Willy Wonka Jr., Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir.  The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory light up the Jordan stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale, a scrumdidilyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. Showtimes: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:00; Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:00; and Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2:30; all in the MPR. Tickets: $5 Student/Child; $10 Adult. 
Inspiration: “Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.”– Henry David Thoreau
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