Principal's Weekly

posted Nov 13, 2016, 7:04 PM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Nov 13, 2016, 7:05 PM ]
For Nov. 13, 2016 from Principal Katie Kinnaman:  As always, we remain committed at Jordan to an environment that supports all students.  Here is a message I sent to staff on Wednesday, November 9th that reiterates this commitment:  
Dear Staff: 
I want to thank you for your professionalism today – and in the coming weeks/months – in supporting students as they make sense of the recent presidential election.  Our job as educators is to facilitate student understanding of our democratic process in a non-biased manner.  I know you all take this role seriously and work each day to make this happen.  It is also important to remember that every single student, staff, and family has a different lens through which they interpret current events.  Respecting all viewpoints is critical at a time like this.  We can be role models for students and facilitators of their own growth in this area. 
It goes without saying that our commitment to supporting student well-being is always at the forefront of our work.  Bullying or harassment has always been – and will continue to be – unacceptable.  Should you see or hear anything that is unacceptable in these areas, please address it immediately and work collaboratively with counseling and administration to address the issue.  Counselors and administrators are always on-call to help with students who may be in distress.  I know that working together we can continue to strengthen the safety and inclusiveness of our schools.
Katie Kinnaman, Principal
Announcements:
Challenge Day
Jordan Middle School is proud to announce our second year of hosting Challenge Day. Last year, we were able to bring Challenge Day to 100 7th grade students and 30 adults comprised of staff, parents, and community members. This year, we will be running two Challenge Day sessions. One for 7th grade students and the one for 7th and 8th grade students. We will run an advisory presentation to inform students about Challenge Day.
More information about Challenge Day: 
Challenge Day's mission is to provide youth and their communities with experiential workshops and programs that demonstrate the possibility of love and connection through the celebration of diversity, truth and full expression. Jordan Middle School will host an on-site, one day, interactive Challenge Day program that provides students and adults with tools to tear down the walls of separation, and inspires participants to live, study, and work in an encouraging environment of acceptance, love, and respect. 
For the full link about Challenge Day please go here http://www.challengeday.org/our-programs/schools/
For a video about Challenge Day please click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_3Hk9sM4lo for El Sugundo Middle School (6:02).
Inspiration:     “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”  -- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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