Principal's Weekly for Aug. 28, 2016 -

posted Aug 28, 2016, 10:07 PM by Jeanie Smith   [ updated Aug 28, 2016, 10:09 PM ]

Back-to-School Night + Math Information Session

We look forward to seeing everyone at back-to-school night THIS Wednesday, Aug. 31st.  You will get to experience your child’s schedule firsthand -- following their classes, meeting the teachers, and even surviving passing period without being tardy!  Be here at 7 pm for your first class.  

If you are interested, please join our Math Information session just prior to Back-to-School visitation.  Math night starts at 6:15 pm in the MPR.  Families of 6th grade students and new students to Jordan are invited to join us.  Our presentation will provide you with information regarding the transition from 6th grade math to 7th grade math and the possible pathways in high school.  

PiE's Back-To-School Challenge Grant

Happening now through Sept 6th!  PiE contributions provide over 76% of the discretionary funds we have here at Jordan.  Your support of PiE allows us to have additional staff that make a difference to our students everyday, including offering additional electives, providing additional counselor support, and enhancing our on-site tech support.  Thank you for your generosity!

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Announcements:

Noon Angels:

We need Noon Angels!  Noon Angels help keep our students safe during lunchtime.  Our assistant principal, Mimi Kwon, invites you to come to a Noon Angels orientation scheduled for Thursday, September 1, 11:30-lunchtime in room N-1.  She will provide us with a purpose, instructions, a tour of the school grounds, as well as Q & A.  Your time is valuable and we appreciate your willingness to watch out for the safety of our kids.  We could not do this without your commitment!  To sign up to volunteer, go to Noon Angels Trusted Group | UpToUs.  Questions? Please contact Sachi Hwangbo sachi_hwangbo@yahoo.com.

Jordan Climate Committee:

The Jordan Climate Committee is composed of staff, parents, and students. The Committee discusses ideas and events that build on the JORDAN ROCKS slogan: Respectful Open-minded Community of Kind and Safe students. The Committee meets the first Tuesday of every month and the first meeting is Tuesday, September 6 from 3:15-4:15 in Room B-7. If you are interested in attending, contact James Lubbe, Dean of Students, at jlubbe@pausd.org, or feel free to show up.  All are welcome!

Grade Level Advisory Social

On August 24, we held the first of our Grade Level Advisory Socials. It was great to see 8th grade students and staff out at Hugh Center Court having fun and bonding. 7th grade Advisory Social will happen this Wednesday, August 31, followed by 6th grade (September 7). Thank you, PTA, for participating in the event by providing and handing out treats to all the students!

Learning in Action:

-- This week Mr. Hart’s 7th grade social studies class was working on their “Beliefs” essay.  This project helps students understand cultural and sociological differences, while also building classroom community by students getting to know one another at a deeper level.  It is a great example of our commitment to writing across the curriculum.  

-- Mr. Carlisle’s 8th grade science class was completing a warm-up activity that had them thinking about what information they could learn from a graph of CO2 emissions. Students were noticing how the graph communicated cause-and-effect, while also discussing how to read the maximum and minimum emission levels.

-- Kudos to the 6th graders!  They have quickly learned their schedule, their way around campus, and how to operate the lock on their locker.  Our “locker distress” calls are quickly disappearing!

-- The full admin team had a chance this past week to meet with all 7th and 8th graders for the first few minutes of their PE class.  Ask your student to explain how the motto “Jordan ROCKS” guides our middle school community.  And, find out from him/her what we mean when we say Jordan students have INTEGRITY!

    -- Katie Kinnaman, Principal

Inspiration:

“Don't worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.”

― Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul​