I recently had the opportunity to write paragraphs about our three JDHS retirees, Sara Hannan, Linda Dapcevich and Pam Tippets. These three women, combined, have been at Juneau-Douglas High School for a total of 56 years. Linda has been on the Glacier Avenue block for her entire career of 40+ years, Sara is now teaching the kids of her former students and Pam has been the person behind the scenes for 6 JDHS Principals. When you slow down to think about the scope of their service to students, to families and to public education it is easy to be “wowed” by its enormity. These three women embody our vision statement of PROUD to be a Crimson Bear. If you have a moment this month please do thank them for their service to Juneau :).
Slowing down to reflect on the year can be a challenge when May is such a flurry of activity. We will spend the last month of school taking finals, attending commencement events and wrapping up the school year. Behind the scenes we will be prepping items for the fall orientation mailing, building the master schedule, and getting your student’s schedules (and diplomas!) handed out. It is easy, with increased daylight and even some sunshine, for students to begin to check out mentally from the current school year. As always we encourage you to remain vigilant in your conversations about academics, attendance and ending the year strong. If there are ways that we can support you in the final month of school for this school year please call, email or stop in. We are here to help!
Thank you for all that you do to support our school as well. From student recognition luncheon donations, to hall walking to catching my typos in newsletters! Your daily support of Juneau-Douglas High School is one of the things I most appreciate about my job and our school community. All three of our retirees noted, without hesitation, that what they will miss the most are the people that make up JDHS – our students, our families and our staff. Happy May!