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Phone: 907-523-1501
FAX: 907-523-1616

Physical Address:
1639 Glacier Avenue

Mailing Address:
10014 Crazy Horse Drive
Juneau, AK 99801
JDHS Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Library Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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JDHS Principal's Corner

19 days ago

A message from Principal Casperson

And just like that, the school year is done!  Thank you students, parents, community and staff for all of the support, guidance and heart that you have offered to the school community.  The Class of 2018 celebrated 133 graduates, $303,014.00 in scholarships awarded at scholarship night, and countless high fives and hugs throughout the month of May.  As we were helping push, pull and encourage those seniors toward the finish line we also continued in our transitional planning for our remaining students (Classes of 2019-2021) and welcoming events for our newest Crimson Bears, the Class of 2022!  There is truly never a dull moment.


One of the last minute things that came up this spring is the exciting news that Juneau-Douglas High School may be receiving a Tlingit name, to augment our current one.  Through a grassroots effort, led by several JDHS students under the initial guidance of Henry Hopkins, a series of conversations have happened in support of the name augmentation.  This has been presented by the students at the JDHS Site Council, to the Native Education Advisory Council (NEAC) and to JDHS students via student council.  Feedback has been very positive in each of these areas.  Back in April there was a meeting at Douglas Indian Association (DIA) with various stakeholders from the native community, specifically the Áak’w Kwáan as well as T’aaku Kwáan. During that meeting, JDHS was gifted the name Kalé by Fran Houston, which loosely means “beautiful adorned face”.  Discussion has continued in a variety of settings, and it is our hope that the name acceptance will happen at the board level early in the school year.  If you have questions, or comments, please do not hesitate to send them our way.  In the summer months Barbara Cadiente-Nelson, K-12 Native Student Success Coordinator, and Ted Wilson, Director of Teaching and Learning, will help us continue this process.


Finally, throughout the newsletter this month you will find some columns provided to you from a Class of 2018 member, designed to offer tips and advice from the student perspective.  It is our hope that this format is something that we can continue to offer – specifically because it is student to student perspective.  At a minimum we hope that these tidbits of advice are useful conversation starters for you and your student, either as reflective conversation or in anticipation of a new school year J Oftentimes student perspective and voice are conspicuously missing from school conversations, and in decision-making.  Newsletter pieces and Tlingit name augmentations are just two examples of our efforts to be more intentional in including our students – your students – in our conversations.