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JDHS Principal's Corner


A message from Principal Casperson


           

Our 9th and 10th grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students recently worked on developing personal mission statements – individual credos that they could use to help them guide their high school tenures.  As they worked on this activity they had the opportunity to review the Juneau School District mission statement as well as the Juneau-Douglas High School mission.  Their greatest take-away from this analysis is that in Juneau, and at JDHS, our core values include personalizing each student’s individual educational path in a way that meets each student where they are at and supports each student in their attainment of a high school diploma.  While we know that we may stumble as a system along the way we are committed to working with JDHS students and families as partners in this journey. 

 

In the spirit of that partnership we want to highlight some of the goals that we are focusing on this school year and emphasize the many ways that you can connect with our school and its staff.  If you have not already, please take a moment to review the JDHS School Action Plan, located on our website.  This plan is what we use to structure our growth as professionals and to identify areas of improvement needed for our system.  Key phrases included in this year’s plan are “restorative practices”, “chronically absent” and “cognitively complex tasks.”  In layman’s terms we are working to build a stronger community through the use of relationship building strategies, we are analyzing students who miss more than 10% of their school days (that means 18!) and we are upping the ante with problem-solving tasks across content areas.  We are also, as expected, incorporating school climate and culture, academic interventions and traditional reading, writing and math goals. 

 

Thank you for partnering with us in support of our student and their learning.  Please remember that we are a system always seeking improvement and your feedback matters.  You can call, email, or stop in any time if you have questions or comments.  What you have to say is important to us!  We are PROUD to be Crimson Bears!


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