JDHS Principal's Corner
Where has the time gone? I feel as though I blinked and next thing I knew the second quarter was done! Senior parents, this is especially poignant as you are embarking with your student on their final term at JDHS. Freshmen families, hold on. These semesters fly by.
The end of the first semester is December 22nd. The vast majority of your students will spend the winter break with a true break from school work and school activities. Some of our students have been given supplemental items to complete for the term, based on individual needs and supports. All of this is to say that while the term is complete finalized grades are not due to the Registrar’s Office until January 10th. It is my expectation that everyone gets some uninterrupted time for themselves and their families over the break, including our staff.
We will see a number of our winter athletes in action at Treadwell Arena, and here at the George Houston Gym for our annual Capital City Classic basketball tournament (also featuring Pep Band, Dance Team, and Cheer!). Our JDHS website is a quick reference site if and when you are looking for times for these events. Our midwinter activity (Wrestling) completed a strong season, with TMHS (who hosts JDHS wrestlers) winning their first-ever Region title! That correlation between extracurricular involvement and academic success is a strong one and we could not be more proud of our Crimson Bears.
When we return from the break on January 10th we have a three-day school week, to get reacclimated to the school routines. Students will pick up a new copy of their semester 2 schedule and we will have periods 1-6 each day. While our goal is to have 100% of our students in class on day one, we recognize that a handful might need to see their school counselor to problem-solve their courses. As is always the case students have the first 5 days of the term to add/drop a semester course without penalty. Year-long courses require a counselor/student/guardian/teacher conversation.
My final ramblings here are to prep you for the rapidly approaching course selection nights. Yes, somehow in this weird time warp, we are already at the time of year where you and your student come into the school to select courses for next year. It is a priority for our school that this process includes all stakeholders. This is the annual review of progress for your kiddo and the right time to look at their progress regarding their four-year plan. The specific nights for each grade level and alpha group are included in this newsletter.
I wish you and yours a joyful (and restful!) winter break and a happy new year!