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JDHS Principal's Corner

A message from Principal Casperson

In my newsletter at the end of the 3rd quarter I stated that we would look different next year and that I firmly believe that with big change comes great opportunity for improvement and growth.  As we sum up this academic year we are also well in the throes of planning for next year.  Our staff in the Juneau School District have been shuffled around as a part of the process, and the ones who have landed here at JDHS have already hit the ground running, working collaboratively to plan for our student’s success.  While I know that this budget crisis, followed by a tumultuous reconfiguration, left no one unscathed I also see a ton of positive energy and intent as we leap into next year. 

One of the changes to file away in your mental rolodex is that we will be starting and ending the school day 15 minutes later, to adjust for the needed bussing routes for elementary and middle schools.  This means that first period will begin at 9:30 daily, and that the final class of the day will end at 4pm.  We do not anticipate a significant disruption to after school activities or to evening events.  We will continue to use the modified flex schedule, with all periods meeting Mondays and Fridays and then the rotation of longer classes for the middle three days. We will continue to offer Advisory class once per week and then two Enrichment periods for your student to access teachers for support during the regular school day.  It is our intent to roll advisory cohorts over to support students with the transition to a larger school population. 

Looking ahead, again in the spirit of welcoming the next school year, please mark your calendars for the following important dates: 

  • Student Orientation:  August 7th, 8th and 9th from 9-11 & 12-2.  Alpha rotation this year is O-Z on the 7th, A-G on the 8th, and H-N on the 9th.  This is where IDs, draft schedules, lockers, and pre-payment for yearbooks occur.  It is also a great chance to walk through your draft bell schedule to see the traffic pattern for the first semester. 

  • Freshmen First Day!  Wednesday, August 14th from 10-1.  All incoming 9th graders will be here to participate in some class bonding, meet the staff again, and to have one additional chance to navigate the hallways before the first day. 

  • First day of school:  August 15th, with all class periods that day (1-6). 

  • Open House:  August 28th, from 5-6pm.

Until August, please enjoy a restful and rejuvenating summer break.  I hope that your students have had a year here marked with academic learning and personal growth.  Class of 2024 congratulations!  And for the other classes, I cannot wait to see you again in the fall. 


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Juneau-Douglas High School


JUNEAU, AK 99801

(907) 523-1616
The City and Borough of Juneau School District complies with all federal and State of Alaska laws, statutes, and regulations, and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran or military status, or the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, and provided equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. This holds true for all students who are interested in participating in education programs and/or extracurricular school activities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the District’s Title IX Coordinator Mack Brittingham, 523-1715, Title IX Investigator/Decision Maker Lyle Melkerson, 523-1710, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator and Title IX Appellate Decision Maker Frank Hauser, Superintendent, 523-1702, 10014 Crazy Horse Dr. Juneau, AK 99801.
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