JDHS Principal's Corner
Thank you for a great start to the 2019-2020 school year. Our numbers at the Orientation and Freshmen First days were strong, and we continue to see the benefits of that with academic participation and student engagement from day one! Students appear to be settled into the school routine, and both our attendance rates and our grade reports reflect their commitment.
One topic that we want to make sure you know about is our decision to suspend the JDHS Parent Group monthly meetings. For decades JDHS has hosted two monthly opportunities for families to connect with one another and with school administration. One of those are the more formal Site Council meetings that we hold on the first Monday of each month, from 5-7pm. The other one has been the informal parent group meetings that have traditionally met monthly at noon for anyone interested in an opportunity for a handful of school reports and then open conversation. Sadly, the attendance for the parent group meetings has dwindled to one regular member in the past year, waning from a handful of members over several years. After interest surveys at Open House, Parent Teacher Conferences and via parent networks it appears that this is no longer a need for you, the families of our students, for the time being.
That said, it is really important to us that you know that you can still be involved! While the Site Council is an advisory body for the school with elected membership anyone is welcome to participate as a member of the public. AND, if there are a group of you who want to revive the informal JDHS Parent Group all it will take is an email or phone call to us with a proposed date and time. We also host hall walkers, invite you to join us for lunch, and encourage you to reach out to classroom teachers if you would like to volunteer. Our door is open, and we want to be responsive to your needs as well as the needs of your student.