Dear J13 Family,
Happy New Year! We are full steam ahead with your support. We have your children braving the weather and making their way to school. We are greeting them with excitement and letting them know how wonderful they are. The purpose of this letter is to communicate some of the events we have going on and offer ways to support your child in making it to graduation in proud fashion.
We have many events on (I will keep it brief), we just hosted the students to see the movie Selma and we dedicated the week of January 12th to discussions around the Civil Rights movement and Martin Luther King, Jr. The week of January 19th, we are hosting Spirit Week. We sent home flyers with your child. Their are either to wear dress code or participate in the theme of the day. We just started reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. We anticipate this will provide a clear understanding of how productive teens look and how they can set goals to achieve. We will be dedicating our independent reading time to reading the book and our advisory time to discuss what we read. We also have a training for the students scheduled on February 3rd and 4th to provide a deeper understanding of what it looks like to go after dreams and how each day is an opportunity to do so.
How can you support? I love that you asked. We have a promotional assessment on January 28th and 29th. Please make sure your child comes to school on time and gets a good night’s rest the night before. In 29th addition, please check in to see if he or she is doing his or her homework. If he or she is not, assist us by making sure he or she goes to STARS and Saturday Academy. I know children complain about going but they will be grateful after when they participate at graduation and are recognized for their vast improvements. I promise I will make sure he or she thanks you for being so difficult every week to get him or her to attend and we will high five each other for making sure he or she got there every day. It is a difficult journey. Teenagers’ complaining strikes a nerve. I get it. Stay strong. That is why headphones were invented. Put those headphones on when they start complaining and you will get through it. I promise. Withhold the perks and allowances until they show improvement in grades and attendance with STARS and Saturday Academy. Let’s support each other to make sure he or she tastes success.
Jacob T. Michelman