Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Connecting and Ascending

 Over the past nine weeks, we have begun to traverse the “Ladder” towards excellence. Teachers have learned a great deal about their students’ likes, dislikes, strengths, and challenges. They have begun to connect and partner with students for the educational journey ahead. Likewise, students have learned a great deal about their teachers. They have identified who they are comfortable relying upon, going to for help, and trusting as they take academic risks amongst their peers. Connections have been established, and are still being developed, that will support our goal of every student and adult advancing up the “Ladder to Excellence” this year.

A foundational component to our success will be our attention to the social emotional needs that we all have. We must first recognize those needs and how they manifest in this diverse population that is Jouett. We must then work together utilizing every possible resource (research, parents, counselors, teachers, students, and other professionals) to address them.

The second nine weeks at Jouett will continue the proactive social emotional work that began in the first marking period. We will continue to empower students to take ownership of their learning and create the school culture that they desire. The following are ways in which we plan to do this:

Continued work with Freddy Jackson and his message of “Love: No Ego,” choosing love over ego. Working with students to make better choices in every aspect of their lives.

Continued weekly professional development to reach every student.
 Momentum: Differentiated grade-level appropriate lessons to increase empathy, build senses of self, understand appropriate interactions, and build capacities to intervene as bystanders of bullying.

“Not every kid has the same experiences,
           But every kid wants to be….
                                    - Jeff Veal

~Jouett Leadership

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another Great Year Ahead!

Jack Jouett Middle School Students and Families
 Welcome back!

It seems like just yesterday we laughed, cried, and said our goodbyes as students left to enjoy their well-deserved summer breaks. 

Now, it is with great eagerness we wait, looking forward to their return with great ambition and curiosity. 

Our teachers and staff are working hard to prepare for this school year and they are determined to figure out how best to connect with, support, and inspire every student to reach his/her full potential.

As we embark upon this journey into the 2017- 2018 school year, we will work collectively to ensure that we all progress up the Ladder to Excellence as teachers, as students, and as citizens who positively impact the world around us.

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”
~Helen Keller

~Jouett Leadership

Friday, June 9, 2017

A Year to be Celebrated

As the school year concludes, we pause for a moment to reflect upon the challenges and successes we have experienced during this shared journey. We began the year determined to give it… our everything….each and every day. The students and staff at Jack Jouett Middle School did just that. The unity and relationships that were built in pursuit of this goal are easily seen and heard as teachers and students hug goodbye, shed tears of both sadness and joy, display proud smiles, and share praise for one another with moments of pause to regain composure and clarity. Whether moving on to become freshmen in high school, transferring, or rising within the ranks of Jouett, we are certain that our students, your children, have grown and have contributed greatly to the school that we love so much. As we part for a time, we leave you with a poem called Great Expectations

It's time to say good-bye
Our year has come to an end.
We’ve made more cherished memories
and many more new friends.
We’ve watched your children learn and grow
and change from day to day.
We hope that all the things we've done
Have helped in some small way.
So it's with happy memories
We send them out the door,
With great hope and expectations
for what next year holds in store.
~ Unknown

Have a wonderful, relaxing summer!  
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~ Jack Jouett Family