September has been a month filled with preparation for the return of distance learning. We would like to more formally recognize our two current custodians, Mike Spoerl and Andy Counts, for their outstanding work getting our main campus ready. They also prepared the East Wing for the 5th grade academy and JC Options programs to have what they needed to kick off the school year. We are looking to fill vacant custodial positions, and Mike and Andy have been simply the best during this challenging time.
We would also like to thank our classified staff who have gone above and beyond to prepare registration folders, barcode and organize chromebooks for checkout, called parents personally to follow up on survey information, and done a ton of behind the scenes work for our teachers to be ready to start distance instruction. Our teachers miss our students as well, but have done a remarkable job preparing to deliver engaging lessons in the online format. Linda Jackson and her team deserve huge praise for their work in the JC Options program, as numbers choosing that curriculum path have grown significantly. This has truly been a team effort, and we are proud of our staff for maintaining a positive, student-centered attitude. This past Friday, the Tiger Club thanked the staff by serving pizza at lunch time.
The Meet & Greet Supply Giveaway two weeks ago was a success, as over 400 students and families came through for textbooks, chromebooks and supplies to help start the school year. Special thanks to Susan Inman, her team, and local businesses and churches for putting together "Welcome Back Gift Bags" for all of our students. That was an awesome gesture!
We look forward to starting limited in-person instruction soon, and getting small groups of students the support they need. Now that students are returning in small numbers for academic purposes, we also plan to kickoff our "Season 1" of extracurriculars with 4-week workouts for each program by season. The programs will follow all health and safety protocols, and will rotate with spring sports starting October 5th, followed by fall and then winter. We are looking forward to the opportunity students will have to reconnect and enjoy the social-emotional attributes that extracurriculars bring.
We want to remind our students and families that daily attendance remains a requirement, whether a student is participating in the synchronous instruction with teachers in the mornings, or enrolled in the JC Options program. If a student needs to be absent, please call our Attendance Office.
Finally, with the current circumstances, we will be looking at options to postpone some of the exciting activities that our students traditionally look forward to. This may even mean moving Homecoming and the Noise Night to the spring season. We want to find ways to highlight student achievements and to give students ways to make the absolute best of this 2020-21 school year, whether in distance learning or in-person mode. We can get through this in the JC way, TOGETHER!