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Principal's Corner

Co-Principals: Brian Young & Dina Marschall
March 2021
The JCHS Staff is thrilled to have a majority of our students back in-person with us.  We have had a wonderful transition and continue to fine tune, model, and reteach health and safety protocols. Our students have bought-in and are doing a tremendous job.  Despite the constraints and adjustments, we have been reminded of how much we missed what we once took for granted. Thank you to the entire staff, district team and Board, as well as parents and students for helping to make this happen. The in-person time has allowed many of our students to improve their grades as we close out the 2nd Trimester.

We are excited to announce that all of our JCHS students who choose to return will be in-person every day school is in session, once we get back from spring break.  The A/B hybrid approach has allowed us to have a gentle start, teaching and acclimating students to the health and safety guidelines.  However, it is clear to our staff that students will benefit and recover learning in a much more efficient manner if we have them in building on a regular basis.  We have developed a 3rd Trimester schedule to accommodate the cohort grouping of students, and we also have a plan in place to serve and supervise all students during the lunch periods in our commons areas and classrooms. This has been a most difficult year to schedule students for classes, and we cannot thank our counselors enough for this work.  Thank you to Angie Elstone, Brian Miller, Courtney Madsen.  Also, a thank you to Tiffany Hart, our Attendance Secretary and Brandy Moore, our Registrar for their amazing work.  It has been a monumental task to track & monitor attendance, resolve Incomplete grades and change transcripts, and follow up and connect with families to provide the best possible support for students.

This month, we celebrated our classified staff during Appreciation Week.  We simply could not do this work without our cooks, custodians, IAs, secretaries, and all other classified employees who serve staff, students, and families.
Thank you to all of our classified staff for the work you have done to make things function, no matter what COVID throws our way!  This has been a year of challenges and you have risen to every challenge and kept the needs of students and staff at the forefront!

Fall sports are well underway, and we would like to give a special thanks to our Athletic Director, Craig Rothenberger, our Athletic Secretary & Trainer, Tye Rauschert, and all of our coaches for making it a tremendous start.  Yes, it is strange to watch soccer and football practices in March, but our student-athletes are following all of the health and safety expectations and are so happy to be competing again.  Our volleyball team is 3-0 in Sky-Em play at the time of this writing, and just defeated Cottage Grove in 5 sets, in one of the most memorable matches in Tiger history.  The football team defeated Harrisburg in the opener and played La Pine last Friday night.  Cross country, and boys and girls soccer are also competing.  A lot goes into hosting in-person events, and we now have the green light to allow small groups of spectators at games.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we sort through the guidelines and prepare.  The Tiger Club has been a huge support with volunteers and donated items as well.

It is already time to start thinking about 2021-22, and we held our 8th Grade Parent & Student Welcome Night in late February.  Current 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will begin forecasting for classes after spring break, and we anticipate more freedom for students to choose various electives next school year.  We will also have more clarity soon regarding what graduation ceremonies may be able to look like this June for the Class of 2021.  We will be sure to announce the details to families as soon as we know more and start developing plans.

This past week, the remaining part of our classified staff received Suicide Prevention & Awareness training.  It is essential that all of us are looking after our students and supporting them in every way possible.  Now, all of our staff members have received updated training in this important area.

Tomorrow night, March 16th, the music department will host "A Night at the Opera" in the West Wing gym.  Other than volleyball, this will be one of the first extracurricular activities returning in-building in just over a year.  It will be a small gathering, following OHA guidelines, but so great to see this type of student focused activity coming back.
There are so many exciting things happening on our JCHS campus and we look forward to a wonderful spring season!

Go Tigers!