Schoolwork First is an opportunity to reward students who turn in all of their homework, on time, in every class. This list is turned in to the office at the end of each marking period. Students who are on the Schoolwork First list for the marking period, receive a pass to get out of class at first bell for lunch during the following marking period. Students are also awarded at the end of the year with certificates from the high school principal.
Johannesburg-Lewiston High School Update
Dear Cardinal Parents:
The final stretch! Lots of work yet to do, but the light at the end of the tunnel is beginning to become more and more pronounced. Lots of things happening the next couple months as we prepare for the end of the year. Spring is here and so too is the final marking period of the 2014-15 school year.
For the second year in a row, Johannesburg-Lewiston High School received notice from Bridge Magazine as a Top Performing school in Michigan. This year’s rankings placed us 24th out of 507 school districts in Michigan, earning the honor of District Academic State Champions. This is a tribute to the staff and students here at JLHS and it reminds us all every day that it’s great to be a Cardinal!
This spring, our 10th and 11th graders will be engaging in MDE standardized testing opportunities. Our sophomores will be taking the preliminary PSAT test on May 13th in preparation for next year’s spring SAT that has replaced the traditional 11th grade ACT test. Having our sophomores take the PSAT will provide us with valuable data to help us drive instruction for them for next year. The juniors will be taking the MSTEP in late April as a requirement for Michigan’s state assessment mandate. The junior MSTEP is currently scheduled to be administered April 28th and 29th here at JLHS.
Be sure to call in to the high school office (731-4420) first thing in the morning if you want homework requested for your student on a day of an absence.
Fundraising opportunities continue for all classes and activities. We appreciate all the support the community has given and encourage you to look for ways to help our students. If you have questions or need information please do not hesitate to call us.
As we continue to move forward and look for new ways to help our students excel, we continue to impress upon them not only the importance of academics but the qualities of good character, work ethic and sound decision making. Our staff is continuing to develop professionally as we engage in data driven decision making, transitioning into the common core education standards and modifying instruction in the classroom. It is a continuous challenge, but one that our staff has taken on enthusiastically through multiple professional development opportunities. Our education and desire to improve as professionals is constantly being modified, molded, improved and supported as we find better ways to communicate quality instruction. We continue to reward students for their accomplishments. Our student government has taken action as a unified student body to help plan activities and be a voice for students in the school. We as a staff are dedicated to helping our students excel, self-motivate, reflect and improve as individuals.
Lastly, please take time each day to communicate with your student. Sit down with them, encourage, reflect, and support. Be a part of your child’s education.
Feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions, concerns or suggestions on how we can continue to make JLHS a great place to learn.
Principal – JLHS 989-731-4420
JLHS Event Calendar:
28th and 29th – 11th Grade MSTEP Testing
8th – Progress Reports
9th – Prom
13th – 10th Grade Preliminary PSAT
25th – Memorial Day – No School
29th – Senior’s last day
2nd – Underclass Awards – 2:00 p.m. – JLHS
3rd – Baccalaureate – St. Francis (Lewiston) 7PM
4th – Corn and Cram – 3:15-5:30PM
5th – Graduation - JLHS – 7PM
A few Nuts and Bolts:
Early/Middle College: JLHS is looking at options to start an Early College program that would allow students (beginning with current Freshman) an opportunity to earn an Associates of Arts Degree. Students would “sign on” for 5 years of high school, with the 5th year being entirely college centered. Through targeted scheduling, students would complete their high school diploma and receive an AA degree through NCMC at the end of their 5th year. More to come on this…
Cell Phones: We understand that it is a technological world and we are looking at modifications to our policies for next year. But under the current policy, please help remind your son/daughter that if their cell phone is seen or heard during the school day (8:20AM – 3:04PM) they face the risk of having it taken away and a parent needing to come and get it.
Text Alerts: Parents and students have an opportunity to receive texts or emails when school is cancelled or delayed, as well as receiving a variety of other area information by signing up for text alerts HERE. This site sponsored through the “PhoneGuide” is FREE to sign up!
JLAS Website: The technology world is a beautiful thing, but please do not hesitate to call a teacher or myself if you have any concerns or questions. Our website, http://www.jlas.org/, is a great source for information but it does not always give you everything you need to know. Please don’t forget the personal side of things when it comes to your kids and their grades, activities and progress as a student at JLHS.
Your student’s locker assignment and combination are located on their schedule. To avoid the loss or theft of items placed in lockers, it is important that students keep their lockers locked at all times and do not share their combination with anyone. Please report any locker problems to the office immediately so repairs can be made in a timely manner. Students are not permitted to share lockers with other students. Periodic locker inspections will take place throughout the year. Please remind your student to bring their schedule to school on the first day if they wish to access their locker prior to the “all school assembly”. The office will not pass out combinations on the first day, as the students will receive a copy of their schedule with their locker information in the class meetings.
Dual Enrollment/Released Time Students:
Students who have dual enrollment or released time are not expected to be in the building during this time. For school security reasons, if a dual enrollment/release time student must remain in the building they will report to media center and sign in. Students are not allowed to roam the building or be unsupervised.
Students will receive their student handbook on the first day of school. Students are required to carry their handbook with them at all times. I strongly encourage parents and students to sit down together to review the student handbook, as there have been many updates, changes and modifications. Students are expected to comply with the student dress code policy beginning with the first day of school. A replacement fee of $10 will be charged for lost handbooks.
Maintaining open communication between the home and the school is the most valuable indicator of student success at school. Parents are encouraged to contact their student’s teachers or the office if they have any questions or concerns regarding their student’s education. Shortly after school starts, we will send home information about how parents can access their student’s grades on the internet through Power School (Parent Portal). The office sends out daily announcements to parents through a listserv. If you would like to receive this information on a daily basis, please provide the office with your email address.
We expect all JLHS students to try their very best at all times. We also expect students to complete all their assignments and to seek help from teachers when they don’t understand a lesson or assignment. We will mail home progress reports for any student who is failing a class approximately every two weeks. It is critical that your student attend school every day unless they are truly ill. Once a student falls behind in their schoolwork, it is difficult to catch up. As we approach the start of school, it is important that students re-establish a more structured routine that is typical during the school year. It is crucial that a high school student get adequate sleep each night, and that they have a suitable area at home to study and complete their homework. Now would also be a good time for parents and students to sit down to establish goals and expectations for the coming school year.
As in the past, high school students are not permitted to “charge” lunches. The cost for a high school paid lunch is the same as last year ($2.75), and breakfast is free for all students. Parents may send in a check on a weekly, monthly, semester or annual basis to cover their student’s lunch costs. Lunch is available on a prepaid status.
If you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year, please do not hesitate to contact me at 731-4420 (extension 244).
We look forward to a fun and exciting year at Johannesburg-Lewiston High School.
High School Principal
Johannesburg-Lewiston Area Schools
Johannesburg, MI 49751
Fax # 989-732-6556
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