Greetings Jackson-Reed Community,
I hope this message finds everyone doing well after the storm and you are looking forward to the week ahead. I appreciate you taking the time to read our weekly eNewsletter, as it’s one way we engage families and members of our school community. Listening to the perspectives of others is another way we engage.
Last week, I had an opportunity to meet with our Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) and School Chapter Advisory Committee (SCAC) around various topics, such as hiring, class sizes, and facilities. I gave updates, and participants suggested how we can continue to improve. We’ve made significant progress in all three of these areas compared to last year with only four open vacancies – none of which are teachers; only 20 classes above our historic class size cap of 35 – compared to 82 classes above 35 last year; and repairs being completed throughout the building such as the restrooms and atrium roof. This progress is significant, and our advisory groups provided recommendations for improvement, such as establishing a larger scheduling committee that begins earlier in the year and escalating work orders.
Last week, we also conducted our Noche Para Familias, which was a huge success. We had over forty families attend, where they received information on our curriculum, school policies, and a PTSO-provided meal. I want to thank individuals in various roles across our school for making the event possible, especially those within our ELL and World Language departments.
This week, our 2nd Annual NAF Academy Night is on Tuesday, September 26th, at 5:45 pm! Academies are a large part of our school identity and help our students in many ways. We intend to grow our academies due to their positive outcomes for our students. Tuesday night is a chance for you to join us as we celebrate the work of our students and learn more about CTE programming from our NAF Directors. Hope to see you there!