The Patriot Press
June 5-9, 2023
- Exams are Coming!
- Utica Community Schools' Summer Programming!
- Change Coming for Special Ed!
- Honors Ceremonies Tuesday, May 23, 2023
- Band Concert May 23, 2023
- Stevenson High School Basketball, Football, and Volleyball Summer Camps
- Important Safety Message for Parents: Standard Response Protocols
Dear Jeannette family,
We look forward to the next 2 years with your 7th grader and watching your 8th grader become the leaders of the school next year, and we wish your 9th grader a fond farewell and they embark on their true high school experience.
Have a wonderful summer!
The entire Jeannette staff
Exams are Coming!
Final exams at Jeannette are Wednesday-Friday, June 7-9.
These will be half days, with a 11:02 AM dismissal
1st and 2nd hour exams: Wednesday, June 7
3rd and 4th hour exams: Thursday, June 8
5th and 6th hour exams: Friday, June 9
UCS Community Updates and Opportunities
Did you know about UCS' summer school programs?
The courses below are specifically for junior high students
- Online Summer Bridge to Junior High Algebra I
- In-Person Summer Bridge to Junior High Algebra I
- In-Person Summer Bridge to Advanced Math 7
- In-Person Summer Bridge to Math 8
- In-Person Summer Bridge to Math 7
- In-Person Math Mindset
- Online EdReady Math
- In-Person Readers and Writers Workshop
- In-Person Literacy Boot Camp – Read 180
- Online EdReady English
- Online EL Summer School
- In-Person Babysitting 101
Other Opportunities for Summer Enrichment!
Stevenson Titans Summer Athletics Camps
Registration for the Titan Elite Summer Basketball Camp (open to boys in grades 3 – 9) and Football Strength and Conditioning Camp (open to athletes in grades 9 -12) is open
Exciting New Offering for Special Education Students!
Jeannette/Schwartzkoff/Schuchard Band Concert Tuesday Night!
Our bands joined forces with the Schwartzkoff and Schuchard 6th grade bands to put on a fabulous evening of music on Tuesday, May 23rd. See some photos below!
Standard Response Protocols
Student and staff safety remains a priority for our school. Our district uses a multi-layered approach to proactively prepare for any type of emergency that is focused on training, school-based emergency plans, an emergency preparedness team consisting of law enforcement, mental health support, and constantly reviewing our facilities to determine improvement needs to enhance security.
Recently, our staff has been engaged in training related to “Standard Response Protocols.” The protocols identify five specific actions that use common language related to a potential incident: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. The image below is a poster that we now have in every classroom in Utica Community Schools in English, Arabic and Spanish.
To show students their role, we will be presenting this Secondary Standard Response Protocol video features a high school age student demonstrating how to react during each action area. The video provides training in a very relaxed, engaging way directed at secondary students. The video will be shown on Tuesday, March 21st, 2023. Following the viewing of the video and discussion with their teacher, students will continue practicing the school/safety drills using the standard response protocols.
Thank you for your continued partnership to keep our students and staff safe.
Principal, Jeannette Junior High School
New UCS Mission and Vision Statements!
Utica Community Schools, in partnership with our community, will empower students to positively transform their future and the world.
Utica Community Schools ignites a passion for learning in all students. We strengthen our community by welcoming all learners, honoring culture, and inspiring remarkable growth and achievement. We accomplish this by:
• Ensuring students are at the heart of all decisions
• Collaborating with all stakeholders
• Providing a safe and supportive environment
• Encouraging mindsets that are open to innovation
• Reimagining what school can be
• Promoting high expectations throughout Utica Community Schools
• Committing to multiple pathways toward excellence and achievement for all
Big Teams for Sports Forms
Important Information for Parents and Students
Regular attendance is vital to your child's success at Jeannette Junior High School, just as it is in life. Your child is expected to be at school on time for first hour every day. To report an absence, please see the numbers below:
AUTOMATED ATTENDANCE LINE*: (586) 797-3399
*Messages are not checked until the end of the day.
FOR EARLY DISMISSALS, CALL THE MAIN OFFICE: (586) 797-3300
Additional details are available on page 4 of the Junior High Student and Parent Handbook, but here are some guidelines:
In General: Encourage the student to attend, be on time and be prepared for each scheduled class. Report an Absence: When a student is going to be absent, parents/guardians should report the absence before the school day begins. Calls to the attendance line can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be received by an answering machine during non-school hours.
The following reasons for an absence will be accepted as an excused absence: student illness, hospitalization, doctor ordered bed rest, mandatory court appearance that has been pre arranged, death in the immediate family, family vacation that has been pre-arranged and approved, medical appointments and administrative permission. All other absences will be unexcused.
Correcting an Unexcused Absence
Parent/guardian will be contacted about unexcused absences through the school’s automated system. If the absence is due to one of the reasons in the excused list, the parent/guardian has until the end of the next school day to correct an absence. Be aware that a student with an unexcused absence may lose participation points or be given a zero on the day’s assignment.
Should a student need to leave school before the end of the school day, the parent/guardian should contact the attendance office prior to removing student from school. Verification by the office may be required before the student is released. Please note that in order for the early dismissal to be considered excused, the reason for the early dismissal must be listed under the excusable absences.
Pre-excused Absence (Vacation or Travel)
Vacation or travel during school days is discouraged. Families should seek permission from a building administrator for an excused vacation absence prior to making any travel arrangements. The request should be made in writing at least one week prior to the vacation. Vacation absences of more than 10 days in a semester will not be approved. Vacation absences that would cause a student to be placed on the No-Go list will not be approved for excusal. Vacations taken without approval will be marked as unexcused absences. Arrangements should be made with the student’s teacher in advance as to timelines for completing class work. Homework may be requested and requires 24 hours to process. Work at the secondary level may be due upon return from vacation or travel.
A parent/guardian of a student who will be absent (10 or more consecutive days) from school for extended periods of time due to physical disabilities or illness should contact the school to make home study arrangements.
Help Your Student Avoid Excessive Absences and the No-Go List
Excessive absences is defined as more than 10 in a semester. Please be aware that excessive absences can lead to a student being placed on a No-Go list and possibly referred for truancy.
LOCKERS, CELL PHONES, DRESS CODE, ID CARDS
We will be assigning a locker to each student at Patriot Days. We expect students to use these lockers because backpacks will not be allowed in classrooms or in the hallways. Students are responsible for the locker they have been assigned to, and any item in their locker will be considered their property. School personnel can search school lockers as they see fit during the course of an investigation. Lockers and combinations will not be changed at the request of the student or parent, so it is important that students to not share their combination with others.
Cell phones are allowed in school in the case of an emergency, but they must remain out of sight at all times unless otherwise allowed by their teachers. This includes during class time, in the hallways, bathrooms, locker room, and lunchroom. If a cell phone is being used when it is not allowed, a teacher may give a warning to put it away, but if it continues, the phone will be taken to the main office for purposes of discipline by administration. Students are NEVER allowed to record audio or video while in the school building, and they are not allowed to post photos and videos of other students or staff members on social media.
We have a dress code at Jeannette Junior High School that will be applied equitably amongst the students. This dress code is included in the junior high handbook, which can be found here. The following pieces of clothing are prohibited:
- Hats, with or without a brim
- Hoods worn on the head (you can wear a hoodie, but you can't wear the hood!)
- Shorts, dresses, and skirts that are shorter than the length of your fingertips
- Bare midriffs (stomachs)
- Low-cut shirts
- See-through clothing and beach attire
- Any clothing that promotes drug or alcohol use, illegal activity, or gang affiliation
- Sexually explicit images or words
If a student wears any of the above to school, they will be given a chance to change clothes or remove the item in question. If they refuse, they will be sent home, and parents will be required to pick them up from the main office. If the student repeats the behavior, additional discipline will be issued.
At Patriot Days, each student was given an ID card, a plastic case, and a lanyard. Students are expected to wear their ID around their necks on a lanyard at all times while in the school building. IDs are an important piece of our safety and security plan because we must be able to quickly identify which individuals belong in the building and which students do not belong there. If a student repeatedly refuses to wear their ID, there will be disciplinary action taken since it becomes insubordination to consistently refuse to wear IDs.