The Storm Forecast

October 13, 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

As we get into the 2nd quarter, it is a good time to remember that the 2nd quarter is often the shortest, due to many holiday breaks. It is imperative that students ensure that they are turning in their work every day- lack of work completion is the #1 way for grades to drop. Your teachers are always available to assist with questions and difficulties, but it is difficult to assess what students need help with if the work is not turned in so the teacher can see where the difficulties lie.

Another hot topic- the new building! Our construction company is now working 7 days a week in order to bring our building to completion so we can move in soon. We are SO excited about this new chapter and can't wait to share with you our new home.

As we prepare for the new building, please make sure that you prepare as well by ensuring that you have your school uniforms, that you are prepared for dress code compliance (check the hair color!), and that you have all you have your school supplies.

Many school clubs and activities are already starting up in preparation for the return to campus. If you still don't have a club or activity and want to join one, you can check out the list of activities on our website at and contact the club sponsor.

We can't wait to see you!

Mrs. Knapp


School hours: 8:00a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday

8:00a.m.-1:00p.m. Fridays

New app and communication system

We are shifting our school communications to ParentSquare.

In order for you to stay up to date with what is happening at San Jose Prep, please make sure to download the ParentSquare app on the app store. It is a free download for both Apple and Android.

Also, please make sure that all of your contact information with the school, specifically your phone numbers and emails, are correct. If in doubt, please contact Student Records at

The ParentSquare app will allow you to see the school calendar in real time, continue to receive emails and phone calls, receive text message updates, and now, get notifications from teachers. It will also notify you if your student has been marked absent for any of their classes (feature to be activated soon).

Please register for ParentSquare today so you do not miss out!

Curbside meal pick up

We are still continuing to distribute breakfast and lunches for students curbside.

Meal distributions are available from 11:30-12:00pm Monday and Wednesdays.

You do not have to sign up for pick up, just come to the front office and ask for your meals. When picking up meals, you will receive:

If you pick on Monday, you will receive meals for Monday-Wednesday

If you pick up on Wednesday, you will receive meals for Thursday and Friday.

Breakfast and lunch...delivered???

We are surveying families to see if there is enough interest in having school breakfast and lunch delivery to your home. We need a minimum of 200 students to participate in order to make this possible.

If you would be interested in having your student's breakfast and lunches for the week delivered to your home, please fill out the following survey:

For more information on school food services, please email

Is your contact information correct in our system?

We need to ensure that we have all of your current information in our system in order to ensure that you receive all important school information and to facilitate communication between you and your child's teachers.

If you are unsure if we have all of your current information, please email Mr. Cassells at

We need to make sure we have your most current:

  • phone numbers
  • address
  • email
  • Any secondary contacts and their information
Thank you for ensuring that we are able to have great communication with you!

Absence notes

If your student is absent from school due to illness, doctor's appointment or religious holiday, you can complete an excuse note here:

Doctors/medical notes can be uploaded via that web page.

All other absences are unexcused absences.

Important reminders for parents

We wanted to remind you of a few important items:

  • When students are in class, they are required to have their cameras turned in so we can verify the student's attendance and participation in the course. If your student's computer does not have a camera, please email to arrange for a Chromebook to check out. Also remember that we take live attendance every class period, so if the student is not in the Google Classroom during class time, they will be marked absent.
  • For students who are starting show potential truancy trends, attendance intervention meetings will begin in the next two weeks. Please make sure that your student is attending all of their classes every day.
  • If you have a question about something in class, the best course of action is always to reach out to the teacher first. Most issues and questions can be resolved through communication with the classroom teacher. If you need to schedule a conference, please email and a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule a conference.
  • Please make sure that your student is completing their work! Although we are on virtual instruction, we still have graded work and deadlines for assignments.

When students are back on campus, we have strict COVID guidelines in place:

  • Face masks are required in order to be on campus
  • All students on campus must have a COVID waiver on file
  • There are daily temperature checks daily prior to entering the building and throughout the day
  • Everyone is expected to maintain socially distant
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San Jose Partners- our parent organization

It is time for the first SJP meeting of the year! The meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov 10 at 6pm via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 853 2736 1514
Passcode: SJP

San Jose Prep's parent involvement organization is the San Jose Partners. We love having our parents involved in our school and encourage you to participate. Here is a note from SJP:

Please join San Jose Partners! Memberships are $5 for the 2020-21 School Year: We are the Parent Organization that supports our teachers, staff and students at San Jose Primary and San Jose Prep. Our organization is designed to enrich our school community. The leadership council meets monthly and discusses a wide range of topics including teacher appreciation events, fundraising, support for student activities and meeting the school's needs for volunteers. We also actively provide parent feedback to the administration. Every year, officers are elected by the SJP membership to fill key positions on our leadership council. Follow us on Facebook at Or email your questions to for more information.

FAFSA Night for Seniors sponsored by Student Services

Seniors and parents of Seniors,

It is time to complete the FAFSA- the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. In order for students to receive any type of college financial aid, or even apply for some scholarships, a FAFSA must be on file.

On Thursday, Oct 22 at 5pm at San Jose Primary, our Student Services team will be hosting a FAFSA workshop for Seniors and their families and will also provide stations to help complete the FAFSA onsite. Please bring your 2019 income tax returns as you will need this information to complete the FAFSA. No income tax return? Don't stress- there are still ways to get financial aid...come to the workshop to find out!

Food will be provided.

Seniors and parents must follow the COVID guidelines:

  • temeprature checks will be conducted at the door
  • COVID waiver must be completed
  • face masks are required
  • all participants must maintain social distancing

We look forward to seeing you and assisting you.

Meet the Student Services Team!

San Jose Prep has a full service Student Services team available to assist students, teachers and parents with all of their academic needs. Student Services can assist you with:

  • academic questions and issues
  • scheduling
  • parent/teacher conferences and communication
  • 504s & IEPs
  • ESOL
  • grad tracking and graduation status
  • retention/promotion questions
  • social work services
  • mental health services
  • attendance interventions
and more!

If you need to reach out to one of our counselors, please email and a member of our team will reach out to you.

Student Services Team:

Mrs. Cooley, Director of Student Services

Mrs. Bell, Academic Advisor

Ms. De La Cruz, Academic Advisor, Social Worker

Mrs. Campbell, AP, Pre-AP Coordinator & Assessments

Mrs. Hubbard, Academic interventionist

Mrs. Bender, Mental Health Counselor

Counselor's corner

Did you know that we have a mental health counselor on staff and that she is still working with students during distance learning?

Meet Mrs. Bender, our licensed mental health counselor!

Please read her introductory letter below. You may contact Mrs. Bender@

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School crossing coming!

With the opening of the new building, we will finally get a school crossing zone! Are you looking for a part time job? The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is looking for school crossing guards for the school crossing zone.

This is a 1 hour commitment in the morning and a 1 hour commitment in the afternoon. Interested? Apply here:

Positive Pumpkins


The world needs as much positivity as possible right now. We want to start a Positive Pumpkins photo project to help uplift spirits!

We want to encourage students, families and staff to decorate pumpkins with positive messages and send us a picture! We will be doing a Positive Pumpkins picture gallery to share! Please email pictures to Mrs. Knapp at

We look forward to see your creations!

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Senior Class Google Page


Stay up to date with what is happening your Senior year. Make sure you join the /class of 2021 Google Classroom: code rqnmzkc

Class sponsors: Mrs. O'Connor and Ms. Zumot

Missed Senior Night? Check out the recording below!

Class of 2021 Senior Night

Junior Class Google Page


Stay up to date with what is happening your Senior year. Make sure you join the /class of 2021 Google Classroom: code mf3yvzb

Class sponsor: Mrs. Pangle

Sophomores- Class of 2023

The Sophomore Class will be hosting a 10th grade parent night on Tuesday, Nov 10 at 6:15p.m.

More information will be coming soon!

Freshman class news

Not able to make it to Freshman Parent Night? No problem! Click below to see the recording.

Freshmen: don't forget the deadline to submit ideas for the class t-shirt is Oct 28! Send your designs to Ms. Percy and Mrs. O'Connor.

9th grade parent night


Parents- it is very important for all of you to have a parent account to Focus. This will allow you to see your students' grades in real time.

For instructions on how to create a parent Focus account, go to

When you have completed your application for an account, email in order to have your account activated.

Once you have created the account, please allow 48 hours for activation.

Having difficulties? Please contact for assistance.

Resource for older caregivers

Are you a grandparent or relative of one of our students who is serving as the primary caregiver? Aging True Community Senior Services has a voluntary program for caregivers 55 and older who are the primary caregivers for children under 18.

Relatives As Parents Program (RAPP) supports grandparents and other elder caregivers. If you are interested, please see the attached brochure or email

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New building preview
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Upcoming events

Oct 29-30

Fall break

Tuesday, Nov 10

San Jose Partners meeting (parent organization); 6pm

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 853 2736 1514 Passcode: SJP

SJP parent organization meeting, 6-7:30 via zoom

10th grade parent night 6:15-7:15 in the cafeteria

Wednesday, Nov 11

Veterans Day- NO SCHOOL

Friday, Nov 13

World Kindness Day (what are YOU doing?)

Monday, Nov 23- Friday, Nov 27

Thanksgiving break- NO SCHOOL

Thursday, Dec 3

School picture day

Tue, Dec 15-Thur Dec 17

Semester exams

Friday, Dec 18-Monday January 4

Winter break

Monday, January 4

Teacher planning day

Tuesday, January 5

Back to school! Students return to school- 3rd quarter begins

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