The Storm Forecast

August 24, 2020

1st quarter is under way!

Dear parents and students,

We are 3 weeks strong into the first quarter. I am so proud of the work our teachers and students are putting into this unusual school year.

While there are still a lot of unknowns, I will keep you updated with any news and developments. We will still do a health situation reassessment starting the week of August 31 and as soon as I have information for you, I will send it out.

In the meantime, please make sure to continue to attend your live streamed classes and turn in all of their assigned work.


Please remember that we are taking live attendance in all classes, so students must be logged on and showing their face on camera during their assigned class period in order to be marked present. If your student needs a computer that has a webcam, please email to schedule a time to pick up one of our Chromebooks. You can also help us by helping students be mindful of classroom distractions: showing your pet to the class, random conversation in the chat box, people playing video games in the background, etc... all can cause a distraction for the entire class on screen. Students should also be the only ones in the classroom/camera.

We are currently working on open house, a virtual club fair, Senior Night, and many more activities, so stay tuned!

Mrs. Knapp


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

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

Senior pictures

Class of 2021:

Don't forget that you must schedule your Senior pictures through Lifetouch. The deadline for Senior pictures is September 30. Don't forget that we will need your Senior picture for graduation!

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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

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.
  • 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

Open House 2020

Save the date! This year we will hold a virtual open house on September 16. More details to come soon.

Quarter 1 progress reports

The official mid point in the quarter will be the week of September 7.

Please make sure that you check your student's grades on Focus that week as the grades are in real time.

Virtual instruction tip!

In order to be able to use all of the features of Google Classroom, students need to use Chrome as their web browser.

Students need to log in to their Google Classrooms using their school emails. If you are a new student and need your student email login information, please email for assistance!

San Jose Partners- our parent organization

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.

Important information about specific courses

If your student has the following teachers, please note that there are some issues with Focus that are preventing these teachers from posting grades. This has been reported to DCPS and they are diligently working on a a resolution. In the meantime, the students' progress can be tracked via Google Classroom or you can contact the teacher directly for questions about your student.

Carmen Vazquez-Robles (middle school math)

John Monsalve (Spanish and SLS)

Carl Griffin (Digital Info Tech)

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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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


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.

Athletics at San Jose Prep

Want to know about the latest about the San Jose Prep athletics program? Come talk with our athletic director, Mr. Drummond, for the latest updates.

Time: Aug 28, 2020 6:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 815 8636 6313
Passcode: 1EQurW

Parent Academy

We will be hosting our first Parent Academy on September 9. The topic will be Student Mental Health-Why it is so important?

We will be offering a workshop for high school parents and a workshop for middle school parents in order to focus on issues and strategies that affect each age group. There will two sessions each day to help accommodate your schedule- you may come at noon or at 6pm. The workshop will be held on campus with strict COVID 19 guidelines:

  • participants must wear a facemask while on campus
  • all participants will be subject to a temperature check prior to entering the building
  • a COVID waiver must be signed in order to attend
  • All participants must observe social distancing

To attend our workshops, please sign up using one of the links below.

If you require a translator, child care, or transportation, please email

Food will be provided.

Middle school: Sept 9 at noon:

Middle school: Sept 9 at 6pm:

High school: Sept 2 at 12pm

High school: Sept 2 at 6pm:

Attention 7th grade parents!!!!

Don't forget that, per Florida Statute, all students entering the 7th grade must have the TDAP shot in order to attend school!

Please make sure that your student has had their shots and send a copy of the shot record to


We now sell school uniforms at our 4040 Sunbeam Rd school store.

There are 2 ways to purchase uniforms:

School uniforms for 2020-21 will be:

Middle school: royal blue polo, gray hoodie

High school: black polo, black hoodie

If you order online, click on the item you wish to purchase and the next page will let you choose the appropriate colors.

High school students who have the previous school uniform may wear them as we phase in the new high school look.

We ask that during virtual instruction students wear uniform shirts in order to ease the transition once we fully return to school.

For more details on school uniform guidelines, please visit our website:

For questions about the uniform store, please contact

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School store closed for the week

The school store is temporarily closed for the week. If you placed an order, you'll be contacted as to when you can pick it up.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Breakfast and lunch pick up

If you need to pick up breakfast and lunch for your student, distribution is available Mondays and and Wednesdays, 7:30 am to 10:30 am and 11:30 to 2pm. Please come to the front office. If need assistance with transportation, you can email