JMMS Weekly Update

February 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Good Afternoon Alpine,

During the month of February, students at Joan MacQueen are recognizing the significant contributions of African Americans in the rich history of the United States. As we continue to grow as a nation we often look to what makes us different and yet there is so much more that makes us the same. We empathize with those in Texas and on the East Coast who suffer from the cold. We celebrate with the team from NASA that landed Perseverance on Mars. Those feelings of empathy and pride are what we strive to achieve as our republic inches closer to our 245th year of existence. Listen to Martin Luther King's Speech, "I Have a Dream" and see if you don't have more in common with your neighbor than you think. I leave you with a poem by Harlem Renaissance Poet, Langston Hughes, please enjoy your weekend and keep your neighbor in your heart.



Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams

For when dreams go

Life is a barren field

Frozen with snow.

  • Students Returning to In-Person Learning (New)
  • State Mandate to Remain Open (New)
  • Classified Employee of the Year (New)
  • Teacher of the Year (New)
  • ASB Calendar for February (Repeat)
  • Check out the Weekly News From YOUR School Counselor!
  • Sexual Education (Repeating)
  • COVID Testing (Repeating)
  • Mandatory Mask Wearing (New)
  • Make-Up Picture Day - Wed., Feb. 24th ONLY (New)


Casey Currigan

Students Returning to In-Person Learning 4 Days a Week

In order to follow all of the guidelines set forth by the San Diego County Health Department and the State Department of Health schools must meet a specific set of criteria. One of those criteria is the distance between student seats. These criteria will limit the number of students who will physically fit in a classroom. Once those levels are met, students who want to return will be placed on a waitlist until there is space or the criteria change. If you want your child to return to In-Person Learning please send me an email,

Sexual Education for 8th Grade Students

8th-grade JMMS students will be participating in a science unit on sexual health education beginning 2/22/2021. California state law, the California Healthy Youth Act, requires that comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education be provided to students at least once in middle and high school. Instruction must encourage students to communicate with parents, guardians, or other trusted adults about human sexuality. 8th Grade parents were emailed a copy of the curriculum. If you did not receive the email please contact JMMS administration.

If you have questions, please see Ms. Henderson or Mr. Currigan. You may request a copy of the California Healthy Youth Act (California Education Code Sections 51930‐51939) by contacting JMMS. This instruction will be provided by the San Diego Youth Services Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and you can call Haley Veniegas, Program Manager (619-258-6877 x.3255) with any questions.

State law allows you to remove your student from this instruction. If you do not want your student to participate in comprehensive sexual health or HIV prevention education, please give a written request to Shawna Henderson by 2/12/2021.