The Storm Forecast

September 15, 2021

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Dear parents, guardians, and students,

Dear Parents,


We are coming close to the end of the 1st quarter. For the next two weeks, students need to be focusing on completing all assignments and turning in all work in order to ensure a strong grade for the 1st quarter. The number 1 reason students' grades drop is missing work. Please make sure that you are routinely checking Focus to keep up with your student's grades.


The 2nd quarter is often known as "the short one"- full of holidays and breaks, it is easy to get distracted. As we get into 2nd quarter, it is important to stay focused and make sure that all work is turned in and that grades stay strong. For high school students or middle school students taking high school courses, it is especially important as GPAs are generated- 1st and 2nd semester are averaged together to produce updated the GPA.


It is also important that we all work together to maintain proper behavior. This pandemic has been very difficult for all of us in many ways. For students, the readjustment back to school like has been a very difficult one. Some students have not been in a brick and mortar school setting in a year and a half. While we understand that it may be difficult to adjust to the new norm, it is important to reinforce appropriate and positive behaviors. Please speak to your students about what this is and what this looks like so we can work together to help students be successful.


Don't forget that all of our newsletters are available all year on our website at https://www.sanjoseprep.org/principals-newsletters/


I hope you are having a great week so far- Go Storm!


Mrs. Knapp

Principal

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COVID dashboard

Don't forget that San Jose Schools has a COVID dashboard that is constantly updated.

You can find it on our website under the school board section

BYOM- Bring Your Own Mask

Parents-

Please make sure that your students bring their masks to school. We cannot provide masks for every student every day. Please remember that we are following San Jose Schools policy and doing everything we can to keep everyone healthy.

We are San Jose Prep! Help us get our display set up!

We still need more flags!


One of the things that we love about San Jose Prep is our diversity.

To celebrate that, we will begin hanging flags that represent the nations of the students and staff at Prep.

If you would like to sponsor one of the flags, please go to our wish list: https://a.co/c5in88E


Is your family's flag missing? Please let us know or donate your flag. Please make sure that it is 3ft x 5ft.


We look forward to seeing this display of school diversity and unity!

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Got questions? We've got you!

Sometimes you may have questions about one of your child's classes and you want to speak to someone about it.

The chart below lays out the appropriate communication steps for reaching out to school staff about your student. Following the communication protocol will be the best way to resolve your concerns.

Some reminders:

  • Classroom concerns should always be addressed with the teacher first, not administration. The teacher has first hand knowledge of what is happening on a daily basis in the classroom and can give you the most accurate information in a more timely manner
  • Any time that you want to set up a conference, email studentservices@sanjoseprep.org and a member of our team will reach out to you to schedule it

We are here to work with you for the success of your student.

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If your student is involved in an emergency....

Hopefully, we never have to contact you due to an emergency, but in the event that there is an emergency, we need to ensure that we have the most up to date contact information, medical information, and we need to know who is authorized to pick up your student on your behalf.


Please go to your Focus parent portal and update all of your information.


  1. Log in to your Focus parent portal
  2. Go to the left hand column
  3. under your student's name, you will see a small menu
  4. Click on Forms Summary
  5. Click on the link for Emergency Contact Information & Authorization to Release Student from School
  6. Fill out all the fields
  7. Click submit

Parking lot safety

The parking lot and the carline are some of the least liked things at any school.


While we understand that it can be frustrating, it is important that everyone follow safety protocols while on campus. We have had multiple incidents of parent cars almost hitting our staff due to speeding or shortcutting the system.


Please work with us to keep our staff and your students safe.


Some other safety issues:


  • If you live across the street, your students cannot run across Sunbeam Rd. All pedestrians need to cross at the designated crosswalks.
  • Please do not stop your car on Sunbeam Rd to drop off or pick up your students
  • if you are turning left onto campus, please do not block Sunbeam Rd...you can easily get T-boned and serious injury can occur
  • Don't speed in the school zones


We thank you in advance for helping us keep everyone safe.

Dress code

We are having many dress code questions. Please see below for most frequent dress code issues:



  • Athletic pants- joggers, sweats, leggings, athletic shorts, etc... are not allowed. Only khaki style pants and bermuda shorts are allowed
  • Skirts and shorts must be no higher than 2 inches above the knee
  • Students must be wearing school issued polo shirts.

Students who are in violation of uniform dress code will be sent to ISS

Uniform skirt length

As a reminder, uniform skirts can be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Students whose skirts are shorter will be asked to change into school issued uniform pants or will be assigned ISS. Students may also call a parent to bring appropriate uniform bottoms but will be held in ISS until the attire arrives.


Skirt length also applies to Dress for Success Thursdays.



Junior/Senior news

ATTENTION JUNIOR AND SENIOR PARENTS


Each school year during the Fall and Spring semesters, San Jose Prep offers all juniors and seniors an opportunity to take the ACT and SAT at no cost. Registration is automatic and does not require any paperwork to be completed by the student. Fall 2021 testing dates are:

  • SAT - Wednesday, October 13th
  • ACT - Tuesday, October 19th

Additional information regarding these tests will be sent out in September. Students' will have a second opportunity to take each of these exams during the Spring semester, most likely March.


If your student would like to take one of these exams outside of the dates offered by San Jose Prep they are required to register directly through the ACT and/or College Board websites. These exams are offered monthly for a fee. Fee waivers are available to families that qualify.


If you have any questions you can contact the Testing Coordinator, Tanika Campbell at tanika.campbell@sanjoseprep.org or 904-425-1725 ext 4210.

Scholarship opportunity

In commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the State of Florida is hosting an essay contest. This is open to ALL students- you do not need to be Hispanic.


The prize is a 4 year Florida pre-paid scholarship- free college!


For details, go to: https://floridahispanicheritage.com/

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Sept 15-Oct 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month


Sept 20-22: Algebra and Geometry EOC retakes for select 11th and 12th graders


October 8: End of 1st quarter; no school, Fall Break


October 11: No school- Fall Break


October 13: In school PSAT, SAT and NMSQT


October 14: picture retakes


October 25-29: College Week


November 9: Chick-Fil-A Family Night sponsored by Junior Class


November 11: Veterans Day, NO SCHOOL


November 22-26: Thanksgiving Break- NO SCHOOL


November 29-Dec 4: Homecoming Week


December 13-17: Holiday Spirit Week


December 20-January 3: Winter break


January 4: Back to school