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Hello All,

In less than a week, our students will be back to school. This can bring a mix of emotions for all involved. Excitement, anxiety, and relief are just a few of those feelings that students, parents, and staff (including yours truly) will experience during the opening days and beyond. As a parent, I can tell you that watching my own children go off to school and daycare respectively fills me with conflicting emotions. I am sad to see them go but happy to know that they are learning, growing, and making new friends. I am (at times) irritated by the countless papers to be signed, homework to be checked, and lunches to be made, but I am also relieved that there is more structure to our days as we get back into the swing of things. It is a bittersweet time for all, and it can easily feel overwhelming.

When you start feeling flabbergasted, my message to you is this:

I see you.

I see you, the parent, doing your best to provide a healthy and safe environment for your children, struggling to find the right balance between helping them and letting them advocate for themselves.

I see you, the teacher, coming into the blast furnace that the school can be in the summer -- preparing your classes, your lessons, and yourself so that your students hit the ground running.

I see you, the student, feeling both excited and nervous about the new school year, whether you're the freshman still trying to figure out where your classes are, the sophomore who is now starting to transition from who you are to who you want to be, the junior who is taking on more responsibility academically and socially, or the senior who is thinking about what your lasting legacy at Red Jacket will be.

I see you all, and I'm here to help.

I will provide consistent and clear communication and expectations throughout the year. I will continue to implement an "open door" policy when it comes to questions or concerns. I will continue to learn about the school and community so that I can further understand the pride and traditions of Red Jacket.

It is my goal to make this a successful school year for all involved.

I look forward to seeing you next week. In the meantime, have a safe and restful Labor Day weekend.

Locker Day was a huge success with many students taking advantage of the opportunity to set up their lockers well in advance of the hustle and bustle of the school day. There are a number of people to thank for the well run event: Mrs. Hansen and Mr. Johnsen were integral to the entire operation. They not only planned the event, but also helped students throughout the day by providing them with schedules, locks, notifications, and directions. Ms. Haas, Mr. Bird and the rest of the custodial staff were tremendous in making sure the halls were safe and clean for the students as the last of the capital project is completed. Let us also thank the fine folks at Eastern Electric for their herculean effort in removing hundreds of old lighting fixtures so that students had a clear path through the halls. Last, but by no means least, thank you to the students who were polite and courteous to the office staff and each other throughout the day, even as the temperatures rose. Well done, everyone!


  • September 10th. Be there.

  • Senior Parent Night is September 22nd starting at 7 PM.

  • HS PICTURE DAY HAS CHANGED! It will now take place on September 25th so as not to conflict with Spirit Week.

  • Open House is October 6th at 6:30 PM.
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