The Storm Forecast

September 24, 2020

Newsletter message to parents 9-24-2020
Mensaje a los padres 9-24-2020

Dear parents and guardians,

As we get closer to the end of the first quarter, we are stepping up our efforts to help students to improve academically. As I have been revising student grades, I have noticed that the large majority of low grades are due to students not turning in their schoolwork. While we understand that the current pandemic situation is a difficult one, it is extremely important for students to keep up with their assignments and turn in their schoolwork.

Parents, please check on your student's progress routinely and make sure that all school work is turned in, and turned in on time. If you are having technology issues, please reach out to the teacher and let him/her know what is going on, don't just stay silent and not turn in work. Zeros are very difficult to recover from...but we are here to work with you and we want to help all of our students be successful.

We also need to ensure that students are in attendance for every class. Many students are not turning on their cameras, nor are they participating in the class in any way and it is difficult to verify their attendance in the class. If your student does not have the camera on, does not communicate with the teacher, does not answer (orally or via chat) when called on, and the teacher has no way of verifying that the student is in class, the student will be considered absent.

All of us at San Jose Prep want to see your students be successful in every way. Please help us accomplish this by partnering with us and reinforcing these items.

Thank you for all you do to support your students.

Mrs. Knapp


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

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

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!

Important information for 6th grade parents

Our 6th grade class has grown so much that, in order to best serve your students, we will be adding a 4th teacher! We are very excited to have Mrs. Johnson join us and we are sure that your students will love her as well. Your students will continue to have classes with Mrs. Patel and Ms. Cupit, they will just be adding Mrs. Johnson into the mix.

As a result, your student's class schedule may look differently starting on Monday. Please know that the teachers will actively be working with the students to help them adjust to their new schedules and Google Classrooms. They will also continue to update you via 6th grade class newsletters.

Welcome Mrs. Johnson!

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 emailed to

All other absences are unexcused absences.

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

Missed Senior Night? Check out the recording below!

Class of 2021 Senior Night

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

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

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

SAT Boot Camp for 11th and 12th graders

On Saturday, October 3, we will be having a Boot Camp for students wanting to prepare for the SAT. This will also be at 9am and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited to 50 students due to COVID restrictions. To sign up, students should go to:

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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:

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.

Counselor Connection

Our Student Services Team now has a parent newsletter to help you navigate through the ins and outs of academics, college acceptances, financial aid, gradation, and helping your students. Check out the first issue of Counselor Connection below.
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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

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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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

Tuesday, Sept 29

Volleyball @ First Coast High School, 6:00pm

Wednesday, Sept 30

Volleyball @ River City Science Academy, 6:30pm

Thursday, Oct 1

Marathon High informational meeting

email for information

Sat, Oct 3

SAT Boot Camp

Oct 5-9

San Jose Prep College Week

Monday, October 5

Volleyball @ First Coast Christian School, 6:00pm

Friday, Oct 9

End of 1st quarter

Volleyball @ Parsons Christian School, 6:00pm

Monday, Oct 12

Teacher planning day

Volleyball @ Seacoast, 6:30p.m.

Wed, Oct 14

Mega test day! PSAT (9th grade), NMSQT (select 11th grade), SAT (11th/12th grade)

Thursday, Oct 15

Volleyball close of season, @ Seacoast, 6:30p.m.

Oct 29-30

Fall break

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