JGMS Parent Newsletter

Trimester 3

Note from the Principal

We are officially in Trimester 3 and this year has been amazing! Report cards will be going home soon! We have been so busy with building your students to be well rounded citizens. Over the last few weeks we have had teams of students going to performances, field trips, showcases, and even shadow days at San Jose State. Our students are working hard to achieve their goals, all along the while developing creative critical thinking skills. I want to thank you all for being a strong part of what makes your child thrive and we look forward to the remainder of the year partnering with you to support your child's education further.

I have been working behind the scenes to bring more arts and integration of the arts to your students classes in the near future. We are taking a group of teachers to a conference in early April to engage in this work, and we will be adding more electives to the makeup of the choices next year. As we go into this work we will also be looking toward increasing parent engagement by adding a parent organization such as a PTO or a PTA. I will be holding forums for this in the near future. Please keep an eye out for the information.

I want to encourage you all to attend one of our coffee's. We bring useful information to parents and we engage in art with parents as well on occasions. I am always looking for new ways to engage parents.

Please also remember to download the SANGHA app if you have not already! This app allows you to get a daily digest, push notifications, and other useful information about the school. In order to track your students grades and attendance, remember you should log into the Home Access Center. Your student can log in for you or you can contact the front office to get assistance with this.

Parking Lot Safety

Please be mindful of traffic and student crossings as you drive, park, and navigate through and around our schools parking lot and streets.
  • Please make sure you stay in the far right pick up lane when you are waiting for your student. The lane to the left is meant only for driving through. Please do not wait past the fence line, we must keep an area for emergency vehicles to park. Also be mindful of the school bus and giving it room.
  • As the bus is loading you are not allowed to cross it on the other side with your car, this is for safety purposes of students who may be crossing in front of it that you do not see. Students and pedestrians take priority, so please yield to crossing pedestrians.
  • Please also not that there is no parking in RED zones on Mahoney as this is a major safety violation to emergency vehicles and traffic.
  • Please do not make two lanes on Mahoney until you are in the proper area to turn right on East Hills. Many cars have been spotted making two lines in front of the parking lots, which cause major congestion and it is not safe.

The IMPORTANCE of Reporting Attendance!

Attendance Video in English

original Bringing Attendance Home_ Parent Video

Attendance Video in Spanish

Attendance Everyday (Spanish)

What it legally means for you

Definition of a Truant

The California Legislature defined a truant in very precise language. In summary, it states that a student missing more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse three times during the school year must be classified as a truant and reported to the proper school authority. This classification and referral helps emphasize the importance of school attendance and is intended to help minimize interference with instruction. Effective January 1, 2013, the law was amended to authorize school administrators to excuse school absences due to the pupil’s circumstances, even if the excuse is not one of the valid excuses listed in the California Education Code (EC) or the uniform standards established by the governing board of the district. The EC section that defines a truant reads as follows:

1. If you your student has one truancy, you will receive a warning letter in the mail

2. If your student has two truancies, you will receive a second letter along with a conference, in which the administrator and you will sign a contract.

3. If truancies continue, you will be referred to the S.A.R.B. process in which you will meet with a district administrator, the site administrator, and a law enforcement official.

4. If truancies continue you will be referred to the District Attorney's office.

Throughout this process, if student is consecutively not attending, the sergeant, school administrator, and/or district administrator may pay your home a visit.

What Can You Do?

1. Call and send notes to document attendance ALWAYS.

2. Personally deliver documentation to the front office and ask for a copy dated

3. Partner with site if you are having problems. We may have supports for you.

What It Means to Your Student

"Across the country, more than 8 million students are missing so many days of school that they are academically at risk. Chronic absence — missing 10 percent or more of school days due to absence for any reason—excused, unexcused absences and suspensions, can translate into third-graders unable to master reading, sixth-graders failing subjects and ninth-graders dropping out of high school."- Attendance Works

  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school.

  • Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year.

  • Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent.

  • Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back.

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school.

  • Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

  • Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care.

  • When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating.

Checking Students In/Out

As a reminder, guardian's and emergency contacts may only pick up students. If you would like to add someone to the list, you must do so in person at the front office. Anyone picking a student up MUST ALWAYS have an ID to check out students. This is for the safety of your child.

We have started checking ID's in the front office instead of the Health Aid office when a student is sick. This is a change to what used to happen with you just reporting straight to the Health office. This is also a precaution to ensure greater safety around your student.

Please remember to check in with the office with any health notes or medication.

Remember when bringing a student back or taking them out to always give a reason.

What the Attendance Marks Mean

ILL- excused with a medical issue

UNX- Unexcused with or without reason

UNV- absence is unknown why and not processed yet

EXS- excused

OTH- excused but for non medical reasons

TDU- tardy

TDU30- Tardy more than 30 minutes

There are more but these are the typical ones you may see as you look at Home Access Center. Remember, every period is a mark for attendance. 6 periods spread out amongst 6 days can be 2 truancies which result in an attendance contract. 9 unexcused could result in a SARB meeting at the district.

What Poor Attendance Means to the School

  • Teachers have to work to bring your student back up to speed after they have missed instruction.


  • The district and school get money for attendance, each day your student has an unexcused absence the school loses money that could go to further programs to support your student.

Dashboard Score

  • The state measures schools by 4 areas. Absenteeism is part of that. The school can get a poor ranking because of students missing too much school

Pictures and Videos Celebrating JGMS


8th Grade Parent Committee Night

Tuesday, March 19th, 6pm

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA

8th Grade Parents please join us in planning our 8th Grade activities and taking roles to make sure the activities are amazing for our 8th graders!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

No School

Friday, March 29th, 9pm

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA

Mulan the Musical

Thursday, April 4th, 9am to Friday, April 5th, 7pm

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA

Please see flyers for performance times!

Family Life - 7th Grade ONLY

Monday, April 8th, 8:30am to Friday, April 19th, 3pm

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA

7th Grade students will be taking a family life class in their Physical Education class for two weeks. This is a state mandate, if you have questions please reach out to administration or Mr. Paganelli.

Parent Coffee with the Principal Evening Edition

Tuesday, April 9th, 6pm

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA

Room A2

We are trying to bring evening coffees back. If you can't attend the morning edition, please joing us in the evening.

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Parent Coffee with the Principal Morning Edition

Wednesday, April 10th, 8:45am

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA

Room A2

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Jazz Band Performance at JGMS

Friday, April 19th, 8:30am

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA


Monday, April 22nd, 8:30am to Friday, April 26th, 3pm

277 Mahoney Drive

San Jose, CA