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Principal's Message, April 2022
Dear Johnson Families,
Good afternoon, I am sure everyone is enjoying the longer days and awaiting the warmer weather. As we transition into spring weather and get closer to the start of summer, children begin to get restless. It is important that students continue to work hard on their academics and continue to behave appropriately in school. We have lots of great activities coming up for them to enjoy!
Just a reminder, we will be closed for Spring Break April 15th thru April 22nd. We will have a shortened day on Thursday, April 14th dismissing at 1:55pm.
Don’t forget to check the Parent Portal for the 2nd Marking Period Report Cards, if you haven’t done so already.
We are excited to share with you that Johnson School students will have the opportunity to visit our StarLab Indoor Planetarium in early May. This program supports Next Generation Science Standards and allows students to learn more about our Universe.
If you have a child turning 5 years of age by October 1, 2022 and you have not yet registered them for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, please contact Johnson’s main office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. It is incredibly important that parents register during this period so we can plan ahead for the next school year. If your child will be eligible for kindergarten in September and is currently enrolled in preschool at Johnson, please contact the main office to see what is required for your child for kindergarten enrollment.
Student Drop-off and Pick-up Reminder
This is just a note to reinforce our policy when dropping off and picking up a student. Parents should not be exiting the vehicle during morning drop-off. If you find it necessary to escort your child/children to the front door, please park your vehicle in the lot and escort your child/children from that location. Our security guard is stationed out front to enhance a safe crossing. Please have your child/children exit your vehicle from the passenger side of the vehicle, as opening the door on the traffic side is very hazardous. There is no stopping your vehicle on our crosswalks during this process. When picking up at dismissal, do not call for your child/children to cross to your location anywhere other than the crosswalk. Again, our security guard is located there to ensure a safe crossing.
At this time of year, many parents call or write to the school regarding their child’s class placement for next year. The ultimate goal of the placement process is to find the best possible match between what is best for the student and what the strengths of each teacher are. Class placement is a complex process that involves the input of many educational professionals and considers many factors. I realize and appreciate your concern, but I will not honor parent requests for particular teachers. I do, however, value your input and individual concerns for your child. I will consider any concern or input that you have to offer, if you provide your concern in writing to me before May 6th.
Please let me explain some of the factors we need to consider in the placement process. In making class placements, some variables carry more weight because of requirements due to special needs and State statutes. It takes approximately six weeks to organize classes based on many factors. Some placement factors are: student emotional needs, academic needs, social needs, occupational and physical therapy scheduling, classroom structure, class/grade population, resource instruction, interaction with peers, speech instruction scheduling, special education inclusion scheduling, child study team placements, balance between boys and girls, medical needs, neighborhood conflicts, former teachers of siblings, remedial reading instruction scheduling, access to special programs, present teacher’s input, and administrative input.
In conclusion, your input as a parent will be considered if you send it to me, in writing, before Friday, May 6, 2022. This will allow the educational professionals sufficient time to find the most appropriate match for your child. As always, I appreciate your understanding and support in this matter.
If you are moving during the summer and will be transferring your child(ren), please contact the main office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM. If you are moving within the Jackson School District, you will need to sign an Internal Transfer Form and provide proofs of your new residency before your child’s records can be transferred. If you are moving out of the Jackson School District, you will need to sign a Student Transfer Verification Form. A transfer card and a copy of your child(ren)’s health records(s) will be provided to register at the new school. The following information is needed to complete the transfer card: new home address, new school name, and the new school address.
PTO Upcoming Events
The PTO has a lot of fun events planned for the spring. More information will be shared soon, so be on the lookout for details:
- April 29th – Mother-Son Game Night
- May 2nd – 6th - Teacher Appreciation Week We will share ways for you to participate and help celebrate our teachers and staff!
- May 4th – 6th – Mother’s Day Plant Sale
- May 13th – Sweetheart Dance
Be sure to join the PTO Remind (HCJPTO) and/or our Facebook group to stay on top of all the details!
Dr. M. Raymond