Principal's Voice

Welcome to the home of Jaysen Anderson, Principal of Bloomington Jefferson High School

December 18th, 2018

Greetings Jefferson Families!

It’s hard to believe we are already at the mid year point of our school year. Our year is going by so quickly that it is valuable to slow down and reflect on the last few months. Your students continue to amaze me with how skilled, talented, respectful, and hard working they are. I know it’s still early, but we are most definitely having one of the best years in my time as principal. Thank you for all of your support and for entrusting your awesome young adults with us.

A few other important updates for your consideration:

Calendar: Your students are back with you for a good two weeks as we all enjoy Winter Break. The last day of school is Friday, December 21st, and students do not return to school until Monday, January 7th. A few staff will be working during the break if anything is needed during that time.

Attendance and Tardies: I have reported to you a handful of times this year our focus on both school attendance and tardies. The state issues a guideline that students should not miss more than seven school days total throughout the year. In addition to this, we are continuing to track daily attendance and have a variety of interventions and consequences for unexcused absences and tardies. Please continue to monitor your student’s attendance and hold them accountable especially when it comes to arriving to the building on time. The majority of our tardies and unexcused absences stem from students not arriving to school on time in the first place. For the most part, once students are in the building, we do not have much a problem with timeliness.

Credit Pulls: Related to the above item, please remember that if students miss a total of seven unexcused periods, which can stem from missing the whole period or a combination of tardies, their credit in that class can be taken away. Students in this situation must set up a meeting with their parent or guardian and myself. Look for an “NC” on your student’s report card or transcript and it’s likely that this applies to them. Letters also go home if your student has had their credit pulled due to truancy.

Student Survey: For the third year in a row Jefferson students will be taking a survey to help us gauge the climate and culture of our building from a student’s perspective. We have been doing a lot of work toward building a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment and this data is hugely helpful in that work. The survey will take place on Wednesday, January 9th during advisory and no names or identifying information will be collected. If you wish to opt your student out of this survey please send a note, or email to your student’s advisory teacher on or prior to January 9th. The survey is voluntary and students who choose not to participate in the survey will not be compelled to participate nor will they face any consequences for non-participation.

E-Cigs and Vaping: If you have not heard by now, the use of E-Cigarettes and Vaping has exploded throughout the country with upwards of 30% of high school age students using such a device. Not only do schools struggle to manage this expanding problem, many parents and teens do not understand the short and long term consequences involved. Data is proving that young people who use e-cigs are three times more likely to start smoking cigarettes. In addition, people have begun using these devices with marijuana oils, which in many cases is a felony. I will be putting together a video primer for parents sometime in January for a closer look on this matter. In the meantime, look up the many news articles that have been written on the matter; a good place to start is the following CNN Article On Teen Vape Use.

Long Range Information:

  • No School on Monday, January 21st. MLK Jr. Day
  • No School on Friday, February 1st: Parent Teacher Conferences. 7:30AM - 11:30AM
  • No School on Monday, February 18th. President’s Day
  • End of Trimester Two: Wednesday, March 6th

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions on these items, or if I can assist with anything.

I hope your student is enjoying their school year so far, and I hope you all have a peaceful, restful, and re-energizing break.


Jaysen Anderson, Principal