Welcome to the home of Jaysen Anderson, Principal of Bloomington Jefferson High School
September 22, 2017
Good Afternoon Families of Jefferson High,
This is Jaysen Anderson, Principal of Jefferson High School with a few updates as we hit the quarter mark of the first trimester. I hope this letter finds you all well, and that you are all settling in to the routines of the season, and finding that your student is having a pleasant and productive experience at school. I will attempt to keep this update brief, but if you ever desire more clarification or understanding on these, or any topics, please do not hesitate to reach out.
HUB & Calendars
As a reminder, all JHS classes have a digital presence, and the student and family are encouraged to be active digital citizens when it comes to the student’s classes. Most of you know that grades and attendance can be found online, but in addition, a helpful calendar option can help students and families organize upcoming tests, projects, and other key items. Most JHS teachers have a calendar linked directly on the Hub, but some might use another digital source such as Moodle or a Google Site. Please contact your student’s teacher for clarification on where they can find this information. Further information on the Hub can be found here: https://www.bloomington.k12.mn.us/parents/hub
Student Handbook and Behavior Expectations
One of the standard procedures for the beginning of the school year is reviewing the student handbook with students and updating them on any changes or clarifications. While we do not read the handbook line for line, students are expected to be familiar with the handbook and adhere to the guidelines found within. To assist in this, the administrative teams made a video highlighting key areas for the students to be aware of. In addition, administration also made a video at the three week mark clarifying a few expectations. The purpose in these videos is so that all students know what the expectations are and to ensure that we can all have a common understanding moving forward. I’ve linked the videos and handbook below for you to watch at your convenience so you are up to date with what we are telling students here. We definitely appreciate working as partners in supporting your student.
+Student Handbook in Full: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B48pdKVd40HYUU9TaVlhS1dMeVE/view?ts=59b6ccc5
+9th and 10th Grade Handbook Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rb1hzg-oKmE&t=3s
+11th and 12th Grade Handbook Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2pEyu2CYM0&t=1s
+All School 3 Week Behavior Follow Up Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NU1x3oZqhMM
Personal Growth Plans (PGP)
We are in year two of full implementation of the PGP program. All students in Bloomington participate in this goal setting and measurement program. Students complete a series of online tutorials and modules during their Advisory periods throughout their high school career. Completion of these activities is required to graduate from High School, and we support their progress both as Advisors, and as an educational institution. To find out more about the PGP vision and program, go to the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7k0N9xGr6SMWkc1cnNXb3lqTmc/view
Strong Schools, Strong Community Referendum
As many of you are aware, the District’s current operating referendum that was approved in 2007 will expire next year. The School Board has placed a question on the ballot seeking voter approval of a replacement referendum for the state-allowed maximum in funding and duration. This would extend the operating referendum through 2028.
We value voter participation and encourage all residents to learn more about the options to vote. If you have not voted in Bloomington before, you can register or check your registration status at mnvotes.org.
The early voting period opened last Friday and runs through Monday, Nov. 6, with Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Early voting is available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 Old Shakopee Road.
The city has also established extended early voting days on Wednesday, Oct. 11 and 25, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to Noon; and Saturday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We’ve definitely enjoyed the first few weeks of school, and we hope that your student has as well. It always impresses me so much how dedicated your students are, how kind they are, and how much passion and joy they bring to the halls of Jefferson High. On another note, we are approaching Homecoming and the spirit and excitement for the week is palpable. We look forward to a great week and a victory on Friday!
As always my administrative team and I are at your service, so please never hesitate to reach out with a comment, question, or concern.
Jaysen Anderson, Principal