J. Wallace James Elementary

Arts and Technology Academy

Weekly Update & Read Aloud with Dr. Downs

Thursday, August 22nd

Hello everyone! Today was our 2nd 1st day of school. Yes, I know it sounds a little strange but in fact, it was the first day of school for our entire student body. Today we welcome all of Pre-K and Kindergarten to J. Wallace James and what a day it was. Our Pre-K and Kindergartners were learning their way around our school, experiencing new things, and meeting new friends. It was a successful day!

This past week I visited many classrooms and saw some great teaching and learning. Also, our Arts department has finalized their auditions and students started attending their arts pathways this week. It is amazing what our students are exposed to at J. Wallace James!

We also are continuing to improve our car rider line. This has been challenging in the afternoon and we are appreciative of your patience with this process. Today we beat our time from yesterday and we had about 100 more students than yesterday due to Kindergarten and Pre-K attending today. We will continue to improve this process. Please have your yellow car rider tags visible so we can expedite this process.

Reminder that picture day is Monday, August 26th. Students may wear either their uniform top or a school appropriate top of their choice with uniform bottoms. If you need anything from us please feel free to reach out to us at 337-521-7700. You may also email me at jodowns@gmail.com. We are here for you and your students.

Thank you for trusting us with your children; we will take care of them like they are our own. I will talk with you again next week.

Sincerly, Dr. Jon Downs, Principal

This Week's Read Aloud with Dr. Downs:


Spirit Shirts - Last day to order is Friday, August 30th!!

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  • Your purchase helps to benefit J. Wallace James while showing your school spirit! 75% of all proceeds goes to the J. Wallace James P.E. department to assist with the purchase of P.E. equipment and supplies. 25% of the proceeds go toward the employee appreciation account. This account assists us in providing lunches to our employees during valuable professional development days at J. Wallace James. All proceeds go directly to J. Wallace James with the intent of improving our school.

Students may wear 2019-2020 spirit shirts every day of the week. Previous year's spirit shirts may be worn only on Fridays.

Our Mission:

Academic Excellence Through, With, and In the Arts and Technology

J. Wallace James Elementary strives to provide excellent educational opportunities to students through an integrated arts and technology curriculum. Students are able to choose a concentration area in the arts, which include dance, drama, vocal music, band, piano, strings, guitar, and visual art. All of the students are heavily exposed to technology in addition to the arts. Every teacher at J. Wallace James has been trained to use various technologies in the classroom in order to enhance the educational process. Teachers in grades 3-5 have also been trained in integrating STEM Science procedures within the science curriculum. The teachers at J. Wallace James have also had extensive training in arts integration. Some of the training's include Visual Thinking Strategies, LAA+, Bernstein Artful Learning, training with the Lincoln Center, and Changing Education Through the Arts with the Kennedy Center.