Friday, April 4, 2014

TJHS Spring 2014 Update - Keep Climbing

This school year has been a year of changes and challenges.  We are transitioning to the Common Core State Standards, the new State Tests (PARCC) are on the horizon, the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) is being implemented, and nine school days were missed due to weather with one of the snowiest winters on record.  What makes these challenges so great is the fact that pending legislation on these changes finds us in a state of limbo as we prepare for the future.  As if the gray skies in Ohio from November to February aren't enough!  With education in a current state of flux, I believe that we are in one of the more challenging educational periods in recent history.

All that to say that TJHS is ready to meet the challenge head-on.  This staff of dedicated, passionate, diligent, and caring professionals work tirelessly to overcome the obstacles that we face in education.  They search for the next foothold or handhold, always looking up, never looking down...much like rock climbing!  What I can't say definitively is where the outcome of these changes will take us.  What I can say is that education will always need excellent rock climbers, I mean teachers like those at TJHS.  However, we can't do it alone. Our families have long provided a partnership that places our students in a position to be ready to learn.  I encourage you to stay involved in your student's education.  If you have questions about any of the changes, please ask.  We will provide answers to the best of our abilities.  

Due to the high number of snow days this winter, the state has provided an extension of the OAA(Ohio Achievement Assessments) window.  TJHS will begin testing the week of April 28 - May 2.  Our 8th grade students will participate in Reading on Monday(28th), Math on Wednesday(30th), and Science on Friday(2nd).  Our 7th grade students will participate in the Reading on Tuesday(29th) and Math on Thursday(1st).  Testing will occur in the morning on each of the previously mentioned days.  Please make sure your student has a good night's sleep, arrives to school on time, and eats a healthy breakfast each morning.

May 5-9 is teacher appreciation week.  Please be sure to show your appreciation to the faculty and staff of TJHS during this week.  Thank you for all of your support and KEEP CLIMBING!

Go Trojans!

Dave Dilbone