Jefferson School named a 2019 California Distinguished School
The Jefferson School District is pleased to announce that Jefferson School was selected as a 2019 California Distinguished School. There were 162 middle and high schools recognized in the state and 5 in San Joaquin County. This marks the fourth time that Jefferson School has earned this prestigious award (1989, 2009, 2013, and 2019). Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or for closing the achievement gap between two school years.
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond said, “I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance. Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.” Schools recognized as awardees hold the title for two years. Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and graduation rates.
Congratulations to the students, staff, and parents of Jefferson School for their continued dedication to improving the whole child.
Comprehensive Sexual Health Education - Parent Preview Night
As part of the 7th Grade Science Class, we will be starting a comprehensive sexual health and family life education unit. California state law requires HIV and comprehensive sexuality education be taught in middle school and in high school. The District shall follow state laws (Education Code 51930 - 51939). The instructional unit will be taught by trained school district personnel and will begin on April 15, 2019 through May 29, 2019.
There will be a parent preview meeting where you will have the opportunity to view the curriculum to be used this year. Teachers will provide an overview of the lessons, simulate classroom activities, and answer questions. Curriculum will be available to examine.
JSD Parent Preview Night
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
District Office Board Room
1219 Whispering Wind Drive, Tracy, CA 95377
If you are not able to attend the parent preview night and want to examine instructional materials, including assessments, please contact the school district office or your child’s classroom teacher to make an appointment to do so. If you have questions, please see your child’s teacher or principal. State law allows you to remove your student from the comprehensive sexual health education course. If you do not want your student to participate in this sexual health course, please provide a note to your student’s Science Teacher by April 5, 2019.
If you have any questions, please call or email your student’s Science Teacher. We look forward to seeing you at the parent preview meeting. A letter will be mailed home to students the week of March 4th.
Here are your Jefferson School District 2018 Spelling Bee Winners:
Elementary (4th – 6th)
1st Place: Alaya Bruce, Monticello 4th Grade
2nd Place: Harshal Meka, Hawkins 6th Grade
Junior High (7th – 9th)
1st Place: Grace Kai Williams, Jefferson 8th Grade
2nd Place: Riya Bhatia, Hawkins 7th Grade
We are so proud of the super spellers! 1st and 2nd place will represent JSD at the County Spelling Bee!