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Bowling news

The Bowling Season has come to an end this year. The team showed tremendous growth over the season. They increased their overall score almost every single meet with the highest overall cumulative score being 1327. The top ten bowlers competed at the district tournament last week and Tiffany Tran came away with a 5th place ribbon for district-wide bowlers. Jason Lee received 5th place at the tournament. The bowler with the highest score this season was Stephanie Santiago, bowling 183.

The team not only improved their bowling skills, but they worked to practice teamwork, kindness, in-tegrity, trust and excellence. There was a lot of laughter every practice and the team was a joy to coach!

Stephanie Amato and Randyn Stutesman

Counselor’s corner: Keeping your family strong

Every family has positive characteristics and every family has times of struggle. When life becomes chaotic or unexpected stressors occur, it is important to lean on supports and resources. Protective factors are the strengths and resources that families use when life struggles come. Research shows that using these strengths can help families stay strong and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has developed a resource guide available at www.childwelfare.gov. This material has been adapted from their guide.

Protective factors tips:

  • Nurturing and attachment: Take time every day to connect with your child with a hug, activity, or listening and talking. Find ways to engage with your child during every day activities (driving, chores, etc.) Play games together.
  • Knowledge of parenting and youth development: Explore parenting questions with teachers, doctors, family, and friends. Read about child development or take a parenting class. Ask questions and share what you learn.
  • Parental resilience: Take time to reenergize yourself. Exercise. Share your feelings with someone you trust. Choose to be around people who support and encourage you.
  • Social connections: Get involved with neighborhood activities. Join a support group. Fine a community who accepts you and your family.
  • Concrete supports for parents: Make a list of people you can call for support. Dial “2-1-1” to out about supports in Vancouver.
  • Social and emotional competence of youth: Provide regular routines for you child. Talk with your child about their feelings. Teach your children to solve problems in appropriate ways.

Student drop off and pick up

Just a reminder that parents that drop off and pick up their students must do that from the NORTH parking lot. When you leave the parking lot all cars MUST TURN RIGHT to avoid congestion. We will have signs up and our crossing guards will be out to help direct traffic.

PLEASE be aware of the speed limit and once you’ve picked up your student to keep the line moving!

DRIVE SAFELY SO THAT ALL CHILDREN ARE SAFE

Principal update: April 2017

Dear Families,

We are just heading into our Spring Break week. We have been pushing hard since the snow and ice of January faded away.  It is great to have students learning and improving in so many classes and in so many ways. Middle School is an awesome time and being a part of the work at Jason Lee often brings me joy.

For the past four years, one of our themes has been to encourage students and staff to “Find Their Greatness.” The idea is that inside each one of us, there is the capability to become extraordinary. The goal is to set our sights on finding that which brings passion to our everyday life and allows each one of us to activate the faith and hope necessary to do the exceptional. Greatness is different for each person, an individually tailored talent, skill, focus, or belief that when ignited, allows us to truly find joy in this life. Often we do not know what that will be until we have tried many things. However, sometimes, our passion surfaces the first time we experience an activity, event, challenge, or success. The wonderful thing, in my eyes, simply lies in the quest for finding the greatness within. The journey of life is made so much sweeter when we are searching for and finding that which will bring us joy.

This quest is what middle school is all about; the continual exploration of possibilities and trying different experiences out. As I contemplated our school and this goal, I thought about the many ways we help students explore the possibilities that might help each individual “Find Their Greatness.” Here is a list of just a few:

High Quality Daily Instruction

Science Olympiad

Sports Programs

AVID

The Math Team (mathletes)

PTA

Parent Involvement

Sock and Pet Food Drives

Food Bags

Choir

Club Greatness

Assemblies

GTT

Video Tech

Art

Orchestra

Our Daily Student Announcements

Caught you Caring

Character Ed Lessons

Bullying Prevention Efforts

School Lunch Program

Band

iReady and IXL instructional supports

The Media Center

Extended Day Program

Camp 6

Leadership Class

Sixth Grade Exploratory

Spanish Elective

Mandarin Immersion

Challenge/Honors

College Wear Wednesdays

PBIS and MTSS teams

Above is just a snapshot of the many ways in which the staff and students at Jason Lee are trying to “Find Their Greatness.” What I know is that as we continue to focus on improving the climate and culture at our school and engage students each day with high quality instruction that produces results for student learning our school will become better and better. Thank you all for the support in helping our school improve.

Do a great month!!!   …… Curt

2017 summer arts workshops

This summer, budding artists may participate in a variety of activities, including dance, acting, music and the visual arts.

Locations, dates and times:
Peter S. Ogden Elementary School
July 10-14
9 a.m.– 12 noon

Chinook Elementary School and Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
July 17-21
9 a.m.– 12 noon

Grade levels: Students in third through seventh grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: A variety of dance styles including ballet, modern and jazz, will be explored in this workshop. Students will progress through a warm-up, skill development and choreography. Students will work individually and in partners to strengthen their dance technique and choreographic skills.

Requirements or supplies: Students should wear comfortable, athletic clothing appropriate for movement and should bring a water bottle. Shoes are not allowed in the dance studio at VSAA. Students attending the Chinook and Ogden programs may wear sneakers or dance shoes.

Location: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Dates and times:
July 17-21
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Grade levels: Students in first and second grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: Students will be introduced to basic dance techniques and styles in a fun, engaging class.

Requirements or supplies: Students should wear comfortable, athletic clothing appropriate for movement and should bring a water bottle. Shoes are not allowed in the dance studio at VSAA.

Locations, dates and times:
Peter S. Ogden Elementary School
July 10-14
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Chinook Elementary School
July 17-21
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Grade levels: Students in second through fifth grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: Students will learn how to write and perform their own music. They will also work with keyboards, recorders and percussion instruments.

Locations, dates and times:
Roosevelt Elementary
July 10-14
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Gaiser Middle School
July 24-28
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grade levels: Students in second through fifth grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: In this workshop, students will learn art concepts through the creation of visual art projects. All students will create pieces to take home.

Location: Roosevelt Elementary School

Dates and times:
July 10-14
9 a.m.–11 a.m.

Grade levels: Students in second through fifth grades during the 2016-17 school year.

Course description: Students will learn sheet music reading skills, harmonization, dynamics and classical singing techniques as they join together to form a choir.

Location: Roosevelt Elementary School
July 10-14
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Grade levels: Students in third through seventh grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: Students will play a variety of pitched and unpitched percussion instruments to form an ensemble. Music from a variety of musical influences and cultures will be explored.

Locations, dates and times:
Gaiser Middle School
July 24-28
9 a.m. to 12 noon

Columbia River High School
July 17-21
9 a.m. to 12 noon

Grade levels: Students in third through seventh grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: In this workshop, students will learn basic theater performance skills, including movement, voice and character.

Requirements or supplies: Students should dress comfortably in clothing they can move in and should bring a waterbottle.

Location: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Dates and times:
Aug. 7-11
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Grade levels: Students in eighth through 11th grades during the 2016-17 school year.

Course description: In this workshop, students will be introduced to a variety of dance styles and techniques by VPS certified dance teachers and local guest artists.

Location: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Room 210

Dates and times:
July 17-21
9 a.m.—11 a.m.

Grade levels: Students in second through fifth grades during the 2016-17 school year

Course description: Students will learn sheet music reading skills, harmonization, dynamics and classical singing techniques, all in Spanish, as they join together to form a choir.

Location: Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Grade levels: Students in eighth through 11th grades during the 2016-17 school year and enrolled in a VPS high school for this fall

Auditions:
Last two days of school, June 2017
2:30 p.m.–5 p.m. (callbacks to follow)

Please bring a one- to two-minute prepared piece of text from any of Shakespeare’s plays.

Dates and times:
Shakespeare Intensive
July 10-14
9 a.m.–12 noon

Rehearsal:
Monday through Friday, July 31-Aug. 18
9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Performances:
Aug. 17-19 at 6 p.m.

Course description:
Come one, come all! We will be presenting a district-wide production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. We will hold auditions in June, participate in a weeklong intensive focused on performing Shakespeare in July and rehearse for our production in August. Join the fun of this free learning and performing opportunity.

All opportunities are taught by certified teachers and are offered free to students currently enrolled in Vancouver Public Schools.

To register for these free opportunities:

Parents will be notified regarding their student’s enrollment by the last day of school.

Questions? Please email Brienne Schneider.

Counselor’s corner: Learning style strategies and tips

The term “learning styles” helps us understand that every person has different ways of learning material. A person’s learning style refers to the way in which the person interacts, processes, understands, and remembers information. It is important for educators, families, and students to understand the differences in learning styles so that they can practice strategies to help students learn.

Students at Jason Lee will take a learning styles inventory test during 7th grade so that they can discover strategies to help themselves learn. Ask your student if they have completed their inventory on their Career Cruising app.

If you would like to learn more information about learning styles and complete an online test, visit www.educationplanner.org


Study tips for different learning styles

Tips for auditory learners:

  • Record classroom lectures and read aloud.
  • Verbalize things you want to remember.
  • Study with a friend so you can discuss information.
  • Use familiar songs to help you memorize details.
  • Ask your teacher to repeat something when needed.

 Tips for visual learners:

  • Use a highlighter in your notes and planner.
  • Preview a chapter before reading it.
  • Pay attention to graphs, pictures, and charts.
  • When listening to a lecture, always look at the speaker
  • Use graphic note-taking methods.
  • Use flashcards to help you mentally “see” facts.

Tips for tactile learners:

  • Write vocabulary words down and walk around while reciting them.
  • Try to act out words or events with simple gestures.
  • Try studying in different positions.
  • Take frequent, short breaks.
  • Try writing key terms with your finger in the air, on a smooth surface or in the carpet.
  • Whenever possible, “do” your assignments, experiments and projects in an active way.

Source:  www.SylvanLearning.com

 

Student drop off and pick up

Just a reminder that parents that drop off and pick up their students must do that from the NORTH parking lot. When you leave the parking lot all cars MUST TURN RIGHT to avoid congestion. We will have signs up and our crossing guards will be out to help direct traffic.

Drive safely so that all students are safe.

Principal update: March 2017

Dear Families,

Last week we had a family engagement night involving our One School, One Book project. The night was a culmination of a month’s worth of activities that centered on Wonder by RJ Palacio. Our stu-dents, teachers and community had engaged in lessons, making book marks, self portraits, rock paint-ing, writing, reading and discussing. Something that began as a vision from one of our teachers (Cheryl Miller), turned into something pretty amazing. The family engagement night brought in about 125 peo-ple to just have some fun discussing the book, enjoying a little pizza and eating some treats. I am grate-ful for the efforts of so many on behalf of our youth and I look forward to the potential we have in the future to bring another One School, One Book project to Jason Lee.

This past month also brought our mid year iReady assessments in math and reading. A wonderful op-portunity for our students to demonstrate the learning they have achieved this year and to take a tem-perature check for efforts done and still needed moving into the second half of the school year. The results were promising. The great thing about iReady is that we can measure growth, in addition to progress in relation to standard. In both reading and math we have seen significant growth from the fall to the winter assessment windows. With expected growth in math pointing toward a 12 point gain for an entire year, our students grew at an average of 13 points in the first half of the year. For reading, expected growth is 14 points for the whole year and our students averaged 15 points gain from fall to winter. Those are very, very encouraging results. Students come to Jason Lee at many varying levels. Many are often below or well below the benchmark standard. For us to help students reach that stand-ard, we must have students growing beyond one year’s expected growth. Often, we need multiple years of growth, each year, to help them meet the benchmark standard while in middle school.

Each day, each week, each month, we are working to build capacity in our students, teachers and school to reach our two focus areas. First, to improve our culture and climate so that learning can be supported (our One Book, One School project was another step along that course). Second, to provide high quality instruction that gets results for student learning. I believe that as we continue to stay the course, we will continue to see better and better results. More and more students will see the doors to student success opened where they can become lifelong learners, responsible decision makers and car-ing and contributing members of society. Thank you to this community for continuing to support our work and to be partners in the efforts to transform Jason Lee Middle School. I have learned from my 24 years as an educator that the work of school improvement takes time, focus and belief for us to achieve sustainable results. I look forward to the continued work and hope that you each will look for-ward to being partners in it too.

Do a great month!!!

Curt