Dear Jason Lee Families:

Every day I am celebrating the fact that I have the honor to be your new principal at Jason Lee Middle School. The more that I’ve learned about the work happening at JLMS, and the more opportunity I’ve had to meet students, staff and parents, the more excited I am!  As we dive into the new school year, the JLMS staff will continue to focus on high quality learning experiences for students using AVID WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading) strategies school-wide.  Our goal is to ensure that each JLMS student has the opportunity to find their greatness, capitalizing on their strengths while maintaining a growth mindset to tackle the difficult work.  Productive struggle requires discipline, grit, creativity and the right supports.  As a team, we are committed to supporting your student in this journey.

My journey has prepared me for this leadership opportunity at Jason Lee Middle School. My mother, a single parent working two jobs, modeled a strong work ethic, grit and a willingness to embrace all that life has to offer.  My incredible husband, four adult children, our son in-law, our new daughter in-law and our very spoiled dog, Baxter, bring compassion and adventure into my life. They challenge me to live a full and balanced life that enriches my work as a principal. Which is important as I begin my 28th year in education in this amazing school. My years as an administrator in both middle and high school provide a perspective that I trust will bring value to our work at JLMS.

Today I finished my 6th 5K race in six months. Talk about a journey filled with productive struggle! Completing one 5K race a month may not seem like a big deal to some, however, for me it is HUGE.  I used to run quite a bit, it was a stress reducer. Yet somehow other things got bumped to the top of the priority list, and running fell to the bottom. The less I ran, the harder it became and the more I struggled with motivation. So, last February I re-evaluated my priorities, and recognized that I needed to gain some discipline around my health. I set a goal to complete one 5K race each month.  I had to ask my family to support me and accept the fact that this was going to be challenging. When you are really out of shape, running is hard and sometimes painful.  Incorporating a little creativity in my plan has kept me motivated.  I schedule races with my kids, go to the gym with my husband and “wog” with my dog. Signing up for crazy races like the Color Fun Run, or the Turkey Trot help me focus on the fun, rather than the work. All that helps, yet sometimes I just have to dig in, show some grit and stay disciplined, and that’s okay too. In fact, sometimes those runs are the best runs because I know that I worked hard for that success. Every journey has its ups and downs, celebrating the wins along the way is essential.

I can’t wait to begin this journey with you!  Together we will support each other and our students during the difficult times and celebrate the wins, embracing the productive struggles along the way. Please take a few moments to read through the newsletter for valuable information. We will also send some information via phone calls and email as needed. 2019-2020 is going to be a GREAT school year!

Best,

Jody

Find your Greatness!