Students, Parents, Teachers and Community Members,
December is always the shortest month in terms of school days but is often the busiest with the number of holiday events that are typically scheduled. This December is no exception. I want to take a moment this morning to share some of the events that will take place in the coming weeks and touch base on a few other items.
This Week: We have home basketball games scheduled for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The boys are home Monday and Wednesday with the girls at home on Tuesday. We are hosting the 6th grade showcase for the academic team this week as well. On Tuesday, we will host the composition portion of the competition with the written assessment and quick recall taking place on Saturday. I would like to say good luck to our athletic and academic teams as they will be very busy.
Next Week: The band and choir concerts will take place on Monday and Tuesday nights ( December 9th and 10th). We have so many groups performing that we can’t comfortably squeeze them into one night any longer. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade concert bands and choirs will be performing in addition to our jazz band, percussion ensemble, and guitar ensembles. These groups will also perform for their classmates in assembly during school on Tuesday morning. I cannot wait to see and hear their holiday presentation. I plan to publish some pictures to my blog and via Twitter shortly after the concert.
On Wednesday next week our Technology department will host a Skyline Fundraiser night at the local Skyline on the corners of Industrial Road and US 25. We would love to have everyone come out and join us. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Jones to support our technology department. The event runs from 4-8 pm that evening. More details are available on this flyer.
Additionally, the boys basketball teams will be at home next Thursday evening to take on Immaculate Heart of Mary. On Saturday, December 14th, our Family Resource Center will host a gingerbread house making event for the first fifty families who register. We will provide the gingerbread house kits, frosting and lots of sweet goodies with which to decorate. The event will take place from 1-3 pm in the school cafeteria. Ms. List, Ms. Hord and Ms. Wooten will lead the fun, showing us how to create a gingerbread house. I will be here with my two girls and look forward to seeing you as well. We’ve never built a gingerbread house before and cannot wait!!! Keep in mind that this is limited to the first 50 families and you will get to take your gingerbread house home with you at the conclusion of the event. Please submit this flyer to Ms. Wooten or Ms. Hord if you would like to register to participate. This is a first come, first serve event. Please secure your spot as soon as possible.
I want to congratulate these students for their performance in the Regional STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) competition held at Northern Kentucky University two weeks ago. Their entry titled, “RA Jones STLP Jetting into the 21st Century” performed well and qualified for the state competition in Lexington this April. The students involved in this performance were: Rachel Ellis, Brandee Albertson, Laura Sanchez, Teresa Patino, Jorge Gutierrez, Gaby Gutierrez, Julia Matt, Jacqueline Albarras and Ashtyne Segovia. We are very proud of the way they have represented RA Jones and wish them the best of luck at the state competition.
In terms of representing, 8th grade band members will be busy this holiday season. They have been invited to perform for the Boone County Retired Teachers Association holiday luncheon, which will occur on December 18th. The BCRTA is selective with their invites so we should be honored to be chosen. The 8th grade Brass and Woodwinds sections of the band will perform for the public at the Florence outside of H&M at 4 p.m. this Saturday (December 7th). Please stop by if you’d like to hear how well they play.
The first edition of The Navigator, our school newspaper produced by Mr. Davis and the photojournalism club, can be viewed here. We are so pleased by the work of this club and are already looking forward to the next edition.
Technology: I want to take a moment to let everyone know that our new wireless infrastructure is up and running. For students to access the wireless, they have to be provided with a password. Parents, this will only be done once you have read, completed and submitted the linked BYOT paperwork back to school, indicating your awareness and support of the specific rules governing your child’s use of the wireless internet at school using their own internet capable devices. Please be advised that this is a Boone County District document and that RA Jones policies governing the use and limits of student technological devices are still in full force and act as a compliment to the district’s guidelines. Please understand and share with your child that they may have no more than three devices assigned to their wireless password so they may not share their password with other students or the three device limit may be exceeded and their wireless account locked out. This is very important for them to understand. Once you have submitted the proper paperwork to request wireless access, Ms. Broome will forward that request on to the district office, who will generate the passwords which will then be shared with your child for their use. Please be patient as this process will likely see some stickiness and need for modification with the roll out.
Finally, the Chrome books have arrived and staff members are currently receiving training on how to properly utilize them within the classroom, while working strictly “in the cloud.” Students will also be issued district controlled Google passwords to access Google Docs and other Google based applications for use on the chrome books. We are still waiting for physical carts on which the student chrome books will be placed before they will be available for classroom use. As you may recall, we ordered 120 chrome books on four carts (30 each) that would be available for use in classrooms with the plan to purchase many more next year. As I’ve said before, this is just the beginning!!!
As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to send me a note or give me a call.