Principal Jaskot's Weekly Dayette


Sun Dragons’ Dayette July 27, 2017

125 years of Excellence in Education - A Distinguished Past and a Bright Future

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Principal News: I hope your summer is going well. I cannot believe how fast July has gone, especially with some travel to Washington D.C. and NJ. It has been a nice time seeing family and friends, and I am now gearing up for the Summer Leadership Institute at Garfield HS beginning on August 8th. It is during SLI that Principal get the final look at district initiatives for the year, and we then align and weave this work into our own school plans for professional development.

With the early release every Wednesday, there is a lot of time for both teacher directed and school directed meeting time. For the time directed by the school, the Building Leadership Team and I will be working to coordinate analyzing data from key assessments to make sure students are making progress. It is very exciting to have this time available to us, and I promise we will be using it very wisely!

Here are some specific updates that I am sure you are curious about:

Summer construction: The earthquake retrofit work is quite comprehensive. To date, most classroom exterior walls and some hallway walls have been removed. New framing is in place, and bolts securing the brick face of our building have been incorporated. This has been a challenge with noise and dust, but the contractors have been so cooperative in working with our Summer Staircase team. The contractors will have full access to the building beginning this afternoon, as the Summer Staircase concludes today. They have a long way to go before the school is ready for Kindergarten Jump Start on August 21-25, as they still need to put up wallboard, trim, paint and clean!

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Playground remodel: The B.F. Day Uppers Play Area is about to receive new play equipment! Construction is starting this August with play equipment installation complete by the start of school. We need the help of many hands to make it through this final push. Please consider helping out for a few hours at one of (3) work party weekends kicking off August 18th . If you are not able to stay, we could also use snacks and beverages. Please pass this on to others in the community. It takes a village! Thanks in advance for your help. Sign-up at this link:

Staffing updates: As you know, I consider the hiring and on-going support of staff one of the most important aspects of my work. With the allocation of another classroom teacher in June, along with a couple transfers, we have been busy interviewing and selecting some new team members for our school. I will send out pictures and biographies of the new teachers, but I am very excited to bring them on board. Each possesses a solid understanding of the skills needed to be effective teachers, student advocates and collaborative partners. This is how our school will look next year. An asterisk represents a new team member. Preschool – Room 206 – Alice Tackett* (An instructional assistant will also be hired this summer) Kindergarten – Room 202 – Andy Zillig; Room 203 - Kathleen Kendrick Kindergarten/1st grade – Room 304 – Shellie Ferrel 1st grade – Room 302 – Britta Steel; Room 303 – Jaimee Papineau 2 nd grade – Room 301 – Elizabeth Dawson; Room 305 – Eloise Davis* 3 rd grade – Room 310 – Janet Sawyer; Room 311 Roxana Cerulia Mini Middle School – Literacy – Randi Noreng; Math – Kenneth Maldonado; Science – Joe Olegario ELL – Teresa Dang* Literacy and Math support teacher – Julie Gjording* Social Emotional Learning classrooms – Room 102 – Kayla Nunez; Room 103 – Leah Rue Resource Room – Jenn Cooper Counselor – John Taylor Librarian – Ken Hammer Art: Janine Pierce PE: Vince Delaney Nurse – full time – Annie Norton Office team: Carrie Bauer and Sonja Haas Speech: Michele Jaurequi Kitchen Manager: Julie Moyer Custodians: Nick Biryuk and Kuldip Singh Principal: Stan Jaskot I am waiting on confirmation on our School Psychologist, PT, and OT.