Welcome to Joel P. Jensen Middle School! We are excited to begin a new year with your student here at our school. The 2018-2019 year will be fantastic!
Our school has continued making several changes for the better. Six years ago, 63% of our students were passing all of their classes. As we have added programs like Z.A.P.! (Zeroes Aren’t Permitted), Catch-Up Lunch, and academic tracking, we have seen this passing percentage improve. This past year we began moving toward Standards-Based Grading and reached an 86% passing rate! We give credit to an emphasis on academics and teachers who have been determined to work with their students until they are successful.
In addition, our students are more punctual than ever. In fact, we may have the lowest percentage of late students of all of our district middle schools. As our school population grows from year to year, our tardies continue to drop. Six years ago our students accumulated over 25,000 tardies for the year. This past year we had just over 2,500. There has been an incredible cultural shift regarding respect for school rules and class time. Teachers are working hard to teach from bell to bell, as to not lose any valuable academic time.
Once again, Joel P. Jensen Middle School is one of the safest schools in the district according to our district school safety assessments. Our school passed with 100% compliance this past year. We will continue to make changes to help students feel even safer at our school, including emphasizing the use of the SafeUT app for students to use if there are any school or personal issues, including bullying, vandalism, and threats of self-harm. It is an exciting and important tool that is available to all students with cellphones.
Finally, we have over 1,000 Facebook followers. This is a great way to see and read about the many events and celebrations at Joel P. Jensen Middle. Please take a minute to follow us on Facebook to stay up with what is happening here. Also, our website (jpjms.org) contains important information for our parents and students.
Our culture continues to change from year to year, and we are looking forward to many positive changes during the 2018-2019 school year at JPJ. It will be another memorable year and we are excited that your student will be a part of it.
Thank you for your support.
Principal, Joel P. Jensen Middle School