Saturday, February 9, 2019

Moving Ahead


Hopefully we are getting settled back into the school year at this point.  We have missed several days or had delays due to inclement weather, which always makes it feel like you can't get into a groove in January and February. 

We are really proud of the work that is continuing at Jouett this semester.  We just hosted an internal showcase for our division-level AVID leadership team this past Tuesday.  All of the secondary schools had representatives who visited Jouett to learn more about how we implement WICOR and the foundations of AVID school-wide.  It was a great day of showcasing the work of our staff and students and learning from each other.

Here are some important upcoming dates in February:

  • February 11-15: Spirit Week
    • Monday: Sports Day
    • Tuesday: Twin Day
    • Wednesday: Wacky Tacky Day
    • Thursday: Wear Red/Pink/White Day
    • Friday: Wear Green/Gold
  • February 15: Dodge for Heart Tournament from 4:05-5:30 pm
  • February 18: Professional Development Day (no school for students)
We hope you stay healthy in the upcoming weeks!

Please reach out to us if you need anything.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

AVID Revalidation


Last Thursday, November 29, Jouett was revalidated as an AVID National Demonstration School.  This is a big deal.  What this means is that out of all of the AVID schools in the world, Jouett is in the top 3%.  Currently at Jouett, we have 95 students who are in the AVID elective class, these students represent 16% of our school.  The instructional strategies of AVID are based around Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading (also known as WICOR) and are evident school-wide.  WICOR strategies are research-based and best practices to elevate and support the achievement of all students at Jouett.

We are so very proud of our staff and students for this incredible accomplishment!  It is not easy to become and remain an AVID National Demonstration School.  Our next revalidation will be again in three years.

Click here to view a news story about our most recent work.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

A Month In

Jaguar Families,

We can't believe it is already October!  We are over a month into the school year with the first nine weeks coming to a close on November 1.  We have been extremely busy at Jack Jouett with all of our students and staff.  We have 604 students enrolled with us so far this year. 

Recently, we have been practicing our safety drills including weekly fire drills and a lock down drill.  Students and staff have done an incredible job of following safety procedures in a timely and efficient manner.

Listed below are some upcoming important dates.  In a couple of weeks, we will begin to send out a monthly family newsletter that will also have important information in it.  Please be on the lookout!

Upcoming important dates:

  • Friday, October 5: School Dance from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, October 12: Make Up Picture Day and ICA
  • Thursday, October 18: AVID Mock Revalidation Visit 
  • Friday, October 19: Fall Field Day
  • Friday, October 26: Ntanga Soccer Jamboree
  • Thursday, November 1: End of the First Nine Weeks
  • Thursday, November 1- Tuesday, November 6: No School for Students
Just a reminder about school dances, please make sure your son/daughter has a ride promptly at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is $5.00/ticket.  Students may bring extra money for snacks like pizza, candy, and drinks.  We look forward to a great social time for students.

As always, contact us with questions and concerns.  We appreciate your partnership!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Department goals and WICOR

Jaguar Families,

We are off to a strong start here for the 2018-19 school year.  Students and teachers have been busy getting to know each other, learning routines, schedules, lockers, and so much more.  We are so grateful for each and every staff member and student here at Jouett.  It takes a team effort to make school run smoothly, especially in the first couple of weeks. 

This past week, we met with each of our core departments to discuss and clarify our goals for this year.  Language arts will focus on writing and pre/post assessments, math is focusing on mathematical conversations and talks, as well as pre/post assessments, science is focusing on vocabulary acquisition and essential questions, and social studies is focusing on incorporating a social justice curriculum.  In all departments we emphasize and implement WICOR strategies: Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading.  WICOR is the foundation of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).  Jouett serves as an AVID National Demonstration School, which is an honor that only about 3% of schools who implement AVID, across the world, earn.  For more information about AVID, please visit the website at

Upcoming important dates:

  • Thursday, September 20: Parent conferences from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • Friday, September 21: No school for students, Professional Development Day for teachers
  • Thursday, September 27: Parent conferences from 4:30 pm -7:30 pm
  • Friday, October 5: Dance from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm 
  • Friday, October 12: Picture Retakes and ICA
  • Friday, October 19: Fall Field Day
  • Friday, October 26: Soccer Jamboree 
As always, we welcome your feedback and love hearing from you.  Please feel free to reach out at any point.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

First Week of School

Jaguar Families,

We are so excited to have all of our staff and students back in action!  We had an incredibly smooth opening week of school.  We want to extend a huge thank you to Mr. G and our custodial staff for their hard work in cleaning and organizing our school.  The learning spaces and hallways look absolutely amazing.  We are so very grateful for their work.

Here are some upcoming reminders and dates to be aware of:

  • September 3 - No School
  • September 6 - Back to School Night from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • September 7 - School Dance from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • September 14 - Picture Day and ICA
  • September 20 - Parent Conferences from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
  • September 21 - No School for Students
  • September 27 - Parent Conferences from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Please make sure to review the 2018-19 Student Handbook with your child.  It is located under the Parent and Student tabs on our website.

Also, there are many ways to find out what is going on at Jouett including our Twitter feed @JouettMiddle, our school website, and this blog.  You can also feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or feedback you have.

We are looking forward to partnering with you this school year!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Summer Fun

Greetings Jaguar Families,

We hope you all are having a relaxing, fun, and safe summer!  It's hard to believe it is already the middle of July.  Here at Jouett we are working hard in order to prepare for the 2018-19 school year.  We have had an extremely successful and well attended summer school program that is sadly coming to an end July 13th. In addition to our summer program, our building is also undergoing a partial roof replacement and learning spaces are being painted and cleaned each day.  We are also working hard to finalize student class schedules.

Just a reminder:
  • Schedules will be available to view through Parent/Student Portal on August 10th.
  • Bus stop information will be available in Power School and the Parent Portal.  
  • Please mark your calendars for our Open House on August 16th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. All students and families are welcome to meet their teachers and tour the building. 
If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to reach out to us at (434) 975-9320.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Moving Ahead