Letter from PrincipalLetter from Principal

Dear Students and Parents,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the start of the 2017-2018 school year!  I am thrilled to begin my 4th year as principal of Friendship Junior High as we continue to prepare students to be successful for life. We have some very important and great work ahead of us this year, which I embrace and welcome wholeheartedly.  

Enhanced this year will be our social emotional learning time.  For the past several years, Friendship has had a brief “homeroom”, consisting of morning announcements, time to check email and grades.  Next year, we will be extending that time to 15 minutes every day except Wednesday. While we will still have time for morning announcements, we will spend more time discussing items that impact student’s day to day lives, learning and building our community. Some people wonder if it is really worthwhile to spend time on social emotional learning rather than academics.  The answer is a definite YES. Having students begin their day with a structured anchor, provides a predictable routine, especially as they undergo rapid physical, emotional and intellectual changes. This time helps students trust each other and value learning, especially at a time when their peer culture may be saying otherwise. Some activities will include properly greeting and welcoming each other, sharing and discussing, and team building. The face-to-face communication has become increasingly  important in our virtual world.

We will continue our focus on instruction, allowing students more choice in their learning. Last year, we had more classes working on “passion projects” that they came up with. One class, in particular asked to raise money for hydration stations. They conducted the research, put together a proposal and raised funds to have two installed last year.  This is a prime example of how the teacher’s role has changed from predominantly one that delivers and provides information, to one that fosters curiosity, drive and passion about a subject matter.  We will continue on this path to provide students with freedom to choose learning paths, learn from mistakes, and problem solving techniques, rather than tasks that require memorization of facts with no application.

I continue to be excited and inspired to be a part of the Friendship community and the District 59 family.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you and welcome you to the start of a fantastic school year!   My door is always open, so please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by the school building.

Sincerely,

 

Jodi J. Megerle, Principal

Friendship Junior High

[email protected]

Dear Students and Parents,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the start of the 2017-2018 school year!  I am thrilled to begin my 4th year as principal of Friendship Junior High as we continue to prepare students to be successful for life. We have some very important and great work ahead of us this year, which I embrace and welcome wholeheartedly.  

Enhanced this year will be our social emotional learning time.  For the past several years, Friendship has had a brief “homeroom”, consisting of morning announcements, time to check email and grades.  Next year, we will be extending that time to 15 minutes every day except Wednesday. While we will still have time for morning announcements, we will spend more time discussing items that impact student’s day to day lives, learning and building our community. Some people wonder if it is really worthwhile to spend time on social emotional learning rather than academics.  The answer is a definite YES. Having students begin their day with a structured anchor, provides a predictable routine, especially as they undergo rapid physical, emotional and intellectual changes. This time helps students trust each other and value learning, especially at a time when their peer culture may be saying otherwise. Some activities will include properly greeting and welcoming each other, sharing and discussing, and team building. The face-to-face communication has become increasingly  important in our virtual world.

We will continue our focus on instruction, allowing students more choice in their learning. Last year, we had more classes working on “passion projects” that they came up with. One class, in particular asked to raise money for hydration stations. They conducted the research, put together a proposal and raised funds to have two installed last year.  This is a prime example of how the teacher’s role has changed from predominantly one that delivers and provides information, to one that fosters curiosity, drive and passion about a subject matter.  We will continue on this path to provide students with freedom to choose learning paths, learn from mistakes, and problem solving techniques, rather than tasks that require memorization of facts with no application.

I continue to be excited and inspired to be a part of the Friendship community and the District 59 family.  I look forward to working with each and every one of you and welcome you to the start of a fantastic school year!   My door is always open, so please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by the school building.

Sincerely,

 

Jodi J. Megerle, Principal

Friendship Junior High

[email protected]