Happy Thanksgiving

Since this is the last Family Newsletter before the Thanksgiving break, we would like to express how grateful we are for you — our families and students. We are delighted to be educating your children and without your support, the great work happening in our schools would not be possible. Thanks for being our partner.

Illness in our Region

We continue to run ionizers and disinfect surfaces and door handles as a way of keeping our schools clean. Because illness in our community is high, we ask families to consider taking any steps possible to help limit the spread of germs in our school community, especially keeping students home when sick.

Support our schools, substitute!

Looking for a flexible opportunity to support our students and earn some extra money? Join our substitute pool! Substitute teachers, clerical staff, custodians, and bus drivers, are integral to our mission of providing a stable, engaging learning environment throughout the year. Individuals with a high school diploma are eligible to substitute. Substitutes set their schedule based on their availability. Take 10 minutes now and complete a substitute application.

Federal Funding at WJCC Schools Depends on You

Each year, WJCC Schools is eligible to apply for federal Impact Aid funds to support students who are federally connected. Federally-connected students are children of active-duty uniformed services personnel, children who live on federal property or in subsidized federal housing, or children whose parents are employed on certain federal properties. Help ensure WJCC Schools receives its fair share of funding. Please complete and return the Student-Parent Survey for Federal Impact Aid for each school-aged child in your household by December 9, 2022. Contact your child’s school with any questions.

Student Absences Affect Student Outcomes

Did you know that students who miss more than 4 days per marking period are considered chronically absent, even if absences are excused? High absences at all grade levels are linked to lower standardized test scores, below-grade reading level and an increase in the likelihood of students dropping out of school. Help your student by encouraging their attendance, even as the holidays approach. Keeping students in school when they’re healthy allows flexibility and time, if needed, to fully recover from illness before returning to school.

November 2022 Heroes of Hope

Join us as we celebrate our November Heroes of Hope! Watch this video to learn more about these phenomenal individuals and their contributions to WJCC Schools.

  • Andrew Pfister from Transportation
  • Emily Olson and Susan Findlay from Berkeley
  • Grace Wagner from Laurel Lane

Learn more about past nominations and how you can submit a nomination by visiting our Heroes of Hope page!

Engage With Us

Two new opportunities are live for the WJCC Schools community to Engage with Us! Share your feedback on our biannual review of the Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services plan. Express your interest in learning about and sharing feedback on our advanced math pathways. Bookmark this page to stay up to date. Current opportunities are:

  • Biannual ARP Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Public Comment
  • Advanced Math Pathways
  • Communications Tool Feedback Group
  • Volunteer with WJCC Schools
November 15, 2022 Board Summary

On November 15, 2022, the School Board held a public hearing on the Superintendent’s proposed Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). To review discussions on the FY24-33 CIP and other items on the School Board’s November 15 agenda, click here.

Important Dates

  • November 8 – Election Day: Student Holiday; Staff Collaboration, Learning, and Planning (CLP) Day
  • November 9 – 2nd Marketing Period Begins
  • November 14 – MS/HS Report Cards
  • November 15 – School Board Meeting, 6:30 PM James Blair Middle School Gymnasium
  • November 17/18 – Pre-K and ES Early Release/Parent Conferences

Research and Resources