Welcome Back – HS/MS Newsletter

Dear Johnson Creek Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  I hope you and your family had an enjoyable summer.  Our staff has been very busy preparing for the upcoming start of school.  
As we dive into a new year, I wanted to take some time and remind parents how important they are to their child’s education.  Numerous studies over time have proven that parental involvement is a more significant factor in a child’s academic performance that the qualities of the school itself.  Parent engagement is not only important in their child’s elementary years but also crucial as the child enters middle school/high school age as well.  What can parents do?  
  • Continually remind children the importance of education.
  • Attend school events.
  • Check homework and consistently monitor grades.
  • Communicate with teachers about their child’s progress.  
  • Attend parent/teacher conferences with their child present.  
  • Make sure there are open lines of communication between parent and child.  
Furthermore, here are several opportunities for parents to get involved in our organizations that benefit the Johnson Creek student body and school community.  
We are very excited about the start of the school year.  You are invited to come to our Open House on August 27th from 5:30-7:00pm.  Please meet in the gymnasium.  
  • High School Presentation:  5:30-5:40pm
  • Middle School Presentation:  5:45-5:55pm
*The following paperwork will be available in the HS gym lobby from 5:30-6:00pm:
  • Student Photos/Photo Retake Order Forms
  • HS/MS Student Handbook
  • Blue Jay Open Campus Applications
  • Parking passes
  • Yearbooks
  • Athletic Passes
  • Bell Schedules
  • Student Schedules
  • Building Maps
School starts Tuesday, September 2nd at 7:45 AM and ends at 3:15 PM every day.  Please do not drop off students prior to 7:15AM.  There will be a warning bell at 7:40AM to remind students to make their way to their first hour class.
The school calendar will be available on the district website.  Please check for upcoming days off of school.  
PBIS:  What is it?
Looking forward to this year, we are implementing a new behavior system, PBIS or Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.  The purpose of this program will be to establish a positive culture in our school, as well as rewards positive behavior taking place.  Behavioral expectations will be laid out for students during the first week of school, along with hallway signage, reminding students of appropriate behaviors.  General information about the PBIS program can be found at:  
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The Blue Jay Way
If you see something, say something…
Be Respectful
Be Prepared
Be Engaged
All School Settings
  • Use appropriate language
  • Be aware of personal space
  • Turn cell phones off and keep silenced
  • Keep our school clean
  • Follow the dress code
  • Be a positive role model
  • Know and follow school expectations
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Be a problem solver
  • Help others when needed
  • Be kind and courteous
After-school Activities
  • Use appropriate language (tone, volume, and vocabulary)
  • Practice good sportsmanship
  • Positively support coaches, players and refs/umps
  • Exhibit a positive attitude
  • Provide positive feedback and encouragement
  • Welcome visitors
Bathroom
  • Practice appropriate hygiene
  • Discard garbage in appropriate places
  • Respect space of others
  • Use bathroom during passing times
  • Use bathroom in a timely manner
  • Report problems to adults
  • Keep walls clean
  • Stay in your own space
Classroom
  • Focus on teacher or other students when they are speaking
  • Ask appropriate questions
  • Comply with teacher directions
  • Attend class daily and on time
  • Be prepared for instruction with all necessary materials
  • Complete, hand in work on time
  • Actively listen
  • Ask for help when you do not understand the material.
  • Use time wisely
Cafeteria
  • Use a reasonable inside voice
  • Keep your place in line
  • Use good manners
  • Be patient
  • Move away from conflicts
  • Keep positive lunch account balance
  • Return trays and trash
  • Clean your space
  • Keep food on tray or in mouth
Hallway
  • Respect property of others
  • Keep to your own issues and business
  • Walk
  • Give assistance when needed
  • Keep hallways clear
  • Use a hall pass during class time
  • Keep lockers organized
  • Keep lockers locked
  • Report dangerous situations/bullying to an adult
  • Use low voices when in the hallway during class time.
Parking Lot
  • Maintain slow speeds while driving
  • Take turns when exiting the parking lot
  • Park in your designated spot
  • Lock your car
  • Be alert while walking/driving
  • Obey traffic laws
OFFICE CLARIFICATION:  Who do I ask for help?

Ms. Budig (699-3481): Attendance and Discipline
Ms. Budig (699-3481): Money and School Business
Ms. Frank (699-7336):  Guidance, Transcripts, Scholarships, and College/Technical School Information
Reminder to check our website daily—the Daily Bulletin is published there as well as other scheduling
and program information. www.johnsoncreek.k12.wi.us
Follow on Twitter! @Vogel_Bluejay. You can get texts directly to your cell phone without a Twitter accountby texting “follow Vogel_Bluejay” to 40404.
Mr. Vogel will send out “tweets” about school closings, special announcements, etc. (Regular texting charges apply)
ATTENDANCE REMINDER

Reminder: All absences need to be brought to the attention of the office PROIR to the student leaving our school. Students may not leave the school building unless they check-out in the office. If a student is absent from class and the office has not been notified it is considered a TRUANCY. If a student calls a parent from a cell phone saying that they are sick, the office needs to speak to the parent as well.
Please contact the office if your student will be absent from school prior to the start of school. You may leave a message on the HS/MS office voicemail 24 hours a day or you may email the attendance information to budigj@johnsoncreekschools.org.  

Daily announcements are updated daily and posted on our district website.  In addition, our monthly newsletter will be available on twitter and our district website at the beginning of each month.  Please check for updates, news and information.  
We are looking forward to a great year and are looking forward to seeing you and your child(ren) at our Open House.  
Thanks for your continued support and cooperation as we head into another successful school year.  

Cale Vogel
Principal
Johnson Creek High School/Middle School

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