1/14-1/18 Week 20 Blast for Educators
Greetings and a Happy New Year to all JJSE staff and community,
The first week back for me is always an energizing time, connecting with young people and looking forward to the spring semester and all the joy, work, and collaboration it will bring. Over the break, I traveled to Arizona with my family where I was born and lived for my first 17 years. It always helps for me to be near the beautiful desert when I reflect and get some “me time”. This year, I volunteered with an organization called Humane Borders to go on their biweekly water runs to make sure that folks traveling in the desert are able to find food and potable water. The desert was below freezing the week I was in Tucson. Here are some pictures of our trek into the desert along the border between Arizona and Mexico.
This June Jordan passage from her book Some of Us Did Not Die captures the juxtaposition of the pain and violence in our current context and the striking beauty of human strength and resistance.
“To be honest, I expect an apocalypse, or I look for and I work for defeat of international evil, indifference, and suffering, only when I am not otherwise stunned by the odds, temporarily paralyzed by the revulsion of grieving despair.
But life itself compels an optimism. It does not seem reasonable that the majority of the peoples of the world should, finally, lose joy, and rational justice, as a global experiment to be pursued and fiercely protected. It seems unreasonable that more than 400 million people, right now, struggle against hunger and starvation, even while there is arable earth aplenty to feed and nourish every one of us. It does not seem reasonable that the color of your skin should curse and condemn all of your days and the days or your children. It seems preposterous that gender, that being a woman, anywhere in the world, would elicit contempt, or fear, or ridicule, and serious deprivation of rights to be, to become, to embrace whatever you choose….
And sometimes, I suspect, whenever any of us feel defeated we may think maybe everybody should have been born a boy… Maybe that would be easier, all around. But there is ...the bravery of women against the valorization of violence and force ...and our commitment to make merciful and just our coexistence with really different people trying always, to fully and freely live on this one earth.
So actually, I am ok with being a girl, and becoming a woman.”
This passage helps me to remember to balance our resistance against oppression with the authority and love that it takes to treat each other as human beings. On a day-to-day basis, let’s remember to “compel an optimism” in our collaboration with each other. To see our work as related to the global context, and to remember that however small we are, we can make a significant difference in the lives of our students and communities.
We have received some feedback from teachers that some of the student class-switches have created unbalanced classes. We will work to balance these classes out the best we can this week. Please let Nichalous and Carol know any impact on your classes. Elective class lists should be confirmed by this Friday. We will be asking you to follow up with advisees this week who still have not chosen their elective classes. Thanks for your patience!
Events and Important Dates for Spring 2019 -
**Please make sure you have the “Community” and “Staff” calendars as well as your grade level calendar. These dates are confirmed but if things move around, the Google Calendar is the best way to stay on top of events and dates.
Welcome Back Townhall (1/8)
SF Gen Trip, 11th grade (1/15) - entire 11th grade.
Selecting City College Courses (1/14)
Family/Community/School Site Council Meeting (1/15)
Exploratorium Field Trip Whole School (1/17)
MLK Holiday - No School (1/21)
Lunar New Year Holiday - No School (2/5)
CORE 9-12 Tours (2/8)
Spirit Week (2/11-2/15)
Youth Summit 9-12 (2/14)
End of Grading Period (2/15)
BSU Town Hall (2/19)
Presidents Day Holiday - No School (2/21)
Student Led Conferences (2/25-3/1)
School site planning summit (Saturday) (3/4)
10th grade trip: Black Eagles (3/14)
CORE Symposium 9-12th (3/15)
SPRING BREAK (3/25-3/29)
Wellness Week (4/1-4/5)
GSA Day (4/3)
SBAC Testing: 10th/11th grades (4/15- 4/18)
Advisory Retreat: 9th-12th (4/19)
La Raza Town Hall (4/23)
Arts Showcase (4/30)
FRISCO Day - 12th grade (5/3)
Revision Week: minimum days (5/6-5/10)
Senior Presentation week: minimum days (5/6-5/10)
Move Up Town Hall (5/7)
End of spring grading period (5/13)
Senior Open House (5/13)
Exhibition Intersession (5/31)
Last Day of School (6/4)