5/13-5/17 Week 36 Blast for Educators

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to celebrate the work of women at JJSE. To do so, I want to share this dance as an offering. This indigenous dance is from the province of Kalinga, located centrally in the Cordillera region, bounded on the north by Apayao province, South by Mountain Province, east by Cagayan and Isabela and west by the Province of Abra. The dance is called Sayaw sa Banga captures the skill and strength of the women as they would carry heavy laiden clay pots (Banga) full of water. The word “Banga” is usually an earthen jar used for getting and storing water. It is performed by Igorot women to show their stamina and strength while fetching water in a river. Sayaw sa Banga also displays the effort grace of a tribe or fierce warriors. Their grace and agility while balancing the heavy pots, sometimes stacks 5 high or more, is a testament of the Filipino and how hardships become an art form and talent. Water of course, is the source of life, and women’s role in protecting and carrying life throughout generations is sacred.

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Important Links for this week

  • Weekly Announcements Link - Please update!

  • Update Pass/Re-Present for Performance Assessment - CLICK HERE

  • Intersession Planning Folder 2019 - please make sure that you have all the items in your folder related to your class.

    • Required:

      • Budget Sheet (In Excel or Word) ($900 for all classes and $1100 for overnights). Any other fundraising monies can be spent however you choose).

      • Field Trip Permission Form (With day-to-day schedule) - please update this and print out a new one for Monica if plans change during Intersession. It is imperative that we have the correct info in the folder.

    • Other: Driver Forms, Overnight District Forms, chaperones, other documents and itineraries.

upcoming events


  • 5/13 End of spring grading period - SPECIAL SCHEDULE - Move Up Townhall 9:10-10 - Lunchtime BBQ w/DJ Chuy Gomez

  • 5/24-5/31 Intersession

  • 5/31 Graduation Practice 9am-11am - Intersession Exhibition 1pm-3pm - College Map Graduation 5pm-7pm


  • 6/3 GRADUATION 3-5pm - JJSE Auditorium

  • 6/4 Last Day of School - 8:30-10am Staff PD - 10am-3:15pm Late Start for Students

Seniors in action! Photos from the Future Educators Conference, SF Build COSE Showcase, SF Public Library & LATA Scholarship Recipient Marisol Benavides

poetry for the people

Dear June Jordan faculty and staff,

I write to invite you to contribute to a collection that focuses on the timely and persistent reverberations of June Jordan’s life and work.  Building on a lively conversation started last fall, we envision a multi-genre anthology that brings together the range of people influenced by June Jordan’s work.

Why Now? June Jordan’s life and writings provide a touchstone in this era of “limitless assault” on the individual and collective rights of black and brown bodies, refugees, immigrants, survivors, Muslims, Jews, and all who have been labeled wrong. As you know, Alicia Garza, co- founder of "Black Lives Matter," has Jordan's "Poem About My Rights" tattooed close to her heart. Barack Obama cited the last line of "Poem for South African Women" frequently on the campaign trail: "We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For." In 2010, Alice Walker published a collection of essays with that title (http://alicewalkersgarden.com/2010/10/we-are-the-ones-we-have-been-waiting-for). With particular and detailed attention to those whose lives are most imperiled, and most to be cherished, Jordan calls upon us to tell the truth, to address “the moral litmus tests” of our time.

The genesis for this project emerged out of the guest speakers who joined our class last fall, as well as discussions at roundtable panels at the American Studies and the National Women’s Studies Association conferences in November 2018. These forums brought together individuals who studied and/or collaborated with June with scholars and writers who channel her work in new ways in the twenty-first century. Drawing on collaborations within and beyond schools, museums, courthouses, counseling offices and businesses, writers/activists/educators shared how June Jordan’s legacy continues to be fundamental in creating courageous communities necessary for justice in the most intimate and public spheres. Topics ranged from ecojustice to police violence  to revolutionary mothering to poetry for the people. We hope to include your voices in this conversation!  

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, who engaged us in a conversation about “Love as a Life Force” has agreed to write the introduction. E. Ethelbert Miller, who spoke to us about June in the context of the Black Arts Moement, is one board, as is Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood.

We request that contributors anchor their pieces by responding specifically to at least one of Jordan’s writings. Ideally, this braiding of June’s words with ours will reawaken readers to the scope and depth of Jordan’s writing – including essays, poems, a libretto, children’s literature, journalism, a column in the Progressive Magazine, and more. Hoping to honor Jordan's own writing guidelines, we invite participants to practice "Maximum Impact/ Minimum Words.”  We ask that essays and prose-like pieces not exceed 5,000 words and poem/creative texts 2,500.The style is completely up to you. We seek completed manuscripts by August 1st. Please send to caroline.reger@simmons.edu  with your name, and JJSE as the subject heading. Kindly cc to me when you send  your submission.

Let me know right away if you are interested in participating.  I’d be happy to work with any of you over the summer polishing your entries.  I’m hoping also that some of you will send in your students’ work.

We see your submissions as JJSE educators as an important channel of community building that Jordan’s work inspires.  Allow me to introduce you to my co-editors for the project. As four people whose lives and work have been deeply influenced by Jordan’s life, we promise to make working with this anthology an exciting and energizing process.

Durell M. Callier, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University. Situated at the intersection of queer, cultural, and educational studies, his current research analyzes how Black expressive culture created by Black, queer youth, girls, and women through informal educational institutions and practices are used toward Black survival and knowledge creation.  Callier uses June Jordan’s Poetry for the People: A Revolutionary Blueprint generally in his work with youth in South Africa and in the US when teaching poetry and facilitating poetry workshops. His recently co-authored book, Who Look at Me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education Through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body explores how we see Black people and Black youth, complexly and wholly, and is an homage to Jordan’s book length poem for children Who look at me.

Creative, scholar, ethnographer, and body-lyricist, Dominique C. Hill, PhD, in her art and scholarship illuminate tensions between race and gender, identity and structures, and reality and possibility. She is co-author of Who Look at Me?!: Shifting the Gaze of Education Through Blackness, Queerness, and the Body, which builds on Jordan’s children’s book Who look at me to interrogate the gaze afforded Blackness and queerness in education. Her approach to teaching and embodiment of Black feminism is greatly shaped by Jordan’s cultural work and audacious living and approach to education beyond the confines of schools.

Becky Thompson, poet, scholar, activist, and yogi, is the author of several books including  recently, Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice and co-editor of Making Mirrors: Righting/Writing by and for Refugees, both of which were guided by Jordan’s pedagogy and activism. Her teaching in Thailand, Greece and China has also been touched by June Jordan’s Poetry For The People: A Revolutionary Blueprint.  

Here is the link for the survey. 

QTEA Hours - Due this Friday, May 17 to Main Office

We all used 7 hours on Monday August 13th when we went to the one day retreat. Any hours spent collaborating outside of school hours (after 3:30pm or on the weekends) can be used for these hours. You needed to have met with at least one other person about duties related to your job. This includes IEP meetings, performance assessment committees, time you spent collaborating with a colleague after school. Annabel and Monica have the forms for turning in your hours.

The deadline is Friday May 17th in order to receive this pay in your June paycheck. 

Here are folks who have remaining hours:

Amos-11, Amsler-4, Bender-11, Ceniseroz-11, Clare-11, Davenport-11, Daus-11, De La Cruz-11, Guardado-11, Kasmai-11, Macaraeg-11, Montenegro-11, Pelusi-11, Reynoso-11, Rosales-11,

Sorro-11, Stewart-11, Walker-11, Warner-11

Edreana Black-18, Julia Cody -18, Rodrigo De la Rosa-18, Ben Ronquillo -18, Marcela Gallegos-18, Ephesia McClure- 18, Roberto Michel-8, Samantha Watson-18 (All other classifed staff have 0 left)


We are the ones we have been waiting for.

Rubie Macaraeg