Superintendent's Corner






November 9, 2018


Dear Parents,

Even though there is snow on the ground today, I am not quite ready for winter – so I will stay with Happy Fall!

Our fall conferences are wrapping up and from all indicators they were well attended.  I hope that we provided a flexible schedule to meet your needs. This year at the secondary conferences, we invited multiple community service organizations in an effort to provide resources for our parents – we are interested in your feedback!  A big thank you to the counseling department for bringing this to fruition.

As a result of the November 6 elections, we will be welcoming three new faces to our school board in January.  Welcome to Rick Dyer, Kathy Weykamp and Brett Wier who will join current board members Chris Cook, Amy Marohn, Barry Conybeare and Kerry Wright. Amy Porritt-Peirce, Denise Reeves and J.T. Inman will finish their terms in December. We are very thankful for their service to SJPS!

I would be remiss if I didn’t highlight Amy and Denise and their many years of service to our school district. Denise has served for 23 years and Amy has served 18 years – they have helped guide the district through good times and the lean times with thoughtful decisions based on what is best for our students. Thank you ladies – you will be missed.

Once a month I meet with a group of students at each of the buildings in an effort to get their perceptions on life as a student at SJPS. It is always the highlight of my day, and believe me, they are quick to share the good, the bad and the ugly! One of the topics that we discuss each month is how safe they feel while they are with us at school. I am happy to report that they shared they do feel safe, they appreciate the drills we practice – and they said that they feel safer knowing that the buildings are locked during the day.

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving will be here within a couple of weeks. I hope you and your families enjoy a restful holiday!

Your partner in education,



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