Principal's Newsletter November 10:

posted Nov 27, 2017, 11:43 AM by Susan Pound   [ updated Nov 27, 2017, 11:44 AM ]

Dear Parents & Guardians,

I have had several in-depth conversations with  parents regarding their concerns about social media as it relates to their students, especially around self-esteem and perception. I know that some of our parents have also attended the recent presentation of “Screenagers”, which was offered as a Parent Education event.

I wanted to point out one of the trending activities on students’ Instagram accounts. Students are playing “ship or dip” (or versions of it) in which they pair students with other students “romantically”,  and other students vote on them. We have found the following Jordan-related Instragram sites which do this:






JMS Hate or Date

JMS 19

Smash or Pass

Students who are posted involuntarily on these sites can feel bullied and targeted. Feel free to check your students’ Instagram for these accounts, and speak with them about the appropriateness of supporting and participating in these “games”.  They may not be fully aware of the potential impact on their peers.

Here is another interesting article for your weekend reading:

We Need to Talk about Kids and Smartphones

School Culture & Climate


JANUARY 18 & FEBRUARY 27, 2018


  • A one-day interactive program where students, staff, and community members come together to break down barriers and create connections.

  • Using highly interactive and energetic activities, Challenge Day Leaders guide participants through an exploration of the ways and reasons people separate from each other, and model tools for creating connection and building community.

  • Each Challenge Day consists of 85 students (7th and 8th grade), 25 adult volunteers, 15 Jordan Student Ambassadors (students who have participated in Challenge Day before), and 2 professional facilitators.

This is the Challenge Day Slide Show our 7th & 8th grade students are seeing in their Advisory Classes. Challenge Day SLIDE-SHOW LINK.

If you would like to nominate a student please use this form:

Challenge Day Student Nomination Form

Each Challenge Day also needs 25 adult volunteers - staff, parents, and community members. If you would like to volunteer, please use this form:

Challenge Day Parent/Community Member Volunteer Form

Invitations & permission slips for selected participants will be sent out by December 8, 2017.

Wheels to School

Jordan Middle School students maintain healthy lifestyles by biking to school. We counted all bikes, scooters, and skateboards on campus on November 2 and the following are the totals:

Total student bikes: 617

Total student scooters: 7

Total student skateboards: 1

Keep up the good work Jaguars!


The Music Department at Jordan, and all of the wonderful student performers, gave us a tremendous treat on Halloween. The multipurpose room was packed for several periods of the day as the band, orchestra and choir performed festive music for everyone. Much appreciated!