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College Prep Notes Sunday, December 1, 2019

Congrats to our CP Robotics Team - Regional Champions!

We want to give a shout-out and congratulations to our robotics team for their win at their regional competition! On Saturday November 16th, JPEC's JaXon Falcons Works robotics team went to a regional competition held in Marshall, MI. At the competition students competed with their robots in a Star Wars themed competition to build the skyscrapers of the planet Coruscant. Over the past semester, our students built two robots that operated both autonomously and under driver-control to maneuver around a game field, stack bricks to make skyscrapers, and interact with other game pieces.

Students competed with 36 other teams from middle schools around the region. At the competition the students performed admirably; and they advanced through their qualification matches, semifinals, and finals to win the competition. The team received a trophy for their engineering skills and medals were awarded to the members of our winning team. Winning a regional competition is a difficult engineering feat; and we are extremely proud of the hard work of our students to construct and program two robots.

The JPEC students have now qualified to take and compete with their robot at the state competition in Battle Creek, MI on Friday and Saturday December 13-14. Doc B would like to put out a special thanks to all of the parents for their support of the team, Consumers Energy for the aid and support in providing Dave Koerkel as an engineering mentor for the team, and the John George Foundation for their ongoing financial support of our team.

Bus Pass Assistance

We are able to use Title I funds to support our students who qualify with bus passes. However, with January being a short month of school days, we are unable to justify the cost for a 30 day pass that will not be used. We are asking that during this holiday season, as you shop at Kroger or Polly's Country Market that you take advantage of the opportunity to request free bus passes (Kroger can be done right at the checkout; Polly's you must go to the service counter).

If these are not stores you frequent, we ask that you consider donating dollar bills or quarters to assist students. Donations of both tickets and funds can be turned in at the front desk of either school.

Inside Lunches

Plan to eat lunch inside much more often with the weather getting colder. As a general rule, we stay inside if it is 45 degrees or colder, or if weather is not acceptable to be out.

Athletic Events

Tuesday: Dec 3rd

College Prep Boys Basketball @ home vs. Will Carlton Academy. Start time 5:00, no early release. 3055 Shirley Dr., Jackson

Thursday: Dec 5th

College Prep Boys Basketball @ home vs. Hillsdale Prep. Start time, 5:00, no early release. 3055 Shirley Dr., Jackson.

Secret Santa Gram

WANTED: A FEW GOOD VOLUNTEERS!

We would like to get Popcorn Friday Fundraiser started for our College Prep Falcons. We need a few parents to volunteer each week to help pop, bag and distribute the corn. To be corny about it... we need a Popcorn "Kernal" to take the reigns. All funds raised go towards College Prep experiences like the YMCA Camp and DC trip. Please reach out to our JPAC Vice President, Angie Guadagnini, at angie.guadagnini@jacksonpec.org if you're interested.

Contact Information Updates

Is your family moving? Do you have a new phone number or email address? Is someone else going to be picking your child up from school? These are common changes that occur, but we often forget to keep the school updated when they do! Please take a moment to verify your contact information in PowerSchool, and let the office know if anything needs to be updated. We'd be happy to help!

Please Dress for the Weather!

With the weather changing, sometimes by the minute, it is important that students come to school prepared. Many walk over to Justin Whiting Hall or the Fieldhouse for class, and it has been raining and snowing a lot lately. A warm jacket, boots, hats and mittens would be very beneficial for students to have on hand daily. Please consider sending these items with your student. It would be a great idea to mark your students items with their name and phone number, in case they get lost. Thank you!

Kindness Committee

Need help working things out with another peer? Attend any meeting during Flex Block -EIC Rm. 104 (Mrs. Sager) and we will help! Congrats to our officers: L to R: Kyah Neville (Co-Pres), Sameer Ahmad (Treas), Jaysianne Albert (Co-Pres), Noah Blondke (Sec), & Kendra Strawser (VP):

JPAC Updates

Final Schoology Information Session: 12/4/19 7:45 am - 8:45 am in JW 158 Please join us if you have not yet logged into Schoology, need assistance getting access and get a brief tutorial.

Turkey Bowl Reboot: The Parent Advisory Committee is working on a family-friendly event during Term 2 to have the opportunity to come together as a community and raise funds to support the 6th grade trip to the YMCA Storer Camp. Stayed tuned to future NftPs for dates, times, and details.

Turkey Bowl Raffle-- It's Happening!! Even without the event, we want parents and students to have an opportunity to take home an extra pile of goodies this holiday season. We have 3 baskets to raffle off: Basket 1: Family Night; Basket 2: Chocolate; and Basket 3: Winter Comfort/Spa Night. Tickets will be sold at the EIC (College Preparatory Building) main office. Students, staff, and families may purchase tickets during normal business hours. Tickets will be on sale Dec 2 - 13th. Drawing will be done at 12 pm on Dec 16th and winners notified, so they can pick up by 4 pm on Dec 19th before the break. There's nothing perishable in the baskets, if you don't make it and it will be held until school starts again in January. Proceeds from the raffle sales will go towards a pizza lunch for CP3 and EC3 to be scheduled in January for winning the raffle donation contents. All additional proceeds will go towards funding the 6th grade camp trip. $1/ ticket or $5/ 6 tickets.

Upcoming Community Engagement Events

Winter Community Forum- Monday, February 10, 2020 from 6:15 - 7:45 pm

JPEC Holiday Concert

Kindness Committee

School Day/Office Hours/Phone Number

Please note that the school day hours have changed slightly. We still begin at 9:00 a.m., but our day concludes at 3:55 p.m. this year instead of 4:30 p.m. The office will be open daily at 7:30 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Please be sure to have students picked up prior to the office closing. The new number to the EIC is (517)760-JPEC.

Lunches

Please ensure students are bringing healthy choices in their lunches daily. We have noticed that many students are bringing items like candy and bottles/cans of soda pop, which are full of sugar and caffeine, and tend to have an adverse effect on the learning atmosphere in the classroom during the afternoon. Please consider sending water, or flavored water in place of soda. Not only will it be beneficial for the students, it will cut down on stains and ants that result from spills. Thank you so much for your consideration!

Lost & Found

Please have your student check the table in the entryway for items they have misplaced. Items are really starting to stack up! Things that go unclaimed for a significant amount of time will be donated. Thank you!

Dress Code for 2019-2020

Cell Phones In Class

Just a reminder to all CP students and families: cell phones are not permitted in class. You may check your phones during recess or at lunch, but they must remain off or on silent and in lockers during class time.

Student Absences

Parents: Please be sure to call the front office as soon as possible in the morning if your child is ill and is going to be absent. It is important for us to be able to keep accurate attendance records, and this will help! The office phone # is 760-JPEC. If your student is absent due to a medical or dental appointment, please bring a doctor's note so we can excuse the absence. Thank you!

CP1 YMCA Camp Information

Each year, JPEC sends all CP1 students to the YMCA Camp. It's a great opportunity for our young Falcons to learn, explore and bond as a team. The camp isn't until March, 2020, but below you will find helpful information to keep you informed. Questions should be directed to heather.hillman@jacksonpec.org

Washington DC Trip, 2021

Please click the link below to access information about the Washington DC trip that will be taking place in the 2020-2021 school year. Questions should be directed to heather.hillman@jacksonpec.org

Birthdays This Week

Dangers of Vaping

Vaping has been on the rise among young people, made popular and appealing by the tobacco industry with targeted ads, flavored vapes, and the false communication that it is harmless. Truth be told, vaping is anything but harmless, we just don't have enough experience or scientific study behind it to know its long-term effects. Please watch the attached video and share this information with your families.

JPEC's New College Preparatory Building, the Education Innovation Center

Ms. Debra A. Holton, CP Principal

debra.holton@jacksonpec.org, (517) 760-JPEC

Jackson Preparatory & Early College - Your place to grow, Your purpose to discover, Your future to create.