Early College Notes February 10th, 2019

JPEC Community Forum is Wednesday, 6-8 pm, in the Bert Walker Community Room

Parent Advisory Committee

The Parent Advisory Committee (JPAC) was officially founded February 6, 2019 and is currently in development mode. Our bylaws were passed unanimously by parents in attendance and our next stage is electing a governing board so we can begin to impact our school in positive ways. We understand that many parents may not have been able to attend due to the snow day or conflicts, but the organization is open to all families. We are currently soliciting nominations for board positions until February 15, 2019 at 5 pm. Please feel free to nominate yourself or someone you feel would represent our community interests effectively using the online form: https://goo.gl/forms/OkAfTwwWpg9R0U5p2

Elections will be held at the next JPAC meeting on February 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm in JW 158. You must be present to vote. Any questions can be directed to Alex Ulicny until we have a board functioning to take over that role.

First Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Symposium and Youth Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Opportunity

Our First Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Symposium was held on February 22, 2019. JPEC students participated in a viewing of the iconic "I have a Dream" speech and a presentation by Mr Daniel Mahoney, 7th District Jackson County Commissioner and President of the Jackson Branch of the NAACP. Mr. Mahoney was impressed by how much our student population and the discussions that were had embody the vision of Dr King's dream. As part of his presentation, Mr Mahoney offered the opportunity for our students to be founding members of a youth branch of the Jackson NAACP.Mr Mahoney shared that "... the MAIN reason we want to get a Youth Chapter started for Jackson. Not only is the NAACP a great place for developing and fostering young civil rights fighters, we also have a program that awards Excellence in a diverse selection of subjects called ACT-SO (the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics)."

Learn more about the NAACP: https://www.naacp.org/

Youth Chapter/ ACT-SO information: https://youtu.be/5fsnCBF5NPM

Many students expressed a genuine interest to become involved from both our College Preparatory and Early College cohorts. Interested students should let their Focus Group Teachers know by Friday 2/15. Based on interest, we will facilitate the connection between JPEC families and this unique opportunity.

Purpose Prep Pilot Project at JPEC

As you may have read in February Notes from the President, we are evaluating Purpose Prep as a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum solution. The content has been created for and targeted to the ages groups of our student population. It looks fantastic and engaging, but we want to make sure it does engage our students and look at different implementation options from a teaching perspective. Rather than make a necessary curriculum decision that may not fit our community, we are mindfully and methodically evaluating it's implemenation with the student experience in mind. Mrs. Houle and Mrs. Ulicny will be spearheading a month long pilot within Mrs. Houle's Focus Group to assess the impact on our students. Families directly impacted by the pilot will be contacted directly by Mrs. Houle in the coming weeks to explain what students will be doing. The engagement and participation of this initial group will impact the entire student community. Thank you to both Mrs. Houle and her Focus Group for being open to a new opportunity and sharing valuable feedback.

Winter Weather Disruptions!

We will continue to monitor the weather and travel conditions closely throughout winter weather in order to ensure the safety of our students and families. If travel is ever unsafe for your student while we are in session and your student cannot attend classes that day, please give the main office a call and let us know. Our students come from four different counties and 19 different districts and we understand how much variation there can be in weather and road conditions.

Mid-Year Stakeholder Survey

Please access our mid-year feedback survey HERE. We greatly value your voices and perspectives, and thank you in advance for your responses. The mid-year survey will be available through Sunday, February 17th.

Intent to Return Forms for 2019-2020

We love having you as one of our Falcon Families! It's time to confirm your spot for the 2019-2020 school year. Due to the unique nature of our program, we offer a limited number of spaces each year to prospective families. In order to do so, we need to be able to account for current students. You should have received a paper copy of the Intent to Return form in the mail. Those forms can be sent in to school and turned in to Focus Group teachers. If you'd prefer not to deal with the hard copy, you may also submit electronically using our online form.

Spring Sports

If you have missed the spring sports meetings from last week please stop Mr. Llerena office to sign-up. Friday is the deadline to sign-up. Thank You!

  • Early College Girls Softball
  • Early College Boys Baseball
  • Early College Girls Soccer
  • Early College and College Prep Track and Field

Questions? Contact Mr. Llerena at serafin.llerena@jacksonpec.org

Athletics at JPEC this week:

  • Tuesday: 2/12/2019
  • Early College Varsity Boys Basketball
  • Home against Pansophia Academy
  • Start time of 7:30 pm
  • No Early Release
  • Address: 3055 Shirley Drive Jackson, Michigan 49201
  • Friday: 2:15/2019
  • Early College Junior Varsity Boys Basketball
  • Home against Calhoun Christian
  • Start time of 5:00 pm
  • Early Release at 3:30 pm
  • Address: 3055 Shirley Drive Jackson, Michigan 49201

From Student Success Navigator, Chris Kimball:

If you plan to register for 2019 Spring semester courses with Jackson College, please email me to schedule an appointment or come see me during walk-in advising.

Reminder: Walk-In Advising is every Thursday from 1-3pm in the JPEC main office.

Email: kimballchristol@jccmi.edu

Honors at JC

Many of our dual enrolled students are enrolled in Honors sections at Jackson College. These sections provide students an enhanced educational experience, as well as a higher level of rigor. Students completing 24 credits within the Honors program will receive their Associate's Degree with Honors from Jackson College. This makes students pursuing four year degrees more competitive at the most prestigious colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa

Dual enrolled students who have earned 12 credits at a 3.5 GPA or higher will receive an invitation to Phi Theta Kappa. PTK is the national honors society for community colleges. It costs a one time fee of $90 to join and is a lifelong membership. It provides a number of scholarship opportunities, and many four-year colleges and graduate programs have generous scholarships specifically for Phi Theta Kappa members. It is highly recommended that students qualifying join this outside program. Once a student has graduated from Jackson College, they no longer have the ability to join PTK, no matter how high his or her GPA, limiting opportunities for scholarships in the future.

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Have a great week!


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