Principal’s Message

August 3, 202o

Dear Granger Parents,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Granger Junior High School, Home of the Griffins. The 2019-2020 school year marks the start of an important and exciting opportunity for our students to have an outstanding educational experience. Here at Granger Junior High School, our staff is committed to rigorous instructional and academic improvement. Our goal is to ensure that each student is prepared to meet the academic rigor of the Common Core Standards and to provide a safe and supportive learning environment. Our students will be exposed to a rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for success in high school and college.

We are committed to academic success. If a student is performing below grade level, he/she will be enrolled in an Avid Excel or Math workshop during the school day. Any student who doesn’t master a formative assessment (each core curriculum teacher gives an exam every two weeks) or fails to complete classwork/homework assignments on a timely basis, will be required to attend academic reteaching interventions after school.

We have mutual goals for your child: academic success and social skills development. By working together and monitoring your child’s progress daily, we can mutually achieve these important goals. Help your child succeed by insisting that your child:  Attend school daily and on time. Medical appointments should be made after school hours  Completes homework assignments  Read 30 minutes daily for Accelerated Reader  Is prepared with all instructional materials including having his/her iPad or Lenovo fully charged  Monitor their classwork/homework by monitoring their courses via Canvas or Jupiter Grades Parents need to stay informed and seek out their child’s teacher or counselor when questions arise.

The first bell will ring at 8:05 a.m. and class begins at 8:10 a.m. Students must be in their proper uniform.

The free or reduced lunch program is available for all students who qualify. Parents must complete a lunch application every year. An application is included in this packed and they will also be available at the Main Office beginning July 8, and should be submitted by July 19. All students who qualify will have a pin number assigned to them to purchase cafeteria food items during breakfast, nutrition break and lunch. Food prices will be determined by each family’s ability to meet specific requirements. Regularly priced breakfasts will be $1.80, lunches will be $3.00. Failure to turn in a completed lunch application will forfeit your child’s ability to have a free or reduced lunch.

It is important for parents and students to keep up with grades throughout the school year. Grades are accessible via their iPads or Lenovos on the Canvas informational system or Jupiter Grades. Students who are new to the district will receive their passwords at the beginning of the school year. Returning students will use their passwords from last school year.

GJH offers many opportunities for parents to become a part of their child’s experience. Open House is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 which will allow you the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and learn about the academic expectations for each class.

Our faculty voted to extend the instructional day by 10 minutes by adding 5 minutes of instruction at the beginning of the day and 5 at the end. This will allow us to have more early release days on Fridays and minimum days during finals in December. Please see the attached calendar of “Important Dates” for the changes.

This will be a great year for your child here at GJH. As Principal, I want to extend a personal invitation to each of you to visit our campus to volunteer and attend our activities throughout the year.

Education is a team effort

Dan Kracha
Principal, Granger Junior High School