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  • Spring Spiritwear Now Available!

    Take advantage of the last chance to order Jefferson spirit wear now through April 16th. Click the Patriot icon in the Spotlight area or the title link above. It makes a great gift for 5th graders coming to JJHS next year!

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  • 2017 Patriot Track

    Participating in Patriot Track this season? Click the title link or look for the Track page and the link to the team shirt. This information can also be found under Athletics/Interscholastic Sports.

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  • Just Released: New Issue of Patriot Press

    Click the title link here or the Patriot Press button in the Spotlight to access the latest articles published by Jefferson's own newsies! You can always or visit the Patriot Press Page under Programs & Activities as well.

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  • This Year's Musical: "Willy Wonka"

    Whether you are a child, or a child at heart, you will LOVE this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, as told through the music and lyrics of Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley. Performance dates are April 20-21 at 7:30 PM. Special performances for our student body will take place during school on April 19th. For more information, click the title link.

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  • Spring Musical Calendar

    Keep up to date with what's going on for the cast and crew of "Willie Wonka."

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  • PARCC Testing April 4-7

    Jefferson students will be taking the PARCC test the first week of April. It is crucial for students to bring their charged Chromebook and their own headphones each day.

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  • Summer School Information

    Learn about junior high options for summer school. Registration opens on January 11th. Click the title for more detailed information and a link to the district page.

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Principal's Newsletter

  • April Dates

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 3/20/2017

    Patriots:


    Good afternoon. Spring vacation is almost here, so before you begin your travels and relaxation, we wanted to send you some important upcoming dates scheduled in April. For a more detailed list of events, please visit the calendar here on the Jefferson website.


    • April 4-7--PARCC Testing
    • April 10--Home Track Meet @ Naperville North
    • April 12--5th Grade Parent Orientation at 7 p.m.
    • April 14--NO SCHOOL
    • April 19--Home Track Meet @ Naperville North
    • April 20--Home and School Meeting at 8:30 a.m.
    • April 20-21--Spring Musical at 7:30 p.m.
    • April 24-26--Feeder School 5th Graders visit JJHS
    • April 25--6th Grade Band/Chorus Concert at 7:30 p.m.
    • April 26--JJHS and Feeder Elementary Schools Band Concert at 7:30 p.m.
    • April 27--7th Grade Band and 7/8 Chorus Concert at 7:30 p.m.


    We also wanted to let you know that during the month of April, you will be receiving more information in regards to end of the year activities. Please keep an eye out for future Talk 203 emails. Thank you and have a great weekend!

     

    Sincerely,
    Megan Ptak, Principal

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  • March Dates

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 2/21/2017

    Patriots:


    Springtime is quickly approaching and we wanted to send you some important upcoming dates for March. For a more detailed list of events, click the calendar icon on the upper right below the search box.

     

    • March 3rd—No School, County Institute Day
    • March 6th—7 p.m. Board of Education (PSAC)
    • March 13th—End of 3rd Quarter
    • March 15th—Girls’ Basketball Tournament begins
    • March 16th—8:30 a.m. Home and School Meeting
    • March 21st—7:30 p.m. 6/7 Orchestra & Bluegrass Strings, Chamber Orchestra Concert
    • March 22nd—7:30 p.m. JJHS 8th grade, Beebe, Mill Street Orchestra Concert
    • March 27-March 31—Spring Vacation


    We also wanted to let you know that during the month of March, you will be receiving more information in regards to PARCC testing, the 8th grade boat trip, and much more. Please keep an eye out for future Talk 203 emails. Thank you and have a great weekend!


    Sincerely,
    Megan Ptak, Principal

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  • Open House and Conference Sign-up

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 2/1/2017

    Dear Parents and Guardians,


    We are sending you this letter as an invitation to attend Jefferson’s Annual Patriot Open House and to provide you with information regarding spring Parent-Teacher Conferences.


    Open House will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017. You may visit anytime between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the evening is for your child to show you around some of Jefferson’s current happenings.

     

    • Several activities are organized around Jefferson’s ALL SCHOOL READ. If your child has not yet read Unstoppable, by Tim Green, have him pick up a copy from our LRC. The book’s message is one of perseverance with a sports theme. 
    • In conjunction with their study of US History, the 8th grade student government will showcase a multitude of educational resources to help prevent the increasing numbers of slaves through trafficking, proving that slavery did not end with the Civil War in America.
    • You will also want to take a moment to browse through the student science projects displayed at Jefferson’s Science Expo located in the LRC.
    • Enjoying a game of Ping-Pong in the gym is another option.


    You will find the entire Jefferson staff participating in the events of the evening, too.


    This spring’s Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled online. More information will follow via Talk203 as we receive it from district office. Conferences will be held on February 23, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. and on February 24, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    We look forward to seeing you at Open House.


    Estimados padres y tutores,


    Les enviamos esta carta invitándoles a asistir a la reunión anual para padres y tutores en la escuela de Jefferson (Jefferson’s Annual Patriot Open House) y para informarles sobre las conferencias que celebraremos entre padres y maestros en primavera.


    Open House se celebrará el jueves, 9 de febrero del 2017. Puede visitarnos cuando le convenga entre las 7:00 y las 8:30 de la noche. El propósito de la noche es que su hijo le muestre lo que está ocurriendo actualmente en Jefferson.

     

    • Habrá varias actividades organizadas con motivo del ALL SCHOOL READ de Jefferson. Si su hijo todavía no ha leído Unstoppable de Tim Green, pídale que recoja una copia en nuestra biblioteca (LRC). El mensaje del libro es de perseverancia dentro de un tema deportivo.
    • Como parte del estudio de la historia de los Estados Unidos, los alumnos del gobierno estudiantil de 8º grado mostrarán una multitud de recursos educativos para ayudar a prevenir el creciente número de tráfico de esclavos, demostrando que la esclavitud no terminó con la Guerra Civil en Estados Unidos.
    • También deben de ir a a ver los proyectos de ciencias de los alumnos que se muestran en la Expo de ciencias de Jefferson, que se encuentra en la biblioteca (LRC.)
    • Otra opción es la de disfrutar de una partida de Ping-Pong en el gimnasio.


    También encontrarán todo el personal de Jefferson participando en los eventos de la noche.


    Las conferencias de padres y maestros en primavera se reservarán en internet. Mandaremos más información cuando la recibamos de la oficina del distrito. Las conferencias se llevarán a cabo el 23 de febrero del 2017 desde las 5:00 de la tarde a las 8:30 de la noche, y el 24 de febrero del 2017 desde las 8:00 de la mañana a las 12:00 del medio día.


    Esperamos contar con su presencia en el Open House.

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  • Upcoming Dates

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 1/19/2017

    Patriot Families:


    Good afternoon.  As we enter the winter and spring seasons, the school year tends to get a bit busier.  Therefore, I will be sending home a monthly calendar including evening events, sports and club dates. I have attached the January and February calendars to this e-mail.  Please note that there may be times where schedules are changed, so for the most up-to-date calendar information, please check the Jefferson website. Most evening events and sport schedules may also be found on the calendars your students brought home at the beginning of the school year.


    Also attached to this e-mail is an informational flyer for an upcoming parent awareness event at NCHS co-hosted by JJHS counselors about teen anxiety and depression.  This event will take place on Monday, January 23, 2017.
    I hope your 2017 has started off well!


    Sincerely,
    Megan Ptak, Principal

    Parent Awareness Event

    January 2017 calendar

    February 2017 calendar

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  • All School Read Announced!

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 12/7/2016

    Patriot Families:


    We are excited to announce Jefferson’s All School Read title for the 2016-2017 school year: Unstoppable by Tim Green. We will be celebrating the reading of this book during our Open House on February 9, 2017 at JJHS from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


    All School Read encourages students and their families to read the book and attend the event as a family.  Attached is a form so you may order Unstoppable and/or other Tim Green novels for you and your student.  If you are interested in having the books for holiday gift giving, please have your order forms returned to the LRC by December 13th.  However, we will be accepting orders now through February 3rd.


    JJHS staff, Jefferson’s Home and School, and SFCP can’t wait to celebrate this year’s All School Read with you on February 9, 2017 for an evening of fun and excitement surrounding Unstoppable.


    Sincerely,
    Megan Ptak, Principal

     

    Tim Green Books Order form

     

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  • Parent-Teacher Conferences Fall 2016

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 9/13/2016

     

    TALK203: Scheduling Parent/Teacher Conferences Online
    Conference Dates: October 6th and October 7th
     
    Fall 2016 Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, October 6 from 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. and on Friday, October 7 from 8 a.m. - noon. District 203 uses an online application called PTC Wizard for parent/teacher conference scheduling.


    The portal is now open and closes on Thursday, September 29th at 3:00 p.m.
     
    Please note that parents must have an Infinite Campus password before signing up for parent/teacher conferences.  Please see Infinite Campus Frequently Asked Questions.  Please allow several days to establish an account as District staff will need to mail you via U.S. Postal Service an access key and instructions on how to set up your Infinite Campus Portal account.
     
    If there are problems establishing an Infinite Campus portal account, please call the Campus Portal Help Desk at 630-420-6825 or email campusportal@naperville203.org.
     
    Accessing PTC Wizard for Parent/Teacher Conferences

    To schedule conferences, parents will access the PTC Wizard Scheduling site at https://naperville203.ptcwizard.com.  The PTC Wizard Parent Guide (PTC Wizard Guía para los Padres) explains how to use PTC Wizard and answers login and other common questions. Click the link to access these documents:  http://www.naperville203.org/Page/3400

     

    Details regarding conference scheduling are:

    1) Parents will access PTC Wizard to schedule conferences.
    2) On-line conference scheduling is for grades K-12 (not early childhood).
    3) Parents will need to use their Infinite Campus Portal username and password to sign into PTC Wizard. (NOT their student’s name/password.)
    4) It is recommended that parents confirm their ability to log into the Infinite Campus system as soon as possible.
    5) Parents that do not yet have an Infinite Campus Portal username and password, or who have forgotten their username or password, should reference the PTC Wizard Parent Guide (PTC Wizard Guía para los Padres)  OR the Infinite Campus User Guide.
     6) PTC Wizard will automatically send emails to parents after scheduling conferences. Parents should verify that their email address is correct on the Infinite Campus Portal site under the “Contact Preferences” section.
     
     If you are unable to schedule conferences due to limited internet access, contact your school for assistance.
     
    Megan Ptak
    Principal
     
    Recientemente ha recibido una comunicación TALK203 del Distrito sobre cómo hacer una cita para las reuniones de padres / maestros. La investigación y la experiencia demuestran que una cooperación estrecha entre el hogar y la escuela es importante para el éxito del alumno. Las reuniones de padres / maestros son una manera excelente de consolidar esta asociación. Esta es una oportunidad para que se reúna con los maestros de su hijo para discutir el progreso de su alumno.
     
    Para hacer una cita para las reuniones, el distrito 203 utiliza una aplicación en internet llamada PTC Wizard. Puede iniciar la sesión y hacer una cita  a partir del 13 de septiembre. El proceso no es muy largo, y  PTC Wizard Parent Guide (PTC Wizard Guía para los Padres) le ayudará a navegar el sistema. Usted tendrá acceso a la página de internet PTC Wizard en:https://naperville203.ptcwizard.com  Debe identificarse usando su nombre de usuario y contraseña de Infinite Campus . Por favor, asegúrese de que tiene esta información. PTC Wizard se cerrará para hacer citas para las reuniones  29 de septiembre, a las 3:00 p.m. Cualquier persona con acceso limitado al internet puede recibir ayuda para hacer una cita para las reuniones con los maestros llamando a la escuela.

    En nombre de nuestro personal escolar, quiero darle las gracias por planear su asistencia a estas reuniones. Esperamos verlos.
     
    Megan Ptak
    Principal-directora
     


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  • Digital Citizenship Parent Night

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 8/19/2016

    Jefferson Families,


    Good afternoon!  I am thrilled to say that our first week of school was successful.  It was great to see the smiling student faces exploring the school and excited about learning.  


    On Monday, August 22nd Jefferson will be hosting a Digital Citizenship Parent Night beginning at 7 p.m. in the wood gym.  As part of our Digital Learning Initiative, Naperville District 203 welcomes Dr. Devorah Heitner to lead parent information nights at each of our junior high locations. Dr. Heitner will focus on strategies for junior high parents related to Raising Digital Natives. Please see the attached flyer for more details.  


    I hope each of you have a relaxing weekend, and I hope to see you at the Digital Citizenship Parent Night on Monday.  


    Sincerely,
    Megan Ptak

    File attachments:
    Digital Citizenship Parent Flyer 2016.pdf

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  • Welcome Letter from Mrs. Ptak

    Posted by Megan Ptak at 7/18/2016

    Dear Patriot Families,

     

    It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this introduction letter to you as the new Principal of Jefferson Junior High School.  In the short few weeks since I have taken on this role, I have already learned that I have joined a caring staff, welcoming community, and dedicated school district.  I promise to work hard and establish the relationships needed in order to continue the positive environment already established at Jefferson Junior High School.

     

    The Jefferson community, staff and students will continue to focus on the mission of District 203:  to produce students who are self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers and community contributors.  I know through working together as a staff with each of you as our partners, Jefferson students will succeed with the District’s mission.  As Jefferson’s new principal, I look forward to meeting you and working along with you to establish a positive learning environment for your student.

     

    I wish you a continued fun and relaxing summer.  See you as we journey into the 2016-17 school year.

     

    Cordially,
    Megan Ptak

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Strategic Blueprint

  • District 203’s FOCUS 2020 Strategic Blueprint

    Posted by Superintendent Dan Bridges at 6/27/2014
    FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for comprehensive improvement between 2014 and 2020, designed in response to community feedback, best practice, and a vision for the future. Ultimately, this blueprint will advance the fulfillment of the district’s mission.
     
    FOCUS 2020’s foundation is the Future Focus Community Engagement process that occurred over the course of a year where hundreds of members from across the community provided feedback to the district leadership regarding areas such as facilities, finances, measuring student success, and programs of study. Learn more about Future Focus by clicking on the specific “Quick Link” to the left of this text.
     
    The Blueprint includes four “Strategic Focus” areas, namely to:
    1. Design and implement effective practices that promote learning experiences for all.
    2. Foster a high-performance culture focused on student learning.
    3. Steward resources effectively to promote student learning.
    4. Effective communication and community relations.
    Each Strategic Focus then establishes “Commitments.” These commitments are what the district leadership pledges to accomplish within a distinct timeframe. Each commitment then includes a detailed “Action Plan” which will be accessible by the public upon final draft.
     
    District administrators provided an update on Blueprint Commitments to the Board of Education at the July 27, 2015 meeting.  To watch that presentation, please click here
     
    Click here for a summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
    Click here for a Spanish summary version of the 4 areas of focus of the Strategic Blueprint.
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