August 7, 2020
Greetings from Mr. Aragon and the staff at Jane Addams High School! I hope you and your family are safe and healthy in dealing with this global health crisis. I would like to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year with a principal’s “Virtual Welcome” at 1:00PM on our school’s opening day, Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (reverse minimum day). Wednesday, August 19, 2020 will also be a reserve minimum day with school starting at 1:00pm where there will be a teacher’s “Meet and Greet” session. Thursday and Friday, August 20th and 21st, 2020 will be regular schedule.
Teachers are receiving professional development to increase effectiveness of online instructional practices and students will be held accountable for integrity of assignments and due dates. Teachers will use zoom to interact virtually with students and provide instructions to support class content. We will deliver targeted intervention for struggling students throughout the semester. Tech devices and internet will continue to be distributed as needed to aid students in their work from home this semester.
Please refer to the Jane Addams High School website for updates. I can be reached through email at email@example.com or via phone at (818)271-2947. We will be addressing the social emotional aspect of our students and staff via advisory and also in our content classes.
Lastly, I would like to invite you to our Coffee with the Principal this Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. via zoom (please visit the link https://lausd.zoom.us/j/92571654639).
August 12, 2019
As the new Principal at Jane Addams High School, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Jane Addams family. It is great honor and a tremendous opportunity to be the Principal of Jane Addams High School. I served as an Assistant Principal at Chatsworth Charter High School for the last six years and prior to that at Reseda Charter High School and Patrick Henry Middle School. I am excited about this opportunity and I look forward to working with you all to begin a new era of growth and achievement.
Since having been selected for this position, I have had the opportunities to meet with parents, teachers, students and community members. During those opportunities, I have been frequently asked for my vision for the future of Jane Addams High School. With that on mind I would like to take a moment to share some thoughts on this regard.
I envision Jane Addams as a place where all stakeholders understand and agree that our fundamental purpose is to maximize learning. While this may seem like an obvious statement, it has been my observation that a multiple of internal and external pressures can cloud the mission and distract us from our primary purpose-to prepare students for a successful future academic and employment pursuits. Accordingly, you will be regularly hearing me asking for your input in how we can better accomplish the mission of increasing student achievement.
I envision Jane Addams as a place that encourages extra-curricular activities as opportunity for students to enrich their high school experience. Students participating in extra-curricular generally demonstrate higher GPAs and lower instances of behavior and attendance problems. My intention is that students on campus will be encouraged to get connected in some capacity outside of their classroom studies.
I also envision a school with a healthy culture of collaboration, this means that during our Tuesdays PD, we will be meeting to review the results of assessments and to design instructional strategies that best meet the needs of our students. It also means that I understand the need to collaborate in a meaningful way with families in order to accomplish our fundamental purpose. In terms of expectations, you can expect to see and hear me visiting classrooms and interacting on a personal level, I will also be visible at activities and events throughout the school year and invite you to stop by and I would appreciate your willingness to provide your perspective of Addams’s environment and culture. I encourage you to take this opportunity to stop by, to let us know what we can do to support your student and your family. This is a great school with a wonderful staff and a bright future.