Welcoming Our Partners & Friends to the New Year

Welcoming Our Partners & Friends to the New Year
Posted on 09/30/2021

Dear Harris-Jackson Partners, Donors and Friends:


Welcome to the start of the 2021-22 school year. We have had a very busy start to the year, one where we have a student enrollment of close to 650! Due to this fact, we have 130 kindergarten students who attend our “Harris-Jackson Annex” at the Essex building near Firestone CLC. It has been an adjustment for our staff, students and families, but we remain excited about being a school community that families choose to be a part of.


With that being said, we would like to provide you with an opportunity to stay updated about our Harris-Jackson happenings. If you would like to be added to an email listserv where you will receive information about important events and initiatives, please send an email to Lisa Heath (School Counselor) at Lheath@apslearns.org. This will also be an easy way for you to provide information about your “organization” to our families, should you choose to. So many of you have already reached out this school year with a helping hand, words of encouragement, and resources. We are so GRATEFUL for you!! We did want to let you know about some other school wide programs in place this year. If you have ideas about how to enhance any of these initiatives, we’d love to hear from you.


School Programming & Initiatives:

  • FCS Team (Families, Community, & School) (NEW) - subcommittees include (Attendance Team, Diversity Team, Family Engagement Team, Holiday Planning Team, Fundraising Team, Staff Self-Care Team)
  • “Stay in the Game” (Attendance improvement program)
  • Scholar of the Month (School wide focus on soft skills and recognition program)
  • PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) - including our Caught Ya Card/school store incentive program

This year, we will also have Family Academies (virtual meetings to start the year) where our Family Engagement Team will share important support, resources and other tips with our students’ families. If you’re interested in presenting at any of these, please reach out to our Sabina Karki (Family Liaison) at skarki@apslearns.org. We’re also excited about a Cultural Responsiveness Grant that was awarded to us in the spring, and look forward to the great work in which our Diversity Team will engage.


As you can see, we have many great things happening at Harris-Jackson, and would love for you to become or remain an important part of our school community!


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