Faculty and Staff returned to JMS today and were introduced to new administrators, Diana Drew, Principal and Tina Gilyard, Assistant Principal.  Mrs. Drew and Ms. Gilyard along with Dr. Larry Jones (TOSA), worked hard to prepare the meeting room for the big event.  Faculty and staff enjoyed breakfast and a chance to get caught up before celebrating JMS students’ growth and increased proficiency on last year’s Florida State Assessment.  Both 7th and 8th grade showed wonderful improvement in all tested subjects which increased our overall school grade to a C. Our goal is to continue the momentum and improve even more this coming year.

JMS also welcomed new members to our Eagle family.  We’re pleased the following faculty and staff members are now calling JMS their home: Lisa McDonald, Amy Hedstrom, John Beverly, Jennifer Wilbur, Larry Jones, Nancy Scaglione, Daniel Starr, Faith Stamm, and Lenora Earls.

The rest of our day was spent in training as Mrs. Drew and Ms. Gilyard led data analysis and discussions and Dr. Larry Jones introduced strategies meant to help reduce student anxiety and increase their success in all subjects. Training will continue this week and teachers will also be getting their rooms set up for Open House on August 9th.  Our theme this year is “Destination Excellence” and we’re rising to new heights. Why? Because Eagles don’t walk.  We SOAR!