Dearest Juniper Ridge Families & Guardians,
First, let me welcome back to our community those of you who have been with us over the last four years. For those of you who are new to us, and there are quite a few of you, let me formally welcome you and tell you how grateful we are that you have joined us. We really do strive to be one big happy community, and that will be one of our focuses this year: to bring our community closer together, as we all benefit from the support and love that we give and receive from each other.
As you all know, as a charter public school, we are required to administer state standardized assessments to determine our students’ knowledge of the state standards. From the beginning of our school, our students have not been able to accurately demonstrate their understanding of the information contained in the standards. We understood this and knew it was due to many factors, one of which was the fact that our curriculum does not align directly with what is expected by the state. Knowing this, we still believed in what we were doing and understood that in time, our test scores would change. Well, that time has come!
For the last four years, we have been designated as a “Turnaround School”. This was the lowest level on the state’s School Performance Framework (SPF). The other levels are (in order from lowest to highest): Priority Improvement, Improvement, and Performance. We just received word that for the 2016/2017 school year, Juniper Ridge Community School has reached the level of Performance!
This is a great achievement. This achievement belongs to the students and their teachers. Everyone here at JRCS works very hard and kids are learning every day. The Waldorf Curriculum provides for a high-quality education in every way. One of the tenants of Waldorf Education is striving. The teachers are striving; the office and support staff are striving, the administration is striving; but most importantly, the students are taught to strive. We are all always striving to get better, and we will continue. We have work to do. Our kids will get better every day, with support and encouragement from all of us.
Thank you for trusting in our school. We’re going to have a great year!