Principal's Message


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Ms. Molly Schaefer: Hello, I am Molly Schaefer, Principal of Jefferson Middle School.

Mr. Clarence Berry: And I am Clarence Berry, Co-Principal of Jefferson Middle School.

Ms. Molly Schaefer: At Jefferson, we believe that all students can learn and perform at high levels, and we are looking forward to the new school year as we implement new supports to ensure that all students are growing academically. Look for new curriculum in math and ELA that will help teachers provide remediation and support as well as enrichment to help each student maximize his or her skills. We know our teachers are looking forward to working with all of our students and helping them become the best they can be.

Mr. Clarence Berry: Jefferson will continue to provide leadership opportunities for all students and we are proud to host Waukegan’s only Middle School Cadet Corp. We also house a great greenhouse, a large vegetable garden and several areas of native plants to attract bees and butterflies. We are proud partners of Waukegan High School’s JROTC, Abbott Labs, Growing Healthy People, The Chicago Botanical Gardens and the Lake County Audubon Society.

Ms. Molly Schaefer: And, we are continuing our progress on becoming a Trauma Informed School. Students experiencing trauma often face additional obstacles to their learning, and here at Jefferson we are dedicated to mitigating the effects of trauma and helping our students heal. Students will learn how our brains are affected by trauma and how to calm our minds and manage our emotions. You may also notice an increased dedication to PBIS, our positive behavior and intervention support system. We will expect that all jaguars are respectful, are on-track, have a positive attitude, and are responsible. All of this will help us establish a respectful and welcoming school climate where every student achieves.

Mr. Clarence Berry: Parents and guardians, we have some great opportunities for you to get involved -- look for our monthly parent nights, PTO meetings, and Coffee with the Principals dates.

Both: Thank you and GO JAGUARS

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