JJSE Senior One of Six “Outstanding Grads” in SFUSD

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JJSE senior Nikki Whittaker was chosen by SFUSD as one of its six “outstanding graduates” for the Class of 2017. Here is her profile:

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My family was displaced from their home in the Mission. While we found programs that provided assistance, I wanted to bring my new neighbors into the conversation so I co-founded a program called ‘Transformative Technology’ to bring people from both sides of gentrification to find solutions together.

I am graduating from June Jordan School for Equity and headed to UCLA. I want to become a UN ambassador or immigration lawyer.

 

JJSE Students Spearhead Undocumented Students Resolution

 

JJSE student leaders celebrated at the SFUSD school board on Tuesday, May 23, as the board voted unanimously in favor of the resolution they had developed in support of undocumented students. The resolution established a new, stronger policy for all SFUSD schools, providing legal protections, social-emotional support, and college and career access for undocumented and mixed-status students. This is one of the strongest policies in the nation, and perhaps the only one which was developed by and for undocumented students and peers. JJSE students led the effort, along with students from many other high schools in SF. This was a historic moment, and it represents the kind of leadership we need from JJSE students!
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New Family Orientation and Tea Party – 4/13/17, 5:30pm

HandCongratulations! You received your school placement at June Jordan School for Equity. Please join us for a New Family Tea Party and H’orderves, Thursday, April 13th, from 5:30-7:30pm. Meet the staff, current student leaders and other families! If you chose June Jordan but did not get a placement letter, you are still welcome to come to the Tea Party to learn more about our school community. All families, please RSVP by calling the school at 415-452-4922 or emailing Annabel Martin at msmartin@jjse.org. Hope to see you there! Spanish translation provided.

You can also sign up for a student shadow day any Friday morning by calling the school directly and see our classrooms in action! Sign up in the school office when you come to register your child or sign up at the Tea Party! Please bring your registration letter!

 

“Strength in Numbers” Youth Summit Nov. 21

On Monday, November 21, June Jordan School for Equity hosted an all-day “Strength in Numbers” youth summit, to not only discuss the shooting which occurred at our school October 18, but also broader topics that affect all youth in the district. For more information, please visit http://jjse.org/about/strength/.

JJSE: Youth Summit from Room 212 Productions on Vimeo.

 

JJSE Debate Team Competes in Chengdu, China

 

The award-winning JJSE debate team just returned from a week in Chengdu, China, where they competed in an international debate tournament. Teacher TR Amsler says, “What a privilege it was taking students to Chengdu China for a debate tournament. We created a debate clash between climate change and the power of young people to determine our future rather than a passive spectator role in the face of global markets. I couldn’t have been prouder. We made it back with a bigger conception of the world and new friends. We might have come back home, but these students aren’t the same ones who left.”

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Welcome New June Jordan Families!

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If you received your school placement at June Jordan School for Equity, please join us for a New Family Tea Party and H’orderves, Wednesday, April 6th, from 5:45-7pm. Meet the Co-Directors, current student leaders and families, and the wonderful staff! If you chose June Jordan but did not get a placement letter, you are still welcome to come to the Tea Party to learn more about our school community. All families, please RSVP by calling the school at 415-452-4922 or emailing Annabel Martin at msmartin@jjse.org. Hope to see you there!

You can also sign up for a student shadow day any Friday morning by calling the school directly and see our classrooms in action! Sign up in the school office when you come to register your child or sign up at the Tea Party!

JJSE freshman wins debate honors

 

From The Bay Area Urban Debate League Newsletter
Student Star Spotlight

Jairo Huezo
Freshman, June Jordan School for Equity

Jairo became interested in debate when Coach Amsler explained the broken windows policing topic to him. Jairo had some personal experience and wanted to express his feelings about the subject. He feels that he has been able to effectively share his story and opinions through debate. Not only has Jairo attended BAUDL tournaments, but he also attended the Cal Invitational tournament in February, with competitors from more than 40 states coming together to debate!

Jairo recently won top speaker at back-to-back tournaments – The Fall Championship tournament in December and the New Years Classic tournament in January. When asked what his secret to success has been, he said “I was able to read loud and clear, give out my opinion, back up my partner, so that’s the strategy that’s been helping me.” He also shared his gratitude for the people who are supporting him – without his team and partner, he doesn’t think that he would have been able to win top speaker.

Jairo’s advice for other beginning debaters is to “not get nervous – read the cards, get used to it, just explain and express what you feel.” He stressed that it’s not just about reading evidence, but actually feeling it. Jairo is glad that he joined the BAUDL travel team program in January and says that “coming to travel team has been helpful, I’m getting more comfortable with my speaking, and learning things that I wouldn’t have learned” in regular debate practice.
After high school, Jairo would like to attend college. He believes that debate is helping him move towards that goal and is hopeful that debate will help him get into a good college. He also believes that debate is helping him become a better speaker in general which will have lasting benefits. We look forward to watching Jairo grow and continue to excel during high school and beyond.