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 students, staff, and parents speak about the events of October 18, 2016. This four-minute video was made by math teacher Marcus Hung and student leaders.
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.”
JJSE had another fantastic graduation… Here is a photo of the Class of 2016 reciting our traditional closing poem “In Lak’ech: You Are My Other Me.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
We are very proud that JJSE’s Jamarc Allen-Henderson was featured as a “Top Grad” by KRON-4:
We are especially proud that Jamarc and Renz spoke not just about their own goals for the future, but also about how they want to help others and promote social justice:
Jamarc Allen Henderson
Sense of Purpose and Sense of Self
Jamarc will be graduating from the June Jordan School for Equity and going to SF State to pursue a degree in science and ethnic studies.
“When I began attending June Jordan in high school, I really started to learn about social justice and the history of my own culture. I’ve always wanted to be a scientist, and now I want to also work to make sure I help people.”
Global, Local and Digital Identity
Renz will be graduating from the June Jordan School for Equity and heading to UC San Diego as a pre-med student.
“At June Jordan, we focus on social justice, and we take time to study real-world situations in depth and current events so we are ready for a global future. Ultimately I want to serve on Doctors Without Borders to ensure the health of children around the world.”
A number of JJSE students and staff are featured this week in a 20-minute radio program on KPFA 94.1 called “The Battle for Public Education in the 21st Century.” Check it out at this link:
Ken Yale does a good job in this series of describing what social justice education looks like, and we are proud to participate.