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    Dear Family,           

                I am writing this letter to introduce myself to you.  My name is Mrs. Jamie Albon.  I will be your child’s Language Arts teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.  Here at Conrady Junior High School, students are taught Language Arts in an eighty-four minute block period daily. This allows students to be exposed to additional instructional time where they will focus on mastering the Common Core State Standards.  These State Standards are what drive our curriculum instruction. They clearly define the knowledge and skills students should have throughout their K-12 education, so they will graduate high school fully prepared for college and their future careers.

                Conrady Junior High School has had great success with the implementation of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative.  With each continuing year of District 117’s plan, we as a staff strive to meet the technological needs of individual students and the expectations of the district.  Each sixth grade student should have already obtained their own Chromebook to use for educational purposes throughout the year in all their classes.  Students, teachers, and administrators alike are very excited about this continued initiative and its support of the Common Core State Standards.

                 Conrady truly embraces the middle school concept; at the heart of this ideology is the development of teams of teachers who specialize in specific groups of students.  Teachers have coordinated plan periods where they are able to meet and develop individualized plans for your child’s needs and monitor his/her progress academically and socially. 

                Early on and throughout the year, I establish and maintain a classroom environment that encourages student understanding of individual differences.  The three R’s are expected on a daily basis—respect toward oneself, respect toward each other, and respect toward the classroom.  This in turn promotes a positive, open-minded atmosphere where students’ learning experience is not only enhanced but fun.  I also place strong emphasis on responsibility and citizenship inside the classroom as well as in the school community.

                I am pleased to be working in partnership with you and your child to make this year a wonderful learning experience.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at (708) 233-4555 or at jalbon@g.npd117.net.  I look forward to meeting all of you at Parent Orientation on Thursday, August 30, 2018 beginning at 6:00 P.M.  (Your child will provide you a copy of his/her schedule to follow prior to Parent Orientation.)  Additional curriculum information will be provided that evening as well.

            Respectfully,

           Jamie Albon