Imperative to our students' success is communication with families. Justice Page Middle School communicates information to families in a number of ways:
Parent Portal: The Parent Portal is a tool for families to stay informed and engaged in your student's education. Updated weekly, the Parent Portal gives parents and guardians access to grades, transcripts, attendance, and your student's class schedule. Many families have found it helpful to pick a day of the week to review the portal with their students. More information and how to sign up can be found on the MPS Parent Portal page. The sign-in for Parent Portal is here: https://sisportal.mpls.k12.mn.us.
Planners: Every hour, students should be writing homework/learning targets into each class' box. Each night, students should check the planner to make sure they have done all of their homework, and families can check on work assigned for the day.
Email: Most teachers prefer to be contacted via email. Teacher emails can be found on JPS website under "Directory", as well as on teachers' web pages and directly through the Parent Portal.
School Messenger: The school newsletter, eblasts, and voice messages are used for periodic important announcements, which are sent as needed, via email, phone, and/or text. To receive communications from the school, you need to have your preferences set up correctly. Log in to https://go.schoolmessenger.com. Under your name in the upper right corner, click Preferences. This will display any phone numbers and email addresses associated with your student(s). You can change your preferences for each individual contact method, or by message type. If you do not yet have a School Messenger account, you will need to sign up and associate the account with your student. Be sure to use the same email address you use for the Parent Portal.
Newsletter: Around the Horn contains announcements and information about school events. It is sent each Wednesday via email, and is also accessible from the home page of the JPS website. Previous editions can be found in the Around the Horn Newsletter Archive. To receive the newsletter, you must have an email address set up to receive Updates from School. See the instructions for SchoolMessenger, above, to verify your settings. If you believe your contact preferences are set correctly, but you are not receiving Around the Horn, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Website: http://page.mpls.k12.mn.us The Page website contains plenty of useful information, including newsletter articles and most urgent information. News articles are updated weekly during the school year. The website also includes lots of additional information, including teacher webpages, school policies, after school activities, etc.
Facebook: Justice Page Middle School Minneapolis public group posts volunteer opportunities, news, and events, as well as parent discussions and school-related (but not JPS-specific) information and questions.
Fall Orientation: Before school begins in August, Justice Page hosts a night so that students and families can meet teachers, staff, and other families. Our 6th Grade Orientation occurs the Wednesday before school starts. Our 7th and 8th Grade Open House occurs the Thursday before the school year starts.
Conferences: Twice a year (October and February), teachers formally meet with students and families to discuss academic progress. More information will be sent home through Crew and posted on our website. If families feel that more conferences are needed, please email your student's teachers.
Goal Setting Conferences: In September students and Crew leaders will identify and prepare the goals together. Then the students will lead the conference while the teacher facilitates the conversation. This format enables the student to take an active role in their learning by reflecting on their strengths and areas of growth. Goal setting increases motivation, self-awareness, self-management, and decision-making skills. The goals form the foundation for reflection throughout the year and will be revisited each quarter to monitor progress.