Academies to be focus as JC schools launch new year

As part of a “Get Acquainted with the Staff” segment during the Jefferson City Public Schools’ opening session for teachers and staff, Supt. Brian Mitchell (center, with microphone) asked 18 volunteers what their biggest “claim to fame” or “brush with fame” has been. Gara Loskill (right), Character Education mentor coordinator, told Mitchell she had two — being in a video in New York City with Heidi Klum’s ex, and “finding barbecue for the president of the United States (George W. Bush) when he came to the Miller Center” in 2006.

As part of a “Get Acquainted with the Staff” segment during the Jefferson City Public Schools’ opening session for teachers and staff, Supt. Brian Mitchell (center, with microphone) asked 18 volunteers what their biggest “claim to fame” or “brush with fame” has been. Gara Loskill (right), Character Education mentor coordinator, told Mitchell she had two — being in a video in New York City with Heidi Klum’s ex, and “finding barbecue for the president of the United States (George W. Bush) when he came to the Miller Center” in 2006.

Jefferson City’s Public Schools will move forward on developing the academies model as the way high school students will be taught in the future, the district’s teachers and staff were told Monday morning during the annual opening session before school begins.

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Classes in the district start Thursday.

Board member John Ruth, a Jefferson City High School and University of Missouri graduate, said establishing the academies will help fulfill the belief statements and focus areas the district’s leaders developed at a two-day retreat earlier this summer.

“We believe instruction must be designed to meet the needs of each learner” is first on the list Ruth read to the employees. “We believe all learners are capable of achieving at high levels.”

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