• Week 5

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 9/8/2019

    Greetings Patriot parents, guardians and cadets,

    It's week 5 on the calendar, but truly week 4 because of the time we lost last week.  Progress report cards will come out next week as a result.  We are just now trying to finish up the baseline testing.  Some of your cadets will get schedule changes this week primarily because we had to cut three teaching positions due to the number of students enrolled.  We are down almost 100 students from last year.

    Your cadets have been doing a really good job adjusting to the structured movement, the uniforms and the leadership class.  It's such an honor to lead this school.  We have drastically reduced the number of referrals in the first month of school compared to last year.  The 8th grade is leading in this as there are absolutely no referrals for these cadets.  Our 6th graders are having the hardest time adjusting, but we are optimistic that they will settle in.

    Stay tuned for information regarding helping the victims of the devastating damage hurricane Dorian caused in the Bahamas.  I have reached out to see what we can do to assist. 

    I only have two calendar items this week.  The first home football game against Northwestern is not canceled.  We were able to get the required practices in to keep this game on schedule.  That game will be on Tuesday, September 10 at 5:30 p.m.  We will also be having a SAC meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 in our media center.  Get involved!  We need your voices as we make decisions to help JSMAL become the best middle school on the west side and in Duval County.

     

    Tamara Tuschhoff
    Principal
    JSMAL

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  • Week 3

    Posted by Ciera Johnson on 8/26/2019

    Dear Patriot parents and guardians,


        It was another fabulous week here at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership!  We have done a great deal of baseline testing.  Don’t be alarmed if some of your cadet’s classes change as we are leveling classes and ensuring that they are correctly placed.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my master scheduler, Mr. Errico if you have any questions about your cadet’s schedule.


        This week we will continue to take baseline tests in all the elective courses.  We have also been taking photos for our ID’s.  We hope to get them completed and out to your cadet this week.  Finally, this week we will be having two safety drills; a fire drill and a code red lock down drill.  It’s extremely important that cadets treat drills as if they were real ones.  Keeping our cadets safe is a top priority.


        We will have our first PTSA meeting this Tuesday, Aug 27 at 6:00 p.m. in our media center.  We need help with growing our PTSA.  Members of this great organization assist with dances and activities for students, teacher appreciation week and any other initiatives that strengthen the relationship between parents, teachers and students.  Come meet us on Tuesday and see if you can be a part of PTSA.


        My leadership classes want to adopt deployed service members.  Please reach out to me if you have a family member currently deployed and you would like our cadets to send him or her letters and goodie boxes.



    Mark your Calendars:
    Aug 26 – 29 – Volleyball tryouts in the Gym 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Aug 27 – PTSA meeting in the Media Center 6:00 p.m.
    Aug 28 – Early Dismissal.  School ends at 1:40 p.m.  This is earlier than last year.
    Sept 2 – School closed for Labor Day
    Sept 10 – First home football game versus Northwestern at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept 17 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Open House

     

    Tamara Tuschhoff
    Principal
    JSMAL

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  • Week 2

    Posted by Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal on 8/18/2019 8:00:00 PM

    Good evening Patriot parents and guardians,


        What a wonderful opening week here at Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership!  Your cadets have adjusted so well.  We had a lot of visitors this week, and each one of them commented on how polite and respectful your cadets were.  Our staff and faculty were just as impressed.  In the first week, they mastered structured movement, the cadet creed, and proper wear of the uniform. Some classes were already learning how to march in a formation outside.


        Week two will be an important week.  Cadets will be taking baseline tests for all seven of their classes.  Please make every attempt to get your cadets to school because if they miss this week, they will have to be pulled from class later to take these assessments.  These tests help us to determine if your cadet is in the right level of math, language arts, reading, science and social studies.


        We have three important sports try-outs coming up, Football, Cheerleading, and Volleyball.  In order to try out for any sport, all physical paperwork must be completed and turned in.  Football tryouts start tomorrow on Aug 19 from 3:30 – 6:15 p.m.  Cadets are to wear a white T-shirt and blue or black shorts.  Parents must pick up their cadet no later than 6:30 p.m.  Activity buses will not start until Aug 26.  Cheerleading tryouts start on Aug 22 immediately after school.  3:30 - 5:40.  Parent meeting 5:40 - 6:00 p.m. Parents must pick up cadets after tryouts.  Volleyball tryouts start on Aug 26 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and end Aug 29.  Please contact Coach Grant (grante2@duvalschools.org) for Football, Coach Jackson (jacksonm7@duvalschools.org) for Cheerleading, and Coach Thompson (thompsonn2@duvalschools.org) for Volleyball.


        We will have our first SAC (School Advisory Council) meeting this Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:15 – 7:45 p.m. in our media center.  This year I will need your input as we will decide on a new uniform for the 2020-2021 school year.  We also need help with our PTSA.  SAC and PTSA meet together because both groups are so small.  My hopes are to grow large enough to separate the organizations so that they can each focus on their intended missions.


        Pick up and drop off – Please do not drop off your cadets prior to 7:30 a.m.  We cannot provide supervision for them until 7:30.  All cadets who are not in sports, clubs or tutoring with a DCPS adult must be picked up by 4:00 pm. 


        We have been given the all clear to start making student ID’s.  We will begin this process at the end of this week and into next week.  We want to issue all the ID’s at the same time.


        Planners have been ordered and we are only waiting for them to be made and shipped.  These should get in your cadets hands by mid-September. 


    Mark your Calendars:
    Aug 19 – First day of Football tryouts, 3:30 – 6:15 p.m.
    Aug 20 – SAC/PTSA meeting in the Media Center 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.
    Aug 22 – Cheerleading tryouts in the Cafeteria 3:30 - 6:00 p.m. Parent meeting 5:40-6:00 p.m.
    Aug 26 – Volleyball tryouts begin 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. 
    Aug 28 – Early Dismissal.  School ends at 1:40 p.m.  This is earlier than last year.
    Sept 2 – School closed for Labor Day
    Sept 10 – First home football game versus Northwestern at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept 17 – 6:00-8:00 p.m. Open House

    Tamara Tuschhoff
    Principal
    JSMAL

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  • School is Back in Session!

    Posted by Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal on 8/10/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Dear parents and guardians,

    School is back in session!  Our staff and faculty have been working hard to prepare for the arrival of your children on Monday morning.  I have a few reminders for you so that we have a smooth, productive and safe first day of school.

    1. Car riders and walkers – Please do not arrive on campus before 0730 as there will not be any supervision. Cadets must be picked up by 1535 in the afternoon.  After school enrichment does not begin until August 26th.
    2. Bus riders – Make sure you know what bus you ride in the afternoon. They are not necessarily the same bus they rode in the morning.  Call 381-RIDE if you are unsure.  At 1525, when 500+ cadets come out to load the buses, we will not have time to help you figure this out.
    3. If your cadet needs medication, please bring the correct documents from the doctor so we can properly administer.
    4. When students arrive, they will be moved to holding areas.
      - 6th graders will go to the hall where their classes are and take a seat.
      - 7th graders will go to the gym and take a seat in the bleachers.
      - 8th graders will go to the cafeteria and take a seat.
    5. Look up your cadet’s schedule in FOCUS (not the one you may have received at orientation) and make note of the room number for first period.
    6. At 0820, cadets will be released to their first period class and have FREE breakfast in their classroom (BIC). This window is only open for 10 minutes. 
    7. Schedules – Don’t be alarmed when if you see VACANCY on your child’s schedule. We still have eight teachers in the middle of the hiring process.  We expect to have all of them in the system by the end of the week.
    8. Uniforms – we expect all cadets to be in the proper uniform on Monday.

    I hope you all are enjoying your last summer weekend with your children.  If we should fall short of any expectations you have for us here at JSMAL, please do not hesitate to contact me or either of my assistant principals.  We look forward to serving you and more importantly, your cadets.

    Tamara Tuschhoff
    Principal

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  • Welcome

    Posted by Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal on 6/24/2019 11:00:00 PM

    I am incredibly excited and honored to lead the Patriots for the 2019-2020 school year! I look forward to leading a dynamic and talented staff and faculty, committed to providing an excellent education that is engaging, challenging, rich in military traditions and designed to meet the needs of each cadet. 

    I bring to JSMAL a passion and deep appreciation for education and the military.  It is my goal that every cadet at JSMAL is prepared for high school and develops a lifelong appreciation for all those who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces.

    Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s middle school experience.  Please feel free to reach out to us to let us know how we can best meet the needs of your son or daughter. Our commitment to you is excellent instruction in every classroom, for every student, every day!

    Sincerely,

    Tamara Tuschhoff, Principal

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