Principal's Message

A Message from Our Principal, Dr. Alex Rivera



Dear Jackson Families,

Soon we say goodbye to summer and hello to the start of school! On behalf of everyone at Jackson, we hope the summer provided you with rest, relaxation, and plenty of fun memories. I am thrilled to be serving as principal of Jackson Elementary School. It is both an honor and privilege to be a part of this learning institution. A collective challenge that we will face together is to embrace the future and prepare each of our students to become leaders of their lives and community. As we embark on this journey together, I want to congratulate my predecessor Mrs. Kim Conger and the entire staff for the amazing work they did this past school year. Mrs. Conger is continuing on in the district as Director for Pupil Personnel Services and will no doubt continue to be a part of the Jackson family!

A new year brings the hope and promise of new experiences and opportunities for children. It is going to be an exciting year as we continue to offer a variety of learning experiences. We are optimistic that you were able to spend time with your child reading, conversing, writing and practicing skills that will allow for a smooth transition to the next grade. As we look ahead, our hope is to continue building on the tremendous partnerships already forged by our families and staff to continue growing and enhancing our school environment where respect and hard work are the norms and diversity is recognized and celebrated. The social and emotional development of all students is important and as such, everyone at Jackson participates in peaceful breathing and practices a growth mindset where it is our belief that anyone can increase their learning, talents, and abilities. Believing in yourself is essential to lifelong success and our teachers and staff create the conditions for every student to thrive. Our students also strive to be Peacekeepers. The classic themes of respect, responsibility, kindness, and cooperation are integrated into all aspects of our curriculum.

We encourage all of our families to actively participate in the school life of their child and continue building strong relationships with all of the adults working closest with them. In addition, I encourage you to get involved in supporting our PTA who works tirelessly to support Jackson Elementary School throughout the school year. Whether you join us at one of our school events or simply stay connected with members of our PTA, you are helping to ensure that our students continue to receive a well-rounded educational experience.

As we prepare for the first day of school on Tuesday, September 3, a special thank you goes to our custodial staff who have worked these summer months getting our school ready to welcome everyone back. Thank you as well to our Jackson clerical, instructional and non-instructional staff who have been busy preparing classrooms and offices for the arrival of students. A final thank you goes to our Central Administration, Buildings & Grounds, Technology and Transportation Departments, and our Directors and Curriculum Associates for all of their support during these summer months providing us with a variety of resources and equipment.

On a final note, we invite you to partner with us on what will be an amazing 19-20 school year! Your positive energy and support are both welcomed and appreciated. Together we will prepare our students to be life-long learners who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to collaborate, think critically, and problem-solve to meet and overcome any challenge they may face. We are glad that you have made Jackson Elementary School your home!

In partnership,

Alex Rivera, Ed.D.

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