School Message

 A 21st Century Learning Environment.

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  We are looking forward to another exciting year for students, staff and parents of Juarez Academy of Engineering & Technology!

A FOCUS ON 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

At Juarez we focus on the development of 21st Century skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity). We believe that it is our responsibility to help prepare students for a global society that requires levels of information and technological literacy that goes far beyond basic knowledge.  This year all classes, grades Kindergarten - Sixth will have 1:1 mobile device where students are able to use technology as a personal learning tool every day. In addition, we continue to use project-based learning as a teaching method to help build the skills that students will need to be successful in college, career and in civic life.  This can best be seen at our annual Engineering Showcase in the Spring!

 

PROMOTING A POSITIVE CULTURE

Juarez Academy utilizes Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

PBIS is a research-based school-wide framework that defines expected behaviors and reinforces them through positive, proactive strategies.  The idea is to help students become intrinsically motivated to make positive choices.  Appropriate student behaviors are taught to students just like any other subject matter. Rather than focusing solely on what not to do, we emphasize our three school-wide behavior expectations: Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.  We believe this gives each child more opportunity for success both socially and academically.

 

PARENT AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Juarez embodies a vibrant culture and will continue to do so through innovative programs and creative parent and community partnerships.  There are many opportunities for parent engagement at Juarez Academy such as School Site Council, English Learner Advisory Committee, volunteering in the classroom and our newest endeavor - Juarez Boosters  With the help of parent Boosters, Juarez sponsors many activities such as Trunk or Treat, Jog-a-thon, Science Family Night, Movie Nights, Family Picnic on the Grass, Community Read Aloud and many other fundraisers, family nights, field trips, and assemblies.  Because we value our parent community and recognize that effective communication promotes this partnership, we use a variety of communication tools – school website, Aeries Parent Portal, Instagram, Twitter, and REMIND.

 

PROJECT LEAD THE WAY

Juarez is proud to be the only elementary in our district with Project Lead the Way.  Our PLTW Launch program, which began in 6th grade, has expanded school-wide to now include all students in grades K-6th. Our goal is to build lifelong interest in science, technology, engineering and math.  We are confident that our PLTW program along with our Engineering Lab will help to build confidence in our students and put them on course for strong accomplishments in middle school, high school and beyond.

 

Welcome to a 21st-century learning environment where we are committed to….

Growing Engineers, Advocates, and Researches.

 

Get ready to G.E.A.R. UP!

Christine Balbuena

Principal