Welcome back to another wonderful year here at Jefferson School!
I am Danisha Keeler, proud principal of Jefferson. I am privileged to lead such an amazing school. As the principal, it is my desire that we cultivate a community of scholars, staff, and parents in which the academic learning of scholars is our primary goal. Our staff is committed to providing a focused curriculum that is both engaging and challenging. We’re also dedicated to maintaining a positive and productive learning environment for all scholars and their families, as evidenced by our Silver Medal Positive Behavioral Incentives & Support (PBIS) recognition in the past year.
I was raised in the North Sacramento area not far from Natomas. I graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in Liberal Studies, as well as my multiple subject teaching credential. I was an elementary school teacher for six years and then became an Instructional Coach for three years, all in the North Sacramento/Twin Rivers school district. I later pursued and obtained my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and my Administrative Credential from Sacramento State University as well.
This is my eighth year at Jefferson School, and I am looking forward to another amazing year! Jefferson School is a great place to be. We are excited that Jefferson has officially expanded to a PK-8 school this year! We continue to have GATE clusters within all of our grade levels and to be a 1-to-1 campus, in which teachers and scholars are using computers daily to transform the learning that takes place at Jefferson to ensure that our scholars graduate college and career ready, productive, responsible and engaged global citizens. With continued technology use at Jefferson, teachers will develop rigorous and relevant lessons that task scholars to use higher-order thinking skills and apply their learning to real-world situations. Jefferson staff continue to incorporate Depth and Complexity Icons/Prompts school-wide to help our scholars develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core Standards. We will also continue to increase our focus in implementing Common Core State Standards and prepare our scholars to achieve at high levels in all academic areas. This is a very exciting time for Jefferson staff, scholars, parents, and the community!
Our staff is committed to providing a focused curriculum that is both engaging and challenging. Jefferson continues to be a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) school. Our school focuses on the development and implementation of pro-active procedures and practices to improve school climate.
This year as we expand our campus, we are also on a path to becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. The IB program will help support scholars, teachers, families, and the school community to increase the academic success of our scholars while also creating global learners. Having IB as a framework for elementary education at our school would feed into a robust Pre-Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) Program within our seventh and eighth grades here at Jefferson PK-8 School. It will eventually then feed into Pre-Ap and Advanced Placement courses at Natomas and Inderkum High Schools. Ultimately allowing interested scholars to be fully prepared and successfully complete the AP Capstone program at Natomas High or the IB Diploma Program at Inderkum High School.
Jefferson School is destined for amazing things in 2019-2020! The gifts and talents of our scholars, combined with the dedication and passion of our teachers, allows us to strive for excellence. Excellence is not the result of a good intention or clever slogan. It is not a value that is easily achieved. It comes from a strong desire to improve how we do things when we see something we can do better. We continue to work hard to ensure that Jefferson School will be recognized as a school that sets its scholars and teachers up for success. As we strive for excellence, we will move from Good to GREAT!
Also, remember that every Wednesday is College Day, every Thursday is No Bullying Day, and every Friday is School Spirit Day. Let’s build a strong, healthy, spirited team by proudly participating in these spirit days each week. Again, welcome to a year of wonderful things to come!
Ms. Danisha Keeler