NewsFlash | Conferences, yearbooks, laundry, summer camps and more!

It’s National School Social Work week — big cheers to our social worker, Molly McNeil, for all the great things that she does at Joyner!

In other celebratory news, Joyner has been recognized by the Magnet Schools of America national awards program as a Magnet School of Distinction! Congratulations to all who help make our school a great place to teach and learn!


Everyone wins at the Joyner 5K

Another JYJ 5K is in the books — it was a fantastic race day full of fun, fitness and good community! We’re still waiting on official numbers, but nearly 600 people participated in the race and we exceeded our goal of raising $20,000 through the 5K and the Classroom Challenge — many thanks to all of you! If you want to see your race results, click here. And if you want to see the wonderful photos that Ms. Westarp (kindergarten team) took at the finish line, check out the photo album in MemberHub.


Students to lead conferences on Thursday

Hopefully you’ve signed up in your classroom hub for a student-led conference tomorrow. This process is new to Joyner, but most IB schools have adopted this approach. The conferences are a great way to empower students as active participants in their learning and provide them meaningful time for reflection on their learning. And, for at least 10 minutes, they get to be the boss.

Kona Ice will be serving up treats at school from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, so bring cash ($3 for a regular, $5 and $6 for souvenir cups) and get your dessert before dinner.


Did you know?

Every school in Wake County has a School Improvement Team which works on (… wait for it… ) a School Improvement Plan. At Joyner, the team is made up of representative teachers from each grade level and specials who are elected by the whole staff, as well as a parent representative and the administrative team. The team meets monthly to focus on student achievement, instructional practices and overall school climate.

There are two goals in Joyner’s Improvement Plan:

  1. By 2018, 75% or more of Joyner students will be college and career ready, as measured by reading and math End-of-Grade test (EOG) proficiency levels of a 4 or 5.
  2. By 2018, all subgroups will meet or exceed growth targets in reading and math, as measured by annual measurable objective status reports.

In other words, there is one proficiency goal (measuring what students need to master) and one growth goal (measuring what students learn over time). For more about the JYJ School Improvement Plan and a list of team members, go to For more information on School Improvement in Wake County, visit


Order yearbooks and see your photos in print

Yearbook orders are due by March 24 — forms went home with students, but we encourage everyone to order online at with yearbook ID 10746717. You have until March 21 to send photos of your kids to — if you’re sending from a phone, make sure to choose “actual size.” Club pictures will be taken on Thursday, March 16 — students should plan to wear their club t-shirt or safety patrol vest if they have them.


Help make our campus beautiful

Spend some time outside, get your exercise and show your love for the JYJ — that’s called a win-win-win when you join us on Sunday, March 19, from 1-3 p.m. to beautify the grounds at Joyner. Any amount of time would be appreciated. See signup in memberhub.

Our spectacular Grounds Committee chair is also looking for someone who works for or owns a landscape company to help with a project for NEXT YEAR. If you know of anyone please contact Julie Dalton at


Do one extra load of laundry for a good cause

We need volunteers to wash items from the lost and found so that they can be donated to Note in the Pocket. And with all the recent warm weather, we have LOTS of bags. Please see Ms. Burston to pick up a bag of clothes in the front lobby, wash them and return to school by next Friday, March 17.


Spend summer weeks with JYJ teachers

Several of our fabulous Joyner teachers lead summer camps for elementary students. Check the links below for details:

For more information about local summer camp options, visit

Quick links

Calendar items

  • March 9: Student-led conferences
  • March 16: Club picture day
  • March 19: JYJ clean-up day, 1-3 p.m.
  • March 20-24: Writer-in-residents with 4th graders
  • March 21: Yearbook pictures due
  • March 22: Number Drummer performance for all grades
  • March 23: Spirit Night at United Skates, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • March 24: Yearbook orders due
  • March 31: Snow make-up day (school is in session)
  • April 10-14: Spring break

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