The Celtic Way:
In an effort to honor both students and staff for the positive things they do on a daily basis, we have a program called The Celtic Way. Anyone is free to nominate someone. To do so, green Celtic Way cards are available in the Main Office alongside the ballot box. Every Monday morning we draw three cards and honor them with a variety of prizes. All nominee cards are then compiled and will be displayed in the main entrance at school.
We believe that spending time together doing activities we love with our Jerome family is beneficial to building community and well-being. This year, students and staff have decided to hold our first ever end of year festival called Celticpalooza. This event will take place all day on Wednesday, May 24th and consist of 4 sessions of activities for staff and students to participate in, with music and food throughout the day. There is even a festival tee shirt available for purchase at:http://store.dublindba.com/celticpalooza
All students and staff were invited to propose activities to host with the goal of identifying at least 40 events in a variety of areas. 3 on 3 basketball, Cake Wars, Zen Coloring, Ultimate Frisbee, Science Magic Show, Yoga, and Ted Talks, are just a few examples of events for students to choose from. Registration for session choices runs through Friday, May 12th and is done through a Google form sent through school email to all 9th-11th grade students. If you have questions about Celticpalooza, please contact assistant principal Kristy Venne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In general, most of our students apply to six or seven colleges. Due to the Common Application it is much easier to apply to schools, but our counselors recommend keeping the number under ten in order to stay on top of the process.
Each department throughout the high school (math, science, business, etc) has a teacher serving as the department chair. In addition to teaching a full course load, this individual serves as the point person for his/her department, meets directly with the administration monthly, assists in how courses and teachers are assigned within the master schedule, and oversees the department budget. Although all of our teachers can speak about the courses in their department, the department chairs are often well-positioned to give a global perspective to students and parents about which classes might be the most beneficial depending on interest and career aspirations.
Advanced Placement Exams:
We offer several Advanced Placement (AP) courses at Dublin Jerome High School. These courses are designed to provide a rigorous academic experience and mirror the experience of students from other high schools taking the same AP classes. Generally speaking, most students attempt an AP class for the first time during their 10th or 11th grade years. Last year, we had 677 students take one or more AP classes. If a student chooses (and most do) he/she can take the AP exam at the end of the course and potentially earn college credit.
If students are interested in being on TV or producing TV programs, we have a few courses for students to gain exposure in this area. Broadcast Video I is designed as an introductory course and Broadcast Video II creates our morning announcements which are broadcasted live from our own Studio 112 each day. Students are welcome to take Broadcast Video I at any point during their high school career and can then continue on to Broadcast Video II. The second level of Broadcast Video is generally taken during junior or senior year and is a two period block course.
Jerome has over 50 active clubs for students to select to participate in. There is a list located on our website http://www.dublinschools.net/djhsclubs.aspx for students to see their options and to find contact information for student leaders and club advisors. If students do not see a club in an area of interest, they are welcome to start their own. This requires finding a teacher to serve as advisor and then meeting with administration.
Free Peer Tutoring:
There is a list of peer tutors who have been trained to work with students in providing extra support in a variety of classes, homework help, or as a study buddy before a test or exam. Tutors volunteer their time and make themselves available to be contacted for a private appointment on Monday-Thursday in the library after school for an hour.
Lunch is a big deal in any school building. Unlike middle school, our high school students do not eat by grade level. Since several of our classes are not grade level specific, we structure our lunch schedule around a student’s 5th period class. There are three 30 minutes lunches (A, B, and C). A student’s 5th period class is assigned one lunch period and then meets for class the remaining two periods. For example, a 5th period Biology class might have A lunch and class B and C. Although we have open seating at lunch, historically the upperclassmen eat at the round lunch tables and the underclassmen eat at the long tables.
Due to the size of our high school (nearing 1700 students in grades 9-12), we have three assistant principals with a wide range of responsibilities (building the master schedule, special education, testing, facilities, etc). That being said, their number one responsibility is to serve as a point person for both students and parents. In order to streamline this process, each principal has a section of our student alphabet. For the 2016-2017 school year, the breakdown is as follows: Mrs. Venne (A-G), Mr. Obney (H-N), and Mr. Wilkinson (O-Z). Please feel free and reach out to your student’s assistant principal at anytime if you have questions.
High School Handbook:
The High School Handbook is available on our website and serves as a day-to-day guidebook for students and parents throughout high school. A few examples of topics covered would be bell schedules, attendance policies, driving to school, dress code, student code of conduct, and our co-curricular activity code. Students and parents sign off on this handbook at the beginning of every school year, but you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with its contents and refer to it throughout the year for information.
High School Course and Career Planning Handbook:
The High School Course and Career Planning Handbook is available on our website and serves as the go to for all things academic when preparing to schedule classes, mapping out a plan for graduation, etc. A few examples of topics covered would be graduation criteria, the schedule change process, academic distinctions, overview of the International Baccalaureate program, and a course overview for every class offered throughout the high school. The High School Course and Career Planning Handbook is updated yearly and is available on our website generally in late January, which is in time for scheduling.