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Willie Lewis, Principal

July 29, 2020


Dear Viking Parents/Guardians:

We would like to welcome you to our 2020-21 school year! I am Mr. Willie Lewis, your proud Principal for Instruction. Most of you will look back and remember this school year as the “Coronavirus Year”, and you will be correct, but let me ask you to take a wider view and reminisce a bit on our accomplishments:


  •     New courses added: Physical Education, Scratch Computer Programming, Certification and Skills, Robotics, Food Science, Energy Industry Fundamentals, Challenge- Project Based Learning, Junior Achievement, Blueprint Reading & Basic Gauges and Measurements, Math and Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Math Exploration
  •     Field Trips: Visited RMTC in Battle Creek (Skilled Trades Learning Center), Great Lakes Industries, Consumers Training Center (Marshall Mi), Jackson College, Baker College, Spring Arbor University, Dawn Foods
  •     Guest Speaker Symposium: Several Guest Speakers  Daryl Stinson 89’- and Friends- Motivation and Choices, Daniel Martin Magician- Magic and Entrepreneurship, Chief Elmer Hitt- Jackson Police Chief- Law Enforcement and Your Future, Milton Barnes Head Men’s Basketball Coach- How to be Successful, Nacoya Weatherspoon - Head Women’s Basketball Coach- How to be Successful, Mollie Bolton Edward Jones Financial Advisor- How to Invest for Wealth, Nancy Lewis 92’- College and Career Access Center- Completing your FAFSA, Emily Townsend 97’- Yoga and Mindfulness
  •     Special events and Programs: Manufacturing day- Visited Local Manufactures, Youthbuild- Four students earned two credits and worked and earned a paycheck at Youthbuild for the afternoon of each day.  Building a Habitat for Humanity home for credit, , UNITY Program- Partnering with local unions to network and gain access to their fields, Juniors Over the Local Circuit (JOLC)- 11th graders visiting all the local college and universities, 


At Pathways we know that it is imperative that we take care of the whole child and as we transition to a new school year, we will ensure that all students are afforded the opportunity to succeed in all aspects of their education. We are excited to welcome you all back to school and let you know what this year will look like.


For the upcoming school year, JPS will be using the “Flipped Classroom” model for instruction. Students will be provided with technology to take home every day. Y5-2 will receive an iPad and grades 3-12 will receive a Chromebook.  Instruction will be provided five days a week online. Two days a week, students will receive in-person individual instruction with their subject area teachers and in small groups to reach mastery. This provides JPS with the flexibility to meet the individual needs of students, to step forward into a full-time face-to-face as well as a step backward into a full-time at-home instruction as directed by State and local officials. 


This model will begin on August 25, 2020 and means that your child will attend school a total of two, six-hour days with the remaining learning at home via online learning. You will receive more detailed information about your child’s schedule in the next few weeks. While we must trim back our in-person learning, keeping students safe is our top priority. Our teachers planned for this possibility and are fully prepared to support students as they move successfully to this new learning model. The Pathways staff is thankful to our students and parents who embrace the safety measures that allow us to still offer limited in-person learning. Special thanks to our entire staff for continuing to support our students in their frequent hand washing and for tirelessly cleaning our facility, equipment, and materials. We are committed to making our “Flipped Classroom” model for instruction just as successful.


As a parent or guardian, we know you are eager to find ways to protect your children and family from COVID19. Please talk to your children about frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, wearing a face-covering in public, and cleaning frequently-touched surfaces at home. Most importantly, keep your children home and stay at home yourself if you are sick. All Pathways students are required to wear a face mask and are encouraged to wash their hands frequently. 


Thank you for your help in reinforcing good hygiene practices, and for your patience and flexibility. Be sure to ask your child questions about how his/her remote learning is going and be sure to share any concerns with your child’s teacher. If you have any questions, please call our office at 517-841-3729. We are all in this together!


Stay safe,

Willie Lewis, Pathways Principal for Instruction- 517-841-3729