Welcome Back
Welcome Back from Principal Turner

Dear Joy James Academy of Leadership Families,

On behalf of our staff, I am happy welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We emerge this year as a Leadership Academy…that title sounds good doesn’t it? Our student leaders have worked hard to earn the privilege of carrying this title. This will be our fourth year as a Stephen Covey “Leader In Me” school. We are all leaders and can’t wait to see what develops in your child’s life this year.  The foundations we build now will last a lifetime!

I am continuously amazed at the dedication of CISD and the Joy James staff to providing our children with the highest of standards in learning. This includes safety and security on all levels.  It is great to be part of a community where students, teachers and parents care for each other and strive to build meaningful relationships that support academic and social emotional growth.

To stay in tune with all the great things planned for this year, get connected with our Joy James Website, Facebook page and other social media platforms. We also have Campus Administrators and an Office Team that are eager to help answer your questions.

Here are some things we need your help with:

  • Complete your online registration as soon as possible…update all phone numbers and familiarize yourself with Skyward Family Access.

  •  Order uniforms so your child is prepared on day 1 to be in compliance with our dress code.

  • Attend CISD’s Back2School Bash on Friday, August 5th and Meet the Teacher at Joy James Saturday, August 6th at 10:00 am.

  •  Expect your child to succeed! Actively help them meet the academic and social goals they set this year.

Thank you for choosing us to guide your child’s academic journey! We are grateful for your constant support and positivity…we could not do it without the strong partnership we have developed!

We are #BetterTogether!


Leigh Ann Turner

Principal--Joy James Academy of Leadership

Estimadas familias de la Academia de Liderazgo Joy James,

¡En nombre de nuestro personal, me complace darle la bienvenida al año escolar 2022-23! Comenzamos este año como una Academia de Liderazgo... Ese título suena bien, ¿no? Nuestros líderes estudiantiles han trabajado duro para ganar el privilegio de llevar este título. Este será nuestro cuarto año como escuela Stephen Covey “Leader In Me”(Líder en Mi). Todos somos líderes y estamos ansiosos por ver qué se desarrolla en la vida de su hijo(a) este año. ¡Los cimientos que construimos ahora durarán toda la vida!

Estoy continuamente asombrada por la dedicación de CISD y el personal de JJE para brindarles a nuestros estudiantes los más altos estándares de aprendizaje. Esto incluye seguridad y protección en todos los niveles. Es fantástico ser parte de una comunidad donde los estudiantes, maestros y padres se preocupan unos por otros y se esfuerzan por construir relaciones significativas que apoyen el crecimiento académico y socioemocional.

Para mantenerse al día con todas las grandes cosas planeadas para este año, conéctese con nuestro sitio web JJE, página de Facebook y otras plataformas de redes sociales. También contamos con administradores de campus y un equipo de oficina que están ansiosos por ayudar a responder sus preguntas.

Aquí hay algunas cosas con las que necesitamos su ayuda:

  • Complete su registro en línea lo antes posible... actualice todos los números de teléfono y familiarícese con Skyward Family Access.
  • Ordene los uniformes para que su hijo(a) esté preparado(a) el primer día para cumplir con nuestro código de vestimenta.
  • Asista a Back2School Bash de CISD el viernes 5 de agosto y conozca al maestro aquí en JJE el sábado 6 de agosto a las 10:00 am.
  • ¡Tengan la expectativa de que su hijo(a) tendrá éxito! Ayudenlos activamente a cumplir con las metas académicas y sociales que propondrán este año.

¡Gracias por elegirnos para guiar el viaje académico de su hijo! Estamos agradecidos por su constante apoyo y positividad... ¡No podríamos hacerlo sin la sólida asociación que hemos desarrollado!

Somos #¡MejorJuntos!


Leigh Ann Turner

Directora--Academia de Liderazgo Joy James (Joy James Academy of Leadership)

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