Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences K-8

Mary Lynskey

8301 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia PA 19118
Phone: 215-248-6604

Providing all students with the academic, technological, and social skills needed to be productive and contributing citizens in our society.

Jenks, J. S.


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Uniform Policy (Grades K - 5 )

Middle School Uniform Policy


School Year Calendar 2015-2016



Important Dates to Remember:


September 2015:

September 8 -  First Day for Students Grades 1-12

September 17 - First Day of Kindergarten

September 14,15 - No School for students (Rosh Hashanah)

September 23 - No School for students (Yom Kippur)

September 24,25 - No School for students (Papal Visit) 

September 30 - Back to School Night @6:30 ; @5:45 (Kindergarten Parent Social) 


New Tech Policies (Must Read!)  Make sure all forms (including Internet User Policy) are filled out and turned in to Mrs. Goldsmith in order to use these devices.

       IPAD Contract    

 Acceptable Internet Use Policy


 Bring Your Own Device Policy



2014 - 2015 PSSA Testing Dates (Testing will take place in the morning)


Please make sure your students come to school everyday and on time! 


English Language Arts,  April 13 - 17, 2015


Mathematics, April 20 - 24, 2015


Science, April 27, - May 1, 2015


Parent PSSA Information Packet ( Sent home with students) 


General Information about the PSSA from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) 


Parent Information on PSSA and Keystone Testing 


2014 - 2015 PSSA Math Scoring Guidelines

2014 - 2015 PSSA Narrative Scoring Guidelines Grades 3-5 

2014 - 2015 PSSA Narrative Scoring Guidelines Grades 6-8 

2014 - 2015 PSSA Reading Sample 

2014 - 2015 PSSA Math Sample

Test Taking Strategies

Reading Standards

Math Standards 



Parents - Please Checkout the Calendar for

Upcoming Events  - click here 



 2015 - 2016 School Information



New Policies for 2015-2016 

Special Release Procedures for School District of Philadelphia Students





Jenks Weather Station

Home and School


Friends of Jenks

Message from the Principal




September, 2014


Dear John Story Jenks School Parent/Guardian,


Welcome back to the 2014-2015 academic year! Many and diverse learning experiences are in

place for your children this year. Our goal is to challenge your children intellectually, grow

them socially, and guide them toward independent thinking and problem solving. As we strive to

promote healthy development in all aspects of each student's life, we also strive to develop a

student body of good character--students who make good choices and decisions resulting in

successful and healthy outcomes. We encourage students to demonstrate the best of them every

moment of everyday and to make positive contributions to the groups and organizations to

which they belong. We strive to instill within our student body a sense of personal pride as well

as collective pride and love of and for our school.


With the district working to stabilize, a national curriculum coming into focus, and a lackluster

budget, we will be faced with challenges of a new magnitude. Now, more than ever, we must

ask our parents to support our efforts and join a parent committee to give our children the best

that we have to offer. Please consider joining our Home and School Association, the Friends of

J.S. Jenks, the Jenks Beautification Committee, the Men of Jenks, or simply volunteer. We

need you!


The staff and I are excited to implement our school wide goals for the 2014-2015 academic year

and continue to offer diverse and exemplary programs, events and activities to be enjoyed by

our students and their families. Just like last year, look for an outline of this year’s events in

the Student/Parent Handbook distributed early September. Here you will find a calendar full of

tentative dates for all pre-planned events to assist you in planning your schedules.

I will continue to host our monthly Principal’s Coffee Hour.


I invite parents to join me to learn about up-coming events, what’s new, discuss

school programs and activities and share ideas over coffee and donuts

in the IMC.


We have a number of exciting changes to discuss—too many to list! So,

please plan to join us on our Back to School Nights. Once again, we

have planned 2 nights: September 11th (Grades 6-8) and September 18th

(Grades K-5).


Thank you for your continuing cooperation, support, encouragement, and commitment to the

educational achievement and advancement of our students. I look forward to another

productive year serving at John Story Jenks School…where great minds come alive!

With warmest regards,

Mary Lynskey