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I am David Jones and I am still delighted to be a teacher at Capitol Hill – one of the best schools in Minnesota! I am excited to be shifting gears a little bit this year. I’ve had elementary Performing Arts classes the last two years. This year, I have duties exclusively in middle school.
I’ll be teaching some reading classes this year. This is nothing new! I am a licensed Reading teacher too! Before I came to Capitol Hill, I was a successful(!) reading teacher for many years at another school. We want to help all of our students be better readers. But we are not simply in the business of raising test scores! Our number one goal in a reading program is: Student Success in Every Class. If students are good readers, they do better in Social Studies, Science, ELA (English,) foreign languages, electives, and math.
This year I’ll also be teaching a new middle school elective called “Variety Acts.” We’ll learn about – and try for ourselves – a “variety” of performance opportunities besides drama and acting. Units will include: Comedy, improvisation, juggling(!), magic, song-writing, music videos, and many more!
My wife Cindy and I have been married since our college days. We have two adult daughters and one PERFECT granddaughter who has changed our lives. She has brought a whole new layer of love and sweetness to our lives that we never knew existed before!
I am a musician (guitar, piano, and singing) - music is a very important part of my life. My wife and I enjoy time with family & friends, music & concerts, sports, home projects, traveling, camping, art & photography (with a real camera!...not just with a phone!)
EMAIL is usually the best way to contact me. I check my email several times a day. I normally can’t take a phone call while I’m teaching. But if you leave me an email, I can call or write you back (whatever you prefer.)
Thank you for entrusting your children to our “family” here at Capitol Hill. It is our goal to keep them safe, happy, and secure - while giving them a top-notch education. Our school-wide “motto’ is this: Capitol Hill…Robust Arts and Academics through: Voice, Choice, and Joy!
PS: Don’t forget to support our wonderful PTO at Capitol Hill. Our PTO provides an incredible variety of enrichment opportunities for every student and their families.
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"In parenting and teaching
let this be our aim:
not to make every idea safe for children,
but every child safe for ideas."
-- Dr. Gerhard Frost
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"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
-- Groucho Marx