Superintendent's Message

Dear JA Parents and School Community,


As we work to provide our students with greater opportunity, flexibility and accessibility in their education, we not only recognize the importance of relationships to teaching and learning, but also the importance of these relationships to the overall environment and quality of the “student experience” we provide.  


We understand the importance of engaging you - our parents, families and external stakeholders as we identify and implement supports for our students.  Therefore, you will soon be receiving information regarding a Student Experience Survey.  The survey has been designed and provided to our district at no cost, through a partnership established with OSU and the Madison County Mental Health & Recovery Board.  Your participation in this survey will provide Jonathan Alder with valuable feedback as we work to meet the academic, social, emotional and mental health needs of our students!


Jonathan Alder Local Schools has been engaged with a broad network of individuals, agencies and community representatives in an effort to bring increased awareness and support to the students, staff and family members in our community.  Below you will find the activities and initiatives that have been taking place since January 2015 as a result of these partnerships.  

  • Jonathan Alder Community Support Coalition (JA CSC) - a network of local first responders, community mental health agency representatives, local pastors, parents, students, and district staff members - working to respond to the needs of our community and put broad-based supports in place for students

  • Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings and Certification - building teams of district staff and community members who are trained/certified to respond to youth and adults in mental health crisis

  • Critical Incidence Stress Management (CISM) - providing debriefing experiences for staff as they continue to respond to the needs of students and adults in crisis

  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) - bringing awareness, education and training to our secondary students, staff and parents through a partnership with Nationwide Children's Hospital

  • School-Based Mental Health Support - providing in-school consultation, linkage and direct support for students through a partnership with the Union County Mental Health & Recovery Board

  • Daily Needs Assistance (DNA) - increasing youth development, mentorship,  learning supports and family programming through a partnership with our local community center  

  • Student & Family Development - identifying and targeting critical needs of students and families, developing support programs and engaging in community resource mapping through a partnership with Clark/Green/Madison County Mental Health & Recovery Board and Dr. Dawn Anderson-Butcher at OSU


Your responses to the survey will provide valuable data as we move forward.  The student experience we provide must build upon our strong foundation of teaching and learning yet reach beyond the brick-and-mortar of our school buildings.  


Thank you for helping us relentlessly take care of our kids!



Gary Chapman


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