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Joseph Orr - Superintendent

BIO
 
Mr. Orr was appointed to the position of Superintendent in July 2017, after serving as the district  HS/MS Principal for three years.
 
Prior to joining the Jefferson-Morgan School District family, Mr. Orr served as the Principal at Deer Lakes HS for two years and as an Assistant Principal at Trinity High School for twelve years. Before becoming an administrator, Mr. Orr taught courses in Industrial Technology, coached Football, Wrestling, Golf and Track and sponsored a variety of student clubs and organizations.
 
Mr. Orr earned his B.A. in Secondary Education-Industrial Technology from Ohio University, his Master's Degree and Principal's Certification from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. 
 
Mr. Orr lives in Washington, with his wife, Karen, and has two sons, Dan and Jake. 
 
 
 
 
SUPERINTENDENT'S MESSAGE
 
On behalf of our Board of Education, Administration, Faculty and Staff, It is indeed my pleasure to welcome you to the Jefferson-Morgan website and our outstanding school district! 
 
I invite you to learn About Our School District, examine our Mission Statement and review our Comprehensive Plan. We strongly encourage communication and participation between the community, its members and our school district, as well as respect varying opinions and open discussion.
 
Our individual building principals and associated staffs, are committed to providing outstanding learning experiences for all our Jefferson-Morgan students and will work diligently to communicate appropriately and swiftly with parents as needed, in order to provide the best learning environment possible. 
 
 
WHAT'S HAPPENING!
 
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
 
The district's implementation of "Project Lead The Way", at the elementary, middle and high school level, has progressed at a fast pace and we couldn't be more pleased with the response of our students! PLTW course work centers around project and problem-based instructional design with a focus on "real-world" activities, projects and problems that help students develop and understand the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in everyday life, as it relates to future careers and the development of technical skills and knowledge related to those careers.
 
"This approach scaffolds students learning through structured activities and projects that empower students to become independent in the classroom and help them build skill sets to an open-ended design problem."
 
Newly purchased advanced technology equipment in the form of 3-D Printers, Laser Engravers/Cutters, Vinyl Cutters/Printers, Drones and Robots have been purchased and made available to students as part of our PLTW program "Engineering Center". Students utilize this maker-space, and the advanced equipment within, as a vehicle that drives instruction, learning and understanding.
 
Go to www.pltw.org to learn more!
 
Vocational Agriculture Partnership
 
We are excited and pleased to announce our new partnership with the West Greene School District which allows Jefferson-Morgan students to access and participate in an outstanding local Vocational Agriculture Program. Both school districts are committed to increasing agricultural course and career opportunities to all our students and are actively working hard to expand the course offerings and certifications available to both school district's students who may have an interest in Vocational Agriculture. Stay tuned!
 
Community College of Beaver County Partnership
 
Currently, each Greene County School District Superintendent, as well as all our County Commissioners, are working with the Community College of Beaver County in the development of several "academies" to be based locally and available to our students in a dual enrollment format, offering students an alternative to a typical college education. The current focus is on programming specific to Criminal Justice, but other programming is being discussed! Stay tuned for more developments!