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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 NEW AND EXCITING AT JM!
 
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!
 
U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Partnership
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District is very excited, pleased and appreciative to partner with the Albert Gallatin School District in offering JROTC Programming to our High School students! This cooperative effort benefits both districts and our communities. The focus of JROTC Programming is "To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens" and it does that through an emphasis on character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership and diversity. It is a cooperative effort on the part of the military services and host institutions to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. For more information contact, Mr. Robinson, the Jefferson-Morgan HS/MS Principal and thank you Albert Gallatin and JROTC Lt. Col. Wayne Sodowsky!
 
Go to www.usarmyjrotc.com to learn more!
 
New Outdoor Portable Classroom/Band-Shell Coming to JM!
 
With grant founding recently secured through the Community Foundation of Greene County, the school district has purchased a Outdoor Portable Classroom/Band-Shell structure to be utilized by our staff, students, school and community organizations!  Securing and utilizing this type of equipment helps us expand the opportunities and experiences available to our students and improves our community. Thank you Community Foundation of Greene County! 
 
JM Partners with Carnegie Mellon University to Offer Computer Science with Python Coding!
 
Because of the dedication of a variety of school staff members and grant funding provided through The Coalition For A Brighter Greene, the school district has partnered with Carnegie Mellon University in offering Computer Science at the high school. This Computer Science Academy will utilize Python Coding and be expanded in to the middle and elementary school levels as well! Thank you Coalition For A Brighter Greene and Carnegie Mellon University!
 
"Finch" Robots are here!
 
With help from Mark and Jessie Leidecker of Jesmar Energy, as well as the South Fayette School District and the Grable Foundation, eleven "Finch" Robots have been purchased for the use of our students in support of their work with coding and our new computer science curriculum. Stay posted as more information comes your way!
 
Cask/Barrel Tables for Engineer Center & Lobby
 
Wilson Forest Products LLC recently donated 10 casks (Barrels) for use as tables in our new Engineering Center and lower entrance lobby. Once secured these casks were outfitted by the JM maintenance staff with rolling casters and laminate tops and now serve our engineering students and over all student population. Thank you Wilson Forest Products LLC and Mike Wilson for your generosity and support! You make JM a better place!
 
WVU Partnership
 
JM is excited to partner with WV University to provide college courses for our high school students who want to get a head start on their college careers! Adding WVU to our current list of available colleges offers many opportunities to our students, and at a greatly reduced cost! Stop in the Guidance Office for more information.  
 
Wall of Honor 
 
The "Wall of Honor", commemorating Jefferson-Morgan alumni who served, continues to grow! Located just inside the main foyer of the high school/middle school building, pictures of well over 130 men and women who left Jefferson-Morgan to serve our country can be seen. These outstanding individuals represent each and every branch of service and their commitment to our great nation serves as an inspiration to our community, our staff, and our current student body! 
(JM alumni who served are highly encouraged to provide a photo for display)
 
Thank you Greene County Commissioners!
 
Recently, the Greene County Commissioners - Blair Zimmerman, Dave Koder and Archie Trader, approved a $50,000.00 School Safety and Security Grant for the Jefferson-Morgan School District. Each of the other Greene County School Districts, as well as the Greene County Career and Technology Center, received similar grant funding from the commissioners. The Jefferson-Morgan School District, along with its Board of Directors, Administration, Staff and Students greatly appreciates this grant award and sincerely thanks the commissioners for their efforts and actions in partnering with us in providing a safe and secure atmosphere for education at JM! 
 
JM Receives PA Department of Education Safe Schools Equipment Grant!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District was recently awarded a Safe Schools Equipment Grant in the amount of $12,000.00! Working with the established district All-Hazards Committee, these funds will be utilized to purchase equipment to help us provide our students and staff with a safe teaching and learning environment. The district thanks the state department of education for this award!
 
JM Recognized as "Patriotic Employer"
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense as a "Patriotic Employer" for contributing to National Security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America's National Guard and Reserved Force. Thank you for the nomination Mr. McGrath, and thank you for your service!
 
JM Receives PCCD $25,000.00 School Security Equipment Grant!
 
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded the Jefferson-Morgan School District with a $25,000.00 grant. These very much appreciated grant dollars will be utilized to enhance and improve the safe environment we work hard at providing out students and staff. Upgrades to the district surveillance systems, communications systems and emergency response system will all benefit from this grant. Thank you PCCD!  
 
JM Selected to Participate in Amazon Future Engineers Program!
 
HS/MS Principal, Brandon Robinson and Computer Science Instructor, Jodi Fulks recently applied to the "Future Engineer Program" sponsored by Amazon and Edhesive and were successful! This innovative engineering/computer science program will help grow the number of engineering and computer science courses available to our students as well as the opportunity to participate in internships, scholarships and career discovery. Go to https://edhesive.com/amazon for more information on this outstanding program! Thank you Amazon and Edhesive for this opportunity!
 
Chevron extends JM PLTW Engineering Grant 
 
The Engineering Program at JM received another huge boost recently, as we were notified by Chevron, that they were extending our current "Project Lead The Way" Engineering Program Grant for another year! This $10,000.00 grant will continue to allow Jefferson-Morgan to develop and grow this outstanding program and provide opportunities and experiences in the fields of engineering to our students! Thank you Chevron!
 
PASmart Targeted Computer Science Grant Awarded to JM!
 
The state of PA recently awarded the Jefferson-Morgan School District with a $35,000.00 targeted computer science grant! This grant will be used to provide computer science training, instruction and experiences to our elementary students in grades 2-5, as a component of the districts established Engineering Program. Stay tuned for more exciting news! 
 
JM & CMSD Honored to be part of Partnership to win coveted PASmart Advanced Grant!
 
Jefferson-Morgan, working in partnership with the Carmichaels and South Fayette School Districts, along with The Coalition for a Brighter Greene, are honored to have secured a coveted PASmart Advanced Grant to further our districts ability to expose our students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Computer Science curriculum and experiences. This $500,000.00 grant will allow our small Greene County rural schools to transform the educational experiences of our children, allowing them to learn more effectively, and provide them with the opportunities in engage in STEM related careers that could potential change their lives. 
 
 
 District Special Education Plan Available For Review
 
As required by the state of Department of Education, the school districts proposed Special Education Plan Report is available for public review. The Plan is currently available for review online by selecting the "Special Education" tab under the "Departments" heading. A hard copy of the same plan is also available in the District Offices, located at the High School/Middle School Building. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Wes Loring, Director of Special Education.
 
Jefferson-Morgan HS Seniors Able To Acquire CDL & Oil/Gas Certifications!!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District, in partnership with the other Greene County School Districts, is proud and excited to announce a partnership with Penn Commercial Business/Technical School and the Greene County Career and Technical Center in offering a program for high school seniors, during the school day, that allows them to earn their Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and Oil & Gas Safety Certifications!
 
This program, developed to address the regions severe shortage of available CDL operators, offers high school seniors the opportunity, upon graduation, to immediately enter the local workforce, at a high level wage!
 
The Greene County School District Superintendents would like to thank the Greene County Commissioners, Blair Zimmerman, Dave Coder and Archie Trader, Representative Pam Snyder, GCCTC Director Mark Krupa, Southwest Training Services President Lisa Neil and Penn Commercial President Bob Bazant, for their help, dedication and commitment in partnering with the local school districts in developing this program to produce highly skilled, highly-sought after individuals that can enter the work-force as high-end wage earners, in an in demand field, immediately upon graduation!!!
 
What a great opportunity for our school district and county students!!!
 
Police Officer Hired!
 
During the September School Board Meeting, Brian Shuba, was hired as the Jefferson-Morgan School District Police Officer. Officer Shuba is a PA State Police veteran of 25 years with extensive training and experience. The school district is happy to add another layer of safety and security to our students and staff by filling this position and proud to add Officer Shuba to our JM family!