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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!
 
Renovations & Physical Upgrades Continue at the High/Middle School
 
This fall, student restrooms in the high/middle school will be undergoing complete renovations and when finished in December will be very similar to the front lobby restroom facilities that are utilized during events in the Gymnasium and Auditorium. Additionally, cafeteria windows and exterior doors are being replaced as well. The best news of all is these building physical improvements are being done without the use of any tax payer dollars!
 
JM Awarded Greene County School Security Grant!
 
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. This is the second year in a row that JM has benefited from this county grant.  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! Thanks again Commissioners!!
 
Flexible Instruction Days (FID's) Coming to JM!!
 
Recently the Pennsylvania Department of Education approved the use of Flexible Instruction Days as an alternative to cancelling school due to inclement weather, hazardous road conditions, and a variety of other emergency situations. JM applied to participate in this program and was approved! The district is currently working with our teachers to develop what those procedures will look like and will be getting information out to our school community very soon.  Stay tuned!
 
JM Receives EQT STEAM Equipment Grant!!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District was recently notified that our grant proposal for EQT STEAM Equipment Grant funding in the amount of $10,000.00 was approved! A big thank you goes out to EQT's Ellen Rossi, and the Coalition for a Brighter Greene's Phil Blaney for their hard work and help in working with our school district to acquire Engineering/STEAM related equipment, with a focus on career awareness. The district will be purchasing a CNC Mill for use in the Engineering Program in order to introduce students to the fundamentals of computer numerically controlled machining. Thanks again EQT and Coalition for a Brighter Greene!!!
 
JM Receives another PCCD School Security Grant!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District recently received official notification that our application for PCCD School safety and security funding in the amount of $30,000.00, for the 2019-2020 school year, was successful! Grant funds will be utilized to improve our district measures in enhancing and improving the safety and security of our students and staff. Thank you PCCD! 
 
School District Gymnasiums To Be Updated
 
Both the Elementary School and High School Gymnasiums are currently in the process of being updated! The ES Gymnasium floor has been refinished and looks amazing! New LED lighting has also been installed and new safety wall padding is also on the way and is scheduled for installation this summer!
 
The High School Gymnasium has already had new LED lighting installed and this summer will have the bleachers replaced by C.M. Eichenlaub Company, new safety wall padding installed and the floor refinished! Great time to be a Rocket! 
 
Auditorium Upgrades!
 
This summer the Auditorium located at the High School will under go a complete stage rigging update bringing the auditorium stage up to current standards. Pittsburgh Stage Inc. will perform this work which will not only include all the stage rigging, but all stage curtains as well! Auditorium house lighting will also be upgraded to new LED lighting fixtures! Moving the performing arts forward at JM!
 
Parker Field Improvements Coming Soon!
 
Much needed improvements and upgrades are on the way for Jefferson-Morgan's Parker Field! This spring and summer new LED field lighting provided by Tri-State Supply Company Inc. and installed by PoleSet Inc. will take place. Stadium Solutions Inc. will be providing and installing a new elevated Press-Box on the home bleachers, with appropriate coaching boxes for both teams coaches, as well as integrated filming platform. ADA compliant bleacher ramp and seating will also be added! Stadium Solutions Inc. will also be upgrading bleacher seating by expanding the seating on the home side and providing new bleacher seating for both the home and away bands!  Looking forward to Rocket Friday Night Lights!
 
JM Receives National Math and Science Institute Grant!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District recently received notice we were accepted into the College Readiness Program offered through the National Math and Science Institute! This 3 year program, awarded to our district after an intense application process that included site visits and interviews, will expand our students' access and achievement in high-quality and rigorous courses! Participation in this program includes grant funding for teacher training, Lab equipment and  Lab renovations, student training, and most importantly the addition of 3 Advanced Placement Courses; AP Biology, AP Physics and AP Statistics! For more information on this great opportunity for our JM students, go to http://www.nms.org/
 
HS/MS Library Transformation
 
Over the next few months we are excited to transform our current library into the new "Learning Commons"! Changes in appearance and presentation, with new furniture and layout configuration by Pemco Co. are just the beginning. Computer Lab accessibility, independent learner areas, as well as cooperative group meeting areas are all part of this project. More outstanding educational improvements at JM!
 
 
JM Receives $203,000.00 Grant for Technology Devices - will go "One to One"
 

The Jefferson-Morgan School District is proud and excited to announce that our grant proposal, in the amount $203,000.00, for ESSERS/Cares Act funding was approved and will allow the school district to provide “One to One” remote device instruction for all of our students! The securing of these funds allows our school district to move well ahead of schedule in our ability to provide technology and connectivity to all of our students and to aide them in the accessibility to instruction whether our students are learning in the “real” classroom or learning remotely at home.

 

The Jefferson-Morgan School District is proud of the programming and instruction we offer our community’s students and especially proud of our recent response in the delivery of instruction during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. The securing of this Cares Act grant funding will allow our school district to do an even more effective job moving forward, as we plan for next school year.

 

Becoming a “One to One” school district simply means that each and every one of our students will have access to a laptop, chrome book, or tablet device, that will allow them to access all their educational materials, resources, and especially, their teachers, whether they are in the classroom on our campus, working remotely home, or for that matter, anywhere else.

 

Jefferson-Morgan Named 2020 Top Workplace Winner!!!!!!

 

The Jefferson-Morgan School District has been named as a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2020 Top Workplace Winner! Our school district is honored and extremely proud of this recognition because it comes from our teachers with input obtained through an intense survey format that highlighted many references to a strong culture of teamwork, shared input and the common goals of doing the best for our students! Thank you Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and THANK YOU Jefferson-Morgan Teachers for making our school district a great place to work, teach and learn!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
JM Receives CFGC Grants in Support of Educational Projects!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District recently received two grants from the Community Foundation of Greene County in support of some innovative and interesting programming! At the ES, Mrs. Carrie Ricco, applied for and received funding for her "Implementing Lego WeDo into the Elementary Makerspace Project", and at the HS/MS, Mr. Don Cochran applied for and received funding for his "Stock Market Ticker Project"! The Jefferson-Morgan School District is proud of these teachers for their innovation and dedication to their students. We are also appreciative and honored to be selected by the Community Foundation of Greene County and their Director, Bettie Stammerjohn. Thank you CFGC!!
 
EQT Donation in honor of "Giving Tuesday"
 
In celebration of #Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving and kindness, and to assist the students and families in the Jefferson-Morgan School District, EQT has made a donation to enhance a variety of programs in place in our school district! With EQT's operations and staff living in and near our school district, we greatly appreciate this gift from our EQT neighbors! Thank you EQT and EQT Foundation President Ellen Rossi.
JM Awarded another PCCD School Safety Grant!
 
The Jefferson-Morgan School District was recently notified that its application for 2020-21 School Safety and Security Grant funding was approved! That award of approximately $25,000.00 will be used in the continued support of the school districts efforts in providing a safe environment for our students and staff and in support of our outstanding school district police officer - Brian Shuba. Thank you Officer Shuba for all you do here at JM!