Northridge Middle School
HOUSE OF JAGS
Where Every Student Has a Family
The House of JAGS was created in May 2016 with the following important goals in mind:
- To create strong, supportive communities of students, faculty, and staff
- To support the academic, social, emotional, and interpersonal growth of all members
- To offer opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff to participate in and contribute to their communities in ways that build relationships and pride
Each student and faculty member belongs to one of eight Houses- smaller communities within our school. Each House, named for a subspecies of Jaguars, has a designated color, symbol and “family” group combined of students and faculty members from each grade level. New students are sorted into their House at an annual “Sorting Party,” and from there they begin interacting via monthly whole-house meetings, weekly small-group "family" meetings, and other school-wide assemblies and activities. Meetings will include advisory-style lessons on citizenship and other important habits of mind, as well as plenty of team-building fun.
Additionally, opportunities for students to earn house points by contributing to our school community occur throughout the school year. Our end of the year celebration will include the awarding of the House Cup, determined by a tally of House points collected throughout the school year. The House point system serves as recognition of student involvement, engagement and citizenship, as well as participation in semi-competitive, but mostly silly, House games.