To the Firebird community,
It is with great excitement and anticipation for the 2021-22 school year that I begin my sixth year as the principal of J.C. Birdlebough High School! The first five years were filled with all of the excitement of strengthening relationships, improving our approaches to student learning and achievement, and watching a Capital Project bring a new music addition, a new football stadium, and renovated classrooms. Oh yes, and there was this thing called … a global pandemic! Through it all, we rise again!
Our Firebird students showed their fire throughout the 2020-21 school year, demonstrating excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields and on the stage, as well as adjusting to virtual learning, social distancing, pivoting, QR coding, wearing masks, and living through COVID-19. And yet, there were high levels of academic success with achievement on assessments, scholarship awards, and college acceptances, to name just a few. Commendations also go to our staff, who continually dedicate themselves to the success of our students!
To the students of JCB, the start of every new school year is your opportunity to reconsider what really ignites you, to dream about the possibilities that exist in your future, and to set goals for your path to success. We encourage you to get involved in the life of your school, engage in healthy activities (athletics, clubs, organizations, etc.) that build relationships, enhance skills, and give you a sense of pride. 2021-22 is going to be a great year and I look forward to walking with you on this journey!
Mr. Thomas W. Bailer
MISSION STATEMENT: John C. Birdlebough High School is committed to a strong educational program that promotes academic and personal growth for all students. It is our goal to graduate students who have positive self-images and are open-minded, informed, responsible, productive members of society, able to make intelligent choices. This will be accomplished in a safe and orderly environment, through the efforts of a highly skilled and dedicated staff, in cooperation with the State Education Department, the Phoenix Board of Education, parents, students, and other members of the community.