To the Firebird community,
2020-21 promises to be a year filled with curiosity, creativity, and making history, as we journey together in this, my fifth year as your principal at J. C. Birdlebough High School! The first four years were filled with building relationships, improving our approaches to learning and achievement, focusing on Capital Project renovations and their impacts, and of course, stopping in mid-stride to pivot and navigate a global pandemic in the Coronavirus.
Our Firebird students and staff showed their fire throughout the challenges of the 2019-20 school year, demonstrating excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the performing arts, as well as adjusting to remote learning, submitting assignments in Google Classroom, and seeing our teachers and classmates through the computer lens in a Google Meet. Yet, there were still high levels of academic success and achievement, scholarship awards, and college acceptances. There were still high levels of success in athletics and the performing arts, including an outstanding (and final community) musical performance on the night before our closure. Firebird pride ignited everywhere you looked!
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. 2020-21 is going to be “one for the history books” and I look forward to journeying with you!
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.