News & Notes

JB Halpin
Thank you for visiting my website. I have taught at Pisgah since 2007 and absolutely love this special school. Nestled at the foot of Mt. Pisgah, this little powerhouse Blue Ribbon school has proudly sent students to Duke, NC State, Chapel Hill,  West Point and all colleges and universities  in between and beyond. Pisgah is a tight-knit community school that strives to educate and enrich each student. Feel free to contact our principal for a tour of our school!

Below is a general outline of my class that should answer most questions and give you a solid understanding of my expectations and class procedures:

You can reach me before 7:15 a.m. and after 2:15 p.m. by calling the school at 670-5025. If you have a pressing need you may call during school hours and have me paged. You may email me anytime at joseph.halpin@bcsemail.org. I typically reply within 2 hours. 

In my classroom we have a community of respectful learners. It is a safe environment where kids are encouraged to try their very best and work hard.

 Students have mailboxes in our classroom. The mail will go out every day and be placed in their homework folder. One side of their homework folder is for mail, the other for homework. If you receive a field trip permission slip or other forms please make every effort to return them as soon as possible. You may place completed forms in the homework folder pocket. Check the academic planner each day for notes from me. Please initial any notes I send you to confirm you have read them.

 Grades—Please stop by the front office to get your login info for the electronic parent portal. This allows you to check your child's grades at any time. I use an variety of assessments to accurately gauge the learning of your child. These include hourly checks for understanding, weekly quizzes, quarterly exams, and the end-of-year examinations. Good attendance and completed homework goes a long way! I tell the kids half the trick of success in anything in life is simply showing up. Chronically late or absentee students in my class fall behind quickly and struggle to succeed. Make every effort to have them on time, ready to go everyday. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this carefully with your child. School is like a triangle with parents, teachers, and students responsible for each angle (vertex in the 4th grade lingo). If each angle is stable and well cared for the triangle is strong and makes a rigid foundation—one that is almost impossible to break or compress. That is why bridges often have triangular trusses to support incredible weight for years and years! I look forward to teaching your child this year.