To the Firebird community,
It is with great excitement and anticipation for the 2022-23 school year that I begin my seventh year as the principal of J.C. Birdlebough High School! The first six years have been filled with building positive relationships, improving our approaches to student learning and achievement, and watching the world around us change in so many ways (capital project, global pandemic, evolving norms, etc.). Through it all, we adjust, we make changes, we remain flexible, and we continue to rise as a Phoenix does!
Our Firebird students showed their fire throughout the 2021-22 school year, demonstrating excellence in the classroom, on the athletic fields, and in the fine arts arena, as well as enduring a return to a somewhat more familiar learning environment (in-person with masks, versus virtual). Despite the transition and the ongoing challenges of COVID, there were high levels of academic success, leading achievement on assessments, scholarship awards, and college acceptances, to name just a few. The JCB staff continually dedicates themselves to the success of each and every one 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 by engaging in healthy activities (athletics, clubs, organizations, etc.) that build relationships, enhance skills, and give you a sense of pride. 2022-23 is going to be a great year and I look forward to inviting you All Aboard in ‘22-’23!
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.