The SDA Wind Ensembles I and II held their Spring Concert, the final performance of the year, on Wednesday, May 24, in the gym. The concert included award presentations to deserving music students and introduced a new annual award, the “Dr. Jeanne Jones Spirit of SDA Award,” in honor of the assistant principal and long-time SDA employee, who is retiring this year. The award was presented by band director Jeremy Wuertz, who spoke of the importance of the award in representing the spirit of the SDA community. Accompanying the award, a plaque that featured a photo of Dr. Jones, was a certificate with the following quote:
Dr. Jeanne Jones was a founder of San Dieguito Academy when it evolved from San Dieguito High School in 1996. A devoted booster of SDA’s students, staff and institutions, Dr. Jones has tirelessly shaped the inclusive, caring, creative soul of SDA that has become one of its defining characteristics. In recognition of her long-term, steadfast support of SDA’s music department, the “Dr. Jeanne Jones Spirit of SD Award” is established upon her retirement in 2017 to recognize annually a music student who embodies Dr. Jones’s integrity, creativity, wisdom, humility and leadership in nurturing the unique culture of SDA.
The music department and Music Council wish Dr. Jones the best of luck in the next chapter of her life. She will be greatly missed by staff and students.