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At Reconfigured Jefferson Junior-Senior High, Students Are Told Show Up And Have Fun

Well before noon on a recent Tuesday, 33 soon-to-be eighth graders are dancing back-to-back while Katy Perry’s “Firework” blares from the speakers. When the music stops, the students scramble to find a new partner. The student left standing without a new mate must dance alone on a chair in the center of the gym. “You must dance like you have never danced before,” said Michael James, the principal of the newly reconfigured Jefferson Junior-Senior High School, to each student who shyly climbed on top of the chair.