THE JACKSON JOTTER
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Jackson,
We have started out the school year with many fun and exciting changes! I am delighted to share our new staff members with all of you in this newsletter. We have some wonderful new people that have joined our Jackson family and they are Brandi Hawley - Music Teacher, Taylor Bluemel – 1st grade Teacher, Chelsea Grabow – 1st grade teacher, Jane Bodeau – 2nd grade teacher, and Valerie Johnson – Innovation Specialist. You will have an opportunity to meet some of the new staff members during our Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 21st and Thursday, October 22nd.
Parent Teacher Conferences are going to be similar this year to our Welcome Back Conferences that we held before school started. We will be offering you an opportunity to attend your child’s conference in person, virtually on Zoom or Google Meet, and/or through a phone conference. We are wanting to make sure that we are keeping everyone safe and are following Covid-19 restrictions. We will be sending home a note with your child for you to select your conference preference style and the opportunity to pick a preferred date and time window. We are limiting conferences to immediate family members to limit the amount of visitors coming into the building. We are keeping social distancing of 6 ft. between staff and family members. We are asking all individuals over 5 years of age to wear a face mask following Governor Evers orders. If you have a large group or a separate family, please indicate that you prefer two conferences to meet the two different family’s needs or select a virtual option. We believe that Parent Teacher Conferences are such an important opportunity for you to ask us questions and share important information about your child. We can learn from you! Thank you for helping us during this unusual Covid-19 time.
Thank you all for participating so willingly in our drop off and pick up routine at Jackson! We are striving for student safety in all decisions that we make. All drop off and pick up of Jackson students can be completed on Jackson Street. Drivers can drive south on Jackson Street and circle around in the loop at the end of the street. Children then can be dropped off on Jackson Street in the indented curb area next to Door 6. If your child is dropped off and must cross Jackson Street, please make sure that they are crossing the street at the corner of Jackson and Burbank. I truly appreciate your help with this important safety routine. All bus traffic will be on Burbank Avenue in front of Jackson Elementary. We are asking families to not stop on Burbank Avenue for waiting, dropping off or picking up children. Thank you! For quick reference: Burbank Avenue=Bus Transportation, Jackson Street=Jackson student drop off and pick up. We appreciate your patience and kindness as we have transitioned to our new routine in the morning and afternoon for drop off and pick up. I thank you for helping follow our Covid-19 safety routine.
As the weather gets cooler, please make sure that your child wears warm clothing to school. Children will be going outdoors before school, at lunch and at recess time. Please write your child’s name on all clothing, hats and mittens. We will have a lost and found table at our Parent Teacher conferences for families to reunite with their missing and lost clothing.
Some upcoming dates that you might want to reserve on your October & November Calendar:
Thursday and Friday, October 22nd – 23rd No School for Students (Parent Teacher Conferences)
Wednesday, October 21st – Parent Teacher Conferences 4pm – 7pm
Thursday, October 22nd – Parent Teacher Conferences 8am – 7pm
Wednesday, November 25th – Friday, November 27th No School for students Thanksgiving Break
Have a wonderful October and November! Thank you for sharing your child(ren) with all of us at Jackson!
Mrs. Kristen Moisson, Principal
Academic Learning Coach Corner
Jackson School is an amazing place for learning in the School District of Janesville! Our primary goal for children at Jackson is to love learning in a happy, encouraging, and safe environment. At Jackson School, we are committed to getting our students ready for college and careers. One of the ways we measure that learning is with the STAR assessments. Your child took these assessments in September in the areas of Early Literacy/Reading and Math. The results will be shared with you at conferences. These results provide teachers with excellent information about your child’s growth as well as how we will meet their needs the remainder of this school year. Your child’s teacher and I are happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s results. We are so happy that your children attend Jackson!
Academic Learning Coach
The Early Childhood class is having a great start to the school year! We are busy learning how to follow new classroom routines, take turns and share with friends. Don’t forget to send a change of clothes to keep at school because sometimes learning to do things independently can be messy! Remember to send a jacket or sweatshirt as the weather gets cooler because we try to play outside each day.
Mrs. Julie Lampher
P4J is off to a great start! We are learning school routines and setting expectations in our classroom. We are beginning to learn to share with others and wait quietly for our turn. In September we had fun learning about bears, colors, and apples. The next few months we will be learning about community helpers, fire safety, autumn, and turkeys. We are looking forward to seeing families again at parent/teacher conferences at the end of October. We are excited to tell you about all the fun things your child is learning in P4J. Bring your questions and concerns. Remember there is no P4J on October 16th and November 6th. Have a great fall season!
Mrs. Koplin, Mrs Fuller and Ms. J
Dear Kindergarten Families,
We have had a wonderful time getting to know your children. The children have been busy learning about our Jackson School Tiger Truths of respect, responsibility, and safety; as well as our classroom rules and routines. We also have been having a fun time meeting new friends. Our color days were very exciting. We have been doing lots of activities and learning about school, ourselves, alphabet, and pumpkins. Please read 20 minutes with your child every day. If you haven’t already done so please send in a spare change of clothes for your child and gym shoes. If you have any questions please call or email us anytime. Thanks for all your support!
Mrs. Ransom, 608-743-6586 or email@example.com
Mrs. Dravus, 608-743-6587 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Rosburg, 608-743-6587 or email@example.com
We are off and running in first grade. We are quickly reviewing our sight words and new reading strategies. We hope you are checking your child’s Tiger Folder for notes or skills we are working on. The first month of school we have been working on our classroom routines and the Jackson Tiger Truths. Our Tiger Truths include being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe in all areas of school. A responsible first grader brings home their Tiger Folder each night, reviews their sight words and reads at home for 10-15 minutes. They also might work on spelling or handwriting. Another sign of responsibility might be writing their numbers, counting by 1’s, 5’s or 10’s. Ask if your child can share something they might have done at school and have them show you. All first graders have completed the STAR testing in September. We will share all your students’ growth and strengths in October at conferences. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns. Thank you for working with your child on these skills. Together we will create strong readers, writers and awesome math scholars.
Mrs. Bluemel, Mrs. Grabow and Mrs. Masterson
We are enjoying getting to know your students in 2nd Grade and settling into our daily routines. We are also working very hard on learning our Tiger Truths of being Respectful, Responsible, and Safe! By the end of September, we will have completed the first round of STAR testing in the areas of Early Literacy, Math, and Reading. We look forward to sharing the results with you at conferences in October. With reading and math being our core areas, we encourage you to read with your student every day and work on basic math facts. Please ask your child about the stories we have been reading in class and about other things they are learning. We are busy learning the new math curriculum and many new strategies for working with numbers. In science, we will be studying the Earth’s surfaces. In social studies, we are learning about communities and about the differences between rules and laws and their consequences. We are looking forward to working with you and your student this year and to a productive year full of learning!
Mrs. Bodeau, Mrs. Moyle and Mrs. Sweeney
Jackson 3rd graders are settling nicely into the routine. For reading and language and spelling we are following the Journeys Literacy program. During the first few months of school, students will be working on story structure (characters, setting, etc.), compare and contrast, and summarizing both fiction and non-fiction passages. You can help by helping your child by establishing a nightly reading routine, filling in reading logs and asking about what your child has read. If you would like a sample list of questions, please contact your child's teacher. In math we are following the newly implemented Bridges program. We are reviewing place value and efficient addition and subtraction strategies. We'll also be reviewing addition and subtraction basic facts and introducing basic multiplication facts. Please have your child practice addition and subtraction facts at home. In social studies, we are studying the three branches of American Government and science is devoted to the study of life cycles. We've really hit the ground running. If your child seems exhausted, it's because he or she has worked really hard in school. Thank you for all you do to support your child's learning journey.
Miss Peterson and Miss Riesterer
Welcome back to the 2020-2021 school year! We are very excited to be working with your children in fourth grade this year. We have had a great start to the school year with getting to know your child. We began the school year with reviewing PBIS expectations and classroom rules. We started working on our 4th grade curriculum right away the first week and had STAR testing the week of September 14th. Students are doing well with activities in class and on Seesaw with their iPads. We are so proud of all of the work they have been doing. All of the students have been doing well with social distancing, wearing their masks, and keeping all areas clean. Although we know that this is a different start to the year, we are doing our very best to be consistent and follow our daily schedules. In the upcoming months, we will be working on multiplication strategies in math, energy in science, government and politics in social studies, and multiple literacy strategies in reading and writing. Thank you for all the support you have given at the beginning of the school year. Please continue to encourage your child to read for 20 minutes every night.
Ms. Garner and Mrs. Anderson
Another year is well underway and the students in fifth grade have become accustomed to their new routines and the changes that have occurred because of Covid 19. Improving techniques in writing, new reading strategies and all sorts of different math ideas with our new “Bridges Math” materials, are just a few of the activities that are going on in our classrooms. We encourage students to work on their multiplication facts at home to improve accuracy. In science, the students are learning about how to become scientists and inventors. In reading we are working on new vocabulary and understanding the main idea by using context clues. Reading at home is always a good thing!!
We are also developing the understanding that fifth graders at Jackson are expected to be the leaders for the entire school. From behavior in the hallway, to sportsmanship at recess, they are to lead by example for the students in the younger grades.
Finally, the fifth grade staff is looking forward to an excellent year. Things are different this year because of the changes around us, but the students are adapting very well. With continued support from the parents and a maximum effort from the students, we expect wonderful learning to take place. Keep checking those assignment notebooks and remain an active participant in your child’s learning. If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to call.
Mr. Ries, 608-743-6551 and Mrs. Vazquez, 608-743-6552
As Title 1 teachers, we are excited to begin another school year. Both of us co-teach during reading in the classrooms, and work with small groups in reading or math. We have assisted in initial assessments to plan instruction and are excited to start working with all of our groups. It is great to see all of the returning students and new students. The new year is off to a great start!
Mrs. Bynum and Ms. Swanson
English as a Second Language (EL) Department News
We welcome you to the Jackson School family! We are so excited to be back at school working with your children! Everyone is doing a phenomenal job following the rules to stay safe at school! This year we have three English as a Second Language (EL) teachers working with our bilingual/bicultural students. Jackson’s EL team includes three full-time teachers - Ms. Dries, Mrs. Combs-Dement, and Mrs. Hanna, and our paraprofessional, Mr. Tom Smith. Here at Jackson, we embrace and celebrate the rich array of culture and languages that we are fortunate to have represented. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns throughout the school year. If you prefer Spanish, please call the bilingual line at 743-6519 to report absences, appointments, or student illness. During this pandemic, if your child is home sick, please provide the symptoms your child is experiencing. We look forward to a safe, healthy, and productive school year with your child and thank you for your support!
EL Tip of the Month: Encourage your children to speak in their native language at home; knowing their first language gives them the foundation needed to learn English!
Mrs. Combs-Dement, Mrs. Hanna, Ms. Dries, & Mr. Smith
Welcome back to school, Jackson families! While many new things are happening this year at school, here are some important things I want you to know about art class for this school year.
The first change is that I am teaching ALL students K-5 at Jackson this year. This is the first time that has happened in 8 years. I am very excited that I get to work with all of the students this year!
One major change is how art class is run. This year I will be teaching art to your students in their regular classrooms. I have a beautiful, new, orange, art cart that travels with me to all of the classrooms. The students will be helping me name our new art cart before the end of the month. I will share pictures and the art cart’s name soon! (Watch for it on your Seesaw family connection.)
Whenever possible we will be artists outside! We have yoga mats to take outside and use as our own, personal workspace for making art. I have already taken a few classes outside and it has been very fun! The wind is a little bit of a challenge at times, but the kids are amazing problem solvers and we are learning together how to be artists outside! I also want to share that I am a bit of a yoga fan so I will be teaching a little yoga to your students from time to time. Yoga is such great exercise and a positive way to manage stress! Don’t be surprised if your students come home and want to teach you a balance pose or two!
This year I have my own Seesaw classroom for each homeroom! I have been teaching your students how to get into my art classroom through Seesaw. I will be sending messages home to all families through Seesaw and this is the primary way for you to contact me this year about anything happening in the art room. Watch for messages from me later this month. You can also reach me through email firstname.lastname@example.org and call my classroom number (608)743-6520. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time and I will be happy to talk with you or return a message within 24 hours whenever possible.
I look forward to an awesome year with your students at Jackson!
Mrs. Cindy Ward, email@example.com, (608)743-6520
Talented and Gifted
The Talented and Gifted Advocates for Jackson School welcome you back to another great year! Mrs. Feeney will be the advocate for students in grades K-2. Mrs. Dement will be the advocate for students in grades 3-5. We look forward to providing your students with enrichment opportunities to enhance their learning. Please remember that all enrichment opportunities are presented to students as optional, not required. It is always your student’s responsibility to make the decision to try the extra work. We will use the scores from the STAR testing that students in K-5 are currently taking to identify potential new students. We look forward to a great year with your students!
Mrs. Dement & Mrs. Feeney
Jackson Elementary School’s PBIS Plan
The purpose for Positive Behavioral Instructional Supports (PBIS) is to create a learning environment that focuses not only on academic achievement but also fosters social and emotional growth. We feel that social emotional learning is equally as important as academic learning. We believe that relationships among students, staff and the community are essential to the learning process. Our ultimate goal is to meet the needs of ALL students and provide the most enriching, positive educational experience possible. The school-wide approach to behavior management outlined below focuses on building a safe and positive environment in which all students can learn.
The foundation of PBIS at Jackson is the three building-wide expectations which are called our Tiger Truths: -Be Respectful, -Be Responsible, -Be Safe. We will be having monthly assemblies to teach and reinforce these building wide expectations along with developing the individual core values/character traits of Cooperation, Self-Control, Caring, Perseverance, Honesty, Appreciation and Friendship. This will be accomplished through the behavior management system outlined below. Emphasizing a monthly core value/character trait school wide is a highly successful way for each student to acquire and develop skills that will be used throughout their lives. When everyone at school is consistently reinforcing and modeling the same behavior, students are much more likely to remember and demonstrate the skill on a daily basis.
All classrooms at Jackson will use a 4-tier ladder system for behavior management. Children move up a level at a time for making good choices and down the chart when making negative choices. This helps the children realize that they do have self-control and are responsible for their actions and behaviors. It is in their control whether they are recognized for making good choices. The ladder moves to all of the special area classes when they go so they have opportunities all over the school to make great choices.
Making it to the top of the chart is not easy, but it is definitely attainable. The children will start each day on green. Green is great. It means that your child is behaving as expected. Sometimes your child demonstrates exceptional behaviors and goes above and beyond what is expected and may end their day on blue. Moving to yellow means that the child may have broken a classroom rule and it is kind of like a warning for them to turn their behavior around. The Red level is if a student continues to break the classroom rules OR has demonstrated a major safety concern. The following are the colors and what they represent:
Blue – Going Above and Beyond what is expected
Green - Doing what is expected
Yellow – Warning/time to make a change
Red – Continues to break rule or unsafe behavior
At Jackson, we also reward those children who are doing a great job at following the Tiger Truths by rewarding them with yellow Tiger Ticket. The children then put their names on the ticket and the ticket goes in the classroom bucket. At the beginning of every week, the PBIS team picks a ticket each week from each classroom for a special prize. Each class also has a chance to earn a Purple Tiger Ticket. For example, if another teacher sees a class walking very quietly down the hall, they can give that class a purple ticket or if they are really good at lining up at recess. After a certain amount, the class as a whole will earn a reward. Each classroom is different with the amount of purple Tiger Tickets that are required, but some of the rewards are Pajama Day, Extra Recess, extra IPad time, etc.
At home, you can foster these positive behaviors that are expected at school by talking about the positive things that happened at school and ask about how they use their Tiger Truths. We are lucky here at Jackson that all of the students use their Tiger Truths on a daily basis and are great role models for each other. So, thank you to you, parents, for sharing your amazing children with us. We really are the lucky ones!
Mrs. Everhart and Mrs. Martin
I am pleased to say I am the new Music Teacher at Jackson Elementary since Mrs. Riley retired. I come with many years of music education experience and am so happy to be sharing that knowledge with the students here!
They are excited to see the music cart come rolling into their room for class with me. It has been very enjoyable getting to know the students better and watching them grow musically. Thank you for sending such eager learners!
Families are able to see music class with me as a separate tab on Seesaw and students are also all connected in quavermusic.com to see lessons in class or at home. We have been working on rhythm and notation to begin with, but the first assignment in Seesaw is simply saying “hi” and/or sending a picture of themselves smiling :)
Ask your child what their favorite song or book is so far this year from music class.
The start to this school year has looked a little different, however, Jackson students have done an awesome job at focusing on learning. At this time, we do not have use of the gym, all classes will be held outside with the exception of raining days. We have practiced our soccer skills and will begin to play higher level games including 4 on 4 soccer games. When soccer is finished, classes will be using frisbees for some fun games and some rounds of frisbee golf. Please help your students prepare for the changing weather. Students will find it helpful to have gym shoes to change into, because the morning grass can be wet. Welcome back to all and keep on moving.
Community Resources for the Holidays
ECHO, 65 S. High Street, Janesville, WI 53545; 608-754-5333
Sign up is October 5 to November 16, 2020
Bring the following items: Photo ID, Current utility bill with Janesville address (Alliant, water, cable, landline) and Proof of all household income. If no income, bring in Food Stamp Benefit form showing no income.
Christmas Toy Distribution
Bring the following items: Photo ID, Current utility bill with Janesville address (Alliant, water, cable, landline) and Proof of all household income. If no income, bring in Food Stamp Benefit form showing no income.
Christmas Dinner will be held on December 25, 2020. Carryout or Delivery Only.
Call 608-754-5333 to reserve a delivery or carryout starting November 2, 2020.
THE JACKSON JOTTER
Dear Parents, Guardians, Families and Friends of Jackson,
We welcome this winter weather in December and January. As the weather cools and snow flies, please have your children remember to wear their winter coats, hats, mittens, snow pants, and boots. We will follow the School District of Janesville winter recess policy and be outside for recess unless the temperature is 0 degrees or less, so dressing warm is important.
As you receive updated phone and address information, updated emergency contact information and updated email addresses, please make sure that you share that information with our office. We appreciate you keeping us informed in case of emergencies. Thank you for communicating with us.
Just a reminder that our Winter Break begins on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 and students return back to school on Monday, January 4th, 2021. I hope that each and every one of you have a relaxing and joyous holiday season!
Warmest Holiday Wishes to you and your family,
Mrs. Kristen Moisson, Principal
Students have done a wonderful job utilizing Seesaw and iPads for their learning. Teachers are able to send students activities and students respond by writing, drawing, moving objects, recording their voice and/or recording videos. Students have been practicing how to use the video conferencing app Zoom to learn how to be good communicators in a global society. Students have been celebrating events like Dia de los Muertos, World Kindness Day and Native American Heritage Month during Storytime STEAM. Students listen to a story and then use their iPads to complete a corresponding activity. These activities provide students with meaningful opportunities to utilize technology and build empathy and understanding of others.
Valerie Johnson, Innovation Specialist
Academic Learning Coach Corner
Greetings, wonderful learning has taken place this first trimester at Jackson School! Thank you for making sure your child comes to school well rested and ready to learn. Winter break is almost here! It is good to continue some school routines during break. Having conversations, reading, and playing games with your child will help to grow their skills. Your child can practice their math facts (addition/subtraction or multiplication/division) over winter break by using flash cards, answering your fact questions, or by using paper and pencil. At conferences, your child’s STAR Reading and Math assessment results were shared. Your student will be taking these assessments again in January. This assessment will provide teachers with information about your child’s growth and help us meet their needs for the remainder of the school year.
Results will be shared shortly after the assessments are completed. Your child’s teacher and I are happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s results.
Academic Learning Coach (743-6526)
In Early Childhood, we are working on following directions, identifying our names, and how to use school tools appropriately. The students are so excited to learn the names of all the friends in the room and practice their skills of sharing and taking turns. We will continue to incorporate spatial concepts (in,on,above,below,behind) and number concepts into all of our learning.
We have been having so much fun in P4J! Our students have done a great job learning our daily routines and procedures. In December we are going to be reading many different versions of “The Gingerbread Man” story and making our very own gingerbread men and houses. In January we will be learning about winter and snow. Remember there is no P4J on Friday, December 11th and Friday, January 29th. Typically we host a variety of opportunities for our families to get together but are not able to at this time. Please watch Class Dojo for district wide virtual opportunities as they come up. We hope you enjoy the extra days off during winter break with your families.
Mrs. Koplin and Mrs. Fuller
Our students are doing a nice job learning good school behavior in the classroom, hallways, recess, and special area classes. We have been stressing these good behaviors called Tiger Truths daily and it has really paid off.
Continue working on counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s. When playing with objects at home, encourage your student to construct sets up to 20. For example, can you give me 20 Legos or 20 cheerios? Please continue to read the paper books daily that are sent home with your student. Please also practice the sight words daily through the paper books, the flashcards, or the QR codes. During trimester 2 we will be teaching physical science through force and motion. It is exciting to see the children making steady progress!
As winter approaches, please remember to dress your child appropriately for the weather. Please work with them at home on how to put on their winter gear. Once there is snow, the students are required to have their 5 things to play in the snow. These 5 things are: snow boots, hat/hood, mittens, snow pants, and coat. We go outside for recess unless the real feel temperature is below 0 degree.
Mrs. Dravus, Ms. Lampher, Mrs. Ransom, Mrs. Rosburg
As the year 2020 winds down, we are thankful that we are able to continue with face to face learning. The children have done an incredible job with their mask wearing and practicing social distancing!!
As our year moves forward, we will continue to expand on spelling, vocabulary and reading skills. You can help with your child’s progress by reading together for 10-15 minutes nightly as well as working on their sight words.
We also continue to increase math skills. Our second trimester lessons include: measurement, time to the quarter hour, basic math facts to 20, place value, greater than and less than, and number stories.
Thank you again for all your support from home! Please contact us at school with any questions or concerns. We hope you have a safe, happy, and a very peaceful 2021!!
Miss Bluemel, Miss Grabow, Mrs. Masterson
We can hardly believe we are already into the 2nd trimester of school. The students have been working really hard and learning many new things.
We continue to study hard in the areas of reading and math. During Trimester 2, we will be working on learning more about measurement and place value. In reading, we will continue to increase our reading skills through finding key details in both informational text and literature. We will also be working on understanding the craft and structure of both informational text and literature. It is very important that you read with your child at home, too. In social studies, we will be studying about history and economics. In science, we will be learning about the states of matter. This trimester your students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener in December and the second round of the STAR test in January.
With the winter season in full swing, we ask that you remember to send your students dressed for the weather. Make sure they have warm coats, hats, gloves, boots and snow pants so they can enjoy the snow at recess time. Unless it is below zero, we go out.
Mrs. Simon-Moyle, Mrs. Sweeney, Ms. Bodeau
Jackson 3rd graders have made some amazing progress so far this year. We are very proud of them. During the second trimester, December through February, 3rd graders will be learning all about economics. In science, we will be focusing on engineering as we learn about, experiment with, and create simple machines. We will continue to boost reading and math skills as we practice for the Wisconsin Forward assessment to be given in the spring. You can help by having your students read for 30 minutes each night and by helping them establish a regular homework routine. Also, please have students practice their basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts each night to improve speed of recall. Finally, don’t forget to dress your child for the weather. Second trimester promises to be an adventure in learning!
Miss Riesterer and Miss Peterson
Thank you to all of the parents and guardians that attended our virtual/phone conferences. We know that this was a different way of sharing information, but we really appreciate your flexibility. This allowed everyone to continue to stay safe during Covid-19. We were so glad to have the opportunity to talk about your child’s progress with their academics and behaviors. Please continue to reach out to us through Seesaw or email if you have any additional questions or concerns.
We have had a wonderful couple of months with your children. It is hard to believe that winter will be starting soon. As a reminder, please make sure to send a winter coat, hat, gloves, snow pants, and boots with your child when the weather gets cooler and we begin to get snow. Students will continue to go outside every day. Please reach out to us if you need assistance with winter gear.
In the upcoming weeks and months, we will be continuing to work on multiplication, division, fractions and decimals in math. Please make sure to have your child practice their multiplication facts every night. This is an expected skill that should be mastered coming into 4th grade. In writing, we have been doing narratives, informational writing, and opinion pieces. Students continue to learn grammar and about the meaning of word parts. In reading, we will be working on fluency, comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and word study skills. In science, we have been studying structures and functions of living things and will continue with energy and motion. In social studies, we just finished a big politics unit on voting and government. In the upcoming months we will be learning about the history of Wisconsin, immigrants, and map skills.
We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! Please stay healthy and safe!
Mrs. Anderson and Ms. Garner
The fifth graders at Jackson are into the swing of things as we move into the second trimester. We are getting better at learning in an environment that requires masks and social distancing. As always, we encourage parents to look at the assignment notebook each night to see if their child has homework, and that they are completing their assignments.
Mrs. Vazquez’s reading classes are focusing on reading fluency. Which is the ability to read accurately, smoothly and with expression. Fifth graders can practice by reading aloud at home during their 20 minutes of nightly reading. The science classes in Mrs. Vazquez’s room will continue to study life science. Focusing on producers, consumers and decomposers are dependent on the other parts for nourishment. Students discover the role fungi play in decomposing dead materials and in creating soil. In our lab “Mold Terrarium” students plan and conduct an investigation to discover the factors affecting decomposition.
Mr. Ries’ math class recently completed a unit on fractions and are well into their unit on decimals and place value . Once again, we need to know those multiplication facts to be successful in division. Our social studies classes are learning how early colonial people settled America and this will be taking us into the Revolutionary War.
We encourage all parents to be active in their child’s learning. The fifth grade staff would like to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday season.
Mr. Ries and Mrs. Vazquez
This is an exciting time of year for Title I. We are co-teaching in classrooms during reading classes and working with small intervention groups for reading and math in the afternoon. It is wonderful to see students’ improvement. We recently helped our fellow teachers give the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Test, and soon we will help with the STAR test.
We’d also like to share with you 10 Reading Tips for Parents and Guardians:
- Set a routine.
- Read at home.
- Make a special reading spot.
- Surround yourself with books!
- Be a great reading partner!
- Bring books everywhere.
- Set a good example; be caught in the act of reading!
- Communicate reading goals you have for your child with his/her teacher.
- Set learning goals.
- Be enthusiastic. Positive attitudes are very important to a child’s reading development and generate a desire to read.
Mrs. Bynum and Ms. Swanson
English Language Department
Greetings from the EL Department! After the winter break, we will begin the annual required ACCESS 2.0 tests of English language proficiency. All EL students in grades K-5 will be tested on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.
Students in Grades 1-5 will take the listening, speaking and reading portions of the test on iPads. EL students in Grades 1-2 will complete the writing portion of the test in paper booklets, while the EL students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 will compose and type their essays on their iPads. We know that our Jackson EL students will do a fabulous job on the ACCESS tests!
As we enjoy the holiday breaks, please take time to read with your student(s). This is a great time of the year for family togetherness and fun and informal learning!
Mrs. Dement, Ms. Dries, Mrs, Hanna, Mr. Smith
NEWS FROM THE ART ROOM!
Students are well on their way to making amazing art at Jackson School! We are using technology in art class this year. Here are just a few ways we are focusing on technology and art.
- Students in Ms. Garner’s 4th grade class are using their classroom iPads to create art on the App Adobe Sketch! This is an amazing tool they can use as a sketchbook to plan art projects, create art to print and use it to illustrate books they are creating in their classroom. We are so excited to be learning about how to use our iPads in art class this year!
- Students in 1st grade have been using iPads to improve their drawing skills. They have access to a variety of how to draw videos and can choose what interests them. They are engaged and empowered learners!
- Kindergarten students are using the app Tiggly Draw on our iPads in the art room to design their own monsters!
Some technology highlights to look forward to!
- Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Johnson will be teaching students in 3rd grade about blogging through Seesaw with Miss Riesterer!
- When we return from Thanksgiving break, 3rd through 5th graders will start learning how to create digital art portfolios.
That’s your art room update! Please feel free to contact Mrs. Ward any time if you have questions or want to know more about what your child is learning in art! You can reach me at 743-6520 or email me. Mrs. Ward’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talented and Gifted
The Talented and Gifted Advocates have been busy continuing to support teachers in the classrooms with students who need an extra challenge. We would like to remind you that when students are given an extra challenge, they must complete their regular classroom work prior to trying the challenge and that it is always the student’s choice if they participate in the additional activities. The second-grade students will be taking the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Screener in December. More information will come home on this ability screener as the date approaches. We encourage you to talk to your student about always working to their full potential and accepting additional challenges if presented.
Mrs. Feeney (Grades K-2) and Mrs. Dement (Grades 3-5)
The first trimester of this school year has been AMAZING and a bit different all at the same time. With so many changes to the way “School” works comes lots of confusion and strong emotions. We are working hard to stay positive, keep social distancing and still have fun learning. We have been having fun in the classrooms working on our Social/Emotional skills with our Second Step Curriculum. Our lessons for first trimester in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade were focused on respecting differences in each other, bully prevention and child protection. We have spent several weeks learning and using the 3 Big R’s for Ways to Stay Safe: Recognize, Report and Refuse. For the second trimester, we will be focusing on conflict resolution, problem solving and impulse control. A huge part of what kids learn when they’re growing up and in school is how to work together, calm their emotions and cope with things that might make them feel upset or sad. By teaching these skills to all of our students, we will help them understand that it is important to know how to feel, how to respond and how to work together to solve conflicts in and out of school.
Mrs. Everhart and Mrs. Martin
The weather outside is turning colder, however the action in the gym is still hot. December brings an end to our floor hockey unit and we begin to focus our attention to the ceiling. Students will be playing a variety of games to develop their volleyball skills. Be sure that your favorite student does not miss out on the fun, because they forgot their shoes. As boot weather approaches, this is a good time to check that gym shoes are in the locker ready for the tasks of the day. After volleyball we will be returning to the floor for a tumbling and gymnastic unit. Students will be learning many ways to move on the mats including balances along with traditional tumbling moves. Our older students will be creating routines to show to each other their best work. We will be using the I-pad to assist your student in developing their skills. Stay tuned for more of the action in January. The seasons are changing, that means one more layer of clothes can keep you warm as you go for that family walk. Keep on moving!
Jackson Elementary students are about to complete their first trimester! I am proud to say that they are growing in their musicianship. I am especially pleased with how they are keeping their masks on and cleaning instruments so well after use.
Students are excited to see the music cart rolling into their room for music. It has been very enjoyable getting to know them better and watching them grow musically.
Families are able to see music class activities as a separate tab in Seesaw and students are also all connected in quavermusic.com to do lessons in class or at home. Please be checking for positive messages home!
Here is a list of the music literacy focus at this time in each grade level:
Kindergarten - Steady beat focus with work on long sound and no sound.
First Grade: Identifying and writing rhythms with quarter notes and quarter rests in 2/4 meter.
Second Grade: Identifying and writing rhythms with half notes and half rests in 2/4 meter.
Third Grade: Identifying and writing rhythms with whole notes and whole rests in 4/4 meter.
Fourth Grade: Identifying and writing rhythms with 16th notes and triplets in 4/4 meter.
Fifth Grade: Identifying and writing rhythms in ¾ and ⅜ meter. Also, students are working on learning about instruments and making a choice for their music class in 6th grade.
Ask your child what their favorite song or book is so far this year from music class! We are doing many fun activities that keep us busy!
Brandi Hawley - Jackson Music Teacher