THE JACKSON JOTTER
Dear Parents, Guardians, Families and Friends of Jackson,
We welcome in 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.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Friday, December 13th for our music programs. This year all of our students will have their sing on the same day. The 4th and 5th grade winter sing is at 9:00 am. The 2nd and 3rd grade winter sing is at 10:30 am. The 1st grade winter sing is at 1:00 pm. Our kindergarten winter sing is at 2:15 pm. Mrs. Riley and the students have been working and practicing to prepare these special programs.
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.
Congratulations to our Kwik Trip Gas Card winners! The winners are Jeanine Addie, Jason Payne, Heidi Grace, Litona Parsons, and Beth Hynds. Thank you for completing our Parent Survey for Jackson Elementary School. You may come to the office to pick up your Kwik Trip card.
Just a reminder that our Winter Break begins on Monday, December 23rd, 2019 and students return back to school on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020. 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
Benefiting Jackson Elementary School
· Tuesday, February 25, 2020
· Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Jackson Learning Commons Book Fair
The Jackson Scholastic Book Fair was a success. Thank you to all of the families that visited the Book Fair. We sold just over $3,000. From the book fair I am able to receive $1,469 in Scholastic Dollars. This means that we will be able to purchase items from the Scholastic Dollars Magazine for the library. I plan on purchasing books for the library.
Jackson Tiger Tech participated in their 3rd Regional Competition at Parker High School Saturday, November 2nd. Lego League is not just programming robots and building with Legos. It has three parts: The Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. This year’s theme was City Shaper. The team had to build and set up a Lego board, program the robot to complete missions following rules and trying to earn points for each mission. They also had to research a real problem for our community. After researching the problem, the students discovered that our city didn’t have an Indoor Dog Park. The solution that they came up with was to renovate existing space at the mall, the Boston Store, and to turn it into an indoor dog park. The students are also responsible for demonstrating and using core values, like our school’s Tiger Truths. They did an excellent job and were nominated for 4 awards: Innovation, Presentation, Robot Performance, and Innovation Solution. We won the Innovation Solution which was to create an Indoor Dog Park at the empty Boston Store space at the mall.
We also did well programming our robots and running our missions. This is called the Robot Game. We ended up 4th overall of 16 teams. We had three opportunities to run our missions and our highest score was 215. Great job Team! We are advancing to sectionals and we will be traveling to Waukesha to compete on December 15th.
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, learning colors and learning letters. They are so excited to learn the names of all their new friends in the room and practice their skills of sharing and taking turns. The children have enjoyed making numerous snacks to go along with the books we have read and love to sing and dance to the smartboard.
We have been having so much fun in P4J! In December we are going to be reading many different versions of “The Gingerbread Man” story. Hope you can make it to our fun PJ’s and Gingerbread family event on December 5th from 3:30-5:30pm. Remember there is no P4J on Friday, December 6th and Friday, January 31st. There will be more information to come about a district wide P4J parent training on January 16th. We hope you enjoy the extra days off during winter break with your families.
Mrs. Koplin and Mrs. Fuller
Kindergarteners have been busy practicing their songs for the Winter Sing which will be held on Friday, December 13th at 2:15 pm. Please mark your calendar for this special program. It is important for children to see family in the audience.
Our students are doing a nice job learning good school behavior in the classroom, hallways, lunchroom, recess, and special area classes. We have been stressing these good behaviors called Tiger Truths daily and it has really paid off.
Report cards will be sent home at the beginning of the month. 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 twice daily unless the real feel temperature is below 0 degree.
Mrs. Dravus, Ms. Lampher, Mrs. Ransom, Mrs. Rosburg, Mrs. Shere
Our month of December features an exciting holiday sing! First graders perform at 1:00pm on Friday, December 13th. On Monday, January 13th, we will travel to Beloit Memorial Hospital for our first field trip! Students will have a hands-on experience learning about health and safety.
Students will continue to expand on spelling, vocabulary and reading skills. You can help with your child’s progress by reading together for 15-20 minutes nightly.
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 and happy 2020!
Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Masterson, Mrs. Mentink, Mrs. Roth
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 adding and subtracting two-digit numbers using many different strategies in math. 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 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, geography, political science, 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.
***Reminder: The second and third grade Winter Sing is December 13th at 10:30 am.
Ms. Peterson, Mrs. Simon-Moyle, Mrs. Sweeney
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!
Mrs. Dunmore, Mrs. Janssen, Ms. Riesterer
Thank you to all of the parents & guardians that took time to come to conferences. We loved sharing all of the things that we have been doing so far in 4th grade. We’ve been busy reviewing many skills and strategies in all areas of our learning. This trimester in math, we reviewed place value, properties of operations with multi-digit arithmetic, and solving word problems. In ELA, we have been working on specific grammar skills to improve our writing. The students have been very excited with their published narratives, realistic fiction, informative, and opinion writing. In reading, we continue to work on strategies in fiction, realistic fiction, non-fiction, plays, and articles. Our students work very hard at applying these strategies within their own reading. In social studies, students have been busy studying about the history of Wisconsin, immigrants, and map skills. In science, we have been focusing on energy and motion and transfer of energy. The students were very excited to create their own chain reactions and share how energy is transferred. On Friday, November 15th we took our field trip to JSOL. Although it was cold, we enjoyed spending the day outdoors and learning about nature. Thank you to all of the chaperones that took time from their busy schedules to join us. We have been very thankful for both Mrs. Eicher and Mrs. Crandall that have filled in and shared their experience and knowledge with our students. We are very excited to welcome our new and experienced 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Ofori on Wednesday, November 20th. We welcome her to Jackson and look forward to all of the great things we will learn from her!
Mrs. Crandall/Mrs. Ofori 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 being prepared as we switch classrooms, and that will benefit them when they move into middle school. 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.
Our trip to Milwaukee was excellent. Some of the things we learned about were the Native Americans from around the world, the history of Wisconsin, and the different kinds of animals that live and once lived on all of the continents. We were also able to go to the planetarium. The teachers, chaperones, and children really enjoyed their day.
Mrs. Vazquez’s reading classes are putting an emphasis on reading for fun by choosing books that they enjoy and being consistent readers. We are asking students to read at least 20 minutes each night starting the second trimester. The science classes in Mrs. Vazquez’s room will continue their unit on ecology. Students are developing the idea that plants, animals, and fungi form a system of interdependent parts with each part dependent on the other parts for its material nourishment. We will begin learning about the Water Cycle and Earth's Systems. Students will develop the idea that water is a profoundly important natural resource that requires surprising ingenuity to find and maintain.
Mr. Ries’ math classes have completed a unit on finding perimeter, area, and volume. We will also take another look at long division. Once again, we need to know those multiplication facts to be successful in division. Our social studies classes are getting to learn how early colonial people settled America and this will be taking us into the Revolutionary War.
Again, 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 recently helped host the school event titled Campfire Tales and Soup Supper. Jackson students were given a free book, read a book with their families, made leaf crafts, and enjoyed a delicious meal. We would like to take a moment to thank all of the families who were able to join us that evening.
We are co-teaching in classrooms during Reading classes and working with small groups in the afternoon. It is wonderful to see students’ improvement in reading. We are currently helping give the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Test, and soon we will help with the STAR test.
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 will be tested on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. We will start with the Kindergarteners, who will be tested individually by the EL teachers.
After that, EL students in Grades 1-5 will take the listening, speaking and reading portions of the ACCESS 2.0 test on the computer. 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 the computer. 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, Mrs. Hanna, Ms. Dries, Mrs. DeYoung
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 I-Pads 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 I-Pads in the art room to design their own monsters!
Some technology highlights to look forward to!
- Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Marshall will be teaching students in 5th grade how to design their own 3D printed shapes to make art!
- When we return from Thanksgiving break, 3rd graders will start learning how to create digital art portfolios. We will use I-Pads to take pictures and videos of artwork students have created. We will then use our chromebooks to create our art portfolios.
That’s your art room update! Please feel free to contact Mrs. Ward and Ms. Hausknecht any time if you have questions or want to know more about what your child is learning in art! You can reach us at 743-6520 or email us. Mrs. Ward’s email is email@example.com. Ms. Hausknecht’s email is Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Ward and Ms. Hausknecht
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. Dement and Mrs. Feeney
The first trimester of this school year has been a BLAST and Mrs. Bush and I have had so much fun being in your child’s class for guidance. Our guidance lessons for first trimester in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade were focused on the social and emotional aspect of working together, identifying feelings and anti-bullying. For second trimester, we will be focusing on differences, personal safety and problem solving. 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. Bush
All students have been working very hard on preparing their songs for our Winter Sings. Please join us on December 13th for our Student Performances. Please mark your calendars with the following times.
Kindergarten, “Holiday Celebration”: 2:15 p.m.
First Grade, “Holiday Celebration”: 1:00 p.m.
2nd & 3rd grade, “The Nutcracker Suite”: 10:30 a.m.
4th & 5th grade, “Jingle Bell Jukebox”: 9:00 a.m.
Thank you for supporting music education for all children at Jackson School.
We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Sings!
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!
THE JACKSON JOTTER
Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Jackson,
Wow! We have completed our first semester of school. I am amazed at how quickly this school year has gone by. Thank you for taking an active role in your child’s education! During our second semester of school, we will see your child grow, mature and develop in many of their educational skills. Learning truly peaks during the next few months. It is very exciting! We appreciate your support with maintaining consistent bedtimes, providing healthy food, and helping your child with homework and studying. We are also thankful for your continued communication with Jackson staff.
It is that time of year again as we move into the second semester to update any address and phone number information in the office. We are striving to keep all parent/guardian information up to date in the office. As we have school related closings and announcements, it is very important for your family information to be accurate. The Infinite Campus phone system will notify families of any emergencies and weather-related closings.
WCLO 1230 AM broadcasts all information concerning delays and school closings due to weather. Students should not arrive prior to the delayed starting time. This means that if there is a two-hour delay, elementary schools begin at 10:20 am and the middle and high schools begin at 10:00 am. If school is delayed, breakfast will not be served at school. Students who must be absent for weather related reasons may be excused if the parent calls in.
I would like to encourage all parents, guardians and friends to join our Jackson Parent Teacher Association (PTA). We are excited to have our PTA sponsor fun family events for our school, as well as sponsoring many of our field trips for our students throughout the school year. PTA will be hosting a Valentine’s Parent Child Dance for Jackson students on Thursday, February 13th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Scoopie Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th from 4pm – 8pm at the West Side Culver’s located on Court Street in Janesville, WI. Jackson Elementary School receives 10% of all sales from Culver’s. The money received goes towards field trip expenses, PBIS awards, playground equipment, technology equipment and other student expenses throughout the school year.
We have a few dates of No School that I want to make sure that families know about. Elementary School students have No School on Friday, February 21st this is a Teacher Work Day. Also, No School on Thursday, March 5th, and Friday, March 6th. We have Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 5th. We are maintaining our conference schedule from our fall conferences. Parents/guardians will receive a note sharing the date and time of your child’s conference. We are striving for 100% participation with this PT conference. We have a lot of wonderful growth to share with you regarding your child’s progress. Report Cards will go home at this time.
To our parents of our 4th and 5th grade students, we will be having our MASH (Maturation and Sexual Health) program. As part of the school district’s program to help children understand maturity and sexual health, you and your child are invited to attend a program called “Always Changing/Always Growing” for 4th & 5th grade students. Although it’s not a requirement for a parent to attend, it is encouraged.
4th grade students are scheduled for March 18th at 1 – 1:45 p.m.
5th grade students are scheduled for March 18th at 2 – 2:45 p.m.
A couple of other important dates coming this spring are Spring Picture Day is scheduled at Jackson on Wednesday, March 18th. Spring break also is different this year. The School District of Janesville is having Spring Break and No School on Monday, March 23rd through Friday, March 27th.
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, compliments, concerns that you would like me to address.
Have a wonderful February and March!
Mrs. Kristen Moisson, Principal
Benefiting Jackson Elementary School
· Tuesday, February 19. 2020
· Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Jackson LMC News
Dear Jackson Families,
Welcome to a new year! A New Year means new books in the library! We have many new titles for our students to enjoy. Please teach your child to be responsible with his/her library books! This means to enjoy reading it, but to also make sure it gets back to school safely and on time.
We have a Book Fair coming soon! The book fair will arrive on February 26th, and it will be set up for conferences the following week. The book fair will be open Wednesday, March 4 from 4:00 -7:00 pm and then on Thursday, March 5th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Thanks in advance for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair. Your purchases help support our school and allow me to purchase books, STEAM activities, robotics, etc. for our library that our students can enjoy and learn from.
Jackson students have been benefiting from a Reading is Fundamental (RIF) grant sponsored by Dollar General. All students will receive 3 free books this year from this grant. The students have already received 2 of the 3 books. They will receive their third and final book on March 2nd. March 2nd is Read Across America Day, in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Jackson students will be participating in some fun reading activities around this time. Thank you to the RIF organization and Dollar General for sponsoring our school! We appreciated the 1,000+ books that we received.
STEAM activities that have been happening in the LMC. We have been exploring with our Rigamajig and Simple Machines add on kit. The students have been using their engineering skills to make simple machines. Thank you to the Janesville Foundation for our grant to purchase the Simple Machine’s kit to go with our Rigamajig. Students have also been using Lego WeDo to code, LEGO’s to build structures, and coding MeeperBots. In addition, students are reviewing Digital Citizenship skills. The 3-5 students will also be taking a technology survey in February. We partner with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, in order to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use.
After School STEAM Clubs
After School STEAM Clubs are starting this month, February, for our 1st and 2nd grade students. Students should have already signed up. The clubs will meet February 3rd, 6th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th. We will begin after school clubs for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at the end of February. The clubs will meet for 6 sessions Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will meet on February 25th and 27th, and then March 10th and 12th, and March 17th and 19th. Sign up information for those clubs will be sent mid-February.
Academic Learning Coach Corner
Greetings, wonderful learning opportunities are continuing to happen at Jackson School! One of the ways we measure learning is with the STAR assessments. Your child took these assessments in January. 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 for 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.
Academic Learning Coach
We’ve been busy in Early Childhood. It’s taking a little time to get back into the routine, but we are moving right along. We’ve added 3 new friends and are excited to have them be part of our class. The children finished learning the colors and some of the letters before Winter Break. Right now, we are learning the four basic shapes, circle, rectangle, square and triangle and learning the numbers 1-5.
We continue to have lots of fun in P4J! In February our learning themes will be Valentine’s Day and Healthy Habits. We will also be celebrating our 100th day of P4J in February. We have been counting since the very first day of school and will celebrate with a fun party! In March we will learn about Weather and St. Patrick’s Day. We look forward to seeing many of our P4J families at our fun Valentine Family Craft night on Monday, February 3rd from 4:00-6:00pm. There is no P4J on Friday, February 28th and Friday, March 20th.
Mrs. Koplin and Mrs. Fuller
We will be having many celebrations in February and March including: 100th day of school, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and St. Patrick’s Day. We will also be learning about dental health, Dr. Seuss, and animals. In math we are continuing to learn to do addition, addition stories, subtraction and subtraction stories. In language arts we are continuing to learn our sight words and our diagraphs & blends in Jolly Phonics. To celebrate the 100th day we will be spending a whole day doing many different activities that involve counting to 100. For example, we will be making a necklace with 100 beads and building a tower with 100 cups. On Valentine’s Day we will be having a Valentine exchange. Please be sure to bring enough Valentines for each student in the class. There can be up to 18 children in each classroom. Numbers change at any time due to children moving in and of the school. We have started STAR testing and will be doing other assessments for the trimester 2 report cards for the next few weeks. Please make sure you are continuing to practice our sight words and reading the books with your children at home. Please make sure that your child continues to bring all the winter gear appropriate to go out for recess. The children are not allowed to play in the snow unless they have a hat, gloves/mittens, snow pants, coat, and boots. If you have any questions, please call or email us anytime. Thanks for all of your support!
Mrs. Ransom, Mrs. Rosburg, Mrs. Shere, Mrs. Dravus
As we begin the New Year, we hope everyone enjoyed a happy and relaxing holiday break. The first graders continue to build their word wall vocabulary and reading skills. The second trimester ends February 20th. During the month, we will be assessing your child’s skills. All the information will help us complete progress reports and gather data for Parent Conferences in
March. The children are showing some wonderful gains in all subjects. We also continue to work on math skills. Our January and February lessons will include: Place Value, Greater Than and Less than and Double Digit Adding and Subtracting. You can help with your child’s progress by reading 15 minutes every night. We went to the hospital January 13th, 2020. Science/Social Studies and Health topics include Light and Sound, Staying Healthy and Economics. We will be going on a field trip to Milton High School to see a musical on March 3rd. Thanks again for all your support from home. Please contact us at school with any concerns. Stay warm and happy 2020.
Mrs. Roth, Mrs. Masterson and Mrs. Mentink
The school year is flying by. We look forward to telling you about the progress we are making during our upcoming conferences in March. During trimester 3 we will continue to build on our reading and writing skills, in math we will be covering money and time, as well as continuing to build on our addition and subtraction skills, and in science we will be covering earth materials.
We cannot stress enough the importance of reading with your children every day. This will not only make them better readers, but if you show that you value reading, they will place more value on reading. You are their most important advocate! Also, please continue to work on math facts with your students. Second grade is an important transition year as we move toward the higher level testing that comes in third grade.
Please continue to send winter clothing, and as winter moves into spring, we ask that you remember to send boots along with shoes to change into with your children. The playground gets messy and we like to help out our custodial staff by not bringing that mess into our classrooms. Please also continue to send coats with your students.
Thank you for your continued support of the hard work we do in Second Grade!
Mrs. Moyle, Miss Peterson and Mrs. Sweeney
Jackson 3rd graders have made some amazing progress so far this year. We are very proud of them. We are also very excited to continue with our Ready reading and writing program designed to better prepare students for critical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing skills. We will use it to continue to boost reading and writing skills essential for the Forward Wisconsin assessment that will be given in the spring. You can help by having your students read for a minimum of 30 minutes each night and asking comprehension questions about what they read. In addition, we have been working on problem solving in math, concentrating on longer word problems that require multiple steps to solve. We will also be focusing on fractions, measurement, and data. Please have students continue to practice their basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication facts each night to improve speed of recall and help them keep up on the math homework. In social studies, we will be learning all about economics and how people budget, save, and spend money. In science, we will be working with our new science Engineering is Elementary (EIE) kits as we experiment with types of simple machines. Finally, don’t forget to dress your child for the weather. The rest of this trimester promises to be an adventure in learning!
Mrs. Janssen, Miss Riesterer, Mrs. Dunmore
It is so great to be back with the students after the winter break. We have been working on quite a few new units in our learning. During reading, we have been focusing on inferencing and finding the main idea and details in informational texts. In math, we are finishing up with working on patterns with shapes and numbers and are starting to work on solving multi-step problems. In science, we are exploring different landforms and will be doing different activities and experiments to support our learning in the upcoming weeks. In social studies, the students have been focusing on economics and the history of Wisconsin. In language arts, we continue with our weekly grammar and spelling lessons and have also been focusing on writing opinion essays or book reviews. We have scheduled our next field trip for Monday, April 20th to the Capitol in Madison. We are still preparing the details for this trip, but will be sending out information and permission slips as it gets closer. We continue to encourage the students to fill in their assignment notebooks every day. We try and put in details to the activities we do each day and also include homework that needs to be done that evening. We do assign homework Monday through Thursday every week. Please take time to check it out and sign the assignment notebook. We really appreciate everything you do to support your child’s learning. We look forward to all of the great learning that will be happening in the upcoming months.
Ms. Garner & Mrs. Ofori
It was good to get away and spend time with friends and family over the winter break. We are now back in school and working hard.
Our language classes have been busy working on improving our writing. Our next adventure will be writing an opinion paper. With the help of the “Ready Writing” program, we are writing about the negatives and positives of social media. We look forward to reading their work and seeing the progress being made.
In Reading, we will continue to use Ready Reading to understand how to support evidence, summarize literary texts, comparing text structures, finding the theme of a story, and explaining scientific texts. It is also imperative that students are reading 20 minutes nightly.
Social studies classes are just beginning to study the American Revolution while Mrs. Vazquez’s science classes are working on Developing the concepts of “substances” and “chemical reactions.” Students see that chemical reactions enable us to make new materials by transforming the ones we have. Mr. Ries’ math classes wrapped up their unit on division and working with money and will now turn their attention to using the order of operations(PEMDAS) to solve math equations.
The students have started preparation to go on a wonderful trip to JA BizTown in Milwaukee. This program helps students understand work readiness, entrepreneurship, and personal finance literacy. We are learning how to write checks and keeping a balanced checkbook. They are also learning about being employed and the tasks that go with that job. We will attend this working field trip on April 13.
As always, we encourage parents to “check in” with their child on a daily basis to ensure their child is prepared for each school day. For each day, make sure they have a signed assignment notebook, all homework completed, and that they have any notes that need to be returned to their teacher. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to working with you during the second trimester.
Mr. Ries and Mrs. Vazquez
This is such an exciting time of year for the Title I Teachers! We are co-teaching in classrooms during reading classes and working with small groups throughout the day. We are helping classroom teachers to give various types of tests. It gives us great joy to see students improve in reading. We look forward to a wonderful second half of the school year.
Tips From Title I
“The evidence is consistent, positive, and convincing: families have a major influence on their
child’s achievement in school and through life. When schools, families, and community groups
work together to support learning, children do better in school, stay in school longer, and like
school more.” Henderson & Mapp, 2002.
What Can You Do at Home?
1. Start a Habit: Encourage your child to treat studying as a daily assignment, not just something he or she does the night before a test. Create a quiet workspace for your child and create a calendar for studying.
2. After-School Chats: Greet your child after school with this simple question – “What’s in your
backpack?”, and you’ll discover a lot about what he/she does in class! Set aside time each day to go through his/her papers, looking over the work together. Help him/her feel proud by making some specific comments about something he/she has done. Or walk through a plan for tackling a challenging homework assignment.
3. Get Involved: The best way to support your child at home is to learn with them! Read daily to your child or have them read to you, and then discuss new information and ideas. Help with homework even if you aren’t sure how to complete it. Modeling problem solving and perseverance in solving a problem is a great way to help learners with challenging tasks. Attend events including parent-teacher nights, school-sponsored functions, and field trips when you are able. And most importantly, speak positively about school and learning. Be a lifelong learner – your child is watching!
Mrs. Bynum and Ms. Swanson
English Language Department
In January, all bilingual students completed the state-mandated ACCESS tests (“Assessing Comprehension & Communication in English State-to-State”). The annual tests -- which every English Learner (EL) in Wisconsin takes -- assess your child’s academic English language proficiency in four domains -- reading, listening, writing and speaking. The EL team congratulates all the EL students on their hard work and diligence in the completion of the tests! Each child worked very hard to do his/her best work. You should be very proud of your child! Parents will receive their child’s ACCESS test results in May. As always, we thank you for all of the support, dedication and hard work that you give to help your child succeed at school!
Mrs. Combs-Dement, Mrs. Hanna, Ms. Dries, & Mr. Smith
New news from the art room!
- The third graders are learning about how to use Google classroom in the art room. They are learning about and exploring artists, using how to draw guides and will soon be creating digital art portfolios! Students will be excited to share their artwork digitally with you at the end of the school year!
- Students in 4th and 5th grade will be working in art centers from now until the end of the school year. That means that students will explore many different art media through drawing, painting, paper collage, mask making, weaving and clay centers. We are so excited to explore these media while learning about new artists in the art room!
- All students in kindergarten through 5th grade will be doing mini art lessons that will teach students about famous female artists. One of them is the famous artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia is an important artist for us to learn about because she was born in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin!
That’s your art room update! Please feel free to contact Mrs. Ward and Ms. Hausknecht any time if you have questions or want to know more about what your child is learning in art! You can reach us at 743-6520 or email us. Mrs. Ward’s email is email@example.com. Ms. Hausknecht’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Ward and Ms. Hausknecht
Talented and Gifted
All students in 2nd and 5th grade recently completed the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAt). This test evaluates student’s verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal reasoning skills and is used to identify gifted students. Results from the CogAt will be sent home with your child. If your child is identified as gifted and talented for next year, you will be notified of the specific area and the services being offered here at Jackson.
Mrs. Combs-Dement & Mrs. Feeney
February and March are big months for the student services department and classroom guidance lessons. Throughout the month of January, we have been talking about respect and diversity. All of the grade levels have been talking about respect and diversity and we will continue to branch off of that in the upcoming months. In January, we observed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday and focused our lessons on how the students can make a difference in the world by being kind, being a leader, following the “Golden Rule” and solving conflicts by using peaceful solutions and not violence. We will also be focusing on personal safety in the upcoming months and ways to stay safe while at school, at home and in the community. Please let us know if you child needs any winter items and we will do our best to provide those items for them or if you have any questions that we may be able to help you with.
Mrs. Everhart and Mrs. Martin
Congratulations to all students for a terrific job on our Jackson Winter Sings! We are very proud of your hard work, enthusiasm, and growth in music skills. Thank you to all parents, grandparents, and friends who were able to attend these performances and show support for music education. The reflection papers that students wrote about their performance really demonstrated their pride, joy and sense of accomplishment from this event. In January, we focused our study of Tempo, Dynamics and Timbre on the music of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Ballet” and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We did a review of Rhythm and Melody playing “Hot Cross Buns” on the piano keyboards, and exploring the Quavermusic.com website. This Spring we will be learning to play Ukuleles with a focus on Harmony/Texture, Form, and Chords; and, writing compositions with “Quaver” and “GarageBand for iPad”. Thank you for supporting music education for all children at Jackson School!
JACKSON SCHOOL HONORS CHOIR
All students in 4th and 5th grade are invited to be in Jackson Elementary School’s “HONORS CHOIR.”
This choir will be representing Jackson Elementary School in school programs and in the community. The purpose of the choir is to give outstanding music students an opportunity to learn to read music better, to become better performers in public, and to sing 2 and 3-part music.
Rehearsals will be held on Wednesdays, beginning February 5th, 2020, from 3:15-3:55p.m. Students should arrive and be ready to begin as quickly as possible after school. We will begin and end on time. Parents are responsible for transportation of their child home at 4:00 p.m.
Students in Honors Choir should be ready to accept the following responsibilities of a choir member:
- Be at all practices and performances, on time and wear a Jackson School Shirt for performances.
- Work in a responsible and cooperative manner.
- Provide a written excuse if a practice is missed.
- Keep classroom work caught up and have good grades.
If your child is interested in being in Jackson School’s Honors Choir, please have your child ask.
Mrs. Riley, Jackson School Music Specialist, for a permission form.
Students have been tumbling through the cold weather. The month of February brings in the gymnastic equipment and will raise students to new heights. Students will be participating in apparatus from the balance beams to the famous ropes. This unit will strengthen the upper body, challenge the mind and balance. The obstacle course will challenge students to use learned skills to complete several challenging stations in a nonstop 30-minute workout. A short dance and rhythms unit will follow allowing the students to show off many of their dance moves. Ask your student what they learned today.
March will convert our gym to the fabulous Jackson Lanes! We will have nine lanes of fun for students to enjoy the life time sport of bowling. Every student will have to bring their own scoring machine with them as we will be learning to score using our strong math skills here at Jackson. Each day students will have a score sheet to take with them to show off their skills. The unit will end with a chance for students to glow bowl. Please remember to have gym shoes here for Jackson members to fully enjoy the activities.
Thanks, Mr. DuVall