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October/November 2018

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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 Ms. Abigail Ernest, 1st grade Teacher, Mrs. Diane Milanese, Speech and Language Pathologist, Ms. Kathryn Kelly, ECSE Teacher, Mrs. Kelly Splinter, Special Education Teacher, Ms. Amber Slaybaugh, Physical Therapist, Mrs. Jennifer Bynum, Title I Teacher, Ms. Kelly Hausknecht, Part Time Art Teacher, Mrs. Penny Hoeft, Paraprofessional, Mrs. Kelly Watson, Paraprofessional, Mrs. Kathleen Jacque, Paraprofessional, Ms. Pam Galvin, Paraprofessional, Ms. Kristin McDonald, Paraprofessional, and Ms. Sherry Kramer, Lunch Hostess Assistant. You will have an opportunity to meet all of these new staff members during our Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 24th and Thursday, October 25th. We welcome all of you into our classrooms and school! I look forward to seeing you again. 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 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 where we have the crossing guards. 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.

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:

  • Tuesday, October 16th – PTA Meeting in the LMC @ Jackson at 4:15pm
  • Monday, October 22nd– 5th Grade Field Trip to Milwaukee Public Museum
  • Monday, October 22nd– Kindergarten Field Trip to Skelly’s Farm Market
  • Wednesday, October 24th – 26th No School for Students (Parent Teacher Conferences)
  • Wednesday, October 24th – Parent Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
  • Thursday, October 25th – Parent Teacher Conferences & Book Fair
  • Friday, October 26th – No School
  • Thursday, November 1st – Harvest Soup Supper and Literacy Night 5:00pm – 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, November 14th – Scoopie Night 4-8pm at the Court Street Culver’s
  • Wednesday, November 21st – Friday, November 23rd 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. Moisson, Principal

Office Hours: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Phones: Office: 743-6500
Attendance: 743-6530 / Spanish: 743-6519
Fax: 745-6510

Education Service Center Address:
527 S. Franklin Street Janesville, WI 53548
Phone: 608-743-5000

Dear Parents,
Thank you for your patience as we adjust to having breakfast in our classrooms. Since we are having breakfast in our classroom, our students should not arrive at school before 8:00 am. We do not have supervision available for students' safety. You can drop off your children between 8:00 am and 8:15 am; classes start at 8:20 am and at that time every child will get a FREE breakfast.

Thanks, ~Mrs. Moisson

Benefiting Jackson Elementary School

Scoopie Nights
Wednesday, November 14
Wednesday, February 27
Wednesday, April 24

Here’s a tasty way to support our School! Stop by Janesville’s Court Avenue Culver’s restaurant on a “Scoopie Night” between 4 and 8 pm. On these special nights, Culver’s donates a percentage of that night’s sales to our school. You can count on Scoopie making an appearance!


There will be no classes on Wednesday, October 24, Thursday, October 25 & Friday, October 26, due to parent teacher conferences. Also, do not forget to visit our Book Fair in the LMC. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

Jackson Learning Commons Welcome Back!

We started this year with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) using Interland, a Google Based Curriculum, for grades 3-5. The students are learning about being Internet Smart and making safe choices both at home and at school. The K-2 students are also practicing making good choices by following directions and being on the app or site that they are assigned. Regular reminders for all of our students are critical in this digital world. All K students have iPads in their classrooms, and our 1-5 students have chromebooks with some iPads for other activities as well. Books: Please make sure your child returns his/her library book every week. We remind the students to take care of our school’s library books and keep them away from little brother’s and sister’s and the family pets. We are getting new books for the library and will be sharing those with the students soon. Many classrooms have students keep their books at school too. Lego League has also started at Jackson. We currently have 8 students making up our team from 4th and 5th grade. Ms. Smith and I are the coaches this year. Our first semiregional practice will be at Parker this year on Saturday, October 20th. Regionals will follow in November. (TBD) Upcoming News and events! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Jackson. The Book Fair will be open during conferences on October 24th and 25th. There will be more information sent home with your child.

~Mrs. Marshall

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 between September 18th and October 2nd 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. Your student in grades 4 and 5 brought home their Forward WI Assessment Results the first week of school. If you are new to Jackson, we will be receiving them soon from the previous district/school. We are so happy that your children attend Jackson!

~Mrs. Feeney
Academic Learning Coach

Early Childhood

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. Lampher

Early Childhood

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. Lampher


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 having been doing lots of activities and learning about school, ourselves, alphabet, and pumpkins. Please read 20mins 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! Sincerely,

~Mrs. Ransom 743-6586 or

~Mrs. Schaar 743-6587 or

~Mrs. Shere 743-6588 or

First Grade

We are off and running in first grade. We are quickly learning our word wall 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 Responsible, Respectful and Safe in All areas of school. A responsible first grader brings home their Tiger Folder each night, reviews their word wall 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. Chapters 1 and 2 in our Math series is working on Addition and Subtraction Concepts. Ask if your child can share something they might have done at school and have them show you. All first graders will complete 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. Masterson

~Mrs. Mentink

~Ms. Ernest

Second Grade

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 about. We are working on addition and subtraction strategies, and place value in math. In science we will be studying the process of plant pollination and why it is important. In social studies we are learning about communities, the people who help us in our communities, and about the differences between rules and law and their consequences. We are looking forward to a working with you and your student this year and to a productive year full of learning!

~Mrs. Moyle/Mrs. Crandall

~Miss Peterson

~Mrs. Sweeney

Third Grade

Jackson 3rd graders are settling nicely into the routine. For reading, language, and spelling we are following the Journeys Literacy program. During these first few months of school, students will be working on is on story structure (characters, setting etc.), compare and contrast, and summarizing fiction and nonfiction passages. You can help by helping your child establish a nightly reading routine, filling in reading logs daily and asking questions 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 reviewing place value, rounding to the nearest 10 or 100, and addition and subtraction through the thousands such as 386 + 215 and 752 – 134. By November, students should be able to solve such problems with and without regrouping ("borrowing"). 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 if they are not yet secure. 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. He or she may need a little extra sleep the first few weeks of school! Thank you for all you do to support your child.

~Mrs. Dunmore

~Mrs. Freeman

~Mrs. Janssen

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade has had a great start to the year! The students have been busy being "scientists" and exploring the structures and functions of living things. We look forward to visiting the Janesville Schools Outdoor Lab Friday, November 3rd to further our study. In reading, we are currently studying about story structure and theme. In math, we are discussing place value and exploring the different ways of writing numbers. In social studies, we've been practicing with cardinal and intermediate directions. The students are excited to begin planning and writing a draft for our narrative story unit.

~Mrs. Gilligan

~Ms. Smith

Fifth Grade

Another year is well underway and the students in fifth grade have become accustomed to their new routines. Improving techniques in writing, new reading strategies and all sorts of different math ideas, are just a few of the activities that are going on in our classrooms. In science, the students are learning about how pollution can negatively impact organisms in an ecosystem. 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. The fifth graders will be doing a little traveling to begin the year. On Monday, October 22, we will be taking a field trip to the Milwaukee Public Museum which includes seeing a presentation at the planetarium. This is an annual trip because it supports the curriculum in social studies. In addition to visiting the I-Max theater, students will be able to see accurate depictions of Native American cultures that will reflect upon their Native American studies. Finally, the fifth-grade staff is looking forward to an excellent year. 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 743-6551

Mrs. Vazquez 743-6552

Title 1

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!

~Ms. Swanson

~Mrs. Bynum

English Language Learners

This year’s Jackson EL teaching team includes Ms. Marie Dries, Mrs. Rebekah Combs-Dement, and Ms. Wendy Demet. Ms. Marie Dries is currently in her sixth year of teaching. She grew up in Janesville and has taught in Indiana and Honduras. Mrs. Rebekah Combs-Dement comes from Beloit with thirteen years of experience teaching Spanish and ELL in Beloit, Janesville, Madison, and Perú, and is bilingual. Ms. Wendy Demet comes from Milwaukee with many years of experience in bilingual and ELL classrooms. Our EL paraprofessional is Mr. Jesus Cervantes, who is bilingual and here to help serve and support your child and family. We look forward to partnering with our ELL families to help our students grow and succeed throughout the school year! We encourage communication between home and school; please call 743-6519 (bilingual line) with questions or concerns and to report absences. 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!

~EL Staff


Fall in love with MUSIC!!! Mrs. Riley looks forward to another great year of sharing the excitement of music! Exciting News! In music class, students have been introduced to a new, interactive music program called Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music. We will be using activities, songs, and videos from the Quaver music program as part of musical lessons on everything from theory and playing instruments to music history. 1st through 5th grade students have their own accounts on and can access their accounts through Class Link. Kindergartners use the login: Quaver name: kinder1 Password: 123456. On this kid-friendly website, they can compose their own original music with cutting-edge creatives, compete in Mini-Games, contests and challenges. is FREE to students, parents, teachers, and little brothers and sisters too! We are very excited to offer this resource to our classes this year! Our year will be filled with many music classroom activities: Exploring Expression, Rhythm, Form, Melody, Timbre, Texture and Harmony. Singing, playing instruments, reading music, composing, performing, and using movement. Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students have been busy working on Steady Beat and Reading Rhythms in music. Next, they will focus on High & Low and Fast & Slow: then, they will be composing their own rhythmic song. Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade students have already begun reading music and are learning many new terms and symbols in music classes. Did you know that many of those terms are in Italian? It has been a great start to the year! Hopefully your children sing songs at home or talk about some of our musical activities from class. Thank you for your support of music education for your son or daughter!

~Musically Yours, Mrs. Riley

All Student Performances: Fri. Dec. 7, 2018

  • Kindergarten: 2:15 p.m.
  • First Grade: 1:00 p.m.
  • 2nd & 3rd grade: 10:30 a.m.
  • 4th & 5th grade: 9:00 a.m.


Welcome back to all of our amazing artists! We hope you had some time to make art and use your imaginations over the summer! We would like to welcome Ms. Hausknecht to Jackson’s art staff! She teaches Mrs. Balch’s students at Jackson Elementary School this year. We can’t wait to see the fun things she has in store for you! This year at Jackson all kindergarten and 1st grade students have art two time a week for 45 minutes. All students in 2nd through 5th grade have art once a week for 90 minutes. During art time, it is our goal as art teachers to help students develop creative thinking skills while learning about famous artists, many art supplies and the ways to use them to create art. We also help students learn about art and technology. We are very fortunate to have IPads to use in the art room this year! We will teach your students many ways to use them while making art this year! 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 Ms. Hausknecht’s email: We look forward to having a wonderful year of learning and art exploration together with your students!

Artfully yours,

~Mrs. Ward & Ms. Hausknecht

Physical Education

We are back to our routine and have met with old friends and met new ones for the 2018-19 school year. Students have been working hard at their soccer skills and enjoyed our limited time outside in this years’ weather. October brings us indoors to talk and learn about the heart and how to make it stronger. One great tool we us at Jackson is the Heart Adventure course. It is an aerobic obstacle course that simulates the movement of blood though the heart to help children understand its function and importance to healthy living. After learning about the heart students will be participating in some cooperative games to build skills good working relationships with peers. November brings us to one of my personal favorites, Hockey. Student will not need skates, sticks or pads, we will be enjoying the sport of gym hockey, complete with friendly games. All students need to enjoy these great activities are a pair of gym shoes. It works best if they have a pair here at school, then they will not forget them. Keep on moving!

~Mr. DuVall

Talented and Gifted

The Talented and Gifted Advocates for Jackson School welcome you back to another great year! 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 K5 are currently taking to identify potential new students. We look forward to a great year with your students!

~Mrs. Rebekah Dement

Social Workers/Guidance 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 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!

New Staff

Ms. Abigail Ernest

1st grade Teacher I have been teaching in Illinois for the past 4 years. I am SO excited to be a First Grade Teacher at Jackson Elementary this year!! My favorite color is pink! When I am not teaching, I love to spend time with my fiance, my adorable puppy, Milli, and my beautiful twin nieces.

Mrs. Diane Milanese

Speech and Language Pathologist I want you all to know that you always should be nice to everyone of your classmates! I recently married my classmate 36 years after we graduated from high school. I am new to Wisconsin after moving here from Kansas. I enjoy gardening, raising Monarchs and releasing them, and doing yoga.

Ms. Kathryn Kelly

ECSE Teacher Hello! My name is Ms. Kelly (soon-to-be Mrs.McNeil on October 13th!). I am thrilled to be part of the Jackson community for this school year! I graduated from UW-Whitewater in 2017 earning a degree in Early Childhood Special Education. I live in East Troy with my fiancé, Kyle, and our cat --Phil. I have always loved being around young children and I am thankful to be living my dream working with the kiddos here in Janesville

Mrs. Kelly Splinter

Special Education Teacher I am so excited to be part of Jackson Elementary! I spent 22 years at Edison Middle School, working with students in 6th through 8th grade. Teaching is my passion, and I am looking forward to working with elementary-aged students and making a difference in their lives. When I am not at school, I spend the majority of my time with my husband, Dale, and five children. I graduated high school from Deerfield, WI and received a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UW-Whitewater.

Ms. Amber Slaybaugh - Physical Therapist

Mrs. Jennifer Bynum

Title I Teacher I am thrilled to be starting my first year at Jackson as a Title 1 teacher. I taught for 13 years in 2nd through fourth grade classrooms at Lincoln and Adams. Teaching is my passion. I not only teach to the mind, but I teach to the heart as well. I want each learner to feel they are welcome and appreciated. I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading with my toddler, and traveling. I look forward to working in partnership to make 2018-19 a success!

Ms. Kelly Hausknecht - Part Time Art Teacher

Mrs. Penny Hoeft

Paraprofessional I am a Paraprofessional for Kindergarten. I love working with children, getting to know them and see how they grow, and achieve their goals. I am married and have 3 daughters, two sons, and live on a small farmette outside of Janesville. I love being here at Jackson School. I feel comfortable, welcomed, and part of the Jackson family.

Mrs. Kelly Watson

LMC-Paraprofessional I am a new paraprofessional in the LMC and very excited to be a part of the Jackson School family. Experiences before Jackson School include: Healthcare, Staples Warehouse, 12 years as a licensed in-home Daycare Provider, and a Girl Scout leader. Outside of work, I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, camping, and spending time with my grown son and daughter, family, and friends.

Mrs. Kathleen

Jacque P4J-Paraprofessional I am the new P4J paraprofessional. I'm so excited to start my new journey here with you! I have worked in the district for 15 years as a Special Education Aide at Washington Elementary. I'm married to Brian and we have 2 sons. We also have 2 dogs: an old English Mastiff and 3 mo. old St. Bernard.

Ms. Pam Galvin

Paraprofessional Hey Jackson Tigers! This is my first year at Jackson and I couldn’t be more excited! I am a Special Ed Para. I am the proud mama of three great teenagers. We are a musical family. I get to cheer my kids on in Jazz performances/competitions, girls’ basketball and boys LAX. I love listening to all kinds of music and singing.

Ms. Kristin McDonald

Paraprofessional I am a new paraprofessional working in special education. I am beyond excited to be here! My favorite color is yellow. I am a mother of twin boys who are in P4J. I enjoy watching my sons at dance class, drinking a good cup of coffee, the outdoors, and family time.

Ms. Sherry Kramer

Lunch Hostess Assistant I was at the Edison kitchen for 15 years. I am looking forward to the change from middle school students to elementary students

Community Resources for the Holidays

Salvation Army 757-8300 514 - Sutherland, Janesville, WI 53545

Coats for Kids

Must bring proof of residency Distribution 10/27 Kids must be present to receive coat!

Thanksgiving Meal: Noon meal @ Corps Community Center, 514 Sutherland, Janesville

Christmas Sign Up: Call to make an appointment: 608-757-8300 (Leave your name and phone number) ECHO 754-5333 65 S. High Street, Janesville, WI 53545

Thanksgiving Baskets Sign up is October 1 to Nov.12

• Bring photo ID

• Current utility bill with Janesville address

• Proof of household income, if no income, bring food stamp benefit form Distribution date Sat. November 17th @ Rock County Fairgrounds 8am-12pm **Must be a Janesville resident

Holiday Express November 25th at the Pontiac Convention Center 2-5pm Free movie, minimal charge for activities, photos with Santa

Christmas Sign Up: October 29 to December 14 for Toy sign up at ECHO. Must bring current utility bill, photo ID, and proof of income Toy Distribution will be held on December 19th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 302 N. Parker Dr.

Christmas Dinner: 11am-1pm St. Williams School 1815 Ravine, Janesville, WI 54548


Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.

A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.

Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.

Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Ms. Kimberli Peerenboom, Director of Pupil Services, School District of Janesville, at 608-743-5061, or by writing her at 527 S. Franklin Street, Janesville, WI, 53548.


If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact the Washington school office at 743-7200 as soon as possible to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school. Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.

If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The New Student Enrollment Office is open year round.

If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist Deen Hartley at 743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.

Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas

Due to Move:

If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.

Due to Parent Choice:

If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2019-2020), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.

Open Enrollment or Public School Choice

If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-2019 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.

If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743- 5152.

Public School Open Enrollment Timelines

The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.

The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 – April 30, 2019. Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 and must be delivered (handdelivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 4thwill be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.

Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.

Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.

An application is required for each sibling in the family. For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.

Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied. The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June.

If you have questions, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.

Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year School District Residents

If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District.  Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office.  You may enroll anytime during the two week period.  

Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14         

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.    M/W/F both weeks
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m     Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m     Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018.  Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation.  When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification.  If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process.  Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center.  If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152. 

The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th.  If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school.  

In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.  

If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.  

Non-District Residents

If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT.  The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019.  

Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.


The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find.

This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed.

The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record.

Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records.

The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.

  • "Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
  •  "Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.
  • "Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student.
  • "Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to education records:

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of receipt of the request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

The school district will comply with the request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting about an individualized education program, or any due process hearing, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. If any record includes information on more than one child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information about their child or to be informed of that specific information.

Upon request, the school district will give a parent or eligible student a copy of the progress records and a copy of the behavioral records. Upon request, the school district will give the parent or eligible student a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the district for special education. The school district will respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. A representative of the parent may inspect and review the records.

The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask [Name of] School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent. The exceptions are stated in 34 CFR 99.31, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and section 118.125(2)(a) to (m) and sub. (2m), Wisconsin Statutes. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit persoe); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Also the district discloses "directory data" without consent, unless the parent notifies the district that it may not be released without prior parental consent.

The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office,
U.S. Department of Education,
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W,
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Dear Parent/Guardian: Under the “No Child Left Behind Act of 2001” federal law schools receiving federal Title I funds are required to notify parents of their right to ask for and receive information on the qualifications of their child’s teacher(s). Specifically, you have the right to request the following:

⇒ Whether your child’s teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which he or she teaches.

⇒ Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived.

⇒ The baccalaureate degree major of your child’s teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher.

⇒ Whether your child is provided services by instructional aides and, if so, their qualifications.