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October/November 2018

2012-13 - 2013-14 – 2014-15 – 2015-16 – 2016-17 – 2017-18

WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF RECOGNITION SIX CONSECUTIVE YEARS!!!

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
Website: www.janesville.k12.wi.us


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!


STEAM

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
(608-743-6526)


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


Kindergarten

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 cransom@janesville.k12.wi.us

~Mrs. Schaar 743-6587 or tschaar@janesville.k12.wi.us

~Mrs. Shere 743-6588 or ashere@janesville.k12.wi.us


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


Music

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 QuaverMusic.com 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. QuaverMusic.com 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.

Art

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 cward@janesville.k12.wi.us. Ms. Hausknecht’s email: kelly.hausknecht@janesville.k12.wi.us. 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


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

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.


MOVING???

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 dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. 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.

School District of Janesville CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES

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.

December 2018 / January 2019

The Jackson Jotter

Dear Parents /Guardians and Families, 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 7th 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 9:00am. The 2nd and 3rd grade sing is at 10:30am. The 1st grade winter sing is at 1:00pm. Our kindergarten winter sing is at 2:15pm. 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 Kyle and Tanya Adamski and Jennifer Salzman. 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 24th and students return back to school on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019. 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

SCOOPIE NIGHTS

  • 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!


First Lego League

The Jackson Tiger Tech Lego team did a fantastic job at Regionals, November 3rd, at Parker High School. They won the Inspiration Award and scored 79 points on the Lego Competition Board and received 4 nominations in other areas. 9 out of 27 teams are moving onto Sectionals, and Jackson is one of them! Sectionals will be December 16th in Watertown! Great job Jackson Tiger Tech! Good luck at Sectionals.


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 $2,389.00. From the book fair I am able to receive $900 in Scholastic Dollars only. This means that we will be able to purchase items from the Scholastic Dollars Magazine for the library. I ordered five 3D Pens and filament!


STEAM

STEAM is in full force. Students used Breakout EDU kits to solve problems and to find books in the library. Our Dash robots were used by our 3-5th grade students to participate in “The Amazing Race” an activity to research and program Dash robots while learning about our 7 Continents.


Lego League

Jackson Tiger Tech participated in their 2nd Regional Competition at Parker High School Saturday, November 3rd. 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 Into Orbit. 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 that Astronauts face and then come up with a solution. After researching the problem, the students discovered that astronauts are at risk of losing bone density and the longer they are in space the more bone density they lose putting them at risk of bone fractures. The solution that they came up with was to make a lollipop that would be rich in vitamin D and calcium that the astronauts could have up in space. The students are also responsible for demonstrating and using core values, like our schools Tiger Truths.


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.

Mrs. Feeney
Academic Learning Coach (743-6526)

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood class has been working on learning the names of our new friends who have joined us in the last month. We continue to work on social skills such as waiting, turn taking, and cleaning up when we are finished with a toy. The students have excitedly participated in a variety of fine motor activities that explore using paint brushes, stickers, dot markers, and crayons.

~Ms. Lampher


P4J

Our students continue working hard on letter/sound recognition and writing the letters of the alphabet. Our focus is on naming and writing the letters in our first name. The children are also working on counting skills and recognizing the numbers 1-5. In December, we will be studying the Five Senses and Christmas Traditions.

We will be learning about winter in January. We are also working on getting dressed for outside independently, including putting boots on, zipping our coats and putting gloves or mittens on. Our class had 100% turn out for conferences! Thank-you so much for attending these important opportunities to discuss questions and concerns about your child.

Happy Holidays to you and your families,

~Mrs. Dravus
~Mrs. Milbrandt

Kindergarten

Kindergarteners have been busy practicing their songs for the Winter Sing which will be held on Friday, December 7th at 2:15pm. 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 1 degree.

~Mrs. Ransom
~Mrs. Schaar
~Mrs. Shere

First Grade

Our month of December starts off with an exciting holiday sing! First graders perform at 1:00pm on Friday, December 7th. The following Monday (December 10th), First grade 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. (Second trimester ends February 28th, 2019. Conferences will be held March 6th and March 7th.) 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 2019!

~Ms. Ernest
~Mrs. Masterson
~Mrs. Mentink

Second Grade

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 place value to 1,000, adding and subtracting three-digit numbers and money in math. In reading we will continue to learn about story elements such as characters, setting, plot, and problems and solutions. Please read with your students every night and work on those math facts. In social studies we will be studying traditions, core values and different types of communities (rural, urban, and suburban). In science, we will be learning about the states of matter. This trimester your students will be taking the Co-gat test (December) and the second round of the STAR test in (Jan.-Feb.). 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 and cold at recess time. Reminder: The second and third grade winter sing is December 7 at 10:30.

~Mrs. Moyle
~Miss Peterson
~Mrs. Sweeney

Third Grade

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. Freeman
~Mrs. Janssen

Fourth Grade

The fourth grade has been busily working on many exciting units and projects! Currently in reading, we are studying about author's purpose and comparing and contrasting. In math, the students have jumped into multiplication and are finding many ways to solve problems. Science class has been very exciting for us as we are studying the structures and functions of living things. We recently explored what nature has to offer at the Janesville Schools Outdoor Lab and connected our learning with the real world. In social studies, we've been discussing Wisconsin geography and history. In language arts, the students are excited to begin planning and writing a draft for an opinion essay.

~Mrs. Gilligan
~Ms. Smith

Fifth Grade

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. They are also working with Ready Reading which is a rigorous standards based program that builds strong, independent readers. The science classes in Mrs. Vazquez’s room are working Engineering is Elementary. This program integrates engineering with elementary science projects. 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
~Mrs. Vazquez

Title 1

This is an exciting time of year for Title I. We are coteaching in classrooms during Reading and working with small groups in the afternoon. It is wonderful to see students improve in reading. We are currently helping give the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Test and soon we will help with the STAR test. We are looking forward to a wonderful second half of the school year.

~Ms. Swanson
~Mrs. Bynum

 


English Language Department

Greetings from the Jackson English Language 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, fun, and informal learning!

~Mrs. Combs-Dement
~Mrs. Demet

~Mrs. Dries


Art

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 4th and 5th grade they are using their Chromebooks to learn about famous artists on Google Classroom. Students in 1st and 2nd grade have been using IPads to improve their drawing skills. They have access to a variety of how to draw videos and can choose what interests them. They are engaged and empowered learners!

Kindergarten students are using the app Tiggly Draw on our 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! Students will work together to make permanent art installations to decorate Jackson School! We will update you on their progress in an upcoming newsletter. 3rd graders are 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 cward@janesville.k12.wi.us. and Ms. Hausknecht’s email is kelly.hausknecht@janesville.k12.wi.us.

Artfully yours,

~Mrs. Ward
~Ms. Hausknecht

Physical Education

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. Student 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!

~Mr. DuVall


Talented and Gifted

The Tag 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.

As a school, we have a half hour each day that is skill based on the STAR testing. This is a perfect opportunity for some extra enrichment at their level. The second-grade students will be taking the 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.

We as a school are working hard right now to prepare students for the midyear assessment of the STAR Test that we will take in January. All levels and instruction will be realigned after this assessment.

~Mrs. Feeney (Grades K-2)
~Mrs. Dement (Grades 3-5)

Social Workers/Guidance

The first trimester of this school year has been a BLAST and Mrs. Bush and myself 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 was 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 social and emotional  development. 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
~Mrs. Bush

Music

All students have been working very hard on preparing their songs for our Winter Sings. Please join us on December 7th for our Student Performances. Please mark your calendars with the following times.

Thank you for supporting music education for all children at Jackson School.

We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Sings!

~Mrs. Riley

Kindergarten 2:15 pm
1st Grade 1:00 pm
2nd & 3rd Grade 10:30 am
4th & 5th Grade 9:00 am

“The Rhythm of The Season” (Kindergarten & 1st Grade)

It’s a season of bells! Listen to the jingles!

They sound so ringly They sound so jingly

They sound so tingly So ding a lingly

“From the Inside Out” (2nd & 3rd Grade)

A Celebration of Positive Character

"From the Inside Out", a song that says that who we are and what we'll become comes from our inside out, NOT from outside in. "Responsible" teaches students that character is a choice because we are ALL able to respond. That's what makes us "Response - ABLE!"

"My Personal Code" teaches students to create and use their own personal code or a "recipe" to decide how they react in a situation. "It Starts With Me" teaches that to be a part of the solution to problems we have in the world, we have to start making better choices starting with ourselves first. If we share the lessons we learn with others and they share them, too, the world will be a better place.

“ENCORE! The Music of Our Times.” (4th & 5th Grade)

Five Decades of Rock ‘n’ Roll Gold

This dazzling choral medley is a nostalgic tip of the hat to the great songwriters and artists that brought America’s music to the entire world. This show features the most memorable tunes of pop history.

 Get ready to celebrate a tribute to the past. Encore!


 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

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

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.


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 dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. 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 (hand-delivery 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 4th will 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.


MOVING???

If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact Jackson Elementary School office at 608-743-6506 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.

 


Schoolwide Title I Program Notice

As a school with a low-income rate of 88.69%, Jackson School receives federal Title I funds to support the learning of all students through a Schoolwide Title I Program. Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to ensure all students, including those most in need, are positioned to meet the state's challenging academic standards. Schoolwide Title I schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in student achievement, develop strategies and actions steps to address how the goals identified will be achieved, and evaluates and updates the plan as needed.

Schoolwide Title I schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title I planning and evaluation process as well as provide opportunities for parents and families to engage in supporting their child’s education. Copies of the Schoolwide Title I Plan and the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy are available upon request. Please contact the school secretary at 608-743-6506 or tberlin@janesville.k12.wi.us to request a copy.


School District of Janesville CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES

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 personnel); 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

February/March 2019

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 fieldtrips for our students throughout the school year. PTA will be hosting a Valentine’s Parent Child Dance for Jackson students on Friday, February 8th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Scoopie Night is scheduled for Wednesday, February 27th 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, March 1st this is a Teacher Work Day. Also, No School on Wednesday, March 6th, Thursday, March 7th, and Friday, March 8th. We have Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, March 6th and Thursday, March 7th. 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.

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

SCOOPIE NIGHTS 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 SCHOOL on the following days:

Friday, March 1st 2019

Wednesday, March 6th 2019

Thursday, March 7th 2019 (Parent/Teacher Conference) Friday, March 8th 2019 

 


Jackson Learning Commons

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 27th, and it will be set up for conferences the following week. The book fair will be open Wednesday, March 6 from 4:00 -7:30 pm and then on Thursday, March 7th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Thanks in advance for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair. Your purchases help supports our school and allows me to purchase books, STEAM activities, robotics, etc. for our library that our students can enjoy and learn from.

STEAM activities that have been happening in the LMC. Our 5th grade students STEAM activities extended to the art room. Students in 5th used their collaboration skills and drawing skills to make create a 3D sculpture. The drawing was converted to a 3D file and then printed on our 3D printer. Students in K-5 used their coding skills to program our Dash and Dot robots. They used Blocky programming to write the code. The younger grades programmed them using a series of sequencing challenge cards, while the upper grades created their own blocks of code. Students have also used the Osmo app to sharpen their math and reading skills. Our 3-5 students will be learning some multimedia skills which will include taking pictures and making short videos. 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.

Skyping February I have been working on getting free author skypes for this month. Our 4th grade students skyped with the author, Janet Johnson on February 1st. She wrote the series PBJ Society. On February 5th, the 5th grade students will skype with author Carole Dagg. She wrote Sweet Home Alaska, a historical fiction book. I am trying to connect with more authors for our other grade levels. This month, some students will be doing a Mystery Number Skype with classrooms across our district. This is a fun activity and a way for our students to talk to other students in other buildings via Skype or Google Hangouts.

After School STEAM Clubs After School STEAM Clubs are starting this month, February, for our 3-5 students. The clubs include Lego Robotics, Coding Club, STEAM Variety, iMovie, and Stop Motion Animation. We have 60 students signed up. The clubs will meet February 4,11,12,18,19, and 25th. We will begin after school clubs for students in 1st – 2nd grade in March. The clubs will meet for 6 sessions Mondays and Tuesday from March 11-26th. Sign up information for those clubs will come at the end of February. ~Mrs. Marshall


Academic Learning Coach Greetings,

wonderful learning opportunities are continuing to happen at Jackson School! One of the ways we measure that 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 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. Mrs. Feeney, Academic Learning Coach (608-743-6526)

Social Workers/Guidance

February and March are big months for the social work 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 your 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. Bush

Early Childhood

With winter in full swing we are always looking for ways to keep kids active and burn some energy. Here are a few activities you can try at home to get your family moving! 1. Designate an indoor action spot. If you have room, set aside a portion of your basement or family room for active play. Put up an indoor basketball hoop, tape a hopscotch outline to the floor, or make a track for ride-on toys. 2. Move every day. Dancing, housework, and climbing stairs all help you stay fit and don't require extra room or gear. Have your child dance along to a workout tape or just some awesome tunes, or blast some music and parade through the house playing follow the leader. Just wear socks and pretend to ice skate to music on wood, linoleum, or tile floors. 3. Indoor “snowball” games. Use tape to create a “spider web” in a door frame. Use recycled newspapers to crumple up into balls. Then stand on the side of the tape that is sticky and throw the balls at the tape. See how many you can get to stick. Or you could simply crumple paper and practice throwing into a basket. ~Mrs. Lampher 

P4J

In February, we will be studying about Dental Health and celebrating Valentine’s Day with many heart projects. We will exchange valentine cards, so stay tuned for more information about this event. The children are working on their counting skills and learning the numbers 1-10. We continue to work on getting dressed for outside independently including putting boots on, zipping our coats and putting gloves or mittens on. We will continue introducing new letters and numbers, so be sure to play some of the games that will be sent home at conference time for some fun practice. We look forward to meeting with everyone at our next Parent/Teacher Conferences coming up in March. Happy Winter to you and your families, ~Mrs. Dravus and Mrs. Milbrandt

Kindergarten

We will be having many celebrations in February and March including: 100th day of school, Valentine’s Day, Martin Luther King 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 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! Sincerely, Mrs. Ransom, Mrs. Schaar & Mrs. Shere

First Grade

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 28th. 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 are planning a trip to the hospital March 25, 2019 as our previous one had to be rescheduled. Science/ Social Studies/ and Health topics include Light and Sound, Staying Healthy and Economics. Thanks again for all your support from home. Please contact us at school with any concerns. Stay Warm and Happy 2019. ~Miss. Ernest, Mrs. Masterson and Mrs. Mentink

Second Grade

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, we will be covering data, time, and shapes in math, earth materials in science, and landforms in social studies. 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 testing that comes in third grade. Knowing their math facts will be vital to working through the math portion of the testing process. 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, & Mrs. Sweeney

Third Grade

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, Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. Dunmore

Fourth Grade

Currently in reading, we are practicing comparing and contrasting ideas in various texts. In math, the students have jumped into geometry and are finding new ways to solve problems. During a new unit in science, the students are about to plan and carry out investigations as well as design solutions that demonstrate and use energy transfer. In social studies, students are learning more about the state we live in by collaborating to complete an online Wisconsin scavenger hunt. In language arts, we are busy planning and writing an opinion essay. ~Ms. Smith & Mrs. Gilligan

Fifth Grade

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 informative paper. The students chose a national park to write about and we look forward to reading their work and seeing the progress being made. Social study classes are just beginning to study the American Revolution while our science classes continue to work on the states of matter. Mr. Ries’ math classes wrapped up their unit on decimals and working with money and will now turn our attention to using the order of operations (PEMDAS) to solve math equations. The students are preparing 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 fieldtrip on March 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 & Mrs. Vazquez

Title 1

This is an exciting time of year for Title I. We are co-teaching in the mornings and working with small groups of learners throughout the day. We are also helping to administer the STAR test that the students take three times a year. It is wonderful to see students’ progress! We look forward to a wonderful second half of the school year. ~Ms. Swanson & Mrs. Bynum

English Language Department

In December and 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. Also, the EL Team will host another “EL Family Fun BINGO Night” in the near future, so watch for details in a letter that will be sent home with your child! 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. Demet & Mrs. Dries

TAG

Both TAG advocates are currently working with classroom teachers to help identify students as talented or gifted for next year. This is a process that we work on each spring. The team works together to decide the areas where students may need to be challenged further. If your child is identified as gifted and talented for next year you will receive the specific areas and the services being offered here at Jackson. Mrs. Feeney and Mrs. Combs-Dement continue to work on enriching students in grades P4J -5th. Such activities as guided reading groups, enrichment packets, logic centers are currently being offered. ~Mrs. Feeney & Mrs. Combs-Dement

Art

This month we have some exciting things happening! Students in 3rd through 5th grade are learning all about the continent of Africa! Students in 3rd and 4th grade are studying African masks, how Kente cloth is made and they are making art based on animals that live on the African Savannah! Students in 5th grade are learning all about the art of Ancient Egypt! They are learning how to write their name in Egyptian Hieroglyphics and will be creating their own Egypt inspired artwork! They are making amazing things in art and will be starting to put together digital art portfolios on their Chromebooks soon! If your student is in these grades, ask them about what they are making in art class! Artfully yours, ~Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Hausknecht

Physical Education Students

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 min workout. A short dance and rhythms unit will follow allowing the students to show off many of their dance moves. Students will learn many of the social dances. 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

Music

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 the 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! ~ Mrs. Riley


Valentines Dance

Friday, February 8th

5 - 7 PM

The PTA is sponsoring a Spring Date Night Dance, this will be a date night for your child(ren) and a special adult(s) who makes a difference in their life.  Jose Massas will be the DJ to help us dance the night away.  Refreshments will be served a and a photos will be taken to keep this memory special.  You can dress up or come in casual attire.

 


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

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.

 


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 dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. 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 (hand-delivery 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. 


MOVING???

If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact Jackson Elementary School office at 608-743-6506 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.

 


Schoolwide Title I Program Notice

As a school with a low-income rate of 88.69%, Jackson School receives federal Title I funds to support the learning of all students through a Schoolwide Title I Program. Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to ensure all students, including those most in need, are positioned to meet the state's challenging academic standards. Schoolwide Title I schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in student achievement, develop strategies and actions steps to address how the goals identified will be achieved, and evaluates and updates the plan as needed.

Schoolwide Title I schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title I planning and evaluation process as well as provide opportunities for parents and families to engage in supporting their child’s education. Copies of the Schoolwide Title I Plan and the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy are available upon request. Please contact the school secretary at 608-743-6506 or tberlin@janesville.k12.wi.us to request a copy.


CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES

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 personnel); 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

April/May 2019

The Jackson Jotter

Dear Parents, Guardians and Friends of Jackson,

Spring is in the air, and so is learning and fun here at Jackson School! April and May will be very busy months for our students, so please make sure that you take a minute to write down all of the important dates because I don’t want you to miss out on anything! Our calendar can be found on our website under the “Calendar” tab along the top, but I’d like to take this opportunity to mention a few upcoming events.

April 24th will be our final Scoopie Night at the Center Avenue Culver’s. Jackson receives 20% of all restaurant and drive-thru sales from 4-8 p.m., so I hope your family will be able to attend. We also will be collecting Box Tops for Education. Please send these in with your child as we appreciate your support.

April 25th is the day of our kindergarten parent orientation meeting. The kindergarten parent meeting will be held from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. Please note that there will be regular kindergarten for our current kindergarten students on this day. If you know of any children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1st, please let them know to enroll their child at the ESC on 527 S. Franklin St. as soon as possible so that we can add them to our list here at Jackson.

Friday, May 31st will be our annual school picnic. An invitation will come home with your child soon, but please note that this is a pre-order event. If you want to eat school lunch with your child that day, you must pre-order. This is to ensure that we have enough food on hand for everyone who wants to eat.

May 21st is the Annual 5th grade Track Meet and May 22nd is the Annual 4th grade Track Meet held at Monterey Stadium in Janesville. The make-up rain date is May 23rd. Jackson School will be participating in the afternoon sessions on both dates. We will keep you posted with more information, as we get closer to the dates.

Our school parent survey results are in. Thank you for supporting our school. Jackson scores are excellent! I am delighted to share that our overall results are 4.45 / 5-point scale. The highest rated survey statement at a 4.58 / 5 was: “My family is treated with respect at this school.” We are honored to have your child at our school and truly appreciate all of you as parents and caregivers. Thank you for sharing the many positive comments complimenting many of our awesome Jackson staff members.

Thank you for supporting your child and our school. As always, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or me with any questions, compliments, or concerns. I always look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely, ~Mrs. Moisson Jackson Elementary School Principal


Scoopie Nights

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!

Wednesday, April 24


Important Dates:

April 10th P4J Student NO SCHOOL

April 15th to April 19th NO SCHOOL SPRING BREAK

April 22nd & May 24th

ARE NOW SCHOOL DAYS SNOW MAKE UP DAYS

May 27th Memorial Day

May 31st SCHOOL PICNIC

JUNE 11th LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


Jackson Learning Commons

Book Fair

Thank you for supporting our Jackson Scholastic Book Fair during conferences. We had a successful sale, selling $3,000 worth of books. Our school, in return, gets 25% back in cash. This totals $774.00 that we can use to purchase more books or other things like STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) materials for our students to use. I ordered 3Doodler Pen sets to create 3D designs. We will have 12 of them! I also ordered Squishy Circuits and 3 different 4D Flashcards that we can use with our virtual reality viewers and apps.

Skyping with Authors

Our 4th grade students Skyped with Janet Johnson the author of The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society and our 5th grade students skyped with Carole Dagg author of Sweet Home Alaska. These were great opportunities for the students to meet a real author and to hear how important it is to read and write in school. Both authors gave great examples of how to persevere explaining that it took them many rewrites before they got their books published.

STEAM Activities

Students in the primary grades have been exploring and coding using MeeperBots, Ozobots, Dash and Dot. The 3-5 students have been learning about Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality as well as coding robots. They are also showing their knowledge by learning academic concepts such as rounding through the program BrainPop and then creating a movie in BrainPop to demonstrate their learning.

Library News

As we approach the end of the year, please be on the lookout for any lost library books. Even if the book has been lost for a while, please return it. We love our books! If your child lost a book, we’d love for you to replace it. You can do this by purchasing a book at a local store or by ordering it from Amazon. We prefer hard covered books as they are more durable, however, some titles are not available in hard covered format. In addition, if the exact title is not available, a similar book would be greatly accepted. Thanks for all you do to support your children and Jackson School. ~Mrs. Marshall

After School STEAM Clubs

In February we held After School STEAM Clubs for our upper elementary students grades 3-5. We had over 60 students participate and they had 5 different clubs to choose from. After School STEAM Clubs for 1st and 2nd graders began March 11th and ended March 26th. The students rotated between 5 teachers getting a vast variety of experiences: Dash Robots, Splats, Meeperbots, Engineering Catapults & Most Magnificent Thing Creation. Thank you for allowing your children to learn and grow even more during these special after school activities. Our Five STEAM Clubs Lego Robotics!: Students in this club are learning to program EV3 robots to complete challenges on the Lego Board. STEAM Variety: Students in this club are experiencing a variety of STEAM related activities such as, Bloxels, Movie Making, Virtual Reality, LittleBits and Lego WeDo 2.0. Coding Club: Students in this club are developing their programming skills through a variety of coding programs such as CS First. Stop Motion Animation: Students in this club are learning how to animate objects so that they appear to move on their own creating a stop motion animation video. iMovie: Students in this club will learn the basics of creating an iMovie and how to use the Green Screen App

Academic Learning Coach

Greetings, it was wonderful to see so many families at conferences! Spring has arrived and this means the Wisconsin Students in grades 3 through 8 will be participating in the Forward WI Exam. The Forward Exam will be given in schools between March 18 and May 3, 2019. At Jackson School, the majority of students in grades 3, 4, & 5 will be testing before spring break. Students will be tested in the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts. Additionally, 4th grade students will be tested in Science and Social Studies. Students should be well rested, be encouraged to take the test seriously, and do the best that they can. Thank you for your support with this. If you have any questions, please contact me at 608-743-6526. Mrs. Feeney Academic Learning Coach Jackson Elementary School

Social Workers/Guidance

The school year is winding down and we have been working on so much!! As a school, we have worked on many character traits for PBIS throughout the school year such as Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Cooperation, Kindness, Perseverance and Self-Control. All grade levels will be finishing up their lessons in guidance on personal safety at school, in the community and at home. We will have a hiatus in guidance due to Forward Testing for 3-5 grades but we will pick back up towards the end of April. We will still be focusing on helping students problem solve on their own, and understanding the difference between an adult size problem (if someone is hurt) or a kid size problem (a problem that they will be able to solve on their own). Please let us know if you are in need of anything and we will do our best to help. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call. ~Mrs. Everhart and Mrs. Bush

Early Childhood

Early Childhood is ready for Spring! The season brings a variety of weather, new growth, and an opportunity to play outside, especially with longer days. Sometimes more daylight can cause sleep issues. It is important for children to have adequate quality sleep every night. Here are a few tips for helping your little one develops good sleeping habits. Remember, helping a child learn to sleep takes time and patience. 1) Set a regular bedtime for weekdays and weekends and try to keep the schedule consistent and predictable. 2) Design a pre-bedtime ritual that helps your child unwind. It should be 20-30 minutes long and include activities like book reading, listening to music. This should not include electronics as those keep the brain awake. 3) Don’t dwell on a bad night. There will be ups and downs through this process. Support the efforts of your child trying to go back to sleep and don’t complain at how difficult the night was. Praise and positive words will make more of an impact. Happy Sleeping! ~Mrs. Lampher

P4J

Spring Fever is upon us with the warmer weather making it important to maintain regular routines. For example, setting and maintaining a consistent bedtime is important because children are still learning and growing. So even though the longer days make it seem as though they are going to bed earlier, be sure to point out that bedtime is still the same, despite the fact that it may still be light outside. Reading stories before bed can be a very calming and relaxing time for both you and your child. Try to make it part of the regular routine. Many fun and exciting events are planned for P4J this spring! Mark your calendar for the following events: -April 15-19th Spring Break No School -Thursday, April 25th Kindergarten Orientation @ 4:00 -Saturday, April 27th Building Project @ Home Depot 9:30-11:30 -Thursday, May 22nd A Look into the Future @ Parker High School 6:30-7:30 -Wednesday, May 29th All Day Field Trip to Busy Barns 8:30-2:00 Have a safe and playful spring! ~The P4J Team

Kindergarten

We are excited that spring is here and so is the nice weather. We will be learning about spring, insects, and animals during April and May. During science we will be learning about seasons and weather. In math we will be counting objects to 20, adding and subtracting with numbers and no objects, subtraction stories, 3D shapes, writing numbers to 20, and counting to 100. In reading we will be learning to apply all of our phonemic awareness skills and sight words to be reading by a level 3 at the end of May. We will be showing reading comprehension skills by answering questions about characters in a story, the setting of the story, what the story was about, what the problem in the story is, and the solution of the story. In social studies we will be working on identifying land and water on a map. Please continue to practice sight words, reading, counting to 100, and addition and subtraction with your children at home. Sincerely, ~Mrs. Ransom, Mrs. Schaar & Mrs. Shere

First Grade

The countdown has begun!! Even though the end of the year is near, there is still a lot of learning to be done in our firstgrade classrooms! We have just begun our exciting science unit on Earth and Space. In math we are working on many skills: addition, subtraction, 2D and 3D shapes, telling time, measuring and reading and recording data on various types of graphs. Our final STAR testing will happen in May, we are sure you will be amazed by the growth your children have shown this year!! Enjoy your spring break! Hopefully the weather will be great and our little friends will be able to get out and enjoy some awesome weather. We will all come back refreshed and ready to wrap up our amazing 2018-19 school year. As always, we appreciate all your support. Thank you for listening to your child read and reviewing math facts and skills with them at home. Miss. Ernest, Miss. Riesterer & Mrs. Masterson 

Second Grade

How quickly the year is going! Your students are almost third graders!!! We continue to work on reading (keep reading at home!) and math (keep working on those facts!). In science we are learning about the Earth’s surfaces and in social studies we are learning about different landforms. In May, we will be taking our final round of STAR testing and we are excited to see how the students grew throughout the year. Second grade is looking forward to our spring field trips. We are planning a trip to JSOL and the Discovery Center in Rockford. Please watch for more information on these upcoming events. As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us. ~Mrs. Moyle, Mrs. Sweeney & Miss Peterson

Third Grade

Third grade is gearing up for some exciting learning this spring. In reading, we will be focusing on comprehension of both fiction and nonfiction texts, including folktales, myths, and biographies. In writing, our focus will be on informational writing. We will also be working on test taking strategies to prepare for the Forward Wisconsin test, which will take place in March and April. In math, we will be moving into geometry, measurement, graphs, area, and perimeter while continuing our work on multiplication and division. In science, we will be learning about weather, climate, and changes in ecosystems. In social studies we will be learning about the history of the city of Janesville. We are planning a field trip that includes a tour of some the historic sites of Janesville. Please continue to have your child read, practice basic math facts, and do their homework daily to both help with learning and prepare them for 4th grade expectations. Mrs. Dunmore, Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. Janssen

Fourth Grade

Thank you for the wonderful turnout at conferences! We enjoyed seeing all of you again. The fourth grade has been reading, analyzing, and writing about a variety of genres. We are strengthening our skills of responding to questions in written form. Ms. Smith and Mrs. Gilligan would like to remind students to read at least 20 minutes every night. In math, students have been working with fractions; adding, subtracting, and simplifying. We are building our stamina by practicing “real world” multi-step word problems. In Social Studies, students have been learning about immigrants, famous people from Wisconsin, and their impact on history. In Science, students are about to begin learning about weathering and erosion. We are looking forward to constructing a model of a stream and analyzing the effects of a flood. We will further our study by visiting the Janesville Schools Outdoor Lab in May. Fourth Grade has been busy preparing for the Forward Wisconsin exam. To help your child be successful during testing please make sure your child gets a good night sleep, has a healthy breakfast, and attends school regularly. ~Mrs. Gilligan & Ms. Smith

Fifth Grade

It is hard to believe that we are into the final trimester of the school year, but before we close the doors on Jackson, there is much more learning that needs to be done. Mr. Ries’ social studies and Mrs. Vazquez’s reading classes are moving West with the pioneers and that will be followed by the Civil War. We will be traveling to Midway Village in Rockford for a field trip on Wednesday, May 1, to get a better understanding of life during the Civil War. Mrs. Vazquez’s science classes are studying the interaction of earth’s major systems. Both language classes will also be doing opinion reports at the end of April. There are many activities planned for April, May and June so make sure you check your child’s assignment notebook and read any notes that come home. Fieldtrips, fifth grade events, and other school activities will have informational notes coming home with dates and other information. On a final note, the days are getting longer and warmer as we move through spring. During this time student motivation and responsibility tend disappear like the winter snow. We still need to be working. Assignment notebooks always need to be checked and we encourage you to remain active in your child’s learning. Thank you for your continual support. ~Mrs. Vazquez & Mr. Ries

Title 1

As this fun and exciting school year progresses, Title I teachers are busy around the school. We are co-teaching in reading classes, testing to find students’ reading levels, and working with small groups in reading. It is exciting to see students grow and learn. We look forward to a wonderful third trimester with our learners! ~Ms. Swanson & Mrs. Bynum

English Language Department

ACCESS TEST REPORTS: As spring arrives, so do the ACCESS scores for ELL/Bilingual students who completed the online test in February. Parents will soon be receiving each child’s: • 2019 ACCESS Parent Report (summary of your child’s English proficiency) • 2019-20 ELL Placement Recommendation form (services overview) • 2019-20 Individual Report Plan (outline of services) Parents must accept ELL services for the 2019-20 school year by checking the appropriate box on the “ELL Placement Recommendation” form and returning this one signed form to school. Returning the “ELL Placement Recommendation” form ensures that your child will continue to receive ELL/bilingual support during the 2019-20 school year. ~Mrs. Combs-Dement, Ms. Dries & Ms. Demet 

Talented and Gifted

Both TAG advocates are currently working with classroom teachers to help identify students as talented or gifted for next year. This is a process that we work on each spring. The team works together to decide the areas where students may need to be challenged further. If your child is identified as gifted and talented for next year, you will receive the specific areas and the services being offered here at Jackson. ~Mrs. Dement & Mrs. Feeney

Art

Exciting things continue to happen in art this year! Our art news for the month focuses on third grade! The third graders will be very busy this trimester! Each student in third grade will help Mrs. Ward choose a piece of art to put on display in our 3rd grade art gallery. We are also using technology in art! The third graders have been using their Chromebooks in art class to create a Digital Art Portfolio! Each third grader has learned how to photograph their art, insert it into a google slide presentation and then write about their art. Some students have also created videos about their art. Mrs. Ward will work with the classroom teachers to share these presentations with student families before the end of the school year. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Ward or Mrs. 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 cward@janesville.k12.wi.us. Mrs. Hausknecht’s email is kelly.hausknecht@janesville.k12.wi.us. Artfully yours, ~Mrs. Ward & Mrs. Hausknecht

Physical Education

Spring is finally here. Here at Jackson students will be working on some cup stacking. This is a fast-paced activity that student will learn to think ahead to the next move as well as mater fine motor skills. Even our younger grades will be enjoying activities using larger objects to stack. As the grass turns green and the air warms, it reminds us to start getting ready for all city track meet. The fourth and Fifth grades will be practicing their skills to compete with other schools in the city at this big event. The Fifth grade will be at Monterey stadium on May 21st and the fourth grades will be on May 22nd both grades will compete in the afternoon. More details will be sent home with your student. Spring time also brings us to Americas past time, that’s right Baseball. Students will work on throwing, catching and batting skills. As they develop and fine tune their skills, they will enjoy many games to utilize their skills and show sportsmanship while working with others. I hope that the change in weather allows you to spend more time outside with your Jackson Tigers. ~Mr. DuVall

Music

The wonderful sounds of Spring are now upon us! The music classroom will be filled with lots of wonderful sounds during this last trimester, learning and building on our musical concepts. In April, all students are learning to play the Ukulele while we work on reading rhythms and music from our Quaver Music curriculum. In March, we celebrated MIOSM (Music in our Schools Month)! Also in March, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students learned many songs on the recorder. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students will continue to develop their rhythm and steady beat skills playing instruments, singing, and using movement. In music class we will be writing more musical rhythms and working on accompanying songs on a variety of instruments: Orff Xylophones, Boomwhackers, rhythm instruments, piano keyboards, and Ukuleles. We will be using staff paper, quavermusic.com, and GarageBand for iPad to write music compositions. All students have access to the music interactives at the website quavermusic.com. Students log into the Quaver site through their ClassLink. There is SO MUCH to explore at this website! We encourage you to check it out at home or library! I am very proud of our students’ hard work, enthusiasm, and growth in music skills this year. Sing in the Spring!!! ~Mrs. Riley (:


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES

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.

 


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 dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. 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 (hand-delivery 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. 


MOVING???

If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact Jackson Elementary School office at 608-743-6506 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.

 


Schoolwide Title I Program Notice

As a school with a low-income rate of 88.69%, Jackson School receives federal Title I funds to support the learning of all students through a Schoolwide Title I Program. Schoolwide programs serve all children in a school. All staff, resources, and classes are part of the overall schoolwide program. The purpose is to ensure all students, including those most in need, are positioned to meet the state's challenging academic standards. Schoolwide Title I schools annually complete a needs assessment to identify the school’s strengths and areas for improvement in student achievement, develop strategies and actions steps to address how the goals identified will be achieved, and evaluates and updates the plan as needed.

Schoolwide Title I schools are required to engage parents and families in the Title I planning and evaluation process as well as provide opportunities for parents and families to engage in supporting their child’s education. Copies of the Schoolwide Title I Plan and the Title I Parent and Family Engagement Policy are available upon request. Please contact the school secretary at 608-743-6506 or tberlin@janesville.k12.wi.us to request a copy.


CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES

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 personnel); 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


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Monday, April 8 Summer School Enrollment Begins
  • Wednesday, April 10 NO P4J CLASSES
  • Friday, April 12 Spring Picture Day
  • April 15 – 19 Spring Break
  • Monday, April 22 School in Session – Make-Up Snow Day
  • Wednesday, April 24 Scoopie Night-W. Side Culvers 4-8pm
  • Thursday, April 25 KG Orientation 4 – 5 pm
  • Friday April 26 Popcorn Day 25 cents/bag
  • Tuesday, April 30 PTA Meeting 4:15-5:45 pm in LMC
  • Wednesday, May 1 5th to Midway Village
  • Thursday, May 2 3rd to BTC 8:45-11:45am 2nd to JSOL 11am-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 8 P4J Nursery Rhymes
  • Wednesday, May 15 NO P4J CLASSES
  • Friday, May 17 Popcorn Day 25 cents /bag
  • Wednesday, May 21 5th Grade Track Meet @ Monterey Stadium
  • Thursday, May 22 4th Grade Track Meet @ Monterey Stadium
  • Friday, May 23 Track Meet Rain Date- if needed
  • Friday, May 24 SCHOOL IN SESSION – Make-Up Snow Day
  • Monday, May 27 NO SCHOOL-MEMORIAL DAY
  • Wednesday, May 29 P4J Classes to Busy Barns 8:30am-1:15pm
  • Thursday, May 30 2nd to Discovery Center/Rockford 8:45am-2:30pm 3rd - Tour of Janesville 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Friday, May 31 ALL SCHOOL FAMILY PICNIC-follow lunch schedule by grade
  • Friday, June 7 NO P4J CLASSES KG to Madison Zoo 8:30am-2:30pm (Sack lunch needed)
  • Tuesday, June 11 Last Day of Classes