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Jefferson Second Grade Classes Collect for Combined Community Services

Jefferson’s 2nd grade classes saw a need for “warmth” in our community and decided to hold a drive to collect mittens/gloves, scarves, hats, and pajamas during the month of December. Students gathered approximately 100 items for Combined Community Services, who in turn will enrich the lives of those in our community who need an extra boost to stay cozy during the winter cold.

Pictured are Jefferson’s 2nd grade classes with their teachers—Mrs. DeMuth, Mrs. Hotchkin, Mrs. Long, Mrs. Williamson—and Mr. Carter, principal (center).


Jefferson Spelling Bee

A whopping 68 5th and 6th grade students participated in this year’s Jefferson Spelling Bee, held on Tuesday, December 16, 2015. In the end, 6th grader Kaleb Harter emerged as the champ in the 6th round, spelling the winning words lozenge and churros. The runner-up was 5th grader Ali Sutter. The event was emceed by Miss Elizabeth Weiser.

Kaleb will participate in the county-wide Spelling Bee later this winter. Watch for details!

Congratulations to both Kaleb and Ali and to all who had the courage to participate. We are proud of each and every one!

(Pictured are Kaleb Harter, Miss Weiser, and Ali Sutter.)


Sixth Grade Scientists Make Discoveries

Mrs. Tharp’s sixth grade class at Jefferson Elementary investigated a “mystery object” by making observations and asking questions.  After they discussed their observations and wonderings in small groups, their objects were cut open to determine if anything was on the inside. Within one of their mystery objects was an insect!  Next, they found out that the mystery object was known as a gall, which is a growth on a plant, caused by insects, mites, bacteria, or fungi. Finally, they used a “dichotomous key” (a tool that allows the user to determine the identity of items in the natural world) to discern what type of gall they were investigating.

This inquiry-based activity introduced them to the next focus of science: types of symbiosis!

Pictured are Catherine Callejas, Madison Rife, and Sam Reynolds.


December 2014 Newsletter Article

Is it already December? While the temperatures outside certainly seem winter-like, it feels like only yesterday we were spending warm evenings outside until 9:00 at night.

There is an excitement in the air as we return from Thanksgiving and begin the anticipation of our Christmas vacation–a time to be with the ones we love, recharge our batteries, and let the realization sink in that the school year is halfway complete!

With the weather turning colder, there are several “cozy” opportunities to take advantage of at Jefferson. Family Ornament Night will take place on Thursday, December 4th, from 6:30-8:00pm. Please join us as a family to make Christmas ornaments together. Mrs. Steiner will also open up our Scholastic Book Fair for purchases. The Jefferson Student Council will be enriching the lives of others by collecting toys for “Toys for Tots.”  The Jefferson PTO will provide snacks for the occasion. Mark your calendars!

Another fantastic opportunity to beat the cold will take place on Tuesday, December 9th. The Warsaw Noon Optimists are sponsoring a Jefferson Skating Night at Eastlake Skate Center. The event takes place from 6:00-8:00pm. Students will skate for free.

Students in grades 3-6 will take the second round of Acuity testing during the first two weeks of December. These assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate all of the knowledge and skills they have learned so far in the first semester of the school year. The data will prove valuable to teachers in determining where to focus for the remainder of the school year.


Jefferson Sixth Graders Encourage the Troops

Mrs. McClellan’s sixth grade students are reaching out to our United States Military during the holiday season by sending them Christmas stockings full of goodies and encouraging notes.

This is the third year that Sandy McClellan has partnered with Jennifer Kauffman from Vein Institute and Medi Spa to brighten Christmas (or Halloween, in the past) for those serving our country overseas. Ms. Kauffman sponsored the class and provided all of the materials. The stockings were stuffed with the added touch of a personal note, written by sixth grade students from the class, and were then donated to “Treasures for Troops,” represented by Susan Manns. Mrs. Manns stated, “I picked up 20 stockings from them, which means 20 more deployed service members will be hearing from home this Christmas, thanks to these wonderful young men and women!”

Pictured with the sixth graders are (left to right) Mrs. Laura Garza (paraprofessional), Mrs. Susan Manns (director, Treasures for Troops), Mr. Kyle Carter (principal), Mrs. Sandy McClellan (sixth grade teacher), and Ms. Jennifer Kauffman (Vein Institute and Medi Spa).


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