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Jefferson Students "Give Big" with a Purpose

Mrs. Simcoe's 5th grade class, along with the Jefferson Boys and Girls Basketball teams and cheerleaders, surprised and blessed Mrs. Andrew (1st grade teacher) on Friday, December 19th, 2014, with $5000+ toward her family's ongoing adoption efforts, which are focused on getting the Andrews' two Haitian children, Ben and Lucy, home to Indiana. The students voluntarily collected donations, as well as pledges for free throws, along with receiving a matching gift of $1500 from an anonymous donor. The children themselves raised $ one week!

All who witnessed the event were humbled to see Jefferson students living WCS’s mission of “enriching the lives of others,” especially at Christmastime, when so much of a child’s focus can be on “gift-receiving.” The students were genuinely excited to help the Andrew family in this tangible way.


January 2015 Newsletter Article

As we approach Christmas break, I have continued a longstanding “principal’s tradition” of reading Christmas stories to each of the classes. This has been an amazing experience to have the chance to spend time with every student in the building. We have talked about the importance of the holiday season, and how it is important to be giving and to spend time with our loved ones. As we prepare to depart for Christmas break, I hope you all will take the time to not only recharge your batteries, but also to spend time together as a family.

As we return for the New Year, the time from January through Spring Break is our largest chunk of learning that’s not interrupted by a major break. The Jefferson Staff is working hard to use our winter assessment data, whether that is Acuity, AIMSweb, or report-card testing, to drive instruction as we prepare for our state assessments. There are two ways you can help. First, please make sure your child is in school each day s/he is healthy enough to do so. Second, take advantage of the power of reading at home. This is an amazing way to spend time together as a family. One way to strengthen learning is to talk about what’s happening in the books being read. Together, we can continue forward with our mission of inspiring and equipping our students!


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.

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