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Jefferson Earns an "A" There is an excited buzz in the air at Jefferson Elementary.  The school has recently received their second straight “A” on the school report card. 

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"Jump Rope for Heart" is a Hopping Success

On March 18th and 19th, students at Jefferson Elementary participated in “Jump Rope for Heart” during their PE specials classes, raising more than $1,884 for the American Heart Association, which funds research, programs, and education to fight heart disease and stroke, our nation’s #1 and #4 killers.

“I’m so pleased with the success of this year’s event,” said Sandy Monce, Jump Rope for Heart coordinator and Jefferson PE teacher. “We all had a lot of fun, and the kids enjoyed learning about the importance of physical activity and how they can play a role in saving lives.”

“Jump Rope for Heart” is a program that promotes physical activity and heart health through jumping rope. It is co-sponsored by the American Heart Association and SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators).

Pictured: These sixth grade students enriched the lives of others by raising funds for the American Heart Association while inspiring their own dreams of living healthy lives.


K-9 Unit Visits Jefferson

Jefferson Elementary had some special visitors on Tuesday afternoon, March 31st. Warsaw Police Chief Scott Whitaker, father of Jefferson Spartans Mason, Jocelyn, and Addison, came to speak to some of our students. Chief Whitaker brought along the K-9 Unit to demonstrate how these working dogs serve our community. It was an exciting and informative presentation!

Photo: Students met Dax, a Belgian Malinois, and his handler, Officer Phil Reed.


April 2015 Newsletter

Spring Break

It is hard to believe Spring Break is already here. I am very proud of everyone’s hard work over the winter months. I want to take a moment to wish safe travels to all of the families leaving town over break. For those of you, like me, who do not have big travel plans, take advantage of the extra time you have with your family, and try to make a day or two special in some way. As you spend time together, I would encourage everyone to find ways to unplug: read together, play games together, enjoy the warmer (hopefully) weather together. Most importantly, I hope everyone enjoys the week off. The students have most certainly earned it!

The ISTEP Experience

Round 2 of ISTEP is quickly approaching. Questions will no longer simply be multiple choice. There are a variety of technology-enhanced items. To preview samples of what these questions look like, check out the “ISTEP Experience.” No usernames or passwords are required. Find it here:

Additional Info

In accordance with Indiana’s approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver, each elementary school must demonstrate adequate annual progress on the Annual State Assessment Proficiency (ISTEP+ and ECA) Goals. During the school year of 2013-2014, Jefferson Elementary School earned a grade letter of “A”; however, during that same year, as a Title I school, Jefferson did not meet Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) for eleven identified subgroups in the area of English and Math. Jefferson Elementary School is proud to announce that this targeted area has been addressed and that we continue to work for improved progress.

I thank you for your continued support of our Jefferson programs as we continue to revise and improve our instructional practices. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Cooper's Super Kindergartners

Mrs. Cooper’s kindergarten class at Jefferson Elementary celebrated the students who have learned all of their Kindergarten “Power Words” so far. These students received a “Power Word Super Star” certificate.


The Wonderful World of Worms

Jefferson’s first grade classes had a very special visitor this week. Mrs. Sarah Fruit from KC Recycling taught students that worms can be used for composting as a way to “recycle” food! Mrs. Fruit explained how worms move, live, and how they help the soil. The first graders were given worms to observe and then had the opportunity to ask questions.

Each first-grade class now has a worm bin that is full of 50 new “class pets” that students can continue to observe throughout the year. Students also tried eating worms at the end of the lesson—gummy worms, that is!



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