Recent visit to our school on September 16 by Sandy Sagalkin of the Monarch Alliance, a group interested in studying the Monarch butterfly, caused our students to want to form a Junior Monarch Alliance here at North Jefferson Elementary. Our junior group will do the following:
1. Monitor and maintain a butterfly garden here at North Jefferson. (IT'S ALREADY DONE!)
2. Serve a citizen scientists to note and record first sightings of Milkweek, the primary food of Monarch butterflies, as well as recording sightings of caterpillars, chrysalises and Monarchs. This information will be posted online.
3. Create a web page as a part of the Monarch Alliance page.
4. Serve as ambassadors n an effort to improve the Monarch butterfly habitat.
5. Study issues regarding decline in Monarch butterfly numbers.
6. Take on projects suggested by the Junior Monarch Alliance.
We had a whole school assembly with Mr. Sagalkin. He shared lots of information about butterflies in general but specifically he expounded on information regarding the Monarch butterfly. Dillon McGarrah, second grader, and his family brought in caterpillars, chrysalises in various stages, and live Monarch butterflies just recently emerging from the chrysalises. Come see our Monarch butterfly garden. It's located in the front of the school.
Doctors, lawyers, architects and nurses could be seen walking through the halls today, September 9 for Career Dress Up day. We had a few Rock Stars too!
The last week of school was filled with fun activities! PreK Graduation and the Title I picnic were held on May 26. Parents came out for the graduation and the picnic! Then several teachers including Ms. Potts, Ms. Robertson, Ms. Long had end of the year programs in their rooms. The best event ever was the Science Fair on June 1! Our fantastic judges spent a lot of time judging our projects. We'd also like to help the county support personnel who attended this event. Trooper Garrett visited our fifth grade students to remind them of good internet safety. The message he gave was well-received by the students and staff. Then there was Kindergarten Graduation and Fifth Grade Graduation. Again, few seats were available in our gymnasium. Congratulations to Uriel Talavera and Kayleigh Duncan, the Principal's Award winners for Kindergarten and Fifth Grade. We appreciate your support parents. Thanks Melissa for the great science shows from CRITTERS AND CONSERVATION. Our PTO organized and executed another great Field Day, the last day of school! The parents did everything including popcorn! We just couldn't get in our Fifth Grade Kickball game because of the rain. Wheeeeewwwwww!!!!
We say good-bye, farewell, and "Wish You the Best" to Ms. Dixon, Music and Mrs. McVicar, Kindergarten. We have enjoyed having you as a part of our family at NJES, "Home of the Stars."