On September 1, 2015 the Obama Administration launched the National "Every Kid in a Park" initiative which provides an opportunity for one million fourth grade students and their families across the nation, especially those children from low income areas, the opportunity to visit and enjoy America's National Parks and other Federal lands free for a full year. This initiative helps celebrate the 100th anniversary celebration of the National Park Service on August 25, 2016. Each fourth grader at North Jefferson, regardless of income, received a free admission pass today for any National Park or other federal lands and waters in the United States for a full year until August 31, 2016. The students shook hands with Stan McGee, Park Ranger, from the Harpers Ferry National Park, Mrs. Jenkins, Principal at North Jefferson, and Jon and Rose Ann Smythe, volunteers for the Shenandoah National Park. Dr. Gibson, Superintendent of Jefferson County School attended this program as well and gave encouraging words of support to the students, parents, staff, and other officials present. Clark Dixon, retired Park Ranger, spearheaded this effort with the help of Jon and Rose Ann Smythe. On November 12, the fourth graders will be traveling to the Shenandoah National Park. A coach bus has been donated through a grant for this endeavor. This was a very exciting day at our school!
What fun our PreK students had visiting the BOE office today. The students received loads of instructional materials and some very nice treats. Thank you for inviting our school to come.
Lot of fun activities this past week which included: Crazy Sock Day, "Be Your Best Self Dress Up Day", School Community Red Chain Day, Wear Your Shirt Backwards Day and Wear Red Day. Thanks Mrs. Mills for a wonderful week.
We had our second assembly recently on bullying with Miss Lexi Openshaw-"Miss Black Diamond's Outstanding Teen 2015. Lexi has visited our school before. She talked to the students about bullying on the internet. Thank you Mrs. Mills for arranging this assembly! Our teachers attended a math workshop with Dr. Sandra Atkins at the same time. Dr. Atkins modeled quality questioning with students in the classroom after the assembly.
The link below can be used by the students, parents, and teachers to complete the school climate survey. Students in grades 3 through 5 will complete the survey in school with their teachers. If a child returned a "No Surveys" allowed form, he or she would not take the survey. This survey can be completed anytime through November 13. Please obtain passwords from your teacher or school administration.
October 15, 2015, the Rotary Club visited third and fifth grade students to give them reference materials. Every third grader received a free dictionary and all fifth graders were given a thesaurus reference book. Thank you Mr. Smith, Ms. Sponagle, and Ms. Mickey for coming today. We love the Rotary Club's motto of "SERVICE BEYOND SELF."
The following students received the first CHARACTER COUNTS award for RESPECT on October 8, 2015:
Ms. Beaty's class: ETHAN FECHNER (Ethan was also the overall winner selected by the Coast Guard.)
Ms. Parrish's class: KAYLEIGH DUNCAN
Mrs. Washington's class: DAVEON LANE
Mrs. Kidwiler's class: MIKAYLYN HAINES
Ms. Griffith's class: SKYE ROBINSON
Ms. Sinclair's class: NYASIA JACKSON
Ms. Long's class: JULIUS GUTIERREZ
Mrs. Robertson's class: BRAEDEN MCDONOUGH
Ms. Potts's class: KAILEY ROPER
Ms. Straley's class: SOPHIA CARRANO
Ms. Bradford's class: JASMINE WELKER
Ms. McVicar's class: DEVYN MILLER
Ms. Underwood's class: EMBRY HARMISON