BB & T Bank and the U.S. Coast Guard Computer Operations Systems recognized thirteen "trustworthy" students at our assembly. The following students were given dollar coins, certificates and ribbons: GAGE MACINTOSH, PATRICK WILSON, STERLING HOFFMASTER, HUNTER BUSH, DOUGLAS BARRETT, LEIGHLON ROPER, AVA CRAWFORD, CATELYNIA REECE, KHALI MCDANIEL, MCKENZIE HERBERT, SKYLARE FELLERS, SHAYLEE SWARTZ, AND SAM SWARTZ. CATELYNIA REECE received a plaque and special pin from the Coast Ensign Easter and Chief Petty Officer, 1st Class Wallin as the winner. Uriel Talavera, last month's winner, seems to be interested in this event! Congratulations to all!!! Thank you Coast Guard and BB & T Bank.
The students in Mrs. Washington's class with the help of Mrs. Caffrey and Mrs. Humbertson not only studied metric units but put their learning into practice by stirring up some scrumptious recipes! (At least they smelled very good especially the nutmeg!) FUN LEARNING!
Famous people, including Mr. Patrick Blanc, Mrs. Rita Bostic, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Mills, Mr. Massimino, Ms. Jane Tarner, and Mrs. Eileen Davis could be seen today reading Dr. Seuss books to various classes. Brave Mr. Blanc took on Pre-K. Mr. Massimino and Ms. Tarner read to Kindergarten and Third Grade. Mr. Dan Mills and Mrs. Bostic read to First and Fourth Grade. Mrs. Mills, the counselor, dressed in full costume and read to Second and Fifth Grade and finally, our beloved, retired, school counselor read to Second and Fifth Grade. Thank you celebrities for sharing your time and talents with us today in honor of Dr. Seuss.
Band director, Chad Conant, brought her band students to play for our students on February 23. This is always such an honor for our school! It's also nice to see our former students in the SMS Band. Ms. Conant talked about the various instruments played in the band. She encouraged everyone to play an instrument! Thanks Shepherdstown Middle! We look forward to your performance every year.
"Storm Trooper" came to visit the fourth and fifth graders recently. With Nurse Suzy Joran's help, "Storm" talked about the dangers of cigarette smoking. Students are making commercials, working on art posters and writing about the dangers of smoking cigarettes as a part of the "Tar Wars" program.
Dr. Joanna S. Luciano Parker, DDS, PLLC, visited our school on Friday, February 19, 2016 to give free dental hygiene items to all of our students and staff members. Dr. Parker talked to students about improving their smiles. Thank you so much for thinking of us again this year. Also, thank you Nurse Suzy for getting Dr. Parker to come to our school.
Howard Burns presented a "Sage Scholars Tuition Rewards" check to North Jefferson representating individual student points for our recent fundraiser. Students who sold over $250 received a certificate for 2500 tuition rewards points and students selling $100 or more earned 1000 points. These points can be applied to lower certain costs at 340 private colleges and universities across America. Additional points can be earned each year. The students are: Hannah Hall, Blake Kutcher, Karcallia Kennedy, Ronald Jenkins, Rodney Porter, Daniel Stuck, Jason Gamber, Grace Lochner, and Patrick Wilson.
The following students participated in the Math Field Day event at Wright Denny Intermediate on Tuesday, February 2, 2016:
Hunter Deshesky, Ethan Fechner, Trinity Jeffries, Kayleigh Duncan, Daveon Lane, Michael Swartz, Mary Veselovskiy, Joshua Herrington, Alyssa Dinges, Cole Lewis, Patrick Wilson, and Olivia Turpin. Thank you Ms. Taylor Parrish and Mrs. Pat Washington for working with the students. We are so proud of our MATH STARS!!!!
December 22, 2015, Joey Long, longtime school dog at North Jefferson Elementary, passed away at the home of his owner, Ms. Lisa Long, second grade teacher at our school. Joey spent thirteen birthdays at our school. He played with many children, enjoyed lots of good treats with staff members, and maintained his composure even when being threatened to leave the cafeteria. Joey was a faithful friend, companion, and "star" at North Jefferson. He will be greatly missed by all. In his honor, our school will hold a two week fundraiser for the Jefferson County Animal Welfare Society beginning January 4, 2016. If you would like to contribute pet supplies or funds, please contact the school. You can also find a list of suggested items on the animal welfare website at www.awsjc.org . Joey has left us but he will never be forgotten.
Our school was truly "showered" with gifts of support for this time of the year. The Coast Guard again provided gifts for entire families of our school. Special thanks to Jennifer Mills, Gigi Anderson, and Connie Champion from the Coast Guard for coordinating this event. Our families are very grateful.