Miss West Virginia Visits SJES
South Jefferson Elementary was thrilled to host Miss West Virginia, Chelsea Malone, as she visited our school and spoke with our students in grades 3-5. Miss Malone, who hails from Morgantown, talked about her experiences and struggles that she had in school, sang for our students and also held a question and answer session with them.
It was an exciting day for all of us!
Attention: Kindergarten Registration 2016
South Jefferson's Kindergarten Registration will be held on Thursday, April 7th at South Jefferson Elementary. Please help us spread the word in our community so that we can have an accurate number of future kindergarteners for the next school year. Please bring your child to registration along with an original state certified birth certificate (with the state seal, per WV state law), the child's social security card and proof of residency. Speech, language and hearing screenings will occur during this registration. The following are the times for registration:
9:00 - 10:30 Students with last names A-F
10:30 - 12:00 Students with last names G-L
1:00 - 2:00 Students with last names M-R
2:00 - 3:00 Students with last names S-Z
Mr. VanDoren is our Employee of the Month
We'd like to take this moment to congratulate Mr. VanDoren, custodian at South Jefferson Elementary, for being nominated as our Employee of the Month. Mr. VanDoren is always smiling, always willing to "pitch in" when needed and does an excellent job keeping our school in tip top shape! Congratulations, Mr. VanDoren!
First Grade Gives Back for the Holidays
How often do we get caught up in the "frenzy" of the holidays and forget what the spirit of Christmas is all about?? That's what the first grade team pondered as we approached Christmas. The team decided to "adopt" Willow Tree Manor, a local nursing home, for the holidays and set the plan in motion with our first grade students and their families. How awesome it was to see blankets, puzzles, games, slippers, socks, soaps and lotions being brought in to share with our treasured seniors!? Our students were so happy to watch their gifts multiply and truly got into the excitement of the venture. We thank our families for their donations, our teachers for the wonderful and caring idea and our students for their caring and beautiful hearts.
Mrs. Fincham's First Grade Class, Loving on the Blankets They've Gathered for Willow Tree Manor
Computer Programming Comes to SJES
We would like to take this opportunity to thank parent (and Loudoun Valley High School educator) Mr. Snyder for bringing computer programming to our students in grades three through five. Along with his students, Malcolm Miller, Sean Eagen and Matt Eberhart, Mr. Snyder spent the day working with our students on the computer programming basics. Add in a little Star Wars theme music, paired with the excellent hands on opportunity, and our students were HOOKED! It was a very productive and engaging day for our students and we are almost positive that there may be some future programmers walking around our school after this experience. Thank you, Mr. Snyder for giving of your time and sharing your passion with our students! We are very grateful!
Second Grade Team Wins Attendance Incentive
Congratulations to the 2nd grade team for winning the SJES Staff Attendance Incentive this month. The team had zero absences for the month of November. As part of our attendance initiative, we are asking our staff members to be excellent role models for our students and encouraging perfect attendance. Well done, Mrs. Prusha, Mrs. Rosa and Mrs. Allinger!
Our SJES Career Day Was a Huge Success
South Jefferson Elementary would like to thank our Career Day participants who shared their experiences with us during American Education Week. Our students learned about the value of math in EVERY job and also were given the task of brainstorming their own future career paths and what things they needed in place to achieve their career goals. The presenters were engaging and fun and our students talked about their visit for days afterward. We are grateful for the participants' time that day! Participants included Dr. Gibson, Mr. Ambroise, Mrs. Jenkins, Mr. McAteer, Mrs. Grove, Mr. Sudduth, Mr. DeSarno, Mr. Puller, Mr. Scafidi, Mrs. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. Jaspal, Mr. Espinosa, Mr. Brady, Dr. Wilt, Mr. Howard and Mr. Reddington.
"Rotary Reads" Program Comes to SJES
Shown in the picture: Marcus Allen, Lindsey Sprouse, Julie Fincham, Amari Webster, Ms. Orndorff and Ms. Anderson
South Jefferson Elementary was thrilled to receive a visit from Ms. Arlene Anderson and Ms. Tara Orndorff, both members of our local Rotary organizations. As part of the "Rotary Reads" program, Rotary members present dictionaries to 3rd graders and thesauri to 5th graders. The students were excited today to receive their very own dictionary or thesaurus. We appreciate the generosity of the Rotary Clubs of Charles Town and Shepherdstown.
Miss Mendzela's Kindergarten Class Welcomes Joy Lewis, Regional Representative for Governor Tomblin
What an awesome morning for Miss Mendzela's Kindergarten class---they welcomed Mrs. Joy Lewis, Regional Representative for Governor Tomblin, into their classroom to read and talk about the importance of fire safety. Mrs. Lewis brought pencils and fire hats to share with the class which was a huge hit with them, as you can imagine. We are very appreciative of Mrs. Lewis taking the time to come to South Jefferson and visiting with kindergarten.
Nature Is An Amazing Teacher
Have you ever had one of those moments, where everything just goes perfectly and things happen at JUST THE RIGHT TIME? We call that "a teachable moment" in our classrooms and that happened for Mrs. Noland's class. Her students had been learning about metamorphasis in class and, lo and behold, she found a chrysalis attached to a leaf on her farm and brought it into the classroom so that her students could see metamorphasis in action. The students were able to watch the chrysalis transform into a beautiful butterfly right before their eyes. The students researched the butterfly and found out that it was an "euptoieta claudia" species of butterfly. The students decided to name their new friend "Claudia". Mrs. Noland took the butterfly to her farm and released it back into nature, which was another wonderful lesson for her students about allowing our world's beautiful creatures to live wild and free. Whe Claudia was released, Mrs. Noland reported that she immediately began to fly south. We wish the best to Claudia and hope that she has an incredible journey!
The Chrysalis Beautiful Claudia, in all her glory