South Jefferson Elementary School
4599 Summit Point Road
Charles Town, WV 25414
Richard Jenkins, Principal


  • SJE Engineering Club Attends Annual Pumpkin Drop Contest at WVU   
    The Fifth Grade Engineering Club traveled to Morgantown on Friday, October 24, 2014, for the 27th Annual WV Pumpkin Drop that is sponsored by WVU's engineering clubs. Many students from all over the state attend this annual engineering event.  For the first time, we are pleased to announce that one of the containers created by the students in our SJE Engineering Club was successful, with a ten inch in diameter pumpkin in a container surviving the drop from a twelve story building. Throughout the fall, the Engineering Club has met after school, learning about engineering principles and designing structures designed to withstand the fall from the building in Morgantown.   The Club members worked in teams, designing the perfect container for their pumpkin, using any material that they thought would help the pumpkin survive the fall.  The group that designed the winning structure won a pumpkin pie that was shared by all during lunch.
       After the Pumpkin Drop, Mr. Jenkins was able to arrange a tour of the Coliseum, the Hall of Memories, and the football stadium. He also purchased a t-shirt from the event for each member of the club.  (Thank you, Mr. Jenkins!)  The Engineering Club sponsors, Mrs. Grantham and Mrs. Dinges, would also like to thank Mrs. Jill Karagoz, Mr. Ron Creamer, and Mr. John Ballenger for serving as chaperones on the school bus and helping  to carry the containers up to the top of the engineering building. To the fifth graders, we hope you have enjoyed the thirteen weeks of projects and challenges. Thank you for coming to the after-school sessions. This will be the last event for the fifth grade club. The fourth grade engineering club will start in the spring. 
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  •  Mrs. Grantham named the STAR Employee of the Month at SJE
       Congratulations to Mrs. Grantham, fourth grade teacher at SJE.  She was nominated and selected as the STAR Employee of the Month for October because of her organization of the Agricultural Lab that visited South Jefferson recently.  Mrs. Grantham devoted many hours of her time to ensure that our students would be able to reap the benefits of this educational and fun event.  Your work and commitment to our students is much appreciated, Mrs. Grantham!  Thank you!
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  • Middleway Fire Company 6 Celebrates National Fire Prevention Month at SJES
         Did you know that October is National Fire Prevention Month?  Our younger students were introduced to members of the Middleway Volunteer Fire Company 6 as they taught them about the importance of fire safety, smoke detectors and fire prevention.  The students learned about the protective gear that our volunteer firefighters wear and were able to tour a fire truck and ambulance after the assembly.  Remember to check your smoke detectors regularly---a good rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your detectors when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.  Taking a moment to ensure your family's safety is most definitely a worthy investment of time.  Thank you to Company 6 for taking the time to educate us all about the importance of fire safety and prevention.  We appreciate your service!
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  • Washington High School FFA Chapter Brings"Food to America" Program to South Jefferson

       On October 2nd, the Washington High FFA Chapter, under the direction of Ms. Kaitlin Thorsell, conducted the "Food for America" program at South Jefferson. This program has been in existence for many years to educate young children about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives. The WHS FFA students, many of whom were former South Jefferson Elementary students, brought livestock and food displays to teach the students in Pre- K – 5th grade about the animals, agriculture and their impact on our students' food supply. It was a fun and educational day for everyone. South Jefferson wishes to thank the WHS FFA members and Ms. Thorsell for their hard work in preparing and conducting the visit.  Our students will never forget it.

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  • South Jefferson Elementary Celebrates "International Dot Day"
       As part of our yearlong theme study of the Arts, South Jefferson students and staff celebrated "International Dot Day" on September 15th, a day inspired by the story The Dot by Peter Reynolds.   The Dot tells the story of a caring teacher who reaches a reluctant student in a remarkably creative way. In Reynolds’ book, the teacher dares a very resistant Vashti to “make her mark.” Vashti’s breakthrough begins with a simple dot on a piece of paper. Encouraged by her teacher, she sets off on a journey of self-discovery, letting her creativity bloom and, ultimately, inspiring others. The story was shared with our students on the morning announcements and in our classrooms.  Then, each person in the building created their own special dot to be displayed in the hallway near our outdoor classroom.  If you get the opportunity to visit the school, you really need to see our creativity on display.  It's a beautiful thing.  What will you do today (and every day) to make YOUR mark on the world?
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  • STAR Employee of the Month
     Congratulations to Mrs. Cavanaugh, Guidance Counselor, for being selected as our Star Employee of the Month.  Mrs. Cavanaugh was nominated by 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Prusha, because, as she stated, "You are hands on…always! Thank you for always looking for places you are needed and for lending a hand.
    SJE loves you !"  We couldn't have said it better.  Thank you, Mrs. Cavanaugh, for ALL that you do for our school!
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  • Rotary Club of Charles Town Donation
    South Jefferson would like to thank the Rotary Club of Charles Town for their generous donations of dictionaries and thesauri to our third and fifth grade students.  The students were very pleased to receive these helpful resources and our school is extremely grateful for the Rotary Club's continued support of our school.  A special thank you to Mr. Espinosa and Mr. Sherman, who presented the gifts to our students.  
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  • Welcome Back: 2014-2015 School Year
     Please note that the Parent Student Handbook's "Important Dates" section is missing Election Day on November 4th.  This will be a day out of school for our students.  We apologize for the confusion.  
    Also, the Parent Teacher Conference date of November 3, 2014 will be removed.  As always, we ask that you keep in contact with your child's teacher and maintain good lines of communication, particularly if you have any concerns.  Thank you!
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  •  South Jefferson Elementary Celebrates Mrs. Christina Slage, 4th Grade Teacher,
    and Ms. Juanita Smallwood, Special Education Aide
           Each year, our school selects a Teacher of the Year and a Service Person of the Year to represent our school at the Jefferson County level.  Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Slagle, was selected as South Jefferson Elementary's Teacher of the Year and Ms. Smallwood was selected as our Service Person of the Year representative.  We are honored that both of these exemplary employees are representing our school this year.  Please remember to congratulate them both on this well-deserved honor and recognition.
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  • South Jefferson Elementary Young Writers Contest Winners
       Congratulations to our Young Writers Contest winners from South Jefferson Elementary:  Riley Adams and Camdyn Maloney (5th Grade Winners), Victoria Summerhill and Genevieve Costello (4th Grade Winners), Rebekah Newsome (2nd Grade Winner), Chase Marrone (1st Grade Winner), Caleb Smith (5th Grade Honorable Mention), Sophie Schafer (4th Grade Honorable Mention), and Kaylyn Jenkins (2nd Grade Honroable Mention).  We wish the best of luck to the grade level winners as they move forward to compete on the County level.  To all of our writers in our school, keep writing!  We are extremely proud of all of you! Also, a special thank you to Mrs. Prusha, second grade teacher, for all of her hard work and support.  She promotes and organizes the contest at the school level; we would be lost without her!
    Principal Jenkins and Mrs. Prusha present certificates to our Young Writers Winners 
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