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


  • Deck the Halls With Our SJES Traditions
       As you walk the halls of South Jefferson lately, there would be many wonderful things to see and hear....reindeer galore, creative and artistic displays, plays written and performed by students, music performed by our SJES Chorus, gingerbread houses, angels, snowmen, laughter, delight and so much more.  Our students and faculty are experiencing the true meaning of the holiday season, in their spirit of giving and sharing.  Our second graders made homemade dog biscuits for the local animal shelter, with notes tucked inside for the workers who take such good care of the animals.  Our first graders collected gifts for needy families in the area.  Our third graders collected socks, hats, gloves and undergarments for Community Ministries.  Everywhere you look, you will see beautiful displays of human kindness and love.  Now, isn't that what the holidays are really all about?
       We would like to extend our heartfelt wishes for you and your family to have a safe and special holiday with your friends and loved ones.  We are very grateful for all that you do to make our school such a wonderful place to be each day.  Looking forward to seeing you in the new year.....
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  • Two South Jefferson Educators Receive Teaching Arts Creatively Grants
       Congratulations to Mrs. Judy Chesley, Art Teacher at South Jefferson, and Mrs. Pam Shearer, Music Teacher at South Jefferson, for receiving Teaching Arts Creatively grants this year from the Jefferson Arts Council.  Both teachers applied for grants to support their creative arts' programs as well as supplement our yearlong study on the Arts at our school.   Mrs. Shearer and Mrs. Chesley were two of the nineteen grants of $500 awarded in our County.  The awards were given to the educators who "demonstrated leadership, creativity and a clear plan to provide valuable and diverse arts instruction to the students of our community" in support of the Jefferson Arts Council's mission and belief that "art is woven into every aspect of education and human life".  We couldn't agree more and are very proud of Mrs. Chesley and Mrs. Shearer.  
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  • NHES Presents "Kindness in the Classroom"
       A coordinated effort between our guidance counselor, Mrs. Cavanaugh, and Megan Flinn and Erika Nicholason from NHES (National Humane Education Society/Briggs ) brought the "Kindness Into the Classroom" program to South Jefferson Elementary.  The "Kindness Into the Classroom" program gives children information about the respectful ways to take care of pets.  The classes were so excited to meet "Maize", a puppy from Briggs, who was an absolute love bug with all of our students and staff.  We thank NHES and Mrs. Cavanaugh for bringing this wonderful program to our school. UPDATE:  NHES contacted us today, to let us know that Maize was adopted by a super nice family.  We are so happy for her!  :)
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  • South Jefferson Welcomes Our Business Partners
       As part of American Education Week, we celebrated our business partners and welcomed them to our school for breakfast.  We were blessed to have Mrs. Missy Grove, Studio M Salon & Spa, Mr. Chris Puller, United Bank, Mrs. Whitney Jenkins, South Jefferson Public Library, Mrs. Barbara Scott, Summit Point Speedway, Mrs. Tara Showen, Tiptoe Studios and Mrs. Lana Shultz, State Farm Insurance, join us for a "Meet and Greet" with staff, students and parents.
       We are very grateful for the continued support from our business partners and are hopeful that our successful relationships continue well into the future.
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  • November's Employee of the Month: Mrs. Shearer
       Congratulations to Mrs. Shearer, Music Teacher at SJES, for being selected as our Employee of the Month for November.  If you see Mrs. Shearer, make sure that you congratulate her on this honor.  Between chorus, music classes and tech assistance, she is a busy lady.  We'd be lost without her!
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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