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


  • 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.  




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  • 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!

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                  The Chrysalis                       Beautiful Claudia, in all her glory


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  • South Jefferson Team Named Second Highest Fundraising Team at MS Walk:Clearbrook


    South Jefferson Elementary would like to thank everyone who donated their money and/or time to "Team Atkins" for our walk in Clearbrook, VA in the Spring.  We just received notification from the Virginia/West Virginia MS Chapter that our team raised the second highest amount of funds for the walk.  The truth of the matter is that we couldn't have done it without your generosity and commitment to our team.  We had a great time that day and hope to see more of you this year.  Remembering WHY we walk and who we walk for keeps us focused on hopefully helping to find a cure for MS in the very near future.  


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  • Mr. Hill is South Jefferson's Employee of the Month

    Congratulations to Mr. John Hill for his nomination as our Employee of the Month.  Mr. Hill is one of those people who goes "above and beyond" to make sure that our school is running smoothly and safely for everyone.  He always has a smile on his face and our staff and students adore seeing him in the halls each morning.  He even came to school on his time off to assist us with our United Way "Day of Caring".  

    He is most deserving of this honor!


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  • South Jefferson Elementary and the United Way Team Up for "A Day of Caring"



    Shown in the picture: Ms. Mariah Dorfner (Chair/Teacher JHS) with her students, Kassidy James, Tiffany Flemister, Caitlyn Brown, Maura Deblois, Alex Brackman, Elizabeth Starliper, Serena Franklin, Cassi Pickett, Dana Tomlin, Mrs. Jane Carter (parent), Mr. John Hill, SJES Staff, Mr. Richard Jenkins, Principal, Scott Mangum (owner of American Veteran Lawn Services) and Scott Ayers, also of American Veteran Lawn Services.


    South Jefferson would like to thank Ms. Dorfner and her ProStart students from Jefferson High School, Mr. John Hill, Mrs. Jane Carter and Scott Mangum and Scott Ayers of American Veteran Lawn Services for their awesome support during the United Way "Day of Caring".  The group, led by Principal, Mr. Jenkins, took on the challenge of prepping our school's nature trail for the massive bulb planting that is planned for our students in October.  The volunteers worked tirelessly along the trail, spreading mulch, clearing debris and making it safe for our students and staff to use throughout the year.  It was a beautiful day and a beautiful group of people sharing their time and talents for the students of South Jefferson.  We are extremely grateful to each and every one.  Thank you! 

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  • South Jefferson Celebrates Its Business Partners

    South Jefferson celebrated our fantastic business partners with a "Welcome Back" breakfast on Friday, September 4th.  Our partners were able to visit with SJES staff members, network for possible class projects/ideas and welcome our students as they arrived to school that day.  As always, we are extremely grateful for the continued support our business partners show our school and our students.  (Shown: Mr. Puller, United Bank; Mrs. Shultz, State Farm Insurance: Mrs. Burhans, Craftwroks and Cool Spring; Mrs. Mercer and Mrs. Showen, Tip Toe Studios; Ms. Strider, The Kable Team; Mr. Hough, South Jefferson Ruritan Club and Mr. Jenkins, Principal SJES.  Not shown: Mrs. Jenkins, South Jefferson Public Library)



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  • Congratulations to Miss Lee----She Got Married!
    Congratulations to 3rd grade teacher, Miss Lee, who married Mr. Sam Calkins, on Saturday, June 13, 2015.  It was a beautiful sunny day to celebrate two wonderful people.  We wish them all the best and welcome the new
    Mrs. Calkins to our staff next year.  :)
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  • South Jefferson Elementary School P.E. teacher, Chris Atkins, was recognized during the February 23, 2015 Board of Education meeting for his outstanding and ongoing contributions to South Jefferson Elementary.  Mr. Atkins has organized numerous programs that contribute to healthy living in our community. 
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  • Be A "Hunger Hero" at South Jefferson Elementary!
       Thank you to all of our South Jefferson families who donated so much food and supplies to our Annual SJES Food Drive this year.  Jefferson County's Community Ministries is always so pleased with our donations and it comes at just the right time of the year for our fellow Jefferson County residents who are in need.  We filled half of a classroom with all of your donations!  A special thanks to Ms. Smallwood and Ms. Keller for organizing the drive, to Mr. Atkins, who agreed to give the class who collected the most food an extra session of P.E. and to Mr. Jenkins who transported the donation to Community Ministries.  Awesome! This is just another reason why this school is such an important and valuable part of the community.  Makes your heart feel good, right before Valentine's Day, doesn't it???
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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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