JCUE Monday Memo

April 5, 2021

Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of Jefferson County Upper Elementary School is to provide a 21st century learning environment that produces civically, responsible scholars that are college and career ready.

The vision of Jefferson County Upper Elementary School is to foster an enthusiastic, creative community of scholars ready to influence change in the world.

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Dear Families and Community Members:

This week scholars with last names K-Z received their individual benchmark score report. Please review the results with your child. Praise text messages were sent to parents yesterday whose child met their growth goal. Please make sure you have updated numbers on file in our system and distinguish between home and cellular numbers.

The MAAP test scores students using levels 1-5. Here is a breakdown of the performance levels and bands (a/b)-

1a/1b- Minimum

2a/2b- Basic

3a/3b- Passing

4- Proficient

5- Advanced

To make growth, students must increase one band level above their previous MAAP score. This can be accomplished by correctly answering a specific number of test items or percentage on each state test. Upper Elementary students will test in the areas of ELA, Math, and Science (5th grade only).

We will discuss more about the accountability and scoring system at our April Parent Meeting scheduled for April 15, 2021 at 5:30pm. Don't forget to order your child's MAAP test t-shirt (link below). We will have a best photo contest for the child/parent both wearing MAAP t-shirts so order yours too!

Dismissal for Easter Break is April 1, 2021. Schools will be closed from April 2-5, 2021. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

Thank you for being a supportive member of the JCUE school community.


Principal Carter

JCUE Cohorts

Cohort A- ALL scholars with last names A to J will attend school in person on Mondays and Wednesdays. A-J must log in from home on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Cohort B- ALL scholars with last names K to Z will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. K-Z must log in from home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Friday is a virtual learning day for all scholars.

April Parent Meeting

Thursday, April 15th, 5:30-7:30pm

This is an online event.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 922 2268 1607
Passcode: believe56

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Schedule

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Spring is here, the vaccine is rolling out in earnest, and elementary schools are reopening, with middle schools and high schools to follow. It’s been a long year and students have had to acclimate quickly to many changes. Some students might be excited about going back, while others are apprehensive. For students who are still developing executive function skills, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Preview the changes and encourage a growth mindset. Take some time to talk through the upcoming return to in-person learning and try to view it as a chance to learn and grow. How do they feel about the change? What will be different about the rest of the school year? What might be easier about being back in school everyday? What challenges do they anticipate in making the shift? If your child has any questions about the transition that you can’t answer, take the opportunity to practice self-advocacy skills and email the teacher together!
  • Reflect on your child’s toolbox. Identify the strategies that helped your child be successful with remote learning and discuss if/how any of those strategies could be helpful or useful moving forward for in-person learning. Perhaps you can identify particular strategies that need to be reworked in order to be successful for in-person school.
  • Map out the new schedule. Help your child understand the new school schedule by taking a blank calendar and mapping out the new plan. If a school schedule has already been provided, spend time doing a schedule comprehension check to make sure your child understands how the schedule works. Also, you may want to talk through the new plan for after school/extracurricular time, as well as any adjustments to the morning/bedtime routine.
  • Create an updated school packing list. Your child may already be in a routine carting certain materials back and forth from home to school, but that routine will likely need to change with the return to full-time, in-person learning. What does the new routine need to look like? What is on the new home to school organizational checklist? Engage your child in creating an updated checklist and for younger students, consider drawing visuals to go along with each item on the list.
  • Finally, appreciate and acknowledge your child’s growth and endurance over the last year. Take a moment to recognize and celebrate your child’s success in graduating from remote learning. This has not been an easy year, and as we posted a few weeks ago, kids have been the superheroes of the pandemic. Let them know how proud you are of what they accomplished. And kudos to you, adults, who shepherded them through!
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Jefferson County Upper Elementary School

Ms. Cashoney Carter, Principal | Ext. 300 | cacarter@jcpsd.net

Ms. Ophelia Rowan, Secretary | Ext. 301 | orowan@jcpsd.net

Mrs. Gretchen Carter, Counselor | Ext. 302 | gstampley@jcpsd.net