JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News April 20th

JSE monthly attributes:

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Transfer Knowledge to New Situations

Bucket-Filling Trait: Honesty

Keeping you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Outside trees are starting to bud and the grass is a little greener; however, inside our schoolhouse JSE Poetry Trees are in full bloom! We are celebrating poetry month in our classrooms and during library time. 1st graders gathered at a tea and snack poetry reading to enjoy poetry with Mrs. Bellovary.

JSE 4th/5th Grade Spelling Bee

Congratulations to 5th graders Edwin Hernandez and alternate, Aiden Hitchcock and 4th graders Jimmy Henry and alternate, Tony Kaster! They will represent JSE at the Porter County Spelling Bee April 30th. Great job to all the 4th and 5th graders who participated!

Bell to Bell and First day to Last Day Teaching: Our teachers continue to focus on academic standards; preparing students for next year right up to the very last day of school! Thank you for your continued reinforcement at home with homework, Math Facts, and AR goals! With the nice weather, we take time to remind our students to finish strong their last quarter! Progress reports come home April 30th.

End of Year Assessments: 3rd-5th grades will begin ISTEPs this Thursday, please see information below. K-2 will begin mClass assessments and K-5 STAR reading assessments will be administered. Upon completion, we will provide you a report of the results. Thank you for working together with us to support your child's progress.

Thank you for being partners in education,

Leigh Barnes


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Thank you Valparaiso University Women's Basketball Team!

5th graders learned firsthand from experienced successful learners. Students were inspired to find an extra-curricular activity they enjoy and to work hard at it next year in Middle School.

ISTEP+ Part 2 Online

The new College and Career Readiness Indiana Academic Standards developed by the State this past year are strategically addressed in each classroom. Classroom teachers are diligently preparing students for the Part 2 online portion that will begin next Thursday, April 23rd and continue through May 8th. This portion of the ISTEP test will require critical thinking and application and include new response items with technology-embedded skills. Students will become familiar with these tools and items through instructional practice tests. As State Superintendent Ritz encouraged, please visit the IDOE website at this link: http://experience-ccra-in.ctb.com to view sample questions and try for yourself, the technology enhanced items.

We thank you for preparing your child by making sure they get the proper hours of rest each night and have a healthy breakfast each day. The assessments begin promptly each day. Daily attendance is paramount, please avoid absences and tardiness.

We encourage our students to do their personal best. We continue to focus on academic growth for all students and view ISTEPs as another source of information to guide future instruction and promote successful learners.

PTO News

DUE THIS WEEK: World's Finest Chocolate Candy Bar Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 22nd Fundraiser Money Due. Students will not be entered in the prize drawing if money is not turned in Wednesday.

Culver's Family Night

Thursday, April 30th 5:30 to 8pm. Another opportunity for JSE families to gather, eat and enjoy each other's company while supporting our PTO. We will have Culver's Family Nights twice a year in the Spring and Fall. Students may use their AR reward coupons! More information will come home in Thursday Folders.

Mark the Festival of the Arts on Your Calendar!

JSE is excited to announce a family night celebrating The Arts on May 15th from 6-8pm. Parents and Grandparents are invited to attend the evening of art, music, and creative writing. Mr. Dickey, Mrs. Alonzo, Mrs. Bellovary, and the JSE teachers have planned a night to showcase the talents of our JSE students in all areas of our schoolhouse! A flier will come home soon in Thursday Folders.

UTSC Schools out for Summer 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Run

Please support our run/walk. The proceeds of this event will help John Simatovich and Union Center Elementary schools purchase new Physical Education equipment. Your support is appreciated and we hope you will all have a great run/walk! Like us on Facebook: Schools Out for Summer Run.

Questions please e-mail Mrs. Edwards, aedwards@union.k12.in.us

Date & Time : Saturday, May 30th 2015

8:00 am 5K run/walk 9:30 am 1K kids run

Where: Wheeler High School

587 West 300 North Valpo, In 46385

Entry fee: $25 for 5K run/walk $10 for 1K Kids run

Must register by May 1st in order to guarantee a T-shirt

***Packet pick-up will be Friday May 29th from 3:30-5:30 at WHS or day of event

Awards: Awards given to overall winners and top three age/gender category

All kids will get a medal for running 1K race and age/gender winners

To Enter: Send a check payable to: UCE

Attn: Allison Edwards 272 N 600 W Valpo, IN 46385

Important Dates/Information:

  • May 22nd- snow make-up day, school in session.
  • April 23rd-5th grade parent night at UTMS
  • April 30th Progress Report #4
  • April 30th Culver's Family Night-Valparaiso Location Only
  • May 4-8 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 15 Festival of the Arts from 6-8pm.
  • May 30th UTSC Run/Walk
  • Fridays are JSE spirit Days! Wear your orange and green.
  • REMINDER: If your child is absent or you have a change in dismissal transportation please call and inform the office by 10am.

You are always welcome at JSE!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Leigh Barnes, Principal

Barb Rittel, Secretary

Chris Fields, Home School Advisor

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse