Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter




K Packets mailed


Staff Meeting/Gifford Cluster 7:30

PTO Meeting (BOARD ONLY) 6:30-8


4th Grade Breakfast/Gifford Cluster 7:45-8:15

PBIS Meeting 2:30


Field Trip for Altonen and Knutson to Carver Wildlife Refuge 8:40-11:15


Field Trip Scott/Reiersgord/Rapids Lake Education and Visitor Center 8:45-11:30

I-Team Meeting 7:30


20 No School - MLK Jr. Day

21 BLT Meeting 7:30

23 First Semester Ends

Staff Potluck

Two Hour Early Release Day K-12

24 No School - Teacher Planning Day

25 Optional 3rd Grade to sing National Anthem at Varsity hockey game/12:00

28 Prof Dev/Gifford Cluster 7:30

31 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

Kid's Dance 5:30-7:30


3 Send Report Cards Home

PBIS Meeting, 7:35

4 BLT Meeting, 7:30

4th Grade Field Trip to HS/Jack Brass Band 10:30-11:15

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:00

6 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:00

Optional: 3rd Graders to sing at Varsity wrestling match/7:00

7 I-Team Meeting 7:30

10 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:00

11 Staff Meeting (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

12 Kindergarten Field Trip to Stages Theater 9:00-11:15

13 Valentine's Day Party

O'Brien Dental presenting to 2nd Grade 10:00-11:00

14 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

17 NO SCHOOL (President's Day)

18 BLT Meeting, 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade to Mill City Museum 8:50-2:00

PTO Meeting (Parents/Board/GRANTS) 6:30-8:00p

19 PBIS Meeting 2:30

21 I-Team Meeting 7:30

1st Grade Music Program 2:00

25 Prof Dev (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00 (Ok for Marcos per Kevin)

24-26 Marco Fundraiser Nights

26 Peaceful Bus 9:15-10

27 5th Grade Field Trip to The Ordway 11:00-1:30

28 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00


2 PBIS Meeting 7:35

3 BLT Meeting 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

6 I-Team Meeting 7:30

All School Movie Night 6:00-8:00

9 PTO Meeting (Board Only) 6:30-8:00

10 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

13 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Kindergarten Music Program 2:00

17 BLT Meeting 7:30

18 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall 10:30-12:30

PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 I-Team Meeting 7:30

21 All District Band Concert at the High School 4:00

24 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

25 Doughnuts withe Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

26 3rd Quarter Ends

Staff Potluck

Two Hour Early Release Day

27 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day

30-31 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


1-3 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

6 PBIS Meeting 7:35

All School Bingo 2:00-2:45

7 BLT Meeting 7:30

8 Spring Picture Day (only those who bring forms in)

10 I-Team Meeting 7:30

13 Send Report Cards Home

PTO Meeting (Parent/Board/Grants/Voting) 6:30-8:00

14 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 PBIS Meeting 2:30

17 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Music Program 2:00

21 BLT Meeting 7:30

23 Kindergarten Round-Up Night 5:00-6:30

24 I-Team Meeting 7:30

28 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

Kindergarten Round-Up 5:00-6:30

30 Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35


1 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

4 PBIS Meeting 7:35

4-8 Staff Appreciation Day

5 BLT Meeting 7:30

7 Literacy and Beyond Night 5:00-7:00

8 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

11 PTO Meeting (Board ONLY) 6:30-8:00

5th Grade Music Program 6:30

12 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 I-Team Meeting 7:30

18 1st Grade Track and Field

19 BLT Meeting 7:30

2nd Grade Track and Field

20 PBIS Meeting 2:30

3rd Grade Track and Field

All School Assembly (TBD)

21 4th Grade Track and Field

22 I-Team Meeting 7:30

5th Grade Track and Field

25 NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

26 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

27 All School Assembly (tentative time 2:00)

29 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

1st Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo 8:35-2:40


1 PBIS Meeting 7:35

2 BLT Meeting 7:30

Yearbook Signing 2:15-2:45

3 4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

All School Picnic

Talent Show 1:30

4 Last day of School

5 Teacher Work Day

6 Graduation

15 Send Report Cards Home



*Dan Olson, thank you for bringing my students back to class! I appreciate it!

*Marty Schmidt- Thanks so much for your constant kindness and warmth! You make Jackson a better place!

*THANK YOU to my Jackson Family for all the love and support through a difficult time in my life, blessed to work with such amazing people and thankful to call this my work family!

*Hengel- Thank you so much for welcoming my class and I into your classroom for math last week! We all learned so much from you! Yay for long division!

*Charlotte- Thank you for allowing me to borrow your RAZ binder so that I could make copies! So excited to have this in my classroom!

*Martie- Thanks so much for letting me class and I come watch your personal narrative writing! It was SO helpful!

*Schleper- Thank you for being a fabulous I- Team rep!!!

*Boumer- Thanks for being such a great friend to talk to about anything! You make coming to work so fun!

*Thank you to Kevin for building the shelves in the stairwell between Thole and Pike. The shelving idea was discussed on Tuesday and the shelves were completed on Wednesday. ESL will no longer be the embarrassment of the lower level because of the clutter.

**Thank you, Sandy, Emily, Becky F., and Jeanne for meeting with our grade level each month to discuss the work with our students! We appreciate you!

*Thank you, Jen and Jody, for working hard with our grade level and our students, we appreciate you!

*Thank you, Deann, for getting the great kindness challenge going again this year!

*Thank you Sandy B. for tending to our DRA kit!!!! You are amazing!

*Thank you John, Matt and Jessica for always doing an amazing job to keep our school tidy!

*Thank you Hengel for helping me learn from you in science!

*Thank you Martie for running the 4th grade assembly and organizing our guest speaker!

*Thank you Charlotte for sewing my sweater

*Thank you Schleper for helping me with an intervention!

*Thank you Luci for always having a smile on your face and being willing to help!

*Natalie Weatherman, thank you for taking my class when I was unwell!!

*Luci Drill, LOVE it! Don’t yuck on my yum!

*Martie Anglin, once again you led a super 4th gr. #acceptance assembly. THANK YOU!

*Kristen Hengel, Mill City here we come! Thank you for making all the arrangements!

*Kristi Boumeester, you always make me smile.

*Kristi Schleper, wowzers – you are quick this week! Thank you for the laughs!

*Kevin, thank you for your understanding. I am a crock (though, my mum says ‘a crock of gold’)…

*4th gr, I can hardly wait for the celebration. SUPER idea!!

*3rd grade team-thank you for taking over my classroom and sub plans. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

*Patty-Thank you for stepping in and subbing for me without any plans.

*Kathy-Thank you for the extra hugs

*Ann-Thank you for finding us a new reading assessment!

*Rhonda thanks for bumping your lunch on Thursday to help me out!

*Kira thanks for your support at the kinder transition task force meetings & coffee Thursday morning

*Anne and Dena your willingness to take on extra duties

*Thanks Fischer for sending Ms. Aimee to help Thursday morning

*DeAnn thanks for your consistent caring support of all students

*Thanks Hager for organizing (and cooking) the soup



Epic! Reading App

Love it when we all learn together. :-)

I was talking with a 1st grade teacher this week, and we were trying to figure out why some of her students in tier time could search by DRA level in Epic! and others could not.

After some digging, we figured out that there is a new setting on the teacher dashboard that allows you to add the reading leveling system that you use to your class.

Once set-up on your dashboard, students will be able to search for books by DRA level in EPIC! so they can independently reading at the correct level.

Want to watch a tutorial video on how to set this up? Click here.


1/13 Rachael Schweigert

1/17 Jeff Casey

1/18 Kelsey Angell

1/21 Matt Malaske

1/22 Emily Adams

1/24 Sari Flatness

2/2 Natalie Weatherman

2/8 Steph Masloski

2/12 Tim Olene

2/15 Danielle Bauman

2/18 Becca Kay-Lewis

2/19 Amanda Lymangood

2/21 Kristi Boumeester

2/21 Barb Weierke

2/26 Mel Altonen

2/26 Sue Tanberg

2/28 Katie Beckrich

3/1 Mandy Knutson

3/4 Kaitlin Wermerskirchen

3/17 Mary Ellen Sandberg

3/22 Dena Gregor

3/25 Becky Keller

3/26 Amy Scott

3/26 Ben Thies

3/31 Krissy Luce

4/2 Sarah Reiersgord

4/4 Wendy Derhaag

4/5 Belle LaBarre

4/5 Jen Ulrich

4/6 Lori Proehl

4/8 Faye Hames

4/11 Jen Klecker

4/13 Barbi Studtmann

4/18 Heather Broden

4/18 Tammy Haugen

4/23 Tammy Youngvorst

4/25 Kristen Hengel

4/25 Kira Johanson

4/27 Heather Balk

4/27 Bill Folz