Dolphin Digest

A Monthly Newsletter from Jefferson Elementary School

Principal's Message

We are so excited to welcome our families and community back into the school as we Reconnect as One! We have many events planned between now and the end of the school year and we welcome you to come eat lunch with your child as well. Please check your child's folder daily for important information. If you choose to come eat lunch, please keep in mind that we are transitioning back into the cafeteria in phases due to scheduling and ensuring that our awesome cafeteria staff is supported. However, when we return from Spring Break, all grade levels will be eating in the cafeteria each day. As a reminder, any time you check in to the school as a visitor, a photo ID is required.


We are so proud of our students and staff for all they have accomplished this year and we look forward to finishing strong. As MAP testing approaches, please support your child in doing their best by helping them get a good night's sleep and encouraging them to take their time. While our students are certainly not defined by a test score, this is a great opportunity for them to show what they know and ultimately impacts the way we deliver instruction.


Please review this newsletter carefully as there are many important events and announcements, including Hwy 55 Spirit Night, our Connected & Ready Campaign, Wake Up and Read, our Drive-Thru Registration Carnival, and more. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Thank you for being such wonderful partners in education.


Mattie Hughes, Principal

About JES

Jefferson Elementary is a Title I school. The Title I plan and parent policy are available for your review at any time. We invite your suggestions for improvement and ways to utilize Title I funds.

Hwy 55 Spirit Night

Tuesday 3-15-22 is our first Spirit Night of the school year and will be held at Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes, and Fries. Our school will receive 15% of sales between 5-9 pm. They have delicious food and great options for kids meals. Thank you for your support and we hope to see you there!

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YSD1 Connected & Ready Campaign

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Wake Up and Read! is Friday March 18

We are so excited to welcome our families into the building for Wake Up and Read! on Friday March 18 from 8-8:20 am. Please don't forget to arrive a little early to check in with your photo ID. We can't wait to see you!
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YSD1 Drive-Thru Registration Carnival

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Art in the Community

Congratulations to the following 3rd and 4th grade students for having artwork on display at the York County Library:


3rd Grade - Jackson R., Liam O., Ava C., Pennie H., and Destiny L.

4th Grade - Raelyn B., Aubree H., Brendan M., Mia K., Conner H., Kamm C., Pauvla S., and Kori’an A.

Read Across America Guest Readers

A huge thank you to our special guest readers this week! Our students enjoyed read alouds from district personnel, bus drivers, and many more. We have an awesome district!

Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds

Thanks to generous donors, all of our students received their own personal copy of Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds - a book that reminds us to embrace the reasons we are all unique and special.
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Giving Back

Thank you to our amazing families for our food donations! These items were donated to PATH to help local families in need. They were thrilled with the amount of our donation. We appreciate your generosity as we work to give back to our community.
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Congratulations March Blue Dolphins!

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We are ALL SMILES at JES!

Learning in Action

YSD1 Parenting Partnerships Newsletter

Please click here to access the Parenting Partnerships Newsletter for March. This newsletter contains a wealth of helpful information such as community events, interactive activities, support, and resources.

Upcoming Dates

March 15

Hwy 55 Spirit Night from 5-9 pm

PTO/SIC Meeting (Virtual) at 5:15 pm

Connected and Ready Event from 6-7 pm


March 17

Report Cards


March 18

Wake Up and Read! from 8-8:20 am


Spring MAP Testing Window - March 21 to April 8


March 23

Spring Pictures


March 24

Drive Through Registration Carnival from 4:30-6:30 pm


April 1

4K and 5K Screening (Please set appointment during Registration Carnival.)


April 5

PTO/SIC Meeting at 6 pm

School Board Meeting at 6:30 pm


April 8

Student-Staff Basketball Game


Week of April 11 - Spring Break

Important Information

2021-22 Academic Calendar:


The 2021-22 Academic Calendar can be found here and on our district and school websites.


Student-Parent Handbook:


The 2021-22 JES Student-Parent Handbook can be found here and is also accessible on our website. Paper copies were sent home with all students at the beginning of the year. If you did not receive a paper copy, please reach out to our office staff and one will be sent home with your child.


Reconnecting as One Campaign:


YSD1 is thrilled to announce that we are reopening our doors to our community and our families. We believe that the home-school relationship is a vital component to the success of our students, so we invite you back in our buildings. Join us in the partnership to help your child be successful! Come eat lunch with your child or attend one of many amazing activities planned throughout the rest of the year. Come and join us as we are Reconnecting As One! For more information about this campaign as well as event dates, please click here.


Title I Information:


Jefferson Elementary School is a Title I School which is determined by pupils in poverty reports. The purpose of Title I, Part A of Public Law 107-110 is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children.


This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as:


  • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
  • promoting school-wide reform through school-wide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
  • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.


The district welcomes input into the Title One plan through involvement in the planning team, offering input via surveys, or otherwise providing input via phone calls, email, or personal conversations. Interested parties may contact Lisa Spangler in the district office or the principals at any of our Title I schools.


Parent participation and involvement are also encouraged in all Title I Schools through parent sessions, attending parent conferences, serving on committees, offering recommendations and suggestions, and attending workshops and family events.

Attendance Matters!

Help your child succeed in school by building the habits of good attendance! Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school - and themselves. Absences and late arrivals add up and can cause students to miss essential learning experiences.


  • Regular attendance is critical to your child’s success in school, is regulated by South Carolina state law, and is reported.​


  • If a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian must send a note to the school explaining the absence within 3 days of the student returning to school. ​


  • Students who are out of school for medical reasons should provide the school with a doctor’s note upon returning to school. ​


  • The school will be allowed to “excuse” no more than 10 school days with a parent/guardian note. ​


  • The attendance laws state that a Truant Child is defined as “A child ages 6 to 17 years that has accumulated 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences.” If your child becomes truant, you will be required to come to the school to develop an Attendance Plan.​


  • If you are experiencing a situation that may impact your child's attendance, please contact Ms. Brown or Ms. Hoyt for assistant. We are here to help!
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We Welcome Your Feedback

We always welcome the opportunity to receive feedback from our families, whether it is something you want to celebrate, an idea you would like to share, a staff member you wish to acknowledge, or any area in which you feel we have room to grow. Want to reach out? Please click here to be directed to our feedback form.
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