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January Newsletter

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December 20th - January 3rd: Winter Holidays

January 6th: First day back for students

January 15th: PTO Meeting 3:30 PM

January 15th: Great American Cookie Spirit Night 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

January 16th: Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

January 20th: MLK Jr. Day - No School

January 22nd: Gringo's Spirit Night 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

January 24th: 100th Day of School - dress up like you are 100 years old!

January 24th: House Meeting - feel free to wear your house colors with your 100 years old outfit

February 1st: Shadow Shuffle 2:00 PM

February 3rd - 7th: School Counselor Appreciation Week

February 4th: Moe's Spirit Night 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

February 7th: Decades Day - wear 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s attire

February 12th: Swirlee's Spirit Day/Night 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

February 12th: PTO Meeting 3:30 PM

February 14th: Teacher Workday/No School for students/Happy Valentine's Day!!!

February 17th: No school (potential weather make-up day)

February 19th: Boosterthon Pep Rally

February 19th: Great American Cookie Spirit Night 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

February 20th: School Council Meeting 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

February 20th: Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

February 20th: District Math Night at GSC 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

February 21st: House Meeting (1st - 5th Grade) - wear your house colors

February 26th - March 6th: Book Fair will be open

February 28th: Boosterthon Fun Run

9:00 - Pre K, Kindergarten, and 5th Grade; 10:15 - 3rd and 4th; 12:45 - 1st and 2nd

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We are so excited that our WJES Greenhouse is 95% complete! Doors will be installed soon and that will fully enclose both our aquaponics system and traditional grow beds! This will provide an additional space for learning experiences for our students, even in the winter months! All grade levels continue to address problems in our school environment, and the WJES Greenhouse will be used often!

We are seeking experts in STEAM-related fields who are able to share their expertise in solving real-world problems! Please contact if you can provide insight in any STEAM fields! Your time can be used to share your training, your career/hobby/creator/maker experience, or provide advice and feedback on how our students are solving problems at WJES! Thank you in advance for helping our students as they become the next generation of problem solvers and innovators!

We will host a community-wide day of service on Dr. Martin Luther King's holiday on January 20, 2020. Please use this link to read about the event and register to serve at WJES: MLK Day of Service. We would love for our students to come, but they would need to be accompanied with their parents if they volunteer.

We appreciate your support, always!

MAP Assessment (Winter Administration)

We wanted to share a Family Toolkit - A Resource for Parents. This website provides an overview of understanding MAP Growth. We hope you find this resource helpful! When we return from Winter Break, you will receive a hard copy of your child's MAP progress report. Feel free to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions.

Grade levels will take the following assessments:

Kindergarten - Reading and Math

1st Grade - Reading and Math

2nd Grade - Reading, ELA, and Math

3rd Grade - Reading, ELA, Math, and Science

4th Grade - Reading, ELA, Math, and Science

5th Grade - Reading, ELA, Math, and Science

PBIS Rewards Parent App

PBIS Rewards Parent App

West Jackson Elementary School is utilizing the PBIS Rewards online platform for the 2019-20 school year. Please watch the video below to learn more about the PBIS Rewards system and how parents can connect and monitor their student's progress. If you have any questions regarding PBIS Rewards, please contact WJES Counselors Isa Martinez or Mary Kayla Brooks at Our students are excited about earning Panther Points to spend on the PBIS cart or to attend quarterly reward experiences. Thank you for partnering with us to support our kids!

PBIS App Parent Video

Download Parent App for iOS

Download Parent App for Android

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100% Accountable

This year, WJES is continuing to embrace our PBIS Mindset. We are continuing to use the PBIS Rewards App which allows faculty members to reward students for being Respectful, Responsible and Safe at WJES. The students earn points through the app and are able to shop the PBIS cart or save it for our quarterly WOW event. We are excited to pair our PBIS with our 7 Mindset Curriculum.

Our Mindset for this month is 100% Accountable. 100% Accountable teaches us the importance of being responsible for our own happiness and success. 100% Accountable teaches us that we are not a victim of our past, that our future is not predetermined, and that our lives are what we choose them to be from this moment and each moment moving forward. In this mindset, we help students focus on recognizing fears and excuses. This mindset allows us to break down barriers and take responsibility for our thoughts and actions. It also allows us to free our mind and focus our energy to take the critical steps towards our goals.

Below is the link for the parent newsletter for the current Mindset - 100% Accountable. At the bottom of the second page are cool activities that you can do with your children.

Parent Newsletter - 100% Accountable

If you have any questions about the PBIS Reward App or the 7 Mindset Curriculum, please reach out to the counseling department.

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School Announcements

We have a new system for parents to receive information:
To join the WJES group:
1) Select this link -->
2) Download the BAND app to your device and get the latest announcements from WJES!
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2019-2020 School Calendar

Click here to view the 2019-2020 Jackson County School System School Calendar. We look forward to seeing our students on August 2nd!!!!
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School Hours

School hours are 7:40 AM - 2:25 PM. The school doors open at 7:10 AM each day. Students are released to their homeroom class at 7:25 AM. Any student arriving after 7:40 AM is tardy and will need to report to the office accompanied by a parent/guardian to sign in and get a tardy permit before going to class. Regular and punctual attendance is essential if students are to receive the maximum benefits from the instructional program.
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Parent Survey

Feel free to complete this survey to let us know how we can support you and your students. Thank you for your feedback!