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December Newsletter

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December 4th: School Spelling Bee at 9:00 AM in Media Center (open to class winners, class alternates, and families)

December 5th: Polar Express Day - wear PJs

December 5th: Chorus Performance 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM

December 5th: Polar Express Night 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

December 9th - 13th: Holiday Shop open

December 11th: Swirlee's Spirit Day/Night 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM

December 11th: PTO Meeting 3:30 PM

December 12th: ALL PRO DADS 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

December 13th: 5th Grade CHAMPS Graduation 9:00 AM in cafeteria

December 20th - January 3rd: Winter Holidays

January 6th: First day back for students

MAP Assessment (Winter Administration)

As we head into the MAP Assessment window, 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! 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 @imartinez@jcss.us or Mary Kayla Brooks at mbrooks@jcss.us. 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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7 Mindsets

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 --> https://band.us/n/a5ab18W4m1vdo
2) Download the BAND app to your device and get the latest announcements from WJES!
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Did you know that every grade level at WJES has identified a way to improve environmental sustainability? First grade has recently started growing pumpkins!! Second grade has identified pollinators at our school and has become fascinated by bats! Third grade has begun learning how to reduce land pollution! Our amazing students are connecting science, math, and art as they research ways to make the world a better place! Be sure to ask your children how our small changes at WJES can have a BIG IMPACT in the world! We continue to Dream Big and Aim High at 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!