Panther Paw Prints

April Newsletter

Big picture

Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles


West Jackson Elementary School seeks to inspire and empower all students to engage and excel in the opportunities of a global society.


WJES students can ask questions, think critically and creatively, and work with others to solve problems in their lives, in our community, and in the world.

Guiding Principles-

  • Students’ learning needs are the focus of all decision making to support academics and the whole child.

  • WJES provides a highly effective, committed staff and the resources for all students to achieve excellence and reach their full potential.

  • Through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), we ensure and celebrate a nurturing, student centered, and respectful environment for learning, where every student is valued and known.

  • WJES offers a rigorous, authentic, standards-based curriculum, guided by data and research-based, best instructional practices through STEAM based learning experiences.

  • WJES is a community school, where all stakeholders work collaboratively to support one another to inspire and engage students in connected learning.

  • At WJES, we embrace a growth mindset and encourage one another to reach challenging goals, while having fun on the journey!

Upcoming Events:

April 5th - 9th: Spring Break

April 12th, 19th, and 26th: Students may wear hats on these three days for $3 to help raise money for Special Olympians

Parent University

Here at WJES, we want to help support our students and their families in the best ways we can. In order to do that, we have decided to launch "Parent Universities" which will be short, prerecorded videos published throughout the year with relevant topics to help inform, educate, and guide families on how to best assist their student(s) as well as provide families a chance to learn more about WJES. We would love your feedback on what topics you would like to see discussed in these videos. (Examples include: social and emotional learning/mental health strategies, academics, PBIS/7 Mindsets, our STEAM journey, school vision, distance learning, etc).

If you would like to learn more about specific topics on how you can help your child, feel free to complete the Parent University Survey. We will create video recordings based on your questions, needs, and feedback and include them on our launch pad. Please note, we welcome all your feedback and potential topics. We are excited to partner with our families in this new way to learn and grow together.


We appreciate our open lines of communications with our families. Please help us by notifying us if your child will be absent due to quarantine due to close contact outside of school, or because they have tested positive for COVID -19. We want to ensure that your child is not counted absent during that time, as well as ensure that they have access to their work or digital learning during the time they are at home.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Click here to access the breakfast and lunch menus for April.
Big picture

2020 - 2021 School Year

Click here to view the 2020 - 2021 school calendar.

2021 - 2022 School Year

Click here to view the 2021 - 2022 school calendar.
Big picture
Big picture

PBIS Rewards Parent App

Dear WJES Families,

Families and caregivers are key in the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in their homes on a daily basis. It is especially helpful when events disrupt normal routines – events like worldwide health pandemics. This practice provides recommendations for families and caregivers on how to use PBIS to continue to support their students’ social and emotional growth and minimize behavioral disruptions in the home. If you need a PBIS code for your student, feel free to reach out to your child's teacher.

Please click here for Parent Information & Resources in English.

Favor de hacer clic Aqui para obtener Información y Recursos de ayuda para promover conducta positiva en el hogar.

Kind regards,

Your PBIS Team

Big picture

School Hours

School hours are 7:40 AM - 2:25 PM. The school doors open at 7:15 AM each day. Students will go straight to their homerooms in the mornings. Breakfast will be served from the classroom. 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.