JCUE Monday Memo

March 8, 2021

Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of Jefferson County Upper Elementary School is to provide a 21st century learning environment that produces civically, responsible scholars that are college and career ready.

The vision of Jefferson County Upper Elementary School is to foster an enthusiastic, creative community of scholars ready to influence change in the world.

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Dear Families and Community Members:

We've had a successful week of testing and our scholars are due for a break! The week of March 15-19, 2021 is Spring Break for Jefferson County School District.

ALL scholars will return to school for in-person learning beginning Monday, March 22, 2021 according to their cohorts which are based on last names. Please take a moment to review the School Reopening Plan (click for details).

Thank you so much for sharing in our poster contest with students on social media. Every like, share, and encouraging comment was greatly appreciated. Let's continue to collaborate as a team so that our students and school is a success!


Principal Carter

JCUE Cohorts

Cohort A- ALL scholars with last names A to J will attend school in person on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Cohort B- ALL scholars with last names K to Z will attend school in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Friday is a virtual learning day for all scholars.

Comprehensive Benchmark Assessment Schedule

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March Parent Meeting- Report Card Day

Thursday, March 25th, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

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This week marks one year since schools across the country closed for in-person learning due to Covid. Over the last 12 months, parents have been asked to wear many hats and strike a new balance between being a parent, teacher, coach and friend while also managing the home front and work. For our children it’s been a year unlike any that we could have ever imagined for them. We’ve asked them to be resilient, rule-abiding, and flexible during a time of complete upheaval for them. And though they had very little say in how things unfolded for them, our children have indeed adapted beyond anything adults could have fairly expected.

In a Facebook post on February 11, 2021, writer Christine Derengowski named our children the “superheroes in this whole scenario.” Her post resonated and was shared more than 727,000 times. She points out that there are certainly many heroes of the pandemic from front line medical professionals, to grocery workers, to delivery drivers. Yet our children, for stepping up and making the best of a difficult situation that was thrust upon them, also deserve significant praise and recognition.

I appreciate Derengowski’s post simply for the perspective it provides. As she said to her son: “Do you know that no kids in the history of kids have ever had to do what you’re doing right now? No kids in the history of kids have ever had to do school at home, sitting in their bedroom, watching their teacher on a computer. You and your friends are making history.” Indeed they are, and they’ve done it with little complaint, perhaps a few tears, and often with a smile.

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Jefferson County Upper Elementary School

Ms. Cashoney Carter, Principal | Ext. 300 | cacarter@jcpsd.net

Ms. Ophelia Rowan, Secretary | Ext. 301 | orowan@jcpsd.net

Mrs. Gretchen Carter, Counselor | Ext. 302 | gstampley@jcpsd.net