JCUE Monday Memo

November 16, 2020

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:

The week of November 16-20 marks the last week of school prior to Thanksgiving Break which begins November 23, 2020. The district has transitioned to virtual learning for all scholars due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases. I encourage you to be safe over the holiday break and to take all precautions to ensure the safety of your family. Upon returning from the Thanksgiving Break, testing will begin (see schedule below). A final decision will be made as to whether testing will be in-person or virtually.

Your support is still needed to ensure that all scholars are successful in their studies! You can help us by doing the following-

  • Add your child's district gmail account to your mobile device. This will allow you to monitor their incoming and outgoing messages.
  • Download the Canvas parent app to your mobile device. This will allow you to become an observer of your child's assignments and grades.
  • Check your Active Parent Account. Important messages are posted for your viewing.
  • Update your contact number and mailing address if it has changed since registration so that we can contact you as needed.

Fall photos will be rescheduled to the Spring due to the rising number of positive Covid-19 cases.

Thank you parents for all you do for the scholars of Jefferson County Upper Elementary!


Principal Carter

Attendance for the Week of November 9, 2020

Student Goal: 95%+

Student Attendance: 87.14%

Teacher Goal: 95%+

Teacher Attendance: 94.6%

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November Teacher of the Month

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Ms. Virginia Harris

Ms. Harris was born and raised in Fayette, MS. She has two daughters, Terrica and Mia and two grandsons, Jeremiah and Max. She has been teaching for 30 years at Jefferson County Schools. She loves teaching, especially Science because she loves when students explore and learn. She is a graduate of Alcorn State University and loves to sew, draw, and watch game shows.

November Student of the Month

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Zyria Buckles

Zyria Buckles is 10 years old. Her hobbies are writing, drawing, and spending time with family. Zyria's favorite part of science is doing experiments and learning about animals. It is always interesting to find the end results of an experiment. When she grows up, Zyria wants to become a famous artist, and an author or a YouTuber.
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Parent-Teacher Conferences


Parent-teacher conferences are on the horizon. Here are two quick tips to help get the most out of your time with your child’s teacher during Covid:

  1. Use the conference as an opportunity to share important insights about your child that the teacher may not have gleaned yet. Given that your child’s teacher is not seeing your child in person every day, assume they haven’t picked up on every nuance yet about your child. They’ll be grateful for the additional data and insight you can offer. Teachers want to help, and the more they know, the better they can do.

Be specific with your questions. Ideally you’re seeking guidance and specifics so you can best support your child at home. For example: “My child is having a hard time finding all their independent work on remote days. How can we help them manage this better?” Or: “What can we do to ensure we’re promoting good reading habits at home?”

Make sure your child has submitted all missing and/or incomplete assignments by December 1, 2020.

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"A glass of water" An inspirational story

Helpful Information/Tips for Parents


  • Excuses for missed days should be emailed to the school secretary within three days of the absence by the parent or guardian.
  • A maximum of two (2) days for illness/injury per nine weeks can be recognized as excused when a note has been signed by a parent/guardian. A student absent in excess of two (2) days per nine weeks must provide school officials with a written explanation from a health provider. These medical notes must be submitted within three (3) days following the student’s return to school.
  • Any technical issues with scholars logging into class which may cause a day of missed instruction should be emailed to the teacher and school secretary by the parent or guardian.
  • When students miss instruction due to internet connectivity, they must complete and submit the assignment in the instructional packet by Monday of the following week to remove the absent mark. Instructional packets are posted in Canvas weekly and available on the district website. A printed copy can be requested by calling the school office.
  • Teacher meeting IDS, passwords, and links are the same (no changes). Call the front office or email the school secretary if you need the information again.
  • Students should log in or attend all required classes daily for the entire period.

Student District Email

The students' district email accounts are Google (Gmail) accounts. Parents you are encouraged to add your child's account to your personal device to keep up with all information between the student and school.


Jefferson County Upper Elementary School communicates with parents and students through the following means-

The Upper Elementary team is here for support and you are encouraged to contact us for assistance as we work together this school year.

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Success

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