Restart Jackson Newsletter No. 18

Information for parents, caregivers, and families

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eLEARNING TIPS TO FOLLOW THESE TWO WEEKS

There are more than just five tips to follow for a successful two-week eLearning experience while the Jackson Local School District transitions to eLearning 2.0 due to a staffing shortage. However, these five tips from education experts are a guide and starting point.

1 – Help your child establish and stick to a routine.

Even though school has gone to an online learning format, treat school days just like you would if your child was attending school as usual. This includes having them get up at the same time every day, get dressed, and eat a healthy breakfast.

2 – Check in with your child’s advisor or teachers.

Teachers and advisors are usually more than willing to connect with parents via email or phone after school hours. Check in if your child is having difficulty managing the online learning platform or staying on task. Be on the lookout for any communications from teachers indicating that they are having trouble connecting with your child during this time.

3 – Encourage physical activity and exercise.

Your child will be sitting in front of their computer for long stretches of time. Encourage them to use the breaks in the day to stretch, walk the dog, or do jumping jacks — any movement helps!

4 – Resist the urge to sit in on classes with your child.

While it may certainly be tempting to “pop in” on your child’s classes, please respect their privacy and that of other students. Connect with faculty and staff through email or other communication channels before or after school hours.

5 – Take care of yourself.

This one is extra important, and we hear it often, but take care of you. If you’re not taking care of your own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs, you will have less energy, space, and patience to connect with and take care of your children. Even 10-15 minutes of scheduled “me” time during the day is beneficial.

It’s more important than ever to find ways to stay in touch and connect with others, whether that be your local community, your school, or your workplace. At the end of the day or week, check in with your support network — family, friends, and colleagues — to share worries, advice, and the unexpected joys of living life in close quarters.

A couple of other tips that will help your child(ren) during these two weeks is to have a dedicated workspace, also know when to stop for the day, and create a list of to-do items and cross those off as they are completed. Celebrate with your child(ren) as tasks are completed.

HELP DESK FOR eLEARNING

The Jackson Local School District has streamlined and improved its help desk for issues with Chromebooks, eLearning POLARIS 2.0, and other technology issues you might have this school year. This will require a quick, one-time registration by parents to submit a help desk ticket. This Help Desk is your first stop for technical issues with JLSD devices or websites.

The Help Desk can be found by clicking here. For future reference, the Help Desk can be found by the Parents section of the district's website. Click on the link under the POLARIS/eLearning.

Once you are on the Help Desk site, go to "Open a New Ticket." The first time you are there, you will have to create an account. An authentication email will be sent to you. Click on the link in the email and you can file your first help desk ticket.

VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK DECEMBER 14-19 ACROSS JLSD

It is just as important to stay connected to your school community during eLearning as when we are in-person. Next week if the final week of eLearning before Winter Break begins and we would like our students to connect with one another. So the Jackson Local School District is having a virtual Spirit Week across the district with students at all grade levels encouraged to wear (at home, and while on Google Meets):

Monday: Holiday hat day

Tuesday: Pajama day (holiday or otherwise)

Wednesday: Outdoor wear (scarves, winter hat, etc.)

Thursday: Favorite winter character (i.e. Elsa, Frosty)

Friday: Ugly sweater day

As a general reminder, all Jackson Local student handbook policies and rules remain in place for virtual spirit week.

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HOW TO ORDER MEALS WHILE eLEARNING IN DECEMBER

Our food service operations will be open when we transition to eLearning. Log in to PaySchoolCentral by going here and go to pre-order meals on the right-side panel menu. All meals must be ordered by Thursday for pick up the following week. More info on where meals for each building can be picked up is here.

JACKSON LOCAL STUDENTS, STAFF, GROUPS ADOPT 85 FAMILIES ACROSS DISTRICT

POLAR PLUNGE UPDATE ... YES, IT'S HAPPENING!

The Jackson Local Schools Foundation has provided more than $82,000 in classroom grants and approximately $60,000 to local charities as a result of our Polar Bear Plunge. This year, the Plunge will look different but IT IS HAPPENING on February 6th and we need sponsors! If you are interested, please check our sponsor information form. Find more information by going to JacksonPolarBearPlunge.org. If you have questions about this event or how you can help, please email info@jacksonlocalschoolsfoundation.org.

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EDGE DANCE CO. AT JHS CREATES VIDEO TO THANK STAFF FOR CLEANING EFFORTS

Edge Dance Company 2020 Jackson School for the Arts

JACKSON LOCAL SCHOOLS FOUNDATION BUYS STAFF LUNCH

While our faculty and staff spent Dec. 1 preparing for the transition to eLearning during these two weeks and planning instruction for weeks to come., the Jackson Local Schools Foundation wanted to make sure they didn't do it on an empty stomach. The JLSF provided lunches to our employees on December 1. Our faculty and staff enjoyed a boxed lunch and several staff members reached out to thank the Foundation and to let it know how appreciative they were of the gesture. Thank you Jackson Local Schools Foundation for your support of our district!

WE NEED YOUR HELP ON YOUTUBE

Our live stream of athletic events has been very popular with students and fans. We are able to live stream boys and girls soccer, football, and volleyball. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel, which is found here. The more subscribers we have, the easier it is for us to deliver the stream on other platforms. You can also get to the live stream from the athletic webpage, found here and if you are following us on Facebook, you can watch our streaming events on that platform as well. Thanks to Akron Auto Auction and The Law Offices of Winkhart and Minor for making this possible.

CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

The more YouTube subscribers we have, the easier it is to deliver streaming Jackson Local events to you.

MATTHEW VISCO, OLIVIA MARRERO SELECTED AS STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

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SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS NEEDED

If you know someone who is looking to make extra money, please point them in the direction of our transportation department. We are looking for substitute bus drivers and the pay starts at $19.13 an hour. More information on this specific opportunity can be found here, or by calling the transportation department at 330-830-8042.

HOW TO REACH US

Striving for Excellence

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Superintendent: Christopher DiLoreto

Board of Education:

Thomas W. Winkhart, president

Scott Gindlesberger

Kenneth J. Douglas

Christopher V. Goff

Tonya M. Wright