Whole Child Newsletter

July 2021

Upcoming Professional Learning Day

Join us for a day of professional learning on Thursday, August 19th, 2021.

The entire day will be virtual, and will run from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.


The two speakers for August 19th are Dr. James Harris and Dr. Horacio Sanchez. Please mark your calendars and register for the day here!

Let's stop doing our kids a disservice by pushing for a "return to normal. They deserve us taking a careful look at Continuing Effective Covid-Time Practices in the “New Normal”

In this article in Ed. Magazine, Lory Hough compiles suggestions from educators on practices implemented during the pandemic that should continue when schools return to fully in-person instruction. Some excerpts:


Cultivate trust. “The pandemic has reminded me just how important it is to listen, care for one another, seek perspectives, solve problems together, stay true to core values, and follow through,” says Jennifer Perry Cheatham (Public Education Leadership Project). She hopes “active trust-building emerges as a necessity in education – a foundational tenet through which we perform all our work.”

Rethink grading. “We must realize that our century-old inherited grading practices have alwaysdisproportionately punished students with weaker support nets and fewer resources, students of color, from poor families, with special needs, and English learners,” says Joe Feldman (author, former teacher and administrator). During the pandemic, it became apparent that problems with grading affected many more students, waking up educators to the need to more accurately and fairly measure student learning.

Truly include parents. “For all their pieties,” says Frederick Hess (American Enterprise Institute), “schools have seemingly gotten into a habit of treating parents as a nuisance… [giving] the gentle brush-off to parents concerned about discipline, special education, or testing.” With remote learning, parents have had a front-row seat on their children’s curriculum content, how teachers teach, and how school time is used. Reactions have ranged from positive (I had no idea teachers were so organized) to helpful (Now I see why my daughter is confused about parts of speech), to negative (I never knew how little learning occurs during my kids’ school day). “There’s great power in all this,” says Hess. “This kind of openness can strengthen school communities, enable valuable oversight for what schools are doing, and provide students more of the support they need. Here’s hoping that we find a way to keep it, long after the kids are out of the kitchen and back in the classroom.”


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A Healthy Road Ahead for Teens with Anxiety, Stress & Depression

A Healthy Road Ahead for Teens with Anxiety, Stress & Depression
If you know of a youth interested in sharing their story, please reach out to Rebecca Hurst at rebecca.hurst@jcisd.org

2021/2022 HIV Certification Training


HIV Online Certification Training November 2021

Virtual Training - You MUST complete the asynchronous virtual content (1.5 hours) prior to attending the synchronous virtual session


Synchronous virtual session

Tuesday, November 9th

9:00 am - 10:30 am

*FREE Training

*3 SCECHs Pending through Van Buren ISD


Register online at:

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0049-0004-8483c72068cd4f3baff7f4004bae466b



HIV Online Certification Training March 2022

Virtual Training - You MUST complete the asynchronous virtual content (1.5 hours) prior to attending the synchronous virtual session


Synchronous virtual session

Wednesday, March 16th

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

*FREE Training

*3 SCECHs Pending through Van Buren ISD


Register online at:

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0049-0004-5a8e3a0aa542404494e22152f01f3c64



HIV Online Certification Training April 2022

Virtual Training - You MUST complete the asynchronous virtual content (1.5 hours) prior to attending the synchronous virtual session


Synchronous virtual session

Thursday, April 14th

9:00 am - 10:30 am

*FREE Training

*3 SCECHs Pending through Van Buren ISD


Register online at:

https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0049-0004-e1bc3be68b13429aaa3b7db381cab93c

Trails & Tails

Summer is the perfect time to explore the Trails & Tails at The Dahlem Environmental Education Center. This partnership program runs July 14-31 and encourages families to learn about nature and the wildlife we have right here in Jackson.

Stop by any JDL branch beginning July 14 to pick up a Nature Explorer kit with a map and instructions for each stop along the trails. Learn more at http://ow.ly/r3Dl50Fdt9F

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We Are All Different - and THAT'S AWESOME! | Cole Blakeway | TEDxWestVancouverED

Contact the Whole Child Team!

Janelle Buchler: Whole Child Consultant (janelle.buchler@jcisd.org)

Eric Swihart: Whole Child Coordinator (eric.swihart@jcisd.org)

Caitlin Williams: Attendance and Homeless Program Coordinator (caitlin.williams@jcisd.org)

Rebecca Hurst: Behavior Health Project Coordinator (rebecca.hurst@jcisd.org)

Kelsea Jabkiewicz: Whole Child Coordinator (kelsea.jabkiewicz@jcisd.org)

Angela Maddox: Whole Child Secretary (angela.maddox@jcisd.org)