Jefferson Intermediate School

March 26, 2020

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We Miss You!!

Jefferson Families,

We want you to know how much we miss you!! Your smiling faces are a bright spot in our day every day and life is not the same without you. While we cannot see you every day please know that we are thinking about you and praying for you. We can't wait until we are all back together again.

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Picking Up Items At School

You may pick up student computers, band/orchestra instruments and medications on Friday from 10:30-12:30. At this time we are not handing out personal items from classrooms. We realize that all students left clothing, books, notebooks and other personal items in their lockers and classrooms. We have had lots of requests to pick up personal items. At this time we will not be retrieving these items for students. Our focus is on distributing computers and instruments so that students can access the learning opportunities. The only staff members allowed in the building are the ones helping to distribute these items and meals. These staff members are restricted to the front of the building at this time. We will notify parents if our situation changes and you are able to pick up personal items. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to get through this challenging situation together.
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Online Learning Opportunities

Pella Community Schools will begin posting online learning opportunities for all students beginning Monday, March 30. Access to all websites will be blocked on Jefferson student Chromebooks computers until 6:00 am Monday morning.


When your student gets on their computer the first time it will ask for their email address. Student email addresses are first name.last name@student.pella.k12.ia.us. Their password is the one they use for everything in our building. If your student does not remember their password, you can find it in Infinite Campus under student credentials or you may email Mrs. Winward at paula.winward@pellaschools.org and she will email it to you.


To access the online learning opportunities, visit the Pella Schools COVID-19 page at:

Coronavirus.pellaschools.org/

When this site goes live. It will allow you to quickly navigate to a grade or building level and link to a variety of online learning opportunities for your students.


  • None of these lessons are required nor will they be graded. They are offered as a way to help students continue to grow during this time away from school.


  • Teachers will be available electronically to help students and parents if they have questions. This varies by building so please check the learning hub for details.


  • Lessons will be posted one week at a time for however long we need to do so. New lessons will go live each Monday.


This is definitely a unique experience for everyone. Jefferson staff members have been working hard to create some wonderful opportunities for you. While they are not required we strongly encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities. They will not be the same as the daily in classroom experiences but will provide you opportunities to grow and challenge yourself.


It is easy to get out of a routine when we lose our daily schedules. We encourage you to set daily schedules that involve academic time, activity time, and family time. Social distancing doesn't mean social isolation. While we don't want children on technology devices all day, there are opportunities for them to connect with friends online.

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Online Student Learning Opportunities Etiquette

JI/MS Student Computer Operating Time: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM


  1. Honor the Pella CSD Acceptable Use Policy you signed when you received the device.


  1. If you have anything in your home you prefer not to be seen, please turn off your video conferencing option.


  1. Be Respectful:

    1. Respect privacy, diversity, and opinions that differ from your’s.

    2. Avoid sharing other’s personal and professional information.


  1. Be Responsible:

    1. Practice good digital citizenship.


  1. Be Polite:

    1. Speak and interact similarly to how you would in person.


  1. Be Scholarly:

    1. Use proper language, grammar, and spelling, and avoid misinforming others when you do not have the answer.




*Please remember, to ensure your online safety, the school district's monitoring software will continue to run 24-7 for anyone using school provided devices.

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Online Safety Video Students and Parents

Paula Winward, our Teacher Librarian and Technology Integrationist, created this video for you with tips for online safety for our students.


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How to Use Google Hangout Meets

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Grab and Go Meals

Please use this link if you would like to take advantage of the grab and go meals provided by the district.


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