December 17th Jefferson Journal

Upcoming Events

December 22nd: Virtual All School Assembly 8:45am

December 23rd- January 2nd: Winter Break NO SCHOOL

Kaum Ob Hli 22: Cov Mivnyuas Muaj Sib Sau Ua Ke Virtual thaum 8:45 sawv ntxuv

Kaum Ob Hli 23 - Ib Hli 2: Su TSI MUAJ KAWM NTAWV

Remember to check out the Thomas Jefferson School calendar on the website to view what is going on at the school. The button below will take you to the calendar.

Dress Up Days

Next week we will have dress up days please see the list below.

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Snow day Virtual Learning protocols and information

What are the benefits of a Virtual Learning Day?

The biggest benefit of Virtual Learning Days is the continuation of learning and student achievement. This type of instructional delivery provides students the ability to interact with instructional content to develop and deepen understanding. A Virtual Learning Day also provides students needed exposure to a critical aspect of being considered College and Career ready, the ability to independently complete activities while leveraging available technologies. Additionally, Virtual Learning Days allow for a predictable school calendar as the need for added minutes or days is greatly decreased as inclement weather days will be counted as instructional days.

When can a Virtual Learning Day take place?

A Virtual Learning Day can occur anytime during the school year and can be used to continue student learning on days when it is not possible to be in the physical school building due to inclement weather, widespread illness, flooding, power outages, or other factors which would result in the closing of a school building.

How does a Virtual Learning Day work?

Students will follow a flexible schedule as directed by their teachers. This will include a combination of live instruction via Google Meet and independent/self-paced learning activities throughout the day. Staff will ensure students understand learning objectives, supporting activities, and the requirements for completion.

What if a student does not have access to a device at home?

All Wausau School District students (K-12) are issued either an iPad or Chromebook as a tool to use when interacting with instruction. In preparation for a virtual learning day, all students will be expected to bring their District issued device home for the purpose of completing work assigned.

What if a student does not have access to the internet at home?

If a family does not have internet access at home, a district issued hot spot can be issued from your school librarian. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information.

What will a virtual school day look like?

Student Guidelines

  • Grades K-5: Join a live Google Meet at times pre-established by your teacher.

(One in the morning, one in the afternoon)

  • PreK-2 - Up to 60 minutes of student engagement in independent/self paced activities

  • Grades 3-5 - Up to 2 hours of student engagement in independent/self paced activities

  • Grades 6-12: Follow your regular class schedule by logging into the Google Meet for each class at the beginning of each period.

  • All Grades: Use itsLearning and SeeSaw to engage in independent/self-paced learning activities as directed by your teacher.

  • All Grades: Communicate with teachers and peers, including asking questions and seeking support as needed.

We value and appreciate your support and investment in Virtual Learning Days!

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Blessings in a Bag

There will be no distribution of bags the week of 12/20/21. Please note that the bags that are going home today Friday, December 17th will have extra's in them .

Bussing Questions??

We are happy to help answer bussing questions as best we can. Often times, however, First Student Bus Company is your best first contact.

First Student Contact Information:

715-842-2268 Phone

715-845-5155 Fax

First Student policy required ALL bus riders to wear a face mask. If your student is a bus rider, please make sure they have a mask for the before and after school bus ride.

Field Trips require all riders to wear a mask. Please remember to have a couple masks in your students backpack so they are prepared when attending field trips.

This is a gentle reminder that your student(s) is required to wear a mask on all school buses per a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ruling. This ruling, which went into effect on August 20, will be in place until at least March 18, 2022.

If your student(s) is in need of a mask, all Wausau School District schools have them available. There are also masks on all First Student buses

PTO Information

Next Meeting January 10th 5:30pm in the Library

Please check out these opportunities to help out with the PTO!!

1.) Please fill out your background check so you can volunteer: Volunteer

2.) Follow on Facebook: Thomas Jefferson Jaguars PTO

PTO Inkjet, Laser Cartridges and old Cell Phone Collection

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Please click on the buttons below to see the list of cartridges accepted. If you have any questions please send an email to

Please do not bring sporting equipment or toys from home to school

It has become a larger and more frequent issue with students bringing sporting equipment and or toys to school. If it is for a specific school project or special sharing day that is appropriate but otherwise we ask that students leave these items at home. If students bring these items we will hold it for them and give it back the first time it happens. The second time parent or guardian will have to pick up from school.

Encore Updates


This quarter students are using the end of our current season, Autumn and next season Winter as inspiration for artwork with the use of our art elements (Color, Space, Form, Value, Shape, Texture, Line). Autumn and Winter has unique colors thanks to the limited light, sounds and textures, and moments that students take from personal experience to add their voice and vision to their artworks. Don’t forget to ask your students about their learnings in art and their other encore subjects! Watch for images of their work via their Seesaw Art class posts and in the halls at school.

K-1 students are using Autumn and Winter to create art using Color, Line, Shape, Pattern, Space and Texture. Projects include icons of pumpkins, scarecrows, trees, boats, animals, winter clothing, and leaves.

2-3 students are using Autumn and Winter to create art using Color, Line, Shape, Value, Space, Pattern and Texture. Students will also be learning about Positive and Negative Space, Optical Illusion, Complementary Colors, and Printmaking from our Principles of Design (which add more interest to their artwork). Principles of Design are Emphasis, Balance, Contrast, Repetition, Proportion, Movement, and White Space. Projects include icons of fall harvest items, leaves, scarecrows, Self, abstract imagery, monsters and robots.

4-5 students are using Autumn and Winter to create art using Color, Line, Shape, Value, Texture, and Space. Students will also be learning about how light can create the look of form thanks to shadows and highlights, Contrast, Balance, Proportion, Emphasis and Movement from our Principles of Design (which add more interest to their artwork). Principles of Design are Emphasis, Balance, Contrast, Repetition, Proportion, Movement, and White Space. Projects include icons of skulls, trees, pumpkins, bones, candy, emotions of oneself, and self.


5th grade is still learning about the human body. We are learning how all parts work together and will be learning about the respiratory and cardiovascular system next week.

4th grade is working on energy and matter, focusing so far on energy and how energy can transfer from one thing to another. We did an experiment this week where we created a chemical reaction (vinegar and baking soda) which created energy and that energy was transferred into the cork which popped off and flew (see attached pictures. I also have a video i can send)

3rd grade has started their water unit. This week we learned about surface tension.

2nd grade is in their mini earth unit. We learned so far where the sun rises and sets and why we have seasons.

1st grade is learning about balance and participating in a lot of balance activities.

Kindergarten is learning about forces, such as push and pull forces, and gravity.

Leader In Me

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Wausau School District Gifted and Talented Nomination Process

Nominations are now being accepted from parents and teachers of second through fifth grade students in need of gifted and talented evaluations. Parents and teachers are welcome to nominate students who are currently achieving at a high level in mathematics and/or reading, approximately at the top 5% of the class. Please note, students cannot be tested in consecutive years. Teachers have already nominated some students for these evaluations. If you have already completed a Permission to Evaluate for Gifted and Talented Identification Form, no further steps need to be taken. Students who are already identified as gifted and talented do not need to be reevaluated.

Parents whose second through fifth grade child has not been previously nominated as gifted and talented and who feel that they have a high achieving child may pick up a Permission to Evaluate for Gifted and Talented Identification Form with the Parent Inventory Form on the back from the school office. Nominations from parents are due by January 14, 2022.

When the completed parent forms are returned to the school office, each student will be scheduled for several assessments. These will be done sometime during the school day. These assessments, along with other test data, will provide the district with a student profile. This profile will help determine whether or not a child meets the District’s guidelines for gifted and talented identification. The assessment review is expected to be completed in May and the results will be shared before the end of the school year.

The Wausau School District recognizes that appropriate instructional challenge is needed for all students regardless of ability. The GT identification process is one way to help us provide for the educational needs of high ability students. Should you need further information, please contact your building’s GT Learning Resource Teacher or Tammy Steckbauer, Coordinator for Gifted and Talented, at 715-261-0220.


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COVID-19 Testing in the Wausau School District

The Wausau School District is offering free PCR COVID-19 testing to all students, staff, and even the immediate family members of students and staff.


  • When? While testing began Monday, November 1, 2021, two mobile units will be available for COVID-19 testing starting Monday, November 8, 2021. The schedules for those units are below.
  • Who is eligible for testing? All Wausau School District students, their immediate family members, District staff, along with their immediate family members, who are either symptomatic for COVID-19 or close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • What does the testing cost? Nothing. It will cost nothing to receive a COVID-19 PCR test. It is being paid for by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS).
  • Will the Wausau School District test my child(ren) without my consent? Absolutely not. No student will ever be tested for COVID-19 without the consent of a parent/guardian.
  • Who is doing the testing? The staff from COVID CLINIC is administering the COVID-19 PCR tests. They're provided to the District through DHS.
  • If I'm a staff member, student, or immediate family member of a staff member or student, how do I obtain a test?
    • For students: Parents have a couple of options for their child(ren). Parents can fill out a consent form below and drop it off at their child(ren)'s school. Parents could also bring their child(ren) to the mobile units for testing. There, they will be able to register their child(ren) for testing, or they could pre-register them at the link below.
    • For staff and immediate family members: Staff members and/or immediate family members can either pre-register at the link below, or they can show up to the mobile units to register.
  • What kind of COVID-19 testing do the mobile units do? The mobile units do both antigen and PCR testing. However, the Wausau School District only accepts a negative PCR test on a student with symptoms.

  • How long will it take to get results back on a PCR testing? The time is very dependent on the volume of tests the lab is processing. Right now, ( as of November5, 2021) it's taking 2-3 days to get results. If a patient does not see their results within 36 hours, they are being asked to reach out to DHS. Here's the contact information. Please note this is only for PCR results.

    Phone: (866) 419-6988, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday

  • Is any of this paid for by the District? No. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is paying for the mobile units and to staff them, along with, paying for all of the testing.

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Returning back to school from Quarantine

If your student has been Quarantined because of being ill and they received a negative PCR Covid test or alternate medical diagnosis from a medical practitioner, please send test results and any medical documentation to our Health Aide, Megan Bach, at . Please contact Megan and send the test results and medical documentation BEFORE sending your student back to school. Any questions, please email Megan and/or call the Health Office at 715-261-0186.

Thank you so much!!

Link to WSD Covid Dashboard, Elementary and Secondary Matrices

As we enter the 2021-22 school year, the Wausau School District is offering the highest quality educational experience for students. We are taking several steps to monitor and mitigate the spread of COVID. We are also taking steps to minimize the time lost to quarantines.

We are working with the Marathon County Health Department to monitor and mitigate the spread of the virus in our community and our schools and will revisit our protocols as necessary at any point during the school year. Public health is a whole community effort and the District can not be successful on our own. Below are some practices that families can take, as well as, the school district.

Wausau School District COVID-19 Information


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"We're Better Together"

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Staff Directory

Principal Mr. Johnson

Secretary Mrs. Tammy Steckling

Building/ Office para Mrs. Colette Tranchita

Health Aid:

Ms. Megan Bach-

Pupil Services

Counselor: Ms. Sue Doerr

Social worker: Mrs. Morgan Knetter

Psychologist: Mrs. Amanda Melville

Bridge Room Coordinator: Ms. Amber Sparby

4K Staff

Mrs. Amber Channel

Ms. Samantha Kniess

Mrs. BreAnne Wais

Mrs. Renee Krautkramer

Mrs. May Xiong

Kindergarten Teachers

Mrs. April Voigt

Mrs. Kelly Hummel

Mrs. Katelyn Veith.

1st Grade Teachers

Mrs. Diana Gartzke

Mrs Deb Treager

Mr. Matt Schilling

2nd Grade Teachers

Mrs. Diane Eder

Mrs. Carrie Helke

Mrs. Taylor Frank

3rd Grade Teachers

Mrs. Jill Ebersold

Mrs. Sandy Knoll

Mrs. Heather Trollop

4th Grade Teachers

Mrs. Leslie Ninnemann

Mrs. Kary Riggs

5the Grade Teachers

Mrs. Jen Davidson

Ms. Emily Fritz

Encore Team

Art- Jennifer Lingford

Gym- Christin Sullivan

Science- Tori Dienger

Music- Sana Wressell

Library- Jennifer Moore

Special Education

Mrs. Justine Callahan

Mrs. Kim Ickert

Mrs. Jennifer Faust

Gifted & Talented

Mrs. Cheryl Borta-


Mrs. Paokee Xiong.

Mrs. Lisa Alexander

Mrs. Halle Veenstra-

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Mrs. Amy Akey-

Mrs. Trenny Frahm-


Mrs. Michelle Debot

Translation support

Mrs. Eileen Thao

The Wausau School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, sex (including transgender status, change of sex or gender identity), or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability (“Protected Classes”).