JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News, January 11th

Keeping you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

JSE Monthly Attributes

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Think Reflectively

Bucket-Filling Trait: Friendship

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Good Evening JSE Families,

Thank you for bundling up our children and getting them to school safely this frigid morning. As Old Man Winter is always around the corner this beautiful season, please check to ensure you have access to at least one of the methods of communication below should we have a delay or closing of school.

Our students are hard at work demonstrating mastery of standards from 2nd quarter. We wrap up STAR reading and math winter benchmark assessments this week. This data collection will provide us with individual student growth information and focus areas to inform our instruction. Reports will be sent home by your child's classroom teacher. If you have any questions, please let us know.

This Friday is the end of the 2nd quarter and report cards will be sent home on the 21st. Many of our students surpassed their AR goals!

We are proud to announce our first ever Science Bowl Team. J.R. Villarruel, Mallory Meadows, Tony Kaster, Isaac Strom, and Aerial Meeks will represent us at the upcoming Elementary Science Bowl Competition under the expert guidance of Miss Dravet and Miss Bobin. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!

Stay warm,

Leigh Barnes


School Closings or Delays

We have chosen to utilize many vehicles of communication so that we may have redundancy if one of our methods of communication fails and to better serve the preferences of our community. When a decision to CLOSE or DELAY school is made,

an alert is posted on the following:

Union Township School Website: www.union.k12.in.us

  • Mass Email & Text Message via Harmony (UTSC Student Information System)
  • Notifications to Adams Radio Group
  • Indiana 105
  • Wake AM 1500
  • Twitter
  • UTSC Facebook Page
  • "Notify Me" sign-up on our webpage

*Breakfast is not served on school delays.


  • PTO Meetings: Second Tuesday of every month 6pm, JSE Cafeteria Next meeting: February 9th*All are welcome!
  • January PTO Newsletter will be in your child's Thursday Folder.
  • January 21st 6pm BINGO for Books in the cafeteria
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Important Dates:

1/21 Report Card

1/21 BINGO for Books

1/29 Elementary Basketball Night at WHS 5:30pm JV and 7pm Varsity

Every Friday is Spirit Day! Wear orange and green!


Something to look forward to in January!

We thank Ms. Edwards for arranging an Elementary Night at WHS for the boys JV and Varsity basketball games on Friday, January 29th. The JV Game starts at 5:30pm and the Varsity game will start at 7pm. We look forward to fun activities at half time of each game. Elementary students will be admitted free to the game with a paying adult and get a free bag of popcorn. After the game the Varsity team will sign autographs on team photos. We hope to see you there!

Read for 20: Free myON Digital Library

From the IDOE: As part of the Department’s on-going literacy initiative, the Hoosier Family of Readers, books will be accessible through the myON Digital Library and will be available in both English and Spanish.

“I am excited to announce that Hoosier students will have access to thousands of free online books in 2016,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “A reader is not someone who can read, rather a reader is someone who does read. Providing students with access to thousands of online books supports the mission of the Indiana Department of Education: to provide every student with the resources they need to have an education of the highest quality.”

Beginning on January 1, 2016, and going through December 31, 2016, students, families, and educators will have access to more than 5,000 free, online books through the myON Digital Library. Additionally, the Department is encouraging students across the state to participate in its 200,000 book challenge. Every book read using myON will contribute to our goal of reading 200,000 books to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in December 2016.

Additional information about the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative and details on how students can begin reading on January 1 can be found atwww.hoosierfamilyofreaders.com.

Be a part of the UTSC staff!

Employment Opportunities:

Bus Drivers

Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Teachers

Applications are available on the district website. Please contact central office for additional information. Thank you for your interest!

You are always welcome at JSE!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Leigh Barnes, Principal

Barb Rittel, Secretary

Chris Fields, Home School Advisor

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse