JSE Tracks January 18th

We are Lil' BEARCATS!

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

JSE Monthly Attributes:

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Demonstrating Perseverance

Bucket-Filling Trait: Forgiveness

We Love our Schoolhouse!

On the JSE news and in our classrooms this week we celebrate MLK Day through books, articles, and short videos. His lessons are excellent examples of our monthly characteristic traits. At JSE our character traits for January are Demonstrate Perseverance and Forgiveness.

As a school learning goal we continue to focus on having a growth mindset when using our mathematical problem solving skills to persevere through math word problems. Your child's class will be examining problem solving steps, applying their skills and tracking their class progress in our hallway. Thank you nightly for your effort and time, working together with your child to solve those rigorous word problems in their homework can be challenging for us parents too! An excellent website to support your child at home: https://www.khanacademy.org/

We will make it a great week at JSE!

Leigh Barnes


Our lil' bearcats and teachers are excited about using our new Promethean Boards!

Over winter break, promethean boards were added to each classroom. Students utilize the upgraded technology resource during daily interactive lessons. We are thankful for UTSC's commitment to blended learning and computer science standards.

2nd Grade Learning, Experiences Grow our Brains

Our 2nd graders thank the Porter County Recycling and Waste Reduction Team for their Water Watchers Program! Students learned through hands-on experiments and presenting their findings to their peers. Learning experiences and opportunities grow our brains. We appreciate their partnership!

PTO News

  • Join our facebook page and let us know if you are interested in joining our meetings and looking for ways to get involved in our school! Please reach out to us through our facebook page or our PTO email.
  • PTO Meetings usually occur the first Tuesday of each month at 6PM. Please consider attending the meetings this year, every JSE parent is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Important Dates:

February 3 Progress Report

February 14 Valentine Classroom Parties and Candle Light Lunch

February 18-21 President's Day No school/Snow Make-Up Day if needed

Wear your Bearcat Spirit Wear on Fridays!

Daily Schedule returns

8:30AM Free optional breakfast for all students

8:40AM First Bell

8:50AM Tardy Bell and School Begins

Lunch Schedule below *Lunch is free this year also

3:20 Car Rides and Walkers/Bike Riders *see car rider directions below

3:25 Bus Dismissal

**Masks are optional during the school day and required on the bus.

Winter Reminders:

Recess: Students go out for recess at 10 degrees and above. Please make sure to send a winter coat, gloves, and hat for recess each day. In addition, your child will not be allowed to play in the snow without snow pants and snow boots. Please remember to label your child's clothing items.

Delays and School Closures: You will receive an email and text from UTSC indicating a school delay or closure plan. Make sure we have updated contact information in our system. You may also check our website in the morning for a school closure announcement as well as follow the UTSC twitter account.

2 Hr. Delay schedule:

10:40 Arrival Bell

10:50 Tardy Bell

No Breakfast Served

Lunch Schedule remains the same

*2 Hour Delay or School Closing will be posted to our UTSC Main website, texted, emailed and tweeted from our UTSC Twitter.

JOIN our UTSC Team: Employment Opportunities - Substitute Teachers Needed

Want to work at Union Township Schools? If so, please take a look at the below postings or click the UTSC Corporation website HERE:

  • Substitute Teachers Needed: High School Graduate Requirement Only. Interested applicants should check our website or the IDOE website and email Leigh Barnes at lbarnes@union.k12.in.us

    • Bus Aide/Bus Substitute Driver- Interested applicants should email Superintendent John Hunter at jhunter@union.k12.in.us

      • JSE Substitute Custodian/Substitute Kitchen Dishwasher- Interested applicants should email Leigh Barnes at lbarnes@union.k12.in.us

      You are always welcome at JSE!

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

      Leigh Barnes, Principal ext 3001 lbarnes@union.k12.in.us

      Barb Rittel, Secretary ext 3000 brittel@union.k12.in.us

      Lisa Morton, Home School Advisor ext 3003 lmorton@union.k12.in.us

      Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse ext 3002 kmaniszko@union.k12.in.us

      We LOVE our School!

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