Dolphin Digest

A Monthly Newsletter from Jefferson Elementary School

Principal's Message

Second semester started strong at JES and our students continue to make us proud each day! In our classrooms, students are receiving personalized instruction and growing by leaps and bounds. We invite you to check out our Facebook page to see our students in action each day. We also have several fun events coming up: Black History Month Historic Wax Museum, Read Across America Week, the Spring Book Fair, Kindergarten and 1st grade music programs, and more.

We would love your help in ensuring that all students arrive to school on time. Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am and much of our core instruction occurs in the morning. If your child arrives to school tardy, they could potentially miss reading and math instruction as well as any intervention services they are being provided. The minutes add up! For example, tardy arrivals of 15 minutes per day equals 45 hours in a school year of instruction missed. If you are experiencing challenges in getting your child to school on time, please reach out to our front office for assistance. We are here to help!

In addition, please ensure that your child gets adequate sleep each night. Research indicates that children ages 6-12 should sleep 9 to 12 hours per night for optimal health. Being well-rested has a multitude of benefits, including increased attention span, enhanced memory, and better mental health. We appreciate all you do at home to help your child be as successful as possible in school!

Thank you for being such wonderful partners in education.

Mattie Hughes, Principal

About JES

Jefferson Elementary is a Title I school. The Title I plan and parent policy are available for your review at any time. We invite your suggestions for improvement and ways to utilize Title I funds.
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2023-24 YSD1 Modified Calendar

Our Board of Trustees approved our YSD1 2023-2024 District Calendar at the January School Board meeting. The calendar - and additional information surrounding the decision - is linked here. The 23-24 calendar is a “modified balanced calendar” that will include periods of intercession in October and February.

JES Sweetheart Dance

We had a blast at our Sweetheart Dance! We can't wait to do it again next year. A special thanks to our Sweetheart Dance Committee for putting together such a fun event! For more photos, please check out our Facebook page.

February Blue Dolphins

Congratulations to our February Blue Dolphins! These students make excellent choices and display good character each and every day.
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Connected & Ready Parenting Partnership Event

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Black History Month - Historical Wax Museum

This educational event will be presented by many of our 3rd and 4th grade students! The first performance will be at 9 am and will repeat at 12:45 pm. If you wish to attend, please check in to the main office with a state-issued photo ID. We would love to have you join us!
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Upcoming Dates

February - Black History Month

ACCESS Testing Window - February 1 to March 10

Spring Book Fair - February 24 to March 3

February 24

Jump Rope for Heart

Week of February 27 - Read Across America Week

February 28

Black History Month - Wax Museum - 9 am and 12:45 pm

March 1

Professional Collaboration Day - Students Dismiss at 11:30

March 2-3

MERIT to Camp Thunderbird

March 4

YSD1 Recruitment Fair

March 7

4K and 5K Registration

March 9

End of 3rd 9 Weeks

1st Grade Music Program - 6 pm

PTO/SIC Meeting at 4:30 pm

March 10

Teacher Workday - No School for Students

March 12

Daylight Savings Time Begins - Spring Forward!

Spring MAP Window - March 13-31

Benchmark Assessment Window - March 13-25 (2nd, 3rd, 4th Grades)

March 13

No School - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (if needed)

March 14

School Board Meeting - 6:30 pm

March 15

Report Cards go home

March 16

K Music Program - 6 pm

March 17

Career Day

March 20

First Day of Spring

March 21

Spring Picture Day

Connected & Ready Parenting Partnership Event at 10 am

GOLD Administration Window - March 22 through June 1

March 30

Kona Ice

Staff vs. Students Basketball Game at 1 pm

March 31

No School - Bad Weather Make-Up Day (if needed)

SPRING BREAK - April 3 through April 10

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It's AWESOME to be at JES!

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Important Information

2022-23 Academic Calendar:

The 2022-23 Academic Calendar can be found here and on our district and school websites.

Student-Parent Handbook:

The 2022-23 JES Student-Parent Handbook can be found here. If you would like a a paper copy, please reach out to our office staff and one will be sent home with your child.

Title I Information:

Jefferson Elementary School is a Title I School which is determined by pupils in poverty reports. The purpose of Title I, Part A of Public Law 107-110 is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children.

This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as:

  • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
  • promoting school-wide reform through school-wide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
  • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.

The district welcomes input into the Title One plan through involvement in the planning team, offering input via surveys, or otherwise providing input via phone calls, email, or personal conversations. Interested parties may contact Lisa Spangler in the district office or the principals at any of our Title I schools.

Parent participation and involvement are also encouraged in all Title I Schools through parent sessions, attending parent conferences, serving on committees, offering recommendations and suggestions, and attending workshops and family events.

Attendance Matters!

Help your child succeed in school by building the habits of good attendance! Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school - and themselves. Absences and late arrivals add up and can cause students to miss essential learning experiences.

  • Regular attendance is critical to your child’s success in school, is regulated by South Carolina state law, and is reported.​

  • If a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian must send a note to the school explaining the absence within 3 days of the student returning to school. ​

  • Students who are out of school for medical reasons should provide the school with a doctor’s note upon returning to school. ​

  • The school will be allowed to “excuse” no more than 10 school days with a parent/guardian note. ​
  • The attendance laws state that a Truant Child is defined as “A child ages 6 to 17 years that has accumulated 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences.” If your child becomes truant, you will be required to come to the school to develop an Attendance Plan.​

  • If you are experiencing a situation that may impact your child's attendance, please contact Ms. Brown or Ms. Hoyt for assistant. We are here to help!
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We Welcome Your Feedback

We always welcome the opportunity to receive feedback from our families, whether it is something you want to celebrate, an idea you would like to share, a staff member you wish to acknowledge, or any area in which you feel we have room to grow. Want to reach out? Please click here to be directed to our feedback form.
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