This Week at Jackson

February 19th

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Q4 Instructional Model Survey/Upcoming Testing Season

Jackson Families,

In yesterday's edition of the Dune News, Dr. Pettit released the survey for parents interested in making a change in their child's instructional model (in-person vs remote) for the fourth quarter of the school year. Please refer to the DSC Announcements section below, if you missed it.

For our third and fourth grade students, I would like to make you aware that we are edging closer to state standardized testing season. Our third grade students will be taking the IREAD-3 test in March. Both third and fourth grade students will take the ILEARN assessments in April and May. Once testing schedules are finalized, we will let families with remote students know the days that we will ask for students to return to the building to complete their testing.

As with all things testing, it can be a stressful time for students and teachers. Please encourage your student to keep a positive outlook and to do their best.

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Read-A-Thon Results (Whole School and Classroom with Most Minutes)

Our fundraiser concluded at 8pm on Friday, February 12.

During the 12 days of the fundraiser, our students read an astounding 78,297 minutes with donations in excess of $13,000. Thank you to all the students that read and the families that contributed!

Mrs. Hoffmann's fourth grade class won the competition to see which class could read the most minutes per student. Averaging the minutes read across her classroom, her students read an average of 450 minutes each. Miss Furto's third graders came in 2nd place with an average of 354 minutes and Mrs. Vesling's fourth graders came in 3rd place with an average of 304 minutes each.

Next week's edition of the update will include information about the individual winners within each classroom for most total minutes read during the fundraiser.

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Dr. Seuss Theme Week Upcoming

Our kindergarten teachers have organized a theme week to celebrate Dr. Seuss the week of March 1. All students, regardless of grade level, are welcome to participate!
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Kindergarten Sign Up

Prospective Duneland students who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2021, may register for the 2021-2022 school year at Jackson on Wednesday, March 3 during one of these convenient times:

9:00-11:00 a.m. / 1:00-3:00 p.m. / 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Families, please review the link below for more detailed information. This day is not an all-in-one event like Kindergarten Roundup was in past years. The Sign-Up event is for completion of paperwork; there will be no student assessments, building tours, or bus rides at this time.

If Your Family Needs Help

The Porter County United Way maintains a master list of all the local places and organizations that exist to help families in times of need. If you need help, please consult the link below.
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DSC COVID-19 Information Page

If you would like additional information, please look here.

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A Message from Dr. Pettit

Duneland Families,

In alignment with our reentry plan, we are providing families with an opportunity to change their selection between desired learning models (in-person or remote) for the 4th nine weeks.

If you are interested in switching your student from in-person to remote or remote to in-person for the 4th nine weeks, please complete the form at the following link now: If, however, you wish for your student to stay in his/her current learning model, then you do not need to complete the form.

The window for completing this form is February 18, 2021 – March 4, 2021. Requested changes will take effect on Monday, March 29, 2021.

Families with more than one student must complete a separate form for each student.

Based on the number of changes that take place, particularly at the elementary level, some students will receive teacher/class changes. All schedule changes will be shared by your student’s respective school prior to March 29th.

Selections will be in effect until the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Questions should be directed to your student’s school.


Dr. Chip Pettit

Superintendent of Schools

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Teacher & Employee of the Year Nomination Process

The Duneland School Corporation believes in celebrating the outstanding teachers and employees that make up this district. Each year, DSC conducts the Teacher and Employee of the Year Recognition Program with the mission of inspiring and celebrating those in the education industry. Nominations will be accepted for the following categories:

  • Elementary Teacher- Grades K-6
  • Secondary Teacher- Grades 7-12
  • Employee of the Year- Classified Staff Employee

Students, former students, parents, colleagues, administrators, or members of the community may nominate DSC teachers and/or classified employees. There is no limit to the number of teachers or classified employees a person may nominate. Please complete a separate nomination form for each teacher and/or classified employee you wish to nominate.

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Parent-Teacher Conferences for Grades K-6

The Duneland School Corporation understands the importance of establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships between parents and teachers. Despite the pandemic, our commitment to this remains unchanged.

The parent-teacher conferences originally scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2020, were postponed because of the switch from Level 4 (hybrid) to Level 3. Beginning in January, K-6 teachers will be reaching out to their students’ families to offer a phone or virtual parent-teacher conference. These conferences may take place in January and/or February.

Conferences are a great opportunity to:

  • discuss your student’s academic performance, social-emotional progress and/or overall school experience

  • share information regarding your student’s strengths, needs, behaviors, and learning styles

  • share enrichment or intervention strategies to support the student’s learning

  • examine issues that may be interfering with students' learning and growth

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School Meals TO GO! - Beginning on Jan. 6, 2021

Meals will continue to be free for all children through the end of the school year. Beginning January 6, 2021 there will no longer be daily meal pickup. Meal pickup will be as follows:


Students who participate in the In-School Hybrid Model will be eligible for Free Breakfast and Free Lunch each day while in school. An order form will be available online to preorder 1 free breakfast and 1 free lunch to be picked up on the Wednesday E-Learning day each week. Meals can be picked up between the hours of 9:30am and 10:30am each Wednesday. The form must be submitted online by 9am each Tuesday to receive meals.

Wednesday Meal To Go Order Form


Free Meal Pickup for Fully Remote Learners will consist of 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals with instructions to be prepared at home and will be distributed once a week on Wednesdays between the hours of 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm. (Child must be fully remote to receive the weekly meals.) An order form will be available online to preorder meals. The form must be submitted each week by Monday at 9am to receive meals.

Remote Learner Weekly Meals To Go Order Form


Yost Elementary - 100 W. Beam St., Porter
Enter parking area from Beam St. Go left down the hill. Stay left of cones and follow drive around to back of the building for meal pickup at the Food Service Pickup Window.

Chesterton High School - 2125 S. 11th Street
Enter parking area from 11th Street by the Football Stadium and follow signage to back of the building for pickup.

Please pick up meals for all children in the household at one of these two locations.

PLEASE NOTE: In the event of a cancellation of activities/programs on a Wednesday due to inclement weather, meal distribution will be conducted the following day, Thursday.

If picking up meals for a child with food allergies, please contact the Child Nutrition Director, Tammy Watkins, at 219-983-3700 for detailed information.

Visit this link to see the Remote Meal Menu with Heating Instructions

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Summer Camp at Sunset Hill

Hoping to get out in the fresh air and do something fun this summer? Read more about Porter County Parks and Recreation's Camp Funset at Sunset Hill Farm Park. The Camp Funset application is available on their website.
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Celebrate Your Favorite Duneland School Teacher Teachers of Excellence

Kenneth J. Allen Law Group supports Northwest Indiana teachers who go above and beyond for their students and honors them for their outstanding contributions to education. To learn more about the educators who are Teachers of Excellence or if you know of someone who should be recognized as a Teacher of Excellence, please nominate him or her by following this link.

View DSC Teachers of Excellence

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After-hours Technical Support

Duneland School Corporation is happy to announce that we will now be offering after-hours technical support to our Duneland community. If you have any issues that require technical support you can call 219-983-3759, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday until 7PM.

After-hours IT Support hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - until 7:00pm

Call: 219-983-3759

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Minutes from the January PTO Mtg

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Fundraising Opportunities

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When shopping at Amazon, please go to SMILE.AMAZON.COM and select Jackson Elementary PTO as your charitable organization, and Jackson PTO will receive .5% of your purchase. There are no additional charges, and you still use your same Amazon account information. Once you have an Amazon Smile account, it is easy to set up your charitable donation on your mobile app. Just enter your settings, choose ‘Amazon Smile’ and follow the instructions.
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Order online @ Use Promo Code: Jackson You save 40% & Papa John’s will donate 10% to Jackson Elementary School PTO. Must order online. Discount off Reg. Menu Price. Valid at participating area locations!