Jackson Journal Parent Edition

September 2022

Welcome Back to School!

Dear Jackson Community,

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as your newly appointed principal. Having worked in support of Jackson Avenue School for four years as a District instructional leader, I officially join your Jackson community with much admiration, respect and enthusiasm.

We have had a great beginning to the 2022-23 school year! Our students are adjusting to their new routines, making new friends and are ready to learn!

The home/school partnership is one that is important to the success of each child.

Here are some ways you can stay involved in the school community:

Follow us on Twitter-Photos of school events and classroom happenings are tweeted almost everyday. If you haven't already done so, follow us on Twitter @Jackson_Ave to receive tweets that provide sneak peeks into your child's day.

Clubs- We will be starting after school clubs soon. Look for flyers in your child's backpack.

Check your email-Email blasts are a primary form of communication. However, important flyers and notices will be sent home in students' backpacks as well.

Look for our newsletter and come to our PTA meetings-The Jackson Journal: Parent Edition is published monthly and will provide our families with information on important events, curriculum information and reminders.

I hope you will join us at Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00p.m.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Mrs. Shanahan


General Information

Code of Conduct

Mrs. Shanahan and Ms. Loukatos will be meeting with each class over the next few weeks to review all school rules with learners. Throughout the month, students will receive additional lessons on cyberbullying, internet safety and other aspects of digital citizenship.

The Code of Conduct was sent home in the summer mailing. If you haven't already done so, review the code of conduct with your child

iPad Contract will be sent home with students starting the first day of school. Please look out for this contract and send it back signed ASAP.

Safety Reminders

The safety of our students is always our priority here at Jackson Avenue. In order to continue to provide a safe environment for our students please adhere to the following:

Morning drop off:

• Double parking is dangerous, especially on Jackson Avenue. Please pull into a parking spot and walk your child across the street, if possible.

During the day

• If you need to drop off food or any items to your child, the items should be dropped off at the greeter’s desk.


  • Please do not drive into the faculty parking lot or the bus loop to drop off or pick up students.
  • Avoid double parking so that the buses can get through easily.

  • Walkers CANNOT be released to cars. They need to be released to family member. Please exit the car to pick up your children.

If you have a change in your dismissal plan for your child, please send a note in the morning. Please do not wait until the end of the day to notify the teacher of any changes.

Jackson 21 Developments!

22-23 Badge Book:

This year, 3rd and 4th graders at Jackson Avenue will utilize proficiency scales to make learning visible through their Badge Books. Proficiency scales show exactly what students need to know and what skills they need to work on to get there. For each badge, there is a clear target that each learner is expected to reach. The basic knowledge and skills that are required to reach that target are clearly stated as steps or a progression. Student work and activities are aligned to these scales so that there is a clear way to see progress towards badges.

Come learn more about the 22-23 Badge Book at our first Parent University, which will be held on October 3rd at 6pm.

Learner Portfolio

Learners will be creating their own learner portfolio where they will set personal and academic goals. Learners will choose work that best represents their progress!

Genius Hour

3rd and 4th graders will be participating in three genius hour projects this year. Their first project will explore the essential question, How Can Communication Create Connection?"

You will learn more about these goals at our Meet the Teacher Night on September 20th at 7pm.

Welcome Our New Staff Members!

Ms. Katie Zimmerman, 4th Grade

I am so excited to be teaching fourth grade at Jackson Avenue this year. The faculty has been nothing but amazing and I am hopefully/ready for a fantastic school year. I am excited about many things this year however, I am most excited to see my students grow as learners and the young humans they are.

Ms. Gomez, 4th Grade Dual Language

What makes me most excited about working at Jackson this year are the teachers who inspire me be the best learner I could be.

Mrs. Calle, School Social Worker

I am excited about working at Jackson because I can already see how much community and school spirit there is here! I can’t wait to get to know all of the students and help them recognize their strengths so they feel able to face challenges with confidence. As the bilingual social worker I also feel proud to be able to support Latinx families in a culturally affirming way.

Ms. Smith, ENL Teacher

I am so excited to see what this upcoming school year at Jackson Avenue will bring. Last year, my first year in Mineola, was certainly one for the books! It was a great change in my career as I became a part of the Mineola family. I look forward to continue building relationships with the children, my colleagues, and the community. What makes me excited about working at Jackson is another year of witnessing learners smile and grow as we make new discoveries together. I can honestly say I am Mineola Proud!

It is the vision of Jackson Avenue that all learners be BRAVE. BRAVE learners are proactive, curious problem solvers. Being BRAVE at Jackson Avenue means that all members of the community collaborate to set and communicate clear academic and behavioral goals to ensure the personal success of every student.

Curiosity, Communication, Collaboration