Weekly News From The Hill

April 20th, 2018

Important Dates

  • Spring Concert (Chorus/5th Grade Band/Advanced Strings) - 04/24 at 7:00pm
  • 3rd Grade Field Trip (Bowie Baysox) - 04/25

Bus Evacuation Practice Drill

This morning, Friday, April 20th, our bus riders participated in our Spring School Bus Evacuation drill. Students did a great job listening, following directions, and exiting safely from the rear doors of their buses. We practice safety drills so that our students are prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency.

--Mr. Vanisko


Our 3rd-5th grade students will be taking the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment in the upcoming weeks. The testing window is open from April 23rd-June 5th. PARCC is a computer based standardized assessment that measures students' readiness to succeed in college and careers. Students will be assessed on their proficiency in Math and English/Language Arts.

Below are the testing dates for each grade level. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before, eats a good breakfast on the day of, and arrives to school on time. Please try to schedule any appointments you may have around the testing times. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Vanisko at brian_vanisko@hcpss.org

3rd Grade

Math - May 1st-4th (9:00am-10:30am

ELA - May 15th-17th (9:00am-10:45am)

4th Grade

Math - April 24th-27th (10:45am-12:15pm)

ELA - May 22nd-25th (10:15am-12:15pm)

5th Grade

Math - April 24th-27th (9:00am-10:30am)

ELA - May 7th-9th (9:00am-11:00am)

--Mr. Vanisko

Spring Concert

Our Spring Concert (Chorus, 5th Grade Band, and Advanced Strings) will take place on Tuesday, April 24th at 2:15pm (students and staff only) and 7:00pm (family and friends). For the evening concert, band students will meet at 6:45pm the media center for warm up. It has been a pleasure to work with your children and we look forward to a great performance. Thank you for supporting their musical endeavors and for encouraging home practice!

Daytime concert attire: Black JHES Music Department polo shirt, (OR other black shirt, preferably either a plain black polo shirt or dressy black shirt), jeans, and sneakers.

Evening concert attire: Black JHES Music Department polo shirt, (OR other black shirt, preferably either a plain black polo shirt or dressy black shirt), black pants or skirt (at least knee length), black (or dark) shoes (no high heels, please).

--Ms. Curry, Ms. DeBella, Mr. Hay

Take Your Child to Work Day

Take your Child to Work Day is next Thursday, April 26th. If your child will participate in this activity please send in a note to Ms. Taylor prior to the 26th.

--Ms. Taylor

Spring Individual Portraits

Spring Individual pictures were sent home in last week's Friday Folders. If you want to purchase the photos, payment is due by Friday, May 4th. Prices are as follows:

Entire package is $55 (all 7 sheets)

$50 (5 sheets)

$40 (4 sheets)

$32 (3 sheets)

$22 (2 sheets)

$15 (1 Sheet)

Please send the money in the envelope provided or pay online at STRAWBRIDGE.NET and use code, 11049

--Ms. Cabrera

From Pupil to Police

Former JHES student, Police Officer Cofield, did a walk through at Jeffers Hill. She visited staff members who taught her and her sister when they attended The Hill. She also had the opportunity to interact with our 5th grade PE students. It was encouraging to see a former jaguar giving back and serving the community

2018 Battle of the Books (BoB)

Congratulations to all of our 5th grade teams who participated in this year's BoB. Thanks especially to the parents who volunteered to coach a team. We could not have done it without you. The team who brought home our very first BoB trophy was the Titans of Text. They also won in the Team Spirit category. The Creative Cookies won in the Civility category.

We are very proud of our readers who diligently read and studied 12 assigned books throughout the year and who worked together as a team to have fun and show off their reading skills. We hope to send even more teams to the 2019 Battle of the Books, so 4th grade students and parents, it is your turn next!

Here are the teams:

Titans of Text



Briana A.



Coach: Dhaval Gunisetty and Anna Adhikari

The FBI: Five Book Investigators






Coaches: Mary Ellen Henderson and Jasleen Modi

Creative Cookies



Brianna H.



Coach: Erin Bitner

Reading Raptors




Tyler Anderson


Coaches: Shannon Milam and Jill Earp

--Ms. McCormick

Students Motivated to Stand Up Against Bullying

Two of our 1st grade students, Aniya D. and Sydney M. took initiative to do an unassigned classroom project. They wrote a story about bullying and how they would overcome this challenge. The title of the story is Everlina and the Mean Bully. Read on to find out what happens....

Jaguar Gems

This school year we launched our new mentoring program, Jaguar GEMS, for girls in 4th and 5th grades. The focus of the program is to engage in goal setting, increase self-confidence and communication skills, promote a broader sense of community and increase a positive attitude toward school. Our GEMs include:

  • Amaya S.
  • Brooke S.
  • Leyly R
  • Lily T.
  • Marley T.
  • Tai G.
  • Mikayla H.

--Ms. Beall

Jaguar Gems as Animal Advocates

Please help our Jaguar Gems support Animal Advocates from Monday, April 16th to Friday, April 27th. Please donate unopened dog and cat food. You can also give balls, rattles or other cat and dog toys! Donation boxes will be located in the grade level PODs.

Your donations will put us one step closer to saving animals' lives. Thank you for your support!

--Jaguar Gems


Our MESA Team came off victorious at this year's competition and placed as follows:

Effective Communication (1st place)

Katerine M.
Leyly R.
Myles J.
Reina T.
Vaishnavi B.
Miranda R.
Samara H.

Scratch Cyber Security (2nd place)

Ayana M.
Baelyn H.
Colin T.
Leah B.
Xavier V.

Storybook Theme Park (3rd place)

Ciara B.
Drake R.
Javier H.
Yusuf A.
Zaineb B.

Wood Bridge
Bryce R.
Greyson D.
Lily T.
Mia C
Travis J.
Esme A.

Girls on the Run (GOTR)

GOTR Spring 2018 is well underway! This season, the girls are focusing on being team players, acknowledging and embracing differences, and discovering what makes them a STAR! Our team consists of:

  • Teagan B.
  • Skyar A.
  • Alexia A.
  • Kate A.
  • Yeanoh B.
  • Ciara B.
  • Nawal B.
  • Grace B.
  • Gabriela B.
  • Leah B.
  • Serapher F.
  • Tai G.
  • Briana H.
  • Tannaz I.
  • Alyssa M.
  • Jenna P.
  • Jada S.
  • Lily S.

As coaches, we are proud to be a part of these smart, loving, funny and adventurous GOTR!

--Coach Jill and Liz


Yearbooks are on sale for $10. Visit www.strawbridge.net and enter code 110492 to pay online. Payment is due by Friday, May 25th

--Ms. Cabrera

Student Art Exhibition

This is the last weekend for the Student Art Exhibition at the Columbia Mall. The following students have been representing JHES:


Chase L., Calyn M., Kate M., Janelle H., Kason M., Levi B.

Grade 1:

Kenny W., Nathanael P., Lincoln W., Miyabi H., Leah S-G., Chelsea J., Valeria H-A.

Grade 2:

Lexi A., Natalie M., Peyton E., Roshan V., Azra F., Jose P-S, Riley A., Emma T-L., Luanny M-H., Emma M., Londyn W.

Grade 3:

Dorian C., Rafa K-S., Reagan W., Kayla D., Colleen S., Alexa J., Blair S., Jordan M.

Grade 4:

Taj V., Adam S., Junior E-A., Eva L., Baelyn H., Elisabeth M., Madison D., Madison M., Tommy L., Mira A., Isaiah M., Lauren S.

Grade 5:

Rayyan Q., Dennis H., Nicholas C., Suraj S., Robi A-R., David L., Baylea W-B., Tamyra D., Alicia D., Diego E-F., Jenna P.

--Ms. Odom

Planning to Move?

If you have plans to move and your child will attend another school, please contact Ms. Taylor for a transfer packet prior to the end of the school year.

--Ms. Taylor

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2018-19 school year is underway. Please call Ms. Taylor to set up an appointment. To register online, click the link below.

Kindergarten Online Registration

Please bring the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization shot record
  • Deed or Lease
  • Current utility bill (no welcome letters)

Click on the link below for additional information.

Kindergarten Registration

--Ms. Taylor

Online School Payments

We encourage parents to use our online service when paying for field trips. Doing so limits the amount of money that children have to carry and the amount handled in the school.

Click on the link below to pay for the upcoming 3rd Grade and Kindergarten field trips.

3rd Grade and Kindergarten Field Trips

To pay for the upcoming 5th grade field trip, you must set up your account and then pay. To get started, click the link below.

5th Grade Field Trip

If you have any issues with the system please contact Ms. Allen in the front office or email latonya_allen@hcpss.org. Thank you for helping us improve our money collection process.

--Ms. Allen

JHES Website

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