Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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School-Based Return to In-Person Learning


We are thrilled to be planning for the transition to a full-time in-person learning model.


I would like to emphasize one important point - the Virtual Remote Cohort will still be available to families.


At this point, we do need to ask families who are considering a change from either the school-based model to Virtual Remote Cohort or from the Virtual Remote Cohort to the school-based model, to notify me of those intentions. If you are intending to have your child move to or from the Virtual Remote Cohort, please email me by Wednesday, March 17th. (john.nieratko@mansfieldschools.com)


As Superintendent Murphy discussed during last night's School Committee meeting, we will need to assess the amount of transitions to and from the Virtual Remote Cohort to determine whether or not staffing will be impacted. We hope that transitions will be minimal or balance out and changes can be avoided.


We will continue to implement district-wide, layered mitigation, as outlined in the DESE guidelines. Although the social distancing within the classroom settings will decrease from the current 6-foot spacing, we will still be well within the 3-foot, minimum distance requirement. The specific spacing will vary from class to class. However, we are fortunate that Jordan/Jackson is the most-recently constructed building in the District (1992) and the square footage is most supportive of the distancing requirements.


Most of our efforts will be directed to reinforcing existing procedures and implementing additional logistical changes to allow for efficient transitions. We are also increasing social-distance signage, hand sanitizer pumps and will continue to support students by reinforcing healthy practices.


As students will still need to maintain a 6-foot distance during lunch, we will need to add the gym as a lunch location. The intent will be to utilize the outdoors as much as possible for Physical Education classes. If the weather is inclement, students will remain in their rooms for Physical Education lesson activities.


Next Monday, March 15, we will increase student transitions within the building. Since September, we have followed the DESE guidance by minimizing student transitions within the building. As the year has progressed, we have collaborated with our Health staff to strategically increase those transitions. Beginning Monday, we will return to the pre-COVID process of students transitioning from their classrooms to all Specials (Art, Music, Health & Physical Education). As we progress through that change, we will look to add transitions for our students who are in "Team Teaching" settings. This has been a methodical process and the timing is proving to be very beneficial. We will be able to implement these changes prior to the full in-person date.


In addition, I will be hosting an informational Family Meeting on Monday, March 22nd at 6:30pm to review our school-wide plans.


I will include more information in upcoming newsletters, as well.


We are eager to work through this process and embark on what feels like another "first-day of school" for this year! Thank you all for your continued support.


SIncerely,


John Nieratko

Principal

MCAS Postponed - Grades 3 - 8

From the Commissioner's Update:


"On Friday, March 5, DESE announced new tentative MCAS administration dates for grades 3-8. The updated tentative testing windows for grades 3-5 has been changed to Monday, May 10 through Friday, June 11 for tests in English language arts, mathematics and science and technology/engineering. Testing dates are still to be determined for grades 6-8."


Jordan/Jackson will be working to construct a building-based schedule within this revised testing window. We will communicate those specific dates to families in a future edition of this newsletter.

JORDAN/JACKSON'S WEBSITE

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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 14 - Daylight Savings Time

March 18-19 - Report Card Distribution

March 24 - Parent Conferences Day and Evening - Early Release @ 11:10am

March 26 - Parent Conferences Afternoon - Early Release @ 11:10am

May 10 - June 11 - MCAS Testing Dates

THIS WEEK'S SHOUTOUTS!

Mrs. Franklin's entire class for reaching 100,000 math facts in our IXL math program!!


Micayla M in Mr. Cripps class has been working very hard on all of her school work. She is friendly and kind to others and always very helpful.


Tinna S in Ms. Keller's class has been working so hard and loves participating in class.


Ted S in Ms. Keller's class is a hard worker that loves to learn. He even takes on more challenging work to take things one step further.


Zayna S in Ms. Keller's class is a consistently hard worker, is always responsible with her work and on time for Google meets. She seeks help and wants to do well.


Declan M in Ms. D'Onofrio's class always works hard and sets an amazing example in class. His hard work and positivity does not go unnoticed! He makes me so proud!


Nevaeh P and Devin M in Ms. Crummet/Mrs. Norige's class are amazing! They join every meet with a huge smile and a positive attitude, are always eager to learn something new and work very hard to complete their work.


Grace L in Ms. Shruhan's class is such a hard working student! Ms. Shruhan can always count on Grace to participate and try her best each day, whether she is at home or in school. Grace is so kind to her classmates and works wonderfully with others.


Ved P in Mrs. Reeder's class is a funny student who is a good friend to everyone. He always participates in our activities, from spirit days to art projects and everything else in our Google meets. Ved is also very knowledgeable about technology and he always shares tips with our class. Good work Ved!

Read Across America

Last week, Jordan/Jackson participated in Read Across America. This is an annual program created by the National Education Association which focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources that are about everyone, for everyone. We coordinated our spirit days with some of our popular books and dressed like our favorite book character, superhero, favorite team's sports gear, fancy dress up day and shirts-with-words-on-it.


In the cafeteria, some lucky students sat at a "lucky seat" during lunch and were awarded a prize. The lucky students were:


March 4, 2021: Brady K in Mrs. Shevlin's class Grade 3, Micayla M in Mr. Cripps' class Grade 4 and Kyla C in Mrs. Parsons class, Grade 5


March 5, 2021: Michaela L in Mrs. Gentili's class Grade 3, Ethan D in Mr. Curry's class Grade 4 and Jonah N in Mrs. O'Connell's class, Grade 5


Here are just a few of our J/J kiddos with spirit! Click on the pictures below ~

Mrs. Reeder and Ms. Crawford's Class Getting in the Spirit for Read Across America Week

Mansfield Youth Lacrosse Spring 2021

Registration is now open for the MYL Spring 2021 season. For more information and to register, click on the following link: MGL Spring 2021

Mansfield Girls Softball Spring 2021

Registration for the Spring 2021 Recreation Girls Softball season is now open. MGSA offers 4 age divisions. For more information and to register, click on the following link: MGSA Spring 2021

MESA Fundraiser through March 31

Create your own personalized sign in the comfort of home while helping to support MESA. For registration and information, please click the link: Hammer & Stain

SMARTS 2021 Summer Institute

SMARTS is already thinking summer! Their four week multi-arts program is for children Grades K-8. For more information and to register, click on the following link: 2021 Summer Institute

MESA's Fundraiser - Cookie Decorating Kits through March 31

Check out MESA's fundraiser running from now until the end of March. When you buy DIY Lucky Hornet cookie decorating kits from Cookiecasions, 20% of all sales will be donated to MESA! Click on the following link for more information: MESA Fundraiser

NEEDED!! SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS/PARAPROFESSIONALS AND LUNCH/RECESS MONITORS!!

Please click on the links below for information about the following open positions. We have also included a link to our employment application:


Substitute Teachers and Substitute Paraprofessionals

Applications should be mailed or dropped off at Central Office, 2 Park Row, Mansfield Attention: Human Resources


Lunch/Recess Monitors

Applications should be mailed or dropped off at Jordan/Jackson, 255 East Street, Mansfield

Attention: Denise daGraca


Town of Mansfield's Application for Employment

CLICK ON THE BUTTONS BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EACH TOPIC

NO COST BREAKFAST/LUNCH AND GRAB-AND-GO MEALS

CLICK THIS BUTTON FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM OUR FOOD SERVICES DEPARTMENT

MANSFIELD YOUTH BASEBALL SPRING 2021

CLICK THIS BUTTON FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

NEED TO CONTACT OUR TECH DEPARTMENT HELP DESK?

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT A HELP TICKET

STUDENT AND FAMILY DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCE WEBSITE

Within this site, you can find How To Documents and Video Tutorials for some of the most common technologies and digital tools used throughout the district. Please use the menu at the top left to access the pages specific to each digital tool.

HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR CHROMEBOOK AND GOOGLE MEETS?

CLICK HERE FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS FROM OUR TECH DEPARTMENT

RESPONSIBLE USE CHROMEBOOK POLICY KID-FRIENDLY VERSION

PLEASE REVIEW OUR POLICY REGARDING CHROMEBOOKS WITH YOUR CHILD

UPDATED STUDENT ATTENDANCE

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR UPDATES REGARDING THE DISTRICT'S ATTENDANCE POLICY

MASSACHUSETTS FLU VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

CLICK THIS BUTTON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FLU VACCINE REQUIREMENTS

DAILY SELF SYMPTOM SCREENING CHECKLIST

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHECKLIST WHICH NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED EVERY MORNING BEFORE SENDING YOUR STUDENT TO SCHOOL.

2020 - 2021 SCHOOL CALENDAR

CLICK HERE FOR OUR SCHOOL CALENDAR

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