Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter



3 Cycle Day 1

Send Report Cards Home

PBIS Meeting, 7:35

4 Cycle Day 2

BLT Meeting, 7:30


4th Grade Field Trip to HS/Jack Brass Band 10:10-11:30

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

5 Cycle Day 3

6 Cycle Day 4

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

Optional: 3rd Graders to sing at Varsity wrestling match/7:00

7 Cycle Day 5

I-Team Meeting 7:30



3 Send Report Cards Home

PBIS Meeting, 7:35

4 BLT Meeting, 7:30

4th Grade Field Trip to HS/Jack Brass Band 10:30-11:15

Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

6 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

Optional: 3rd Graders to sing at Varsity wrestling match/7:00

7 I-Team Meeting 7:30

10 Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:15-7:30

11 Staff Meeting (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

12 Kindergarten Field Trip to Stages Theater 9:00-11:50

13 Valentine's Day Party

O'Brien Dental presenting to 2nd Grade 10:00-11:00

14 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

17 NO SCHOOL (President's Day)

18 BLT Meeting, 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade to Mill City Museum 8:50-2:00

Dress Rehearsal 1st Grade 2:05-2:55

PTO Meeting (Parents/Board/GRANTS) at THE MUDDY COW 6:30-8:00p

19 PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 Dress Rehearsal 1st Grade 2:05-2:55 (Potentially for the school can attend)

21 I-Team Meeting 7:30

1st Grade Music Program 2:00

24 Specialists/Ell Breakfast/Music Room 7:35

Marcos Fundraiser Night

25 Prof Dev (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00 (Ok for Marcos per Kevin)

Marcos Fundraiser Night

26 Peaceful Bus 9:15-10

Marcos Fundraiser Night

27 5th Grade Field Trip to The Ordway 11:00-1:30

28 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9

Field Trip for Studtmann and Gunderson to MN Valley Wildlife Refuge, 8:40-11:20


2 PBIS Meeting 7:35

3 BLT Meeting 7:30

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

5 Field Trip for Scott and Reiersgord to MN Valley Wildlife Refuge, 8:40-11:30

6 I-Team Meeting 7:30

All School Movie Night 6:00-8:00

9 PTO Meeting (Board Only) 6:30-8:00

10 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

No Activities Scheduled 6:00-8:00

13 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Kindergarten Music Program 2:00

17 BLT Meeting 7:30

18 3rd Grade Field Trip to Orchestra Hall 10:30-12:30

PBIS Meeting 2:30

20 I-Team Meeting 7:30

21 All District Band Concert/HS 4:00

24 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

25 Doughnuts withe Principal 8:35

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

Staff Potluck

26 3rd Quarter Ends

Two Hour Early Release Day

27 NO SCHOOL - Teacher Planning Day

30-31 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break


1-3 NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

6 PBIS Meeting 7:35

All School Bingo 2:00-2:45

7 BLT Meeting 7:30

8 Spring Picture Day (only those who bring forms in)

10 I-Team Meeting 7:30

13 Send Report Cards Home

PTO Meeting (Parent/Board/Grants/Voting) 6:30-8

14 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 PBIS Meeting 2:30

17 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Music Program 2:00

21 BLT Meeting 7:30

23 Kindergarten Round-Up Night 5-6:30

24 I-Team Meeting 7:30

28 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

Kindergarten Round-Up 5-6:30

30 Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35


1 NO SCHOOL (Staff Development Day)

4 PBIS Meeting 7:35

4-8 Staff Appreciation Week

5 BLT Meeting 7:30

7 Literacy and Beyond Night 5-7:00

8 I-Team Meeting 7:30

4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

10 Twins Game 1:10/PTO Event (Kansas City Royals)

11 PTO Meeting (Board ONLY) 6:30-8

5th Grade Music Program 6:30

12 Staff Meeting 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

15 I-Team Meeting 7:30

18 1st Grade Track and Field

19 BLT Meeting 7:30

2nd Grade Track and Field

20 PBIS Meeting 2:30

3rd Grade Track and Field

21 4th Grade Track and Field

22 I-Team Meeting 7:30

5th Grade Track and Field

25 NO SCHOOL (Memorial Day)

26 Professional Development 7:30 (Gifford Cluster)

27 All School Assembly (tentative time 2:00)

29 I-Team Meeting 7:30

Doughnuts with the Principal 8:35

1st Grade Field Trip to the MN Zoo 8:35-2:40


1 PBIS Meeting 7:35

2 BLT Meeting 7:30

Yearbook Signing 2:15-2:45

3 4th Grade Assembly 8:35-9:00

All School Picnic

Talent Show 1:30

4 Last day of School

Staff End of Year Party

5 Teacher Work Day

6 Graduation

15 Send Report Cards Home



*Hengel & Schleper, your kindness and empathy when I was beyond stressed is appreciated more than I can express!

*Rachel Schweigert, thank you for the patience, guidance, & patience with all my CEU questions and concerns!

*Anglin, thank you for creating the Kindness Stations!

*Boumeester, thank you for the check-ins!!

*Drill, thanks for helping me with my bags (literal and figurative)!

*5th grade team, thank you for switching prep times with us – so we can have a prep on Tuesday!

*Kevin, WOW!! Thank you for the shelving! We are looking forward to organizing!!

*Balk & Larsen – thanks for the end of the day chats, love them!

*Keller – thank you! #isitrelevant

*Thank you to Sandy Boyce for being willing to modify schedules to accommodate our common first graders’ reading needs!

*A HUGE ThAnK YoU to my 2nd grade team for helping out during my extended absence and a most GrEaTfUl Thanks and Appreciation to MaNdY for all the assistance to the sub and my students!

*Thank you so much to the STAR Room paras for being so flexible and extra helpful the past several days!

*Way to go Kevin and 2nd Grade! The hallway looks great!

*Thank you Steph for the wonderful professional development. We are doing amazing things!

*Thank you Barbie for the great ideas from “Healthy Classroom.” Just what a few of my kids needed!

*Thank you case managers for the awesome para treats this week.

*Schlep thank you for “taking one for the team!”

*Hengel, thank you so much for teaching my class and I about science

*Wendy, thank you for all your help finding a sub for me and always being supportive!

*Balk, thank you for grabbing my charger for me!

*4th grade, I appreciate all of your help with my class while I was absent!

*Nurse Andrea, thank you for the coffee!!!!

*Thank you, Wendy for calling on the donuts for HyVee!

*Thank you, Keller and Boumeester for our genuine chats and validating my feelings!

*Thank you, Jeff Hager for organizing the potluck and helping with managing the space throughout the day! Thank you also for making the awesome wild rice for the SPED team!

*Thank you, to ALL the teachers for participating in the Great Kindness Challenge and making the creative posters with your buddy classroom!

*Thank you, student council for collecting the food donations and Dan Olson for coordinating the food drive for Good to Go!

*Thank you, Leonard’s class for bagging Good to Go and dropping them off in the classrooms- this is very much appreciated!!

*Thank you, to ALL the paraprofessionals for your dedication and support you give to our students each and every day- we appreciate you more than you know!!

*Thank you K Team for being awesome and supportive when life goes sideways! I don’t know what I’d do without all of you!

*Thank you, Jody, Jen, EL teachers, for working with our grade level to meet with our students to help them most effectively!

*Thank you, Kevin, for taking time to meet with my student to help him learn appropriate behaviors as he leaves school!

*Thank you, Pete, for taking the time to check in with me about the after school program!

*Thank you, Charlotte, for thinking about our pod and how to make it more technology-friendly!

*Nicole-thank you for taking pictures of the Jackson Pride lunch table buddies!

*Chris – Thanks for helping me fix the mess I made in the 3D printer. Hoping my mistake isn’t too much a pain for us to fix. You are amazing!

*Tim – Excited for the work together. Thanks for jumping in and trying something new.

*Kathy – We are all so sorry for your loss. Even in your grief, you shine a bright light for us all. You are a lovely human being and we are fortunate to work with you.

*Charlotte – Your willingness to jump in, try new things, and get your hands dirty are much appreciated by me…but more importantly by your students.

*Jeff – Excited for the work you are doing with Canvas and how it is making your data collection in math easier. Thanks for your open mind.

*THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to my Jackson Family for all the love and support and care and EVERYTHING while our family grieved the loss of my brother, thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

*Krissy-Thank you for your willingness to help with our kindness poster! You are amazing!!

*Matt-Thank you doing a little extra cleaning in my classroom! Very appreciated!



Book Creator

Book Creator can be a powerful, versatile app that can:

  • allow students a chance to demonstrate learning
  • provide scaffolding to students
  • provide various levels and types of support (audio, speech to text, text to speech).

Teachers can create templates for students that are empty shells; students add their knowledge, thoughts, and learning into the structures provided.

Classroom Application Ideas

Anchor Charts

We all know that we cannot fit every anchor chart for the year on our walls; the wall space is finite. As teachers, we also know that we shouldn't keep anchor charts up all year long simply because we made them. The walls of our classroom should reflect what students are currently working on. That being said, the anchor charts from previous lessons can be helpful to students when they need to go back to a previously taught skill/strategy. ENTER...Book Creator. Have you ever thought to add your Anchor Charts into Book Creator? Or have students add them to their own books? The book becomes a resource for them as they are moving through the year and spiraling back to concepts.

EL Support Ideas

I also found another Book Creator resource to be very helpful in framing my thinking about how to support EL students in the classroom. It reminded me of strategies presented in SIOP, which are meant to help EL students. But many SIOP strategies benefit all students in the classroom. I encourage you to flip through this book for ideas on supporting all learners in your classroom.


2/2 Natalie Weatherman

2/8 Steph Masloski

2/12 Tim Olene

2/15 Danielle Bauman

2/18 Becca Kay-Lewis

2/19 Amanda Lymangood

2/21 Kristi Boumeester

2/21 Barb Weierke

2/26 Mel Altonen

2/26 Sue Tanberg

2/28 Katie Beckrich

3/1 Mandy Knutson

3/4 Kaitlin Wermerskirchen

3/17 Mary Ellen Sandberg

3/22 Dena Gregor

3/25 Becky Keller

3/26 Amy Scott

3/26 Ben Thies

3/31 Krissy Luce

4/2 Sarah Reiersgord

4/4 Wendy Derhaag

4/5 Belle LaBarre

4/5 Jen Ulrich

4/6 Lori Proehl

4/8 Faye Hames

4/11 Jen Klecker

4/13 Barbi Studtmann

4/18 Heather Broden

4/18 Tammy Haugen

4/23 Tammy Youngvorst

4/25 Kristen Hengel

4/25 Kira Johanson

4/27 Heather Balk

4/27 Bill Folz

4/28 Joshua Miller

5/2 Amy Cole

5/2 Megan Henke

5/7 Emma Baer

5/8 Jen Rothstein

5/10 Jessica Hentges

5/12 Jodi Koci

5/25 Alex Fischer

5/29 Rhonda Yeiter

5/31 Kelly Voigt