Jack Anderson Elementary
April 12-16 2021
2021 Main Street Awards- Please vote for JAE as Best Public Elementary School! Vote Every Day Until 4-23!
Click here for the link. Go to "Public Elementary School," and choose Jack Anderson Elementary. You can vote every day until April 23rd.
JAGS Treehouse is also in the running for Best Preschool/Daycare, and several of our JAE teachers are also listed!
News from JAE PTO
We will have our last scheduled auction pickup times in the cottage this week!
Monday - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday and Wednesday - 2pm to 3:30pm
Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 22nd at 9:30am for our upcoming PTO Meeting on the back patio. We are excited to announce our totals for our Golf Scramble and Benefit at Bluegrass!
Our Outdoor Movie Night has been rescheduled for Friday, April 30th! More details will be coming soon.
Last but certainly not least, we are so excited to share with you the new communication boards that were purchased for each playground. The signs feature universally known symbols to students who have communication difficulties. This allows them to communicate with their peers in a meaningful way through play on our playgrounds. Students of all ability levels can interact with the boards to better understand one another and to build play skills. They are also a great way for all students to see that play, friendship, and communication is possible for everyone regardless of abilities!!!
We feel incredibly grateful for the donations that made these signs possible for our students and the positive impact they will have on our school community.
Sumner County Mask Mandate Has Expired, Masks Still Required on Buses
There are a few exceptions:
- Masks must still be worn on buses as part of the Sumner County Schools Re-Entry Plan.
- Masks are encouraged for 3-5 Sumner Virtual Academy students who will be testing at JAE. Virtual Academy teachers at Jack Anderson will be wearing masks during testing.
- Students will be encouraged to wear masks during related arts when they attend Music. We want to protect Ms. McCoy and keep her safe!
It's Time for Our Kids to Shine! TCAP Testing for 3rd-5th Graders Begins April 13th
Please make sure your child is at school on time, and refrain from scheduling appointments on these mornings if at all possible. Makeup testing will take place in the afternoons and on the remaining days throughout the three-week testing window.
State Testing Tips for Grades 3-5
- Assure your child that you want them to do their best. It is not expected that they answer every question correctly. There is always room for error. Knowing that they do not have to be perfect will help eliminate some of the stress that comes with testing.
- Tell your child to attempt to answer all of the questions and not to leave any blank. Teach them to eliminate ones that they know are wrong first because it gives them a higher chance of getting the correct answer if they are forced to guess.
- Remind your child that the test is important. It sounds simple, but many parents fail to reiterate this. Most children will put forth their best effort when they know it is important to their parents.
- Explain to your child the importance of using time wisely. If your child gets stuck on a question, encourage him or her to make the best guess or return to the question if time permits.
- Ensure that your child gets a good night rest and a good breakfast before taking the test. These are essential to how your child performs. You want them to be at their best. Failing to get a good night's rest or good breakfast can cause them to lose focus quickly. Breakfast is offered at JAE from 8:10-8:40.
- Make the morning of the test a pleasant one. Try to do extra things that make them laugh, smile, and relax. If there's a situation or question that may trigger their mental space, if possible, try to address it when they return home from school.
- Get your child to school on time the day of the test. Give yourself extra time to get to school that morning.
- Remind your child to listen carefully to the instructions from the teacher and to read the directions and each question carefully. Encourage them to read every passage and every question at least two times. Teach them to slow down, trust their instincts, and give their best effort.
- Encourage your child to stay focused on the test, even if other students finish early. It is human nature to want to speed up when others around you are already finished. Teach your child to start strong, stay focused in the middle, and finish just as strong as you started.
Meador, Derrick. "Essential Standardized Test Taking Tips for Parents." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/essential-standardized-test-taking-tips-for-parents-3194598.
Summer Learning Camp
Due to COVID-19, there have been significant disruptions to the learning experiences for students. Students have been quarantined, teachers have been quarantined, and students have cycled through hybrid and virtual schedules.
In an effort to support all students’ academic success, Sumner County Schools is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Education to offer Summer Scholars Program, a program created for Sumner County students, taught by our teachers, using our curriculum. Please see the link below for more information.