Jackson's Weekly Staff Newsletter




Specialists/ELL Breakfast/Music Room 7:35

Marcos Fundraiser Night


Prof Dev (Gifford Cluster) 7:30

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

Marcos Fundraiser Night


Peaceful Bus 9:15-10

Marcos Fundraiser Night


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


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

Field Trip for 5th Grade Young Scholars to The Works Museum 9:45-2:30

3 BLT Meeting 7:30

Field Trip for 4th Grade Young Scholars to The Works Museum 9:45-2:30

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

11 Field Trip for 3d Grade Young Scholars to Red Oak for Robotics Fun 9:45-11:00

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

Parent Input Forms Due

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

27 Youth Teaching Youth to 4th Grade 1:30-2:30

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

Youth Teaching Youth to 4th Grade 1:30-2:30

5 Staff Dev Meeting 7:30 (was BLT, but changed to Staff Dev on 2/10/20)

6 National Bike/Walk to School 7:50-7:55 (if inclement weather it will NOT be rescheduled)

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 Youth Teaching Youth to 4th Grade 1:30-2:30

PTO Meeting (Board ONLY) 6:30-8

5th Grade Music Program 6:30

12 BLT Meeting 7:30 (was Staff Dev, but changed to BLT 2/10/20)

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



*Thank you Sarah and Trudy for presenting our PTO Grant at the meeting Tuesday night.

*Thank you, Barbi, for writing the grant for snowshoes. I can hardly wait to have my kids use them!

*Thank you, Sarah, for representing second grade at the PTO meeting.

*Thank you to Danielle for taking on all the screens like a champ!

*Thank you to those of you that reached out last week to see how my daughter was doing after our ER visit, and those of you that were flexible with me needing to leave, I really appreciate your kindness and patience!

*Boumeester thanks for the treat!!

*Thank You Hengel for organizing Mill City!

*Thank you Erica Casey for helping my sub get my projector working! I appreciate you!

*Thank you Char for always doing what is best for kids. You are a great PLC leader, teacher, and friend.

*Thank you Keller for loaning me your EZ write originals! I appreciate it!

*Thank you Danielle for working so hard with me to get a few kids screened and evaluated for speech. It has been great getting to know you.

*Thank you Wendy for attending the PTO meeting on Tuesday.

*Thank you Jenny and Jane for taking on the challenge math rooms!

*Thank you Balk for always being a voice of reason.

*Thank you to the media center/library staff for accommodating the ESL students. They had to shut down the maker space, change book check out, and also plan lessons that would not interfere with our federally mandated testing!

*Fischer, thanks for organizing the Jackson Plunge team!

*Ann and Kathy, thanks for being great new additions to the Jackson Plunge team!

**Thank you, Natalie, for working with me for the mobile makerspace – the kids are loving it!

*Thank you, EL teachers, for being such rock stars and working hard during this testing time…I know how much you work you need to do in order to give them and prep for them!

*Thank you Wendy for figuring out the crazy game of Tetris that is out staff absent/sub schedule every day! Also, thank you for filling out extra pay for splitting as well! I appreciate all that you do!

*Jeanne Meyer, your calm and professional manner is so appreciated. You are a great co-worker and teacher!

*Erica, thank you for being such an awesome PTO rep for us! You guys do amazing things!

*Barbi, thank you for writing the PTO grant for snowshoes! How fun will that be!

*Chris, thanks for coming to the rescue last week to help with our dental health presentation!

*Krissy, thanks for finding me the perfect book to have my mystery reader read to my class!

*Trudy, thanks for presenting the PTO grant with me!

*Sari, thank you for the pick-me-up!

*Thank you Kevin for approving a grant proposal at the last minute. We couldn’t have continued the “states project” without it!

*Thank you Schleper and Hengel for going through PLTW again with the team.

*Thank you Drill for developing funny antics for each of us on the team. They are spot on!

*Thank you Charlotte for the mouthguard case and correct cleaning product. It was very thoughtful!

*Thank you Boumeester for getting us math practice half-sheets for review of math concepts.

*Thank you Schleper and Drill for helping me scan files and connect them to course work in CANVAS.

*Thank you Kevin for meeting with one of my students to motivate him to get his work done. He is always excited to come work with you – and I really mean that

*Thank you Nicole for keeping the lunch room under control.

*Thank you Schleper and Boumeester for the awesome lock-box activities. The kids loved them!

*Thank you Boumeester for sending the answer key to the lock-box after we all struggled to find the answers on our own

*Thank you Angell for organizing the writing conference for our students.

*Thank you Chris for making the TERRIBLE sound coming from my new computer stop!

*Thank you Hengel for the Chia Tea. It was very thoughtful of you!

*Thank you Boumeester for the “Thank You” cookies. You know my weakness!!!

**Thank you, Kaitlin, for always being available to answer questions & ever supportive

*Thank you, all staff who participated in the Coffee Cart Interest survey, we have been (mostly) funded. We look forward to serving you. (Ps. 2/20 “COFFEE” survey is a preferences inquiry please consider completing it, TIA!)

*Thank you Dena for going on the field trip with short notice.

*Thank you, Anne & Rhonda for donating extra valentine’s cards.

*Thank you, DeAnn for working closely to support our students needs as they navigate friendship skills

*Thank you, Erica for your words of wisdom when we were nervous

*Thank you, Amy R. for taking time to discuss student concerns

*Thank you Wendy P. for helping us navigate financial realms of our ‘business’ venture

*Thank you Shawna for being such a great addition to our Jackson team

*Thanks, Hengel for the cup of coffee

*Thanks, Alex for taking the time to meet with me after school to share your words of wisdom! I so appreciate it!!!

*Thank you, Martie for always answering my millions of questions! You have help make my transition to fourth grade so much easier!

*Thank you, Schleper for being an amazing I-Team rep for fourth grade. You care so much about not only our students, but about our team as well!

*Thank you, Boumeester for making copies of those awesome math warm up worksheets! I’m loving the routine so far!

*Thank you, Charlotte for always giving us a good laugh!

*Thank you, Hengel for being an A+ explainer about everything AND for setting up our Mill City Museum field trip! It was a blast!

*Thanks, Blad for an amazing coaching cycle. I love learning with you!!!

*Thank you for letting me observe your math class, Schleper! BIG help!

*Boumeester, I never knew how to tag a paragraph before. Thank you for teaching me and my class!

*Anglin, I appreciate you organizing Youth Teaching Youth for all of us.

*Chris, you have helped me troubleshoot many technology issues and I don’t think I could teach without you in the building.

*Diane Crist, it is so nice to see you working on academics at Tier Time with our kiddos 😊

*Ben & Amy, I haven’t even had coffee and donuts yet but I am thanking you in advance for starting our Friday the right way. I wonder what the *surprise* will be?!?!

*Luci, I appreciate you taking my students to the 1st grade rehearsal so that I could work with some other kids in a small group. Big help! Thank you!

*Charlotte, thanks for the cuticle chat. I’ll try to be less aggressive next time.

*Bristol, I am VERY eagerly anticipating the Jackson Coffee Cart—what a SUPREME idea!


Thoughts About Using Seesaw in Your Class

Thought #1: Are your students creators or consumers?

Seesaw allows our students to be the creators, developers, and designers of work to share their learning. Instead of consuming content that was created for them, our students create the content. They are digging into higher-order thinking to share what they know.

  • In this video, you will find brief examples of how students can become creators to show learning.

Thought #2: Seesaw doesn't have to just be for students to create or organize their thinking. Have you ever thought to use Seesaw to create and track your reading groups? This Prior Lake teacher did and is sharing it with you.

  • Click here to see it in action.
  • Click here to bring it into your classroom.

Thought #3: Seesaw for Accountability

During Read-to-Self time, students who are reading longer books can track what they are reading by snapping a photo of an important pages in the text, draw a photo of that scene, then record a quick audio recording of why that scene is important to remember.

  • Click here to bring this activity into your classroom.


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