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by Principal Kate Wyman

Jefferson School is a Title One school and, as such, receives federal funds. These funds are spent in accordance with Title One guidelines and are used with the overarching goal for every child to meet state academic achievement standards. Title I provides the programs and resources for students to meet this goal.

Jefferson's Mission & Vision

Vision: Educating Patriots today, to be leaders tomorrow.

Our students will be respectful, responsible, and ready to excel in learning and serving.

Mission: We are P.A.T.R.I.O.T.S.

Positive role models & Problem solvers


Team players

Readers and Rigorous learners

Independent thinkers

Open-minded & Offering opportunities to all

Technology innovators

Setting examples by serving others


September 6: Read-a-thon Packets due

September 9: Pumpkin Festival Traffic Re-routing begins

September 11-14: Pumpkin Festival

September 20: Vision & Hearing Screening

Jefferson Calendar

September Calendar of Events - CLICK HERE

Read-a-thon 2019

We are super excited to be kicking off the 2019 Read-a-thon. Your child(ren) should have brought home a Read-a-thon packet on Friday with a pledge sheet, red bookmark, and information letter. Our school goal is to raise $13,000 and have 100% participation by students, including minutes read and/or dollars raised. We need every student to participate to make our fundraising goal a reality. The documents are linked here for your reference.

Read-a-thon Student Letter:


Read-a-thon Prize Sheet:

Read-a-thon Pledge Sheet:

Read-a-thon Bookmark:

New this year...We have added BEDTIME STORIES. It doesn't matter who is doing the reading, the minutes count. Please join the Jefferson School Facebook page for a nightly read-aloud at 6:00pm each night during Read-a-thon week. A Patriot reader will be bringing favorite children's books to your family. Write these books down as minutes read on your child's red bookmark. Don't forget...magazines, play-a-ways, ebooks, audiobooks, newspapers, comic books, novels, picture books...they all count!

Stay tuned for this year's One School, One Book title reveal coming soon!


Kate Wyman

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Pumpkin Festival 2019

The Pumpkin Festival is almost here. Set-up begins on Friday, September 6th at 1:00pm. Due to the transformation of Jefferson School to home of the Pumpkin Festival, we ask that all students go straight home at dismissal beginning Friday, September 6-Friday, September 13. Students and families should avoid the festival grounds (west side of the building) during arrival and dismissal.

Student Quick Drop-Off will change to the village lot and Third Street (primary wing) beginning on Monday, September 9. Adams Street will be reserved for bus traffic only. Please do NOT pull into the bus lane or turn onto Adams to drop off your child(ren).

The Pumpkin Festival Traffic Re-Routing Map can be found here:

DISTRICT 709 Upcoming Dates:

September 4 - Early Release 11:55am

October 2 - Early Release 11:55am

October 11 - Half Day Inservice 11:55am

October 14 - No School, Columbus Day

October 17-18 - Parent/Teacher Conferences

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We are excited to use our new playground. We ask you to help us follow these safety rules when using the playground equipment.

1. Students should have parent supervision when playing on the equipment after school.

2. Students should remain seated on the swings, the spinners, the teeter-totter, and the slides.

3. To keep all students safe, please observe the following limits on the number of children playing on each piece of equipment:

  • Circle Swing - 2
  • Teeter-Totter - 4
  • Red Spinner - 7
4. Rocks should remain on the ground.

5. Students or adults are encouraged to report a concern or problem to the main office.


We welcome visitors to lunch. Our recess/lunch schedule is below. We do ask that all visitors sign in/out in the office. If you are joining your child for lunch on his/her birthday, your child is welcome to invite one friend to sit with you.

K 10:40-11:00 Recess 11:00-11:25am Lunch Students: $2.70

5/6 11:15-11:35 Recess 11:35-12:00pm Lunch Adults: $3.20

3/4 11:40-12:00 Recess 12:00-12:25pm Lunch Milk: $ .50

1/2 12:15-12:35 Recess 12:35-1:00pm Lunch Cookies: $ .60 (3rd-6th only)

PTO Corner

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year. You are a member of the PTO simply by having a child(ren) at Jefferson School.

2019-2020 PTO Officers

Jennifer Donovan - President

Sarah Fore - Vice President

Sarah Webb - Secretary

Emily Hinch & Lisa Sanders - Co-Treasurers

PTO typically meets the 4th Monday from 6:30-7:30pm in the Teacher workroom at Jefferson School. Babysitting is provided free of charge to attendees.

Our Jefferson PTO helps our students, teachers, and school in many ways. A few of the ways you can help raise money for Jefferson School include becoming a Read-a-thon t-shirt sponsor, BoxTops, Scrip, Amazon Smile, and Kroger Rewards. See additional information and links below to start earning dollars for our Patriots right now.

What is SCRIP? SCRIP is simply gift cards that you purchase from the PTO that you then use at your favorite retailers, like Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Target, and many more. These gift cards carry a rebate that goes towards our school. The only thing you need to do is plan your purchases and make them with our gift cards instead of cash or checks. Be on the lookout for an order form to be sent home next week!! and click on "Join A Program" box.

Jefferson's enrollment code: FC3F1EE926695

"Jefferson PTO"

Please join the Jefferson PTO Facebook Page to stay connected with PTO news.

PTO Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes coming soon!

First Meeting - September 23

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Social Work Square

Each month our social worker, Mrs. Hobson, will be sharing great tips and strategies for parents on the character education lessons and social/emotional learning being taught during the school day at Jefferson. There will be recommended activities, links, and more! Stay tuned for her first submission coming in September.

Book of the Month

Each month our librarian, Mrs. Jones, will be sharing about a book that your Patriot(s) might enjoy reading. Be sure to encourage your child(ren) to read daily!

If your child does not yet have their Morton Public Library card, please visit the library to pick yours up OR call the school office for more information about securing a card for 709 students.

Tech Tip/App of the Month

Each month a different tech tip or app will be shared. We will be selecting tools that have been used with our students at school or may help your student at home. We encourage you to check out the tip or app to determine if it is something you would like your child(ren) to use on their personal device.

Literacy Corner

Check here for reading tips from our Literacy Coach, Mrs. Deverman.