Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use

June 12, 2020

Contacting J/J During the School Interruption

During this extended school closure, please be assured the administrators can be reached by phone or email. If you call, please leave a voicemail; office staff are regularly checking our voicemails and emails whether working from school or working remotely.

Principal's Message

Dear Families,


The Mansfield Public Schools are preparing to welcome our students back in September and we look forward to their return. For the past several weeks, we have been educating based on the Essential Prerequisite Standards for learning that were identified by DESE (the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education).


At Jordan/Jackson, our staff conducted an inventory of which Prerequisite Standards were covered prior to closure, along with which Remote Learning week each of the remaining standards were integrated into the plans. We are confident in the steps we took to ensure that our students are prepared for the next grade level.


In addition:

  1. Term 2 Report Cards were sent home the day of closure (March 13). Prerequisite Standards covered prior to Remote Learning were graded on the report card.

  2. Remote Learning Plans for all weeks will remain on the Jordan/Jackson Remote Learning Site throughout the summer for students to access for additional practice.


Term 3 / EOY Report Cards:

  • As previously mentioned, Term 2 Report Cards were sent home the day of closure (March 13).

  • Per the MA DESE guidelines during remote learning from March 16 to June 18, students’ learning progress has been monitored but not graded and will be used to support the transition to the next grade level.

  • As a result, grading “blocks” on the report card for Term 3 will be empty.

  • Staff will include an overall comment regarding their work with each student this year and additional thoughts and considerations related to their progress.

  • Families will receive a Term 3/End-of-year Report Card in the mail, the week of June 22.


Planning for academic transitioning to the next grade

  1. As we proceed through the placement process, staff will group students with all “routine” placement factors in mind.

  2. Curriculum leaders and teams will make strategic adjustments to curriculum and assessment pacing for the 2020/2021 School Year.

  3. To begin the year, school-wide and grade-specific common assessments will guide our instructional approach as they do each year.

  4. Robinson and Jordan/Jackson staff members have and will continue to collaborate regarding the second- to third-grade transition.


During Remote Learning, we have taken advantage of Online Learning Software subscriptions we utilize throughout each school year. They clearly provide a valuable source of data, with various assessment features that enable staff to synthesize classroom information efficiently.


Whether in-person or remotely we understand that this data is relative to the structure of the software programming. Our curriculum common assessment data, other school-wide data, MCAS and Staff evaluations of student progress are prioritized sources of information for assessing student growth.


Student Engagement Measures/Documentation

The aforementioned software data is also one source of measuring student engagement. Additionally, our staff utilized an internal engagement rating system similar to the Behavior/Effort Report Card Rating. This indicator is being collected internally and considered alongside other student information.


Engagement Ratings:

    • Consistent

    • Often

    • Inconsistent

    • Rarely


As always, we are available to answer any questions or discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child’s transition.


Take care,


John Nieratko

John.Nieratko@mansfieldschools.com

CHROMEBOOKS FOR THE SUMMER

Jordan/Jackson students who borrowed a school chromebook should keep their chromebook over the summer. Students are reminded that these devices are intended for educational use and they should bring them to school when we return in the fall. Please note: more communication will come in the future about our chromebook 1:1 program for next year. If you have any questions, please email John Nieratko or Denise daGraca.

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EXCITING NEWS! .. VIRTUAL FIELD DAY IS MONDAY, JUNE 15!

IF YOU'D LIKE A PREVIEW, CLICK ON THE BUTTON! GATHER YOUR MATERIALS AND GET READY TO MOVE!

Transitioning from 2nd Grade to 3rd Grade

Principal Nieratko will host a virtual orientation for families on Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 PM. A link to the June 17th event will be posted on our website and social media.


Keeping with the tradition of 2nd-grade students meeting with 3rd-grade students, this year it will be done virtually! Robinson and Jordan/Jackson teachers will "buddy-up" via Google Meets. Students can ask questions and learn about Jordan/Jackson.

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SUMMER READING

Keep your kids reading over the summer! Here's a few suggestions for your children:


Great Lists for Summer Reading

Read a Book Online

Summer Reading Challenge Log

NOURISH TO FLOURISH - FREE SUMMER LUNCH

WEST SIDE BENEVOLENT CIRCLE IS SPONSORING FREE LUNCH FOR ALL CHILDREN THIS SUMMER. PLEASE CLICK BUTTON FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Mrs. Franklin's Amazing Students!

CLICK ON THE BUTTON TO VIEW MRS. FRANKLIN'S HARD WORKING STUDENTS!

SHOUTOUTS!

CLICK THE BUTTON TO SEE THE SLIDESHOW

BENTLEY SNIFFED HIS WAY TO A PIZZA PARTY!

Last Week's Estimation Station Winners

The estimation station had 311 students guess the number of recyclables and we had 4 winners! Answer: 311 recyclables WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF THAT? 311 STUDENTS GUESSED 311 RECYCLABLES!


Every week, your child can look for it on the remote learning site in their weekly learning plans. Estimates will be accepted until 3PM on Fridays; winners will be announced the following week.

Get Up and Move with BOKS' Weekly Bursts

BOKS is a physical activity program designed to get kids active and establish a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.


https://www.bokskids.org/boks-at-home/

www.facebook.com/boks

THIS WEEK'S BOKS' BURST

CLICK THE BUTTON TO VIEW THE VIDEO

Jordan/Jackson Remote Learning Site

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR REMOTE LEARNING SITE

Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use

If you would like to refer back to previous COVID-19 remote learning newsletters, please see the links below.


June 10, 2020

June 5, 2020

June 3, 2020

May 29, 2020

May 22, 2020

May 15, 2020

May 8, 2020

May 1, 2020


You can also access these newsletters through our website. Click on these links:


J/J Website

J/J COVID-19 Website

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Mansfield Public Schools

MPS' latest updates, information and news about the District’s schools, students, faculty, events and accomplishments. Link: Mansfield Public Schools News Blog