Jefferson News

January 10, 2022

COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Jefferson Families,

Thank you for your continued support and understanding as we continue the fight to keep our school open for in-person instruction during the on-going COVID-19 surge. We are now starting to see the benefit of student vaccinations as more vaccinated students that would otherwise be required to quarantine are safely remaining in school.

You should have received a COVID-19 test kit on Friday with your child. The purpose of these tests is to monitor the spread of COVID-19 within our community as part of the ongoing effort to keep our school buildings open for in-person instruction. Tests can be utilized whether or not a student is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

We strongly suggest that parents conduct one of these tests on their student on

Monday, January 10th prior to sending them to school that morning.

Below is a short video link detailing the directions to administer the COVID-19 Rapid Test.

1. If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you should not test them.

2. At this time, Massena Central School District is not accepting negative home test results as clearance for symptomatic students to return to school.

(even if the home-test is negative, if the student has symptoms, they are not to return to school)

3. On Monday, if your child is exhibiting one or more symptoms of COVID-19 and they test negative using one of the home test kits, please keep them home from school and call your school nurse for further guidance.

Lastly, we ask that you continue to monitor your children for symptoms of COVID-19 and request that if your child is exhibiting one or more symptoms, to please keep them home from school and contact your school nurse. We are seeing that many cases of quarantine are caused by students coming to school with symptoms that turn out to be COVID.

Please note that any positive test results from an at-home test must be reported to the

local health department and to your school nurse. You do not need to report negative test results.

To report your results, Fill out the online form found on the St. Lawrence County Public

Health Department (SLCPHD) website. For additional information on reporting positive

at-home test results, please see the attached document from St. Lawrence County Public Health.

Online form to report a Positive COVID-19 Test:

St. Lawrence County Public Health Department (SLCPHD) website.

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Tie Club Member- Jase Biers

Mrs. Laramay nominated one of her amazing first grade students, Jase Biers, to Mr. Richards' Tie Club. Jase has been working exceptionally hard in class. She was extremely proud of Jase's effort and success on his recent spelling test.

Way to Go Jase!

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Tie Club Member-Catherine Provost

Mrs. Laramay selected Catherine Provost to become the newest member of Mr. Richards' Tie Club. Catherine has been working extremely hard at her academics. She recently demonstrated the success of all the hard work on her marking period diagnostic and assessments.

Keep up the great work Catherine!

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Last Week's Character Strength: Optimism

Grade six students recognized by their teachers for demonstrating the character strength of Optimism: Karli Bigness, Arianna Arquiett, Bostin Caldwell, and Savannah Maxfield

For our first strength of 2022, Jefferson welcomed the new year by focusing on Hope & Optimism. Students and staff brought to school their new resolutions and all the inspiration that a new year brings.

Optimism means you expect the best from the future and work to achieve it.

An optimistic person has a positive vision of what the future holds and maintain confidence that they will get there. Despite setbacks, they keep a positive attitude and often find ways to convert what seems like an obstacle into a stepping-stone to achieving their goals.

This Week's Character Strength: Prudence

Hello Jaguar Families!

For the week of January 9-15, we will be focusing on the character strength of prudence. Prudence means you plan for the future and achieve your goals by making careful everyday choices.

Prudence is the ability to do the right thing for the right reason, at the right time. It’s a future-oriented way of thinking that helps a person set goals, make plans, and have the discipline to accomplish them. It is cognitive -- more a strength of the head than of the heart.

Prudence supports effective individual self-management. Whether aspiring for an athletic record, academic grade, or purchasing a car, foresight and planning are necessary. However, even with a plan, long-term goals can only be obtained by overcoming those impulses and desires that steer you away from your goals. Prudence provides the wisdom to know which character strength to leverage, at which time, to achieve your desired end state.

To practice and encourage the character strength of prudence with your child, please visit the Positivity Project’s P2 for Families (password: P2) where together you will watch a video, read a quote and talk about the answers to three questions.

Have a wonderful week!

We Wednesday: Prudence

We Wednesday

Pre-K has decided to invite the school to wear purple for prudence. Prudence means practicing caution, using wisdom and good judgment, but it is also the name of a color that is in the purple family!

Grade 6 Kahoot!

Mrs. Porcaro's 6th Graders played Kahoot! to review for their science unit test on Plate Tectonics and Rock Layers. Pictured (left to right) are Savannah Maxfield, Brynn DeVivo and Arianna Scruton.
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Early Dismissal January 14 and January 28

There will be an early dismissal this Friday, January 14 and on Friday, January 28 for Staff Professional Development.


JANUARY 14, 2022


SR HIGH …………………………………………..10:30AM

JR HIGH……………………………………………10:45AM

Jefferson Walkers dismissed at 11:30

Jefferson Bus students dismissed at 11:45