Jordan/Jackson News You Can Use

March 20, 2020

Principal's Message

Good morning,

At this point, I’m sure you’re flooded with information and the change in weather is not helping either. Our goal is to continue to work under the guidance of DESE to keep learning alive for students and to provide enriching opportunities in a manner that is equitable for all. While we are currently working in that framework, we are planning for evolving guidance during this unique time in our lives.

Another goal is to package information to you and your children in a consistent and meaningful format. We will maintain our focus on quality, targeted information and activities.

At this point, we plan to send two communications to you per week. Today’s communication includes an enriching STEM activity and information to help your student and family during this time. We hope you find it helpful. Don’t miss the Corny Joke Challenge!

We are also including the resources sent in our previous communication. We hope that they will not only support learned skills but be useful in sparking ideas for at-home research projects.

Our communications will continue to evolve as we move forward. We will be incorporating as much fun as we possibly can. You know what they say about laughter....

Please stay safe and healthy.

Take care,

John Nieratko

STEM Challenge!

STEM Challenge

Design an Earth-Friendly Sneaker*

*Credit - PBS Design Squad

We will be periodically including an optional STEM Challenge for students. The “Design Squad” at PBS has some great challenges. Our goal is to find challenges that are engaging but do not require a lot of materials, particularly ones that you may have easily accessible at home or you can easily substitute with whatever you have handy.

Our first challenge is one that will hopefully appeal to students on multiple levels. It challenges students to develop an Earth-friendly sneaker! Below is the pdf file of the challenge. It does contain a variety of opportunities to extend the inquiry and project. Use as little or as much as you feel is manageable. Most of all...have fun!

Click here for instructions to the Sneaker Challenge


At Jordan/Jackson, the spring session of BOKS was just getting underway. BOKS stands for Build Our Kids’ Success, and was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”. Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Our first spring session focused on movement and running. Students started with three warm up laps, which included jogging, shuffling, and skipping. We also played a game of capture the flag and ended with a nutrition lesson from one of our school nurses, Mrs. Johnston.

Though school is closed, the BOKS team has been working hard to bring you the best at-home activities to keep your kids active and healthy. As such, they will be offering Facebook LIVE BOKS classes each week day at 12PM, and the best news is that anyone can join in the fun! Please join some of the wonderful BOKS Trainers at each weekday for a fun dose of physical activity for you and your kids. If you aren’t able to join the events at that time, don’t worry, the workouts will remain on the BOKS Facebook page and can be watched at your convenience. We hope you have fun with these workouts and can’t wait to continue with our BOKS classes in the future.

How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus

Check out the link to PBS' website for parents. There are some good resources for parents on how to talk to your kids about COVID-19. They also have lots of great ideas for experiments, crafts, recipes and other things for families to do. PBS is offering a weekday newsletter with activities and tips you can use to help kids play and learn at home; the link to sign up is also below.

Click on the link: PBS for Parents

Click on the link: sign up for PBS' newsletter

Here's a few ideas from their website:


3 Minutes Body Scan Meditation - Mindfulness For Kids And Adults

Resources and Guidelines from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

News of the coronavirus COVID-19 is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to the playground at school. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the epidemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. The NASP has put together some guidelines and resources for your use.

Click on the link: Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

Corny Joke Challenge

As a way to share some laughs, we are looking for you to channel your best inner comedian. Submit your favorite corny joke to and we will review them and include some in upcoming newsletters!

Below is one to get us started:

Why do seagulls fly over the sea?

If they flew over the bay, they would be bagels!

IXL Math and IXL ELA

Mathematics and English Language Arts resources

Click on the link to their website: IXL Math and IXL ELA

Students login using the same user name and password they use for Google without the "" . See the sign-in example and picture below.

sample username: bjones29

sample password: 8765432

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Typing Club

Click on the link to their website: Typing Club

Students login using the same user name and password they use for Google without the "". See the sign-in example and picture below.

sample username: bjones29

sample password: 8765432

Scholastic Go!

Nonfiction resource for research on a wide-variety of topics.

Click on the link to their website: Scholastic Go!

Username: jjelem

Password: jjelem


Multimedia resource, including eBooks related to Science and Social Studies topics.

Click on the link to their website: TrueFlix

Username: jjelem

Password: jjelem

New Blog at Mansfield Public Schools!

Mansfield Public Schools has launched a brand-new news portal website to serve as a hub for the latest updates, information and news about the District’s schools, students, faculty, events and accomplishments.

Parents are encouraged to sign up for email alerts on the site in order to receive the latest news blog content. Link: Mansfield Public Schools News Blog

We're Now On Instagram!

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We're also on Twitter: JordanJacksonMA

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