JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News, January 4th

Keeping you informed of all the "tracks" we make at school and in our community!

JSE Monthly Attributes

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Think Reflectively

Bucket-Filling Trait: Friendship

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Happy New Year JSE Families!

We started off the day with our JSE news and our first JSE cheer of the new year! Students were reminded of our focus to be respectful, responsible and safe. Our custodial team did an excellent job over break getting our building in shape for the 2nd half of the school year.

You may have noticed large equipment at our building over break, we are very pleased to let you know we now have energy efficient lights in our gym and wow does it make a huge difference in our lighting! You will also continue to see construction on our outside storage barn at the car rider door as our barn is renovated. This renovation will not affect our car rider arrival or dismissal. These building updates are exciting for us all!

This week we dive right back into learning, setting goals, and celebrating achievements. Our students will take STAR reading and math winter benchmark assessments in the next two weeks. This data collection will provide us with individual student growth information and focus areas to inform our instruction. Reports will be sent home by your child's classroom teacher after the assessment window.

January 15th is the end of the 2nd quarter and report cards will be sent home on the 21st. Your child still has time to reach his 2nd quarter AR goal!

Read for 20: A new free online book resource shared with us by IDOE! Please visit this website to access the free resource: www.hoosierfamilyofreaders.com. More information is shared below.

Welcome Back! Come visit us for lunch with your child in the new year!

Leigh Barnes


Something to look forward to in January!

We thank Ms. Edwards for arranging an Elementary Night at WHS for the boys JV and Varsity basketball games on Friday, January 29th. The JV Game starts at 5:30pm and the Varsity game will start at 7pm. We look forward to fun activities at half time of each game. Elementary students will be admitted free to the game with a paying adult and get a free bag of popcorn. After the game the Varsity team will sign autographs on team photos. We hope to see you there!


  • PTO Meetings: First Tuesday of every month 6pm, JSE Cafeteria *All are welcome!
  • Thank you for your support of our Hungry Howie's Pizza Night. Stay tuned for our next Family Night Dinner Fundraiser

Our first Math Fact Masters of 2016! Keep practicing at home!

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Read for 20: Free myON Digital Library

From the IDOE: As part of the Department’s on-going literacy initiative, the Hoosier Family of Readers, books will be accessible through the myON Digital Library and will be available in both English and Spanish.

“I am excited to announce that Hoosier students will have access to thousands of free online books in 2016,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “A reader is not someone who can read, rather a reader is someone who does read. Providing students with access to thousands of online books supports the mission of the Indiana Department of Education: to provide every student with the resources they need to have an education of the highest quality.”

Beginning on January 1, 2016, and going through December 31, 2016, students, families, and educators will have access to more than 5,000 free, online books through the myON Digital Library. Additionally, the Department is encouraging students across the state to participate in its 200,000 book challenge. Every book read using myON will contribute to our goal of reading 200,000 books to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in December 2016.

Additional information about the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative and details on how students can begin reading on January 1 can be found atwww.hoosierfamilyofreaders.com.

December Popcorn Attendance:

Mrs. Koch 100%

Mrs. Pera 100%

Mrs. Ross 98.9%

Mr. Dobitz 98.9%

Mrs. Asher 98.8%

School wide attendance for December 97.9%

This is the most winners we have had! Students will enjoy popcorn on Wednesday! Thank you parent volunteers and PTO for popping popcorn! Stay healthy!

Important Dates:

1/21 Report Card

1/29 Elementary Basketball Night at WHS 5:30pm JV and 7pm Varsity

Every Friday is Spirit Day! Wear orange and green!

Be a part of the UTSC staff!

Employment Opportunities:

Bus Drivers

Substitute Bus Drivers

Substitute Teachers

Applications are available on the district website. Please contact central office for additional information. Thank you for your interest!

You are always welcome at JSE!

Please let us know how we can strengthen our partnership with you!

Leigh Barnes, Principal

Barb Rittel, Secretary

Chris Fields, Home School Advisor

Kathy Maniszko, School Nurse