Weekly News From The Hill

May 11th, 2018

Important Dates

  • 4th Grade In-House Field Trip (Days of Taste) - 05/14
  • Enrichment Celebration - 05/16 at 5:30pm
  • PTA Meeting - 05/17 at 6:30pm
  • Schoolhouse Theater Performance of Beauty and the Beast - 05/17 at 7:00pm

Thank You

We want to thank everyone who supported our Teacher Appreciation Week!! It makes all the difference in the world when one feels appreciated. We are grateful for your time, resources, and efforts to make it a special week. Special thanks are as follows:

PTA - Thank you for providing breakfast, lunch, survival kits, and treats.

Parents - Thank you for the cards, treats, gifts, and donations of food and beverages.

Camp Attaway - Thank you for providing lunch on Field Day. (For more details about this program, click Camp Attaway.)

Columbia Scuba - Thank you for lending Ms. Strong the wet suit for the Field Day Ice Bucket Challenge. (For more details about this community supporter, click Columbia Scuba)

Volunteers - Thank you for helping Ms. Brown and Ms. Z with Field Day!

--The Jeffers Hill Family

Last Day of School Extended

Click the link below to read about the extended school year.

School Calendar Update


Our 3rd-5th grade students will be taking the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessment in the upcoming weeks. The testing window will continue through June 5th. PARCC is a computer based standardized assessment that measures students' readiness to succeed in college and careers. Students will be assessed on their proficiency in Math and English/Language Arts.

Below are the testing dates for each grade level. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before, eats a good breakfast on the day of, and arrives to school on time. Please try to schedule any appointments you may have around the testing times. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Vanisko at brian_vanisko@hcpss.org

3rd Grade

ELA - May 15th-17th (9:00am-10:45am)

4th Grade

ELA - May 22nd-25th (10:15am-12:15pm)

--Mr. Vanisko

GT Enrichment Celebration

You are invited to celebrate the hard work of JHES students who participated in one or more of the Gifted and Talented Program offerings this year. The celebration will take place next Wednesday, May 16th at 5:30pm.

During the open house, we will unveil the enrichment website highlighting the projects the students have worked on. Since the celebration is digital, it allows participants the flexibility to view the various projects at your discretion.

--Ms. Strawhorn and Ms. Epstein

Schoolhouse Theater Arts

Next Thursday, May 17th, Schoolhouse Theater will present the play, "Beauty and the Beast". The performance starts at 7:00pm in the JHES cafeteria. Family and friends are invited to support our actors and actresses.

--Ms. Brunswick


The MESA Closing Ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 8th. All in attendance were excited and proud of our future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. Our MESA Team did a fine job representing Jeffers Hill! We look forward to next year's program. Click the link below to see pictures of our final activities and our supporters.

MESA Closing Ceremony

--Mr. Osahon and Ms. Biegel

Days of Taste

Our 4th graders had a unique opportunity to participate in a 3-day program, Days of Taste. Students visited Mary's Land Farm and learned about the benefits of eating fresh foods straight from the farm. A chef came in to demonstrate how to cook some of those foods. They also had a chance to experience new flavors by having blind taste tests. This is the first time this program was offered to JHES and we hope this will continue in the future. Click the link below to see some of the activities.

From Farm to Table

--Ms. Cabrera

JHES Field Day

Our 2018 Field Day was awesome!! We want to send a big shout out to the 50+ volunteers who helped make the day a success.

We also want to acknowledge our fearless leader, Ms. Strong, for participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. She withstood the challenge of having cups and buckets of water dumped on her by a combined total of 465 students and 70 staff!

A picture is worth a thousand words. A special thank you goes to Ms. Coleman, Special Ed paraeducator, for capturing our great moments! Take a look at our day of fun by clicking the link below.

Fun Times at the JHES Field Day

--Ms. Brown and Ms. Zinalabedini

GenCyber Summer Camp

We are privileged to be awarded a Cybersecurity grant from the National Security Agency. The project name is GenCyber: Elementary Cybersecurity Camp at Jeffers Hill (aka "EC2"). This program is for 4th and 5th grade students and will be offered at no cost to the accepted applicants.

Upon completion of the program, students will have an awareness of professional careers in Cybersecurity, online safety, and how to safeguard personal devices. The program will run from Monday, July 23rd through Friday, August 3rd and there will be two 1-week sessions. If your child is interested in being part of this awesome experience, click on the link below to submit an application. If you have questions, please email Ms. Griffin at vgriffin@hcpss.org.

GenCyber Application

--Ms. Griffin

Media Book Check-Out

The last week for students to check out media center books is Monday, May 21st to Friday, May 25th. Students should begin returning books to the media center after Memorial Day weekend. Once again, we will have a competition to see which homeroom class turns in all books first. We sincerely appreciate all of your help in keeping our book collection top notch by taking care of them at home and returning them for others to borrow! If you have any media book concerns, please email Mrs. McCormick at krista_mccormick@hcpss.org.


There are a few more yearbooks available for sale. Don't miss out on your child's precious school moments. The cost is $10. Visit www.strawbridge.net and enter code 110492 to pay online. Payment is due before Friday, May 25th.

--Ms. Cabrera

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From The Health Room

All medications need to be picked up by Tuesday June 19th at 12:30pm. Unless other arrangements have been made, any medications left after that time will be discarded. Medication forms need to be filled out yearly. For more details and forms, click on the link below. If you have questions please call the nurse's office.

Student Medication Procedures

--Ms. Blouse and Ms. Standeven

From Atholton Swim Club

Registration for Swim Lessons at Atholton Swim Club is available at:


We offer small class sizes and follow the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim curriculum. Lessons are conveniently offered in the mornings or evenings in 2 week long sessions. Session 1 begins June 6th - Register today! Contact Kristen at ASCLessonsdirector@gmail.com

**(the contents of this message are neither sponsored nor endorsed by HCPSS or the school.)**

--Kristen, Atholton Swim Club Lessons Director

From Camp Improv - Summer Comedy Camp

Session 1: July 9-13, Session 2: July 16-20

Director: Kathryn Carlsen, Centennial HS Theatre

Website: campimprov.org

This camp is all about the joy of jumping in and finding the funny. Listening, saying “yes, and,” collaboration and flexibility are key. Though there is a focus on the basics, students with prior improv experience will find an opportunity to strengthen their basic comedy muscles.

Grades 2-5 : 9am-12pm

Students will work on creativity and teamwork through improv, storytelling, and clowning exercises. Students will perform a show at the end of the week featuring the skills that they learned.

Location: Camp Improv takes place at Centennial High School on the stage and in theatre room.

Cost: $195 includes a Camp Improv shirt

Performance: Students will perform on the Friday of the camp week at 7pm. All tickets to the show are complimentary!

Registration Due: June 1st. Returned check fee is $25.

Questions? Email Kathryn Carlsen at kcarlsen@hcpss.org

Camp Improv is supported by the Centennial High School Boosters.

Visit campimprov.org for information and registration.

Planning to Move?

If you have plans to move and your child will attend another school, please contact Ms. Taylor for a transfer packet prior to the end of the school year.

--Ms. Taylor

Student Registration

Please call Ms. Taylor to set up an appointment for registration. To start the online process, click the link below.

Student Online Registration

Please bring the following documents:

  • Birth certificate
  • Immunization shot record
  • Deed or Lease
  • Current utility bill (no welcome letters)

Click on the link below for additional registration information.

General Student Registration

--Ms. Taylor

Online School Payments

We encourage parents to use our online service when paying for field trips. Doing so limits the amount of money that children have to carry and the amount handled in the school.

To pay for the upcoming 5th grade field trip, you must set up your account and then pay. To get started, click the link below.

5th Grade Field Trip

If you have any issues with the system please contact Ms. Allen in the front office or email latonya_allen@hcpss.org. Thank you for helping us improve our money collection process.

--Ms. Allen

News From PTA

The next PTA meeting is Thursday, May 17th at 6:30pm. Also, the date for the PTA Auction has changed to Friday, June 1st. Stay tuned for more details.

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JHES Website

Community News

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