Johnson Jungle

Art, Guidance, Library, Music, P.E., & Spanish

Welcome to Johnson's newsletter for specialty courses and programs!

Jennifer Flynn (Visual Art), Whitney McKay (Guidance Counseling), Marie Zimmerman (Library), Alyssa Vanderpool (Music), Nick Behymer (Physical Education), Julie Dashley (Spanish)

Music with Ms. Vanderpool

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Kindergarten and 1st Grade

Kindergarten and First Grade have been studying high vs. low sounds. First grade made melody brochures demonstrating their knowledge of sounds that are high and low. This collaborates with their science lesson on what causes sound which is vibration.

2nd graders working on their beginning, middle, and end

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3rd Graders Composing Rhythms

3rd Grade just finished a unit on rhythm. Have your student show you their rhythm and explain how they wrote their own compositions.
Music February 1
Music February 2

5th Grade has taken the dive into drama.

We are currently learning how to write scripts that will be produced and directed by the 5th graders. This will be a collaborative activity with the 3rd Grade.
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Alyssa Vanderpool

K-5 Music Educator

Español with Señora Dashley

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In Kindergarten, we are practicing our shapes. We will describe the shapes by using our numbers and colors. In the photo, students are drawing shapes.

En kindergarten, practicamos las formas. Describimos las formas usando colores y números. En la foto, los estudiantes dibujaron las formas.

Julie Dashley

K-5 Spanish Educator

Physical Education with Mr. B

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All grade levels have recently been introduced to the new game of "Table Ball", which is a combination of 4 Square and Ping Pong. It can be played 1 vs 1 or even 2 vs 2. Table Ball helps students work on their hand eye coordination, agility, and communication skills.

Nick Behymer

K-5 Physical Education

Gym February 1
Gym February 2

Guidance with Ms. McKay

Johnson is Trustworthy

Our character trait for the entire school in February is TRUSTWORTHY.

The artwork on the right is from our Johnson calendar. This image was created last year by Dominic Mills and Jackson Baioni.

Here is the definition of trustworthy that we use at Johnson:

“Trustworthy people are reliable and dependable. They do what they say they are going to do. If someone is trustworthy that means they are honest and forthright, and they don't cheat. You can tell your trustworthy friend your worries and know what he or she will not make fun of you, or tell anyone else what you are worried about. A trustworthy person rarely lets you down."

W.A.T.C.H. Dogs

WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America to help students thrive and grow. Watch D.O.G.S. asks fathers and father figures to take off one day of work a year in order to make a difference in the lives of children. Research shows that a male presence in schools reduces bullying and improves academic outcomes for students. Our volunteers will participate in classroom activities, ensure safety on Johnson's campus, participate in recess and lunch monitoring, and maintain a strong, positive presence for students. This new program has just been launched at Johnson, and we appreciate your support!

Whitney McKay

Guidance Counselor

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How can we communicate our ideas in art? Beginning with symbols in our world and our lives, third graders created symbolic self-portraits, and then moved into considering the many different categories of art. We discussed realistic, abstract, and non-objective, and how all can be used to communicate a message in different ways. Students are currently creating a piece of art inspired by one of these styles, selecting a design that they would want to keep forever. What message would you send, if it was to be kept forever?

Jennifer Flynn

K-5 Visual Art Educator

Preschool artists inspired by fine artworks

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1st Grade Artists Experimenting with Different Materials

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4th Grade Wax Museum Artworks

Visit our website to see artworks of famous Kentuckians come to life!

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Online Art Exhibits

Students have been adding to their digital portfolios on Artsonia. Parents - you can easily add relatives' email addresses into your child's account, and then they will be notified when new artwork is posted for viewing. It's a great way to share students' creativity with family members that live far away! You should receive an email and/or paper sent home with information to get started! (Their account keeps artwork from year to year, allowing you to see their visual art skills develop over time.) Visit Johnson's Gallery to see all of our amazing artworks.

Library with Mrs. Zimmerman

In February, we have begun our One Book, One School program. The entire school will be participating in the same read aloud. We will be reading Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. This is a 2010 Newberry Honor book. Each teacher reads aloud a couple of chapters a day to their classes, and on Tuesday and Thursday classes answer trivia questions.

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Mrs. Perkin’s class participated in a puzzle event where they experienced similar situations to Minli, the main character in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. Students had a lot of fun and will be able to make connections as they read!

Coming soon to 3rd Grade...

Exciting news!

Author N.D. Wilson will be visiting with third graders on April 21st!

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We are so grateful for the technology grant that was funded by the PTO. Teachers are already checking out robots to use with their classes!


Mark your calendars!

Our next Joseph-Beth Book Fair will be March 20th-24th.

Marie Zimmerman

Library Media Specialist


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FC CINCINNATI is coming to Joseph-Beth Booksellers Cincinnati on FEBRUARY 13!

Meet Head Coach John Harkes, Keeper Mitch Hildebrandt, Midfielder Corben Bone, and Defenders Austin Berry and Harrison Delbridge!

Head Coach John Harkes and several players will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood on Monday, February 13 from 5:00-6:30pm to meet fans and sign copies of the new book Rise Together: Celebrating FC Cincinnati’s Inaugural Season. FC Cincinnati shattered records and stole the hearts of the Queen City in 2016, and the new book Rise Together commemorates the first year with stories and pictures of their wild success story. This event is free and open to the public. Fans of all ages are encouraged to get here early!

For more information about this or any other events at Joseph-Beth, reach out to Kelly Morton at

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Check out all the cool events going on at the Campbell County Public Library

We need your help! Art Room Donations Needed

We appreciate your donation of any of the materials below.


  • PAPER PLATES or styrofoam plates (used as palettes for paint mixing)
  • Rolls of Satin or Grosgrain Ribbon

Thank you for supporting our students' creativity!


Learn MORE up-to-date, information about all of our programs on our new website. Read blog posts, see pictures, and view resource information for every grade!