JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News April 27th

JSE monthly attributes:

Characteristic of a Successful Learner (CSL): Transfer Knowledge to New Situations

Bucket-Filling Trait: Honesty

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

It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

JSE kindness is in the air! Classrooms link together to form one VERY long JSE Random Acts of Kindness chain. Our 5th grade Math students applied their knowledge of measurement to reveal the total length on the news. Kindness will always be a characteristic of our schoolhouse.

Progress Reports in Thursday Folders: Please review your child's progress report with them. Celebrate their growth and remind them to finish strong! Just a reminder, your child's progress can easily be monitored through the Harmony link on our school website at anytime. If you need your Harmony username and password please call the main office.

End of Year Assessments: 3rd-5th grades will resume ISTEP testing tomorrow, please see information below. K-2 will begin mClass assessments and K-5 STAR reading assessments will be administered. Upon completion, we will provide you a report of the results. Thank you for working together with us to support your child's progress.

We hope to see you at Culver's Thursday!

Leigh Barnes


ISTEP+ Part 2 Online

The new College and Career Readiness Indiana Academic Standards developed by the State this past year are strategically addressed in each classroom. The Part 2 online portion will continue through May 8th. This portion of the ISTEP test will require critical thinking and application and include new response items with technology-embedded skills. Students will become familiar with these tools and items through instructional practice tests. As State Superintendent Ritz encouraged, please visit the IDOE website at this link: http://experience-ccra-in.ctb.com to view sample questions and try for yourself, the technology enhanced items.

We thank you for preparing your child by making sure they get the proper hours of rest each night and have a healthy breakfast each day. The assessments begin promptly each day. Daily attendance is paramount, please avoid absences and tardiness.

We encourage our students to do their personal best. We continue to focus on academic growth for all students and view ISTEPs as another source of information to guide future instruction and promote successful learners.

PTO News

Culver's Family Night

This Thursday, April 30th 5:30 to 8pm. Another opportunity for JSE families to gather, eat and enjoy each other's company while supporting our PTO. We will have Culver's Family Nights twice a year in the Spring and Fall. Students may use their AR reward coupons! Another flier will come home in Thursday Folders.

Mark the Festival of the Arts on Your Calendar!

JSE is excited to announce a family night celebrating The Arts on May 15th from 6-8pm. Parents and Grandparents are invited to attend the evening of art, music, and creative writing. Mr. Dickey, Mrs. Alonzo, Mrs. Bellovary, and the JSE teachers have planned a night to showcase the talents of our JSE students in all areas of our schoolhouse! A flier will come home soon in Thursday Folders.

UTSC Schools out for Summer 5K Run/Walk and 1K Kids Run

Please support our run/walk. The proceeds of this event will help John Simatovich and Union Center Elementary schools purchase new Physical Education equipment. Your support is appreciated and we hope you will all have a great run/walk! Like us on Facebook: Schools Out for Summer Run.

Questions please e-mail Mrs. Edwards, aedwards@union.k12.in.us

Date & Time : Saturday, May 30th 2015

8:00 am 5K run/walk 9:30 am 1K kids run

Where: Wheeler High School

587 West 300 North Valpo, In 46385

Entry fee: $25 for 5K run/walk $10 for 1K Kids run

Must register by May 1st in order to guarantee a T-shirt

***Packet pick-up will be Friday May 29th from 3:30-5:30 at WHS or day of event

Awards: Awards given to overall winners and top three age/gender category

All kids will get a medal for running 1K race and age/gender winners

To Enter: Send a check payable to: UCE

Attn: Allison Edwards 272 N 600 W Valpo, IN 46385

Important Dates/Information:

  • May 22nd- snow make-up day, school in session.
  • April 23rd-5th grade parent night at UTMS
  • April 30th Progress Report #4
  • April 30th Culver's Family Night-Valparaiso Location Only
  • May 4-8 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 15 Festival of the Arts from 6-8pm.
  • May 30th UTSC Run/Walk
  • Fridays are JSE spirit Days! Wear your orange and green.
  • REMINDER: If your child is absent or you have a change in dismissal transportation please call and inform the office by 10am.

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