JSE Tracks

Principal's Weekly News May 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): Take Responsible Risks

Bucket-Filling Trait: Confidence

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It's a Marvelous Monday at JSE!

Lots to celebrate at JSE! Congratulations to the staff, parents and community. Indiana Department of Education has announced JSE as a 4 STAR school!

This recognition comes at a perfect time as we celebrate our teachers and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week this week. Thank you PTO for showing them just how thankful and appreciative we are for the support and knowledge they share with our children each day! If your child would like to write a thank you note to their teacher, please encourage them!

Edwin Hernandez and Jimmy Henry represented JSE well at the Porter County Spelling Bee. Congrats to both for their hard work and accomplishment! 3rd and 4th graders will soon be given spell bowl lists to practice over the summer for next year's spell bowl team.

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.

Proud of JSE,

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

Thank you all for sharing a night of JSE family and supporting your school!

PTO Monthly Meeting

Tomorrow, Tuesday at 6pm.

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 Thursday, May 28th from 3:30-5:00 at WHS or day of event

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

To Enter: Send a check payable to: UCE

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

From the desk of Mrs. Field's:

Popcorn winners for the month of April:

Miss Dravet: 98.1%

Mrs. Ross: 98.7%

Mrs. Asher: 98.7

All school attendance for the month of April was 97.6%

Field Day: June 1st at JSE. More information to follow. Volunteers needed!

Important Dates/Information:

  • May 4-8 Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 15 4th Grade Living Art Museum 2pm
  • May 15 Festival of the Arts from 6-8pm.
  • June 1 Field Day
  • June 3 5th Grade Recognition/Picnic 10am
  • 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