Shark Bites

Stopher Newsletter, February 10th

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Melissa Shearon is the new leader of Stopher Elementary School. She’s joining the team here after serving as the assistant principal at St. Matthews Elementary for more than two years.

Shearon has more than a decade of experience in education, dedicating the majority of her career to Jefferson County Public Schools. She first joined the district in 2009 as an English Language Arts teacher at Johnson Traditional Middle School. In 2012, Shearon moved over to Westport Middle School to continue teaching English Language Arts and also serve as a team leader and goal clarity coach. Four years later, she left the district to take on a new role at the Kentucky Department of Education. Shearon worked as an Educational Recovery Specialist for three years before coming back to JCPS to join the Office of Teaching and Learning as the manager of Academic Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. She spent several months on that team before becoming the assistant principal at St. Matthews Elementary in October 2019.

“I am honored to be selected as the next principal of Stopher Elementary,” Shearon said. “I am passionate about the elementary school experience and can’t wait to begin connecting with students, staff, and families. Stopher has a history of academic excellence, rich offerings for students, and deep community involvement. I am committed to ensuring every student thrives at Stopher.”

Shearon earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University. She also has a master’s degree and an educational specialist degree from the University of Louisville.

Shearon starts her new position on February 14.

Dates to Note

February 8-16 ... APEX Fundraiser

February 12 ... Movie Night

February 14 ... Valentine Parties

February 15 ... Stopher Proceeds Night at Fiesta Time Amigos

February 17 ... APEX Remix Party (School Wide)

February 21, 22 ... No School

February 28 ... Skating Party

February 25-March 4 ... Book Fair

March 7 ... No School

Car Rider Line

Today, we had every student in the building before the final bell rang! This is huge! Our line has not been finishing until 15 to 20 minutes AFTER that bell.

The morning car rider line is now dropping off around 15 vehicles at once. The line forms as it always has but will now circle around to the front of the building and begin dropping off students there. As the line stops for those students, the vehicles on the side of the building will be able to unload at the same time. If this new route continues to be successful, we will continue to use it.

The car rider line begins on Arnold Palmer Blvd, turns right onto Landmark Dr, crosses Aiken and proceeds along the drive. This route is for BOTH morning and afternoon! No one should be entering the Stopher drive via Aiken Rd other than our staff. Please be considerate and respectful of those parents following this procedure by joining the END of the line.

We are receiving daily complaints from Lake Forest residents. Please do not block driveways or intersections. Please do not negatively interact with residents trying to commute through their neighborhood. Thank you for being a positive representative of Stopher!

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Stopher 3rd Grade Basketball advances to the Championship game!

The Championship game is scheduled for February 20th at 5PM at the MidAmerica Sports Center at 1906 Watterson Trail. Our team is undefeated for the season at 7-0 after last week's win in the Final Four. We were seeded as the #1 team in the postseason tournament.

Kicks Soccer Academy (After School Program)

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Goofy Cupids/Cupid Cuties

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A Night at the Movies

Disney's Encanto and Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Saturday, February 12

$10 per student

Includes 2 slices of pizza and bottled water

Additional Candy will be Sold

Details and Registration Form are below!

Stopher Skating Party

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Share Your Pictures With Us!

Have you taken any pictures of your child's class or team this year? At a Class Party? On a Field Trip? Be sure to e-mail in your picture(s) to Deadline to submit is March 1st!

Order Your Yearbook Now!

Don't miss your chance to get your 2021-22 Stopher Elementary Yearbook! Cost: $25.

Deadline to order is March 20th! Believe me, your kids will want this book full of memories from another awesome year as a Stopher Shark!

PLUS, everyone gets two free customizable pages! Deadline to get in your customizable pages is also March 20th. So if you've already ordered, don't forget to log back in and make your shark the star of their yearbook!!

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Stopher School Meal Menu

Last minute menus changes are occurring frequently and are out of our control due to the nationwide food shortage. Menus on Nutrislice may not reflect these changes.

Stopher Meal Menu

COVID Testing

REMINDER: If you have signed your student up for weekly testing and no longer want it done, you must go back to the permission form you signed and remove the permission. Our office staff can not access these forms to make the change.

Covid-19 Testing

Routine COVID-19 testing for those who are not symptomatic is available to students during school. This voluntary screening will be done weekly and can quickly identify individuals who may be COVID-19 positive. To participate in this testing, students must have a consent form on file. Parents or guardians can access the online form by clicking here. Once there, click on the Complete Forms link to proceed.

*Testing is done at Stopher on Wednesdays. Registration for the test must be completed prior to 2:00 the day before.

*You do not need to register every week. Once your student is on the list, he/she stays on the list until you remove him/her.

Test to Stay

If a JCPS student or employee has been in close contact of someone with COVID-19, they now have an option not to quarantine. To qualify, they have to take a COVID-19 test every night for seven days. If they have a negative result, they can come back to school or work the next day.

Free testing is offered at middle and high schools and other select locations in the afternoons/evenings every Sunday-Thursday. There are now more than 50 locations available across the district. Click here for a list of sites and hours.

Individuals living in the same household as the positive case do NOT qualify for Test to Stay.

IMPORTANT!!!! .................... Test to Play

If a JCPS student (elementary, middle, and high school) is doing any extracurricular activities or sports, they are now required to take a weekly COVID-19 test. Stopher students can take a test during the school day on Wednesdays. To participate in this testing, students must have a consent form on file. Parents or guardians can access the online form by clicking here. Once there, click on the Complete Forms link to proceed.

Students not tested will NOT be permitted to participate.

PTA General Body Meeting

The Stopher Executive Board would like to invite you to attend the next General Body Meeting of the PTA. It is tentatively set for the evening of Wednesday, 3/2 with a guest speaker during Read Across America week. The meeting will be virtual. Please mark your calendars. Details will be sent closer to the date. Your Stopher PTA appreciates all your support!

Site Based Decision Making

Next SBDM meeting: 4:00pm, February 11th

Click Here for SBDM Information

Community Summer Camp Information

Summer community activity opportunities can be posted here. If you would like to share any camp information with our families, please send it to
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