Halfway Through April

Apr. 15, 2019

PE Fun and Fitness

Jefferson students engage in a variety of team and cooperative games during Physical Education classes. Not only do they learn the rules of many different games, they also learn the value of being part of a team, encouraging others, and playing fairly. Plus, it's great exercise! Below are several pictures from some of the games our students play in the gym. Enjoy.

Annual Testing Reminders

Every school year, during the months of April and May, students all across the state of MN participate in MCA testing. MCA stands for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments. The Minnesota Dept. of Education website offers a tremendous amount of information about testing. Here are the answers they provide to two of the most frequently asked questions around MCA testing.

What is the MCA? The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are state tests in reading, mathematics, and science that are used to meet federal and state legislative requirements. The tests are administered every year to measure student performance relative to the Minnesota Academic Standards that specify what students in a particular grade should know and be able to do.

Why do we give these tests? We use the MCA to find out how well schools have aligned curriculum to and instructed students in the Minnesota Academic Standards in reading, mathematics, and science. The reading and mathematics assessments are also used in federal and state accountability measurements. Schools use the information to improve classroom teaching and learning. Teachers and principals look for areas where students do well so they can reinforce the ways they teach these skills. They also look for areas that need improvement so they can increase instructional time or modify their instruction.

Students across our school district also take NWEA tests in reading and math during the spring of each school year. The following link is a parent's guide to commonly asked questions around NWEA (MAP) testing.

Parent's Guide to MAP

For some great advice on things you can do to help your child(ren) succeed on any test, check out this article from Edmentum:

8 Tips for Parents...

What's New on Peachjar?

Check out all the flyers on the Jefferson Peachjar site by clicking the link at the end of this section. Make it a regular habit to check out the latest offerings from around our community. It's a great way to find programs for kids that keep them active and connected to other kids their age. The Jefferson "Recently Posted" page has information about the following opportunities:

  • Jefferson Chipotle Fundraiser
  • MSU Football Camps
  • United Soccer
  • Are You Smarter Than the 5th Graders?
  • Kids Golf-A-Palooza
  • Coding and Decoding to Music
  • Airmen
  • Camp Invention
  • and much, much more...

Jefferson Peachjar Link

5th Grade Transition to DMMS

For those of you with students who will be transitioning from Jefferson to Dakota Meadows after this school year, there are important dates this summer you may want to add to your calendars...

Transition Camp Session I

Monday, July 8 and Tuesday, July 9 (8:00 AM - 3:30 PM)

Transition Camp Session II

Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 (8:00 AM - 3:30 PM)

You can also access the DMMS activities calendar using the link below:

DMMS Calendar

April "Building Readers"

For tips, suggestions, and activities families can use to help students improve as readers, click on a link to the April issue of Building Readers below.

April Building Readers (English)

April Building Readers (Spanish)


Family Literacy Night - Thursday, April 25 (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)

Family Literacy Night Flier

Keep bringing in those Box Tops and Hy-Vee receipts!


Tues., 4/16 Are you Smarter Than the 5th Graders?

Fri., 4/19 NO SCHOOL

Thurs., 4/25 Family Literacy Nite/PTO Book Fair


Thurs., 5/23 PTO Carnival