Dolphin Digest

A Monthly Newsletter from Jefferson Elementary School

With Gratitude

The building has been buzzing with learning and excitement at Jefferson Elementary! If you don't follow us on Facebook, I encourage you to go "like" our page at to check out all of the amazing things our students and staff are doing each day. From Storybook Pumpkins to Veterans Day activities to Super Readers to hands-on learning in action, we have so much to celebrate and be proud of.

In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to express how truly thankful I am for our Jefferson Elementary School families. Your partnership and the support you provide is invaluable to us as we work together to educate your children. As Thanksgiving break approaches, I sincerely hope you are able to enjoy time spent with those that you love.

Mattie Hughes, Principal

Veterans Day Drive-Through Celebration

Thank you to those who participated in our Veterans Day Drive-Through Celebration! We enjoyed providing breakfast to our Veterans while honoring them for their service.

JES Storybook Trail - A Huge THANK YOU!

To our amazing families - We cannot even begin to express our excitement over the turnout for our Storybook Trail! We had the BEST time and we hope you did too. It was so wonderful to see all of your smiling faces and to share this experience with you. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU!

During the event, we gave away over 300 book bags and had nearly 200 students participate in voting. A special congratulations to our 4K and Speech team for winning the "Best Book Stop" award for Click, Clack, MOO and Ms. Lowry's 2nd grade class for having the most student participation.

Winter MAP Testing

MAP testing begins in our building on Tuesday November 30. Each teacher is assigned a date for the Reading and Math portions of the test. Your child's teacher will be able to provide specific testing information for their class. Please ensure that your child gets a good night's rest prior to taking any assessment. Please encourage your students to do their best on their MAP testing as the information is very beneficial for teachers.

Prior to Winter Break, we will be celebrating student achievement with a Winter MAP Growth Party! Students will have an opportunity to receive treats, attend a Glow Stick dance party, and enjoy ice cream sundaes if they meet their growth targets in MAP. For our students that do not take MAP, their teachers are setting personalized goals for them so that they also have an opportunity to participate. We are so proud of our students' hard work and cannot wait to reward them for a job well done!

Upcoming Dates

November 22

Interim Reports

November 24, 25, 26 - Thanksgiving Holiday (No School)

Winter MAP Window Nov 29-Dec 21

November 30

MAP testing begins

Optimus Prime Visits

December 3

City of York Christmas Parade at 6:30 pm

December 7

PTO/SIC Meeting (virtual) at 6 pm (Please reach out to school for link if you wish to attend.)

December 17

Winter MAP Growth Party

December 21

End of 2nd 9 Weeks - Half Day for Students (10:30 Dismissal)

December 22 - January 3 (Winter Break)

January 4 - Professional Development Day (no school for students)

Congratulations November Blue Dolphins!

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YSD1 Parenting Partnerships Newsletter

Please click here to access the Parenting Partnerships Newsletter for November. This newsletter contains a wealth of helpful information such as community events, interactive activities, support, and resources.

Important Information

2021-22 Academic Calendar:

The 2021-22 Academic Calendar can be found here and on our district and school websites.

Student-Parent Handbook:

The 2021-22 JES Student-Parent Handbook can be found here and is also accessible on our website. Paper copies were sent home with all students at the beginning of the year. If you did not receive a paper copy, please reach out to our office staff and one will be sent home with your child.

2021-22 In-Person Operational Plan:

York School District One's 2021-22 In-Person Operational Plan, as well as information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, can be accessed at

Title I Information:

Jefferson Elementary School is a Title I School which is determined by pupils in poverty reports. The purpose of Title I, Part A of Public Law 107-110 is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children.

This purpose is accomplished by such efforts as:

  • providing an enriched and accelerated educational program;
  • promoting school-wide reform through school-wide programs or through additional services that increase the amount and quality of instructional time;
  • significantly upgrading the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development; and
  • affording parents meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children at home and at school.

The district welcomes input into the Title One plan through involvement in the planning team, offering input via surveys, or otherwise providing input via phone calls, email, or personal conversations. Interested parties may contact Lisa Spangler in the district office or the principals at any of our Title I schools.

Parent participation and involvement are also encouraged in all Title I Schools through parent sessions, attending parent conferences, serving on committees, offering recommendations and suggestions, and attending workshops and family events.

Attendance Matters!

Help your child succeed in school by building the habits of good attendance! Attending school regularly helps students feel better about school - and themselves. Absences and late arrivals add up and can cause students to miss essential learning experiences.

  • Regular attendance is critical to your child’s success in school, is regulated by South Carolina state law, and is reported.​

  • If a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian must send a note to the school explaining the absence within 3 days of the student returning to school. ​

  • Students who are out of school for medical reasons should provide the school with a doctor’s note upon returning to school. ​

  • The school will be allowed to “excuse” no more than 10 school days with a parent/guardian note. ​

  • The attendance laws state that a Truant Child is defined as “A child ages 6 to 17 years that has accumulated 3 consecutive unlawful absences or a total of 5 unlawful absences.” If your child becomes truant, you will be required to come to the school to develop an Attendance Plan.​

  • If you are experiencing a situation that may impact your child's attendance, please contact Ms. Brown or Ms. Hoyt for assistant. We are here to help!
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We Welcome Your Feedback

We always welcome the opportunity to receive feedback from our families, whether it is something you want to celebrate, an idea you would like to share, a staff member you wish to acknowledge, or any area in which you feel we have room to grow. Want to reach out? Please click here to be directed to our feedback form.
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Our Students Are AWESOME!

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