Walkerton Elementary School!

Principal Fuller's Updates!

January 7, 2022

Good afternoon, WES Families!

Please see below for all of the happenings at Walkerton Elementary!

'Sock in a Box' School Collection! (New)

Starting this Monday, Walkerton Elementary will be collecting socks for a local elementary in need, and we have lovingly dubbed this school drive...'Sock in a Box'!

A local Indiana elementary school is in need of socks for their students and community, and with our school theme this year to 'Lend a Helping Hand, Help Your Neighbor in Need', our WES family is here to help!

All next week, we will be collecting NEW packages of socks from child size to adults. Much like our 'Stuff the Bus' food drive, classrooms will be competing against one another, with the winning class receiving a pizza party with Mr. Stauffer and Mr. Fuller!

If you are able, help us in collecting socks for some families that are in desperate need this time of year.

For more information, please click HERE!

Congrats to our WES Actors! (New)

The John Glenn Theater Company is performing Fiddler on the Roof this March 11-13, and wouldn't you know it, many of our very own WES students will be making their acting debut!

Congratulations to Sophee H, Kyra M, Peyton B, Lyric R, Annaliese R, Chloe S, and Isabella V as they rehearse over the upcoming weeks! WES is proud of you!

CogAT Testing Begins Next Week! (New)

Starting next Tuesday, WES students in KG, 3rd, and 6th Grade will be given the CogAT Test, or the Cognitive Abilities Test.

You may be familiar with this test from last year, but essentially this test will help provide our staff additional data via a multiple-choice K-12 assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions.

For more information on the test, you may click HERE.

If you have any questions about the CogAT process, please feel free to contact Principal Fuller.

No School on Monday, January 17th! (New)

There will still be NO school on Monday, January 17th in observance of MLK Day!

Young Author's Conference in Plymouth! (New)

The Marshall County Reading Council is inviting YOU to the Young Author's Conference to hear children's author Kathy Smith read her newest book!

For information on the event, click HERE.

For information on the author, click HERE.

For an order form to purchase a book, click HERE.

Snow Days Moving Forward (Reminder)

Indiana Winter is in full force, and that means there is always the possibility that school could be delayed or moved to virtual.

In the event that inclement weather precludes our doors from being open, John Glenn Schools will be utilizing eLearning Days instead of canceling school for the day.

For students at the primary level, teachers should have sent home eLearning Day packets or folders for your child(ren). For our older students, there will be more online, interactive activities fed through Canvas that students will need to complete.

With the cold and snow on its way in January, if you have a question as to how your child's teacher will utilize eLearning Days, please feel free to send them an email to clarify.

The WES Science Fair is Back! (Reminder)

If your child(ren) are interested in becoming a famous scientist, the WES Science Fair is the right place to start!

Please click HERE for more information!

Winter is Here! (Reminder)

Winter is in full force!

Please remind your children that their clothes need to change as well. Coats, shoes, hats, gloves, etc. may be needed sooner rather than later!

If you need assistance in providing any type of clothing, please email Principal Fuller at pfuller@jgsc.k12.in.us

Similarly, as the snow begins to fall, please remember to keep it slow in the parking lot, both in the morning and afternoon.

We have a lot of very excited kids eager to both come to school and go home from school, and we want to make sure we are keeping them as safe as possible.

(RECURRING) WES Devices: Chargers, and Cords Going Home

If/when a child is sent home for COVID related reasons, we want to ensure that each student has everything they need to meet virtually with their class(es): This includes sending home a device, charging brick, and cord.

Our Tech Department does a wonderful job of ensuring that these items are placed in a Ziploc bag with a note for each child.

As a reminder, if the charging brick and cord are not returned upon your child's returning to school, for grades KG-2nd, a $5 fee for each the charging brick and cord will be assessed to your child's account. For grades 3-6, a $20 fee will be assessed for a missing Chromebook charging brick and cord.

If items are misplaced or forgotten, we will send home a reminder to return the item, but if the charging brick or cord is not returned within 48 hours, that $5 fee will be assessed until the items are returned.

If you have any questions, please contact Principal Fuller at pfuller@jgsc.k12.in.us

(RECURRING) Boys and Girls Club Information

Starting this school year, the JG Before and After School Program is transitioning into the Boys and Girls Club to provide before and after school care for our elementary students.

You should have received an email from Mr. Davis earlier this week, but if not, please click HERE for more information on the program.

With any new program, there will be some bumps along the way, but here are TWO UPDATES that will hopefully alleviate any stress:

  • The wonderful individuals you have gotten to know with John Glenn B/A Care will be back as part of the Boys and Girls Club Program!
  • The service will start our first day of school, Wednesday, August 11th

Please register for care as normal. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Mrs. Heather Harrison at hharrison@jgsc.k12.in.us

(RECURRING) Job Openings at John Glenn School Corporation

If you or someone you know is interested in any of the below job openings at John Glenn School Corporation, please click HERE for our corporation postings!

Report Cards Distributed!

Friday, Jan. 7th, 3-3:15pm

805 Washington Street

Walkerton, IN

Report Cards Distributed!

'Socks in a Box' Donation Drive!

Monday, Jan. 10th, 8:15am to Friday, Jan. 14th, 3pm

805 Washington Street

Walkerton, IN

Help us collect socks for a local Indiana elementary in need! Socks can be anywhere from child size to adult!

For more information, please see the above article!

WES PTA Meeting!

Monday, Jan. 10th, 6:30-7pm

805 Washington Street

Walkerton, IN

WES PTA Meeting @ 6:30 PM!

KG Students Begin CogAT Testing!

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 9am-10pm

805 Washington Street

Walkerton, IN

Elementary students will be given the CogAT assessment!

JGSC School Board Meeting!

Tuesday, Jan. 11th, 7-8:30pm

805 Washington Street

Walkerton, IN

JGSC School Board Meeting at WES at 7:00 PM!

No School- Martin Luther King Day!

Monday, Jan. 17th, 8am-3pm

At Home!

There is no school on Monday, January 17th in observance of MLK Day!

Principal Fuller's Thoughts

Welcome to 2022 WES Families!

We may already be a week into 2022, but there is something about the start of a new year that always excites me.

A time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

A time to reinvent yourself.

A time to set new goals.

I am a big advocate of New Year's Resolutions...if we let it, those resolutions can be the roadmap for the unknown year.

I've spoken often about this before, but GOALS are something I encourage everyone to create, young and old.

If we're not constantly trying to better ourselves, we become stagnant, and we can begin to develop that 'stuck' feeling that comes from only having a fixed mindset.

GOALS help us create a version of ourselves that we desire to be.

However, I believe there is a wrong and a right way to create goals.

My dad had a saying about hunting that relates perfectly to how you should set your goals: Too often people want to hunt for elk before they've even caught a single rabbit.

If we create a one year goal to make a million dollars, lose 100 pounds, read 200 books, or become an astronaut, is it likely that those things will happen...?

I never say never, but the likelihood might be slim.

Creating benchmarks within your goals serves as a check to yourself to monitor your progress.

Instead of only saying I want to lose 25 pounds this year, try breaking that goal down, and say I want to lose 2.5 pounds each month...that surpasses your large goal of 25 pounds and seems more attainable, right?

Goals are necessary for everything we do in life: Goals for our kids, goals for our marriage, goals at work...goals help push us to constantly be growling.

And just remember, it's ok to go rabbit hunting ;)

On a side note, the picture of Big Ben is him enjoying his favorite Christmas present...the box that all of the actual presents came in :)