JCUE Monday Memo

January 25, 2021

Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of Jefferson County Upper Elementary School is to provide a 21st century learning environment that produces civically, responsible scholars that are college and career ready.

The vision of Jefferson County Upper Elementary School is to foster an enthusiastic, creative community of scholars ready to influence change in the world.

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Dear Families and Community Members:

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021! Hybrid classes will resume on Monday, February 1, 2021.

A survey for hybrid learning enrollment has been released to parents. It is important that students attend tutorial and intervention courses. Weekly intervention packets are available in Canvas courses for students.

Hotspots are available for pick up in the Counselor's office (limited supply) from 8:30 to 3:45pm with Mrs. Gretchen Carter.

Please join us for our February Parent Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:30pm.

Thank you parents for all you do for the scholars of Jefferson County Upper Elementary!


Principal Carter

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February Parent Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 11th, 5:30-6:30pm

This is an online event.

Teacher of the Month- Mrs. Sandy Smith, 5th Grade Math

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Mrs. Sandy Smith is the 5th grade Math teacher this year at Jefferson County Upper Elementary School. She entered her twentieth year in education this school year. Mrs. Smith attributes her passion for Mathematics and educating our youth from two generations of math teachers in her family, her father and grandmother. She is a graduate of Mississippi College and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. She also has a Master's degree in Information Systems.

Student of the Month- Ms. Jaydah Ellis, 5th Grade

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Jaydah Ellis is the proud daughter of Omarie and Jasmine Ellis. She is 11 years old and the oldest sibling of four, two sisters and one brother.

She enjoys reading, playing games, drawing, art and is the "queen" of TikTok. Jaydah loves fashion and watching anime. She loves animals, mostly dogs, which is why she owns fourteen of them. Her life's motto is "Believe it and I Will Achieve it." This motto drives Jaydah to put her best effort into everything she does to be successful.

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Before a student is able to put a bow on the final version of a paper, it’s critical they give the paper a proper edit and final check. For some, the relief of just being done signals the end of their work, but a few minutes for a final review will always lead to a better product. Here are three strategies to employ:

  1. Review the rubric. Rephrase each requirement as a question starting with: “Did I…?” This self-monitoring strategy will ensure that your child has successfully met all the requirements of the assignment.
  2. Read the paper out loud. By taking the time to decode each word and hear the flow of the writing, small errors that would otherwise have gone unnoticed (both by the student and by spellcheck) are more likely to become apparent.
  3. Use an editing checklist. CUPS is an easy acronym to guide your child.
    • Capitalization. Capitalize the first word in every sentence and proper nouns.
    • Understanding. Does the paper make sense? The read-aloud helps here.
    • Punctuation. Are periods, question marks, commas, semi colons, etc., used correctly?
    • Spelling. Circle then look up words they are unsure about.
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Helpful Information/Tips for Parents


  • Excuses for missed days should be emailed to the school secretary within three days of the absence by the parent or guardian.
  • A maximum of two (2) days for illness/injury per nine weeks can be recognized as excused when a note has been signed by a parent/guardian. A student absent in excess of two (2) days per nine weeks must provide school officials with a written explanation from a health provider. These medical notes must be submitted within three (3) days following the student’s return to school.
  • Any technical issues with scholars logging into class which may cause a day of missed instruction should be emailed to the teacher and school secretary by the parent or guardian.
  • When students miss instruction due to internet connectivity, they must complete and submit the assignment in the instructional packet by Monday of the following week to remove the absent mark. Instructional packets are posted in Canvas weekly and available on the district website. A printed copy can be requested by calling the school office.
  • Teacher meeting IDS, passwords, and links are the same (no changes). Call the front office or email the school secretary if you need the information again.
  • Students should log in or attend all required classes daily for the entire period.

Student District Email

The students' district email accounts are Google (Gmail) accounts. Parents you are encouraged to add your child's account to your personal device to keep up with all information between the student and school.


Jefferson County Upper Elementary School communicates with parents and students through the following means-

The Upper Elementary team is here for support and you are encouraged to contact us for assistance as we work together this school year.

Teamwork, Collaboration, and Success

Jefferson County Upper Elementary School

Ms. Cashoney Carter, Principal | Ext. 300 | cacarter@jcpsd.net

Ms. Ophelia Rowan, Secretary | Ext. 301 | orowan@jcpsd.net

Mrs. Gretchen Carter, Counselor | Ext. 302 | gstampley@jcpsd.net